there's something so sweet about this resort collection by Giorgio Armani's protégé, Stella Jean. the monkey print reminds me of those plastic hanging monkeys us 90s kids played with, and the handpainted ducks are reminiscent of nursery rhymes. with a whimsical sense of humor, Stella Jean's designs are a breath of fresh air -- just check out her other collections, my favorites being Spring 2016 RTW and Resort 2017. beyond the whimsical prints, i especially love the layering and styling choices: cool slides, delicate everyday earrings and plenty of great pattern mixing moments (many of which include a bold stripe).



do you ever feel like wearing stripes every day? same. and why not? if you're a fellow stripe addict, you probably wear stripes on a daily basis already. even those who are shy of a bold print will happily reach for this classic design. i always seem to find new stripe pieces that i just have to have, so i thought i'd share a few of my favorite new finds. here are five summer dresses to add to your stripe collection -- each dress is different enough that you could wear them all in one week without anyone catching on:



day one: anthropologie   //   day two: shop mille   //   day three: reformation   //   day four: gorman   //   day five: zara



straw bags are all the rage this summer, and i'm fully embracing it. in fact, a straw bag is the perfect finishing touch to a casual summer dress, and is every beach goer's must-have accessory. these natural beauties have been on my wish list for the past few months, and i think i'm close to finding my perfect match. since there are so many great options out there, i wanted to share ten of my favorites -- from stripes, to fringe, and polka dots, i kind of want them all:




1. yellow with navy tote by Nannacay   /   2. stripe clutch from J.Crew   /   3. pom pom tote by Nannacay   /   4. zig-zags by Nannacay   /   5. rainbow clutch by Rebecca Minkoff   /   6. round straw bag from Bembien   /   7. classic stripes with fringe by Kayu   /   8. hello tote by Nannacay   /   10. belly bag from Bembien



popping in to say Happy Fourth of July!! how is June already over? but seriously.

i've had quite the busy month both at work, and at home, and time seems to be flying. we're knee deep into our kitchen renovation, which has made life a little bit more complicated (i.e. washing dishes), but i can't wait to share the finished product -- hopefully at the end of this month. 

i recently bought the dress version of this Sandro star top and these gold satin sandals from Zara -- both were sale finds. i thought that together they created the perfect look for celebrating Independence Day, especially with a little denim thrown in. we're keeping it low key with bbq-ing and soaking in the sunshine among friends, exactly what this outfit was made for! how are you celebrating?



star top from Sandro   //   denim shorts from Re/Done   //   satin slides from Zara (similar)
 vacation pouch from Madewell   //   retro sunglasses from Saint Laurent 



this striped round bag by Mansur Gavriel

a pink and white one-piece

a classic black and white silk scarf from Toteme

added this striped couch to my home wish-list

a striped lady by illustrator, Isabelle Feliu

another striped wall. this one is from the Wynwood Art District in Miami

a slouchy oversized stripe buttondown



#stripesforlife #amiright. more on my pinterest!



april favorites | @themissprints

a few of my favorite things this april:

  • going to see Sleeping Beauty at the Boston Ballet for my birthday with my mom and Babcia. The Boston Ballet put on an absolutely stunning performance and it was truly a special day that i'll always remember. going to the ballet always makes me nostalgic for my dancing days -- fun fact: i was a ballerina for 18 years!
  • turning 28, and feeling really ok with it. going into this year engaged, with some fun projects in the future. i'd say i'm in a good place. and what's a birthday without some sweets?! this cake looks delicious.
  • with the help of my fiance, we're working on adding a cute little bathroom to our 1890s home. the brass faucet is one of my favorite details -- consider this a sneak peek! 
  • i'm so excited to start working on sprucing up our backyard! it's a complete blank slate. first up is adding a veggie and fruit garden. (i'm inspired by the design of these seed packets)
  • every closet needs a pair of leopard trousers, and these J.Crew linen pants are ideal for spring. 

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life. lately. do you ever go through those days, weeks, months, where you feel like you've taken on too much. you feel like you're constantly behind, playing catch up and not doing anything that great? ok phew, me too. because that's where i've been. simply put, i just feel overwhelmed. to combat the negativity, i'm focusing on doing my best, while celebrating the small wins to get myself over this hump. this post is my first step towards getting myself back on track, which includes regular programming on here. stop by the blog for a new monthly favorites on Wednesday! you can follow along on instagram too -- there's a lot of pretty photos that i'll be sharing this week.

oh. i feel much better already.



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