Weather-wise, we have had a strange but absolutely gorgeous Spring. We’ve had a handful of crazy warm days in the upper 80s, but in contrast to previous years – those have been interspersed amongst a sea of 70 degree days. We’ve even had a few 40-50 degree days, and normally we’re all sweating our tuckuses off by early April as temperatures typically reach a sweltering 90 degrees. In short, for the first time perhaps ever – we’ve had a true spring, spanning February through April. And I’ve been loving every moment of it. So what have been some essentials for me as I’ve delighted in this perfect weather? Read on!

Brushed Fleece V-Neck Pullover in Holly, from Anthropologie

For days that start (and perhaps stay) in the 50s and 60s, I’ve enjoyed this brushed fleece pullover with ruffle hem in Holly. The color is super different from anything else I have, and it is SO soft. I love it with my standard darker wash jeans, but it’s great with my beloved embroidered jeans as well. It layers nicely and is easy to throw on whenever you’re feeling a bit chilly. The Brushed Fleece V-Neck Pullover is on sale now for $60 from Anthropologie.

 


Kadeejah Top by Club Moncao

I’m surprised to see the Kadeejah Top still in stock. I purchased this on a whim while out with S back in February. I was wearing a shirt I felt uncomfortable in and saw this on the sale rack at Club Monaco. I tried it on in a size medium and large – warning, it is form fitting, so I was really happy in the large…and was smitten. I purchased it and ran back to the fitting room to put it on immediately.

The Kadeejah Top available for $59 from Club Monaco. As this has been on sale for a while, I will note that I think this top is ideal for cooler Spring and Fall weather. As soon as the temperature breaks 80, this top starts to get a smidge toasty.

 

Maddie Eyelet Top by Tiny, from Anthropologie

The Maddie Eyelet Top in “light grey” is eye catching, with it’s beautiful eyelet details and stunning deep grey color. It’s easy to reach for on warmer days and looks effortless while being totally comfortable.

 

Plum Japonais by Tom Ford

I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford fragrances, and while I don’t have this in a full size yet – Plum Japonais is a sample I usually pick up this time of year. I was lucky this year to receive a really generous sample from my local counter and have been wearing it frequently. This is not your standard gourmand, but rather a heady, dark & juicy plum with depth from oud and spices. The official notes are:

Saffron, Cinnamon Bark, Everlasting Flower, Sawara Cypress, Ume Plum, Plum Liqueur, Camelia Japonica, Agarbois, Amber, Benzoin, Fir Balsam Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Infusion

It’s a pretty sexy, though a bit heavy, scent. It’s probably ideal for any time of year except maybe Summer. I like it on me but honestly? The best this has ever smelled to my nose was on a former male SA at my local counter. This scent is truly a delight, that transcends both seasons and genders. A full sized bottle (1.7 ounces) of Plum Japonais by Tom Ford can be purchased for $225 from Luckyscent. A sample is also available for $4.

 

Twilight Dress by Pas de Calais
When I first saw the Twilight Dress in a local boutique, I had incorrectly assumed it was French. Just looking at it – the easy airy silhouette, striking but still versatile and sophisticated print (and those shiny buttons), quality of natural materials…even the sizing! The brand, Pas de Calais, referencing one of the northernmost departments of France, is actually Japanese. Don’t let the “light grey” colorway fool you – this grey is much more complex than that, with shades of icy steel and sky blues.

 

After visiting it a couple of times, I tried it on and loved it for what I had originally anticipated would surely be a warm Spring, then Summer. I haven’t worn it yet, but am excited to reach for it in the months to come. Warning: this thing runs large! Pending how you like your dresses to fit, I’d recommend sizing down AT LEAST one size. I surprised myself (I average around a 12 – anywhere from 10-14 pending the garment) and actually bought this in the smallest size available, a 34 (XS). If you’re interested in other items from Pas de Calais, the whole line is like this so keep that in mind. The Twilight Dress can surely be found in the cool boutiques in your town, otherwise can be purchased in 2 colorways from Pas de Calais directly for $390.

