Wearing: These Straight Lines

These Straight Lines

These Straight Lines

These Straight Lines

dress: old navy (similar), sandals: madden girl via dsw, sunglasses: f21

Sorry, Robin Thicke, I’m all about these straight lines. This has been my dress of the summer and I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to create an outfit post for it. Maybe because it’s so simple I just decided that I couldn’t spice it up and make it interesting enough. Then along came these gladiator sandals and this outfit made up of clean lines was born. These sandals are almost identical to a pair that I wanted from another brand that I couldn’t afford. DSW for the win! This outfit is incredibly simple, comfortable, and chic.

August so far has been weirdly cool and only slightly humid. I feel like my outfits reflect the cooler temperatures and I’ve been much more covered up and layered. The other afternoon I was happily able to sit on my back patio and do a little blog planning, a little writing, and enjoy a happy hour with Nick when he got home. The cooler temperatures already have me thinking of September outfits and my favorite fall activities. That may all change though when I get home from Austin and it’s 90 degree temps but for now, I could live in this version of summer all year long.

Wearing: Philadelphia Red

Philadelphia RedPhiladelphia Red

Philadelphia Red

tee: duke&winston, skirt: f21 (similar), shoes: blowfish, bracelet: gift

I am not a “fan tee” kind of girl. I once bought a t-shirt to wear to a Phillies game and then never wore it again. I keep contemplating buying a Flyers t-shirt and have yet to find an orange and black tee that I actually like. But put a bulldog in a hat on a Philadelphia shirt and I snatch it up faster than you can say “Philly.” Duke and Winston is a local clothing brand that creates beautiful clothing and accessories, everything from this Phila. shirt to silk ties with mini embroidered bulldogs. I’ve been a fan since they first started because I can represent my favorite city without looking like a little kid wearing my baggy sports team shirt. Also if you go in the store you might get to meet the real live Duke, a cuddly English bulldog. Can it get any better?!

We are t-minus 2 days until Austin! In case you didn’t catch my hints in previous posts Nick and I are hopping on a plane ridiculously early on Sunday to spend #sundayfunday and the next few days in Austin, TX. I am so excited to explore a new city and a totally new place. The only time I “visited” Texas was when I had a layover in the Dallas airport a million years ago. I get such a charge out of exploring a new place and I have bouncing off the walls this week with anticipation. I plan on eating tons of bbq, listening to a lot of music, shopping a ton, and relaxing because when we come back it’s back to school time. Ugh. Even though I’m heading to Austin I am not abandoning my blog. I’m working on awesome content right now and you will have to tune back in in two weeks to read a full Austin recap! Have a great weekend!

 

Wearing: Summer Scarf

Summer Scarf

Summer Scarf

Summer Scarf

top: f21 (similar), shorts: old navy, shoes: blowfish (similar), scarf: anthropologie (similar)

There is no season I love more (or talk about more) than summer. Right now we are in the perfect season. I don’t care for the humidity but the beach, sun, and shorts make up for that. Obviously my love for summer runs deep but…I miss my scarves. When fall rolls around in a few short months I will happily pull my stash of scarves out of my closet. I don’t know what it is about scarves but I probably have about 20 of them! On Saturday I was able to get my “scarf fix” when the weather took a turn for the cooler. I loved pairing it with my favorite tank and white shorts for a casual dinner with family. Sadly the scarf has been hung back up and is waiting for cooler days. No way will I be wearing that scarf in these 80 degree temps!

Speaking of 80 degree temperatures, it is supposed to be in the mid-80s, low humidity, and just all around perfect the next few days so you can find me at the beach. I really can’t believe that it is August already and back to school time is right around the corner. I mean kids in the South and Mid-West have already gone back! But I will make this summer last as long as possible (despite the scarf). Besides getting my tan on at the beach, I will be busy planning our trip to Austin now that summer school is out and I can spend more time on it. Anybody have any recommendations for must do/must see in Austin?

Wearing: Polka Dots for Life

wearing: polka dots for life

wearing: polka dots for life

wearing: polka dots for life

top: anthropologie (sold out), shorts: jcrew, necklace: f21, sandals: american eagle (similar)

This top: I’m in love. I stalked this top at Anthropologie waiting and wishing until it could be mine during their annual summer tag sale. I almost had a heart attack and cursed myself when it was sold out in my size online. Later I randomly visited my local Anthro and there it was: one left and in my size. It was definitely meant to be. Being on a budget can sometimes be stressful (really I have such problems). Maybe I should have titled this post “fashionista budget problems” though I’m not sure you’d call me a “fashionista”. But seriously, polka dots are my life. My love of polka dots cannot be confined to just clothes. In September I’ll post a picture of my classroom which I have decked out in polka dots. Nick and I are also registered for polka dot towels from West Elm. Seriously obsessed.

