There's just something about the summertime that makes you want to climb into the car, swoop up a friend, good playlist & map in tow and take a roadtrip. Although I don't think my boyfriend trusts me when it comes to navigating, I will happily choose the fun roadside attractions and catchy playlists.
These images all evoke the ideas of a perfect summer roadtrip; an open road, sunny skies & windows down. I think Emerson's quote truly says it best!
There's only so many radio stations you can flip through, and games of words with friends you can play before boredom inevitably sets in. Take advantage of some quality time in the car to get to know your friend or boyfriend a little better.
These are some of my favorite roadtrip questions, but feel free to add your own!
I'm taking a little vacation over the 4th to my grandparents lake house to see family and get in some R&R. For once, I'm actually looking forward to the drive!
Leave your favorite roadtrip questions in the comments!
For this weekend's photoshoot for La Petite Fashionista Magazine (!!), we met at my friend Victoria's place. She lives right on a lake in Madison and has incredible style. She has a knack for pairing unique pieces and making them look pulled together and chic. She is a whiz at navigating sample sites and finding affordable deals!
I had to snap a few pictures for the blog of her living room + kitchen area to show you how stylish a 450 sq. foot apartment can be!
union jack rug via gilt.com // tweed couch// trunk as an end table // lamp from a 2nd hand store
neon pink baroque frame // old telephone nook as straightener holder// antlers for jewelry holder from urban outfitters
diy painted letter // floating bookshelves of vogue magazines & picture frames
mannequin styled w/ cute spring outfit // pins in a map marking places traveled & red refurbished table // globe from an antique store
flowers in skinny vases with a lake view on a hazy summer day // ikea chandelier
faux flowers in vintage-y vases to brighten up a kitchen table
Victoria was sweet enough to answer a few questions about her apartment & decorating tips for us:
where is your decor from, and how would you describe your interior design style?
It's a mixture
of vintage, borrowed and new. In terms of my overall décor, I love mixing retro Mid Century Modern style pieces with more sleek
modern ones. I don’t think you have to stick to only one style of décor,
because it look too much like a museum if you’re doing all retro or too stuffy
it’s all modern. You want it to be a welcoming space with personal touches that
develop as you live there. I love adding pops of color, it makes the place feel
alive when you’re stuck with white walls in a rental apartment.
what's your favorite piece in the living room/kitchen?
really love my counter height kitchen table. There are so many things I can do
with it, I will work on craft projects on it, or use it as a computer table,
and of course eat from it! What I love the most though is being able to sit
there and with a cup of coffee in the morning and overlook the view of the lake
and capital. It also is where everyone in my apartment congregates so naturally
I spend a lot of time around it.
Any advice for living in a small space?
it clean! It’s amazing how little clutter it takes for a small place to look
messy. Also, find cute storage that you can use for display as well, I don’t
have a lot of room for furniture because the apartment is so small and too much
will overwhelm a tiny space. So use the walls if you can (like the floating
bookshelves or jewelry rack) or find decorative fabric boxes & storage
Be on the lookout for an article from Victoria on secrets of eBay shopping in the first issue of LPF Mag!
Today I wanted to feature one of my favorite new style bloggers, Brittany of Steel Magnolias. This Texas girl has some serious style. I think I like it so much because it reminds me of myself, bright colors, lots of prints, and some statement accessories. She was sweet enough to do a quick Q+A with me!
Brittany just started her blog back in May, but it's already hard for me to pick favorite outfits off her blog. You have to make sure to bookmark her blog + check them all out for yourself!
turquoise pants + chevron jacket? I think yes!
cute lace shorts!
very Lilly Pulitzer inspired
the hi-low hem & summer brights
I hope everyone stops by Brittany's blog and welcomes her to the blogging world! Keep looking for more style profiles to come in the future!
Now that it's officially Summer, I've had dresses on the mind. I feel like I'm constantly finding the perfect happy hour/ wear-to-work/ summer festival dress and my wishlist keeps growing. I've been loving the dresses at Lulu's & Tobi because they're so colorful, affordable & chic!
How can you not love these "psychedelic oxfords" from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners-up, Creatures of the Wind's capsule collection for J. Crew? They're sparkly, they're colorful, and have a little bit of retro thrown in for good measure. I LOVE them!
I was totally inspired by the teal, yellow, and red-orange colorblocked combo paired with the gold glitter, and created this inspiration board based on these sassy shoes.
I always tell my boyfriend that one of the perks of dating me is free fashion advice ;) Luckily, he already has great style. I get quite a few requests for a feature on guy style; so here are a few of my (boyfriend approved) fashion picks; including some techy cool accessories.
