What to Wear for a Summer Date /

baseball game attire

 

{Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Converse Shoes | Asos Dress | J.Crew Hat | Chan Luu Necklace}

The past few weeks I have had several requests asking for a post related to date attire.  As I began to think of what I would wear, I decided that I am going to make this post into a seasonal series, starting now with Summer.  There are so many fun things to do during the warmer months but I narrowed it down to three categories : sporting events, county fairs, and the typical dinner date night.  I think that sporting events can be such a fun and creative date idea, especially if both parties like the team playing or the particular sport.  Navigating through the proper wardrobe can be challenging though because sitting in the sun can be extremely hot, and you want to make sure you are dressed appropriately.  I think a casual dress and converse is a fun mix of girly and sporty and with the right accessories, including a panama hat and cross body bag for easy carrying, so no matter where your seats are, you will have the wardrobe covered.  When going to a county fair, I always like to think of one major thing : comfort.  A romper is the perfect transitional piece from a day to night fair date.  Whether you get there at 4pm or 7pm, a simple and flirty romper paired with flat sandals and a mini bag, are the perfect pieces to get through long lines for rides and decadent and fried everything.  For a typical dinner date, I especially love an all white ensemble.  A simple silk white tank and pair of white skinnies is the ideal (I totally didn’t try and I look amazing) vibe for any dinner setting.  I love blending in a fun accessory like a leopard print bag and simple go with anything black heels.

Speaking of date nights, I definitely have a few plans of my own this weekend.  I am excited and sad to attend a going away party for a friend moving up to San Francisco tonight, and then Saturday have a triple date planned at a new restaurant that just opened (which I am excited to try), and Sunday I will be brunching with friends as well.  It’s going to be a busy but fun weekend starting now.  Have a great one! x

 

day to night fair attire

{Topshop Romper | Big Buddha Bag | Ancient Greek Sandals}

dinner date attire

{Tibi Tank | Rag & Bone Denim | Claire V Bag | Topshop Heels}

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Preserve /

Blake Lively, PRESERVE

{ Mr. & Mrs. Spoons | Herringbone Cutting Board | Black Truffle Salt | Cocktail Muddler | Lune Bangles | Vegan Hot Fudge }

This week has been particularly exciting for me because Blake Lively’s new blog “Preserve” went live.  I’m not sure about everyone else, but I obsess over my weekly “Goop” updates from Gwyneth, and I am secretly hoping that Blake’s site will be my new go to on a weekly basis.  The entire site is basically part magazine, part e-commerce, with a little philanthropy mixed in, and I already delved into a few goodies myself in the shopping area.  Out of everything she has curated, my top favorite six items ended up being the cutest Mr. & Mrs. spoons (perfect to add to a wedding gift), and the prettiest cutting board with a herringbone pattern that would definitely entice me to cook more.  Black truffle salt is a given for me, and vegan hot fudge has my name written all over it, considering I have an addiction to vanilla bean ice cream.  I also have been trying to experiment with my cocktail making skills at home, and how cute is the muddling stick for making mojitos?  Last but definitely not least is my affinity for delicate jewelry, especially handcrafted pieces, like the dainty lune bangles above.  Whether it be food, jewelry, or home products, Preserve is definitely going to be a spot I visit more than once.

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Black Out /

Little Black Dress

{James Perse Dress, similar here (on sale), here, and here | Theory Blazer | Zara Heels, similar here | Elizabeth & James Bag}

Last week I was trying to figure out what to wear and of course I felt like I had absolutely nothing in my closet.  I needed something that was casual feeling, but also polished enough to wear to dinner with a group of friends and was having a bit of a struggle.  Finally I remembered that my favorite little black jersey ruched dress is the perfect blend of casual cool, but yet when paired with heels and my most loved blazer (which no joke I have in white and nude as well), makes the ideal outfit that I was searching for.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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DIY Sea Salt Spray /

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{Diptyque Candle | Seashell}

I absolutely love beachy hair.  I always think it is sort of ironic because as much as I adore the wavy tousled and slightly dirty look of hair in the summer months, I equally hate the feeling of sand on my feet and will practically die if I can’t rinse them off almost immediately (and I also can’t stand having matte nail polish, eek).   That being said, I am obsessed with beach sprays that give me a beach-esque look, without actually having to leave my house.  I whipped up this sea salt spray that added texture and body to my hair, and scrunched the ends to create a wavy look.  I also ran a 1″ curling iron quickly through to add a little more of a wave to my stick straight hair and the results were exactly what I wanted, bottled beach perfection, and cost just over $10 to make.

