Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Weekend Outfits


I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. I definitely did. It was nice to relax and spend time with friends and family and eat good food and enjoy the nice weather. I thought I would share some outfits that I wore this past weekend that are worth highlighting! 

My husband is sitting next to me as I write this and he glanced over and saw the photo and he goes 'oh that's your favorite sweatshirt' (referencing the Floral Pullover I have over my shoulders in this photo) and I asked him why he thought it was my favorite (it currently is) and he says 'because you wear it all the time', ha!!! But it's so true, I love the material- it's like a super soft athletic material but it's not fleece-lines so it is really good for spring/summer/fall so I don't overheat! I also love the neckline, it's so flattering and different. 

This  Skirt is Target and SO nice. If you told me it was from Lululemon or Tuckernuck Sport or Athleta, I'd 100% believe it. It's such nice quality and so comfortable. I find myself wearing it all the time. 

My sister gave me this set of Pearl Hair Claw Clips and they are SO cute. They come in a set of 4 and are different sizes. I wear my hair pulled back/up a lot more in the summer months just because of the heat and/or humidity so I rely on cute hair accessories like this!


We spent quite a bit of time at our club this weekend as this was the first weekend the pool was open! I changed out of my swimsuit and into these shorts. They are my very favorite!

I also love these Linen button Down short sleeve shirts. They are so well made and the linen is so soft and doesn't wrinkle all that much. I have it in two colors but wouldn't be surprised if I own all of the colors by the end of the summer. They are roomy so they are loose and feel like you're wearing a t-shirt but when you tie them up, you get a little more shape. 




This Swimsuit is one of those classic one-piece swimsuits with a low scoop back and a higher cut in the legs. I really love it and love how it pairs with pareos. I have this Swim Wrap in so many colors. They are inexpensive and really great to throw on when I want some added coverage.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Can you believe we have made it to the 'unofficial' start of summer?! It feels like the ball was just dropping and we were entering 2022!!! 

This is the weekend sale roundup of all weekend sale roundups and this will stay live through Monday. I will update this all weekend as I come across more sales! 

I spent hours upon hours going through all of my favorite sites for the best of the best sales. You'll see 'the sparknotes' below where I link specific items that I think are most worthy of mentioning. I was extremely discerning in the 'sparknotes' list. Then, at the bottom, you'll see all of my favorite brands and their sale details. 

There is a lot going on in this post and a lot of writing and lack of photos, but I wanted to be as precise as I could because these sales are so good. 

SPARK NOTES
- My favorite travel must-have is the Barrington Yacht Tote and right now it is 15% off with code SUNNYDAYS. 
- This chandelier is worth every single penny. We have it in our dining room and it is so stunning and well-made. I use these rattan placemats all summer long- they are my very favorite. I also have these baskets and they add such a nice texture to my decor. Our coffee table is also on sale- it's the best! All of this is 20% off and the sale items are an extra 20% off! 
- Lots of Agua by Agua Bendita on sale right now. One of my very favorite brands. It is pricey so I always try to look for a sale! I just bought this swimsuit. More selection of AB pieces are also here and on sale (you just have to scroll a bit for the sale items!
- Love these J.Crew new arrivals that just dropped this week! All 30% off! 

- My favorite Vitamin C serum is 20% off with code SUN.

- I always buy cashmere around this time because it always goes on sale. This camel cashmere sweater is one of my favorite styles ever. I have it in navy blue. I wear it all the time- it's just such a good basic and classic. It runs true to size. 

- My favorite cashmere travel wrap of all time is on sale in several colors and you get an extra 20% off with code MEMDAY20. I also really want this sweater which is also on sale. 

- I have this leather belt and love it. It doesn't leave a sloppy tab out so it looks neat and is also reversible! Oh and I love the bamboo belt buckle! 
- My favorite Lip Trio is on sale for just $22 (regularly $40). You get 3 lip products: a tinted lip balm, gloss, and lipstick. I wore the Rosewater lipstick on my wedding day and continue to wear all 3. They look so good layered with each other or on their own. I get the color Rush for the lip balm, Rosewater for the lipstick, and Malibu for the gloss! 

- A classic down puffer vest in many traditional colors for less than $32. I have this. So high quality. 

