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Crop Top and a High Waisted Skirt

5.29.2018

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One week from now I'll be walking around Paris! I can't stop thinking about my upcoming vacation. Next week we'll be making stops in Paris, Venice and Nice and I've already packed my wardrobe but I think I may have to add this one. Most of clothing for the trip consists of pinks, blues, and creams so this top and skirt combo would fit right in. Plus, this high-waisted navy skirt is such a classic piece and goes with everything. I love pairing high-waisted skirts with crop tops! I prefer to keep my belly button hidden so it's a perfect combo. What are your favorite outfit combos for summertime? 
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TOP: URBAN OUTFITTERS | SKIRT: SMAK PARLOUR (SIMILAR) | SHOES: ASOS (OLD) | PURSE: FREE PEOPLE (SOLD OUT) | SUNGLASSES: LOFT | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS 

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If you have any recommendations for Paris, Nice or Venice I would love to hear them! I've been to Paris a few times but I always love hearing about everyone's favorite places. I've never been to Nice or Venice and we don't have too much planned yet so I would love to hear what we should check out!

*Photos by Sarah

A Little White Dress (And What to Wear Underneath)

5.21.2018

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This post is sponsored by Upbra but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
There's something so refreshing about a spring wardrobe. Open-toed shoes, colorful accessories and my personal favorite - little white dresses. A LWD is such an easy piece to style. It goes with almost any color or accessory and the best part? You can dress it up or down! I styled my LWD for a simple Sunday. It was a beautiful sunny day for brunch and shopping, so I wore this with a crossbody bag and a pair of comfy sandals. When it comes down to it, accessories aren't the only thing you have to think about when it comes to wearing your fave white dress out. You also have to think about what you're going to wear underneath! I always say that the most important piece for a summer wardrobe is a comfortable and supportive nude strapless bra. Seriously. That undergarment will become your BFF all season long. Luckily, Upbra makes a great convertible strapless bra that not only gives me support but also stays up. I was able to easily wear this bra underneath my LWD all day long without the worry of it slipping down - even when I had to speed walk a few blocks to escape an afternoon rain shower! 
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 DRESS: LOFT (Old) | BRA: UPBRA (C/O) | SHOES: ASOS (Old) | PURSE: FREE PEOPLE (Sold Out) | SUNGLASSES: LOFT | EARRINGS: MADEWELL (Sold Out)

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Not only do I love the convertible nude bra by Upbra but I'm also loving that black t-shirt bra for items that aren't as light. Plus, it's cute to style underneath a sheer top! But that's another post for another day. What's your most important summer piece? 

Tee + Skirt Combo

5.14.2018

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A tee and skirt combo. One of my go-to's for the weekend. I've always preferred skirts and dresses over pants but I know it's not always the most practical choice. Now that it's warm and sunny out I feel like I can finally pull my spring skirts out of the back of my closet. Another plus? There's nothing more freeing than bare legs! I decided to pair this navy knee-length skirt with this pair of yellow mules. Backless shoes are my current favorite trend, plus I love how places like Target and Old Navy offer affordable options. I rarely spend more than $50 on shoes since I live in a city. Walking around all shoes will end up getting destroyed (no matter what they cost). 

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TEE: NASTY GAL | SKIRT: SMAK PARLOUR | MULES: TARGET | SUNGLASSES: LOFT | CLUTCH: BANANA REPUBLIC (SIMILAR) | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS

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Last weekend I went to one of my favorite wine bars, Tria, with a few friends and we sat outside to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather we've been having here in Philadelphia. We enjoyed cheese, a baguette, white wine and bruschetta. I dressed up my look by switching out my usual metallic tote bag with a clutch and red lipstick. How do you dress up a casual outfit? 

What I Read in April

5.13.2018

April started off SO strong when it came to reading and then, well, it definitely slowed down. I was sick for the majority of April and while you think that would be a good time to read, I always reach for the remote when I'm not feeling well. As much as I love reading, there's something so comforting about putting on an episode of Friends or Parks & Rec when I'm sick. I'm starting to feel better again but that means I just finished my April reads (and now starting my May picks mid-month). Here's what I read in April.

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER - SHOBHA RAO 
You know when you finish a book and it just sticks in your head for days afterward? You keep thinking about the characters and how you wish there was more to read afterwards. That's what happened to me after I read Girls Burn Brighter. I was instantly hooked and couldn't put it down, I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next. The book is centered around two Indian women who end up in different places and desperately try to find their way back to each other as they face numerous obstacles. It's a powerful story on female friendship and I highly recomend it.

THE BIG LIFE: EMBRACE THE MESS, WORK YOUR SIDE HUSTLE, FIND A MONUMENTAL RELATIONSHIP, AND BECOME THE BADASS BABE YOU WERE MEANT TO BE - ANN SHOKET 
I'm always up to read a book that's going to motivate and inspire me, and that's exactly what this book did. The moral of the story is to work as hard as you possibly can - but for what you truly want. This book reminded me that we all want different things and that it's important to envision your own "big life" (what does it mean to have it all to you?) and to go after that. Ann Shoket used to be the editor at Seventeen mag and she touches on her past experiences but she also interviewed numerous other women who have accomplished different things.

WHAT I'M READING NEXT
I just started The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer after hearing about it so much for the last few months. Anybody else starting this one? Afterwards, my plan is to read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. What are you reading this month? 

Stripes and Overalls

5.06.2018

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When I bought these overalls last summer I had no idea they would become such a staple in my closet. They are so perfect for the weekend! I love that you can wear just about any colorful top underneath them and it creates such a fun (and easy) look. I wore it with a polka dot top in the past and this time around I decided to go with stripes instead. This pink striped crop top is one of my new favorites currently in rotation. I also styled it with a high waisted skirt and I'm looking forward to finding more ways to wear it throughout the summer. How do you style crop tops? I paired this with two of my other favorites - my espadrilles and straw bag, both of which are from Spain. 
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Top: Urban Outfitters | Overalls: Never Too Spoiled | Shoes: Flea Market in Spain | Bag: Shop in Mallorca | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: LOFT

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The cherry blossoms have started to fade and instead lush green leaves have replaced them. When the cherry blossoms were at the peak blooming period Derek and I made our way down by the Schuylkill River for a picnic. A baguette, cheese (usually brie and goat cheese), fruit and sweets (in this case, macarons) are always my go-to for the perfect picnic. The day that we took these was the first really nice day we had for weeks and it was the perfect evening laying by the water for a few hours. How do you like to spend nice days in your city? 

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