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Delft Blue Dress: Taking Inspiration From Delftware

Jessica Wagner

The Summer Maxi Dress

Laaaaaaaaadies! This one is for you.

Upcoming travels or celebratory festivities? Have a summer wedding to attend? This could be your “go to” dress. Fresh, ethereal and perfect for all warm-weather occasions.

You’re welcome. ;)

It seems that blue and white never really go out of style. I love a beautiful dress that hits all the high notes. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but blue is definitely one of my favorite colors to wear. I like it in absolutely all its shades and forms.

This delicate blue ivory print feels inspired by Delftware ceramics.

Have you ever heard of Delftware

According to Vogue, Valentino himself used Delft Blue in a design for his own Fall 1968 collection that propelled him into the national spotlight as a celebrity fashion designer. How’s that for some fashion history?

17th century Dutch craftsmen (obsessed with the Ming Dynasty porcelain that was then being imported from China) saw a market for less expensive versions, and Delftware pottery was born.

Blue and white-painted china can be found everywhere, pouring out of small vintage storefronts. It’s hard to imagine antique shops without this lovely form of ceramics.

Found the Tinman passing through on his way to Emerald City.

I find Delftware incredibly charming (my favorite teacup is a Delft Blue!) So when I stopped in Top Knot Boutique (@shoptkb) a couple weeks ago to scope their goods in person, I was immediately enchanted with this blue porcelain maxi.

Let’s tick the boxes shall we?

  • Vintage-inspired update of the quintessential prairie dress
  • Super soft breezy blend with a dainty floral motif
  • Ruffled fluttery details and the off-the-shoulder neckline  
  • Distinctly modern femininity in a classic silhouette

In person, the pattern is even reminiscent of the Cuban Spanish / Moroccan or talavera tiles from my favorite travel spot down in Mexico, but I still feel so very Dutch wearing it.

Have you ever bought clothing inspired by your travels?

I love how long column/maxi dresses can be styled on the more casual side. You can pair them with sandals and throw your hair up in a bun. It’s the epitome of that effortless summer style. I’m looking forward to styling this one for a date night or my next garden party.


>>TOP KNOT BOUTIQUE $50 GIFTCARD WINNER!<<

Congratulations to @anoward!
A big thank you to Top Knot Boutique (@shoptkband all who participated!

Follow them on Facebook here and be the first to know about their latest arrivals.


Outfit Details:
Dress: Top Knot Boutique Off shoulder Ruffle Maxi Shoes: Gingham, old (similar here) Pearl, (similar here) Hat: Nordstrom Straw Boater (old, similar here)  Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Watch: Old (love this one here) Lips: MAC So Select

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5 Summer Trends You Should Know & Try

Jessica Wagner

Wearing TKB  Floral Tank & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties


Top Knot Boutique: Your Best Friend For Summer

Summer trends go way beyond floral, although I must admit I love blending in with a wildflower garden.  

Allow me to introduce you to Top Knot Boutique, an affordable online boutique, currated by my friends and fellow busy mamas who are on a mission to help women balance life’s many roles with fashionable ease.

I’m so smitten!

Top Knot Boutique or TKB is all about the reinvention of good ol’ classics with effortless on-trend aesthetics. Each piece featured is hand-picked by Hannah and Anita. (Read more about theses two lovelies and the "behind the scenes" on their blog here!)

Top Knot hits that sweet spot when it comes to comfort and clothing for morning, noon, and night. Laid-back, cute and easy. They carry the softest everyday pieces that brilliantly transition from work to weekend. What I love about boutique style clothing is the attention to detail. They make it easy for you to find an item that has my three musts: affordable, exclusive, and compliment worthy.

Top Knot has a great selection of slouchy tops with artful touches, timeless dresses that are so very much of the times, and that unexpected tomboy-sexy that will elevate your outfit top-knot ballerina bun and all!

Scroll on to see my selection of the ones that I’m keeping on my list of “must buys” for summer/vacation holiday 2017 and let me know which trend is your favorite! 


Stripes


What is a summer trend forecast without beloved stripes?! This season the print comes in all forms, but my favorites are in contrasting blue and white hues!

This open-shoulder top with little bell sleeves is sure to make you belle of the BBQ! I’m already planning a vineyard picnic with this sweet fitting cutie in mind. So easy. I paired mine with cream and lace shorts, but any type of denim would work just as seamlessly.

Wearing TKB first look exclusive! (Keep an eye out for this is a soon-to-be new arrival!)


Ruffles

Shoulder baring tops have taken to the next-level with a few ultra femme and frilly touches.

The color of clementines, peaches, and tangerines, this darling top will make a summer glow sing. Doll it up with a skirt, or pair it down with dark-wash high waisted denim, this look is grown up and girlie.


Blush Pink

The new neutral.

These knotted mule sneaks are the ultimate summer companion. Way to combine super comfy, supportive and adorable, TKB!  All in a shade that leans towards the earthier end of the pink pallet - that hint of warmth makes them subtle enough to wear with all! (Only $25!)


Distressed

I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere and am so drawn to the disregarded edginess of it. I do find it a little tricky – the distressing has to be done just right  – or this look can come across disheveled. This one has a high-low vented hem with a tattered design. The soft pink color and oversize comfy distressing hit all the right places!

Look 1:

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties

Look 2:

I had to style this distressed top two ways (I just like it so much) – above, with heels to show you guys how easy it can be to style something like this up, and one with my sneaks and the dreamiest TKB kimono. This kimono might be one of my favorite pieces in the shop. It can be worn as a swim cover up, or to add a light layer of interest. The sheer shades of pink, tassels and the teal accent trim are on point!

