PRINT-SPIRED BY / PRIMARY STRIPES
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summer is in full swing here in boston, and it's almost too hot to move. thankfully we got a chance to escape the city last weekend, tucked away in a cute little cabin on a lake in Maine. our days were spent kayaking (so fun!), playing cards, reading, drinking cold beer, and soaking up every second of lake life. before leaving i was feeling an overwhelming sense of "meh" (you may already know that summer is not my favorite season). but once we got to the lake, i felt so much better. i was completely shut off from the internet, took a million photos of fox, got a chance to read all day long and i came back refreshed, motivated and clear-headed -- it's amazing what a little getaway can do for your soul. so rather than lamenting the heat, i am trying a little harder to embrace these warm days instead. i'm not sure if it's my change in attitude or the maine air (or both!), but i've been feeling v. inspired since getting back home. right now i am gravitating towards really bright primary colors: red, white, blue and yellow just feel like the season -- especially in stripe form. the mix of textures and shadows here are also really inspiring, along with imperfect lines, and obviously those striped chairs.

 

 

 

image sources:

glass shadow, newspapers, striped dress, vuokko nurmesniemi's home, clay earrings, color-block nails, primary stripe makeup, pool stairs


FROM MY SHOPPING CART

i hope you had a great fourth! after the holiday i found myself with some extra downtime, so i obviously spent it window shopping on the internet (one of my guilty pleasures). Every time i fall down the shopping rabbit hole, i have a habit of filling multiple shopping carts before abandoning them. I do stick to one golden rule when i go through one of these browsing binges though: i need to wait a few days before actually buying anything from my cart(s), and if i am still thinking about that dress, those sandals, or those earrings etc. etc. then i'll totally cave. does anyone else do that? i swear it helps me minimize my impulsive purchases. so while i wait to see what sticks, i thought it would be fun to share what i have in my cart right now: a few things that are still on my mind and some that i've already bought. go on, take a look! 

checkered slides from hm | @themissprints
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just bought this dress from everlane and i like it even more than i thought i would. an ideal length (not too long, but also not awkward), easy fabric, stripes. i would definitely recommend grabbing one for summer!

cotton midi striped shirtdress / everlane

hair clip from lou and grey | @themissprints

hair clip / lou & grey

rope bag from apprvl | @themissprints

this bag from apprvl is another purchase i recently made, and (omg) it is the perfect summer bag. i am obsessed. it falls perfectly, and holds more stuff than you'd think. seriously considering adding another color to my life (it also comes in pink, navy, and tan!).

rope tote / apprvl

terracotta cup | @themissprints

tera cotta cups / coggles

summer tee from lou and grey | @themissprints
black pearl slides from hm | @themissprints
lemon purse from jcrew | @themissprints

lemon purse / j.crew

pink rainbow earrings from lou and grey | @themissprints

POOL DAY / A DAY ABOUT TOWN

my philosophy for my summer wardrobe is based around utility. it was 95 degrees last week and let's be honest, it's hard to think in that kind of weather, so getting dressed needs to be a literal breeze. my favorite pieces are those that i can (and want to) wear over and over again. i look for items that can be dressed up or down depending on my mood or activity, AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO THROW something TOGETHER WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT OR PLANNING -- AKA classic silhouettes that can be mixed and matched easily. basically i stick to a uniform made out of BREEZY fabrics and cute accessories, and i try to wear as many stripes as humanly possible. THIS LOOK IS COMPRISED OF PIECES THAT CHECK ALL OF THOSE BOXES: THE LINEN SKIRT IS SUCH A VERSATILE BASIC, THE STRIPED SUIT CAN TOTALLY DOUBLE AS AN CHIC TOP IF NEEDED, AND THOSE LEOPARD SLIDES GO WITH...PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

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striped swimsuit   /   pool towel   /   linen skirt   /   leopard slides   /   circle bag   /   straw hat

cat eye acetate sunglasses   /   nail polish in "gold lion"   /   red lip tint (with spf 30)   /   matisse magazine


WHAT'S HAPPENING ON TUMBLR

hello hello! it's been a minute since i last posted on here! i must confess that lately i've been hanging out offline soaking up the sun and getting some house projects accomplished. but the times i have been on my laptop, i've been spending my time on tumblr. tumblr is hands down an escape from traditional social media, for me at least -- there's way less pressure to post the perfect photo (not to mention the stress that hashtags cause). i also love that there are no ads...for now. it's one of my favorite online sources for sparking inspiration when i'm feeling blah. so, after realizing i haven't posted something new here all month (oops!). I felt the urge to create a visual collection of my latest finds: Lots of good imagery like patterned pants, luxe fabrics, gingham, and cotton candy textures. even sparkly hair!

