July 31, 2017

Books On My Radar


Recently I tweeted about this problem I have and many of you seem to relate: I can't stop buying books, but I have no time to read them.  It's really disappointing actually that I feel like I don't have much time during my day to simply sit down and read a book.  I have time to watch TV shows because I am also usually doing a multitude of other things on my phone or computer, which has allowed me to almost master the art of multi-tasking. But that's what is so magical about dedicating all of your attention to a book. You allow yourself to get completely lost in what you're reading.

July 18, 2017

White Out

How long did it take me before I ruined this all white outfit? Not long at all until I managed to spill something on it.  Just my luck! I love wearing all white, but there is always a huge risk when you're a little clumsier than you'd like to admit.  

I love that this top allows my scarf to become a big statement. I love wearing this one from Hermes that I found on The Real Real, and of course love the colors. Unfortunately, this Zara top is sold out in white, but I linked it in a blue stripe if you're interested in the style.

July 17, 2017

July Wishlist

All of these things make me smile because they're all so bright and happy.  I love this season because everything I wear is fun and bright colored.  Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of fall.  But there's nothing like summer to get to wear the most fun items in your wardrobe. 

On my current wishlist is this perfume that I got a sample of a few months back.  It's one of the only perfumes I have ever really loved.  I'm very sensitive to smell and actually am allergic to a lot of perfumes, but not this one! I love it so much and want to purchase the full size, but it's way more than I normally would ever want to spend on a perfume.  Would it be worth it? 

I wish I had a great occasion to wear this one shoulder floral dress. It's just so perfect. 

July 14, 2017

Friday Fives 7/14

a little weekend motivation via

Happy weekend everyone! The weather in New York today kind of sucks, but I'm so excited it's Friday! This week has been majorly productive because I got a post up everyday! In fact, I had six posts go live in the past 5 days! That hasn't happened since.. I don't even know when the last time that happened was to be honest. 

1. There's a new online grocery store where everything's $3.  It's all "brand-less" which is honestly so up the stereotypical millennial alley, and I love it. I'm definitely curious to see how this checks out.

2. I pretty much only want to wear this outfit from now on; it's so comfortable! Did you catch it on the blog this week? 

3. Game of Thrones season 7 starts this week, but I just started season 1! I know... I'm a little late on the GOT train but it's pretty good so far! Do any of y'all watch? 

4. I may be crazy, but I bought this during Amazon Prime day... it was on sale! It just looks so comfy and perfect for sunbathing on the beach. 

5. I can't wait to get this top in the mail, I ordered it in red and think it would look so cute with white jeans! I'm sure y'all will see it on the blog soon. 

July 13, 2017

Off the Shoulder Blues

So a little bit of story time about this dress, it runs huge! I didn't read the reviews on the Nordstrom website before ordering (people recommended ordering a size down!) so when I tried on the original size I ordered I was swimming in the dress. I brought it to the Nordstrom near me to get it in a size down, but when that arrived it was still too big.  Eventually after ordering it two sizes down, I felt like I found a size that fit a little bitter.  I honestly still feel like the dress is a little big, but I was not about to order a third size of this dress. 

Moral of that story? If you order this dress, I'd recommend ordering not one, but two sizes down. It rungs so big. 

I'm a sucker for off the shoulder, so naturally when I saw this dress online I fell in love.  At the time it came in so many different colors (now there's only 2 left!).  What drew me to this particular off the shoulder dress is the slight ruffle around the top.  It's different from other off the shoulder styles I have.  

July 12, 2017

July Playlist 2017

I'm so excited it's a new month because that means I get to share a new playlist!! I always look forward to these posts each month.  These songs have been getting through my commute to work, which is about three hours each day.  It sucks, but it's definitely better than paying an arm and a leg for a tiny apartment in the city this summer.  Plus, it's nice to get to spend every night playing with my puppy Ellie!

July 11, 2017

Happy Amazon Prime Day!

Happy Amazon Prime Day! There are so many fun deals hidden within the Amazon website today! I have been itching to get this post up all day and finally had a chance to share my favorite items on sale when I got home from work! With clothing, shoes, and accessories, everything is 30% off at checkout. Hurry, because the sale ends at 3AM tonight!!

It's easy to find great deals on some great tech, (especially the Alexa) but the clothes and accessories are harder to find. I can't believe how many of these things are on sale.  The 30% off at checkout makes for some great deals!

For some reason, I wasn't able to add the widget directly to this post, but if you click HERE you can shop all of my Amazon Prime Day picks! 

