Friday, July 14, 2017

Here & There 7.14

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Happy weekend! What are you up to? I have a fun trip coming up on Sunday that I'll be prepping for tomorrow, then we're headed to a party with some friends-of-friends. This week was abysmally hot, so much so that I mostly stayed indoors, which I'm none too proud of. How have I managed once again to forget these blazing Philly summers? I think a trip to the shore might be in order soon. Hope it's a wonderful one, friends!

This vintage leather dress is a dream - so cute for fall (fall?!) with some cream colored mules

Laughing to keep from crying

Are you in the club?

The formula for the perfect outfit (obsessed with that tropical print skirt)

Cauliflower brownies are thing and they're delicious (I would know, I made them!)

Love these cheeky tees

Important announcement: How to get free ice cream this weekend

My love for straw totes is undying: how cute is this?

Did I just purchase a shell-shaped drink cup? You bet I did...

How to fix the worst self tanner mistakes... because I'm definitely about to make some

Never thought I'd be really into pool slides, but here we are

How time wears things down (really cool)

How delicate and pretty is this handmade star necklace?

Decoding the artistic references in Beyonce's birth announcements

I've been looking for sunnies like these EV-ERY-WHERE - now, which color to get??

Psst... get early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here! Loving these mules and this rad biker jacket

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Week In New England

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Last week I took myself on a little vacation of sorts. I had planned this week away a couple months ago, before life took some unexpected and admittedly really stressful twists and turns, and when the time came to catch my train north it couldn't have been a better time to escape. I've recently found myself in dire need of a change of perspective. Why is it such a shock when smooth and easy sailing transitions to rough seas? I'm talking about life of course, not actual sailing (though the same applies). I'm 33, I should be used to the ebb and flow of life by now. So this confluence of events was the perfect time to get some fresh air and quality time with family, friends, and the ocean. It was just me this time, as Chris had to work, so I caught a train and met up with my mom in New Hampshire. It felt so good to be back home again. I needed fresh air more than I realized, and to have an entire week to mostly leisurely visit with family and basically bum around as if I still lived there provided the perspective I was hoping to find, albeit with some confusion. We've been thinking a lot lately about where we'd like to end up, the kind of place we'd ideally like to live. Philly has served us so well these past few years - we certainly handled the move with considerably more grace than we did poor Pittsburgh - but in the end we know this isn't where we want to settle down. We miss fresh air, and easy hiking, and kayaking, and salt marshes, and everything else you can do and explore when clean water and beautiful geography are right outside your door. Essentially this means the Pacific Northwest or Northern New England for us sometime in the near future. Mountains on one side and ocean on the other.

If you ever want to be seduced into throwing it all out and moving to New England, visit in the summer. Five years - six years?! - away has only made my heart grow fonder, especially when summer in Philly can feel like hot garbage (not poetic or kind to the city I live in, BUT THE DAMN TRUTH, it's hitting triple digits today). I missed a pretty nasty storm by a couple of days, and we had one drizzly cold day on the coast, but otherwise it was damn near perfect. Even with the mosquitos and threat of ticks. I spent most of the week visiting with family  - several members were in from out of town - and working on some personal projects, then on Saturday I headed to the North Shore to see some friends before heading back to Philly. It's incredible to see how revitalized everything has become in the past few years. Our old town was never in dire shape exactly, but there were a few years when empty storefronts were becoming increasingly common. It's so wonderful to see new shops, cafe, and restaurants popping up (too bad about the rent though).

So that's where I'm at. That's where we're at. Having lots of conversations about where, when, how, and if. After jobs determining where we live over the past few years, Chris and I have both fallen in love with the idea of being masters of our own destinies (I mean, we've always been in love with autonomy, but as we get older it feels more urgent) - life is too short.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gingham Mini Dress

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Sometimes a trend comes along and, as much as you may try to resist, you know it was a trend made just for you. Gingham, meet Julie. Julie... meet gingham. You guys, I'm all in. I love the versatility of the print, especially how it can so easily be made slightly edgier with the right accessories. Like platform Teva's and a great pair of sunglasses. Case in point, this dress.

Side note: My 13-year-old self would be so jealous of my shoes right now.

To date, I've worn this dress to wander around Philadelphia, for a preview night of the new midway at the Delaware River Waterfront, to New York to preview West Elm's holiday line, and for the 4th of July. I think it officially qualifies as a summer staple at this point. I has been looking for something similar to the gingham dress put out by Reformation last summer, disappointed that I'd missed out on the design but also thankful because the price was hard to justify. Well, my searching paid off and I found this one for under $50. Boom. It's currently sold out but I linked a similar style and similar price point below.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy (Holiday) Weekend!

