Wedding Fashion

I have been invited to my first wedding! I’ve been to weddings in the past, but those were all family or family friend’s weddings. For the first time, I will be attending my friend’s wedding. I’m so excited!

The wedding isn’t until June, which means it will be an early summer wedding (perfect dress weather). I probably won’t actually get a dress for the wedding until May, but I’m excited to think about the possibilities. I don’t really know guest-of-wedding-dress-etiquette, but I figure as long as I stay away from anything white or too short, I should be good.

Any excuse to buy a new dress is good for me, and I don’t get to go to events that require new dresses too often, so this will be a nice change.

Nordstrom

Anthropologie

A little wintry, but I still like it…

H&M

Perfect with a pair of gold peep-toe heels and a pair of statement earrings…

J.Crew

Guests should never wear white, I know. But this dress isn’t quite white….

Nasty Gal

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Classic Items That I Should Have in my Wardrobe

Every time I see certain items, I wish I had them in my wardrobe. I don’t know why I haven’t just purchased these items yet, but I haven’t.
This past weekend, I did indulge in one item I have been eyeing up for months… bright jeans. I bought a pair (in brilliant cobalt) from the J.Crew outlet.
My list of clothing that I want is never-ending, but if I had to pick a few items for the top of my list…
Fall Wish List

Fitted Chambray Buttondown
anthropologie.com

Cupcakes and Cashmere

This weekend I went on a bit of a spending spree. I bought new clothes, pumpkin beer, lunch and lastly, Cupcakes and Cashmere by blogger, Emily Schuman. Here’s her blog — cakesandcashmere.com, it’s awesome.

The book is broken down into seasons, starting with Spring, with recipes, style advice, party planning tips, home decorating and beauty tips for each season. I started with the Fall chapter since Saturday marked the beginning of the season.

I’m only one chapter in so far, but I’m loving every page of it. It’s tempting and inspiring me to throw a Halloween party and make my apartment a little homier for the colder months (and the future).

I 100% recommend this book. Even once I finish it, I’m excited to look back for party tips and delicious and classic recipes, like Bloody Mary’s and chocolate chip cookies.

I Wish I Liked to Cook

I really wish I liked cooking. It would make my life so much easier. I find myself putting off making dinner in hopes of an unexpected invite out (I’m not talking anywhere fancy, I could always go for some pizza) or an invite to someone’s (ahem, my boyfriend’s) house for dinner.

I can cook the basics. Canned soup, Kraft Mac and Cheese… just kidding.

But really, I can cook pasta, chicken, your typical vegetables… but beyond that, I’m useless. Every New Year’s Eve, I vow “this year I will learn how to cook!” and it never happens.

Occasionally, I’ll try something new. I made shrimp tacos about a month ago, and they were FINE, but just FINE. Nothing I ever make is great. Plus, they took me forever to make because I was so worried about messing up the recipe!

Basically, what I’m doing here is vowing to the blogosphere that I will learn how to cook. I’m going to cook simple dishes for dinner and blog about them. So, hold me to it. Please.

And, I’ll start with these recipes…

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Fettuccine Alfredo 

Caught In The Rain

In my opinion, there are few things worse than getting caught in the rain in a city. Between public transportation and cars splashing water at you, it’s no fun.

This post is inspired by my frizzy hair and damp clothes after my commute home today. Thank you, rain.

Even though it may be dreary outside, there is plenty of cheery rain apparel available.

 

Kate Spade

Target

Lulu Guinness

Nordstrom

Old Navy

Target

It may be too much to combine a bright, patterned umbrella AND a pair of bright, patterned rain boots, but worn separately, hopefully it’ll give your rainy day some sunshine.

My Favorite Fall Trend

Sweater weather means the beginning of one of my favorite trends; shorts, tights and boots. For the longest time, I was afraid to try to this trend, but as I liked it more and more, I figured it was time to give it a try.

My go to combination is a pair of denim shorts, black textured tights and black riding boots. I then throw on one of my casual sweaters or long sleeve shirts.

One of the best things about this trend is that you can wear a pair of denim shorts for a more casual look or a pair of tweed shorts for a dressier look. Depending on what you pair your shorts with, your outfit can be appropriate for anything from brunch to a night out to a day at the office (well, if you work in a casual environment).

The shorts and tights look doesn’t end at boots either, try it with a pair of leather oxfords or a pair of plain flats.

Pants are still worn in the summer, so why can’t shorts still be worn in the winter?

Letterpress Crush

I recently moved into a new apartment in Philadelphia. Ever since my move, I have been trying to figure out the best ways to decorate my first “big girl” apartment without forcing myself into debt.

My search has brought prints to my attention. They’re all over Etsy, Pinterest and a few of my favorite blogs. Many of my favorites are letter pressed prints with simple phrases or a lone illustration.

I definitely have a slight print obsession, but have yet to purchase one.

I love their versatility. As shown in the pictures below, they can be simply strung on a piece of string, or mounted on the wall with a heavy frame.

Etsy

Heima

Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper

Since they are definitely not cheap, my plan is to buy a few that I really like, and use the inspiration I get from other prints to create my own. They may not look quite as flawless, but I imagine I can still do a pretty good job while sticking to my tight budget.

Hello, Fall!

I have been informed (by numerous people) that my favorite drink is back at Starbucks, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. To me, this truly symbolizes the beginning of fall. I love summer, but there’s something exciting about breaking out my favorite cardigans and boots and welcoming the cooler temperatures. This fall, I’m excited to expand my cooler temperature wardrobe with some of these pieces:

Tobi – Black Hearts Blouse

Perfect with a pair of black tights.

Beth Bowley Zig Zag Skirt

I desperately need/want a pair of black jeans.

Gap

Gap

Nasty Gal

You can never have too many cardigans.

J.Crew

Fall fashion is my favorite fashion. Not only can I wear all of my favorite summer dresses with cardigans, tights and boots, but I can break out my moccasins, fall jackets and chunky scarves while sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

My Favorite Ring

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I’ve never been a huge ring girl until recently when I fell in love with this ring I found on Etsy.com. It’s from a shop called WireNameMike, and I literally wear it every day.

Not only is it my new favorite ring, it was my first Etsy purchase. I now peruse Etsy daily and am never disappointed.

Now, I want to add to my ring collection with these…

If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of gold rings.

Multi-Colored Nails

What I love about painting my nails is that I can be as crazy and rash as I want, because I know that in a few days the polish will be chipping off and I’ll be moving onto my next color. That being said, when I first saw the multi-colored nail trend, I was hesitant. It reminded me of my middle school rainbow nails, but with further consideration, I figured out that the multi-colored nail trend is actually a grown up version of my favorite way to wear nail polish in middle school.

The key (for me, at least) is to stick to colors that are similar. So, coral and red or orange and magenta, for example.

I’ve been wearing Bazooka by Essie on my pointer finger and pinky, and Clambake by Essie on my other fingers for weeks and am still in love with the combo.