Friday, August 18, 2017

Great Transitional Piece: Ruffle Shirt

Lip Balm (in berry)// Chanel Ballet Flats (similar)
Happy happy Friday! Is it just me or did this week absolutely FLY by?! I was super productive this week in both work as well as cleaning up around the house/getting things done. I also went to a new-to-me restaurant, Twelve BBQ. It's located in the Southside, which is a place I don't really frequent, but boy was it worth the trip. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is lively and adorable. I can't wait to go back! 

Tonight I am headed to an early happy hour at one of my Pittsburgh favorites and I also have a Sunday Funday planned! Here's to hoping the rain holds off! Next week is SLOW for me in terms of meetings/appointments/etc. so I really hope to use that time to get super organized and also get ahead! 

Now onto today's outfit! I wasn't so sure about this shirt online, but when I saw the beautiful bright blue color in stores, I knew I had to at least try it on. Sure enough, it was a winner. I wear a lot of button downs during the fall season and I loved that this was a bit of a funky take on a classic button down. The lack of collar makes it a little less dressy/formal and the ruffle adds some fun and whimsy. 

Since I'm totally one of those people that has to wear their newest purchases *immediately* (anyone else?!), I paired it with these white shorts I got this past spring. They're stretchy and super comfortable. My favorite thing in the later summer and early fall is rock shorts and pair it with a long sleeve top/sweater/sweatshirt. Honestly, I would wear an outfit like that every single day if the weather permitted.

Has anyone else checked out the other J.Crew new arrivals? I've been loving what they have been releasing the past few months and the newest arrivals are just as good! I'm particularly smitten over these deep emerald velvet pumps and this navy and white rollneck sweater

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lately 8/17/2017

abercrombie boyfriend tee
Tee// Shorts (old, similar)
Chanel Ballet Flats// Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

Wearing: I basically wore this outfit all weekend. It is so amazingly comfortable and basically feels like I'm wearing workout clothes but feels a little more put together for errand running! I've been getting a lot of questions as to what size I am wearing in the tee. I am wearing a size small. It's mean to fit a little roomy, but overall, runs true to size!

Eating: You all know how much I love Trader Joe's! This week I stumbled upon their Maple Chicken breakfast sausage and it is delightful! Savory with a tiny hint of sweet, it's amazing. I actually have eaten this for both breakfast and lunch.

Drinking: I totally want to try this rose tequila

Sale-ing: Club Monaco is just my absolute favorite. I seriously stalk their website weekly. They typically always have a decent sale going on, but they just added a bunch of new stuff to their sale section and the discounts are pretty darn good! 

 Nancy Meyer's latest creation is coming SO SOON. I cannot wait. It stars Reese Witherspoon and is in theaters 9/8. You better believe I'll be seeing that ASAP.

Watching II: Did anyone else tune into the Real Housewives of New York reunion last night? I did, and was underwhelmed, but hoping next week is better! I've been watching this show since season one and it is totally my guilty pleasure. 

Listening: Obsessed with the new Avicii song, Without You , I've been playing it nonstop! It's so upbeat and feel good! You can follow August's playlist, here

Loving: The Tula Kefir products are my latest skincare obsession. Which I guess should be a big 'duh', because I've never met a Tula product I didn't like. The two new products are the moisture serum (which is almost like a lip balm for your face), and the cleansing oil. If I had to choose a favorite, I think I'd choose the moisture serum so far... I've only been using the products for about a week, so I'll report back as I continue to test them out! Use code SYDNEY for 20% off and free shipping on your order of $30 or more.

Wanting: Oh my goodness, new arrivals are rolling in from some of my favorite retailers and it makes me giddy with excitement for cooler weather! J. Crew's has some really great transition pieces that are still hot-weather appropriate and Tory Burch's stole my heart with the gorgeous blue and white floral print (dying over this dress). 

Wanting II:
 A big LOL to this prosecco pong kit. It's intriguing, no? I'm thinking you can totally make this a DIY and skip the $25 charge. I'll have to try it sometime and let you all know how it goes ;)

Pittsburgh-ing: There is a 5k coming up this weekend in Pittsburgh that is benefitting a great cause. If you are a runner, it's definitely worth checking out! The Yinzer 5k (love the name, haha!) is this Saturday, August 19th. All proceeds benefit Light of Life which helps to provide a home for the homeless as well as food for the hungry. As always, let me know of any local charity events. If I believe in the cause and have the editorial room, I'll be happy to include it in a Thursday post!

Pittsburgh-ing II: 
It's Restaurant Week this week here in Pittsburgh and the menu and restaurants weren't the best, in my opinion. Tonight I'm going to dinner for restaurant week, but it's the only one I'll go to this year. I'll report back on my experience because this is a new-to-me restaurant! Here's to hoping next year has a better selection. 

