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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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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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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

Tomorrow it will officially be February, my second favorite month of the year! I love the first two weeks of this month because everything is decked out in red, pink, and hearts.

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday, and the perfect time to show the people you love how special they are to you. It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear romantic, dreamy outfits.

Today I’m sharing a bunch of outfits I put together for some pretty Valentine’s Day inspiration. Click the links below each picture to shop the looks, and don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Top | Skirt | Shoes

Burgundy is one of my favorite colors to wear in the winter. This tee and pleated black skirt are a sweet, simple outfit for Valentine’s Day.

Add some heels and a cute wristlet to make it look even more classy.

Sweater (similar) | Skirt (similar) | Shoes | Purse

This NY&C sweater is incredibly soft and cozy, perfect for going out on a cold night! The light pink pairs perfectly with a burgundy skirt and great heeled booties.

You can also swap out the booties for a pair over-the-knee boots to help keep your legs warm.

Sweater | Pants | Wedges

This red sweater is so big and warm, it feels like you’re wearing a blanket! But still hangs really nicely, which I didn’t expect before trying it on.. It’s on the longer side, so it goes perfectly with some tight-fitting black pants.

I’ve paired this outfit with black wedges and a fedora for added flair.


Blouse | Flats | Bag

This outfit is more on the dressy side, and goes nicely with a black or brown coat. This Kate Spade bag is one of my favorites for both cold and warm weather, and I love that red, white, and pink are all used in this outfit.


Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag

I just bought a bunch of sweaters from Venus and love them all! I got so many compliments on this white one the first time I wore it. It’s great for dressing up a pair of jeans, but also goes really well with slacks or a skirt.

I’ve added a red bag and soft pink booties here to get that red, white, and pink combination again.


Blouse | Black Pants | Pink Jeans (similar) | Black Wedges

Polka dots always remind me of romance, which makes them perfect for February. I’m showing two outfit options for this top here.

The first is more dressy, with black pants and red heels. The second is a little more casual but still chic, with pink pants and black wedges.


Sweater | Blue Jeans | Red Jeans | Flats | Bag

This fuzzy sweater is basic but cute. I always wear it with blue jeans but it goes with pretty much any color, and these red jeans are perfect for V-Day. Simple black flats and a cute, girly purse tie it all together.


Are you doing anything romantic or fun this Valentine’s Day? Let me know your plans, and what you think of my outfit suggestions, in the comments below!

I’ll actually be going on a little weekend trip to Philly, so keep an eye out for an upcoming post about that.

Thanks again for reading and I hope to see you back here soon 🙂 ❤