Latest Zara Picks

The Fourth of July weekend was way too much fun, and getting back into the swing of things has been pretty hard. I guess the fact that its Thursday makes it a little easier. I could get used to that whole five day weekend thing.

It was nice to spend time with my family and friends. I even played golf twice this weekend, which is pretty much a record for me, and I only lost six balls; it’s an improvement; trust me.

One of our best friends made a raft out of oil drums (for those of you that watch Alaskan Bush people you know what I’m talking about) and wood complete with a grill, picnic table, a motor, and an umbrella. We had a really fun day out on the water taking advantage of his superb craftsmanship. Let's just say the raft got us some interesting looks.

Anyways, onto some fashion finds; you guys all know Zara is one of my favorites. Right now, it is having its big summer sale, and there are tons of good finds including the one shoulder top I posted last week so make sure you browse that. Today I thought I would put up some of my favorite new things that just came out. I ordered a few pieces for our trip to Europe this summer, and that will be perfect to throw on with a pair of sandals and a crossbody to sightsee.

New outfit post up tomorrow, so make sure to check back.

Happy (almost) Holiday Weekend

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Happy almost holiday weekend! I am back from Vermont and Nantucket and getting back into the swing of things. Although I have to admit it's been pretty hard, both destinations were so much fun. It was nice to get some girl time in Vermont and some major family time in Nantucket. I promise I will be putting up photos and my favorite things to do in both locations in the next few days.

Now onto the holiday weekend, five whole days. The weather looks good, and I fully intend to hang by the pool and relax. My husband didn’t come with me to VT or ACK, so I am looking forward to spending some time with him when he isn’t wrapped up in golf.

About the look, this top is from ZARA and is on sale for $25 right now. It's such a fun take on a classic blue and white striped shirt. I am a big fan of the one long sleeve. I am always looking for tops that are easy to throw on with jeans, no styling required, and I feel like this is one of those tops. You know I love a good one shoulder too. I have also attached some other Zara blue and white options that are on sale right now.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Club Monaco Sale Picks

One of my favorite stores is having a MAJOR sale. Everything is an additional 30% off making most things over 60% off. If you haven’t noticed from my Instagram, I have been living in this shirt, I took advantage of the sale and picked it up in the cream color. I have also had my eye on this off the shoulder pleated top. I think the two pom pom scarves below would make easy sarongs. I had no idea Club Monaco carried Solid and Striped; they have a ton of swimwear on sale right now. Below are some of my Club Monaco sale picks……

There are lots of other sales going on this weekend on account of Fourth of July (any reason for a good sale am I right?). Below are the details……

Vince: Extra 25% off with code SUMMER25. My favorite sneakers are on sale, and I just picked up this cashmere sweater.

J. Crew: 25% off almost everything with the code SUMMER

Solid and Striped: 25% off select styles with the code USA25, I got the Claudia in black.

Vermont ----> ACK

It's Friday, and I am headed to Vermont for the weekend. It’s my college roommate's bachelorette weekend, and I love that she picked a low-key destination like VT, not to mention that it holds a special place in my heart. I haven’t been up there since we closed up the ski house this past winter, so I am looking forward to visiting all my favorite places (Happgoods, Dorset Inn, Taconic Hotel, just to name a few).

Most people think of VT as a skiing destination, but I almost love it more in the summer. There is just something about the mountains, the cool nights, and the laid back attitude (leaving the heels at home). I have a feeling that the weekend is going to be filled with farm-to-table food, lots of cocktails, and bonfires, and I couldn’t be more excited for some girl time.

After Vermont, I head straight to Nantucket for a few days with the entire family. Packing for two very different places can be challenging, but I am going for lots of laid back looks—denim with casual tops and sneakers or flat espadrilles for shoes. I am bringing my jean jacket and a Vince cashmere hoodie for those cool VT and Nantucket nights. Getting everything in a small overnight bag should be interesting, but packing is NOT my strong suit. I usually end up with clothes that don’t match and tons of stuff that I never get the chance to wear. Below are some things that I am packing for the trip. I hope that you, guys, have fun things planned for this weekend! Watch out for lots of travel photos coming your way.

