Style Essentials to Rock at this Year’s Summer Festivals

One of the things I enjoy about St. Louis summers are the outdoor festivals. Many of them are free and right in my neighborhood. I simply pack a basket, put on my festival style essentials, and head out the door. Are you getting into festival season in your area too? I got you. Today’s post rounds up some items that hold down my summer festival style. From carryall totes to breezy tops, I think you’re going to like ’em too.

festival style essentials

Summer Festival Style Essentials:

Breezy tops

Breathable bottoms

Summer hats

Carryall totes

Picnic blankets

Slip-on sandals


For more festival essentials, see here and here.

Non-Boring, Classic Sunglasses for Spring

Skinny sunnies. Wrap-around frames. Angular specs. Sunglasses are going futuristic in 2018. If you’re like me and not quite ready to embrace these popular styles, this post is for you. I’m rounding up some pretty cool, classic sunglasses that not only boast style but protect your eyes from the sun as well.

classic sunglasses

Classic Sunglasses:

Black sunnies | Red/green aviators

Blue striped frames | Red/blue aviators

Tortoise frames | Red striped sunnies

By the way, I already own the black pair. What can I say? I love a classic silhouette. And, this pair has a little flair with its polished metal details. Here’s how they look on me.

Get more details on this outfit here.

How to Make Black and White Super Fresh

Ultra violet, lime punch, cherry tomato, spring 2018 colors are going to be bright. And, you already know, I’m here for all the brights. Holding its own, however, among spring’s favorite brights, is the classic combination of black and white. I’m equally excited about this trend too. There’s just something so sophisticated and simple about black and white. It’s an old-school pairing that always feels right. This year, I’m looking forward to getting creative with the color combination. And, the styling options seem endless. Here are a few I think you’d like as well.

Choker top (on sale) | Polka dot joggers (option, option, option)

Sophia Webster X J.Crew pumps (old) | Sunglasses (option) | Ear climbers (option)

1. Have fun with silhouettes

Balloon sleeves, choker necklines, including a modern silhouette in your black and white look is an easy way to make it fresh. Standout structural pieces look especially sophisticated in black and white as well.

2. Pair a solid with a print

An all-over black and white print surely makes a statement. There’s something equally statement-making and also versatile about pairing a solid with a black and white print. Since I usually prefer to wear solid bottoms, I pushed myself to wear polkadots on the bottom in this look. The nudge was a move in the right direction.

3. Choose statement pants

Vertical stripes, mixed dots, all-over checks, print pants are having a moment. And, that moment is super special when the prints are black and white. I found these polkadot joggers on clearance in TJ Maxx for $10 (shop TJ Maxx online here)!

Are you as excited as I am to experiment with black and white looks this year? Find more style inspiration here, here, here, and here.

Location: Lemp Brewery, Cherokee Historic District, St. Louis

How to Wear Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year

So, Ultra Violet was named the color of the year by Pantone. I’m excited to see such a bright color dominating trends. But, this bold shade of purple can be tricky to wear. If you’re concerned about how to ease the color into your wardrobe, I’ve got you covered. This weekend, since it’s going to be warmer, I’ll be celebrating in my favorite purples. It’ll look something like this…

ultra violet pantone color 2018

Shop this Ultra Violet look:

Purple blouson sweater | Denim leggings (see how I wear them here) | Loafers

Chloe Faye wallet on a strap | Kendra Scott ear climbers | Mac Heroine lip | Mirrored sunnies

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Celebrating in Lilly

Visiting my mom is my favorite reason for going home to St. Kitts. 2018 is already off to a fantastic start, then, because I got to bring in the new year with her. Of course, as style enthusiasts, we seized the opportunity to do another mother daughter style photoshoot (see the last one here). Big shout-out to Lilly Pulitzer for allowing us to celebrate this magical moment in lovely Lilly outfits.

Mother Daughter Style

Our Mother Daughter Style:

Mom: Lilly Pulitzer Corie top | Lilly Pulitzer Chantal Pant

Me: Lilly Pulitzer Myri Romper | Earrings (now on sale)

From browsing old photo albums to talking about the future, I love spending time with my mom. She’s my number one fan, and everyone needs a dose of that kind of love and encouragement from time to time. Am I right?

I’m a huge fan of Lilly’s solid designs (see here and here). But, the Swirling Seadream print is one of my faves because of its happy colors and wavy pattern. The print is available in a variety of styles to suit many style sensibilities.

No surprise, I was drawn to the Myri romper. This short romper with its stunning off-the-shoulder silhouette had me at first sight. My mom, who also loves to show off her clavicle, opted for an off-the-shoulder top that she paired with white skinny pants (shop her pants here).

Location: St. Kitts Marriott Resort