Smelling: Smelled this peony and blush suede scent recently and fell in L-O-V-E. It's soft and subtle. The perfect late-summer/early fall scent. 

Traveling: Did you guys see this post from Tuesday? Thank you to everyone who submitted your Paris recommendations, they are SO helpful and I am beyond appreciative!! Many of you even went as far as to send me full on Paris guides via e-mail!! You're all the BEST! 

Quoting: 'If you don't like who I am or what I'm doing with my life, that's alright, I am not living for you; I am living for myself.'// See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What to Wear to a Late-Summer Wedding

lilly pulitzer junie dress
 lilly pulitzer junie dress

tuckernuck straw half moon clutch

les bon bons earrings

how to style a lilly pulitzer dress
Junie Shift Dress (available in 3 colors)// Heeled Sandals (available in 14 colors)
Lip Color (in 006 Berry)// Bubble Earrings 
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Is it just me or do you still have a few weddings left on your calendar for the year? I even have one in December, so looking forward to all of them!

Anyway, I think that August/September weddings are kind of hard to dress for. It's most likely still super hot, and also still somewhat summery- especially August and the earlier half of September.

My take on dressing for a wedding during that time period? Go for something with a punch of color! While I try to avoid things like seersucker or bright prints, I think a pop of color is a really great way to still feel summery without being over the top!

I'm a huge fan of the Junie dress that I am wearing in the photos above. It comes in three bright colors- one is more subdued in navy (great for later September/October weddings), though, and the gold embroidery detail is stunning. The fabric also has a beautiful texture to it making it look luxe!

I am wearing a size 2- it runs true to size and really has a great form-fitting silhouette. I paired it with my go-to summer clutch (under $40), neutral sandals (under $100), and minimal jewelry to really let the dress be the showstopper.

I'm also always sure to bring a wrap. You never know how chilly it might get at night, if the wedding is outside and tented, or if you are in an air conditioned room. This is my go-to cashmere wrap. I bring it everywhere!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We Were Staying in Paris

In less than 3 months, I'll be sitting in a cafe in PARIS! I am so excited you wouldn't even believe it. This will be my first time.... a dream is finally turning into a reality! 

So as I am just now deep into the research/planning process, please let me know what you recommend and what to skip!

We will be going mid-November before Thanksgiving. We chose this time because we found a great price for airfare and also because it is known for being a less touristy time. I've been reading a lot and it seems like we may not have to deal with lines to things like the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Major win. Also, there will be Christmas decor everywhere since France (obviously) doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. I. Can't. Wait. 

I am going with my family friend Peyton (we went to Nantucket together and go to the lake every year together) and my high school friend Ava (who also lives two doors down from me!). 

Paris has been one of the places I've always longed to visit. Peyton and I started to talk about/plan a Paris trip back in 2015 for 2016 and with all the terrorism and bad things happening, it kind of spooked me a bit. I hate that it did, but it did. 

I'm so glad our flights are booked and there's no turning back now! We will be there for a full week, but since travel basically cuts out two days, we will have a total of 5 nights in Paris. 

I know 5 nights isn't a ton, so I want to know what is really worth our time. I really do want to do popular things like the Eiffel Tower, but I'd also really like to do something a little less typical, too. And I definitely want to check out places like Hermes, Chanel, Goyard, etc. 

And lastly, I don't want to exhaust myself. We will be back just in time for Thanksgiving, and I want to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends without falling asleep in my mashed potatoes. I know I'll be back to Paris in the future, this is just the start of many trips!

So if you had to pick just one thing in Paris, what would it be? What is your must-do, must-see, must-eat? And if you have any random information like what is the best travel adapter, what are the best shoes for all the walking, what phone plan you used, etc. let me know! I am a a sponge and ready to soak up any and all info you guys throw my way!! Thank you all!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wear To Work: The Best Pants for the Working Woman

Lip Color (my favorite neutral, ever!!!)// Sunglasses
Similar Necklace// Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
You just saw this blouse (runs big, size down) last week and today I'm styling it in a totally different way: a wear-to-work outfit! I've partnered with Nordstrom again to show you how you get a lot of wear out of the same pieces in your closet! 

Each week, so many of you reach out and ask me to post some work outfits. Last week I shared some of my top workwear staples, so this week I thought I would style a workwear staple of mine: The Callie Pant.  They are hands down the most flattering work pant I have ever come across and are well worth the higher price tag. They have a slimming seam down the front of each leg, they are cropped for just the right look with almost any shoe, they have a flat front that sucks you in and are made of a breathable and comfortable fabric. 

They come in 3 neutral color options. I have both the black and the navy. They run true to size. I am wearing a size 2. For this pant, you are going to want to get the perfect fit. This is a tailored pant and has very little stretch. They will look their absolute best on you if you choose the right size... in fact, I'd err on the smaller side rather than the larger. Reason being, if these pants are too big anywhere, they could potentially look frumpy.

