I hope everyone has had a beautiful start to the week. The weather in Charlotte is gorgeous; we’re getting into that perfect part of Spring before it gets too hot out. I’ve started a patio garden, which I am so excited about, and I’m growing a variety of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. I’m a vegetarian (I do consume honey for various reasons so I cannot label myself technically vegan), and have been for over 10 years, so I am so excited to finally be able to grow some of my own food. Being in art and fashion career wise, gardening is so different than anything I ‘know’ in my life, but I love the meditative quality of it and watching things grow is just so stunning. It really makes you appreciate the beauty in mother nature and the amazing ability to create life. And, things will taste amazing too!
Springtime, beyond eating amazing fresh fruits and vegetables, it makes me think of spending time outdoors. I am lucky enough to live in a city near a gorgeous lake; Lake Norman. It’s a hot spot for spring and summer fun just minutes from the city. I love being outside, and when you’re from the South, being on a boat with your friends at the lake or at the beach for the weekend is just a part of this time of year I think. So, I tend to love anything with a nautical or ocean inspired print because it makes me reminisce on fun times I have had with family and friends, and the way the water calms me. There is a really tranquil park in uptown Charlotte that has a gorgeous fountain, tons of trees, and it’s just really a great spot to sit and relax, have lunch, listen to the beautiful rustle of water, and experience the world around you.
When I saw this dress on the Foxcroft Collection website, I knew it would be a perfect addition to a Spring and Summer wardrobe. It is made of Tencel fabric, which is widely considered a great sustainable fabric to wear, and it is oh so gorgeous and comfy! Plus, it’s on sale right now, so that is a major plus too for all of you looking to do some shopping. Tencel is a brand name for the fiber Lyocell, which is made from regenerated wood pulp. It is usually made from the cellulose of Eucalyptus trees that are sustainably grown. The chemical processing o the fibers tends to also be quite less than the alternatives like cotton, rayon, or bamboo. It has an incredibly soft hand, comfortable feel, and washes well. So, for all of these reasons, I love that Foxcroft Collection has a whole Tencel shop section of their page! I think this fabric lends itself well to casual pieces such as this, and staples in a wardrobe. Especially if you have a capsule wardrobe, this would be a perfect addition for a cute denim ‘shirtdress’.
I adore the little boat print on the dress and the lace up detail on the neckline. It’s one of the recent trends I can definitely get on board with! The fit of this dress is definitely on the relaxed side, but I like that a lot since summers here in Charlotte tend to get weather in the upper 90’s farenheit. This dress is perfect for a day out on the town like I was wearing it for, or a day at the beach, and even a dinner out. One of the things I really like about Foxcroft as a brand is just the general wearability of their clothing. This dress could also work for someone who has an office or teaching type job, because of the length. That is really important to me these days when I am shopping for clothing. Since I am attempting to create the most ‘conscious’ wardrobe possible, I really think about things like wearability of a garment when I am choosing new pieces.
I paired this dress with a scarf from Kate Spade that I got at Nordstrom recently. It has a world map print on it that is just too adorable, and definitely suits my aesthetic. I also love the colors on the scarf, as the pinks and blues are colors that I wear quite often. It’s also 100% silk, which means it will wear well and last a long time. Although silk is an animal based fiber, I prefer it to polyester, unless the polyester comes from recycled fibers. It is much better for the environment to choose natural fibers when possible. However, I rarely wear leather with exception to certain shoes and bags and I never ever wear fur, so it is a minimal choice in my opinion compared to those. I do try to buy leather pieces second hand whenever possible, as this lowers environmental and animal impact. In fact, these shoes by the brand Melissa (also on sale!) are made from recyclable plastic. They are so comfortable, sturdy, and my favorite color! If you haven’t tried this brand out, you definitely should soon. They are based in Brazil, but they ship all over the world, and often Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack will have a selection of their shoes. They make kids sizes as well!
My bag is from Tommy Bahama , but it is an old style that I got last year, so I will link some similar ones for you below. I do love the bright colors and the woven straw body of the purse. It is also large, so it would make a perfect beach or pool bag. I enjoy the brand’s laid back, beachy aesthetic, and they make high quality pieces that I have had for years. Their linen pants are my favorites! My brooch is from Banana Republic, again it’s an old style, but I’ll link some similar ones for you. I love the dragonfly shape, the bold colors, and the sparkle! I pretty much live by the idea that a little sparkle in every outfit is necessary. It makes me happy!
I would love to hear what you are all enjoying this Spring and what kind of fun things you’ll be doing with friends and family. If you’re looking to make a wardrobe addition for the season, I think this Tencel dress from Foxcroft would be a great one! Plus, the pattern will keep you daydreaming about days in the sunshine and by the water, which is always a good thing in my opinion.
Dress: Foxcroft – Get it here
Scarf: Kate Spade- Get it here
Shoes: Melissa – Get them here
Bag: Tommy Bahama – Similar here and here
Brooch: Banana Republic (old) -similar here
** Please note this post is sponsored by Foxcroft, but as always all opinions are my own**
Until the next post!