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Green With Envy

Green With Envy








I am a huge fan of the shirt dress. They are classic, chic, and perfect for a hot summer day in the city.

The only thing better than a great shirt dress is a bright kelly green shirt dress. In addition to the vibrant color, I also love the updated square neck and flutter cap sleeve. If you are looking for something more classic, this dress also comes in navy.

This easy, flattering shape was perfect for a summer day exploring NYC with friends. And you can add a little summer sex appeal but unbuttoning a few strategic buttons.


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Return of the Wrap

Return of the Wrap








Much to my delight, the wrap dress is back, and in a big way! Long overdue if you ask me. Not that this universally flattering silhouette has ever gone out of style, but it does fall in and out of favor.

I have always loved a great wrap dress, because nothing is sexier and more feminine. I found this perfect navy number while abroad. It is by a new-to-me French brand, RĂ©alisation. This brand has certainly mastered the sexy sundress. Each dress also has a tongue in cheek description. This dress, the Alexandra, reads "Here’s what we know. Men love sundresses. We also know this point is actually pointless because we women dress for ourselves and ourselves only. But sometimes... just sometimes you need a get-out-of-jail-free card."

A perfect fitting wrap dress highlights and yet subtly reveals all of the right places. I personally love the balance of a long-sleeve mini dress. If your curvy or busty, wrap dresses are great becuase you can simply size up for added coverage, but the wrap style can still be cinched to highlight your curves. The long sleeve silhouette will also seamlessly transition into fall with over-the-knee boots or tights and booties.

While this dress is French, I have found so many great wrap dresses this season state-side. I recently picked up this Madewell number, which I love because it can be dressed up or down. Shop more of my favorite wrap dress below!

What are your thoughts on the wrap dress?


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For the Frill of It

For the Frill of It








Sadly, my summer in Italy came to an end at the beginning of August. Fortunately, my disspointment in having to return state-side was assuaged by a quick trip to my favorite US city, New York. My trans-Atlantic flight was to and from JFK, so I decided to make the most of it and visit Emily on the front and back end of my summer abroad. This turned out to be a great decision!

I never get enough of NYC, and Emily and I always have a great time trying new restaurants, exploring new streets, and scouting new photo locations. Not to mention the amazing shopping, which was so nice after my 3-month shopping hiatus. Emily, the great friend that she is, even let me order some items online while I was away so they could be waiting for me at her apartment when I got home. This was especially great during the Nordstrom anniversary sale -- can't miss those discount Hanky Pankies!

A couple weeks before returning home I was doing a little online retail therapy and I spotted this frilly pink For Love & Lemons Dress. I was so happy with my For Love & Lemons top I had ordered in the spring before departing, that I decided to go for it and order this dress. I loved the shape and the color, and hoped it would work with my favorite Lack of Color Hat. Spoiler, it did!

I am always a sucker for an easy, sweet summer dress (also available in this color combo). When the temperature heats up, I always reach for light weight dresses. I especially love dresses like this one that are comfortable and easy to wear, but still figure flattering. Despite having a looser, flowy fit, the deep cut of the bust and empire waist gives it a flattering shape. You can also further cinch the waist with the tie in the back. I was so happy to return and find that this dress lived up to my expectations. Plus, I had no clean clothes left and needed something to throw on and explore the city with Em!


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Exploring Genoa

Exploring Genoa










Ok, let me start by being completely honest -- I didn't love Genoa. I like the history and the idea of Genoa, but the actual city doesn't exactly have loads of charm. There are cute little corners here and there, fashionable cafes popping up ad hoc, and some gorgeous historical architecture, but like many port cities, Genoa tends to be a bit rough around the edges.

While a bit brusque today, the Serene Republic of Genoa ruled the Mediterranean Sea from the 11th to the 13th centuries. The city's power and prestige peaked in the middle ages, which explains why today the city is famous for its elaborate and maze-like medieval quarter. The "old city" as it is known is a web of narrow medieval roads that snake their way through the city. Emily and I wandered these streets until we stumbled on the gorgeous striped churches of San Pietro in Banchi and the city's cathedral, San Lorenzo.

Also worth visiting are two of the city's royal palaces - the Palazzo Reale and the Villa del Principe. Both are stunning Renaissance structures, and the latter is stilled used by the Doria Pamphilj princess when she is in town.

In addition to sightseeing, it is really important that while in Genoa you eat pesto. No, I am serious. This is the region that invented pesto and focaccia and they are incredible. I grabbed a piece of pesto pizza while walking around the city and it about changed my life.

After eating and wandering our way through Genoa, Emily and I headed the colorful seaside fishing village of Boccadesse for the evening. It was a welcome respite from the city and the perfect way to spend the afternoon and evening. Plus, it was a much better match for our aesthetic.

More posts on Liguria:
San Fruttuoso
Postcards from Portofino
Exploring Portovenere
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San Fruttuoso, Liguria

San Fruttuoso, Liguria








While researching places to visit in Liguria beyond the famed Cinque Terre and Portofino, I stumbled on images of the seaside abbey of San Fruttuoso. I was immediately struck by its unique beauty and decided Emily and I simply had to visit. It turned out to be a great decision.

San Fruttuoso was a remote medieval Greek monastery turned Benedictine abbey. By the 20th century the abandoned abbey had become property of the noble Italian Doria Pamphilj family who later donated it to FIA, a historic preservation society, who renovated and now protect the monastery and the small village that surrounds it. Today, San Fruttuoso is only accessible by boat or two hiking paths.

The town is small and remains dominated by the abbey. You can tour the church and abbey, enjoy the crystal clear blue water, indulge in a delicious pesto or fresh seafood meal, or explore the rugged hiking paths that wind through the protected nature park. But as you can see from the photos, the beach and water are the real draw. The easiest way to get to San Fruttuoso is by public ferry, which departs from Portofino every hour in the summer.


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