5.28.2015

Bike Riding on the West Side Highway

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White Top (only $48) / Gingham Shorts (only $45) / White Sperry Shoes $59

I told you it would be a quick turnaround for this shirt! I wore it last weekend and the weekend before and I'm not sorry about it. I will probably even wear it to work tomorrow, so ... yolo. 

Anyway, like I mentioned in this post, Andrew and I played tourist last weekend and rented bikes to ride up and down the West Side Highway. OH MY GOSH was it so so so beautiful. 

I've always lived on the west side (#WestSideBestSide) and loved driving up and down the water but it was a whole new ballgame biking the path. Did you know the bike path goes all the way around the city?

We rode from the bike rental shop (which is amazing and you should check them out) in the West Village down to Battery Park and back up into the 40s (the only people that will understand that sentence are people who live in the city). 

I seriously had the very best time and it makes me want my own bike so much more! I think I would take it out every day if I could. I should really look into that...

It was also the most perfect day out so that really helped as well. I wish I could have just taken you all with me so you could understand how special the adventure was! If you're ever in the city, make it a priority to ride bikes up and down the west side. 

IF you're still with me after my ranting and raving about the bike ride, welcome and thanks. Now onto the outfit. I wanted something casual and spring-y and these gingham shorts did not disappoint!

They're super lightweight and airy which was so clutch when riding. And I've never, ever been one to wear orange but I think these totally suit me. What do we think? 


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5.27.2015

Casual Day Around New York City

Butterfly Top c/o (only $39!) / Denim Shorts / Belt (similar

It is officially my favorite time in the city, SUMMER! New York really has two seasons: hot and cold. As long as it’s not cold, I’m happy. NYC is an outdoor city with so many fun and exciting things to do that when it gets warm I just want to do them all.

This past weekend Andrew and I rode bikes, had lunch on a boat, roamed around the city and took a stroll in Central Park. I was pooped but man was it fun. This weather just has me so excited!

This outfit is a little different because it’s featured in small snapshots of me throughout the city -- picking up flowers, hanging out in the West Village and watching the sunset over the water in the park. It was a simple Saturday.

As long as I’m comfortable, I’m good to go. I’ve been loving sleeveless collared shirts for summer and this is no different. A collared shirt, denim shorts and Jack Rogers will probably be my go-to uniform for summer.


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5.26.2015

Classic Summer Look: Collared Shirt and Denim Shorts

White Shirt (just $48) / Denim Shorts (similar, cheaper version here) / Belt (similar) / Floral Scarf (gifted-- only $13!)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing I love more than a crisp white shirt and denim. It will forever scream classic and casual and is perfect for all occasions.

This summer I've found I'm really into two things: collared shirts and scarfs. This collared shirt is at the top of my list because of its cuteness (it zips up and down) and the price tag (coming in at $48). And this scarf is the best because of its softness and versatility (it's also just $13 so that helps too).

 I've worn this outfit this past weekend and the weekend before and I'm sure I'll wear it again sometime soon. It's just so easy to throw on a go. Annnd this won't be the last time you see this shirt (ahem, like here).

ALSO, have to give a nice shoutout to my new sunnies (guys I have a problem, I know). But these are just $25 and I couldn't say no! #sendhelp


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Oh... and there's this. Thanks Andrew for capturing me at my best. 


5.22.2015

White Lace Midi Dress


It has taken me quite a while to find a midi dress that I actually like. They’ve just never looked really good on my body and I never knew why. BUT I knew before I bought this dress that I like white dresses and anything with lace.

I think adding some fun heels really help with the overall look of the midi dress. This way my legs don’t look so cut off. Plus these heels are my new favorite. They’re New York approved (they’re comfortable enough to walk a mile or two).

I’m also debuting my new sunglasses. I’m still a little iffy on them but I think with the right look, I really like them! What do we think?

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Anyone have exciting plans? I think I’m going to play tourist in NYC this weekend. Should be a good time.

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5.21.2015

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

BB Dakota 'Charlotte' Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress
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It's officially summertime and you know what that means ... LOTS of summer weddings. As a good friend and stylish guest, I thought I would pick out some wonderful dresses for you to wear on your friend's big day.

This dress is of course my favorite. It's simple, conservative, airy and it screams summer. My number one rule for dressing for weddings (besides "don't wear white") is to keep it simple. No fuss, nothing loud and always classic.

Other fun wedding dress ideas for summer weddings are my strapless floral dress (perfect for outdoor HOT weddings), my pink rose dress and the dress I wore to derby!

ALSO, side note, wedding dresses and graduation dresses are easily interchangeable. They're around the same level of style and dress. So if you see yourself more at a graduation than a wedding, this dress is also perfect for it too!


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Don't forget to shop the Nordstrom sale! You can see my top picks here.


5.20.2015

Nordstrom Sale

It's the best time of the year! The Nordstrom half yearly sale (woooooo) is on and I have rounded up some of the best sales and deals for you below. Everything from shoes to clothes (under $50, $100 and $200), watches and accessories.

I've already done a litttttleee damage but these deals are just too good to pass up! 


All shoes are on sale! Like Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman and SJP! Here are some of my favorites:
Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Middle Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

I have this white pair and these sneakers. I just bought these strappy heels (that I've been wanting for FOREVERRRR). 

