Fashion

OOTD: July 2019 Update

Howdy, Friends! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! I wanted to stop by here today and give you all a little update on my life and also share an outfit post because this IS a fashion blog.

First, for the outfit, I’ve had these pieces for a while and never really got to wear them so I thought I would wear them together because they look pretty cute. Remember when I was obsessed with this bright green color in the spring? It’s still a thing and it’s happening right now in this outfit. It’s just so pretty and I feel like green is unexpected. My top and shorts are both from Zara and my sandals are from Steve Madden and were featured in my Spring Shoe blog post, linked here.

Moving on, I have some thoughts to share with you all. First, as of June 2019, I’ve officially been writing my blog for one full year and I am so proud to say that. It has been such a crazy year I’ve had with all kinds of ups and downs. I’ve traveled and lost relationships and friends, built new relationships and friendships, drank a bunch of coffee and read a TON of books and it’s brought me full circle to now.

When I started this blog last year, I had no idea where it would take me or if I would even commit to writing it. I wanted to use it as a diary to track what I did and how far I’ve come while also combining my love of fashion into it. I started out having literally no idea what I was doing and zero followers to now having a better idea of what I’m doing and nearly 150 followers! I am really proud of how far I’ve come with this and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds. It really truly feels like it’s going to be the biggest year of growth yet and I am so excited to share this journey with you all. I would never have gotten here without all of your support! Thank you for everything! xx

Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden

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Lifestyle

Things To Do This Summer 2019

Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I would share a few things I love to do during the summer and a few things I’m looking forward to doing this summer. I’m hoping to inspire you to try some new things and enjoy your summer to the fullest!

1. Beach/Pool

This one is obvious, but it’s important. My absolute favorite thing to do in the summer is spend a day at the beach or pool, preferably with a drink in hand and the sun shinning. Here in New York, we’re lucky to be surrounded by lots of water so I always prefer the beach, personally. But, at least in New York City, there’s also the option to visit rooftop pools at various hotels all over the city!

2. Festival/Concert

Summer is festival season all over the world. It basically starts with Coachella in the spring and runs all the way through to September/October. Although a few big festivals have already passed, such as Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, there’s still a bunch coming up, such as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits (tickets are available for both still). In NYC, there’s also all kinds of free/cheap concerts in Central Park and at various music venues all over the city.

3. Weekend Trip

Specifically in New York, there are lots of cute and inexpensive destinations that you can head out to for 3 day weekend. Because so many places are within driving distance, these are really great, quick and easy trips to take. Like I’ve mentioned before upstate New York is a great place to go! My New Paltz, NY blog and my Lake Placid, NY blogs are linked here and here for you respectively. Aside from New York, there’s also so many destinations within driving distance, such as Philadelphia, PA or the Jersey Shore/Atlantic City, even Boston, MA!

4. Movies in the Park

In Central Park specifically, there are always movies showing in the summer every week. Usually, it’s older, feel good movies which is a lot of fun anyway. You can grab some snacks, a blanket and lay out on the lawn for a good movie! However, lots of parks all over the country do this also so you can find one in your state too!

5. Sunset Boat Cruise

This is something I’ve always been a little interested in doing because it’s a good way to get away without going too far. It’s a great date night or birthday dinner idea also! You can usually book groups for these boat cruises. It’s really romantic and usually drinks and dinner are included in the price (depending on the company) so it’s a good deal also. They have these all over New York City and in most other destinations that are on the water.

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June 2019 Favorites

June has been a very eventful month for me and there were a lot of new things happening so I’ve got some good favorites this month. I think it really set me up for a good start to the summer and I’m looking forward to the next few months of warm weather

Mykonos

As I mentioned in my Greece vacation blog post, Mykonos was my favorite island that we visited while in Greece. It was just beautiful in every way. I felt safe, the people were so nice, the beaches were absolutely stunning and relaxing. If you go anywhere in Greece, Mykonos is always going to be my top recommendation.

Fujifilm QuickSnap Disposable Cameras

It’s really trendy to use film for photos these days, especially because you can get your film printed or digital to post directly to your social media. I used these Fujifilm disposable cameras on my trip to Greece and I loved them. You got 27 film exposures in each camera and it comes in a pack of 3, so that’s almost 90 exposures. This is a great deal! Plus film looks so cool and they were super easy to use. It was a very retro experience and I loved every second.

