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}

 

Chains so Big, I Can’t Pop My Collar

In preparation for my last post – National Shoe Lover Day – my employer sent out an email for a “casting call”, if you will for a video that would be used in social media.  Instructions? A killer pair of shoes and your smile.  I had no idea what to expect, but my goal was simple: get selected for this video! 

Every girl knows the camera adds ten pounds, so choosing a black ensemble was a no brainer.  I promised my roommate I would give her closet credit for the black top with ruffle sleeves I paired with my faux leather leggings.  Because leopard print is a neutral, I added my new wedge booties for a print.  Finally, I gave my outfit the Midas touch with my chain bib I purchased over the summer. It’s certainly becoming a fall staple in my wardrobe!

After it was all said and done, I didn’t make the video.  But a couple of my friends did.  It’s a super fun video! Check it out here!

Top – Express
Leggings – Forever 21
Necklace – Bauble Bar
Shoes – DSW (Exact here)

It’s here – National Shoe Lover Day!!!

Did you know today is a holiday??? Cancel your plans because today you are going shoe shopping!!!!

Here is a blog post from DSW’s “Do You Speak Shoe Lover” blog:

HAPPY NATIONAL SHOE LOVER DAY!

Colored Pumps

June 27, 2014
 
 
So, who’s ready to ROCK their wardrobe this summer? Wearing colorful pumps can give an instant boost of confidence and add flair to any outfit. But with SO many colors to choose from, a little outfit guidance is key. Lucky for us, our Style Expert Abby has some great advice!
Be honest. How many pairs of colored pumps are in your closet?
A lot…a LOT! I’m actually a huge fan of colored pumps because they make any outfit pop. I think I’ve got at least one in every shade.
Any favorite colors?
A bright coral goes with everything, especially in the summer. And it makes my skin look tan! I’m always a fan of blue, too. Depending on your skin tone, anything from a teal to a royal blue can work wonders. But turquoise might be my personal favorite right now!
So blue shades are a must-have for summer. Any other summer colors we need to have?
I love tangerine and apricot shades. Fuchsia is fun, too. Which reminds me: it’s also a great idea to bring some bright color into your tote bags or clutches. The brighter, the better—why not? 
What about as we transition into fall?
Jewel tones make for great transition colors, like a nice emerald green. Aubergine is also perfect for summer-to-fall.
I’m going to throw some colors out there and you tell me what you would wear with it. Ready?
Go for it!
Red?
Oooh, red. A little lacy black dress! Or for a more casual look, some boyfriend jeans and a white tee.
Navy?
I’m really into the navy/orange combination. Oh, and navy pumps with white jeans—so cute!
Yellow?
I’d probably pair heels with a floral midi dress. Summer to the max.        
Thanks for the awesome color inspiration, Abby! Any final advice?
Actually, yes! Don’t forget about your toenail color. Sometimes, especially in an office setting, you might want to play it safe with your fingernails—but with your toes, anything goes!
 
Photos by Courtney Mason, DSW
 
 Photos by Courtney Mason, DSW

Photos by Courtney Mason, DSW 
 
 
Look 1:
Shirt – Francesca’s
Skirt – Love Culture
Fuscia heels – Jessica Simpson, DSW
Watch – Michael Kors
Look 2:
Dress – Peter Pilotto, Target
Heels – Steve Madden, DSW
 
Look 3:
Top – NY&Co
Skirt – NY&Co
Watch – Michael Kors
Necklace/Bracelet – One Wink Jewelry, DSW

DSW. Style Experts Speak: Colored Pumps. Do You Speak Shoe Lover, June 27, 2014. http://blog.dsw.com/fashion-style/style-experts-speak-colored-pumps


 
 
 
 

Southern Charm Meets Vintage Elegance

I was recently in Nashville for a wedding.  Not just any wedding – a wedding that most girl’s dream about! Picture something like an Instagram inspired, Pinterest perfect, wedding bell bliss! I mean it, get ready to take notes!!

 

 Friday night, my boyfriend and I attended the Rehearsal dinner.  From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with unlimited Tennessee Tea’s!  Later on, the dinner they served was your typical Southern feast – fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, corn pudding…… Ahh, I think I gained 10 pounds just thinking about it!
 
Saturday night were the nuptials., but let’s fast forward to the reception!  The reception took place at this beautiful plantation house – In that moment, I knew what it was like to pretend to be Melanie Carmichael (Only in Nashville, not Alabama).  Okay, just a few of my favorite things from the night: 1. a stack of antique luggage and decorations where we found our names and setting arrangements. 2. A romantic scene off to the corner with a blanket, pillow, flowers, wine, a Just Married sign and a chalkboard that said, Reserved for Shannon and Scott.  3.  A basket filled with blankets and sign that read Borrow A Blanket And Snuggle (Clearly I am a rebel since I kept mine…) 4. An abandoned black barn with chandeliers and a wall of mirrors.  5. A shelf filled with old family wedding pictures (must file this idea away and use at my wedding) and 6. The music!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 Dress – New York and Company
Necklace – H&M
Shoes – DSW —–> Buy here!

 

Neonnnnnnn

Now that the sun has finished hibernating (cold weather, your days are numbered!), the Short North is bustling with joggers, bikers, dog walkers, coffee drinkers, friends brunching and so much more!  What do these types of people have in common?  They’re all wearing neon!

I, of course, do not want to be left out of the trend!  I love these neon mint pants – think Essie’s mint candy apple nail polish.  But, if my pants are loud, they will speak for themselves.  I wanted to keep the top neutral. I love basics!  Dress them up, dress them down.  I picked up this striped shirt when I was vacationing in Madrid back in 2011. 

Time out.  Can we focus on this necklace for a minute?  I love the color combos and faux gems that make up this necklace.  An add for Sammy Dress Clothing was on my Facebook news feed awhile ago, promoting an inexpensive high waisted swimsuit.  I ended up purchasing this necklace for $11!  From my research, I’ve gathered that Sammy Dress sells popular necklaces at a discounted price by changing the name of the jewelry.  So you really have to search for what you want, but you’ll definitely get a bang for your buck!

 
 
 

 

Get wild with this leopard print skinny belt.  It’s not holding up my pants – it’s purely for decoration!

I just bought these shoes.  Something about the brown/black combo with the chunky heel.  Not to mention, the designer, Franco Sarto, makes the trendiest shoes comfortable! 

How are you incorporating neon into your Spring wardrobe?

Shirt – Zara
Pants – Abercrombie
Necklace – Sammy Dress
Belt – Ann Taylor
Shoes – DSW
Purse – Francesca’s