Today I'm sharing the last set of pictures from my fun day shooting with Sanctuary Clothing a couple months ago. Playing the part of the "Modernist Girl", I got to try on some of their modern-inspired pieces for summer. The neutrals and black-and-white patterns were what originally drew me in, but the bold prints and leather jackets are what sold me on the collection. These shorts are so perfect for summer because they're eye catching but so comfortable. Paired with an easy tee and the pastel leather jacket, it was summertime perfection for me. I had so much fun shooting with the Sanctuary team and seriously want everything in the collection. (Click on the pictures below to check out my previous posts with Sanctuary.) Hope everyone has a great weekend!
From season to season, it's always fun shopping for new summer staples and adding in fun, trendy pieces, but I also love rediscovering favorites from the year before. There's nothing better than slipping on that favorite summer sandal or sundress that's been tucked away for a while and wearing it in all new ways. After the recent heat wave here, I knew it was time to switch into full-on summer mode, but things in my closet, and home in general, had admittedly become a bit of a mess. Along with the mess in my wardrobe, my mind was feeling cluttered, and I was kind of in a funk. My clothing rack, which had once been so organized with the season's favorites, was NOT something I wanted to look at, and my handbag situation was out of control to say the least. My dresser had become a place to pile crap, and my office definitely showed signs of "busy".
Recently Starbucks challenged a bunch of bloggers to reveal their "wardrobe refresh" and share how we're getting ready for summer. It couldn't have come at a better time for me, and I knew it was my cue for a complete summer clean-out. I started with the dreaded handbag reorganization and soon found myself building a shelving unit and pretty much going on a room-to-room rampage. I LOVE how it all turned out, and the new color-coordinated shelves make it so easy for me to find the handbag or jewelry that I'm looking for. I sorted through clothes, shoes, and jewelry and decided what I no longer needed. (Some items are now listed for sale on my Pose account, and I'll be getting more up soon.) Onto the bedroom. I cleaned off and reorganized the dresser, and things just feel so much simpler now. Finally, I hit the office and began a bit of a "cork board clearing" followed by throwing away just about everything in sight. Ahh, feels good. If you're looking to jumpstart your own summer clean-out, check out my tips below on small organizational changes. You'll be happy you did because there's nothing like hitting the "refresh" button.
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In the Closet:
S-hooks are perfect for hanging scarves.
A double bracelet bar will help keep delicate necklaces untangled.
Bracelets from left to right: Karen London chain cuff, Gorjana wire cuff, Kristin Perry jeweled cuff, Julie Vos gold and green cuff, C.Wonder mixed metal cuff, Gorjana delicate bracelet, Karen London tan cuff
On the Dresser:
A mug tree (made for coffee mugs) holds a ton of bracelets.
Love this antique mirrored tray to hold dresser favorites: mum + bub lotion by aden + anais, Intelligent Nutrients Body Elixer in Attune, Desigual Love Perfume, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Morgan Taylor polishes
In the Office:
A ribbon on a cork board organizes sunglasses easily.
And a Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee keeps me sane during the heat and reorganization.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole Photography
Hudson jeans; Forever 21 blouse; Johnny Was scarf; DV Dolce Vita sandals; Kate Spade Saturday bag (sold out, butlove this version); Zero UV sunglasses; Alex & Ani bangles
This little striped blouse is one Forever 21 purchase that I've worn to pieces. (See it here, here, and here.) This time I'm pairing it with a new favorite pair of skinnies and a fun, tasseled scarf, both of which I scored at Super Saturday recently. Johnny Was scarves are such a great way to add a little pop to any outfit, and I love how it ties in with the muted pink bucket bag. This bag has been going everywhere with me lately because it's the perfect little weekend or weekday errand size. I finished the look off with aviators and sandals for an easy and laidback summer look. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole Photography
LOFT dress (last seen here); Jessica Simpson heels; Rovi Moss bag; Baublebar necklace; C.Wonder bracelet; Ray-Ban sunglasses; NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink
So how was everyone's Memorial Day weekend? We spent ours in Palm Springs, hanging by the pool, eating way too much, and laughing with friends. It was an amazing few days of enjoying America's freedoms and thinking about those who fought for it. I'm eternally grateful to the men and women of the military, including a couple in my own family, and couldn't be prouder to be an American. Now it's back to reality, and the real world can be a tough one to reenter after a long weekend. A bright, colorblocked look (and the realization that Monday is already over) can help me ease into it though. This LOFT dress (last seen here and recently tailored) is a standout without going over the top when paired with a hot pink bag and nude heels. Simple accessories completed the look for a nine-to-five and beyond summer feel. Hope everyone has a great (short!) week.