Weekend Recap

Just like that, it's Monday again, which means there are five more days till the next weekend... Let the countdown begin. This weekend, we were finally blessed with some summer temperatures and actual SUN. I was finally able to put the down vest away and wear some fun summer clothes.

Our weekend was all consumed by the wedding festivities of two of our best friends. It was the first wedding since our own 6 months ago, so it got me thinking about our wedding day, and total nostalgia set in. Their wedding was picture perfect, and the bride looked so classic. All in all, it was amazing celebrating with some of our oldest friends.

Sunday I spent the day relaxing by the pool with my mom and sister, who were in town visiting. Some much-needed girl time was really nice. My husband had his final lacrosse tournament of the season; to say I am happy it's over is an understatement. I am so excited to have him back just in time for summer weekends.

I am looking forward to many more meals outside, days off spent by the pool, and weekends away. Have a great week!

 

 

Summer Staple: Straw Bags

This is one of my favorite trends as of late. If you have been reading along, you know that I have a major soft spot for bags and neutrals, so these bags provide the perfect combination for me.
Straw bags have been around forever, but last year, they were everywhere, and this year, they are becoming increasingly more popular. Fun details like pom poms, tassels, and even hand-painted decorations are being added to them.

Personalized straw bags have been really big. I gave my bridesmaids the Lindroth Lyford totes as a gift with their initials on it. I ended up liking them so much that I got one for myself and have been using it for everything from a beach bag to an overnight bag. If it ever gets warm here, I plan on using it as my summer pool bag.

Rae Feather, a company in London, also makes a bunch of great monogrammed bags. The white ombre bag with the 3D letters is my favorite. I also really like the varsity letter monogram.

How cute is the mini Nannacay bag with the waterfall of pom poms? A perfect way to move the trend from day to night.

I think straw bags are here to stay, so below are some of my favorites as of late. There are so many different ways to wear the trend, so you really can’t go wrong.

 

Couture Cravings #4

Wahoooo, it’s FRIDAY! That week flew by. I think we should always have four-day weeks. Here is a new edition of Couture Cravings to round out the week. Have an amazing weekend.

I am typically NOT a statement earring person. I am all about the delicate studs that I almost never change. But I am loving these, and think they are so fun for summer. I saw a blog on how to make them yourself, but since I can barely operate a hot glue gun, making earrings is out of the question. I have seen different versions all over, but these look the fullest to me, which I like.

Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers. I have a problem. I wandered into Vince the other day while my husband was getting his hair cut. These satin sneakers were the first things I spotted, and I fell in love. They have a slight platform to give you a little height but are still light. I can’t decide between the sage green or the fawn color. What do you all think?

My one-shoulder crush has crossed over into bathing suits; I picked up this one in white while Solid and Striped was having its Memorial Day sale last weekend. It fits so perfectly that I might just have to get the black, too.

The straw circle tote is sold out right now, but I put my name on the list for when it becomes available. It also comes in black and navy with stripes down the front. This one from Zara is also chic and only $49.

Wanted: Jean Alternative

Like I said in yesterday's post, I have been giving my leather jacket a run for its money in this unseasonable, not welcomed cold weather. Although today things are looking up, hopefully, it lasts. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be in regular clothes today and not have to wear my uniform.

I am constantly on the hunt for cute pants that aren’t denim. They can be harder to dine in than you would think. The pair above are from Theory a few years ago, and I live in them, they are so versatile. Great with heels and top/blazer to something dressy, or I even throw a tee shirt and a jean jacket on with them for an easy day look. I was able to find so many good options, they are all tagged below, including the rest of the details from this look. The “satin” ones are from H&M, and they have a nice texture, I liked them so much I got both the cream and the black.

The off-the-shoulder top was on my “Recently Acquired Items” a few weeks ago, and I have been wearing it a lot lately. The bag is also an old Lauren Merkin bag; I was so sad to hear they went out of business, I have so many of their clutches. I think a python clutch is a must have; it goes with everything.

Anyways, I hope you guys are out enjoying the sunshine; the weekend is so close! Tomorrow, an all new Couture Cravings will be up, so make sure to check back.

