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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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I am headed to my happy place at the end of this week: Georgia! I am planning on pure relaxation and lots of time spent on the lake with family! 

With that said, I loved when you all gave me posting suggestions the last time I asked (like the camera post, boy post, makeup update, what's in my beach bag, DC Guide, Pittsburgh Favorites, etc.) so I thought I would go ahead and let you know I am taking blog post requests (you can also request via e-mail SummerWind41490@gmail.com or on Tumblr)! To keep up with me while on vacation in 'real time', find me on Twitter and Instagram! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

The Cricket Sweater



I don't know much about the British sport... in fact, I really knew nothing at all, so I went on a wild Google search to teach myself about Cricket. A few articles and YouTube videos later and I've decided it looks like a mini version of baseball. 

What I also noticed? They don't wear 'cricket sweaters'! Bummer. I'm a huge fan of the style: preppy, sporty and relaxed.. just the way I think summer weekends should be! Anyways, I swiped one of my dad's old sweaters one chilly night (it was actually 55 degrees, brrr) to lounge in and get some work done and I might have worn it 6 other instances...it has yet to make it back to his closet (oops, sorry, dad!!). It's a unisex classic and you really can't go wrong. The sweater I am sporting in the above photos is older than I am, but I found a few options if you are looking to pick up cricket ;). This is true proof that this is a classic and a piece you will have forever. It simply doesn't go out of style-- but then again, I guess it was never 'in' either. 


This version is most similar to the one I am wearing in the above photos... grab it now while it's on sale for just $55... and this one is just $49! Also, don't be afraid to shop the men's... they usually have the coziest and best sweaters! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Easy Like Sunday Morning



So many songs that reference Sundays... like Lionel Richie's Easy Like Sunday Morning or another favorite of mine, Maroon 5's Sunday Morning. Truthfully, I used to dread Sundays. Sundays in college meant my sorority's chapter meeting, only a few dining locations were open and homework-- lots of it. 

However, I'm just now starting to enjoy my Sundays. It's a great day to sleep in, to recover from Saturday night, to brunch, to be lazy or to be productive... it's what you make of it, right? I've started to really try to make my weekends as relaxing as possible considering my job was ranked 5th most stressful job of 2014. So when I get a weekend free of travel or work obligations, I relish it! 

 Something that now makes my Sundays/weekends even better? My Nespresso! I had been wanting one for a while and decided to go for it... I really don't love Keurigs so I was a little put off by the similarities, but let me tell you: this makes amazing espresso!! I really had my doubts but I am a new believer. When you purchase the machine, it comes with a variety pack of pods to sample. After sampling a bunch, I was able to determine my favorites. I really love the arpeggio, ristretto, fortissio lungo and then for decaf, the decaffinato intenso. It's really amazing how simple it is to make my own cappuccinos, lattes, etc. as well as control the intensity of the espresso.




I have been loving making myself a macchiato which is an espresso shot with milk foam on top! I think I'll especially love the convenience of my Nespresso in the freezing cold winter months. Being able to enjoy a cappuccino without stepping foot outside will make me one happy camper, for sure!

I've also been trying to eat delicious breakfasts on the weekend considering my Monday-Friday breakfast is either non-existent or consists of coffee and a banana. La Gourmandine is a French bakery in Pittsburgh that has the most amazing pastries... I've been picking them up on Saturday mornings and bringing them home to enjoy for the rest of the weekend. I've also been making bagels with cream cheese, capers, onions and lox...yumm! Not to mention lots of omelette making. We have a pretty back patio with lots of comfortable furniture so lounging outside, enjoying an espresso with breakfast and catching up on blogs/e-mails or reading is definitely my happy place and makes for a weekend well spent! 


Do you have a Nespresso? What are your favorite pods? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Monday, July 28, 2014

#NSale Navy Midi Skirt






Shirt (on sale!)/ Skirt/ Shoes (old, similar)
Monogram Necklace/ Ring/ Bag (vintage, similar
I thought I would share this fab navy midi skirt I scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (#nsale). I love the ladylike look of a midi skirt... this one has a great texture and the deep navy shade makes it appropriate for all seasons. It has a matching cropped top and I tried both pieces on together but the look was too boxy and quite unflattering on my frame! 
I have received a few requests to put together some 'work appropriate' outfits and this one is definitely something I would rock in an office setting. It's conservative, classic and simple, but the heeled strappy sandals and tied up shirt give it a more youthful look. It would transition nicely from desk to dinner! 
I wear a lot of this silhouette-- a button down tied up and a fuller skirt... it's one of my favorite looks and reminds me of Carolina Herrera. The #nsale runs through August 4th so get shopping-- This skirt is currently $59.90 but will go back up to $90 when the sale has ended. Check out another post highlighting great pumps from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Have a fabulous day! 
Yours,