Lookbook: Black Lace Dress

As I was perusing online for dresses for upcoming holiday parties and events, I stumbled upon this Alexis dress that I wore to my sister's rehearsal dinner back in October. The perfect black cocktail dress to have in your closet for a last-minute event and now that it is on super sale, I had to share. Over the past year, Alexis has become one of my favorite designers. The Miami-based designer, Alexis Barbara Isaias, is known for her beautiful use of lace and architectural silhouettes which give the feminine styles a little edge. Unfortunately, there aren't any photos of just me, so my husband is making a cameo on the blog today. ;)

Black Alexis Lace Dress
Alexis Dress

Lookbook: A Twist on the Bandana

The bandana has quickly become one of the ubiquitous accessories of the season. A creative twist on this trend? Use a men's pocket square. Whenever I'm browsing for gifts for my husband at Hermes, the lovely sales associates remind me that their men's pocket squares can also be worn as small women's scarves. It is a chic way to add a little pop of color and interest to your outfit. They are also the perfect size to tie onto your handbag. Something to consider the next time you're out shopping for your husband!

 Hermes Men's Pocket Square worn as a Scarf

Hermes Men's Pocket Square worn as a Scarf

 Blue and White Stripes

Blue and White Stripes

 Four Arts Society Palm Beach

Four Arts Society Palm Beach

Lookbook: Casual Chic Shorts

The part of summer has come where it is just too hot to wear jeans, especially in South Florida. I know I am not the only one who finds it difficult to find nice shorts that can take you from day to night . To be clear, I am not referring to cut-off denim!  I was so happy when I spotted these adorable paper-bag waist shorts at Intermix. They are perfect for running around with the kids during the day and polished enough for a casual dinner out with friends. They would even work with high heel sandals or wedges for a more dressed up look. For those who are looking, here are a few other styles that also fit the bill: Alexis high-waist lace shortsFrame le paperbag shortsALC loop-detail shorts, Rag & Bone lace-up denim shorts, and Club Monaco scalloped hem shortsxo

 Casual Chic Shorts

Casual Chic Shorts

 Palm Beach Style

Palm Beach Style

 Neutral Accessories

Neutral Accessories

Lookbook: Blue and White Stripes

What I love about this top is that it combines two of the things I cannot get enough of right now - stripes and an off-the-shoulder silhouette. It is surprisingly versatile - can be worn with the buttons down the front or back, with hem tied in a knot or worn as a longer tunic, and the sleeves can be cuffed up or down. Here, I wore it knotted with white jeans and kept my accessories simple - flat leather sandals and a straw tote for a casual, beachy look.

 Rag & Bone Kacy Tunic

Rag & Bone Kacy Tunic

 Blue and White Off-the-Shoulder Top

Blue and White Off-the-Shoulder Top

Lookbook: Little White Dress

Truly one of the most classic and versatile pieces you can add to your summer wardrobe, the white dress is an absolute essential. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection, ranging from long and flowing to fitted crocheted styles, intricate lace and crisp button-up shirt dresses; one can never have too many. When I spotted this lightweight cotton Theory dress, I was sold. An understated sheath from the front with a modern cutout detail finished with a bow in the back, this style will be a wardrobe staple for years to come. When it comes to accessorizing, the options are endless. I spent the Fourth of July weekend in Islamorada, Florida and went with a casual island-inspired look for evening - turquoise silk tassel earrings, white chain-trim flat sandals and my monogrammed island bag from Palm Beach-based designer, Amanda Lindroth. How do you accessorize your summer whites?

 Summer vacation style

Summer vacation style

 Bow back dress

Bow back dress

 Little white dress

Little white dress

 White cutout dress

White cutout dress

Lookbook: Graphic Striped Dress

Who doesn't love stripes? This Milly dress puts a modern spin on the traditional nautical stripes we've seen over and over again, yet is still classic enough to become a wardrobe mainstay.

Prompted by my recent move and inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have made serious strides in streamlining my wardrobe. So when it comes to buying a new piece, versatility is key. What I love about this dress is how it can be worn to so many different occasions - a nice day of shopping, a bridal shower, an evening out or a summer barbecue. The pattern and silhouette are simple enough that you can dress it up or down, depending on the accessories.

For a casual lunch on Worth Avenue, I accessorized with jeweled sandals, Dior So Real sunglasses (which I absolutely love - they give a little edge to an otherwise preppy look) and Goyard tote.

