spots and stripes

By July 8, 2014 Style

stripes3{gap dress, matisse flats, karen walker sunglasses, ice watch, lulu frost earrings}

All summer – actually all year long – I look forward to the 4th of July – I mean during the nastiest of winter storms aren’t you just positive that July will never actually get here? Then suddenly it’s passed and you’re left wondering how summer is half over and all the magazines are touting the best new sweaters for fall. I have a lot of fun things I’m trying to squeeze into this summer, and time is ticking by too quick.
I wore this dress during my 4th of July getaway to the lake (actually twice!) because I love it so much. It was a spontaneous purchase the day before I went out of town, which I have a tendency to do a lot of the day before getaways. It’s like I get some sort of pre-vacation panic that I suddenly have nothing to wear for whatever adventure is taking me out of town!

My entire weekend was spent on or in the lake boating, attempting (with little success) wake surfing, enjoying the prettiest sunsets and fireworks, and ended with chasing down an ice cream truck all in the name of a Sunday sweet treat. Hope you all had a happy 4th!

Photography by Justin Meyer

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happy 4th

By July 3, 2014 Style

Fourth1{j crew dress, gap jean jacket, clare vivier bag, ice watch, loren hope bracelet, gorjana + griffin and stella & dot rings}

Happy holiday weekend! I’m skipping out to enjoy the 4th at the lake – my bag is packed full of swimsuits, sunglasses, sparklers, and sunscreen.

I’ve been on a bit of a buying binge lately – these sweet summer sales are killing my bank account. A few of the best of the best happening this weekend….enjoy!

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items with code BUZZ20 through July 7

Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRJULY through July 7

BaubleBar: $10 off a purchase of $30+ with code JULYRS through July 6

DVF: Extra 40% off sale items with code July40 through July 7

Gap: Up to 60% off

OtteNY: Extra 60% off sale items with code HAPPY4TH through today July 3

Piperlime: Up to 50% off

SSense: Sale up to 70% off

Photography by Laura Palmer


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june jam

By July 2, 2014 Life

The first full month of summer came and left and while I usually think of summertime as the season when things slow down to a nice relaxing sip-lemonade-and-enjoy-the-time pace, I packed it to the brim, taking advantage of every summery minute we had. After the brutal winter we (barely) survived last year, I’m not taking a single nice day for granted this year.

June was full of lots of watermelon (sometimes stepping in as dinner’s main course), sipping Kentucky Mules at Eden and lots of tasty wine at Winefest, enjoying the sights of Pridefest and the parade through my neighborhood, weekly sand volleyball games, getting my hair blown out with more volume then I knew my hair was possible of at the new Blo blow dry bar, and reeling in a couple big catches down off the coast of Florida. {whew…here’s to keeping things rolling right into July!}


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florida fishing

By June 25, 2014 Life


While summer in the Midwest is one of the best places to be, sometimes you just need a change in scenery. I think a getaway truly feels like vacation when you shake up your normal routine, take advantage of doing things you can’t do at home, and disconnect as much as you can. This past weekend I flew down to Florida for a quick trip with the boyfriend and a couple fun pals, and while it was a super quick (too quick!) of a trip, we packed all the sunshine-state goodness we could into a few short days.

To take advantage of our beach and boat scenery, we logged some serious hours on the water buzzing around on a fishing boat and got ourselves completely out of sight of land. We caught a (crazy, wild, hard-fighting 35-ish pound) cobia and grilled him up for dinner. We docked up to a darling, divey bar on the water for conch fritters and live music played by an old looking sailor. We fished for our own bait, sipped margaritas before noon, dug up sand dollars and seashells, watched giddy dolphins follow our wake, reeled in a baby shark (which we promptly tossed back in!), swam in to a beach bar for fresh oysters, and enjoyed a perfect overdose of sun, seafood, and salt covered skin.



I packed light for the trip but couldn’t help myself from picking up a few new things before our trip – like this Wildfox tee and this head wrap from (perfect to disguise salty, wind-whipped ocean hair!)




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