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Wine and Cheese

 dress: J.Crew (old, also love this option and this option) // clutch: Vineyard Vines (old, similar here and here) // Penn necklace: Kyle Cavan // monogram necklace: Etsy // shoes: J.Crew (old, similar) // sunglasses: Karen Walker

Summer really begins when our recreation club opens for the summer. We've been going to the same club for as long as we've lived in the area (fun fact, it's actually where I first learned to play tennis!), so it's always so fun to return each summer and see all our friends. As a tradition, the summer season is kicked off with a wine and cheese night the Friday before memorial day weekend. This was my first year attending and it was so much fun! There was a seemingly endless collection of cheese boards, drinks and yummy hors d'oeuvres. Best of all, I got to reconnect with so many of our family friends, most of which I hadn't seen all year since I've been away at school!

Before heading off to the wine and cheese night, my brother and I spent some time together walking through Georgetown, where we snapped the photos above. It's been so unbelievably hot here (today it got up to 98 degrees - I feel like I'm melting), so dresses and skirts have been my go-to when I'm not lying out in a swimsuit. This dress from J.Crew made its debut in my summer wardrobe this year; I picked it up second-hand (I missed out on buying it when it was sold in stores two years ago) and I've been waiting for the hot weather to pull it out. I think it's so fun, carefree and, best of all, super comfortable. It's made of a cotton-linen blend, which is hands-down the best fabric for hot days - it's not as wrinkle-prone as linen, but with all the same lightweight airiness that is a must in the heat. I also love the fun ruffle sleeve detail and french clip-dot accents!

I paired the dress with backless mules, everyday jewelry and a wicker clutch that adds a summery touch to any outfit. And, perhaps the star of the look - these amazing sunnies from Karen Walker! Nordstrom Rack just got a bunch of KW's styles, which is where I purchased this pair at a steep discount. The brand must be phasing out several styles from their line! If you're in the market for a high-quality pair of classic, yet statement-making shades, I would definitely recommend checking out the KW offering, especially the styles that are currently on sale. Personally, I find many sunglasses to be too small for my face, but I love that Karen Walker's line seems to be made to be truly oversized. I also bought a pair of aviator shades that have yet to arrive; I'm excited to see whether I like them!

Hope your summer is off to a fantastic start!

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