South Beach

July 30, 2015

Each year my family and I head to South Beach in Martha's Vineyard to get some family photos.  This year I decided to fit in some outfit photos while we were there.  I decided to wear this Lilly Pulitzer romper.  This is one of my favorite rompers because it's bright and colorful, and it's great when the weather is just too hot.  I gravitate towards rompers in the hot months at the beginning of the school year in Texas, so this would be the perfect outfit for me to head to class in the beginning of September.  


Nautical Stripes

July 29, 2015

dress (j.crew) / sunglasses / shoes 

One of my favorite spots to venture to while in Martha's Vineyard is Lobsterville because 1. I'm lobster obsessed and 2. The quaint little beach is adorable.  You have to travel down a remote(ish) road for a few miles to get there then you're met with a small stretch of land where you can park your car and walk out to the beach.  It's fun because right across the inlet is Menemsha, but there aren't any roads/bridges to reach it directly from Lobsterville.  

I was wearing this striped J.Crew dress that I found in store (and on sale) last week.  I've had my eye on this dress since it first was available and I'm so happy I waited to purchase it because I got it for a great price (reason #902184 why you should never buy something full priced from J.Crew).  Unfortunately, it sold out online so I can't link it directly but check out your local J.Crew because they may still have some in store!


Travel Bags

July 28, 2015

This summer I've done more traveling than I've ever done in such a short time span.  After next week, I will have spent just shy of eight weeks traveling, and I love it.  I absolutely love traveling.  There's something special about discovering a new place and discovering what it has to offer or return to an old one and being surprised with everything you missed last time.  While packing for my trip to Martha's Vineyard I brought back out my favorite bags to travel with and was relieved that I didn't have to think about weight limits.  Let's just say the last pack-up in Europe just before heading home was rough.  I don't know how I fit everything I had into my bags while still keeping everything within the weight limit, but I did.

My favorite bags for road trips or weekend trips are just that, my weekender bags!

My favorite of the three I used for this trip is definitely my Vineyard Vines weekender.  I purchased this last summer while I was working at VV and couldn't be happier with the product.  I was sold when I looked inside and saw it was lined with a navy and white gingham pattern.  It's perfect.  Now, a year later, I still love it.  It's held up extremely well as I've brought it with me back and forth between school and home (which includes a flight).

My other weekender is from Marley Lilly.  I think I got this for around $60 so I'm not sure if they bumped up the price, or if I got it on sale.  The quality difference between this one and the VV bag is dramatic.  The ML bag is thinner and the quality of the canvas/"leather" handles really isn't the best.  Plus, this bag is slightly smaller.

Last week I purchased a Llbean Boat and Tote.  I don't know what has taken me so long to buy one.  I picked the large bag in navy with a navy monogram.  It's great for a road trip because I can keep it at my feet and store everything I will need during the trip in it (i.e. laptop, phone charger, etc).  I'm also going to use this to take all my things with me to the beach on the trip!

What's your favorite travel bag?

Lilly on the Vineyard

July 27, 2015

Dress (Lilly x Target) / Shoes / Bag

I decided to break out this Lilly for Target shift dress last night for dinner.  It's the first time I wore the dress after having it in my closet for a few months.  It's unlike anything Lilly Pulitzer normally sells, but it's really great quality.  I paired it with these French Connection heels and a mini Rebecca Minkoff bag.  

If you carry your camera around everywhere with you (a DSLR that's unfortunately too big to fit into most small bags) then this bag will be your savior.  For years I've been stuck with the dilemma of wanting to take one of my small crossbones with me (especially at night, for dinners like this one!), but I also want to bring my camera along so I usually end up reaching for another larger bag.  

This Rebecca Minkoff is just too perfect and fits my camera perfectly with room to spare! 


Friday Finds

July 24, 2015

Happy Friday Finds ya'll!! It's been awhile, but FF is back! I have so many things to share with you guys in this week's finds so let's get to it!

I've made a commitment to myself to never buy anything from J.Crew full-price.  As much as I am tempted to buy things as soon as their released, it's just stupid.  Almost everything goes on sale at some point (and usually there's an additional discount on sale).  Last week I put in an order of a few bathing suits (scored some for like, $6?), and am so happy with my purchase, but even happier that I didn't buy everything for the full value!

