Southern Girl in the City

Dress: Lissa Mar (old similar here) c/o | Necklace: Capwell gifted | Boots: Justin's Bay Apache ℅ (exact style here)

As some of you may know, I grew up and went to school in the South. Southern style has always been a major influence in my life. I think it was Ralph Lauren's western-wear idea that made me fall in love with white and teal. Something about it just reminded me of the South and southern belle attire. What's more southern belle than pairing your boots with a great white lace dress?

I have to admit I got my first real pair of cowboy boots when I was in college. I already had a cheap pair for tailgates and going out (can't tell you how thankful I am for those) but I wanted some authentic cowboy boots. I thrifted my first two pairs from a local store in town and I still love them to this day. I remember for graduation I wanted to buy a pair of dark brown Justin's to complete my collection. But of course, moving to the city put those dreams on hold. People don't wear boots here all that much but I have managed to take them out for a night on the town a couple times since I've lived here. 

Thanks to Country Outfitter for sponsoring this post.


Instagram vs Real Life

I'm sure you've all seen this article floating around (thanks Lucy for sending). I cracked up reading this because it's painfully true. If you remember a little while back, I touched on how fake Instagram can be. Reading back now, I realize what a novice I was. I had only started to embark on the beginning of my filtered and staged journey through Instagram, mocking those who I've now become. I was so inspired by Olivia's post that I thought I would write my own. I'd love to say that what you're about to read is all a big joke, but the joke would be on me (because it is…). So please read carefully, spare judgments, brace yourself for a lot of hashtags and don't unfollow me

We all do it, just no one's talking about it. #DoItForTheInstagram

The House Decor Shot:

What I'm trying to portray: Showing off my new side tables from Target. Woo-hoo for pretty mirrored things and amazing "coffee table" books that show how well rounded I am in baseball, sports, politics and how I'm a child at heart with the Dr. Seuss book.

What is actually going on:  Take a real good look at this picture. See anything missing? How about WHERE THE F%$K ARE MY FEET?! I know you're probably thinking I'm a magician or asking, "Is Krista really a ghost?" To clear up any rumors, I'm actually just a freak. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture with a mirror and NOT show up in it? Who wants to see an instagram with my feet in it? No one. So (while alone in my apartment) with the judgement of only my cat (who also tried to photobomb this picture) I put one leg on the edge of my bed and the other on the window sill/air-conditioner across the way. Yes, you're picturing this right. I'm straddling my bed and the AC to take this photo. Let's move on.

The I < 3 NYC Shot

What I'm trying to portray: I live in #NYC #OMG I'm spending my weekends wandering around the fabulous city buying fabulous things and meeting fabulous people.

What is actually going on: *Don't die, don't die, don't die* Why yes, I did choose to stop walking across the four-lane street for an Instagram shot. People love to see photos of the city. You know what they love more? When the sky is a teal blue/green and the building is a sheer purple/blue. Gotta love the saturation filter on these apps. Side note: I was stuck in the median for an entire extra light sequence. Sure, I was a little late meeting my friends, but I couldn't get the right angle in the first 15 shots.

The Ladies Who Lunch Shot

What I'm trying to portray: Ladies who lunch? Oh yes, of course I'm part of this very prestigious club of girls who don't have day jobs and can throw money away on crazy expensive lunches that I won't even fully eat. #Vegan #GlutenFree

What is actually going on: Stuffing my face at the restaurant on the ground floor of my building during my nonexistent lunch break. Why only one glass of wine, you ask? Because I'm at work. See that pushed away glass of water? Yea, that bad boy is mine (but we all know still water isn't cool enough to be photographed). And if I was drinking, you'd see that refection in the mirror of my sunglasses falling over. Yes, you see that right. I'm standing up over the table taking photos of our food while everyone is looking at me. Those who judge me obviously don't have Instagram. Or maybe they do and are just judging me anyway because I know I do. #NotVegan #NotGlutenFree

The I Own Shoes Shot!

What I'm trying to portray: Showing off my new Kate Spade shoes (#duh). I'm kicking up my heels for the weekend and ready to hit the town in these $250 wedges because I'm cool like that.

What is actually going on: I'm laying on the floor with my legs up against the wall while my friends are waiting on me to leave. "I have to get the right shot," I plea as they offer to take one for me. I kindly accept the offer but of course they don't take any worth editing. Twenty minutes later I give up and we head out. In the car I'm screening and deleting all the ones I don't like and fall in love with my very first try #whoops

The Did I or Didn't I Eat That Shot?

