Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Shopping: Outfit Edition

Bow Bag c/o// Skinny Jeans (my absolutey favorite ever)

How about an outfit post for today's Saturday Shopping? I'm about to have a super busy week and a half coming up, so I've really tried to plan ahead with some fresh content for all of you! 

This outfit is so bright and fun and really screams spring! I love a gingham print and the added cherry print makes it extra fun... not to mention the pompoms...LOVE! My mom, sister, and I are all three sharing this bag right now because we love it so much. It holds so much and has the cutest bow detail, but the cross body shoulder strap is the best part! It's so easy to throw-on-and-go! 

You last saw this outfit, here, but you probably wouldn't have guessed it was basically the exact same, would you? I just switched scarveshandbags, and shoes, and it completely changed up the look! 
Since it's the last day in April (seriously where is the time going?!?!?)  I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces to transition into the summer weather... it will be here before you know it and I am so ready! I'm especially loving this little black slipdress which is only $55 and will be perfect for wearing to dinner/bars with friends on the weekends, and these scalloped heels that are an almost perfect dupe of the Loeffler Randall pair (and a fraction of the cost!).  Also, if you have any formal events coming up, this black gown is incredible. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had an occassion for it! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

Chihuly at Phipps

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

ralph lauren oxford cloth shirt and rag and bone boyfriend shorts with louis vuitton speedy 30

bananas at Phipps in Pittsburgh pA

Cafe Phipps at Phipps in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA Phipps

Review of Phipps in Pittsburgh

Phipps Botanical Garden and Conservatory in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Fashion Blogger at Phipps Conservatory

Orchids at Phipps Botanical Garden

Chihuly glass sculptures at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Chanel Flats (similar)// Speedy 30// Sunglasses

Glad you made it this far after scrolling through all of those photos! I wanted to include a bunch because of how amazingly gorgeous Phipp's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens really is! It's located in Schenley Park in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh-- kind of right in between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University! It's probably one of the most picturesque areas/places in all of Pittsburgh! 

It was built in 1893 and is a historic landmark. The building itself is so unique and breathtaking. It is compromised of various themed rooms that you can weave in and out of. For example, one room is home to all different sorts of palm plants. Another room was host to the 'Congo' and showed plants native to that area. There is even an area where all sorts of vegetables are growing. You can see bananas in one of the photos above! 

I think my favorite room had to have been the butterfly room. I don't really like bugs or even butterflies, but I set my fears aside and went in! There were so many different kinds fluttering about! It was also cool to learn about the different types and you could see all of the chrysalises about to hatch! We came on the early end of the hatching period, but apparently there are even more that come out later in spring and a lot of the time, they will land on guests! 

Another fun aspect of Phipps is that there are pieces of Chihuly artwork interspersed throughout each of the rooms. The sculptures almost blend right in with the greenery and flowers! They were all so beautiful and unique and really added something unexpected and fun. You can see a few in the photos above. 

I went with my friend Amanda who has the cutest 6-month-old daughter, Capri (see her post, here). It was so much fun to stroll Capri around and catch up with Amanda. A perfect girls afternoon was had. We stopped into the Cafe for lunch. The cafe is voted one of the best museum restaurants in the country and I can totally see why! They had indoor and outdoor seating options. It is cafeteria style where you order at the counter and throw away your own plates.

I got a salad because I really wanted to taste the freshness of the food. Their fruits and vegetables are grown right on site in the garden and everything is organic. Silly me, I asked if they had diet coke and they looked at me like I was asking for straight vodka shots (they weren't rude, though!). It turns out they don't carry soda or anything that's 'unhealthy'. Oops! Instead, they had offered me a delicious drink made from sparkling water and fresh fruit juice. Yum! 

