To the Beach

Clockwise from top left:     Reserved Towel,     French Blue Striped Towel,      Venice Towel,      Happy Towel,      Navy Striped Towel,       Cape Cod Towel,        Grey Striped Towel,      Blue Fish Towel.     

With the long weekend just around the corner, I suspect that many of us will be headed out to the beach for the weekend! I am heading home to Maine for the weekend and I can't wait!

I have always loved a classic cabana striped beach towel but I sometimes wonder if they are over done? So then when I spotted some of these other fun designs, I started thinking of how fun it would be to have a mix of towels? To keep the same aesthetic, I would try to stick with in the same color scheme. So of course for me, that would be the classic choice of blue and white! 

Monochrome Summer Outfits

OUTFIT ONE:        Madewell Off The Shoulder Top,         Julie Vos Gold Hoops,        Shopbop Straw Beach Tote,        Frame White Skinny Jeans,        K.Jacques Blue Ganges Sandals. 

OUTFIT TWO:    Jules Smith Gold Earrings,       Splendid Crinkle White Dress,     Loeffler Randal Natural Lock Clutch,         Kate Spade Red Fringe Sandals. 


With the fourth of July on the horizon, I am sure that we all have red, white and blue on the mind. Have you thought about what you will wear this weekend? I have not exactly figured out what outfits I will wear, but I know that my new Madewell Off the Shoulder Top will be coming with me to Maine for the weekend. I picked this up the other week and I have already been wearing it non stop! There is something about white clothing in the summer! 

Pattern Espadrilles

Talk about an iconic partnership! My favorite shoe company, Stubbs & Wootton, has joined up with the fabric company Quadrille. The outcome, pattern perfection! How adorable are these espadrilles? While I usually shy away from bright patterned pieces of clothing, I love to add color and pattern in my accessories. So now the only question is, what pair to choose? 

Clockwise from top left:    Navy & White Gatsby Porto,        Turquoise Nitik,    Blue Leopard Conga,      Orange & Pink Moroc. 

New York City - Life Lately

view of manhattan from brooklyn by Nan 

view of manhattan from brooklyn by Nan 

Wow, I can't believe that it has only been a little more than a week that I have been in the city! It has been such a fun and busy few days. I have loved catching up with various friends and exploring new to me areas of the city, from the West Village to Brooklyn. It seem that 90% or more of my instagrams this summer will focus on food ;) whoops! It is just so fun to try out new restaurants! I can't wait to see what the next week has in store! 

We celebrated one of my best friend's birthdays at The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren.  Neither the decor or the food disappointed. Such an amazing spot! 

My internship is in the West Village, it is such a wonderful neighborhood. It has been so fun to simply wander around and take it all in. The avocado toast at Toby's Estate = too good! 

On Thursday night I met up with friends in Central Park for the a free concert by the New York Philharmonic. A perfect little summer picnic, of course rosé was included. Such a fun summer night! 

Images:  Momofuku Milk Bar,     Guggenheim Museum,     Madison Square Park,     ABC Cocina 


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Little Black Dress for Summer


Loren Hope Siren Studs in Coral,       Natural Denim Jacket from J.Crew,       Aerin Day Essential Gold Bangles,     Of a Kind  x  Lizzie Fortunato Embroidered Zip Clutch,     Loft Mixed Eyelet Cami Dress (on sale with code FLASH)         J.Crew Black Carla Sandals (on sale!) 

The other day I spotted this perfect little black dress on Stripes & Sequins and I loved how it was a classic cut but a bit more interesting due to the eyelet. Do you all ever shop at Ann Taylor Loft? It is not somewhere that I think of often, but after I spotted this dress on Liz's blog I decided to head the store to check out their designs. I was really happily surprised, they had a great selection of pieces. Their designs remind me of what J.Crew used to be back in the day, classic basics that are essentials for any closet. I tried on a few pieces, but ended up leaving with the black eyelet dress that Liz posted and this lavender silk tank.  The dress is a bit longer than I would normally like so I think I may hem it just a few inches. Do you all get your clothes altered? I just started to get some pieces altered and I have realized how much of a difference it makes. Back in January, I got the short sleeves taken of a Madewell dress and I loved how it turned out, the dress is now one of my favorites in my closet. Anyway, I can't wait to wear my new dress with my tan denim jacket and simple black sandals. While I love blue denim jackets, this neutral denim jacket is a new favorite in my closet.  And then how about some beautiful gold bracelets to polish off the look, this bangle set from Aerin is on my wishlist.  

Here are some other items from LOFT that have caught my eye. (Use the code FLASH to get 40% off until Tuesday June 23rd.) 


Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! A necessary shout out to all the dads out there. (Love you dad!) The celebrations continue today as it is the official First Day of Summer! Today is a beautiful day in the city, clear blue sky after a week of rainy days. A perfect start to the summer! Here are a few links around the web that caught my eye this week: 

  • I'm sure you have heard about the changes happening over at J.Crew? I'm intrigued to see how the recent changes of designers will effect the brands. I don't know about you, but it does seem like J.Crew could use a bit of a refresh. Lately I have been leaning more and more toward pieces from Madewell. (also check out this 'Letter to Jenna Lyons' for a little laugh.) 
  • My love for fiddle leaf trees/palm leaf prints is still going strong! For the home or in clothing, either works for me! 
  • Are you happy? I found this story a great reminder on the importance of true happiness in contrast to the life we think should make us happy. 
  • Do you keep a small bag of makeup in your purse for touchups? I was in need of some compact sized pieces for when I am on the go, so I turned to this natural brand for help. Cant wait for my order to arrive so I can try it out! 
  • I've been on the lookout for some casual maxi dresses for the summer, this grey one caught my eye. 
  • Before I packed up for New York I tried to clean out my closet and sent off all my pieces to be donated. Have you all heard of ThredUP? It is a great way to donate your unworn clothing and also potentially make a little $$. A few of my pieces have been selling does that mean I can buy something new?! 
  • Thoughts on tassels? I tried on this fun dress this weekend and really loved it...if only I had somewhere to wear it. 
  • Did you know that you can now keep up with Simply Elegant on Facebook?