Saturday, September 24, 2016

Here & There 9.23

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Happy Friday night! I’m off to explore St. Louis this weekend with ALIVE Magazine - and guess who’s with me? Jen! I’m so excited to be back in the city again after three years, it’s so beautiful and this time around we have a little more downtime to get to know our surroundings a little more. September has shaken out to be one hell of a crazy month, I think I’ve been home for maybe… three full days this month? As much as I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead, I’m anticipating the calm of October a little more (shhh). We’ll (hopefully) be moved into our new place and I just want to decorate and get settled in. What are your plans? 

The perfect vintage suede jacket for fall

Found it: the perfect fall sweater dress (love these options too)

My new favorite oil for skin and cooking (yes, both)

Just bought this sweet handmade gift for a friend's new baby

Yum, this perfect fall cake looks so good

Fun things for your life

How to wake up without an alarm

The new Moorea Seal collection (+book!) is out and it's sooooo pretty!

NASA has a Tumblr... and a new zodiac sign?

"Vive le Feminisme"

The MOMA released its archive of every exhibit since 1929!

What a gorgeous fall dress (this one too!)

The chill fierceness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

These coasters are so cool!

Have you seen Hillary Clinton's new ad? #ImWithHer

Love this pretty constellation necklace

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WORN: Navy Blue Dress + Flea Market

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A rare weekend day when Chris and I managed to not only both get up early, but also both get out of the house on time? Unprecedented. But we were determined! Several Sundays ago he didn't have to be into work until later in the afternoon, so we hustled and got ourselves up and out and on our way to the Golden Nugget flea market to browse around. I can't remember the last time we had time to go to a flea market. And a real one at that. Not a vintage/antique fair disguised as a flea market (not knocking them, but sometimes you really just want to dig through some crap... er, treasures). It used to be a ritual of ours back in Massachusetts, almost every Sunday we'd go with a group and then go out for breakfast or to the beach, and ever since moving away we've been on the hunt for the perfect flea market (we found one in Pittsburgh... about a week before we moved). I didn't come home with much on this day, a pin and a pair of earrings, but that wasn't really the point.

Get the look:
Free People dress (on sale!) - more gorgeous wrap dresses here
Birkenstock 'Yara' sandals
Vintage sisal bag - similar woven straw bags
Vintage silver rings

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Here & There 9.17

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I'm taking some much needed time away from most technology and social stuff this week (apart from Instagram, clearly), a sort of summer's last hurrah or just a big welcome into fall or what have you. After how bananas the last few weeks have been, this time was sorely needed. This weekend we're getting together with a big group of friends in real life, something we haven't dine in ages. Can't wait! What do you have planned?

This gorgeous vintage kimono would be perfect to wear around the house (extra glamour!)

My skin is rejoicing! (hint: use this link for 20% off your first order)

One of the best essays on non-motherhood I've read in awhile

The perfect cross-body bags for fall

So in love with Etsy's new campaign!

Being plus in a world of minus

All about these walkable heels (really cute with these jeans and a great pair of sunnies)

What the harvest moon means for you

Ridiculously beautiful handmade wall hangings

An Etsy shop for book-lovers (the Harry Potter pins! Lolita!)

I want every single piece of this collection for fall - the perfect fall wardrobe!

Chris broke our French press this week (3rd time!) I replaced it with this

I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of fall booties - love these

How Obama's female staffers ensured their voices were heard and acknowledged - AWESOME

Always excited when Moorea Seal gets new clothing in - how cozy is this sweater?

Obsessed with this constellation calendar

How to fight the worst kinds of workplace sexists

Monday, September 5, 2016

Here & There 9.5

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I'm just coming down from a weekend spent with Budweiser at their annual Made in America festival here in Philly and I. Am. Tired. I'm not sure I've ever been so thankful for a three day weekend! But Rihanna was amazing, FKA Twigs was amazing, and -- not gonna lie -- 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne (Collegrove) was pretty amazing. Even though the weekend is done, September isn't slowing down - we're spending today packing and organizing, getting ready for our move before a bunch of other stuff happening this month. No sleep 'till Brooklyn. Or in our case, no sleep 'till October. Happy Monday!

Jess is having an end of summer sale! I'm in love with this Edwardian top

Hurry! Everything is on sale over on Moorea Seal through tonight -- including my favorite candles, these gorgeous wall hangings and this chic bag

The long lost collaboration between Salvador Dali and Disney

Really digging this shoe shape for fall: This pair and this convertible pair

Love everything about this brand - those dresses!

The conscious style guide

In love with everything from this Etsy shop - esp these earrings (+ 20% off!)

Tearing down purity culture

These would make a great wedding gift

Adding all the jumpsuits to my closet this fall

I want to make something like this for our new place

Beautiful mugs

An awesome Instagram account

Would love to wear this to a fall wedding

Sexy, sexy figs

If loafers and sneakers had a baby

What a gorgeous haircut

Holy crap I want everything in this literary etsy shop

Would you take the unprocrastination challenge? I probably should...

Monday, August 29, 2016

WORN: Surprise Pants & DIY Ballet Flats

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- I love that these black linen culottes from Moorea Seal trick nearly everyone into thinking they're a skirt. What's more fun than surprise pants? Lots of things, but it's still pretty fun to do a karate kick while yelling "THEY'RE PANTS!!!"

