Outfit Posts

Vested

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 I’m a fan of the maxi. It might possibly be the easiest thing to throw on for any summertime occasion. Dinners, parties, errands, exploring the town… a maxi dress has you covered! And the best part about a maxi dress- no need to make sure legs are perfectly tan and shaven, no one will even know!

I wore this maxi out to dinner at a little hole in the wall Mexican place. You know the kind where the walls are covered in cactus murals and pinatas hang from the ceiling. (My favorite kind of Mexican restaurant!!) I almost felt like I blended in with the decor since the colors in this dress were just about matching the colors all over. I wasn’t mad about it one bit!

P.S. Big changes are going to be happening around here! I’m redoing/moving my site!! More details to come soon! Hope you all follow along! xo

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 Dress, via TJ Maxx (similar) / Panama Hat, J.Crew / Heels (not shown) Michael Kors / Necklace, Natasha / Crossbody, J.Crew (old, similar) / Vest, Forever21

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Palms

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From the beginning of summer I’ve been crushing on palm prints. No secret that I’m a fan of summer and tropical places, and when I wear the print I’m instantly put in a better mood! Bright colors, flowy skirt, and a light material that isn’t too heavy for those tropical temps! I love this dress, dying over this romper, and how adorable are these espadrilles! I wish that it wasn’t already August because I don’t know if I can transition these into the snowy months! But maybe. Or maybe I’ll just have to plan lots of tropical getaways!

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Dress, One Clothing via TJ Maxx (similar) / Heels, Nine West (here) / Blazer, J.Crew (love this) / Clutch, Steve Madden (similar) / Earrings, Ann Taylor (here) / Bracelets, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Fornash

Keeping Cool

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This weekend is definitely going down in my top 5 favorites of this summer . It was filled with lots of live music, grilling out, drinking, dancing, laughing and ended with family time. I made a big pasta meal last night over at my Grandmothers and we sat, shared stories and of course I’m thinking about how blessed I truly am. And one thing I can tell you… after eating an italian dinner I’m definitely not in a crop top today! BUT this combo is one of my favorites too… high waisted shorts, crop tops and statement earrings. I’m all about the crop top and statement earrings right now so this one will be worn again for sure!

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Shorts, Vince Camuto (similar) / Crop Top, Collective Concepts (similar) / Sandals, Dolce Vita (here) / Purse, Tory Burch (here) / Sunglasses, Tory Burch (here) / Earrings, J.Crew (here) / Ring / Nails

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Solids

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I love prints. My closet is filled with mostly prints so putting together an outfit of solids isn’t as easy as one would think. But, as much as I love prints, this outfit reminded me of how much I love simple, staple, solid pieces. This skirt is a long pencil skirt from J.Crew which has become a regular in my 9-5 rotation. And this racerback silk cami, another J.Crew buy, I can’t seem to get enough of. I have a million outfits spinning through my mind where I can wear it… to a picnic, on a date night, or just running errands. (And I love it so much that I bought it in a print!) And lastly my shoes… my new shoes that I have to give the boy credit for since he told me to go with these beauties… which were 50% off. So yeah, he gives pretty good advice… I’ll keep him around ;)!

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Skirt, J.Crew (here) / Racerback Cami, J.Crew Factory (here) / Heels, Ann Taylor (here ON SALE!) / Ring, BaubleBar (here) / Purse, Kate Spade (here) / Watch, Coach (here)

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Sun Deco

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I saw this dress on J.Crew Factory’s site and immediately had to buy it. Screw my “no shopping for a while” promise to myself, this dress needed to be in my closet. Plus it was the perfect dress to pack for my whirlwind of graduation trips! The color, the sporadic print of art deco beach scenes, and the fact that it is beyond comfortable… this dress very well may be my new favorite! I can’t wait to dress it more casually with flip-flops and my panama hat or continue to play on the lilacs, corals, blacks and reds in the dress!

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Dress, J.Crew Factory (love this one) / Shoes, DV by Dolce Vita (here) / Necklace, gifted (similar) / Wallet, Tory Burch (here) / Rings, Hammered, Leaf, Jewel, Pink, Midi / Lipstick, Chanel 129 (here)

New Shoes

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Back in D.C! What a crazy jam packed couple of weeks I’ve had, and it feels so good to be home, but it was worth it! Graduations were great, the conference was inspirational, and now I have a to-do list that puts any little kid’s Christmas wish list to shame! I saw the top HR leaders in the industry speak, I listened to Robin Roberts, David Novak, Tom Friedman and Laura Bush give inspiring messages and now it’s my turn to take the reigns and do something to give back. Pay it forward.

