ikat you.

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered...{cv} and I finally had a time to relax. We spent Friday night at home--unpacking from the last two weeks of traveling. On Saturday, I woke up to clean our apartment from head to toe in preparation for a visit from one of my dearest childhood friends, {js}. He made his way up to Providence from Brooklyn, where he is in med school. After picking him up from the MegaBus, we headed straight for Newport to give him a taste of summer in New England. With a fabulous dinner in our bellies, we headed back toward Providence for another quiet evening of wine and memories. 

We woke up for Sunday brunch before having to drop {js} back at the bus stop. {cv} and I ran a few errands {why, oh, why does Nordstrom have a private sale?} before grabbing some tilapia at Whole Foods for dinner. {It was our first attempt at fish--and boy, we'll be making it again!} Over the weekend, I even managed to page through a couple of magazines which gave me the idea for this post!

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The J.Crew shorts {seen in the top left} mark my first "ikat" purchase. I'm so excited to start wearing them. I just hadn't found an ikat piece that fit my taste until I spotted these J.Crew beauties. I love the splash of color and the happy vibe an ikat pattern provides, don't you?

After reading a few magazines mentioning the "Aztec" trend on the docket for fall, it got me 
thinking about how to cut down on the trendy nature of prints from season to season.

To me, style is all about finding pieces you love {that can last a few seasons} and continuously incorporating them with other items which already exist in your closet. Those J.Crew shorts can 
be paired with a chambray shirt I bought last summer at the outlets and with an ever trusty pair 
of leather sandals I've had for years. 

The popularity of certain patterns may ebb and flow--but honestly, if you love what 
you're wearing, does it really matter if you're sporting ikat or Aztec? I think not.

Do you combat trendiness in your wardrobe or do you embrace it? 

My philosophy? When I want to add a piece of "now" without breaking the bank,
I hit up Forever21. When I want to add a piece of "forever", I do my homework and
spend a few more pennies to have something I'll wear more often and wear for years.

Many thanks to the 60+ lovely ladies who dreamed with me last Friday...your posts get better 
week after week! {I'm already itching for Friday!} Have a phenomenal Monday! xoxo {av}


  1. I'm in LOVE with those shorts, GREAT purchase, I want them too!

  2. I love IKAT prints, but I only got 1 tank from H&M with (fake) ikat print. Your picks are great!
    Have a lovely week!

  3. What a lovely post! This coming weekend we have childhood friends visiting too and I also have to clean the house and prepare something magical to eat!

    Those Ikat pieces are gorgeous! I love the shorts and the scarf!!

    Happy Monday to you too!!! xoxoxo

  4. I have been eyeing those ikat jcrew shorts for month- love them! Great picks!

  5. I have the same j. crew shorts! They're super comfy :)

  6. ikat is probably my newest print obsession--thanks for sharing!

  7. Just saw those shorts the other day - so cute! Glad to hear they are comfy too! :)

  8. Trendy or not, I adore Ikat and totally agree with you- spend less on the trends and invest in the classics:)

  9. Ikat is just great!! Love your looks from summer to fall!!

  10. Obsessed with those JCrew shorts! I just bought the scarf of the same pattern. All of these color combos are fabulous. Happy Monday! xo

  11. cute shorts! glad you had a fun weekend!! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  12. those shorts are going to look awesome on you! i feel like you rock blue really well. :)
    i'm not really into trends, more classic pieces that i know i will get a lot of use out of! i pair them with funky jewels and hope i look cool. haha!

  13. I find that I'm always hesitant when new trends start. I have to know they will last a while.

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  14. I majorly heart ikat! Great picks...especially those cute J. Crew shorts!! xo

  15. Like everyone else, I've been looking at those shorts too!! Cute!!!

    Glad you got some r&r!


  16. Totally obsessing over Ikat lately. Glad you had a great weekend of relaxation!

  17. Love those JCrew shorts! And thanks for linking me up to Friday's post - I completely forgot! :)

    Hope you're having a fabulous Monday!

  18. You perfectly described my shopping philosophy too--Forever 21 and H & M are great for fleeting fashion items (and accessories) :)

  19. I am loving this trend, just haven't added a piece to my closet yet. Great buy with those shorts!

  20. Sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend-you two needed some time to decompress! And as for those adorable Ikat prints, I can't wait to see how you'll rock 'em!

  21. I'm your newest follower and you have a great blog. My boyfriend and I did 4 years long distance out of the nearly 6 we've been dating so I totally know what you went through!
    About Ikat, you have some great finds! I love the purple shorts the most!

    Have a great day!

  22. Love these, and am especially smitten with #s 6, 7, 8 and 9..

    I do embrace some trends and pass on many others. By now, my friends understand that I like what I like and it's all about personal style.

  23. I've been admiring those shorts for weeks - I'm glad someone bought them! Wear them proudly!

    Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

  24. I've been dying to get an ikat piece, but I just haven't found anything I've loved. I'm going to search even more thanks to your advice!
    I'll keep you posted. ;) ;)
    Love, Leigh

  25. First of all... I love ikat print but down own anything ikat. Bummer! I usually don't try and follow trends because I find it tiring to try and keep up, but I think it's more important to wear what you love... no matter if it's the new happening trend or not. (:

    Trying to keep up with trends can also ruin your bank account... I think that a piece here and there that are trendy are great but I love clothes that can stay for the long haul.

    I love those purple ikat shorts from J. Crew!!

  26. i love the ikat pattern! I have one shirt that is ikat, but I love the bracelets, dress #2, and the scarf. Do you think that the ikat trend will continue or that it will be okay to still wear it when it's no longer "popular"? I need so much help with fashion...

  27. So funny, I tried those exact shorts on on Saturday when I went shopping, but then remembered all the packages I was awaiting (including one from J.Crew!) and told myself to walk away. I am hoping they go on sale and I can snag them then!

    xox lamb loves

  28. love those shorts so much!! you will look adorable in them!! i have an ikat skirt and a scarf that i absolutely love -- i hope this trend sticks around! xoxo