 Milly Striped Dress

Milly Striped Dress

 Worth Avenue Style

Worth Avenue Style

Lookbook: Off-the-Shoulder Lace Blouse

The off-the-shoulder silhouette is one of the hottest looks of the season, and is, incidentally, one of the easiest pieces you can purchase to update your summer wardrobe. Done in both dresses and blouses in every iteration from menswear shirting to feminine lace, this modern look can be worn with something you already own and still make a bold statement.  Maybe it's the subtle sexiness or the fun flirty flair; whatever it is, I personally can not stop buying them. Check back soon for an entire dedicated post.

In the meantime, here is a little outfit inspiration centered around an off-the-shoulder lace blouse (by Alexis, one of my new favorite designers) that I wore recently to celebrate my birthday with my family back in Kansas City. Such a detailed top takes center stage and I kept the rest of my look simple and effortless - my go-to white AG jeans, Castañer espadrille wedges (ever the classic) and Goyard tote.

Lace Off the Shoulder Top
Hotel Sorella Kansas City
Alexis Lace Top

ALEXIS LACE TOP (sold out) SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  AG JEANS  //  CASTAÑER ESPADRILLES   //  GOYARD BAG (not sold online, but you may purchased gently used styles here) 

Lookbook: Gingham Girl

Friends: it has been months since our last post; but alas, I am back, and with my second son in tow (nearly eight months!) and as a new resident of Palm Beach, Florida! I really can't complain.  Michelle, on the other hand, has been (and is still) galavanting around Europe with no date to return to NYC anytime soon. Can you blame her? 

Let's get down to business. One of our favorite trends this spring/summer is GINGHAM. In our opinion, nothing says summer like gingham, whether it is in black, red, blue or pink.  With busy prints such as this, it is best to start with one statement piece and take it from there. For a little weekend bike ride around our new neighborhood, I wore a flirty gingham ruffled top with skinny white denim and another little splash of gingham done in a knotted slide. For a pop of color, I accessorized with my classic red Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag and my husband's spiffy new Brooklyn Bicicyle. :)

Black and white gingham top
Gingham street style
Gingham ruffled top

INTERMIX GINGHAM TOP (now on sale!) //  AG JEANS  //  J CREW SANDALS (also on sale!)  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  HAYDEN LASHER BELGIAN BAG

Lookbook: Off-the-Shoulder Dress

One of the looks we are really into this season is the off-the-shoulder dress. It is such a simple style that flatters every body type and the ruffle flounce offers a flirty, fun look that can be dressed down for day or up for night.

Some of our favorites: this gorgeous cranberry Alice & Olivia would be perfect for a late summer or fall wedding. We also love this pretty eyelet version by Rebecca Minkoff - a quintessential white dress to add to your summer collection. This ivory style by Cynthia Rowley is equal parts sweet and sophisticated. Lastly, we adore this streamlined, sexy style by The Row - a modern twist on the LBD.

It seems the off-the-shoulder trend has staying power for another season because we are already seeing looks pop up for fall from designers such as Lela Rose, Valentino and Zac Posen. xo, Courtney

Reformation Nashville Dress
Gore Creek, Vail, Colorado
Top of Vail Mountain
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
Top of Vail Mountain

Lookbook: White Tassel Maxi

When it comes to summer evening attire, it doesn't get any simpler than a long breezy maxi dress. I live in white in the warmer months, and love anything with tassels so when I stumbled upon this dress, I could not resist. More importantly, it accommodates the growing baby bump. 

On this particular evening, we were off to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Beaver Creek, Beano's Cabin. Known for its idyllic setting and incredible mountain-inspired prix fixe menu, Beano's is a special place. I grew up taking the sleigh ride through the snow (and singing Christmas carols along the way) in the winter and my husband and I held our wedding rehearsal dinner there three years ago. We were excited to take our son for the first time and he absolutely loved the ride up through the mountains - seeing horses and deer along the way. We can't wait to go back this winter! xo, Courtney

White Maxi Dress
 Our son, distracted by his newest obsessions - gondolas and chairlifts!

Our son, distracted by his newest obsessions - gondolas and chairlifts!

 Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek

Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek

 Rustic elegance at Beano's Cabin

Rustic elegance at Beano's Cabin

Lookbook: Red, White & Blue

We hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! We spent the long weekend in Vail, Colorado. It's one of my favorite places to spend the holiday because my family celebrated there when we were growing up. Now that I have a family of my own, it is so much fun sharing the same experiences with my husband and son (parade, fireworks, gondola rides, bike rides, favorite restaurants...)

