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Trendspotting: Flamenco-Inspired Polka Dots


To some, polka dots conjure images of Minnie Mouse and wholesome charm, but to me, they represent seduction, grace and the power of the feminine form. And I think that’s because I most immediately associate them with the traditional traje de flamenco—the most famous version of the dress worn by the traditional dancers of Andalusia. Polka dots of white or black pattern these stunningly tiered and flared silhouettes, adding an extra dose of visual movement to the swirling layers.

Although polka dots have been en vogue in some form since the 1920s, this combination of spots and tiered ruffles feels suddenly fresh and desirable. I first took note of this trend after falling in love with the Spanish-inspired Dolce & Gabbana SS2015 show, and I’ve since been seeing spots everywhere I look. On the diaphanous pleats of a sheer chiffon halter top, atop the mesh tiers of a layered tulle midi skirt and even on the pristine white culottes worn by Olivia Palermo herself.

So scroll down as far as you dare, and take in the best examples of flamenco-inspired polka dots the internet has to offer. If, like me, this particular selection of photos makes you itch to spangle yourself with spots, you can shop some of my polka dotted pics in the widget at the end.

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Clothing, Uncategorized

Going Dutch

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On the first weekend in May, in a very small town in Iowa, tens of thousands of people converge in a town square lined with rows of Dutch-style buildings for a little something called Tulip Time. It’s a festival of Dutch heritage, complete with a parade, delicious Dutch pastries, wooden clogs and of course, lots of tulips.

Having heard all about the tulips as well as the Vermeer Mill (the country’s tallest working windmill) on Iowa Public Radio, I was determined to make the drive to Pella to take in the sights, and I’m so glad we did. With spring in full effect here in Iowa, the tulips were out in force—and they were stunning.

There were several large plots of blooming buds in the “downtown” area, but it seemed like everywhere you looked there were different varieties in a range of vibrant shades. I especially loved the super-saturated dark purple variety pictured at the beginning of this post—so exotic!

Long story short, I can’t wait to go back to Pella, and next time, I’m going to eat some stroopwafel.

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Accessories, On the Cheapish

Brand New Boots


Dress: Forever 21 (old, similar here) // Boots: Chinese Laundry // Bag: Deux Lux // Necklace: Forever 21 // Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Nail Polish: Julep

If you’re like me, you’ve spent hours wondering what your life would look like if you owned a pair of 5050 boots. The iconic over-the-knee boot is a perennial favorite of celebrities, bloggers and off-duty models alike. It’s also a bit of out of my price range. So I dedicated a good few weeks to hunting down the best alternative, taking into consideration value, quality and similarity to my dream pair.

What I found was actually much better that I was hoping for. At just under $100, these Chinese Laundry boots fulfill all of my requirements. Since I ordered them online, I was a little worried about the quality of the suede, but in person, I’m very happy with the suppleness and substance of it. With a low stacked heel, tall silhouette and slightly rounded toe, this boot really echoes the 5050 in every way. All in all, I’m extremely happy with this purchase and plan to wear them all winter long.