We design each month’s Gal Meets Glam Collection styles an entire year in advance, so it’s serendipitous that every collection this spring has included at least one easy maxi dress (like the Jasmine and Courtney). These have been the biggest staples of my pregnancy wardrobe, but best of all, I know I’ll continue wearing them long after Baby B makes her arrival in August. The long skirts and elegant details make maxi dresses some of the most undeniably feminine pieces in my closet, and I love the way that wearing one instantly elevates any day. With the arrival of our June Collection last week, I’ve added another one of those pieces into my wardrobe with our Lula cotton maxi.
I packed a handful of new June styles in my suitcase for our babymoon (you may have spotted a few sneak peeks on my Instagram Stories!) and wore the Lula maxi for a day we spent exploring the town of Valldemosa. This was our first trip ever that was more focused on relaxing by the pool than seeing as much of our destination as we possibly could, but we couldn’t resist at least one leisurely day of wandering the charming cobblestone streets of the nearby village. Since it wasn’t too far from our hotel, we popped over one afternoon to do a little shopping and explore (and I picked up a little souvenir for the baby). Along with the summery toile and soft blue hue of Lula, my favorite thing about it is its versatility since it’s a more relaxed maxi style and made from the softest cotton (it also comes in this two piece version). I put a casual spin on this dress with raffia slides and a roomy woven tote (similar here and here), fit for lots of walking and shopping, but you can see it dressed up for an elegant evening in the pictures from our e-commerce photo shoot.
When done well, a toile print is one of my favorite prints for both fashion and home decor. It has such a classic, nostalgic vibe, and for good reason—toile prints have been around since the 1700s. Our modern version features a hand-drawn navy cottage print on a slate blue backdrop that feels so fresh and pretty for summer. I love it so much, we used the same toile fabric to create our Matilda two-piece set! The Matilda’s button-down silhouette and collared top give it a more tailored look, while the Lula is more romantic, but the toile perfectly complements both styles.
I want to add some extra color to my beauty routine this summer. What are your favorite lipsticks and nail polishes to wear this time of year? – Emily A.
A natural face with a bright lip has been one of my favorite summer makeup looks so far this year. In particular, I’m loving this Bobbi Brown lip color in Blood Orange and this RMS lipstick in RMS Red, which are two of my favorite summer red shades! If I’m not wearing a bright lip color, I usually opt for my year-round favorite Fresh Sugar lip balm, especially because it’s so moisturizing and contains SPF.
Essie’s Baguette Me Not has been one of my favorite summer nail polishes for years. It is the perfect pinky-purple that always garners compliments! Cherry red nails have such a classic, vintage-inspired feel that I love—I usually opt for Chanel Le Vernis in Gitane. My number one trick for painting my own nails is to use Seche Vite top coat, which dries almost instantly and makes my at-home manicures last much longer!
I share your love for wearing linen during the hot summer months, so I would love to see some new linen styles you’ve found! – Stephanie S.
The Gal Meets Glam Collection Cassie dress was one of my favorite styles from our May Collection, thanks to its bright floral print and comfortable silhouette. The fit and flare style is made of a light, linen-blend material that is perfect for hot summer days and nights. My most utilized linen piece so far this season has been the Frame linen blazer I bought last year. While this exact blazer is no longer available, Frame has a few similar cream blazers on sale here, here and here! You can see me wearing these two linen styles together here. I also have been wearing these white linen pants a ton thanks to their elastic waist.
I need some ideas for easy layers for days that are cool in the morning then warm up in the afternoon. Do you have any suggestions? -Bunny R.
My denim jacket is my go-to for cool mornings than transition into hot summer days. I have this Madewell one that I’ve been wearing non-stop since buying it this past spring. I also wear our GMG Collection cardigans all the time, especially in the office where it’s typically cooler. The Alana sweater, in particular, is one of my top picks for summer. It’s made of a linen blend material that is lighter than some of our other sweaters, and the neutral oatmeal color complements so many of my outfits. Adding a surprise pop of color, coral ties in the back create a cinched waistline that is incredibly flattering.
