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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

Flower Child

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Last summer I saw the Free People dress with the crocheted middle and thought it was adorable. This spring when I was on one of my shopping trips to Marshall’s I came across this Do & Be dress for $19.99 that looks identical to the Free People dress! And Yup. This panama hat has already proved itself a staple in my outfit choices!

Dress, Do & Be via Marshalls (similar here and here)/ Sandals, Michael Kors (here)/ Purse, J.Crew (sold out but similar here) / Bracelets, J.Crew, Fornash, Marc Jacobs/ Panama Hat, TJ Maxx (similar here)/ Nails, Essie (Bikini so Teeny)

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Statement Necklaces

I shop a lot… I’m talking a lot, but most of the time I have an item that I’m searching for and each season it changes. Sometimes it’s shoes, sometimes hats but recently it’s been statement necklaces that I’m coveting. There are so many really interesting ones out there that every time I find another one, I can’t help but snatch it up. I’m a big fan of bangles and earrings, but when I have one of these necklaces on I don’t feel the need to add much more jewelry to my look. Collar, chunky, simple, link… what type of necklace are you coveting this season?

Here are a few of my favorites that I can’t stop wearing…

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From Top to Bottom; 1. Found via TJ Maxx (similar), 2.Natasha via Dillards (similar), 3. J.Crew (here), 4. J.Crew (similar in color or similar in tortoise), 5. Anthropologie (similar), 6. Etsy (wish I saw this one!)

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Bauble Bar has tons of really cool necklaces if you’re searching for something specific!

Brunch

My brother was in town after being over seas for the past 4+ months so when he came into Arlington I knew that we needed to grab breakfast at Bayou Bakery. A couple of months ago I did a post all about the Arlington stop so I won’t go into much detail but man- this place is so good! I ordered grits and coffee while Jack ordered biscuits and gravy that smelled beyond delicious! Oh and of course some beignets to share!

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Dress, Target (old, similar here) / Sandals, DV via Ann Taylor (here)/ Purse, Michael Kors (gift but found here) / Panama Hat, via TJ Maxx / Belt, J.Crew  (here)

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Bows

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Last summer I must have tried on at least 20 panama hats (that is not an exaggeration) but I never pulled the plug. Especially on weekends I would grab some clothes and wish that I had a panama hat to top off my look. (get it- top off- haha) When writing my “to-buy” list, like I do at the beginning of each season, I knew that this was the year- I was even willing to splurge on the J.Crew version but then my trusty TJ Maxx pulled through with this one for $9.99. Yup.

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Jeans, Vigoss Trouser Jeans (other trouser jeans here)/ Shirt, Ann Taylor Loft (gifted, similar here)/ Blazer, Gap (here)/ Panama Hat, via TJ Maxx (another option here or here)/ Purse, Rebecca Minkoff/ Wedges, Dollhouse (similar here)/ Bracelets, Kate Spade and gift

Venice Canals (Last Day)

On our last day of the trip we spent the day walking around the canals and sitting rooftop at Hotel Erwin sipping the most delicious cocktails and soaking up the sun! It was a perfect leisurely day to soak up the West Coast sun and prepare to get back to reality!

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Top, TJ Maxx/ Jeans, Gap (love these and these)/ Crossbody, J.Crew (another staple on this trip!)/ Sandals, Dolce Vita via Ann Taylor/ Sunglasses, Target

Howard Hughes Hanger (Day 5)

This was a really cool event that’s completely normal for architects, but totally not on my weekly to do list. We got to go to an old Howard Hughes hanger which has been revamped and made into an office. How cool to work in a place with that much history!

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On a side note… it’s crazy uploading this pics and seeing me with long hair. If you follow me on instagram you know that I spontaneously cut off 6 1/2 inches and so far haven’t regretted my decision!

Dress, Anthropologie (another option here)/ Faux Leather Bomber, sisters via TJ Maxx/ Booties, Steve Madden (I wore these my entire trip!)/ Wallet, Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls (similar found here in a clutch version)/ Ring, purchased at a boutique in Abbott Kinney/ Earrings, Kate Spade (here)/ Nail Polish, OPI Bare My Soul

Culver City & Westwood (Day 4)

We were staying right across from Culver City which who knew was so cute! Tons of little restaurants (we had breakfast at Lunch and dinner at Lyfe) and history! The house where they filmed Gone With the Wind and the hotel where a lot of the Wizard of Oz characters stayed is right in the middle! After dinner we ventured into Westwood… another adorable part of LA that I had never been to. But the real hidden gem was Diddy Riece famous for their homemade ice-cream sandwiches! I can’t even begin to explain to you how good this was! Good thing UCLA is just a couple steps away to walk through to burn off a fraction of the calories I took in!

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What I’m wearing… Pants, J.Crew (found here)/ Chambray, via Marshalls/ Necklace, via TJ Maxx (similar found here)/ Shoes, Dollhouse (crushing on these)/ Purse, J.Crew (sold out but similar found here)/ Jean Jacket- borrowed from my sister

Silverlake, Observatory & Hollywood Sign (Day 3)

After two full days in San Francisco we boarded our flight and headed to LAX. (FYI two days in SF is not enough time to get done everything I wanted to… but that just means I’ll have to plan another trip!) I had been to LA before so this time around I wanted to do the non-touristy touristy things! We had a pretty good idea of the things we wanted to hit (including driving past Sur) and accomplished pretty much everything! The first day in LA we drove to Silverlake and stopped by Intelligencia, a coffee shop frequented by hipsters. Super cool space and all the servers 1000% fit the part. We then drove up to the Griffith Observatory and got to see the views of LA- Hollywood sign included! We got super lucky with a beautiful weather but regardless of how sunny and warm it is you can’t get away from the LA smog!

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Dress, Lush (via Nordstrom Rack)/ Booties, Steve Madden (another super cute version here)/ Faux Leather Bomber (borrowed from my sister & purchased at TJ Maxx but similar here) / Purse, Michael Kors / Sunglasses, Target & Forever21/ Necklace, via TJ Maxx