Beach dressing is meant to be effortless, and one of the simplest ways to achieve a stylish look in a snap is by donning a romper. You won’t need much to accessorize, especially if it has a bold pattern: just add sandals and your favorite bag. I offset this summery blue floral by adding a sleek cobalt clutch and lace-up gladiator sandals, with a bold pink lip for an extra pop of color (by the way, this lipcolor is so gorgeous in person–the perfect vivid pink for summer). Another great thing about rompers is that they can also double as swimsuit cover-ups–actually, I think this one may have been categorized as beachwear when I bought it, and if that’s the case, then I’m simply demonstrating how to take one from day to night!
In other news, I am SO happy because today I successfully baked my first batch of chocolate chip cookies since moving to Italy! I know it may sound trivial, but most people who know me are aware that baking is one of my favorite hobbies, and I have never gone this long without making some kind of treat. It took a little bit to figure out the conversions since butter is measured in grams here, not tablespoons like a typical American stick, but once I had the measurements, and made sure the oven read the same temperature in Celsius as the Fahrenheit listed in my recipe, I was good to go. Oh, and I did not get sick from eating the dough (it’s just impossible for me NOT to eat it while baking). Why am I mentioning this? Eggs are not refrigerated in Italian grocery stores, but kept on shelves with the rest of the dry goods (I just put them in the fridge once I get home), so I actually did wonder whether my cookie dough-eating habit would have a bad ending here, but nope–it did not make a difference, and the tasting will continue! This is just another example of how important the little things in life are when you’re making a home in another country, plus it was also fun to share an American treat with my instructor in Italian class today!
- Romper (LOFT–last year; also love this and this)
- Sunglasses (Chanel)
- Sandals (Valentino)
- Clutch (Brahmin; other beautiful blue options here and here)
- Lip (Stila ‘Amalfi’)