:: Summer to Fall: Cranberry Blouse & Lemon Print Skirt ::

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Hello lovelies!

Everywhere I look, someone is talking about Fall. Between the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Back-to-School commercials, even I have succumbed a little in my latest posts on Instagram. Not surprisingly though, I’m still not entirely ready to let go of summer, and let’s be honest, neither is Mother Nature! As we move into September, the forecast for Boston looks very similar to that of August. Beautiful sunny days and daily high temperatures of 80° and above. (I mean, come on! Why am I expected to go back to school before Labor Day without a fight?) I do, however, love a good challenge and what’s more challenging than finding a comfortable, but stylish, way to navigate the transition between sizzling, summer afternoons and brisk, autumn evenings? Read More

:: Bold Prints & Rich Hues: Navy & Florals

:: Bold Prints & Rich Hues: Navy & Florals

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As you may know, I have developed a serious love for Ann Taylor as I’ve gotten older. Their pieces are filled with rich hues, bold patterns, and classic silhouettes for a trendy yet timeless feel. For me this look encompasses all of those aspects; deep navy, bright florals, and off the shoulder. This look could easily be worn with flats for a more practical daytime look, or spiced up with heels or wedges for a date night. You could also pair the shorts with this navy blue blouse or button-down for more work appropriate look too. I could go on and on, as both pieces are so versatile, there’s endless ways to mix and match them.

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When I saw this top, I knew I had to grab it, especially since it had been marked down to $19! It’s currently listed at $50 but if you know Ann Taylor, they’re sure to mark it down at least once more before the close of the summer. I also like that, unlike my other off the shoulder tops, this one is fitted which makes it much easier to tuck into bottoms.

If I haven’t made it clear, I love these shorts and the colors are perfect for transitioning into early fall days. If you’re crushing on this floral print as much as I am, you’ll love this dress and skirt, or consider completing the set with this matching peplum top. There’s even a scarf for those looking for a lively, but lightweight way to bundle up on a cool summer evening.

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Also I can’t get enough of these sunglasses! I purchased them for $18 at the Ann Taylor Factory Store, but they’re not available online and most likely aren’t in stock at the classic Ann Taylor either. I did some hunting and found a similar pair here and here. (Bonus: The second comes in five colors!) My double sided pearl earrings are one of my favorite jewelry pieces; pair with a simple pearl necklace to create the perfect vintage feel. While you can easily find a pair for under $15, most earrings that inexpensive are made of brass, nickel, or a combination of metals that will turn over time. If you’re looking to invest in more long term jewelry, or you have sensitive skin, you may find these (sterling silver or 18k gold) pairs to be better options.

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If you’re like me, your hair’s low porosity often lends to excessive dryness, which can make it brittle and fragile. In the summertime, natural hairstyles force me to put a bit more TLC into my hair, but during busy weeks, it isn’t always easy to find that time. Though heat styling is more time efficient for me, the heat applied can exacerbate my hair’s fragility. I find thick, lose braids put the least amount of strain on my hair, although admittedly I need to up my game. I am pretty proud of this look though, and with some practice, I may be able to don it as maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding in September. To attain the perfect bun, I decided to DIY a sock hair donut. This tutorial is perfect; the bun made the shorter hair at the back of my head look much fuller, the sock posed no risk to my delicate strands, and it cost me nothing.

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As always, thanks so much for reading!

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:: Elephant March into Summer: Espadrilles & Stripes ::

:: Elephant March into Summer: Espadrilles & Stripes ::

Hey all!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the first day of summer! It’s been a couple of years since I last took the summer off, and I’m looking forward to dedicating some time to developing the blog. I’m hoping that by the fall, this little guy will have a brand new facelift!

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Tomorrow, is the last day of school and if you’ve been following me on Instagram you may know that I sort of started celebrating early. A couple of months ago, I purchased this ‘Seas the Day’ straw hat from &Apparel, and I highly recommend that you check out there entire line of embroidered hats if you’re in the market for one (or two!) this summer. Generally, these babies run mega-expensive, so I was stoked when &Apparel launched their line of great quality sun hats at much more affordable prices.

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LOFT has had nothing short of amazing sales all month long and I had to have this pom pom straw bag and these adorable elephant shorts as soon as I saw them. I’ve been experimenting with pattern play a lot this season, and stripes tend to be my go-to summer print. An old pair of espadrille wedges from Ann Taylor and this striped zipper top made for a perfect oh-so-ready-for-summer-vacation look!

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Loft always has a great selection of summer shorts (and amazing flash sales), and this season has yet to disappoint. Here are a few of my favorites below. I am in love the scalloped pair and will definitely be purchasing myself a pair soon.

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:: Outfit//Shein Striped Zipper Shirt Only Available in XS & S (Similar Here) ♥ LOFT Elephant Rivera Shorts ::

:: Accessories//Old Ann Taylor Striped Espadrille Wedges (Similar Here) ♥ LOFT Pom Pom Straw Bag ♥ Valor Rose Gold Mesh Watch ♥ & Apparel Seas the Day Straw Hat – On Sale for $30! (Similar Here – Dear Summer) ::

Hope you enjoyed this look as much as I did! Happy Solstice!

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