What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …
Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is here. Find awesome deals on spring styles at up to 40% off. I’ve scoured the entire sale so you don’t have to. Shop my top picks here with items under $50, $75, and $100.
Dresses Under $50
Dresses Under $75
Dresses Under $100
Tops Under $50
See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?
How was everyone’s Mother’s Day? I spent some quality time showering my mother with love. Naturally I planned way in advance and booked a table at swanky Taco Bell. Just kidding! We went to Cooper’s Hawk, a nice chain restaurant near my house. My parents are humble people and don’t require fancy things to impress them. They asked me to help choose some things from the menu. When the potstickers arrived, they were like, “Wow! It’s just like wearmie,” an Indian dish we make at home. They proceeded to compare its wrapper to roti. If they can find a similarity to an Indian dish, it’s a winner! My mom was happy when the waiter brought her a carnation. And I was just happy to hang out with the cool crew for an afternoon.
Right now, I’m obsessed with simple and cute maxis like this one from J.Jill. The A-line cut of the J.Jill linen tank dress gives the horizontal stripes an extra bit of shape. A skinny paisley scarf adds a subtle mix of prints while a navy jacket adds texture. I can’t resist mixing different shades of the same color. And of course, I adore dresses with pockets. The more the merrier.
When it comes to spring blues, these are anything but sad. I love this spring look and it’s going on repeat this season.
Happy May everyone! We are well into spring with all the April showers hopefully behind us haha, and May flowers yet to come. Spring is about new beginnings, and also apparently endings with the TV season about to come to a close. While I love spring, I do get a little sad when my shows go on hiatus. Thankfully Netflix is here to help us through the “bleak summer” of television. Some of the shows I am eager to try include: The Get Down Part 2 (Part 1 was flashy and fun), Girlboss, Cable Girls, Chewing Gum, and Dear White People. What’s in your queue?
My new favorite bucket bag from Hieleven in blush. It’s not quite pink, but more of a blush nude. I think this makes it much more versatile because it will go with a lot more looks. Naturally, I paired it with this J.Jill navy blouse because navy and blush are a match made in heaven. What do you think?
What I’m Watching Now
Anyone watch 13 Reasons Why yet? I binged it in three days. It was super suspenseful, and incredibly heart wrenching. I admit I do enjoy watching teen dramas (I’m a huge OC fan from back in the day) even though I am now well out of that age bracket. But we were all teens at some point and understand how tough high school was. The show touched on the culture of bullying in a school atmosphere and how little by little it can eat away at a person’s soul. It’s really hard for an outside party to judge the extent of someone’s suffering, unless the sufferer trusts them enough to let them in. And that is hard because talking about mental health issues is tough enough these days. Some critics say the show drew out the story. I think it was important to spend enough time on how each character was involved and how they were affected. I highly recommend this show, but you will be affected. I am still in a bit of a funk. But it’s a good opportunity to consider how suicide is never a good solution. You leave behind a lot of suffering and the opportunity to live a better life if you get the help you need.
I also started Girlboss. I’m two episodes in, but I’m not quite sure I like it. To be honest, Sophia’s character is a bit annoying at first. Although it usually takes me a bit to warm up to a show. Case in point: I got stuck on episode one of Breaking Bad and have yet to continue. I’ll keep you posted though.
What are you eager to watch in your Netflix queue? I’d love some good recommendations.
The perfect day for sailing at Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis, MO
Missouri doesn’t have crystal blue seas, palm trees or white sandy beaches. But we do have lakes and lots of them. From the Lake of the Ozarks, the closest thing to the Hamptons around here, to Creve Coeur Lake, just 20 minutes from my home in St. Louis, there are a few golden gems. If you go early in the morning to Creve Coeur Lake, you’ll spy local university crew teams practicing, the occasional sailboat speeding along the horizon, and a fisherman or two waiting eagerly for the day’s catch. It’s a gorgeous place to go for a stroll when you need to get away from it all. The spring breeze and a sunny day at the lake are a tough combination to beat. I strolled along the beach in a bathing suit for the first time in a long time and it felt delightful. Something about the sand between your toes and the sun on your skin does a body good.
