Patterns in Palm Beach + Summer Sweepstakes

Lemon Stripes J.Crew in Palm Beach

It’s official. Palm Beach is the cutest, most Instagram-worthy town in America and possibly the world. From pink walls to yellow stripes to palm leaves, every venue is more beautiful than the next. It should go without saying that I adored it. I’ll be posting a full Palm Beach travel guide tomorrow so stay tuned for more and where to eat, where to stay, and what to do.

We were down there in partnership with Jet Blue Getaways and J.Crew Factory to promote their amazing summer sweepstakes. The grand-prize winner will receive a JetBlue Getaways trip for two and a $1000 J.Crew gift card plus there will be three first-prize winners who will each receive a $250 J.Crew gift card. Not too shabby, folks! Enter to win here before 6/15.

We stayed at the Eau Resort & Spa which was incredible. The interiors were designed by Jonathan Adler so everything had a funky, colorful vibe which made it impossible to be unhappy.  In our room the wallpaper, carpeting, and headboards were three different patterns which inspired me to mix it up in this outfit with stripes and bright floral. The Eau is one of many Jet Blue Getaways in Palm Beach, a great way to travel because they set you up with flights and hotel which means lots of extra points (cha-ching!) and only one place to call for customer service.

Total side bar but I discovered on our last Jet Blue flight that you can stream on Amazon for free which means my entire flight down I caught up on The Americans. I’m on season two and so obsessed. Does anyone else watch? I try to exclusively fly Jet Blue (when I can) because everything from the check-in process (I love the app) to the extra leg room to the snacks makes flying, something that I don’t love, just that much more enjoyable.

Moving on, I can’t believe this is true but until now I had never shopped at J.Crew Factory. I didn’t even really know what it was. Now that I know, there’s no turning back! It has a huge array of pieces just as cute traditional J.Crew but at an almost unbelievable price point. These colorful shorts? $29. This classic summer-weight striped oxford? $34.  My new favorite striped flats? $54. And last but not least a panama hat for only $14. It looks just like the far more expensive versions in person.  I don’t know another place that has such cute designs, great quality, at such a low price and I sincerely mean that!

Stay tuned for more looks from Factory later this week.

Julia Dzafic pattern mixing

Yellow Striped Umbrellas

Lemon Stripes wearing J.Crew Factory

Eau Resort Palm Beach Pool

Lemon Stripes in Palm Beach

Breeze Restaurant Eau Palm Beach

J.Crew Panama Hat

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Don’t forget to enter to win a trip for two and $1000 worth of clothes before June 15th.

Created in partnership with Jet Blue Getaways and J.Crew Factory. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

J.Crew Factory striped flats

Backyard S’mores Party

Julia Dzafic hosting a s'mores party

Table c/o

When I went to San Francisco in April, my husband built a fire pit while I was gone. Yes, he’s a real person, I know it’s hard to believe. Now that it’s finally warm enough to use it, it’s been burning non-stop in the evenings. It’s great for long conversations and savoring a bottle of wine. It’s also great for s’mores and I’m pretty sure I’ll gain 8000 pounds eating them this summer but that will have to be ok because they’re just so damn good!

Last weekend, we had some friends over on Sunday night for drinks and I was planning to put together this cute little spread for a s’mores party. Unfortunately, it ended up being freezing cold that night so we opted for an inside dinner party, but Anel and I were so excited for the s’mores idea that we did it the next night instead just for us.

We just picked up four adirondack chairs that…wait for it…have built in wine glass holders. Talk about score of the summer! We put them around the fire with white garden stools in between but the thing that we’ve gotten the most use out of outside is this tray table. I love it because I can fill the tray up with food or drinks and just place it on the stand when I’m ready to serve.

Instead of just making plain ole’ s’mores, I took a bunch of stuff we had in our pantry and created this little spread. Now that I’ve tasted a s’more on a chocolate chip cookie, there is no turning back…

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Ritz crackers
  • 3 kinds of chocolates
  • Marshmallows
  • Sticks for roasting
  • Spreads (I opted for almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter)
  • Napkins for inevitably sticky fingers
  • Wine for adults
  • Something fizzy for kids
  • An outdoor serving table to hold everything
  • Chairs for your guests to relax in

What do do:
1. Set up all the ingredients before your guests arrive
2. Build a fire
3. Play your favorite party mix
4. Have the best time ever!

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Striped Shorts / Rope Vase (almost identical)

Adirondack Chair

Chairs with wine glass holder

Cookie options for s'mores

Lemon Stripes Adirondack Chair

Backyard S'mores Party

Chocolate chip cookie s'mores

Whole Foods Nut Butters

Chair with Wine Glass Holder

Host a s'mores party

How to throw a s'mores party

Sweater / Striped Shorts / Bracelet c/o

I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received product in exchange for this post.

Fire Pit

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Palm Beach Packing List

Palm Beach Packing List

Lilly Pulitzer DressPink Drop Earring / Sunglasses /  Jack Rogers sandals / Striped Tote / White Lace ShortsTravel Sized Candle / Seersucker Pumps / Bathing Suit

Anel and I are so excited to be heading to Palm Beach for the first time this weekend. We’ve never been so any recommendations are welcome! I’ve heard such amazing things about this Lilly Pulitzer themed town from the great food to the fun bike rides to, of course, the beaches.

We’re going to be shooting for a fun project we’re working on with Jet Blue Getaways and J.Crew Factory so stay tuned for details on a big giveaway next week!

In the meantime, I’ve been packing so many fun bright colors for the trip. I picked up this Lilly dress because I felt pretty strongly that I couldn’t head to Palm Beach without at least one! Keep an eye out for it on Instagram. I also snagged a new pair of Jacks (love this color combo) because my pair from last summer is seriously on it’s last leg.

