Before we find ourselves in the middle of a full-on major crab shortage, my friends and I are gathering for an amazing feast in Bethesda this weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny and hot…bring on the old bay, butter and good times.
This casual afternoon get together calls for cutoffs, a great tee and some fun jewels.
After seeing these shoes on the brand’s website, I began to stumble upon a lot of palm (and banana leaf) print clothing and accessories. Here are just a few of my favorites. These all make me feel like packing a beach bag and jetting off to a tropical locale immediately.
When I saw these positively stunning pants pop up on my computer screen I immediately thought the print and style were so perfect for summer (the wide leg design lets our limbs breathe in this crazy hot weather). I can already imagine them paired with my favorite vintage tees.
The pants are just one of the many amazing pieces from Australian designer Kym Ellery, who launched her line Ellery in 2007 (btw…I’m so excited to see such fabulous designers coming out of AU lately).
I fell upon these YSL heels a while ago during one of my marathon pinning sessions. They’ve got me feeling all patriotic and really helped fuel my inspiration for this post. Here’s a look at some of my favorite star and stripe print items.
Pencil skirts have become my signature item for work this summer. (Carine Roitfeld, one of my style icons, has been inspiring me a lot these days).
Pencil skirts are a classic piece that you can dress up or down. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve become slightly obsessed with the J.Crew No.2 pencil skirt. They are available in an endless amount of colors and patterns and include a slight stretch in the cotton, which allows for a great fit. I love to pair this one with my favorite white t-shirts and accessorize with incredibly fun shoes.
What I wouldn’t give to be sitting poolside (or on the beach) with a great book right now (I just went to Jill Kargman’s book signing of The Rock Star in Seat 3A and I can’t wait to get my read on). Instead, I’m in the office counting down the days until my next summer vaca (only a few short weeks away…thank goodness). Until then, I’m dreaming about the swimwear I’d love to be lounging around in.
Mara Hoffman's colorful prints have certainly caught my eye. And don't sleep on Target. They have some really great, affordable swimsuits and coverups.
Here are three looks I’ve pulled together. What do you think?
I bought this Geren Ford maxi dress off of Gilt Groupe a few months ago (it was a steal!). It’s the perfect summer dress for brunch in DC or for a stroll around my favorite beach town.
When it comes to clothing I like things simple, so I can go crazy with accessories. The color and design of this maxi dress makes it the perfect canvas for any color accoutrement (last week peach jewels, next week yellow…or maybe red).
I was waiting and waiting until the weather was nice enough to jump into this dress. I finally had a chance to wear it to dinner over Memorial Day weekend in Greenport and I can’t wait to wear it again. I have a feeling this maxi dress will be one of my summer staples.
That’s So Fabulous Friday is back. Since it has been a few weeks, I thought I’d share something extra fab.
Ever since I set eyes on this Roksanda Ilincic dress I haven’t stopped thinking about the sleeves, oh the lantern sleeves. The look is so unique and classy. I’m ready to start installing these sleeves on every dress I own (okay, maybe that’s taking it a little too far, but seriously…this is fabulous).
I received my first crossbody bag for Christmas in 2009. It was a beautiful Tory Burch bag with studs (I still use all the time). I think…no, I know it changed my commuting life. Finally, my hands were free. I could read a book, carry my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and hold onto the subway railing all at the same time…GENIUS.
From that moment on, I’ve been a champion of crossbody bags. In fact, I just bought a Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. to add to my growing collection. How else am I supposed to carry all those shopping bags on the metro, especially in this hot and humid weather in DC??
Here are some of my favorites. I urge you to invest!
I just returned from a week-long trip to LA for work. I traveled here in 2006 and wasn’t really feeling it, so I was super excited to get back to LA and give it a second chance. It took all of about a minute for the city to fall back into my good graces. I stepped off the plane at LAX and I knew, immediately, it was love.
