White Lace Maxi in the Courtyard

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL. SUMMER IS FLAT OUT HOT, AND I AM LOVING THE BALMY HEAT. I AM WEARING WHITE LACE, A SUMMER FAVORITE; RENDERED IN A ROMANTIC MAXI DRESS.  I ADDED MY GUCCI BOOTS FOR A BIT OF AN EDGE,  A DASH OF COLOR AND STRIPE, AND A WISPY OSTRICH FEATHER BAG BY VALENTINO.

ADDED TO THIS BEGUILING SIMPLE DRESS IS A GOOD AMOUNT OF DETAIL; ELLE STYLE ! THE BUTTERFLY BROOCH WAS A FUN ADDITION,  AS WAS THE CITRINE AND ENAMEL BROOCH FOR A GLIMPSE OF WARM-GOLD FLASH . THE WHITE TOPAZ NECKLACE, ALL IN EMERALD CUTS,  FROM KC SIGNATURES.com. 

IN THE SUMMER I SHUTTLE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND THE EAST END. IT IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO BALANCE CITY CULTURE AND COUNTRY CALM. I GET THE OPTIMAL AMOUNT OF EACH IN THE SUMMER, AND I LOVE THE LONG, GOLDEN DAYS. 

Of course this look would be equally good if I wore flip-flops, espadrilles, or pearl studded mules. I could easily wear this with a canvas bag, leather clutch,  or a straw tote. It could be worn to the beach or to a special summer gala. This is when you know you have found the perfect dress; its versatility, and wearability,  has it so that it is the first thing you reach for in your closet(s).

I DECIDED TO ADD A WAIST DEFINING BELT THAT CIRCLES MY TUM WITH GOLDEN HEARTS. IT IS BY MOSCHINO, AND WAS A VERITABLE BARGAIN AT ENCORE YEARS AGO. IT IS A SMALL BELT, SO WAS REDUCED, AND REDUCED AGAIN. YAY! PERFECT FOR MY PETITE FRAME.

 THE OSTRICH FEATHER BAG WAS ALSO A SECOND HAND FIND FROM MICHAEL’S IN THE UES OF MANHATTAN. BOTH MICHAEL’S AND ENCORE ARE ONLINE NOW, SO YOU CAN SHOP THEM TOO, IF IN THE USA.  USE THE LINKS TO BROWSE!

TIP:

ONLY BUY AN OSTRICH FEATHER-TRIMMED BAG -OR GARMENT- IF YOU HAVE ADEQUATE STORAGE SPACE, AS THE FEATHERS GET CRUSHED EASILY.  KNOW THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!  MY BAG WAS, AND REMAINS, IN PRISTINE BECAUSE IT HAS ITS OWN HANGING SPACE IN MY CLOSET.

OH, AND MY SUNNIES, EMBELLISHED WITH THE FLOWER TRIM? EXPENSIVE, RIGHT? A FORTUNE, OF course- NOT! MORE LIKE FOUR BUCKS IN A COOL LITTLE SHOP DOWNTOWN. THIS WAS A SEASON OR TWO BEFORE MUI MUI MADE THIS SORT OF EYEWEAR A THING.

BELOW, IN THE COURTYARD! THANKS TO LENA FOR PHOTOS!  

 

 I AM SURE MOST OF YOU HAVE PUT YOUR BOOTIES AWAY, OR TUCKED THEM INTO THE BACK OF YOUR SHOE CLOSET. I FIND THE ADDED STRUCTURE IS GOOD SUPPORT WHEN I AM WALKING MANY BLOCKS. SO THERE IS A FUNCTIONAL REASON FOR THE BOOTIES AS WELL. ( AND I DO HATE MOSQUITO BITTEN ANKLES!)  P.S.- I HAVE WORN THIS DRESS AGAIN, SINCE THIS SHOOT, WITH SIMPLE BEIGE SANDALS.

SO FELLOW FASHIONISTAS?

MAXI, THIS SEASON, OR NOT? LACE THIS SEASON, OR GAUZY COTTON LAWN?  Embroidered , striped, tribal printed, floral— HOW DO YOU WEAR YOUR MAXI?? Let me know- you know how!

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