Tuesday, July 22

black and white

black and white
black and white
black and white
black and white

I used to hate wearing black and white together, as ridiculous as that sounds. A white top and black pants, to me, meant an orchestra concert uniform and I was not a fan. Fun fact, I played violin from elementary school through high school. I was by no means good. Way back in the day before we were given formal uniforms, each winter and spring I’d struggle to find dressy but appropriate black and white separates that didn’t make me feel like a butler. The task seemed impossible at the time. I have no idea what my problem was, but it was something that stuck with me. From then on, every time I would consider pairing a white top with a black bottom I’d think to myself, “oh, I don’t like that combination” and immediately dismiss it. In recent years I’ve gotten over it,  though now whenever I wear black and white (which is quite often - I’m making up for lost time) I think about how much I thought I hated it and laugh to myself.

My Aunt who is currently visiting us from Arizona brought me this top and I couldn’t love it more. Give me semi-sheer, lightweight, floaty tops any day. You can’t go wrong with them in the summer, or year round really, they’re great for layering. Since it was cool out on Saturday, I paired it with distressed black pants (which I was probably too excited to wear - I mean, it hasn’t been that hot this summer) and nude sandals. I’ve been wearing these a lot lately. I love sandals with a heel that are comfortable enough to wear during the day. You know how it is in the summer with heels, they can get uncomfortable really fast. 

Happy Tuesday and thank you for reading! 

Monday, July 21

maxi dress

maxi dress
warby parker evelyn sunglasses
open back maxi dress
fossil clutch + mint triangle ring
maxi dress
tart maxi dress {old} . fossil clutch {old} . tory burch wedges {old} . warby parker sunglasses . virginie millefiori ring. jouer lip gloss in "riviera" . chanel nail polish in "may" 

Hello and Happy Monday, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! JD and I had grand plans of making it out to the beach but the weather didn’t agree, it was actually cold enough on Saturday that I needed a sweater. It’s probably not fair say it was “cold” because temperatures were in the mid seventies and that is technically considered nice, warm weather. But after that soup grade humidity last week, it felt more like fifty and I enjoyed every last minute of it. Things warmed up again yesterday though and we spent most of the day moving Kiwi off of the trailer and onto blocks so we (JD) can start working on it, making repairs and painting. 

It’s no secret that I love maxi dresses (and skirts), though I certainly don’t wear them often enough. There is just something about the simplicity that really appeals to me. They are so easy to wear, plus they make a seamless transition from day to night as longer hems tend to be viewed as being more fancy. I once wore a similar maxi to barbecue while my cousin was in town and he asked me why I was “so dressed up”. I wasn’t. If anything I was just putting another layer between myself and the mosquitos. Of course they can still bite you through the fabric. I’ve acquired bites through denim. Those suckers are serious. Anyway, I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed. 

This is one of my favorite maxi dresses. I love the low open back and and the ruffled overlay. I know I sound like a broken record at this point but I'll take just about anything with an open back, I think it's such a fun look. Keeping things simple, I paired it with my favorite (and tallest) wedges, a classic clutch, and opted for statement earrings in place of a necklace. 

Thank you so much for reading!

Friday, July 18

strawberry lemon whiskey cocktail

Happy Friday everyone! There are a lot of things to celebrate today, like the nice weather forecast for this weekend, the fact that there won’t be an lirr strike, and that Mischa and I have yet to be stung by the angry wasp/bee that lives in my mother’s outdoor patio chair. Seriously, I don’t know what is going on but there are so many of them this year. Last summer it was ticks galore, this year, bees and wasps. And this guy is not the friendly, fuzzy, “oh hey, just wanted to see what you’re up to” kind of bee. No, he is the “I’d like to sting you for no good reason, stay away from my patio furniture” kind. Clearly there is a nest/hive and it needs to be dealt with, which is what JD will be doing later today when he joins us out here for the weekend. 

So cheers!
strawberry lemon whiskey cocktail
strawberry lemon whiskey cocktail
strawberry lemon whiskey cocktail
A week or two ago I happened upon a recipe for a strawberry lemon white whiskey collins (that can be found here). I didn’t have any white whiskey, so I used what I had. Last week we made them with bourbon and rye, yesterday I made one with Tennessee whiskey. All came out just fine so feel free to use whatever kind of whisk(e)y you like. Another note is that I really hate making simple syrup. I know, it’s just sugar and water, what’s the big deal? It annoys me for some reason so I avoid making it like the plague. 

What you’ll need:
3/4 oz strawberry puree
1 1/4 oz lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar*
2 oz whiskey
1 1/2 oz soda water

(makes one drink)

How to:
Puree the strawberries (I used a small food processor) then pour into a large glass, or shaker. 
Add lemon juice, sugar, whiskey, and soda water. Stir or shake, whatever you prefer, until sugar is dissolved and pour over ice to serve.

*If you prefer to do it the proper way, replace the 1 teaspoon of sugar with 3/4 oz simple syrup and reduce soda water to 3/4 oz. 

JD and I have really been enjoying this one lately. I think the strawberry and lemon strike the perfect summer balance. It's refreshing and not too sweet which is a win in my book. 

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

Thursday, July 17

monochrome

monochrome | madewell open back top
monochrome
monochrome | white mountain wedges
monochrome

Maybe it's all of the disgusting weather we've had this week, or the lovely fall clothing that I've disturbingly started looking at, but I've really been into dark colors this week. I was going to say "feeling blue" but then thought against it because that's a horrible pun, but here I am, telling you anyway. Every time I think about being halfway through with summer I could cry and then bam, I'm looking at sweaters two seconds later. Has anyone else starting thinking about fall things yet?

I've always been drawn to the color blue, it makes up most of my wardrobe, especially navy.  There have been points in my shopping history where I probably should have banned myself from buying any more of the color but I just can't help it. I've tried and as a result have since gathered quite the collection of hunter green items. We all have our favorites. Speaking of, this top is one of mine. Give me an open back any day, it's probably my favorite summer look. It's loose, light, and simple, the kind of things that matter with soup grade humidity. I've worn it on the blog before here, but last time I styled it a little differently. This time I dressed it up slightly for a casual evening look with jeans, sparkly wedges, and a statement necklace. 

I can't believe it's already Thursday, at least the sun has returned. Have a great day and thank you for reading!

Wednesday, July 16

south of the border

south of the border | currently loving

When I first came across this top while browsing the J. Crew website my mind immediately went back to San Jose del Cabo. In 2009 JD and I went down with his family over the summer. In my memories, it was a wonderful trip spent laughing and exploring and soaking up as much sun and salt air as possible. I very clearly remember the day we drove up to Todos Santos to walk around and have lunch in this adorable little place that his uncles loved. JD bought a hammock and Nick and I got parasites. The rest of the trip was awkward. 

This is what I would have liked to have been wearing. I love maxi dresses and skirts in the summer, as well as for traveling. They're so easy and simple but also elegant and transitional. For a day of exploring I would pair this lovely Tibi number with a cute embroidered top, classic ballet flats, and a dainty bracelet. 

Happy Wednesday!
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