20% off Westman Atelier products, discount applied at checkout. The BEST makeup. I use almost all of their products. 

- Lettuceware candle holders and Platter on sale!!!! I can't believe it, they never go on sale! 

- This jewelry box is what I use to store my nicest jewelry in. I love the look of it and the clear top. Right now it's free shipping with $100+ and an extra 20% off sale items with code WEEKEND

- My #1 favorite pair of white jeans is currently on sale for just $28 and my #2 favorites are also on sale!! 
SALE DETAILS
Ann Taylor//30% off full-price styles using code SUMMER. So many cute things right now.

Anthropologie// Extra 40% off sale items.

Athleta// 20% off your purchase and up to 50% off sale.

Ballard Designs// 20% off sitewide!

Barrington// 15% off with code SUNNYDAYS. 

Banana Republic// 30% off full price with code BRTHIRTY

Bloomingdales// Extra 50% off Sale. 

Brooks Brothers// 30% off almost everything. This dress is amazing. 

Club Monaco// 25% off everything using code 25OFF, this includes 200++ items on sale! 

Dermstore// Up to 20% with code SUN.

Dudley Stephens// 40% off with code DUDLEYVIP. 

Faherty// Up to 30% off. 

Gap//50% off tanks, tees, and shorts. 40% off everything else with code SUNNY, plus extra 10% off with code ADDIT. 

J.Crew// 30% off your purchase & extra 50% off sale styles. Use code SUMMER.

J. McLaughlin//Up to 40% off.

Kosas// Sets up to 40% off! 

Lacoste// 40% off summer styles. 

Lilly Pulitzer// Receive an insulated tumbler with every $100 you spend! They are SO cute!!!

Lisi Lerch// 30% off jewelry and select bags, $5 shipping. Discount automatically applied at checkout.
 
LOFT// 50% off full-price styles using code SUMMER 

Mark and Graham// Up to 70% off Warehouse Sale, Free shipping with $100+ order and extra 20% off sale with code WEEKEND 

Moda Operandi// Designer sale up to 70% off.

Sailor Sailor// 25% off with code MEMORIALDAY

Saks Fifth Avenue// Designer sale up to 50% off.

Serena and Lily// 20% off everything, use code WAVES. That includes an extra 20% off sale prices!
Talbots// 40% off one item, 30% off everything else. 

Tory Burch// Lots of things on sale! 

Tuckernuck// Almost 500 items on sale. 

Williams-Sonoma// Up to 70% off warehouse sale.

THINGS I LOVE ON SALE

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Lately






Can you believe this is the last full week of May? I really can't believe it! 

This past weekend was my sister's wedding and it was SO much fun! She looked absolutely gorgeous and it was so wonderful to be together with so many friends and family! I will share more in days/weeks to come! It all went by so fast, I feel like I have lived SO much this past week, haha!! 





Post-wedding I hopped on an early morning flight to Mackinac Island in Michigan. Actually, it was a car ride, two flights, a shuttle, a ferry, and a horse-drawn carriage ride to get there and back, HA! I went with the brand Sailor Sailor to shoot some of their upcoming summer pieces! It was so much fun to be with the wonderful women behind the USA-made brand, Kim, and Kimberly, and stay at the iconic Grand Hotel, which boasts the largest front porch in the world! The island is just gorgeous. I can really see why so many of you messaged me with such fond memories of the area. It was a pretty quick trip so I didn't have much time to explore a ton but I will be back, that's for sure! 

Between a wedding and a trip with long travel days back-to-back, I am TIRED and also really backed up on DM's, emails, and work in general. I need a bit of rest and time to catch up for the next day or two! So glad to have a 3-day weekend coming up. We don't have a ton of solidified plans this weekend which I am thankful for. Hoping to just relax, sleep in, and spend time with family and friends, and if the weather cooperates, head over to our club as they are opening the pool this weekend! 

I'm light on the links this week's post as I just haven't been on my phone or computer much at all so today and tomorrow will be big computer days for me! 

Eating: This recipe for penne asparagus lemon pesto sounds sooooo good! 

