Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage752015From left to right: 1) Celebrating the 4th with Chandon summer rosé. 2) Welcome to a new month! Let’s make the most of it. 3) My latest obsession, Trouvé magazine. 4) Getting back into the workday groove with Amy Poehler. 5) Petit fours for a little office treat. 6) Breakfast in bed always, because why not?

Florida Breeze

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It’s finally the summer and for weeks I’ve been craving some high-quality beach time. I’ve been running nonstop since I got back from Paris and was in desperate need of a vacation. So I took a long weekend, booked a flight, and found myself in Daytona. It was a perfect getaway. I stayed in an Airbnb right across from the beach with a lovely couple. I basically spent three days reading and lounging at the beach in the mornings and the pool in the afternoons. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

floridabreeze(7)One of the things I love about being an un-attached twenty-something is the freedom it gives me to travel and explore. I have a fairly flexible schedule which allowed me to book the spontaneous trip with no second thoughts. As a travel lover it’s wonderful to be able to think “I’d like to go here” and then do it. floridabreeze(2)

floridabreeze(3)I brought some thematically appropriate literature to the pool. After This is How You Lose Her I’m hooked on Diaz. Stay tuned for a review! floridabreeze(6)I’ve really been feeling retro one-pieces and high-waisted two pieces lately. Not only are they more comfortable than a bikini, but they’re often much sexier. Here I was channeling some Marilyn Monroe vibes. floridabreeze(5)I can’t go anywhere in the summer without a big floppy hat. And not just because I burn easily! Nothing elevates a look quite like a dramatic headpiece. floridabreeze(4)I went out a few nights but I also ate a lot of sunset dinners on the beach. It was perfection. Just me with a drink in one hand (mojito not pictured here) and a bucket of mussels in the other. floridabreeze

floridabreeze(8)A shout out to my Airbnb hosts Taly and Doron for making my stay in Daytona extra special! The trip was exactly the kind of R-and-R I needed after a busy few weeks and it was extraordinarily liberating to take a spontaneous solo trip, on no one’s schedule but my own.

Photos are mine.

Business Casual

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I almost never dress professionally. Since I work in a very creative office (hello, art magazine) we don’t really have a dress code so I rotate cute dresses with jumpsuits, leather pants, and whatever else I’m feeling. But I was immediately attracted to this pencil skirt when I saw it at H&M. It’s a little bit professional, a little bit sexy, and overall has great lines. I paired it with a flowy blue silk top to balance out the bodycon fit. IMG_0841IMG_0853IMG_0871IMG_0859Skirt: H&M, Shirt: Hand-me-down, Shoes: Shoedazzle, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Parisian Soiree

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Parisian Soiree at the French Cultural Center. With live French jazz, authentic hors d’oeuvres, and flute after flute of champagne, it felt like being back in my favorite city. Plus the dress code was black tie, and you know I can’t resist that. The center is housed in a beautiful old building on Marlborough and features an extensive library, art gallery, and a multi-functional space for events and workshops.

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parisiansoireeIf you’re looking to get a taste of the magic I experienced, be sure to check out the center’s next event: the 2015 Bastille Day Party. This is their must-attend yearly event. It’s essentially a block party with food, live music, dancing, and thousands of francophiles just waiting to show you a good time.

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parisiansoiree3Big thanks to the French Cultural Center for a wonderful evening!

Photos by Russ Mezikofsky Photography.

Jump On It

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My obsession with jumpsuits continues with this beauty, another one of my Parisian thrift store finds. It has a very ’80s vibe that I’m digging here with the loose harem fit and geometric cutouts. I especially love a good jumpsuit in the summer because it’s easy to throw on and boom, outfit done. To tone down the casual vibe of this look I added my leather jacket and those spiked stilettos from Monday’s post.

jumponitjumponit3jumponit2jumponit4jumponit5Jumpsuit: Thrifted in Paris, Heels: Steve Madden, Jacket: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Cool-ottes

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Culottes have made a comeback. No longer are these pants-meet-capris reserved solely for 18th century bourgeoisie. When Walk Trendy reached out to me to try one of their products, I had to choose the most popular new street style trend. I styled mine with a loose sweater, statement necklace, and stilettos.

cool-ottesAlthough I’ve never been a fan of the capri, something about the volume of culottes really intrigues me. I think they make an interesting counterpart to the typical skinny pant. cool-ottes2

cool-ottes4Thanks to Walk Trendy’s small sizes, I didn’t have to tailor these at all. Make sure you read the size specifications carefully since they’re often different from traditional American sizing. Overall the quality of the pants was good for the low prices, and the extensive range of product means finding adorable pieces that no one else will have.

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cool-ottes5Culottes: c/o Walk Trendy (available here), Sweater: Forever21, Necklace: H&M, Shoes: Steve Madden

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with the culottes to review by Walk Trendy, however, all opinions are my own.