Sporting Stripes

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Dress: LOFT. Sweater: American Eagle (old). Bag: Joie. Shoes: Superga. Necklace: Lia Sophia. Ring: Trina Turk x Banana Republic (last summer). Bracelet: Lilly Pulitzer. Shades: Oakley.

I’m so in love with these white sneakers, I just want to wear them every day with everything I own. Putting a little sport in my step has inspired me to actually be a little sporty, and not just act it. I’ve been riding my bike as often as I can and running a few days a week. I ran a little over six miles both of the last two weekends, and I’m trying to find a race to sign up for soon. I’m thinking maybe an 8K. =)




Scallops + Sand Dollars

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Dress: Lilly Pulitzer. Shoes: Audrey Brooke via DSW. Belt: Lilly Pulitzer. Bag: Vintage St. John via Allan & Suzi in Asbury Park, NJ.

Tomorrow is National Wear Your Lilly Day, so I figured I’d post a few photos of this dress and belt I picked up last weekend to wear to our friends’ wedding. In all honesty, I ventured into Ocean Palm last Saturday looking for a belt to wear with this dress, but…light blue sand dollar print eyelet? I couldn’t resist. Although, after this last Lilly splurge (which included this belt, this belt and this skort), I’m going to take a little break from shopping until at least my next visit to NJ.

The wedding was beautiful, and I took lots more photos. I’ll share them once I’ve had a chance to go through them all.

Happy first day of summer tomorrow! Do something fun! (And enter my sunglasses giveaway here!)

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Farmers Market

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Top: Lilly Pulitzer (similar here and here). Jeans: Calvin Klein (similar here). Sandals: Jack Rogers. Tote: Joie (via eBay). Shades: Oakley (similar here).

This lucky girl has a boyfriend who likes to shop almost as much as she does. To us, shopping is a game — we love the challenge of finding exactly what we want at the best possible price. When J offered to buy me a “just because” gift a few weeks ago, this bag came to mind, but it was already sold out in turquoise, and it was a little more than he wanted to spend. After a little internet searching, he managed to find one on eBay, brand new with the tag on it for nearly $35 less! Perfection.

As soon as he gave it to me, I said, “This bag makes me want to go to the farmers market.”

“You have fun with that,” he replied.

I guess you can’t have everything, but you can have fresh local strawberries and whipped cream for lunch with your best co-worker friend on a hot summer day. =)

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P.S. Thanks again to Michelle for the photos (and the company). =)

P.P.S. If you were wondering, after trying on both pairs, I went with the Jacks (in gold instead of platinum).

White Hot

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tahari jacket forever 21 dress

Dress: Forever 21 (similar). Jacket: Tahari (thrifted, last seen here, similar). Shoes: BCBG (old, similar). Bag: Tory Burch. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Necklaces: Lia Sophia, Max & Chloe. Bracelets: Kate Spade, Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia, Ralph Lauren. Nails: Essie Mod Square.

Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia, but it doesn’t have much in common with well-known big cities like New York or San Francisco. That being said, we do have Town Center, which is our little version of a downtown. It’s been around for about 10 years, and it’s grown up a lot since I moved here. It’s even home to the tallest building in the state — the Westin VB Town Center. If I’m craving some city time, I head to Town Center on my lunch break. It’s an easy five-minute drive from my office, parking is free, and while it’s not hustling and bustling 24 hours per day, it does have one important thing that all cities should have — an amazing gelato place.







P.S. Thank you, Michelle, for taking my photos!

Aloha Reboot

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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. =)





Nautical Wheeler

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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). 🙂





MDW 2013

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belmar marina

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:

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

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Top: Michael Kors (old, similar). Pants: Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx (a href=””>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. =)




The Great Sandal Debate of 2013

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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.)

Racing Stripes

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Shirts: H&M (old) & J.Crew (similar). Jeans: Express (old). Shoes: Vince Camuto. Bag: Tory Burch. Shades: Ray-Ban. Jewelry: Old, F21, and Swell Caroline.

A few weeks ago, J, Vince and I decided to hit up the Hampton Roads International Auto Show. I remember going to auto shows in New York City as a kid, and they were always pretty interesting. Turns out, when they have an auto show down here, they mostly just have all the local dealers drive their stock into the convention center. No crazy colors, no concept cars — just your run-of-the-mill 2013 models, a few old mustangs, and one race car. (It didn’t have stripes. I was referring to my shirt.)

That’s okay. What the car show lacked in futuristic vehicles, it made up for in evacuations. Apparently someone kept pulling the fire alarm. J and Vince assumed it was some dumb kids. I assumed it was someone acting out of desperation to see some flashy vehicles. You know how it goes. Pull fire alarm —> see fire trucks.

