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



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