Goodbye C. Wonder

I am so sad to be blogging about my last purchase from C. Wonder since they are in the process of closing. All of their clothes and accessories were so cute and I will miss them! The only upside is a massive sale, so get in there while you can.

I just received my gorgeous new silk top from them the other day, and a new top and a new haircut means the boyfriend has to take my picture.

IMG_0837This Silk Tunic Blouse has such beautiful colors and a really cool geometric pattern. I am 5’2” and it lands a little less than mid thigh on me, which is perfect to wear with leggings. I paired it with black riding boots and my Kate Spade watch.

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This tunic is still available in a couple colors so grab it while you can at 75% off!

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Empire State of Mind (or not)

Yesterday the boyfriend and I went to Manhattan to see the Empire State Building! Or we were supposed to because we’ve had tickets for over and year… but I walked out the door without them.

Whoops.

Instead, we met my dad at the Bryant Park Grill for a fancy lunch. I had a stir fry salad, which was good, but the best part was dessert. Behold, the Chocolate Peanut Butter S’more:

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It was great.

So we didn’t have a plan, but since the New York Public Library is right behind the grill, we decided to go there. It is a beautiful building inside and out.

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They have a great exhibit going on called The ABC’s of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It was a great look at what books teach children, and it made me pretty nostalgic. You can see things like the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals, a life-size setup of Goodnight Moon, and art inspired by different stories like Where the Wild Things Are.

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Here I am with Eric Carle’s walrus from Polar Bear, Polar Bear

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I’m wearing my Aqua Romper, Lilly Pulitzer Bow Belt, and C. Wonder Monogramed Cardigan. Not shown are my Jack Roger Palm Beach Navajos and my hot pink Kate Spade Crossbody Bag.

After the Library, we went back to Bryant Park and watched some intense ping pong! Thanks for an awesome day Jack!

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Beach Babes

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately, I started working again and have been settling into my new house!

This coming week I will be heading to Beach Haven with my boyfriend’s family so I thought I would do a post on three different beach looks. It is so easy to have a different feel or style depending on your suit and the accessories you use!

The Girly Girl

Think pink with this bright suit, a fun sun hat, and a summer read!

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Bathing Suit: Old Navy Clearance

Sun Hat: Lilly Pulitzer Gift (Similar)

Book: Love and Summer by William Trevor

The Wild Child

Stand out with prints instead of color!

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Bathing Suit: Target (Top) (Bottom)

Headband: Forever 21

Sunglasses: C. Wonder

The Laid Back Beauty

Be cute but casual with a simple mix and matched suit and a cap… Every Day Should Feel This Good!

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Bathing Suit: Target (Top) (Bottom)

Hat: Vineyard Vines

 

In My Bag

As I was getting out of my car the other day, I realized that my tote was awfully heavy. What could I possibly have in here, I thought, as I searched for my house key. I finally found it among a vast sea of receipts, multiple lip glosses, and even a couple leftover shopping bags.

As MTV Girl Code’s Shalyah brilliantly put it,

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So with that thought, I cleaned out my bag and left only what I actually need… or what I think I might need in some kind of emergency that will never happen… maybe I should clean it out again!

Anyway, here’s what’s in my bag whether I need it or not!

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C. Wonder Tote (Similar)

I bought this bag earlier in the spring after winning C. Wonder’s Instagram contest. (Now you know why I have so much from there!) This is the perfect bag for going to class or running errands. I like to keep a lot of stuff with me, and if my bag is too small I end up juggling everything in my hands. The cork is such a great neutral and the gold flecks are really eye catching.

Target Wallet

I bought this wallet a while ago to use as a wristlet, but my usual Lilly Pulitzer Carded ID Wristlet was too gross to photograph (oopsies). This one has plenty of room, but I think I might get another Lilly wristlet to replace my DZ one.

Sephora Blotting Films (Mattifying)

As I’ve said before, I have very oily skin. These sheets clean my skin right up and leave me feeling refreshed without messing up my makeup

5 Gum (Cobalt) 

I am always terrified of having bad breath, so gum is always in my bag. I love 5 Gum because the flavor is strong and lasts for a pretty long time. Cobalt is a strong mint flavor.

Lilly Pulitzer Umbrella (Chin Chin)

This umbrella puts a pop of color into my rainy days. It opens and closes very easily and has a comfy handle. Perfection.

C. Wonder Sunglasses 

These mirrored glasses are just the right amount of cool. They’re a little big, but I have a really small head!

Lilly Pulitzer Sunglass Case

I received this case last summer as a free gift with purchase. I love the print and it is super soft for my glasses. Lilly has the best gifts, so be on the look out for them.

