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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunflowers

Sometimes I'm one of 'those' bloggers, toting fresh flowers around in my bag, trying to pretend that I did not orchestrate their purchase solely around my outfit photos. Which isn't to say I wasn't planning on buying them, just that I deliberately chose to carry a tote and did not leave the grocery store with any frozen food so that outfit photos could occur upon my departure.

Staging is a funny thing. First and foremost, I always try to be authentic here. What you see is what I wore, and while somedays the heels may have only been on for a brief period, I did wear them. Hats on the other hand I've been known to throw on simply for the sake of photos, however that is not the case here. This hat was worn all day to hide the fact that I was lazy and hadn't washed my hair.

You should also know that I have never once fed the ducks here, which seems to be the main draw of this location for everyone else who visits it. I've come here dozens of times to take my photos, but only once lingered on a park bench and watched the water fowl scrabble for crumbs. It may not be authentic, but it makes for a better photo than the parking lot of Trader Joe's. I suppose the lines between the reality on the blog and that of life will always be a little blurry.

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The Rundown
Striped Maxi Dress H&M similar
Sandals MRKT via DSW similar
Brown Leather Tote Hobo via ebay similar
Panama Hat Gap similar
Bling Earrings JoJo Loves You
Evil Eye Necklace c/o Belcho
Sunburst Pendant House of Harlow
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Watch c/o Caravelle by Bulova via Lucky Fabb
Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Naughty Nautical" Essie


Friday, July 25, 2014

Motivation

I am a far cry from being the poster child for regimented exercise. Don't be deceived; I thought it would be ascetically appealing to take photos on the beach, but I do not run on the beach. I walk to the beach - briskly.

Up until Marika sent me these Magic slimming capris, I was just borrowing workout clothes from my Sister.

The pants are a cotton and spandex blend, the material is thick and substantial. They run true to size and I got them in a small (typically with size charts I order down a size from where my actual measurements are, this time I did not). I truly feel they succeeded in making me appear far more athletic than I am.

Marika offers a wide range of yoga and fitness apparel, and if you are anything like me, and the idea of new workout clothes is the right motivation to actually workout, then you will be happy to know they are offering 30% off your purchase with code MM30 through August 31st.

Another important motivator is a great playlist, so I thought I would share mine below!

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The Rundown
Gold Pineapple Tee J.Crew similar
Magic Slimming Capri Pants c/o Marika
Sneakers Nike similar
iPhone Case Rifle Paper Co.
Nail Color "Naughty Nautical" Essie



Marika Capris were provided by Lipton Publicity.
My views and opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's a wrap

Bamboo and leaf prints have become this summer's standout print, and I was anxious to add it to my closet, so when I came upon this wrap dress for $4.50, I had to try it on.

I'm guessing it's from the 90's, and while polyester isn't my favorite fabric for the summer (or ever), it fit well, and for the price, I decided to get it anyway.

Wrap dresses are always a great find, by the nature of their design they work well on just about every body type. They accentuate the waist nicely, and let just a bit of leg peek out when you walk.

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The Rundown
Bamboo Print Wrap Dress NY&Co. thrifted similar
Sandals "Keira" Trask via in.d giveaway
Straw Tote TJMaxx similar
Bling Earrings JoJo Loves You
Double Pearl Bracelet Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring 'borrowed' from my Sister similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Harper" c/o Hobie
Nail Color "Aruba Blue" Essie



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Blues

Blue and white is undoubtedly my favorite combination of colors, and I have been waiting since last summer to pair this dress with this chambray blazer. Finally the perfect morning came on Sunday, when it was just a little bit chilly out - enough to warrant the blazer draped casually over my shoulders.

Sure enough the sun came out and warmed everything up to a toasty 86°, but I took full advantage of the low 70's while I had them. Hopefully plenty more perfect summer days are still on the horizon.

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The Rundown
Chevron Dress Calypso St. Barth via Coco's similar
Chambray Blazer J.Crew via ebay similar
White Sandals Ferragamo via Coco's
White Mini Satchel Tignanello via TJMaxx similar
Bling Earrings JoJo Loves You
Navy Bamboo Bracelet J.Crew similar
Knot Bracelet Banana Republic
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Anchor Ring TJMaxx similar
Nail Color "Naughty Nautical" Essie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Black on Black

It's a rare occasion that I would wear an all black look - even rarer in the summer, but something about the mix of the black satin with the cream leather and gold metal, just seemed to beg for more black.

I think it's good to occasionally step outside your normal style and try something a little different, even if for only a day. My abundance of white will return soon enough.

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The Rundown
Black Tee Banana Republic thrifted similar
Black Satin Shorts Made by Me similar
Cream Pumps Tahari c/o ThredUP
Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle
Evil Eye Necklace c/o Belcho
Cuff Bracelet c/o Belcho
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box
Snake Ring Brilliant Imports
Sunglasses "Cat Eye Combination" Cole Haan via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Bikini So Teeny" Essie