Oh well. At least I wore a cool outfit. =)



Six Months Late (NYFW SS13)

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Back in September, I spent hours pouring over SS13 runway photos from NYFW (and a few from the following week in London). I created these collages of my top five looks from lots of designers I love, but I never actually got around to posting this because I was too busy using these photos to help me clean out my closet. Maybe you think I was crazy for caring about spring/summer fashion when fall was around the corner, but having some inspiration in front of me as I was putting away my summer clothes was a pretty good indicator of what I probably wasn’t going to wear again. It enabled me to donate and sell some clothes and shoes instead of cluttering up my space by storing them for the winter.

The entire month of September went by in a blur, and then I figured it was way too late to post these, right? But now that its 20 degrees and snowing, I’m ready for spring. I’m ready for crisp white, bold stripes, watercolors, fun dresses, shorts, sandals, sunglasses…you name it. So even though this is technically six months late, I’m posting this now. I obviously won’t be wearing any of these exact items in the upcoming months, but I am using all this inspiration to create a bit of a wishlist. (Before the next Fashion Week happens in two weeks, and I have to start all over again.) =)





























All photos via Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Dot Dot Dot

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Jacket: LOFT. Shirt: J.Crew (similar). Jeans: Mossimo (old, similar). Boots: Diesel (similar). Bag: Cole Haan (old). Necklace: F21. Bracelets: a few old ones, plus a new one from Swell Caroline. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.

According to my poll, outfits and style posts are welcome on this blog. I haven’t posted many recently, mostly because I got sick of people who don’t understand the point asking me things like, “Do you think you’re some kind of a model now?” and “Don’t you care about anything other than clothes?” and “Are you going to make fun of me if I wear the same dress to two events in a row?”

For the record, I do not think I’m some kind of a model. If I could style a model every day and post a photo of her on my blog, I would do that. I’m well aware of the fact that I’m 5’1″ and at least a few pounds overweight (working on it), which basically makes me the furthest thing from a model there is. Besides, if you wanted to see models, I’m assuming you would pick up a real magazine, and not come here looking for outfit posts, right?

Second, I care about a lot of things. But I occasionally blog about clothes and fashion because it’s fun. =)

Third, I wear the same stuff over and over and over again. Less is more when it comes to clothes, and I would never judge anyone for wearing something multiple times.

Glad we got that out of the way. Now let’s all have a fabulous, polka-dotted week. =)





A Few of my Favorite Things

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1. Shelley Kyle Tiramani Moisturizing Body Lotion. Love the way this lotion’s subtle scent reminds me of outdoor beach house showers in summer. Not sure why, but it does. I picked mine up at a local shop here in VB called Simply Selma’s. Love. =)

2. Hunter Huntress Rain Boot in Pillar Box Red. I actually purchased my Hunters at the end of 2011, but from snowy nights to soggy crab pickin’ parties, full-blown hurricanes to just plain rainy afternoons, these boots have certainly seen their fair share of puddles in 2012, and the rest of my shoes are certainly appreciative of that.

3. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage – Large’ Tote. I spent a lot of time this year looking for the perfect travel tote to pull triple duty as a carry-on, a purse, and a camera bag (in combination with my Ona Roma camera insert). I found this one in San Francisco, and it’s absolutely perfect.

4. Collecting seashells. It seems like I collected more shells along the water’s edge this year than I have since I was a kid. This particular handful came from the Florida coastline, where the Gulf of Mexico meets the soft, white sand in front of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola.

5. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body. Started using this tanner one right around Memorial Day weekend, and it kept me glowing all summer long. No streaks, lovely scent. Easily the best self-tanner I’ve tried.

6. Statement pearls. This necklace was a gift from my mom last Christmas, and it’s been an accessory in heavy rotation throughout 2012. This particular Stella & Dot ‘Sofia’ pearl bib necklace is no longer available, but the brand’s ‘Lucia’ necklace is pretty similar. This more affordable Forever21 Graduated Pearlescent Necklace is another one I wear all the time.

7. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. This product is a game-changer. Just a teeny drop of this product works miracles in my hair.  As in, I can replace at least 16 other hair products with just this one. Go to Sephora. Ask for a sample. =)

8. Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans. I wore the hell out of these jeans this year. =) They’re comfy, flattering, and I love that they come in lengths.

9. Beach Cruiser #2 (aka 2012 Electra Cruiser 1 in Blue). I bought myself Beach Cruiser #2 this summer just because I had room for an extra bike. I still love my Electra Coaster 7D, but the gears/fenders are a little fussy, and the lower-maintenance single-speed is a bit more conducive to riding on gravel trails and hanging my beach chair on the handlebars. Besides, coaster brakes are sweet.

