New In

At the beginning of each month I think I'm going to be so good and watch my budget very carefully. Then three weeks in as I start putting together my budget post for next week, I realize how much blatant disregard I've had for 'the budget'. I think it's about time I got serious about creating and following an actual budget, as opposed to my present budget deemed worthy of air quotes. Especially after my trip to California (photos will finally be coming next week), my bank account is not very happy right now. 

However for the moment, I have two new purchases to share - my nominal $15 top from Target (size down for this one) and the Danse Lente bucket bag. I'll admit I've been coveting this bag for months since I saw E carrying it, and used a combination of Paypal money from everything I've sold on eBay and a RewardStyle payout, plus I got it on eBay myself, so I saved $80 off the list price. And it's gorgeous, and I love carrying it, but now I really need to stop treating myself.

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Black Wrap Top Target
White Wide Leg Jeans Gap similar
Woven Mule Sandals Ann Taylor similar
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

 


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Checking Out, Not In

I'm sure you've seen this greenery covered, twinkle light lit arch before. Even if you have no idea where it is, what building it serves as the entryway to, or that those vines are indeed plastic, you've probably seen this place before.

These are the times we live in, the world made to be instagrammable. A few weeks ago I headed to the city with Alexandra on a mission to visit some of the most trendy photographed locations. Trying to find a moment to snap a photo under this arch without another group, or two, or three, doing the same was a struggle. I'm sure none of them were staying at NOMO SoHo, the hotel this serves as an entryway too. But it's just one of those spots, geotagged so that everyone can find it and take their very own identical photos.

As much as I am aware this photo location is far from original, the draw did not lessen. I've seen it on so many other blogs, always looking so magical, craving for it to be on my own. I like to think of myself as someone who doesn't follow the masses, someone who doesn't always need the next trendy thing, someone who'd rather own a vintage bag than a new one, but do my actions speak to those beliefs? Because here I am, posing under this arch, wearing a dress I saw another blogger wearing on instagram, with vintage earrings I got because they reminded me of a pair I saw at J.Crew.

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Red and White Printed Wrap Dress H&M similar
Wedge Sandals Loft similar
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
Earrings Vintage similar 
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Gold Circle Ring Thrifted




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Last Light

You know those evenings when you glance out the window and see the sun starting to set and think you need to drop what you are doing and go take outfit photos? This was one of those nights. So I dragged my mom to play photographer and drove to the sunflower field we'd shot in a couple weeks earlier.

With the fading light, most of the flowers were bowing their heads, but the bees had yet to call it a night, and it was much to my mother's chagrin when I told her I was pushing my way through to a small clearing in the center of the field and she was to follow me. But we made it out without being stung, and for the second time this year I had some challenging lighting conditions to contend with in this sunflower field, though it was completely worth it.

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Bamboo Print Wrap Dress New York & Co. similar
Woven Mule Sandals Ann Taylor
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Sunday Funday" Essie





The Curve

Goodness, that week certainly went in the blink of an eye - as has the whole half of September. There is no worse feeling than knowing we are charging full speed to the end of summer. The early sunsets, that morning chill in the air. Just another reminder of time lost, time wasted.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to abandon New England for the winter, to head south, ring in the new year in a place where donning a sleeveless sequined dress is actually a logical choice. Avoid the doldrums of January and February and head back just when life is starting to appear anew.

I wonder if such a plan were in place I would not be feeling so defeated by the knowledge that winter is coming.

For now, let's just pretend there is still plenty of time left for gingham dresses and sandals. 

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Gingham Dress Cupio via TJMaxx
Mules Madewell similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
Square Scarf Loft
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
White and Rose Gold Link Bracelet c/o Jeweshop similar
Nail Color "Sunday Funday" Essie





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A Tee With a Little Flare

If you took a peek into my closet, you might think I lived in a uniform of tee shirts. I'm not sure how I've amassed so many, but there they are. There was the graphic tee phase of 2014, the embellished tees of 2016, and then the ruffled tee explosion of 2017.

There is something I love about the idea of just being able to throw on a tee shirt and jeans and feel put together. There must also be some mental block I have with regards to that very concept, as my quirky tees seldom venture out of the closet. Yet here I am, having bought another, convincing myself it will be different this time.

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Striped Ruffle Sleeve Tee Green Envelope via TJMaxx
White Jeans Gap
Katrine Mule Crown Vintage via DSW
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Pearl Anchor Bracelet Made by Me similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie


 

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