Stripes + Short Shorts

Put something striped in front of me and I'm a happy camper. Striped PLUS navy and orange—game day outfit appropriate, already looking towards fall—and I have to have it. I've worn this cardigan and shell, yes, that means it's technically a twin set...as in 1995, over and over again this month with dark jeans, white jeans, shorts, a skirt. It goes with everything.

White Shorts {last year, similar here, here, and here} - Sandals {last year, similar here and here}

For reference, I sized up in the cardigan and shell. I usually do XS at J.Crew but went up to a S for a slightly more casual fit. You can shop all the items and similar options, including a similar striped cashmere cardigan and shell, using the images below.

Photos by Lauren Joseph


Coffee Table Books, Edition One

I'm calling this edition one because this doesn't even scratch the surface of my favorite coffee table books or those on my wish list. Represented below are some great design books and others featuring fabulous photography and style, however this doesn't get into art books, books featuring iconic women, all of the gorgeous, yet accessible, decor books from bloggers and home editors...the list goes on and on.

An Affair with a House A stunning and classic book documenting interior designer Bunny Williams' weekend home that should be in every design lover's living room.

Beaches This doesn't even come out until next month, but it's already on my wish list (and you can pre-order it!). I can't get enough of Gray Malin's colorful, almost geometric photographs.

Happy Times A close friend got this for me for my birthday this year and it's a lovely pictorial from Lee Radziwill on her family's life and times.

Richmond's Monument Avenue Obviously my hometown needs to be represented in my home, and this book has the added benefit of being written by my one of my favorite college professors, Richard Guy Wilson.

Island Style If there was ever a book that could make me want to abandon city life and galavant barefoot around a tropical island, this book by India Hicks would be it.

The Tropical Modern House Combine modern architectural elements including glass, metal, and open air with tropical climates all over the world, and I'm sold.

Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age I love the simple and graphic cover of this book featuring gorgeous photography detailing a century of Vanity Fair culture, style, and icons.

Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time You can't go wrong with any of Slim Aarons' books depicting beauty and a bit of excess, but this is the one that I have.

Vogue: The Covers My bedroom was decorated with images of vintage Vogue covers many, many years ago, so this book seems like it should be a must have.


Friday Favorites

This has been one of those weeks where it's one thing after another after another. Thank god for the weekend and a reset. In an attempt to get back on track, I made it to ballet class for the first time in quite a while last night, and realized I absolutely need to work that once weekly into my routine. Now, if only ClassPass would get on board and add a few more dance studios...

I look the picture below of one of the many whimsical doors in Notting Hill. The mosaic address number is perfection, and you can never go wrong with a deep royal blue.

  • Helen Gurley Brown is one of my all time favorites. Sex and the Single Girl has an eternal spot on my nightstand. This piece is worth a quick read.

  • Speaking of what's on my nightstand, I'm currently making my way through these three novels. I started on my trip earlier this month...seems like I'll need a few more long flights to get through the rest. 

  • And on another profile of an iconic female note, Carmen Herrara, an almost 101 year old artist based in New York, is actual #goals. Her translation of color and shape through an assistant is reminiscent of the Matisse cut out process, and it's incredible. I have an almost 94 year old great aunt who is still painting with impressive detail, so there must be something to be said for keeping the brain young through creativity. 

  • Well, one topic is just leading to another today. While I'm years off, if ever, from this stage in my life, this piece on the effect of motherhood on creativity is more than overwhelming...though I suppose it attempts to end on a distant and vaguely positive note.

  • I have mentioned this on Instagram, but I finally bought a milk frother to step up my morning coffee routine. I'm obsessed.

  • Cozy sweatshirts that pass as real clothes are one of my favorite clothing items. This shawl collar number from Anthropologie feels like being wrapped up in a blanket while also appearing totally purposeful and stylish.


A Wall of Many Colors

Last week I decided I was lacking for feminine date night tops for this cool spring weather and swung by Anthropologie after barre class in search of something new. I spotted this top and knew the drapey style and deep v-neck were exactly what I was in search of. Whether worn for spring with white jeans or during the winter with black leather pants, it's a versatile and pretty look that I know I'll reach for again and again. 

White Cropped Jeans - Draped Crossfront Top - Black Clutch {similar here on sale!}
Statement Earrings {vintage, similar here} - Sandals 
Cage Ring - Bracelet {similar here}

Also, how amazing is this colorful wall? It was the perfect backdrop for this neutral outfit and I'm loving the kind of late 80's geometric vibe that it has going on.

Photos by Lauren Joseph


Travel Recap: Iceland

Iceland has been on my list of places I’d like to go for a few years now (it’s so trendy, y’all), so I jumped at the opportunity to stop there for a day on the way back from London over the weekend. I quickly realized that as a not particularly outdoorsy person, I wouldn’t need much more than a day in Iceland.

If I had been there a second day, I would have liked to do a trek out to the glaciers that are about 3 hours from Reykjavik, but in just about 24 hours I got to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, strolled around artsy and quirky Reykjavik, saw vistas that looked straight out of outer space, drove part of the picturesque Golden Circle, and stood at the division of the European and North American tectonic plates.

We stayed at the Rey Apartments which had a perfectly clean lined and contemporary aesthetic. Exactly what one would expect in Iceland. Reykjavik is a much smaller city than I anticipated, so everything was in walking distance of the apartments. Restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping dot the city’s landscape and street art appears at every turn.

The only sit down meal I had in Iceland was at a restaurant, Fish Market, which had been recommended by a friend, and while it wasn’t traditional Icelandic food—no fermented shark for me—it had wonderfully cozy ambiance and was a great find in a city not known for catering to foodies. I heard tell of the partying scene in Reykjavik, but had no concept of what that really meant. However, the idea of an after dinner drink quickly dissolved when my friend and I walked past a seemingly normal man in a blazer...drinking straight out of a bottle of Captain Morgan’s (really, bro?) and stumbling down the street. We were just not going to get on that level, especially with my plan to go out and take pictures early the next morning before setting out to explore the areas outside the city and find those adorable Icelandic horses—which we did, quite successfully.

My tips for a trip to Iceland? Definitely rent a car and be prepared for a lot of driving. Eat an Icelandic hot dog, even if it's just in the airport rather than as a traditional late night dish. Pay a few more dollars for the Blue Lagoon package that includes the robe and towel. And, if you're a type A person, be prepared to slow down a bit.