I am seriously crushing on this Clementine one-piece bathing suit from Albion Fit. Not only does it feel like a second skin, but the citrus inspired print makes me feel like summer is already here. I’m a one-piece kind of girl, so a refreshing print is a great way to punch things up. While the front is more modest, the back draws attention in all the right ways with the criss-cross ties, which also slim your waistline. This suit is definitely going with me everywhere on my travels this summer. Find a range of flattering styles from stripes to palm prints, florals and sheers, peplums and even off the shoulder looks. I’m also super in love with Albion Fit’s mix and match styles. Use code BNBSOCIAL15 for 15% off your purchase here!
Just a little light print mixing today. I’m in love with this subtly sequined striped blazer from Banana Republic (on sale now for under $50). It’s a great way top off a casual look with a little something extra.
I haven’t met a stripe I didn’t love yet. And of course stripes and florals are a match made in heaven. Throw this blazer on top of a white tee and distressed boyfriend jeans for a laid back look. Or pair it with flowing maxi for a more romantic style. Either way, I love adding a hint of sparkle, don’t you?
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood — the perfect day for a stroll in the park. I’d totally wear this look and a big tote for fresh groceries to the farmer’s market. This leisurely linen dress from J.Jill can be worn on its own, but I love turning a dress into a tunic for a more modest, laid back look. Top it all off with a straw hat to keep the sun at bay, and we’re good to go. This one is under $50.
One of my favorite things about spring is seeing all the flowering trees blooming from the cherry blossoms, to the magnolias, and also the dogwoods. We have a beautiful canopy of trees that line the entrance to our neighborhood. It’s like driving through nature’s version of a military wedding salute. At peak bloom, it literally takes my breath away. What do you love about spring?
Happy weekend lovelies! It’s a bright one here in St. Louis. I’m living the high life with an extra dose of sunny Vitamin D. I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine wherever you are. Today’s outfit of the day features the ubiquitous off the shoulder trend. I’ve styled this black and white striped off the shoulder dress with subtle pops of color because this frock speaks for itself.
The wrap around design around the top gives you sexy shoulders, while covering up any arm chub. God knows how hard I work to slim down those suckers. Well I do everything except cut out chocolate and carbs haha. A girl’s gotta have simple pleasures, right?
This dress has a such a flattering silhouette. The horizontal stripes emphasize the bust line, while vertical stripes lengthen and trim from the waist down. Plus there are pockets, which are always a plus in my book. The fabric is a bit heavy, so you may prefer to wear it in spring over summer. For some, the fabric around the shoulders tends to shift around, so perhaps try a petite size.
When this dress first caught my eye, I knew I had to have it. The vibrant shade of yellow is a striking color. The dress certainly made waves on my Instagram when I first teased this photo below. So I know I’m not alone in my love for this bandhini gown by Crazyheart.
Designer Ruchi Jain is the brains behind Crazyheart, a contemporary womenswear brand from Jaipur. Ruchi melds traditional Rajasthani tie dye techniques with cutting edge silhouettes. Her designs have been featured in the Indian version of Grazia, Vogue, and Femina. This gown in particular was on the cover of Conde Nast Traveller India.
What I love about Ruchi’s designs are the unexpected forms she creates with her hand dyed materials. This particular gown has a lovely flared skirt, perfect for an all-night dance fest, and a sexy cut out back. If you check out her lookbook, she’s created vibrant bandhini and tie dye prints in paperbag harem pants, button-down shirts, hi-low midis, and more.
Her equally talented sister Ritu Jain Singh, who I’ve featured before, co-owns their Jaipur store Kalee with her. The boutique showcases a melange of independent designers from around India. The two necklaces I’ve layered together by Micare were purchased at Kalee. Consult the sisters to curate your dream Indian wardrobe with everything from traditional ethnic Indianwear to fusion Eastwest styles.