summertime in new york is… dining alfresco

Summer is a season of outdoor escapes. Whether it’s a glamorous getaway to a far-flung destination or hanging out on your patio with friends and a chilled glass of wine, summertime is a special kind of magic. I can’t wait for it to hurry up and get here.

Kate spade new york is one of my favorite brands for their high quality and classic styles, and I’m excited to partner up with them to share their new summer collection.

kate spade summer collection 2016

stackable bangles // i need a vacation metro watch // paradise found seahorse bangle
stack attack stackable ring set // seahorse cali // garden way hallie
orchard street hemsley // clorinda sandals // cedar street maise

Summertime in New York is the theme for this product launch, which immediately brings back memories of dining alfresco in NYC a few years ago on a gorgeous summer afternoon (thus the title for this post!)

I took the train to NYC to attend a swanky launch party for a brand I was working with at the time. My girlfriend and I arrived early, so we grabbed a small cafe table outside of a chic Mexican restaurant in SoHo and enjoyed drinks and appetizers and girl talk until it was time to head to the party. I love dining alfresco pretty much anywhere, but there’s something about being in NYC that made that evening especially memorable.

The new kate spade summer collection is reminiscent of an outdoor escape with its ocean blues and tropical tones of coral and pink. Plus there are some fun whimsical designs inspired by picnics and tropical vacation destinations. I am absolutely in love.

I received this orchard street hemsley shoulder bag from the kate spade summer collection just a few days before our weekend getaway to the Eastern Shore last weekend, so of course I had to bring it along! It made the perfect accessory for this easy breezy white-on-white summer look that I’ll be featuring in a few weeks.

the perfect summer handbag: kate spade orchard street hemsley in blue skies

It’s the perfect everyday bag size — not too big and not too small, and the outside pocket is super convenient to slip your phone into. (I hate to have to unzip a bag to get to my phone!) I love the rich pebbled leather and the adorable double tassel. You can wear it as a crossbody, or shorten the strap and carry it as a shoulder bag. I’ve done both, and either way, it’s a stunning accessory in one of summer’s hottest colors.

the perfect summer handbag: kate spade orchard street hemsley in blue skies

Here are some more of my favorite pieces from the kate spade summer collection.


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a tropical escape right about now!

And it’s Friday, so of course that means linkup day!

Fashion Friday

Thanks to Kate Spade for sponsoring this post.