Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Meanwhile on Instagram...

Here are some of shots of what I've been up to lately on instagram.  To check out more, make sure to follow my page @caitlinburkenyc.  See you there!

Friday, June 28, 2013

I, I love you like a LoveShackFancy


These images from newly launched label, LoveShackFancy, pretty much epitomizes what I want to look like all summer.  Their perfectly cut, sweet-yet-sexy pieces in gorgeous hand-dyed silks would be perfect over a bikini at the beach or with some layered-on jewelry for a night out.  Living in a city which is cold and miserable for the better half of the year, I tend to not splurge on summer pieces very often, but I think I may have to make an exception.  You can view more swoon-worthy styles and photos on their website (if you dare tempt your wallet!) and their instagram feed is pretty dreamy as well!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Packing for Thailand

images via Elle Thailand 

As I prepare to leave for Thailand this weekend, I've been spending almost as much time thinking about what I'll be doing, as I have thinking about what I'll be wearing.  I love dressing according to my destination, especially when traveling to a place as rich with textiles and inspiration as Southeast Asia.

Above are some of the photos I've been gathering to inspire my wardrobe, and below are a few of the pieces I'm coveting to help achieve that look.  I'm trying my best to pack light, as I've heard the shopping there is incredible and insanely cheap.  Hopefully I'll find lots of fun, authentic versions of these pieces to take home with me.  I'll be traveling through Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ko Samui, Koh Phanga, Ko Tao and Bangkok—so I would love to hear any recommendations you might have!  And be sure to follow me on instagram and twitter for pictures and updates along the way!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Colombia photo diary

Quaint streets of Pueblito Paisa
Jam made from Uchuvas, one of Colombia's most popular (and delicious) fruits
Fresh fruit stands everywhere you turn
The cutest couple, playing traditional music
Colombian sodas and an assortment of fresh juices... I sampled one of each
Tropical and exotic flowers are one of the country's biggest exports
Colorful buildings lining the streets
Fresh juice at every meal
More beautiful flowers
More colorful buildings
Images of the Virgin Mary are used around the city as a way of promoting peace
Freshly peeled mango, a common street snack
A carnival show at Centro de Desarrollo Cultural, one of the city's free cultural centers
Breathtaking view from atop the Parque Biblioteca España
Clusters of leather souvenirs
Sopa de mondongo, insanely good local fave
Typical street jewelry
Array of exotic fruits awaiting us at the airport
Pretty view from one of the many hills
Local musician filming his music video on the street
Each letter was originally scattered across the city, inviting locals to illustrate their love for Medellín
Firebreather at the cultural fair
All images by me © Dream & Dress 

Recently, I was invited to visit Medellín, Colombia to attend their annual Colombiatex show and explore the city.  Aside from the colorful surroundings and gorgeous textiles on display at the shows, what I found most inspiring was the commitment and passion the Colombians have for their country and its betterment.

In less than ten years, Medellín has gone from being named the most dangerous city in the world (the world!) to being a safe, beautiful tourist destination in an economic uprise, soon to be one of the top exporters of textiles in the world.  And while changes in the government have definitely played a large role, it is the people who have really driven this change. 

I often hear or read rants from people complaining about what our president has or hasn't done or what is wrong with our country.  But I wonder how many of those complaining have actually done something themselves to better our country or society?  Colombians don't complain about their president or their fellow citizens, or blame their problems on the "bottom feeders" (as right-wings like to label those in poverty).  Instead, they have sought change from within, bettering themselves and offering acceptance and compassion to those in need, understanding that they are all in this together, fighting for the same goal.

At one of the free library and cultural centers we visited, the tour guide explained how the area we were in was previously a "garbage community" (similar to a landfill, but with inhabitants who live off the trash) that just a few years ago was so dangerous, you were not likely to leave after entering.  Officials were initially hesitant about opening a library there, fearful it would be misused and none of the books would be returned.  But the community fought for it, believing in their collective desire for change, and after the first year the library had a 98% return rate and the cultural center is booming with activity (as seen in the carnival images above).

I could go on and on with similarly inspiring stories from this trip, but the most important lesson I learned and hope to share, is that positivity and belief in yourself and your community can go a long way—far longer than any facebook rant.  Volunteer, start a petition, donate to a charity, join a movement, hold the door for someone...or don't do any of these things, but just know that—as Colombians have proven—what you put into this world is directly proportional to what you get out of it.

Thank you Colombiatex, inexmoda and Proexport Colombia for this amazing trip.  I am in awe of your country's spirit and strength!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What a girl wants...

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

I am often asked, by my male friends and/or my girlfriends' boyfriends and husbands, for suggestions on what style of jewelry they should buy for their significant others.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought it might be a good time to share some of my suggestions on the pieces that any girl would love to receive (hint: definitely nothing resembling this). 

Simple, gold styles feel the most modern right now—they're great for layering with other pieces, and although trendy at the moment, they're classic enough on their own to stand the test of time.  I'm currently lusting after everything by Vita Fede (especially this titan cuff in green!), but Gorjana, Jennifer Zeuner, Catbird and Jennifer Fisher all carry an extensive array of gift-worthy treasures.

You can check out more of my faves below (...and feel free to leave open as a hint to your boyfriend).

For prices and where to buy click here

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