Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Outfit: Green Gingham and White

For a casual Sunday filled with church, an impromptu ice cream run and relaxing outside, I broke out the gingham and whites. I love the color of this green gingham boyfriend shirt from Gap. It fits a little looser, which is much appreciated in the hot weather. I've had the white skirt for a while, and it's such a cute way to stay cool. The green and white together create such a crisp, fresh look. This outfit could not be complete without my J.Crew straw tote.

We tried Piccadilly on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon for the first time. Piccadilly offers organic and vegan frozen yogurt options. I tried the salted caramel with cheesecake bites, berries and chocolate syrup. It was to superb! I pretty much fell in love with the decor. It's bright, cheery and little funky featuring pieces from local artists.

Outfit Details: Gap Shirt / J.Crew Tote via Goodwill / American Eagle Skirt via Avalon Exchange / Lou Lou Earrings / Unionbay Sandals / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blackened Tilapia Baja Salad

After getting back from vacation, I decided it was time to start eating healthy again. Eating buttery shrimp and saying yes to dessert every night is no way to start an effective fitness plan. One of my favorite meals to make during the summer is this Blackened Tilapia Baja Taco recipe from Cooking Light. To keep it light, I put the fish and avocado over a bed of salad. I love the mix of spice finished off with a cool cilantro lime sauce.

Vacation was a blast. We go to Isle of Palms every year, which is beautiful and close to the charming city of Charleston. I managed to pack just the right amount and didn't come home with a sun burn. At 30 years old, I am finally starting to become an adult. I sat on the beach, read a few good books and tried to think as little about work, blogging and school as possible.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Floral Print Romper

I found this great romper while rummaging through the racks at one of my favorite consignment shops in Squirrel Hill. After selling some clothes, the total for this romper with my store credit came to $6. Don't you love when that happens!?! I think it's the perfect style romper. Playful, but with the right touches of sophistication. This was exactly the outfit I wanted to wear for my 30th birthday celebration with friends. After all, isn't that what every 30 year old is striving to be? A little wiser, but still able to have fun.

Necessary Clothing Romper via Avalon Exchange / CharmingCharlie Purse / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes via T.J. Maxx



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Annapolis Guide 2015

For the past few years, we've been drawn to the city of Annapolis for some work and some pleasure. With each passing year we've discovered new things to love and enjoy about the city. This year we discovered some new places that are sure to become staples in the years to come and revisited old favorites.

There is a lot to love about the city of Annapolis. As you can see from the photo above its right on the water and there are usually a multitude of boats docked for your viewing pleasure. The style of Annapolis is definitely inspired by its nautical surroundings. People dress preppy yet savvy. You'll see a lot of seersucker, pastels and nautical print, but there are also a lot of smart, on-trend outfits. It's a great place to gather style inspiration. I tried my best to fit in my lobster-print shorts.
For dinner the first night, we tried a newer place called Iron Rooster. They serve breakfast all day, which lucky for me included shrimp and grits with poached eggs. Pictured above is the Cakes on Cakes otherwise known as crab cakes served on top of fried green tomatoes served on top of cornmeal pancakes. Amazing!

The second night we tried a restaurant called Vida Taco Bar. We started with Margaritas and Ceviche. Of the tacos, my favorites were the Fried Oyster, Ahi Tuna and Shrimp.We will definitely be going back next year!


There are many fun bars to stop in at night. We love Ram's Head. This year we tried a bar called Pussers. It's not the classiest establishment in the bunch, but it's right on the water and is a lot of fun. 


There is quite a bit of shopping in Annapolis. I always like to run into Lou Lou boutique to browse. That's where I got my American Flag Scarf. It's similar to CharmingCharlie because it is organized by theme and color, but I feel like the jewelry has slightly better quality and is more on trend. I always have to stop by Navette Boutique. It's this very well curated consignment shop with brands like J.Crew and Lilly Pulitzer. It's essentially like shopping the outfits walking down the streets in Annapolis. I'm super bummed I never got to run into a new boutique called Dear Annie. Looks like they have great stuff.

 The sign in front of Dear Annie Boutique. The place to shop if you are a hippy mermaid.


The Annapolis Bookstore is a must see on the list. It's incredibly charming with an interesting selection of new and old books.

Annapolis is also very well equipped with antique stores. With all of the historical touches to the city and grand old houses, it's not surprising that every antique store is filled with treasures.

Shopping and eating are only touching on a few of the things to do in Annapolis. There are a lot of historical tours by land or sea. The Naval Academy is a 2 minute walk from the downtown area. It's such a beautiful campus right on the water. We always have to stop by to see John Paul Jones' grave.

