flutter sleeve gingham dress draper james
Lydia Loves Draper James Summer Finds

Hello, Friends!

I have so much to catch up on but wanted to stop for a few minutes and share this week’s fun finds that I love from Draper James! I hope you love them, too. Let me know what you choose and how you like it- I really enjoy hearing your thoughts! Here’s to good week ahead! Let’s do some shopping together~

  1. Seersucker Shift – I love how simple dresses are for summer, and I love the lightweight material of seersucker. This easy shift is a summer staple and is also perfect as a cover up at the pool or beach.
woman wearing seersucker dress white tennis shoes and holding a blue purse

2. Navy with Dots Tiered Dress – I love the shape and slight swing of this dress. The tiers give it personality- and navy goes with everything. Pair it with a striped sandal or wedge- or stick with a solid. It is so flattering and pretty.

black female wearing navy tiered dress with white heart dots

3. Chambray Dress with Belt– this is a really versatile dress that looks great with a sweater or jacket over it. A great piece to wear in summer and also to transition into fall. Also, it is so easy to accessorize because it is a neutral.

belted sleeveless chambray ruffle dress

4. Chambray Midi Wrap Dress – I always love a wrap dress! I have this dress in the maxi dress design from last summer, and it is such an easy staple to have in my closet. I really like the different length of this dress- the midi length is also nice for summer and for leading into fall. Accessories can be most anything you choose- I especially like pairing red and green with chambray- but anything from pink to brown will look fantastic.

chambray midi wrap dress draper james

5. Gingham Flutter Sleeve Shirtdress– this one is a showstopper. The color and the style are gorgeous- and top it off with the comfortable fit for a perfect dress! This would make a wonderful dress for a special occasion. I love how flattering the flutter sleeve is and how cheerful the entire look is.

flutter sleeve gingham dress draper james

6. Eyelet Print Midi Dress – This dress is my favorite for the summer from Draper James. The eyelet makes it! It is such a beautiful combination of color, print, and fabric. The design is so feminine- it feels more like a luxury item but is actually in the affordable range.

eyelet off the shoulder print turquoise dress draper james

8. Circle Dress with Dots– I have always liked the fit of the circle dresses at Draper James. The price is under $100 which is also a plus. They are easy and breezy for summer while helping us feel pulled together. Here is one of the fun patterns for this summer…

mixed dot love circle dress from draper james

9. Linen Wrap Dress – The coolness of linen combined with the wrap design puts this dress on my list of favorites. I really like the blue and white stripes that give the dress a classic look and make it perfect for summer after summer.

blue and white stripe linen wrap dress draper james

10. Wide-Leg Chambray Pants– These pants feel like lounge pants but look polished and poised. Pair it with your favorite white top or pair it with a print…the pants go with so many different tops. They are also on sale!

wide leg chambray denim pants from draper james

11. Just for kicks… Sotheby’s Gustav Carroll Cherub Mirror ~ I love finding a splurge piece that is fun to dream about…I have been working on decorating our house and this popped into my feed. I love antique mirrors (not to look in, but their shape and design and details). If you are feeling fancy, this mirror is gorgeous! If you snag it, please send me a photo of it! 🙂 It is currently half price but still pricey.

gustav carroll cherub mirror gold
brunette lady in white dress with orange sleeves and embroidered flowers
Lydia Loves ~ My Favorite Picks for the Week!
  1. Embroidered Dip Dyed Dress ~ I love a really unique dress and couldn’t resist sharing this one with you. It is happy and vivid- and I love the unexpected colors and embroidery. This one is a winner- and I am loving the comeback of beautiful sleeves!
brunette lady in white dress with orange sleeves and embroidered flowers

2. Eyelet Tiered Dress – For something a little more casual and in a unique and beautiful color, try this eyelet dress. I love it with flats or a strappy sandal.

lady wearing mustard yellow eyelet dress on patio with blue wall

3. White Dress with Yellow Embroidery ~ This cute summer dress is on sale! I love the sleeves and how breezy and light the dress is. I think it looks best with sandals or a cute slide. You could keep the look neutral or even pair it with a bright colored purse to mix it up.

white short dress with puffy sleeves and yellow embroidery

4. Blue and White Stripe Midi Dress– This dress is gorgeous for spring and summer- and you really won’t believe the price! It’s a steal! They have several different colors if you prefer something other than blue stripes!

lady with long brown hair wearing blue and white stripe midi dress

5. Black and White Geometric Design Dress– This dress is a great choice if you prefer neutral colors but also like pattern. It will easily transition into fall, too! The price is under $30.00 right now. I love how you can add any color accessories to this dress to complete the outfit!

black-white-geometric-print-dress on model

6. Blue and White Summer Dress – This dress has a similar feel to it as the one above, but in more traditional patterns- and in blue and white! I love this one, too! It is easy to wear and could even double as a swim cover, if you like! This dress is currently priced around $26.00.

lady with blonde hair wearing blue and white summer dress

7. Mint Green Summer Dress– This dress comes in other colors, but I love this mint! What an easy outfit to toss on for the day! You could also easily add a jacket or sweater with it, if needed. Again, this one is under $30.00.

lady-wearing-summer-dress mint green

8. Blue and White Stripe Summer Dress ~ The most perfect summery dress in blue and white stripes! Easy, breezy, and beautiful! I love the dress paired with straw- or you could also add pops of color to it if you wanted. The price (under $20) makes it a bargain, and the style and pattern make it a classic favorite.

