Summer Whites

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Hi guys!

I haven’t posted in a few days even though i’ve had high intentions of doing so — i’ve unfortunately been sick AND have had no one who has spare time to take my pictures :(
But, I decided to try and take them myself anyway! A perfect outfit doesn’t need perfect pictures anyway, right? So here it is. I had to put a timer on and place the camera on the steps in my backyard, and as you can see the dogs are running around like crazy :) haha but enjoy x

The crop top is from H&M (here) as well as the skort. These skort’s are really in style right now and you have probably seen them around a lot. Some styles come fully in a skirt, but I love the short version. It makes it more casual and comfy :)
I wore a black bandeau underneath the crop top to go with the black Michael Kors heels (here) and added just a touch of silver jewelry with tiny midi-rings, a small silver Cape-Cod bracelet, a small silver necklace and silver earrings that had a light aqua blue in the center. I found my really cute midi-rings for less at Pac Sun (here) and my earrings for less at Forever 21 (here)

-A xo

Francesca’s Frenzy

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Francesca’s boutique always has an amazing collection of jewelry for affordable prices. Yesterday, I went there and they had a sale where for one piece, you get another for only $5.00. Both of these were only $12.00! So for a total of $17.00 I got both of these gorgeous pieces that can match pretty much everything.
The midi-ring is both gold and silver, so can be paired with other jewelry of any metal. The wire wrapping is a such a small detail but stands out.
The bracelet is for a bit more of a less-casual occasion, although I pair it up with a few more casual similar style bracelets and will wear it with everyday outfits. Although the leave detail is pretty, I’m not a big fan of it and may in the future take it off.

-A xo

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Summer Daisies and Stripes

I posted an ‘Outfit of the Day’ post not too long ago wearing these same daisy shorts from LF Clothing with a different white crop top.
The black and white striped crop top is from Banana Republic. It was a handy-down from my mom from when cropped tops were in-style in the 90′s.
I wear this top with so many different shorts and wear these shorts with other different crop tops all the time! They’re two of my favorite pieces I have in my wardrobe and can be worn for any casual summer day :)

Check out LF Stores website here

-A xo

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July Nail Art

Living my entire life in a town that celebrates the Fourth of July for the entire month of July, and holds the oldest parade in the history of the Nation just for the occasion, being patriotic isn’t just a one day thing. I goat gel manicure done the day before the Fourth! All red nails, a white accented nail with a navy anchor, they don’t go out of style for the entire summer!

Here are a few other cute ideas for July Nails:

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This picture I saw on Alex and Ani’s Instagram page. Check out their page here

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These last four pictures I got from another Instagram page. The nail artist who created there, Alex Leonti, works at a nail salon in Bristol, RI, but no matter where you are from, you can follow her to see great nail designs and to create your own unique designs!

Check out her page here!

-A xo

 

Sources:

http://www.instagram.com/nailsbyalexleonti

http://www.instagram.com/alexandani

 

 

 

My July Jewelry Essentials

For Fourth of July Celebrations, or cheering on the USA in the World Cup games, these are my go-to pieces for this years month of July.

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My rope “Bristol” bracelet was given to me as a gift from my mom, and was bought at a little boutique called Aqua in Bristol, Rhode Island. They also have another small boutique in RI called ‘Salt’. Neither stores can be found online but they do have a Facebook page that can be found here … They also have an Instagram page where you can see a lot of their products!

The Bangles are Alex and Ani. I am obsessed with this company (as are a lot of other people) because it was made in my little home of Rhode Island and are made entirely of recyclable materials and each charm has its own special meaning. Pairing a bunch together (no matter silver or gold) is the way to go and looks so cute! Here are the names of mine:
-The Sapphire Luxe Beaded Bangle
-The Bamboo Beaded Bangle,
-The Starfish Charm Bangle
-The University of Rhode Island Logo Charm Bangle
-Eye of Horus Bangle
-Fluer de Lis Charm Bangle
The red white and blue wrap bracelet I don’t have the card for nor could I find it online anymore.

You can find an Alex and Ani store near you and in small boutiques, and if not you can order them online at their website here!