Endless blue skies, balmy afternoons, and laid-back gatherings define the month of June, and we don’t want to waste a moment of it! We designed our newest dresses, jumpsuits, and two-piece sets to make summertime dressing effortless. For any occasion, slip into one of our new styles and head right out the door to enjoy all that these early summer days have to offer.
As the temperatures rise daily, wearing outfits that keep you cool and comfortable are key to enjoying every day to the fullest. That’s why we included plenty of breezy silhouettes and breathable fabrics in this month’s Collection. It’s already humid here in Charleston, so I’ll be living in styles like our linen Ruth dress, cotton Francesca dress, and seersucker Martha dress. Our dress silhouettes this month have such classic appeal—they’re exactly the types of dresses you’ll still love when you’re poring over pictures from summer 2019 a few decades from now.
Time and time again, I’ve been so encouraged by our customers every time we step into a new product category. The response to our first two-piece set last month was so positive, I could hardly wait to share all of our beautiful new June sets with you! These top-and-skirt (plus one top-and-shorts) pairings are sold together to create an elegant, polished look. Whether you opt for the glamorous India, tropical-inspired Stevie, casual-chic June, or any of the styles in between, they’re my favorite options for charming summer weekend wear. Just like dresses and jumpsuits, it couldn’t be easier to style these sets, all of which show just the slightest sliver of skin.
Be sure to visit our retailers for the opportunity to experience our garments in person and to find a handful of exclusive styles. From international getaways to back porch dinners at home, we hope you find something for every joyful summer occasion in this Collection.
My love for linen is well-documented, so it is probably no surprise that I’ve been counting down the days till our June Gal Meets Glam Collection launch, which is today at 12pm est/9am pst! With a special focus on light, breezy fabrics for summer, this month’s Collection includes plenty of linen! I’ve always loved wearing linen pieces to the beach or on vacation, but ever since we moved to Charleston (home of legendarily humid summers), it’s become a true staple fabric in my wardrobe. Knowing how often I personally reach for linen during the summer inspired me to create a wide selection of beautiful, unique linen styles for all of you this month.
Our Stevie two-piece linen set is a must-have for any tropical destination, it’s also classic and understated enough to look right at home anywhere in the world. The full skirt and wrap top made it easy to adjust the fit to work perfectly for my bump—surprisingly, our two-piece sets have become some of my favorite maternity wear options at 30 weeks. While the set is sold together for a relaxed, effortless look I’m also looking forward to mixing and matching the top and skirt with other items in my closet.
A year ago, I never would have dreamed that jumpsuits would become almost as synonymous with Gal Meets Glam Collection as dresses, but I couldn’t be more thrilled that they have. Just like dresses, jumpsuits create an effortless, all-in-one outfit that always feels put together. Our first linen jumpsuits this season, Magnolia, Jordan, and Bailey, are all on the neutral side, so we changed it up for June with Sylvie’s rich moss green. We gave this style tortoise buttons and romantic, voluminous sleeves—especially contrasted with the square neckline, the result is one of my favorite silhouettes. Best of all, I’ve never met someone who didn’t look incredible in this color!
While on our babymoon, Thomas and I relaxed during the day, only doing a few activities towards the end of the trip, and would get dressed up for dinner every evening. It’s one of my favorite parts of vacation- food! Our hotel, Cap Rocat, had two wonderful restaurants, one a beautiful seaside restaurant called the Sea Club and the other, a fine dining option called La Fortaleza. We never left the property, so we had multiple reservations at both places. Usually when we’re traveling, we look for restaurants, both casual and formal, all around to try and find the best in the area. But not wanting to do much research ahead of this trip, and not looking to spend time traveling in a car, we got lucky with being able to walk a short distance from our room for our nights out in Mallorca!
