Weekend Reading.

happy weekend from London! As I write this, it is currently Friday night and I am snuggled deeeeep into a cozy bed at The Ned. Next to me is a glass of wine, and I am feeling rather unmotivated to write this post (although it is my favorite – I love scouring the web for my favorite articles… it’s so much fun sharing my favorite finds with you!) Anyway, this was a busy week and work was on the backburner a little bit. I was so so sick on Monday and Tuesday and then I flew to London on Wednesday! I’ve had the best time here (and will be sharing lots of fun photos in the next week or two!). Today is Briony’s wedding (in Cambridge – I’ve never been) and I cannot wait to celebrate her. Whatever you are up to this weekend, I hope it’s wonderful! xo

Once my bathroom is wallpapered, I can’t wait to do some of this to it!

You know I love a good red dress… this one is pretty much amazing.

I fell in love with this lace dress on Blair. Despite being weary of the brand, I ordered it. It’s just so pretty on her! We shall see…

My friend Ruby raved and raved about these dry sheet masks this week and now I can not wait to try them!!!

If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen my rant about how annoying duvet covers can be to change! This advice is sort of life changing!!! I tried it and it blew my mind.

Yum! These ice cream sandwiches look amaaaazing.

This off the shoulder minidress is sooooo pretty and just went on sale.

Cute hairstyles for when it’s HOT.

These velvet sandals came in the mail just before I left. I love them so much!

Having been eyeing this dress a while, I loved seeing it on Mackenzie!

Yum – these grapefruit jalapeno margs sound fantastic.

This light blue maxi dress is equally sweet and sexy.

Have you been kittenfished? I certainly have!

Crushing on this embroidered off the shoulder top

Carly is the cutest in this gingham dress.

Boozy lemonade, anyone?

Hallie’s weight loss story was so inspiring!

A pretty palm leaf mini dress – and it’s only $24!

Lolz – how to nail down your summer fling. Also: this breakup letter made me laugh.

How great is this gingham outfit on Jenn? L-o-v-e! I thought it was a dress but it’s actually a top/skirt combo.

Love this slouchy striped tee!

Will’s photos from Menorca are b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Wow.

This floral ruffle dress is SO pretty – and only $40.

How pretty are these frosé popsicles!?

Proud of my friend Kat and her new travel collection! The pieces are SO pretty!

These espadrilles (in tan) are on sale and pretty much the perfect summer shoe.

Eat these foods to look younger.

This caftan is so chic!

These are the beauty products you need this summer.

How to lose weight fast.

This blush lace maxi dress is just SO pretty.

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Wardrobe Superheroes.

rhode resort ella dress | the stripe
dress // crossbody // earrings // sunglasses // flats

It’s really important to have pieces in your wardrobe that will under no circumstances, ever let you down. The sort of things you can reach for when you have a big event or presentation, a date you’re really excited for… basically any time when you know you are going to be out of your comfort zone. Having pieces like that, “wardrobe superheroes” if you will is so important. They don’t have to be expensive or overly fancy – they just need to make you feel good. One of those items for me is this little black dress. You’ve seen it here before – I originally featured it last May in this post… but over a year later it’s still one of the dresses I reach for the most. (I know re-wearing items, especially dresses, can be a little bit boring, but this blog is about real life and I want to show you how/when I wear things over and over again!!)

A few weeks ago, I attended a breakfast presentation down at the Prada store in Soho. They were unveiling the new mens’ + womens’ fragrances. For some reason I was really, really stressed about what to wear. I went through every dress in my closet and when I passed this dress I knew exactly what I was going to wear. I literally breathed a sigh of relief. It’s just such a great dress, and also it looks great with flats which is important especially now that I have a bigger commute into the city.

Other pieces that I consider to be (major) wardrobe superheroes? My Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals (they make me so tall… but I can still walk in them all night without sore feet)… a black Gucci dress that my ex bought me a million years ago, my Burberry trench (it’s like my superhero cape, maybe?), this inexpensive tunic (in white) that hides all sins and magically looks good with everything I pair it with, and my Clare V leopard pouch. And come to think of it, the earrings I’m wearing here. They go with everything and everyone asks if they are vintage.

PS – my flats are on sale! Go get them, they are amazing and 60% off.

Outfit Details: Rhode Resort Ella Dress (wearing a small) // Michael Kors Crossbody Bag // BaubleBar Earrings // Celine Sunglasses // Nicholas Kirkwood Lace Ballet Flats

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photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Beachy Summer Essentials.

