bold tropical print

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I hope your week is off to a good start! So, a long time ago my grandfather built a house in Jamaica and I grew up going there with my family (I know… pretty lucky). It was such a big part of my life (I actually never felt like a tourist) but when I was in high school, my family sold the property. Anyways, I think those memories of being in Jamaica are why I’ll always be drawn to crazy tropical prints like the one on this Rebecca Minkoff dress – with spiky pineapples and exotic flora. The wild print instantly gave me a pang of nostalgia and reminded me of the bold fabric covering the wicker furniture and bedspreads in the Jamaica house.

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a tropical kick (you’ll see more in upcoming posts, I assure you) and I plan to wear these prints as much as possible before summer’s over. Luckily there are plenty of brands and designers who seem to feel the same way this season – so there’s no shortage of palm fronds and pineapples to choose from. To really make the print pop, I added a crisp white jacket with a beaded collar, plus blue pastel pumps and a cobalt YSL bag to bring out the blues in the dress.

Outfit details:

Dress: Rebecca Minkoff pineapple print dress (same print here; similar style here) // Jacket: McGinn Avery beaded jacket // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik patent leather BB pumps // Bag: YSL mini Cabas (newer version here and here) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard sunglasses // Jewelry: J.Crew bracelet (old), Alex Mika stacked X ring; stacking rings c/o The Love Knot Shop

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watercolor pastels + metallics

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Happy Friday! I’ve had the busiest week ever so I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet – with a dreamy watercolor print dress that I found during a recent sale at Mint Julep in Brookline. I paired it with a short striped jacket (for a little pattern mixing) and lots of shiny accessories: mirrored sunglasses, silver hologram pumps and a metallic leather clutch. A loose ponytail keeps the look slightly undone (always a good thing) – perfect for a warm summer night out.

I hope you have an amazing weekend! (Lots of good posts coming soon, I promise.)

Outfit details:

Dress: Jack by BB Dakota watercolor/oil spill dress // Blazer: Zara short striped jacket // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Darling pumps (similar here) // Clutch: Saint Laurent metallic foldover clutch // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban green mirrored aviators // Jewelry: J.Crew and Madewell cuffs (similar here and here), white crystal bracelet c/o JLapuck Jewelry; stacking rings c/o The Love Knot Shop

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fancy shorts

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I’m a sucker for J.Crew prints, especially when they’re as wild and vibrant as the one sweeping across these silk shorts (bonus: they’re an extra 40& off.)”. And I’m weirdly obsessed with this “dressed up short” combo. It has that effortless tomboy edge that you just can’t get with skirts and dresses in the summer. The slouchy cut makes these feel like gym shorts, but they work with both casual and dressier combos. I paired them with a silk tank on one occasion, a chambray button-down on another – and then with this white tee and navy blazer (clearly they’ve been getting a lot of airtime).

A few subtle extras – like vintage sunglasses, metallic textured pumps and minimal jewelry – help elevate the simple combo but keep the shorts in the spotlight. Where they should be.

Outfit details:

Shorts: J.Crew Collection gemstone floral shorts // Shirt: James Perse white tee // Blazer: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: Saint Laurent snake effect pumps // Bag: Lauren Merkin mini marlow (other colors here and here) // Sunglasses: vintage Maui Jims (hand-me-down from my dad) // Jewelry: J.Crew and Madewell cuffs (similar here and here), stacking rings c/o The Love Knot Shop

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