Once Upon a Time

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Every once in a while I fall madly in love with one article of clothing without really knowing when or how I will actually wear it. Case in point: this dress, which is another of those treasures that I discovered at my favorite consignment store, Ella Rue. I love the delicacy of the feather-like fabric and almost invisible spaghetti straps of the dress, contrasted with its oversized bow and bold silhouette (I call it a “bubble,” although the designer might beg to differ). I could easily see it being worn by a fashion-forward bride, or by an everyday fashionista to a randy cocktail party or to an event like the Dîner en Blanc.

To me, this dress conjures images of ballerinas and Gatsby era heroines, which happen to be two of my favorite style inspirations. I accessorized it accordingly: simple, pale, shoes that elongate the leg and almost give the illusion of walking en pointe, and layered strands of pearls and simple diamond drop earrings à la Daisy Buchanan. I added the bright red bag for a pop of color and because I liked the idea of carrying something that looks like a giant red rose…would a prima ballerina or a 1920s socialite expect anything less?

Photos: Jen Eun

Splendor in the Grass

DSCF0207DSCF0209DSCF0268DSCF0285DSCF0294Alice by Temperley Embroidered White Dress (similar here), Aquazzura lace-up wedge sandals

Only a few weeks left before Labor Day, so I thought it was a good time to feature a little white dress. I have several in my closet, but this one is by far my favorite. I love its precious details, like the porcelain blue embroidery, the tiny buttons down the front of the dress, and the fluttery sleeves. When I wear statement pieces like this one, I keep the accessories, in this case, the shoes, simple. These are the perfect pair for a casual evening lunch or dinner in the garden when you want some height, but also want to be able to walk in the grass without sinking into it!

Photos: James Lee Wall