Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Four Months Down

Is it just me or did April fly by? Things are starting to wind down with the little ones at school and the deadlines to get everything finished are quickly approaching. I just keep reminding myself there's only one more month until summer vaca! 

Looking back on my resolutions, I'm realizing I have forgotten about a few and have been neglecting a few others. 

I have yet to take my cooking class. When I get home from work most night, I'm so exhausted I don't want to do much of anything so I've been resistant to sign up but I'm hoping the summer will be the perfect time to look into this. 

The Color Run is in two weeks and I'm so excited. Apparently it's not much of a serious run, it's more for fun, so I'm thinking about looking into another one later in the summer. My friends and I are trying to plan our outfits now, I honestly can't wait! 

I've been researching coffee table books that I might like. Right now I'm contemplating this one and this one. Any suggestions? 

Finally I've been reading up a storm this month. On a whim I downloaded a kindle suggestion book, Slightly Single, to read. It was really cute and witty and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was part of a series (there are five book in total). They're really cute and easy reads. I've flown through, and have really enjoyed, them.

Slightly Single is about a girl in her early 20's who is thrown for a loop when her boyfriend of three years leaves her for the summer to do an acting camp (of sorts). It's about how she attempts to find independence again, and in the process loses 50 lbs. She also meets and develops feelings for a new man. 

Slightly Settled picks up about three months after Slightly Single leaves off. Without giving too much away (for those who have yet to read the first book) this just follows Tracy's life in the city and delves more into her even more complicated dating life. I found myself conflicted between who was the right man for her in this book, and frankly I'm still not entirely sure who I'm rooting for. 

Slightly Engaged picks up a year and a half after Slightly Settled. Tracy is now living with her man and waiting for the engagement ring everyone else in her life seems to be receiving from their partners. Her impatience grows stronger when her "future mother-in-law" lets it slip that her boyfriend has taken a diamond from the family safe deposit box. 

My one word of caution is that the books aren't extremely current (I believe the first was written in the late 90's) so there are funny little references in there that are no long relevant (think pay phones and answering machines). But I'm loving them and really enjoy when an entire series is already out, so you don't have to wait between books, to find out what happens next. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer Summer Collection

I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to the Lilly Pulitzer Summer line. Several months ago, Lilly posted pictures on their Instagram of their unveiling at their Madison Ave. store and I was counting down the days until it would be available to the public. I honestly don't think I've ever loved a line of theirs more (or a pattern- how gorgeous is Let's Cha Cha?)

I have already move several items to the top of my to-buy list. 

This Delisa Dress is absolutely a non negotiable. 

I simply must own it. 

I'm kind of equally as obsessed with it in coral. 

A few years back I was obsessed with rompers. I've slowly gotten over my love for them, but this Margaret Sweater Roper is too gorgeous to pass up. 

I adore the material and thing the white is so fresh and clean for summer. 

This is my second favorite pattern of the collection (Schooner Blue Dock Hopper). I love the vibrant blue and I'm a sucker for anything with seashells. The photo I saw on Instagram awhile back showed this in a jumpsuit as opposed to a romper and while I loved it, I didn't think I could pull off a jumpsuit. 

Boy am I glad they're showing it in the Colleen Romper

I'm in desperate need of these Lacie Shorts

I'm planning on wearing this entire look of the Fourth of July (Callahan Short and Dusk Top).

Their bathing suits are honestly too cute for words. 

And don't even get me started on how perfect this Caldwell Dress is. 

What are your favorite pieces from their new collection?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's Okay Thursday

This week I'm making sure to tell myself that it's okay...