What I'm trying to portray: Are you really a blogger if you don't Instagram at least one shot per week of your ice cream? You see that bite out of the right side? That means back up #YouDidNotEatThat minions.

What is actually going on: Sure, I got ice cream on my vacation. I indulge in a little ice cream here and there. But let's clear a few things up. I hate sprinkles and I only got them so they'd be pretty in the photo. I walked around the block to find a colored wall, and the other side of the cone and my hand are COVERED in melted ice cream #sexy. I also made Andrew eat half of it. And by half I mean almost all.

And by almost all I mean all but two bites. Judge me.

The Creepy Hand/This isn't Staged Shot

What I'm trying to portray: Showing off my navy and white Ralph Lauren plates! #NavyOrNothing #PreppyToTheMax #I'mSoCool I can do SO many more activities with these: entertain, eat in style, lay them out for show … the possibilities are endless.

What is actually going on: I did just buy these bad boys. I mean I brought them home, realized I hadn't Instagrammed that night, and took this* shot. (*This = approximately 30 photos). Taking photos of just the plates weren't enough. You know I had to add in the #CreepyHand. I quickly painted my left hand (because I mean, no one ever sees the right anyway) and threw on any rings I could find and snapped away. I was racing the daylight here! Do you know how difficult it was to take this photo? How one plate is boring and my island wasn't clean enough to take an overhead shot. I had four sets but only snapped three? Took me about 15 minutes to create the perfect staged shot to show I had other plates, but to have one be the main focus. I'm pretty sure the plates are still in this exact place as we speak. I really should wash those…

The Cab (Hand) Selfie 

What I'm trying to portray: Just showing off my fun mani that I just paid $$ for that JUST so happens to match my uber preppy dress. Did I mention I was in an Uber going to some super fun event?

What is actually going on: Where to start on this one. I was running late to work because I had a chipped nail and you can't just touch up one nail, it's a whole process. So I avoid touching anything from between my apartment and the nearest cab (as to not mess up the hack job I just created on my hands) and head off to work. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO TAKE A CAB PHOTO IN NEW YORK!? All the bumps and quick stops and hitting pedestrians (slightly but not completely off base exaggeration) make for about 30 blurry shots of your hand over your crotch. Before I knew it I was at work and that was the end of this fun photo shoot. I'm going through my photos about two weeks later when I'm bored at home and find a semi-decent photo from this outing and decide it's worthy of a post. Take that, #latergram.

The "I'm Too Cool" for a Selfie, Selfie 
What I'm trying to portray: Living the life, looking amazing, hanging out on a beach. Wearing the top that you now really want, and earrings that just about every girl owns. Oh and my hair? Did I not mention I was a part time model? 

What is actually going on: Sure, I'm on the beach in Atlantic City hanging out with my boyfriend (who just had to take about 10 of the same, but always somehow different) shots waiting for our table to be ready at dinner. BUT what you don't see is the trash can behind me, the trashy people twerking at the beach club to my left and the no makeup/wet hair I'm rocking. That's right people. You think cutting off my face was for "artistic effect." LOL at that. Ya girl is looking good from the lips down and I'm going to show that off. BTW, who holds their sunglasses like that in real life? 

The Downward Facing Outfit Shot
What I'm trying to portray: Casually Sunday brunching. Since it's the only way to spend your Sunday afternoon in the city. Blue is my favorite color and I'm rocking it head to toe. And, you know, downward selfies are the way to go. #DoItForTheInstagram

What is actually going on: My boyfriend has long walked ahead of me since I've stopped at every concrete square that has less black gum than the other (the total was six before I gave in). There is quite an art to this type of selfie because you know this isn't how it looks when you look down. Gotta stand feet together and pop out that leg. Note: leg-popping is only needed for the girls who don't have that (dumbly sought after) thigh gap. Remember girls, your thighs touching means your one step closer to being a mermaid! Back to what I was saying. Feet together? Check. Leg pop-out? Check. Next is the booty pop and half bend. Gotta push the butt back so you can see everything better. Then you have to angle your top half 15 degrees forward to really see it all. Have to show off the gold MK watch, so stick that hand right on in your pocket. Now you're ready! Set the iPhone on square mode, bring it right up under your nose and snap away. You can always edit later. 

Travel Tuesday: Martha's Vineyard

Last week's Travel Tuesday was all about Nantucket. As promised, today's is all about Martha's Vineyard. Both islands were amazing and having to pick one is like picking your favorite child. You never want to admit it, but you definitely know who it is. We had so much fun here and each island brings it's own charm. So Andrew and I hopped on our bikes and headed for the beach.

RELAX: The Edgartown beach was amazing. The water was SO warm and it was another beautiful day.

