Summer of Dresses

Sometimes I have to wonder why I even bother to buy summer separates, a dress will always be my first choice, especially if it's white. It might be boring if I just wore a different white dress everyday, but why deny myself what I love? Perhaps next summer I'll give it try...

 

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Floral Maxi Dress Rachel Zoe via TJMaxx
Raffia Wedges Loft similar
  Round Raffia Bag Sun n' Sand
Rattan Hoop Earrings Loft similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx

Last Sip of Summer

 To say I've gotten behind on the blog would be an understatement, though I feel like I've gotten behind in every facet of life this year. The 12th anniversary of this blog came and went earlier this month - I had every intention of dedicating a post to it as I've done in the past, which clearly didn't happen. It's easier to be in denial of time passing right now. 

 

I have a few more summer looks to share, so let's pretend the air is still warm, the nights are still long, and we don't need to buy new sweaters.


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Striped Linen Dress Max Studio via TJMaxx
Espadrilles Soludos
Macrame Bag Vintage via Poshmark similar
Hair Scarf J.Crew
Rattan Hoop Earrings Loft similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
 Blue Topaz Stacking Ring Hirajule via TJMaxx
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Pre-Show Jitters" Essie


Sea of Sunflowers

A familiar sight this time of year, it's hard not to be drawn to the sunflowers. A local farm plants these every year. To the best of my knowledge, they do not cut them and sell them, they don't charge for entry, they don't advertise, and there is no where to park other than the side of the road; but those who know it's there show up year after year to take photos.

After snapping away in the field, beads of sweat dripping off my face, bees buzzing may be a bit too close for comfort, it was off to a local vineyard, where the remainder of the afternoon could be spent with a bottle of wine and a cheese plate. While I'm sad to have missed so many social events this summer, at least sitting outside with a companion or two was still possible. While I may never miss the feeling of my makeup sliding off my face in the heat, I suppose it's a fair exchange for the luxury of getting to spend the day out of doors.

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Gingham Maxi Dress
Old Navy similar
Caned Leather Tote Anthropologie
Espadrilles Soludos
Straw Fringed Hat Romwe
Monica Hoop Earrings S.V. Decker
Charm Necklace c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M similar
Nail Color "Pre-Show Jitters" Essie
 

After Labor Day

It's already been September for a week, but somehow it didn't feel official until yesterday, Labor Day. When inexplicably the temperatures shift, the gradual shortening of the days become suddenly more pronounced, as if we'd lost the time all at once, and the leaves which insist on turning early come into sharp focus amidst the swaths of green.

 

The usual dilemma of hitting the breaks on summer fashion in favor of embracing all things autumnal arises, even though I know I'm planted firmly in camp summer and wont vacate until forced by something far colder than a morning chill.

 

Even though I know beautiful summer-like days can continue to crop up through mid October, once Labor Day has passed, the mindset changes, and little can be done to reverse it.


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Poplin Square Neck Dress Banana Republic

Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff similar

Raffia Ark Bag Mango similar

Loop Earrings Mejuri
Necklace S.V. Decker
Simple Pearl Necklace c/o AUrate 
Charm Necklace c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry 
Gold Croissant Ring Etsy
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx
 
 

Invested in the Hunt

 How many times have I walked into a secondhand shop thinking to myself "Today will be the day I find *insert mythical fashion item here*, and it will fit." And on as many of those days, I've left empty handed, or with something entirely different, unable to will what I was looking for into existence by thought alone. 


Math is far from my strong suit, so I wont even try to ponder the odds that I could walk into the Goodwill in my town and just happen to find a near pristine vintage "Save the Tiger" belt from Banana Republic just when I decide I need to have it in my life. Though the internet has changed the secondhand market, and people scour the racks of their local stores to find items they can flip for a profit. With that, the odds have shifted, and there are at least three other listings for this belt on Poshmark right now; the hunt is digital, and I am committed to it. 