Recipe Box
Often, I'll make a recipe and it'll turn out great, but as soon as I'm done I never remember to save the recipe and it's gone forever.  I know it's easy to just add something to my pinterest, but as I get more into cooking, I've decided that I want to invest in a recipe box that I can have with my forever.  I found this Rifle Paper Co box and I'm just obsessed! It's just so adorable and timeless.

I've seen so many movies since my last FF (thanks to many days spent traveling recently).  On the plane over to Europe I watched Love, Rosie which I hadn't heard anything about before.  I was pleasantly surprised and would highly suggest it for a good chick flick.  On the way back, I watched The Longest Ride (for the third time), American Sniper (so good!), and Home (such a sweet animation).  What movies have you been watching recently?


I love GoPro

July 23, 2015

I've been in a little bit of a blogging funk ever since I came back from Europe.  I guess I lost the momentum after writing a post everyday for the past six months to writing nothing for six weeks.  I'm trying to get back into it- I really am! I need to have a day to sit down and brain storm some topic ideas, but in the mean time I wanted to talk a little about my beloved GoPro.

I've been using a GoPro Hero 3+ for a little over a year now and I love it.  It's simply an amazing camera (emphasis on the simple).  I mainly use it to document trips I go on, but I'm considering filming clips from this upcoming school year to compile into a short movie.  I really like that idea and already have some great ideas of clips to film, so you may see that at the end of next May.

In Italy I filmed a short video (which you may have already seen), and I also filmed another in France and Spain.  The first time I ever experimented with my GoPro was last May in Iceland.  I still love watching that video back and re-living the experience I had in the amazing country.  I love having videos in addition to my pictures because it transports me back into that moment and is so much more powerful than simple pictures.

France and Spain 2015

Iceland 2014

It's interesting to see each video because as time has gone on I've gotten more into editing and filming them and as I'm preparing for a trip to the Vineyard next week I'm excited to try out new things with the go pro (I bought a suction cup mount for the car!).  

Hopefully ya'll find the GoPro interesting and enjoy these videos, though they aren't very fashion related.  I promise tons of outfit posts will be coming next week! 

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Happy 50th, Dad!

July 22, 2015

Yesterday, my Dad turned 50! To celebrate my Mom, brother and I met him at his office in Brooklyn and then headed toThe River Cafe, just under the Brooklyn Bridge, for dinner.  The dinner was just amazing.  The views and the food combined make for a great evening.  We even got to see the president drive along the FDR and get into his helicopter from our table.  

Our food was incredible, I opted for the octopus appetizer and lobster entree (makes me excited for our trip to the Vineyard this coming weekend).  Everything we ate was great and it was an incredible way to celebrate my Dad's birthday.  I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive Dad; he really deserved a great dinner.  

I was planning on shooting more of an outfit post while in Brooklyn but I just didn't get around to it.   I'll definitely try and do that later this week though.  But until then, my dress that I'm wearing is from maje! 


Quasi Romper

July 21, 2015

There was the cutest boutique near our hotel in Madrid called Nud.  In the window I saw the outfit I'm wearing and just had to go in to try it on.  Originally, I thought it was a romper and was surprised to see that this outfit is actually two separate pieces.  That made me fall even more in love as the infinite combinations of outfit flooded my mind.  The top and shorts are made by a company, Second Female, which I had never heard of before purchasing this outfit.

I don't think I walked into a single store while in Europe that wasn't having a sale.  The top and shorts were marked down to about sixty euros each, which really isn't too expensive (also the dollar is super strong against the euro right now!).  I was pretty surprised to see the price because the material felt more expensive.  Upon arriving home however, I looked for the set online and was disappointed to find that it's more expensive online!

While the price online is a slightly bigger investment than what I paid, it would've been worth if for me to pay that price based on how much I've already worn this outfit.  It's just so comfortable and I love knowing that I can wear these pieces separately.  I know I'll be wearing the top with jeans in the colder months.

I've never thought of wearing matching separates in this way before and it's made me so excited to be on the lookout for similar things.  Second Female has a few other similar pieces so I would suggest searching their website if you like the idea of this outfit!


My Trip to Europe

July 20, 2015

On a pretty side street in Aix en Provence.

On Wednesday,  I got back from my six and a half week trip abroad.  I had such a great experience while traveling in Italy, France and Spain.  I studied for five of the weeks in Italy with my school, taking two classes (Mythology and Architecture).  We were based in Orvieto, a small Etruscan town about two hours north of Rome.  This town was seriously the most picturesque place I've been to.   When you think of Italian countryside, this is what you get.  The town was set up on a big cliff so when you walk to the edge of town you get indescribable views of the surrounding area.  If I didn't go on the trip, I really don't think I would've ever gone to a place like this in Italy.

