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Yumi Kim Floral Romper

Monday, June 27, 2016

When you open the window and feel the air is DEFINITELY warm and the sun is shining, there is nothing to do but throw on a colorful floral romper and head to a brunch spot with outdoor seating. That's one woman's opinion at least.

This Yumi Kim Liz silk romper has been showing up a lot in my what to wear this weekend outfits. I wear a romper at least once a week and this one pops into the rotation fairly often. I mean, it's the perfect romper to don for Floral Fridays at our office. It gets special consideration since it can easily be dressed up or down AND has pockets too (pockets are so necessary). I've definitely had to resist picking up a romper in every single print. 

I paired the dress with suede sandals that I picked from the J.Crew Factory website last year. They required no breaking in which is always a good sign for shoes and the slight twist in design this year is super cute, with the addition of a little top knot over the toes.

I also decided to pull out this foldover clutch that I picked up from the Who What Wear Target collection. This little color-blocked clutch with a tassel detail is great for throwing in a bigger purse to keep yourself a touch more organized, but it also works on its own. It's roomy enough for all of your brunch essentials, including a small wallet, compact, lipstick, hand cream, sunscreen, chapstick and a reusable bag to pull out if you're planning to do some extra shopping.

Romper // Shoes (old, similar) // Purse

Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Springs

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I feel like summer is the perfect time to take a load off, take a long vacation and just REALLY relax. At least for me, it seems to be one of the only times in the year where I force myself to disconnect a bit from my 'always at my side' phone and 'never be more than a few hours without' laptop. While I rarely take more than two-three days off at a time (hi, my name is brenda + I'm a workaholic), even disconnecting for two or three days is the perfect opportunity for me to just zen out and think about nothing. 

For me, summer always starts Memorial Day weekend when my boyfriend and I head to Palm Springs for the long weekend to sit poolside at the Ace Hotel. It's the perfect place to sit, do absolutely NOTHING and enjoy tropical drinks and tasty snacks while you flip through that stack of magazines you've been meaning to go through for months now.

The 90 degree weather gave me the best opportunity to pull out a new Lilly Pulitzer favorite. Lilly and summer seem to go together hand in hand and whenever I'm in a Lilly dress, no matter where I am, it makes me feel as if I was sitting in an adirondack chair in Nantucket enjoying the summer sun. Now that's a bit of magic, especially if I'm sitting in an overly air-conditioned desk chair in my office.

The Ace is perfect for those looking to spend a few days doing absolutely nothing. With amazing room service, a gym, a spa, a puppy park and two different pools you're pretty much set for everything you might need. We always go for a room with a small private deck with a fireplace so we can eat room service on our little patio, enjoying the warm air. 

Seriously, I never wanted to leave. 

The Valli Printed Shift Dress in Resort White La Via Loca was the perfect dress to wear to brunch on our last day in Palm Springs. I was worried that the 4 might not fit over my kinda large chest, but as I put it on, any worries were erased. It did a great job of hugging my body and the slight v-neck showed a hint of cleavage without showing too much.

Like so many Lilly dresses, I just couldn't get over how much I love the print. That, and the fact that it was a seersucker like fabric had me sold the minute I slipped it on.

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