off duty

when living in such a big and busy city like new york, it is easy to get lost in the madness. since moving to the city over two years ago (wow, how time has flown!), i never quite mastered "big city living." coming to new york right after college, i never realized how difficult balancing work, blogging, being social, exercise, and my overall personal life would be and the sporadic schedule of my first post-college job didn't help. after a career switch about a year ago, i started to get back into a routine again. but of course, the holidays hit and my newborn routine quickly took a backseat. holidays in retail are anything but relaxing and the last thing i wanted to do when leaving work was talk to more people or even work out. so i found myself passing on events, soulcycle classes, and happy hours with friends just to get an extra hour of sleep. instead of bringing my lunch to work, i defaulted to ordering seamless from less than stellar options and would repeat the cycle when i got home at night. i assumed my schedule would reset itself when the holidays were over but, of course, it didn't and a few months ago, the need and desire for a change slapped me right across the face. hard.

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sunny side up

as i mentioned here, embroidery is one of my favorite trends of this year. and of course, one of the pieces i suggested for you all, i had to end up getting for myself! this skirt was haunting me. so i made the purchase a few weeks ago right when it went on sale! it was fate. most of the time i'm an impulse shopper, but sometimes i have to stare at a piece for months before i can fully commit and with this piece, the wait was completely worth it!

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summer reading

reading has not always been my favorite. sure, i will read countless articles from the new york and financial times *cough cough...buzzfeed* but when it comes to sitting down and finishing a book cover to cover, i always seem to come up with any excuse to never finish (or start for that matter) a book. but this summer i was determined! i gave myself a goal of finishing one book. okay i know i didn't goal myself high, but it's realistic for my hectic life and about the baby steps. and i'm happy to announce that i successfully completed my goal!

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be our guest

the search is finally over! i have finally found the perfect dress to wear to a wedding. phew! i don't know why, but weddings seem to be the most stressful occasion to dress appropriately for and i can't even begin to tell you how long i have been searching for this dress! weddings are notorious for having countless rules for what the guests can and cannot wear and frankly i'm sick of it! i mean we all get the "no white" rule but did you know that you're also not supposed to wear solid black!? or bright red!? and what if the bride decides to wear blush pink? rule that color out too! and of course, never wear something that would draw attention away from the bride...if you still want to remain friends with her. i sometimes feel like the bride and groom should just pick out the guests outfit as well.

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beat the heat

new york city is getting hot...and i mean hot! i have not been able to escape very much to the hamptons this month and while i am crying on the inside, my skin is melting off on the outside and my hair is exponentially getting frizzier. is it fall yet!? summer is not fun! so with the temperatures increasing, the amount of time i spend outside is decreasing and the few times that i am outside, i try to make my clothing as comfortable as possible.

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the great divide

i love nordstrom as much as the next person. they always have an amazing variety of brands at all price points and of course, their return policy is unlike any other. but i would be perfectly happy if i never had to see another email about the nordstrom anniversary sale. and add that to the countless bloggers and overall general public posting about the sale, i felt like i was being pulled in a million different directions before the sale even began. needless to say, this is not my favorite time of the year. but let's be honest; the reason bloggers and influencers post so excessively about the annual event is because, as jacey so simply put it, it generates a good chunk of income through our affiliate links! so this year, i was torn: to post, or not to post? and i think we all know by now that the answer to that question for me was not to post.

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a piece of paris

there will always be a special place in my heart for paris. when i was in college, there was no question in my mind as to where i would study abroad and inevitably ended up at sciences po for my fall semester junior year. i had visited paris a few times prior to the move when i was in both middle and high school and i had the most magical of times. basically those experiences set the bar quite high for my time abroad. there still are some pre-blogging instagrams of mine floating around my feed but one of my favorite memories of my study abroad (and most photographed) were my strolls back from class through the luxembourg gardens with my little green ladurée bag: filled with nothing but sugary goodness!

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flower of the flock

to me, summer has become synonymous with wolffer estate summer in a bottle rosé. from the sweetness to the perfectly refreshing taste, it's no wonder my family and i bought 10 cases for the summer! but let's be honest...the real reason i'm absolutely obsessed with this rosé is because of the bottle. can we talk about those colors!? so when i saw this dress, i instantly thought of summer in a bottle and couldn't help but pour myself a glass. what are some of your favorite summer drinks?

