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.

SUMMER'S SHOE MVP: THE CITY SANDAL

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The shoe you need this summer
I don't think there's any question that the most valuable player in summer footwear is the city sandal, at least for day time wear. If you like heels, comfort and style, the city sandal is your answer. I wear a block heel almost every day in the summer to wear with florals, printed and bright summer outfits. I also like that a block heel makes your outfit look more urban and wearable. It helps balance out ultra feminine outfits like flowy dresses and skirts, which I wear a lot of, and prevents the look from getting too girly.

The good and bad news is there's a sea of options to choose from. I've waded through a ton of them and am sharing my top 5 favorite city sandals.  Two things they all have in common is that they're super comfortable and affordable. I also picked neutral pairs that will go with almost any color scheme and work with both warm and cool tones. My favorite neutral colors this season are camel, burgundy, and pale pink. With these three colors I can style any outfit and avoid black and white if I want to.

Here are my 5 favorites right now, not listed in any particular order:

WORK STYLE: STRIPED TWIN SET AND MIDI SKIRT

Friday, June 10, 2016

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I've always thought that I wasn't great with inconsistency and change and yet my life is full of it and I do fine. So I must not be that bad at it. These past couple of years in New England have definitely taught me to go with the flow a little more. It's not unusual for the weather to swing from perfect and sunny to a torrential rain to a sudden 20 degree drop in temps all within the course of a week. While you have to pretty much have your entire wardrobe at hand all year it's been a fun challenge to keep up with the whims of the weather. This day was extra windy on top of the rain. I can't tell you how many times my umbrella almost flew out of my hand but kudos to the manufacturer that it didn't suffer the dreaded inverted-umbrella fate that cheaper ones do.

PAISLEY SILK SKIRT AND BUTTON DOWN

Sunday, June 5, 2016

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Yesterday was a perfect day for the farmer's market. The sun was out, the birds were chirping, I was with my family and all was right with the world! We went to a market that was a mix of produce, flowers and some street art, which was a nice surprise. We actually got there a little early, right as they were setting up, so it worked out perfectly for snapping a few pics for the blog. I love light breathable fabrics in the summer and a floaty skirt paired with cork and straw accessories is a fail-safe recipe for summer style. This weekend I debuted my new silk paisley skirt from Anthropologie, a store I haven't shopped at in a long time. The colors of this skirt are such a fun medley - peacock colors.