Bohemian Festival

Yesterday I attended the Connecticut Bloggers Bohemian Festival, it was a fabulous event put together by Nonee, and had all the fun vibes of music festival, with live music, lots of food, and local vendors providing so much tempting shopping. (I was good for once!)

When I arrived I met up with Meg and we headed to the Rebel Hair Artists tent to get our hair braided. It was very hot out, so I only asked that my hair be pulled back and let my stylist take creative liberties. She gave me a gorgeous fishtail braid adorned with gold charms.

Next I went to make a flower crown; piles of fresh blooms were at my disposal, so I decided to coordinate my crown to my dress with white roses and red carnations.

There were several fun photo spots set up, and plenty of great spaces for relaxing and socializing. I'm always so grateful that Connecticut now has this amazing blogging community, and I always look forward catching up with those I've met before and meeting new bloggers.

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The Rundown
Dress "Milanira" Joie
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
Beaded Hoop Earrings Gorjana
Flower Crown Made by Me
Nail Color "Canyon" Ten Over Ten



Why I'm loving black this summer

While it may be the unpopular opinion, I don't love black. When I walk into a store, my eyes usually dart right past racks of black and on to colors, prints, and white - my favorite color. Even in my own closet, black gets lost. During the winter I often gravitate towards cozy greys, but in the summer I fall in love with bright colors again and again.

So what is with my sudden black love affair? I haven't even worn a single white dress this summer, and I'm on record having said that if my closet was nothing but white dresses I'd be perfectly happy. Perhaps it has to do with a saturation point - I really couldn't justify getting this jumpsuit in white, as I've already got piles of white eyelet in my closet. Black eyelet on the other hand was unexploited. Once I put it on, it just felt right. Simple, understated, freeing of worry that I might get coffee stains, loving how much less pronounced wrinkles became, and throwing caution to the wind that wearing black in the summer would make me hotter.

I'm by no means done with white, but I'm enjoying this little love affair with black.

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The Rundown
Black Eyelet Lace Jumpsuit Banana Republic
 Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Pearl Hoop Earrings Thrifted similar
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry

Long Weekend Style

It may have been a long weekend, but it went by far too fast. We had some beautiful summer weather, and friends invited me to spend an afternoon at a lake where I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time. I was pleased with myself for not falling off, even though my main motivation was not wanting to get my hair wet, or having to feel the tentacle-like plant life brush against by legs (I'm a wimp, I know).

For the Fourth, I decided to throw on shorts to stay cool, and pulled out this navy peplum top I got at J.Crew factory at the end of last summer. Sadly they didn't bring it back this year, which is a shame as I love the mixed textures, the scalloped detail, and comfortable cut.

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The Rundown
Navy Eyelet Trim Top J.Crew Factory similar
Button Fly Denim Shorts Gap similar
 Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Navy Pinata Tote Kayu similar
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Knot Ring c/o Emitations similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx   
Nail Color "Barely There" Avon



Late Afternoon

Last weekend I was invited to try out the happy hour specials at Fork & Fire in Farmington, CT.
It was one of those events where everyone was relaxed - the restaurant was closed but for our group, so there were no concerns about taking over every corner of the space for photos, no one was opposed to leaving their seats to get up and mingle, and I was astonished to realize just how late it had gotten when I finally made my way out the door.

Since Meg was there, we did a quick google search to try and find a cute nearby spot for photos and landed on the historical society. Even thought it was late, the sun was still high in the sky. I don't know why, but I always find that to be such a marvel; in a few short months I'll be rushing to get photos done by three p.m.

I'm finally debuting the leopard midi skirt - which I bought weeks ago and hadn't worn. I tired to talk myself out of jumping on the trend, but when it popped up at the Gap in both petites and on sale, well, my willpower is frayed to say the least.

I don't have any weekend plans as of yet, but hopefully something fun will come my way. How about you?

Connecticut style blogger Lydia Abate wearing a leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag, and gold hoop earrings for summer in New England leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-16.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-6.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-5.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-3.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-2.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-8.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-9.jpg leopard midi skirt, white bodysuit, blush scalloped mules, round rattan bag-14.jpg
The Rundown
White Bodysuit Gap similar
Leopard Midi Skirt Gap similar
Blush Scalloped Mules Marc Fisher similar
Round Rattan Bag Etsy similar
 Gold Hoop Earrings Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx   
Nail Color "Barely There" Avon


Midsummer

I've been so slow to unpack my summer things. I don't know why - it's not as if waiting longer will prolong the summer. But I finally pulled out my vintage bamboo bag. Now that the market is flooded with them, I'm not sure if they've lost their charm, however the price inflation in the vintage market has calmed down significantly. I've linked up several below on Etsy and they are all under $50.
Even if the bag feels over saturated in the blog world, when I take it out into my own microcosm, it still catches many eyes.

When the humidity dropped down just a titch, I felt like it was my opening to pull out my white wide leg jeans and finally pair them with this bodysuit - the outfit I've had in mind since I added the bodysuit to my closet last fall.

Humidity or otherwise, I'm happy summer is here. The long days, warm sun, and valid excuse to eat ice cream everyday make these some of the best months of the year.

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The Rundown
Wrap Bodysuit Zara similar
White Wide Leg Jeans Gap similar
Wedge Sandals Loft similar
Coin Pendant Necklace Julie Vos
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Hammered Gold Ring Thrifted
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
 Nail Color "Barely There" Avon



My Favorite Jumpsuits

I never thought I would be one to embrace the jumpsuit trend, but they turned up, weren't going away, and inevitably lulled me in with their simple one piece style. It's true, they are no dress, because nothing is easier than a dress, but they do have their merits.

I'm most in love with the wide leg style, I want jumpsuits to feel breezy and comfortable on hot summer days, and I love how the fabric billowing around my legs affords that. While I got this one at Old Navy last year, they have brought back the same style in some new prints and solids, and the shirred elastic panel on the back allows for easy on-off and flexibility with sizing.

I've linked some of my favorite jumpsuits I've got my eye on, and most of them are under $100 (except that darn Lou & Grey one, but I can be patient and wait for a sale).

Have you taken on the jumpsuit?


Shop Jumpsuits

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The Rundown
Dark Floral Jumpsuit Old Navy similar
Wedge Lace-up Espadrille Soldous
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Flower Earrings Coco's on the Green similar
 Layered Charm Necklace c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Cuff "Vista" Gorjana
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx 
Nail Color "Find Me an Oasis" Essie