-That I've had a few obsessions this past week (hey, you knew I was OCD)
1. Popcorn- no joke I think I've had it four times in the last week. Kind of a happy accident, one night I was starving but was low on food so I resorted to some popcorn. I had completely forgotten how much I loved it. Now I can't stop myself- no joke, I had it for dinner last night
2. Silver Linings Playbook- It became available on iTunes last Friday and I downloaded it immediately. I've watched it more times than I can count. What's not to love, it's funny and it has my man in it! (Sidenote: thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence's new haircut? I am horrified by it and think it makes her look like a soccer mom- but I know I'm in the minority with that opinion)
3. Nashville- Somehow I fell a few weeks behind, but am all caught up now and am anxiously awaiting next week. If you aren't watching it- start, it's amazing!

-To have a serious lust over Valentino shoes. I think they are pure perfection.

-To be ready for summer vacation, with all this work piling up for the end of the school year I feel like I'm back in college. 

What's okay with you this week?
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Back to Basics

I had a horrifying discovery a few days ago, I realized I have like 3 short sleeve shirts. I guess because Baltimore tends to spend very little time in the actual spring (we usually go directly from winter to 95 degree days) I never had much use for them, but with the temperature hanging around 65 or 70 around here I needed some cute tops. I've found Anthropologie to be the perfect place for good basics, and it did not disappoint on Saturday!

Okay I have a confession, I'm obsessed with these tops. To say I've lived in them for the past 5 months is a serious understatement. They are the best basics I have ever found. The ones I have are long sleeve, so when I heard they came out with a short sleeve version for the summer is was a no brainer. Not as impressed with the color selection of these, compared to the ones from the winter, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with the light grey. I'm hoping they come out with some other shades so I can stock up for summer. If you haven't already- go buy these shirts. I promise you won't regret it! 

This Splendid top is so comfortable. The store here only had it in this mint color but now that I've seen the pink and yellow versions I may have to order those too! 

This top is really cute on. 

I saw this top a little while ago and absolutely loved it, the only problem was it was too difficult to fifure out which color I liked the best. I ended up buying the grey but saw the red online this past weekend and couldn't pass it up. 

Finally I picked up this top. Even though it's not a basic, and I won't be wearing it to work, it's my favorite buy of the day. I'm a sucker for anything with pompoms and the minute I saw this I feel in love. I'm counting down the days until it's warm enough for me to wear. 

Any good basics you'd like to recommend? I'm still looking for tons of suggestions! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Trendy Tuesday: Pastel Purses

Similar to Miranda Priestly saying "Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking!", pastels are hardly a surprise for the season. But this year, they are being shown predominantly on accessories, specifically handbags. I can't even tell you how many pastel purses I'm drooling over at the moment. 

I've been coveting this Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Bag in mint 
Rebecca Minkoff is also showing her Mini M.A.C's in an array of different pastels. (I have one of her cross bodies and love it- definitely recommend them!)

The color of this Tory Burch Amanda Satchel (strawberry) is too cute for words. 

You know of my love for Foley and Corinna (see post here) and their summer bags are even more to die for than their winter ones! 
Several celebs (hello Beyonce!) have been photographed carrying this Tory Burch 797 Large Satchel. This yellow is adorable. 
Marc Jacobs Classic Q Bag is the perfect spring and summer purse. 
Thoughts on pastel handbags? 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Back to the Future

I always say that I was born in the wrong decade. There has never been, and I struggle to believe there ever will be, a better time in fashion that the 1960's. I think that is why we still see so many styles that are inspired by this time period. Right now, retro is ridiculously in. Look at Lilly Pulitzer's spring line, so many of their prints are reminiscent of their original patterns. I can't even begin to name the number of fashion icons that came out of this time period; Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few. With Mad Men being at its peak in popularity, so many different designers are going for the retro vibe. Here are some of the most famous looks from that era and how they are being translated into modern looks. 

One accessory that is undeniably of this time period, the oversized sunglasses (the more square, or circular, the better). Jackie O might be one of the most influential women in fashion, ever and this was most certainly her signature look

Remember this amazing look on Anne Bancroft in The Graduate? 
Animal print was huge back then 

So many elements of this photo scream 60's style- the cat eye and false eyelashes, the bouffant, and the animal print jacket. 