My outfit for the afternoon was super simple. I knew we would be doing a lot of walking and you never know what you will get yourself into when hanging out with a 6-month-old baby, haha! So I dressed comfortably and casually. I was actually super hot in my shirt because it is a greenhouse, the rooms are very warm and some were even humid. All in all, it was such a fun experience. If you are in Pittsburgh I couldn't recommend it more. It's great for groups, as a date (it's open until 10pm on Fridays!), and families. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Monogram Sale

sale on monogrammed items and mark and graham

Just popping in to let you all know about this great sale. You can get up to 50% off on tons of monogrammed items. I am taking advantage by stocking up now to give as gifts to people on my list throughout the year! These are a few of my favorites (the monogrammed plaid throw makes a really nice gift around the holiday season!!). Happy shopping! 

Lately 4/28/16

Wearing: I've been wearing a lot of white and lace lately like the white lace romper you see on me above! I'll be sure to post the outfits soon because they're the perfect summertime look!

Reading: This article from Esquire is such an interesting read. It profiles 4 men at 4 very different bank accounts. It's so interesting to read each one's thoughts and opinions on all of the questions they are asked. It really puts everything in perspective. I thought the most interesting part was the budgeting question.

Loving: These Fromm brushes. I was sent this trio of brushes and was so excited to try them out since I love my Fromm blow dryer so much. If you haven't heard of the brand, I definitely recommend checking it out! These brushes are made to pair with your blow dryer and cut drying time. The 'square' brush is a variation of the standard rounded barrel brush. I find that the square shape is a lot easier to use and produces a great result. I'm not much of a blow-out person, but this actually makes me want to blow out my hair more often! The Glosser paddle is the brush I have been using daily. It easily brushes through my hair and has replaced my drugstore hairbrush. The hot paddle is probably my favorite of all of them. The aluminum ceramic plate in the brush actually heats up while you blow dry. It really cuts down on the frizz for me and the drying time!

Loving II: Staying with the hair category today, I just received these two products from Paul Mitchell: Texturizing Sea Spray and Marula Oil. I haven't tried the sea spray yet, but it smells wonderful... I'll report back, my hair is never good at beach waves, but I'm totally down to try it out! And the Marula oil is heavenly! I have been using the super skinny serum for probably over 15 years and am about to run out, so I'm replacing it with the Marula oil to see how that goes! It smells wonderful-- almost woodsy, but still very light. The bottle says to use a few drops, but since I have so much hair, I use about 2 full dropper's worth. I love that it makes my hair super soft after blow drying!

Wanting: Yurman came out with some new pieces and this gold cuff with lapis ends is absolutely stunning. Add this to the top of my list, please!

Watching: My sister, Callie, is in Banshee, a show on Cinemax (screenshot above!!). The series is filmed in Pittsburgh and Callie got to be an extra on it this summer. It is so cool to see her on TV-- I'm so proud of her! She graduates next week and I can't wait to see all of the amazing things she does as a post-grad!

Watching II: This video. I saw Coldplay in 2009 and to say it was an amazing concert would be an understatement. I love music and love seeing/hearing live music. I think it's amazing how music can cross language barriers, cultural barriers, etc. and bring people together. I also think it's amazing how music can literally tap into your emotions. This video is heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes. I know that when I first heard Fix You, it was emotional for me, too. The music is so powerful and the words are touching. Plus, knowing that Coldplay wrote it for Gwyneth Paltrow when her father died brings even more meaning to the song. When I was at the concert and they played it, it actually gave me goosebumps because the entire crowd sings along (like here at 4:25)and it becomes hauntingly beautiful... it's incredibly uplifting and sad all at the same time. If you have surround sound, I recommend listening to a live version and putting it on really loud. This version is actually really amazing, too, this guy spliced together a bunch of different versions. The Scientist is my second favorite- and I can't forget Viva La Vida (the best version, here.. wait until 4:30!!) because we sing that every Christmas Eve.

Eating: Gaby et Jules salted caramel macarons. I've written this before but they are THE BEST macarons in the entire world. My friends got me a sleeve for my birthday and I ate them all.

Drinking: Paris tea. I went to tea at The Frick last weekend and it was lovely! I have a full post coming up, but the tea I had was wonderful. I love Harney and Sons Paris tea and The Frick's version of Paris was just as delicious.

