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Some really happy finds that make me want to celebrate in this post. My favorite is this cheerful little Farm Rio number. I put it on and it just made me smile. I’m not normally a big mini girl (prefer midi/maxi), but one is cute as a button. This one runs snug. I took an XS (my true size, though sometimes I get away with sizing down in these kinds of smocked styles since I’m narrowest at the waist), and it was TIGHT to zip up. I would size up if in any question. As I’m writing this, I’m planning on wearing this beauty to a Kentucky Derby party.
This Rhode top and skirt set is a true work art. These pieces feel artisanal, one-of-a-kind, as though handmade somewhere you traveled abroad. They boast exquisite embroidery, fabulous proportions, and the most funky pom pom detail on the top. I couldn’t decide whether pairing the two together one me was too overwhelming on me (I’m 5’0 and it was a lot of fabric!), so I think I might try styling the pieces separately — perhaps the skirt with a top that can be tucked in, like this or this, for a slimmer silhouette, and the jeans with a pair of high-waisted denim (<<just ordered this pair). But honestly now that I’m looking at the photos below, I’m feeling like the set makes the statement.
I wore the set below with these floral mules (which I actually styled with everything in this post) and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE. They are so fabulous, unexpected, sweet, comfortable, funky! I’m in love. I also really like where the straps hit — I find two-strap sandals can occasionally cut your foot/leg at a weird point and make you look stockier than you are. These really elongate. So fun! This is my first pair of shoes from Larroude, and I’m going to be taking a closer look at their collections moving forward. I’ve heard that their Annie heels (come in gold, tan, black, and a few other colors) are a perfect wedding guest heel. A decent heel height, accommodate/go with almost any style of dress, great colors. I have them in my mind as an alternative to my higher-height Claritas, which have been my wedding go-to for years and years. Finally…these Barbie-meets-Missoni-or-Pucci pool slides! SO fun.
Now this Cleobella dress is a ray of sunshine. I love, LOVE the pattern — it has a vaguely 70s vibe but also feels a bit like an overblown Liberty London? The neckline is FUN, reminiscent of styles from Zimmermann. I found this dress lengthening (made me feel taller than I am), flattering, and comfortable. This would be a great pic for a summer party, cocktail reception, more casual-leaning wedding, etc. This one is for sure a keeper. I took my true size.
I really, really wanted to love these pleated Citizens denim shorts. They are on-trend and I like the overall silhouette. I’ve been trying lots of new shorts styles lately — I’ve never been a big shorts gal but I’ve seen them worn with aplomb so many times and always think they’d be the greatest thing ever for mom life. I ordered a size up from my usual size since I did not want these too tight, and they were enormous. I would take your true size or possibly even a size down? You want the waist to fit snugly at your waist or they will look sloppy. Still, I love the overall style and wash and think they could be fantastic if properly fitted. I paired below with this happy Rhode blouse (cuffs are so fun — blouse does run pretty big) and my cheerful Naghedi tote.
Last but not least, this asymmetrical Sundress statement. I’m super drawn to these bold, 70s-inspired patterns! I like that you really need nothing else — simple jewelry, simple shoes. This dress in particular would look amazing with nothing but simple gold hoops and gold sandals (flat or heeled, depending on occasion). Heads up that you need a nude half slip with this one (fabric fairly sheer) and it is pretty long if you’re a shortie like me. I will need to have this hemmed or pair with heels. Kind of digging the one shoulder. What do you think?