Little Black Dress

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Dress: Express / Earrings: Lisi Lerch via Design Darling / Bag: K.Slademade
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Shoes: TJMaxx (similar)

Happy Friday!  Last weekend Doug and I took a quick trip down to CT and packed as much as we could into the 1.5 days we were home. I picked up this little black dress from Express for my trip to Vegas last month — it was short and swingy, but not too scandalous!

These turquoise tassel earrings are my favorite.  I can’t wear them for more than a few hours (they do start to hurt!), but they are so fun. They also make such a statement that any other accessorizing is pretty easy — and nonexistent!

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Have a great weekend!!

Summer Stripes

Hi! So its been awhile — I took a bit of an unexpected break this past month from blogging.  A mix of illness, work travel, and general summer kept me busy, but I’m feeling better and I can’t wait to get back into my blogging groove!

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Dress: Ann Taylor c/o / Sunglasses: Prada

I know that lots of stores are buzzing about their fall collections, but we still have over a month, maybe two months, of summer left! This blue and white striped maxi is such a stunner — it can totally be dressed down for a casual alfresco dinner, or dressed up for a wedding. Who doesn’t love summer stripes!?

Here I’m on the beach on Plum Island, which is one of my favorite beach spots and I’m so lucky to live just 4.5 miles away! Its been so busy that I haven’t biked here yet this summer, but I’m hoping to make a few trips out in September. I just love sitting on the beach in the early fall with a blanket and a good book!

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The best part about this dress? It’s currently over 50% off! No coupon codes necessary, just head on over to Ann Taylor.com and scoop up some of their awesome sale items.

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Maxi dresses are my favorite dresses for summer — super easy and very forgiving — so I’ve been stocking up with some of the end of summer sales. Here are some of the other dresses in my shopping cart:

Venice Beach

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Dress: Ann Taylor c/o / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

On our first full day in Los Angeles we woke up bright and early (thanks Eastern time!) and headed off in search of breakfast burritos and the beach! We stayed in a cute little AirBnB just one block from Venice’s Muscle Beach and spent our mornings drinking coffee and watching the surfers before heading out for the day.

I tried my best to embrace the “windblown” look as the hair dryer in our AirBnB was broken. To add to my hair troubles, we were also renting a Mustang convertible for the week which was super fun to drive, but didn’t help my hair. Thankfully our hotel in San Diego had a hairdryer so my hair was back to normal in a few days!

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The Vintage Bazaar

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Last weekend I took a drive over to The Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, MA — an outdoor market that comes to town twice a year!  Per the website they describe it as “Over 175  outdoor ’boutiques’ feature antiques, vintage finds , architectural salvage, rusty junk, repurposed goodness, indie crafts and one-of-a-kind artisans.” They also had a ton of amazing food vendors & food trucks and live music.

Doug and I wandered around the property visiting all of the vendors and came home with a few goodies!  Two repurposed grape crates for our herb garden, a wooden birdhouse with a Panama license place roof, a silver ring made from a vintage spoon, a Turkish towel and a birthday gift for my Dad.  Pretty successful outing I’d say!

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Shirt: Vince / Skirt: Ann Taylor c/o  / Jacket: GAP / Shoes: Sperry
Necklace: DIY’ed by me / Sunglasses: Ray-ban / Bag: Longchamp

I wore a cute denim skirt from Ann Taylor — I wanted to look nice, but I didn’t want to wear anything that might get dusty or dirty from poking around through tents full of antiques. I also made sure to wear some closed-toed Sperry Topsiders as I know that events like this in open grass fields can sometimes get muddy! My only complaint was that I didn’t bring a canvas tote bag to carry all my smaller purchases in!

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Feeling Sunny in Lilly Pulitzer

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Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar) / Earrings: Lisi Lerch / Clutch: Tory Burch / Shoes: Jack Rogers
Rings: Margaret Elizabeth & Gorjana via Rocksbox / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

For weddings I typically use Rent the Runway, but I lucked out with this sunny yellow Lilly Pulitzer dress at a local consignment shop in Portsmouth, NH. I love buying Lilly on consignment — I can get it for much less than retail and often find prints and styles that have been retired, just like this one!  The dress was a little big, but I cinched it in with an old gold braided belt.

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Sorry for the wrinkles!  An hour in church will do that to you! 🙂 
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