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

Even though its only been a week, I feel like I haven’t posted in forever. Work has been kicking my butt; I am looking to the next few days I have off from the ambulance. I finally was able to get a few things done today. Our guest room has become the dumping ground for clean laundry, and if it wasn’t for my sweet husband folding it all the time, it would never get done. I know it's already Wednesday, but I thought it would start off with a holiday weekend recap.

So the Memorial Day weather wasn’t quite what I was hoping it would be. For those of us that live in the northeast, it felt more like April than the end of May, which meant no bathing suits andno cute tops; I am still giving my leather jacket a run for its money.

Friday was a long day at work, and I was looking forward to a cocktail all day. My husband and I had dinner with my best friend from high school and her husband; they have three kids, and I don’t know how they do it. We had a blast catching up and drinking a lot of tequila.

Saturday my husband and I took a walk to town and had coffee in the park and he got his hair cut while I shopped a little. Saturday night was Greenwich Town Party, Steely Dan, and Alabama Shakes performed and it was fun to see 10,000 members of the community all in the same place getting their groove on.

Sunday afternoon I took a stab at the golf again. This time around I didn’t hit anyone, but I did lose just as many balls. My husband ordered me a huge bag of balls from online; we have a bet going on how long it will take me to lose all of them. My guess is he is going to be ordering new balls sooner than he thinks. I am still on the hunt for somewhat chic golf clothes (oxymoron?) Do you guys have any tips on where I can find them? Sunday night was the first BBQ of the season; unfortunately, it was too chilly to hang outside. Fingers corssedfor next weekend. 

On Monday I had to work; so no super jazzy Memorial Day for me. But I hope you guys had a fabulous long weekend; the best part is it's already Wednesday so only three more days until the weekend.

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  I'm rounding up some fun things for Memorial Day weekend, it's ONLY three days away. If the weather cooperates, I fully intend on spending the weekend in fun tops, white jeans (finally fashion legal for those of you who still follow the rules), and fun sunnies.  Almost everything above you can mix and match and are perfect pieces for the coming months.   Love that white off the shoulder dress. I bought the jeans in the photo and they are honestly the softest most comfortable jeans I have bought in a while. The shorts and the white tailored pants are both from H&M and under $40.  You guys know I am sucker for the solid and striped one-pieces, this new aqua color is perfect for summer or a Caribbean vacation. Their website is offering 20% off and overnight shipping for Memorial Day.


I'm rounding up some fun things for Memorial Day weekend, it's ONLY three days away. If the weather cooperates, I fully intend on spending the weekend in fun tops, white jeans (finally fashion legal for those of you who still follow the rules), and fun sunnies.  Almost everything above you can mix and match and are perfect pieces for the coming months. 

Love that white off the shoulder dress. I bought the jeans in the photo and they are honestly the softest most comfortable jeans I have bought in a while. The shorts and the white tailored pants are both from H&M and under $40.

You guys know I am sucker for the solid and striped one-pieces, this new aqua color is perfect for summer or a Caribbean vacation. Their website is offering 20% off and overnight shipping for Memorial Day.

Weekend Recap

This weekend flew by, as they usually do, and I am already looking forward to the three-day weekend ahead. My husband coaches a 7th-grade lacrosse team, and sharing him with a bunch of 12th graders can be challenging at times, but this Friday night was their annual Wit vs. Fit game, where the kids play the parents and the coaches. It was fun to break out the stick and play again. It has been a while, and man, was I out of shape. 

Saturday night, we went to a family friend's graduation party. They had an awesome pig roast in their backyard complete with fire pits, Frose (frozen rose), homemade elephant ears, and even some fireworks. 

Sunday, I ventured out on the golf course with my husband for the first time in 5 years. To say it was interesting would be an understatement. I lost five balls, almost hit a person on my first tee shot, and learned to use the range finder, and we had a lot of laughs.  I am quickly running out of clothes in my closet that I can pass off as “appropriate” golf wear. Is it just me, or are women's golf clothes the absolute worst? The fact that I played nine holes (I usually lose interest after 4) is pretty much a golfing miracle in my book. I am looking forward to this week flying by as quickly as this last weekend did.

