I keep trying to avoid wearing darling little dresses like this but I always end up going back to it. Now don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a cute dress, in fact I love wearing a dress with over the knee socks looking a bit like an ultra girly girl blast from the past. You see, the thing is, as I get older I am trying to stray away from the "cuteness" and dress more age appropriate and more sophisticated. I feel like I do sometimes, but not enough. Anyways, I adore this soft peach chiffon dress with dainty little red roses embroidered on the front. It's simple yet lovely. I wore it with a pair of oatmeal beige crochet socks and the amazing Picnic sandals from the Wolverine x Samantha Pleet collection (I wore another pair in this post). Don't you just love the colorblock, the cut out strappy details, and how they have a vintage feel to them? I sure do!
Last week my fiancé and I had the pleasure of staying at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley for a mini getaway. This resort nestled in the vineyards just 15 minutes inland from the coast was absolutely beautiful and relaxing! Upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and then promptly checked into our spacious room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, two person soaking tub, and an oversized patio overlooking the croquet court and bocce lawn. We spent most of our time wandering around the rose garden (where I photographed the outfit in my last post) and hanging out at the swimming pool as well as the warming pool. Besides the lovely surroundings, the food was fantastic as well! We had both dinner and breakfast at Wickets Bistro and everything was delicious! Its signature portobello mushroom soup with truffle oil and a dash of goat cheese was especially tasty and flavorful! Just writing about it makes me want some right now! Anyways, thank you Bernardus Lodge for treating us to such an amazing vacation, we can't wait to come back someday!
There is something really classy about cape. Whether you dress it up or down, a cape just has that effortlessly chic appeal. Most of the capes I own are vintage, that is, until I found Ellsworth & Ivey.
Ellsworth & Ivey, based in San Francisco, has a collection of beautiful capes that are classic yet modern. Here I am wearing the white Marilyn Cape at the rose garden in Bernardus Lodge during my trip to Carmel last week. It is light but cozy, perfect for the breezy morning walk. I paired it with a basic knit top and pants (I like to keep things simple when I travel), the Wink & Winn satchel which I designed (you can read about it here) and these lovely grosgrain silk loafers with cute little bows by Jacques Levine.
The weather was exceptionally glorious after a whole week of rain just in time for my mini getaway to Carmel. We had lunch downtown and spent the afternoon checking out cute little shops and walking along the beach. I couldn't think of a better dress to wear than this Fool For Love dress by Family Affairs from its Spring/Summer Coconut Vision collection. It is the ultimate I-am-on-vacation dress... light, airy, easy, and how perfect is the palm print! I paired it with some simple strappy sandals and a mint studded clutch by Sole Society. These photos were taken by a very cool looking tree at Carmel State Beach, the branches were so twisted that there were about five wooden poles holding it up!
I feel like I have been wearing more black this year alone than I ever had in my lifetime. It is definitely growing on me, although the amount of cat hair it attracts is still annoying. Anyways, after a full week of rain the weather is glorious once again. Yesterday I slipped into this simple leather and lace dress and went around town for apartment viewing. I love how you can dress it down for daytime and dress it up for the night. I paired it with this lovely little embroidered clutch by Darling and my new favorite wedges from Sole Society, don't you just love the black and bone combo with that one black strap down the front? It's so sleek! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday, I am off to an overnight getaway at the vineyards in Carmel. Ciao!