This adult wrist looks like it just left summer camp


I spent the summer slathering sunscreen on my kids at the public pool, but my wrists would have you thinking otherwise. Laden with bracelets, most of the homemade variety, it looks like I spent July roasting marshmallows and singing songs around a fire at summer camp. I’ve ditched the gold, and in the carefree spirit of summer, even shed my watch, in favor of jewelry (maybe a generous word choice) that is uncomplicated and unfussy.

To be honest, my “stack” started long before summer. Back in January, I went to celebrate a friends birthday in Mexico and to mark the occasion, we all got some souvenirs on the beach. You know, less permanent than a tattoo, but longer lasting than the suntan we’d come home with. Kind of like these:


This friendship bracelet was later joined by an evil eye courtesy of a superstitious friend and a slew of beaded, fringed kids bracelets from a local children’s designer. As summer wore on, my stack grew. We went to visit my parents, where I took a page out of my REAL camp memory book and made these telephone wire bracelets with my kids.  Yup, added some to my wrist and theirs too.

Tele Wire

I’m anything but alone in this kitschy, colorful jewelry phenomena. Enviable stacks – all of which feel more crafty than Cartier – have been littering my social media feed for months. Unfortunately, those I love most come with price tags reminiscent of camp tuition rather than craft fees… especially since you can’t wear just one- with these baubles it’s definitely a case of more is more. Take a look at these goodies from Carolina Bucci...


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hear ye! hear ye!

Every year St. Louis hosts one of the world’s most renowned Shakespeare Festivals. Running for two weeks in June, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis performs the same play (this year Romeo & Juliet) every night under the stars in Forest Park. It is free and open to the public. I, unfortunately, am not cerebral enough for Shakespeare.  I attend the festival to take photographs with the their streamer filled trees, which are works of art in themselves (below).


Shop my dress here and same one different color scheme here.

(This dress has festival written all over it. The lightweight material is perfect for hot days and the maxi length means you can sit on a blanket without flashing your neighbor. It comes in two colors and I recommend sizing down.)


This Suit costs less than your Summer read

Yesterday at the pool I had the following exchange with my friend:

Me: “Your bathing suit is so cute. Where’d you get that?”

Her: “Cupshe.”

Me: Excuse me?

Her: Cupshe.

Me: What?

Her: Cupshe. Cupshe.

Me: I’m sorry, but you’re going to need to spell that.

Her: C-U-P-S-H-E. Like a cup, then she.

Just rolls right off your tongue, doesn’t it? But in hearing this exchange two more girls joined in, saying that they had just bought or had friends that bought swimsuits there. Apparently it’s the new spot to buy low cost, trend right swimwear. Caradise readers, having never even heard of such brand or website, I fully admit to blogger failure. I am sorry.

…. But it’s not too late. There is still summer left!

SO without further adieu, my friends suit (here) was only $25 (!!) and ships free.  I haven’t actually worn a Cupshe yet, I felt my friends suit and the material wasn’t flimsy or cheap. Some of the styles are definitely more suited to Las Vegas pool party than mom of three, but sort thru and there’s something for everyone.  Here are a few of my favorites, not a single one more than thirty bucks.

Black Scalloped   //    Colorblock    //   Rainbow     //    One Shoulder

    Floral     //   Scalloped 2 Piece    //     Yellow    //    Pink Skirted (!)

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Memorial Day Reject


I think Caradise missed the memo that come Memorial Day, one is supposed to start wearing white. And I guess there’s some wisdom behind that old mantra because this peplum dark-hued top left me with some serious elbow sweat when worn during the afternoon heat. Soooo maybe this top is better saved for acres sun … or, better yet, since it will only set you back $10, you can use the money you have leftover to buy a more hearty deodorant. Shop my top here.



