Megan

Kayu Edit # 2

My Kayu journey began last spring when I purchased a tote named Behati (since sold out). Although I’m not in the market for anther straw tote right now, I check the website periodically to update my wish list. Keeping my lists current for all of my favorite brands is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as a blogger. Four of the items I’ve rounded up are sold out at the moment, but I reckon they’ll be restocked. I realized in my stalking of the Arianne clutch that items disappear and reappear online like the California tide. You simply have to keep a watchful eye.

Works Sighted

St. Tropez tote (black) // mini Sur tote + mini tote liner (cream) // Athena sandal (gold)

St. Tropez tote (cream) // Athena sandal (black) // mini St. Tropez tote (cream)

Athena sandal (natural) // Sur tote // mini St. Tropez tote (black)

How to Wear Black in Warm Weather

Some say wearing black in summer makes you hotter, and some say it makes you cooler. When I told my mom that I was going to write a post on the topic, she said, “You’re going to roast them. Stick to the light colors.” She agreed that it’s ok to wear this shade when the sun goes down, but she wasn’t sold on the idea of wearing it when, as I’d phrased it, “it’s not too hot.” If I’d been more specific with the range in temperature to which I was referring, perhaps I could have made a better case for wearing it during the day.

In addition to wearing black when the sun goes down, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing a little black dress or other article of clothing made from breathable fabric if the high stays below 80° F. If you’re going to be stuck in the office for most of the day, wearing black seems like the least of your worries. If the temperature in your workplace is regulated and/or your desk is located away from a window, the issue is far less relevant. If you’re in Germany, you probably have access to a functioning window at work; lucky you! For those who can’t see the sky from their desks, the sun isn’t going to know or care what you wear to your workplace. If you’re in the cloudy UK, wearing black in summer is a nonissue.

Other black items that can be worn during warm weather include a swimsuit at the beach or by the pool, sandals, and accessories. A straw bag with black accents, like this one from Kayu, is aesthetically pleasing and a bit unexpected.

Works Sighted

Nautica polo dress // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille // Kayu mini Behati tassel straw tote (old)

Further Reading

How to Wear Black in Summer (Net-a-Porter)

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here’s the Data (Wired)

Rent the Runway

Dresses from Rent the Runway

In my former social life, I used to consult Rent the Runway’s website in preparation for parties that warranted the purchase of a new dress. Founded in 2009, the company is in the business of renting out designer clothes (primarily dresses). RTR’s most admirable quality: a wide selection of dresses in a generous range of sizes. I’ve come close to placing an order plenty of times but still have yet to experience the service first-hand. I use the site primarily as a source of inspiration when it comes to social wear.

I can’t say that I have plans to become more social in the in-person sense of the word, but my return to the office may be more imminent than I’d previously thought. While commuting to work isn’t exactly a celebration, getting dressed in an outfit that brings me joy every day certainly is. I’m currently conducting an inventory of my closet. My goal is to determine which pieces to retire, what attire to buy, and which dresses, if any, I should rent. I see the joy putting on a designer dress could potentially bring me. If I’m going to take public transportation, I could at least do it in Armani—even if it’s only for a week.

Works Sighed

Derek Lam Collective // Slate & Willow (RTR private label) // Donna Morgan // Derek Lam Collective

Dress the Population // Emporio Armani // JS Collection // Milly

A Day at Home Spa

Home Spa Day Essentials

This past Saturday, I decided to indulge in a spa experience at home. I cleared my morning schedule to focus on my hair and nails, and by the time we left for dinner at 4:30 PM, I felt renewed. I would have gone to Canyon Ranch if that had been an option, but I found the resort’s website inspirational nonetheless.

Everyone has the right to rest and recharge their minds and bodies at least once a week. I hope this selection of products inspires you to dress in something comfortable, put on soothing music, and tend to your own wellbeing like I know you are fully capable of doing.

Works Sighted

bottle // audiobook // candle // pajama T-shirt set // blowdryer // file // album // shampoo // razor // robe

5mm yoga mat // manicurist’s storage case // soap // file // clippers // Orly nail defense // Sally Hansen buff and tumble // nail art brush // cuticle pusher and cuticle remover set // towels

cotton rounds// nail polish remover // lotion // vinegar // basin

Further Reading

How to Make a Vinegar Foot Soak (Healthline)

Get a Perfect At-Home Manicure in 7 Easy Steps (Oprah)

How to Give Yourself a Professional Pedicure at Home (Oprah)

Creating Mindful Leaders: How to Power Down, Power Up, and Power Forward (Joe Burton)

The Nautica Polo Dress

Navy polo dress with navy Superga sneakers.

You’ll recall that I started searching for casual warm-weather dresses in February. For me, the ideal dress was comfortable enough for lounging but also polished enough for the brunch table. The athletic/athleisure dress offered the best of both worlds. I considered a wide range of options and eventually settled on a polo shirt dress by Nautica. It first appeared on the blog last month when I paired it with a skirt. Having purchased five of these dresses (3 navy, 1 black, and 1 white), I can confirm its 4.6/5 stars on Amazon were rightfully earned. My only qualm: The white dress is a little see-through and should be paired with the appropriate underthings. Overall, this dress is very versatile, comfortable, and the fabric is forgiving and breathable. Add a pair of Supergas or espadrilles, and my summer uniform is set.

Works Sighted

Nautica polo dress // Superga 2750 Cotu Classic

Cotton Masks from J.Crew

Masks from J.Crew

I recently bought a pack of three masks from J.Crew and liked them so much that I ordered two more packs. They are rather pleasant to wear (as long as it’s not 90°), and they smell wonderful when washed with Tide. I might be returning to the office in the near future. Thus, figuring out my face covering situation was of the utmost importance. Will you be returning to in-person work?

Works Sighted

J.Crew tie-back masks (quartz ivory kiwi)

J.Crew masks (banker blue hydrangea) // J.Crew masks (black khaki navy) // J.Crew masks (blue navy)

J.Crew tie-back masks (orchid ashen quartz)