10. Tommy Bahama Medium Brim Scarf Hat. (seen on me here) This hat was a splurge, but I’ve got to say it was well worth the money I paid for it. It’s so secure on my head that I can wear while I’m riding my bike, which I love. It’s also very high quality and pretty flexible, which means I can lean back in my beach chair without it awkwardly moving around, looking ridiculous or losing it’s shape. All that, and it protects my skin, my blonde locks and my eyes from the sun. #lifesaver

11. Saint James Garde Cote II in Noir. If I had to choose the best article of clothing I acquired all year, it would be this shirt. 2012 was a year of quality over quantity for me, and this shirt is a perfect example. Instead of going overboard shopping during my annual summer trip to NYC, I kept the item count down and put my dollars towards this top. It’s constructed of a UV-protective fabric, so well-made, wrinkle-free and basically the most versatile shirt ever. I’ve worn it to the office, to the mall, to the airport, to dinner, to wineries, and everywhere in between. I’ve folded it, hung it up, washed it, packed it, and crumpled it up in a ball — it doesn’t lose its shape. I’ve worn it with skinnies/heels, boyfriend jeans/flats, skirts, blazers, sweaters, shorts…I even re-created my favorite J.Crew SS13 runway outfit with it (kind of). Maybe I need it in red stripes, too? =)

12. Chandon Blanc de Noirs. Easily the best wine I discovered on my trip to Napa Valley. It’s a delightful blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, and to be honest, my recent shipment from the winery included a bottle of this stuff the size of my torso, so it’s exactly what I’ll be ringing in the new year with. Don’t be surprised if this bubbly ends up on a list of 2013’s favorites, too. =)

One Piece, Three Ways: Indigenous Premier Cardigan

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I recently had the opportunity to work with Indigenous to style and review a piece for their #worthwearing campaign. I selected this Premier Cardigan from their collection of organic clothing and styled it three ways. I love, love, love how soft and cozy this sweater is. It’s knit from Tencel and organic cotton with intricate detailing down the front, the sleeves and the back.

Fair trade fashion is obviously a little more expensive than it’s alternative. Prior to doing any research on the subject, I probably would have balked at the price this cardigan; however, thanks to Indigenous and Wikipedia, I have a much better understanding of the benefits of organic fibers, low impact dyes, and supporting local artisans. That being said, I if spend more money on a piece, I want it to be versatile, so I can wear it multiple ways. My first outfit was inspired by fall’s mixed media jacket trend, but I like it better because it’s less fussy, and I can wear these pieces separately to create other looks.


This cardigan is a tad long for me (I’m only 5’1″). To be honest, if I had purchased it, I probably would have exchanged it for something that fit me better. But I’m always up for a challenge and I was impressed with Indigenous’ philosophy, so I did my best to style around the length. The outfit below was the first thing that came to mind when I received my cardigan, but it’s my least favorite of the three — mostly just because I’m short, so the sweater-to-Lisa ratio just isn’t optimal. =)


For my last look, I wrapped, pinned and tucked the sweater under this full skirt to create an entirely different silhouette. This was a little tricky to maneuver, but I mainly wanted to show the versatility of a piece, which is something I always consider when I’m adding to my wardrobe.


How would you style this cardigan? I had a few other ideas, but these were my three best, and my favorite is…


…the cardigan/sleeveless trench combo. =)

Thanks to Indigenous for the cardigan, for inviting me to be a part of the #worthwearing campaign, and especially for introducing me to the idea of eco fashion. It’s something I plan to keep in mind when shopping for clothing in the future.

Long Weekend Layers

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long weekend layers

Some people put up their Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, but I was in New Jersey, so the closest I came was breaking out the plaid. Actually, I’m lying. I started wearing the plaid a few weeks ago. I can’t help it — I wear Hawaiian print in the summer, plaid in the winter, and stripes and leopard print all year round.

There was a time in my life that I used to leave the house in one shirt. And I’m not sure what prompted me to start layering two and three of them on top of each other every day — maybe I was just dying to do three times as much laundry. But I must admit that creatively mixing and matching my wardrobe makes my outfits a feel little more original. Although, many of these outfits were inspired by last winter’s Chicago trip, so maybe not that original.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, plans for this week include washing all these clothes, putting up my Christmas tree, and working a full 40 hours (which I haven’t done since September). =)

30 for 30 Flashback

By | fall, fashion statements, outfits, ruling at life, style, you might learn something | 2 Comments

Right around two years ago today, I was in the in the middle of Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. Maybe you remember the rules? Take 30 pieces from your closet (including shoes, but not including outerwear and accessories) and remix them into 30 different outfits over 30 days. I had lots of fun doing this, and as it turned out, I was able to turn 30 pieces into not just 30, but 50 outfits. Whenever I feel the urge to shop too much or buy something I don’t absolutely love, I try to keep in mind the lessons I learned about my closet over the course of this challenge and that since I still own most of these pieces, I have plenty to wear.


