see hear speak

I've been wearing this top all summer with cutoffs and layered over dresses, but decided to make it more sophisticated today. It's surprising how many compliments I get whenever I have it on -- I love a quirky basic and can't wait to try it out with textured pants, jackets and cozy knits.

{Zara top & sandals (old); JCrew skirt; Longchamp tote; Kate Spade earrings; Jeweliq bracelets}


seaside date

Spent a day exploring and relaxing in Bristol/Newport R.I. with the BF on one of the last weekends of summer. For more pictures follow me on Instagram!

1. Look of the day
2. Seaside picnic goodies
3. Our view above
4. Newport R.I. pullover + zig-zag bracelets (aka. my new obsession) via Jeweliq
5. Cappuccino break topped with cinnamon
6. Hanging with the grapes at Newport Vineyard
7. SAD-face
8. Bristol mansion view -- swoon.
   9. Garden daisies
10. Outfit closeup: leo, red and zig-zags

{Olive & Oak top via TJMaxx; Madewell shorts & flats; Longchamp bag; JCrew belt; Jeweliq bracelets ($20!)}



Still obsessed with wearing one pattern head to toe. Dressing up a simple shift dress with fun jewelry from this post not only makes this more special, it is so effortless. I almost threw on my favorite Dalmatian heels (last seen here) but it was a flats kind of day -- happy weekend!

{H&M dress (recent); Zara sandals; Longchamp bag; Karen Walker sunnies; necklaces: Jeweliq, JCrew}


how to: reinvent the chain link necklace

I like to think of and use jewelry as clothing -- you need those essential jewelry pieces to act like neutrals in a look. The chain link necklace is the perfect starting point to layer on texture, color and dimension to any simple outfit (think jeans + tee, LBD). 

The best part? You may find that you have many of these combinations hiding somewhere in the depths of your accessory drawers -- score!! 

My favorite Chain Link Necklace (worn throughout) via JEWELIQ (only $25!!)

1 {Forever 21; JCrew}
2 {JCrew}
3 {both JCrew}
4 {both Forever 21}
5 {BCBGeneration; MyNameNecklace; Juicy Couture}
6 {ribbon from craft store}
7 {JCrew -- used in look 3}


casual sunday

When I was a kid, I would probably wear this whole outfit -- but with some sweet Adidas sneaks, a ponytail, and some kind of bad eyeliner -- which was why I was so excited to spot this classic Gap sweatshirt last week. But because I look terrible in sneakers, I opted to stay away from my childhood style, and throw in some ladylike elements: oversized sunnies, leopard wedges, and the perfect chain link bracelet from Jeweliq (for only $20!).

{Gap sweatshirt; Madewell jeans; BCBG heels via TJMaxx; Longchamp bag; Karen Walker sunnies; Jeweliq bracelet (gifted)}


5 ways to dress up your bun

Have fun with your bun! 
(Psst...HERE is my secret to the perfect top bun)

OUTFIT {all H&M}

HAIR {1st headband: Anthropologie (similar)
 1st bow: H&M (similar)
2nd bow: AA 
ribbon from craft store
2nd headband: H&M}


head to toe

This skirt is such a statement piece that I wear it too much -- it seems to make EVERYTHING instantly  playful and ladylike. Mixing it with more polka dots seemed like the natural thing to do, and I am digging the contrast of the abstract, splatter dots with the graphic ones. 

{Target top; JCrew skirt; Pink & Pepper shoes; Michael Kors bag via TJMaxx}


pink suit

A lighter shade of pink in a deconstructed cotton candy ensamble. 
It's lady-like but still quirky enough -- now that's my kind of summer suiting.

{F21 jacket; Ralph Lauren top; Target shorts; Zara heels; Michael Kors bag (via TJMaxx); Karen Walker sunnies}


almost weekend-ready

Even though it's hot, I've got to wear brights. Happy Friday!

((Check out my interview at Moments with Meera))

{H&M top (recent); JCrew shorts & shoes; Karen Walker sunnies; Club Monoco bag}