On our last evening at Cap Rocat, we headed down to the Sea Club for our last meal. This was our favorite spot that we’d go for both lunch and dinner. Not only was the seafood incredible, but you really couldn’t beat the views! Built into the side of the cliff, we’d watch the sun set as we nestled into our table with a cocktail and mocktail in hand. Another dress I got before our trip was this linen Zimmermann one, which ended up being really nice with its long sleeves and length since some of the nights in Mallorca ended up being a bit cooler!
I’ve been wearing a lot less makeup during my pregnancy and it actually all stems from being a bit too tired to care, really! I’ve gone sans mascara or any eye makeup for a while and it feels so nice to embrace a more natural look. I have however, repeatedly worn my favorite orange-red lipstick, which is this “Blood Orange” one by Bobbi Brown.
While we were staying in the village of Deià in Mallorca, we visited the nearby beach, Cala Deià, which was only a quick five minute drive from our hotel. We’d had this spot bookmarked ever since deciding we were going to visit this area of Mallorca back at the beginning of the year. We let ourselves relax at the hotel for the first few days in Deià, and then on an extra warm and sunny day, we headed down to the beach. Instead of sand, there are beautiful big rocks that trail into the crystal clear water, so the key is to find one big enough you can lay out on. Other sunbathers decided to climb up into the rocks and lay out high above the water, but being extra cautious, we stuck with the main beach area. Thomas is always the brave one to jump right in, while I’m a bit more “i”ll dip my toes in and see”. BabyB and I were happily content sitting in the sunshine watching.
This was my first time wearing a bikini while pregnant and this smocked blue and white Tory Burch one was perfect. The extra stretch makes it so comfortable to adjust with you throughout the day, which I’ve learned is very important with any item of clothing during my third trimester. I wore this blue and white shirtdress that I bought in Positano last summer as a coverup over it and kept it open since the buttons were a little too tight when I closed it all the way up. I’ve started doing this with anything that buttons all the way down, especially any old favorite dresses, as they end up making the perfect beach coverups. I also love this similar one I found on Nordstrom, along with this one and this one.
After some time at the beach, we made our way over to Ca’s Patró March, our lunch spot that’s perched in the cliffside overlooking Cala Deià. With a menu full of fresh seafood and a view you can’t beat, it’s the perfect spot to settle down after time at the beach. Make sure to make a reservation in advance (we asked our hotel to do so for us) and ask for a table with a view! This ended up being one of our favorite meals of the trip. After lunch we packed up and decided to head back to the hotel to relax a bit in the afternoon sun. The beach had filled up while we were eating at lunch and a comfy daybed sounded pretty ideal.
The three things I pretty much had with me every single day were my straw hat, straw bag and straw sandals. They’re my go-to summer accessories and seamlessly pair with everything in my warm weather wardrobe. Nordstrom has a handful of similar styles, like this wide brim hat, these raffia sandals and this straw tote, along with many more natural fiber summer accessories available over here. You’ll be using these all season long!
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No matter the season, white serves as an anchor color in my wardrobe. From fall and winter to spring and now summer, I rely on crisp white pieces to help me create the classic, polished looks that I love to wear. Even though I happily wear white year-round, summer is when this color plays an even more important role in my wardrobe, as I’m sure it does for many of you! I love the way the color pops against sun-kissed skin and reflects the light to make everything around me look and feel a little bit brighter.
From dresses to swimsuits, white pieces offer a perfect blank canvas for accessories. I often layer on colorful pieces, like the red earrings and pink shoes I wore with our Angela dress (as seen here) or a colorful pareo tied over a chic white one-piece. Other times, I stick to my favorite neutral accessories with plenty of texture for an elegant, monochromatic look, like the basket bag and nude wedges I wore with the Jordan jumpsuit (as seen here). To make styling white outfits even simpler, though, I’m always on the lookout for pieces that have special details or textures, making accessories completely optional. This eyelet dress, this ruffled swimsuit, and this pretty top are just a few of the beautifully detailed items I have my eye on!
