CURRENTLY COVETING

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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? 

I actually own the DVF clutch above and it’s one of my closet staples. It’s sophisticated and versatile, but there are other colors available if you’re not on the market for a black clutch.

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

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SALE AWAY

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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…)

BB Dakota dressRivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Coach bag | Lulu Frost necklace | Hermes bracelet | Vrai & Oro ring c/o Cynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: KAROLINE BOLT

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. 

Shop It: Kaley Bracelet, $249 | Kenner Double Drop Earrings, $179 | Kimberly Ring, $299 | Kenner Necklace, $699 | Kenner Studs, $199 | Kaley Necklace, $229 | Kaley Studs, $199

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NEUTRAL ZONE

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. 

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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 shortsRivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Coach bag | Gerard Yosca necklace c/o | Hermes bracelet | Daniel Wellington watch c/oVrai & Oro ring c/oCynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals

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HOME, SWEET HOME

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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

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PACKING LIST | VERSAILLES

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Today’s packing list for Versailles comes from Aimee of Little Luxury List

We may not all know what it would be like to live like royalty. But if you are in Versailles, you can definitely get a taste of the good life. Versailles is known for its Château de Versailles and is a former seat of French power.
But that’s not why my husband and I love it. We fell in love with with the tree-lined streets particularly in the morning when the dew dropped heavily from lush leaves. We also enjoyed meandering through the grounds of the great Château de Versailles keeping mental tabs on areas that would have been perfect for picnicking (if you don’t mind the occasional goat!). We were awed on a daily basis not only by the beautiful greenery, but the stately architecture throughout the town—imagine classic moldings, tall chandeliers, and beautifully embellished exteriors as well as interiors.  I would visit again in a heartbeat with baby in tow and my style would reflect Versailles’ understated elegance.
  1. A perfect layering t-shirt keeps me cool and comfortable.

  2. Fitted pants allow me to walk around for hours and rest on the occasional patch of grass.

  3. Classic, but whimsical studs are fun and wearable.

  4. A scarf is an great layering piece for cooler mornings and evenings. It also doubles well for covering a little one!

  5. Flats are essential footwear for walking around the cobblestone streets
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PACKING LIST | LONDON

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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!  

  1. 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.

  2. One can never go wrong with a striped top, no matter what the season.

  3. A leather tote will do wonders for carrying along guide books and stashing little souvenirs from shops as you explore.

  4. 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.

  5. Battling the elements can make hair unmanageable but slipping in a headband helps control flyaways. 

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PACKING LIST | JAIPUR

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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:

  1. 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.  

  2. A soft leather tote doesn’t burden your shoulders while carrying a water bottle, sunscreen and other essentials while playing tourist.

  3. 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). 

  4. The perfect summer dress to reflect the harsh sunlight while keeping in mind the modesty factor required when in Indian crowds.

  5. 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.

  6. A hat also shields you from the sun.
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PACKING LIST | THE BAY AREA

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Today’s packing list for The Bay Area comes from Lindsay of Middle of Somewhere

I was lucky enough to live in The Bay Area for about three years while attending graduate school and I look forward to each and every time I am able to go back to visit. San Jose has a special place in my heart because that is where I lived and was able to make so many new friends who I still keep in touch with to this day. That’s why visiting this area is so special to me. San Francisco stole my heart from my first visit there. It is such an amazing city because every time you visit, you can find a new neighborhood to explore that is completely different from the next. I always try to pack clothes that can transition from one activity to the next and are comfortable enough to walk around and explore in all day.
  1. SF Giants hat: Because you can’t make a trip to San Francisco  without making sure to catch a Giants game.

  2. Old Navy Cardigan: The weather can often be random and unpredictable in the Bay Area, so I always make sure to have a cardigan or light jacket on stand by, especially in the summer time.

  3. Gap Boyfriend Jeans: Boyfriend jeans are the perfect transition piece to wear during the day or to dress up at night with a blazer and heels for a nice dinner—preferably a nice Italian meal in North Beach! 

  4. Rebecca Minkoff Purse: You can’t go wrong with a lightweight crossbody bag while sightseeing around the city all day.

  5. Steve Madden Sneakers: Comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially when braving the hills of San Francisco.

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PACKING LIST | SANTORINI

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Hi there, it’s Jillian from Cornflake Dreams. I am so excited to guest post today about one of the prettiest place I have ever visited: Santorini. The small island off of Greece’s mainland is home to a beautiful caldera full of bright white and blue buildings, with the Aegean sea below. The island is relaxed and you can spend all day exploring cliff-side restaurants and small churches. Keep your clothes casual and don’t forget to pack a swimsuit (and sunscreen)!
 
For the beachBlue Colorblock tunic with a pretty patterned swimsuit (I like this hibiscus floral print) + retro sunnies.
 

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