Category Archives: fashion+beauty

Comfy Summer Style

casual summer style

Now that summer is here (and we’ve had the best weather since I’ve lived here), we’ve really been taking advantage of the weekends because of the Mr’s training schedule (he’s gone during the week) – baseball games, picnics, beach days, concerts in the park…

All this summer fun calls for simple, comfy pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Here are a few things I’m wearing / hoping to wear this summer.

From left:

Linen pocket tank // Cropped matchstick jean

Straw fedora // Denim vest // Lace skirt

Gold watch // Gold leather sandals

Linen racerback tank // Striped maxi skirt

I’m really looking forward to a relaxing, summery weekend! Happy happy Friday.

(ps – I’m still on the hunt for a pleated maxi skirt, so let me know if you have any suggestions! xo)

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Stitch Fix

stitch-fix

Have you heard of Stitch Fix? It is a brilliant styling service that for 20 bucks will send you five pieces chosen for you (based on an online profile you fill out). Whatever you decide to buy, the fee is applied to your total.

Here’s a peek at what I kept from my first shipment. It’s such a lovely color, and not something I would have normally chosen for myself, but I’m quite pleased with it.

They also offer gift cards, which would be perfect for a sister or friend. You should check it out!

Necklace from Pigment.

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Darling Magazine

Darling-Magazine

Have you read Darling Magazine? You should. I received a copy from a friend who contributed to the spring issue, and it is such a joy to read. It covers topics of daily life, food, literature, travel, work, beauty, and style while compassionately redefining what it means to be a woman in today’s world of materialsim and merciless expectations. It is empowering, uplifting, enlightening, and gorgeous all at the same time.

Their blog is equally amazing and a daily dose of beauty and inspiration, but there is just something about flipping through the thick pages that makes it come alive. Check it out! xo

Darling-Magazine

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Found! A Good Chambray

chambray-shirt

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was on the hunt for the perfect chambray shirt. I am happy to report that it was recently found (and purchased :) here.

It is the perfect light and breezy color, and has a drapey, almost silky feel that is so comfy and flattering. It runs a little large, so I recommend a size smaller than you would typically wear.

I was lucky enough to catch it on sale, so the price tag was just right! I highly recommend this one.

Any other chambrays you’d like to share?

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Spring Style / Maxi Skirts

maxi-skirt

I am so glad maxi skirts are a big hit this year. They are the perfect blend of effortless, elegant, and comfy (and how gorgeous is the white pleated one on Jennifer Lawrence? To die for!). I’m looking forward to finding one or two affordable options for spring and summer. Here are a few ideas to start with.

If you’ve found any you’d like to share, please do!

Clockwise, from left: Jennifer Lawrence in Paris / fuchsia skirt / striped skirt / Ted Baker color block skirt

(ps – more ideas on Pinterest!)

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A Good Chambray is Hard to Find

chambray shirt

I have been in the market for a good ol’ trusty chambray shirt for quite a while. It’s such a versatile, comfy piece that I can imagine wearing to death all spring and summer long.

I recently purchased this one, but felt it was too stiff and boxy, and not true to size (a small swallowed me, which is unusual). So I’ve been on the hunt – here, here, here, and here. And although the price tag is steep on some of them, I think I’ll get my money’s worth if it’s a good fit.

Does anyone out there have a perfect chambray they love to pieces? I would love suggestions!

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For the Love of 30 Part 2: Manly Gifts

cords boots and mug

While handmade is nice and always appreciated, here’s a peek at the manly gifts the Mr. got for the big 3-0. I wish I could take credit for these stylish-yet-practical picks, but it was all him.

1. J. Crew cords His self-proclaimed new “old trusties.” Classic and comfy.

2. Ecco boots Lambskin lined and waterproof, yet chic enough for a casual dinner date.

3. REI mug To keep his coffee warm on early mornings.

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