Where are you traveling this summer? What are you must see restaurants, shops when you travel?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

American Flag Scarf

The American Flag is an inspiring thing. 50 little white stars twinkling at you on a blue background paired with strong red and white stripes. Don't you just love it? I found a scarf like this while shopping in Annapolis last year, and I regretted not buying it all year. When I went back this year with my sister I had to see if they still had it. Since I was in a serious saving mode at the time, I decided not to get it. When my sister saw me put the scarf back she offered to buy it for me as an early birthday gift. I accepted her generous offer without much hesitation. I love that the scarf creates a cool American vibe without looking overdone. I'll find any excuse to pair it with my chambray shirt at work or a white t-shirt and jeans for a more casual look.

I hope you have a lovely Fourth of July. Here are some other patriotic scarves I love:

Lou Lou Scarf / Free People Tattered Flag Scarf / Infinity Scarf on Etsy / American Flag Scarf on Etsy



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Leopard Print Dress

I fell in love with this dress from Loft at first sight. I quashed my unrequited love by telling myself to wait for it to go on sale. When there was a flash sale a few months ago, I made sure to look for this dress. I was happy to find it again at a price tag of about $30 -- down from it's original $80. Since then I have worn it to work many times. It was perfect for the FUSE concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Brahms + Radiohead. Amazing by the way! The next one is Coldplay + Beethoven on October 7.

I love that I can throw this together with a few pops of color, and I am ready to walk out the door in a few minutes. The moral of the story is if you see something you love, try it on in the store to make sure of your size and then wait for it to go on sale.

Loft Dress / Lou Lou Earrings / Francesca's Necklace / Nine West Clutch / Calvin Klein Shoes



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lobster Shorts

I found these Lobster-print gems while visiting one of my favorite consignment shops — Avalon Exchange. They are perfect for a few of the trips I have scheduled this summer — first to Annapolis, MD and then to Charleston, SC. The shorts speak for themselves as far as what both cities have to offer. Great seafood and impeccable preppy style to match. They were only $6 after I used my store credit. I had been obsessing over lobster prints the last few summers. So glad I was patient! Above I styled them for a dressier dinner date and below is a more casual option for sight seeing.

Option #1: $6 J.Crew Lobster Shorts via Avalaon Exchange / $15 J.Crew short via Cleveland Flea / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes via T.J. Maxx / Gap Belt / Vintage Bracelet
Option #2: $6 J.Crew Lobster Shorts via Avalaon Exchange / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Converse Sneakers / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Favorite Swimwear for 2015

Top Shop Scalloped Swimsuit, $68

By now,  I hope you've purchased your swimwear for the season. This is the point when everything is going on sale and styles are sure to run out. Just in case you haven't check out my favorite choices after the jump. For me this year it's all about interesting shapes, patterns and colors and vintage silhouettes. I am loving the clever scalloped trim of this Topshop suit in classic black and white.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Soft Shorts

Target Shorts / The Limited Top ($12) / Old Navy Jacket / Unionbay Sandals via Kohl's

Soft shorts are this perfect mix of totally acceptable going out clothes and lounge wear all in one. I looked around for the perfect pair and finally settled on these from Target. Order one size larger if you want to add some length.

I wore these over the weekend with this lace top for a girl's weekend at Lago Winery in Jamestown, PA. These are considered festival wear after all. I can't think of anything more similar to a festival in the life of a 29-year old than going to a winery in the middle of a rural town. There was wildlife, a barn and even cows. I layered on this army jacket at night.

Now it's time to work on that tan.





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mango Salad

I've been on the lookout for recipes that are light and easy to make for summer nights. Ideally something healthy as I'm scared at the thought of beach season quickly approaching. Anything involving mango and cilantro ranks very high on my list as I could eat either by the bag full. I even had thoughts of not sharing this salad.

Mangoes were on sale at the Market District where I shop and there was a sample lady with a salad similar to this one. Hers used red onion, and I am not sure what the dressing was. I simply used olive oil and vinegar. The result is a great mix of sweet and sharp flavors, which I love. This and the latest issue of Vanity Fair were my sides for dinner last night. I am not sure what Sofia Vergara is up to besides Modern Family and being engaged to Pittsburgh's Joe Manganiello (I keep hoping I will see them together around town), but I guess I will find out.

Mix together:
2 large mangoes diced
1/2 onion diced
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
Olive oil
White vinegar

There are many variations of this salad and this one from Epicurious looks really good.