 

The Guys: Bathing Suits

Woah, the Northeast went from freezing to scorching hot and I am not complaining. Looks like its time to break out the bathing suits. I thought it would be fun to write a post for the guys. I can’t imagine any of my guy's friends check the blog every day. I am pretty sure my Dad is the only one who looks; I know because he reposts my things on his Facebook page (thanks, Dad). I am always in search of good gift ideas for the guys in my life, and I think bathing suits are a great gift. So this post is just as much for the girls as it is for the guys.

When I asked my husband what his favorite bathing suit brands were, he gave me a few which were totally acceptable. I was shocked—he has come a long way in the style department since we met. Then a few minutes later, my phone vibrated. He wanted to add that Lulu Lemon shorts were great for swimming because they dry super fast. Hmmmm, all his stylish street cred went out the window with that one text. That's coming from the guy who wore the same Patagonia board shorts for years until they “mysteriously” disappeared. Let’s just say I was NOT sad to see them go.

Let's be honest. Most guys are happy to swim in their shorts and don’t care about “cute” bathing suits. It's something that if you buy it for them, they will wear it, but they typically aren’t seeking them out. But just like a great suit or a nice pair of loafers, a nice bathing suit goes a long way, and every guy should have one if not two. My idea of a cute bathing suit is somewhat fitted, so it isn’t falling down when you get out of the water. No one needs to see your crack; keep that to yourself, and it should be above your knee.

Some brands I love are Strong Bolt, Vilbrequine, Orlebar Brown and J. Crew also has some good choices for guys.

Tying the Top

Back in college, my roommates LOVED the scarf top. They would fold it in half, tie one end around some chunky necklace (usually pearls) and the other end through their pant loops in the back, so the top didn’t ride up. Genius, right? I think so.

A few weeks ago, on vacation, my last-minute packing got the best of me, and I ran out of clothes. Before recycling tops, I found myself reaching for the Hermes scarf I had brought to recreate the look. I quickly realized no chunky necklace was necessary (I haven’t rolled around with pearls since forever), and after a few attempts, I realized that while the necklace adds a little jazziness, it’s not crucial to the execution of the scarf top.

I folded it in a point, tied one end around my neck, and brought the other two around my back, threw my high-waist jeans and a pair of chunky heels on, and had myself a pretty cute outfit. That night, I was walking around town and stopped at Hermes, and the first thing I spotted was a mannequin, which, surely enough, was wearing a scarf top, albeit tied way better than mine. The woman reached into a drawer and handed me a box, and inside were the cutest “playing cards” with different ways you can tie your scarf as a top.

Think about all the scarves you have in your closet that you could use—just make sure they aren't see-through! Finding ways to use things you already have in your closet is always exciting (could I be lamer?). Below I included a few of my favorite Hermes scarves right now, which are a little pricey, but they honestly last a lifetime. Both my mom and grandmother have passed down a bunch of theirs from back in the day. I also laid out the "playing cards" so you can see all the different ways to tie the scarves.

About That Time: Summer Whites

Hopefully, everyone had a fun weekend, and the weather wasn't too much of a downer. Saturday night we went to a 65th birthday party. They had a clear top ten with all these little white lights strung up, and the sound of the rain made it so magical. The 48-degree temperatures, on the other hand, were less than desirable. I had a black turtleneck and a leather jacket on. It was NOT May weather—I am starting to feel like we live in Alaska.

Unfortunately, my mom wasn't home for Mother's Day, but my dad and I "celebrated" anyway. We "played" golf, and I use that term loosely. He played, and I took a few whiffs, made some pretty large divots, but I also hit a few, so it wasn't as big of a massacre as I had thought it would be. We had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Elm Street. So as much as we missed having Mother's Day with my mom, we still had a good time.

I am so ready for warm weather, which, apparently, the weather apps have assured us will be arriving this week. Which means, bring out the whites... You guys know I am big on neutrals, so adding white to the mix once it gets warm out is pretty exciting.

This bow top is from Club Monaco, and I love the texture. I’m big on texture. I have been stocking up on white jeans lately—I got two new pairs last week—and they are linked below as well as the pair in this photo which are from ASOS and are under $50. These shoes are so fun and so comfortable, I’m gravitating to anything with a block heel lately. The “oversized” jean jacket is from Gap—it was under $60 and is a perfect throw-on piece. Everyone should have at least one jean jacket in their closet.

