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: White Off-the-Shoulder Top

It is no secret that I can't get enough of the off-the-shoulder silhouette this season and this top has been in serious rotation in my wardrobe lately. The simplicity of this particular style lends itself to so many different looks, working equally well with jeans or tucked into a high-waisted skirt or shorts. Mine is by Milly but I LOVE these similar versions as well: AlexisStyle Mafia, Free PeopleCaroline Constas, and Chelsea28.

White off-the-shoulder blouse

White off-the-shoulder blouse

Milly off-the-shoulder top

Milly off-the-shoulder top

MILLY OFF-THE-SHOULDER BLOUSE  //  FRAME JEANS  //  AQUAZZURA HEELS (OLD), SIMILAR HERE AND HERE  //  SAINT LAURENT SAC DE JOUR  //  DIOR SO REAL SUNGLASSES

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

What to Pack: Beach Essentials

Memorial Day weekend has officially kicked off! To get in the spirit, we have compiled a little inspiration board of styles to add to your summer beach/pool repertoire. We are loving all of the whimsical and bohemian elements such as intricate embroidery, tassels and scalloped detailing gracing everything from swimwear, caftans, hats and totes. Did we mention shoes?! That will require its own post.

This navy Figue caftan is equally suitable to throw on over your swimsuit poolside or paired with skinny jeans and wedges for a casual evening look. What better way to add a dose of drama to a solid, chic swimsuit than an oversize straw hat with sequin embroidery? For this, we adore modern milliner Eugenia KimOur favorite swimwear designer right now is Marysia - we love her feminine scalloped detailing, and they have so many styles to choose from. Lastly, how adorable are these embroidered and tasseled straw bags? So versatile - perfect for a weekend getaway if you can only pack one bag.

Happy Memorial Day! We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend planned!

Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials

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: Hot Pink & Black

Still catching up on outfit posts from our trip to Florida, and going through these pictures, I am so wishing for warm weather in Connecticut! Here, we were heading to sunset drinks on the beach and then dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the Keys - Pierre's. I paired a bright pink pencil skirt with a simple black silk camisole and had a little fun with some resort-inspired accessories. A black straw clutch from a market in Santorini, some festive tassel earrings and a nude high heel sandal.

Hot Pink Skirt
Hot Pink and Black

Tank Top: J.Crew. //  Skirt: Oscar de la Renta, similar. //  Earrings: J.Crew, similar. //  SandalsPradasimilar. //  Handbag: market find, 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.