If you want, you can read a little more about the 30 for 30 here.

One Last Beach Day

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It was bright, sunny and 82 degrees this afternoon, so J and I rode our bikes to the beach. I wasn’t expecting the water to be warm enough for swimming, but it was perfect. Not to be deterred by lack of a swimsuit and a towel, I waded out into the salty Atlantic in my dress. I thought it was a novel idea at first — the kind of thing you only see in movies or magazine photo shoots. But after awhile, I realized it was the rare sort of day where you find lots of people in the ocean with their clothes on. It was as if we all flocked to the beach a few hours ahead of the cold front, expecting the water to be freezing. The realization we were wrong, coupled with the fact that the temperature is going to take a 20-degree tumble overnight, made taking one last dip somewhat irresistible…dresses, shorts, jeans or otherwise.

I’ll still be holding out for a few more warm days, but if today truly was the last beach day of 2012, I’m glad I managed to spend an hour walking along the water’s edge enjoying it. =)

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to autumn taking the reins, so I can wear boots and plaid flannel, cook chili with J, and not have to worry about mosquitoes outside. =)




J.Crew Fall 2012 Love

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JCrew Fall 2012 Wishlist

Hypothetically, if someone were to unleash me in J.Crew with unlimited funds this season, these are the six items I’d purchase. I say “hypothetically” for two reasons: (1) because once I try on those paisley-looking pants, I’m probably going to realize they won’t work out on my 5’1″ frame, and (2) because that black dress is already sold out. =)

1. Collection Golden Paisley Pant, $325
2. Booker Boots, $298
3. Collection Houndstooth Popover, $525 (This thing must be made from the wool of sheep royalty.)
4. Collection Cafe Capri in Jade Jacquard, $198
5. Etta Cap Toe Leather Pumps, $248
6. Flared Ponte Dress, $138 (sold out)

Fashion’s Night Out

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending Fashion’s Night Out at Peninsula Town Center as a photographer. It was so much fun mingling and snapping pictures of Hampton Roads’ local fashionistas looking their best. I loved participating in a local event celebrating fashion in conjunction with NYFW, and Peninsula Town Center went all out. They brought in celebrity stylist Stephen “Cojo” Cojocaru, gave away special gifts and hundreds of goodie bags, and rolled out the red carpet at shops throughout the center to offer special deals and sales to shoppers. They also hosted a fabulous VIP pre-party at Cinebistro, where Cojo revealed the new look of PTC’s FNO makeover winner, Christina Morales. She looked drop-dead gorgeous in a sparkly neutral dress, strappy heels, and a glamorous new hairstyle.

As partygoers hung on every word of Cojo’s style advice, I thought nothing of my own outfit, since I was flitting around behind the camera taking pictures of as many people as I could. It was right around the time he started warning against over-highlighting one’s locks and delighting in the fact that women look so put-together in heels that I started to think, “Uh oh…maybe I’m underdressed.” =)

Luckily, I was wrong. I got plenty of compliments on my layered rainy-day photographer look (which featured a sleeveless trench, red Hunter boots and my trusty Ona bag). I think the most flattering one came from Hillary Puckett, a local contributor to College Fashionista, when she asked if she could take a picture of my outfit! Thanks, Hillary! =)

Special thanks and congratulations to my friend Suzanne, who invited me up to take pictures and played a huge role in planning Fashion’s Night Out at Pensinsula Town Center.

If you were in attendance and would like to see the rest of my photos, you can find them here. =)














FNO Comes to Hampton Roads! (Win 2 VIP Tickets!)

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Fashion’s Night Out celebrates its fourth anniversary this year, and the event will make its local debut at Peninsula Town Center this September. FNO kicks off New York Fashion Week, and is an event that’s grown on a global scale since its inception in 2009.

I’m so flattered to be attending PTC’s first FNO event as a photographer! In return for my services, PTC has offered me two tickets to an exclusive Pre-Event VIP Party at Cinebistro, and I’m so excited to give them away to one of my local readers! The winner and a guest will attend a special meet and greet from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with celebrity stylist Steven “COJO” Cojocaru and receive an FNO tote bag filled with goodies. After that, you’ll join COJO and the rest of the FNO-goers in Town Square for an official FNO kickoff, fashion tips, special prize drawings and more. Then, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., select PTC merchants will roll out the red carpets for shoppers to enjoy in-store promotions and events.

To enter, all you need to do is this: Check out Peninsula Town Center’s shopping directory, and tell me which store is your favorite and why. =) This giveaway begins now and ends next Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM EDT.

