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Wednesday, August 3, 2011


This past weekend my Brother came to visit, so I got him to take my outfit photos on Saturday. It's so nice to have a competent photographer (no offense to my temporary make-shift photographers, but it helps if you know what exposure means). Anyway, I still need to work on gettin' one of those full time.
Lyd by the docks Lyd by the docks Lyd by the docks 
We walked down to the docks by The Lobster Shack. People rave about this place. The other day I was stuck behind a car going two miles an hour with out of state plates and my Sister says, "They are looking for the damn Lobster Shack. I guarantee they are." Sure enough, they spotted the sign and turned in. I don't get the allure of a food cart in a boat yard, but to each their own.
Lobster Shack no fish guts Chloe
Lydia July 30-1-2
The Rundown
Top Gap - Scalloped Shorts H&M - Sandals Frye - Starfish Cuff St. Thomas via TJMaxx - Bracelet Avon - Bangles The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Starfish Ring c/o Lushae Jewelry - Purple Ring Kohls - Sunnies Old Navy - Dog Chloe
Starfish detail
The other highlight of the day was getting to see my friend Bethany, who I've known since before I could talk, but we've had a lot of distance between us for the last 15 years. She moved back to Connecticut last month, and I definitely hoping we will be seeing a lot more of one another!
 Lydia and bethany
And you should definitely go visit her at her blog, More Fruit Please!
Lydia and bethany
All the photo cred goes to my Brother, Louis Abate

P.S. I was featured at the Smashion Lounge, go check it out!


Ariana said...

that first picture is awesome!! Props to your bro!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

your brother did a good job :) love the pic of you and your girl laughing- great candid.

Ashley said...

Ooh, and he's a real photographer, too! How fun! These are lovely, although I've gotta say: you do a great job at photographing yourself, too. I know how difficult it is.

Melanie said...

I freakin love those shorts! And clearly your bro is a very talented photog! Lovely :)

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mary louise said...

i've been wanting shorts like that for so long!! jealous!


The doll on fashion said...

Those shorts are so pretty!

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Courtney Erin said...

I am seriously in love with those scalloped shorts!

xoxo ~ Courtney

MosaMuse said...

such a great outfit! beautiful photos!!
happy wednesday


Kasmira said...

These photos are great!

I really like the first one. That's a fun angle.

And I'm totally jealous of all that wonderfully thick hair! I'm sure it drives you batty sometimes, but it is a beautiful thing - especially in the breeze!

Vanessa said...

Love your brother's photos. I am always so so so grateful when I'm with my sister and she can take mine. It is somehow so much less humiliating than setting up a tripod and taking my own!
And, cheers to your friend's return! That's wonderful!

geetabix said...

So summery!

Eyeliah said...

beautiful shots, props to your brother!

FashionJazz said...

You look amazing, loooove your shorts, shirt, heels, everything! :) xx

Gray Skies said...

These photos are amazing! Having a "real" photographer definitely helps! Also, I loved the interview at Smashion Lounge - kind of jealous that you got stuck in Europe for a week :)

morefruitplease said...

Awww, those shots came out great! And because I'm especially proud of my fashion steals and this may be the one and only time I make it onto a fashion blog, here's my outfit rundown:

lace top: The Limited ($6)
wide leg denim jeans: Banana Republic Outlet ($17)
Coach flats: DSW ($70)
Journey pendent necklace: gifted
Starfish post earings: gifted

Chelsea Lane said...

these turned out AWESOME girl! your photos are normally great but these are even more striking :) love your scalloped shorts!


Piper Alexander said...

Some of the most delicious foods come from carts/trucks, etc. Anything with "lobster" in the name sparks my interest. Mail me some?

Closet Fashionista said...

Looove this outfit! That top is so awesome (woohoo purple)
(and yea I LOVE my booties, they've been in constant rotation for a year so I've definitely gotten my $20 worth :) )

Bonnie said...

It is so important to have someone around at all times to capture the important fashion moments in your life.
This is why I travel with an entourage.
And by entourage, I mean Mr. A.
And a camera.

Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Amber Blue Bird said...

your brother did a top notch job taking these pics for you. You look lovely in each and every one.

TheMadTwins said...

I love those shorts sooo much! They are so sweet and romantic!
Also love the pictures!

xxx London

ps: you can still join our giveaway

eek said...

Lovely photos, although your self portraits are pretty amazing too!

Isn't being with old friends the best?

The Closet Shopper said...

Fab photos. I love all of them so much. You look amazing as usual. But seeing the pics of you and your bestie warmed my heart. It's so great being with friend soul-mates.


Nikki said...

what a cute outfit! I love the soft light in your photos, makes you look like an angel ^^ x

L said...

Great photos, and outfit. Adore the starfish bracelet.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

That first picture is awesome! It looks like some sort of fantastic catalog shot!

Katya said...

In the last picture, you two look like the girls from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Like Carmen (America Ferrera) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn)



silvergirl said...

lol no fish guts!
how nice to have a photographer
my tripod just have the it factor like your person photographer here
love the scalloped shorts and starfish bracelet as always

Madeline Quaint said...

You look stunning in those scalopped horts and the first photo is just plain brilliance!

You have a starfish ring as well as the bracelet! Adorable!

As is your friend - if you can laugh like that together, I'm sure you can rekindle your friendship. :)

Franca said...

love these shorts! and yay for friends!

Dina's Days said...

Way to go Louis! He's talented and those shorts are killer!

jess said...

The photos turned out really well. I love your scalloped shorts.

daisy c. said...

love your shorts and blouse!! (:


TaraMixandMatch said...

I'm pretty sure those are the most adorable shorts I've ever seen :) Mix and Match Fashion

Ask Erena said...

Love your outfit, jewelry and pics with the doggy:-)
Ask Erena

Claire said...

i love your scalloped shorts and how gorgeous is that top?!!! love the way you tied it. and of course your arm party is lovely too! i admire your ability to accessorize!


Shea said...

Your brother took great photos! Reading your blog always wants me to learn more about photography--my knowledge is limited, to say the least. I love the fun way you styled your scalloped shorts--that knotted blouse gives them a bit of a retro feel that I love!

Tashrin said...

Oh what an amazing difference a proper photographer makes. WOW!!! Lucky you.


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Kara @ Unusual Form said...

I have that same shirt! I love how you've styled it. You look great.

allie said...

Those scalloped shorts are perfect, love them! And your photographer did a lovely job :)

Mrs. J said...

Your brother did a great job. Every picture came out beautiful and I love your blouse and those scallop shorts. I don't understand food carts either, but anything with seafood might get my attention. ha ha :)

Alex Elizabeth said...

Yay you got a friend to pose with you! Sometimes I wish I had a competent photographer too, I'm sure my photos would come out so good. You look very modern and 1950s-inspired at the same time... this outfit reminds me of photos I once saw of Marilyn Monroe in high waisted shorts and a blouse tied like that!

Demü said...

I am dying over the starfish bracelet!!! Im getting married down south and im looking for something just like it!! I live in Canada and we dont have TJ maxx ...Urgh!!! Its so perfect!!! Great pics! love the shorts on you!!!

dahhlayne said...

Been seeing a lot of people work those scalloped shorts! And aww, your brother is definitely a fantastic photographer. :)


Kavery said...

Love these shots and the fact you got to meet your bestie from so long ago. My school friend rang up out of the blue and we chatted for ages. Best day for a long time!

DaniellaBella said...

You are glamourous! This is so very Marilyn Monroe but Lydia-ified!

Meesh said...

Great shots! That cuff bracelet is gorgeous.

Lynzy said...

These are my favorite pictures of you EVER! Loving the way you are posing int he first picture with the light. Gorgeous outfit! :)
xo Lynzy

franca maisha said...

very very pretty!!!


B.Inspired said...

I love that starfish cuff! It's really pretty and your brother took some awesome photos! Is this from the camera that you recently had to send to Canon for repair?

Diana said...

what a great reunion :) gorgeous outfit!! xo


Mochachocolata Rita said...

fantastic pictures! your brother has it!

The-fashion-is-a-pleasure said...

Your short <3

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