SHOP THE HEELS HERE:


Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

SHOP ITEMS UNDER $100 HERE:



Under $200 including designers like Kate Spade, DVF and Ralph Lauren! Annnnddd my favorite burberry quilted jacket is also on sale!
Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 /
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

SHOP ITEMS UNDER $200 HERE:



My favorite sales are always on the watches! I have a weak spot of Michael Kors watches... 
Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3
Middle Row: 1 / 2 / 3
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3

SHOP MORE WATCHES HERE:


Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3
Middle Row: 1 / 2 / 3
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3

SHOP THESE ACCESSORIES HERE: 




5.19.2015

How I Afford To Travel


It's no surprise that I travel a lot. It's my very favorite thing to do and I think it's good for the soul. And every time I travel I inevitably get the "How do you afford to travel?" question (afford meaning time, money or any other factors).

Without getting too in depth or personal I thought I would share some advice and tips so you can start traveling too! So I've rounded up some questions I've gotten and I'll just fire them off below. 

If there are any more burning questions you have, be sure to leave them below in the comments. 


How/Why do you travel so much?

To put it simply, I make time for it. Traveling is a serious passion and hobby of mine and just like others who might put money into their hobbies, I put money into my traveling (read more in the next question).


How do you plan your travel? 

For airfare, I exclusively use Google Flights. They round up the best times, providers and dates for you to search and help make sure you book the cheapest flight. You can read about Google Flights more in depth in my past Travel Tuesday post here

For hotels, I always use Hotwire. Some people either love or hate Hotwire but if you trust it, it's the best thing ever. Hotwire is the website that doesn't tell you the name of the hotel but because of that you get a much higher discounted rate. 

The trick of the trade is to make sure you're only searching 3-star hotels (like Hiltons and Holiday Inns) and above. I used Hotwire to book both trips to DC (2014 (day 2) and 2015) and my first trip to Hilton Head

Only scenarios for when I don't use Hotwire are when I'm staying with friends (like SeattleSt. Louis, Upstate NY, ), family (like Phoenix and Derby 2014 & 2015), when Andrew books the trip (like Maine, Nantucket, Boston and most recently Grand Cayman), when I take day trips (like PhillyMartha's Vineyard and Popolopen Gorge) or when trips are comped (like Hilton Head and Bahamas).


How do you afford to travel?

I'm actually pretty conservative when planning my trips. For booking the trip itself, I always try and buy fight and hotels way ahead of time to take advantage of lower prices. For the extra costs, I always try and avoid them. 

I've become a pro at traveling/living out of a carry-on suitcase (see my favorites here), I don't pay for upgraded seats like first class (such a waste unless you're flying long distances), and I try to travel in the states. 

For the periods of time when I'm not traveling, I like to be aware of what I'm spending money on. I don't go out too often (alcohol is a BIG ol' money killer), I only eat a nice dinner about once a week (praise the Lord for ramen) and I have a strict rule that new clothes/accessories can only be bought via blog commission (aka be put back into the blog #CircleOfLife). 


How do you find time to travel? What about work? 

This is probably the most frequently asked question, which I totally get. You want to know my secrets so you can travel too!! The secret: weekends. 

As most of you know, I work in social media for MLB and have a normal 9-6/Monday-Friday job. We get a certain number of vacation days and, when used wisely, can really be made fun.

70% of the time when I travel, I leave a little early during work on Friday (but make up for it by staying later during the week) and head out for the weekend. Friday is my "travel day" and I'll usually come back late Sunday night. 

So technically I'm using ZERO vacation days.

25% of the time when I travel, I'll do the same thing as above but instead of Friday being my travel day, I make it Thursday. I'll really only do this when it's an absolute must to have another day (like Seattle or KY for the Derby). Then, just like above, I come back late Sunday night.

  That's three whole days spent away and just ONE vacation day.

The other 5% of the time is when I actually take off multiple days (aka use a chunk of my vacation days) and really plan a trip. 

Last year that was our trip to Boston/Cape Cod/Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard (which I also took over the 4th of July, when I had two days + a weekend off). 

That trip cost me THREE total vacation days. 


Work talk continued...

What's also really great about working in baseball is the fact that we have a down season (not "offseason" because technically we're just getting ready for next season). 

And while during the down season it's always important to be in the office, it's easier to (if need be) work a day away via the computer. Perks of working in social and being a digital company! 

Also during this down season, we have this amazing one week break from Christmas to New Years. So obviously you have to take advantage of that (which I did). That was our trip to Grand Cayman.


Extra Tips:

-Travel locally: One of the best parts about living in NYC is that it's centrally located and so close to other great cities. What might be a $300 flight to DC for most is a $80 train ride for me. Explore your area, take a drive, see where you end up!

-Ask for experiences instead of presents: for holidays and birthdays I usually ask Andrew for an experience. I can buy almost anything I really "want." And because of that it's so much more special to receive a trip/experience that you both can share in.

-Visit your friends: DUH. Not only do you want to see them but they have a free place to stay, a car and (most likely) food. You pay for the flight and the weekend. They also can come visit you :)

-Search for good deals: things like cruises (where food and drink are included and there is a low expense while on the ship), vacation packages (that include air, car and hotel) and special deals/low rates (like off seasons for destinations).


And that's all folks! If you liked what I wrote about, want to know more, or have any other questions be sure to let me know below.

Excuse the post for being a bit longer than usual but I hope it was worth the read. Don't forget to catch up on all Travel Tuesday posts here!