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On the go: Striped sneakers & colorful sweater

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Hi everybody! These pictures were actually taken last Sunday, when temperatures hit in the 90s during the day for what I believe was the first time in NYC this summer. I left the house wearing that minty sweater, which was quickly relegated to my bag. I spent most of the afternoon at my computer in a nearby cafe, but I usually find that I am far less productive when I feel like a slob, and putting together a real outfit pays dividends in how much I accomplish. It just makes me feel more focused and intentional.

Having a few tricks in the arsenal for looking put together with (very) minimal effort is really what I strive for always but its especially meaningful in the summer heat. I think it’s worth investing in a few lightweight summer tops that can easily be thrown on with shorts. These can be anything from simple cotton knit tees to more structured silk tank tops. By tucking my top into my shorts and adding a belt, this look was quickly transformed from something that is pretty standard into an outfit in the realm of cute.

What are your tricks for making a simple outfit a little bit more special?

Outfit:

Top: J. Crew tank, J. Crew sweater
Bottoms: Madewell (old)
Shoes: Old Navy
Bag: Tory Burch
Accessories: J. Crew belt (old), Ralph Lauren sunglasses (old), Bauble Bar necklace (sold out, similar), Bauble Bar earrings, Bauble Bar rings here, here, and here

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Porthole layered necklace giveaway!

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Hi everybody! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I’m still coming down from a great weekend visiting some of my favorite people in Boston, and to keep the good times going, I figured it was prime time for another giveaway!!

I have been absolutely loving the necklace I’m wearing here. I think the clean lines and simplicity of the piece make it so elegant. Because it’s so simple, it’s easily dressed up and down, and it works with lots of different necklines!

I can’t wait to share the love, so enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter link below! You can enter up to five times following the criteria there (you can choose which entries you are interested in completing, and completing more of the tasks increases your odds of winning). Any questions do let me know in the comments below! In the mean time, enter away! The giveaway is open to everybody, and will end at 11:59 EST on Sunday, May 24th.

Good luck, and thanks so much for stopping by!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Outfit:

Top: Club Monaco (old)
Bottoms: J. Crew (on sale!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Accessories: Ralph Lauren sunglasses (old), Bauble Bar Porthole layered necklace, Bauble Bar earrings, Cape Cod bracelet, Bauble Bar rings here, here, and here

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White jeans & Pinterest love

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Hi everybody! I finally pulled out my white jeans for summer (although it’s still not as warm here as I would like…). For a long time I struggled with white jeans. They weren’t as flattering or comfortable as my darker denim favorites, so stayed far away. But I recently discovered a new trick, and it has completely changed my thinking. White jeans are usually a bit thinner material than normal denim (not always, sure, but most “summer” styles are). When this is the case, I like to wear a full size up. Voila! No sausage-legs effect and man oh man are they comfy. Anyways, that tidbit aside, I don’t really want to talk about white jeans today. I want to talk about Pinterest.

I think you could consider me a “born again” Pinterest user. I used to love it in college as a wonderful source of inspiration, tips and tricks, and recipes. And it’s one of the most effective procrastination tools I’ve ever found. But after graduating, starting life in the working world, and then channeling most of my free time into starting this blog, I definitely fell off the bandwagon. Well over the past few weeks I’ve jumped right back on that train and I am seriously enjoying the ride. There are recipes, travel inspiration, beauty and hair tutorials, and of course a vast arena of fashion inspiration. I am loving it. Are you a Pinterest user? What’s your favorite thing to search for? And seriously, please stop on by! I am always looking for more active Pinners to follow and would love for us to connect! In the mean time, happy pinning!

Outfit:

Top: Joie (in store only, similar)
Jacket: Maison Scotch (reversible, other side seen here)
Pants: Articles of Society
Shoes: Old Navy
Bag: Tory Burch
Accessories: Cape Cod bracelet, Ralph Lauren sunglasses (old), Bauble Bar earrings (from their recent sample sale, sadly not online)

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