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Friday, July 1, 2016

Little Gingham Sundress

kate spade new york gingham fit & flare dress

luana italy bag and kate spade gingham dress

Kate Spade Gingham Dress with Luana Italy handbag and Chanel ballet flats


cariter tank watch and luana italy bag

voluminous curly blond hair inspo

gingham fit and flare dress
Gingham Dress// Chanel Flats (similar, similar)

Last week I went to a really fun event hosted by Yelp at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum. The event was a 1940's theme, which was so well done. The concept behind the event was to highlight food and drink in Pittsburgh. So there were a ton of restaurants and bars that had tables and you could taste all different types of food!

My favorite table was the Bakn table. They are located on Carnegie and at their table, they served homemade biscuits with bacon jam. It sounds a little weird, but it was incredible! They also had the cutest mini bloody mary's!

The Soldiers and Sailors building is located in Oakland on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. It's an architecturally stunning building and the largest memorial in the US that honors all branches of the military. Built in 1908, it's also a historic landmark. The building was used in the filming of Silence of the Lambs. The main 'ballroom' on the top floor is where Hannibal Lecter was locked up in the large cage and then where he escaped. It was really cool but also semi-creepy being in that same room! I really love that movie because it's so well done, but don't watch it much because it majorly creeps me out. It's one of those movies that you have to watch something else that's cute or funny afterward to feel settled and back to normal again.

Then, this week, I chatted with Rachel of Yelp at another event and she said she is thinking about having another event around Halloween. I can't wait because it was just such a fun and well-executed event! If you're in Pittsburgh, I definitely recommend attending!

I wore this really comfortable gingham sundress. It was hot and super humid that evening, so I ditched my heels and threw on my Chanel flats. The dress was lightweight and overall a really easy to wear piece. The size guide online says if between sizes, to size up, but I disagree. I am wearing a size 2 and the fit was roomy and plenty big... had I sized up, it would have been much too large.

I'm also excited to throw on a white button down shirt and tie it at the waist so it looks like a shirt/skirt outfit. And then as the fall approaches, I am going to toss on a black cable sweater overtop!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lately 6/30/2016

Bow Shoulder Top (on major sale)// Gold Button Shorts (under $60)// Jack Rogers (20% off)

Wearing: I wore this to dinner at Tako with friends the other night. It was SO hot outside, so the simplest of outfits was necessary. I really loved this easy look and will be re-wearing it in the coming weeks! Also, my third-time at Tako and it has just re-confirmed that it truly is the best food in Pittsburgh. I cannot sing its praises enough! See past post featuring these shorts (including fit information!). 

Eating: I went into Trader Joe's the other day and picked up some new-to-me things that I absolutely love.  Their smoked salmon duet spread, Burrata Prosciutto Arugula Flatbread(omg this is the best thing ever),  Frozen devined tail-on shrimp. I live really close to Wholey's which is the mecca of fresh seafood in Pittsburgh. I was having people over for cocktails that night and didn't have time to make it to Wholey's so I settled for TJ's frozen cocktail shrimp. Wow were they good. They were decently large and had a really nice flavor. If you can't get them fresh, definitely try these, and the cocktail sauce is amazing, too!

Drinking: El Diablo from Tako. If you go to Tako, get this drink. It has a major flavor of fresh ginger. It's made with Sauza blanco, lime, ginger, soda, and cassis. So fresh and lively-- a perfect drink for the hot summertime days.

Reading: Just ordered a few books from the list on my sidebar! Did you hear that Curtis Sittenfeld's book, Prep, was acquired by HBO for a series?! I'm really excited about this. I loved this book when I read it in high school and several times after. I really like Sittenfeld's books and can't wait for the show!

Listening: I'm going to the Billy Joel concert tomorrow night (!!!!) and I am so excited. He is one of my absolute favorites and I've always wanted to see him in concert! June's playlist got really full, so I started on July (this song made it to the playlist, it's SO good!). I absolutely LOVE it when you guys send me snapchats of song recommendations. It's awesome and I really appreciate it! Feel free to keep them coming (I'm SummerWind41490)... I'm trying to get better and more active with Snapchat so bear with me!



Loving: My FabFitFun box came last week and I love it. It's so fun to get this box in the mail. It always has full-sized products and fun things like that adorable Trina Turk Tote and Wine-shaped popsicle molds (who knew?!). Use code SYDC for $10 off your order!

Recommending: I am pretty much a Lululemon girl when it comes to leggings (these being my favorite). I would have never thought to look to Spanx for leggings, however, I was sent a pair by their PR team and I am IN LOVE. Seriously, these leggings are incredible. I'll have to do a full blog post on them, because they're that good. They're high quality and the way they fit are just incredible. If you are looking to something comparable to Lululemon, dare I say even better, look no further!

Sale-ing: I am so excited about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and you can now preview the items included in the sale, here! I score some really great finds each year and I'll share those with you when the time comes (August 14 for early access and August 22nd for everyone else). Bergdorf's is having a major sale (up to 75% off) right now. Now is the time to shop for those designer items you've had your eyes on... I personally love these prada pumps, and these classic but interesting Manolo Blahniks, these rag and bone suede booties.



