Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Very Summer Tie-Dye Set

Head to Toe: Top and skirt made by Cynthia Loynd // Sandals, Teva

If you've been following this blog for a while, you already know my mom is a very talented seamstress. She made me this soft, swingy skirt for summer and I am in love. She had extra fabric so made a matching tank, as well. I love these two paired as a set but plan to wear them on their own, too. The skirt would look great with a white tank, and the tank with high-waist denim shorts.

As a freelancer, I don't leave the house much, so I was excited for an opportunity to attend a local concert on the beach last night and enjoy the gorgeous evening with a friend. Hot summer nights are what make life worth living, amiright? Tomorrow, Sean and I are headed to our family's cabin in central Pennsylvania, and I can't wait to breath in that fresh mountain air. What are your weekend plans?

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Very New England Summer Outfit

Head to Toe: Dress, Shoshanna // Jacket, thrifted // Shoes, Sebago // Hat, Adrienne Vittadini

June is possibly when New England is in peak charm. (I'll probably say that again in October, sorry.) My dad snapped these photos during our weekly co-work lunch break dog walk. This muggy, overcast day with so many boats in the background is giving me all the feels. Mainly, gratitude for having such pretty scenery within reach. I mean, give me a lobster lobstah roll and a Boston accent and this may as well be Cape Cod. Here's to a summer of muggy days, straw hats and white dresses.
Photos by Chris Loynd

Monday, June 10, 2019

Clueless-Inspired Plaid Jumper and White Sneaks

Head to Toe: Dress, Urban Outfitters // Sneakers, KOIO

Spring took a while to make its way to New England but it has been the most wonderful early summer (or late spring, if you're being technical). I scored this jumper for an extra 50% off of clearance at the end of the season last year and was excited to wear it for a warm morning on the town last week to meet my friend Sophia for coffee and to take some photos.

Funny thing is, we were supposed to meet in Darien but had to change plans when I locked myself out of my apartment for no apparent reason. (We've all been there, amiright?) She was happy to switch to Norwalk, and my dad took a ride on his motorcycle to let me in with a spare. That's the kind of thing that can derail your whole day, but I decided to let it roll off my shoulders. I still had a great morning and got a little visit with my dad out of it. I'm glad I was able to reframe the situation and not make a mountain out of a molehill. And still get some cute pics!
 Photos by Sophia Andersen

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Vintage Mom Jeans and a Tied-Up Blouse

Head to Toe: Top, jeans and bag; vintage // Shoes, Melissa

I was in an outfit rut Monday, so I headed to my Pinterest to see what I had saved of my Outfit Inspo board. This look below was the answer: plain light-wash mom jeans and a crisp white button down. I had the goods to replicate this look, but it all rode on fitting into my snug vintage Levis—something that hasn't happened in quite a while. I took a deep breath and stepped into them and like Cinderella's slipper, perfect fit! I never weigh myself, but it's great to see progress when it comes to your clothes. I put my own twist on this look by tying up a vintage white blouse and pairing with these cool "plastic" Melissa slides. With that, I'm off to spin class! What do you do when you're in a clothing rut?
Source: The Style Panorama
Photos by Chris Loynd

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

5 Things I Learned About Board & Brush Norwalk

Last week, I had the opportunity to try out Board & Brush Norwalk. I made the cutest personalized coat rack for the casa and had the best time crafting it alongside my dearest Becca. While I've seen friends post DIY boards on Instagram, I didn't really know what to expect. Here are a few things that surprised me (in a good way) about the experience:
  1. There is no sawing. I'm not too handy with electric tools, so I was relieved to find that my board was pre cut and assembled. But I did use a drill to attach my hooks!
  2. There are lots of choices! I thought I would make the exact model I picked online, but it turns out you can personalize many aspects of your board with different distress marks (yup, that's a meat tenderizer I'm wielding), stains and finishing effects. 
  3. It's long, so bring snacks. All in all, my board took almost three hours. Experienced crafters brought spreads of snacks, sandwiches and wine. (Helps with the creativity, no?) Board & Brush has water and soda on hand, but it's BYOB if you so choose. 
  4. It's more forgiving than you think. I was nervous peeling off my stencil, but the pros at B&B have lots of tricks for touching up your board if a letter smudges or a piece of paint pulls off.
  5. Everything is set with a wax finish. After you peel off your stencil, the last step is to lightly sand your work and then lightly rub with a wax finish. This really helped everything set and adds durability.
I learned I'm not that great at making choices, so you might want to mull over your colors ahead of time. In the end, I love what I picked, but game-time decisions are tough! The last choice I'm working on now is where to hang my sign. I'm dreaming of creating an entry vignette with it. Maybe with my newfound staining skills I can make a matching table? If you've ever been to Board & Brush, tell me about your experience in the comments! If not, would you try it?
This post is sponsored by Board & Brush Norwalk but all opinions are my own.