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{John Frieda Frizz Ease | Spray Bottle | Argan Oil of Morocco | Salt & Pepper ShakersMeasuring Spoons | Measuring Cup}

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{Bowl | Wooden Spoon}

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Simply Casual /

Striped Tee, Denim cutoffs, levis, jenni kayne, hermes, karen walker, h&m, casual, minimalism

{ Striped Tee, similar | Denim Cutoffs, similar | D’Orsay Flats | Sunglasses | Lipstick color Palm Beach | Hermes Bag }

Tried and true staples are essential in any wardrobe.  However, last week I realized that there are very few days that I just throw on a pair of ripped denim cutoffs and striped tee and run out the door, but when I do, I just love the simple and casual vibe.  I’ve literally had this striped tee for at least five years, and it still looks every bit as amazing as the day that I got it.  Since the weather has been on the warmer side these days, this easy outfit is ideal for a mellow afternoon of roaming around with friends or even working at my new little office.  I am addicted to my comfy d’orsay Flats which are a staple in my weekly wardrobe these days, and have decided that I am going to start mixing in denim cutoffs on a regular basis as well.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Colored Stripes /

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{ Dress, similar here and here | Heels, similar | Clutch | Necklace, similar | Sunglasses }

Simple dresses are by far my favorite summer look.  Not only are they way easier to pick out rather than a shirt and skirt or shorts, but they look like a lot of effort was put into looking polished and put together.  Naturally I fell hard and fast for this dress, being that it is striped and also has long sleeves (a must in coastal summers and I always get cold) so that I won’t ever have to wear a blazer or anything for that matter over it.  It is the perfect day or night dress, and I can’t get enough of the blend of colors.  I loved how it looked when paired with my new favorite nude sunnies, a statement necklace, my most favorite simple stitched clutch, and my go to summer heels.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale /

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I briefly mentioned the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on Tuesday, however, since it is my favorite sale of the year, I wanted to round up my favorite essential pieces for fall.  I normally despise sales because they are usually picked over pieces and totally cluttered, however the Anniversary sale is amazing because it is actually brand new fall items, that are put on sale temporarily (July 18- August 3) and then marked back up after the sale.  Top brands are marked down, like Rag & Bone, Vince, Joie, and Diane Von Furstenburg, not to mention beauty exclusives that are to die for.  I have already done most of my shopping, but may pick up a few more things online as the week goes on.  Necessities for fall clothing are a great coat, colored and plain denim, faux fur anything, plaid button downs, chunky knits, and pencil skirts.  Shoe must haves are flat and heeled boots and booties, embellished ballet flats, running shoes, and a leopard print pump.  Beauty I just can never get enough of but some major needs are a rod iron to wave hair, La Mer skin products, Moroccan Oil hair products to keep hair healthy, a great set of brushes, fall eye and lip colors, and Diptyque candles. Happy shopping.

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beauty

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Brazilian Vibes /

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{ Swimsuit top & bottom c/o | Men’s Linen Button Down on sale | Sun Hat, similar here and here | “J” Necklace, similar | Sandals, similar | “Palm Beach” Lipstick | Sunglasses }

One of the hardest things about the summer months, is finding the ideal swimsuit.  A few requirements I look for are the fit, color selection, details, and whether it is lined well or not.  I found all of the above in the sweetest little white brazilian bikini.  The cut and style fit amazingly well, and I loved the subtle ruched details on the top and bottoms.  Last week on the most beautiful of sunny days I had a day of lounging ocean side with my new favorite read, in my men’s white linen button down (a fast favorite in my coverup drawer), and my flounciest of floppy hats.

PS : It’s my parents 31st anniversary today, so I just wanted to send them both anniversary wishes on this very special day! x

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Trinket Trays /

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{Left to Right : Yes | I wake up expecting things  on sale| Life is a party, dress like it | Odds and ends | Gold pig | Zig Zag | Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside | Happy }

Every night when I get ready for bed, I take off all of my little rings and lay them on my bedside table next to me, so that I can access them easily in the morning (it’s an accidental routine I’ve developed lately).  I have acquired quite a few rings though, and they have been cluttering up my bedside table area.  I decided I needed to get a little trinket tray to keep everything organized in one spot.  I ended up finding eight little trays that I love and are way more chic and stylish than me throwing rings everywhere.  Which one do you like best?

Also, as a side note, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale started last week, and it’s kind of my favorite type of sale since it’s all new Fall merch that is actually amazing and brand new product.  I have already purchased a few things myself including this, this and this, and admittedly will probably be online shopping a teeny bit more this week before it’s open to the general public.  So happy shopping if you are a Nordstrom card holder, I know I sure will be.

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Lace Trimmed /

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{Lace Trimmed Shorts | V-neck Tee | Sandals | “J” Necklace, similar | Tiny Diamond Necklace | Sunglasses, similar}

I was having a totally random day last week, where I felt like I had so many things going on that my head was going to spin.  I decided that rather than stress over the never ending list I had been adding to, that I just needed to get some fresh air and went to Fashion Island, for a little retail therapy and sunshine.  Of course, whenever I want to buy something, I never seem to be able to find a thing, however, just when I was about to give up and get back to work, I came across these lace shorts.  Everything about them screamed perfection to me, not to mention had a price to match.  They are the flirtiest little black shorts, that can be worn casual as an everyday piece (like shown in photos) or a more elevated version, like I wore the other night, when I paired them with a silk tank and heels (on sale) for dinner.  Next time I wear these, I plan on mixing in a splash of color to change up the look, and most likely will be throwing these on again in the next day or two (and yes, I officially might be addicted).

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