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Oh, hi. Hello. Little unintended break there, but I'm back! At least quickly, to tell you to have an amazing holiday weekend (if you're in the US). Are you celebrating? We're headed to a friend's lake house in Jersey today (to say I regret not purchasing this lobster pool float is the understatement of the century) and then tomorrow we're hitting the beach. My brother is in town and I'm so excited to see some family. Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately (do I say that every weekend? ... I might say that every weekend...), so I'm excited to get out of my usual routine and spend some quality time with people I love. The next few weeks are sure to be wild, so I'm relaxing while I can. I've been doing a ton of reading lately and finally using the Kindle I bought, I'm halfway through this book and can't recommend it enough - I'm considering purchasing it in actual book form, because it's one I can picture myself referring back to. It's not exactly your average beach read, but it's surprisingly engaging. What are you reading these days? Any recommendations?? Other than that, I'm planning on making a few changes around here over the next couple of months - I can't believe how long it's been since I made any amendments to my design and I've been wanting to change things up for awhile.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend, I'll be back to regular scheduling next week :) xo

Jess is having a big 4-day sale! I'd definitely scoop up this cool vintage patchwork dress.

I wish I had made this ice cream flag cake for this weekend's festivities, so cute!

Love this cute print

This is super interesting - ever wondered where the '80s aesthetic came from?

Save 15% off dresses from Moorea Seal! Including my absolute favorite dress ever. (Also I just ordered this jumpsuit and I can't wait to wear it!)

Are you a tuner or a spinner?

Save an extra 30% off sale items form Urban Outfitters! Love this cute crop top, this gorgeous maxi dress (perfect for summer weddings), and these fun pool slides (which I may have just ordered)

Being mindful on vacation

The perfect summer beach bags - all those pom poms!

Check out my latest piece for The Style Line - so in love with her work.

How cute is this mini marquee?

A face mask DIY to decongest your summer skin

All about ridiculously printed but totally functional beach blankets this year - I love how bright and big they are!

Made me laugh (seriously, "ma'am")

GAH - these handmade cactus mugs are so damn cute!

Save 40% off select styles from Free People! Love this cute happiness tee.

Oh my heart - this llama planter is so cute

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Here & There 6.17

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Happy weekend, friends! How was your week? My week went by fast. Too fast, almost (but not really because I'm stoked for the weekend). On Wednesday I went up to the office in Brooklyn, which was a nice change of pace, as I've been working from home for the past two straight weeks. After the quiet of my home office (and by "home office" I mean the island in our kitchen and/or the couch), it's almost a relief to make the commute to Dumbo. I've been spending too much money on lattes just for the human interaction... because if I don't, it's just me and Zephyr and podcasts for 8 hours while I work. It's supposed to rain today, which is both a bummer and a blessing, because the thing that does not happen during the week is cleaning, and last weekend was so beautiful that the house remained a mess while we spent every second of it outdoors. I'm hoping to do a bit of decluttering. I've been sporadically pulling things out of my drawers to donate and have a bunch of random piles around our apartment, and our basement needs some attention desperately. Whenever life gets a little uncertain, my brain switches into two mindsets: I want to get rid of everything and I want to move. This week we had car trouble and our little Subaru ended up at the mechanic, I received a large and unexpected medical bill, and other aspects of life became a little uncertain. So, right on schedule my brain is all, "That's it! We're outta here. Donate all of it and let's get packing." This is a frustrating mindset to be in. Because the rational side of my brain knows to wait it out, pay the bill, fix the car, clean the house, be thankful it's only this much. But my crazy lizard brain (ha) wants out. So, I'm striking a compromise and donating a few bags of stuff and getting life at least a little more organized. Tonight we're headed to New Hope for an artist talk, and then on Sunday we're going to the Pride parade here in Philly - I can't wait! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, sharing some of my favorite links from the week below.


I'm loving the re-emergence of smaller bags for summer - the less literal and figurative baggage we carry the better! This vintage tooled leather cross body fits the bill perfectly, the ideal size for keys-phone-wallet.

Are you celebrating Father's Day? This DIY beard oil makes a great Father's Day gift - and you can also use it for yourself on your hair (I love masculine scents for myself). I bet this handmade option smells pretty amazing too.

"Let her speak, please"

Summer is here, which means I'm obsessing over everything linen. I love the unique cut of this handmade top and the drama of this handmade linen dress.