Now, I didn’t have time to explore the entire city (I’ll be back for that for sure), but the design of my hotel interior (The Standard Downtown LA) was enough to launch my mind into inspiration overload (I’m all of a sudden wanting to buy up grey and yellow frocks and baubles).
Here are a few Instagram snaps of the week (shame on me for not taking more photos).
If anyone has restaurant, bar or shopping recommendations for LA, I’ll take them for my next trip.
It’s been a busy few weeks (I’m talking very busy) and I feel horrible for leaving you guys hanging.
This past weekend, I was so thankful to have the chance to travel out to Greenport, New York for Memorial Day festivities. Greenport is situated on the North Fork of Long Island and is chock-full of vineyards and great restaurants. It’s one of my favorite little towns.
I was so excited to enjoy some quality time with my besties, sit by the pool and eat lots of lobster rolls. I had been counting down the days to this little vaca since I can remember.
Here are a few of my favorite Instagram snaps from the weekend (to check out more click here).
That's So Fabulous Friday: J.Crew Vintage Cotton Tee
I’m always on the lookout for a great t-shirt, but many fall short of my expectations. I’m very picky…they must be long, they must be comfortable and they must not shrink after the first wash (grr…this happens way too much).
It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I don’t often come across a t-shirt that covers all three of my needs…until I tried out the J.Crew Vintage tee (worn and washed numerous times). I started with white one and have been back to the store twice for more colors. These are fabulous and oh, so comfortable!
What the Frock to Wear: Big Old Texas Wedding Weekend
Whip out the cowboy boots and mix up the margs, it’s time to fly to Texas to celebrate the nuptials of one of my favorite friends (oh, and let’s not forget Cinco de Mayo). Tomorrow, I’m traveling to Dallas and then jumping in a car with friends for a little road trip to Waxahachie.
I can’t wait to pick up some fun accoutrements from Pistols & Pearls (a magical store apparently situated next to the biggest gas station in the state) on our way.
So, what to wear to the festivities…cowboy boots and a fun dress, of course!
My friends can attest to the fact that my day of birth is probably one of my favorite holidays (more than Christmas). It usually involves bubbles (or margs), cake (last year Crumbs, this year Georgetown), a gathering of great friends and a certain birthday dance (a skip and a hop).
Today, I was reminiscing about birthdays past and realized I’ve never (never, ever) treated myself to anything on my birthday (yes, you read correctly…yes, I know, that is just crazy talk). Have you?
Well, I decided I’ve worked hard this year and I deserve a little treat. I put together a little birthday wish list and picked one item to gift myself (the rest will just have to wait). I finally settled on the most fabulous pair of shoes.
These little works of art are from Korean designer Bohyun Lee. This particular pair, by Lee’s brand Suecomma Bonnie, is sold by Shopbop as part of their ONE by Boutique. Major snaps to Lee for making such unique shoes (and they’re comfortable, too!). Stay tuned for some outfit posts (part of my New Year’s resolutions). These are sure to make many appearances.
Let’s be honest…I’ve never had a penchant for any piece of clothing in pink, but we’re smack dab in the middle of the cherry blossom season and the city is covered in a beautiful sea of pink (did I just get dropped into the wedding scene from Steel Magnolias?).
This dreamy scene has me jonesing for all kinds of pink dresses, shirts and accessories (what the heck?). I’m pretty sure this influenced my recent purchase of a certain pink heel. I feel a bit sassy after I slip on these shoes (maybe pink isn’t so bad after all).
Recap: Rock This Frock Goes to NYC For Work (and Some Fun)
I’m back in action…finally! The last week was spent in NYC for work and for a friend’s bachelorette party. It was great to be back in the old hood and spend time with friends, but it was busy. I took a little time off from the blog to recover.
Here is the story of the week/weekend as told through my instagram snaps (See more here).
My Old Hood/Lincoln Center at Night
Gorgeous Flowers From a Work Event/My Coworker Killing It With Mixed Prints
I don’t know about you, but skirts are my best friend in the warm weather (especially in DC). They are a necessity.