Yellow Gingham Set

If you haven't already heard, Zara is having a huge sale. It's coming to its end, but a few weeks ago after work I stopped in one of the stores to have a look around.  I really prefer and enjoy shopping online.  I have a much better time envisioning what things will look like on me if I see it online than just on a hanger.  Shopping online is so much less chaotic and more organized.  Zara during this sale is the epitome of what I hate about in person shopping.  The store is a mess and the lines to check out and try on are long, but for great deals it can be worth it!

When I found this skirt and top set in the store, I really wasn't sure if I would like it on me or not.  Gingham is obviously a pattern I love to wear, but I don't normally wear midi skirts or crop tops, so the style is definitely a little outside of my comfort zone.  I'm so happy I got this set (for less than $30!) because it's actually very comfortable and I'm excited that I can even wear the top and skirt separately matched with other things in my closet. 

I love that with this skirt you can really show off the shoes your wearing.  These wedges from Tory Burch a few years ago aren't anything too special, but it would be fun to wear this skirt with shoes that make more of a statement!

July 10, 2017

NYC Summer Restaurant Hit List

New York is known for plentiful, delicious restaurants. To be honest, I rarely hit a restaurant more than once just because there are so many out there. If I do go back, it's because it was truly outstanding.  This isn't a post about those favorites though, the restaurants in this post have all caught my eye while browsing through websites or hearing about them through friends (but if you're interested in a post about my true favorites, let me know!). If you're ever looking for somewhere to eat in the city, I'd definitely recommend checking out The Infatuation or Eater NYC, these two website have great intel on what's good in the city.

at La Pecora Bianca, one of my new faves that I will definitely head back to

My latest obsession though is an app called Seated.  The app functions a lot like Open Table, but every time you make a reservation you get a $15 gift card of your choosing (gift card options only include Amazon, Starbucks or Uber).  I don't understand how it works (or how this company even makes money) but I can say I've made $60 from using it just the past two weeks. I'd recommend checking it out if you plan on eating out at all in New York (or any of  the other 5 cities the app has landed in). Occasionally they'll do promotions with an extra $5 reward and last week my friend got $20 for his reservation and his meal was only $21!

July 7, 2017

Friday Five 7/7

Although this was a short week, it felt incredibly long. I was pretty disoriented all week because I just couldn't remember what day it was! I actually woke up on Thursday disappointed that it was only Tuesday... anyone else?

I'm very excited for another summer weekend so that I can get some time outside! I don't have many plans this weekend, which I'm so looking forward to!

1. Kesha's new song though... I'm completely blown away!

2. Mollie rebranded her blog last week (formerly A Stylish Side Project) and I love it! Mollie is so sweet and I've been loving her posts recently! Especially this one, with apps all bloggers should download!

3. I've been really into Twitter lately! Anyone else still on it?

4. I'm heading to Washington D.C. in two weeks! The last time I was in D.C. was on the 8th grade school trip, wait scratch that, I was definitely in D.C. briefly looking at colleges about five years ago! Nevertheless, this is the first time I'll be back and can officially play tourist, any recommendations? I'm talking restaurants, things to do, museums, etc! Let me know your favorite things to do in the area!

5. Can we talk about J.Crew's new arrivals for a second? I mentioned earlier this week how much I've enjoyed the old favorite recently and I've been loving their new stuff just as much.  I love this ruffle trim top and I'm so excited to see all of their bathing suits (I wear this top all the time!) are 40% off with the code DIVEIN

Enjoy the weekend!

July 4, 2017

Patriotic Clambake

Happy 4th of July!

Yesterday, I had the idea to have a clambake with my family for dinner.  I had never made clams before yesterday and was shocked how easy it was.  Considering this whole meal was put together in about thirty minutes with just one pot, it may be one of the easiest recipes I've ever made. If you're wondering, this is the recipe I used!

Keeping things casual, I wore this amazing J.Crew linen shirt that I have been loving.  I wore it tucked into black ripped jeans for work last week, but loved it with this look too.  It's so comfortable and I like that it's slightly oversized.  I of course also had to bring out my favorite J.Crew earrings! These are surprisingly light considering how much detail is involved, and while they are no longer available in red anymore they have two adorable colors still!

Speaking of J.Crew, they have so amazing things on sale right now!! I used to love stopping into J.Crew whenever I was at the mall because I knew they would always have something I'd like, but over the past few years I have found myself in the store less and less.  I've been following along with the all of the drama of J.Crew doing pretty poorly in sales (especially compared to Madewell) and how they have pledged to lower prices while making other positive changes.  I think I've already seen those changes come about and I'm really loving it! What about y'all, how do you feel about J.Crew's new arrivals?

I hope everyone has a great holiday!

July 3, 2017

Busy Bee

I tend to always keep myself busy.  I easily get bored, so in order to avoid that I like to make sure I'm always working on something.  I'm usually pretty good at balancing everything but recently I've felt very worn down creatively.


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