Monday, July 16, 2012

At the Beach



I was born & raised in Oregon, where the beach was just a short drive away.  The ocean water was usually freezing cold and the wind brisk, but I have so many fond memories of family day trips there - jumping waves, building bonfires and watching the sunset.  Now that we live in upstate New York, this is the closest beach that we have.  Being a lake-front instead of the ocean means it isn't quite the same, but it's still a fun place to come spend the day.  And every time I watch the kids playing in the sand & splashing in the water, it brings to mind all those special moments I had growing up.




What I'm wearing:
Ya Los Angeles dress c/o KiwiLook (here or here), Forever 21 shirt (similar), Dolce Vita sandals (here or similar for less here), Bracelets: Vintage, ASOS, Express (here), Dockers aviators (on sale here), Lips: Revlon Colorburst Coral

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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i LOVE that dress! you look so cute in that last pic! it looks like a magazine ad! love it!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Dale JaneƩ said...

You look gorgeous and that's so cool you grew up in Oregon. Love the striped dress and how you did your hair. You look so chic!

xoDale
www.savvyspice.com

woreout said...

I grew up on the beaches of southern Maine and it took me a few summers to get used to spending the day at the lake instead of the day at the beach. I love this casual yet stunning nautical look. Your accessories and perfectly tousled top knot pull it all together.

Chloe said...

Ooooh, so jealous for the beach--even if it is lake-front. I spent a lot of time at my grandma's lake-front home when I was growing up, and it really makes it "SUMMER" for me. Great outfit, and I *really* need to try those Revlon Colorburst lippies...I'm a sucker for a good coral lip!

Emily said...

What a perfect summery dress.
Creamy

Natali said...

You look gorgeous!! Very nice dress and sandals :)

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A Bit of Sass said...

You look gorgeous. This is the perfect outfit for an ocean setting!
xo,
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Jeans and a Teacup said...

I love the gold accents against the blue/chambray. Very cute striped dress too!
~Jessica
www.jeansandateacup.blogspot.com

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

I love these photos Kimberly! and you look so pretty in stripes :)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Styleclouds said...

Oh, you look beautiful! I love the striped dress with the golden sandals and accessories! Very chic! The funny thing is that to me beach childhood memories are connected with pebblestone beaches and little bays with crystal clear water in the most beautiful shades of blue and green, the Mediterranean. And up until today I don't like sand beaches. ;-) It really goes back to our childhood, doesn't it?! Have a wonderful Monday! xo, Christina

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Mira said...

Lovely outfit. Esp like the shirt :D

glamDevils

Tesa said...

very cute!

bloo90fashion said...

Such a beautiful outfit ;-)

x
bloo90fashion

TaraMixandMatch said...

That dress is so pretty on you and perfect for the beach!

Kelly @ Fashion or Fiction said...

I'm not yet 100% sold on the high-low dress, but you look great here. So summery.

Courtney Starr said...

Kimberly, This is my favorite shoot yet! I love that dress, I love the background, and I love your writing style. Sweet, simple, and brilliant. Yup, love it all!

xoxo,
Courtney
girlavantgarde.com

Sheree said...

stripes, chambray and a top bun..you stole my heart..lol!
You look adorable.
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sheree

Kimberly said...

Hi Sheree, I am about a 5-hr drive from NYC...right near Lake Ontario!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

I love the dress! You look so cute and appropriate for the lake/beach.

Amy



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kenzi said...

These pictures look like something out of an ad or something!! They're beautiful!

Christinah715 said...

I love this outfit! You look adorable, the dress is perfect for summer, and your bun is perfection! You're right - it's not quite the same having a lakefront instead of an ocean, but it still can be fun! My uncle has a beautiful waterfront house on Irondequoit Bay, we love going over there to visit!
Also, what's the color on your toes?

Kimberly said...

Hey Christina - my pedicure color is Essie Bikini So Teeny! :)

Joanna said...

This is gorgeous! Gets me so pumped to go to the beach!

I would love for you to check out my blog!

Joanna
www.dixiemodish.com

Samantha said...

Love the layering of your chambray shirt over the dress! Gives the look a laid-back feel :) Oh and your bun looks amazing! Hugs xx

L said...

I'm a fellow Upstate NY girl myself (Originally from Utica area, now living in Boston!) I love your dress. It's perfect for a day at the lake. You look great! xo

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Rebecca said...

I adore that striped dress....love how you paired it with the chambray!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Alyson said...

Absolutely adore!! This is so perfect for the beach. And totally random but swear you are the first person I know from Oregon. :) {just a random fun alyson fact back at ya this morning morning!}

Real Girl Glam said...

Love this look! That dress is so fun and perfect paired with the gold accessories and sandals. Such a perfect setting for outfit photos too!

Small Town Catwalk said...

Gorgeous! Love this look - every single thing about it!

Sarah
smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

Maja said...

This is such a great look. I love the high bun on you. You look fantastic!