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Printed Kimono

Graphic Statements/Slogans

Unless you’ve living under a rock, you should know by now that wordy tees  are absolutely everywhere. From subtle word stitching to instagram friendly “hashtags” this trend is hard not to mention.

I am in love with this tank. It has ALL the good vibes! The fit is so cool – it’s cut to flatter. Just right for that “little to no effort look.” I know that’s how I like to get dressed!

(TKB also carries cute slogan baseball caps and hats. They have some new arrivals I can’t wait to get my hands on!)


>>Top Knot Boutique $50 Giftcard Giveaway!<<

To kick off BBQ and picnic season {and my favorite sparkly holiday -- the 4th of July} @shoptkb and I have teamed up to gift one lucky winner a $50 gift card to shop their effortless on-trend classics! Top Knot Boutique @shoptkb is on a mission to help women balance life's many roles with fashionable ease. It's almost summer, and officially time to update your wardrobe with the seasons latest trends! To enter:

1. Like this photo (on instagram here)
2. Follow me on instagrem @theweekenderfashion and @shoptkb
3. Tag a friend in the comments on instgram (each friend tagged is an additional entry.)
4. For additional entries: subscribe to my blog here and/or follow @shoptkb on Facebook here.

Winner will be announced on our instagram accounts on 6/24, good luck! 


Wearing TKB Slit Sleeve Top - 2 Color Options Charcoal or Mauve


From errand running, to puppy walking, hanging at the coffee shop, or relaxing/chasing the kids parkside, Top Knot Boutique is the answer to all your weekend destination needs!

What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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A special thank you to Hannah and AnitaTop Knot Boutique for partnering on this post!

Be sure to check out Top Knot on Facebook here, their business page here and instagram here!

Gingham Skirt & Blue Sky Rooftops

Jessica Wagner

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Dress Up Your Weekend {But Keep It Chill}

It feels like summer over here on The Weekender

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by times of nostalgia and innocence.

Clean simplistic lines and a refined sense of girlish style. Flirty tops and breezy skirts. Gingham, floral motifs, and anything in a shade of rosé are invading my closet. Take these daisy print sunnies and crochet top – creative with a quirky charm all their own.

Today’s editorial was a serendipitous event. We were headed downtown planning to shoot a very different feel to this look, but due to unexpected traffic from other events had to relocate.

So, we headed to the top of the rooftop parking lot where we found ourselves alone- soaking in the sunshine and blue skies. The wind worked with us (for once!) and it might be the chicest outfit you can think of wearing on an abandoned rooftop.

I picked up this vintage parasol at a little antique shop by the lake for $6. It spoke to me. (I mean anything in this shade of pink speaks to me.) It’s the real deal you guys. It just feels like there is some dreamy romantic story behind the intricate curled handle and pretty scalloped edges. It’s in great shape too! I am dying to know the tale of the previous owner. (Me being idyllic - when probably it just sat in a back closet or some attic for the last so many years.)

By the way, have you heard, have you heard? Gingham is THE print of this summer. It’s no surprise that I’ve been wearing this gingham skirt since I picked it up (another vintage find – but local this time – House of Dow) with just about anything. It’s the perfect excuse to wear gingham non-stop with my summer tees, tanks and graphic tops without looking boring.

Talking about current addictions… besides millennial pink hair, daisy print and a chilled 4 pack of Babe Rosé (with bubbles) these Noonday Collection Parlor Earrings are the tops. They deserve an award for creative versatility. They can be styled 4 ways – a simple gold stud, dressed up with an extender or ear jacket or the full look. I just can’t deal with how cool they are. You can literally wear a bed sheet and as long as you’ve got these earrings on, you will be the chicest person in the room. Seriously, you should try it! I love how they light up when the sunshine hits them just right. I’m also wearing a Noonday necklace made of artillery from Ethiopia, with a moving story behind it (read here) and these gorge bangles are a wardrobe staple! They come in a set of 5. Every woman should have a neutral stack of bangles in her jewelry box. The largest one is made with natural Mother of Pearl!

***Don't forget, June is an extra special month, as a portion of all Noonday Collection sales support the giveback impact and social needs in HaitiNoonday is hoping to raise enough funds to build a mother and daughter a home. I can’t think of a better reason to elevate your summer look!

There are a few other telltale signs of oncoming summer -these things that make me exited: a sun kissed glowlonger days and campfire nights, the relaxation of enjoying a grilled meal outside on the patio and the anticipation of planning a vacation or weekend get-away. After editing this shoot I am lusting for an adventure with real castle backdrops on a bustling coastline. Where do you plan to travel this season? If I could go anywhere it would be France!

On that note, I am off to get ready for a wedding, as the kids are with Mimi and Papa! YAY! (Pop the champagne!)

I wish you all the loveliest weekend! You can find me on the dance floor. :)

NOONDAY COLLECTION GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Congratulations @oliviaeboney on winning her own set of Parlor Earrings!!!
A big thank you to April and all who participated!

Outfit Details:
Hat: Old (Similar here) {Sequin "Sun Kissed" was a DIY} Top: Urban Outfitters (old, similar here) Skirt: House of Dow Vintage (Love this one) Shoes: Michael Antionio Bag: Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses: Vintage NOONDAY: Necklace: Droplet Earrings: Parlor Bracelets: Refined Bangles Lips: Nars Schiap Hair: L'Oreal Colorista Pink #200 

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