 

Zara Midi Dress with Buttons
Last on the apparel front, but not least is this crisp white linen dress from Zara. I really do love this dress, and for Zara find the material to be of fairly high quality. It is great for Spring and early Summer, and while I’ve gotten compliments every time I have worn it – I must lament that I become a REAL klutz when wearing it, spilling food and even wine on it! Highly recommend for anyone who carries a Tide to go pen on them at all times.

I did find this runs true to size, and is available for $70 at Zara.

 


Iced Matcha Lattes

I’ve been sipping on Matcha Lattes regularly since January, albeit iced is only a recent modification. The version i’ve been lightweight addicted to has macadamia nut milk in it. For the sake of my wallet, I’m considering making these at home. Ceremonial matcha seems a bit difficult to find locally, so Alfred LA’s version ($28 for a 30g tin) is at the top of my shopping list.

Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair by Frida Kahlo, 1940
I am on a total Frida Kahlo kick after watching the movie this week. The 2002 film was on my watch list when it first came out, but for some reason I never saw it until this week. I remember learning about Frida and Diego in high school Spanish (my Spanish 4 teacher was passionate about teaching us about the culture, art, and history of Spanish speaking nations – he was inspiring) – I remembered they were a trip, but clearly forgot just how much. I think in my 30s I also have much more appreciation for Frida’s Art.


1939 mock-up of Paris Vogue cover featuring Frida Kahlo

Dolce Gabbana x SMEG Refrigerators in Taratatà, Jousting Paladins, and The Moors

Do you have $50k to spend on a fridge? No? Maybe just $600 on a juicer…or Toaster. Or Electric Tea Kettle. I know that Dolce & Gabbana is controversial for many, but I always love their bright colorful designs. The Carretto Sicily release from a couple of years ago was a favorite of mine, but I never pulled the trigger on anything, though I came quite close with one of the purses. The Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg collaboration, titled “Sicily is my Love,” is a chance to have a bright and colorful Dolce and Gabbana designed Smeg appliance in your home instead.

 

These appliances have surfaced at Horchow (no word yet on if their generous promotions will apply) and Williams Sonoma (current Friends & Family promo does not work) this week.


It appears that there will be quite an expansive range according to this write-up, including a TDF stove and hood! You can sign up for more details, including the official release date of the “Sicily is My Love” collection at here on Smeg’s official website.

 


Left: Gemma Eyelet Camisole by Featherbone | Right: Dariela Peplum Top by Bhanuni by Jyoti

The visuals from the film are far reaching – a trip to Anthropologie this week had me reaching for options more colorful than I normally would. The Gemma Eyelet Camisole is eye catching in person – beautiful off-white eyelet, strewn across an atypical rainbow floral background. The Dariela Peplum Top has me questioning everything I know. Trying the top on, it felt like a well-constructed garment in a rich Saffron with beautiful beading and embroidery. It felt so smooth and lightweight, I was sure that it was a high quality cotton or perhaps a silk blend. Nope, it is a (mostly) rayon and cotton blend 🙈.

In a Post-Harvey Houston, the weather has just been beyond kind to us. I’ve enjoyed many beautiful meals on outdoor patios the past few months. One of my lunches this week included a complimentary olive oil tasting. The one on the left was nondescript, the one to the right was infused with blood oranges, and the center is balsamic vinegar that will change your life.


Not quite a Sunday Sip – White Chocolate peppermint tea from the now defunct Teavana, served in the famous Cosmos mugs from Urban Outfitters. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy 12 of these!


One of my (many) weaknesses is embroidered fabric – either in the form of clothing, or intricate home textiles. So much so that last year, I had a momentary lapse in sanity while I entertained purchasing some high waisted, cutoff, light wash denim shorts from Madewell because, well – embroidered flowers! My 30 year old, pear-shaped behind be damned! Thankfully, I snapped out of it long enough to remove the offending shorts from my body and back away.


And even better – other brands and stores have picked up on the embroidered denim trend! During a recent Anthropologie promotion, I picked up 2 items, the first being the Embroidered Mid-Rise Slim Straight Jeans by Pilcro. Full disclosure: the first time I saw these, I was looking for a DARK WASH straight leg – ya know, standard jean with FINISHED HEM 🤷🏻‍♀️. If you can’t tell from the photos, these arent really any of those things! But – they are beautiful, and unique, even with some sparkle thrown in.