Peplums, pencils and pleats are all different styles I’m so looking forward to working into my wardrobe this spring. I’ve already built up a little collection of J.Crew No. 2 pencil skirts (violet and jade purchased, six more to go).
Here is a look at some of my favorites (Oh…and the Givenchy pencil skirt…a girl can dream…it was too beautiful not to include). What styles are you looking forward to strutting around in this spring?
Last week, I finally bought a pair of the Amoro heels and I have to say they’re FABULOUS. I’ve already worn them twice…not one red toe, not one blister, not one sore foot to show for it. Not very often does this happen when I’m breaking in a new pair of shoes. And when a girl finds a comfortable pair it’s just cruel not to pass on the knowledge. I consider this a huge shoe success.
I was recently doing some window shopping on the site of one of my all-time favorite stores, Colette (if you’re ever traveling to Paris, go here immediately).
While perusing through the site, I came across so many of these beautiful necklaces by EK Thongprasert, a brand founded by designer friends EK Thongprasert and Noon Passama S. Whether in green, lavender, pink or black, these silicon rubber baubles are unreal.
Pencil skirts are so classy and versatile, but add on some sequins and you’ve got fabulous. You can dress this one up with a silk blouse or go casual with a chambray shirt. Currently, the No. 2 pencil skirt goes for $695, so I’m stalking it until it goes on sale.
When I first saw both of these Giuseppe Zanotti shoes in a London storefront I immediately stopped in my tracks to gaze. I’ve continued to see them pop up while in my search for fun summer shoes (these are way out of my budget, but it’s okay to dream). These are, without a doubt, fabulous.
I’ve been peddling my little butt off in spin classes at ZenGo Fitness (best music EVER…while we’re at it…best spin class hands down). Last night while I was working up a sweat I got to thinking about what clothing I like to wear when I’m putting myself through this torture (don’t get me wrong, I feel so good afterward) and realized that I’ve recently been partial to Nike and lululemon (with a few pair of City Sports socks thrown in…they’re so freaking comfortable).
Just getting to the gym is tough enough, so I want my clothes to be comfortable, not fussy. Enter lululemon’s pullovers and wraps (not only are they great for the gym, they’re amazing for really long plane flights, too) and Wunder Under pants. I live down the street from a lululemon store, so this is not helping my obsession.
As for shoes, I just purchased a pair of Nike Free and I’m in love with them. They’re black and pink and I feel compelled to go to the gym every day just to show them off. More importantly, they’re extremely lightweight and fit my feet like a glove.
What do you like to wear when you hit the gym? What are the items that make your workout more enjoyable?
I’m a huge sports fan, so when I moved back to the DC area I decided to go in on a package of Washington Wizards tickets with my friends. Our marathon week of home games started this past Saturday.
Now, how to look good when cheering on your favorite team? I spiced up my Washington Wizards gear with this amazing bling from Ann Taylor (I bought this last year…but…hello…have you seen their amazing jewelry lately?) and a huge cocktail ring from Nordstrom (so glad to be within 10 miles of one these days).
Do you have a fave sports team? What do you wear when you’re out cheering them on?
As I looked out my office window yesterday evening, I thought…is it still light out at 6pm? Yes. Did I just switch to a lighter coat? Yes. This can only mean one thing…my favorite time of year is approaching…warm weather shopping.
Now, how to make sure I’m not wasting my money on items I don’t need? I made a major shopping list after I evaluated my closet (and so should you). If I’m feeling super crafty I’ll make a mood board.
I spent some time over the last few days picking out items that will enhance the outfits I already have and the trends I want to rock this season.
Here’s a look into my already long shopping list. What are you purchasing for spring?
Oversize Clutches: I’ve been dying to add a few oversize clutches to my closet ever since I spotted them all over the street style photos from NYFW this year. This one from ASOS is perfection.