Listening: Not trying to jump the gun, but I've already started my May playlist! I got really bored of April's playlist as it was definitely not one of my best, so I really wanted to start fresh. You can listen, here. I'll embed it in next week's post once I have added some more songs. My favorite right now is I'm in love by Kygo and Into the Sunset by Mako. Do you have any recommendations?!

Quoting: Quote via. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Preppy Navy + White Printed Pants

preppy vineyard vines outfit ideas

vineyard vines tote and soludos wedges

cashmere sweater, printed pants and vineyard vines tote

classic preppy outfit

vineyard vines and soludos wedges

preppy vineyard vines tote and illesteva sunglasses
Sweater// Shirt// Printed pants (also here, and also available for kids!) c/o
Tote c/o// Sunglasses// Wedges (under $100!)

I absolutely love printed pants. They're so much fun and perfect for the in between weather that has been going on lately! Not only do these have a great print and combine my favorite color combo, navy + white but the fit is near perfect. Seriously, I put them on and they fit me better than pretty much any pant I've ever worn! They're also super comfortable and the quality is great. I am wearing a size 4 for reference, which is my usualy size in pants. 

The weather two weekends ago was still chily, so this layered preppy look was perfect for a day of errands and getting together with some friends. The cable sweater and oxford button down are definitely staples in my wardrobe regardless of season and are great for both men and women. They never go out of style and are so comfortable and practical for everyday wear. 

This tote is just like the classic VV totes, but I love that it is larger. I used to carry the smallest version as a handbag back in high school and early college and then switched to the regular size for college and used it to carry books. This is perfect as a post-grad because it's roomy enough that I can tote everything from groceries to laundry to beach and pool necessities! 

And last but not least, I can not sing enough praises for these wedges. I usually don't love things around my ankle because I think it can sometimes cut off my leg in an awkward spot and make my legs appear larger than they actually are, but I find these ankle ties to be flattering. Not to mention they're as comfortable as wearing flats... and under $100! Thery only offer whole sizes and I'd say I have an average width, which means the size chart directs me to size up to a 9. But I went with an 8 (meaning I sized down) and they fit perfectly (I usually go between and 8 and 8.5 in most shoes). 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ladylike Floral Printed Outfit

ladylike floral outfit for spring with luana italy handbag and tom ford sunglasses

cartier tank watch and hermes clic clac and david yurman cable bracelet

floral skirt from H and M

luana italy handbags paley

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits of 2016 thus far.. and it might be one of my least pricey, too! The top and the bottom are well under $100 total! The top itself is adorable. You can't see the back but it is different and sets it apart from other silk tops. 

I just love the floral patterns paired together. It almost looks like a dress but the two different textures from the fabric is what differentiates each piece. This is definitely a great work appropriate outfit but I also love it for parties, showers, and even a cocktail party! The sizing is a little off on these pieces. I am wearing a size 6 in each piece and usually I would wear a small and then a 2 or 4 (max) on bottom. I definitely suggest sizing up at least one size if not two! 

For being so inexpensive, the skirt is nice quality. The fabric has a nice weight to it and the texture definitely adds depth and character. Not to mention the floral pattern is just darling- I'd like to think this sort of print (large flowers) is slightly out of my comfort zone so I happily added it to my closet! 

You've seen the shoes here on Summer Wind probably a dozen times already and we haven't even hit summer yet! They are my go-to neutral sandals. The more I wear them, the more comfortable they become. 

An item you haven't yet seen here on Summer Wind is this gorgeous black handbag from a new-to-me Italian designer, Luana Italy. This bag is such high quality and very well made and the shape is unlike anything else I own. Besides the bag I am wearing, Luana makes many different bags. You can use code SUMMERWIND to get 15% off your purchase and 10% of your purchase will go to charity! 

