There are few things more satisfying than putting reality on hold for a few days and escaping to your ideal vacation. You’ve worked hard all season, you’re running on four cups of coffee a day, and all you want to do is relax with your Delia Owens hardcover overlooking a sunset. (And catch up on sleep.) Whatever your ideal vacation is, you’re most likely doing things you wouldn’t be able to do on a regular basis. Things that you can indulge in; things that you truly enjoy. One of my favorite parts of getting away is that I get to choose a new character every morning when I’m getting dressed. I have nowhere that I need to be and no one that expects me to look a certain way, which is a truly freeing feeling for a stylist. Maybe I’ll lean nautical one day, and go completely edgy the next. Marrying inspiration from my surroundings with my own personality – and a bit of whimsical flair – is often my outfit formula of choice when I’m on holiday. And during my most recent trip to the Caribbean, I was inspired by the street markets’ vibrant colors and the breezy sea waves.
When it comes to closet staples, I’m a big believer in a few things: high-waisted denim, a little bit of sequin and sparkle, statement jackets, and of course – animal print. A bit less traditional than the “you need a beige trench coat in your closet” mantra, but trust me – these are just as useful, if not more so. I mention these particular items because of the versatility factor. Versatility is a quality that I look for when shopping, because it means that I’m able to get the most for my money and style the items in multiple ways, for different kinds of occasions and seasons. They’re timeless pieces that stay relevant despite ever-changing trends. They’re styles that I feel comfortable investing in for the long run. And one of my most recent animal print purchases from Alice + Olivia has my heart purring.
At the beginning of the summer, I visited one of my favorite getaway spots in Newport, Rhode Island. Donning stripes and funky prints was just one way I channeled my inner nautical queen in a modern and fun way that weekend, and I recently returned to enjoy the beachy ambiance once more. This time, I set out for more inspiration to fuel unique seaside looks. I do love a traditional silhouette – but if you know me, you know I love a chic twist just as much as a classic staple. Continue Reading
During the summer, I’m always looking for excuses to channel my inner beach bum. Lucky for me, I was recently in Santa Monica and was totally inspired by the gorgeous scenery. The challenge of incorporating resort wear into my daily outfits is a fun one, and working with summertime prints is one of the easiest ways to do this. One of my favorite prints of all time, the lush banana leaf, was inspiration for this particular look. The tropical foliage reminds me of my favorite place to stay in L.A. — The Beverly Hills Hotel! Small nuances and overlaps between fashion and interior design have always intrigued me. If it was acceptable to wear this print all year round, you know I would.