On the other hand, some of the most beloved items in my summer wardrobe are simple white staples that I reach for year after year. Take the time to find your perfect pair of white shorts, white jeans, versatile shoes, and a white dress you love. I promise, you’ll be grateful that you did every time you open your closet! I already know our cream Regina dress, white Dana sweater, and white Sawyer jumpsuit are going to be a few of those go-to pieces for me for many summers to come. See below for more of my favorite crisp white pieces to wear this season.
I reach for this classic Marysia swimsuit year after year. The scallops are timeless and this suit provides the perfect amount of comfort and style. For a less expensive version, Target makes a great scalloped bikini.
Last week we got back from our babymoon in Mallorca, Spain. It was truly a wonderful week, full of delicious seafood, dips in the sea, poolside reading and lots of relaxation before baby comes. Last summer, we visited the Andalusian region of Spain and had such a great time that we knew we wanted to see even more of the country and have had Mallorca on our list of places to visit for a while. The babymoon was a welcome vacation and the longest time we’ve disconnected in years. We started searching for places to stay in Spain this past January and found two incredible hotels in Mallorca and ended up deciding to split the trip between them. We chose to stay at Cap Rocat for the first half and La Residencia for the remainder, and I love how each one was uniquely different.
We had so many wonderful moments that I’m very thankful for. I know that not everyone takes a babymoon but I couldn’t recommend it enough. It truly doesn’t matter how long the trip is or how far away you go, it’s so nice to take some time as just the two of you before one of life’s biggest changes. After finding out I was pregnant in December, it seems like we’ve been in a mad dash to get everything ready before the baby arrives. All engines have been firing, working, learning, growing and planning. So it was a treat just to take time for ourselves and slow down.
Today’s post is a roundup of our time at Cap Rocat, an old military fortress that has been expertly transitioned into a luxury hotel. Our room sat on a cliff overlooking the ocean and was built into a cave, providing incredible serene views of the Sea. At times it felt like we were the only people there (even though the hotel was full). We made every possible usage of our terrace, eating each of our breakfasts out there along with a few lunches, lounging next to our pool and taking naps and reading on our daybed built into the cliff. The views were absolutely breathtaking, with ombre water that changed from dark cobalt blue to bright turquoise. The property also has a private beach and different spots where you can walk down or jump into the sea, which became our daily activity. Usually when we travel we rarely decide to stay put for too long, instead preferring to explore as much as possible. But for this trip, we planned nothing other than booking the hotels and at Cap Rocat, we never even left the property. And I have to say, it was a great decision!
Aside from the remarkable scenery, the food was a highlight of the stay. In addition to being able to dine pretty much anywhere on the property, Cap Rocat has two restaurants, the more casual Sea Club (the picturesque blue and white restaurant below) and La Fortaleza an intimate fine dining experience. Our favorite meal of the entire trip was a salt baked Sea Bass with Vegetable Paella at the Sea Club. We had some rainy moments during our stay, which gave us an excuse to go check out the heated indoor pool at the spa one morning, followed by some tea in the courtyard. Just thinking about all of these special moments makes me already want to go back!
I’m always on the lookout for new (and new-to-me) designers who are creating beautiful, high-quality pieces. One of the most fun parts of growing our team has been surrounding myself with women who share my love for style and design, so we’re always sharing new finds with one another. I’m constantly moved by the amount of creativity and innovation in the fashion world. Especially since launching Gal Meets Glam Collection and seeing firsthand how many people touch every single piece that goes out into the world, my deep appreciation for that creativity and dedication has only grown. I’d love to share a few of my recent favorite designer discoveries—from caftans to statement earrings, their pieces have become both staples in my closet and great sources of inspiration to me!
Nicola Bathie McLaughlin is a jewelry and interior designer based in San Antonio, Texas. Her jewelry designs are inspired by her travels around the world, as well as her young and energetic spirit. Her pieces strike the perfect balance between unique and timeless, and she uses so many of my favorite materials, like wicker and pearls.