Shop the Entire Look:


Top    //   Jeans    //   Shoes //  Earrings

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Three Day Weekend Wardrobe

Three Day Weekend

Head Wrap // Sunnies //  Tank //  Earrings

Bikini  //  Tote  //  Printed Dress

Necklace  //  Jeans  // Slides

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, then this packing list is a must for kicking the season off right! Whether you are headed out of town or just lounging around the house, there’s a little something here for everyone.

Some things to note:

  • Those are my favorite Frame jeans and they are on sale.
  • I love those Michael Kors Collection look-alike gold slides – plus at $30 they are a steal!
  • That gold charm necklace is from a new favorite brand, Cleopatra’s Bling, check out all their stuff here.
  • Loving head wraps for the pool this summer, and that one (top left) would look perfect with that ditzy printed red bikini (bottom left).

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The Groundhog Day of Blogs

I know what you’re thinking and I apologize. This feels like the Groundhog Day of blogs. Yes, just last week you saw me in a very similar printed set. Yes, it too was from H&M. Yes, it also was a wide leg pant topped with a matching blouse. Yes, they were both silky.  I promise I will try to do better and add some variety to my wardrobe. But in the mean time, let’s cut to the chase: below are some stoppable links … and yes, I saw my shadow.


Blouse //  Pants  //  Shoes  //  Bag (similar)


p.s. If you live in St. Louis and haven’t been to Forest Park recently, you must get there this week. The flowers are perfectly in bloom and will put you in a better mood than eating a bag of Swedish Fish while reading an US Weekly with Meghan Markle on the cover. #justsayinScan



Brand Crush : Innika Choo

This swoon-worthy summer dress obsession is courtesy of Innika Choo, an Australian-born, stylist-turned-designer who launched her collection in 2016. Choo’s designs, which use renewable and biodegradable plant based fibers, reflect the care-free island lifestyle one might find on Bali, the island where Choo currently resides. Known for her adult take on sometimes childlike details – like smocking, gingham and in her most recent collection: short dresses paired with bloomers –  there is nothing immature about these playful pieces. I love them not only for their lady-like quality but also their beat-the-heat practicality.  Check them out for yourself:


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4   //  5   //  6  (for kids!)

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New Boutique Opens in Mid-Town

Every gal with an unruly shopping habit can relate to the story of Sarah-Marie Land, owner of the new St. Louis boutique, The Golden Fig, a curated collection of new and pre-loved women’s clothing. Situated on the corner of Olive and N. Cardinal, Land opened The Golden Fig to give credence and purpose to her shopping habit, specifically her knack for finding incredible deals.

Let me explain. Land’s business model is unique in the sense that she sources her inventory from places accessible to you or I –  think eBay, Nordstrom Rack, garage sales, etc. – but scores them at such rock-bottom prices that she can still sell them at a huge discount AND turn a profit. So like a resale or consignment boutique there is only one of everything- no size or color runs here – but unlike most resale shops, over half of Land’s inventory is “new with tags.”image1-2image1

Inside The Golden Fig, located in St. Louis’ mid-town neighborhood.

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Bedroom to Boardroom


A few years ago my friend’s kids, who were perpetually late for school, suggested to their mom that they sleep in their clothes soas to save time getting ready in the morning. The experiment lasted a few days, until presumably the kids and the mom ran out of clothes that could take them from nighttime to daytime.  Not many PJ’s double as ready-to-wear and vice versa. Well, until now. The silky sets are everywhere for Spring and while they are lauded as a must-have trend item, I think the real appeal is in the convenience. In other words, feel free to hit snooze.

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cheap AND chic

You guys! I went into H&M last week looking for something cheap and green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day, and came out with a boatload of stuff (albeit nothing green). Maybe I caught it on the right day or maybe I was just in the mood, but H&M is looking so good right now. Take a gander at my favorites below! I don’t think anything here costs more than $50 (except for that white midi dress that at $199 is a bit of an anomaly).  And those raffle slides at top right ?? SUCH a bargain. My Starbucks bill this morning was more (only a mild exaggeration…).




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