Pastels were very big for the vacationing starlet during this era. 
Elizabeth Taylor is flawless in this lavender look

Fur was so popular in the 60's, similarly so were pastels. 
This look is a head-to-toe hit.

The 60's was the start of the mod style. 
Audrey Hepburn's wedding style was the epitome of understated elegance. 

This little number is the perfect interpretation of mod, today. 

Do you share my love for 60's style?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Social

Getting this one in just under the wire. It's be a very long while since I've done a Sunday Social but this weeks questions are too good not to respond to. 

What's your shopping weakness? 
Gosh I don't even know where to begin. My top five would probably have to be Lululemon, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, and J.Crew. The rate at which I check these websites is seriously alarming, I think I know their merchandise as well as their employees at this point! 

What is your food weakness? 
Sushi, Mexican, or Italian. 

What is your go to movie when nothing is on? 
I watch more series of shows, I'll put on Sex and the City a lot. But my go to movie would probably be my all time fav, Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

What is your go to breakfast food?
I'm such a creature of habit, I have a bowl of Special K every single morning. 

Do you drink coffee? If so how do you take it?
I used to mainly be a slave to Starbucks and never had anything else, but I hardly ever have time in the morning before work (my order there is a tall/grande nonfat vanilla latte). But lately I've had to make do with the coffee at work, I take it with skim milk and two sugars. 

Here is what others had to say! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Showers

In the winter, when it rains, it's really a no brainer about what to wear on your feet- rain boots. In my opinion they're both practical and cute. But at the weather warms up I'm less inclined to go for my heavy, dark Hunters and am looking for other rainy day footwear. 

Jelly flats are everywhere again this spring. They made a come back a few years ago (remember the sparkly pairs we had as a child- you couldn't get me out of those things) and are being shown in even cuter styles this season. My only issue is this, about three years ago I purchased a pair of the Tory Burch jellies, I wore them once and my feet stank to high heaven! I tried everything, including baby powder but nothing prevented that awful rubber smell (obviously, considering the fact that they are made of rubber). I realized that it's because there was very little ventilation in the shoes, so your feet didn't have the ability to breathe. So I never wore them, and eventually just gave them away. 

Naturally I'm a little hesitant about other jellies but I can't help loving these. 

Are these not the cutest things you've ever seen?? Sassnova posted about the Melissa Rubber Flats yesterday on their blog and I fell in love instantly! This mint color is seriously to die for. You can buy them at Sassanova stores or at Asos.com. (This material looks to be slightly different from other jellies I've seen so it's possible these wouldn't smell!) 

These Kate Spade Jane Flats are so cute. 

I love the bow. 

Since I've had issues with rubber flats in the past I most opt for Tory Burch's rubber flip flops

They're my go to pool/ beach shoe over the summer and they work equally as well in the rain! 

And I'm really coveting a bright, fun pair of Hunters. I have the black pair and love them for the winter but I think a nice springy color would really brighten up a dreary day. 

This lavender pair is my favorite. 

What do you wear on your feet when it rains in the spring and summer? 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Birchbox: April

My Birchbox arrived yesterday! Some months the loot is slightly disappointing but this month there are some great things! This months theme was "Tiny Tweaks, Big Results" 

1. Caudaline: Divine Oil: "Made with a blend of grape, argan, hibiscus, and sesame oils, this multitasking wonder gives skin, hair, and nails a gorgeous glow"

2. J.R. Watkins: Peppermint Foot Repair Salve: "Whip your feet into shape with this creamy salve, which is made with a refreshing of peppermint oil"- You know how much I adore foot cream- there is something so luxurious about it (I guess I associate it with pedicures) so I'm dying to try this. (Though I think anything will be hard pressed to beat L'Occitane). 

3. Nexxus: Hydra-Light Leave-In Conditioning Foam: "This new glycerin-infused styling foam tamps down frizz and reflects light to up the shine factor- without weighing down strands". I'm always looking for new hair products, I would say behind lotion this is pretty much my main cosmetic indulgence, so I can't wait to try this product out. 