But first, let me talk about these shoes.

When I got this box on mail day, I couldn’t even wait until I was in the elevator. I opened these babes outside of my apartment building, took them out in the elevator and was wearing them walking into my apartment. White, black and gold. Lace up and they’re comfortable! What is there not too love?!

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Shoes, Dolce Vita (here) / Skirt, Ann Taylor (similar) / Peplum, Forever21 (tank, long sleeve) / Purse, Michael Kors (similar) / Necklace, Stella & Dot (love this one) / Earrings, HoH (here)

Sunset Heat

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So summer is here. And it’s been here in the DC metro area. Holy humidity! And if you want to talk about some crucial thunderstorms…! A couple weeks back I was getting ready for Yoga and it started raining then thundering, and Boom! The fire alarm went off for what seemed like hours as we sat at the bottom of our stairwell so we wouldn’t be outside in the storm. Those rain storms aren’t helping the humidity and dressing for work is getting harder and harder. What do you wear all day in a very chilly office that’s cool enough to transition to an outdoor happy hour? Well, like every season, my chambray is my go-to. Thank goodness it hasn’t fallen off trend yet!

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Chambray, (similar) / Skirt, J.Crew (love this one) / Heels, Forever21 (similar) / Purse, Michael Kors (similar) / Necklace, Natasha via Dillards (here) / Sunglasses (similar)

The Bouqs

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Stop & Smell the Roses.

Because when they’re this beautiful, bright, and fresh, that’s all you’re going to want to do!

Have you heard of Bouqs? They are the, now, going to be the only company that I use to send flowers. Bouqs is a company that charges a single flat rate for all flowers, and always free shipping. No annoying buy ups or hidden fees that take what you thought was going to be a $39.99 order to $63.99! Bouqs are cut on the day that you order, and shipped 2-4 days after. Always farm fresh from two locations… Volcano stems from the equator,10,000 feet above sea level, which means one thing: lot of sun. These Bouqs are fed by pure volcanic snow melt and mineral-rich, ph-balanced soil. And their California cut flowers come straight from eco-friendly farms on the coast! How crazy! You can order a one time shipment, or customize it to be sent on all holidays, or on a “just because” schedule.

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The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers

Special thanks to The Bouqs team for sending me these gorgeous flowers! Pictured is the Desperado. The Desperado is a beautiful combination of Pink Roses with Purple Dianthus or similar accent flowers. They lasted for days, smelled delicious, and the pictures don’t even do the beauty of these justice!

Dress, Lilly Pulitzer (similarsimilar) / Shoes, Steve Madden (similar) / Purse, Michael Kors (here) / Earrings, J.Crew (similar) / Sunglasses, Kate Spade (here) / Midi Ring / Gem Ring / Pink Ring / Bow Ring

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Home Away From Home

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College is a funny thing.

It’s terrifying when you’re entering, a learning experience while you’re there, and the best to look back on. I had such a great college experience at CNU, and every time I’m driving south through Virginia on 95 I get a little nostalgic, and this weekend will be no different.

I’m heading down to the good ‘ol Newport News for a friends wedding and I am so (beyond) excited. I’m excited to see friends that I haven’t seen recently, the campus that I grew to love, and excited to have all those feelings and reflect back on what those 4 years meant to me. Whenever I’m in town I of course visit all my favorite places. Lion’s Bridge, Plaza Azteca, the little boutiques of City Center and so much more. I’m just hoping I can squeeze them all in!

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Boxy

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So by now I have fully admitted to myself that I love crop tops. I don’t have a ton, but 4 for a mid-twenty year old is definitely enough. (Jealous of high schoolers hitting the 15-20 crop tops in their closet mark. So many cute ones out there!!)

I usually shy away from boxy tops like this one, but when I saw it, I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure if it was the texture, the embroidered shoulders, high boat neck, or what but I knew I had to have it. And the best part, I got it on sale from Ideeli.com. Have you all checked out Ideeli? Great sales and brands… along with the daily blog roll, I check those “boutique” sites to see what gems I can find! (RueLaLa, Hautelook, Ideeli and Gilt are my go-tos to check!)

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Skirt, J.Crew Factory (here) / Top, via Ideeli (similar) / Clutch, Kate Spade (similar) / Necklace, Stella & Dot (old, similar) / Sunglasses, Tory Burch (here) / Heels, Target (similar) / Ring, BaubleBar (here) / Earrings, Kate Spade (here)