Y’all, I cannot handle this dreary weather anymore! What is going on? I’ve loved that Houston has actually had a winter this year, loved bundling up and building fires, loved wearing sweaters and boots. But I need a little sunlight! When it comes back, here’s what I plan to wear: white, white, and more white! White linen really is the epitome of springtime, and my favorite way to transition to the warming weather is to pair it with a little leather and some black accessories. It says “I’m so over winter, but I’m still too chilled to bare my toes or expose my arms.”
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!
Whether you are a hopeless romantic or a cynical “Valentine’s Day is a made up Hallmark holiday” kind of girl, one thing we can all agree on is that this “love day” is the perfect excuse to get dressed up! (Not to mention the candy!!) I ran across this flirty little ruffled number by After Market when I was recently checking out Pomp & Circumstance Boutique’s precious new Rice Village location. I’m a sucker for seersucker, and the flattering ruffled double v-neck on this dress sealed the deal for me. These ombre BaubleBar drop earrings gave this outfit the perfect Valentine’s vibe, and a hot pink lippie by NYX was just the right finishing touch for a romantic look. Although my real V-Day evening plans include ballet class, tae kwon do, guitar lessons, and the final pee wee basketball game of the season, at least I have an outfit ready should another Hallmark holiday appear on my calendar in the near future!
There is just something about a flowy off-the-shoulder maxi dress, and when the fabric is this pretty, I just can’t pass it up! I was shopping for a quick post-holidays Cabo trip with my five year old, and she spotted this dress on a mannequin, quickly falling in love with it. If you know my Kate, you know she has pretty strong opinions about things and can be quite persuasive, so when she asked me to add it to my fitting room stack, I obliged. She was delighted when I chose “her dress” to take on my trip, and it felt pretty special for me too!
The bow blouse has been around since at least the days of Coco Chanel. Dubbed the “pussy bow,” this look no doubt drew inspiration from men’s neckties, providing women with a prettier and more ladylike version of the menswear office staple accessory. Not to mention giving the ladies another option for neck bling aside from necklaces! These tie neck tops became ubiquitous with the 80s ladies — Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin certainly took full advantage of this look while outsnakin’ Moramax and doing their best to save Jupiter Hollow from strip mining in “Big Business.” Although it never really went away, the pussy bow has made a pretty big resurgence in the past few years, and I couldn’t love it more! (As evidenced here.) What I love about this WAYF tie neck dress is that it offers the ladylike look of the classic style while also giving it a modern edge with the cut of the dress and the black lace tie. It feels a little “Working Girl” meets “Reality Bites”/”Singles,” no?