What to Pack - Memorial Day Weekend

1. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins    2. Cuyana Panama Hat      3. 'Working for the Weekend' Key Chain    4. Mara Hoffman Printed Bikini       5. J.Crew Drapey V-Neck Romper      6. Illesteva for J.Crew Blue Mirrored Sunglasses     7. J.Crew Cashmere Striped Sweater (on sale!)       8. Frame Denim Mid-Rise Boyfriend       9. Vogue June Issue      10. Rosantica Abissi Charm Bracelet   11. Soludos Espedrilles Palm Trees on Black         12. Fujifilm Instax Neo Classic    11. Steamline Luggage Entrepreneur in Navy  

Traveling for the weekend? Any fun plans?!

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the first weekends that marks the beginning of the season and gets summer in full swing. Where days are spent on the beach, out on the ocean, sipping cocktails and reading a new book. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to get back into reading, do you have any favorite books at the moment? I just finished Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins...and oh my gosh was it a page turner. I would highly suggest the novel to anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl. And then of course, there is always the need to catch up on magazines as well. 

How beautiful is this traditional suitcase from Steamline Luggage, I first spotted the brand on Amy's instagram, and have been dying for one of these classic suitcases ever since! As it is still May, while the weather heats up during the day, there still seems to be quite a chill at night; the perfect time to break out some worn denim and a cozy sweater. 

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend, I will be in Maine with my family . Follow along on Instagram! 

A Day in California

Time to get serious, where would you rather live, New York City or Los Angeles? Yes, yes I know it is such a classic question; most people have an immediate answer either preferring the hustle and bustle of the city or the warm weather and relaxed attitude of California. However, I am starting to wonder, does the question have to be so black and white. 

I have always lived in New England and thought that when I get out of school I will live in a city on the North East, probably New York City, maybe Boston. New England is all I have ever know. Yet, more and more, I am pondering the idea of California.

The other day One Kings Lane did a feature on Julia Leach, the founder and owner of Chance, documenting her daily life now that she has moved from New York to Los Angeles. Let me tell you, if you were not already wondering about life in California...you will think about packing your bags after learning about Julia's daily routine. Early morning wake-ups, walks along the beach, and fresh produce from the farmers market: count me in! 

What about you? New York City or Los Angeles? Or maybe either? 

- Images via One Kings Lane- 

Summer Sandals

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1. Kate Spade Irevela in Black     2. Loeffler Randall Cat (on sale!)      3. Joie Sable in Black + Natural      4. Birkenstock Arizona in White    5. Loeffler Randall Petra     6. J.Crew Cyprus in Calf Hair      7. Birkenstock Flor in Black       8. Joie San Remo Crisscross     9. Vince Orion in Snake Print     10. Loeffler Randall Paz    

It is finally summer! You just got a fresh pedicure and now it is time to slip into some perfect sandals...but which sandals to choose? I have rounded up some of my favorite slide on sandals that I am eyeing. From the classic Birkenstock to Loeffler Randall's more stylish upgrade. I don't know about you but I love that all these styles are so simple and comfortable, stylish and comfy, what could be better? 

 

Happy Summer!!

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Happy Summer Everyone!!! The first day of summer is not officially until June 21st, but in my world summer has begun. Last week I finished up my final exams and projects to conclude my Junior year of college. (Wow, crazy how time flies!) I had a quick trip to New York City for the weekend, more on that in a post later this week, and now I am home in Maine for a few weeks. 

After no new posts for over a month (wooops!) I hope to be back and posting more regularly here on Simply Elegant throughout the summer months! xo Nan

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Happy Friday! I hope that you all are having a wonderful start to spring. I have been increasingly busy with school work this semester, so I haven't been able to pop over here to the blog and post as much as I would like. Therefore, there have been countless items around the web that have been catching my eye. So to put a stop to the silence I have rounded up a few of my favorite shopping, web, and blog links that I have been bookmarking lately. 

ONE.  my favorite home furnishing and design company, Serena & Lily, has now expanded to include a small fashion line! The collection perfectly suits their brand, fresh and modern twists to traditional silhouettes. So many of dresses are calling my name! (stripe dress pictured above)

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TWO: one of my favorite fellow bloggers, Annie Reeves, released a beautiful new blog layout and design after working with the endlessly inspiring Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout. Annie's posts and instagrams always make me long for a trip to Charleston. 

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THREE: there is nothing better than a sale to give you the extra push to buy a piece you have been eying. In this case, I had my eye on this small embroidered clutch by Lizzie Fortunato, so when I saw that Of A Kind was offering 50% off all their items I went for it! (enter SPARKSJOY for discount)

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FOUR: now that the weather is finally starting to get warmer, I have been looking for the perfect light jacket to add to my closet. I don't have any versions of a trench coat, so this J.Crew Poplin Swing Trench has caught my eye. 

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FIVE: it is no secret here on the blog that Tata Harper creates some of my favorite skincare products. So you can only imagine how happy I was last week when I heard from Mary that I won a Tata Harper giveaway over on her blog, So Then They Say. I recieved the Nourishing Oil Cleanser and the Moisturizing Mask, two (new to me) products. I just used them for the first time today, but I will keep you posted on my thoughts! 

Weekend at Edson Hill

Last weekend I had the perfect little break from school and spent the weekend in Stowe, Vermont with my mom. Just an hour outside of Burlington, it is the perfect country ski town. We stayed at a wonderful boutique hotel, Edson Hill. Just back in the fall of 2014 the whole property was renovated by new owners and the space was redesigned by Gauthier Stacy, a Boston area decorator and co-owner of the hotel. The interiors were just my style: a mixture of rustic and modern. We had a wonderful relaxing weekend, going to bed early, sleeping in late, walks exploring the property, great food, and delicious cocktails. If you are ever in the Stowe, or looking for a Vermont hotel, Edson Hill would be my first suggestion. My mom and I are already planning when we should go back next fall or winter! 

- all images taken by Nan for Simply Elegant Blog, follow along on Instagram for more -