Friday Five Under $50

I'm happy we are having a nice July heatwave, because it's summer, and that just how it should be. Sometimes I wish I had a pool in my life. Not necessarily my own, just one belonging to a friend or neighbor who I felt comfortable enough to freely use. I know I have a beach, so I shouldn't really complain, but when it comes to actually going in the water, I'm prone to a panic attack every time a piece of seaweed brushes against my ankle - I know I should have thicker skin for a New England girl - clear blue waters where you can see your feet even when you are up to your neck are stuff of fantasy, all I've ever known are the somewhat murkier depths of the Long Island Sound.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some cute poolside pieces today, and hopefully that J.Crew coverup is still on sale, it was yesterday. Also, who else is having a slight obsession with one shoulder swimsuits? Admittedly I did place an order for this Old Navy suit, we shall see if it works out!

friday five pool side

Embroidered Coverup, $89.50 at J.Crew (take 40% off with code shopsummer)
Soludos Red Espadrilles, $50 at 6PM.com
Turkish Round Beach Towel, $36 at Gilt
One Shoulder Swimsuit, $30 at H&M
Toucan Pool Float, $25 at TJMaxx

Picket Fences

I don't make a habit of taking outfit photos in front of people's homes, I've had homeowners come out wondering what I was doing there on more than one occasion, and those kinds of interactions make me very uncomfortable, so I feel it's best to avoid them. Though I made an exception with this house, as it is on a main road and the fence (which is what I love) felt like an appropriate division of taking photos on public property (the sidewalk) and the home.

I dream of having a home with a white picket fence lined with hydrangea, and while Sean and I are considering looking at homes right now, we both have very different ideals. I imagine a colonial or victorian with wood siding, definitely something old with lots of character. Bonus if there is already a cherry blossom or other flowering tree in the yard, and a porch would be nice. A kitchen with a pantry, lots of closet space, and a clawfoot tub also make my list. Sean's list consists of 1) inexpensive but not requiring updates, 2) gas heat, and 3) as little maintenance as possible. Combine those lists and I'm pretty sure we will house hunt for eternity. Regardless, we want a dog, so we need to move.

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The Rundown
Scalloped Camisole J.Crew Factory
Linen Pants Lou & Grey
Cork Platform Sandals MRKT similar
Straw Tote Memar via TJMaxx similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Mini Cactus Pendant Kate Spade via Rocksbox
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class




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Carnival

For weeks I started wistfully at the ferris wheel each night on my drive home from work. The yearly carnival has set up shop in New Haven, and my desire to visit would have remained unfulfilled had one of my friends not mentioned that she too was feeling the allure of the carnival. On the very last night we made our way out, purchased a small stack of tickets, and felt a bit like our teenage selfs, shrieking on the fast rides. I played the squirt gun game and won - though as I accepted my stuffed prize I realized I had no desire to take it home with me. I promptly gave it away to the first little girl I saw - it's her mother's problem now! We didn't stay too late or even use up all our tickets, but I'm glad I went and experienced a few moments of weightlessness.

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The Rundown
Poppy Print Cami Dress Kohl's similar
Distressed Denim Jacket Gap similar
White Sneakers "Dainty" Converse
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Sayulita Fringe Earrings WILDE via Rocksbox
Mini Cactus Pendant Kate Spade via Rocksbox
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Fifth Avenue" Essie





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Floral Cami Dress

We have arrived at mid-July, which means that every other post on my feed is about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I, once again, will be abstaining, because I know my blog isn't big enough for it to be little more than white noise, and shopping for fall right now is one of the furthest thoughts in my mind. I'm still wholly set in it being mid-July, enjoying simple dresses with fun bags, and at some point getting my butt to the beach. Though I suppose I will be there on Wednesday morning, bright and early for a free yoga class before work. If there was one thing I wish I could condition myself to do, it would be to start my mornings early enough for yoga on a daily basis. That would mean going to bed earlier, which remains difficult as I try to inhabit both Sean's late night schedule and my early morning one.

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The Rundown
Floral Cami Dress J.Crew Factory c/o Clinton Crossing
Straw Wedge Sandals Loft
Pink Bag "Penny" Coach via ebay similar
Sayulita Fringe Earrings WILDE via Rocksbox
Mini Cactus Pendant Kate Spade via Rocksbox
Joplin Bracelet Gorjana via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx




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Friday Five Under $50

I live my life like I'm one purchase away from everything changing. "These are the shoes that will make my blog go viral."  "This is the dress I'll get engaged in."  "This is the blazer I'll land that job in." I know that isn't how things work, but somehow that flawed logic always pushes its way through and helps me to rationalize all kinds of purchases. Half way through the month and I think it's time to put my credit card on ice, as I've been rationalizing all over the place. While the lines between need and want always become a little blurry, sometimes it can be just as satisfying to be an enabler, so here, this is me enabling you to do some weekend shopping:

Friday five july

Gap Crochet Halter Dress, $40
J.Crew Destination Silk Scarf, $35
Etsy Gold Tassel Earrings, $21 (seller in CT!)
Madewell Shorts, $40
Steve Madden Grace Slide Sandal, $50

Old Loves // New Loves

I've been feeling somewhat discouraged by some of my old favorite summer dresses, which in the past just skimmed my hips, currently are straining. I'm not sure if it's this dreaded "now that I've reached my 30's my metabolism will fail to support ice cream every day", or if my poor eating schedule (eat nothing all day, then basically eat all three meals at once when I get home from work) as of late has something to do with it, but I can't deny the fact that some dresses I've worn for years just feel too tight.

When it comes to my body image issues, well of course I've got them in spades, but I've always maintained an equilibrium where I never weigh myself, and rationalize that as long as my clothes fit, I'm fine. I no longer feel fine. But at least I've still got some generously cut swing dresses hanging in my closet. This one from Joie, has always been a favorite since rescuing it from a clearance rack at TJMaxx some five years ago.

Each year it comes out again, brought to new life with new accessories, forgiving to summer heat and expanding derrières.

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The Rundown
Cloudburst Dress Joie via TJMaxx similar
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff similar
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Raffia Hoop Earrings Ann Taylor
 Black and White Bangle Vintage thrifted similar
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar



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We wear white

Photos at the yacht club which were once my summer go-to now have become few and far between. But oh, that late evening light in July still can't be beat.

While I picked up this pom pom dress last fall on clearance from Shopbop, this is the first time I'm wearing it without any extra layers, and while I do still wish them hemline were just a few inches shorter, I'm still feeling quite pleased with this dress. It's white, which I love, made from a soft comfy knit, and adorned with whimsical poms and fringe. Next time I'm wearing it with heels though!

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The Rundown
Pom Pom Dress Endless Rose c/o Shopbop similar
Espadrilles Soludos x Lemlem similar
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Sayulita Fringe Earrings WILDE via Rocksbox (one month free with code lydiaxoxo)
Knot Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Gold Ring Thrifted
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Fifth Avenue" Essie
Dog Chloe
Pearl Leash Fabuleash



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