Fashion week has come and gone in New York, and now we all know what to wear this coming spring 2016 (and it’s probably nothing from future presidential candidate Kanye West’s collection). For once it’s not florals on top of florals, and instead, for what I suspect is the first time in history, the fashion forecast and the weather forecast are the same: blue skies and puffy, white clouds.
Yes, friends, my time has finally come. Those of you who know me or follow my Instagram know I really, really love clouds. I love wearing clothes with cloud patterns or even just in white and blue colors that resemble the sky. This is a trend that has yet to catch on and makes me seem a little eccentric. But while I was in Paris this spring, I spotted a dress in a boutique that was covered in a cloud print, and I knew it was only a matter of time before New York picked up on it.
And here we are. The Mara Hoffman Ready-To-Wear Spring 2016 collection is the stuff of my dreams. In addition to flowy, white dresses and psychedelic rainbow patterns, the designer dressed many of her models – and even her adorable family! – in head-to-toe cloud print. I love everything about this collection and can’t wait until I can get my hands on it!
Photo Credit: Mara Hoffman
I’m not going to say I started this trend, but . . . here I am at fashion week last year in September 2014. 😉
This week I went on a day trip to Giverny, a commune outside of Vernon that is a short train ride from Paris. It’s best known for being the location of Monet’s home and his famous water lily pond and gardens. If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Monet and especially his water lily paintings, so this was a place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time.
My friends and I took the train to Vernon and then planned to bike to Giverny, which is a 30-minute bike ride through the countryside. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was probably ten years old, but they say you never forget how to ride a bike, right?
I didn’t exactly forget how to ride a bike, but I’m comically bad at it. My main problem is that I don’t have great balance, and on top of that every bike I tried had a problem with it, which I didn’t realize because I haven’t been on a bike in ten years. The brakes didn’t work, the gears wouldn’t shift, my feet didn’t touch the ground so if I stopped I fell over – I think you get the idea. Luckily, I had great friends who traded bikes with me, pedaled slowly along with me, and didn’t laugh (too much) when I fell into the bushes (twice).
But the ride was absolutely beautiful, Monet’s gardens were charming, and the water lily ponds were literally picturesque. If you plan on traveling to France, I definitely recommend taking a trip to Giverny!
Top: Brandy Melville // Skirt: UNIQLO // Shoes: Victoria // Bag: Brooklyn Industries