Nicola Bathie Jewelry has become one of my go-to sources of memorable statement earrings. They pair so perfectly with Gal Meets Glam Collection dresses, I can rarely resist a new pair! Her pieces are sold on her website as well as at some of my favorite retailers, Tuckernuck and Anthropologie.
Muzungu Sisters is a collection designed by longtime friends Dana and Tatiana. Originally launched as a global retail market of exclusive products ethically hand-crafted by artisans in diverse communities, they shifted their focus in 2018. Still hand in hand with the artisan communities they’ve always supported, they now focus on high-quality, artisan-crafted pieces that they can wear themselves. Their pieces are perfectly suited for their busy lives in the city, but work well with their brand staples, like statement jackets, caftans, and woven baskets.
I have two gorgeous caftan dresses from Muzungu Sisters that I have been wearing on repeat, since they’re so comfortable for my growing bump. I love the organic cotton and linen fabrics they use, which keep even their long pieces light and airy in the summer heat. Delicate embroidery, which was ethically hand-woven by artisan communities, adorns many of their dresses, making them unlike anything else in my closet. Pair them with slides for a walk, around town, like I did here, or layer them over a swimsuit and sandals to wear to the beach, like I did here.
When Julia Amory couldn’t find the perfect printed fabric to use for the tables at her wedding, she designed her own using an Indian block print technique. Inspired, she went on to launch India Amory, a lifestyle and home goods brand centered around Indian block printed cotton.
I brought each girl attending my sister’s bachelorette party an India Amory pareo in a different print, and they were such a big hit! They are incredibly versatile, functioning as a wrap to wear over a swimsuit, a shawl to pair with a summer dress, or even an impromptu beach blanket. India Amory also makes the most beautiful robes and table linens that would make any al fresco summer dinner table extra special.
I always seem to be able to find room in my closet for more pajama sets. I’m notorious for slipping into them as soon as I get home…or as soon as our team leaves in the evening, since we’re working out of our house until our office is finished next month! As much as I love getting cozied up at the end of a long day, my favorite thing about wearing luxe sleepwear is waking up to the feeling of smooth silk, airy linen, or super-soft pima cotton against my skin. It has been years since I slept in college t-shirts and shorts, so I can attest to the fact that waking up in pretty pajamas does wonders for starting the day on a brighter note. The way I’m dressed always has an impact on my mood, so why wouldn’t I want to feel polished and elegant from the moment I open my eyes? With the addition of a steaming mug of coffee, there is truly no better way to begin the day.
If the only time you wear pajama sets is over the holidays, let the summer sleepwear I’ve rounded up in this post inspire you to bring that tradition into your daily life this season. Much like with my everyday clothing, I keep an eye out for soft fabrics, feminine colors and patterns, and special details like ruffles or piping when shopping for pajamas. If you can’t imagine leaving your old t-shirts behind, remember this: the key to opting for pajama sets on a nightly basis is to make sure you choose cuts and fabrics that you truly love. For example, if you’ve shied away from them because you could never sleep comfortably in a collared top, try a collarless option like this striped Three J NYC set. Get warm easily when you’re sleeping? Opt for the lightest, most breathable fabrics you can find, like these Serena and Lily linen pajamas. Once you find the sets that work perfectly for you, I promise you won’t look back.
Along with pajamas, I’ve stocked up on a few beautiful robes and pairs of slippers that keep me cozy on cool mornings. I love waking up early enough to catch the sunrise, so even in the summertime, I sometimes need that extra layer. During the warm months, I trade my thick flannel winter robe for something lighter, made of materials like jersey or cotton. They’re just right for slipping over my pajamas and heading to the porch for a quiet moment before the day begins.
I can’t get enough Lake Pajamas, especially since they regularly release fun new silhouettes, like this sweet tie-strap dress. I love popping into their Charleston store to see what’s new, and rarely leave empty-handed!
You may remember Birdies from my post on my sister’s bridal shower—they are my absolute favorite slippers. The fact that they’re cute enough to be worn out of the house means I’ve admittedly spent a few work days in them (like here).