This is going to sound incredibly OCD but I don’t always love the smell of hotel rooms so I’ve started bringing a travel sized candle in my favorite scent with me when I’m on the go (get the 2.4 oz).

Although I didn’t end up buying it, I’m dying for this hot pink cross back one-piece this summer. It would look too cute paired with this adorable striped beach tote that is only $28, don’t you think?

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Coastal Sunroom

Quirky Coffee Table

I’ve shown quite a few snippets of our sunroom on Instagram and around these parts over the last few months but we finished our sunroom over the weekend and I’m excited to share the final product! This is one of the rooms in my home where I had no outside help and no designer input which makes me extra proud of how the coastal-themed room turned out.

This is by far the brightest and lightest room in the house, and it lives right off of the kitchen so we knew it would get a ton of use. Originally I wanted it to be the dining room but Anel and both of my parents convinced me otherwise and I’m so glad that they did! Now we use this space to drink our morning coffee/tea, hang out with friends during the day, and I even sometimes set up shop to work here when I need a change of scenery from my office.

It all started with the couch…We actually had it made for another living room area but ended up moving it here when we made some last minute changes. Because we were now stuck with a white couch, I knew that I wanted more color on the walls and in the carpet. Because we’re nowhere close to owning a beach house but I love that vibe, I decided to make this room feel like the living room of a home you might see in Newport or on the Cape.

Blue and white stripes were a no brainer and I had wanted this striped rug for a long time. It’s perfect for this space because this is how we go in and out from the patio so I wanted an indoor/outdoor fabric that could take the heat. Because it’s pretty thin, I highly recommend layering it, which we did over a diamond patterned sisal that filled the room. Both rugs are made for indoor/outdoor use and the dog loves spending time in here so it all worked out perfectly. Cute and functional, folks!

We didn’t have a huge budget for the space so I moved our old nightstands from the bedroom here instead of buying something new and love how the mirrored siding opens up the space even more. If the walls were all white, the white couch and mirrored side tables would have been too much but because we painted the top half of the room navy, they balanced out the dark color with their brightness.

The hardest piece for me to find was a coffee table. I knew that I wanted something that incorporated rope but everything I found was insanely expensive or not the right size. I love that this one is oversized and round, giving the room a softer feel than if it had sharp edges.

My favorite touch though, are the two prints on either side of the room. Both were taken by my husband in Sicily last summer on my birthday trip. It was such a special trip and I love the memories that both of these images bring to me whenever I look at them. Plus they’re gorgeous and a great conversation starter! We actually sent in the digital files to Framebridge and they printed and framed them for us, which is an amazing service at an even more amazing cost that you should definitely jump on if you haven’t already.

Scroll all the way down for room details and enjoy the photos along the way.

Preppy Striped Sunroom

Bright Side Table

Hydrangeas in a ginger jar

Society Social Sofa

Turkish Steps Print

Dash and Albert Striped Pillow

Elephant Sculpture

Boots and I are sharing our serious love for custom @societysocial furniture today on!

Navy walls in a sunroom

Cofee Table Books

Dash and Albert Star Pillow

Room details:

Striped Rug: Dash & Albert c/o
Sisal Rug: Dash & Albert c/o
Sofa: Society Social c/o
Coffee Table: One Kings Lane
Striped Pillows: Fresh American
Star Pillow: Fresh American
Prints: Photos taken by my husband
Frames: Framebridge c/o
White Coral: Pottery Barn
Topiaries: Design Darling
Ginger Jar: Dana Gibson
Elephant: Design Darling
Books: Assouline
Side Tables: Lamps Plus
Paint: Farrow & Ball (Stiffkey Blue) c/o
Silver Bamboo Frame: Pottery Barn
Dog Bed: Amy Berry c/o
White Chair: Ikea
Lamps: Lamps Plus

Society Social Custom Sofa


“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Tie Front Shirt

Julia Dzafic wearing a striped tie front shirt

Tie Front Shirt (on sale!) / Clutch c/o / White Jeans / Shoes c/o /Watch

Looking back on this weekend, I can’t help but realize how big of a difference quitting my full time job has made. I’ve talked about this before but I used to work all the time. Like all the time. I’d wake up early to blog, go into the office all day, blog at night, and take photos all weekend. You get the idea… A social life was pretty much the last thing on my priority list. I’d regularly go six months without seeing most of my friends.

Now? I still hustle but it’s different. I actually have time for double dates and dinners with my girlfriends. When we had friends over last night for dinner, I wasn’t stressed out when they stayed for three hours. In fact I was psyched to hang with them! A few months ago, that would have been my worst nightmare, Sunday nights without working. Now that life is so different, I really can’t imagine how I lived the way I did for so long.

Why did this weekend in particular make me realize the difference? Well it was quite the doozy! It started with a puppy and wine playdate on Thursday night, a girl’s night in the city on Friday (Guys I went to a club. Me!), brunch on Sunday with friends, and the aforementioned dinner party on Sunday. That’s more plans than I would have in a month in my old life. No exaggeration! Although I can’t handle that every weekend, it felt really good to let loose a little and just enjoy myself without thinking too much about work.

For brunch on Sunday in Greenwich, I wore this amazing tie-front top that I found at Talbots of all places (and is currently on sale) with white jeans and my new favorite clutch for summer which I have a feeling will make multiple appearances here. I’ve been seeing some of my favorite bloggers in similar shirts but when I found this one for a fraction of the price, I was pretty stoked. I’ll pair it with cut offs and flip flops all summer long!

Striped Tie Front Shirt

Lemon Stripes in blue and white

Blue and white

Preppy white and blue

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Monogrammed Summer Clutch