Pittsburgh-ing: My sister and I went to an event last week and since it was in Oakland, we took the opportunity to walk over to The O (The Original Hot Dog Shop). The O (or loving referred to as 'the dirty O), is an iconic Pittsburgh institution located on Forbes Avenue in the heart of Oakland on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. I've been a dozen or more times, but it really never gets old. It was opened in 1960 and I am pretty sure they have not changed a thing since it opened. It's slightly sketchy, but it's a must visit-- especially if you love a good hot dog! It's been ranked by the New York Times, voted Best Hot Dog by many food publications, and been featured on Travel shows and food shows alike. My favorite time to go to the O is late-night after an event... I cannot tell you the amount of times I've wandered into the O with friends all dressed up and ordered a hot dog and their mountain of fries (seriously a small order could feed a small country). That's just what my sister and I did last week when we went! It's quintessential Pittsburgh and if you haven't been, I couldn't recommend it more. Another really great late-night food spot? Beto's Pizza on Banksville Road. Truly one of my favorite 'pizzas' (if you can even call it that) in the world!

Wanting: I don't often buy into a splurge vs. steal deal because usually, the splurge is much higher quality and the steal is a majorly cheap 'knockoff'. However, $1500 for one pair of shoes is just not something I'm into no matter how chic they are (and even if they are Chanel). I love that these shoes are high quality (real leather, padded footbed, etc.). I love the look of this classic slingback shoe and the $125 price point is much more wallet-friendly....sold! Not to mention, the Chanel version has the fabric toe and the 'steal' version has a suede toe, which in the end, has more longevity and will wear better.

Wanting II: Not much going on in the way of cute things this week. I haven't been browsing much, so that could be why!


Quoting: There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.”-Ryan Adams

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Classic Hot Pink Dress

Elizabeth McKay THE COCO DRESS

tuckernuck tortoise clutch

elizabeth mckay coco dress

david yurman cable bracelet and signet pinky ring


The other day I was walking in the grocery store parking lot when I saw a little girl skipping by in a shirt that read 'class of 2023'. When I saw that, it made me feel really old. Another thing that made me feel old? My cousin, Michael, just graduated from high school! I feel like it was just yesterday he was a baby. I was 8 when he was born, so I can vividly remember him as a baby/toddler. It's crazy how the time flies and it really does move even faster as you get older. 

I wore this pretty pink dress to my cousin's graduation party. It was a pretty casual party, so I paired the dress with Jack Rogers instead of heeled sandals. I love that this dress is easy to move in, but still looks very structured and put together. You could easily wear this to a more casual wedding or cocktail party with a fancier clutch/shoes/jewelry combo. 

For sizing, it runs pretty true to size. I am wearing a size 2 for reference. Also, did you know that the updated Jack Rogers now offer a sandal with a rubber sole for added comfort, improved traction, and longevity? It really does make a major difference!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Going Out Outfit: Lace Romper Under $100

MISSGUIDED Ladder Stitch Lace Romper

Steve Madden 'Carrson' Sandal (Women)

affordable white lace romper

white lace romper and steve madden carrson sandals

white lace romper and steve madden carrson sandals

white lace romper and steve madden carrson sandals
Lace Romper (under $100!)// Nude Heeled Sandals (under $100)

The other night I went to a concert at Pittsburgh's Stage AE, a concert venue on the North Shore. I've been to many concerts at this venue, but I had yet to go to one outside! We saw The Clarks, which is a band from Pittsburgh. I have long been a fan of The Clarks and have been to several of their concerts in the past! 

Not only do they have great music, but they put on a great show. I love that Scott Blasey, the lead singer of The Clarks, has such a love for Pittsburgh and his family! At this concert, he brought out his young daughters and they sang a song with the band. It was seriously the cutest thing ever. 

It was pretty darn hot during the day. We had spent the earlier half of the day lounging by the pool and it was so hot, that I went in the water a lot, which is somewhat rare... you can usually find me with a good book laying on a lounge chair! 

I was planning on wearing white jeans to dinner and then the concert, but remembered I had just gotten this white lace romper in the mail. It was the perfect thing to throw on to beat the heat! I always say this, but rompers are very hit or miss for me. I find most to be awkward fitting, or the shorts are just way too short for my liking.

I was glad to find that this romper had a nice length to the shorts. I also liked that it had sleeves to balance out the fact that the top half has a plunging neckline. It's definitely something I will reach for when going out at night this summer.

As far as sizing, the sizing is really weird/off. I am wearing a US 6, so I would suggest sizing up at least one size if not, 2 sizes. While it's meant to fit your body in a more fitted way, rather than flowy/loose, you definitely want to make sure you order it 'large enough' so that the shorts aren't super short! 

If you're on the hunt for another white lace romper, all sizes are still left in this romper from this post! I also found some other great summertime wicker clutches that I am loving, scroll through the widget above to view my favorites!