- When I first saw these ballet flats pop up in my feed, three things crossed my mind: I love them, there's no way in hell I'm paying $600 for them, and I can make them. And so I did. I already had the flats in my wardrobe (from ThredUp, I feel I should mention), and after a quick trip to M&J Trim for ribbon they were, essentially, mine. For $11. Sure, they're missing the little straps... but I'm working on it. A note for those who want to do the same - I recommend getting two yards for ultimate wrapping possibilities.

- The weather this month has been brutal, but the heat has been great motivation for watching a million YourTube tutorials for braids. I taught myself (liar... a teenage girl on YouTube taught me) how to do these braids at the beginning of the month and they've pretty much been my savior ever since.

Get the look:
Black culottes from Moorea Seal
Thrifted silk tank
Vintage Coach bag with DIY tassels
Repetto ballet flats with DIY ribbon
Free People sunglasses

Edit: As requested here is the link to the hair tutorial that actually worked for me: 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Here & There 8.28

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This week was full of big decisions and car trouble, per usual. The bright side being that the mechanic's work won't be as much as expected (I stand by my strategy of always expecting the worst when it comes to car problems - that way you'll either be surprised or prepared... or both) and our big decision has to do with a new apartment with more space in the same building as the one we're currently in. With September on the horizon, life doesn't appear to be slowing down in the least BUT we have some fun trips planned on the horizon. Hope your weekend was a good one!

PS - I'm watching The Get Down right now... so good!

Love this cute leather bag for fall

16 things you never knew about Stranger Things (what happened to Barb?)

Would love to drink coffee from this

An interesting podcast about Organic vs. Conventional food

I bet this candle smells good!

A fresh take on making new friends - what do you think?

This reminds me of Maine

Meet Melody - the newest American Girl doll

Just ordered these simple, chic shoes (this pair is great too!)

Style across America

A dress to wear with everything this fall

Love these prints

How to freeze your summer produce

Those sleeves!

A pretty accessory for fall (when you can finally wear your hair down again)

Made me laugh

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 for August: The wear now, wear later pieces I love

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I know. It's still summer. It's currently 85 95 degrees outside with about the same amount of humidity (edit: OK, so I wrote this a week ago and the weather is currently actually perfect... but still. Enough.) But there inevitably comes a point in the season when I just can't do summer anymore and I and many others begin muttering about what's to come. Blame impatience. Blame the nature of living in the Northeast, where four distinct seasons give you something to always look forward to. Blame the weather we've been having. Yeah, I blame the weather... for my new-outfit-cravings and thoughts of cooler air. When my gaze drifts from the gauzy dress and sandals on the floor to the leather jacket and jeans in the closet. In my mind at least, I've begun the task of defining the pieces I'd like to add to my closet come... dare I say it?... Fall...

Ahh, I said it! Don't hate me!

August is a funny month. Seasonally, we're still in the throes of summer - in many places, it's the hottest part of summer. But in our minds, maybe we're thinking back to school, or fashion week, or just wishing we'd stop sweating for at least 5 minutes. I'm of the latter camp, sick of a too-hot house and a too-hot city. And while I'm trying not to wish away these days, I can't help but anticipate a little relief. I've started mixing in a few autumn-inspired pieces with my summer wardrobe, perfect for right now and even more so in a few weeks. A silky bomber jacket at night (because the temperature has been glorious at night), a suede mini dress with sneakers for a day when air conditioning is readily available (read: a day at the office), cropped jeans paired with a simple tank. These have been my go-to's lately, easy to move around in, to throw on for a workday or a weekend day, and not quite as casual as a pair of shorts (of everything, I think I'm over shorts the most). When you just can't with summer, these are the pieces to mix in to make everything feel fresh. Because you know the temp's gonna spike again in September!
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There is a time, however brief, when the weather allows for the pairing of sweaters and sweatshirts with shorts. This is a perfect time, a time when I'll gladly don my shorts once or twice more, for the feeling of a cozy sweater with the freedom of bare legs. Once that time is over, it's over, but let's celebrate while we can, eh?

Wear it now... when the sun goes down with relaxed cut-offs or a miniskirt. Pair with classic sneakers for best results.

Wear it later... with the jeans and boots you see below.

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I have this dress in brown, and I love it enough to covet it in black and red, too. Adorable as-is, with nothing underneath and accessorized with a bandana and Converse Chuck Taylors, it's also the ideal dress for fall.

Wear it now... like I said: bandana, Converse, done.

Wear it later... with a lace turtleneck underneath and thigh high boots.

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I love that comfortable jeans and walkable shoes are an actual thing in fashion these days. I mean, I think I've reached the age where I generally won't wear something that doesn't feel good, but the fact that these two things are trends means the options are seemingly endless. We all need a great pair of jeans in our lives. Point for a button fly.

Wear them now... with a silky camisole and chunky-sole sandals. Also, tee shirts.

Wear them later... with literally everything.

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I got these boots in brown last fall, so I can now confidently say they've served me well in all four seasons. They're the kind of boots I regretted not also getting in black, so you can bet they're right back in my shopping cart this time around.

Wear them now... to toughen up all your summer dresses, especially white gauzy numbers and breezy shirtdresses.

Wear them later... with jeans and a cozy sweater, like the one above.

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After months of lugging around giant beach totes and backpacks filled with all manner of picnic-in-the-park supplies, a small cross-body bag feels downright liberating. This one is perfectly sized to fitt the essentials and just the essentials.

Wear it now... with that cute dress above and a pair of sandals or espadrilles.

Wear it later... with the sweater, jeans, and chelsea boots. But, it's a bag, so you can pretty much pait it with anything. Godspeed.