The dreary weather this week (not today, thankfully!!) had me wishing I was back in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico enjoying the warm sun, though I'm grateful for the time Francisco and I got to spend there. Warm sunny weather and beaches always gets me excited for resort wear, which is why I wanted to dedicate another post to this genre.
Nothing makes me think of resort, beachy weather, boats, and being tan more than one of my all-time favorite designers: Lilly Pulitzer. Growing up in the Connecticut shoreline (post Madrid) I discovered Lilly where she is widely popular. Her bright color and preppy prints are fun to wear and look great with a tan! Of course living in West Palm Beach, Florida for so long she created what she loved to wear and for the beachy lifestyle she had. I love this dress I bought not long ago when Lilly launched a Target collection. Not as bright as my other Lilly dresses, this one struck me for its nautical feel with the white and blue colors and its sand dollar and starfish print. I'm a sucker for starfish and like to pretend I'm actually a mermaid (it's okay to think I'm nuts, I'm fully aware). The silhouette of the dress is an effortlessly chic slip on but with its flouncy ruffles and synched waist it adds shape and texture.
I paired the dress with my brand new crossbody shell bag one of my best friends Jessica gifted me for my birthday from one of my favorite accessory stores based in England: SkinnyDip London. They sell their products online and in various stores including Topshop. Last summer I bought a pink shell coin purse from them, and now I have a rose gold gorgeous shell purse as well! Lastly I added my favorite shell earrings from Brazil and my neutral-toned Arezzo wedges I bought in Brazil last fall (their Spring line) for a beachy dressed-up look that isn't too formal or fussy.
The marina in Puerto Vallarta was the perfect setting to photograph this dress when Francisco and I were out for a celebratory dinner.