Crisp White Button Down

Crisp White Button Down

{ J. Crew Button Down Shirt | 1.State Skort, similar here | Isabel Marant Sandals, similar version for less here | Chan Luu Necklace, similar here | Goyard Tote }

A crisp white button down is always a wardrobe necessity. It is one of those classic staples that can be worn for any and all occasions and always looks elegant and chic, especially in the summer time. I am obsessed with the way this particular one fits, and I like styling it with the collar more open, for a more relaxed vibe. I typically wear this with a skinny jean or something pant related, however, the other day I decided to throw this on over a lightly patterned skort which added a whole different feel to the button down. I have already been wearing this button down on repeat, and I am pretty sure it might be my most worn piece this summer. Speaking of summer, I cannot believe how quickly the holiday weekend got here!   Goodbye spring, hello summer! I am down in Cabo relaxing for a few days and recharging my batteries. The only things on my agenda are getting some sun, eating way too much food, enjoying a few cocktails, and having fun with friends. Have a nice and sun filled weekend.

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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10 Must Haves for Summer

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1. Summer Tote, old but similar here

2. Tassel Sandals 

3. Bikini c/o

4. Shampoo & Conditioner

5. Summer Book c/o

6. Beach Sea Salt Spray c/o

7. Tinted Gel Cream with SPF c/o

8. Manta Ray Necklace, old but similar here

9. Sunglasses, similar here

10. Striped Coverup, old but similar here

With Memorial Day coming in just a few short days, I began to think of my 10 must haves for summer.  I am leaving for Cabo last minute today and thought about all of the essentials that I would need on my trip to sunny beach filled weather days.  Needless to say I realized that a swimsuit was key, and this grey and white polka dot one from Garnet Hill actually has SPF in it which is amazing!  Also great hair products, like this Mermaid shampoo and conditioner hair care is fantastic and smells amazing.  Going along with that is a great beachy sea salt spray which is one of my favorite things for the summer and gives my hair the perfect messy vibe.  I am also obsessed with sandals and these tassel ones have been on repeat lately!  As ladies we have to protect our skin from the crazy harsh rays of the sun, and I love this tinted gel cream because it gives my skin a bit of coverage, yet isn’t heavy and still protects me from the sun.  I cannot wait to get a bit of rest and relaxation in this weekend and am excited to break open my newest summer reading material.  What are some of your summer essentials?

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UnBOOKed

UnBOOKed

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Recently I discovered a new website called UnBOOKed and couldn’t be more obsessed.  It is basically a website that offers tons of great services like for the spa, nails, and fitness, and all are at discounted rates.  I personally just went and had an amazing 90 minute massage last week and absolutely loved the spot.  Not only did I find a great new spa, I was able to get the massage for a total steal of around $58 (I mean seriously?).  It was super easy to sign up for and book, which is a major must have with a busy schedule.  I am already looking forward to booking my next appointment, and by the way, you can see a little sneak peek above of my new office! xx

Check out UnBOOKed here : http://unbookedappointments.com

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{Enjoying tea after my massage}

 

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Covet of the Week – Summer Dresses Under $120

Covet of the Week - Summer Dresses Under $120

{ Top Row Left to Right : Floral Maxi | Grey & Black T-shirt Dress | White Eyelet Dress | Floral Halter }

{ Bottom Row Left to Right : Blue Dress | Floral Dress | Green Off the Shoulder | Diamond Patterned Tunic }

This week’s covet of the week is about summer dresses.  They are breezy, casual, cool pieces that are probably my most favorite thing to wear during the summer.  I love them patterned, plain, strapless, halter, off the shoulder, long, short, and anything in between.  How cute are all of these pieces above?  And the best part is they are all UNDER $120!  Not going to lie, the only thing I love more than a breezy summer dress, is a total steal of a purchase and these all fit the bill.  Being fashion obsessed, if I can find pieces that are well priced, I tend to snag them immediately.

Today I am off to LA to try out Republique for lunch with a girlfriend who is due any day now with baby #1!  Have you tried this spot yet?  Being a total foodie, I am pretty excited to check out a new place, and also hoping to scoot out before traffic!  Also, I am sooooo happy, I am finally almost fully unpacked!  I cannot wait to show you photos of my new spot.  It is seriously the cutest and I am obsessed with my closet/office.  I am hoping to have some images up on the blog next week if all goes well! Have a great day. xx

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Workout Routine

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{ Albion Pace Setter Leggings c/o | Lululemon Top | Nikes, similar | Celine Sunnies, almost identical }

I am a pretty active person most of the time and have developed a nice little workout routine.  Typically I like to workout 4-5 days a week and switch up what I am doing.  Whether it be a gym workout, a hike, pilates, or spin, I love feeling fit.  This past week was an exception because I was unfortunately overcommitted with my move, making it impossible to workout.  I am looking forward to getting back into my groove this week!

Lately I have been trying to find a great workout clothing company and found the cutest workout leggings at Albion Fit.  They are super thin and stretchy, and are made of a very breathable fabric, perfect for a tough workout.  I am pretty much obsessed and wore these leggings on a hike recently.  I love the grey pattern on these ones as well, especially since I am the queen of neutrals.  I am actually doing a giveaway on instagram that begins today and ends 5/21 at 10pm and you and a friend can both win leggings!  Head on over to my instagram @modernensemble to find out how to enter to win!  It’s easy peezy and you will be just as in love with these leggings as I am. Also you can shop the leggings and other workout gear at 15% off using the code modernensemble15 through June 7! Happy Monday. xo

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T-Shirt Dress

T-Shirt Dress

{ Current/Elliott T-Shirt Dress | Isabel Marant Sandals, similar version for less here | Mad Jewels Crystal Necklace c/o | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Janessa Leone Hat | Goyard Tote }

When I first graduated from college and moved to LA, I went through a phase I like to call the “T-Shirt Dress” phase.  I literally went to the store and bought a particular styled t-shirt dress in every single color!  It was my absolute favorite thing to wear on a daily basis.  I was also a wardrobe stylist at the time so comfort was of the essence, and this look became my sort of go to uniform.  Needless to say, I haven’t worn a dress like this in quite some time, but when I came across this one at my girlfriend’s boutique, it had my name written all over it!  I love the simplicity of it, and it makes it fun to accessorize with a statement necklace, like this crystal one, and fun pair of shoes!  Also, I am obsessed with hats right now.  This straw one is so cool looking and actually fits my big head perfectly!

