Do you have a pool? I’m dreaming of one. My Mother curses hers and threatens to fill it with concrete, I can’t stop fantasizing about one day building a lap pool outback. Aubrey said that there was a possibility we could do it (to which I responded like this). He clarified numerous times he said it was a p-o-s-s-i-b-i-l-i-t-y but obviously I already had a Pinterest board set up for that moment.
We just got back from a weeks vacation in the Dominican and I picked up this bathing suit and although I went with my classic – all the time black, the off the shoulder design was a step into a new territory – and I fell. in. love with the suit. (I highly recommend it by the way so grab it before everyone else buys their summer suits and no sizes are left) Here is a roundup of some bathing suits I’ve fallen for. And one day, for when I have a pool like the one above, I’ll also have a body that will look like the below. LOL!
I picked up this Kimono for our latest beach vacation and it is the best bathing suit coverup. (I wore it daily) I was browsing Anthro’s site and fell for some of their items that are bright bold colours and amazing patterns – perfect for Summer. Here are some of my favourites that I spotted…
In my line of work – self employed, and the flexibility of being able to work primarily via e-mail – I’ve hadn’t had the need to have a professional work wordrobe in the last decade. Fast forward to this year and things shifted and I found myself going to more meetings, and I found myself needing a briefcase to tote around my tech. And I had the HARDEST time finding one I liked in my budget and, big enough to fit my graphic tablet that I lug around when looking to sketch on the road. Here are five that I had found on my mad-googling-search for the best bag. I wanted to be Olivia Pope but I didn’t have an Olivia Pope budget. (I’m looking at you Prada. I’m in love with you)
I fell hard for this Kate Spade (Number six above) and actually made a trip into the store to see it but sadly, it was just too small for my graphic tablet but would have been fine for someone not looking to carry around a big piece of tech. After searching and searching I came across the brand Graceship which caught my eye because they are gorgeous, stylish and – designed to fit tech. I e-mailed them the measurement of my tablet to double check and they e-mailed back saying that yes – it would fit! Minutes later I ordered + paid for it, and a week later it arrived and it’s PERFECT. I ended up with the New York, although it was a tie with the London style. In the end I liked how I could just slip in my tablet into the top without fiddling with flaps / buckles.
Love, love, love it. Below is an example of the London style, and you can see how they really focus on function, in addition to nailing the style.
I’m slightly obsessed with bags at the moment, after a month long search for a women’s work bag (more on that in another post) but I became slightly obsessed with beach totes, and picked up No. 5 above on a recent trip over to the USA. There is something so great about these bags because they are an instant pop of colour to an outfit without having to commit to a bright top or flashy pants. The bag is a great way to just add some style of the moment, without committing I find. I absolutely love the function of them too as a Mom, because as we’re out more in the Summer, I am using my tote as my Mom-Bag – with colouring books, games and such for Oscar so that if we’re at a BBQ and he gets restless, I have my go to summer bag to find some fun things to do. Anyhow, just a roundup of some of the ones I came across online and in person that I thought were fun! xo
I was browsing LOFT today when I came across these pink and coral shorts – and was struck by how cute they were. It made me start to browse the site more, and I was SHOCKED at how many cute pieces there were. A little more youthful than Banana Republic, and a little more tailored than JCrew. Anyhow, here is a little roundup of my favourites!
Much like my home, I tend to not to take many liberties with patterns or, colour in my wardrobe. Instead I like to inject colour or pattern into smaller pieces like a clutch or, say a pair of shoes. If I can’t wear jeans, I’m likely not going to fit in. I live in my jeans. I’m also a no makeup person, even though I’ve tried, and tried to get behind it. I typically put on some mascara, my favourite Aveda lipgloss and a brush of NARS Orgasm blush. A few spritzs of Bvlgari and I feel put together and lady like. With the exception of that clutch, I own all of the above and 7 days a week it’s typically what I wear with the exception of the jewels and, the shoes which I would be switching out for this necklace and these shoes. Just a holiday outfit that goes from Mom, to a little fancier. 🙂
The jeans are your classic GAP Jeans and a really inexpensive black top from Old Navy. Some things I don’t really spend too much on, which gives me some comfort when I splurge on a pair of special shoes, a necklace I love etc. But the shoes above are JustFab and cost be a whopping $40. (I bought a second pair, which is shown below)
You can easily switch out simple things like the clutch, shoes or necklace to give it a totally different look. Here are some other items that you could easily work with, in your jeans + black top staple pieces…