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Monday, July 6, 2015

Pleated Perfection

When midi-length skirts came back into style again over a year ago, I was one of the first to jump on board with the trend.  I love the flattering feminine shape and how sophisticated they feel.  This white one has been a true wardrobe workhorse for me and I'm so happy with the amount of wear I've gotten out of it year round (see below for how I've styled it in spring & fall).  So, naturally, it was the perfect choice to pair with this pretty new pastel blouse for a warm Sunday morning. 

What I'm wearing:
Joe Fresh blouse (on sale!), JOA skirt c/o DailyLook (similar options below), 
c/o Dorothy Perkins heels (similar here; lower heel option here; wedge option here), 
J. Crew clutch (similar here or here), Madewell necklace (similar here or here), 
c/o T+J Designs cuff (similar), Vintage ring (similar)



Friday, July 3, 2015

Easy Embroidery

Sometimes the easiest formula for getting dressed in the morning is just to throw on one easy piece.  I only own one other romper (seen here) because it's very difficult for me to find styles that hit at just the right spot in the waist & aren't too short in length.  So when I came across this one with it's intricate embroidered details & flattering fit, I knew I'd found a winner.  In lightweight 100% linen, it's the epitome of comfortable-chic, even on the hottest summer days. 

What I'm wearing:
LOFT Embroidered Romper (I'm wearing a 2), J. Crew Sandals (similar here or here), 
Forever 21 clutch (similar here or here), Forever 21 bracelets (here & here), 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

My Monthly Edit

I've decided to start a new monthly series sharing a few of the things that I'm currently loving.  I thought it would be a fun way to get a little more personal here & give a glimpse into my everyday life.  The categories will remain the same, but each month will feature a different combination of lifestyle, fashion & beauty picks.  I would love to hear your feedback & if you'd like to see more of this type of content in the future.  Here is what's on my mind for July:

I had some pretty extensive testing done last month due to a few new symptoms that had surfaced and, when the results came back, I was diagnosed with a second auto-immune disease called Sj√∂gren's Syndrome.  My initial reaction was an overwhelming feeling of defeat, frustration & hopelessness.  But, after processing the news (and having a good cry), I read this article and it gave me a new perspective on my illnesses.  It's a must-read for anyone who is battling health issues.

A few weeks ago, while shopping with my daughter, I wandered into Aerie for the first time.  I picked up this bralette to try on and couldn't get over the gorgeous lace detailing & how affordable it was (less than $20!).  I ended up buying two in different colors & have been wearing them ever since.  Anything that's this pretty + comfortable enough to sleep in is a major win in my book.

Though I have amassed quite the nail polish collection over the years, I can never resist a new summer hue.  This cheery bright peach is a current favorite and looks equally as good on nails or toes (though I'm sure it would be even better if I had a bit of a tan).  

I keep making the excuse that because my hair is short, I'm justified in wearing it down all the time.  But, I've realized the truth is that I've gotten stuck in a rut and need to try some new styles.  So, I'm thinking an easy way to start is with a simple half-up look using a sleek accessory like this gold barrette

Because I follow a fairly restrictive paleo diet (to help treat my Lupus), I tend to get stuck in a rut of eating the same things day after day.  But my goal for the summer is to try at least one new recipe each week - this orange chicken is at the top of my list to make this weekend.  For those of you who are vegetarian or vegan, this eggplant recipe also looks delicious.

Lace-up flats are a big trend for the season and as much as I love the designer Aquazurra version, they are way out of my budget.  So, when I came across this leather pair (just $70!), I quickly added them to my wish list.  Fingers crossed that they go on sale before my size sells out!