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: 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.

What to wear to Paris
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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

Shopping Guide: Vail

I just returned from a lovely weekend in Vail with friends. Although most of our days were filled with skiing, après ski drinks and amazing dinners, we were able to squeeze in a bit of shopping time. Having grown up spending Christmases in Vail, I have become well-acquainted with the local shopping scene over the years. Gorsuch, The Golden Bear and Axel's are not only personal favorites, but are very much a part of Vail's identity. If you plan on visiting soon, be sure to keep these three on your radar!

Gorsuch

Gorsuch

Brunello Cucinelli ready-to-wear at Gorsuch

Brunello Cucinelli ready-to-wear at Gorsuch

Moncler ski coats at Gorsuch

Moncler ski coats at Gorsuch

1. Gorsuch - Truly a Vail landmark, Gorsuch was founded by Renie and David Gorsuch, former skiers on the 1960 U.S. Olympic Ski Team. They opened their Alpine-inspired lifestyle flagship in Vail Village in 1966 and now have eight locations, including stores in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Park City.

Brimming with luxurious European ready-to-wear suitable for the Alps or the Rockies, look for outstanding selections of Brunello Cucinelli and Etro for both men and women.  They are also known for stocking traditional Austrian jackets and beautiful ruffled blouses that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere. Complete your look with a handbag from Bottega Veneta or Nancy Gonzalez and be sure to check out the unrivaled array of fur boots.

Their ski gear selection will have you hitting the slopes in style with the likes of Moncler, Bogner, Frauenschuh, Emilio Pucci and Canada Goose. From sleek neutrals with fur trim to shiny metallics and vibrant colors and prints, there is something to suit every skier's style.

We must not forget their fabulous home selection - take a walk downstairs and you'll be dreaming for a mountain home adorned in sumptuous furs, cashmere throws and rustic antlers.

The Golden Bear

The Golden Bear

The iconic Golden Bear necklaces

The iconic Golden Bear necklaces

The Golden Bear - The symbol of Vail Valley and a long-standing tradition, The Golden Bear opened in 1975 in Vail Village. The pièces de résistance are the Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear necklaces (pictured above). In addition to the beloved golden bears, they are known for beautiful pave diamond, hand-hammered gold and sterling silver jewelry.

The store has since expanded to include an abundant selection of home accessories and giftware including signature bear-embossed wine glasses, pewter trays and leather frames.

Axel's

Axel's

Cowboy boot wall at Axel's

Cowboy boot wall at Axel's

Women's clothing at Axel's

Women's clothing at Axel's

Axel's - Another family-owned gem, Axel's has been the standard of classic European elegance in the Vail Valley since 1990. Axel Wilhelmsen, who grew up in Norway, and his wife and children still travel to Italy to hand-select the finest merchandise for their shop.  

Axel's is known for its exquisite selection of cashmere, sheepskin coats, hand-made European riding boots and cowboy boots and hand-engraved silver jewelry and belt buckles. Look for Italian designers such as Kiton and Boglioli and English John Lobb shoes, but note that the majority of clothing and accessories are actually designed in-house to better represent the unique Axel aesthetic. The fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and art of layering portrayed in this shop is truly unmatched.

What to Pack : Miami

If you're like one of us and jetting off to the sun this Christmas, here are a few packing essentials and some guidelines to follow. Packing needn't be difficult. Put together outfits before packing and edit, edit, edit so as not to overpack. Pack key pieces that can go from day to night and a few great accessories that can dress up an outfit in the evening. Our warm weather musts : a bathing suit and cover up, flip flops, sunglasses, a great bag that can be used day and night, white jeans, a few tops and a dress that can easily transport itself from beach to dinner. 

What to pack for Miami

What to pack for Miami

1. You can fit everything and more in this canvas T. Anthony duffle bag. $395. Barney's

2. This beautifully embroidered dress is all you need. It will take you from day to night. $375. Calypso

3. We love Figue's gorgeously embellished bag. $595. Bergdorf Goodman

4. Herve Van Der Straeten designs the perfect statement pieces and this cuff is no exception. $627 Neiman Marcus

5. These cat eye sunglasses by Elizabeth and James are affordable and chic! $155 Shopbop

6. One can always count on J.Brand for the perfect fitting skinny white jean. $175 Net-a-Porter

7. The Saint James Breton stripe shirt is a classic we love. It will take you to every port of call in style. $130 Saint James

8. Every year J.Crew does a great basic leather flip flop. We go for the metallic ones to match our accessories. $50 J.Crew

9. One does not always need a matching bathing suit cover up, but this Eres pareo is too good to pass up. We love the brushstroke pattern and to get your money's worth, it can double as a scarf! $285 Net-a-Porter 

10. Eres is our go to for bathing suits. One can't match their fit and style combined. $390 Net-a-Porter

11. The Australians know how to work with the sun and Zimmermann has perfected it. This hat embodies everything one needs in a sun hat; style, shape, color, trim and fit! How can one resist? $490  Zimmermann