Summer by the Sea?

Not me. I am preparing to move to Kentucky in a few weeks. I do, however, spend part of December and January in St. Kitts. In need of a new swimsuit and in love with the retro suits of the season, I’ve been scouting a great swimsuit deal. Today’s post features chic and cheap pieces I’ve found.
1. This teal animal print swimsuit has a timeless style and cut. It has cool details like ruching at the bust and halter strings. (Old Navy $9.75)* 2. This two-piece suit has a navy hipster bikini bottom and a coordinating bikini top with navy/white print. (Gap Outlet $18) 3. This blue circle print one-piece has a halter top and a retro-inspired cut. (Old Navy $9.75)* 4. This plaid straw tote is hip and holds all the beach essentials. (Old Navy $5.99) 5. T-strap wedge sandal with a gold chain on the strap and an adjustable ankle strap. (Steve Madden via Marshalls $24.99) 6. Patent yellow sandal with oval metal buckle detail on thong. (Ann Taylor Loft $5)
*I ordered these suits online last week during what must have been a special sale, for they have been marked back up to $19.99.

Classic Wool Pantsuit


Lasting style. This suit is a keeper with its three-button lightweight wool blazer and matching pants. The jacket is worn over a stripe shirt for a chic look. A silk scarf adds elegance for evening moves.

A well-fitted pantsuit is a splurge-worthy item. It weathers trends and its pieces produce many looks. So, it is especially rewarding to find a fabulous suit and not need to splurge. After a sale and subsequent price adjustment, this $296 suit was only $96!
Blazer—Banana Republic Pants—Banana Republic Shirt—Autograph via MarshallsScarf—Kate Design of St. Kitts via family member Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls

Happy Carnival St. Kitts!

So yeah. Today is J’ouvert, the launch of Carnival in St. Kitts, and I am stuck here in the Lou. With SK on my mind, today’s post features a look created by Kittitian designer Judith Rawlins of Brown Sugar. It features a two-piece madras print long skirt and wrap top. I wore the outfit a few months ago at an international festival.
Skirt and Top—Brown Sugar (big up Merita for making it available) Camisole—Gap Bangle—Charlotte Russe
Shoes—Ann Taylor Loft

Christmas Dinner

A reliable LBD. The empire waist, adjustable straps, and super soft lightweight jersey make this a dependable go-to dress. It is paired with a silk print scarf, mesh tights, satin strappy sandals, and a lace clutch for a frou-frou dinner.
Dress—Max Studio via Marshalls Scarf—Kate Design of St. Kitts via family member Tights—Merona for Target Sandals—Ann Taylor Clutch—Jessica McClintock via Nordstrom

Refined Charm


How delightful. This pink tweed coat has a refined charm that creates magic when worn over a rich plum, wool sweater dress. Brown tights and croc pumps elevate the chic. A silk scarf adds a final touch.
Coat—Express via Marshalls Dress—Max Studio via T.J. Maxx Tights—Merona for Target Shoes—Tahari via Marshalls Scarf—Kate Design of St. Kitts via family member