Want to earn some extra entries? Earn one extra entry for each of the following:

1. Tweet about this giveaway, and let me know you did in a comment.
2. Share the giveaway on Facebook, and let me know you did in a comment.
3. Follow LDA Press in some way (Bloglovin’, WordPress, RSS, Google Reader, etc.), and let me know you do in a comment.
4. Follow me (@lisadenoia) on Twitter, and let me know you do in a comment.
5. “Like” Peninsula Town Center on Facebook, and let me know you do in a comment.
6. Follow @peninsulatwnctr on Twitter, and let me know you do in a comment.

Once the giveaway ends, I’ll use a random number generator to draw a winner. The winner will have to contact me via e-mail to provide a name, address, phone number and e-mail. Then just show up, valet park (I love valet parking), and your two VIP tickets will be waiting for you at the event. =)

For more information on FNO at Peninsula Town Center, please check out their special event page here.

If you don’t happen to win, or you’d like more tickets, you can purchase them through the Junior League of Hampton Roads here.

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

Summertime Blues

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{Lilly Pulitzer shirt, bracelet and sandals / Gap pants / Tommy Bahama hat / Ray-Ban shades}

Whenever I have a rough day, I try to remember that for the most part, my life is pretty great. Bright summer days that fade into sweet summer nights (like this one on the dock) abound, and good times far outweigh the bad.

If that doesn’t work, I call to mind a few important things:

1. I live at the beach.
2. I have a pretty good job.
3. I have a nice boyfriend, a bunch of cool friends, and a fun family.
4. I have a cute puppy and two entertaining cats, one of which is an skilled predator that kills bugs.
5. I have a lot of shoes.

If that doesn’t work, I put on an outfit comprised of brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer items. How can I be sad in a tropical shirt like this one?

If that doesn’t work, I scroll through my Instagram feed to remember how much cool stuff I’ve done over the last few weeks.

If that doesn’t work, I go eat Thai fried rice with chicken. That always works.

I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July and a better 5th of July than I did. =)




10 Summer Essentials

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10 Summer Essentials

Summer’s in full swing, and I’m ready to make the most of the next few months. My calendar’s full of beach days, weekend trips, work events, cookouts, and more, and I’m sure yours is, too. The days may be long and scorching, but that’s no reason to go around looking (or acting) like a hot mess. =)

Here are 10 of my favorite summer essentials to get you through the season in style.

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From the beach to the bar to the office, I’ve been wearing these J.Crew 3″ Chino Shorts ($45) virtually everywhere this summer. I’ve got navy, khaki and hot pink on repeat, and since they’re so easy to wash, dry, pack, and wear, I see no end in sight for these shorts throughout the rest of July and August.

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If you’re one of those people who still doesn’t wear sunscreen, then you may as well be smoking a pack a day. I can’t be out in the mid-day sun for more than 20 minutes without long sleeves or some kind of SPF on my skin. Here’s what’s in my beach bag right now:
Ultimate Sun Protection Cream For Face SPF 55 PA+++ ($35)
Fresh Sugar Coral Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($23)
Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen SPF 30 ($7)
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion SPF 20 ($10)

And one I’d like to try out soon:
Margaritaville Parrot Head Floridays Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 ($14)

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3-Beach Chair

I’ve been using an older version of this Nautica beach chair for the last few summers. It’s the best one I’ve ever owned, and it’s held up quite well. You can usually find these at Bed Bath & Beyond, Sam’s Club, Costco or other local stores that carry name-brand beach chairs. Surprisingly, the best place to find Nautica beach chairs (in a variety of colors) online right now seems to be eBay ($60 + free shipping).

Tommy Bahama carries some really nice beach chairs, too — complete with backpack straps and cooler pouches.

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4-Swim Suit

Most of my favorite suits come from designers Trina Turk, Vitamin A, and Nanette Lepore (mostly via Marshall’s, TJ Maxx,, and sample sale sites). For budget-friendly options, I love JCPenney’s Arizona Mix-and-Match Separates, which is where I stumbled upon the pink-and-white striped suit pictured above.

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5-Tote Bag

I’ve been hauling the same tote bag back and forth to the beach with me for going on ten years now. I’m ready for something new, and this Parrott Canvas Windjammer Ketch Tote ($75) is on my radar. Not only will it easily replace my past-its-prime beach bag, it will also make the perfect summer travel carry-on.

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It took me a good 30 years to realize I was never going to turn the enviable color bronze I dream about, and it’s been a challenge to find a self-tanner that doesn’t turn me a ridiculous shade of orange. Spray and airbrush tans are off-limits for me, but this summer, I discovered St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan ($30). It’s available in Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, the first of which is perfect for me. I love using it right after a day at the beach. =) Best part about it? It doesn’t smell like self-tanner. People actually tell me I smell nice when I use this stuff.

