Pretty Polka Dots

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A sweet mix of polka dots is the best way to kick off summer, no? I’ve always had a penchant for polka dots, especially in the form of silk scarves and skirts. There is something so decidingly sweet and subtle about a polka dot print, and I love mix and matching colors of dots for maximum impact. 

Let’s talk about this polka dot scarf for a second. It’s from the inaugural Who What Wear x Target collection, and I loved it so much I bought two, for I feared one day I’d need another. Does anyone else do that besides me? When I find an item I love profusely, I sometimes (always) buy two. It also came in this other beautiful color way that I still regret not purchasing.

Anyway, this polka dot scarf is the perfect piece for mixing with other dotted pieces. Something about the crimson color plays so nicely with others, especially navy. I got this skirt years ago. When the whole blogging space was in its infancy, I was a brand ambassador for LOFT, and they gifted me tons of pieces to wear for Instagram and on my POPSUGAR shows. This is the only piece I have left from that partnership, and I never plan on letting it go. I’ve always been titillated by knife pleats, especially when covering a slim fit midi skirt. Midi skirts are hard for petite girls to wear, but something about this cut and silhouette works for me. I’ve been on a sock kick recently, and added on frilly heart-covered sock stockings underneath my sandals. IDK, I love a granny chic moment and these sock stockings deliver.

Scarf by Who What Wear x Target, similar one here and here

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Skirt by LOFT

Socks by TOPSHOP

Shoes by H&M similar ones here

Bag by Gucci

Photos by Elaine Torres



Scarves, Stripes, and All My Favorite French Things

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Something about this outfit feels part art teacher, part French student. For those of you who don’t know, I studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in 2008. If you’re a regular reader, this is old news. But for those of you who are reading my site for the first time, my love for France runs deep. I fell in love with the country when I studied French and Journalism abroad in Paris back in college. I had the privilege of living in the most beautiful Maison in the left bank – on a quaint street in the 5th called Rue Amyo right behind the Pantheon. I’m often reminded by my days in Paris. I have a gorgeous, old map of the city hanging in the living room that I bought at a yard sale across the street from my old apartment for a measly $30, that turned out to be the best $30 I’ve ever spent. I love French directors, like Goddard, and French foods, like croissants, and wine, and cheese (which according to my doctor I am no longer able to have.) France in the 1920s is my favorite decade of choice — Ernest Hemingway (my fav) and the rest of the greats roamed the streets drinking wine and writing literary magic…

I digress. France taught me how to love… fashion, and food, and history. How to enjoy simple things — like long dinners over wine with friends. How to write. How to dream. How to be independent. 

I still remember all the solo walks I did around the city, trying to get every last drop out of the experience. It’s crazy to me that I haven’t been back since, because I know that city like the back of my hand. But, there is so much more of the world to explore!

This outfit was inspired by my days vintage shopping in the Marais, breaking bread with friends on ponte des arts, and late nights at Cha Cha Cha. This look pays homage to my memory, but also to the future because I will go back!

To finish off this post, I figured I would share a few of my favorite Parisian things…

  1. Jardin du Luxembourg (for reading)
  2. Laduree (on Rue Bonaparte – for tea and treats)
  3. Musee Rodin (for sculptures and relaxing)
  4. Musee L’Orangerie (for 50 ft long Monets)  
  5. Champs de Mars 
  6. Social Club (for night)
  7. Cha Cha Cha (for night)
  8. Lebanese food 
  9. Centre Pompidou // Restaurant Georges on the top
  10. Sacre Coure
  11. Roaming Montemarte

I will add more as they come back to me…

Top | Who What Wear for Target    Jeans | AYR     Scarf | Vintage     Glasses | Etnia Barcelona    Hat | Stetson    Shoes | Shoe Dazzle     Bag | Prive    Photos | Elaine Torres

Bon Jour, Stripes

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I couldn’t help but feel a bit French in this dress, don’t you agree? Like many, I’m a sucker for stripes — I seriously think I could be happy wearing a striped piece everyday of the week. The thing that drew me to this particular dress is the cut. After all, a draw string waist is a surefire way to be comfortable all day, and a floaty hem is flirty and flattering. I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I studied abroad in Paris back in 2008 and still cite France as my favorite country. Paris was the first European city I really got to explore and call home. Funny enough, I didn’t see a SINGLE person wearing stripes there… Just a little food for fashion thought.

Navy screams to be paired with equally bold colors, like red, hence why I added on a red and light blue silk scarf around the neck for a nautical touch. I’ve been in backpack mode recently, and this tan leather lover is a new addition. I also recently snagged these leather Soludos, which I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and I like how they are casual yet elevated.

Per the usual, you can shop my look below! I highly suggest you get a pair of leather Soludos yourself for summer! And let me know what you think of the look in the comments 🙂 xx

Dress | Shonajoy     Shoes | Soludos    Backpack | Prive    Glasses | Perverse    Scarf | Vintage   Photos | Elaine Torres