Lastly, I got a lot of questions about my sunglasses. I lovingly refer to them as my Jackie O sunglasses. They were a little pricey and to be quite honest, the quality isn't there for that high of a price, but finding a 'larger' lens that suited my face was really hard and I ended up loving the way these looked!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gifts for Mom!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Just wanted to pop in and share some of these items I have been loving lately that would also make for great Mother's Day Gifts! Enjoy! 

My Favorite Patagonia Pieces

patagonia fleece staples

Spring is in full swing here in Pittsburgh. While it's been very pleasant lately, it's still chilly in the mornings and at night. Patagonia fleeces have always been a wardrobe staple for me. I can remember being little and my sister and I would be in matching fleeces. From lounging to skiing and everything in between, I am huge Patagonia fan (this post is not sponsored). I thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces with you and explain why I love each piece.

Snap-T Mixed Media (sold out, similar, leggings)
Fit: True to Size (I'm wearing a size small) 

I posted this one on Instagram a while ago and got so many comments/questions/e-mails. I got it for Christmas, and unfortunately, it's sold out (literally everywhere). Although I'd keep your eye out come fall/winter this year, I would hope Patagonia will bring it back. It's a really great snap-t because it's not only cozy but the layers make it more of a coat/jacket. I wore it all winter long with athletic clothes. It has a windproof lining that is so key! Every time I wear it, I get stopped and asked where I got Patagonia, bring it back! They do, however, have a similar style with quilting, but I think the functionality is different form the one I am wearing! 

Fit: True to size (I'm wearing a size small) 

I just recently got the better sweater this winter. I have so many of this style of Patagonia fleece pullovers but needed a black one to go with my ski pants. This is hands down my favorite of the Patagonia pieces that I own. The way it is fitted is perfect for layering as well as slimming. I also love that it's warm and cozy but also thin enough to be the perfect layering pieces for skiing. I couldn't recommend this enough. It's just a great basic to have for everyday life! Not to mention, it comes in a bunch of colorways and also comes in a full zip jacket and full zip vest

Fit: True to Size (I'm wearing a size small) 

There are actually three 'layers' to this jacket. The fuzzy fleece outside, then there's a thin layer that protects against the wind, and finally a mesh lining on the inside. I wore this jacket all throughout my sophomore and junior years of college. It was warm enough to be all I needed for the Virginia winter. It is so well made, you can't even tell that I wore it 24/7 for 2 years straight! Since it's not lined with fleece, it's not as cuddly/cozy, so it's definitely more of a jacket than anything else. It's also bulky since it's so fluffy, so it's not something I would suggest layering for skiing. Nowadays as a post-grad, I wear it with workout clothes or casual jeans for running errands. 

Fit: True to Size (I'm wearing a size small) 

This vest is basically the same as the jacket. This is another piece from college but I still get a ton of wear out of it now. I especially like to wear it under my Barbour jacket for added warmth. I also think this looks great with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, and bean boots in the fall! Just like the jacket, I've worn this about a billion times and it almost shows no sign of wear-- very well made! Some of the vests come with contrasting pockets like mine and some don't have any, like this version. 

Fit: I am wearing a men's XS, for the women's version, it's true to size, but I like to size up one size for a more relaxed/slouchy fit. 

I have snap-t's in a bevy of colors, prints, and sizes. I actually prefer the way the men's snap-t's fit rather than the women's. They're boxier which makes for an all around cozier fit. The one you see above is super thick and heavy (there is a lightweight option which is a much better option if you are in a warmer climate). I actually can only wear this from around late November through March and then it's far too heavy. It's so thick and bulky that it's actually uncomfortable to layer under jackets... I wear this on its own and it is plenty! I have a lightweight women's version and love that for more year-round wear. This style also comes in a vest! Besides the synchilla version, there is a re-tool version. The re-tool has a kangaroo pouch and the fleece is a different texture. I prefer the synchilla, personally, and don't own any of the re-tool products! 

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The leggings I am wearing are pretty much the best leggings ever. They fit true to size (I'm wearing a size 6 which is my normal size in this brand). I first got them this winter and then have since bought two more pairs because they're that amazing... worth every penny! 

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