Floral Trousers: I’m used to wearing black (all black), so these floral trousers from Topshop will help me ease into this trend that I’m looking forward to trying out.
Tribal Print Skirts: I’m salivating over this beautiful tribal print skirt from Balmain. Obvi, I’m going to be looking for a lower priced version, but a girl can dream.
Pastel Jeans: As I said before, I’m trying to step outside my comfort zone of wearing black, white and gray. I’ve never been big on pastels (ask my mother who tried to make me wear these colors when I was younger), but I’m so digging these mint jeans from DL1961.
Ankle Strap Heels: I love how delicate and sexy an ankle strap heel looks. The minute I saw Zara’s version online, they were in my shopping cart and on the way to my apartment.
This year’s Oscar dresses were full of sparkles, peplums and sleeves (and one fabulous cape). The colors of the night included simple hues of red, white and black. Here are my picks for best dressed. What are yours?
The other night I went through my closet to assess what clothes and accessories I need to get rid of (I hate a cluttered closet), what I have remaining and what I’ll need to stock up on for spring. Before I started my shopping list I wanted to identify the trends that would work best with my personal style.
Now, navigating through all of the trends for the upcoming spring season, from fabrics to colors to themes, can be super overwhelming. So, I’ve put together an overview of the ones I can actually identify with and want to wear. I’m really excited for pastels (wait…what? did I just say that?) and tribal print fabrics. What are your favorite trends for spring?
I FINALLY came across a fantastic bluish-gray fur scarf (one that I could afford) at Bloomingdale’s last weekend (thank you for having the most amazing sale ever!).
So, what happened when I paired my new scarf with my simple outfit staples for work?
Taking cues from the images above (and my own personal style), I went with my go-to black jeans, simple blouse and black blazer. My new scarf was the perfect show stopping accessory.
I even whipped out a few old Tiffany & Co. rings that were gathering dust in my jewelry collection…not as big as the rings I usually wear, but they’re having a comeback in my jewel rotation as of late.
The style on the street has become just as important as the clothes presented on the runway. I could spend hours pouring over the images that capture the personal style of men and woman from Milan to Paris to Stockholm to New York.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a lot of fun catching up on all the great street style from NYFW. In case you don’t have time to shuffle through a million images (I’m not sure where I find the time either), I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite for you here.
When this appeared in my inbox a few weeks ago, I almost fell off my chair with excitement.
The floral shirt sporting, king of window dressing, Creative Ambassador for Barneys, Simon Doonan, was going to be in DC to celebrate his new book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. You can be sure I locked this night in on my calendar immediately.
I had to race to the event directly from work, so the outfit I chose to wear was simple and classy with a pop of color (my new green shoes…I can’t get enough of them)…
The event, held on the rooftop of the W Washington D.C., was decked out in what else…pink floral decor. Of course, Simon was appropriately situated within the set of a shop window for the book signing and photos.
I’m halfway into Gay Men Don’t Get Fat and it is as stellar as Simon himself. If you haven’t read any of his books, get on it! He is self deprecating and pithy and bitchy and I love it.J.Crew Necklace (old)/Grandmother’s Necklace (really old)
I’ve spent the last two weeks (and 50% of my vaca days) traveling around Asia. I previously lived in Hong Kong, so I went back to visit friends. I didn’t leave without a quick trip to Lane Crawford and my favorite shoe store Vickie.
After a few days in Hong Kong, my friends and I traveled to Bangkok and Phuket for a little rest and relaxation. It was my first time in Bangkok. I have to say, the city quickly rose to the top of my favorites (Phuket isn’t too shabby either). The Grand Palace won me over with its sparkles and gold (if I could, I would move in immediately). The buildings and temples surrounding the palace are dripping in colored glass in rich jewel tones. The colors (and obviously the weather) served as major inspiration for what I’ll be wearing come warm weather time in the states!
