Independence Day x Puppy Love

“Independence Day: It will be celebrated, with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”- John Adams

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Independence Day, The 4th of July, America’s Birthday whatever name you would like to give the day, it’s always been one of my favourite holidays! I love wearing as much red, white, and blue as possible. I will be spending the day grilling, playing games, and watching fireworks. Plus I know there will be lots of sparklers involved!

I hope each of you have a fantastic long weekend. Enjoy time with family and friends. Eat lots of yummy food, and raise a glass to this place we all call home!

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Beachwear x Sunny Days

“Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly.”

Van Morrison

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What do you wear for beachwear? You know, those days where you go straight from the beach to a quick dinner and jaunt down the boardwalk. Picking out a swimsuit can be so important, but so too is what you chose to style over it. My three tips on beachwear will make picking out a stylish beach look super easy!

1: Prevent sunburn!

I’m not going to lie, I”ve always been a sun worshipper- until this year. I’ve been so good with sunscreen and trying to prevent wrinkles, and more importantly skin cancer. This breezy tunic top from Old Navy is super cheap and dries quickly!

2: Hats are in!

Big floppy sun hats are all the rage right now! Not only to they bring in the Instagram likes, they also shade your delicate nose from the sun and just look pretty darn cute. Mine is from an amazing woman who custom makes them on Instagram, check her out here!

3: Pick beachwear you feel comfy in!

Is a two piece your jam, or do you like a one piece with cut outs? The most important part of any look is that you feel comfortable! I’m loving the new one-piece trend and definitely felt more comfortable in this one when taking pictures. I do love my two pieces too! it’s all about what I’m feeling that day.

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Summer x Lace Love

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Summer Time is Here!

Summer is magical. Perhaps the lure of school vacation embedded the thoughts and dreams of all the wonderful potential of the season into our heads from adolescence. Perhaps there is rebirth to be found in the sun’s rays, or a sultry summer’s eve.  Whatever it might be, no one can deny they feel different, more alive in the summer months. It’s as if the whole world finally slows down. Evenings turn to laughter, and stress drifts away with the warm summer breeze.

I don’t know about you, but every year I write a bucket list of everything I want to spend the few short hot months of summer doing! There are sometimes new things, sometimes the list is the same. Regardless of what’s on it, I try my best to do every single thing as soon as the weather turns warm.

My Summer Bucket List

  • Go to the beach. (This is always, always, number one!)
  • Camping: with family/friends, and a couple trips to the backwoods. (I love it being just me and nature!)
  • Vineyard trips with friends. (Northern VA has sooo many vineyards!)
  • A road trip.
  • Reading in the sun on my back deck.
  • Drinking copious amounts of cold brew iced tea with lemon.
  • A picnic.
  • Kayaking, whitewater rafting, and boating in general. (All three must be done!)
  • Evening walks with my husband and puppy!

Do you have a summer list? I’d love to hear about what you like to do during the long days we’re having right now!

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Off the Shoulder x Summer Lovin’

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This look combines two of my FAVOURITE trends this season: off the shoulder, and 90’s revival. I wanted to shake up the off the shoulder look, so I countered the classic Bridgette Bardot style with a Jennifer Aniston-style overall dress. The clear bag and choker necklaces kicker up the 90’s factor, while wedges and these amazing Karen Walker sunnies from Ditto (use code “makeminemaroon” to get your first month free!!!) kept the look fresh.

Are you digging the 90’s revival, or the off the shoulder look? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Platform Sneakers x Cutoffs

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Do you ever wear something that just makes you feel incredibly happy? For me shirts that have my favourite movies on them always make me smile- I have a Star Wars t-shirt and pajama pant collection that has gotten pretty large at this point. When I saw this sweatshirt in Forever 21 for $10, I knew it had to join the collection of shirts that just make me smile.

This is a super casual look for me; I told my husband I was wearing a sweatshirt and tennis shoes when we went out. Apparently this look doesn’t register as a “t-shirt and trainers” in his book…. I started thinking about how my definition of casual t-shirt and jeans is a little bit more than other people’s; which is why today I’m sharing three tips on how to kick up your casual look:

1: Kick up your kicks!

These metallic platform tennis shoes are completely unique and not your standard shoe. They are just as comfy as my athletic one’s though- case in point: I wore them walking around NYC for 12 hours last week. There are a ton of standout tennis shoes out there right now! Here are some of my favs:

2: Don’t go casual with your accessories!

I always use a dressier purse than what I’m wearing; it acts as a contrast that adds interest and steps a look up. Here are some of my favourite mini purses (I seriously can’t get enough of the tiny style!):

3: Add some layers!

Summer styling can be hard when you can’t play with textured layers like in the winter. Layers can always pick up and elevate any look! The key to summer ones are to keep them thin and simple. This Top Gun sweatshirt is super thin, and layers perfectly with a tissue tee to keep me cool outside and warm inside when I hit that air conditioning!

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PS: I love love love these shoes so much! In addition to the fact that this sweatshirt was only $10, the sunnies were under $5 which means this look was a major score on top of being cute.