St. Barths: Where to PLAY

 Beach bar at the Tom Tom Hotel

Beach bar at the Tom Tom Hotel

 Flamands Beach one day........

Flamands Beach one day........

 ......Flamands Beach the next day.

......Flamands Beach the next day.

 The short walk to Saline Beach

The short walk to Saline Beach

 The short walk is worth it.

The short walk is worth it.

 Lookout point Colombier

Lookout point Colombier

 Lorient Beach

Lorient Beach

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 Cold Caribs on St. Jean Beach

Cold Caribs on St. Jean Beach

 The hike to the Secret Pools

The hike to the Secret Pools

 Gustavia

Gustavia

 Shops in Gustavia

Shops in Gustavia


Beaches: St. Barths has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Although the island is tiny compared to some of its counterparts, it has 16 beaches, all of which are very different.

St. Jean: I call St. Jean my ideal afternoon beach. We usually head here after lunch. It is by far the beach with the most action on the island. At the entrance by the runway, there is shade in the afternoon, the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the planes come and go. Eden Roc, Nikki Beach, and La Plage all dot St. Jean beach. La Plage has a place where you can rent lounge chairs, sail boats, and paddle boards.

Saline: One of the most breathtaking beaches I have even seen. There is a small walk to get there, but once you come to the clearing, you will see the bluest water flanked by two mountains and nothing else in sight. It is the deepest stretch of sand on the island, so it's great for beach walks. There is no shade, so if you burn easily, bring an umbrella.

Gouverneur: This is another beautiful beach with no buildings in sight. It is much smaller than Saline, but there is no walk to get there. There is a little shade when you walk in, where a lot of the locals post up.

Flamands: It can either be relatively calm, or you can get some great waves that are perfect for body surfing. Cheval Blanc, one of the island's nicest hotels, is located on Flamands. It is a great place for a beach drink.

Shell Beach: Just as it sounds, there is no sand, only shells. It is the perfect beach if you are looking for a place with a little action. Shellona, a new restaurant, just opened there in the place of Do Brazil. If you are brave enough, there are some cliffs you can swim to on the left side. Climb the rope and jump off!

Secret Pools: They aren’t so secret anymore, but they are still hard to find. If it's something you want to do, asking a local when you get to the island is your best best. Some trespassing and some climbing down cliffs are involved, but it's worth it. They are pretty spectacular.

Shopping:
Gustavia: St. Barths has by far the best Caribbean town, not a cheesy souvenir shop in sight, which I love. You could spend at least a day looking at all the stores, everything high-end from Prada and Cartier to much smaller boutique stores. Remember the island observes siesta, so most of the stores are open 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and then 4 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Jean: This is the second-largest town in St. Barths. There are a lot of smaller boutique stores here that are worth stopping for. One of my favorites is Lillie Belle. There are also smaller off-shoots of some of the bigger stores in Gustavia. St. Jean stores are a little more liberal with their hours and are open when some of the Gustavia stores aren’t. It’s also a great place to take a break from the sun. You can walk there from St. Jean beach, do a little shopping, and then head back to the beach.

Nightlife: I am not a huge nightlife person, a few cocktails a nice dinner are right up my alley. For those of you that do like to get a little spicy on vacation St. Barths does have some places for you. Nikki Beach is strictly a daytime spot, like an NYC club (think Lavo) but on the sand. Sundays they have theme parties and they go all out with the dress. For nighttime, I would recommend Le Ti, it's a little bit of a drive but the atmosphere is something you have to see at least once. The costumes are outrageous, the bar serves crazy cocktails and the decor is dripping in red velvet. Very much a french burlesque vibe.

I am fully content sitting on the beach with a good book, my dad is NOT. He can't sit still for a second, so that means beach walks, the frequent lacrosse tosses (yes he brings the sticks all the way from home), and how could I forget the football. If you are like him and beach relaxing isn't your thing below are some things to feed your more adventurous side.

Jet Ski Tour: My dad has always wanted to do this but has yet to convince the rest of us. The tour circumnavigates the entire island, stopping along the way at some hidden spots.