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a step in the stripe direction

it's no secret that i'm mildly obsessed with stripes...so there was no surprise when i instantly fell in love with this flutter sleeved dress! oh, and pippa middleton kind of liked it too so no big deal. i have worn this dress on countless occasions (most of them being work) and the silhouette makes it perfect for anything life throws at you! i hope everyone has an amazing monday and an even better week ahead!

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luck of the irish

full disclosure: i am not at all irish...but i'm not at all mad about looking like a modern-day twenty something leprechaun in this dress. being a redhead (and irish imposter), i was always told to wear green and that it was "my color." me and my closet full of everything but green strongly disagree. but now and again, i get lucky and find just the right shade! what instantly drew me to this dress was that the base is an ivory and just the details were green: totally manageable!

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it's about time

as many of you remember, i had the most amazing time this year at the veuve clicquot polo classic. one thing that i didn't mention, was that i was approached by two men from the new york times style section and they asked to photograph and interview me about my outfit. queue the internal screaming! i tried my best to play it "cool" but i think you all can imagine how "not cool" i was. i immediately ran back to dana and freaked out about it for roughly 10 minutes (okay way longer than 10 minutes). my initial thought was to instastory the experience but my better judgement knew not to jinx it: an interview wasn't a guarantee to be in the paper. so i waited. i checked the two sunday papers following the classic but saw nothing as i assumed the style section was only published on that day. i began to give up hope thinking that i may have missed it  or was not included in the article but then the unthinkable happened: i received a facebook notification, while at work, where someone had mentioned that i was seen in the paper. i don't think i've ever googled anything so fast! and there it was, right before my eyes...myself in the new york times style section...and it was about time!

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check please

i couldn't be happier that today is friday! mostly because this week was a completely normal work-week for me and i didn't get a long weekend for the fourth of july...retail problems. although i'm not going to the hamptons this weekend, this post has me itching to go back! this little gingham number was the perfect dress to stop by the maidstone hotel in east hampton and check out their new renovations! if you ever find yourself in search of a hotel when in the hamptons, i highly recommend the maidstone! so instead of coming to terms that i will not be out east this weekend, i will just pretend that i am!

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call me twiggy

there is nothing i wouldn't give to be able to go back to the 60s and be best friends with twiggy...but i would be totally fine with 2017's twiggy too! she was such an influential force in modeling and, in my opinion, was the face of 60s fashion. the 60s were full of bold colors, funky earrings, and chic silhouettes: and this dress gave me all the feels!

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taking shape

one thing people may not know about me is that i am a total math nerd - i even majored in finance in college! but one of my favorite segments of my math progression was geometry. now don't get me wrong, i will always have a special place in my heart for a good floral pattern but there is just something about a bold geometric print that makes me stop and stare! of course i needed to pair this statement skirt with my classic stripe tee (that i've had for ages) to add that extra pop! and as i was beginning this post, i saw jenn wear this same skirt three different ways. check out her post here! but we talk about that gingham top with it!? #stunning!

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dots and stripes

as always, the weekend before the fourth of july are completely dedicated to all things red, white, and blue. as mentioned here, my go-to uniform for the all-american festivities are based in blue and white with pops of red. i loved adding polkadots into the mix as it is (shockingly) a print that a rarely wear. and let's be honest, polkadots are about as close as you can get to stars without looking like an actual american flag.

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patriotism to the max

there is no color combo more patriotic than red, white, and blue (obviously). so with the fourth of july right around the corner, i'm getting a head start on all of my patriotic apparel! having red hair, i have always defaulted to wearing something blue and white and a hint of red. this outfit was no exception to my all-american uniform. and of course, who can forget these fabulous tassel earrings to top it all off!? now i just can't wait for the fireworks!

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pink lady

it probably doesn't come as a surprise that filling your bag with flowers is not the most practical idea...but it is definitely the cutest accessory to an entirely pink outfit! if i had it my way, i would probably wear pink all day, every day and i got so excited when i saw this skirt at j.crew because i knew i could pair it with so many different things. adding this perfectly matched striped shirt into the mix and my transformation to a pink lady was complete!

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concrete jungle

new york city can be a jungle...just minus any of the actual greenery. so i often resort to adding some green to the concrete with a fabulous print! this "jardin" print from kate spade's may collection jumped out at me as soon as i saw it - and i'm not going to lie, i basically wear this dress every day to work! the fun pops of color (can you see the little humming birds on the print too?) paired with the lace detail create the perfect spring dress to help me conquer the wilderness!

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