Lake Powell

Lake Powell

{Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses | Forever 21 Coverup, similar | Urban Outfitters Headband, similar}

This past week I went outside of my normal comfort zone of travel and took a trip with a group of friends to Lake Powell.  It is not something that I have ever done before, so I didn’t know what to expect, but after spending five days on the lake, I have to say I really enjoyed myself.  The sun soaked days were filled with stand up paddle boarding, lounging and magazine reading, root beer float excursions, cave explorations, and nightly meals under the stars.  I didn’t quite get the packing portion down, since I had no idea what to expect, and I actually packed silk dresses for nighttime, and around five pairs of dressy sandals, which definitely all went unworn.  It was so nice to be super casual and live in swimsuits, coverups, and a pair of havaianas day to night.  I also wore several fabric headbands to coverup my messy boat blown and sunscreen filled hair, and they were very effective at helping me look somewhat put together on the boat.  I had a great time at Lake Powell and felt reenergized after our trip and ready to come back to reality.

Lake Powell

{Karen Walker Tortoise Sunglasses}

Lake Powell

{Mikoh Swimsuit Top & Bottom, similar}

Lake Powell

{Mara Hoffman Coverup, similar}

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

{Merritt Charles Top & Skirt | Celine Audrey Sunglasses | Friend’s Jewelry}

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Candle Addict

Candle Addict

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I am a serious candle addict. Some of my favorite usual suspects are typically Diptyque and Le Labo. Lately I have been craving a few new ones to mix in on my coffee table and in my office, so I went on a hunt to find the most beautifully packaged ones and ended up finding five that I absolutely love. Between Fornasetti’s beautiful handpainted designs, to gold swirls, or simple print writing across a label, these are all not only a stunning addition in the home with an amazing scent in tow, but also an equally chic gift as well.  Which one is your favorite?

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Colorful Print

colorful print

{Vince Blouse | Parker Skirt, old but similar here and on sale & here| Diane Von Furstenberg Heels, on sale here | Celine Bag | Gorjana Cuff | Thin diamond slice necklaces}

I love a good colorful print to mix in with my otherwise neutral toned wardrobe.  Something about a bright print just seems to immediately make my mood a cheerful one.  When I found this bold and beaded skirt a few years ago, I knew it would become my go to piece whenever the weather was warm and I was in a fun mood.  True to myself, I pulled this skirt out the other day when I was feeling in need of a tropical vacation and immediately felt like I could have been anywhere in the world with my happy little skirt.  I tend to stick to neutrals when wearing a loud piece, so I paired one of my favorite v-neck silk blouses with one the the softest pair of leather heels I have ever owned and was ready for my mental holiday.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{My Inspiration Board}

I am the type of person that knows what I love and hate immediately.  Recently, I began thinking of just how many things I covet on a weekly basis and decided to start a new post on Tuesdays called “Covet of the Week.”  Each week I’ll post one item I am currently coveting and basically have to have.  I’d love to hear what pieces you are all currently coveting as well!

This week’s covet is all about the leather mini skirt.  As we are slowly creeping toward fall, I have been looking for a few transitional pieces to add to my wardrobe and the leather mini skirt is number one on my list!  I have already been thinking of the ways to dress it up and down and the options are endless.   In my eyes this is the perfect piece to wear now and well into the fall and winter seasons.

Get the Look : {Asos Leather Mini, below}

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Off the Shoulder

off the shoulder

{Cooper & Ella Blouse, c/o | Joie Skirt, old but similar here & here | Zara Heels, similar here | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag, similar version here | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Gorjana Bangle | McQ Razor Bracelet }

I am officially back in action from my five day excursion at Lake Powell and hiatus from having cell service.  I must say it felt really good to cleanse myself of my tech addiction for a few water filled and sports activity days, however, I definitely missed having my phone by my side.  Anyways, I am excited to start off my week on a busy note and cannot wait to get caught up on everything I have missed.

On another note, it isn’t all that often that I find a blouse that not only has a unique style to it, but also the perfect fit.  When I first laid eyes on this fiery red off the shoulder blouse, I knew I had to have it.  It was the perfect “I didn’t try” throw on piece that could go with anything from a pair of jeans and flats to a flippy skirt and heels.  I loved how the sleeves fell in just the right places and also the slight sheer pieces on the top and bottom portion of the blouse.  It is these slight details that really make a piece for me.  I loved wearing this out to grab a light bite a few nights before I left for my trip (and I’ll admit, I also packed this beauty in my suitcase as well).  Needless to say, I already know that this little red number will be getting a lot of use well into the fall season.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Leather & Cutouts

leather & cutouts

{Mason Shift Dress, old but similar here & here | Joie Slides | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag (mini version) | Gorjana Bangle | Ring, similar here}

I love an effortless shift dress for any sort of occasion. These past few weeks I have been trying to wear the least amount of clothing possible to get through the heat, while still remaining stylish and well put together. This black Mason Dress has been a go to of mine for a few years now. I got it on a previous trip to NYC and have worn it during the day with flats, at night with heels and a leather jacket thrown on, and even as a makeshift beach cover up because of its loose and billowy vibe.   To be honest, I wish I had it in every color. Being a total details person, I am in love with the leather and cutouts on the straps.  It’s all in the littlest things that make pieces special to me.

