Friday, July 21, 2017

DON'T SLEEP ON THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE!

It's time to shop for fall! Can you believe it? There I said it. I'm still living my most summery best life, but I do already (somewhat reluctantly) have my mind's eye on a few upcoming trends for next season. And so, it's Nordstrom to the rescue per usual.

I know it feels like it was just but a moment ago that I was waxing enthusiastic about a sale at Nordstrom. But there's a reason this is pretty much the only store I'd come out swinging for on this blog again and again, especially during sale season. Sale season can be a mess, and it can lead you down a path of irrational spending. 

But that's why the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so genius—this sale is all about special mark downs on new fall items for a short period of time, rather than deep discounting summer stuff you won't wear in a few months. I remember my days of working the Anniversary Sale quite well, they're chaotic and fun in the store but man, aren't they just lovely online? No crowds, no one to bother you, just a bit of a flurry to make sure you click, click, click and get your sizes.

That said—there's no need to go complete insane. Personally, I would use this as an opportunity to splurge on the items you'll absolutely love—like comfortable, chic black sneakers (both Cole Haan and Nike) you'll reach for on the daily, a sophisticated boxy bag for work, and a black shift dress you can wear to literally anything.

Other than that, you'll have to decide if you want to be practical (this Clinique face lotion set is a steal and a gift from the heavens!) or perhaps a little whimsical (a silk scarf from J.Crew! A floral kimono!) A burgundy teddy bear coat will keep you cozy when the fall breezes blow and I cannot recommend the scent of Elizabeth and James Nirvana White enough—it is heaven!

There's a lot to pick through online, so I went ahead and selected 10 of my stand-out picks for you. The sale goes from Today, August 21 through August 6, but I'd shop now to ensure you get the sizes and colors you want! Good luck out there!

// SHOP MY TOP 10 ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS BELOW //

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: A NOSTALGIC SUMMER BOP FROM KHALID

Holy moly can you believe it—I felt inspired to bring back the MWMM on a whim! I feel a little sad that I let it drop for so long, but I haven't been moved to share anything other than fully-formed playlists in a while! 

I cannot honestly promise that the music posts will continue with reliable regularity, but I do want to keep them coming. I've rounded up a little collection of songs that I think you guys will like, so the plan is to share them over the next few weeks—after all, what is summer without hot jams and cool tunes to play while you're road tripping, train-riding or just sitting in front of the AC drinking a Stiegl-rita. (If you aren't clued into what that is, the answer is buried in my Nashville guide!)

So without further ado, "8Teen" by Khalid. This whole album, American Teen, is honestly pretty great, but I had to call out this song in particular because it has such a sweet, nostalgic vibe that makes me want to sneak out of my parents basement, call my friends on my Nokia brick, and go for a joyride in my 1997 Ford Explorer until we find a kegger in park somewhere in the Seattle suburbs where I can make out with a boy that doesn't go to my school.

The lyrics make my high school association super-literal, but honestly? Oh well. This is a song you will want to dance to no matter how old you are or what you were like at 18—so give it a listen.


"I never fell in love, I saved those those feelings for you
So let's do all the stupid sh*t that young kids do"

Monday, July 17, 2017

{ GETAWAY GIRL } A LOW-KEY YET EPIC NASHVILLE GUIDE


{ I am basic, but this guide is not! }

Like every other young American woman with an Instagram account, visiting Nashville has been on my to-do list for a while. Regular non-social media people seem to be really into it too; the city was recently named Travel + Leisure's (reader) Destination of the Year.

Friends who've been told me it was amazing. I watched that episode of Master of None. I shamelessly enjoy(ed) Connie Britton on the show Nashville. I own cowboy boots. Apparently I was just biding my time for the right opportunity to come around—and come around it did. One of my dearest girlfriends was getting married in Memphis, another city in Tennessee. So I did what anyone in my boots would do—I booked a one-way Greyhound bus from Memphis to Nashville to extend my trip (and visit another one of my dearest friends, natch).

Without getting into what a strange and one-out-of-five "would not recommend this experience to a friend" decision that bus ride was—let's instead jump into what a great place Nashville is. I am proud to join the masses in saying I love this place and absolutely must go back soon.

// CLICK THROUGH FOR THE BEST NASHVILLE GUIDE YOU HAVEN'T READ YET //

Monday, July 10, 2017

{ GETAWAY GIRL } YOUR GUIDE TO A DELIGHTFUL WEEKEND IN GREENPORT


Over the 4th of July weekend I took a petite trip to the North Fork of Long Island—to the sweet little town of Greenport. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but what my friends and I experienced was a food-fueled, relaxing and mostly oyster-centric summer getaway.

Without the crowds of Montauk or The Hamptons and with tons of local wineries nearby, Greenport feels a little bit like a secret. You can get to the beach on Shelter Island by hopping on a ferry and you can do some serious mingling and cocktailing at bars like Brix & Rye and American Beech. A small town that has it all? Maybe. I'll let you decide...

