CASUAL SUMMER DRESS PLUS MORE NORDSTROM SALE PICKS

Thursday, July 21, 2016


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We're in the dog days of summer now, with high heat and humidity every day, and this dress has been on repeat. I notice that the dresses I wear the most are the ones that are comfortable, don't require too much styling and are machine washable. Not to be gross but on a 90 degree plus day there's inevitably some sweat involved and anything I can't machine-wash is much less likely to be worn.

Also, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today and there are some major deals to be scored. Last week I linked some of my first round picks and after going through the sale some more I've rounded up 3 super cute dresses, an amazing skirt for work, and a couple of gorgeous Fall jackets (I can't resist coats and jackets!) If this dress doesn't interest you all that much and you want to get straight to the sale stuff, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to see my Nordstrom picks!

FLORAL BLOUSE, SUMMER CARDIGAN AND PETITE JEANS REVIEW

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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If you read my post last week you know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is underway, the Early Access portion at least. I took full advantage of the sale to start shopping Fall pieces I know I'm going to need. I shared my tips for Fall wardrobe updates and linked my favorite Fall pieces from the Nordstrom sale - many of which are already sold out so if you're interested in grabbing sale items, I would jump on it right away.

I also picked up a few things to wear now and this floral blouse was one of them. I like the almost vintage feel to this tie-neck floral top. The tiny floral print combined with the pink/red combo reminds me of the china my grandmother used to serve tea with. I know that's not much of a selling point but I love it and there's no question that it brings jeans to life. If you're a jeans girl, check out my favorite summer tops below - they make putting together cute outfits so easy.

FALL WARDROBE PLANNING AND NORDSTROM SALE PICKS

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Even though we're in the middle of summer and it's hard to imagine cooler weather, I'm starting to think ahead to Fall. I blame it on rainy days and retailers. Right about now is when Fall items are starting to hit stores. From past experience, (both my own and as a personal stylist shopping for clients) I've learned that it's important to get in the game early. That way you have your pick of sizing, colors and styles. It's also good to have a strategy for seasonal wardrobe planning so I'm sharing mine below.

ONE MIDI-DRESS, 3 WAYS

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Styling Tricks: How to Style a Dress as a Vest
I like having a small but highly functional wardrobe. By highly functional I mean a wardrobe in which every piece gets worn, a lot. Whenever I buy something I try to think of a few ways I could wear it. That way you don't have too many one-trick ponies in your closet. This "vest" is actually a midi-length sleeveless dress - a perfect example of something that can be styled several ways. I'm sharing 3 ways to style this piece though I unfortunately only had time to take pics of two.

LOOK 1

DRESS WORN AS VEST: TARGET x WHOWHATWEAR | JEANS: TOPSHOP similar HERE | TOP: OLD but love THIS | SHOES: OLD similar HERE

FAVORITE SUMMER DRESSES AND VACATION STYLE

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer Dress and Vacation Style
If you've visited my blog before, it will come as no surprise to you that I'm in a floral print. While I never need an excuse to wear florals, I was just on vacation and nothing says summer vacation more than a romantic floral dress. With some major twirl factor and movement to it of course. I wore this beautiful dress while in Cape Cod trip a few days ago and got so many compliments. I also packed and wore this Loft maxi in the most beautiful blues and this Ann Taylor Sundrenched Floral Flare dress. I've included details on each dress below as well as hand-picked and linked some of my favorite summer dresses.

WORK STYLE: FLORAL MIDI SKIRT AND BLUSH BLOUSE

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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I'm back from vacation! For those of you who saw that I missed my weekend post, I'm sorry! I went to Cape Cod for a few days and it was amazing. I'll have outfit pics and vacay details up soon but there needless to say there was lots of eating, beaching and floral-wearing involved. 

Speaking of florals, surprise surprise, here's a floral look. Floral prints have been one of my favorite trends this year. I've also been really drawn to pale pinks and luckily, florals and blush make a happy pairing. It's funny I have so many pale pinks in my closet when all I ever wore before were bright colors. With Rose Quartz being the color of the year, there are so many more shades of pink available this year that I suppose it was inevitable that I'd get hooked. If you're on the fence about pink it might be a matter of finding the right shade for you. A good general guideline is that cooler pinks work better on light complexions whereas warmer pinks like peach and taupe-y pink work better on darker skin tones. 

BLUE/WHITE STRIPES FOR JULY 4

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

July 4 Outfit and Striped Off-The-Shoulder Dress

The 4th of July is almost here! This year we're headed to Cape Cod for the holiday weekend. A little beach time, ice-cream and fireworks will be so good. I'm excited to have a vacation that doesn't involve flying. Road trips are fun because you decide when and where you stop - endless opportunities for adventure and serendipitous discoveries. Speaking of serendipity, I found this dress a few days ago, just in time for Independence Day while "window-shopping". I don't think I know the meaning of the word because I pretty much always buy something while claiming to be window-shopping. 

If you're undecided on what to wear for July 4, a blue/white striped dress is always a good choice in my book because you can wear it all summer. Depending on what your plans are you can dress this type of dress up or down.  I styled it here in the traditional red, white and blue but you can easily change the look by swapping out accessories like the shoes and bag. I've linked my favorite blue/white dresses below as well as some accessory swaps that change the look.

WORK STYLE: A LITTLE BLACK DRESS IN EYELET

Friday, June 24, 2016

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For all of summer's stunning brights, pretty pastels and beautiful prints, a simple black dress is still a must-have in any summer wardrobe. I don't generally wear a lot of black but every season I'm seduced by at least one black day dress that I end up wearing over and over again. Last summer it was a cotton sleeveless black tank dress from Gap - very similar to this one here. And this season it's this drawstring black eyelet number that I've already worn twice in one week. If you ever feel like you have "nothing to wear" you need this dress!

SUMMER MAXI LOVE

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Summer's officially begun and with it comes the heat and humidity. If you've visited my blog before you know that I love maxi dresses. So as you might guess, summer is fashion heaven for me. I find maxi dresses to be so feminine yet supremely comfortable at the same time. On a really hot sunny day there's nothing I'd prefer to wear. It's counter-intuitive but the sunnier it is the more I want to wear long flowy pieces. Think about it, easy sun protection and bug protection too. Bugs love me and in the summer I'm a bug buffet, so leg coverage is key!

MUSTARD MIDI SKIRT AND ANN TAYLOR TOP

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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One of the things I like most about living in Boston is how much character the city has and the beauty of its architecture. It has so many quaint corners and it's always fun to explore and see what I find. I was in Boston's Beacon Hill area when I stumbled across the most charming cobbled alley, pictured above. I was so grateful for my choice of footwear because I'm pretty sure I would have broken an ankle if I didn't have these low chunky heels on. As I always say, city sandals rock.