A budget-friendly alternative (that’s almost as good with a pretty tolerable scent): Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer ($10)

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7-Sun Hat

I never thought I’d be able to pull off hats like these, but once I started wearing them, I couldn’t stop. A hat is the best way I can think of to protect your hair and face from the sun on a summer day. Not to mention, the right hat is an easy outfit-maker. My four favorites (from left to right):
Nine West Packable Super Straw Floppy Hat ($40)
Tommy Bahama Medium-Brimmed Scarf Hat ($115)
Charlotte Russe Bow-Back Straw Fedora ($10)
Straw Boater Hat (very similar for $30 here)

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8-Beach Cruiser

Summers were simply made for riding bicycles. Obviously, a beach cruiser isn’t the best choice for everyone, but mine are my two prize possessions. Beach cruiser #1 is the 2008 model of this Electra Women’s Coaster 7. Beach cruiser #2 is this year’s Electra Women’s Cruiser 1.

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I’m big on low-maintenance make-up in the summer. A light-colored eye shadow, a coat of mascara, a dab of lipstick, a dusting of bronzer, and I’m out the door. These two have had a presence in my make-up bag for years, and I can’t imagine spending a summer (or winter) without them:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder ($29)
Benefit Hoola ($28)

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I can’t go anywhere without sunglasses, and ever since they put a Sunglass Hut inside Macy’s, I haven’t been able to stop buying them. These Ray-Bans are my latest acquisition, and the last pair I bought before I realized I needed some way to organize them all. Can’t get enough sunglasses like me? You can find a few more of my favorite pairs here.


And that’s all I’ve got. What are your summer essentials?

Pineapples, Palm Trees, Pants

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 {Lilly Pulitzer pants/J.Crew and Diesel tank tops/LOFT jacket/Mossimo sandals, Ray-Ban shades}

At the beginning of the spring, I justified splurging on a few Lilly Pulitzer items by swearing up and down that I was going to “live in them all summer.” And so it begins. =)




Coastline Casual

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Tommy Bahama & J.Crew shirts, Calvin Klein jeans, Sperry shoes, Stella & Dot necklace, Oakley sunglasses 

My style is always evolving, and lately it’s taken a turn towards casual and relaxed. That might be part of the reason I haven’t posted many outfits lately, but mostly it’s just because I’ve moved on to photographing things other than myself. =)

The other night J and I rode bikes down to the beach for a dinner date. After a rainy weekend and a long day at work, an Orange Crush, a cheeseburger, and an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean at Waterman’s were just what I needed.





Winter Bright

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Madewell shirt (similar), Ralph Lauren vest (via TJMaxx), Theory jacket (via consignment shop), Target jeans (similar), Diesel boots (old, affordable alternative), Stein Mart scarf (similar), Michael Kors bag (via consignment shop), Tory Burch shades (similar), H&M bow

Is it Christmas already? Everything since Thanksgiving seems like a blur. After a crazy month at work and a whirlwind trip to Chicago last weekend, I’m finally settled in at my parents’ house in New Jersey for a long weekend. My plans? Hang out with family, drink hot chocolate, cuddle up with crossword puzzles, give and receive some fabulous gifts, and squeeze in some quality downtime! I’d also like to get some photos organized and fixed up on my computer. I shot a wedding for a friend a few weeks ago, and I’m aiming to get all of her pictures touched up before the year is out.

I hope everyone’s gotten their Christmas vacation off to a great start! Happy holidays!! =)





Time Out

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Forever 21 jacket, Banana Republic shirt, Old Navy pants, Lucky Brand boots (similar), Cole Haan bag, Fossil belt,  LOFT pin, Michael Kors sunglasses

Sunny, 70-degree December days are perfect for taking a little “time out” at lunch to enjoy a sandwich at the beach. There’s hardly anyone around, plenty of parking, and, of course, the ocean. Nothing beats breaking up the work day with a little sun, surf, and sand…especially this time of year when it’s pretty much dark by the time I leave my office in the evenings. I guess there’s something to be said for unpredictable East Coast weather after all. =)


Addicted – Part II

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Forever 21 jacket, Apostrophe vest, Madewell shirt, Mossimo denim, Lucky Brand boots, Cole Haan bag, Tory Burch sunglasses

I promise to let a reasonable amount of time pass before wearing posting any more leopard print. =)








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Zara skirt, a.n.a. vest, Talbots shirt, Merona turtleneck, Lucky Brand boots, Cole Haan bag, Style & Co. belt, Tory Burch shades

I’ve hardly gone a day this fall without incorporating a bit of leopard into my outfits. Whether it’s a belt, shoes, a skirt, a top, a jacket or just a scarf — it seems as though I’ve accumulated quite the collection of leopard over the last few years.