In the photos above, you can see how I styled the blouse both tucked in and let out. I like it both ways, but think I prefer it tucked it. It's a little more professional looking. 

And lastly, you have all seen these shoes about a million times here on Summer Wind. I have them in a plethora of colors and swear by them. They are so lady like, a timeless wardrobe staple, and are beyond comfortable. They're definitely pricey, but I promise you, you'll love them! Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Shopping 8/12/2017

Happy happy weekend, friends! I hope you all had a great week! Last night was date night at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Lidia's located in the Strip District. I went there for the first time back in February with my parents and sister and we had such a lovely time, I was so excited to go back. It's a bit fancy, which I also like, because you get an excuse to dress up. My favorite thing is their pasta trio. It's all homemade and you get to choose from three and they give you unlimited portions. Absolutely amazing. 

Now onto Saturday shopping (scroll through the above widget to see some of my favorites)...One of my favorite skincare brands, Tula, just launched their latest line featuring the benefits of Kefir. The launch included two new products: pressed serum and cleansing oil. I've tried almost every product from Tula and nothing has ever let me down, so I really trust this brand wholeheartedly. I received both products and have been using them for the past few days. So far, so good, I am loving both, but will do a more in-depth post after a few weeks. I always like to test products for a while before fully recommending! Use code SYDNEY when shopping on for 20% off your entire purchase and free shipping for orders over $30.

Speaking of skincare, dermstore, one of my fave sites for skincare, is offering select items with code HAPPY18. There are TONS of products included in this, so definitely check it out if you have been needing to stock up on a favorite. I was sent the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Phlorentin CF,  and H.A. Intensifier. All are part of the sale. I've only been using for about a week so far, so I want to keep using before I report back. I like to use skincare products for at least 2 full weeks (it's usually at least a month) before I report back.  SkinCeuticals as a brand has a cult following and so many people rave about these products (everywhere the products have 5 starts and thousands of reviews), so I am really excited to be able to try them. 

You guys, I think Adidas is trying to empty all of our bank accounts. I swear, every single day, I see a new sneaker that I L-O-V-E. I mean truly absolutely love. I have held off on purchasing anything, but I really do want them all! This week it is this sneaker- I love all of the color options but the white with pink detailing is my favorite. 

I haven't purchased anything from Last Call in a while, it always falls off of my radar. If you didn't know, Last Call is Neiman's outlet type store. They carry a bunch of designers at major discounts. It's great for closet staples like cashmere crewnecks  (seriously under $90!!) and pajamas. I've ordered many times before and am always happy with my purchases.

Right now Last Call is having an up to 85% off designer sale. The prices are super low- there's a ton of inventory, so it's definitely worth the browse. These neutral Stuart Weitzman wedges are a steal at well under $200 and there is an entire page of Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choo. And for my high school readers, there are so many gorgeous dresses to choose from- perfect for homecoming!

I stumbled upon this athletic top- it looks a lot like Lululemon's swiftly tech top but for a lot less. I'm curious about the fit in quality. Going to order and I'll let you all know (there are other colors on sale, too!). 

Is anyone else swooning over this gorgeous burgundy bag? It looks so luxe and the larger size makes it the perfect day bag!

Doesn't this hair bow remind you of Gucci? Thinking of ordering it- I'm not a huge ponytail bow person, but this is just so cute! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Dress Up Boyfriend Style Jeans

Lip Color (my favorite neutral, ever!!!)// Sunglasses

Today I'm partnering with Nordstrom and coming at you with a way to dress up your boyfriend jeans/distressed jeans. Since, overall, they have a totally relaxed casual vibe, it can be hard to know what to pair with them to make them a little more appropriate for things like dinners out! 

The jeans I am wearing are the ex-boyfriend jeans by AG. They are something very new in my wardrobe and I have to say, they are the most comfortable pair of denim I've ever worn (pretty true to size, meant to fit looser, size down if unsure!). I also love the wash in that they are not too dark and not too light. The distressing is definitely apparent, but not too overdone. They are a bit pricey, so I've also included another pair that will give you the similar look, but for less. 

To dress it up, I added one of my favorite pieces that I have gotten for fall, this tie cuff blouse. It's a little oversized and relaxed, so it pairs nicely with the boyfriend jeans, but the fabric really dresses it up! I'll share with you how I styled it for a dressier/wear-to-work outfit in another post! It runs really big, so definitely size down. 

To finish off the look, I added heels. I usually go without heels during the week, but I tried flats on with this outfit and it made everything look frumpy. The heels add the bit of polish the outfit needs, don't you think?