This weekend is going to be full of sun and swimwear! I am still in Lake Powell and will be here through Sunday (and taking tons of photos of course). I am soaking in every minute of warmth on the lake and enjoying the casual vibe of our daily activities. I can’t wait to get back and share all of my photos with you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Easy Breezy DIY Belt Hanger

DIY belt hanger

{What you need : Nails | Hammer | Pencil | Ruler}

Recently I have noticed myself growing my collection of belts.  I never used to wear them as much as I do now, but lately I have been loving the additional pop of color or texture that they add to an otherwise basic ensemble.  I also noticed that although my assortment of belts has been growing, my space in my house has not, and they have just been thrown into a drawer which made them difficult to find.  I came up with the easiest solution ever and it took me under 5 minutes to create!  The best part is, I already had everything I needed lying around the house to make my belt hangers.  I have a long and linear closet that has a shelf that I conveniently store all of my makeup on, so I decided to make my new belt hanger right underneath the shelf.   That way when I am getting ready I have easy access and as a bonus it is also hidden in my closet.   Now all I need to do is pick the perfect belted look, and I am set for the day.  Here is how I did it :

Step 1 – With a pencil and ruler draw a horizontal line in the area you want to hang the belts.

Step 2- Mark off a dot on the line for every 1.5″.

Step 3- Hammer a nail into each spot that you marked with a dot.

Step 4- Hang belts

Step 5- Enjoy your super easy breezy DIY belt hanger.

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White & Nude

white & nude

{ Vince Blouse on MAJOR sale | Rag & Bone Denim | Manolo Blahnik Heels | Hermes Bag | Karen Walker Sunglasses }

There is something about the combination of white and nude that makes me feel like my ensemble is extra clean and fresh looking.  The two combined are such soft and subtle colors that I find myself gravitating toward the look more than often especially during the summertime.  I love a simple silky white blouse with a great pair of skinny jeans (these ones are my favorite and super flattering).  It is such an easy look yet so polished, and when my favorite tortoise sunglasses, a pair of nude heels, and bag to match is thrown in the mix, the look is extra chic.

Today I am really excited because I am going on a five day adventure to Lake Powell, a place I have never been.  I will be posting on my instagram as much as possible and will definitely be taking lots of photos for an upcoming photo diary post on my experience there.  Happy Hump Day!

white & nude

{Gorjana Bangle | In God We Trust Spacer Ring | Studio Adroit Raw Diamond Ring}

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Gloss|Moderne

gloss moderne

{ Shampoo | Conditioner | Serum | Masque }

I have tried a lot of hair products over the years and I always seem to be disappointed by the less than stellar results.  My hair always ends up feeling the same and I am left unimpressed with the product.  Recently I tried Gloss|Moderne which is basically the holy grail of hair care.  They are 100% sulfate free and paraben free, which means that they only use the best ingredients.  I never really thought about the items that were in my beauty products until now and after trying this, I will never be able to use normal products again.  The results were amazing and my hair immediately felt silky and soft.  I used the shampoo and conditioner and then applied the masque while I was still in the shower.  I let it set on my hair for about ten minutes before rinsing it off and after towel drying my hair I applied a bit of the serum to the ends of my hair before fully drying it.  The best part is the signature scent Coco de Soleil which smells just like a mixture of coconut, almond, and rum (I could almost eat it).  They even have travel sizes which are ideal for vacation, so I can take my new hair routine everywhere with me.  This is definitely the silver platter of hair care products and I am officially addicted.

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Switching it Up

wearing booties in the summer

{ Sole Society Booties c/o | Splendid Skirt on sale here, striped version on sale here | Sleeveless Blouse, similar | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag | Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses, similar }

I have had a serious craving for fall clothing lately.  It is one of my favorite seasons to dress for because I love layering pieces and the cooler temps!  Since we are still in the middle of summer, it isn’t really possible to get cozy in sweaters and jackets yet, however recently I have been switching it up by wearing booties in the summer every now and again.  We have had so many overcast and cool days lately (even rain on the random occasion) that it only seemed fitting to throw on a pair of booties with an otherwise summery ensemble.  The pairing has become quite a favorite of mine with these lightweight suede booties I picked up recently.  They are so comfortable and the perfect thing to throw on when the weather is a tad dreary.  One of my go to favorite looks with them has been a simple ruched cotton skirt and sleeveless blouse slightly tucked in and voila suddenly I am feeling fine in the summertime.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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