Watching: I just watched Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Sienna Miller stars in this courtroom drama and I really liked it. It's only 6 episodes so you can blow through the entire series pretty quickly. The best part of the show is Sienna Miller's outfits! They are so chic and sophisticated and classic. It had me so excited for fall- when I personally thrive when it comes to style/fashion. I love sweaters and coats (no, not puffers, actual fall coats).

Loving: Such a pretty Savannah, GA home
Wanting: So many cute things! 

Pittsburgh: 22 of the best bakeries in Pittsburgh. 350 gets my vote for #1 and a close second is Mediterra. 
Amazon Rec: My sister had us all wear these earrings for her wedding. They are not something I think I would have ordered on my own but after wearing them I really love them. They are inexpensive and look so pretty with a more formal dress/gown! You can find more of my Amazon favorites, here!

Traveling: We are off to Cincinnati, Ohio for a wedding in early June! I have never actually been to Cincinnati so I am excited. I have driven through it many times as you drive right through downtown Cincinnati to get to Lexington, KY (where UK is- my sister went to college there) from Pittsburgh. 

Quoting: See more of my favorites, here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5 Items I Highly Recommend

These are the BEST no-show socks. They are so high quality, they are beyond comfortable and soft, and they do not slip off your feet at all. Seriously, they do not budge on my feet. 10/10 recommend. 

It pains me deep in my soul to not only recommend these but to put these on my 'highly recommend' list. They are $10 plastic Target sandals. I don't even think they are cute but the comfort is beyond. I wear them to walk Henry around the neighborhood and to go out and water my plants and stuff like that. I love that you can just hose them off. They never hurt my feet and they don't make my feet sweat at all. For $10, I am literally considering buying a second pair because if these ever sell out, I will be sad to not have a backup. You will never see a photo of me in these on the internet, HA!

I also hate that I love these so much because of their price. They are pricey for cotton shorts in my opinion but do you know, if they came out with other prints in this exact style, I would buy them all. I LOVE the fit of these. You are all probably sick of me talking about how much I love these by now but I really felt like I needed to include these. They feel like wearing athletic shorts in that they are so roomy and lightweight but they also somehow look kind of dressy. I am not a shorts girl really, I don't find them to really be flattering on me but thee are somehow really cute. They run true to size but fit roomy. 

This is one of those 'Sephora Favorites' kits that you can get with mini-sized of 5 different mascaras by 5 different brands. Right now, I don't have a mascara that I am wild about so I figured I would use this to figure out a new mascara that I love. I think this is a really good buy as you get 5 minis for the price of one, basically. So far, I am really loving the Lancome Idole and the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes the best but truly, these are all pretty good. 

I got this pearl station necklace last year and have been wearing it a ton lately. I really love it during the summer months and it is so high quality. It's beautiful to wear on its own but also looks really nice layered with other necklaces. It would make a really nice gift! June has a pearl birthstone so, hint hint for anyone looking for a great birthday gift!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Bright Pink Sundress


Dress// Sunglasses (these are Amazon under $20!) 

I hope you are all having a great week so far! Today I am popping in to share this bright pink Lilly dress with you all! Was planning on a different post today but have not had much access to WiFi/internet as I expected on my travels so this will be a quicker post than usual! Thanks for sticking with me! 

I LOVE this print so much. I think this could be one of my favorite prints of all time. This Dress arrived in the mail on Thursday, I promptly put it on and then ran Henry around the block for a quick potty walk. I encountered a handful of neighbors and every single person I encountered commented on how much they liked my dress. A girl yelled from across the street to ask me where I got it! 

Then, I wore this Dress it to the grocery store and the cashier commented on how much he loved it! I had my family over for dinner that night, and completely unprompted, they complimented me. 

Then, I decided to re-wear it Friday afternoon for my sister's rehearsal at her venue and SO MANY compliments. 

By now, you get it. This Dress is one of those dresses where people will stop you and ask you where you got it. The color is so bright and cheery, I don't think I could be sad wearing it. And it's SO comfortable. It's super lightweight (but lined and well made). The white ricrac really pops against the bright pink. The neckline is fun and different, and you get the perfect fit (and comfort) with smocking in the back.

I am wearing a size 2, I would say it fits somewhat true to size but a size 2 is the smaller of the two sizes I usually waver between so size down if you can't decide!

