Wednesday, August 27

now & later

currently loving | now & later

As we've been edging closer to the change of seasons I've found myself reaching for those more transitional pieces in my closet over my brightly colored summer things. I think clothing that can be worn through different seasons helps make that transition easier, especially when temperatures don't cool down until October and all you want to wear is deep greens and burgundy... or is that just me?

I love how season-less this Madewell dress is. I think I'd feel just as comfortable (and season appropriate) in it now as I would with a blazer or cardigan in November. For now I'd pair it with lace up sandals, a two tone cross body, elephant earrings, and NARS lip gloss in "tasmania". On cooler days I'd add this pretty printed scarf from J. Crew and top it off with a felt wool hat. 

What is your go to piece for the change of seasons?

Tuesday, August 26

a floral printed smock dress

asos floral print smock dress
asos floral print smock dress
asos floral print smock dress + vince camuto bag
asos floral print smock dress
black ankle strap flats
asos floral print smock dress
asos dress {last year / love this one} .  asos shoes {last seen here} . vince camuto bag {borrowed from mom, again} . ray ban sunglasses . essie nail polish in "after school boy blazer" 

I scooped this dress up on sale at the end of last summer. I thought the colors and pattern would transition well into fall. It had a "Thanksgiving" look to me. I ended up wearing it a good amount last fall and early in the winter with tights, boots, and a black cardigan and sort of forgot about it until recently when I went through my closet to survey and reorganize things. I was disappointed to find that I had forgotten about this one as it was originally intended for summer but I suppose it's better late than never. (Plus I'm anticipating getting some more use out of it through the fall again this year.) It was nice to wear this dress on it's own for a change. Instead of piling on layers I kept it simple, pairing it with my favorite new flats and a black cross-body handbag. 

Happy Tuesday and thank you so much for reading! 

Monday, August 25

summer wedding

spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
vermilion celine
spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
milly dress (similar style) . via spiga heels . warby parker sunglasses . celine handbag .  jouer lip gloss in "riviera" . virginie millefiori ring . essie nail polish in "after school boy blazer"

Happy Monday! Thank you so much for all of your well wishes, I'm feeling much better today. Hopefully this is the last cold I catch for a good long time. 

Back in the day while I was away at college a new shop opened up in my home town. When I returned for breaks my mother would take me there to shop. It was my kind of place, they always had the loveliest dresses and this one winter white Milly coat that still crosses my mind every now and then.

The shop was small but the owner and I wore the same size so there was always something to try. This Milly dress was one of those things. It had been heavily discounted and though I had no place to wear it at the time, I tried it on anyway. It fit perfectly and spent the next year hanging in my closet, patiently waiting to be worn. 

I wore it for college graduation and my twenty second birthday and until the weekend before last it had resumed taking up space in my closet. I was a little nervous wearing this dress to a wedding. There is a lot of white in that pattern and though there is an equal amount of navy to balance it out, I didn’t want to draw any attention away from the gorgeous bride (not that that would have been possible). Turns out, a lot of ladies in attendance also wore bits of white in their dresses, including a couple of floor length numbers that I probably would have felt too uncomfortable in. To each their own.

Friday, August 22

red sangria

Well, it's official. I have now caught two colds this summer. Prior to June I can't remember the last time I had one. Right now I look like first pick to lead Santa's sleigh. Needless to say it's been a rough week. I'm so ready for this weekend, which will most likely be my last free one until December. 

Since I've pretty much been out of commission this week, today we're pulling one from the archives, a delicious, summery red sangria. There are a lot of recipes for sangria out there, JD and I have made it several times over the years and this one remains our favorite.
red sangria
red sangria
red sangria
1.5 Liters of Red Wine (we used Yellowtail's Shiraz-Cabernet) 
6 Ounces of Gin
8 Cups of Ginger Ale
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Apples, sliced
2 Nectarines, sliced
1 Bunch of Grapes, sliced in half lengthwise

Pour the red wine, gin, and ginger ale into a large pitcher or container. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Slice apples, nectarines, and grapes and add to mixture. I recommend letting it chill overnight to let the flavors blend together, but you can serve it right away over ice if you like.

Note, this recipe makes a lot of sangria. You may be drinking it for weeks following, but I can confirm that it keeps well. We bought a plastic container with a spigot and kept it in the fridge for a couple of weeks until it was gone.

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 20


currently loving | fall colors

As much as I was trying to resist it and really enjoy these last few weeks of summer sundresses and white pants the switch has officially flipped in my head and I’m now wishing it were cool enough for darker colors and more layers. That sounds so awful doesn’t it? I think it must be because this time of year, late August signals the start of school and traditionally, that was when we started breaking out all of our cool new autumn clothes. So, as it turns out even though I am now an adult that has not been in school for several years, I’m still on that schedule. A seventeen year habit is hard to break.

I’ve had my eye on this H&M dress for a couple of weeks now. I love the deep shade of green and loose, flowy shape. I feel like this is something you could wear straight through the winter with the addition of some black tights or pants and a leather jacket. Until then, in these warmer days, September and October, I’d pair it with my favorite Rag & Bone boots (they are seriously the most comfortable shoes!), a sparkly Bauble Bar statement necklace, and a structured Mackage satchel.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?
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