Peter Pilotto Prints

Peter Pilotto Prints

Peter Pilotto for Target Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels

I’ve been a longtime admirer of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the design duo behind the Peter Pilotto brand, so I was thrilled to learn about their recent collaboration with Target stores.  The designers are known for their thoughtfully printed women’s wear pieces, which always make a statement at London Fashion Week.  Their beautiful clothing also comes along with a hefty price tag, so I never thought I’d get the chance to call a piece my own, until recently that is.  I love the feminine shape of this dress, with a belt to accentuate the waist, and the sporty racer back top with cut-outs at the shoulder.  The printed lace sleeves are an unexpected touch and make it the perfect spring time dress.   I’m not usually a Target shopper, but they’re doing some pretty great stuff with their designer collaborations lately.

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Welcome Home Jil Sander

Welcome Home Jil Sander

Jil Sander Dress, LOFT Sweater, Cole Haan Boots, Talbots Coat

“Welcome home Jil Sander,” is what I said to this dress after I scooped it up from a thrift store for $35 dollars and got it into my closet.  I all but screamed when I first laid eyes on it, and then again in the dressing room when I realized it fit!  I vowed to take care of it and give it a good life with me.  Oh the things we would do and see together!  I couldn’t wait to get to the register and get out of the store for fear this was a cruel joke, but luck was on my side that day.  I also managed to pick up the sweater from LOFT and the Talbots camel coat.  It was a great day!

Yes, this is a true story.

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Roses in Nicaragua

Roses in Nicaragua

Reformation Dress, Zara Purse, Thrifted Sandals

Hola (that’s how you say hello when you’re in Nicaragua)!  Max and I had a wonderful time on our trip and are now back home in snowy Boston.  One, among many, of the highlights of our trip was Valentine’s Day.  In the morning we went horseback riding through the mountainside with spectacular views of the beaches below.  Then we repelled down a 50 meter rock ledge, and zip-lined through the jungle to the sound of howler monkeys. In the afternoon I had a relaxing massage at the resort, and we ended the day with dinner and drinks outside.  It was more adventurous than the typical chocolates and flowers Valentine’s Day that I’m used to, so I couldn’t resist wearing a romantic rose print dress that evening to soften the vibe.  It’s a combination of simple and casual, yet flowing and dramatic, basically my idea of the perfect dress for a tropical holiday.  From adrenaline rushes to peaceful moments in pretty dresses, Valentine’s Day, and Nicaragua in general, was a good time.

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Watercolors

Water Colors

Zara Dress, Cole Haan Boots

When I first wore this dress a colleague of mine remarked on how it reminded him of a watercolor painting.  I just saw a pretty sheath at Zara.  No matter, I have always believed that clothing and the way we dress ourselves can be a form of artistic expression.  Some days we create masterpieces, and others not quite.  This dress is no Van Gogh, and certainly not couture, but it’s a work of art to me.

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I Can’t Stop, I Won’t Stop

I Can't Stop, I Won't Stop

Anthropologie Dress, H&M Vest, Nine West Heels, Gifted Necklace

As summer is quickly coming to an end, I’m both excited for everything fall has to bring and frantically trying to wear my favorite seasonal pieces before the weather gets too cold.  Case in point, this green marbled cut-out dress from Anthropologie, and my sleeveless blazer from H&M.  I had visions of myself sipping white wine and eating oysters overlooking the Charles River and Boston at sunset wearing this dress this summer.  Sadly, that did not happen, but there’s always next year.

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Orange Crush

Orange Crush

Shakuhachi for Free People Dress, Charles by Charles David Heels, Anthropologie Clutch

Orange is not one of the colors that I’m typically drawn to, but this dress was too special to pass up.  The cut-out and the asymmetric draping, combined with the bright color, made for the perfect summer wedding (or drinks at home) attire.  This dress is certainly interesting, but, more importantly, very comfortable, which made dancing all night with friends that much more enjoyable.  My heels, however, were a different story.  They’re just so pretty!

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Stripes To The Max

Stripes to the Max

Calvin Klein Dress, Nine West Wedges

I’m sure everyone can agree that a cotton striped shirt is a wardrobe staple.  It can be dressed up or down, and somehow makes you feel more pulled together than wearing a plain t-shirt.  Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m adding a striped cotton dress to my list of must haves.  You can wear it with flats and a denim jacket for a casual look or with wedges and a leather jacket for an edgier feel.  I find myself reaching for this dress when I want to be comfortable and chicly dressed, but give my striped tee the night off.  I’m also a huge fan of the combination horizontal and chevron stripes that add an extra element of fun to the dress.

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