You may have noticed me babbling about Julie Vos’ online sample sale yesterday on social media. It’s such a good opportunity to score a beautiful piece of gemstone jewelry (like the earrings above) for a song with plenty of time to wear it before summer transitions to fall. A couple of my favorite Julie Vos pieces are included in the sale: a three-tiered pair of crystal and sapphire blue earrings, an eye-catching chalcedony ring, and the unique gemstone ring I just added to my collection. Shop a few of my other favorites below, all coming in at under $100:
Last night, I was trying to get the perfect photo for Instagram to show that my new Ferragamos match the painting I created for our bedroom when I heard a laugh behind me. Dave was poised with his phone taking photos of me taking photos of my shoes. I scoffed, “ain’t no shame” and when about my business. Until he threatened to share it via Shapchat with one of our friends. I pleaded with him to keep it private and send it only to me. I promptly made it public on Instagram. I look ridiculous, but this is what blogging is, folks, and I suspect we’ve all had an awkward photo moment once or twice.
Here’s to a weekend filled with awkward poses and situations to get the perfect shot for your blogs next week! Around here, the week will bring some of our trip photos (finally), an interview with the woman behind Kira Kira and a giveaway, my thoughts on Birkenstocks and a French Wardrobe update.
P.S. You should check out Margaret Elizabeth’s weekend sample sale for incredible deals on gemstone jewelry. I bought these in black onyx and moonstone. Sign up for the mailing list for another 15% off. Shipping is just $5.(View comments)
For me, this summer was all about loose, comfortable pieces. I’m anxious for a return to ladylike silhouettes this fall, starting with this dark floral skirt. It’s at the top of my fall shopping list. What’s topping your must-have list?
Have you had a chance to shop the Tory Burch private sale? There’s not a lot left, but there are still great pieces in the regular sale section on the site. I love this pretty blue dress and this ’60s-inspired swingy top.(View comments)
One of the biggest perks to living in Madison is visiting Bop, Shopbop’s original—and only—brick and mortar store, during Maxwell Street Days. The sales include online returns that have been worn, are in need of repair or items the retailer decided not to stock. This year, I bought a pair of turquoise Ferragamo Varina flats for $200 (see them here). The bottoms were scuffed and there’s a small smudge on the bow, but everything else is in great condition. (And if we’re being honest, the small imperfections make me less nervous to wear them.) I also found this dress for $20, which I suspect is because of the tiniest, almost imperceptible black pen spot on one of the white stripes. It was an easy piece to wear on one of the warmest days in Brussels.
I do prefer the dress with a pair of black heels (not happening on cobblestones) or pointed flats, but my feet were so swollen on this trip that I could only wear these sandals. Every. Single. Day. (It’s really a shame the other shoes I brought didn’t make an appearance. It was a lot of wasted suitcase space that could have been used to bring back more Delftware…)View comments)
Heavily influenced by the shapes in Art Deco architecture, Karoline Bolt launched her namesake brand of covetable gems just this year. As a child, Karoline and her sisters would play dress up with their grandmother’s heirlooms and you’ll see that sentiment reflected in her jewelry: each piece is named after a family member and each piece repurposes items from the past with recycled metals. She uses locally sourced opals, turquoise and onyx set in either sterling silver, gold-plated brass or 14k gold, giving you an array of options—and price points—to find the perfect piece.View comments)
After countless hours of travel, a 90-minute nap and one quick shower, I slipped this on for our first evening exploring Belgium. I was absolutely exhausted and elastic-waist shorts with a slouchy sweater is about as close to pajamas as you can get.
Ladies have been waxing poetic about these shorts since they were released and I promise that they’re as good as everyone says they are. Plus, you can go down a size. (Keep in mind that they’re pretty delicate. Wash them on the gentle cycle in a lingerie bag and line dry.)
J.Crew sweater | J.Crew shorts | Rivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Coach bag | Gerard Yosca necklace c/o | Hermes bracelet | Daniel Wellington watch c/o | Vrai & Oro ring c/o| Cynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals(View comments)
We’re back from our Belgian getaway! We did so much in such a short amount of time that I need a few days to take it all in and flip through 2,000 trip photos with Dave privately before publishing any online! Let me know if you’re wondering about anything in particular. I’m penning an email to a reader with some of my must-sees and advice. I’ll relay the info in a post along with any other things you’re curious about.
I also want to thank all of the ladies who submitted guest posts while I was gone. I’m grateful—and humbled—by your willingness to help out!
I’m going to be MIA from the Internet for the rest of the week enjoying time at home with the cat and imbibing at the Great Taste of the Midwest (as if we needed more beer…). I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday! xoxo(View comments)
Today’s packing list for Versailles comes from Aimee of Little Luxury List:
- A perfect layering t-shirt keeps me cool and comfortable.
- Fitted pants allow me to walk around for hours and rest on the occasional patch of grass.
- Classic, but whimsical studs are fun and wearable.
- A scarf is an great layering piece for cooler mornings and evenings. It also doubles well for covering a little one!
- Flats are essential footwear for walking around the cobblestone streets
Today’s packing list for London comes from Marissa of Thoughts from a Coffee Shop:
I went to London two summers ago and instantly fell in love with everything about it. The museums are wonderful, afternoon tea is a trend I can get behind and I love the rain showers that pop up mid-afternoon. While in London get ready to eat fish and chips, learn a ton of history and walk up and down quaint little streets. Who knows, you may just pick up a British accent!
- To combat the daily showers, bring along a raincoat. This trench will keep you dry and looking pulled together, even after wandering around the tube station.
- One can never go wrong with a striped top, no matter what the season.
- A leather tote will do wonders for carrying along guide books and stashing little souvenirs from shops as you explore.
- Good walking shoes are a must but skip the athletic ones, unless you want to be labeled as a tourist! These ones provide support but blend in with the locals.
- Battling the elements can make hair unmanageable but slipping in a headband helps control flyaways.
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Today’s packing list for Jaipur comes from reader Yukthi Aggarwal:
There will be hardly any person who loves exotic locations and hasn’t fantasized about taking a trip to Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan, a state rich in heritage, festivities, culture, colors, and beautiful forts and palaces, this city is vibrant with extremely warm people. Having my roots in the state and just a few hours’ drive from my hometown New Delhi, I have visited the city many times and get mesmerized every time. But, situated near the desert its generally hot around throughout the year with blazing sun during the day. So, here are my essentials to carry while in this city:
- You cannot go around the city famous for colors and jewelry without adding a piece to your outfit but summers call for something simple. And this is it.
- A soft leather tote doesn’t burden your shoulders while carrying a water bottle, sunscreen and other essentials while playing tourist.
- The beautiful forts and palaces are not only huge in area but also some of them are on peak tops and require climbing on rocky terrain. A good pair of flats is a life saver to explore the city (not to forget the rocky Indian roads).
- The perfect summer dress to reflect the harsh sunlight while keeping in mind the modesty factor required when in Indian crowds.
- You need a lot of protection from sun while touring around the city. A scarf and a pair of sunglasses are just the prerequisites before stepping out in the city.
- A hat also shields you from the sun.