SHOP: Edgartown was also an amazing place to shop. I mean every major preppy store you could want and plenty of others you didn't know you needed!

What's a trip to Martha's Vineyard without a stop in the Vineyard Vines store (it was amaaaazzzingg)

SEE: After the shops we decided to head down to the water and the Edgartown Lighthouse. The homes were stunning and I still ask myself why I don't live there.

EAT: After some sun and beach, we decided to eat before heading back to the other side of the island. We found a little sandwich shop and ice cream parlor so we decided to stop in. We ate at Skinny's Fat Sandwiches and Mad Martha's Ice Cream store. 

Then it was time to go home. The day flew by so quickly, but at least I was able to wear both of my new Vineyard Vines dresses (soon to be on the blog)!


Menswear Monday: Martha's Vineyard

Welcome to another edition of Menswear Monday. Andrew has been gracious enough to write a weekly post for Covering the Bases. Enjoy!

I had never really been into the whole "preppy" clothing scene until I met Krista. Even then, she had to twist my arm to get me to wear things like you see above. After a strong period of resistance, I surrendered, and now I'm glad that I did.

Not because I think I look good or because Krista tells me I do, or even because my closet is more full, but because it opened my eyes to a whole new sector of fashion I had never considered. I was and probably forever will be a "T-shirt and jeans" guy, but it's nice to have a changeup in my arsenal when I want it.

Vineyard Vines really hooked me up this summer. I'm particularly excited about the Castle Harbor Seersucker Tucker Shirt. If you don't own anything seersucker, go buy something now. It's extremely comfortable, and Vineyard Vines did a great job making a lightweight, breathable shirt with just enough flair to separate itself from the rest of the white-button-down shirt world with the red, white and blue accent down the middle.

Additionally, the shorts wound up being a great choice as well. As I was selecting them, my inner Jiminy Cricket said, "Dude, those are too pink." But Jiminy was wrong. Sure, they're pinkish but I've had no problem pairing them with my slew of T-shirts, or this white button-down. Another good choice by me, and another great product by Vineyard Vines.

So there you have it. The new and improved (?) summer Andrew. 


Summer Drinks with Swoozie's

Really excited to be pairing up with some of my favorite bloggers and Swoozie's to share our favorite summertime drinks. We've each picked out our favorite monogram tumblers from Swoozie's and have created something fun to share. Tis the season for fun alcoholic summer drinks, right? What better way to celebrate friends, warm weather and longer days than to remix an old favorite, the Mojito. 

When deciding on what fun drink to make, Andrew pops out of nowhere and tells me that he is a certified bartender. What?! Who knew! He's never actually worked as one, but when he was younger he thought it would be a good part-time gig in college. Random I know, but it helps with the story. So Miss Krista over here only really knows how to make a bourbon and coke (thank you Kentucky), a Bloody Mary and wine. Yes ... I know how to make myself a mean glass of wine. Un-cork and pour *ta-da*

So when coming up with a fun recipe, Andrew was a big help. He originally wanted to make regular Mojitos with mint from his parents' garden, but I wanted something more fun and summer-y (aka a little somethin' somethin' that would look colorful and pretty in photos). Little did I know: 1. how easy it was and 2. how yummy it would taste! We ended up choosing a berry mojito because the colors complimented my amazing glasses!

So today I will (with the help of Andrew) show you how to make, what we call, a Very Berry Mojito. Check it out:

Things you'll need:
- Club Soda
- Rum (I used Malibu)
- Knife & Muddler
- 1 Lime
- Mint Leaves
- A handful of berries or fruit
- Glasses (love mine from Swoozies)
- Ice

Step 1: Add 1/4 of a lime and crush it with the muddler

Step 2: Add 2-4 berries (or any other fruit you'd like) and also crush it up with the muddler

Step 3: Add mint leaves (you're also supposed to crush them, but for the sake of a pretty picture I let them be). Standing up leaves are also good!

Step 4: Add ice to the top of the glass then add your rum. Andrew told me to count to 3 which also equals about 1 fl. oz.

Step 5: Fill the rest with club soda.

(The secret step 6 is to add fun fruit on top to make it more decorated!)

Then of course mix the drink up and…

...take a staged photo with your boyfriend to celebrate a job well done!

Thanks to Caitlin who took these wonderful photos while sipping on the trial-run drink. Also thanks to Andrew for coming up with the mix, helping me make it and being an all-around good sport for this shoot. 

And of course, BIG thanks to Swoozie's for this post! I will be ordering the other set of Kate Spade glasses soon! Don't forget to follow Swoozies on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.