Panama Jackpot



I’ve never been a hat person. Sure, I tried them on from time to time, but it was always an exercise in futility. Baseball hats, sun hats, and beanies all looked…not great. And then I realized that this failed head/hat relationship was due to the fact that I have an abnormally large head. After this revelation, I pretty much resigned myself to a hatless life. And I’ve been almost completely okay with this situation—with the exception of the Panama hat.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve tried on the classic J.Crew version. I actually almost bought it once. But even when I managed to find the L/XL size (yes, really), I couldn’t pull the trigger. It was a bit too pricey for a hat that still didn’t look quite right. And then, one fateful day in the not-too-distant past, I took a trip to Target. As I was rounding the final curve of my compulsory lap around the accessories section, I spied the telltale off-white woven palm and black ribbon of a Panama.

Like any insane person, I decided to once again try on a hat, fully expecting that, once again, it would look horrible. I barely even bothered to look in the mirror, so complete was my assurance that this attempt would be as unsuccessful as all the rest. And then…and then, for the first time maybe ever, a hat looked good on me! That this particular hat was only $16 to J.Crew’s $60 was just sweet, sweet icing on the cake.

Since I’ve finally found the hat for me, I’ve been making up for lost time and wearing it pretty much everywhere. Last weekend I whipped it out to take a trip to the farmers’ market, where in addition to these fragrant roses, I purchased the makings of some muy delicioso ceviche.

Hat: Target // Top: Target // Cardigan: H&M (similar) // Shorts: Forever 21 // Purse: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: Target (dollar section!) // Shoes: Old Navy // Nails: Essie in Lights

Cheat Sheet: Gold Coin Jewelry

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Julie Vos // Nasty Gal

I’ve been admiring Julia’s gold coin pendant for quite awhile, so I finally clicked through one of her blog posts to find that she sells this very necklace in the Lemon Stripes store. But as much as I love it, I’m not ready to shell out over $150 for it. So I went on the hunt for a more affordable alternative. I can’t wait to add these Kenneth Jane Lane and Nasty Gal pieces to my costume jewelry collection for some gilded, gypsy-inspired flair.

Ladylike Lace

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We’re almost half-way through May, which means that we’ve officially started the countdown to wedding season. Not only will my little sister be getting married this summer (!!!), but I’ll be attending a smattering of other nuptials over the next few months.

Dancing, toasting, catching up with old friends, witnessing romance at its finest—I love pretty much everything about weddings. I also love that it gives me an (all too infrequent) excuse to dress up. It’s never fun to run around last-minute looking for something to wear to a wedding, so when I saw this little lace number at Forever 21, I immediately decided to add it to my cocktail attire stockpile.

You know how sometimes you take a whole heap of things into the dressing room, debate the fit and functionality of each item and walk out with maybe one or two things that you’re still not even sure you should buy? This dress was not like that. I saw it on a rack across the room and knew right away it would be coming home with me. The rich navy color, the flattering fit, the scalloped lace detail on the sleeves and hem—everything added up to one chic (and expensive-looking) dress. Piled on pearls and comfortable nude dancin’ shoes are just the icing on the wedding cake.

Dress: Forever 21 // Necklaces: BaubleBar, Target // Heels: Target // Bag: old