There are a lot of lists that tell you what to pack for Remote Year. And while I think they can be beneficial, I created a top ten list of the items I use the most to keep me organized and comfortable. If you are looking for my carry-on essentials, please read this post for details!
One of the most distinctive fashion trends I’ve noticed living in Argentina over the last two months has been the platform shoe. Porteñas love their platform shoes! They fill store windows, with a variety of designs and styles. Chunky wedges, platform boots, sneakers, as well as Birkenstock style sandals, have fused brick-like platforms into their designs. So in homage to everyone’s favorite platform-sporting 90s girl band, I give you five styles of zapatos de plataforma to spice up your life:
- Simon Miller: Leather Slingback Platform Clogs
- Stella McCartney: Elyse Lace-up Platform Shoes
- Prada: Embellished Leather Derby Shoes
- Gucci: Peggy Platform Sneakers
- Mui Mui: Glitter Crisscross Platform Slingback Sandals
Everyone needs a chill, off-the-shoulder dress or shirt that works for both errands (in birks) and date night (with a heel). It is so effortlessly sexy to show a little shoulder. I love coordinating this look with a bright colored neck scarf or bold statement earrings. Shop the chicest styles for summer:
- Anthropologie: Shaya Shoulder-Shaped Lace Dress
- J.Crew: Lightweight striped off-the-shoulder ruffle sweater
- BB Dakota: SOHO Top
- Storets: Charlotte Stripe Off-the-Shoulder Dress
- Anna October: Off-shoulder Top
Mule, a French word, is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height – from flat to high. I have seen the most recent styles in bright colors and different materials than the classic black mule popular in the 90’s. I love that this style is coming back into fashion and would be perfect for any Spring outing. My style tip for how to wear mules: to show them off, pair them with of-the-moment culottes, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or skinny denim.
- Rachel Comey: Simone Woven Wedge Mule
- Maryam Nassir Zadeh: Andrea Mule
- Marais USA: Classic Mule
- Jeffrey Campbell: Spengler
- Balenciaga: Leather Wrap-Heel Mule Pump
Carnaval de Barranquilla, the second largest Carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, is a force to be reckoned with. Barranquilla’s Carnival is also Colombia’s most important folkloric celebration. The carnival has traditions that date back to the 19th century. During the carnival, Barranquilla‘s normal activities are paralyzed because the city gets busy with street dances, music, and masquerade parades. Since I’m living in Colombia this year during the long weekend festivities, I am going to venture into the celebration! Here is my ultimate style guide to Carnival:
The clog is a mysterious piece of fashion history. According to Wikipedia, the exact origins of the clog are unknown, but some of the oldest surviving wooden footwear in Europe dates all the way back to the 13th century. By World War II, the wooden shoe became obsolete. Then in the 1990s, a new shoe company in southeastern Pennsylvania was begun, because the husband-and-wife founders realized how popular clogs could be. Called Dansko, they set out to make them mainstream once again – providing comfortable footwear for kids, teachers, doctors, nurses and chefs alike.
Some great things about clogs: they’re comfortable; they do this neat thing to your ankles, which makes them look more like pigeon limbs than human limbs; a lot of them are from The Netherlands, thus rendering them worldlier than you. And they also allow for you to strike that fashion-revered, imperfect balance of perfectly in/formal — much the way sneakers do. I have been gradually adding them into my wardrobe and get so many compliments when I’m dressing them both up and down. Here are some comfortable, yet very fashionable options:
- Nina Z: Nina
- Dansko: DENI
- No. 6 Store: New School Clog
- Rachel Comey: Dover
- Tabitha Simmons: Sadie
- Swedish Hasbeens: Fredrica
My favorite part of the summer months is hopping into a colorful caftan and drinking a glass of rosé. The silhouette is comfy and glamorous – embodying a chic, always-on-vacation lifestyle I’m all about living. Caftans travel well and are timeless pieces to add to your closet. Whether you are poolside at a beach resort, relaxing in your luxe safari camp, or having a caftans and casseroles party with your girlfriends, here are some gorgeous pieces to check out:
Do you ever feel that you have too many dresses but nothing that really works? Sometimes you don’t need bells and whistles to look pretty. I absolutely love a chic look that can be easily dressed up and down for any occasion. Here are my favorite minimal clothing brands that carry relaxed, flattering shapes that drape beautifully:
I have been loving all the unique cuts, patterns, and effort that designers have been putting into their one-piece collections lately. I personally find them more sophisticated and stylish than your typical bikini. Hello, more coverage does not mean less sexy when it comes to swimwear! Show off and look great at the beach or poolside in Palm Springs this summer with these spicy one-pieces:
The last time I was in France, I hopped on a train to see the stunning, awe-inspiring Palace of Versailles, about ten miles outside of Paris. At that time, I didn’t think to book in advance and was heartbroken to find out they were closed that day as I approached the royal fence. When planning my most recent trip to Paris, Versailles was the first item on my list because I have been lusting to visit for years!