Blue Crush

No, this is not a surf-related post. When I see Elle and Vogue run “surfer-inspired” or “scuba-inspired” looks, I want to barf.  There is just no way you will con me into sporting anything that looks like diving gear in real life.  And scene.  The inspiration for this post instead stems from lovely chinoiserie and ginger jars, which seem to be cropping up all over the place on Pinterest.

And PSST — you can get your own styles from C. Wonder and Emilia Ceramics!

This DVF wrap dress ($345, Net-A-Porter) is therefore right up my alley.  I’d pair it with this beautiful azalea necklace from J. Crizzle ($150, J. Crew):

I would pair it with these stunning denim platforms (Rupert Sanderson, $590, Ssense):


Finish with a boxy white purse (Milly, $395, PiperLime):

The perfect little accessory?  This fun little chinoiserie iPhone cover ($39, Zazzle):


Or — how much do you die over this asymmetrical blouson-style maxi (on sale for $237, Rebecca Taylor)?!  I’d pair it with a blue statement necklace ($363, Charm and Chain):

LOVE!  Finish with some glam slam sandals ($170, Shopbop) and this TDF clutch ($395, Kotur):


I might finish with this ultra-covetable YSL ring (available through e-consignment shop Style Sequel, which one of my lovely readers owns! — bid now before it escapes!)

For something in a brighter color palette, consider this amazing turquoise dress ($295, Built By Wendy):

Would look unbelievably eye-catching with this statement necklace (what a find! — $42, Lydell) and these stunning Rupert Sanderson wedges ($875, MyTheresa):

At the risk of being a little matchy-matchy, consider this roomy tote ($825, Boyy):

I might finish with some of these chunky bangles by Flutter NYC ($185 and $190, Flutter NYC):

I’m also loving this chic little collar necklace (interesting fabrication — $48, ShopKitson) with a simple kimono-sleeve dress ($145, We Like Fashion).


I’d finish with a funky pair of printed flats ($135, J. Crew)

Finish with a pop of yellow in the form of this darling Reed Krakoff crossbody ($590, MyTheresa — alternately, this $198 Vince Camuto variation might be up your alley/more friendly to your wallet):

Or, how about this darling and versatile lace shift (Tibi, $365, PiperLime) with a piece from my new favorite jewelry designer, Holst + Lee ($535, Latitude)?


Kind of amazing with these chinoiserie-inspired tootsies ($885, Net-A-Porter):

For just a pop, consider this carry-all from DVF ($98, Cusp) — perfect for the gym or beach — or these unbelievable Prada tootsies ($445, Bluefly).  I’m not normally one for kitten heels, but how darling would these look with some skinnies and an oversized white blouse?

Or, the contrary — go whole hog with this darling shift ($98, Dalaga)!


AND NOW — the moment you all have been waiting for: the winner of the two JLW Shop Around cards go to Mimi and Daphne!  I’ll be in touch so we can make sure to get these cards into your hands by the weekend!  If you did not win but are local to the D.C. area and want to participate in the program, please buy a ticket here.  Thanks to Courtney and the ladies of the Junior League for their generosity! 


  1. Take a stroll over to the National Gallery and the Freer/Sackler. Two of my most favorite places in the city to view Asian ceramics!

  2. I die over today’s entry! Perfect for me since I study decorative art history and use the term Chinoiserie on a daily basis, haha. Keep up the fabulous work!

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