Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shop: Lakeside Packing


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I've been counting down the days to my vacation for weeks and it is almost here. Tomorrow my family will be packing up the car (puppy included) and heading to upstate New York for a week by the lake with family friends. It's a trip we've been taking for years and every time we go back my excitement is even greater. 

As far as vacations go this is probably the most low key, and I couldn't be more ready for some lazy days. Going from bed to lake to hammock to dinner and then repeating the same schedule the next day calls for easy pieces like chambrays, white denim shorts, and slip on sandals that can easily go from a coverup to a dinner outfit. 

While I'm all for hot and humid summer weather the temperatures are only ever in the mid 70s with much chillier temps at night. Of course this makes it completely acceptable (and necessary) to start up a campfire and roast a couple marshmallows. I also make sure to pack a few warm sweaters and long sleeve (aka so many stripes) for the nights spent outside to protect against the cold and any lurking mosquitos. 

I already have The One & Only by Emily Giffin on my reading list for the week (as well as Lucky and Elle), but if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them! I know I'm going to blow through the first book and magazines quickly. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outfit: Back to My Roots

{J.Crew tee, American Eagle jeans, Timex watch}

While I feel like most of my style inspiration comes from living and going to school in NYC I was raised in three places that are all about preppy and nautical style. Starting on the North Carolina coast, where Lilly is a way of life for some people, to my current home in Massachusetts it's been all about bright colors and stripes. These preppy and nautical parts of myself come out the most in the summertime. 

I'm a sucker for a pair of white jeans and a striped top (with bare feet no less) for a summer afternoon party. While I'd usually add a few accessories or a pair of fun shoes to switch up this look it felt just right going back to basics (and none of my shoes fit thanks to my swollen ankle). Of course by wearing white I was just setting myself up for some kind of spill. As I've said before, thank God for stain remover spray or else I'd have no clothes left (fyi steak juice is the worst). 

Monday, July 21, 2014

NYC Guide Part One

I've heard from a lot of you that you love when I share parts of my life in New York.
While I'm not living in the city this summer I thought I would share a few of my old and new favorite spots. First on the list are a few of the places I visited this past weekend. I always make a point to try new places since there will always be somewhere that looks good that I haven't tried yet, but then there are the few spots I always have to go back to. 

This is a new favorite of mine! After getting caught in a rainstorm in the West Village (and a recommendation from Amy Stone) my friend and I ran into the adorable coffee spot. The staff were seriously the sweetest and the blue/green hues throughout were beautiful. We both ordered Aussie Iced Coffees and sucked them down in no time. If you've never had an Aussie iced coffee, it is chilled espresso topped with ice cream, and man is it good. 

Chobani is an old favorite of mine and anytime I'm shopping in SoHo I stop by. If you are a greek yogurt lover you will be just as obsessed with this spot as I am. I love to get the Mango Avocado dish and sit by the window to people watch. While you inhale your yogurt you'll also add at least a dozen things to your must-buy list. 

I love brunch and I love trying new brunch places, but I might just have to keep going back to Hotel Chantelle. This is the perfect summer brunch spot on the roof of a LES building. Make sure to bring sunglasses. I ordered the lobster eggs benedict which were delicious, but the real star of the meal was the truffle oil tater tots. My friend and I couldn't stop eating them, even after we were beyond full. The perfect backdrop to our catching up and eating was the jazz band playing by the bar. 

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
I have a serious ice cream problem that I have no plans to work on, especially now that I've found Morgenstern's. Not only is it so cute inside with the cobalt blue and white theme, but there are delicious unique ice cream flavors and sundaes. I've heard incredible things about their banana split, but since it was pretty busy when I stopped by I ended up getting a cone with raspberry currant and mango sorbet (which I quickly inhaled). I'm telling you all you must must must go here and please try the banana split for me!

I'm thinking about sharing a few more posts of my favorite spots in New York and I would love to know what types of things you all want to know more about. You can check out more of my New York City posts under the Life in NYC tab at the top of the page.

Hope you have a happy Monday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shop: #NSALE Under $80



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Christmas and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays, but after that comes the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I'm kidding of course, but as someone who has a shopping addiction I wait for the summer #NSALE every year and actually end up counting down the days until I can go shopping. 

I was planning on running over to Nordstrom as soon as I got out of work on Friday, but an unfortunate trampoline incident (babysitting is the best job) lead to a very swollen ankle so I found myself parked on the couch scrolling through pages of the glorious sale instead of actually wandering around Nordstrom. I've already purchased these boots that I tried on during early access, but I have plenty more on my list that I thought I would share with you all. 

As I've said before I love NSale because it is the perfect time to invest in classic pieces (ok and maybe splurge on a much loved trend). So I've collected a bunch of my favorites under $80 (and most of the pieces are less than $65) that you won't want to get rid of anytime soon. Of course this means there is plenty of leather, classic prints, dainty jewelry, and oh yeah black. I kind of assumed I'd be over the whole all leather all the time phase by now, but it's just gotten worse so the NSale is the perfect time to invest in nicer pieces!

Happy shopping to you all! The sale ends August 4th so make sure it hit order on those must have pieces before then and if you have any favorite pieces please share them with me (I can always shop more :)). 

Happy Friday + Links


Yay for the weekend! I have exactly one more week until a nice and long vacation in up state New York followed by my cousins wedding. Long weekends are a good break from work during the summertime, but a real week long vaca is definitely a must-do for me at some point during the summer. I'll be packing lots of books and magazines so that I can catch up on reading (and also maybe get ahead on some blogging!). If you have any suggestions on books please let me know because I'm stuck on what to read next!

And now a few of my favorite things this week...

Orphan Black is my new favorite show. I've watched all of season one and part of season two already (there are only ten episodes a season) and I seriously cannot stop watching it. The first season is free on Amazon instant video with Amazon Prime. 

Hallie shared a recap of the blogger panel at last weekend's Her Campus Conference and as per usual her post is hilarious but also has some incredible advice (both for style and blogging!).

While I'm not exactly self employed I do work on a lot of independent projects (for both my internship and blog) so these tips from Stephanie Sterjovski are incredibly helpful. 

Primark is planning on opening it's first US store in Boston and I couldn't be more excited (even though it's more than a year away). I'm always jealous of the UK bloggers who shop there. 

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'll be back Monday with a little guide of my favorite NYC spots!