a pop of pink for spring

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One of my absolute favorite things to do when the weather is nice is spend a morning at the farmer’s market. This past Saturday, went to the one in Winter Park which was a total delight. There are dogs everywhere, lemonade and kombucha stands, tons of fresh flowers and produce, and the weather was absolutely perfect.

For the market, I wore a pair of navy tie-front shorts from J.Crew with a white tank top from Everlane, denim jacket, and little wrap sandals. To add a little color element to this almost entirely navy look, I added a pink Madewell scarf around my neck. Little neck scarves are one of my favorite go-to accessories these days because they’re such a versatile piece to add a bit of interest to your wardrobe.

Tie it around your neck like this or around the handle of your basket bag or tote. You can wear it in your hair as a headband, wrapped around your ponytail, or even on your wrist as a bracelet. My favorite place to buy scarves is either vintage or Madewell, but a trick I use sometimes is to buy wraparound headbands like this one and simply wear it around my neck.

pretty things no. 38

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Happy Saturday! I’m heading to the farmer’s market in Winter Park this morning to smell the flowers and find some local ingredients for a dessert I’m baking soon. I’m in the full swing of celebrating the spring season and before we know it, we’ll be transitioning into summer. This 38th edition of Pretty Things is all about dusty rose, a color I’m loving for spring that also works well for your summer wardrobe.

This Evi Grintela dress is like my spring fantasies come to life. From the floral toile print to the color and the exaggerated sleeves, this is a piece that makes me want to jet off to Provence with a camera and a tote bag full of flowers. I also love that Net-a-Porter styles the dress with these Rosantica earrings and Ulla Johnson basket bag. Flawless.

Usually, we’re all about sandals for spring and summer, but I love a good block heel ankle boot when the mood calls for it. This pair from Paul Andrew come in the most gorgeous shade of dusty rose with wood detail on the heel.

I’ve been so into wide leg pants lately because there’s something so freeing about not wearing skinny jeans, plus they’re super flattering. This pair of pink cords from Ganni are the perfect thing for spring. I love the idea of pairing it with a floral blouse and nude slides or a white t-shirt and denim jacket.

I just can’t get over round bags! They add such a great pop of visual interest to any outfit just because of the shape alone. This particular bag from Simon Miller is great because it genuinely works for every season.

One thing I love adding to my summer beauty routine is a body oil. The consistency makes more sense in the heat than a cream, plus you can often find ones with shimmer like this one from African Botanics, a clean beauty brand. Their marula body oil is shimmering gold, perfect for that bronzed beach look.

One accessory every girl needs for spring/summer is a great hat like this straw fedora from Rag & Bone that’s the perfect addition to your everyday t-shirt and denim shorts or a beachy maxi dress.

what i'm packing for my trip to europe

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I’m about two weeks out from my trip to Europe and am so excited. We’re spending my birthday in London, then hopping over to the Netherlands (as my family heritage is very, very Dutch. In fact, my ancestors were some of the first Dutch settlers of New York, making us Knickerbockers!). I'm a big planner and get pretty extra in the planning process so I’ve been sketching out my outfit ideas for weeks already and have finally gotten it down to what I think will be my final packing list.

I’ve left a few things off this list like my pajamas and workout clothes, but those things have little relevance to my daily outfits so I decided to keep this list more streamlined. I’m only taking a carry-on, which would have once been daunting to me but after living in NYC, I’ve become adept at packing light. The trick is to plan your outfits ahead of time, pack smart (I use the Kon-Mari folding method), and choose pieces you’ll be able to mix and match.

A little background on what I’m expecting in terms of weather and activities that I kept in mind when choosing what to pack. The weather should be in the high 60s during the day, getting a little chillier at night. We’re not expecting much rain, but you never know in these areas, so I kept that possibility in mind. In London, most of our activities will be exploring the city and having picnics in the park, then going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour which, of course, requires a certain look.

As for the Netherlands, things are a little less structured but I’ve considered outfits that work for cycling as well as a look for a day spent outdoors, when we go out of the city and into the forest near the border of Holland and Germany. I needed something sporty for that day, but also pulled together and cozy.

packing for ten days in Europe

10) Statement Raffia Earrings - I’m definitely a statement earring girl, so I’ll be bringing my raffia pair as well as a vintage white shell pair, pearl studs, and my classic diamond studs.

11) Blue & White Printed Scarf - To give basic outfits a girly, spring vibe, I’m packing two scarves (one is a short, pink neck scarf) including a blue + white printed one to wear with sweaters and jeans.

12) White Converse - These are my favorite travel shoes because they endure everything. I don’t want to pack my big wellies for this trip, so I’m taking the white Converse because they do well in the rain or shine.

13) Beige Suede Slides - I adore my beige slides! They’re the perfect balance of casual and dressy, depending on how you style them.

14) Small Basket Bag - Since it is spring after all, I can’t travel without my favorite basket bag.

15) Barrington Tote - My Barrington tote is the perfect travel bag. I’ll carry it on the plane and use it on days when I need to carry more with me, such as my camera or snacks.

16) Instax Mini 8 - I actually bought this camera just for this trip (and I’ll use it in the future, too) because I want to be able to have cute little polaroids to put in my journal.