Here’s their Instagram page

The necklace which you can see in one of the pictures is an American Flag charm that looks like a Pandora charm. I also got this as a gift from Coggeshell Jewelers, also a small jewelry store that is in little Bristol, RI. They don’t have an online store either, but you can keep updated with their store by their Facebook page found here

I love the atmosphere and spirit around the Fourth of July and accessories are always the best attributes to an amazing outfit!

-A xo

Summer Stripes

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I ran across this adorable outfit in this picture posted on Pintrest by Sarah Gremilion (her page can be found here)

It’s absolutely adorable and is the perfect example of how simple pieces can be put together the right way to have the perfect streetstyle.

Her bag of course is Celine, but for similar pieces at more affordable prices, check out below.

Seamless Stripe Tee by Boutique

Seamless Stripe Tee from TopShop for $50.00 found here

 

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Button-Tab Denim Shirt from Forever 21 for $27.80 found here
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The Classic Wash Denim Cutoffs from Forever 21 for $15.80 found here
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The Iconic Straw Panama Hat also from Forever 21 for $14.80 found here

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Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch for $160.00 found here
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The Veranda Place Nylon Small Evie by Kate Spade for $178.00 found here
Or, for a less expensive option, the Almemosa Bag from Aldo in Midnight Black for $45.00 found here
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The Claral from ShoeDazzle for $49.95 found here 
Another great pair of shoes that would look amazing with this outfit that I recommend are the Fidien flat sandals from Aldo for $30.00 (this style is really really popular right now) found here
OR (sorry guys, I really am shoe obsessed) the Steve Madden Cydney Sandal I saw on HauteLook for $42.00. Get them here
 This is a great every day outfit that can be put together for low prices! Enjoy!

 

Mane n’ Tail Shampoo

Recently I’ve been trying new things to get my hair growing thicker and longer. I’ve constantly heard great things from friends about Mane n’ Tail Shampoo (a product that supposedly is for horses, but can be used by humans), saying that it makes their hair grow really really fast. I also had read really great reviews on MakeupAlley.com. So, why not try it? For about $8 for a large bottle, it was worth a shot in my book.

After only two weeks use, (yup, that’s all it took for me), I am ready to throw the bottle in the garbage.

After washing my hair with the shampoo, and not conditioning it at all, my hair was left feeling like plastic and was very clumped together and tangled.

I then tried it next with conditioner and the result was a bit better. I still found that my hair felt like rubber, just a bit less dramatic as the first time, so I just continued to use it.

After two weeks, I found that my usual every-other-day method of washing my hair couldn’t last. My roots were terribly greasy after just a day and every time I itched my scalp there would be white under my nails. Gross, right?  My scalp had become tremendously dry and my roots very greasy (yeah, I guess that is possible). It was just a bad experience and after my first use of an average shampoo, like Garnier Fructise, my hair was starting to feel normal and smooth again and the greasiness was fading.

I don’t recommend this product at all.

For some people it works, for me, it didn’t. Just be careful and pay close attention to the affects it’s having on your hair.

-Alex

Little Things

It used to be little things.

Handstands in Grandma’s living room

Sea monkey’s

Twenty games of solitaire (in a row)

Butterfly catchers

Cutting worms in half to make two

Picking petals off a flower

“He loves me, He loves me not”.

Our tiny hands

Our tiny worlds.

The rain was just another day to play in the mud

Bugs were a mystery

And you’d fall asleep at night twirling Daddy’s hair.

That’s all that life was

And all that life had to be.

Now we spend rainy days on the couch

Dodging each drop as we run out to the car (God forbid it ruined our hair)

Mud smearing across the car doors

And your new shoes are ruined.

Bugs remind you of caskets and death

And when they put Grandma into the ground.

Daddy’s hair is gone

Ever since his head was scarred

From the alcohol.

Solitaire brings you back to Grandpa

Who can’t get out of his hospital bed.

And no flower can fix your lonely nights

From constant fights.

But that’s life

And what life has come to be.

Outfit of the Day: June 3rd 2014

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So my birthday recently passed and every year for my birthday my family and I go to NYC to do some birthday shopping! Like every other year, LF Store in SoHo was a major hit. I spent nearly my entire spending money in the store and fell in love with more than I could afford! Both the top and the bottom are from their line and my shoes are Converse (can never go wrong with a pair of Converse’s… or three!). Check out more of their clothing and their Instagram for a lot of their looks http://www.lfstores.com – @lfstores