The moment I slipped on a Three Graces London dress, I was immediately transported to a place where I could wear the voluminous, semi-sheer cotton gown all day long – in and out of bed and to and from the beach. I never wanted to take it off, only wishing to live out the fantasy even longer. After years of collecting vintage nightwear and loungewear, designer Catherine Johnson crafted her own collection of loungewear, robes, sleepwear and lingerie, cut from the highest-quality cotton, linens and silks. I just love how the vintage inspired silhouettes feel refreshingly modern while maintaining a simple yet sexy appeal. Dreamy, indeed.
Honestly, does it get any sweeter than this California made swimwear line for tots? After a career in product marketing and consulting for children’s brands, Morgan Smith was inspired to launch her own label Minnow after struggling to find enough swimwear options for her toddler. Her debut collection includes ruffled one-pieces and bandeau bikinis for girls, short-cut shorts for boys and unisex rash guards. I adore the soft color palette, sweet floral patterns and playful silhouettes – perfect for those end of summer beach trips with the kiddos.
Located within the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India is what might be the most visually delightful restaurant and bar in the world. Bar Palladio, designed by Dutch designer and Tocca founder Marie-Anne Oudejansis, is a treat for the senses with it’s electric blue walls, intricate wooden screens, ornate brass lighting, floral motifs and overall royal Mughal style. I’m obsessed. One day, I will get to experience this gem in person! The only question will be: can I move in?
I’ve lived in Northern California for over 5 years now and I still haven’t adjusted to weather in Bay Area, where summer dresses stay closeted for most of the season because temperatures peak in the fall. But dresses styled over pants or jeans? This I can get used to . . .