// CLICK THROUGH FOR MY GREENPORT, NY WEEKEND GUIDE //


Friday, June 30, 2017

HOLIDAY WEEKEND MICRO TREND ALERT: STRAW BAGS WITH EXTRAS


{ Image credit: @bekleidet on Instagram }

There's one scene from Sex and the City that popped into my mind when I started thinking about this micro-trend. While getting their nails done, Charlotte is explaining to Carrie that she really thinks Trey could be the one, so she wants to take it slow with him, sexually. Carrie says, "Oh, so you're the everything-but-girl." And Charlotte replies, "I like to think of it as kissing... With extras."

It's honestly not relevant to this thing that I'm writing at all except that I love her use of the word "extras." So, when I began seeing all these fun and summer-y straw / wicker bags adorned with pom-poms, tassels, rainbow colors and unusual shapes I thought to myself, "They're like straw bags... With extras!" So here we are.

Now, the basket-bag trend is huge right now, I know. Personally, living in New York it seems insanely impractical to cart my stuff around in a wicker basket, but I get the look. And obviously that Cult Gaia bag is everywhere on the blogs—which is also a little impractical but definitely good-looking. What's pulling at my summer heart-strings a little more are all these woven bags with the extras that also happen to be useful—like this insanely cool WaiWai shoulder bag in the very on-trend circle shape and adorned with a statement-making tassel or this colorful little straw crossbody from ASOS that's only $23!

My favorite brand to look out for has to be Nannacay (bags made by artisans in Peru)—this tiny basket/tote is too good, as is this one with red fringe all around it and this big, too-freaking-Instagram-worthy tote with rainbow-colored pom-poms. (In the more affordable range, don't sleep on this $38 Shiraleah envelope clutch!

Okay that's all I have to say about straw bags with extras, I hope you have a deliciously fun and festive 4th of July weekend... And it if includes kissing with extras too? Even better.

// SHOP TONS OF MY FAVORITE 'STRAW BAGS WITH EXTRAS' BELOW //

Friday, June 23, 2017

{ PERSONAL STYLE } A PREPPY MOMENT IN PROVINCETOWN


Over Memorial Day Weekend I went up to Boston to hang with my best friend Lauren. I wrote about my packing list here and even made you a bomb playlist. Unfortunately the weather in Beantown was less than ideal—but we did get a break of sun just when we needed it most. On the Saturday of our long weekend, we took a ferry over to Provincetown on Cape Cod. It wasn't "hot" by any means, but we did get to be sleeveless and wear sunglasses, so there's that.

Since you know I love to lean into a theme, it shouldn't surprise you to know that I felt very inspired to channel my preppiest self for this little sojourn. I laced up my little white leather Keds (which look a lot like Stan Smiths but have a more slim, feminine look) and tossed my striped sweater around my shoulders.

Also, I need to talk about this incredibly affordable white top from Old Navy for a second. I've found myself wearing it even more than I imagined—with jeans, shorts, skirts, whatever. It's sweet, comfy and so summery. It comes in four colors and I can't recommend it enough.

Oh also—I'm still v v obsessed with my Kendall and Kylie sunglasses. They make me look cute in all my Instagrams and I appreciate that the cream frames and slightly reflective gold lenses make them less aesthetically abrasive and costume-y than a pure white pair of sunglasses.

// SHOP MY LOOK BELOW //

And if you happen to find yourself in Provincetown this summer?

  • Rent bikes from Arnold's Where You Rent The Bikes (yes, it's really called that). You can cruise all around for a half day rate of $25 or so.
  • Have lunch (lobster rolls, frosé and fried brussels sprouts) at The Canteen and try to snag a seat on their cool and casual back patio.

Monday, June 19, 2017

WEEKEND GETAWAY IDEAS FOR WHEN YOU NEED TO ESCAPE NYC...


Every summer I usually manage to plan at least one big fun trip, and basically leave the rest of the season to chance. (This year it's Memphis and Nashville in June and Sun Valley in August.) I like to do it this way because more often than not, opportunities will present themselves to dash out of town at the last minute, or to pull something together with a few friends in a matter of a couple of weeks. I rather like laying out my summer weekend trips from New York City this way since spontaneous travel is often the most rewarding anyway!

Of course, with enough disposable income you can take a weekend getaway just about anywhere from here. But if you're living a more budget lifestyle like me—keep reading! Over the years I've created some really fun travel guides for my favorite destinations that aren't too hard to get to and aren't too expensive once you get there (except Montauk, but that's The Hamptons for ya). I figured it was about time they were pulled into one convenient post—and of course I pulled out the essential highlights so you don't have to go clicking all around just to find out where to eat the best lobstah in Portland, etc.

Just for you, I've rounded up my best "no flights required" getaway and day trip ideas, so click through below and start filling out your summer calendar!