Outfit Post Outtakes

Get excited, another installment of everyone’s favorite post is here. Behold more outtakes for your laughing pleasure:

outfit outtakeThis photo might seem unassuming at first, but look closely. You will spot a trio of photo bombers in the background striking poses. This is why I usually avoid shooting in public places at all costs. But when the light is this good, you gotta do what you gotta do.

outfit outtake 5Sometimes taking artsy photos in nature works — other times you end up looking like you’re trapped in a picture of a rare sighting of Big Foot, where you are Big Foot.

outfit outtake 4“Let me just sit down in these flowers for a second and pick my nose.”

outfit outtake 3Bird poo? Dandruff? The world may never know.

outtake 5It wouldn’t be a proper outtakes rundown if there wasn’t a photo of me judging something harshly. I even had to remove my sunglasses for this judgement. The world needed to see the full force of the disapproval on my face.

outfit outtake 2And last but not least, a photo of me making the most horrible face in the world. LOL! I actually can’t look at this photo without laughing out loud. Also, what am I doing with my arms?!

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Standing in the sun

cropped top and full skirt 3Yup — still loving crop tops.

crop top and midi skirt

cropped top and patterned skirt

crop top and full skirt

full skirt and crop top.jpgShoes: Nine West | Skirt: Etsy (also work here) | Top: Nasty Gal (also worn here) | Sunglasses J. Crew | Necklace: J Crew Factory


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Find the Perfect ‘Throw-On’ Dress

red dress.jpgIt’s officially summer — which means it’s time to invest in a new ‘throw-on dress’ aka, the perfect instaoutfit you can just toss on and head out the door. Luckily, I am in the market for a new throw-on dress myself so I made a list of ten I have my eye on:

  1. Flowy, floral, and fab — I am obsessed with this one.
  2. This mint number is perfect for endless beach weekends.
  3. Put. A. Bird. On. It. ‘Nuff said.
  4. If a maxi is more your style, this one is perfect.
  5. These stripes are impossible to resist and perfect for any occasion.
  6. A little black dress that you could wear every day.
  7. A swing dress is a must-have for the season.
  8. Is it summer without Lily? This dress is affordable, colorful and easy to wear.
  9. This dress is one you’re sure to wear to any and every summer occasion.
  10. This last dress is light, airy and will totally turn heads.

Happy shopping!



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Giveaway: Summer Hair Makeover

I recently got my hair cut at the Janet Waddell Salon in Gramercy, NYC. Thea, my amazing stylist, gave me a chic and totally wearable lob (aka a long bob) that is perfect for summer.

I think we have all had experiences where we tell our stylist one thing, but then they are all like, “I know what will look good on you, trust me.” And you end up with this crazy haircut where you look like a poorly groomed poodle.

The stylists at Janet Waddell truly listen, but they also make great suggestions. For example, I wanted to get bangs again, but I was worried about the maintenance. My stylist Thea suggested side swiped bangs that are much more forgiving and easier to care for than a blunt fringe.

So get excited. I am giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card you can use for a summer haircut at Janet Waddell Salon!

Here’s how to enter:

1.Like Janet Waddell Salon and Thea for Hair on Facebook

2. Follow @janetwaddellnyc on Twitter and Instagram

3. Comment on the below detailing your WORST haircut story. Or can link to a photo. Here’s mine.

Note: This giveaway is for US only as the salon is in NYC. I will randomly select a winner next Monday.

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blue dress 5

blue dress 1Dress: Asos | Sunglasses: J. Crew Factory


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Secret Garden

butterflyHere is a quick photo diary documenting a great day at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

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preppyShoes: Keds | Skirt: Express | Shirt: J. Crew Factory | Sunglasses: J. Crew Factory



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Color Blocking

tibi color block maxiSo this Tibi color block maxi is now my absolute favorite thing ever. I dressed it up for these photos with some fancy metallic heels, but this dress is also great with flip flops on the beach. It is the perfect all-purpose dress for when you want to make a statement. And don’t we always want to make a statement??

