Friday, July 1, 2016

Holiday Weekend Sales 🇺🇸

The July sales are always my favorite. It depresses me to think that they're clearing summer inventory and all the fall clothes will be flooding the shelves in a few weeks. But, while the sales are going on, it's a great way to stock up on staples before the summer ends. We used to do our back to school shopping during these sales since we lived in Florida and wore shorts year round anyway!

I rounded up some sales that caught my attention:

Throw the best pool party with everything you need from pool floats to home decor to preppy bathing suits.

Get everything you need for safe, summer fun in the sun!

LOFT | 50% off everything with "july4th"

Stock up on comfortable summer pieces and pick up a few things for your casual Fridays at work.

LILLY PULITZER | gifts with purchase!

The perfect excuse to get your Lilly fix!

Perfect for splurging on dorm room bedding or new apartments! This is the most tempting sale for me since there are few items I'd like to spruce up our place with.

Stock up on work staples for upcoming internships, first jobs, and college courses. (AT also has the cutest shoes that shouldn't be overlooked!)

FURBISH STUDIO | 20% off everything with "fireworks"

Find the perfect hostess gifts for summer parties and trips, plus a few things for yourself.

J. CREW | 40% off summer styles + extrta 40-60% off sale styles with "coolstyles"

Get your favorite summer pieces before it's too late– and you still have almost a full summer to wear!

KATE SPADE | 30% off sale with "sunshine"

Pick up a new handbag or wallet or that piece of jewelry you've been eyeing!

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On My Radar

This week was a doozy, in a good way. On Monday, I spoke on a panel about blogging that was hosted by General Assembly. I was so impressed with their team and loved the whole concept. They offer a ton of courses– full time and part time– and host free events frequently. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the NYC area. (I'm really interested the data analytics course!)

On Tuesday, I was a part of a denim photo shoot for StyleWatch Magazine, and it was so much fun. I don't really know what I was expecting, but it ended up being a huge and super legit production. I felt a little intimidated! I wish I had thought to Snapchat more behind the scenes... there was hair, makeup, nails... a stylist... a seamstress who was hemming jeans on the spot... and so many other elements. I felt like a mini-celebrity for the day! When we started shooting, I couldn't stop laughing because there was an actual fan to make my hair blow, just like you see in the movies!!! The issue comes out in October, and I already can't wait to see what photos/outfits they will choose.

How gorgeous is Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton?! I was invited to lunch by Jen, the owner of Sail to Sable and it was the best afternoon by the beach.

Okay, now what's on my radar for the week:

Okay, a bit of a confession here first. I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos lately. I read an article at the end of last year about "family vlogs" and found the whole thing fascinating. There are families out there that make daily videos, and they have HUGE (I'm talking MASSIVE) followings. Can't lie, I've gotten hooked on a few. When we skied in Park City in March, we found out (via Instagram, of course) that the biggest Youtube family was there... The Shaytards. (Shay, the dad, sold his company Makers Studios to Disney for $500 million dollars.) After seeing them on the mountain, I now follow their channel.

They just collaborated on the cutest Sound of Music medley video with Peter Hollens, and I'm obsessed. The behind the scenes is just as cute too.

TWO // Pink Drink

What's everyone's thoughts on this Starbucks "Pink Drink" that's all over Instagram?! I can't decide if it looks amazing or disgusting! Has anyone tried it yet?!

I loved this video of Kate Winslet talking about believing in yourself. It's such a great message. Definitely worth watching, and saving for later if you're ever having a bad day. (I sent it to no fewer than four of my friends immediately.)

I've read a few from the list but have my work cut out for me! I think this is a well-rounded list with something for everyone. Pin it and refer to it before your next vacation when you need a book. (Here's my personal summer reading recommendations for the summer!)

Is anyone else super pumped for the Olympics? I've been watching a lot of the coverage and a ton of the highlight videos all over Facebook. I can't stop. It's so exciting to watch people who have dedicated their whole lives to their sport qualify for the OLYMPICS. Amazing. I thought this was such a great short video about the swimmers!