The views in Orvieto were incredible.  My friends and I sat and took pictures on the edge of town one night.
During the program we went on some seriously amazing field trips.  Before initially arriving to Orvieto we first took a trip to Pompeii.  I really had no expectations for Pompeii but was looking forward to the trip.  The roman settlement uncovered after Mount Vesuvius erupted is really cool, but I can't imagine ever going on my own.  The teachers on our trip were experts at everything Pompeii and were able to give us tours with information regarding our studies.

One of my favorite things about being on the trip with school was that the teachers were essentially our tour guides.  At the Coliseum and the Pantheon in Rome the teachers took turns sharing their knowledge with us about the famous monuments.  It's amazing basically having class about these things while standing right in front of them.

My roommate and I in front of the coliseum.  
Later in the trip we went to Siena, Venice, and Florence.  Florence was by far my favorite city (we also spent one of our free weekends there).  Venice was also so amazing but I wish we got to spend more time there! My friends and I really wanted to get to Murano, the extremely colorful island where they make all the glass, but we just didn't have time.  One of the best trips we went on during the program was to the Vatican.  At the Vatican Museum, we had a completely private tour.  It was so incredible to be in the Museum without the crowds but it was even more amazing to be in the Sistine Chapel (!!!!!) completely alone for 45 minutes! This experience really was something I will never experience again and I will cherish it forever.

Sistine Chapel

We had two free weekends on the trip, which were unplanned going into the trip.  However, we quickly decided that the first free weekend would be spent along the Amalfi Coast in Positano.  You can read my post about that weekend here! The second we went to Florence and had the most amazing time.  We stayed at the Grand Hotel Minerva (I really recommend it if you're going to Florence).  The hotel was located in the square infant of the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, which is really close to the train station and just about everything else.  The hotel also had a really great rooftop pool and restaurant.  You can practically walk everywhere in Florence, which was so nice because we got to be outside and save some money while not taking cabs.  If you go to florence anytime soon be sure to go to Caffe Gilli and get a iced cappuccino (it's amazing!!).
The views in Positano were absolutely breathtaking. 

After my program ended, myself and two friends traveled for about eleven days.  We first went to Nice, a beach town along the southern shore of France.  I really loved spending time here (the beach restaurants/cabanas are so relaxing and fun), however it didn't really live up to my expectations.  Next, we took a train about three hours to Aix en Provence.  I didn't really know what to expect here, and honestly there wasn't much to discover.  For this, I really enjoyed the town.  It was very relaxing and the food was incredible.  (if you ever go, check out Lavault for dinner)

A beach club in Nice. 
After Aix en Provence, our time in France was up, so we took another train to Barcelona to begin our Spanish adventures! I have to say, traveling by train with our luggage (we probably had too much to be honest) was extremely stressful.  Each time we thought that we wouldn't have enough time to get our luggage on the train or that there would be no room aboard for our suitcases.  Though each time we got to our destination successfully, we opted for a short plane ride on our last leg of the trip (it was actually cheaper).

I really loved Barcelona.  Everything Gaudí is just insane.  The Sagrada Familia is hands down the most beautiful church I saw on my entire trip (St Peter's comes in a close second).  My friends and I had a lot of fun discovering the city, though it is the pic pocketing capital of the world, which made us a little nervous.  Last, we went to Madrid, which I was slightly unimpressed with.  I'm not sure if it was because I was excited to get home already or if I just didn't love the city.  But I did have some amazing paella, tapas, and cava sangria while in Madrid!

The stained glass windows in the Sagrada Familia give the side aisles the most beautiful rainbow glow that looks fake. 
My roommate and I went to the Vatican on one of our free days and were surprised to see the Pope speaking from this window! 


A house in Venice along the Grand Canal

The main street in Aix en Provence.  

Overall, my six weeks abroad were just magical.  There's simply nothing like being able to study in a foreign country.  If you ever have the opportunity to study abroad or even just travel abroad you must go! It's incredible to get to discover places that are so unfamiliar.  I could go on forever explaining everything I did on my trip, but I think that would take more than one post (maybe a whole book).

I'm definitely going to be posting more about my trip so if you're interested, be sure to check back soon!

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