Colourpop SuperShock Blushes

I used a few of these to do my makeup in Greece and they are my new favorite cream blushes! They some in tons of colors, are super creamy and very easy to use. They last all day long when set with a little bit of translucent powder too so very good for the summer when you don’t want to wear a full face of makeup. Another great thing about these blushes is that at only $8, they are SUPER affordable! I talked about these in my Greece Vacation Makeup blog post, linked here.

@maggiemacdonald on Instagram

I have been following Maggie MacDonald on Instagram for a little while on and off but recently, I have just been down right obsessed with her. I watch her vlogs every week because I find her really relatable in general, but I also love that she promotes a healthy lifestyle. She follows food combining for her diet, which is a concept I find really interesting. She also posts fashion and beauty, which is obviously a high priority for me as a blogger. If you’re interested in fashion/beauty or a healthy lifestyle, I would definitely recommend checking her out!

Britney Spears

Britney and I are having a moment and I have been listening to her really old music non-stop. Like Baby, One More Time old music because it was so good and real! Plus, it’s always fun to go back and listen to songs you loved as a child. Oh, the good ‘ole days…

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Travel

Traveling to Greece: Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

Over the last few weeks I went on one of the biggest vacations I’ve been on in a few years. This was a trip that I had been looking forward to for the last 6 months so it was really exciting once it finally came. I went to Greece for the first time ever and visited some really beautiful places in the process. I’m very thankful for such a wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to possibly going back someday.

Athens

Our first stop on this trip was in Athens which was a good experience but definitely not the best. As for the ruins, they were absolutely beautiful and it was so interesting seeing history right in front of my face. It’s truly amazing what the ancient Greeks were able to do and the lasting culture they built. We saw the Acropolis which includes the Parthenon. We also saw the original Olympic stadium and explored the rest of the city. This was also where I had my first authentic Greek salad! It wonderful seeing all the ancient ruins, but unfortunately, it was city that I couldn’t feel very safe in. I constantly felt like I had to watch my back everywhere I went, which made it a bit unpleasant. With that being said, it was still a wonderful part of the trip, but I would do my best not to return to Athens.

View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Parthenon
Original Olympic Stadium
Gate to the Temple of Zeus
Streets of Athens
Streets of Athens
Streets of Athens
My authentic Greek salad

Mykonos

I’m the kind of person that is happiest laying on the beach, under a beach umbrella, with a drink in my hand and alternating napping and swimming in the ocean. So naturally, Mykonos was my favorite place. We sort of took a break here and just relaxed. We did a little bit of exploring but mainly stayed at the pool and the beach which is exactly what I needed, personally. This island is so beautiful and I highly recommend going here if you can! It was the best experience.

Ocean View
Ocean View
View from the hotel
First night dinner outfit
Exploring the town
Ocean View
Bathroom Tiles
Pool Day
View from the Hotel
Second night dinner outfit
View from the beach
Beach Day
Ocean View
Last night dinner outfit
Final dinner in Mykonos – Grilled Salmon and Veggies

Santorini (Thira)

Santorini was another really beautiful island and I would definitely go back here. Similarly to Athens, it was a place where I felt I had to be much more cautious but not to the same extent as in Athens. One thing I loved about Santorini was that you can see the ocean no matter where you are on the island. The history of the island was also interesting, considering the little cities are built surrounding an active volcano! We explored all over the island, from the famous Fira and Oia to the vineyards for a wine tasting and back to the red and black sand beaches. It was absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend this island to anyone who wants to take a trip to Greece!

View outside Hotel
First night of dinner outfit
First night of dinner outfit ft. mom
First day of exploring outfit
Exploring Oia
Exploring Fira
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Wine tasting
View from the highest point on the island
Red sand beach
Dinner for the last night – super fresh sushi!
Mojito made with sake
Last night dinner outfit

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Fashion

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

Today, I wanted to share some outfit ideas for the upcoming fourth of July holiday. I say this every blog post, but I really can’t believe it’s going to be July so soon. I feel like it was just January yesterday. Unbelievable. Anyway, keep reading for a few easy holiday outfits!

