SWISS DOT MAXI DRESS

I’ve been trying to take more outfit pictures now that it’s not freezing every time I walk outside and I finally have space to hang up all my clothes and see what I haven’t featured on the blog yet. It’s nice to have a reason to bring out my real camera and it’s funny how taking more pictures makes me see my surroundings differently! I love scouting new locations to take pictures, whether it’s a turquoise wall with a blue dress or a flowering tree with candy-colored stripes (though of course Positano was the prettiest!). My new employee Gretchen and I drove past this empty building last week and instantly earmarked it for a future photo backdrop. How stunning are those blue windows against the stone facade? It’s always a little more fun to take pictures when you know you like the background as much as what you’re wearing!

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Pearl tassel earrings  //  Julie Brown Designs dress c/o  //  Nude sandals

There’s something very sophisticated about a floor-length dress and this one is party perfection: my favorite color, check; swiss dots, check; fitted waist, check; cutout back, check! I kept the accessories neutral and let the dress (and that pretty background) do the talking.

G&T TIME!

It hit 88 degrees in Dallas yesterday, which in my mind means summer G&T season. We have so many cute new things in the boutique that I decided to whip up a little bar tray full of my favorite gin and tonic essentials (and that means lots of limes — anyone who makes a G&T with cucumber is a sworn enemy in my book 😉). White hydrangeas, striped straws, and the cutest bar decor around… Who’s up for a party?

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Serving tray  //  seashell tumblers  //  small pineapple jar

P.S. Hendrick’s gin is my favorite and I keep it in the freezer because nothing is worse than a warm cocktail #tricksofthetrade. Browse all the new arrivals here!

STRIPED DROP WAIST DRESS

I just love, love, love the colors on this dress! The stripes are made up of different ribbons and I like that it features a small dose two colors I rarely wear, coral and orange (#redheadproblems). It’s part of the summer collection at J.McLaughlin and one of literally dozens of their current pieces I want in my closet (this, this, and this for starters!). They just launched a new website and everything is to die for, including this adorable little bamboo clutch that I’ll be carrying, oh, every night for the next three months.

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J.McLaughlin Ruby striped drop waist dress c/o  //  Lele Sadoughi pearl necklace c/o (bracelet version here)

J.McLaughlin bamboo clutch c/o (also love this)  //  Essie Fiesta nail polish  //  Alice + Olivia pumps

I don’t always have the best luck with drop waist dresses but this one is tailored to perfection. It was basically love at first try-on! Now I just need more occasions to wear it… With all the crazy storms we’ve had in Texas, fun nights out have been few and far between! Sending lots of love to my readers in Houston, who are dealing with seriously scary flooding this week. At this point I think we’re all practically looking forward to those 100 degree days I’ve heard so much about!