Urban Safari

Anthropologie Talipot top, J.Crew skirt (super old), Gucci sunglasses, 80%20 Rina boot, Clare Vivier neon stripe flat clutch

I recently picked up this top at the super-awesome Anthropologie sale (made even more awesome by the 15 percent off  code that Anthropologie sends during birthday months) – if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you check out the sale. And soon. But I digress. I’ve already told y’all about my love of this season’s tropical trend, so mega sale+tropical=duh. This print in particular totally reminds me of a safari, and while I’m unfortunately far, far away from something as glorious as that right now, some sort of urban safari is certainly in the cards. Just watch out for the wild beasts.

July Cravings

There comes a moment every season when your wardrobe just starts to seem to feel a bit, well, tired, and being that it’s mid-July, it’s about that time. Don’t get me wrong – I still think summer reigns superior and I will always gladly choose a summer ensemble over that of another season on any given day, but as with any season, at a certain point we can all use a little refresher. Here are just a few things I’d like to refresh my closet with right about now.

Clockwise, from upper left:
Topshop long pleated cami tunic
Alexander Wang Lina 2 piece pumps
Matthew Williamson cat eye sunglasses
Dolce Vita Valentina dress
Han Kjobenhavn timeless sunglasses
The Ropes chubby bracelet

To the beach

Thml crochet top (last seen here), Paige Jimmy Jimmy shorts, Madewell chambray ex-boyfriend shirt (also seen here), K.Jacques St. Tropez sandals, CXXVI bag, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, vintage necklace, bracelets by Gorjana, Shashi, vintage, street vendors

So if you’ve been reading this blog for longer than say, five minutes, you know that I am pretty into the beach. But what you may not know is that the best time of the day on the shore, by far, is that hour after showers and before dinner (and not just cause of the cocktails – well maybe a little because of the cocktails) when everything turns all golden and blue and most everyone’s gone inside. The other night I found myself subconsciously channeling the colors of that hour at the ocean before a little walk down there, and I had a thought on a new style theme: Dress like your favorite time of day. Weird? Yes. But imagine the fun we’ll have!

Weekend Details

Sea oats at golden hour

It’s always tough getting back to work after a weekend, and especially so after an extra-long weekend – but I really shouldn’t complain. I took the end of last week off to extend my weekend and celebrate the Fourth, and got in some serious R&R down at the beach. I also worked on my summer to-do list item of getting better at surfing, and ate a fair amount of sand and seawater as a result (and am still shaking water out of my ears), but had a good time in the process anyway.

Hope you all had some nice relaxing moments, too. Happy Monday!

Late-night beach bar

Boating with Milo

Channeling the tropics on my new shirt (on mega sale at Anthropologie)

A breezy seaside spot

Surfing with Milo

Neon windows back in town

Sunday night Mediterranean sidewalk feast

Pineapple print

State & Lake Pineapple Bustier Mini Dress (on sale!), Steve Madden sandals, vintage clutch

Since any and all sorts of layers have been pretty much a non-option for the past while, I’ve been focusing on my tried-and-true fallback of  easy summer dresses. This one is jazzed up with a fruity print, and I can’t really resist anything pineapple. Must be my love for piña coladas. Up next: coconut print – holler at me if you find it.

Weekend Details

Nighttime in nearby Saxapahaw

As expected, things were seriously steamy – and I don’t mean in the exciting way – around here this weekend. North Carolina is typically pretty  hot in the summer, but this is just getting absurd. Accordingly, I didn’t go outside much (except after dark, and even then it was ridiculous). We did take a little drive out in the country to a little mill town on the nearby Haw River, which proved to be a not-too-sweltering evening trip. Hopefully things will start to cool off a bit soon, because holing up inside for the duration just isn’t an option.

If I can make it through the next couple of days, we’re headed down to the coast on the 4th for a nice mini-vacay – so I’m keeping my eye on the prize.

Yeah, so that happened

My favorite summer salad – watermelon+tomatoes+basil+lime juice

A gift from mom’s jewelry box – my favorite “new” earrings

Digging through my purse for lip gloss, I realized I have six various lip options in one bag. Excessive?

More tomatoes – one reason to love the heat and this time of year