While this belt had quite the blemish on it, front and center, no doubt from a careless person at a secondhand shop slapping on a large price sticker with little regard to how such an adhesive could mar the leather, when I saw the belt listed for $5 I decided to take a chance. Other current listings are from $25-$35, while sold listings range from $10-$38, thus further swaying my decision toward the flawed belt. When it arrived I found the leather cleaner and conditioner I'd been gifted many years ago and got to work, first removing the sticker residue with a pencil eraser, then carefully cleaning, and once the conditioner had set, the leather was darker, gleaming, and the discoloration from the sticker nearly unnoticeable. 


Of course what initially prompted this hunt was that Banana Republic had reproduced some of their heritage pieces and the belt was included, so you could always buy that, however I tend to think they did a better job with it the first time around. 


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Dress
Banana Republic
Sandals Ann Taylor Factory
Straw Bag with Bamboo Handles Thifted similar
Leopard Silk Scarf Ann Taylor
Leather "Tiger Tooth" Belt Banana Republic
Necklace TJMaxx
Gold Croissant Ring Etsy
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Pre-Show Jitters" Essie
 

August Budget

I'm sure there is more to life than shopping, I'm just having trouble remembering what that is these days. 

Since TJMaxx and Marshalls reopened their online shops I've been obsessively checking for new items and price drops every day. Each time my Gap credit card rewards arrive I try to convince myself to save them up for something special, but that typically lasts a day before I go and order another dress to try. I have no more room for straw bags, but when a bag with a $100 MSRP is on sale for $15, how do I not buy it? I did actually return the last two I got from TJMaxx, but now the price went down to $10. We shall see if I can resist buying it again. 

I've also been convincing myself that spending more on 14k gold jewelry (as long as it's at the marked down TJMaxx price) is completely worth it, as I'm so tired of watching my gold plated sterling pieces tarnish and then turn to silver when all the gold eventually gets polished off. Though I finally bought a new polishing cloth, and have started putting desiccates in the pouches I store my gold plated sterling in. Hopefully this will help get some extra life out of the pieces, including the earrings I just bought, falling victim to their far too tempting $10 price tag.

 


 

 

Mango Rust Floral Maxi Dress, $35

Cleobella Raffia Tote, $32 via Marshalls

Banana Republic Vintage Belt, $5 via Poshmark

Banana Republic Belted Shirt Dress, $26

Argento Vivo Mother of Pearl Disc Earrings, $10 via TJMaxx 

Handmade Braided Jute Tote Bag, $37 via Etsy 

Bernardo Bella Sandals, $65 via Amazon

Loft White Linen Button Dress, $35

Joie Tilsa Blush Linen Maxi Dress, $25 via TJMaxx

Lucky Brand Floral Kimono, $15

Urban Outfitters Slide Sandals, $30

Hirajule Blue Topaz Stacking Ring, $99 via TJMaxx

Anthropologie White Woven Leather Tote, $54

Mango Knit Tank in White and Cream, $16 each

Pons Quintana Bayona Sandals, $69 via Marshalls 

Rebecca Minkoff Fan Straw Tote Bag, $36 via Marshalls

Joie Orita Ruffled Floral Dress, $20 via Poshmark

Rebecca Taylor La Vie Knit Dress, $10 via eBay

 

Not pictured because I forgot, couldn't find a photo, or couldn't find a way to fit it in:

Banana Republic Bodysuit, $7

J.Crew Swimsuit, $30

Cynthia Rowley Maxi Dress, $18 via TJMaxx

End of August

It's funny, these photos were taken at the end of May and I'm only just now posting them. I've been blogging so little these past few months because I rarely feel as though I have anything to say. I could discuss my OCD shopping habits, though I suspect you would be bored. This space has always been about fashion and my life, but very little life has been occurring. 

And so, three months later, I'm sharing this leopard trapeze dress from Target I bought because I wanted something comfortable to hang around the house in (it is), what I wore to pick up an online grocery order at Shoprite (minus my mask), and the illusion that perhaps I spent more time at the beach that day than it took to snap these photos (I did not).

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Leopard Dress Target
Denim Jacket Gap similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Sandals Banana Republic similar
Round Raffia Bag Sun n' Sand
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Chain Necklace Etsy
Thin Gold Ring Etsy