We’re married! And headed to the beach now…
I’m doing something that I’ve never done before on Luella & June: taking a break. One full week of no posts on this blog. I think the blog deserves a little vacay, and I figured if there was any week to do it then this was it. Be back in one week (with plenty of wedding recap, too!).
(Image via Vogue)
You know, one of the best things about a wedding is that it’s not just a day. No. You get the whole weekend. With a bridesmaids luncheon this afternoon, and then the wedding rehearsal followed by what is sure to be a wonderful dinner, the festivities really start today. Right now, in fact. The celebration will continue all the way through tomorrow night (and for the rest of our lives after that). I couldn’t be happier. With the exception of the occasional butterflies in my stomach, I feel oddly calm and relaxed (are all of the nerves going to hit me like a ton of bricks tomorrow?!). More than anything, I just feel ready: ready for the wedding, (very) ready for the honeymoon, and ready for the next chapter of our lives.
I’ll be at the beach next week, so you won’t be hearing much from me. The blog will be taking a mini-honeymoon of its own.
Happiest weekend to you all.
Clockwise from top left: J.CREW Pants // PROENZA SCHOULER Clutch // Image // GAP Sandals // BOUNKIT Earrings // Braids //ARTERIORS Bowls // KATE SPADE Travel Journal // DVF Bahar Dress // SMOOTHIE Recipe // MADEWELL Sunglasses
P.S. J.Crew is offering 20% off ANY purchase today. Just enter the code LOOK20 at checkout. Shop it here.
1. SENSI STUDIO Hat 2. MISSONI Striped Pareo 3. TORY BURCH Foldover Clutch 4. TIBI Denim Shorts 5. DL1961 Jeans 6. THE INTERESTINGS Book 7. TIBI Chiffon Dress 8. SUZANNA DAI Earrings 9. LOEFFLER RANDALL Sandals 10. EQUIPMENT Palm-Tree Print Blouse 11. RAY-BAN Sunglasses 12. J.CREW Bikini 13. LA MER Creme de la Mer
I’m normally a major packing procrastinator. I always wait until the very last minute to start putting things into my suitcase. This inevitably stresses me out and leaves me scrambling to get everything together before my flight. Packing is just something gives me anxiety (anyone else?) and an activity I don’t particularly like – which probably explains why I avoid doing it ahead of time. But that’s not the case this for this trip. I promised myself that I would get all of my packing for the honeymoon done early (as in not on Friday afternoon and definitely not on Saturday morning). There are plenty of other things I need to be focusing on this week, and my suitcase really shouldn’t be one of them. I’ve made some fun purchases (like this and a pair of these, too!) and that always makes packing a little easier, don’t you agree? Besides the beach essentials – my sunscreen and a bikini – I’ll also be bringing some new favorite dresses and my latest read, too!
Sometimes when I do these “you need to know about” posts, I picture you all sitting there reading it and saying, “Um. I’ve known about this for 10 months now.” I’m not sure if that’s the case with this one, but I’m posting it anyway. Honestly YUM. (It’s the brainchild of the team behind Honestly WTF – which means you know it’s good.) The site is dedicated to all things food-related – cocktails, entertaining tips, recipes, party DIYs (everyone should have access to step-by-step piñata-making directions). Apparently it’s been around since March (where was I?!), but I just now discovered it while perusing recipes on Pinterest. They’ve some seriously delish things on there. For instance, that ricotta crostini up there. Um, yum. And this margarita? Sounds pretty perfect to me. (This site might help with that “kitchen confidence” thing I mentioned a few weeks ago.) I love how they incorporate simple party DIYs and inspiration in there, too. You basically leave the site wanting to throw a party. Like right now.
