Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pinterest Party: Beach Mason Jar

I was compelled to host a Pinterest party a few weeks ago because A. I love crafting and needed an excuse to do it and B. Because crafting with friends and wine and snacks is even better! My friends and I made these Beach Inspired Mason Jars we found on Pinterest via the blog A Pumpkin and A Princess. It was actually quite easy to make after we got the hang out of it.

Learn how to make these beach-themed mason jars after the jump...


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One Jersey Dress, Two Ways

I'm sure you have a piece or two in your closet that leads a double life. This dress with its sporty cut and jersey material is especially adept at shape shifting from casual to dressy. Just swap out a few accessories and I've gone from baseball game to dinner and drinks without much effort. What versatile piece do you rely on in your wardrobe?

Casual: Banana Republic dress, Old Navy jean jacket, Chuck Taylors, Stella and Dot earrings

Dressy: Banana Republic dress, Ily Couture necklace, Stella and Dot earrings, Tommy Hilfiger shoes, Coach purse



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomato Basil Quiche

The end of summer is probably my favorite time for cooking. With all of the fresh ingredients available even my bad cooking transforms into something wonderful. This recipe is a comfort food not only because of its cheesy eggy goodness, but also because of the homegrown tomatoes I used from my parent's garden. These tomatoes conjure up memories of my grandma making homemade sauce. Looking for a much simpler recipe, I decided to make this Tomato Basil Quiche. Don't be afraid to replace the dry basil with fresh and don't wimp out on the onions. I have made this recipe many times, but never with homegrown tomatoes. With the fresh summer vegetables it satisfies both my sweet and savory cravings, which are always at odds. It's a light yet substantial summer dish for any meal.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Perfect Dress

 This dress comes pretty close to perfect in my opinion. It has so many of the elements I look for a in a dress. When I saw it at the H&M in Georgetown, the sophisticated cut of the skater skirt with fitted bodice was something I couldn't easily put down. I like how the skirt is high on the sides giving it that flirty edge, while the neckline is prim and proper. And the print? It's just so fun and makes the skater skirt and high neckline look modern. The test of wearability? I wore this to my sister's bachelorette party and out to dinner, and I have to say it performed equally well in both situations.

Details: H&M dress / TJ Maxx necklace / Tommy Hilfiger via TJ Maxx shoes / Target bracelets



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!