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STRIPES,
FRUIT, AND houndstooth

 
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NEW ARRIVALS / SPRING CLOTHES FROM NEED SUPPLY CO.

lately, all i want to do is shop. need supply co is one of my favorite sites to browse -- it's incredibly curated, and the pieces always feel special and fresh. during one of my last online window-shopping sprees i stopped by need supply co, and found myself wanting everything, even things i usually don't think i'd like. for example, i never thought i'd have a pair of blue ruffle trousers on my radar, but now i need them in my life! so today i wanted to share some of the pieces i liked the most from need supply's new spring arrivals because it's too good not to (and let's be honest: this doesn't include the home section, that's a whole different story):

row 1

powder blue ruffle pant by msgm //   spaghetti strap dress by stelen  //   millennial pink "u" pouch by baggu
 

row 2

blue ostrich wedge sandals by Maryam Nassir Zadeh   //   red velour bra by baserange   //   beaded eye clutch by claire v.
 

row 3

polka dot ruffle top by stelen //   tweed pants by msgm   //   wood ball wristlet by building block
 

row 4

smiley face bag by baggu   //   striped sweater and skirt set by marni   //   pink feather necklace by loren stewart
 

row 5

orange tassel earrings by paloma wool   //   pink acrylic arc mini clutch by cult gaia   //   phone home tee by collina strada


SPRING SHOES
THE COLLECTION WITH / THE FLORAL BALL GOWN

hi there! we finally got a preview of spring this friday (including 65 degree, sunny weather!), and i've started getting excited for a new season -- that means easy fabrics, colorful patterns, and shoes that are not boots! it's been a while since the last "collection with" post, so when i saw norvis' fall ready to wear for 2018 i knew it was worth sharing. this collection was designed for fall but the bright colors, breezy silhouettes and florals makes this feel perfect for spring. my favorite look is definitely the floral gown -- it's positively striking, and i wish i had a garden party i could wear this to.

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who knew tulle and a chunky grandpa knit would go so great together. i also love the playful scallop d'orsay pumps -- a shoe didn't know i needed in my life until now.


two perfect floral gowns.

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i lovvvvve this look. the scarf is enormous, almost comically so, but it looks so cool with a structured plaid dress and undone ankle tie flats. 


there are a few recurring patterns in norvis' collection, including plaid, polka dots and florals. my favorite print is this yellow floral -- it's so versatile!

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collection via   ...   novis fall 2018 ready to wear


WHY THIS WORKS / MIXING LARGE AND SMALL PRINTS

happy friday! i'm back with another edition of my why this works series! -- an attempt to break down crazy print combinations that shouldn't go together, and share my favorite tricks behind why they do.

so let's talk about this gal's outfit: i was immediately drawn to her amazing people-print coat for obvious reasons -- good colors, classic shape, teddy texture, seriously cool pattern. this outfit is also great example of why pairing a large scale print with a smaller style will always look good. there are so many ways you can wear this coat, but instead of throwing on a white dress or jeans (although both would look amazing) consider something unexpected: a long yellow dress covered in dainty florals with a quirky striped basket clutch for example. the trick is playing with scale -- a large print will naturally steal your eye's focus allowing the smaller print to blend into the background. i always look for similar or complementary colors and a distinct difference in pattern size to make sure everything feels cohesive.

scroll down for more print mixing secrets hiding in this outfit!

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+ this coat has a classic shape which helps this loud print feel not so loud -- stick to silhouettes you know and feel comfortable in.

long simple layers create a long and lean look that won't compete with head to toe pattern mixing.

+ when using two different pattern sizes in one look, be mindful of color and difference in size

+ pay attention to content -- florals are a pattern neutral and are easy to mix with trendier prints like the one found on this coat. 

+ don't shy away from playing with accessories in clashing prints (especially bags or shoes!), it's a low commitment way to experiment. 

+ when wearing a lot of patterns you need a place for your eye to rest. i like to stick with simple makeup and hair, like a fresh face and a low bun.

 

original photo / via we what wear


NICE FINDS / 01

hello from a very snowy Boston! we're dealing with our second nor'easter in less than two weeks, and i'm grateful to be cozied up on my living room sofa for the day. with up to 2 feet of snow predicted (yikes!) we are pretty much trapped indoors. so i'm taking the opportunity to get some much needed blogging done. and what better way to dive back in than with an inspiration post! lately, i've been very inspired by playful makeup, good typography, and the way moss gold and blush pink works together -- a pallet i'm thinking will work really well for spring...if it ever gets here! i am also coveting this incredible swedish tiled fireplace, talk about a statement piece.

take a peek at a few nice finds i've been sharing on pinterest and tumblr. would love to hear what's inspiring you for spring!

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WEEKEND WEAR / STRIPES WITH LEOPARD
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i've seen this sweater allll over instagram lately -- it seems that everyone has a crush on this cozy striped cutie. i love the sunny yellow and wide sleeves, a perfect thing to wear on a casual friday, or for brunch with friends. or everyday until spring is back.

happy friday friends!

 

shop the post!

mohair sweater from h&M   //   deep-v mule by joe's   //   leopard clutch from claire-v