Wednesday, July 23, 2014

once upon a dream

Because the roller skating rink was closed on Monday, I went to go see Maleficent (because princesses are always a great cure when your dreams are crushed).

That charming little movie left a tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day. To be completely honest, it might still be there. I've never been a huge fan of Sleeping Beauty; Maddie is more of an Ariel kind of girl. I'd be lying if I said my hair did not play a large part in this.

Anyways, "Once Upon A Dream" is still the best of all princess songs. Sorry mermaids.

Aurora may dream about mysterious princes in the mountains, but I prefer my guys at the beach.

Just kidding (not).

But right now boys aren't really important. Let's talk about this dress folks.


The second I saw it, it was love at first sight. Normally I don't buy things unless they have sale stickers, but this little number was an exception.


And just when it couldn't get any better, I realized that it was inspired by my own inspiration.

Lauren Conrad ya'll

blue13.jpgSince we're on the topic of dreams, I'll go ahead and tell you mine.

When I was little, I answered the "what do you want to be when you grow up" question with "a mermaid".

Now I think "LC".
blue11.jpgI don't actually want to be Lauren, but I want to do what she does. When I'm all old and grown, I want to work at a magazine. I want to write and look at beautiful pictures and create things that people love to read and see.
blue7.jpgAnd right now, this little dress reminds me of that dream.
blue8.jpgThanks to 3/4 sleeves,  she's perfect for a day you'll be stuck inside freezing air conditioning. It's also great in the cooler months (with the addition of tights and boots of course).

Plus, a darling bow and keyhole combo makes the backside pretty.
blue6.jpgAnd vintage Argentine cowboy boots make just about everything pretty.blue3.jpgother2.jpg


Whether you dream of beach boys or mountain ones or even of becoming a mermaid when you grow up, I wish you the best of luck!

Also remember that princess movies are a great alternative when the roller skating rink is closed. Happy Wednesday!



dress herehere, and here// vintage boots (ask my grandma)// earrings (similar)

*sadly, this perfect little dress sold out today (I am not kidding). Check out Lauren's collection at Kohl's for loads of equally cute ones!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


p5.jpg I like things that are different without being out of place, things that stand out without being too weird.

Actually, I take that back. Weird is great.

I've had these shorts for a few summers, always pairing them with a plain colored tee and pearl earrings. This season, soft shorts seem to be everywhere from the runway to Target. I don't hate it.


I pulled these cute little babies out of my dresser the other morning, and could not (for the life of me), find my favorite white blouse.

I literally tore up my entire room, dug through every drawer in my dresser, and even scoured the deep depths of my closet. It was nowhere.


Even though I'm still a little bitter about the loss of a very good friend blouse, that wild goose chase led me to something even better: a wonderful mismatched pairing of floral and stripes and plenty of darling.


The little navy dots on the shorts go perfectly with the stripes in one of my favorite tees. If heaven was a shirt, it would be this one. (I like it so much that I bought it in every color last summer)

Sadly, it's all sold out on American Eagle, but I did a little research and found ya'll an (almost) exact copy on Land's end. Just check the outfit details all the way at the bottom!


Also, I found these pretty gems at Old Navy for TWO DOLLARS. At a price like that, you just can't say no: grab yourself a pair before they're all gone!



See how great adding a little mismatch to your life outfit can be?


I hope your week is full of weird in the most wonderful way. After all, what's better than a little of the unexpected?



top (similar)// shorts (similar)// wedges (similar)// earrings (Old Navy, in stores only)

*sorry for the "similar" friends, all the originals are sold out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

sunnies & seersucker

Sonny & Cher, peanut butter & jelly, Maddie & sale

Some things are just meant to be pairs, and today I think I found a new one.

I call it "sunnies and seersucker".


This week, I have had a bad case of the the vacation blues. Seven days of nothing to do but whatever-the-heck-you-want makes getting back to the daily grind of life an icy reality check.

I dug this cute little sundress deep from the depths of my closet, in pursuit of something sweet, fun, and all-American. If anything can cheer me up, it's a little (or a lot) of closet shopping.

I think this one did the trick nicely.

These cute sunnies are brand spankin' new and my very favorites. Thank you Target for another stroke of genius. This pair has the magical ability to make me feel (a teeny bit) like a glamorous old movie star.

(In her younger days, that is)


bits2.jpg.jpg2And just when this dress couldn't get any more darling, some smart, smart person added ruffles.


Even though I was born the colors of the American flag (red hair, blue eyes, white skin), a little red lipstick makes a blue and white dress that much more patriotic.

A bow in the back adds some pretty little detail.bits8.jpgbits7.jpg

One of my favorite summer staples: to say that I wear these sandals almost every day would NOT be an exaggeration.

Remember folks: if you're ever stuck with a case of the vacation blues, look to the depths of your closet. You never know what you might find..

(hint hint it might be better than clothes: pockets are great for pennies and peppermints)



sundress (similar) here, here, and here// sandals// sunnies// lipstick

Monday, July 14, 2014


The past seven days have been glorious. My philosophy on surfing, old bay scented shrimp , and seashell hunting is that you can never have too much of a good thing.

I am infatuated with life on Topsail Island.

And now I will tell you a little tale of a thing I like to call opportunistic shopping.


It begins with a man named Uncle John (who is not really my uncle). He brought his stories of girlfriends past, Dominican cigarllos, and ancient coffee maker all the way from Florida.

He also brought this gem.


I walked into the kitchen after a morning of surfboards and saltwater and spotted it, sitting all by itself. After exclaiming that it was the most perfect bag i'd ever seen, I asked whose it possibly could be.

The only reply better than "Beyonce's" is "yours".

John had bought it for my grandma. It wasn't really her style. It also wasn't my mom's style, or my aunt's for that matter.

It's a darn good thing it was mine.


Sometimes the very best things are stumbled upon when you aren't really looking for them.

If you're very lucky, they also happen to be free. It isn't every day that a handmade leather bag falls into your arms (literally).


I can't decide which is better: hand sewn by a long forgotten creator, or hand picked by one of my favorite relatives.

Let's go with both.


One day a very long time ago, someone somewhere in South America stamped the perfect little gift with intricate designs and lots of love.

bitsOver the past seven days, my summer has been stamped with hundreds of little memories.

My heart has been stamped with happiness.