Wednesday, June 29, 2011

St. Augustine Fiend

Hat - TJ Maxx, Shirt, Bag, and Ring - H&M, Necklace, Ring, and Bracelets - Forever21, Skirt - Lulu's, Shoes - Random Store
One of my all time favorite places is St. Augustine, FL. Sure, the amusement parks in Orlando are fun but St. Augustine is definitely the highlight of every trip I make to Florida (aside from seeing my family, of course), and this time was no exception. It seems that there is beauty in the ENTIRE town. What other place could you say that about? The waterfront area is beautiful, the historic block where the first school was is absolutely charming, but my favorite part is being able to walk around the neighborhood and find little undiscovered charm in the city like the last picture. I love how the trees seem to hug the block they're in. The town looks like it belongs in a fairytale and I can't help but swoon a bit when I think back to it's beauty. The city has me more and more in love every time I go. I'm even already thinking of a way to somehow afford a house down there that I can escape to from time to time. Yes, it's that serious.
The outfit that I wore to St. Augustine ended up being perfect for all the walking around that we did. I love outfits that are easy and effortless but very chic and this skirt is the epitome of that concept. Plus it allows for some breeze too, like my own little personal fan. A skirt that can do it all! That's multitasking at its best, my friends. 
Can you guys believe it's already Wednesday?! I'm so excited for this weekend and being able to see some fireworks! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Downtown Girl

While in FL, Brett and I headed to downtown Jacksonville on a random day with my family to hang out by the water. Though their downtown isn't nearly as busy as other downtown's (especially on the weekends), it's still such a pretty part of the city and it offers really pretty views and some good restaurants (and a random Hooters, haha)
 Dress - TJ Maxx, Bracelets - H&M, Rings - Hell's Kitchen Flea Market & H&M, Vest - Forever21, Shoes - Random Store, Bag - Thrifted for .75 cents!
I loved this look because it was ridiculously comfortable and so breezy which was fantastic considering how hot it was in Florida while we were there. We literally showered at least 3 times a day, haha.
I'm so sad the weekend is over but reminiscing on better days, especially vacation days, already makes me feel a little better. No case of the Monday's here! And well, looking forward to July 4th and having a long weekend also helps although my plans are still kinda up in the air. I'm also excited that this week means catching up with some friends and hopefully getting some good books. I have definitely been slacking on my summer reading and my goal was to read 5 books before the summer is done. Yikes.
Happy Monday!
oh p.s. Brett and I's "love story" (if you could even call it that haha) was featured on the Ruche blog! Go check it out. :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Fancies: Parisian Nautical

Shirt - Forever21 $5.50, Shorts - Ruche $34.99, Shoes - Lulu's $37, Purse - ASOS $46.55, Necklace - Forever21 $5.80

I am back from Florida and it's officially Friday! Did you guys miss me? I know I missed you! I checked in here and there and kept updated on some of my favorite blogs but I know I need to play some catch up so I'm in the middle of doing just that. For this Friday Fancies, I decided to explore my love for stripes and choose an uncommon color pairing. I love how the pink just pops with the navy. Because the ensemble had so much color in it already, I decided to pair that with a white bag and shoes to tone things down a bit. Oh, and because this outfit felt a little French to me (it could be the stripes, is it just me?) I knew that I needed something French in there and was very excited when I saw the necklace on Forever21 and knew it was the perfect touch. What do you guys think?
I'm in the middle of organizing and editing all of my Florida pictures so expect a quick recap and outfit posts next week! I'm so happy it's almost the weekend. What do you guys have planned? Tonight, my cousin and I are taking my mom and my aunt to a drag queen show to celebrate their birthdays. We took them to a drag queen show two years ago to celebrate their birthdays since they're only 18 days apart and knew it would be pretty difficult to top that so what better way to top a drag queen show than by attending another one? Needless to say, I'm already very excited. Then, tomorrow, the boy and I are going to a family BBQ followed by a relaxing Sunday. It's a little gray and dreary but hopefully we can make the most of the weekend. I wish it would stop raining so that we could have a picnic on Sunday but maybe we can have an indoor one. :)

Have a great weekend and Happy Friday!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest Post: A Fashion Love Affair

Last but certainly not least, Cara from A Fashion Love Affair! Thank you Cara! :)

 My Style: I would describe my style as a combination of Bohemian, Classic, and Eclectic with a bit of California Surfer Girl mixed in for good style certainly changes from day to day depending on the weather, where I am going and, most importantly, how I am feeling! The most important thing for me is that I feel comfortable and confident, so one day I can been seen rocking boyfriend shorts with a sweater and the next a long vintage maxi dress and the next an a-line skirt and fitted blouse...I wake up and choose my clothes going by the way I feel.
Favorite Designers/Stores: My favorites at the moment are Jeffrey Campbell, Free People, BB Dakota,Elizabeth & James, Jen's Pirate Booty, Gypsy 05, J Brand, Joie, Winter Kate, Pamela Love, Dannijo, Erin Wasson, Diane Von Furstenberg, Opening Ceremony, H&M and Zara...and my all time favorite is absolutely anything Chanel.

Inspiration: Right now I am inspired by celebrities including Rachel Bilson, Mary Kate & Ashely Olsen, Kate Bosworth, Erin Wasson, Clemence Poesy, Kate Moss, and Gillian Zinser, however I draw my daily inspiration from fellow bloggers, including Jules from Sincerly Jules, Elizabeth from Chic Heroin, Jenny from Jenny from the Block, Diana from Diana Kang, Cindy From Come Over to the Darkside, We Have Candy, Sandra from 5 Inches and Up, Ashely from Purse n' Boots and Liz from Late Afternoon.
Favorite Magazines: I have a confession...I am a major magazine addict! There truly aren't many magazines I don't get each month, but my favorites are Vogue, Lucky, LouLou, Elle Canada and Flare. I also draw inspiration from fashion books, the latest additions to my collection have been I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks, Parisan Chic by Sophie Gachet and The Elements of Personal Style by Elle Editors Joe Zee and Maggie Bullock.

Blogging: I started blogging in January 2011 after being inspired by both Cupcakes and Cashmere and Chic Heroin. I loved (and still love) checking their blogs daily to see check out their latest outfits or new pieces and got so much inspiration and styling ideas, I wondered if I could do the same for others...Since January I have truly enjoyed sharing my daily thoughts and outfits and hope I have inspired others!
This Season: This Spring/Summer season I will be living in maxi dresses, crochet tops and lots of bangles!

A big thanks to Stefany for having me as a guest on her blog. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Guest Post: Cornflake Dream's Friday Fancies

another guest post from one of my favorite blogs! enjoy and thanks Jill!

hi! it's jillian from cornflake dreams and i am super excited to be guest posting for stefany while she is in florida (lucky!) i am a huge friday's fancies fan (i have been linking up for months!) but believe it or not this is my first friday's fancies guest post. this season it's all about the maxi dress... perfect for when you want a chic and comfortable look.

dress $120, sandals $128, bag $42.50, bracelet $36, sunglasses $286, ocean photo via

huge thank you to stefany for inviting me to guest post! feel free to stop by cornflake dreams any time for daily fashion, travel and design inspiration.


more Friday Fancies at {long distance loving}!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guest Post: Chelsea from Zipped

Today I have Chelsea from Zipped. I've followed this girl since I first started blogging so I'm really excited to have her post for you guys and a big thank you to Chelsea for guest posting! :)

Thank youuuu Stefany for letting me guest post! I know you are going to have an awesome time in Florida. For the rest of us... doesn't get too hot in Washington state, so I can usually get away with my favorite summer look: rugged shorts paired with a light-knit sweater.

With Free People's easygoing beach vibe, it's easy to see they are the top knitwear designers for summer. I love soft pastels or creamy whites, which pair perfectly with a glowing summer tan.

They are super easy to layer for cooler nights on the beach, or strolling the flea markets in the breezy early morning with an iced coffee. I love how they are cozy while still airy enough to keep cool!

The perfect ripped shorts can come in any wash or length, but some of my favorites are high-waisted and light wash. I love this faded black pair by Citizens of Humanity as well!
Current/Elliot, Citizens of Humanity, Ksubi

Though this is one of my favorite summer looks, there are all kinds of combinations to come up with for warmer weather and so much variety within each combination. Summer is the perfect time to experiment, so go crazy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Giving it a Twist

Earrings - Flea Market, Shirt and Bag - Forever21, Skirt - Local Store, Shoes - Thrifted, Rings - Forever21 and H&M
 How was everyone's weekend? Mine turned out to be not as busy as I originally planned, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I spent a big part of today doing nothing which turned out to be exactly what my body needed after a night of festivities.
 I wore this outfit when it was ridiculously hot last week and picked my hair up because it was seriously unbearably hot. It even went up to 100 degrees! Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the heat, but 100 degrees might be a bit much. It's cooled down since then but I know it's only a matter of time before we have hot summer days again. It's interesting that I've actually never posted an outfit where my hair is up considering I wear this hairstyle quite a bit now that I think about it.
On a completely unrelated note, I'm going to Florida in two days!!!!! I cannot wait to see my family, go to Harry Potter world in Universal Studios, go to the beach, and visit St. Augustine as much as possible. Brett and I leave Wednesday morning and come back the following Wednesday so I won't be back into the blogosphere til then. No worries though, I have some amazing guest bloggers lined up for you guys to entertain yourselves with while I'm gone. Since this is the last post I'll have before I leave I just want to say have a great week and I cannot waitttt to catch up on your blogs when I come back and share pictures with you guys! I'm already thinking about what outfits I'm going to bring and places I want to take tons of pictures in, haha. :)
Happy Monday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Fancies: A little Tribal

Cardigan - Ruche $42.99, Dress - Lulu's $33.00, Earrings and Clutch - Etsy $61.54 and $140.00 respectively, Shoes - Aldo $90.00

I have been wanting to get these Aldo wedges for quite some time now but I cannot bring myself to spend $90 on them so I decided to incorporate them into a Friday Fancies post instead! :) I love the colors and the tribal feel and how lovely they would look on my feet ... but I digress. This outfit would be so easy and comfortable and perfect for all the crazy things I'm doing this weekend. What am I doing that's keeping me so busy you ask? Welllll ... tomorrow I'm heading with my cousin to the NYC Block Party (weather permitting) and then to an engagement party to then have to go back to NYC to spend a night partying and then on Sunday I'm going to the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair and then having dinner with a group of my friends. Whew. That was a mouthful. I'm exhausted just thinking about all the back and forth I'm going to do this weekend but I'm excited! I have to take advantage of my busy social life now because come law school, it will most likely be non-existent. 

Have a great weekend and Happy Friday!
Am I the only one that gets the song "Friday" by Rebecca Black stuck in their heads every time Friday rolls around? Just me? Damn ...

As always, more Friday Fancies at {long distance loving}!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Roosevelt Island

Hat - NYC Street Vendor, Jean Jacket - American Eagle, Shirt - Forever21, Skirt, Ring, and Bag - H&M, Shoes - Local Store
As mentioned in my previous post, on Sunday, my boyfriend and I took my mom out for her birthday in Roosevelt Island. It was definitely an interesting experience and it feels like you're in another world when on the island. There are basically two main streets and you can see water on both sides of the island, one side facing Manhattan and the other side facing Queens. There are a total of 4 restaurants, one of which is a Starbucks and they had no movie theater. It was sort of weird but calming in a way because you could easily escape the hustle and bustle of New York City but still be part of it. You can be in New York City without being in New York City. That probably doesn't make sense but the island didn't make much sense so I guess it's fitting. They did however have a beautiful community garden as well as a pretty lighthouse and lots of green. There were more parks than people. Seriously.
It was definitely beautiful and even a little strange and although I probably won't go back anytime soon, I'm glad I was able to visit a place in New York I had never been to before. 

Happy Wednesday!
The week is almost over and I couldn't be happier. By this time next week, I'll be in Florida!  More details on that soon! :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pearly Whites

Cardigan - Urban Outfitters, Dress, Bag, and Ring - H&M, Necklace and Ring - Forever21, Shoes - Kenneth Cole
This weekend, including Thursday and Friday, turned out to be ridiculously busy so please excuse that there was no Friday Fancies post! Bad blogger, I know. Between hanging out with my roommates two nights in a row, attending my cousin's graduation party, and celebrating my mom's birthday, I hardly had any time to do anything! I'm not complaining though. I love being busy even if I'm feeling the terrible effects of my busy-ness now. I wore this outfit to my cousin's graduation BBQ and I ended up matching many other guests who also wore white to the event which wasn't entirely surprising. There's just something that can be so refreshing about white attire in the summer and wearing it only reminds me of sunny days even if it was a little cold when the dress is worn. Well, colder than it was last week which means not 90 degrees, haha.
All in all, this weekend was fun. We celebrated my mom's birthday on Sunday by taking her to Roosevelt Island off of Manhattan which I'll blog about Wednesday. It was an interesting experience to say the least so stay tuned!
I'm so sad the weekend is over but I am glad I was able to see this face for the entire weekend. :)

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday, Mom! Love you! :)


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