*Image via L’Uniform, featuring their beautiful carry-all tote.
Q: Headed to French Riviera with fam. So excited, but what to pack?
A: Oo la la! I would probably consult with / check out the style of my well-traveled friend Stephanie, but thank you for the question, as it led me to dream up a fun little mood board that reflects my instincts!
01. BIRDS OF PARADISE BLOUSE // 02. PALAZZO PANTS (IF FLARED STYLE IS TOO BOLD, TRY THESE, WHICH I WORE HERE) // 03. PARIS BAG // 04. AMAZON HOOPS // 05. PRADA SLIDES // 06. PARIS 64 BAG // 07. STRIPED DRESS // 08. MDLO DRESS // 09. FARM RIO DRESS // 10. SLEEPER DRESS // 11. BR TOP // 12. DOEN SKIRT // 13. LOEWE BAG // 14. FLAT SANDALS //
Q: Outfits for summer in CO.
A: Fun! We are heading there not this summer but the next. Colorado is magical in the summer — I have a full childhood’s worth of memories of it. I am usually pretty active/adventurous out there, so though I rarely wear “athletic wear” during the day elsewhere, I would favor it there. I would buy a good pair of hiking boots (Danners or Ons), Beyond Yoga leggings and tank sets, and layers to throw on top (weather tends to swing pretty wildly! can be 80 midday but 50 in the morning), like this “Morning Tee” from Ayr, half-zips from Spanx, pullovers from Splits59, sherpa fleece from Everlane, Superdry, or Outdoor Voices, and you’ll definitely need a windbreaker. I love mine from Marmot, but love the colorblocked options from Cotopaxi.
For dinners out, I would dress casual/boho but intentional. Think breezy dresses like this, this, or this paired with Isabel Marant sandals or boots. Have the best time!
Q: Sneakers for my son that are more classic instead of trendy.
A: Keds’ Grahams, Cienta plimsolls, or Supergas! (Superga look for less with these.)
Q: My mother, sister, and I just booked tickets to Paris this September! I’m going back to all your Parisian-inspired posts, but anything you do in the vein this spring and summer would be so appreciated! Thanks for all the inspiration you have infused my wardrobe with!
A: SO fun. I’m deeply envious of all of these trips! I would stick to a neutral-chic wardrobe with navy and black that will make mixing and matching easy. I will definitely revisit this closer to the end of the summer, but some off the top of my head picks: a dreamy top layer you can wear with everything from dresses to jeans (also love this); these perfect black pants to pair with an interesting blouse like this or this and ballet flats from Chanel or Margaux; a fab LBD; a black coatigan; ecru wide leg jeans; Marie Morot x J. Crew button downs; anything from Toteme. Dream bag for this season: Celine Triomphe Teen bag. Look for less with an A.P.C. Grace bag. If you’re trend-forward, I feel like I see a lot of street style starlets wearing deliberately long trousers like these and Reeboks (!).
Q: I know you have done this before but I would love an updated post on dressing a third trimester bump for the summer! Trying my best to avoid true maternity clothes and rather find pregnancy-friendly styles and brands with the potential to last beyond pregnancy. I am also petite at 5’2.
A: Congratulations! I would check out the styles from Mirth — they have tons of beautiful dresses that work from bump to beyond. I especially love this and this. I also know there are lots of big fans of Staud’s Vincent dress for pregnancy through nursing, and of course the Julia Amory dresses are a personal favorite of mine. Amazon also has some good buys that would work, like this striped midi and this maxi, and I just heard that Frances Hart is running an archive sale with some styles up to 75% off. I have a few of their dresses and actually just wore this one to a tea last weekend. Totally works without bump, but also accommodates one!
Q: Summer wedding guest dresses.
A: A few favorites: this Anna Cate, this Ulla, this Wayf, this Damaris Bailey, this Agua Bendita, this Dillard’s. Wear any/all with these $129 heels.
Q: An everyday cardigan to wear over anything.
A: This Jenni Kayne.
Q: Sweet, special but not too frou-frou outfits for my one year old daughter for a few gatherings this summer.
A: I love so many of the styles from Pink Chicken for little girls, like this or this. Petite Plume also has some really cute rompers out, like this floral, and I lose my mind over dresses like this.
Q: Solid colored tops for my son for summer.
A: I really like the Gap pocket tees or, for a splurge, Busy Bees’ Henry tees, which are THE BEST QUALITY (!!!) and last forever. They run generously and somehow I have actually made a few 18m sized ones stretch until recently. (And my son is nearly four…!)
Q: Go-to nail polish color.
A: I either do red or white-pink. For red, I like OPI Big Apple Red and Essie’s Really Red year-round, and Essie’s Geranium in the summer (too bright for winter). For white-pink, I like OPI’s Lisbon Wants Moor. If I can’t make a manicure stretch between appointments, I remove the polish using wipes and apply Londtown’s nail enhancing concealer, which is a semi-sheer conditioning treatment that adds just enough polish and is virtually impossible to mess up.
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Hello- the Colorado conversation made me want to pass on an article I don’t know if you’ve seen about St.Benedict’s Monastery closing. I live in Aspen and have read your post about visiting there. Here’s a link… https://www.aspentimes.com/news/st-benedicts-monastery-in-old-snowmass-signals-it-will-close-process-to-begin-this-summer/#:~:text=After%2066%20years%2C%20the%20St,over%20the%20past%2010%20years.
Oh my gosh! This is tragic! Thank you for sharing. I’m so sad; what a special place.
Oh dear, your friend Stephanie isn’t hyperlinked on my end (reading on an Android), is this a me problem? Could you link her again? Also, I think I will use my Paris trip as a reason to go for the Margaux flats, and definitely the wide leg ecru pants! Thanks for the answer, my to-buy list just grew and grew 🙂
Oops! My apologies — here she is:
And yay!!! Enjoy!
Did you prefer the-
Serena and Lily towels vs Weezie
Alice Walk half zip vs Spanx
Thanks so much! Kim
Hi Kim! I love all of these things, but if I had to choose…1) I prefer S&L towels to Weezie towels only because Weezie has a slightly looser weave/pile that snags more easily. But both are soft and Weezie has great monogram and trim options. So it’s a bit of a tradeoff. But I will be honest that I’ve snagged a few towels from Weezie. 2) If I had to pick, I’d suggest the Alice Walk half-zip first only because I think the longer length is slightly more classic and flattering and the lightweight fabric makes it easy to layer.