Posts tagged summer
the ins and outs of the 2019 blog societies conference

two weekends ago, elle and i headed down to georgia and made our way to the barnsley resort for the annual blog societies conference, adorably known as tbscon. while i attended this conference back in 2016 with dana, this year’s conference was extra special because instead of being an attendee i was asked to be a speaker for one of the workshops. if you’re not familiar with the blog societies, it is a community for influencers that allows us to share resources, connections, and tools necessary to grow our blogs. it was founded by cathy of poor little it girl and jessica of my style vita and they host a conference every year that brings together girls (and guys!) and discuss all things blogging.

top: j.crew
skirt: brock collection (old, last seen here)
shoes: tory burch (old, similar here)
belt: frame
hat: etsy (last worn here)
bag: loeffler randall
sunglasses: gucci

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the anti-nordstrom sale post: why i have not, am not, and will (probably) never shop the nordstrom anniversary sale

every summer the hoards of bloggers emerge for the annual money-maker event of the season. and to be honest the content never fails to be completely overloaded. but why am i so against a sale? because it’s the day before the public access, i’m going going to share why.

dress: caroline constas
shoes: raye (last seen here)
bag: chanel
earrings: kate spade (old)
necklace: cartier
sunglasses: dolce & gabbana

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jumping to palm springs

it has always been a dream of mine to visit the mid-century capital of the world: palm springs. so when amanda and i were doing our insane day of shooting, we knew palm springs needed to be a stop. while i desperately wanted to stay the night, i knew this trip wasn’t going to be my chance. so we opted for lunch at the ace hotel and trespassing onto the saguaro property for photos. this town is rainbow heaven and i did not want to leave!

jumpsuit: j.crew (stripe version here)
shoes: raye (last seen here)
bag: kayu
bangles: cult gaia
sunglasses: christian siriano (similar here)

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why i wear sunglasses in all of my photos

after a week off, i’m back with a new post here on the blog and now that i’ve set a new intention for my posts, i’m not only just going to be talking about what i’m wearing or what i ate for brunch at le sirenuse in miami (because i had one of everything let’s be honest), but rather a topic i want to share. while visiting my friend fendi in miami last month, i knew we needed to stop at the sister restaurant of my favorite hotel in positano. i knew i wanted a plethora of photos by their iconic green bar just inside from their patio but i needed to take them without my security blanket: sunglasses.

dress: ganni
bag: cult gaia
shoes: fendi
earrings: vanda jacintho
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: chloe

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fashionably late

i know, i know…it’s no longer hydrangea season…but hey! better late than never! when i got back from my trip to rome, i found myself essentially drowning in unpublished content, which i’m aware is not necessarily the worst problem to have but i just couldn’t keep up with it all! so instead of powering through and editing all of the photos, i just let them sit there and procrastinated. i procrastinated so much that i am now posting an outfit from july…and would you believe me if i told you my last post was taken back in may??? oopsies.

dress: giambattista valli (also love the off-the-shoulder version)
shoes: raye (also have the black)
bag: mango
hat: miu miu
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: dolce & gabbana

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end of summer...almost

tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for…the first day of fall! i cannot tell you how excited i am to finally break out my sweaters and jackets! however, mother nature still wants to pretend like it’s summer for the next few weeks. so i guess the cashmere will have to wait. i don’t entirely mind though because this gives me the chance to squeeze in a few more summer dresses before the leaves start to change!

dress: zimmermann
shoes: raye (also love the red)
earrings: vintage chanel (similar here and here)
sunglasses: linda farrow

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once and foral

with the end of summer nearing, i’m trying to squeeze in my last few floral dresses. so when i went home to detroit a few weeks ago, i carved out just enough time to photograph this kate spade dress (first seen on my instagram here) from my favorite view of detroit…in canada! so i grabbed my passport and headed across the river to windsor, ontario to get these photos at sunset.

while most passing people in new york are used to the typical blog shoot, the residents of windsor were not quite sure what to make of it so to say i got a lot of looks would be an understatement haha! but it was all worth it because these are some of my favorite photos i’ve taken while back home!

dress: kate spade
bag: tory burch (old, similar here)
shoes: chanel (similar here and here)
earrings: tory burch
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: max mara

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lay in lavender

this shoot was one that i had been dying to finally get the chance to do. two years ago, i stumbled upon a little piece of provence out in long island but never got a chance to make the trek out to the north fork of the island where lavender by the bay is located. then last year when i was finally able to coordinate my schedule with dana, the lavender was gone for the season! i was devastated (i mean dramatic but still). so i was determined to never miss this one again...aka i wrote it down in my calendar last year and the waiting game began. what seemed like an eternity later, dana, elle and i finally headed out the second weekend in july when i knew the lavender was going to be at its peak and it did not disappoint!

dress: gül hürgel
shoes: tabitha simmons
bag: j.crew (old, similar here)
earrings: kate spade
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: linda farrow

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extra, extra!

something that has always been true about myself is that i have always loved dressing up. i even think part of the reason that i worked at kate spade for so long (on and off for about 5 years!), was because dressing up and wearing a cocktail dress to work wasn't out of the ordinary - in fact, it was weird if you didn't! thankfully i still have this blog as an excuse to continue dressing as extra as i can be and feel validated when i waltz into a vineyard wearing a gingham ballgown.