Band-Aids 

I like to keep 4 Band-Aids in my bag just in case the shoes I’m wearing start to hurt.

Opti-Free Rewetting Drops

Since I wear contacts I have to be careful of not letting them dry out. A little bottle of eyedrops is all I need to be prepared.

Sniff Tissues

Again with the being prepared! These little piggies help me catch sneezes and spills.

Clinique Almost Lipstick (Black Honey)

I love this lipstick because it gives me a dash of color without having to put on real lipstick. Perfect for when I suddenly make lunch plans.

Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment

This chapstick makes my lips super soft and the slight lemon scent is amazing. It also has SPF 15 to protect me from the sun.

The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín 

I am currently halfway through this book about an Irish judge and his affectionate reflections on his past. I am attempting to write an Honors Thesis on another Irish author, so this is “research” (English Major nerd).

Earbuds

Because you never know when you’re going to be sitting next to someone who doesn’t use their indoor voice on the train.

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (Peelin Out)

This is the newest addition to my bag! I love love love Lilly agendas; I actually don’t know what I would do without mine…. probably forget everything!

 

Happy 23rd, Marissa!

This weekend I headed to NYC to celebrate my DZ Big Sister’s 23rd Birthday!

Even though she already graduated last year, I can’t help myself from crafting for her. I saw a giant martini glass at Michael’s and decided to decorate it and fill it with goodies.

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The stem is decorated with chevron glitter tape and strips of jewel stickers, which I cut from a larger square. The M came as a sticker, but I laid out the 23 myself by cutting individual jewel stickers from the larger strips. I put one long strip of jewels down the back to hold everything in place and cover up any seams.

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This is the final product! I filled the glass with regular and carmel Hershey’s Kisses and added small bottles of UV Coconut and Smirnoff Carmel and a set of bracelets from Capwell + Co. I also decorated the edge with Lollipops I found at Michael’s.

We made our way into Manhattan on the Lower East Side for a night out!

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What I’m Wearing

Dress: Arden B

Shoes: C. Wonder

After tons of getting ready, singing, and picture taking, we headed over to The DL, Delancey & Ludlow.

When you first walk in, it is a cute bar and restaurant with chandeliers and mirrored bar walls. Upstairs, however, are two more floors. The second floor was pretty empty when we got there, but the top floor has a rooftop garden feel, and it had just the right amount of partiers!

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We all had an amazing time! Happy Birthday Biggles, love you!

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Weekend in Boston

I spent the past couple days visiting one of my best friends, Lizzy, at Boston University! She’s taking a summer course, but had time to show me around for a couple days.

On the first day we went to Newbury Street, a very cute shopping area.

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We also visited the Boston Common Public Garden. It has gorgeous landscaping, the George Washington Statue, and of course the Make Way for Ducklings statues.

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What I’m Wearing

Top: Lilly Pulitzer

Sweater: Anne Taylor LOFT

Jeans: Guess

Necklace and Bag: C. Wonder

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It rained most of the day on Friday, but in between showers we made it down to the Harbor and stopped by the North End for some amazing Italian pastries at Mike’s Pastry!

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Amazing Chocolate Covered Cannoli

Later that night we met up with some of Lizzy’s friends for a night out!

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What I’m Wearing

Top: Garage

Skirt: Forever 21

Heels: C. Wonder

Saturday was gorgeous, so after lunch we headed to Harvard Square with two of Lizzy’s friends from school. We had ice cream at J.P. Licks, Checked out the Harvard Bookstore (where I found some old William Trevor books for my thesis research!) and watched some wedding photos being taken!

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What I’m Wearing

Romper: Lilly Pulitzer (Sea Soiree)

Sweater: Anne Taylor LOFT

Bag and Sunglasses: C. Wonder

Even though it was quick it was a super fun trip, and I can’t wait to see Lizzy when she comes home for the rest of the summer!

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

My boyfriend and I made strawberry lemonade! I found a really great recipe on How Sweet It Is through the site Yummly.

You need:

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup water

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

1/3 cup mint leaves

Directions:

Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pan to make a simple syrup. Whisk the mixture until the sugar dissolves and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, remove from heat and place in the fridge for ten minutes.

Puree the mint and strawberries. Then add the lemon juice and simple syrup, pureeing again.

We strained our lemonade once to remove some pulp, but we could have strained it again in our opinion.

As a garnish we added some sliced strawberries, lemon slices, and a mint leaf!

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What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Target

Jeans: Guess (2012)

Shoes: C. Wonder (Similar Style)

Necklace: C. Wonder (Similar Style)

Nails: Dior (Forget Me Not)