Lately I’ve been loving my wicker & straw bags, in particular my “Jane Birkin” straw tote. I loved watching her in old movies like Agatha Christie’s book to film adaptation “Murder on the Nile” amongst many others, but it was always her effortless style that had me so intrigued. So when I came across one I knew I’d have to scoop it up. Only Jane Birkin could turn a Portuguese fishing basket into an iconic fashion statement, while looking classically chic, but I thought well I might try to.
With summer in full swing I usually have a couple new and old accessories I place in rotation to pair with all of my different outfits and looks. I find this easy for getting ready in the morning and it always helps keep your look put together, whether you’re running to work, workout or coffee & errands I love wearing accessories! Currently I am coveting this WYETH hat I bought at Wendy Foster in Santa Barbara, my Quay HIGH KEY RIMLESS MINI aviators and last but not least my beautiful one of a kind Paul Livingston sterling silver & turquoise, Navajo bracelet.
To round out my last summer dress pick is a hand blocked, cotton, palm print dress made in India and I am in love. It’s an incredible story how I came upon this adorable dress/accessory shop all the way across the country in Virginia.
Back Story: I have a dear client and friend who lives in Florida (I’ve never met in person) but met over a telephone conversation we had where I was working and we basically became modern day pen pals… less writing more styling/talking fashion & personal shopping! I adore her and love finding her one of a kind pieces from the West Coast Since following each other on social media I stumbled across a picture of her in a beautiful, colorful, floral print dress that I had to know about! Thus the introduction of the amazing Courtney Kennedy shop in Middleburg Virginia.
Courtney’s shop is irresistibly filled with one of a kind treasures from dresses & tops to wicker totes & shoes! All of which are hand made, one of a kind and ethically sourced. Courtney believes in the slow fashion movement and quality of not only the pieces, but of the lives of its artisans making them, all of which I support and believe in. You can look and shop on instagram (@shopcourtneykennedy) I have to say I had a lot of fun DM’ing with Courtney and getting close up pictures of all the items I was interested in… she makes the whole experience seamless!
This next dress is a Velvet by Graham & Spencer and it’s my mid week or weekend go to because it tends to be easy, from walking the pups to running out for drinks it’s my “I don’t have to think” dress, not to mention the material is the softest. Bonus… it’s on sale right now!
Lately I’ve found myself gravitating toward light weight, bright fluffy dresses because they’re easy to wear, make me happy and breathe during the Summer months. Here are the few I will share in my three part blog series, starting with my Staud Mila Dress. I can’t resist a yellow dress!