Hiking: There are a few hikes on St. Barths and some pretty spectacular lookout points (top of the lighthouse and Colombier). The hike down to Colombier Beach is worth doing once, be aware it is a lot of stairs, which means on the way back you have to climb up them.


Sea-Bobs: We did these one year ago, and they were a blast. St. Jean beach, as well as Flamands, has places to rent these. They are like mini jet skis that you hold onto, you can dive down so they are great for snorkeling.

Scuba Diving: St. Barths is one of my favorite dive spots. It has a bunch of mini rock formations off its coast that are ideal dive spots. Last time we went, the wildlife was amazing, and the spotted eagle rays were so majestic.

 

St. Barths: The Necessities

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This is the first addition to my four-part travel guide to St. Barths. This first part is all the basic info you would find in a guide book (do people read those anymore?) or online with my personal opinions (they're funny, I know) and tips.....

Getting there: First stop, St. Martin - there are NO direct flights into St. Bart's. The airport is extremely tiny. I’m sure you have all seen the famous videos of planes landing. If not, it's worth checking out on YouTube. The last flight out of St. Martin to SBH is no later than sunset; the runway is not lit, so the planes do not land at night. There are a fair amount of direct flights from the NYC area, as well as other places in the US. From St. Martin, there are two ways to get to SBH. A small plane, and I mean really small plane or ferry. I have done both; I recommend that if you get sea sick, do not take the ferry.

Winair: Offers flights almost every 30 minutes to SBH. They suggest leaving at least two hours from the time your inbound flight lands until the departure of your Winair plane. If you arrive ahead of schedule they are great about getting you on an earlier flight provided there are open spots. If not and you are stuck in the St. Martin airport there is a bar that serves cold pina coladas, no reason not to start your vacation.

St. Barths Commuter: Runs 4 flights every day from St. Martin. These flights are cheaper but they fill up fast and the planes are smaller than the Winair planes.

Voyager Ferry: Like I said, if you get sea sick, do not take the ferry. From the airport, you will need to get a taxi to Oyster Bay (40 min ride), then you get on the ferry, which is another hour ride to St. Barths.

Tradewind Aviation: This company offers flights to SBH from Puerto Rico. The flights are significantly more expensive, but the planes are significantly more luxurious. It is more of the “private jet” experience.

Language: Bonjour! The island is French which means people speak French, don't worry English is widely spoken. If you're feeling jazzy it's a great time to break out that high school French, that you don't really remember anymore but pretend to.

Getting around the island: If you feel comfortable driving on the windy island roads, I highly recommend renting a car. Taxis are pretty much nonexistent in St. Barths, and when you locate one, they are crazy expensive. One ride into town could pay for your rental car for one day.  If you want something fun I highly recommend renting a Moke, the original St. Barths beach ride. I do not suggest hiding away at your hotel when you are on St. Barths; it's fun to explore the different beaches and to spend time in town.

Money: The currency is euros. Credit cards and American dollars are widely accepted. There are ATMs on the island if you need to take cash out.

Water: As with most Caribbean islands, I do not recommend drinking the water out of the taps. The locals will tell you the same thing. It's fine to brush your teeth and cook with, but for drinking, I would stick with bottled water.

Food Stores: There are several grocery stores on the island, all offering a good selection of produce and other goods. Reading the labels can be a bit challenging as everything is in French. The Marche U in St. Jean, across from the airport, offers the most extensive selection of food. Bring a bag with you as they do not provide plastic or paper bags. You can buy a reusable one for 1 euro. If you are staying in a villa, they might have some so make sure you look around.

 

Couture Cravings

I can’t believe it's already Wednesday. This week has totally gotten away from me. A perfect midweek pick-me-up is a new edition of Couture Cravings, and this one has a theme: summer white. In the winter, I am all about black and gray, but as the leaves come out and the temps warm up, I crave whites and creams. I am into mixing different shades of whites and textures; not everything should match. Tomorrow, the first part of my St. Barth’s Travel guide will go up on the blog…make sure to check back.

Madewell Jeans: Finally a pair of white jeans in 100% cotton, just like they used to make them before everything had stretch in them. I'm craving the lighter wash too, but they are back ordered in my size!