Monday, May 23, 2022

I Tried On 14 Pairs of White Jeans, Here Are My Favorites

This post has been a very long time coming. I started the journey to finding the 'perfect' pair of jeans back in late March and it took me a full 6 weeks to research the best white jeans out there, order the jeans, try them on, document it, and return the bad pairs, etc. 

I shared everything on Instagram stories and I think the video helps the most for you all to see the jeans really move on my body. There is a highlight called 'white jeans' and it documents the whole white jeans journey from start to finish. 

In total, I tried on 14 different pairs of white jeans from 9 different brands. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive or representative of the many pairs of white jeans from so many different brands, but I do feel like I varied the brands and prices enough that this was a good sampling. 

My biggest takeaway from trying on 14 pairs of white jeans is that I truly truly truly do not understand how so many pairs of white jeans made it into production after a sample was created. SO many of these jeans were so see-through!!! This is my open letter to brands to make pockets with nude fabric. I totally realize that this is more costly, but I am also just not down with wearing see-through pants. Some of the most expensive jeans I tried on were some of the worst offenders, too. 

I am going to try and make this post as clear and organized as possible because a lot of these jeans look so similar and to keep a constant variable in all of this, I wore the exact same shirt with every single pair of jeans. Helpful in that it really showcases the jeans, but can also get confusing at the same time! 

First, I'll share my top three favorite pairs of white jeans that I tried on. I will go in depth on why I like them, the fit, the sizing, and all of that good stuff. Then, as you scroll down, I'll also share all of the other pairs that I tried on that did not make the cut. For the 3 pairs of jeans that are in my top 3, I purchased them and have kept them, and have been wearing them. All other pairs mentioned got returned. 

First and foremost, I was looking for a specific pair of white jeans. My criteria was: opaque, high-waisted, straight-cut, very stretchy pair of bright white jeans. 

For your reference, I am 5'6" and typically wear a size 27 or 4 in jeans. In letter sizing, I wear a small in most brands but sometimes size up to a medium for a roomier fit. 

This is going to be a long blog post, so please keep scrolling to find the information you are looking for. 

This white jeans experiment has been interesting because I started off by ordering and trying jeans on my own, but then started to get a bunch of feedback from you all. Many of you would recommend pairs and I would order them and would not like them. In my opinion, that does not mean you gave me a bad recommendation! It means that they’re just not the right fit whether for my body or my standards or budget or whatever it is. I can only speak for myself but I think this illustrates that if I recommend something and you order it and don’t love it, it doesn’t mean I am trying to swindle someone into buying something that’s not great. Not that anyone has ever accused me of doing so, but I do see chatter of people talking poorly about influencers often and I just wanted to highlight this! 

Many times, there are so many variables about why person X will love something and person Y will not. Price, fabric, fit, lifestyle, etc. I think it goes to show that the business of influencing is 100% built on trust but I also try to believe the best in everyone so if an influencer recommends a product to you and you don’t like it, it doesn’t make them dishonest. I’ve ordered plenty of things that other influencers I follow have raved about and ended up returning because I didn’t like them. I never once thought of them as promoting a product just to make a buck! In fact, it is in the influencer's best interest to promote only the very best things because they also don’t want you to return the item!! This is just me rambling with my thoughts, but thought it was all worth a mention... a little food for thought! 

Also, one more thing. Keep in mind that sometimes the photos don't pick up on the fabric. I think a lot of these photos don't show the pockets as much as they appear in real life! 

#1 


The fit of these is spot-on with what I was looking for. They have a nice high waist, and a bit of stretch (although I wish it had just a touch more). They are more fitted at the thigh and taper outward to a bootcut/straight cut at the bottom. They hit me right at the ankle so they are not cropped but I also didn't have to have them hemmed. Truly, the perfect length for me.  

These jeans are completely and entirely opaque. You cannot see through them, the seams are not obvious, and the pockets are lined with nude fabric so you don't see the pockets showing through at all. 

I think out of all of my top 3 pairs of jeans, these are the most traditional and most polished that you could somewhat 'dress up'. 