Gone are the days when I used to roll out of bed a few minutes before leaving for the airport and look like a slob walking up to my gate. My mother would shudder to ask what I was wearing as I called to say I made it to the airport okay. I’ve learned that you never know who you’re going to run into, so you better look put together.
Today, I have an extremely late flight (not to mention 15 hours long) to Hong Kong. Here’s what I’m wearing (I’ve also managed to apply some light makeup).
I woke up to this on the first day of 2012 and I knew this year was off to a great start.
Now, I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because they’re always loose goals that I never write down, take seriously or stick to (like most people). But I started Rock This Frock in September of 2011 after two years of thinking about it and I have high hopes and expectations for it.
Given this, I’ve decided to put in writing a few things I’d like to see from myself and from my blog in 2012. I’ll revisit these goals at the end of year to see how many I’ve managed to check off (it better be all of them). Here’s what I’m looking forward to achieving this year:
1) Post less, but more consistently
When I first started my blog, I was posting five times a week (talk about cah-razy). I had A LOT of things I wanted to share (I had two years of ideas screaming to be put in writing) and I wanted to make sure there was a lot of great content when readers visited Rock This Frock. Now that I’ve been at it for a few months, I’ve decided I want to be more consistent about my posts. You’ll see about two to three a week moving forward.
2) Include more outfit posts
I’ll shoot for one a month for now…I’m still getting comfortable with the camera.
3) Wear more color
Most of my closet (okay 90%…let’s be honest) is black, white and gray (and a few animal prints here and there). I’m going to work really hard on stepping outside my color comfort zone this year. Bring on the pastels for spring!
Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (as mentioned in a previous post) is an organization that enables fashion and beauty bloggers from the DC area to connect and collaborate with each other and local brands. CapFABB has so many talented members and the organization holds many events throughout the year. I managed to make it to two events in 2011 and really want to become more involved.
Now it’s your turn…I’d love to hear what your New Year’s resolutions are and how you plan on achieving them.
I’ve decided to bag the normal New Year’s Eve party and head south to St. Thomas with a few friends for a relaxing holiday (a BIG thanks to Jessica for the hotel room!).
The thought of being in warm weather has me wanting to douse myself in bright colors (which is very unlike me). I don’t know if it’s the Fendi Resort 2012 ads I’ve been seeing or if I’m just excited to be in warm weather land. Here’s what’s inspiring my packing list for the trip…
Cold Weather Getup: This is a must-have for the walk around the neighborhood to view the Christmas lights (Helmut Lang Snood and Zara Funnel Coat)…although, with unseasonably warm weather I’m not sure I’ll need it this year
I’m on the perpetual search for a natural looking faux fur vest and coat. I always spy what I think is the perfect one from afar, but when I check out the quality up close the fabric is always gnarled. Have any of you had this problem?
I’ve decided to take my chances and order one of these online. What do you think? Which one should I go for?
This fall I’ve purchased more than a few animal print shirts and sweaters and I just can’t stop. I find myself gravitating towards any piece of clothing that has python or leopard print (I’m beginning to wonder if I may have a minor wild streak).
I’ve gotten into the habit of always wearing each of these shirts with my black Avedon jeans (which I’m obsessed with). I’m sure you’ve all been there. You have a favorite piece of clothing and you wear it on a weekly, if not, daily basis. Well, I’m feeling the need to shake things up a bit. Here’s a few ways I’m thinking about styling each of my animal print shirts with a punch of color (gasp!) and this time I’m leaving the Avedons at home.
A few weeks ago I came across the most amazing studded driving gloves I’d ever seen. Sadly, I was in rush and forgot to ask who the designer was. Ever since, I’ve been on a quest to find something similar. In my journey, I’ve stumbled across so many accessories that have incorporated studs into their design.