Want to know a secret? As much as I loved our wedding, I hated planning it and sometimes I wish we had just gone to the courthouse. I love looking at courthouse wedding photos and thought this photo series was beautiful.

I've been seeing these cute bamboo ark bags everywhere and finally found a handmade/small business option - also loving that there are two size options.

The title of this satirical children's book made me laugh so hard. Also, a question I ask myself constantly.

Are you as into statement earrings as I am? Personally, I think they're the perfect jewelry for summer - cool and statement-making and they won't touch your skin! I love these handmade monstera earrings, these hammered brass hoops, and these tassels for making your own.

I'm about halfway through this book and highly recommend it. It reminds me a bit of the Handmaid's Tale in some ways, but instead of offering an alternate future, it offers an alternate history and present-day and is a little terrifying to see some similarities with what's happening in the world now.

I try not to purchase much from Forever 21 - but I bought these shorts last year and am thinking about getting another pair. They're comfortable and have an internal lining, which is key for running on hot days in shorter shorts - no wedgies.

This presidency feels so petty (among other things) - and now trump is rolling back travel and trade policies with Cuba put in place by Obama. I mean, it's been 200+ days, can he just move on??

ModCloth is having a sale-on-sale right now with an extra 40% off. I'm feeling highly tempted by these cat print pants. ALso really into these vintage-inspired overalls.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Olive Midi Dress & Espadrilles

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Apparently Mother Nature overheard me complaining about the rain and the less than ideal temperatures lately, because BOOM... it's hot as heck! I've been living in this recycled cotton dress from Moorea Seal these past few 90-degree days. It caught my eye because I've been looking for a casual midi-length dress to wear with sneakers and sandals, and this fit the bill. Super specific, I know, but sometimes you just know what you want - it looks super cute with Vans Classics, sandals, and Birks, ticking off all the boxes. I love the color too - it's different than what I'd typically gravitate towards (black, blue, etc.) - but works with most of my jewelry, shoes and accessories for the season. I wore this on Sunday (and Friday, and Saturday, too), to grab a drink at one of Philly's many pop-up beer gardens then do some gardening of my own by repotting all of my plants.

I've had a lot of people ask about these sunglasses - they're from Quay and I got them on sale from ShopBop, who happens to be having a sale-on-sale right now. Through June 16th at 11:59 pm, take an additional 25% off sale items with no exclusions... which is nothing to snub your nose at. Enter the code 'SCORE17' at checkout. I'm after a cute denim skirt and maybe another pair of Soludos.

Get the look:
Backbeat Rags Dress from Moorea Seal
Ellen & James bag from Etsy
Quay sunglasses (more options here)
Soludos sandals (more options here)
Vintage rings (similar vintage options)
Vintage bandana

Monday, June 12, 2017

Here & There 6.12

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Happy, er... Monday! This weekend flew right by, didn't it? Summer finally paid us a visit and oof! The weather was gorgeous! Chris and I spent the majority of the weekend outside - hit up a flea market, grabbed lunch, did a ton of walking, and repotted all of our plants. It felt good. The sun, the breeze, even the 90-degree weather. We both got a little too much sun (related: Has anyone tried this sunscreen yet? Here's 20% off your first order) but I'm not even mad... summer I am here for you. Have a great week!

The perfect vintage gingham dress for summer

Today is Loving Day! 50 years ago today interracial marriage became legal thanks to the Lovings, a very aptly named interracial couple who were arrested for marrying outside their own race and who would eventually bring their case to the supreme court. Listen to this podcast to learn more about the Lovings and the history of this day.

I feel like I need to print this out and pin it up: How to maintain your sanity when you work alone all the time

My favorite color for late spring (so pretty with these modern shoes)

This bride planned her friend's proposal at her own wedding - this was so sweet

I just got this dress and I am ob-sessed - so comfy for summer! Perfect with these rosegold earrings

Made me laugh: Apartment Therapy writes an episode of House Hunters

The prettiest way to show off your rings

The most fun little summer bag (love these options, and these rad straps too)

This would make a great (not cheesy!) Father's Day gift (and a sorta cheesy but really cute Father's Day gift)

10 times people failed to send dogs pics to 'We Rate Dogs' - too funny

How gorgeous are these handmade statement earrings?

Using sarcasm to improve your life (I LOVED this episode!)

How insanely cute are these measuring spoons? Absolutely love these kitty spoons too!

Yum - this cake looks so good!

Love this cute summer dress

Gorgeous simple shoes