My favorite thing about this outfit is the combination of new, old, clearance, thrifted and eBay items that comprise it.

1. Zara skirt: Got it over the summer in New York City on clearance for about $20
2. Apostrophe vest: Saw it out of the corner of my eye as I was walking by JCPenney in June. Cost me about $20
3. Talbots shirt – 100% silk. Snatched it up at a thrift store for $2.
4. Merona turtleneck: From 2006.
5. Lucky Brand boots: They were an after-Christmas splurge in 2009.
6. Cole Haan bag: eBay!
7. Style & Co. belt: Clearance plus 20% off coupon at Macy’s. Maybe paid $8 for it?
8. Tory Burch shades: Grabbed them at Macy’s on a day that 20% off coupons were valid for designer items.
9. Leggings: Costco. Best leggings ever. =)





One Piece, Endless Possibilities: Sequin Skirt

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Ever since last year’s 30 for 30 challenge, I’ve been editing my closet to the point where I finally feel like I’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes that are stylish, flattering and easy to mix and match. By editing, I mean both shopping and purging, as well as organizing and reorganizing my closet until I find a system that works.

Lately, I’ve been focusing on bringing in some statement pieces to add a little something special to what I already have.

I know a lot of people who think buying statement pieces is impractical because there may not be many occasions to wear such a thing. I used to be one of them, and I still do agree that statement pieces aren’t worth investing in until you’ve got all your basics in working order. However, once you’re ready to dig in, finding a few special items to take your style up a notch — it’s so much fun. Finding the perfect statement pieces is all about how you can integrate them seamlessly into your wardrobe. If the item leaves you stumped about what you’d wear it with, then don’t bother. But if you think you can make a few outfits with it right off the bat, then go for it!

To show you what I mean, I took a statement piece out of my closet and created 10 potential looks for the holiday season. The piece I chose is a sequin skirt — something I’ve always wanted to wear, but couldn’t really think of how or where until recently. If you’ve got unworn sequins in your closet (or are hoping to indulge in some soon), I hope this post helps you with some outfit ideas! =)

I chose this skirt for a few reasons:

1. The golden hue is a neutral color. In my mind, it’s a played up version of a khaki skirt, and I can either dress it up with black or tone it down with knits and/or prints.
2. I chose a skirt specifically because it opened the door for lots of possibilities with clothes I already own. Sequin shorts or pants seemed over-the-top, and I knew I would only wear a sequin blazer or top with dark skinny jeans or black pants.
3. The price was right. I bought it in the middle of the summer for 75 percent off at Macy’s (plus another 20 percent off with a coupon).

So, here we go. One skirt, 10 ways. I think I covered everything from day to night to bad weather. =)


Sequin Skirt - 10 Ways

Make it Rein

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I often walk past the Ralph Lauren rack in the Macy’s petites department and think to myself, “That is exactly what I’d like to be wearing when I’m 60.” This shirt was no exception, and the inner equestrienne in me (I used to have a horse, remember?) just had to try it on because it was on super-sale. And I’m glad I did because it turns out I don’t have to wait another 30 years to succumb to my preppy tendencies. =)


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Skirt c/o Karen Cane, Alfani top & shoes, Apostrophe vest, Style & Co. belt, Modalu bag, sunglasses c/o Costa del Mar 

Ever since I got my hands on this cheetah pencil skirt, I’ve been yearning to wear this outfit. But with temperatures in the high 80s every day, I couldn’t find the right moment to wear this wool skirt until yesterday. Even though it got a little warmer in the afternoon, the morning started out crisp and just cool enough that I could pull off this layered look.

This skirt was generously given to me by my friends at Karen Kane to review, and I’m already looking forward to wearing it a million different ways all season. It’s a made of soft wool/polyester blend and fully lined, so it was actually quite comfortable to wear (unlike some itchy wool pencil skirts I’ve had in the past). It’s a little stretchy, and it’s a pull-on skirt — no zippers or buttons — which makes it look sleek and smooth with shirts tucked in.

Just like with the Karen Kane jeans, I was worried that the skirt might be too long or too tight because pencil skirts are not an item I would normally purchase without trying on. But it fit perfectly, and it’s extremely flattering. I can see myself wearing this with tights, blazers, sweaters, etc. It’s such a versatile piece. I know I’ll have it in my closet for years to come.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with the quality construction and fit of the Karen Kane items I’ve reviewed, and I love that many of their clothes are made in the USA. It’s obviously important in our current economic situation to hire as many American workers as possible, and I can definitely support a company who makes the effort to do that.





