*Image above from Pierpaolo Piccioli, designer for Valentino, featuring the stunning model Adut Akech wearing the most showstopping dress from one of his haute couture collections.
My Latest Snag: The Horror Vacui Skirt.
I finally got my hands on a piece by Horror Vacui, a cult-following label I have lusted after for some time, when Net-A-Porter made further reductions on its already discounted selection earlier this week. I also love this skirt and this top. I am planning on wearing my skirt with a simple white tank in the summer and a crewneck sweater in the fall.
P.S. Also can’t miss from the final reductions in the Net-A-Porter sale: this dress, which, while non-maternity, was totally my pregnancy and post-partum style; this cheery floral; and this on-trend Doen.
You’re Sooooo Popular: Boho Mini.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+This Doen-esque $34 dress, now restocked in most sizes and colors! I own in black and white.
+Mini’s new favorite loungewear ($14 for the set!)
Weekend Musings: Learning to Live Care-ingly.
What have you learned so far in 2020?
I try to check in with myself along these lines somewhere around the midway point of each calendar year. As I sat with myself, reflecting on the intensity of 2020 to date, C.S. Lewis’ words came to mind:
“Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn. My God. Do you learn.”
Though I would surmise that this year will be a year that asks rather than a year that answers for most of us, I also think it will represent a period of reckoning —
Reckoning in our personal relationships — especially with family, from whom many of us have been forcibly separated or forcibly kept together by this virus — for better or worse;
Reckoning in our understanding of race in America;
Reckoning in our sense of community, especially as we navigate this unprecedented public health threat;
Reckoning in our understanding of what really matters.
I have endured my own comeuppances across all of these categories this year. I have felt humbled, hurt, reassured, confused, determined, terrified, remorseful, optimistic. As a result, I am more careful than ever before in my interactions with others, and I will admit that the care stems from both self-serving caution and a will to afford others the benefit of the doubt. I see the vulnerability with which we are all living at the moment–so many of us just trying to get through our days, grieve our losses, nurse our wounds, all while living under such tremendous pressure that we will lash out with disproportionate angst at the most inconsequential of slights. I am guilty of this, too, of course: I stumbled through an uncomfortable conversation with a loved one a few weeks ago and then cried on and off for two days, unable to think of anything else. I knew my reaction was outsized, intemperate. But I had been living at my emotional capacity; I could not bear its added intensity.
So this year, so far, is the year of learning (in the words of HRH Mary Oliver) “…to enjoy, to question — never to assume, or trample….to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always care-ingly.”
What about you?
+One of those wear-forever dresses you’ll never regret having in your closet. So elegant for a million possible occasions: bridal shower, dinner with parents-in-law, cocktail party, date night.
+Still grieving the loss of my good high school friend. It feels good to write about her.
+Just the prettiest blouse. I have a thing for scalloped edges…I love this Innika Choo romper with scalloped detailing I wore here, and though it’s sold out in shortall form, it’s still available and on sale for $88 in a transition-to-fall long format here.
+Speaking of transition-to-fall, how amazing is this strawberry sweater?! I’m on board with the retro-leaning whimsical knitwear this season!
+Eyeing these cashmere blend joggers ($60) for fall!