Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bright on Bright Work Wear

After being on vacation for a week, I needed something simple for my first day back to work. I chose this dress because it never requires ironing. It's a $20 purchase from Gap that will continue to more than pay for itself in time saved. This jacket that I purchased from Goodwill years ago was a last minute decision as I was rushing out the door. These colors just complement each other so well that the bright colors do not feel overdone. Not to mention, I have complementary burn tan.

Details: Goodwill jacket; Gap dress; Fergie sandals via Shoe Department; Ily Necklace



Thursday, July 10, 2014

$5 Floral and Striped Dress

I celebrated my 29th birthday over the weekend. Another year has passed, and I still have yet to feel older or different. When asked randomly how old I am, it's remarkable if I can remember. It definitely feels like time is speeding up the older I get and the years are starting to blend together. Luckily, I celebrated my birthday with a very memorable 12 mile bike ride around Pittsburgh with the boy. No matter how old you are riding your bike will make you feel like a kid again.

We celebrated my birthday with a cookout at our friend's new house that night, and I donned this great little number that I picked up at Goodwill for $5. I love how it does all the work for you by combining stripes and floral print. I played around with the styling a little bit for these picture and I love how the jean vest looks. It adds another layer without making you sweat in the summer heat. The jean vest takes it from party frock to music festival in an instant. Yet another versatile find from Goodwill.

Details: Dress and vest via Goodwill / sandals via Shoe Department / Riley necklace



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic Peplum

Every year, I go back and forth between wearing something very patriotic and more subtle for the 4th of July. This year, I feel like I want to take the more laid back subtle approach. It is a holiday after all and my birthday is the day after. So there will be plenty of chances to wear dresses and look fancy this weekend.

I feel like this outfit still feels appropriately patriotic with its nautical stripes and a little bit fancier because of the peplum. Also, these shorts that I scored at J.Crew Factory for $19 have been my go-tos this summer. I can't believe I ever doubted the need for green shorts in my life. J.Crew Factory has marked down their shorts again until July 8. You can shop for them here.

Details: J.Crew Factory shorts / Old Navy top and necklace / Tommy Hilfiger shoes / J.Crew purse



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to: American Flag on Canvas

I'm getting excited to see the fireworks on Friday. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I got the idea to make this American flag when I saw this Jute Canvas on sale at Michael's. It's great for a book shelf or as the centerpiece at your 4th of July get together. This flag is versatile enough to sit out all summer and it was very easy to make.

Read my instructions after the jump.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gingham Crop Top

As far as crop tops go, this one is pretty tame. I like that the tie front is adjustable, meaning I can show or not show as much belly as I'd like. Despite the fact that I don't really have a lot of use for crop tops in my wardrobe, I just couldn't walk out of Goodwill without this one. It may have also had something to do with the $3 price tag. If anything I have a cute top to wear to back yard parties. It definitely keeps you cool on humid days, which is especially important when you are involved in a very competitive game of corn hole.

Thrifted Ralph Lauren top ($3) / American Eagle skirt via Avalon / Corso Como sandals via Gilt / Francesca's earrings / Coach purse



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Annapolis and DC: Travel Notes

This was not my first trip to Annapolis or DC, but this was definitely a trip in which I discovered some great new places. First on the list is Navette, the consignment shop where I bought this lovely J.Crew maxi dress for $16. I feel like the people of Annapolis dress pretty well and I am happy to take their second hand items from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

The gold tassel necklace you see is from Absolutely Fabulous Antiques for $10. Further down on Maryland Avenue is Evergreen Antiques where I found this seashell jewelry holder for $10. Both shops are full of the nautical-themed vintage and antique items I love.
I can't go to Annapolis without stopping in DC to visit with friends and family and to see the monuments and museums. My sister and I caught a very cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called Dancing the Dream, which featured dancers throughout the generations -- from Josephine Baker to Beyonce.
My friend took me to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a great breakfast place on the Potomac right in Georgetown. This was by far one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. It was like a gourmet breakfast buffet where the waiters never stop bringing you more food. I can't say that I've ever had sushi and french toast all in one sitting, but I think I could get used to it!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Closet Swap with Raise


Do you need to swap out your closet for summer? Raise can help. It's a marketplace for buying and selling discounted gift cards. It's free to sign up and offers free shipping on the gift cards you buy. If you are selling a gift card, you choose the price. Raise accepts gift cards and merchandise credit from any brand or restaurant. What a genius idea! I can't wait to try it!

When I swap out my closet from spring to summer, a simpler mind frame kicks in. It's all about pieces that are functional and easy whether I need to dress for paddle boarding in the river or dinner and drinks. As soon as summer gets here, it feels like my schedule is nonstop so I look for pieces that are easy to throw on and that can make a statement on their own.

Read more about my summer closet after the jump...


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Warby Parker Aviators



Warby Parker, maker of affordable yet stylish eye wear, and model and trendsetter, Karlie Kloss, have collaborated to create a unique collection of sunglasses. I immediately honed in on the Julia with its classic aviator frame, gold details and amber hue. Nothing looks quite as cool in the summer as a pair of aviators.

These too-cool shades need a good outfit to match.  This military-inspired vest is certainly up for the challenge. While this long striped maxi dress is both confident yet feminine, a perfect compliment to these delicate frames.   

And if you need any more of a  reason to like these sunglasses, each sale will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, which provides low-income public schools with kitchens and gardens to help students learn the tools to develop lifelong healthy habits. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Black and White Paisley with Brights

I found this black and white paisley top when sorting through racks for the Goodwill fashion show. Work blouses are something that I'm low on in my closet, and I could see the pattern livening things up a bit. Worried that the paisley print might be a little dated, I paired it with some current brights. I love the contrast of the black and white with the turquoise necklace.

Also, I'm kind of proud of myself for putting together a work outfit for less than $100. A positive side effect of shopping for the Goodwill fashion show is that I am back in my thrifting groove. I was out of it for a while, but I have been seeing a lot more potential in things lately. I guess practice makes perfect.

J.Crew necklace via eBay ($15) / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt ($3.99) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls ($34) / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange ($19)



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Neon, Coral and White

Neon yellow, coral and white is my new favorite color combination. I wore this outfit earlier this spring without the necklace and noticed that something was missing. Neon yellow must be a trend this year because that immediately came to mind. Luckily, I found this chunky statement necklace at Old Navy and was able to complete the idea I had pictured for a Casual Friday look. I wear a light sweater in this picture that might be nice to counter the office AC, but I think a gray t-shirt would be just as work appropriate paired with this blazer and slim cut pants.

Details: H&M blazer / Gap sweater and pants / Old Navy necklace / Payless shoes