Best Laid Plans

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Lucy Love dress (2002), Forever 21 top, Aldo wedges, vintage Coach bag, Tory Burch sunglasses, Ann Taylor ring
I can’t believe September is just 10 days away (and I’m still posting photos from July…oops). My summer turned out nothing like I expected. I planned on lazy beach days, lots of parties and nights out with friends, and a few months of serious relaxation before August and September had me cranking out proposals at work. Things started off perfectly, but by mid-July, my summer veered a little off course. 
It feels like things have changed so much over the last six weeks, but even though I’ve been a little stressed, I think it’s for the better. The good news is I’m moving even closer to the beach! I’ve spent the last several weeks viewing every place for rent in my price range, and I finally found something and signed a lease with my roommate this weekend. I’ll be within walking distance of my boyfriend (and the new puppy!), the beach, and some of my favorite friends.
Things are about to get a little hectic at work (end of the government fiscal year), but October 1 marks my move date and the beginning of a (fingers crossed) relaxing fall season full of afternoons reading on my new patio, beach days here and there, bike rides, football, chili, and fun. 
There is one plan I stuck to — I wore every Hawaiian print article of clothing hanging in my closet at least once (if not twice) this summer. Just like I said I would. =)






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Old Navy shirt (super old), Bp. skirt, Style & Co. belt, Tory Burch shades, H&M hair bow, vintage jewelry, Target sandals

As much as I’d like to tell you that I took an unanticipated break from blogging because I’ve been too busy hanging out on docks in Hawaiian shirts…that’s not quite the case. A few things arose that I had to attend to, plus this is right about the time that work gets a little hectic, what with the end of the government fiscal year approaching and all. But, I did squeeze in some fun since I last posted — I swear. I took a five-day trip to New Jersey and a few beach days. I’ve even got the day off today (but only because I worked on a proposal until 2 am last Tuesday). It was a decent trade-off though — the weather’s gorgeous today, but it was about 102 last week. =)

I’ve got another long weekend trip planned for Thursday through Sunday, but my goal for this month is to settle back into my regular posting routine. I’ve got tons of photos and stories saved up for both my blogs, so I hope you’ll stop by again soon!





Summer Layers

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F21 trench, Target shirt, LOFT tank, J.Crew skirt, Seychelles wedges, A&F belt, Modalu bag, Oakley sunglasses

A week or so ago, we were lucky enough to experience some absolutely gorgeous days in the upper 70s/low 80s, which is practically unheard of around here in the summer. I’d been trying to for weeks to figure out a flattering way to wear this sleeveless trench, and finally settled on a layered look with a lightweight ditsy floral shirt and an easygoing chambray skirt. It was the perfect outfit for the perfect day — I wasn’t too hot, and this outfit carried me easily from day to evening when the temperatures dropped into the low 70s.





Southern Belle

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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.



Hello, Summer

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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!




Spotted Coral

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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?






Top Heavy

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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. =)






Costa Isla Morada Sunglasses (A Review)

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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!


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.


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!


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!)


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).


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.)


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!


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. =)

Birthday Girl

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Charlotte Tarantola cardigan, Caslon top, LOFT skirt, Seychelles shoes

Thank you so much to everyone for the birthday wishes, gifts, dinner, and especially my surprise brunch this morning! I might have been panicking a little about turning 30, but this was the best birthday ever! It was a weekend full of fun with family and friends old and new. I’ll post the rest of the photos once I sort through all of them, but for now, just…thanks. =) You guys are the best.

Well Suited

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Tahari suit; Nanette Lepore top; Unlisted by Kenneth Cole shoes; Michael Kors bag; Kenneth Cole necklace; Von Zipper sunglasses; old bracelets; new ring

The heat wave broke on Monday, and I knew I was going to be super busy at work, so I decided to break out this white suit and start the week out feeling polished and professional rather than stressed and sloppy. I took a break at lunch to get outside and enjoy the weather at Town Center with my coworker, Michelle (of Bytes of Bites).

I actually stumbled upon this suit last week when I was dropping off a donation to the thrift store. It was hanging on the rack all bright and white with the $300 price tag still hanging off of it. The girl at the register told me it was $9.99, so I figured even if it didn’t fit, I could drop it off at the consignment shop or something. Turns out, it fits me perfectly, and I love it! Wearing this suit was exactly what I needed to get me through a 14-hour day in the office on Monday.




Statement rings have been my go-to accessory for the last few months. I found this one at a little boutique in Asbury Park called My Sister’s Favorite Things when I was in New Jersey last week. I also found these two bracelets in New Jersey — in my old jewelry box that I haven’t rifled through since 2004. It’s nice that we’ve been reunited, so I’ve been wearing them all week.



Thanks to Michelle for taking all these awesome photos!

And thanks to Kate at Nautical By Nature for featuring me as her Nautical Outfit of the Week on her blog today! I really enjoy reading Nautical By Nature, and I hope you’ll go check it out and leave her a comment to say hello!