May I also add that this frock is way on sale? Go ahead, treat yo’self.

color block maxi

black and white maxi dress

tibi maxi

tibi color block

black and white maxiDress: Tibi | Shoes: I think they are Nine West, I got them at Bloomingdales | sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (very similar)


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5 Years in NYC

This month marks my fifth year living in NYC, which is totally crazy to me. I always thought I would live in New York for one or two years and then head on back to VA where I would live with my parents forever and cater to them in their old age. Now I can’t imagine leaving this crazy town. I mean, where would I get my hair done?!

Fun facts: I haven’t driven a car since I got here. I will never own a home as long as I live in the city. I rarely grocery shop — mostly I order take-out because my kitchen is too small to cook anything worthwhile. I walk fast. I have to pay to do my laundry. I never have to worry about a designated driver on Saturday night. I don’t smile at strangers. I know the best froyo in town is on the 7th floor of Bloomingdale’s. I likely spend more to rent my apartment than you do on your mortgage. Living in New York is like living in whole new world. Sometimes I hate it, but mostly I love it.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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Everyone is smarter than you: You might think you’re good at something, but you quickly find out that you’re mediocre at best when you move to the city. I think the phrase If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, it’s up to you, New York, New York is basically a nice way of saying that this town is crawling with people who are better than you so sit down and shut up, ya big dummy. I firmly believe that you are only as smart as the people you regularly hang out with. So if you want to be a smarter person, come work in New York City.

You will become a bonafide food snob: I may have witnessed my husband, who is probably the chillest, nicest person ever, visibly cringe at the mention of TGI Fridays. When even your sketchy local bodega makes the best sandwich you’ve ever tasted, it is nearly impossible to go back to chains. My heart was broken when I recently went to Olive Garden (an old fave) and truly hated it. I could have cried. Curse you, delicious Eataly food!

People sometimes say passive aggressive (rude) things about living in NYC:

Stranger that you just met at a cookout in your hometown: “Oh, you live in New York?! Oh I could NEVER live there! It’s too crowded and loud and dirty and horrible.”

Now these haters people do have a valid point about the dirty and horrible part. Once you nearly step in human excrement in the park, a tiny part of you is never the same. But I also know that these people aren’t talking about human excrement, they are talking about Times Square — the only place they went when they visited NYC in the 11th grade. The memory of sweaty, doughy tourists packed together in a shimmering, blinking square mile of hell traumatized them for life. Don’t worry, I have a similar aversion to Times Square. It is the worst. The rest of the city is pretty great, though, so stop hatin’.

You will be poor: I am convinced that there is a secret ‘leaving fee’ in this town. The leaving fee states that the moment you step out of your apartment $50 is deducted from your bank account. This fee must exist otherwise I truly don’t know where all the money goes.

You will think about getting a dog, but then you’ll decide against it: I can not tell you how many times I have had this conversation:

Friend: Aww, look at that dog. Ugh, I want a dog!

Me: Me too!

Friend: I should get a dog.

Me: You totally should! Then I can play with it. My building doesn’t allow dogs (insert sad face).

Friend: Yea, but I work so much and the dog will be alone all day. Plus, dog walkers are so expensive. My neighbor has to pay one to come to her apartment twice a day!

Me: Totally. I guess it wouldn’t really be fair to the dog.

Friend: No, I guess not.


Seriously, I have this exact conversation every month. It never gets less sad.

Brunch: Brunch is a very important part of a New York dwellers life. Without brunch you would die. This is a fact. The best brunches have alcohol specials like unlimited or discounted breakfast cocktails. You will stop at nothing to get a table at this places. Then you will eat delicious yet overpriced breakfast foods and guzzle down mimosas like it is your last meal and you’re slated to be humanely executed by the state at 4pm (aka when brunch ends).

Anyway, all of this is to say that this city isn’t forever. New York isn’t exactly the best place to grow old. But if you ever get a chance to live here, do it.



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