7 for all mankind short sleeve popover dress in white | the stripe
dress // bag // shoes

Hi from London! Okay, first thing first… God bless antibiotics. Seriously. Monday and Tuesday felt like a deathbed, and yesterday morning I woke up a brand new person. It took a while for them to kick in but I feel so so so much better. I have to remember to take it easy this trip and not do/see/eat/drink all of the things (weddings make me especially enthusiastic), but I am just so grateful to be feeling better… it would have been such a bummer to cancel this trip!

Today I am taking it easy and exploring the city. There is a cool opening at The Serpentine Gallery tonight that I’m meeting my friend Ruby to see… and then we have fun dinner plans with her husband. I feel so lucky to have a lot of friends in London… it’s one of my favorite cities! I’m also hoping to see the Pink Floyd and Balenciaga exhibits at the V&A today… they both look great! Follow along on insta-stories to see what else I do (hopefully it isn’t radio silence over there – that would mean I opted for a nap).

Anyway, this dress is such a good one. It’s white so it’s summery and pretty, but the denim gives it a little edge making it perfect for the city. And it is so, so comfortable. I packed it for this trip and think that it’s the perfect site-seeing dress. Comfy, cozy, cute… washable!!! I’m really looking forward to a few days of exploring one of my fav cities… and of course, Briony’s wedding on Saturday!

Outfit Details: 7 for all Mankind Dress (c/o, also here + here) // Pamela Munson Bag (c/o) // Tory Burch Surrey Watch (also here) // J.Crew Wedge Espadrilles (sold out but these are soooo similar) // Celine Sunglasses // J.Crew Earrings

7 for all mankind short sleeve popover dress in white | the stripe

Ugh this bag is so good. The nicest thing happened. After featuring the bags in this post, Pamela Munson reached out, offering to send me one. It’s even prettier in person if you can imagine.

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photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Summer Brights!

bright summer outfit ideas | the stripe, grace atwood
dress // bag // key chain // bracelet // sandals

There are a lot of things I love about summer, but the most obvious thing is all of the color. My Fall + Winter wardrobes are more muted, but once summer roles around it’s time for all of the color! When I saw this dress (it comes in coral too) I immediately knew that I needed it. It’s lightweight and swingy (aka isn’t going to stick to you) and the cut is so flattering! I also love a good yellow dress. Macy’s has so many great bright dresses (especially in yellow) right now, it was hard to choose a favorite. (I also really loved this printed maxi, this cold shoulder dress, this dress, this bell sleeve dress.)

Today is the day.. I’m off to London through Monday. I am finally feeling better after being bed ridden with strep throat! While I’m a bit behind on work, I’m still really excited for a few days in one of my favorite cities!!!

Outfit Details: STATE Dress // Circus by Sam Edelman Sandals (almost sold out – love these (in hot pink!), these, and these!) // Michael Kors Bag // Pineapple Bracelet // Lemon Key Chain (worn as bag charm)

Isn’t this pineapple bracelet so fun!? A lot of you asked about it on instagram stories… it makes me happy. I also reaaally love this Michael Kors bag. If you are looking for a great summer purse this is the perfect size (and comes in so many different colors but I love the blush). I topped her off with this cute little lemon key chain.

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photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Sponsored by Macy’s + Shopstyle.

Kelly’s Chic Under $100: Workwear

summer office style under $100 | the stripe

It can be so hard to dress for work when it’s hot and sticky out. Who wants to wear business casual when the temps top are topping 80°, even 90° F?!?

This week, I’ve taken a few pieces that could be incorporated into both your casual and work wardrobes pretty seamlessly, and also help you keep cool. For example, I’m loving this printed blue dress (and the $79 price tag), and would be perfect with a pair of low heels and cognac tote for work. This ruffled chambray top is great for the weekends, but would also be stunning tucked into a pair of striped trousers with these incredible pom slides and a work-appropriate satchel for your 9-to-5.

Can we also talk about the gorgeous bow details on these J.Crew cotton tops here and here? So simple and stunning.

Stay cool out there!

Xx
Kelly

Top: J.Crew White Button Down // Mango Black Pom Slides // J.Crew Chambray Ruffle Shirt // Anne Klein Black Satchel // Mango Wrap Linen Tie Skirt // Blush Cropped Blazer // Red Silk Sandals // BaubleBar Statement Necklace // Nude Ballerina Flats

Bottom: Ruffle Sleeve Dress // Cognac Tote // J.Crew Bow Shoulder Tank // J.Crew Tie Back Tank // BaubleBar Layered Necklace // Mango Blue Print Midi Dress // Sole Society Black Satchel // Woven Slides // Cognac Suede Heel // Striped Pants

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