Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When in Nantucket...

 When in Nantucket… wear stripes!  

Nantucket, Vacation, Stripes, Saint James, Madewell, J.Crew, Transport Tote, Nike

 Functionality and place inspired this outfit.  I knew I was going to be walking around all day, and you know I'll wear my Nike throwbacks any chance I get!  I wore the jeans for comfort and warmth, and I brought a cardigan for when it got chilly at night. The stripes, however, were a whole different story. They were inspired the moment I stepped foot on the island.  

Nantucket, Travel, Transport Tote, Madewell, J.Crew, Saint James, Nike, Vacation

You see, I was originally wearing a grey muscle tee, but when I walked into Murray's Toggery Shop on Nantucket (the only place you can buy the official "Nantucket Red" color of apparel), that all changed.  I have been wanting a classic nautical stripe shirt to add to my wardrobe for some time, since it's such a classic.  Well, and I saw a picture of Cameron Diaz in a nautical stripe shirt on a yacht, need I say more? -ha!   

Travel, Nantucket, Madewell, Transport Tote, J.Crew, Nike, Prada, Saint James, Stripes

Anyway, when I spotted a whole section of Saint James tops at Murray's, I knew it was over.  Saint James is the quintessential nautical stripe brand.  They've been around since 1850, and according to J. Crew, they've been worn by style icons like Coco Channel, Picasso and Andy Warhol. So what did I do? I bought one and wore it out of the store!  Well, when in Nantucket…

Nantucket, Stripes, Travel, Vacation, Nike, Madewell, J.Crew, Saint James, Transport Tote
Top- Saint James, Jeans- Citizens of Humanity, Cardigan- J.Crew, Sneakers- Nike, Tote- Madewell, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Necklace- Here and here for similar, Watch- Michael Kors, Bracelet- Giles and Brother, Sunglasses- Prada

Here are a few of my favorite Saint James pieces:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspired: Functionality

I'm back! I've been on vacation in Cape Cod, or as the locals call it "The Cape". I'm excited to share my outfits with you.  Since I'm starting mid week, I'll be posting through the rest of the week. So, be sure to check back.

Blazer, Nordstrom, J.Crew Linen Tee, Giles and Brother, Halogen, Kendra Scott Phara Necklace, Gorjana, Hoops, Travel Outfit, Cape Cod
Earrings- Argento Vivo, Necklace- c/o Kendra Scott, Ring- c/o Gorjana, Bracelet- Giles and BrotherBlazer- Halogen for similar  on sale, Tee- J.Crew on sale
I am often inspired by functionality based on the day's activities (traveling, sight seeing, dinner party, shopping). I think that's why I love packing for trips so much, because it gets my creative juices flowing!  Is that weird? -ha!

Blazer, Nordstrom, J.Crew Linen Tee, J Brand, White Jeans, K. Jacques Sandals, Giles and Brother, Summer, Travel Outfit, Cape Cod, Halogen
Blazer- Halogen for similar on sale, Tee- J.Crew on sale, Jeans- J Brand, Sandals- K. Jacques here and here, Bracelet- Giles and Brother

The day before I left for the trip, I purchased this tee from J. Crew that I LOVE, so of course I had to wear it! Besides, what's better than jeans and a tee to travel in?!  Well, if the jeans have stretch like these do, that is -ha! I added the blazer as an extra layer, because I knew I was going to get cold on the plane, and I did! The blazer was also a way to dress up my outfit a bit for the evening. I also brought these wedges to help transition my outfit from day to night.   

Cape Cod, Travel Outfit, J.Crew Linen Tee, Kendra Scott Phara Necklace, Hoop Earrings, White Jeans, Travel

But the evening ended up being perfectly casual, with us making pizzas at home.  So I took the blazer off, kept the flat sandals on and sloppy tucked the front of my tee.  A perfect first day to our trip, and a perfect way to celebrate my husband's birthday!

Cape Cod, Travel, Summer, New England

Since I just got a new camera, I'm trying really hard to be good at photography.  Although I will keep trying, I'm thinking I don't have "the talent". I'm pretty determined, so maybe you'll see an improvement as the posts go on, or maybe not -ha!  This is my attempt at capturing the beauty of Cape Cod.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drugstore Find

Now, I don't consider myself a beauty expert, but I know a good product when I use one.  

My sister-in-law, Mallory, reads all sorts of beauty blogs and publications, so I rely on her as my beauty expert. At the beginning of the summer, she told me about these Revlon Colorburst lip balms. She had purchased the orangey red color and had me try it on.  I loved the way it felt on my lips, and I loved how bright the color was.

Since then, we have collectively purchased all the different colors you see on my hand. See how the pigment is so bright and intense?  I love that I didn't have to "invest" in any of these colors.  There is something carefree about trying a new, trendy color without making an investment. 

Here I am wearing the red color, striking.  Of course I'm wearing red -ha!  But in my defensive, I had to. The night before, I was up all night with my son, and I looked so tired. I needed a red lip. No, seriously. But if you'd like to see some other post I've worn these lip balms, check out this post (here) when I wore striking and this post (here) when I wore showy.

I had to include this picture, because the picture above was so serious. I felt so silly posing for the shots that I started to make stupid faces at my s-i-l, and then we started cracking up.  Maybe I should have posted the cross-eyed picture instead.