Monday, July 21, 2014

Grey Sweatshirt {Two Ways}

I'm in love with both brands take on styling a grey sweatshirt.  Naturally, Madewell goes for the more pulled together casual look and J.Crew nails sophisticated and modern!  Which look do you like more?

Laid Back Chic {Madewell}
Surfbreeze sweatshirt {Madewell, $49 on sale}
Vans slip ons {Madewell, $60}
White sunglasses {Madewell, $55}

Sophisticated Modern {JCrew}
Fit and flare white skirt {J.Crew, $88 on sale}
Everly silver pumps {J.Crew, $179 on sale}
Gemma sweatshirt {J.Crew, $128}

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Top Ten Trends of Summer {No. 5 Off Shoulder}

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a memorable and relaxing Fourth of July weekend and that you were all able to recharge over the long weekend!  I had a packed weekend mostly spent outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather and festivities!  Today I thought I'd pick up where we left off in our Summer Trends series {see the other trends here}.  This is No. 5 of my favorite Summer Trends -- off the shoulder!

Unlike crop tops {which I steer clear of} or super tight body-conscious tops or dresses that are very on trend right now-- the off the shoulder trend is one that suits almost everyone.  Showing a bit of shoulder is universally sexy without giving too much away.

Below you'll find some inspiration and shopping options!  

Off the shoulder dresses

Other Options
I like these black off shoulder dress options (here, here, here, herehere, and here) to dress up for a night out.  These white dress options (here, here, here, here, and here) have more of a bohemian feel and I'd pair any of them with these lace up gladiator sandals.  Then there's this really cute little navy dress, this sexy red dress, and my absolute favorite-- blue floral midi dress from ASOS-- would somebody please invite me to a wedding so I can wear this baby?!

Off the shoulder tops

Other options::
This gorgeous navy blue top or another navy option, this mauve option is interesting, or this black crochet top would go great with this skirt, and then there's lots of white options (here, here, here, and here).

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekend Recap & June Shopping Breakdown

I cannot believe June is over already!  Summer is flying by much too fast-- there's still so much I want to do this summer!  One thing I did accomplish this weekend was running my first half marathon in over 7 years!!  It was a doozy and I by no means qualified for anything at my lightning speed of 11:45 a mile, but hey-- I finished it at least!  Due to a last minute medical snafu of my long time running buddy and half marathon tackler, I ended up having to run it all by myself (insert sad face), but in a way this may have been even better, because it gave me such confidence that I can accomplish something this huge all by myself {well, not entirely by myself-- she still came up to support me- such a good friend!!}  I can't wait to do it again next year!!


And it was pretty cool that I got to cross the finish line at the 50 yard line of the Buffalo Bills home stadium! Needless to say I laid pretty low for the rest of the weekend with my legs elevated, drinking gallons of water, and hiding out in the A/C... 

How was everybody else's weekend??  Did anyone tackle a major goal or accomplish something they've always wanted to do?  Would love to hear from you!

Now on to this month's shopping ...... 

One of the goals of writing this blog is to document my pursuit for a more tailored, professional, and versatile wardrobe and to stay away from the trendy or cheap pieces that filled my closet in my early 20's.  I've set a budget of $250 for clothes, shoes, and makeup every month, but not a limit to the number of pieces I can buy.  By sharing what I buy every month, I'm hoping I hold myself accountable to the pieces I buy and how much I spend ...

June 2014 Shopping Breakdown

Banana Republic Gemma wrap dress {$98, 40%- $59}
Joie Shoal sandals from BlueFly {$135, on major sale- $60.75}
J.Crew chino navy shorts {$39.50, 30% off- $27.65}
J.Crew Malta gold sandals {$78, 30% off- $54.60}
Zero UV pink heart sunglasses {$9.99}
Old Navy black maxi dress {$37, on sale- $30}

Total Spent: $241.99
Total Saved: $155.80

Bam! Just under budget and I got a few things I've been eyeing for a while on major sale, like my two new pairs of sandals that I absolutely love and pretty much rotate between every other day.  I would highly recommend these J.Crew chino shorts for anyone looking for staple shorts for their closet- they come in a array of colors and longer inseams too.  I especially like the thickness of the fabric, which makes them look more expensive than they really are and these shorts are tailored enough to dress up or down and they don't ride up {ladies you know what I'm talking about}.  And lastly I loooove this wrap dress from Banana Republic- and would definitely buy the other colors in berry or aqua {if it ever goes on sale again}.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

High or Low?

I've been lusting after this Helmut Lang asymmetric skirt for a while now and couldn't believe the uncanny resemblance of the Zara skirt to it  -- and for so much less! Naturally I decided to create one super chic outfit around both skirts ... one on a designer budget and one ... well ... on my budget!  Best part is -- these black and white basics can be re-worn countless ways to maximize their usefulness in your closet {whichever outfit you choose}!

Theory blazer {$375}
{Total Cost $1200}

Zara skirt {$39.99}
J.Crew tank top {$17.50, on sale}
TopShop blazer {$90}
{Total Cost $247.50}

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Patriotic Day at the Beach

Red White & Blue for the Fourth of July! 
I'm not even sure what our plans for Fourth of July are yet, but I'm hoping it involves the water in some way!  There's no better way to spend a hot summer day than in the water- beach, pool, ocean, whatever!  And with the 4th only two weeks away (why is summer going by so fast already?!) -- this would be my ideal beach outfit for the occasion.  And if you plan on heading out to a party afterwards why not throw on this matching red beach dress also by Scandale {on sale}! 

What are your plans for the Fourth? :)

::A Patriotic Day at the Beach::
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