As much as I try to use my fashion expertise to get him to try out the bowtie thing, he just won't give in. I love all of his picks; what is your favorite clothing item for guys? (I know some of my guy readers would appreciate the advice!)
There are so so many things I love about my new apartment, but the best thing has to be the rooftop pool. I'm used to living in FL and growing up with everyone I knew having a pool in their backyard, but here they're a little harder to come by.
There is nothing better on the weekend than lounging by the pool, drink in hand with a good book!
You know when you find one of those brands that you just identify with? That you know without a doubt that you'll love everything they make? Well, Trina Turk is that brand for me; we're kind of fashion soulmates. I'm obsessed with the bright prints and beachy feel of the brand.
So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Trina Turk was partnering with Banana Republic this summer! You can even imagine how even more excited I was when they asked if I wanted to wear a piece from the line (in petites)! I love that the proportions are so perfect!
It was love at first sight when I saw this 60's style tunic dress. I'm so used to dresses being the wrong length of me because I'm a petite girl living in an average sized world, but this one fit perfectly. The sash was also perfect for a waist cinching my hourglass frame.
I'm still settling into my new place, and the new commute. I admittedly kind of like starting my day off a little earlier to fire up my Keurig coffee maker and read some blogs. I also am loving my new walk-in-closet. My Trina Turk Swirl Tunic Dress is going to look so pretty in there!
These are some of my favorite picks from the Trina Turk x Banana Republic collection:
There's so much to love from this collection, inspired by Palm Beach- from the printed maxis to tie blouses, enamel bangles, and sixties style chandelier earrings. Too cute!
Summer is in full swing here! My weekends have been packed with cookouts, craft beers, and all time with friends. There are too many pictures for one post, so I've combined some of the best snapshots.
My favorite lil sissy in town to help me move - playing hostess at a cookout; I made a tasty cocktail I named "Pineapple Dreamboat" with (pineapple juice, guava juice, cream of coconut & light rum) - Ian's Pizza, my favorite in madison; delicious flavors like bbq chicken ranch and mac & cheese - Colorful chairs at "the Union" - Garnet & Gold monogrammed koozie from etsy - Summery outfit for a waterfront music festival - beautiful canal in Madison - The boy & I at a summer festival - Wildflowers in a hip neighborhood - Arm Candy
Whew! It's been a great summer already and it's only just begun! I look forward to many more summer festivals and afternoons by the pool.
I recently discovered society6, a site for artists/illustrators to post their gorgeous work & us untalented people to buy it as a print/canvas/cellphone cover/apparel. At as little as $15, it's an incredibly affordable way to incorporate some unique art print into your home!
I wanted to share with you a few that I absolutely love and want to put in my new place.
The prints are so inexpensive that you could easily buy a bunch and switch them out in the frames whenever you want a new look! PLUS, you can support some independent artists. I love all of these for summertime (or a summer state of mind year round!)
I've been taking advantage of lunch time to enjoy the sunshine & warm weather. The boy & I like to take our lunch to the park to eat on the picnic tables, throw around the football & relax! I asked him nicely to play photographer for me yesterday, because I'm kind of in love with these lavender pants (oh the poor guys who date fashion bloggers!).
Since my move my sister has literally revamped my fridge replacing my mayo with veganaise & wheat bread w/ whole grain Ezekiel & beef w/ chicken burgers (just tried the Chipotle Lime Chicken Burger from Trader Joe's last night-- AMAZING!).
So, I've been trying to bring some healthy lunches too! Today's was Sparkling Raspberry water, organic chicken salad w/ apples on a bed of spinach & lemon macadamia nut quinoa.
I'm not sporty at all, so for anyone who knows me, this picture is quite hilarious, but I like how genuinely happy & careefree I look :) I'm looking forward to many more summer lunches at the park!
How do you take advantage of summer during the work week?
I spent my weekend moving and unpacking and have spent the last few days organizing, decorating, and detoxing my closet. Luckily my sister is an expert organizer and unpacker, she's great at making things look good, and helping me get rid of things she knows I won't wear (she knows me too well!).
I have my first walk-in-closet of my life (i die.). It's a work in progress, but it's going to be my dream closet when it's all finished! I've been busy buying bins + boxes to organize, and have been happy with all the cute prints & colors in stores. I wanted to share some of my favorite stylish organizational pieces for your own spring cleaning.
I can't wait to show you my new place! I'm having fun decorating & having a new roomie (hi A!) and city life!