Photos: Taylor Cole Photography
Blu Moon Romper (also love this one); Boera necklace and ring (c/o); Sam Edelman heels; Rebecca Minkoff bag (c/o) Paula & Chlo
Whew, it's been a week. But today is Friday, and we're headed out to Palm Springs for the long weekend to spend some quality time by the pool with a "boat drink" in hand. Packing for Palm Springs always involves figuring out the coolest things in my wardrobe to beat the heat, and I'm thinking this little floral romper will be perfect for a desert night. I scooped it up at Super Saturday, a recent charity event in Los Angeles, on major sale and couldn't wait to wear it. Silver accessories and a go-to summer bag added the finishing touches. Hope everyone has an amazing Memorial Day weekend!
Photos thanks to Hadasa
Forever 21 blouse; J.Crew shorts; JustFab heels (c/o); Rovi Moss bag (c/o); Jane Basch necklace; Bracelets: C.Wonder and Alex and Ani; Michael Kors watch; Gorjana ring; Ray-Ban sunglasses
This weekend we finally got a little break from last week's heat wave, and it turned out to be a beautiful couple of days. I've never really been a fan of linen (the wrinkles drive me nuts), but when I found these shorts at a J.Crew Factory store recently, the color and bold print beat out the fact that they were a linen blend. Paired with an easy striped top and simple sandals, they're an easy summer staple. I could also see this look topped off with a white blazer and heels for a more dressed-up feel. By the way, am I the last person to know that there's a whole J.Crew Factory site with some of the best sale finds, like, ever? Check out a few of my favorite pieces below in this fun summer print. Hope everyone has a great week!
Photos thanks to Hadasa
H&M blouse; Zara shorts; Banana Republic wedges; Bead For Life necklace; La Mer Collections watch (c/o); Henri Bendel bag, bracelet, and sunglasses
In the spring and summer months, there's nothing better to me than a heavy dose of white, so I always stock up on light and easy white blouses. Likewise, comfortable, pull-on-and-go shorts are a summer staple, so I couldn't resist this striped pair recently at Zara. Camel wedges, a classic handbag, and neutral accessories finished off the look, and a fun beaded necklace added a little pop of color. The necklace is by Bead for Life, an organization that teaches women in Uganda to make beads by rolling recycled paper. It creates a sustainable uplift and a way for these women to support their families. There are really beautiful designs on the site (love the handbags), and you can also purchase loose beads for those DIY projects you've been meaning to get around to. What's not to love about great accessories that actually give back?
H&M tunic; JustFab sandals (c/o); Tory Burch bag; Julie Vos necklace; C.Wonder bracelet; Alex and Ani gold bracelet; Ray-Ban sunglasses
Sticking with this week's goal of beating the heat, I was definitely happy that I bought this barely there H&M tunic in two colors. (Remember this one from last week?) It's the perfect throw-on-and-go piece (with the gladiator sandals I haven't taken off all week), and I can't get enough of the fun tassels. A bright bracelet and bold handbag added a little color. Supposedly this heat wave is finally coming to an end, just in time for the weekend, but hopefully it's still warm enough to head to the beach. What do you guys have planned for this weekend?
LOFT shorts; Forever 21 sweater; sandals via T.J.Maxx; Gorjana necklace and bracelets; Michael Kors watch and bag; Samantha Wills ring; Ray-Ban sunglasses
Today I'm sharing my last pictures from my trip to Mississippi a few weeks ago. I'm not much of a cropped top kind of gal, but I loved the nautical stripes on this cropped little sweater and paired with easy trouser shorts, it was just my speed. Easy accessories and gold trimmed sandals kept this look simple and beach city appropriate. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Free People shorts; CAbi blouse (c/o); JustFab sandals (c/o); Olivia + Joy bag; Necklaces: Jane Basch, LOFT (similar), and Gorjana (c/o); Bracelets:Alex and Ani, Gorjana; Michael Kors watch; Ray-Ban sunglasses
In a word, this week has been toasty. Yesterday got up to 99 degrees, and this little un-air-conditioned beach house of ours was sweltering. It's the kind of days where nothing else will do besides an ultra-thin, airy blouse and beyond comfortable cut-offs. This CAbi blouse is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and the shorts have been in constant rotation lately. A pair of this season's see-them-everywhere gladiator sandals and stacked jewelry add a little fun to the basic look. I finished things off with messy, textured hair (using this spray from Kerastase) because nothing says crazy like a blow dryer in a heat wave. Hope everyone is staying cool this week!