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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Gorgeous Summer Dress Great for Graduation Parties

Thank you to Macy's Max Studio for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Today I'm sharing this gorgeous dress from Macy's. The brand is Max Studio.It's one of Macy's newest brands and it is quickly becoming a favorite because most of the pieces are high quality, sophisticated, and classic (with a touch of trend). 

Whether you need a great pair of pants, a cute jacket, or a dress for a certain occasion, Max Studio at Macy's is a great option. I bought this dress so I could wear it to a few graduations/graduation parties that I am attending this spring/summer. Does anyone else feel really old when they start attending graduations for guys and gals that you swear were just 9 years old, like yesterday?! It really is crazy to watch how fast children grow up now that I am an adult myself. It really reminds you to cherish the moments and always celebrate the good times... and graduation is certainly a reason to celebrate! 

I love that this dress is not too dressy (but it can be dressed up if need be!)... graduation parties come in all shapes and sizes so it can be hard to decide what is an appropriate outfit. Each one is different! The dress has the most gorgeous embroidered detail as well as a tiny bit of ruffle that adds a feminine flair. It's an off-white/creamy shade, so you can wear it now and throughout the summer. It also looks phenomenal with a denim jacket and flat sandals for a more casual look (something comfortable and cute for a summer concert, maybe?!). 

Besides the dress that I am wearing, I'm also loving this striped ruffle top (in navy and white, of course), this neutral flouncy dress, and this blue and white striped blouse. As for sizing, in my experience, the pieces run a bit big so I would suggest sizing down one size! Does anyone else have a lot of graduation parties on their schedule this year? 

Wishing all of the 2017 graduates the best of luck and success. It's such an exciting time in life, so enjoy every moment and never stop working hard!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Perfect Lightweight Pajamas for Spring/Summer

First of all, this afternoon, I'm headed on a little road trip with my best girlfriends (one who just got engaged!!!) for a little R&R, so be sure to follow along on Instagram stories and Snapchat (SummerWind41490) to see what we are up to!

It's no secret that I have a major love for pajamas. If you are ever stumped as to what to get me for a holiday: pajamas. I can't get enough and love all of them so much. With the heat arriving and summer almost here, I thought I would share some fun summerweight pajamas with you all!

I usually stick to flannel/silk/jersey/cashmere in the winter but I really love a super light cotton in the summer months, especially because light floods my bedroom in the morning and it can get really hot even when the AC is on blast!

I also love little nightgowns during the summer months. My favorite place for nightgowns is anthropologie. They always have gorgeous options that are also tasteful. I love to wear them to bed but also wear them as I get ready in the morning or for a night out! 
See the widget above for my favorite pajamas and check out my pajama superlatives below (I own all of these pieces so they're Summer Wind approved!).


Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Grammie!

My gorgeous, Grammie!

Callie and Grammie

Dad, Grammie, and Aunt Lindey

Mom and Me

Callie and Mom

Callie and Me
On Me:
Last week, it was my grammie's birthday and doesn't she look fabulous?! Everyone who knows her is so lucky to have her in their lives. She is beautiful inside and out. She is no stranger to dressing well, hosting a fabulous party/event/brunch/dinner and her decorating style is perfection. 

She exudes taste and elegance in every facet of life and I always look to her for inspiration. She is the sweetest, kindest, and most thoughtful woman in the entire world- I could go on for days! 

One of my fondest memories of my grammie is when my grandpa and grammie would pick Callie and I up for lunch every Monday during elementary school and take us wherever we chose! I always think of how great it was that we were able to go home for lunch every day in elementary school. It was always such a treat to be taken out to lunch with grammie and grandpa in their convertible!

Two weekends ago, my aunt and uncle came up to Pittsburgh from Georgia and Callie flew in from North Carolina to celebrate my grammie! We started with drinks and snacks at my apartment and then we all walked to the William Penn's Terrace Room for dinner and celebration. 

It was such a gorgeous night- the weather was perfect so we were so glad to be able to walk! The William Penn is by far my favorite hotel in Pittsburgh. It boasts an old school elegance that is hard to find nowadays. The architecture and decor always takes my breath away. Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a gem in the city! I always recommend this hotel as the place to stay when people come in from out of town! 

The Terrace room is off of the lobby and is absolutely stunning. Their menu boasts classic dishes such as filet, ahi tuna, crab cakes, etc. They have a great wine list, but they do exceptional cocktails.

To dinner, I wore this gorgeous white dress from CK Bradley. I shared with those of you following me on Snapchat (@SummerWind41490) that I couldn't decide between two dresses (this was my other choice), so you all helped to choose by screenshotting your favorite... thank you! It runs true to size... I am wearing a size small, but if you have a larger bust, I suggest sizing up. 

Many of you on snapchat were saying how you would love this dress for your bridal showers and wedding events coming up! I think it is just the perfect dress for something like that! For those that are looking for some color, it also comes in a few other colors ways like navy and green!

If you are not familiar with the CK Bradley brand, you should definitely check it out. Way back in 2013, I wrote a post about the brand because it had taken a hiatus of sorts. I loved this brand in high school/college and am SO pleased it is back and better than ever! 

More Celebration Dresses I Love:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Shopping: Cute Little Blush Pleated Top + Some Favorites

Popping in this Saturday with an outfit post plus the usual Saturday shopping! This week has been unbelievably packed. It absolutely flew by, I can't believe we are already to Saturday! Thursday, I headed down to DC for an event with Tuckernuck, one of my favorite brands. Then, Friday, I hosted my friend Lauren and her boyfriend (from D.C.... we switched places, ha!) and we got together with another couple and had dinner at one of my favorites, Pork and Beans! 

