Friday, June 28, 2013

3 looks for summer fun in the sun and water!

Well my lovelies, the weekend is upon us once again.  I've got water on the mind with how hot it's been and I'll be longing for a beach chair and a good book all weekend long!

I've rounded up 3 looks for you which all include swimwear.  I'm loving the full piece suits that are out right now, so chic!  Any of these looks could be worn on the beach, boat or next to the pool.

What are your weekend plans?
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beach day 1

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on the boat

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by the pool

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

keeping cool in floral

I finally caved and put my AC unit in the window.   I call this caving because the best part of summer for me is that I can open the *two* windows I have in my bitty studio apartment.   With only two windows who wants to have them both closed when you can have them open while the birds chirp, neighbors have parties, and firetrucks fly by?   Regardless of my desire to hear every sound in my neighborhood, I clogged up a window.  
The deciding factor was  yesterday morning.  It was an absolute disaster trying to get dressed.  After about 4 outfits, and lots of sweat trying to get the pants on... and then off... I landed on this dress and brought a denim jacket to work with me.  I couldn't bear trying to make another pair of pants work.  

Week is almost over and I'm already ready for vacation! 
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Dress - Old Navy, similar similar
Belt - Forever21 (old), similar
Shoes - Old Navy, similar

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


It's been SO hot the past few days.  I just threw this outfit together because the lighter hues made me feel cooler, plus peach and white just feel like summer to me.  Like an orange-cicle.    
I'm also not quite certain how you ladies with beautiful curles do it in the heat.  My hair is cray (yep, Sara I said cray) right now in this humidity!  And thank goodness you cannot really tell in these photos but I'm sporting some pretty sexy tan lines from the Zac Brown Band concert extravaganza Sunday.   If you like country/folky music and he comes your way - Go.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  Trust - it was amazing!

Hope you are all having a fab week!
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Pants - Old Navy
Shoes - Target
Tote - Michael Kors via Marshals, similar 

Linking up today with Amy from Fashion and Beauty Finds

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

cali trip - what to pack!

Next week I head off to California for the North American Irish Dance Nationals!  I'm thrilled to have two of my dancers compete in solos and to have the opportunity to go.   When JillGG of Good Life for Less posted yesterday about a week at the beach, it really got me brainstorming on what I'm going to pack for my trip.  I will need a few dresses and semi-formal/business attire for the days that I'm walking around the competition.  But, I have a few days in between where I'll be traveling to Disney Land and laying by the pool.

I've rounded up a few key pieces that are exact or similar to what I'll be taking with me.  Can't go anywhere without stripes, florals and chambray!  Also need a good nude wedge, nice flat that I can walk around in, a tote to carry my day to day essentials and comfortable travel wear.

Do you have any big vacations coming up?

cali bound

Shop my cali vaca picks

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Monday, June 24, 2013

statement necklaces & $50 anthropologie giveaway!

So, I keep seeing everyone with this J.Crew inspired flower thing around their neck.   Well I had to have one.  I must say, it's the perfect little statement.   

I'm very excited to have teamed up with the lovely Kelsey from Ladies in Navy to bring you a giveaway for a $50 gift-card to Anthropologie! Not only does Kelsey have a kick booty blog with amazing and easy recipes, she has killer style and has been a huge supporter of After the 40 Bar Finish!  What has become one of my favorite things about blogging is the friends you make along your journey! 
 Enter below by following along on social medias using raffelcopter and best of luck! 
The winner will be announced next Monday!
Top - Old Navy
Jeans - Gap
Clutch - Gap
Wedges - Target
Necklace - BrinaBox

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