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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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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Silk Shorts

Silk Shorts

Calvin Klein T-Shirt, Urban Outfitters Shorts, Victoria’s Secret Sandals

When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out.  I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family.  My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms.  I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking.  I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!

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Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses

Free People Dress, Old Navy Sandals

I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of this Free People dress this summer.  It quickly became my favorite thing to throw on after a day spent at the beach, to a barbeque with friends, or just running errands.  It’s lightweight and comfortable, but I still look pulled together.  Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten a number of compliments on it, but the most memorable was from a longtime family friend who said I looked like a butterfly!  Now I can’t help but think of it whenever I wear this dress!  Thanks Brian!

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Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

Anthropologie Top, LOFT Skirt, Nine West Shoes

Pleats, polka dots, and floral patterns, oh my!  Truth be told, the only things that Dorothy and I may have in common are an affinity for blue outfits and cute little dogs, but each of us has also learned very important life lessons on our various journeys.  For she, there’s no place like home, and for me, stick to one color pallet while mixing different prints and textures!

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Subtle Florals

Subtle Florals

H&M Blazer and Jeans, J. Crew T-Shirt, Nine West Heels, Vintage Diamond Earrings, Elm City Jewelers Necklace

Max suggested that I title this blog entry ‘late bloomer’ because “it would be funny.”  I appreciate his interest in the blog, but declined for a number of reasons including the fact that I’ve had these floral pieces in my closet for close to two years now.  I think that would make me an early bloomer.  I jumped on the first flower pants bandwagon I saw, and haven’t looked back.  At the very least I could be considered a perennial because I take them out every spring and summer, and retire them in the fall through winter.  And that’s pretty much all I know about gardening.

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