Sartorial Sunday: Eternal Summer

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Head to Toe: Top, F21 via Continuations Consignments // Jeans, American Eagle // Wedges, Tommy Hilfiger // Shades, Guess // Bracelet, Serendipity & Grace // Geometric necklace, Happiness Boutique // Mountain necklace, street vendor

I am just-returned from a fabulous weekend getaway at the beach in Westerly, RI (check out that view, below). The weather was perfect, so we spent our days swimming and sunning. Now, August is winding down and fat fall-fashion magazines are landing on our doorsteps, but how about one more summer evening look? There are a few of them left, after all. Stone-washed with a high waist, these American Eagle jeans are straight out of Clarissa Explains it All. They beg for a crop, and this one's trendy palm pattern lends a modern update. Last, how perfectly does this Serendipity & Grace bracelet tie it all together? I was super lucky to win it off of Lydia's lovely blog, Chic on the Cheap. Thanks, girl! Have a great Monday, fashionistas...

Hump Day Favorites: Beach, Please

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This weekend, I'm heading to the beach in Rhode Island for one last summer hurrah, so I cruised Pinterest for some getaway inspo. Tonight I'm packing up all of the necessities: a floppy hat, comfy beach towel and catch-all tote. I opted for high-waisted bikini bottoms (similar below) and a bandeau top for tan-line free shoulders. Old cut-offs and a crochet top provide enough coverage for post-sun lunch or shopping. The forecast is predicting some rogue thunderstorms, so do an anti-rain dance for me tonight! How are you celebrating these last weeks of summer?

Beach getaway
Photos found on Pinterest
Outfit created on Polyvore

Sartorial Sunday: Pink is the New Red

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Head to Toe: Blazer, thrifted // Pants, Marshall's // Sandals, Burlington // Bag, Steve Madden

This has been one of my go-to workday outfits this summer. Surprisingly practical, the pants are really comfortable and the blazer adds enough polish for work (and can easily be removed for a lunchtime stroll or trip to the farmer's market). Bright lipstick balances out minimal makeup and a ponytail. And a coworker of mine reported from a vacation abroad that colorful MC Hammer pants are all the rage in Italy. Extra points: Lucky says pink is the new red so I'm right on trend (vote for my submission here). I hope your weekend was as lovely and sun-filled as mine. Happy Sunday!

TGIF #SeeSummerBetter

Friday, August 14, 2015

When the folks at Warby Parker asked me to participate in their #SeeSummerBetter campaign, I had to take some shades for a spin (you can too with home try-on). For me, summer style is all about versatility: Outfits have to easily transition from the office to meetings in the city to after-hours cocktails. I wore the ensemble below to an early-morning house tour, then to work followed by a Sister Hazel concert in Stamford. The same goes for sunglasses! The Piper in Woodland Tortoise (above middle and top right) was perfect for a day of press previews—which took me to Greenwich Village, one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods—while clear-framed Haskall glasses in Crystal (top left and bottom photos) sport a '60s vibe ideal for work and the last Alive@Five concert...Shaggy rocked it, by the way.

Although my goal is always to #SeeSummerBetter Monday through Friday, let's be real—the season hits its stride on the weekends. If you're looking for something to do in CT this weekend, the calendar is packed. On Saturday and Sunday, the SoNo arts festival is happening in Norwalk, and the Shoreline Wine Festival takes place in Guilford. Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt are playing at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford Saturday (lawn tickets are still up for grabs for $35). Or, just get outside—the forecast is amazing. Happy Friday, fashionistas!

Sartorial Sunday: Summer Happiness

Monday, August 10, 2015

Head to Toe: Dress, hand-me-down // Necklaces, Happiness Boutique // Heels, Target // Shades, Canvas

Hey there, fashionistas. I know it's Monday, but Blogger was a little glitchy last night so I'm sharing my Sartorial Sunday today. Summer in New England is so fleeting that if you blink, you could miss it. And as August stretches to its halfway point, I admit, I start getting a little excited for fall—changing leaves, warm days and cool nights, flavored lattes and above all, autumnal fashion (read: layers). But, I refuse to jump the gun and am going to soak up the summer of 2015 as much as possible. I just got a new American Apparel bikini (they're having a huge sale) for an upcoming beach weekend, and was happy to inherit this tribal summer dress from my bestie. So since I'm not piling on scarves and beanies just yet, I layered these Happiness Boutique necklaces instead. They have a goldmine of affordable statement necklaces plus free shipping and a customer rewards program where you can rack up points for perks. Happy accessorizing!
This post is sponsored by Happiness Boutique; all opinions are my own. 

TGIF: Better with Wine

Friday, August 7, 2015

Head to Toe: Top, H&M // Shorts, Gap // Hat, Burlington Coat Factory // Bag, Steve Madden

It may not be Napa, but the Connecticut Wine Trail has a lot to offer when it comes to weekend fun. My bestie Liz and I had the most lovely day at White Silo Winery this past Sunday. We had a leisurely top-down drive there (hence the Jeep-hair taming floppy hat), where we were rewarded with a tasting, lunch and dessert consisting of chocolate with prosecco. And they have the best fruit wines (my particular favorite is the rhubarb). For an all-around sampling of what the state has to offer, next weekend's Shoreline Wine Festival at Bishop's Orchards will have a smorgasbord of sips. My mom and I went last year and had an absolute blast. Cheers!
Vote for my cut-offs post on Lucky Shops!

Hump Day Favorites: Festival Fashion for Grownups

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Photos above: Refinery 29
Coachella, Outside Lands, Firefly, Bonnaroo, and even Connecticut's-own Vibes: Music festivals and concerts are one of the highlights of summertime. But while I love to get down with my funky boho/inner-hippie side, it's hard to miss the slew of bare bellies and barely there cutoffs that is festival wear...which is not so hip for 25+ working professionals, even off-duty. Peekaboo cutouts (opposed to full-blown crops) and structured silhouettes strike the right balance at any age. Comfortable footwear—closed toes are a must—a light, roomy bag and chunky headband round out the necessities. Last, accessories don't add weight or heat, so pile 'em on! Rock on, fashionistas.
Festival Fashion

Photos above: Buzzfeed
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