Updated: Aug 29, 2019
As I write this post, it is raining here again in Chicago. Our spring season has had many false starts with temps in the 80's one day followed by rainy days with temps in the 50's for 5 days. Thankfully we have a family has trip to Florida scheduled as a "baby-moon" and I couldn't be more ready for some sunshine and summer fashion. Since I'm 30 weeks pregnant (eek!) I'll be rotating a few dresses and bathing suits on our trip (hooray for not wearing pants!) But I'm most excited to have a little fun with my wardrobe by adding these great summer accessories.
The Camilla Sun Hat - I just picked up this hat this past week at a favorite local boutique, Winifred Grace. If you haven't had a chance to check out this store yet... it is an accessory destination. In addition to it's beautiful jewelry that the store is originally known for, Winifred Grace also carries clothing, accessories, and home goods. The store itself, is an immersive shopping experience that will leave you wanting to re-decorate your entire house as a replica of the store. In fact, so many people love the ambiance of the WG store, that they started a home consultation service and AirBnB destination so that you can experience the store full time.
The Bali Bag - I picked up this bag up last summer at an event through Chicago Fair Trade through the Winding Road. My children quickly dubbed it. "The It Bag of the summer," since I got so many compliments on it. This bag will definitely be making a come-back this summer, not only to my own wardrobe, but countless others as I have seen versions of it cropping up everywhere. Unfortunately, not all of the cheap knock-off versions are fair trade. Here is a link to seven companies that are making this trendy bag responsibly.
The Turkish Towel - I first became aware of this great accessory last summer while on a trip with my friend Chrissy who was rocking the Turkish Towel left and right. The turkish towel is a great because it doubles as a super absorbent towel, to an ultra thin sun-wrap, and beach blanket. Assuming you need all three of these things, it may not be a bad idea to have a few on them on hand for a day at the beach. They pack super small and light which is especially great if you have kids and are already lugging 5 million shovels and buckets. The one picture is from Odd Bird, but you can also find organic versions at Fair Seas.
Deux Mains - I'm super hard on my shoes and find myself needing a new pair of good sandals every summer. With that in mind, I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this more sustainable version from Deux Main, a company that is highly transparent about both the materials they use and the workers they employ. The Minouche Sandal, (named after the craftsperson that made them), is constructed using leather and up-cycled tires, making them ready to hit the pavement!