Hello, everyone!
This is the 7th entry in a 10 part series on Wardrobe Essentials. Be sure to check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6!
Much like my post on the white button down, sitting down to style the wrap dress was almost difficult, just because it’s inherently so easy. The wrap dress became popular because of its universally flattering shape (cinching at the waist, flaring to different degrees below the hips), and the ease with which you can look polished and put together. It’s a one piece outfit and isn’t that every working/lazy girls’ dream? Naturally I selected a Diane Von Furstenberg piece for this collage, but there are certainly more affordable options that look just as great by designers like Michael Kors or DKNY.
Look #1
For a more casual ensemble I paired the wrap dress with a chunky pair of sandals, some hippie sunglasses, and the Chloe Faye bag, which I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with.  I would wear this with natural makeup and long messy bed head.
Look #2
For the office I went with something simple and classic: black pumps (a more affordable option here), a bright colored satchel, and some big sunglasses. The bag is what really makes the whole look pop; you can find similar options here and here.
Look #3
For the third look I usually try to give a dressy option, but since the wrap dress is already somewhat dressy I decided to winterize it instead. A cozy circle scarf with a basic tote, some over the knee boots, and cat eye sunglasses will help this dress transition from summer to winter.
What do you guys think? How do you style your wrap dress?
Have a great day!

Caprese Salad

Hello, everyone!

Today I have a new minute meal for you! A caprese salad is one of my favorite lunches for a hot day like the ones we’ve been having lately (finally!). All you need is some fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil. I sprinkle some sea salt on mine with the traditional olive oil and balsamic vinegar for an extra bite. You can cut the slices as thin or thick as you want but I tend to go for about a quarter to a half inch. Slicing the ingredients is the only work you have to put into it! It’s especially delicious this time of year when you can get locally grown tomatoes. Yum =).

What is your go to easy meal for a hot day?

Have a great Monday!

Rebecca Minkoff Randi Sandal in White

Hello, everyone!

I recently found these beauts on The Outnet for more than half off! Naturally I was excited about finally getting them in the mail and I thought I would share them on here. They remind me of these Proenza Schouler flat sandals I was obsessed with a while back. I can’t wait to break them out with summer dresses and distressed denim, and hopefully a bit of a tan 😬 haha

You can also find them on sale in black here, or grey here, or even in a fun floral print here!

What shoes are you guys excited to wear this spring/summer?

Happy shopping!

 Beet Salad with Carrots and Apple and Balsamic Chicken Hello, everyone!

I recently improvised a recipe of my own and it came out delicious! I’m pretty excited about it and so I thought I would share with you guys.

Beet Salad

4 beets, precooked (I buy them this way at BJs, although you can buy them raw and cook them yourself), shredded in largest setting of a cheese grater

4 large carrots, shredded in largest setting of a cheese grater

1 granny smith apple, sliced thinly

That’s all there is to it! I marinated a chicken breast in a store bought balsamic vinaigrette and topped the salad with that as well as some more of the balsamic dressing and it was great! I’ll probably be making this as my lunch to bring to the office more often. Since I took this photo I have had some more also topped with crumbled goat cheese, which was a nice creamy topping to cut through some of the acidity. I also had some avocado on the side with lemon juice and salt sprinkled on top.

Yum.

Enjoy!

3 Ways to Wear a White Button Down
Hello, everyone!
This is the 6th entry in a 10 part series on Wardrobe Essentials. Be sure to check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5!
Sitting down to write this post feels a little silly, since the white button down is probably the most versatile piece out of all 10 of the wardrobe essentials I’ve been showing you. I really think that a white button down can go with everything and anything. You know, just not  nothing, because then you would be sans pants.
Look #1
Still feeling a little inspired by Coachella, I paired the Uniqlo button down (only $30!) with some cropped and destroyed denim, crazy shoes, an even crazier backpack, and some real 70s glam sunglasses. I would rock this look with some bed head, my shirt half tucked, and some lipstick to glam it up a little.
Look #2
When I started putting together this collage, I knew one of the looks had to be paired with this pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses. Seriously, they are a little too small in this photo to tell, but trust me, they are the coolest sun shielding eye wear I’ve come across this season. They have a frame that is laser cut metal paired with a blue/green reflective lens. They are on my wish list indefinitely. Anyway, the outfit you see before you is what came to be after I put the sunglasses with the shirt. I would wear the shirt in an unexpected way with this outfit; like tying it as a crop top or criss-crossing the front of it as it is tucked into the skirt (which has become popular recently).
Look #3
This look is about as girly as you will ever see me suggest. But I loved the print on the shorts and then the sparkly accouterments just accumulated from there.
What do you guys think? How do you wear your white button downs?
Don’t forget you can click the image above to shop all the items!
Have a great day!