Do you have fun plans for the long weekend?
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Packing for Ireland in the Summer

Ireland, in my opinion, is totally one of those trips that you could pack with a carry-on. I'd stick to sneakers, one pair of rain boots, a rain coat, leggings, a pair of running shorts, jeans, a sweater, a plain tee, and a Patagonia fleece. You could really do it. Like an outdoorsy, explore-y, tourist look. Easy.

This packing list is not for a carry-on. I spent so much time looking through Pinterest for ideas of what to pack when heading to Ireland. The packing lists I found seemed really basic or geared towards colder months. 

From the minute I announced we were going to Ireland, I started getting requests for a packing list. And they keep coming. I LOVE how many readers are heading there this summer. (I'm jealous? Pack me in your suitcase?!) If you want to go, definitely pin this for later in case you end up there next summer!!

Before I get to the actual packing list, here are some tips I have:

1) If you're going to overpack in any department, and you're planning on killing the Instagram game, bring extra coats and jackets. Coats are really what end up standing out in photos, and they're also going to be the most versatile part of your packing. I would rather have two options of coats than two options of anything else for the trip!

2) Checking the weather can feel overwhelming. I kept trying to figure out what 65 degrees would really feel like. Well, 65 degrees feels different depending on where you are in Ireland, for sure. In addition to checking the weather, I'd cross-reference it by checking the geo-tagged photos from the day on Instagram. To see what actual tourists were wearing in the same spot I was going to be in a week later really helped me gauge what I'd want/need to wear. 

3) For colors, I think if I weren't going there as a blogger, I'd stick to denim, gray, navy, and white with added color from my coats. I'd avoid green, though, especially if you're going to be taking a lot of family photos. Ireland is sooooo green, so skip the green Barbour and the green Hunters.  

With these basic staples, you can put together a bunch of different outfits for your entire trip, and you'll be able to tweak throughout the day depending on the weather. I'd say this packing list is for a trip to Ireland in the summer where the temperatures range from 55 to 75 degrees. 





Twelve outfit ideas that you can mix and match... and there are even more combinations!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jenny Walton's Style

I have a pretty good idea of what my personal "style" is by now. But even still, I surprise myself now and then by trying something new, and liking it. Sometimes I try things in the privacy of my own home (and then promptly return said failed items), but other times it really works. I recently purchased a chambray romper which so doesn't seem like something I'd wear, and I loved it... and received so many compliments while wearing it. Even tying this scarf around my neck, and then around my ponytail, felt unlike me and also totally right at the same time. So maybe I shouldn't be so stuck in my ways all the time– I'd like to keep trying new things. 

After seeing her feature on J. Crew's blog, I instantly fell in love with Jenny Walton's style. She's the fashion director at The Sartorialist, so you should expect as much. She's also an incredible artist, and I think an element of art really shines through her clothes! I simply want to recreate every single one of her outfits! I love that she walks the line of classic and bold, trendy and tailored.

photo via j. crew's blog

photo via peter stigter

photo via nabile quenum

photo via phil oh

photo via j. crew's blog

photo via sandra semburg

What do you think?! Are you as obsessed as I am?!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

All American

There are so many great options for the Fourth of July outfit-wise. It's one of my favorite holidays actually. I just love that it's something everyone in the country can celebrate, and my heart always swells with pride seeing how people decked out in their best red, white, and blue. I grew up going to my grandparents' house by the beach in North Carolina to celebrate the Fourth. (Christmas? No. The Fourth of July.) It was a huge deal, and we went all out with outfits, parades, fireworks, decorations, and activities. 

Tuckernuck's roundup of patriotic attire is too good. Whether you need something for a day at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or an evening under the fireworks... they've got it. 

I can't get enough of these American Flag embroidered loafers. (I'm normally a 7 but wear a 7.5 in these.) The perfect loafer for all summer long; I've been wearing them frequently!

I cannot resist ice cream the minute the temperatures hit eighty degrees. And in case you're wondering whether or not I ate all the ice cream. Yep. Gone. (See below, haha.)

Sail to Sable tunics are really easy to wear when it's warm. The linen dresses are lightweight and look as polished as anything, regardless of the heat.

Thank you Tuckernuck for sponsoring this post!
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