the life aquatic (coral and turquoise)

Shorts: Banana Republic, Belt: J. Crew, Shoes: Nine West, Bag: Target, Jewels: J. Crew, Francesca’s


baking beauty

Top: Anthropologie, Pants: Guess, Shoes: Nine West, Bag: Nine West (old), Sunglasses: Vogue, Jewels: Fossil, Banana Republic, Mango




Another day of baking in the desert calls for loose fitting, light fabrics. Open back or V Back tops like this one from Anthropologie (similar here) allow just the right amount of breeze in to keep things cool.

“Any thoughts of guilt, and feelings of regret had faded. The desert had baked them out.” -Stephen King, The Gunslinger

pretty in pink

Polish: Pixie (Target, $8)

God Went to Beauty School

by Cynthia Rylant

He went there to learn how
to give a good perm
and ended up just crazy
about nails
so He opened up His own shop.
“Nails by Jim” He called it.
He was afraid to call it
Nails by God.
He was sure people would
think He was being
disrespectful and using
His own name in vain
and nobody would tip.
He got into nails, of course,
because He’d always loved
hands were some of the best things
He’d ever done
and this way He could just
hold one in His
and admire those delicate
bones just above the knuckles,
delicate as birds’ wings,
and after He’d done that
He could paint all the nails
any color He wanted,
then say,
and mean it.

Top: Ross ($7), Pants: Zara, Belt: H&M, Shoes: Nine West, Bag: Target, Sunglasses: Vogue, Jewels: Banana Republic, Fossil, J. Crew

all about that stack

Stacking is the way to accessorize right now, and one summertime desert dwellers should take advantage of. Different ¬†dangles paired with a watch can add much to look at in an outfit and can make up for the absence of a summer jacket or cardigan. However, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing–I try not to go beyond 4-5 items with the wrist bling, depending on the size.

Top: J. Crew, Jacket: Banana Republic (old), Shorts: J. Crew (old), Belt: Anthropologie (old), Jewels: J. Crew, Kiel James Patrick, Banana Republic, Watch: Fossil

making the most of one layer

Desert girls don’t always have the luxury of layering to add depth to an outfit, especially on 100+ degrees like today. A few bright and bold accessories can bring some life and personality without adding bulk.

One Layer Player

Top: Topshop Topman, Jeans: Guess, Scarf: Topshop Topman, Shoes: Target (old), Bag: Nine West (old), Sunglasses: (Vogue), Jewels: Banana Republic, Fossil, J. Crew