Maja - clotheskinksandcurls.blogspot.ca

Unknown said...

this dress is so gorgeous on you! and i'm loving the top bun.
highfashion4less

Outside Looking In said...

Love that dress!

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Sandy a la Mode said...

your dress is gorgeous! and love your topknot!

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

love the dress and sandals

Xo Megan

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

You look absolutely stunning!! I love the shape of this dress and how you added the jean jacket. Your style is just amazing.

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Krystal Schlegel said...

These beach photos are so cute and classic!
Love your stripe dress!
xx
KS

www.krystalschegel.com

Rachel Lynne said...

These photos are stunning! Yay for the beach :) And such a cute striped dress!

xoxo,
Rachel
Rachel’s Lookbook

Lindsay Patrick said...

Loving that asymmetrical stripped dress! I was born & raised in Oregon and I must say our beaches are not my favorite, but I still have great memories there :)

Lindsay @
LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

You are adorable, Kimberly! I LOVE this dress - and how you layered it with a chambray shirt - so classic + chic.

Audrey said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the chambray shirt paired w/that amazing dress. One of my faves from you, Kim! www.casualglamorous.com

Erin said...

Such a pretty hi-low dress! I love the chambray shirt layered over it, and your topknot totally works with the classic vibe of the outfit.

-Erin-
http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

Such a pretty hi-low dress! I love the chambray shirt layered over it, and your topknot totally works with the classic vibe of the outfit.

-Erin-
http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

Marlena said...

your blog is absolutely amazing- i love it! and these pictures are so so pretty- i love that striped dress. and you beach days sound so nice- i have lake michigan a short block from my apartment, but there's not much you can do on a city beach. what i'd give for a bonfire night :)

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Such beautiful looks, love that dress - it looks so beautiful on you! Such fantastic hair too!
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dreamingincashmere said...

You should be in a catalog...these pictures are amazing! I love it all so much!!
-amy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

My Dressy Ways said...

Beautiful! You look great in this dress!!

ZADIN said...

These beach outfit is great as all your outfits. You have great style and taste.

I'm one of your biggest fans.

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sarahsreallife said...

Rocking a mullet dress! I love it! And you look so beautiful and carefree in that last pic...you should totally frame it.

Sarah's Real Life

Tiffany M* said...

Absolutely in love with these photos! The last one is just so adorable and natural. The dress is gorgeous and may I just say I'm jealous of the sock bun. Only time i miss my long hair is when I see yours :)
Happy Monday!
beijos,
Tiffany
www.beijostiffany.com

Alexa said...

Perfect beach outfit!!!

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Franziska said...

I really love the gold accessories with the blue stripes - its the definition of summer for me :)

Giovanna said...

Such a cute look! Loving your sandals and accessories!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

octoberchic.com said...

You look so glamourous! Love everything about your outfit. Perfect!

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Kathy | Elevated Style said...

You make it look so effortless! Lovely :)

Cat Arenzana said...

That dress is perfect for a day at the beach and those gold sandals are so cute!

Niki said...

I grew up in FL and now live in CT so I can relate to your beach woes. Hoping to get back home soon.
Niki
www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

I love this dress, it's so dramatic but still looks casual and easy going! And your hair is so cute, I'm still trying to master the top-knot.

Alice Warren said...

What a beautiful outfit! So pretty for the day at the lake. I always look like a bum when I got to the beach.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Amy said...

Gorgeous happy look!

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Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

Definitely beachy chic! love the icey blue nail polish! I am headed up to visit my bf's parents in Salem, OR next month, and I can't wait to get some time in at the shore... love the ice cream shops and seal watching!
xx
Here&Now

Jana said...

Great outfit - simple but sweet! I like this dress!!! xoxo Jana

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Damaris Chamorro said...

you look great! Love the dress!

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Ilse said...

perfect look for the beach so chic!I love those sandals!

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Mz Savvy Style said...

Super cute look!! I love the dress & shirt combo!

styleonthecouch.com said...

Perfect beach wear. I was growing a little tired of high lo styles but you've given me a new interest - in the breeze it's lovely and you look fabulous in these pics. I am always windswept and flustered on the beach, you look fabulous :-)

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Christine said...

That is a great use of the chambray shirt!
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Whitney said...

beautiful pictures!!

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Allison said...

Love these pics! you look adorable! Can you tell me what size dress you have on in this pic? Thanks!

Kimberly said...

Hi Allison, the dress I'm wearing is a medium (it runs a bit small) - hope that helps!! :)

Lovenpraise said...

Your gorg!
Upstate is beautiful...I wonder where you are up there? My hubby has family in Elmira/horseheads and they have houses on the finger lakes. We go there every summer. Hubby would LOVE to move where he grew up...I'm a Cali girl born and raised so NY is not happening anytime soon!!

Lovenpraise said...

Your gorg!
Upstate is beautiful...I wonder where you are up there? My hubby has family in Elmira/horseheads and they have houses on the finger lakes. We go there every summer. Hubby would LOVE to move where he grew up...I'm a Cali girl born and raised so NY is not happening anytime soon!!

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