All photos via Honestly Yum
Left Column: A.L.C. Pants // LAURENCE HELLER Clutch // JOIE Sandals // DVF Dress // KATE SPADE Earrings Middle Column: C.WONDER Bold Aviators // KATE SPADE SATURDAY Top // CLUB MONACO Shorts // MAR Y SOL Bag // KJL Earrings // J.CREW Clutch Right Column: CLUB MONACO Tassel Earrings //BENSIMON Sneakers // MILLY Top // JUICY COUTURE Bracelet // J.CREW Pajamas // 12TH STREET BY CYNTHIA VINCENT Sandals
With a new week comes plenty of new steals – and some major sales, too! Kate Spade Saturday (my new favorite shop) has an entire boutique dedicated to steals under $100.You’ll find oversized round sunnies for summer, adorable rainbow bright tops, and more. There’s also Barneys Warehouse. They’re offering up to 70% off this week. This hat – with a neon orange ribbon! – is calling my name. And don’t forget about J.Crew. They’re offering 20% off of all dresses online and in stores. Happy shopping…
This marks the beginning of a very exciting week for me. There’s so much to look forward to – so many big changes! Today is my 26th birthday. While I’m thrilled at the idea of what’s to come this year, it feels a little bittersweet saying goodbye to 25. It was a good year. I started my dream job at FD, Luella & June turned into a “real” part-time job for me, I took some amazing trips (New York Fashion Week, Paris…), and, best of all, I got engaged. 25 was good to me. Sometimes you just want to press pause (a Zack Morris time-out?) and soak it all in, you know?
Instead, I’m going to celebrate. For the entire week. It starts tonight with a birthday dinner with friends and family at my favorite Italian restaurant. Tomorrow, my fiancé and I are going to spend a fun, low-key day together. We’re headed to Klyde Warren Park, going to Parigi (my other favorite restaurant) for lunch, and just enjoying the day without wedding details to discuss. I’ve also got a spa day planned with my mom and sister on Mother’s Day. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? I can’t think of a better way to kick off 26 and the beginning of my wedding week. Eight days to go. Happy Weekend!
For your weekend perusal:
- 3.1 for Target: Did you hear the good news? This collection is coming straight at us this fall. Cannot. Wait. (I wish this little number was a part of that collection.)
- Get to know Jackie: I’m still reading Mrs. Kennedy and Me. It’s such a good book. I’m totally fascinated with Jackie Kennedy at the moment (not that I wasn’t before). I love this list of Jackie tidbits from Matchbook.
- SALE Alert: Don’t miss J.Crew’s extra 30% off all sale items. Just enter the code SUNSHINE at checkout. I scored this amazing neon cashmere sweater. It’s my new fave. I’ve also got my eye on a couple of swimsuits.
- Palm Beach spirit: Everything about this post from Mark D. Sikes.
(Image via Musings in Femininity)
In just a little over a week, I’ll be headed out of town on my honeymoon (so. excited.). With that in mind, I’ve been scooping up a few beachy items here and there to take along with me. L-Atitude is always one of my go-to stops when it comes to this kind of shopping. The online boutique always has the best selection of unique finds from never-heard-of-them-before designers, and their assortment just screams beach. (It’s one of those places that stocks things that will make you look well-traveled even if you’re not, you know what I mean?) Today’s find is a perfect example. These handmade Moroccan caftans by Muzungu Sisters (ever heard of them? me either.) are ideal for beach travels – and with a price tag of $65, you can buy two of them. I’m partial to the fuchsia, but the other colors are fab, too. They also have these adorable printed sarongs that are just $55. Love it.
There are lots (and lots) of reasons that I love to Dallas. Besides the fact that it’s always been my home, and the obvious friends and food (in that order, thank you), I love that this city has so much local talent. Between designers, boutique owners (Brian Bolke of Forty Five Ten comes to mind), artists… there are so many creative, brilliant people right here! I was lucky enough to visit the studio of one of those brilliants last week. Elizabeth Showers has been one of my favorite jewelry designers since I spotted my mom wearing this ring over five years ago. (I “borrowed” the ring that day, and I have yet to give it back. Oops.) Elizabeth has been designing jewelry for nearly twenty years (!) and her collections continue to get better and better. She has such an unique eye, and this is evident in each and every design (take a peek at these earrings).
One of my favorite things about Elizabeth’s collection is the variety. She has those easy, wear-all-the-time pieces (This ring is my favorite! Comes in a million different colors and is the ultimate stacking piece!); and those pieces that we save for a night out. She understands a girl’s need for both – while still managing to keep each piece just as special as the next. Take a look at any of the collections and you’ll see what I mean.
Here’s the best news of all. Elizabeth Showers is offering Luella & June readers 15% off any purchase. Just enter the code LUELLAJUNE15 at checkout. If you haven’t already picked up a gift for Mother’s Day, this would be the perfect time to scoop up something special for her. (You can check out my picks right here on her blog today!)