Last weekend I had a much needed staycation in St. Petersburg (thanks, Chloe!) and got the chance to meet with the lovely Sara of Studio Magnolia. Besides the heat and humidity from some summer showers, we had the best afternoon at the beautiful Vinoy Renaissance Resort in downtown St. Pete.
The colorful property is mostly pink with shades of green and is one of the most stunning historical landmarks in town. It is a must-see/stay if you are visiting the area. I headed straight for the Tea Garden, complete with lush palms and a peaceful fountain.
Now for the main attraction: this striped skirt with ruffles galore! For a summer day in Florida, there is nothing more fashionable and dare I say practical to wear. The combo of blue and white is preppy, but the cut is so fun and free. Definitely a piece to twirl in!
I paired it with a simple crop top from Zara, which has sold out. I’ve linked similar. My ankle strap shoes are from H&M and I’ve also linked a similar style. You may still be able to find them in stores 🙂
And of course, I have my trusty Milly wicker satchel with me and my fave pair of sunnies by Dita (the best brand for oversized styles). They’ve carried me through this summer and hopefully more to come.
Special thanks to the Vinoy for letting us prance around!
I was able to try this pink floral silk “Evie” maxi by Nicholas via Rent the Runway Unlimited. You can also purchase it here. It is a special piece that deserves only the perfect matching backdrop!
Besides the pretty pink wall, there was an unusually nice breeze that showed the the various movements that this piece can have.
There are so many different layers, ruffles, and panels that make this dress just come alive!
I accented this dress with simple drop earrings, made of both yarn and beads.
I have small, sensitive ears, and felt that the mix of yarn (the beads weighed more) helped to lighten these enough to wear for an extended period of time.
The perfectly quaint location we were at serves as both an event space and yoga studio. The contrast between the exposed brick/layered stucco and the pink-striped curtains/powder blue shutters gives me major heart eyes. Until next time, New Orleans…
I love New Orleans and I love gingham, so it only made sense to wear black gingham with gold accessories in the Big Easy. Go Saints!
This Sicilian Affair Dress from Australian brand Lioness is easily one of my favorite pieces that I have purchased this season. Everything about it screams summer ’17! If Kendall Jenner approves of the brand’s gingham pattern, then I think it’s a safe bet.
My mules are from 4th and Reckless and will be on repeat all summer long. They look great with pretty much everything and are also comfortable (block-heel trend taking one for the team)! The shoes come in at under $40, which makes me heart them that much more.
Last but certainly not least, this wicker satchel from Milly… it completes me! It comes with a detachable, matching leather strap, but I prefer to carry it from the handle if I have a free-hand. It is the definition of lady-like and it will be in heavy rotation this summer.
Also, I am wearing the liquid lipstick “Doll” from the KoKo Kollection on my lips. It is bright, bold, and lasted throughout dinner and drinks!
When it’s 90 degrees outside and 100 percent humidity, only then can you truly appreciate a flowy top. I fell for the delicate straps on this georgette halter top and had to purchase! Plenty of movement makes this both a fun and elegant piece.
My shoes are Jessica Simpson and currently on sale. I love ghillie sandals, and this pair in particular can carry you from daytime into nighttime. The scalloped edges and strappy ties make these feminine, while a block heel makes them good for long wear.
My current favorites in order of application. And the new blush beautyblender was obviously a must!
Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer I can’t seem to quit this version from Make Up For Evers’ extensive line of primers. I even prefer it over their mattifying option. It helps create an even canvas, which is key to getting natural results when contouring (bye bye splotchy cheeks). It sets immediately in a matte finish and allows your makeup to literally glide on.
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation
This foundation is certainly Armani Beauty’s best for those with oily or even combination skin. I tried Luminous and Lasting Silk and both were far too dewy for me. However, I was addicted to the formula that Armani Beauty has perfected so well. So when Power Fabric came out promising a velvet-matte finish and 16 hours of coverage, I knew it was a must have. Power Fabric indeed has the same luxurious feel as it’s predecessors, but with less luminosity. It’s got the staying power for a night out or special events, and SPF 25 for your daytime outings.
beautyblender in “bubble” I have a love/hate relationship with beautyblenders. More often than not I forget to prep mine, especially when I am in a hurry. But there really is no better tool on the market to apply liquid foundations, creams, and even powders. I was slightly giddy trading in my hot pink blender for one of the newer, muted colors. I chose the blush-toned “bubble,” but love the “nude” option, as well!
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (travel size with velour puff) I have a full-sized version that stays at my vanity and this adorable travel size to stuff in purses. This versatile powder can be used to set foundation and concealer, all while helping blushes and bronzers go on more evenly. Combined with a smoothing primer, your makeup will look flawless. I love the travel size for touch-ups throughout the night.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray Last but certainly not least, this is the setting spray for humid temperatures. It guarantees all of your hard work stays put, despite the elements. Although it was created for oily skin, getting a travel size to stretch you through summer is probably a good idea!