This morning I have tennis. Not going to lie, 8 am tennis is rough. I love it when I'm actually there, bu waking up at 7 am on a Saturday is not exactly ideal! Hopefully, I'm able to get some errands done today, because next week, I am headed on a little getaway with two of my best girlfriends! More on that next week!

 This simple little blush tee! I've been having a moment with simple t-shirts. They're comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn with pretty much everything. It's under $60 and comes in 4 different color options.

The top half of the tee is just your basic, crew-neck t-shirt and has to be the softest material ever. The bottom hem is crisper like a button down shirt and it flares out a bit like a peplum. I've been wearing it with white jeans but it also looks great with dark wash denim and skinny black pants, too!

You can scroll through the widget above to see some more of my favorite things from this week. Also, definitely check out my favorites from Goop at Nordstrom. I am SO excited they are at Nordstrom for a short time. Goop products are the best... I especially love items like this tinted lip balm, this exfoliating mask, this discovery set (great for a GOOP newbie), and the coziest sweatpants ever (not even that cute, but I'm telling you, they are a DREAM to wear!!! Size up, they run small!). 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gorgeous White Dresses for Special Occasions

I have been receiving so many e-mails/DM's/snapchat messages asking about my favorite white dresses for special occasions such as engagement party/engagement photos/bridal shower/bachelorettes, etc.! So today I am partnering with Nordstrom to share some of my favorites, namely this gorgeous a-line dress with the sweetest ruffled hem!

I think the most important thing when selecting a white dress is the fabric. Since there is no color, you want to choose a fabric that really sets the dress apart- something that makes it feel luxe and special. Look for fabrics like lace, jacquard, brocade, embroidered, linen, etc. The fabric on this dress is something special- it is kind of like lace, but slightly less antique/femine, which I love! I also love the added detail at the neckline and sleeves.. it adds a special little touch, don't you think? The best part is that this dress comes in under $150!

The next thing, is to choose a fit that works well with your body type. I know that kind of sounds like common sense, but I feel like sometimes people choose a 'trendy' style that may not work best on their body. Knowing what cut of dress flatters your figure best will help you to look amazing and make you feel even better. I personally love a shift dress or a sheath style dress! 

The fit of this dress is true to size. I am wearing a size 2. I would suggest sizing up, though, if you have a larger bust! 

And lastly, I tried to style this dress with a flat shoe so you could have that option. I know a few of you had mentioned you were looking for a shorter heel or something flat since you'll be on grass or be doing a lot of walking or standing for your event. These shoes are definitely a splurge, but they are my all-time favorites! They run true to size (usually I size up in a designer shoe, but these really are true to size!).

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

More White Dresses I Love:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lately 5/18/17

Steamer Available Here and Here

Recommending: I cannot recommend this steamer more. I've been singing its praises to family and friends and didn't know I could love an appliance so much! It's better than my full-size steamer, is high-quality (not like those cheapy steamers at all!) and the water holder can really hold a ton! It's lightweight and compact enough that you can travel with it, but the head on it is still plenty large enough to steam things like linens/bedding. I use it to steam my bedding and it's seriously amazing! 

Traveling: To the Tuckernuck store in Georgetown in DC (today!)! Hope to meet some of you there! Details can be found in this post, here. 

Watching: This is such a creepy PSA-style ad, but it's a must watch.

Watching II: Guardians of the Galaxy. I scoffed when we watched this because I thought it looked really dumb, but I gave in. However, it ended up being a good movie! Definitely worth a watch! 

Watching III: This trailer for This Is Us season 2. So so cute. Cannot wait for the second season!

Listening: Harry Style's first solo album is out. You all know about my MAJOR crush on the singer- so I was super pumped about this! I think his song, Only Angel kind of sounds like the Rolling Stones or some other 70s classic rock band. I also get a bit of an Allman Brothers vibe from 'Two Ghosts' (which is rumored to be about Taylor Swift). From the Dining Table sounds like Sufjan Stevens a little bit...I actually thought it was Sufjan doing a duet with Harry at first. Anyway, it's definitely worth a listen! You can listen to my May Playlist, here. 

Hating: I'd like to think I use the word 'hate' sparingly, but have you guys seen these rompers for men...no, this is not a joke. I feel like everyone in my Facebook feed has been posting about it and I think they are ridiculous! What are your thoughts? 

Reading: OMG do you guys remember Anne Geddes? My sister and I loved the photos and I remember one year for Christmas we asked for Anne Geddes babydolls. Totally forgot about this until I found this article!

Reading II: I've seen Harry Potter weddings all over the internet... and most of them seem a bit too 'nerdy' for my taste... and honestly, borderline tacky. This has to be the most tasteful Harry Potter themed wedding I've ever seen. Wish I would have been invited! 

Wanting: Not too much on my radar this week, but hoping to get some more time to browse after Memorial Day! Scroll through to see some of the few items I've loved!

Pittsburgh-ing: This NHL promo is so cute... I'm not a huge hockey fan, but it's really hard to ignore in Pittsburgh. I'm definitely a Penguins fan, and I'll go to games, but it's just not my thing. However, this is a really well-done video and worth the watch! 

Quoting: See more of my favorites, here,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer Wind Meet and Greet and Tuckernuck in Georgetown

This post is for my DC gals (and guys!) because... I'll be at the Tuckernuck store in Georgetown  (1053 Wisconsin Ave NW) THIS Thursday, May 18th from 5-8pm! I'll be hanging out with Alex from Persifor  and would absolutely love to meet you!

There will be cocktails and ice cream (and a big giveaway!) and of course, all of the Tuckernuck gorgeousness you can think of! Let me know if you are coming!!

Thursday May 18 5-8pm
Tuckernuck Georgetown Store
1053 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007