These run true to size. I don't find that they stretch out too much, but if they do, you can just wash and dry them in a machine and they go right back to their original shape. 

The quality is top-notch and truly the nicest quality out of any of the jeans that I tried on. Crazy enough, I am pretty sure these are the least costly pair out of all that I tried on. Just goes to show that price does not always align with quality! 

#2 


So these are number two on my list and they don't necessarily fit the bill when it comes down to exactly what I was looking for. These are not a traditional boot-cut pair of jeans. These are called 'stove pipe' and they are a very straight fit from hip to ankle. The thigh is wider than any other jeans that I tried on. These also hit above my ankle so they are definitely more cropped than a true, full-length pair of jeans. Overall, I think these have a more relaxed fit. 

They are entirely opaque, although, I do think the zipper fly stands out as a little more opaque than everything else (I think you can definitely tell in the photo). It doesn't stand out enough to deter me, but it's annoying enough that it is worth mentioning. 

The pockets are nude!! They are very high-waisted and have a ton of stretch. These are the kind of jeans that you put on when you don't feel like being constricted in any way, they are insanely comfortable. 

These run true to size. They do have stretch, but they are meant to be very relaxed in the way they fit, so I would not suggest sizing down. Sometimes I find that Talbots runs a little big but that was not my experience with these jeans. 

#3 


In a world where brands seem to cut corners and lower quality as often as possible, I have been truly impressed with J.Crew whose quality has seemingly gotten better. I was first blown away by their new cashmere in 2021 and now I am blown away by these jeans in 2022. I really haven't been disappointed in much that I've ordered from J.Crew in the past year, instead, I've been very pleased which is really saying something with all of these brands lowering their quality! 

So these would possibly take the #1 spot but the #1 reason why they don't is that they have a raw hem. I have nothing against a raw hem, I think there is a time and a place for that, definitely. I have quite a few pairs of raw hem jeans. However, I personally prefer the more 'finished' or polished look with a seamed hem. It's totally a personal preference. So much so, that I actually ended up taking these to the tailor and having the raw hem turned into a seamed hem, and love them. 

These are a true straight-fit jean and because I had the hem finished, they are a little more cropped on me. They are very high-waisted and have a bit of stretch to them (a requirement, no rigid jeans were being tried on in this 'experiment'). 

I find them to fit roomy, but not enough for me to size down. The roominess just makes them very comfortable and I find that they look a bit more relaxed when compared to the #1 Old Navy Pair but you may want to size down as the reviews are saying they run a bit big. 

They are opaque and you can't see the pockets almost at all (the pockets are white) but they're not 'perfectly' opaque like the Old Navy ones. 

Ok now for the pairs that did not make the cut...



These are really good jeans. They almost made the top 3. They run true to size, maybe on the smaller side if anything (and I usually find L.L. Bean to run generously) so I would suggest sizing up. This was my true size and I should have gone up a size for a better fit. They are pretty opaque and you can't see the seams too much! But, you can see the fly a lot- it's just a lot more opaque than the rest of the jeans. The jeans themselves are opaque but the contrast between the fly and the rest of the jeans makes the jeans look a little more see-through than they actually are... does that makes sense to you all?! They are pretty cropped, not like capris by any means, but definitely a little more 'kick crop' than a full-length straight-leg pair of jeans!

Madewell Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Straight Jean in Tile White
I think if a brand makes a bunch of pairs of white jeans, they need to do everything in their power to show the consumer the difference between them. There are so many on Madewell's website that it was hard to find what I was looking for. They are all named something similar, too. 

These were one of the most recommended pairs of white jeans from you all. I will say that the quality was top-notch. They are called 'mid rise' but I really found that these were high rise on me so I can't imagine how high the high rise would be! Also, I found them to run big so I would at least get your true size if not size down because they are super stretchy (which is positive). I also liked that you couldn't see the pockets. They were pretty opaque- the seams weren't bad but they were visible. Overall, I don't think I gave this pair enough of a chance as they were the wrong size and the last pair to arrive so I just kind of gave up and never ended up ordering my 'correct' size... I think they did not look good on me at all, but I think that is just likely due to them being too big (I had to clip the waist). 

