New year, new goals! One of which is to blog a little more regularly. Like most Houstonians, 2017 was a little crazy for In the Loop Style. One half of us flooded, both home and office, and the other half was displaced most of the summer by a plumbing leak. Truthfully, we were both just flat out not feeling it after the devastation of our city. And so…our blog fell a little by the wayside, but I’ve realized I miss it and plan to get back on track as much as my schedule allows!
I wrapped up an exhausting fall with a family Thanksgiving trip to celebrate both a milestone birthday and anniversary. We went from one hurricane-ravaged place to another. St. Barth had been on the books for a while, and though we contemplated canceling after Hurricane Irma struck the island in early September, we chose to make the journey despite the devastation. I’m so glad we did. What we found were resilient and loyal locals determined to restore this special Caribbean island. They were so grateful we had chosen to visit, and there was a special camaraderie not necessarily present on previous visits. Many of the beachside hot spots and all of the luxe hotels were shuttered during our stay, but there was immense beauty in the simplicity.
The trip found us staying in many nights, watching the sunset and eating dinner poolside at our villa while our kids’ cannonball splashes diluted our Sancerre! But we did venture out a little, and this blush Ulla Johnson silk top was perfect for the chic French restaurant scene. I gave it a Texas vibe with my vintage Squash Blossom necklace and kept things easy with the best skinny jeans and flat sandals (mine are two seasons ago from Target, but this pair by Loeffler Randall is very similar). This is a top that just feels special!
I hope my love for this special island is evident; it is truly the most beautiful and special place. Despite its reputation for glitz and glam, St. Barth is so much more. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post with everything you need to know about this surprisingly low key West Indies jewel! In the meantime, please keep both Houston and St. Barth in your prayers. The news has moved on, but recovery is ongoing.
P.S. Shortly before this trip and on the recommendation of a dear friend with always-glowing skin, I purchased my first ever CC cream, specifically It Cosmetics CC +Cream Illumination (I use the “Light” shade). I am usually not a foundation wearer, and when I’ve tried beauty blogger-famous BB and CC creams in the past, they have felt way too heavy and thick and made me feel claustrophobic. This one, however, is a game changer! As you’re applying, it looks as if it’s going to go on heavy, but once it settles in, it has a fabulous no-makeup makeup effect! It evens out your color and gives a great glow without looking too disco shimmery. And the 50 SPF proved itself in the tropics to boot!
Top: Ulla Johnson (locally at Abejas) | Jeans: Mother | Necklace: Similar Squash Blossom here| splurge version here) | Bracelet: Similar Turquoise Cuff here and here | Sandals: Similar by Loeffler Randall (more sizes available here) | Belt: J.Crew