Month: June 2015

Double Take

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Casual: Top // Cuff // Bag // Skirt // Birkenstocks
Chic: Top // Earrings // Clutch // Skirt // Heels

I’m coming back to one of my old series, and kicking it off with two ways to style what’s become one of my spring/summer staples this year (aside from patterned pants) – a bright mini skirt. I have an aggressively yellow one from H&M that I completely adore (but sadly sold out), plus a kelly green and blue bubble skirt (steal of the century from Anthro) – I love pairing them both with simple tees, especially in white and gray, and my trusty Birkenstocks (can you tell it’s an addiction?) for an effortlessly polished but relaxed outfit. But they’re just as easy to dress up, with a flouncy top, streamlined heels and glitzy accessories. If you’re in need of a bright mini, I think this cute and simple jacquard number is pretty much perfect, plus it definitely won’t break the bank.

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Party Plan: Perfect Summer Picnic

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Picnics are undoubtedly one of my favorite things. Just like parties and holidays, they’re one of those things that I have really high expectations for – but with picnics, my expectations are always met. I guess it’s because they’re so low-key – all you need is a blanket, good food, and good company. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’ve found the perfect location not too far away, and that this consistently amazing bread is now a picnicking staple for me.

On our little picnicking jaunt, we parked ourselves under a shady tree, right by a field of flowers. And though it was just my first of the season, I think it was the best picnic I’ve been on to date. So naturally, I thought I’d share my tips for a simple but perfect summer picnic.

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FOOD // The most important part, obviously. I always plan ahead so I can make this insanely good olive bread, which requires a little prep work the day before but it always works out perfectly time-wise so that it’s fresh and warm for the picnic (you can find the recipe here). Besides that, I packed fruit, dip, and other snacks in a tiffin, which is basically the perfect picnic companion. It’s compact and holds a lot and looks pretty and streamlined – what more could you want?

I brought along raspberries and blueberries, plus this super good dip and pita bread for dipping. I also always make sure to pack a variety of cheese – my staples are parmesan and chèvre, and I like to throw in another sort of unusual one, usually picked up at Whole Foods (their cheese counter is insane) – and crackers to eat it on. Finally, drinks. I kept it simple with my favorite peach Izze.

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OTHER NECESSITIES // A pretty blanket is a must. For years I’d just been using old, thick blankets, but bringing along a prettier one really steps it up a notch (if you’re on the market, I’m coveting these gorgeous all-purpose towels). In a totally cheesy way, I felt almost as though I might be in the French countryside (though, probably far less stunning). Anyway, pretty things just make you feel happy, and it sets the mood. A light, pretty blanket equals a more elegant outing.

And (because I’m a bit of a nerd), poetry anthologies. Or any reading material you like – I also packed a magazine I had yet to read for lazy lounging.

As for what to wear, I’ll sing the praises of maxi dresses and maxi skirts. Extra comfortable, easy to move around and lay down in, light and cool. I have and love this one, which I wore back in this post, but I also love the lemony color and floaty bodice of this one.

And, of course, bring good company. Happy picnicking!

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Floral Statement Pants

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NY&Co tee // H&M pants (sold out, similar here) // Zara platform sandals (really similar in gold here) // Marc Jacobs pouch // Vintage bracelet

Patterned pants. Something I was hesitant to embrace a few years back, but have come to love and wear a lot. It was love at first sight with this floral pair (sadly they’re no longer available), and they’ve already become one of my most-worn items this season. They’re one of those occasional, weird H&M finds that’s surprisingly high quality. The material is substantial and has fantastic movement, and the oversized patch pockets are trimmed with lime green piping. I tend to wear them with my favorite white tee (and some metallic pink platforms), but also love them paired with a soft pink top and Birks. And – because I can’t gush about them enough – these pants are perfectly high waisted and the legs are super wide, making them unlike any other pair I own.

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Blogger Chat: Nathalie of Lifes Files

One of the things I really love about blogging is how it connects you to other people all over the world – I know just about every blogger will say that, but I’ve experienced it firsthand. Nathalie has become one of my best blogging friends, and she’s such a lovely person with an awesome (newly-redone!) blog and an impeccable sense of style. To celebrate her new blog, Lifes Files, I asked Nathalie to answer a few questions so you could all get to know her (and because who doesn’t love Q&As?!).
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P.S. Here’s the direct link to Nathalie’s Venice photo diary. For those with severe wanderlust – you’ve been warned.

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Summer To Do List

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I always have really high expectations for the summer months – and they’re always at least mostly met. Last summer, though, was probably my favorite to date (with the 2 week trip overseas), which makes it pretty hard to top. So, since June is here and the start of summer is right around the corner, I came up with a little list of things I hope to do this summer – some chores I’ve been avoiding, others are more fun – to make sure that I get the most out of the season.

1. Read 15 books.(read 10) 2. Binge watch a new series.(Game of Thrones!) 3. Clean and organize my office. (finally did this!) 4. Start meditating. (it’s not yet a habit, but I’m getting better at it) 5. Actually start a little scrapbook-journal-photo album. (nope) 6. Gather inspiration in one place. (how is it that I couldn’t do the easiest ones?!) 7. Exercise at least 3 times a week. (I got up to 4-5 times a week!) 8. Find an awesome new dessert to make. (coconut cornmeal cake – recipe here9. See a play and go somewhere for live music. (saw two Shakespeare plays and went to a small picnic + concert while on vacation) 10. Learn conversational Swedish. (well, I knew I wouldn’t be as far along as I’d like, but I’m getting better! still trying to make studying a daily habit)

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