For the evening of the Fourth, I went full-on red, white and blue with a navy and white tassel dress by Reformation and accessorized with my beloved Belgian Bag in bright red and a pair of gold and navy-flecked cork wedges. In case I haven't mentioned, I am currently six months pregnant. To be honest, I am not a fan of maternity clothes - I did not wear them during my last pregnancy and I do not plan on wearing them this time around - with the exception of maternity jeans (there really is no substitute for those!) I recently discovered Reformation, a sustainable clothing company based out of LA, and bought a couple of dresses in looser silhouettes, that worked perfectly. It can certainly be difficult navigating through this season's crop tops, cut outs and fitted styles. For any expectant mothers needing help dressing their bump, feel free to email me for advice! xo, Courtney

Reformation Tassel Dress
Fourth of July Style
Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag
Reformation Taurus Dress

REFORMATION DRESS  //  HAYDEN LASHER HANDBAG  //  OSCAR DE LA RENTA WEDGES (OLD), SIMILAR, SIMILAR

Lookbook: George V Paris

A very belated post on Paris... I am still catching up and going through photos; wishing I could be back there now! On that note, Michelle is jetting off to Europe for the next three weeks so be sure to follow us on instagram to see what she is up to! 

Paris has some of the best restaurants in the world and my favorite from our recent trip was Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V hotel. We celebrated our three year anniversary dinner and it was such a perfect evening. From the most exquisite floral arrangements (12,000 blooms driven in from Amsterdam weekly!), impeccable service, and exceptional food (my husband is still talking about the langoustines). There is a reason they have received three Michelin stars for twelve consecutive years. For anyone visiting Paris, I would highly recommend!

St. James Paris
Le Cinq George V
George V Paris Flowers
Le Cinq Restaurant Paris

Lookbook: Black & White

Our last night in Paris, we did not have formal dinner reservations and wanted to do something a bit more low-key. We took a recommendation from a local Parisian for the best rooftop views at the Hotel Raphael Terrace (a hidden gem, he said). Rooftop garden with a champagne bar and stunning views of all of Paris, including the nearby Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower - seriously perfect. After drinks, we went for dinner at the classic brasserie/piano bar Closerie des Lilas, and then ended the night listening to the DJ at the scene-y Hotel Costes.

For a more casual evening out, I wore one of my go-to outfits: a solid silk camisole, skinny jeans, heels and Chanel bag. I had been wanting this jacket for awhile and it was sold out at Bergdorf's in black; luckily, I spotted it at the Isabel Marant boutique on Avenue Victor Hugo! 

Saint James Hotel Paris Lobby
Hotel Raphael Paris Rooftop
Eiffel Tower View
La Closerie des Lilas
Black & White Isabel Marant

TIBI SILK CAMISOLE  //  ETOILE ISABEL MARANT JACKET (black sold out), SIMILARSIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  CHANEL BAG (not sold online), SIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELSSIMILAR

Lookbook: Paris by Day

Apologies for our recent absence! Michelle has been busy hosting a fabulous pop up shop in New York City for the past two weeks and I just returned last week from Paris. At my birthday dinner, my husband surprised me with an envelope of tickets to the Paris Opéra Bastille and the Roland-Garros French Open! I had two days to pack and he had arranged for my mother to fly in to watch our son. It was the sweetest surprise and perfect little getaway to celebrate our three year anniversary and relax a little before baby boy #2 arrives in early October. 

Paris is my absolute favorite city in the world. I could walk around and stare at the beautiful architecture all day. The best hotels, restaurants, shopping, museums...

For a day of café-hopping, shopping, perusing the Musee d'Orsay and a walk along the Seine, I wore a sleeveless silk blouse, white skinny jeans, and accessorized with a colorful Hermes scarf and classic Chanel ballet flats. 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     We stayed at the   Saint James Hotel  , a boutique Relais & Ch â teaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only ch â teau-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

We stayed at the Saint James Hotel, a boutique Relais & Châteaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only château-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

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     Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     The hot chocolate is a must!

The hot chocolate is a must!

River Seine, Paris
   
  
 
  
    
  
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     The   Musee d'Orsay  , located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

The Musee d'Orsay, located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

Napoleon sculpture at Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

JOIE BLOUSE  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  HERMES SCARF  //  OLIVER PEOPLES SUNGLASSES  //  LOUIS VUITTON BAG  //  CHANEL FLATS (not sold online) SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR

Lookbook: Little White Dress

This season, white is everywhere, in all forms and in all textures. One of our spring essentials is the little white dress - such a versatile piece which can be dressed down for day and up for evening, and worn for an endless string of occasions. Here, I'm wearing an asymmetric white eyelet dress. To add a little edge to this otherwise girly dress, I accessorized with long beaded tassel earrings and nude platform sandals. I apologize that these sandals have shown up in all of my posts lately - a true testament to packing light on my recent trip to Florida!

White Dress
White Dress

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, similarsimilar. //  Earrings: Oscar de la Renta  //  SandalsPradasimilarsimilar. //  Handbag: Louis Vuitton.