17) Fujifilm x-t20 - I’m also, of course, taking my mirrorless Fujifilm x-t20 camera and 35 mm lens to use for taking photos around the city.

18) Trench Coat - You can’t very well go to London or Amsterdam, in my opinion, without a trench coat. I’m actually taking two (which I plan on sharing and swapping out), one that’s lighter and one a little bulkier just in case.

19) Rain Jacket - So that poor weather can’t ruin the day, I’m packing my hooded rain jacket.

20) Wide Brim Hat - As another way of re-styling a simple outfit, I’m taking my wide brim brown hat.

1) Gingham Day Dress - I’m taking a fun, periwinkle gingham dress to (hopefully) wear on our day in Notting Hill and Kensington Palace Gardens because I think the color will be so fun surrounded by all of the pastel buildings and flowers.

2) White Cashmere Sweater - I love this versatile sweater because cashmere works in so many different climates. I’ll be pairing this with my jeans and various accessories.

3) Black Square Neck Blouse - This square neck blouse is so flattering and looks especially good with gold jewelry and statement earrings. It will definitely be a piece that I rewear as much as possible.

4) White Tee - The perfect layering piece, right? I plan on wearing it quite a bit under my cardigan and trench coats, styled with scarves and different necklaces.

5) Black Silk Camisole - Another good layering piece, I love wearing black camisoles for any occasion, dressed up or down. I will probably wear with with my cardigan and Lululemon leggings for our outdoorsy day.

6) Long Beige Cardigan - One of my favorite outer layers is a thin, beige cardigan that I wear all the time at home to the point that it’s almost like a comfort blanket.

7) Blue High-Waisted Jeans - One of two pairs of jeans I’m taking with me, my blue high-waisted pair from Madewell are so comfortable and flattering.

8) Black High-Waisted Jeans - Black skinny jeans have been my go-to for years. I’ll mix and match them with everything else I bring as they are a perfect base for any outfit.

9) Gold Pendant Necklace - To dress my outfits up, I’m bringing a couple of different gold necklaces.

style inspiration: brooklyn (2015)

One of my favorite things to read on the internet are Jane’s posts about fashion in film, likely because I too gain so much inspiration, visual or otherwise, from movies and always love a brilliantly shot film with a distinct aesthetic. For instance, as soon as the opening credits rolled in the theater for Call Me By Your Name, I said to myself, “Yes. I know I’m going to love this.” There are just some movies where the visuals stick with me long after.

One of such movies is Brooklyn (2015) starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson, a movie set in the 1950s about a girl who immigrates from her small town in Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, based on the book of the same name by Colm Tóibín. The main character, Eilis, played by Saoirse Ronan, wears the most incredible outfits throughout the film that give so much inspiration for the loveliest spring wardrobe you can imagine.

From the dresses and printed skirts to the little cardigans and super chic bags she carries, there are so many ideas to pick up from Eilis’s looks that can easily be made appropriate for a more modern girl. My go-to when seeking out pieces that fit for this story was Julia Engel’s brand Gal Meets Glam. Her vintage inspired dresses look so similar to a lot of what’s seen in the film that it makes me wonder if she used it as inspiration. Look below for some pieces and four outfit ideas to give a little pop of ‘50s to your spring/summer wardrobe.

five outfits for spring activities

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It’s April which means it is officially, officially spring, right? In Florida, we’re having this strange, pleasant thing where it actually feels like spring. Usually, we just skip right to summer with its boiling weather but this year, it’s been so nice outside! By nice, I mean perfect, as in mid-60s to low 70s, breezy, and lots of sunshine which makes for a flawless climate for all the spring activities.

visiting the flower market //
It could be your local farmer’s market or a dedicated flower market like the ones in Europe but either way, this look will not do you wrong. Try a feminine white blouse with your favorite jeans (I love that this pair have the raw hem) then add a block heel for chic comfort and a colorful statement bag for spring like this pink gingham one from Mansur Gavriel.

brunch al fresco //
Shocked I didn’t pick a basket bag? Well, I did get that texture in there with the espadrilles. For a spring brunch outdoors on the patio, I love this take on a picnic-inspired wrap dress paired with a ladylike pastel top handle bag, espadrilles, and of course, big tortoise shell sunglasses. This look would be so cute with messy beach hair or an effortless top knot.

bike riding through the park //
This is one of those looks you need to be practical enough to get outdoors on a bike, but you still want to make it a cute moment. For that, I like a navy-and-white striped, boyish sweater with white wide-leg jeans, a little powder blue purse and chic leather sandals (that won’t fall off). This would also look great with a pair of trainers subbed in for the sandals.

rainy day errands //
There’s always those inevitable rainy days in spring that throw a wrench into our cute outfit plans, but it doesn’t have to be that way! When you’re out on a rainy day, go with your usual cute dress but layer over a trench coat, swap your sandals for wellies, and don’t forget your umbrella.

spring break vacation //
If you’re off to a beach or an island somewhere for your spring vacation, I have an outfit that will work from the pool to lunch and back. Go for a pretty floral or solid pastel playsuit and pair with white leader slide sandals, sunglasses, then top it off with your cutest sun hat.