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Southern Belle

By fashion statements, norfolk, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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H&M shirt, Urban Outfitters skirt (2004), Seychelles wedges, Betmar hat, Tory Burch sunglasses, Michael Kors bag

Do you like my floppy beach hat?

These photos are from a day my mom, J and I spent at the Norfolk Botanical Garden over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been in Virginia Beach for almost seven years, and there’s still so many places around here I haven’t visited — this being one of them. I’m not normally much of a flower person, but the gardens were gorgeous, and I got some great photos.

I would totally post those photos, except I’ve been so busy out enjoying the summer festivities around here that I haven’t really felt like spending time inside on the computer… =)

I’m actually the furthest thing imaginable from a southern belle, but I kind of felt like one walking around the botanical garden in the sweltering heat in this girly outfit and huge hat.
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Hello, Summer

By outfits, style, summer No Comments

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Peck & Peck Weekend top (Stein Mart), LOFT shorts (2010), Alfani shoes, F21 clutch, Michael Kors sunglasses, Express bracelet (2006), vintage turquoise ring

What a perfect weekend it’s been…full of gorgeous weather, delicious food, friends, family and fun. =)

Jimmy Buffett on Thursday, the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Friday, an all-night cookout on Saturday, a graduation party and a birthday dinner yesterday, a peaceful moment at the POW-MIA Flame of Hope Memorial this afternoon, and tonight we’re headed to the new Beach Movie Bistro to see The Hangover Part II.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend, too!

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Spotted Coral

By fashion statements, outfits, spring, style, the coastal chicster No Comments

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Nanette Lepore top (seen here and here and here), BB Dakota skirt (seen here), Vince Camuto booties, Forever 21 clutch, sunglasses c/o Costa, Roxy watch (from high school)

Tomorrow marks the end of my work week and the beginning of my five-day Memorial Day weekend. I can’t wait to have a few days off in a row! I’ll be kicking it off Thursday with the Jimmy Buffett concert here in Virginia Beach, and spending the rest of the weekend hanging out with my parents, hitting up the Pungo Strawberry Festival, riding my bike to the beach, hosting a cookout on Saturday, and attending a graduation party and a birthday dinner on Sunday. I’m guessing Monday’s going to be a recovery day. =)

How about you? Got any plans for the holiday weekend?

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Top Heavy

By fashion statements, outfits, spring, style No Comments

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Theory jacket, J.Crew and Target shirts, J.Crew shorts, Fossil belt, Target flats, Michael Kors bag, Oakley sunglasses

This is an outfit I’ve been dying to wear for about a month — ever since I saw this post by Blair. (Have you been to Atlantic-Pacific yet? It’s one of my favorite blogs right now.) I get really excited whenever I discover an outfit I can create easily with pieces I already have, and I loved Blair’s so much because I never in a million years would have thought to layer one button-down under another and then top it off with a jacket…much less pair that with shorts.

I kept chickening out on wearing this in public. It was always too cool or too warm or my legs were too pasty to be seen in shorts. This week, I figured it was now or never. There aren’t too many days in a year where you can wear three layers on top and shorts on the bottom, you know?

I actually managed to pull this outfit off at the office last week. My company is pretty casual, so we get to wear what we want to work. I waited until Friday, then went for it. I was a little nervous at first, but I figured I balanced out showing all that skin with all those layers, so…yeah. I think it worked out pretty well, actually. =)

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Costa Isla Morada Sunglasses (A Review)

By fashion statements, outfits, product reviews, spring, style, the coastal chicster One Comment

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As a blogger, I often get all sorts of e-mails asking me to plug products, books, links, etc., but rarely do I receive requests for things I can relate to. When I started this blog, I hoped that one day I’d be able to collaborate with some of my favorite brands or maybe land some sponsors, but most of the offers I’ve gotten so far haven’t really been my style…until now.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed by now that sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories. I never leave the house without them, and I’ve started to acquire quite the collection.

So, when Costa offered me the opportunity to try out a pair of their new women’s styles for summer, I happily agreed. Finally!

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The pair I chose is called Islamorada. (This style isn’t available on the Costa website quite yet, but they will be soon.) I picked black/coral frames and grey polycarbonate lenses. They’re very square, and I love that they’re so different from all of my other sunglasses.

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As much as I can appreciate a pretty pair of designer shades, I’ve got to say that these blow all of my designer sunglasses out of the water. With polarized lenses and nylon composite frames, these glasses are the real deal. They’re lightweight, crystal clear, and fit like a glove. They’ve got all the attributes of a sporty pair of sunglasses, but they’re gorgeous and girly, too!

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Costa is a brand traditionally well-known by fisherman, sailors and surfers for their high-end polarized sunglasses. They’ve been around since 1983, and have a pretty interesting history if you want to check it out on their website. (Jacques Cousteau wore Costas!)

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The Islamorada is one of Costa’s four new women’s styles for summer 2011. The other three include Little Harbor, Tippet and Hammock (available soon). All four are available in a variety of colors and lens shades, and Costa also offers glass lenses, which I bet are amazing. (Check out this similar pair of on the Costa website to see all the color combinations you can choose from).

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I’m loving the little nose pads on the inside, too. They keep the glasses from sliding off my face if I lean over (which I do a lot because I’m clumsy, and I drop things) and also make them really comfortable to wear. For the price, I think these Costas offer more bang for your buck than most other brands on the market right now. (And I speak from experience — I try on tons of sunglasses.)

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Thank you so much to Costa for giving me these beautiful glasses to review. They’ve quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite pairs, and I’ll definitely be wearing them at the beach (and lots of other places) all summer long!

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P.S. I also know that Costa does a lot to protect the environment, water, fisheries, and fish, partnering with organizations like the Coastal Conservation Association and the Bonefish Tarpon Trust. They also created the Blue Highway documentary and blog, aimed at preserving the Lynn Canal in Alaska.

While I was writing this review I dabbled on their website for awhile, and I’m really impressed. It’s always neat to discover a company who gives back. =)