Suede Sunshine

Jacket Asos, Sweater- Croft & Barrow, Jeans- J. Crew, Belt- Target, Boots- J. Crew, Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

I’m going back to the basics here. I always find myself getting dressed in the morning and wishing that I was wearing something more edgy or just another interesting accessory. Yesterday I woke up and put on my favorite pair of jeans, my more-than-beat-down leather boots and a tan sweater and I felt so comfortable. It was one of those no fuss outfits that made me feel put together and ready to take on the day. Because there was a slight breeze here in North Carolina I threw on a suede jacket which gave the outfit that extra edge that brought everything together.

I’m sure we all have that one piece in our closet that is so worn down and should have been thrown out a year ago. For me, that piece would be these boots. I got them for Christmas about six years ago (I don’t exactly remember what year because it has been so long). I believe a number of my family members have tried to throw them out but I refuse to let them go. They are a size too small and the sole is starting to separate from the rest of the shoe. I say it  gives them character, my mother says they are rotting like an apple. There is something about an old leather shoe or accessory that over the years gives it this amazing feeling. Nothing is better than worn leather. So even when these babies finally give out, I cannot and will not toss them. Sorry mom.

Eyelet Print in Bryant Park

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I often take the boat into New York City and meet my dad and stepmom for dinner. I am so fortunate to live so close to the greatest city in the world, at least in my opinion. My dad and I took these pictures on the last day I was able to come into the city before I left for college. When my dad asked me where I wanted to take the pictures I thought of Bryant Park immediately because it is one of my favorite places in the city. Whenever anyone thinks of a park and New York they almost always think of Central Park before anything else. It is true, Central Park is beautiful and full of amazing things to do and see, however I think of Bryant Park as Central Park’s cool younger (much smaller) sister.

Back in February, a few of my friends and I went into the city for dinner and then went to Bryant Park for a silent disco. You have probably seen one on a tv show or on social media. It is basically clubbing but instead of the music coming from a speaker the DJ is hooked up to headphones that everyone at the disco is given. While we waited on line for our headphones, my friends and I bought waffles from a small shop in the park, Wafels and Dinges. I had a waffle with powdered sugar, strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream which I later danced out for three hours. The silent disco was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had in the city and I have been dying to go to another one ever since. Because of that night, Bryant park will always bring back great memories so I was very excited to shoot there.

This look is my go-to for summer. I love wearing light colors and feminine details in the summer which are both shown in the baby blue color and the eyelet panels outlining the dress. I recently purchased this dress from the J.Crew sale rack. They only had my size left in this dress which never happens so I took it as a sign from the universe that I had to get it. I wore a blue lace bandeau to add another soft, delicate touch to the look and also to keep the outfit more reserved. I paired the dress with colorful sandals which are great for walking around in New York in the summer and a wax canvas tote with a blue monogram to anchor the preppy look. I wore my hair up here because it adds to the drama of the deep v-neck silhouette and draws attention to the top of the dress. I will definitely be sporting this dress well into fall by either layering long-sleeve shirts underneath or light jackets on top.

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A Short Shoe History

Hello everyone! Recently, the company Farfetch sent me some special graphics to share with you all on the history and evolution of shoes. Farfetch is a luxury fashion community of over 300 visionary, forward thinking fashion boutiques from around the world. Farfecth showcases over 1000 labels and features major designers such as Balmain, Fendi, Givenchy, Kenzo, Saint Laurent and tons more. Farfetch also has an amazing collection of vintage clothing and accessories along with editorial stories that support designers, share new trends, and express cultural diversity. Go check out Farfetch and use the code x20june15 at checkout to get an extra 20% off of sale items. So here is the Short Shoe History from Farfetch:

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Red Bank Blogger Crawl

Hello everyone, I am part of a group of local bloggers in New Jersey that have created the first ever Red Bank Blogger Crawl! Myself along with the other bloggers of It’s DroolworthyMagnificent Temptations, Amy Believes in Pink, More by Sonya Cashner, The Perky Foodie, Daily Dose of Dawson, Mbeewell, and A My Name is Amy were able to talk to employees and gather information on different stores and establishments in Red Bank to share with our viewers. I covered two of my favorite stores in Red Bank, Double Take and Lucky Clover.

Double Take is a consignment shop located on Broad Street which has a mixture of new and vintage pieces as well as designer and luxury options. Double Take began in the Short Hills mall in 1992 and now has two more locations in Ridgewood and most recently Red Bank which opened in 2012. The majority of the merchandise is second hand and some pieces are selected from boutiques and showrooms. The store offers everything from high-end gowns to sharp designer suits ranging from brands and designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Jimmy Choo and many more. Personally, I love finding hidden gems in here and I really appreciate that Double Take has a section for size eleven shoes for big footed people like me.

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Lucky Clover is a boutique also on Broad Street which has a bohemian, beachy style. The store is a just over three years old and sells everything from festival inspired clothing to witty signs to dainty accessories. Lucky Clover carries great basic pieces like solid tank tops and comfy loungewear along with flowy tops in loud prints and many different textures and fabrics. Some of the store’s most popular pieces include initial necklaces, low tie bracelets, crochet tops, printed pants, mini dresses, and anything with an elephant design. The store is very young and offers a fresh style that is perfect for the summer and festival season.

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