Madewell Eyelet Blouse: Slightly tucked into the jeans above and a cute slide. You’ve got the perfect summer outfit.

Frame Le Skinny High Waist Jean: Lately, I have been reaching for high waist jeans. I think they can be a little bit more forgiving; no muffin top (I cringe as I even write that). Plus, you can never have enough white jeans…

MesoLyft: Micro-needle skincare is said to increase collagen and elastin and promote radiant skin. This is something you can do at home. The tiny needles exfoliate dead skin cells, and the attached serum is pushed directly into your skin. There are rollers for your eyes, lips, and face.

All Saints Leather Jacket: A cream-colored leather jacket has been on my list for a while. It is perfect to throw on with a romper or a maxi dress. This All Saints one checks all the boxes, and it's not crazy expensive.

Forever 21 Slides: At $15, these are a steal - and so on trend right now. The light blue color is another one of my favorites.

Free People Dress: You know I am a sucker for anything off the shoulder. It comes in three different colors, but the white is my favorite. I think it would be awesome with super high wedges like the Ivanka ones I put on the blog last week.

Milk Makeup Matcha Toner: Milk Makeup makes a few of my favorite products right now including the Sunshine Skintint, Blush Oil, and Sunshine Oil. They just released this matcha toner, and I am dying to try it. I love that their products come in easy-to-use packaging for girls on the go.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask: I have tried the cucumber mask by Peter Thomas Roth, and it's so soothing and hydrating. The Rose Stem Cells are supposed to prevent aging, kick dullness in the butt, and make sure you are hydrated. Sounds like a home run to me. Tip: put it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect and leave a thin layer on overnight.

Recently Acquired Items

 DO NOT walk, RUN to get these wedges. They are my absolute favorite shoes right now. They are ridiculously comfortable, they go with everything, and can be tied in so many ways. To say I love them is an understatement. Thinking I need the black and light pink pair.   

DO NOT walk, RUN to get these wedges. They are my absolute favorite shoes right now. They are ridiculously comfortable, they go with everything, and can be tied in so many ways. To say I love them is an understatement. Thinking I need the black and light pink pair.

 

  I finally pulled the trigger on this trench. Perfect for those chilly mornings we are still having. The color easily transitions with Fall.


I finally pulled the trigger on this trench. Perfect for those chilly mornings we are still having. The color easily transitions with Fall.

 This top is also a Club Monaco find. The shoulder is one of my favorite silhouettes; the bow was just a bonus.

This top is also a Club Monaco find. The shoulder is one of my favorite silhouettes; the bow was just a bonus.

  I got this tote on vacation. It is very different from any straw tote I have seen. Love the stripes.   


I got this tote on vacation. It is very different from any straw tote I have seen. Love the stripes.

 

  Spring means clean white sneakers, am I right? My mom used to get us fresh Keds every Spring and, keeping up with that tradition, I got these Stan Smiths.   


Spring means clean white sneakers, am I right? My mom used to get us fresh Keds every Spring and, keeping up with that tradition, I got these Stan Smiths.

 

 I haven’t bought expensive sunglasses in forever; the last pair was Chanel, and my dog did a number on them, so I have been a little gun shy. When I saw these Prada sunglasses, I couldn’t help myself.   

I haven’t bought expensive sunglasses in forever; the last pair was Chanel, and my dog did a number on them, so I have been a little gun shy. When I saw these Prada sunglasses, I couldn’t help myself.

 

 I'm having a moment with off the shoulder tops. This cream one has a sweet swiss dot print and you can't beat the $29 price tag.

I'm having a moment with off the shoulder tops. This cream one has a sweet swiss dot print and you can't beat the $29 price tag.

    These are my go to heels in warmer temps; the block heel makes them so comfortable. My beloved tan pair had seen better days, so I replaced them with the taupe pair. Still neutral and great for white jeans.

 

These are my go to heels in warmer temps; the block heel makes them so comfortable. My beloved tan pair had seen better days, so I replaced them with the taupe pair. Still neutral and great for white jeans.

Workout Wear Roundup

To follow up on my last post, I thought I would round up some fun workout gear for you all. If you are anything like me, you tend to spend a lot more time in your tights than you should.