Outfit #1

This first one is super easy, and every girly. I love this cute polka dot off-the-shoulder top because it’s 1) festive and 2) super easy and comfortable to wear. I paired it with a denim skirt, but it would look cute paired with shorts/jeans or even linen pants or a cute tennis skirt! SO many options, which is why this top is such a great choice even after the holidays.

Top: Revolve / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga / Earrings: Target
Top: Revolve / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga / Earrings: Target
Top: Revolve / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga / Earrings: Target

Outfit #2

This one is just as festive but a little bit more casual. This pretty navy tops is one of my favorites to go out for drinks in during the spring and summer and I thought it would be great for a really chilled out holiday weekend. I paired it with these flared cropped white jeans, but again it’s so versatile that you can really wear it with anything.

Top: Revolve / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Revolve / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Revolve / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

This pretty red dress is another favorite of mine! It’s such light material, so even though it’s a maxi, it’ll still keep you cool. It also makes a great cover up if you have plans to head to the pool or beach!

Dress: Forever 21 / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Forever 21 / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Forever 21 / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

This one is my favorite because it’s all white and I love a good tube top. This is definitely along the lines of what I would be wearing for my fourth of July party. Paired with a few red accents, it’s very festive. It’s also great to transition from day to night!

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Baublebar

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Summer Date Night Outfits

It’s just about summer now, so I thought I would share some updated summer date night outfits. These are half casual and half a little more dressed up, so they are good for just about any occasion. Keep reading to see some of my new favorite summer date night outfits!

Outfit #1

This is one of my favorite casual looks because it’s so easy and simple. These bright yellow trousers are so light and easy to wear even if you decide to eat a big dinner for your date! The little bandeau top is also so easy and such a summer staple for me. To dress this up a little more, you can add on some wedges or heels if you need.

Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo

Outfit #2

This is actually my favorite of all the outfits because it’s exactly what I would gravitate toward for a date night. A simple, feminine top and some jeans is always my go to look. I also love to wear these wooden platforms. They are super comfy and very cute. They go with everything!

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

This is another casual look, maybe for a day time date! The dress is super light and girly, but a little sexy because of the deep v neckline. The sandals keep it really easy and simple. You can be comfortable and cute!

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target

Outfit #4

I love this dress for a dressier occasion, such as an anniversary dinner or maybe even an engagement party. The print is just beautiful and I knew I had to have it when I saw it. I added wedges to this look to keep it dressy, but you could switch them out for sandals or even sneakers if you wanted to dress it down.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

I hope you enjoyed! xox

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My Swimsuit Collection

Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite bathing suits with you. I try to only wear the same style of bathing suit, for tanning purposes, but I find that this is definitely the most flattering style on my body. Keep reading to see where I get some of my favorite bathing suits!

This first one, I got last year in preparation for my trip to Miami. Here’s the blog post I wrote about that trip! I found this one on Zaful, since I wanted some less expensive suits but I ended up loving how this fit. It’s high-waisted which was nicer than I thought and I like that you can remove the straps to make it a regular bandeau top.

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This next one is an absolute staple. Everyone should have a plain black swim suit. This one I got at Target and I’ve had it for literally 4 years because the quality is really great! It’s affordable also, which is an added bonus!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

Next up is another one from Zaful. This one is really cute because of the stripes and it’s high-rise on the bottoms. It’s very flattering, and great for laying out in the sun. The bottoms are a little cheeky but not too much that you’d be really uncomfortable so that’s why I really like these also!

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This one I got from target last year and it’s my absolute favorite! I saw the color of this and knew I had to have it. The pretty hot pink is so flattering when you have a tan and I love the bra style straps because they give the best support. The little bows are also a cute feminine touch!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

This is a new one I got this year from Target and it’s absolutely stunning. I got it with my trip to Punta Cana in mind because of the pretty fun colors. This is also high-rise and very flattering because of the cut outs on the sides.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Small

Another staple everyone should have it a red swim suit. This one is really simple with ribbed material. It’s a really pretty neutral red that would look great on any skin tone also. It’s got the crisscrossed back also which added some extra support.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

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