I’ve actually been more or less living in them since buying them. They shockingly go with almost everything I grab out of my closet, and I love that the wash isn’t a simple blue, but has an aged, easy look to it. I do usually find that Pilcro can run a bit large and typically size down. Unfortunately, my store didn’t have my size or the size below so I ended up ordering my usual size based on the petite I was able to try on (which felt TINY), and have been wondering ever since if I should have sized down. So I definitely advise trying both!


Alas, the second item I purchased are – in fact – denim shorts! Buuuuuut…these are more age and body appropriate. The Mid-Rise Embroidered Boyfriend Slim Shorts also by Pilcro! I haven’t worn these as much yet (see: Dogwood Winter), but funny enough do not question if I should have sized down in these lol. I definitely recommend getting these in your standard size! They’re pretty and comfy, and with the white and navy embroidery are an easy way to work some neutral embroidery into your summer wardrobe.

Valentine’s Day admittedly isn’t for everyone – I may or may not have been broken up with one fateful Valentine’s Day. But, haven’t we all been there? Plus, it was most definitely for the best. Whether you’re a fan of the holiday (I know someone who claims it as her *favorite* holiday of them all), or you think it is too commercial – it is hard to deny the adorable and feminine clothing (or clothing optional) items that released for this holiday.

With Valentine’s Day just over a week away, I wanted to round up my favorite picks from around the web – whether you want to lounge at home alone, have a movie night with your most beloved girlfriends, want to look festive for the office, or you have a hot date. Or maybe…you just like pink and red. And hearts 💖


1.Gisele PJ set in Vineyard Wine by Eberjey – $120
2.Delfina Enchanted Romper in Candlelight Peach by Eberjey – $95
3. Staci Pajamas in Chili (print is adorable daisies and bees) by Morgan Lane (top is $278, matching shorts and pants are available as well).
4. Lips Applique Stripe Tee by Graham & Spencer – $99
5. Heart Tee by Sundry – $78
6. Sequin Heart Cardigan by Moth – $138
7. Love Letters Purse by Kate Spade – $378 (SO cute!)
8. Taylor Stripe Heart Shirt by Rails – $158
9. Long Sleeve Ruffle Top by JoosTricot – $595 (Metallic knit! 😍)
10. Becaw Lace Dress by Club Monaco – $328
11. Wollstan Lace Dress by Club Monaco – $268 (I’m slightly partial to pale pink dresses from Club Monaco. Four our first V-Day, I found a pale pink dress, aptly named the “Lauren Dress” on the sale rack at Club Monaco! It was the last one, and it was my size – fate!)
12. Sophia All You Need is Love North/South Clutch by Alice + Olivia – $495
13. Adah Dress by Maria Lucia Hohan – $515 (The blush pink satin dress of my dreams! 😍)
14. Geddy Sequin Star Dress by Joie – On sale for $233

As of yet, I’m not quite sure which of the above options are going to apply to my Valentine’s Day. S likes to keep me on my tip toes until the day of (or in the case of our 1st Valentine’s Day, until we were in the car on the way). I like to think its because he loves to surprise me – but I know there was at least one time that the plans were left to the last minute! Here’s hoping you all have an enjoyable one 💗

 

It will become abundantly clear that one of my biggest loves and weaknesses in fashion (and home decor, and paper, and, well…pretty much everything) are stars! And constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. Cue angels singing…


Gucci Sequin-embellished metallic jacquard midi skirt
Unfortunately, I don’t currently lead a lifestyle where I would get a lot of wear out of this, or it fits into my budget. (Or…fits my body! I’m a pear shape, and at this point, it is nearly completely sold out – still one or two left for some lucky size 40s)

But, picture it.

Option #1 – you work in a fashionable office


1 (there is a 15% coupon available when you sign up for their email list) / 2 / 3 (also here) / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
 

 

Option #2 – you work in a creative field / job / office

1 / 2 (on sale here) / 3 / 4 / 5 (we’ll chat more later) / 6 / 7 / 8
 

 

Option #3 – you like to be a little extra on the weekends


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8