Flirting with Confidence

Space stealers. My closet has them, and I imagine yours does too. I convinced myself I needed them, yet time and again, I pass up wearing them. I've decided I need to start making more of an effort to weed them out.

I know when I bought this top I loved it, though I was probably making some ridiculous rational that if I just found the right bra, it would look the same on me as it did on the flat-chested model. The reality is, it does not, and while it would likely take all day for me to list out my insecurities, drawing attention to my chest is near the top.

As such, almost every time I put on this top I take it off again. However, I scraped up enough confidence one day to wear the top out, because I need to decide, am I going to be the confident person who can wear it, or is going on Poshmark?

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The Rundown
Striped Peplum Top Banana Republic similar
Green Shorts Old Navy
Sandals "Hepburn" Kensie
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Wood Watch "Frankie" c/o JORD
Teagan Necklace Slate via Rocksbox
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox
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Nothing New

Earlier this summer I was thinking about a bucket list of things I'd like to do, which are pretty much the things I want to do every summer - spend more time at the beach, read more books, plan a long weekend on Block Island, have a picnic, visit a sunflower field, ect. Naturally the end of August sneaks up as it always does, and most of that list never gets realized. Then I started thinking about my summer outfit bucket list, and how I have things hanging in my closet from last summer I still haven't worn!

Yes, I've worn both this blouse and these pumps before, but last summer I imagined wearing them together for a fun evening out, which never happened. Rather than let another summer pass with this outfit not being worn, I decided that Sunday breakfast at the little place on the corner we always go to would be occassion enough.

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The Rundown
Blue and White Floral Blouse Joie via Coco's similar
White Jeans Old Navy
Honey Fringe Sandal Banana Republic similar
Navy Foldover Clutch Clare V. similar
Gold Hoop Earrings Amazon
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox



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Friday Five Under $50

Always happy to be greeting Friday again, especially when I've got some fun plans for the weekend including a blogger brunch!

While I've still got summer shopping on my mind, I tried to think in terms of transitional pieces for this little set. I actually tried those mules on in person and they were super comfortable! I talked myself out of taking them home at the time, but I'm wondering if I'd wear them enough to warrant going back for them? What do you think?



Cold Shoulder


I think this is the first time I've worn shorts all summer, which seems crazy - though I've definitely needed to wear pants a good deal more than I like. I think this cold shoulder cami is really adorable, and I'm happy a small popped back in stock so I was able to snatch it up! I never know with Old Navy, I've had a lot of misses, but every so often I can find a good piece that doesn't cost a ton. It also doesn't hurt when I've got Gap credit card rewards burning a hole in my pocket - they have facilitated quite a few purchases this summer, and at least they were mostly guilt free!

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The Rundown
 White Ruffle Cami Old Navy
Navy Eyelet Shorts J.Crew similar 
Jeweled Espadrille Sandal "Lemins" Dune London similar
Straw Clutch Rodo Italy via Goodwill similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Circle Drop Earrings Natasha via TJMaxx similar
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox
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Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie



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All in good time


Over the past couple years the amount of work looks I share has steadily diminished. Summer used to be my time, with the extra sunlight getting a few snaps of a look at the end of the day was a cinch.

Now I feel like most week nights hold some obligation, all the while rationalizing that my work looks have just been uninspiring. So when Sean asked me if I wanted to go take photos on a particularly sunny Tuesday last week, my first response was that I didn't really like my outfit.

But I decided I liked this blouse with these pants for a reason, just when tucked in it was blousey and billowy and my waist felt lost, so I turned to my favorite trick, and knotted it up. Then I grabbed a pair of sunglasses I haven't worn in a while, as they've been tucked in a drawer - out of sight, out of mind. Finally I swapped my practical bag for the bamboo one. Not that I haven't taken the bamboo bag to work before!

With a few little tweaks, my boring work outfit became blog-worthy. If only I could think about these things when getting dressed the first time.

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The Rundown
Floral Blouse c/o Cabi
Linen Pants Lou & Grey
Mules Madewell
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage, only $60!
Wood Watch "Frankie" c/o JORD
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox
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Sunglasses "Caravan" Ray-Ban




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Longstanding Leopard


Ready or not, it's Monday again. I'm still working through my dress collection this summer, and have brought out this leopard dress, a longstanding member of my closet - you can check out the first time I wore it back in 2011!

I suppose the thing about remixing dresses, is that every year I'm bound to have new accessories. So the dress I've worn dozens of times can get a new life when I add in the trendy bag of the season, and even some of my Rocksbox jewelry. The fun thing about borrowing jewelry is that I can never get tired of a piece, since I just send back what I've got and a new box will be on my doorstep in a matter of days! Don't forget you can give Rocksbox a free month trial with the code lydiaxoxo!

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The Rundown
Leopard Sheath Dress Calvin Klein via TJMaxx similar
Lace-up Sandals "Mariachi" Report
Round Rattan Bag Andakasa
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Teagan Earrings Slate via Rocksbox
Cuff "Vista" Gorjana via Rocksbox
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Dog Chloe
Pearl Leash Fabuleash



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Friday Five Under $50

I think H&M really hit the mark with this dark floral, I would love to see if this blouse looks as good in person as it does in this photo! It pretty much inspired the rest of the look, including the perfectly color coordinated sequined fruit slides, because, why not?

Floral Blouse, $25 at H&M
Circular Pendant Earrings, $16 at Mango
Jacquard Shorts, $30 at J.Crew Factory
Suede Pouch, $20 at TJMaxx
Sequined Fruit Slides, $40 at Zara

Happenstance

I'm not in West Hartford too often, perhaps once a year. But the other weekend it was my cousin's birthday, so we went to go visit him. It was a perfect evening for having dinner outdoors, people watching in Blue Back Square. Then we recognized a couple passing by, Sean's cousin who's wedding we attended a month ago. As we socialized with them, another familiar face appeared, my best friend's little brother, and to top it off, it was half off cheesecake day at the Cheesecake Factory.

It was kind of a perfect evening, even if bumping into people in the town they happen to live in isn't an extraordinary thing, it still felt like it was meant to be.

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The Rundown
White Bodysuit Gap
Dalmatian Print Skirt Loft via Consignment Originals
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage, only $65!
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Teagan Earrings Slate via Rocksbox
Teagan Necklace Slate via Rocksbox
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Liho Liho Ring Rudiment via Rocksbox
(Use code lydiaxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox!)
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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