4. Supergoop: Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream: "This next-generation CC cream provides corrective coverage and triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays". My friend and I were recently discussing using eye cream. Neither of us does, but we have heard that you really should start at a young age to protect against future damage. I'm really interested to see how I like this product. (I also could always use some extra sun protection because I'm literally the worst at putting on suntan lotion). 

Did you get a Birthbox this month, if so, what was in it? 
Have you tried/heard about any of these products? 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What I'm Loving

Yet again I need to apologize for being MIA. This past week, well few weeks, have been absolutely crazy. (Seriously, I've been in four different cities in two weeks). So I have barely had a moment to catch my breath, let alone write a few posts, but I promise to try and be better! So anywho, lately I've been giving into my vices quite frequently and it's certainly putting me in a better mood. Here are a few of the things I'm really loving right now 

Gorgeous spring flowers (and the lovely weather that is accompanying them) 

Froyo- nectar from heaven 

Private Practice on Netflix- after completing my Mad Men recap, I've moved on to rewatching Private Practice. It's such an amazing show and Addison's wardrobe is seriously amazing 

Getting back into running- Last weekend I visited Lauren in NYC and attended my first SoulCycle class. While I love my spinning classes at home, this seriously took it to another level. (If you haven't heard of it, you need to check it out celebs and models swear by it- Lauren has seen at least five a-list stars in her classes). It kicked my butt (no kidding, I'm still feeling it) but it was amazing. They incorporate dancing and great music into the workout so the 45 minutes fly by. Plus you can burn up to 700 calories in a single session. So after that, and with the welcome arrival of beautiful weather, I'm kicking off my outdoor running season again. I'm ridiculously sore from all this activity this week but am so excited to be starting again. 

Sundresses. The weather has actually been hot here the past few days (think 90 degrees) so I'm loving sundresses at the moment. Stay tuned for the dresses I'm currently coveting. 

What are you loving lately? 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Vic TOR ious

I feel like every spring and summer I fall head over heels for Tory Burch's collection. That's not to say that I don't adore her fall and winter clothing and accessories, but I feel like the warmer months showcase more personality. (Or maybe it's just because I prefer summer clothes). Well I recently did a little Tory damage and had to share my latest loves. 

Last spring I purchased a pair of Tory Burch Miller Sandals in brown. I cannot even tell you how much I lived in them. I've had several people ask me if they hurt my feet (I've literally been approached by three strangers about this) but they were the most comfortable pair of flip flops I owned. I was planning on buying another pair of brown ones for this year but was upset to see they aren't making them with the gold medallion (they only have them in snake skin) this season. So I opted for the black leather pair.  

If you are contemplating purchasing them, I highly recommend them! (Order a half size up)

While I was in Nordstrom I also fell in love with this pair of Britton Wedges

I thought long and hard about which color to buy but ultimately ended up going with the flamingo pink. The heel is a great height, will be ideal for sundresses, it gives enough of a lift but not too high to wear during the day. 

Even though I've just purchased a great deal of Tory merchandise, I still have my eye on a few other items. 

I've been lusting after these Retro Sunglasses for months! 

I've been holding off on buying them until it gets warm (even though I wear sunglasses all year long- they only feel like a necessity when it's hot out). 

I'm also dying for this Slouchy Stacked Logo Tote

I think it would be the perfect summer bag! 

Any Tory items you're thinking about buying? 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Max(ied) Out

I love maxi dresses. When they first came out a few years ago, I thought I was too short to pull them off. But the truth is, if you find the proper proportions there is a maxi for everyone! I love them for spring because the length gives a little extra warmth when the temps dip slightly at night.

Lately I've been pinning maxi dresses like crazy, here are a few of my favorite looks.

These looks give me inspiration to find the perfect maxi for spring! 

What are your thoughts on maxi dresses?

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