In terms of quality, each piece I am wearing is very high quality. The fabrics are higher end, the fits are great, and the little touches to each piece are much appreciated! Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lately 8/10/2017

I'm just going to come out and say it- this week, I listened to a Christmas song and bought a pumpkin mug... GASP. I know, I know, we haven't even made it to Labor Day. I only let myself indulge in one song then quickly changed it and I am not going to drink out of the mug until at least mid-September, promise. Now that I have that off my chest- we can move forward. Phew.

This week was uneventful. I've still been playing catch up but seem to be about caught up now! I did several big shoots this week which were fun, and I've been working out almost daily, which I'm proud of!

Tonight, I am having some girlfriends over to hang out in our sweats and order take out. A very low-key but fun evening! Then tomorrow, I'm going out to one of my favorite places for dinner, I can't wait!

Wearing: This is the tee I have been RAVING about. It's seriously the best- it looks like it is sold out in most sizes, but keep your eyes peeled for it to pop back in stock. It is so inexpensive and so soft and flattering. Right now, there is a v-neck version available!

Wearing II: This week was a whole lot of workout clothes since I've been working out so much. I asked you all what your favorite lululemon pieces are on Twitter, but I'm curious, do you have an item from any retailer that you swear by for working out in? I'm also eyeing these sneakers- I have my favorite pair of sneakers ever, but want an extra pair!

Eating: I'm still doing HelloFresh once a week. While I have loved what I am cooking, how easy it is, and how much I save from not going to the grocery store, there have been some big fails on Hello Fresh's part. They have not delivered 2 orders... one never showed up so they credited my account, and the second showed up a day late. The past two orders have had individual meals with missing ingredients. Nothing to get super worked up over, but I really wanted to mention this to all of you since I have shared my experience lately! 

Sale-ing: Club Monaco is having a great sale and just added some more pieces. Williams-Sonoma is also offering an extra 20% off sale using code EXTRA. A lot of the Nespresso machines are currently 20% off. I love mine and use it weekly. I just love love love WS... it's my happy place! 

 Have you guys seen this trailer for 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'? It's about the origin of Winnie the Pooh and it looks SO good.

Watching II: Did anyone else watch the RHONY (Real Housewives of New York) finale last night? So excited for the reunion. I don't really watch any of the other housewife franchises, but this one is so good, I can't look away! Also, we just finished Ozark on Netflix. It was really good- the ending fell flat, but overall very good! So now I'm in need for a new show to binge!

Listening: I'm embedding August's playlist! There are only 14 songs, but they're all really good! 

Loving: Ever since I moved into my apartment, during the warmer months, my bedroom gets SO overwhelmingly warm. I've had maintenance come check it out several times and nothing totally fixes it. I have a fan, which helps a bit, but I hate hate hate being hot when sleeping at night. I'd much rather be cold and pile under the covers. Anyway, I sleep under a wonderful duvet, but just got this lightweight blanket for the warm months and it is a GAME CHANGER. I just put it under the duvet and sleep under that... no more overheating! It's also soft and it was easy to wash... definitely a great blanket, especially for the price. 

Wanting: Just a few things I've loved on the internet this week! I love that Kule is now available at Nordstrom!

Pittsburgh-ing: This article covers 21 new places to eat coming to Pittsburgh soon. I cannot wait. Also, next week is restaurant week. I'm really underwhelmed by the menus and participating restaurants next week. It will be TBD to see if I participate. 

Quoting: 'Always be the better person.'

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What to Wear For A Casual Dinner Out

What to Wear For A Casual Dinner Out

tuckernuck straw clutch

nordstrom bp tie front blouse
Tie Shirt (runs big)// White Jeans 
Coral Earrings (come in a ton of colors)// Cable Bracelet 
I never met a blue and white stripe I didn't like. I also love tied-up tops, so this tee (under $50) is a match made in heaven. It was the perfect thing to wear out to one of my favorite casual dinner spots in the city, Bakersfield, one evening! 

Bakersfield is a super casual Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, tequila, and whiskey located on Penn Avenue downtown! I live only a few blocks away and it's so nice to be able to walk over and meet friends. Bakersfield is located in 7 cities, so check out to see if your city has a location. They have pitchers of margaritas, delicious guacamole, and my favorite taco is their Al Pastor.

It is definitely one of those restaurants where you could be super casual- but I also like to dress nicely when going out for dinner, so this outfit is very representative of something I typically wear to most summer dinners out. The tee runs large, so definitely size down. I love the crisp look to the fabric and the tie at the waist adds some fun and interest.

I'm like a broken record with these white jeans. They've been featured in so many posts and are one of my most worn pieces of clothing in my closet. They're opaque, have a very slight stretch, a great length, and very comfortable and flattering. They run true to size! While they're a little pricey, they're worth every penny, in my opinion!

And how fun are these earrings? They're something a little out of my comfort zone, as I typically prefer classic stud earrings, but I really think they add a little 'oomph' that this outfit needed! 

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