Sea Wall

I'm not sure how we wound up in the middle of July, but over the weekend I got together with Meg, as it had been ages since we grabbed lunch and caught up. This time her fiancée came with us to take outfit photos, so we got a few together as well!

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Cutout Dress c/o Zinke similar
Sandals "Glorious" Franco Sarto via DSW similar
Panama Hat J.Crew similar
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry



Peaks of the Week


Remember when I was on that episode of Extreme Cheapskates? Yeah I know, it was in 2014 and I don't expect you to. Yet for some reason, people still feel compelled to take the time out of their day to track me down on Facebook or YouTube and tell me what an awful human being they think I am.

If you weren't familiar, or have appropriately long since forgotten, during my bizarre segment on the show, the producer thought it would be entertaining to have me pretend to search obituaries for recently departed socialites with no surviving female heirs and then approach their families to ask if I could take the deceased's clothes and accessories off their hands. For the scene they'd hired an actor who was a comedian - in a previous version of my segment I was supposed to go to a comedy club on an open mike night and try to have a fashion show - and the two of us didn't seem to understand how the producer wanted us to play the scene. I started by saying I offered a service to help with estate sales, and the actor playing the son kept throwing out ridiculous lines about how he and his mom used to slide down the banister and dance in the living room á la Risky Business. After many, many, takes, we finally managed to put forth enough material that the producer could use to construct the scene in her vision - which apparently was to make me seem like someone praying on innocent families, snatching up vintage Prada.

Let's not even pretend to consider the logistics of me actually doing this successfully. But that is the magic of reality tv. It's on your screen, and you take it at face value. I feel like the most compelling argument for this is that when the show premiered and my friends and family came over to watch it, they knew full well that 99% of the show was fabricated. Yet when the next segment started, a man was depicted to use mouth wash then spit it back into the bottle. Everyone cringed and said they couldn't believe someone would be so gross. I looked at them and said, yeah, well he's probably not.

There is one more bone I have to pick with my haters, why contact me through Facebook or YouTube? Why not come to my actual blog? I need the traffic!

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant! This week was wasn't too bad - nice weather, which involved sitting on the deck devouring a couple books, Before The World Opened by C. Fardoe and First Comes Love by Emily Giffin; a fun blogger dinner on Wednesday, and a relaxing weekend to look forward to.

❖ First Instagram wanted to be Snapchat, now it wants to be YouTube. Now users can upload hour long vertical videos. The thought alone makes me cringe.

Which American Girl Doll had the best cookbook?

This article might make you think twice before you place your next Amazon order.

How being a matchmaker ruined this woman's dating life.

❖ This cute off the shoulder dress is on clearance at Loft - but not the petite sizes, because Loft doesn't think short people deserve discounts too.

The world is changing to become more instagrammable.

East Coast vs. West Coast.

❖ My sister and I might be on opposite sides of the country, but we both bought each other the same card.

Sunscreen in a translucent powder you can easily stow in your purse!

❖ A Kickstarter for bluetooth earbuds that are earrings. Woah.

Lavender Field

Two things are happening right now amongst the blogs I follow. First is talk of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Second, everyone is in a field of flowers. Since my feelings about the Nordstrom sale are that if everyone is posting about it, then people are going to get tired of hearing about it before it even starts, so I present to you: Field of Lavender.

If I have to pick a cliché, it's not going to be the one where I try to sell you stuff. Just me, melting in the sun on what will likely be recorded as the hottest day of the year. I honestly Photoshopped some of the sweat off my face (don't judge). My plans to arrive early enough to beat the direct overhead sun clearly went awry, as my plans to be a morning person often do, but when you drive 40 minutes to take photos, you simply make the best of it. At least this year some of the lavender was actually in bloom!

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Gingham Maxi Dress Old Navy similar
Wedge Sandals Loft similar
Pinata Tote Kayu
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet Line & Label similar
Gold Circle Ring Thrifted
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie





Out for the Summer

It was no easy feat, but I finally managed to dig out my bin of summer clothes from storage.
Honestly, I hate the practice of trying to switch out my wardrobe. Stripping all my winter clothes from their hangers to replace them with summer clothes, only to be swapping them back again in October just feels so futile.

It didn't used to be like this, once all my clothes occupied space in the closet year round. But my penchant for new pieces culminated with my modestly sized closet and the fact that I reside in a climate where seasonal weather shifts can be over 100°, resulted in the introduction of the rubbermaid bin.

As much as I abhor the bin, it does produce one benefit - when forced to unpack clothes I haven't laid eyes on in months, I find I'm either anxious to wear them, or ambivalent if they come out of the bin at all. For my little white dresses, I'm excited.

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 White Dress Macy's similar
Wedge Sandals Loft similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
 Panama Hat J.Crew
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Mint Etta Necklace c/o Jami
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx




Happy 4th!

I tried my best to work with the wind coming off the water in these photos. My hair was so snarled by the time I was through! I haven't been to this spot in ages - it's at the beach, but without the usual signifiers of sand and water, how would you know? Trying to get back into the groove of taking photos with the tripod has been hard. When I started this blog it was the only way I took my photos, so you'd think it would be like riding a bike, but not so much. I feel a lot more self conscious as of late, I feel like my remote is conspiring against me, as I stand there with arm outstretched trying to get the shutter to fire. Some days I'll rope my mom into playing photographer, some days I just don't take photos at all.

Today is Independence Day, and I know in my heart I will not find happiness until I find my own independence.

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Gingham Dress Cupio via TJMaxx 
Jeweled Espadrille Sandal "Lemins" Dune London similar
 Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Yellow Flower Earrings Coco's on the Green similar
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
 Bee Ring Kohl's similar
Sunglasses c/o Polette
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie




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 Thursday Fashion Files

Polka Dot Midi

When I buy clothes that I know full well need alterations, often they will sit in my closet for months, or even years before I get around to doing them. There once was a time when my sewing machine was a permanent fixture in the room, and I prided myself on stitching together my own creations. But I was always afraid. Afraid of messing up, of ruining the piece. To force myself to move forward, I'd just rationalize that I could always go back to Joann Fabrics and buy more material and start again. Yet, that self doubt always caused me to dislike my creations. I have almost nothing left in my closet that I made myself.

When I know a dress needs a simple hem, it intimidates me. This dress was nearly maxi length on me, and deciding to chop off six inches made me fearful. The slippery silk refused to be cut in a straight, clean line, and once again I wanted to just give up and let the dress sit unfinished.

I had plans to meet up with five other bloggers last Friday, and I wanted my polka dot dress to be a reality, so I forced myself to finish. I know the hem isn't perfect. The stitches are crooked in some places, a tiny pucker here and there, a raw edge inside by the buttons. It isn't perfect, but it's done. Sometimes done is better than good.

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Polka Dot Shirt Dress Kate Hill via ebay similar
Toe Cap Pumps "Varesse 70" Shoes of Prey
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
Versailles Earrings  Julie Vos similar
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie