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How to Take Your Favorite Summer Pieces Straight Through to Fall

Hi friends,

Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend!

We’re kind of in that weird between-seasons time where stores are putting all of their Fall clothes on display, but it’s still too hot to stray from Summer-wear.

I’ve been asking around on Instagram, and it seems like most of you guys are taking this time to peruse both Summer and Fall pieces; I’m right there with you, starting to stock up for Fall but still taking advantage of the warm-weather clothes that are now getting marked down.

I’m expecting that, like with most other years, the change to cooler weather will be a bit delayed getting here, but once it comes it won’t be gradual.

In New Jersey especially, it seems like sometimes the seasons change overnight; but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to wear that cute new tank you just bought, or even extend the time you have to wear those great denim shorts.

The trick to getting more wear out of your Summer clothes: use layering to make them Fall- and even Winter-appropriate!

Below are a few of my favorite Summer looks and ways that I plan on continuing to wear them straight through Fall.

This white bodysuit is a recent Amazon find and goes perfectly with my beloved striped shorts from Shein, braided sandals, and a pair of sunglasses. It also works perfectly for Fall when I add a cute plaid, fringe cardigan, jeans, and some booties.

The majority of this cute tee and shorts outfit can be updated for cooler weather. Get some more wear out of the shorts by throwing on a cozy sweater and some cute patterned sneakers. The ever-popular Nordstrom Sale tee and Tory Burch bag go great with a leather jacket and patterned sneaks, as well.

I personally love to wear camis all year long; they’re so versatile and can go with pretty much anything. Wear a basic black cami with shorts or jeans in the Summer and dress it up with cool accessories. Add on a flannel shirt, worn open or closed, to flawlessly Fall-ify the look.

Okay, this is my favorite Fall glow-up of the bunch! This Venus tee goes great with shorts and a some yellow sandals for a Summery pop of color, but it also looks amazing with leopard print pants, booties, and a stylish Fall hat (even though my husband has already promised to laugh at me whenever I wear this hat, lol).

As always, I’d love to hear about your own thoughts on layering and see how you use it to create some great Fall outfits.

Share some of your suggestions or favorite layering pieces below!

And don’t forget that links to all of my outfits (including the ones shown above) can now be found on my Shop My Looks page, found in the main menu of my blog!

I’ll be back with some big updates soon…until then, happy styling!

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Fall Fashion Under $50 on Amazon

Hey guys,

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend!

There are still about six weeks left of Summer, but I’m already starting to fill out my Fall wardrobe and am sure plenty of you are, too!

I get so excited about the changing of seasons, bringing back old clothes that are better for cool weather, and creating new seasonal looks.

I’ve been browsing Amazon a lot lately and have found some really great items to wear in Autumn.

Check them out, and let me know where else you stock up on new clothes for crisper weather!

This cardigan has a hood, is under $35, and comes in seven colors, including olive green which is one of my favorites for Summer or Fall!

Faux suede skirts just scream Fall, in my opinion, as does this great light brown. This skirt comes in nine color options and is under $20.

I love the cute design on this $16 graphic tee. It would go perfect with some jeans and you could even layer it with an open flannel shirt.

This is another cheap graphic tee at $15. I definitely laughed when I read what it says, even though I’m not much of a pumpkin spice person, myself. (A scary thought, I know.)

This waffle knit top comes in over 10 different colors and has a casual tie-detail in the front. As with many other Amazon clothing items, price varies by size/color choice, but all are under $20 and some under $!0.

What’s Fall without a long, cozy cardigan to wear when the air first starts getting that bite to it? I really love all 5 color options on this $25 sweater.

Leather jackets are undoubtedly my favorite fashion item for fall. You get the look for less money with this faux leather moto jacket, under $50.

Fuzzy hoodies are cool because you can wear them straight through into winter. Plus, we ALL obsess over that plushy softness.

I’m really liking this striped short sleeve shirt. It comes in 9 different colors.

Of course there has to be something animal print on this list! This pullover is cute and I love the cool tone of the colors. Another great piece for the cooler weather.

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Recipe: 3-Step Garlic and Butter Broccoli

Happy August!

I can’t believe we’re already getting close to the end of Summer…time flies when you’re crazy busy.

Because I’ve got so much going on, it’s hard to plan ahead for dinner on weeknights.

Sometimes my husband and I will tag-team the cooking, with him handling the main protein and me doing the sides.

One of my favorite sides is steamed broccoli with garlic and butter, so I wanted to share that super simple recipe with you today!

I’m rather picky when it comes to food, but I really like broccoli and I can have this side over and over without getting tired of it.

I tend to make it a lot because I want to make sure I get my veggies, plus it only takes about five minutes to cook.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy dish that you can add to almost any dinner, this is a great one for you!

  • What you’ll need
  • 1 head of raw broccoli
  • • Water for boiling
  • • 2 teaspoons butter
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Step 1: Steam the Broccoli

    Fill a medium-sized pot about halfway with water. Salt the water and heat on high until boiling.

    Cut up the head of broccoli and place the florets into the boiling water. I try to place them in stems-down since the stems take a bit longer to steam.

    Cover the pot and let the broccoli cook in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Be sure to check on the broccoli periodically to ensure it doesn’t get too soft for your liking.

    If you have a vegetable steamer, feel free to use that! I personally prefer to just boil water stovetop.

    Step 2: Add Some Flavor

    Once the broccoli is tender enough, strain it and let it sit in the strainer.

    Return the empty pot back to the stove, turning the heat down to low. Melt the butter in the pot.

    Add in the garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix it around in the melted butter to create a garlic and butter sauce.

    Add in the broccoli and continue to mix until the broccoli gets a nice garlic and butter coating on it.

    Step 3: Serve and Enjoy!

    Once the broccoli and sauce are mixed, remove it from the heat and serve immediately.

    Try not to keep it on the heat for too long or the broccoli may get a bit mushy.

    That’s it! Just three simple steps to a delicious, healthy, and convenient side dish.

    What are some of your own favorite simple recipes? I’m always looking for more ideas to spice up my weekly menu.

    Hope you all have a great rest of your day and weekend! I’ll be back soon with some great haul pieces to share. 😊💕

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    A Look Inside My Suitcase: Family Vacation 2019

    Hi all,

    I just got back from my annual family vacation and am excited to share the details and what I packed with you guys.

    BUT first, I wanted to let you know that I added a new Shop My Looks page to my blog.

    Instead of adding links to photo captions within my post, I’ll be linking all outfit details on this new page, accessible in the main menu of my blog.

    Ok, back to my family trip. Every year my dad’s side of the family gets a rental house and we all spend a week together there.

    About half of the family lives in Massachusetts and the rest are scattered throughout New Jersey and New York, so we try to pick a middle point for the vacation.

    This year, we went to Amsterdam, New York, which is up by Albany.

    The rental house was beautiful, as you might’ve seen on my stories if you follow me on Instagram, and it was so lovely to spend a week relaxing while surrounded by my loved ones.

    As usual, I wayyy overpacked for this trip, but I don’t regret bringing a lot of extra stuff with me.

    I believe in packing extra clothing and shoe options for every vacation because you never know how you’ll be feeling on a given day or whether you’ll want to wear the outfits you actually brought with you.

    It helps to have additional things with you and give yourself the flexibility to change up the outfits you planned on wearing.

    Here’s a glimpse of what I brought on this vacation with me, what was necessary to have, and even something I wish I’d remembered to bring. 🙂

    I’m going to start with the shoes all at once. As you can see, I brought a LOT of shoes with me…I had an entire bag for just shoes, toiletries, and my laptop.

    First, I brought a few different pairs of sneakers. I knew I’d want to stay active while on vacation, so I had to bring my running shoes. I also brought two of my favorite casual sneakers to go with some of my outfits.

    I limited myself to one pair of wedges, because I knew that I would end up preferring to wear flat shoes and be more comfortable most of the time. I just recently got these Ugg wedges and am excited about them, so I chose to bring them along.

    Lastly, I packed a bunch of my most-worn sandals. All of my favorite styles are here; I wanted to have options so that I wasn’t wearing the same shoe every day, and ended up wearing all of the flat sandals shown here.

    There are a few key hair products that I bring with me anytime I’m staying somewhere overnight: a scrunching spray, dry shampoo, extra hair ties, and an anti-frizz spray (the Uncommon one shown here is something new I’m trying, and loving so far!).

    The scrunching spray and anti-frizz are for when I wear my hair naturally wavy/curly, which I end up doing pretty much every day when on vacation because I don’t feel like dealing with blowdrying and straightening. 😉

    I did also bring my Chi hair straightener along with the usual daily toiletries (toothpaste, face wash, floss, etc).

    For trips that are more than a couple of days long, I like to bring extra accessories and change up the jewelry I’m wearing.

    For this trip, I brought some new things I’ve been loving, including NY&Company earrings, David Yurman dupe bangles from Amazon, and this awesome skull wrap bracelet from Victoria Emerson.

    I also brought a statement band for my Apple watch and the Tiffany & Co. initial necklace that I wear every day.

    Ok, now getting into the actual clothes I brought with me. First and foremost, I brought a bunch of different blouse and jeans/shorts combinations.

    I varied between tank tops, short sleeves, and long sleeves because I wanted to be prepared for different weather and be able to dress depending on how much skin I wanted to expose to the sun each day.

    For the most part, it was really hot and I was outside most of the time, so I ended up wearing more short sleeve and sleeveless tops, but we did use the fire pit on a few occasions and it was nice to have longer sleeve options for cooler/more buggy evenings.

    Speaking of cooler evenings. one thing I completely forgot to pack was a heavier shirt in case I got cold, which of course I ended up needing because I ALWAYS get cold.

    Luckily, we were just down the road from a Target, and I picked up this super soft and comfy gray pullover. It was only $20 and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it already.

    I usually wear my pajamas multiple times before washing them, so I didn’t need to bring a ton of different sleeping clothes.

    Shorts, a cami or tee, and a cute headband for getting ready or lounging were perfect for the late nights and early mornings.

    I always try to bring at least one more dressy outfit. This time, I was excited to break out my new tassel dress from Lulus. It is ankle-length and a pretty, summery yellow.

    As I mentioned, I like to work out even while traveling, so running clothes were a must-have for me.

    I love exercising in bright, fun colors, as you can see from my choices pictures here.

    The house we stayed in had a pool, which is where I ended up spending a lot of my time!

    I brought a few different bathing suits with me, because I wash them after each use. All of them came in handy, whether I was swimming or just laying out sunbathing.

    Of course, I brought a few pairs of sunglasses along as well.

    Last, but certainly not least, I never go ANYWHERE without bringing some reading material along.

    I brought two books with me on this trip; I finished the one pictured here, which was awesome, and started the second, Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.

    I read out by the pool, sitting at the kitchen table, up in my room while getting a break from the sun…pretty much any time I wasn’t playing sports, swimming, or spending time with family, my nose was inside one of these two books.

    Just as no two people are alike, no two vacations are, either. What you need for your own trips may slightly differ, but I like to think I’ve covered all of the main bases here.

    Shoes, accessories, hair/beauty products, a variety of outfits, something to stay warm, a bathing suit, activewear, PJs, and something else to keep you entertained should be all you need to be well-prepared for vacation.

    Comment below to let me know if you agree, or if there are any key items I left out! I hope you all have a great trip or exciting outing to look forward to in the future.

    Even if you don’t go far, I think it’s important to give yourself a break from the day-to-day and just get away once in a while.

    Until next time. 🙂 ❤

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    Tips for Buying Your First Luxe Item

    Hi friends,

    This weekend I bought my first luxe investment item, and I’m really excited about it!

    I think there’s a misconception that fashion bloggers have endless amounts of money and luxury bags/shoes, but most of us are just shopping addicts looking to find and share great deals like everyone else.

    I saved up for a while and thought for a long time about what my first big “treat yoself” purchase should be, and when it should happen.

    After sharing my beautiful new YSL purse on my Instagram, I found that several of my followers are currently trying to decide on which piece they want to be their first luxe buy.

    Below are some tips for what to consider before making a large purchase.

    I hope these help you to plan out a perfect first big buy that you’ll be happy with for years to come! 🙂

    1. Do your research
    Before deciding what to buy, I browsed luxe brand websites for a long time.

    I had my choice narrowed down a purse from one of my favorite designer brands: YSL, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, or Valentino Garavani, but I wasn’t sure exactly what item I wanted to get.

    After looking through what was available and how everything was priced, I decided on a YSL purse and went to the store with three different bags screenshotted on my phone.

    I’m so glad I looked online beforehand, because the bags on display were not all the same color options that were shown on the site.

    It wasn’t until I showed the screenshot to the woman helping me that she went into the back and pulled out the bag of my dreams; if I hadn’t shopped around beforehand, I never would’ve known about that color option since it wasn’t out on the shelves.

    2. See it in person
    If you can, I’d definitely recommend going to buy your new item live; especially if you’re having trouble choosing between multiple options.

    Seeing a bag or pair of shoes in person is way different than seeing it online, because you’ll find out how it looks on your own body, what the fit and size are like, and you’ll know exactly what shade the color is.

    Seeing pictures of something online, and on a model who may have a different body type, can be a bit misleading.

    The color of something may look a little different on a computer screen than it does in person, so going to see it for yourself is the best way to know exactly what you’re buying and to make sure you’re 100% happy with it.

    It’s also just a cool experience going into a luxe store, having someone help you find the perfect item, and then taking it home with you that same day.

    3. Buy from a trusted retailer
    You’re going to be spending a big sum of money, and while it can be tempting to just type the designer and item name into Google Shopping and click one of the majorly discounted prices listed, that may not be the best idea.

    I absolutely love sites like RueLaLa and others with frequent flash sales on luxe items, but make sure you read the fine print as some of these sites sell pre-owned or damaged and defective items with no opportunity to return after buying them.

    When it came to my first big investment purchase, I decided to play it safe and buy the bag from a trusted department store like Nordstrom or from the designer retail store itself.

    I ended up going to the Saint Laurent store at the Short Hills Mall (less than 20 min from my new future home…equally exciting and dangerous) and am so glad I did.

    I got to see such a large selection of items and hold them in my hands before making my decision.

    I also got my new purse wrapped up, boxed, and got some care tips (and super nice compliments on my dress!) from the sales woman who helped me purchase it.

    4. Don’t settle
    Just as it’s tempting to buy bags from discounted websites, it’s also tempting to buy the cheapest item available as long as it has the designer’s logo on it.

    Mini and super mini size bags are the latest trend, and when I first started browsing online I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful bags from my favorite designers for $1,000 or less.

    Upon further inspection, I noticed that these bags were much smaller than I thought when first seeing their pictures.

    Even though the smaller bags didn’t seem as functional or attractive to me, I heavily considered buying them rather than the larger options so that I wouldn’t be spending as much.

    I am not knocking the smaller bags and think they look great on the girls who I’ve seen wearing them, but I knew deep down that if I were to buy a smaller option, it would be purely to save money and wouldn’t be exactly what I wanted.

    When it comes to making large purchases, to spend a little bit less and not be fully happy seems like a waste to me; I ended up spending a little more for the larger size but am so glad I did.

    I also think that the bag I chose works much better for my personal style and what I’m looking for in a bag right now.

    5. Buy what you love
    Trends come and go, but if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on something, please make sure it’s something you love and not something that you want just because everyone else has it.

    I try to stay true to this with anything I buy, but it’s especially important when we’re talking about hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

    The bag that I chose is not the most popular style or color, but I fell in love with it online and then again when I saw it in person (my husband said my face actually lit up when they brought it out from the back…lol).

    These pieces are expensive because they’re made to last, and if you treat your investment purchase right you should have it for a very long time.

    It would be a shame to spend all that money on something just because it’s the “cool” thing to have at the moment, and then feel like it doesn’t have as much value when everyone else has moved onto the next big thing.

    I’m not saying you should avoid trends, just that you should make sure you are staying true to your own personal taste; if you are in love with something that happens to be super popular right now, you should go for it!

    At the end of the day, shopping and fashion are about self-expression, and you can’t go wrong if you decide to buy something that makes you feel happy and beautiful when wearing it. ❤

    Purse in Marble Pink

    Dress | Shoes | Purse

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    Dresses to Wear to Summer Weddings

    Hello again,

    We’re right in the middle of summer wedding season, and I’ve got some great inspiration for what you can wear to the next one.

    These dresses are all perfect for a wedding in the summer months; some of them even work for outdoor events.

    Check them out, click the links if you want to buy, and don’t forget to comment below and let me know the best places to find more summer-perfect wedding guest dresses! 🙂 ❤

    Maxi Dress | Bracelet

    This beautiful maxi from Red Dress is lightweight and flowy; perfect for both a breezy beach ceremony and a sizzling rooftop reception. I love the way the colors blend together and the slip ends mid-thigh.

    Maxi Dress | Clutch

    This is another flowy dress that would fit right in on the sand. The clutch is really the star here for me; this new bag from express can be dressed up or down.

    Dress

    This is a more formal look and allows you to show off your legs and shoes. It has black and white lace detailing all around and a chic off-the-shoulder neckline.

    Dress | Shoes

    This hi-low dress is ready for a night of dancing. The skirt is fun and flowy and the neckline adds a sexy element. The floral pattern is versatile enough for almost any summer setting.

    Maxi Dress

    This dress is definitely my favorite of the bunch. As you probably know if you’ve read my other posts, I love lavender. The fit is flattering and the lace detailing is gorgeous. A simple updo is all you need for a dress this stunning.

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    Creative Wedding Save the Date Ideas

    While browsing through save the date ideas a couple of years ago, I found a unique approach that I instantly fell in love with.

    I have been obsessed with reading from the moment I learned how, and although I didn’t want a literary-themed wedding, my husband and I found a lot of creative ways to incorporate my passion into the event.

    The first way was by having a bookmark as our save the date! 

    We got so many compliments on our save the date; people loved that it had personal meaning, but also that it was something they hadn’t seen before and could actually use. 

    I decided to put together a list of other creative save the date ideas, for those who are interested in doing something a little different.

    Here’s the list of unique and functional save the dates!

    Bookmark
    This is my very own save the date! We used one of the pictures from our engagement photo shoot. As I mentioned, we got a lot of compliments on these and people did actually use them while reading. They were made by RaspberryCreative on Etsy, who has a ton of beautiful wedding stuff in her shop! We also got door hangers for our wedding hotel made by her.

    Photo via STDONexus on Etsy

    Concert or event ticket
    If you or your spouse are big music or sports fans, this could be a great option for you. I’ve seen this done a few different ways, all of which were awesome. This not only allows you to add some personality to your save the dates, it makes for a great keepsake afterwards.
    The example above can be found here on Etsy.

    Photo via Luckyladypaper on Etsy

    Boarding pass/luggage tag
    These are perfect for those interested in travel or for an actual destination wedding. My cousin and his wife did something similar leading up to their wedding in Puerto Rico and I still remember it years later because I found it so clever. A boarding pass can be very cute, like this one from Etsy, shown above. A luggage tag is also a great option and, depending on the type you send, your guests can use it when they travel!

    Photo via BaileyandBeauPaperCo on Etsy

    Confetti pouch
    Get the celebration started a little early by sending your guests a mini bag full of confetti! These are so fun and adorable, and will likely make everyone on your guest list smile (as long as you ensure the pouch is sealed shut before sending them the bag, haha). Here is the link to the example shown above.

    Photo via Pocketfoldinvites on Etsy

    Scratch off
    This is another fun one that your guests can interact with. Have your actual date be revealed after they scratch off the spots on their save the date card! This can be tied into a theme or stand on its own, but either way it’s something for your guests (and both of you) to remember. Example from above is here.

    I love all of the ideas above, and I really love that my husband and I decided to think a little outside the box with our save the date.

    It set the tone for our wedding early on; not in the fact that our wedding was book-themed, but that it was a perfect representation of who we are as both individuals and a couple.

    I hope you find inspiration in these ideas, and that you’ll share your own wedding ideas or plans with me!

    I love weddings and would be thrilled to hear about your own personal experiences, past or present, in the comments below.

    Until next time…<3 🙂