Summer Prints

Holy Moly!!  Is it August already?  I am still living in the past – back to June – where I took a week long vacation with my boyfriend and his family.  We vacationed at Martha’s Vineyard and it was just the escape I needed!  My days went something like this: Wake up with coffee on the back porch while looking at the beach, go to the beach, come home for dinner, shower, head back to the beach (with wine) to catch the sunset, back home to sleep, repeat.  Martha’s Vineyard is huge about outdoor showering – like, every house has a private outdoor shower.  It was secluded and still had a perfect view of the beach.

Another reason I like the beach so much is it requires no make-up!  Big hat, sunglasses, sunscreen ,and a bathing suit.  You’re all set!  Packing is rather easy – I think I packed one dress for a ‘nice dinner’, two outfits (hint: this is one …) to hit the towns in, three pairs of shoes….aaaand 5 bathing suits and 5 swimsuit cover ups.  Just because I’m on the beach without makeup doesn’t mean I actually want to look like a bum…

This dress from New York and Company was flowy enough that I could wear it the day after eating a big lobster dinner and consuming glasses and glasses of wine.  The Panama hat is a must when you’re out in the sun all day. I couldn’t resist the gladiator sandals either. They were a fun twist for this summer dress and, thankfully, I did not have a tan line at the end of the day. {That would have been awkward}

We went into Oak Bluffs this day which is the more ‘touristy’ spot among the three towns. Any souvenir you want you will find in Oak Bluffs. I purchased a shirt I had my eye on last year. To my surprise, it was half off this summer! My buyer’s remorse paid off for once!!!

Dress – NY & CO
Hat – Marshall’s
Necklace – Francesca’s
Jacket – American Eagle {old}
Shoes – DSW {These are on super sale}

 

A Bathrobe as Public Attire?

 
Every time I wear this cardigan in public, I always feel like I’m in my robe. It’s comfy, it’s warm, and it’s fashionable – just like my bathrobe 😉
 
I love the aztec print of this cardigan. The colors are beautiful and the best part is, it was a sample sale item so I didn’t pay close to what the tag said. Winning! I stayed with the neutral pallette but did add a necklace to bring out more colors.  I can’t wait to style this sweater again.  I love the blue threads hidden amongst the aztec print.
 
I’m guilty of wearing leggings every chance I get.  It was a no brainer to pair them with this long sweater. For extra warmth, I also paired my olive leggings with legwarmers and boots.
 
How about the beautiful artwork in the background?  It’s a mural in my hometown behind the hotel I used to work at.  I have no information on who painted it or who the people in the mural represent, but it’s beautiful. Thank you, mystery artist, for painting a perfect background for my photo shoot! 
P.s. I can’t help but break into song whenever I see it… “there goes the baker with his tray, like always…” If you grew up a disney princess fan, then you know where I’m going with that 😉
 
 
Aztec sweater – Hollister
Shirt – Marshalls
Leggings – Forever 21
Boots – DSW
Leg warmers – DSW
Necklace – DSW
Watch – Michael Kors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bye, Buddy! Hope You Find Your Dad

 
 
This year I started my Christmas shopping in November!  Between my company’s sample sale, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, in store deals, and the new Green Monday, I had my shopping finished by early December!  I love wrapping gifts – I don’t care how much I spend in paper, ribbons, bows, and gift tags – I need the presentation to be as nice as the gifts! 
 
I love everything about Christmas – the cookies, egg nog, decorating, lights, sequins, and MOVIES!  I don’t have cable, but I do have Netflix and Hulu.  Every night, you can pretty much count on me tucking myself into bed with a holiday movie.  Abercrombie kids released a few shirts from Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, and Elf – the classics!  I was able to squeeze myself into a child’s XL and I do not regret my purchase.  This is my absolute favorite line in the movie!!!
 
In order to dress up my casual tee, I did the only thing I know how – add sequins!! These sequins joggers are a comfy fit! I like the elastic waistband – perfect for holiday gatherings.  The blazer adds sophistication and the statement necklace adds some more glam.  On my feel I am wearing black booties with a small touch of leopard print – because leopards a neutral – and it ties in the black blazer.
 
What are your favorite holiday movies to watch??
 
 
Tee – Abercrombie kids – 50% off entire site + $5 shipping
Pants – NY and Company
Necklace – DSW
Booties – DSW


Nautcal Stripes and catamaran Tours

I just took a week vacation with my boyfriend’s family.  We vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard, an island of Massachusetts. I couldn’t wait to dunk myself in the salt water and taste fresh lobster! 

I tend to be ambitious when it comes to packing my suitcase.  We’re talking excel spreadsheets – months in advance!  My boyfriend attempted to burst my bubble, requesting that I consciously pack my outfits, because we were driving a full car to the vineyard.  Mr. V. actually challenged me to one outfit per day (Challenge not accepted, by the way)! I had been busy, planning outfits and scouting Pinterest for outfit inspiration ever since I was invited.  Nautical stripes, beach hats, and maxi’s were on the top of my list!  I picked out 3 fedoras and one floppy hat to wear, then I forgot them entirely on the floor of my apartment.  Operation Find A Fedora was in full effect once on the road – scouring gas stations and gift shops for the first and cheapest fedora I could find.

I had a great time on the family vacation and am extremely thankful for the invitation.  Exploring Martha’s Vineyard was beautiful, and relaxing on the beach was so peaceful.  Speaking of exploring, my boyfriend and I scheduled activities for the two of us – planning shopping outings, ice cream trips, and a catamaran tour – sailing on the Mad Max!

The Mad Max is where all three of my top items came into play!  Sailing from 6:15-8:15pm was going to be chilly and windy. The easiest way to stay warm on a cool summer’s night is to throw on a maxi dress.  I paired it with a distressed denim jacket, a red bauble necklace, and my new fedora

 

 

 
We made friends with the couple next to us – who also happen to be from Ohio and have a few friends in common with us.  It’s small world, after all.

Dress – Marshall’s
Jacket – American Eagle (old)
Fedora – Martha’s Vineyard gift shop in Vineyard Haven
Necklace – P.S. Wight’s (closed)
Sandals – Target
Nail Color – Essie, Mine Candy Apple