Thursday, July 24, 2014

After the fact

The title of this post is a double entendre of sorts. This was a random outfit I had thrown together one morning-- it wasn't premeditated or pre-photographed for the blog. But I loved it so much that I made the husband properly photograph it when we got home from work at the end of the day since the gym selfie didn't do it justice! You'll also see from my nail art below that this fell around the 4th of July week, so it's definitely a little late. I normally like to post pretty real time, but since we were traveling this past weekend, I didn't get to do my normal weekend photoshoot. So, here you go, a few weeks late!

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Earrings: Nickel & SuedeNecklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Kate Spade | Top: Express (option, option, option)  | Bracelets: Stella and dot (link, spike) | Bottoms: Express (option) | Shoes: Jeffrey Cambell (option)

This top is one of my all time faves. It's actually a knit, so it's very easy and comfortable to just throw on. It's also perfect to travel with, which is why this baby has left the country with me twice! 

Since I've paired it with pastels in the past, I loved the idea of pairing it with patriotic primary colors. The silhouette of this outfit makes me feel good, and I'm not kidding when I say this outfit is as easy as jeans and a tee shirt. I'm pretty sure when I ordered this top, it was one of those times when I wasn't even looking for anything in particular, I was just randomly shopping, came across this, and added it to my cart. I love buys like these that end up being wardrobe staples!


Linking up for: Tres Chic, Summer Style, Working Girl with Style, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Look What I Got with Sharon and Tara

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Accidental advice

Earrings: Nickel & SuedeNecklace: Express (other colors here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (45% off!) | Top: Express | Watch: Kate Spade | Skirt: Express (option, option, option) | Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff (budget option)

It's funny how this outfit came together. You've seen this skirt twice before - here and here. I wanted to wear it again today, but wanted to make it a little more casual since my last two looks were somewhat dressy. As I was virtually scanning my closet in my head while trying to fall asleep, I had decided on a graphic tee of some sort and my denim vest.

When it came down to getting dressed in the morning, I was sifting through my tops, and saw this lace tank. I remembered Noelle telling me that she likes tucking hers in. So, for grins, I went ahead and decided to try it. Consequently, I loved it! The tank is tiered, so I left the top tier untucked, and it really looks more like a crop top vs. a full tank - last worn here.

But I say this is funny because as I started putting this post together, I was trying to find Noelle's outfit with her tank and then realized that the comment she made was actually in response to my outfit here -- she was talking about this lace top of hers, NOT a tank. But in case you were wondering, the tank also works very nicely tucked into skirts. :)

Clearly I own too many clothes, I can't keep it all straight.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lace tunic, Chloe + Isabel, and a Night Out

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Necklace: Chloe + Isabel c/o | Bag: Foley + Corinna | Top: Bobeau (optionoption)  | Lace Tunic: ExpressBracelet: Chloe + Isabel c/o | Leggings: Express (option, option, option)  | Sandals: Sam Edelman

I was so excited when I saw this lace tunic from Express. Remember that post last year when I had to rig my lace tank under my sweater to make it long enough to cover my bits? Well, this lace tunic solves that problem forever. I know they make those shirt extender thingies that give the same effect, but well, it's nice to have a real tunic. Plus I can see myself layering this over stuff too, or wearing it on its own - so many choices! I got the idea of layering a tee over lace from Adri's post here. It makes for an effortless and packable look!

Right before I left for California, I got the cutest package from Rosezanne, a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel. This was the perfect jewelry to travel with, and versatile as well - I wore the bracelet with my tea party dress yesterday also! I had always wanted to try Chloe + Isabel jewelry, so I was extra excited when Rosezanne asked if she could send me some pieces to try in exchange for a review. Needless to say, I'm very pleased and will definitely be looking to see what else I can add to my collection! I hope you'll visit her online boutique and find some goodies for yourself, especially since the Semi-Annual sale is in effect! And yes, while she did graciously gift me these items, all opinions expressed are my own.

I wore this outfit our first full day in California. Not only were we celebrating my sister's shower, but my dad's and mom's birthdays were last Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. My sister made us reservations at Fig & Olive on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. It was amazing - the ambiance, the food, the service, the company!

And to end this photo heavy post (sorry I'm not sorry), I thought I'd share some family photos. Even though we were barely in town for 48 hours, we were able to fit a lot in, and it's always great to be with them. The next time I'll be back, I'll have a nephew!


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