Talbots Modern Ankle Jeans

All of the Talbots jeans I tried on had nude pockets which is a big win in my opinion. I also loved the fit of these jeans as they were high-waisted and hit me perfectly at the ankle (maybe a half inch shorter than I would prefer as I already have a lot of ankle/kick crop styles). These also have a great amount of stretch. 

The reason these didn't make the cut is that they are a little too see-through for my liking. It's not the pockets but more so the fly/zipper area sticks out so much because it looks so much more opaque than the rest of the jeans. It's harder to tell in photos but in person, it's very noticeable. 

The stove pipe is like this, too (#2 favorite), but I think because of the cut/looser fit, it's less noticeable. These are true to size. 
Talbots Slim Ankle
These are amazing, except again, the zipper/fly area is so white, it just really sticks out compared to the rest of the jeans. The fabric on these is a little thin and again, I think the fabric is probably the same as the modern ankle and stove pipe but this style is meant to fit even more fitted/close to the body so it makes the fly even more noticeable. You can really notice the fly in the video I shared on Instagram stories under my 'white jeans' highlight. 
Agolde Toni Mid-rise Straight in Radiate
This color was more of creamy ivory vs a bright white. Not a negative but I was looking for bright white. They run a bit small. The stretch on these is really nice and I like the cut but the fabric is not opaque enough for my liking. The pockets were totally visible and that's what made these an instant 'no' for me. I liked the bit of compression that these provided in the fit, too. 

AYR The Pop in Zinc
Let's start with the positives. These have the best stretch out of any jeans I tried on. I wish ALL jeans had this kind of stretch. They felt like leggings and looked like rigid jeans. I loved this about them. I also loved the high waist and overall cut/fit. Honestly, these could have been the most perfect jeans of all time BUT these were the most see-through maybe out of any of the jeans that I tried on. So many of you recommended these but the pockets showed through like crazy, I could not do it. Even the seams showed through on these so much, it was just not a good look. I loved the stretch so much that I considered having the pockets removed at a tailor but in the end, I decided not to. At $225, I think it's kind of crazy that the pockets showed through as much as they did. They were pretty much unwearable out in public. Harsh, but true. I want to get these jeans in regular blue denim color, though, which for sure won't be see-through because the fit and stretch were unparalleled to any jeans I have ever tried on. The white fabric is just a big miss. 

Mother High Waisted Rider Ankle in Fairest of Them All
This is another one that was highly recommended by you all. I love the Mother brand and have quite a few pairs of their jeans. They are pricey but I've always been impressed with the quality and fit. I was so surprised to see the 'fairest of them all' white color was so see-through. The pockets were like giant squares at my hips. I have a cream pair of jeans from Mother (I can't quite remember what the color was called but it's not 'fairest of them all) and I love them and they are not see-through at all. So this was a surprise to me. The seams on the side weren't showing through as much as some other pairs of jeans, but the pockets were an immediate 'no' for me. The stretch on these was really nice, almost comparable to the AYR pair. 
J.Crew 9" vintage slim-straight jean in white
These were the first pair I tried on in this entire experiment. I did not like these at all. They run big. The fabric was thin and just showed through every imperfection. They had a nice amount of stretch. They were not high-waisted at all, much too low for my personal comfort. Just an all-around miss for me. This is surprising because these are a best seller and came highly recommended. 

Gap High Rise Kick Fit
These were so see-through which is unfortunate because I really loved the cut of them. They were a true straight-leg pair of jeans and had a nice bit of stretch to them. They did have a raw hem, which was another strike for me. 

Gap High Rise Cheeky Straight
Strike one was that these have a raw hem. I thought the cut of the jeans was good, but these were somewhat see-through with the pockets. They also didn't have much stretch and had a button fly (which is a negative for me). I honestly didn't hate them but they just didn't work for me. 

J.Crew Mid-Rise Demi-Boot Crop
So these might have actually made it into the running but they were a bit more cropped than I wanted and they had a raw hem. They were too cropped for me to take them to the tailor and have the hem closed up. They were pretty opaque, too. They had a good bit of stretch to them and even though they are not high-rise, the mid-rise was comfortable enough for me! I really don't have anything bad to say about this pair of jeans, they were just not really what I was looking for! They run true to size! 
 

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