blue and white summer dress and straw bag

9. Orange Maxi Dress– I love the halter style top and the long, flowing skirt. This maxi dress is affordable and so chic! It is priced under $40.

orange maxi dress with white clutch bag

10. Red Flutter Sleeve Eyelet – If you are looking ahead to July 4th weekend and want a great top to pair with shorts, pants or a skirt…this one has you covered! It is spirited but can also be worn all summer. What a great color, too! I always like finding ways to show my love for red white and blue in the prettiest ways!

black model wearing red flutter sleeve top and blue and white gingham headband

11. Mini Straw Tote – This tote is perfect for summer days! The gingham scarf tie makes it stand out with personality and polish. This is the type of bag that I would buy and use for years because it is stylish and classic.

mini straw tote bag with blue and white gingham scarf

12. Blue and White Stripe Beach Bag ~ I love the shade of blue on this bag! It is so pretty and convenient for the pool and the beach. It is the classic Draper James blue stripe, and I love the look! What a great way to carry all of our things!

turquoise and white striped beach bag

I hope you find some fun summer ideas for your closet! I love sourcing these for you, and I also love hearing feedback on what you would like to see more or less of when I am sharing ideas. Shopping is one of my favorite past times, and it is fun to shop along with you!

Have a great week!


Lydia xo

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three blonde ladies standing in grass beside beach wearing pink and white dresses
Lydia Loves~ Favorite Fashion Finds and More
three blonde ladies standing in grass beside beach wearing pink and white dresses

Favorite finds from retailers are some of my favorite things to bring to you- especially as we have been trying to support our businesses across our country during this pandemic.

I have held off on posting my “Lydia Loves” selections lately- not because I don’t constantly find things I love, but because I am trying to decide on a better way to share them. I am hoping to have a great way to make it easy to share and to find them all in one place eventually. In the meantime, I was accepted to join Like to Know It and this will let me share items and be able to connect you right to them. I am excited to begin with Liketoknowit- and you can follow me on the app to see what I am sharing!

Here are some of my favorites for this week…

  1. White Maxi Dress with Floral Embroidery from Chic Wish – I am often asked about this maxi dress that I am wearing in the photo below (that’s me on the right), and so I wanted to let you know where to find it…you can also add in code “summer10” for 10 percent off!
two ladies wearing dresses standing on the grass besid palm trees and the beach

2. Boho Embroidered Dress by Chic Wish – I also love this easy going but so beautiful dress. You can dress it up or wear with sandals. It is so comfy! You can also add a belt if you would like to change up the silhouette.

lady wearing ecru dress with boho embroidered flowers with hands on her head

3. Summery Blue Striped Dress – how pretty is this classic sundress in blue stripes? I love the look and also how easy it is to layer a sweater over it for cooler spring days. And- it is on sale right now!

lady leaning on white wall wearing a summery blue stripe sundress with ruffle hem

4. Balloon Sleeve Organza Shirt I love white statement shirts and the versatility of them! This blouse stands out with its sleeves- and it is perfect to pair with everything from shorts to a midi skirt. I think it would look great with a pair of pink, or green, or blue, or yellow pants. It is an amazingly good price point, too!

lady in white pants and white organza shirt with polka dot sleeves

5. Daisy Tank ~ For a splurge, I love this top from Sea New York! It is actually on sale right now. I love the sleeve that hits in the most flattering way. The color is also so pretty without being overly sweet! It is a perfect shade of coral~

daisy eyelt tank with flutter sleeve on brown haired lady in jeans

6. Balloon Sleeved Romper– this romper is so cute and a perfect dressy-casual look. It is a little on the big side, so keep that in mind when ordering. I love the loose scrunchie holding the model’s hair and I also like this romper with a Twilly added to a ponytail. The romper also comes in yellow.

lady in black romper with balloon sleeves holding hat with hair in messy side bun with scrunchie

7. Aubrey Printed Scarf– this scarf is 2o” square and makes a great addition wrapped onto the handles of your favorite bag, tied onto one handle of a tote or purse, tied in your hair, or even around your wrist. I love the colors of this pink version and it also comes in other color ways. It’s an easy way to add a something new to your outfit, and it can be used again and again! P.S. It’s only $20!

square scarf in pink red green print with a border

8. Marimekko Dress– I am always a sucher for Marimekko, and this dress is so pretty and happy. It comes with a belt and so you can have 2 different looks. I love the soft colors with the bold flowers! It is a splurge-worthy, classic Marimekko look.

lady wearing dress with bold flower print in yellow pink and white

9. Nantucket Reds Tretorns– my daughter and I bought these last summer and we have loved them. I should say she has loved them more than she has let me love them lol! But, yes- an iconic Nantucket fabric symbolic of the island combined with an iconic tennis shoe can be too hard to resist! We bought ours at Murray’s Toggery on Nantucket, but you can purchase them right here, too!


10. Floral Dress – this dress looks beautiful on and is available in a couple of sizes currently. It is on sale and so I wanted to share it with you in case it is just your size and just your look! I think it is such a great dress for summer dinners as we venture back out (hopefully!).

I hope that you love this first installation of my fashion finds as much as I love sharing them with you. It makes me want to go get dressed and go do something fun! Even if it’s only in the back yard!

Let me know what you would like to see more of in the fashion finds- here are a few questions that would be helpful to know as I find more things to share with you.

Do you like when I add in “splurge” pieces?

Would you like for me to include more accessories?

Would you like for me to gather ideas for the home and give you links to shop for them?

Thank you for being here and for being such a fun part of each day with me! Chat soon!

Cheers xo,



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