This dress makes me think SUMMER (yes, in all caps) every time I see it. I think that reaction is related to the tropical print at the bodice and waist. It just makes me want to sit back and sip a Mai Tai. I definitely need a vacation.
Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Cristalle Mixed Print Dress
The design of this dress is very smart in terms of how it mixes these very different prints. The vertical stripes work to draw the eye downward while the tropical print creates a frame that is also very slimming. Although I'm not a big fan of hip pockets - I find that they add volume to my already wide hips - here they don't bother me because they are shrouded with black side panels.
You will also notice that the bodice has a keyhole neckline, which is a bit deceiving if you view the dress on most retail sites. (For example, you can barely tell there is a keyhole looking at this image on SaksFifthAvenue.com!) I think most of the models wearing the dress just didn't have much of a chest to fill it out. Read the descriptions carefully if you're buying anything online!
Shoes: Prada Leather Cutout Ankle Booties
I'm excited for the weekend because tomorrow we will be celebrating our good friends, Rahul and Vinnie, who are expecting a baby boy this August. I am helping out Vinnie's sister, Bobbie, with the planning, and was in charge of dessert. That means... yes, there will be cupcakes, even some gluten-free cupcakes for me.