throwing it back.

anthro tee

casual summer look anthro tee

casual summer look

casual summer pastels

dock shoes

kiss kiss

mint pants pink bag


pink bag

st tropez

Tee: Anthropologie. (on sale!) Pants: JCrew Factory. Hat: JCrew. Pumps: Nordstrom. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. Jacket: Old Navy. (similar here and here.) Necklace: Posh Locket.

Every once in awhile, you’ve just got to throw it back to the 90’s and tie that jean jacket around your waist if you know what I mean.  Don’t you think it’s funny how all these 90’s trends are coming back around?  I mean, even Birkenstocks are back.  Literally, who would’ve thought? Craig and I are always laughing that how we feel about 90’s music, is how his parents feel about 70’s music, and mine about 60’s (my parents are a bit older than his…).  I guess we’re all a bit sentimental about what was playing around us during those formative teen angst years.  And if any decade knew how to communicate to the teen angst population it was the 90’s.  I mean, boys bands, Doc Marten’s, grunge, and My So-Called Life all in one decade.  Can’t beat that.

PS. This tee is a new addition to my closet and it’s amazing.  Perfectly soft and drapey, with the dreamiest print.  Also, you should know, it’s made in the USA (and it’s on sale right now).  It reminds me so much of what it felt like sailing around in the Caribbean, exploring all the different islands, oh take me back…

throwing it back to the 90's with a tied jacket


all about that, swimwear.

patriotic swim look

feels like summer
mem swim

summer swimming

summer time swimming

Swimsuit: Top: Loft. (sold out. similar here.) Bottoms: (that you can’t see, but they’re really cute and striped.  JCrew Factory.) Shorts: JCrew Factory. Hat: JCrew. ( also similar here.) Flip Flops: Target. (seriously best most comfortable pair ever.)

Ava’s suit: Old Navy. (their whole swim line for toddlers is perfect.)

We went away for the long weekend and for the first time it really felt like summer.  Warm weather, sunshine, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, and lots of time by the water.  Which means, I slipped into my swimming suit for maybe the second time since we went on our cruise back in March.  Ug.  Despite the fact that I mostly grew up in a swimsuit (California born and raised) I’ve dreaded wearing one basically since puberty.  Something to do with my flat-chest, short legs, etc. etc.  It’s silly, I know, but the truth is, I’m rather self-conscious in a bathing suit.  Especially this year, when I’ve been dealing with thyroid issues and my weight/metabolism has been a bit out of whack. (but that’s a topic for another day/blog post.)

 I don’t think I’m all that alone in this, and it’s a pretty sad thing really; how much we women beat ourselves up over not having the perfect body.  Anyway, my cure for water-side insecurity is finding a flattering swimsuit that I love.  My options are often limited because my unnaturally small chest makes finding a suit that I can actually (sort-of) fill up rather difficult, especially because I prefer to keep my mid-section covered.  Luckily, one-pieces are all the thing this season (thank the Heavens) and there are so many chic, flattering options that are great for masking problem areas.

A few style tips I’ve found helpful when swim suit shopping.

1.Ruching is your friend.  It masks tummy imperfections, and can add the illusion of fullness around the bust even when it most definitely does not exist.

2. Fun patterns are a fantastic camouflage.  Also, who doesn’t love a great floral swimsuit?

3. High-neck halters are a fun way to mix it up and are very flattering if you have a flatter chest.

4.  Never underestimate the power of a good cover-up.  Let’s be real, you wear the cover-up just about as much as the suit itself and a fun cover-up can be a great way to feel confident in your swimwear.  I love getting a simple pair of bright linen shorts, or a fun romper (here and here)  when I’m feeling sporty.  I also love simple- oversized button ups (think borrowed from the boys), and of course light summer dresses are always a great option.  Tons of great classy cover-up options here.

Find all the best in flattering swimwear below…

swim memorial day


memorial day sales.

baseball tee, leopard pumps

boyfriend jeans, leopard and mint


mint and leopard

Baseball top: Loft. (sold out.  similar here.) Jeans: Zara. (similar here.) Belt: Target. Pumps: Nordstrom. Bag: Rebekka Minkoff. Necklace: Loft.

On the weekends I pretty much like to keep it casual.  Which usually means me in a baseball tee and a pair of boyfriends.  When I want a quick change for a date night, I’ll throw on a pair of fun pumps and a pretty necklace, eh voila!

ps. Memorial Day is THE weekend for shopping and thanks to the internet now, you can still take advantage of all the great deals and still leave town for something fun…

A comprehensive list of all the best deals of the holiday lies below… proceed at your own risk.


mint bag, leopard pumps boyfriend jeans

shop the look:


memorial day weekend sales!

(in alphabetical order for your convenience.)

**Anthropologie: extra 20% off sale.   use code: GONEFISHING.  This dress has me swooning, and I ordered myself a couple of these tees.  because so, so good.

**ASOS: 20% OFF use code: LONGWKND.  perfect time to pick up one (or 3) of their awesome baseball tees, also this leather skirt.  just yes.

**Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase. use code: BRSUMMER.

**Boden:  my personal favorite has 30% off this weekend.  Eeek, I’m giddy!  use code: 3M3M at checkout.  Loving their swim line this summer.  They are killing it in the dress department this season.  I seriously cannot decide on a favorite… but this one, this one and this one are all contenders.

**Current/Elliot: need a new pair of jeans?  20% off this weekend. use code: CODE: MD2015

**Forever21: 30% off select items.

**JCrew: 25% off your entire order. (including sale.) use code: WEEKEND

**JCrew Factory: 50% off everything!  Have you seen this perfect pink gingham shirt?  Mine is already on it’s way…  Also, perfect time to stock up on crew cuts summer pieces for your kidlets.

**Kate Spade: Extra 25% off sale styles.  run ladies.  The handbag game is strong.

**Loft: 40% off everything.

**Macy’s: 20% off this weekend.  use code: HOORAY

**Modcloth: up to 40% off.

**Nordstrom: half yearly sale.  up to 40% off!

**Old Navy: the entire store is on sale, up to 50% off.

**Pottery Barn: spend more save more event.  up to 20% off.  use code: SAVEMORE

**Sam Edelman: up to 60% off site wide plus free shipping.

**Shabby Apple: 20% off site wide. use code: MEMORIAL

**Urban Outfitters: long weekend sale.

**West and Lou: Kendi’s cute store has 25% off this weekend.


nordstrom’s half yearly sale: THE ROUND UP.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is on, and you know what that means… up to 40% off at our favorite store, and I’ve rounding up all the best just for you… but seriously. There are like 8 bajillion things in this sale so you should really make sure and check it out.  It’s a great time to pick up that watch or handbag you’ve been eyeing.  Or stock up on a few pairs of summer sandals, a new fabulous dress.  Find all my favorites from the sale below.  (I even categorized them for your convenience, and if you click on the picture it will take you right to the item.)- xo

ps. Make sure and shop early, the sale lasts a couple weeks but most of the best stuff is gone in the first few days!

For you:

Summer Duds:






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