The only problem (if you can have a problem with such a beautiful polka dot top) is that the material is pretty heavy. I wore this top and shorts combo a Saturday or two ago when it was a pretty mild day. Actually this summer has been mild so far with a few humid days here and there. I, and especially my hair, are thankful for that. But this weekend, unfortunately, isn’t looking so great for summer fun. Humid, thunderstorms, and I’ve got a baby shower on Sunday. I love celebrating babies and all of life’s milestones with my friends but, without getting into it, this shower has been one issue after another. I’ll be happy the moment when we welcome the lovely lady and her bump into the party and get to shower her with gifts and can call it a wrap on this whole ordeal. Besides the shower on Sunday, I’ve decided to keep it low key and easy. Sometimes you’ve just got to take a break from life and be lazy. And wear some polka dots because they make life better.

Wearing: Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus

Circus Circus

Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus

dress: vintage, bag: target, sandals: dsw, earrings and sunglasses: f21

I have never been to the circus nor do I have any desire ever to go. When I went away to college I made friends with a girl in my dorm who thought never having been to the circus was strange and I thought just the opposite. Do people really still go to the circus? If the circus was like the one in Water for Elephants or The Night Circus, I would be the first in line for a ticket. Needless to say, I’m not a circus person unless it comes to this dress. This vintage circus print dress is courtesy of my mom. She picked it up in a Martha’s Vineyard shop when I was just a baby and I was so excited when she passed it on to me. Seriously, all my best clothes come from Mom! While I remembered to grab a detail of the print and cute tie pockets, I forget to capture the cute black-buttoned halter back so you’ll just have to imagine it.

I wore this dress on one of those quiet Sundays where Nick and I decide to visit a good brunch spot in Philly and just stroll. This weekend is shaping up to be one of those “quiet” weekends again though we still have plenty to do. Our to-do list includes shopping for a new car for Nick, some wedding things like DJs and the guest list, and getting in some “us time.” I added in that last one since I feel like our life has been pretty eaten up by the beginning stages of wedding planning and I want us to have a little time just being ourselves together. I’m ready for this quiet weekend to begin.

Wearing: American Blue

American Blues

American Blues

American Blues

dress: american eagle (similar), heels: urban outfitters (similar), necklace: anthro (old)

It’s been about three weeks since I’ve done an outfit post and I’m so happy to be back at it. Of course when I was getting a post together I realized that it couldn’t just be any old outfit; it had to be patriotic for the fourth of July! I’ve only ever done one other patriotic post in nearly four years of blogging. I’m not quite sure why I’ve never indulged in the patriotic outfit fever that seems to make its way through the blogs this time of year but I have to confess that it’s secretly my favorite. I’m a sucker for themed fashion and I just swoon over all these red, white, and blue outfits. It also helps that the fourth is one of my favorite holidays, a close second to my all-time favorite, Christmas. But for fashion it definitely ranks first. The only fashion Christmas has is those holiday sweaters and, well, no, just no. The only thing I hate about this post is that you can’t really see the amazing seersucker texture of this dress. Though to be honest it’s better to feel that seersucker than just see it.

Now I will freely admit that this red, white, and blue outfit is much too dressy for my holiday plans. Nick and I plan to hit up not one but two holiday BBQs, both with pools, so I’ll be rocking a bikini and jean shorts for most of the day (as long as the weather holds!). While I love getting to see family and friends, the best part of the day is probably right now when Nick and I take our Starbucks run, I get a chance to read some blogs, and there’s a Walking Dead marathon on AMC. Sure I love all the Independence Day traditions like BBQs and beers but I also love having another summer day off.

Have an excellent fourth of July!

Black and White and Art All Over

A Day at the Art Museum

ModCloth notified me of a very cool opportunity: create a Polyvore collage using one of their clothing items as inspirations for their Uniquely You campaign. Since I am a Polyvore junkie and love dreaming up outfits I couldn’t wait to find out what would be the first piece. But really, just browsing ModCloth’s site is enough to get the gears going in the fashion department so I knew I could come up with something. Fortunately it was insanely easy as soon as I saw that I had to style ModCloth’s adorable black and cream Twirl Next Door dress.

Here’s the Twirl Next Door dress to me: a young but sophisticated art student’s day off in the city. She laces up her beautiful but sensible heels, grabs her sketchpad and leaves her cramped New York apartment. In the hustle and bustle of the city she only sees the beauty: the towering skyscrapers with their lines stretching towards infinity, the wrinkles on the face of the Plaza hotel bellman who loves his job, the great expanse of Central Park. She arrives at her destination: the Guggenheim. The modern lines of this corkscrew building match the twirl of her dress. She’ll wander among the paintings and tourists and know one day her work will hang alongside the greats.

I do love a good story to go with my outfits and I had fun dreaming up this one. I hope you can see the hustle and bustle of the city as this dress swings its way from museum to museum. Pair it with pop art earrings and the most darling cloche and you’re ready to go. Make sure you check out ModCloth’s Polyvore page for more inspiration on how to wear their fabulous dresses!