Throwback Denim on Denim

Denim on DenimThe last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve officially moved out of my apartment, and can now focus on my upcoming vaca…4 more days! August has flown by much faster than I would have liked, and with Labor Day approaching I feel like summer is slowly coming to an end. Truthfully, I’m kind of not hating that things are winding down. I’ll regret that statement in mid-January when it’s -30 out, but right now, I’m really looking forward to fall.

I figured I should get the most out of white pants while I can the next few weeks (if you follow me on Insta, you’ll know what I’m sayin’). My go-to lately is pairing white denim jeans with a blue denim top or jacket, and (duh) my white platforms. I picked up this denim top earlier this summer (is it a top? dress? tunic?) at a local vintage shop – how 90’s is this thing?! Obsessed. Not only does it have the clips in front, but also ties in the back. I’m pretty sure I owned this piece back in 4th grade. Yup, I’m bringin’ it back.Throwback Denim on DenimThrowback Denim on DenimThrowback Denim on DenimThrowback Denim on Denim

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Going Away to College: Words of Advice

Going Away to College: Words of Advice

When I look back on the summer before heading away to college, I recall experiencing a wide array of emotions. I was excited, afraid, sad, and nervous all at once. As an 18 year old, it was the biggest change I’d ever had to experience (outside of becoming a big sister at age 6 – but I had no say in that one). My first week away at school, I cried myself to sleep in my bottom bunk bed, nicely tucked in my new & crisp XL twin sheets. I’d never been away from home for so long, away from my parents, and my friends I’d known my entire life. I had NO idea what I was in for. If I had known, I would have gotten my sulking, self-pitying butt out of bed and started to experience the beginning of what would be the best four years of my life. What would I tell my 18 yr. old, college-bound, self if I could?

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Finding the Perfect Straw Beach Bag

Finding the Perfect Straw Beach Bag

Life has been so crazy lately, I haven’t even had the chance to think about my upcoming vacation! I’m now scrambling, realizing there are last minute things I need for my trip…one of them being a proper beach bag.

I don’t know why, but purchasing a nice beach bag is never high on my priority list. I put a lot of focus on the swimsuits, sunglasses, towels…and every summer I realize the importance of a stylish beach bag. This summer (or at least this “summer trip” as summer is almost over – it’s painful to think about!) I’m making changes. I NEED to find the perfect beach bag, and I’m leaning towards getting a straw one…mainly because they’re adorable and I don’t have to worry about sand destroying it. Though my options are limited given it’s end of summer, I’ve still managed to find a few bags that I love. Click on the images below to shop!

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

It has been a stressful month for me. Life always has it’s stresses, but this past month has topped most. We hosted visitors, closed on a house, had a significant amount of work travel, and now I’m packing for a move, preparing for my Greece trip, making major decisions at the new house – i.e. floor stain, paint colors, light fixtures…ahhh!

I’ve had more difficulty keeping my anxiety in check, but what’s helped me stay grounded is taking things one step at at time and trying to focus on the little things that I look forward to everyday…like my morning blueberries & yogurt (I know it sounds silly, but it’s the truth). It’s important to take time-outs, especially when the world around you is moving at lightening speed. I’ll be squeezing more yoga into my workout routine the next couple of weeks, while counting down the days to long hours on the beach #countdowntoGreece. Here are some good reads that have kept me going the past few weeks:

  1. I swear I’m not crazy for looking forward to my morning blueberries! In fact, expressing gratitude in different ways can improve your life and make you happier (tinybuddha.com). Also, another interesting perspective on gratitude (nytimes.com).
  2. I’m a pretty distracted person, and once I’m distracted I completely get out of my zone and lose focus on the task at hand. I end up wasting so much time going in and out of focus, and it can be frustrating. I recently read about the Pomodoro Technique and it’s sounds enticing! I may just give it a try (becauseimaddicted.net).
  3. A quick & easy trick to manage anxiety – it’s so simple, ANYONE can do it (cupofjo.com).
  4. When you feel your life is spiraling out of control, the best thing you can do is realign and find your center. This may seem daunting, but you can do it in 3 easy steps (deepakchopra.com).
  5. Positive thinking is a great, but it’s even better when you tie it with actionable, strategic goals. I found this article’s perspective on positive thinking unique & realistic (bigthink.com).

5 Packing Tips For Your Next Move

Packing Tips

My anxiety has been at an all time high these last few weeks. Not only do I have to move out of my place in the next 7-10 days, but I also have a LONG vacation coming up at the end of August (hellloooo Greece). Clearly not an ideal situation, but hey…things happen.