Ok guys, by the way can we just talk about how happy I am that it is Friday!?  I feel like I say this every week, but today I am especially happy.  I am totally drained from so many meetings, trips to LA, moving in the rain yesterday and today, and prepping for a bridal shower I am helping throw with all of the other bridesmaids tomorrow!  I for once cannot wait for it to be Sunday night, so I can tuck myself into bed and let out a sigh of relief that I made it through the weekend!  Do you guys ever have weeks/weekends like this?  Hope I’m not alone! On that note, I hope everyone has a way more relaxing weekend than me! See you Monday. xx

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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How to Achieve the Ideal Blowout at Home

How to Achieve the Ideal Blowout at Home

{ Blowout Necessities c/o : Living Proof Shampoo | Living Proof Conditioner | Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream | Living Proof Blowout }

What girl doesn’t love a good blowout?  I recently discovered the most amazing new line of products that answers the question of how to achieve the ideal blowout at home.  It is so easy and the results are pretty fab if I do say so myself!  Obviously, a blowout by a professional is always nice, but if you are heading out for a random last minute evening out and want your hair to look amazing, these four simple products can achieve those results.   I will admit, I am pretty obsessed with the chic packaging as well, and they look pretty cute sitting in my bathroom!  Let me know what you guys think of my hair after using the products!  I also think it would be super cute to run a curling iron loosely through for a tousled wave, or sleek and straight is always a safe bet too! xx

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I start with the shampoo and conditioner that defrizz the hair and both smell amazing!  Then I towel dried my hair and squeezed a small amount of nourishing cream onto my hand.

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I ran the nourishing cream through the ends of my hair until they were lightly coated.

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Then I sprayed a few spritz’s of the blowout spray all over my hair.

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Next I blow dried my hair until it was dry throughout, and the finished product is above! Not too shabby for an at home blowout.

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May Gray

May Gray

{ Current/Elliott Muscle Tee | Koch Shorts, similar here & here | Superga Tennis Shoes | Karen Walker Tortoise SunglassesRocksbox Long Necklace (use code modernensemblexoxo for 1st month free) | Shashi Bar Necklace | Chloe Bag | Charriol Bracelets }

I had never heard of “May Gray” until recently, and I have to say, it has been so gloomy this past week, that I see where the name comes from!  I swear I didn’t plan this, but I have been wearing tons of gray the past two weeks!  I was thinking it may be subconscious that I am trying to match the weather outside, but thankfully when I was taking these photos, a small window opened up where the sun came out!  Also, I cannot get enough of casual tees these days.  I seriously pair them with everything and love the cool girl vibe they give off, even though I am such a closet nerd at heart.  These shorts are also so fun and have the coolest texture to them!  I love that they are a bit more edgy than the normal everyday shorts you see.  Also, hello favorite tennis shoes that I am obsessed with!  If you follow me on instagram (@modernensemble), you know how often I wear these babies!  They are the best and make my feet look small, which is a rarity when you wear a size 9!  I am off to yet another crazy busy day of packing and running around before my move on Friday!

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

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{ Top Row : Left to Right : Flamingo | Pink | Black Sheer | Tassel }

{ Bottom Row : Left to Right : Romper | Fringe | Stripe | Caftan }

This week’s covet of the week is all about coverups!  With vacations, summer, and tons of beach days ahead, coverups are an essential statement that needs to be made in every wardrobe.  I like to think of coverups as a fun layer over a suit, that isn’t quite a full outfit, but yet provides at least a sliver of coverage.  I personally love a caftan because I tend to be a bit of a grandma when it comes to the beach.  I am the girl under the caftan, huge hat, big sunglasses, and SPF 100, under an umbrella, because I am a total psycho about skincare.  This summer I am going to try and be a bit better about it and get a few more fun coverups like the sheer fringe one above, and maybe I will even get crazy and not hide under my umbrella all summer!  We shall see, however all eight of these coverups are too cute to pass up and I just may need to get all of them!

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Denim Shirt Dress

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{ Current/Elliott Denim Shirt Dress & other super cute similar version here | Tibi Mules | Charriol Bracelets, black diamond & white sapphire c/o | Shashi Bracelets & Necklace c/o | Celine Sunglasses, similar  & Bag, similar }

The little denim shirt dress is like the little black dress of spring and summer.  It is the cutest and easiest dress to wear for absolutely anything!  I found this particular one last week and immediately wanted it in every color.  I love the back ruched detail that adds a bit of shape to the dress and also the thicker weight of the dress that gives it structure.  I have been really into wearing bralettes as well, and threw one on underneath this dress, which added an even more amazing comfort level and unbuttoned it so the slightest bit of lace peeked through.  Obviously I had to pair my mules with the look to finish it off and these are my go to daily shoe for summer weather!

Ok guys, this week is going to be crazy for me!  I feel like I am already a bit overwhelmed but trying to keep calm and just take each day as it comes!  Do you ever feel super overwhelmed with life?  It is going to be one of those weeks for sure, but I am excited for what lies ahead!

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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