Last week, my friend sent me a link to a pair of fantastic studded headphones (thanks Katie!) and this weekend one of my friends was wearing gorgeous studded sunnies from Tory Burch. Studs are everywhere and…it’s official…I’m in love with them. They make me feel pretty badass when I wear them (you know you feel the same way). Here are a few items I want to add to my wardrobe. What’s your favorite studded accessory?
After talking to one of the employees at length about the designer, I left with one question on my mind. How have I NOT had Terry de Havilland's shoes on my radar? Well, I don't know. But now they are and I'm obsessed.
The designer has crafted shoes for the rockstar set: Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Bianca Jagger and more recently, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Amy Winehouse. Check out the amazing gold shoes worn by Goldfrapp on the cover of her Supernature album in 2006.
This year the brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The event was marked by a month-long pop up store at Selfridges in London this past July.
A few months ago I popped into the Hirshhorn to catch a glimpse of the Andy Warhol exhibit. After, I spent some time checking out the other collections the museum had on display. Among these were a few fabulous pieces from Ellsworth Kelly and Alexander Calder. I giggled with excitement upon seeing their artwork in person.
Both use bright, but simple colors in their work. In this case, blue was the color that stood out in my mind. It is, after all, one of the most popular colors this season.
Ever since my visit to the Hirshhorn, I’ve come across some showstopping blue frocks and baubles. Here are a few that took my breath away the minute I laid eyes on them…
I’ve been visiting Millsboro Bazaar Antiques since I was a junior in high school, so I was excited to pop in over the Thanksgiving holiday. This mecca of vintage jewels and clothing is tucked away in the small town of Millsboro, Delaware (not far from where I grew up) . For Washingtonians, I highly recommend you stop in for a visit if you’re traveling to the Delaware shore (it’s on the way).
I remember the first time I walked through the doors of this store. It’s a girl’s dream come true. Inside are walls and endless display cases dripping with baubles from Bergere, Ciner, Karu, Trifari and Vendome (among others).
The second floor houses day and evening dresses from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Clothing from such designers as Nancy Greer, Pauline Trigere and Richard Frontman can be found on the racks. Vintage hats cover the entire ceiling in one of the rooms. It really is a little slice of heaven.
By the time I was finished scouring the store, I had my hands full with frocks and baubles. In the end, I managed to decide on only three pieces to purchase (which is no small feat). Here’s a look at what I picked up…
While on my trip to London a few weeks ago, I took a little road trip for a change of scenery.
Nestled on the the south coast of Great Britain, Brighton is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. So, when my friend and I opened up this month’s British Vogue and saw the city was highlighted, we took it as a sign that we should hop on the train and check it out…and that we did!
I immediately fell in love with the seaside city. There are so many charming pubs, restaurants and shops. It felt like a magical town channeling something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (see the bright colored macaroons and candy store below). Brighton is also choc full of vintage shops and boutiques. Among my favorite stores were Hope & Harlequin,AllSaints and Tribeca.
As we walked down from the train station to the shore, we finally came upon the Brighton Pier standing firm in all it’s grandeur.
Since our time here was limited and we didn’t do too much research, I’m looking forward to returning next summer to further explore the city and its shops and bask in the sun on the beach.
Diana Vreeland once wrote, “the eye has to travel” and boy was she right! Fresh off my trip from London (and fully recovered from my cold), I’m feeling super inspired by all the amazing style and beautiful things I stumbled upon while strolling around my favorite areas of the city…
The streets of Notting Hill…
I never leave London without stopping by the pasta stand at Borough Market for the tastiest gnocchi and tortellini cooked fresh on the spot…
202 is my new favorite brunch spot. Nicole Farhi’s concept store combines edgy fashion with delicious food. What’s better than enjoying a meal surrounded by beautiful clothing and accessories?
Among the products featured at 202 were shoes from Terry de Havilland…swooooon…let’s just say it was love at first sight. Expect more from me on this legendary designer…
Studded gloves are my new obsession. I’m on the lookout for the perfect pair…
The trip would not have been complete without spending quality time with my friend over delicious drinks.