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Aloha Reboot

By fashion statements, outfits, spring, style, summer 2 Comments

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Shirt: J.Crew. Jeans: J.Crew. Sneakers: Superga (so comfy!). Bag: Tory Burch. Belt: Michael Kors (similar). Shades: Costa del Mar. Necklace: Lia Sophia. Bracelets: Kiel James Patrick, Kate Spade, Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia. Lipstick: Maybelline (amazing).

Fifteen years ago, I didn’t think there was much to my personal style. I mean, I had a ton of clothes, but I don’t remember being particularly fashionable or even caring much about it. I do recall, though, that I’ve always had a thing for Hawaiian prints and white sneakers. My collection of both blossomed between 1998 and 2004, but hasn’t seen much action since. So, you can imagine my delight that finally tropical prints are making a comeback. I love both this print and the updated style of the shirt, and I’ve been waiting years to fall for a new pair of white sneakers. To be reunited with new versions of my old favorite things makes me feel so much like me. =)

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Nautical Wheeler

By blogs, fashion statements, life-changing purchases, outfits, spring, style 6 Comments

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Top: Ralph Lauren (thrifted). Cardigan: Banana Republic. Pants: Apt. 9 (similar). Shoes: Cole Haan (similar). Belt: Michael Kors (similar). Bag: Tory Burch (love it so much in bright blue for summer!). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Lia Sophia. Bracelets: Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia, Kate Spade, Swell Caroline.

My favorite outfits usually have some kind of story behind them, and this particular one begins with Atlantic-Pacific. The day I discovered her blog, I fell head over heels in love with this outfit. Her gorgeous silk Ralph Lauren shirt immediately went on the ultimate wishlist in my head (at the time, it was accompanied by the perfect fitting camouflage jacket, penny loafers that don’t look ridiculous on me, a vintage Hawaiian circle dress, and the Pade Vavra shark tooth necklace). I figured there was no way I’d ever find this exact top, but about a week later when I stopped in a local thrift store, would you believe this shirt was the first thing I saw? “No freakin’ way,” I said to myself. It was about four sizes too big, but I bought it for $4 and had my tailor work her magic. Two years and a yellow cardigan later, I’m finally able to recreate one of my favorite looks of all time. I give all the credit for this outfit to Blair, whose blog is a constant source of inspiration for my wardrobe (even though I bet she’s almost a foot taller than me). 🙂

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MDW 2013

By boats, holiday fun, life's a beach, lifestyle, memories, new jersey, photography, road trips, spring, style, summer, the places you'll go, travel, weather 4 Comments

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Greetings from the Jersey Shore! I’m up here on a sort of half-vacation this week, spending time with my brother before he moves to Jacksonville and leaves for his first six-month deployment on the USS The Sullivans.

This is the first Memorial Day weekend I’ve spent in NJ since 2006. It’s actually been seven years to the day that I took this somewhat infamous photo of my favorite little boats in the Belmar Marina (above). I can’t remember exactly what we were doing or where we were going, but I ordered my dad to swerve off Rte. 35 into the marina parking lot, so I could snap some pictures of the sunset. It was a gorgeous night. I ran around taking as many photos as I possibly could and lucked out with this one. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since. It later served as a Christmas present for my dad, and it now hangs framed in my parents’ entryway with a little note on the mat:

Dad,
Thanks for stopping.
Love, Lisa

I got on the road as the sun was coming up yesterday morning. Mine was the only car in sight all the way across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and I made such good time that I was able to catch the 9:15 ferry leaving Lewes, DE, rather than the 10:15 I’d been planning to take. I spent late morning sipping a Bloody Mary, catching up with some of my Virginia Beach friends in Sea Isle City. We had lunch of sauteed vegetables and braciole on the deck, followed by a stroll through some of Sea Isle’s poshest little boutiques and possibly the best French vanilla milkshake I’ve ever had.

I departed Sea Isle and made my way north to Atlantic City, where I spent an hour browsing the outlets and the Pier Shops at Caesar’s before I met my parents for dinner at the brand new Margaritaville entertainment complex at Resorts. Little did I know that the player’s card I signed up for three years ago would save me $5 on parking, which I promptly spent on Parrothead sunscreen in the gift shop. Not to worry, though. I kept my AC winning streak alive by scoring $55 from a Triple Diamond slot machine.

My plans for the rest of the week include some time at the spa, working from my parents’ patio, a day in NYC, catching up with friends and family, reading about seven magazines I haven’t had time to look at, and a graduation/bon voyage party for my brother Saturday night. Oh, and some shopping. (I may have already done a little of that.)

Anyway, I’m glad to be here. The weather’s not quite as summery as I remember last year’s was, but today was a perfect day to cook out, and it’s supposed to warm up this week. I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and took some time to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country.

Dots on Dots

By fashion statements, outfits, spring, style, virginia beach, weather 3 Comments

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Top: Michael Kors (old, similar). Pants: Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx (a href=”http://bit.ly/12VY3qb”>similar). Cardigan: Tory Burch. Belt: Michael Kors (similar). Shoes: Rockport (similar and another similar style here). Bag: Tory Burch (love this bag in light blue for summer!). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Bracelets: Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia, Kate Spade, Swell Caroline. Necklace: Pade Vavra.

It’s easy to complain that the temperatures are still hovering around 60 degrees at the end of April in Virginia Beach. Usually by this time of year, we’ve already squeezed in at one beach day, and we’re riding our bikes to dinner on the weekends. However, as much as I’d love to spend a day relaxing on the sand, I’m looking on the bright side. These precious few mild spring weekends are the perfect excuse to skip the beach scene and spend some time elsewhere in the area — experiencing new things, trying new restaurants, and doing some activities that we just don’t normally do. Over the last few days, I’ve visited Portsmouth, Norfolk, Town Center, and Pungo to see live performances, revisit old favorite spots, eat some delicious meals, do a little shopping, and even pick fresh local strawberries.

Besides, an actual spring means a slower wardrobe transition. Of course I’m ready to pull my Lilly collection out of hibernation, but I’m not going to lie. I was secretly hoping for one last chance to wear this dots-on-dots ensemble this season. =)

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The Great Sandal Debate of 2013

By fashion statements, life-changing purchases, shopping, spring, style 11 Comments

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Every spring I do this. I go off in search of the perfect pair of summer sandals. Some years it’s a pair of heels or wedges. Some years it’s the perfect flip flops. This year it happens to be a pair of gold leather flat sandals. The two on my wish list are the two above — the Jack Rogers Hamptons Navajo in Platinum and the Canfora Gail in Oro. Both handmade, both high quality shoes, both pretty expensive for a little pair of sandals, and both favorites of Jackie Kennedy. As much as I’ve been lusting after the Canforas for ages, I might save my first splurge on a pair of Capri sandals for the first time I actually visit Italy. Although, for $10 more, I can order the Canforas through Shopbop and enjoy the luxury of returning them if they don’t fit. As for the Jacks, I’m pretty sure I need them in a wide width, so I’m stuck using the Jack Rogers website, rather than Zappos, Amazon, Piperlime or another site offering free return shipping. Hmm. I’m horrible at making these decisions.

While I’m sure your initial reaction is, “Lisa, why the hell do you need such expensive sandals?!?”, I’d like to reiterate my previous point that I’ve taken up investing in quality items I love, rather than stocking up on a bunch of crap I won’t care much about in a year or so. (Besides, I just sold, like, 32 articles of clothing and shoes from my closet on eBay.) Whichever pair of these sandals I end up with, I’ll probably still be wearing them five summers from now. (Unless I relocate to the Caribbean, in which case, I’ll be wearing them five winters from now, as well.)