dress: fame and partners
shoes: tabitha simmons
bag: zara
hat: jacquemus (similar here)
earrings: vintage chanel (stolen from dana)
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: linda farrow

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on the rhode

we've been having some pretty miserable weather here in nyc but thankfully i have been escaping to the hamptons for the last few weekends! and i almost always have to drag dana out with me...but it doesn't take much convincing haha! when i'm out east, i very seldom take my camera out and work but when i got this rhode resort dress in, i couldn't help but shoot it while the hydrangeas were in bloom!

dress: rhode resort
bag: cult gaia
shoes: fendi
earrings: vanda jacintho
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: gucci

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a roman holiday

after an absurd amount of procrastination, my favorite post from my tour of italy is here! of all of the 5:30am shoots, our morning at the colosseum will not compare to any other one. upon arrival, everything was going according to plan: our inspo photos in hand and my camera ready to go. ashley and i, of course, had to get the stereotypical blogger shot on the ledge and we continued taking photos around that area, but the magic didn't officially set in until we went down and around the historic roman landmark.

dress: caroline constas
bag: tara zadeh
shoes: loeffler randall
earrings: vintage chanel
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: dolce & gabbana

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check mate

many times after ashley and i had our early morning shoots, we would head back to the hotel, stuff our faces with breakfast, change, and then go out for more photos...all before 8am. did i mention we were pro travelers? haha! but this morning we had intended on just shooting in piazza navona (seen in the last picture) but we kept getting distracted by the cutest little streets on the way and surrounding the piazza. and while it may always be nice to have some sort of plan while traveling, my favorite moments are the ones we improvise!

dress: zara (similar here and here)
belt: gucci
bag: saint laurent
shoes: gianvito rossi
bracelets: cartier
earrings: vintage chanel
hat: prada (similar here and here)
sunglasses: gucci

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roses in rome

with a sharp contrast to the last post on prêt-à-provost where ashley and i leisurely went to the spanish steps during the middle of the day and there were swarms of people everywhere, this 5:30am call time gave us all the time to truly enjoy this tourist hotspot all to ourselves! well that was until the three guys who were still out from the night before left from the top of the steps...

dress: dolce & gabbana
bag: kate spade
shoes: christian louboutin (last seen here, similar here)
hat: gucci
earrings: vintage chanel
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: dolce & gabbana

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rome-ing around

whenever i go to a city, especially as a blogger, it's inevitable that i have to hit up the big ticket stops (like here and here) but there is nothing i love more than just exploring some of the main touristy areas at our own leisure. ashley and i started off our morning around the ruins around palatine hill and while we may have gotten there relatively early at 9am, compared to our other early morning wake up calls, this was a welcomed change!

dress: fendi (love the red here and budget friendly version here and here)
shoes: fendi (love the black version too)
hat: prada (similar here and here)
bag: serpui marie (similar here)
earrings: tory burch (old)
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: gucci

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lilac to me

spring is here! so bring on all of the flowy dresses and handbags filled with flowers! this is truly one of my favorite times of the year because the flowers and trees are starting to come back to life and the unbearable heat hasn't quite hit yet. when julia engel released her stunning line of dresses, i knew i was going to be obsessed from the start! from her first month's collection, i purchased six dresses...yes six! while my intention was to overbuy to scope out the collection and then later return, i ended up keeping almost all of them. but out of all the dresses, this one had to have been my favorite. aside from the color, the fabric felt the highest quality of the ones i ordered and i just felt like maria von trapp in it! so overall it was a win! i cannot wait to see what she keeps putting out every month!

dress: gal meets glam collection
shoes: stuart weitzman
bag: j.crew
bracelets: cartier
ring: david yurman
earrings: kate spade
sunglasses: linda farrow

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come sail away

if you have been following along on my instastories, it has been quite the adventurous few weeks for me. i began my roughly two week long trip with a family wedding in puerto vallarta, mexico. but while i may have absolutely loved the outfit that i was going to wear to the ceremony, i knew i wanted to be sure to exclude any blogging or photography (aside from iphone photos of course) during those days with my family. mostly because my parents may be used to my blogging ridiculousness, but my extended family definitely isn't...and i didn't think this was the opportunity to expose them to that side of me haha! but about a month ago, i saw this beyond incredible dress on karen of where did u get that and needed it immediately knowing it would be perfect for this beachside wedding. knowing i wasn't going to be shooting this in mexico, i decided to get a jump start and use this dress as an excuse to do my favorite springtime activity: rowing boats in central park! and i'm especially thankful to lydia because just days earlier she witnessed someone fall in the lake trying to take a photo...needless to say she was scarred and i offered that we used my equipment this day!

dress: self portrait (also love this version here)
shoes: valentino
earrings: tory burch
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: dolce and gabbana

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flippin' good vacation

with spring not wanting to make up its mind on whether to stay or to go, i escaped the cold by heading down to naples, florida with my family over the easter holiday! while i tried to keep this holiday weekend a real vacation (aka no blogging), the flowers had bloomed just in time for my arrival and they coincidentally matched my new dress so obviously i had to take my camera out juuuust once!

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