On more occasions that I would like to admit, I end up wearing my workout clothes all day (clean ones I promise). I reach for them when it's cold, when I just don't have enough energy to pick out an outfit, and, most of all, when I want to be comfortable. There is so much cute workout gear out there these days; it makes it acceptable to wear it even when you aren't getting your sweat on—or at least that's what I tell myself.

I always see these women in cute Lulu tops, and there I am rolling around in my high school lax tees. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good high school tee (which I probably "borrowed" from someone else back in the day). With all that being said, I think my gear could probably use a bit of an upgrade, starting with some of the things I have linked below. Click on the images to be taken to the items.

5 Things That Motivate Me

Growing up, I always played sports, from little league all the way through high school. Then college happened, and to say it was a wake-up call was an understatement. I went from working out 3 hours a day to nothing. The two donuts I was pocketing in the dining hall on the way to class weren’t doing me any favors. Then, combine that with the leisurely walk I did as my “exercise” and you can imagine what happened. Hello, freshman 15. Ugh, it was the worst. Pushing myself to work out alone was hard. I had been accustomed to a team environment my entire life. There was always someone there to push you. Finally, I convinced my roommate (shout out to Mini Me) to go “running" with me, and I used that term loosely. We usually ended up at Mi Cocina finishing our workout with endless chips and Mambo Taxis. Slowly, we started walking less and running more, and I realized that working out didn’t suck as much as I thought. I began to love getting outside and having time to clear my mind. Now, it is part of my daily routine; there is rarely a day that I don’t run. So these are the five things that get me out the door (because that's the hardest part) every day to work out.

Fresh Air: I do NOT belong to a gym. Truthfully, I can’t stand gyms. Something about the smell and monotony of the same machines just doesn’t do it for me. First of all, you have to get there before your workout even starts, then I sit in the locker room and procrastinate FOREVER about working out. If I had just gone out my front door for a run, I would have already been done by now. A huge part of working out for me is the fresh air; it gets the endorphins going. Living in Connecticut doesn’t always provide me with the best weather to be outside but I have learned to layer, layer, and then layer some more. Now, rain, shine, sleet or snow, I am always out there.

Accomplishment: Sometimes, the thought of working out makes me ill. I have those days where I just can’t seem to muster up the motivation to get out the door. But I always tell myself I will feel better when it's done, and every time, I do. Every time I get back, I feel so much better, accomplished. Not to mention it makes the margaritas taste better.

Exploring: I always say running is the best way to see a new place. You can see so much more of a city, scouting out places while you run. Out of all the places I have traveled, the only place where I didn’t run outside was Africa. Usually, if you're running in the bush, it's because you're being chased. So, jogging on safari was sort of out of the question. Thank you, but I prefer to see the lions from the truck. When I run at home, I make sure to change up my route every few days. Seeing the same things every day can make you feel like you are on the treadmill, something I try desperately to avoid. It's amazing how the smallest of changes can make a huge difference.

Jump Starts My Day: When I have to be at work at 6 am, it can be hard to get out the door for a run at 5 am, especially when it's dark and cold out. But I am so much more awake and productive when I get to work after a run. Running gets the blood flowing and starts my day off on the right foot. Not to mention that after a 12-hour day, working out when you get home can seem impossible.

Results: For me, it’s not about losing weight. In the beginning, it was about shedding the freshman 15 and getting back to my formerly fit self, but now, it's about my peace of mind and making sure that I get at least 30 minutes a day to clear my head. I am not going to lie though; seeing results doesn’t hurt either. When I actually stick to a routine and eat healthy, I feel better, my skin looks better, and that imaginary six-pack shows just a little. All of these push me harder. Makes those 5 am runs in the pitch-black darkness worth it.

For those of you around the Greenwich, CT area who aren’t a huge fan of the gym but might need a little extra push that a group workout gives you, Pete Deleary runs a butt-kicking boot camp class OUTSIDE. There are about eight classes a week, everything from TRX class to endurance class (my personal favorite) to boot camp class. You can find the schedule that he updates every week on Facebook. The group is called Greenwich Bootcamps. Make sure to check it out; you won’t regret it.