I’ve moved quite a few times in the last 10 years (7 times to be exact). At this point, I’m confident enough to say that I’m an above-average packer. I pack quickly and always manage to know where everything is at all times. Sure, packing properly can be considered “common sense”, but I can attest that I did not have common sense at age 19. Probably little to none, actually. I’ve picked up on some solid packing rules in recent years, and seeing these through this time around has really helped keep me focused this last week! For those of you moving in the near future, including you college go-ers (ugh…I envy you…hard), hopefully these tips help de-stress your move at least a little.

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Tile That Will Blow Your Mind

Tile That Will Blow Your Mind

One thing I’ve learned so far after having my own REAL home for one week, is that the number of decisions you have to make is overwhelming. Sometimes paralyzing. Every tiny detail, some as small as what color you want to use for your door frames or kitchen backsplash grout, takes time and consideration.

Another realization I had is how much more I pay attention to interiors now. I look for inspiration everywhere I go, and appreciate when I see an amazing space.

I was in Miami for New Year’s Eve last year, and we celebrated the New Year at Soho Beach House. Soho House obviously does a phenomenal job when it comes to decor (I have a book I purchased that I will share with you guys soon that’s all about this), and this specific tile they had in their common area has stuck with me now for literally MONTHS.

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Suburban Weekend

Suburban Weekend

I can’t believe it’s already August – where has the summer gone? Between work travel, preparing for our move and various weekend commitments, I feel like we haven’t had a chance to enjoy our summer. I can’t remember the last time I had nothing to do all weekend. I supposed in that sense, I’m ready for Fall (ahhh! I said it!). Everything just seems to wind down a bit when the weather cools, and I could really use some of that right about now.

Speaking of weekend commitments, we had a baptism in the suburbs this weekend. It was so pretty where we were that a shoot was necessary. I rarely get to wear this ponte sheath dress, so I took this opportunity to give it a go. It’s a simple piece that can really be accessorized for many occasions. In this case, I went for an edgier look with strappy gladiator sandals & a black velvet choker.

Given my accessories made enough of a statement, I went with a nude Kylie-Jenner-esque lip. For some reason, this lip pairs too well with a choker. Major 90s vibes. Shop the look below!

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Saying Goodbye to My First Apartment

Saying Goodbye to My First Apartment

I’ve been alluding to “big news” for awhile now, and it’s long overdue that I share. Leo and I had been house hunting for quite some time, and we FINALLY found a place and are moving in a few weeks! Very, very exciting stuff.

When you go through big life changes, you never know how you’ll feel at any moment in time. I’ve lived in my current place for a little over 3 years now, and I’m surprised at how bittersweet I am about leaving. This was the very first apartment I ever lived in alone, and when I reflect at how much I’ve grown and evolved over the last three years, I can’t help but get a tad sentimental.

I was in such a different place in my life when I first moved in. Thought it’s only been three years, in those three years I’ve changed jobs, started my blog, had my first pet experience, traveled to beautiful new places. Life is a crazy thing.

This was the first apartment I actually put effort in decorating – as you can imagine, as a 25-year-old, my home decor budget was essentially nonexistent. I made do with what I had, and managed to make this little place feel like home. Many of the pieces I added to the house have a story, so I’ve tried to capture my favorite ones here.

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Did You Know Sunglasses Come in Sizes?

Did You Know Sunglasses Come in Sizes?

Isn’t it strange that sunglasses are a one-size-fits-all? Most everything we purchase comes in sizes, yet sunglasses are an exception to this rule. We all have unique head shapes…there’s no standard by any means. Something’s not adding up here.

Well, I’ve got news for you. I’ve discovered that there ARE sunglasses out there that come in sizes, measured perfectly for your pretty (or handsome) face. Introducing Moscot – you can thank me later. Now, this isn’t a new brand by any means. They’ve been around for over a hundred years, and it’s apparent when you take a look at their classic designs. Their frames are timeless, and highly customizable. You have the ability to select your frame size, shape, color and lens. Given how much we spend on sunglasses, you’d think this would be the standard.Continue reading…    

Side Split Tunic

Side Split Tunic

It’s been unbearably hot the last week. Like face sweat, pants stuck to thighs, can’t stay outside for more than 5 minutes hot. Well, that didn’t stop me from rocking these jeans on Saturday. Call me crazy, but I’ve been wanting to wear this outfit for quite some time…and the weather wasn’t going to stop me. Determination. In all honesty, I lasted a couple of hours and proceeded to change into shorts & a tee. I tried.

This side split tunic is super chic – though it’s simple, it can elevate any outfit. It’s light and airy, and the details on the side add a nice touch. The fabric is slightly sheer, which makes it sexier than your typical white tunic.

I’ve worn it with denim shorts, and also tied at the waist. It’s just too versatile.  I love how it looks with these high-waisted, cropped jeans & gladiator sandals. Shop the look below!

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