Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dog Days of Summer


Happy Thursday friends!  We are getting close to another weekend, and I can't wait.  

Today's I have got another print mixing look - stripes and florals.  Although, it is a little difficult to tell the blouse is striped in these pictures.  



Believe it or not, we have actually had a pleasantly mild summer.  We haven't had too many days that have been so insanely hot you can't breathe.  And then it changed yesterday.  The horrible heat came.  Hopefully it won't be too bad for too long… I think we are now into the dog days of summer.  I don't know what it means exactly, but I know it isn't a good thing.

Shirt: J. Crew factory; Skirt: Jason Wu x Target (love this one); Shoes: J. Crew

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It Girl: Blake

Yesterday, we talked about Fashion It Girl Olivia Palermo.  Today, we are talking about Blake Lively, another Fashion It Girl who always looks flawless.  Plus, she is known for not having a stylist, which means she actually is stylish instead of just stylishly dress by someone else.   Her looks from Cannes alone proved she is a fashionable force to be reckoned with! 

She was just on the cover of August's Vogue.



She graces the cover of the September Marie Claire.



She just launched her new website Preserve.. She really is having a moment (but when is she not?) She is one of those (along with Taylor Swift and Reece Witherspoon) that I feel like if we met, we would be best friends.

I thought we would take a look at some of her amazing looks.

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So do you love Blake Lively like me?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Shoesday Week #107

If you are at all into the fashion world, then you know that Olivia Palermo has amazing, spot on style 100% of the time.  You may not know where she came from or why she is famous (I know she was on The City with Whitney Port, but is that all??), but at this point, does it really matter?  The girl has style.

And now, Olivia (OP) has collaborated with Aquazurra for a 6 piece shoe capsule collection.  Unfortunately, most of us probably can't afford them, but they are stunning.









The last ones are my favorite.  So gorgeous!

Have a great day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

After Party



Happy Monday all.  I wanted to take a second to thank all of you for your amazing comments from Friday's post.  I was nervous about posting it because it was so personal - putting yourself out there like that is terrifying! - but it was something that I couldn't NOT talk about.  Your supportive comments meant the world to me.   So I just wanted to thank you.  I am so lucky to have you all as readers and friends.


On to today's topic.  I hope you all are ready, because today starts the Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale!



This is the perfect time for the budget fashionistas (and all Lilly lovers in general) to pick up great pieces at amazing prices.



So I decided to wear my Lilly skirt to get me in the mood to shop! This is an old print, but I still love it.
I have high hopes to get something from the sale, but since I don't know what all will be included, who knows!

Shirt: Target (similar): Skirt: Lilly Pulitzer (love this one); Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

The sale starts today and goes through Wednesday so shop fast!

Have a great day!

Linking up for How I Summer, Style Sessions, Random Wednesday

Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking A Minute…

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I wanted to post this.  This isn't my usual "Let's talk about fashion" post, so I understand if you want to skip today and wait for the light stuff.  However, I did want to take a minute today talking about something that I felt needed to be discussed. 

I was in my kitchen cooking on Monday evening when my mom called.  She was on her way home, and she told me that Robin Williams had died, from an apparent suicide.  In the back of my head a thought bubbled up - "Didn't he battle depression?"

My mom had also told my husband (he answered the phone), and his response was a little different.  Whereas I was just sad, he seemed angry.  His take on it was that he has so much, and had done so much, why would he go and do a thing like that?



Honestly, I didn't really say anything to him.  How do you explain to someone who doesn't understand?  My husband is an eternal optimist.  He is always a "glass half full" type.  

I've battled depression and anxiety on and off for years - since I was 18, maybe before then. 

Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions about depression.  You can't help the way that you feel.  It isn't a choice to feel the way you do.  And having someone tell you to "Cheer Up" or "Get over it" makes it 10 times worse.  It only makes you feel guilty about the way you feel.  Depression is a sickness, just like cancer or any other disease.  

Another misconception is that it shouldn't happen to certain people - the "what do they have to be sad about" idea.  Just because someone is wealthy, or successful, or popular or fill in the blank with whatever adjective, is doesn't mean that it can't affect them. It can.  

I've been really upset about Robin Williams.  Not because he was one of my favorite actors (I liked him and he was really talented, but would I name him in my favorite actors? Probably not), but because I understand.  I understand the despair, the darkness, that "bad place."  And it makes me so sad that he wasn't able to come out of it enough to make a different choice, or to say something to someone that he was in such trouble.  



I read on twitter (now I don't know who said it, so forgive me) that when someone died from cancer, people blame the disease.  When someone dies from depression, they blame the victim.  

I realize that for people that haven't experienced it, it can be difficult to know what to say.  It is OK to talk about it.  It is OK to bring it up, to show concern.  The ignoring that there is a problem is worse than talking about it.  With depression comes loneliness, but by showing concern, you could lesson that just a bit.



One thing that I think needs to be understood is that when you are dealing with depression, everything is a thousand times more intense.  A small, insignificant occurrence could send someone who is depressed into a tail spin -  a mean look, a whisper, a comment.  

There is a feeling of shame that comes along with depression. You don't want people to know about it.  You don't discuss it.  But it is my opinion that if you don't discuss it, you can't get better.  You have to accept it and learn from it.  I don't have a problem talking about my depression.  It is a continual struggle.  I hope that this post may let someone else know that they aren't alone.  That it is OK to talk about it, to get help.  

And if anyone wants to talk to me, I'm not an expert, but I am here.  I am someone who understands and someone to talk to.  



On a final note, Jennifer Weiner, one my very favorite authors, shared this article from the New Yorker on twitter, and I wanted to leave a link to it here because I thought it was really well done...  Suicide: A Crime of Loneliness. 

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.  And if you have never seen Dead Poet's Society, watch it.

*all images are from People

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Laser Cut


Happy Thursday all!  We have almost made it to Friday.  YAY!!

I ordered this little shirt from J. Crew when I ordered the dress I wore in Monday's post, and it was on super sale too.  I love the boxy, fullness of this top.  And the laser cut sleeves are fabulous.  It comes in navy and in orange, and now I really want add the orange to my closet (and I don't even like orange normally!)  



On another note, it is a good thing I ordered these sandals right before we moved.  Besides my flip flops, these are the only flat sandals that I know where they are.  I mean, they are in a box… somewhere.  My dad is coming this weekend to help me gut and rebuild my closet (more on this after project: closet is finished), and then hopefully I can completely unpack my clothes and organize my closet (there was no point doing it before, since I knew we were redoing it).  

Shirt: J. Crew; Skirt: J. Crew (polka dot version); Shoes: J. Crew; Necklace: Loren Hope
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brand to Know: JOA

Happy Wednesday all!  Today, I have got a great brand you need to know!  JOA is a new to me brand that I have fallen in love with.  I first saw some JOA pieces on Piperlime, and then I saw more on Shopbop.  Not only is everything so cute, but the prices are fantastic (almost every piece is under $100)!

JOA launched in 2013 and is full of fun and easy pieces.

So first I am sharing some of their amazing summer things…







And here are some of their fab fall pieces






So cute right?  You can shop some of my favorites at the bottom of the post.

Have a great day!


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