  Hello, everyone!

While perusing the internet I like to keep track of what I would like to get. A “to purchase” list if you will. Unfortunately, this list tends to be much longer than my paycheck dictates possible, and so I like to write a little review in memory of the closet additions that never were. Here are this week’s findings:

White Halter Crop Top from Zara. This 90s neckline is on an upswing this spring. Since it is the first resurgence of a trend that I was actually alive to witness the first time, it makes me feel both young and old simultaneously.  Pair this crop top version with a high waisted skirt or pair of culottes.

Bejeweled Black Sandals from Zara. These are a great way to bring the ripped denim shorts and white T shirt combo into the realm of stylish, while maintaining comfort of course.

Mixed Metal Floor Lamp from Ikea. With a retro vibe, the lamp has both silver and gold which helps tie together mixed accents from around your room.

Set of Colorful Bracelets from Bauble Bar. 1 arm party to go, please. Just add a gold watch for a perfect casual Summer look.

Black Crossbody Bag from Rebecca Minkoff. How adorable is this? I’ve been on the hunt for a new crossbody that has some structure to it, and this might be the one.

Studded White Sandals from Rebecca Minkoff. With a bit of a Valentino vibe, these studded gladiators will go with everything this spring/summer.

Gold Pave Hand Chain from Bauble Bar. Wear opposite your arm party from above for a more festival vibe.

What do you guys think? What is on your wish list?

Have a great day!

Hello, everyone!

This past weekend my friend and I went to a culinary resort and spa called The Essex, right outside of Burlington, VT. The resort itself is really cool, with multiple restaurants (one of them AAA 4 diamond rated) and cooking classes you can sign up for in the lobby. On Saturday we went into Burlington and did some walking around. The downtown area is very cute with lots of character and interesting architecture. I didn’t take many photos since the goal of the weekend was to relax; I even got a massage for the first time which was pretty amazing. I don’t know why I had never thought to try it before! I was so relaxed I wound up falling asleep at 10pm that night. 

#turnt (as the kids are saying)

After walking around the downtown area, we headed to a rather strange location; The World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet. I knew it was in Burlington and of course that meant I had to go and take a look. How can any travelers’ life be complete without seeing the world’s tallest piece of office storage? Yea, I don’t know either.

    

That’s a lot of files.

Then we drove to a place where we could park the car and walk on the bike path. We chose a place that was not far from a park with the most amazing view. It may have been a cloudy day, but you have to give it to Burlington, the views of rolling mountains are incredible. It’s definitely not something you get in Rhode Island!

 After our day of walking around, exploring, and relaxing we had a reservation at the resort’s nice restaurant, Junction. Luckily we stumbled right into Vermont Restaurant Week and were able to get a three course meal for a reasonable price. The ceiling was one of the first things we noticed; it was covered in different place settings which I had never seen before. It gave the whole place an Alice-in-Wonderland kind of vibe which was really cool.

I chose the lobster bisque, scallops with fennel and white bean puree (an interesting and more nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes), and a blueberry lemon creme brulee (which did not survive long enough to take a photo).

   After having such an amazing meal we returned for brunch the next day where I got sliders with maple aioli and a fried quail egg on pancakes. It was basically the resorts equivalent of dropping a mic. Amazing.

Have you ever been to Burlington? What was your favorite part?

Have a great day!

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