Wednesday, July 23, 2014


DVF Wrap Dress (similarCalvin Klein Wedges Tory Burch Flats JCrew Pave Link Bracelet JoJo Loves You Blings JCrew Side Bag

Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.

We all live crazy, busy lives. Too much of the time we are in a state of hurry. Anxiety, panic; time can be our biggest enemy or our best friend. I catch myself in the biggest hurry at Starbucks, come 9 a.m on a weekday morning. Too often I look down, scroll Instagram like a drug or barely look up when someone asks me a question. Like rude, Kelsey.

 It's the days that I slow down to open the door for someone or wish my favorite barista (Richie) a good day, that I begin to notice a shift in my vibe. Suddenly, the people around me respond to happy charisma and my smile may even make someone's day. And then I think, how easy is that? By just smiling at someone, you can create a chain reaction of happiness. Who knows where it may end up?

Stephanie Rita | Stephanie Rita Photography


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Confession: I am totally crushing on the Always Judging Instagram account. Although, I will be the first one to tell you that our styles are complete opposite, I love how she owns her brand and knows what works for her. I'm was so inspired by her classic color schemes and structured silhouettes, that I created my own monochromatic look.

PS - I totally have this, these, these in my basket. Should I pull the trigger? Probs.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is eeverything right now. Also obsessing over this purple blouse, this oversized wool coat, this yummy sweater, this adorable flared skirt, this asymmetrical beauty, this chic fall must-have, these cropped trousers, these Frye boots, these rag & bone booties and this expensive looking bag.    

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beauty Bits | Sun Safety

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Sunscreen One Two Three
Hats One Two Three

If you know me, you know that I am the first one to lather up, upon arrival at the beach or pool. Even an outdoor activity, like a Red Sox game or picnic, requires some serious sunscreen. I may be a little bit over the top with my SPF 50, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I look at my skin, like a look at my body. I want to feed and protect it the best way I know how. That way when I'm old, I may just be a little less wrinkly and a lot cancer free. Today I am sharing two things: my sun exposure app and my favorite sunscreen. 

Have you guys heard of Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App? You'll be hooked once you download. The app calculates how long your skin can be exposed to the sun without burning based on your skin type, location, time, and level of SPF. You can compute your UV forecast for your location, along with a sun protection advisory. Bonus features include sunrise and sunset time, current sun position and weather forecast. Crazy, huh? Along with my Wolfram app, I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex. I am no dermo, but this stuff is magical. Be skin safe this summer! 

Monday, July 21, 2014


Banana Republic White T Shirt | Banana Republic White Blazer | JCrew Factory Printed Pants | Kate Spade New York Pumps (similar) | Gigi New York Clutch | BaubleBar x Stripes & Sequins Ring | Madewell Sunnies | JoJo Loves You Blings | JCrew Pave Link Bracelet | YSL Lip Stain #15 

Do you ever hear a song, smell a fragrance or wear a piece of clothing that ignites a nostalgia for a time past? A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a moment that makes you break inside, just a little bit? 

Summer does that for me, often. Those fleeting moments of sentimental longing often bring me to a place of ignorant bliss. They remind me of how far I've come and they make me realize how much more I have want to learn. 

And even more - those memories are moments I must learn to recognize and appreciate. Those moments of happiness or despair built the person I am today. 

Stephanie Rita | Stephanie Rita Photography

Friday, July 18, 2014

Link Love

Happy Friday!

Or should I say - Happy Shopping?

Guys, the annual Nordstrom anniversary sale starts today and I am freaking out. Wait, you should be freaking out too! Tons and tons of savings on designer pieces that are out of this world! Liiiike these Frye boots, this Michael Kors watch, these cray Nike kicks, Hanky Pankys, Frends Headphones and this adorable, navy coat? Like hello, get your butt over to Nordstrom and freak out with me! 

I really want to try this recipe out! 


This song changed my life this week. 

No more middle initial?

True that.

They don't make one mistake and it's incredible.

12 hours of fun - everywhere! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Menu | The Perfect Spread

Recently I started pinning a ton of recipes to my Summer Menu board. Everything looks so delicious and now that its warm outside, I enjoy eating on my patio. My sister, Nicole and I decided  to create the perfect spread, so we whipped up a few dishes that I'd been eyeing and enjoyed ourselves!

Bay Breeze

+ 5 ou. Cranberry Juice
+ 2 ou. Pineapple Juice
+ 2 ou. Rum
+ Lime Garnish

Baked Brie

+ Pillsbury Dough Crescent Rolls
+ Brie Cheese Triangle
+ Candied Pecans
+ Sliced Apples
+ Egg Whites
+ Jam
+ Grapes
+ Crackers

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Lay the crescent roll dough on a tin-foiled cookie sheet and pinch the toe together to create one long piece. Place the brie triangle, candied pecans and apple slices in the center of the dough square. fold the dough around the contents. Brush a light layer of egg whites over the dough. Place in the oven and cook until golden brown (roughly 30 minutes). Enjoy with crackers, jam and grapes. 

+ 1 batch pizza dough
+ Balsamic Glaze
+ 2 tablespoons olive oil
+ 8 ou. fresh mozzarella
+ option: 2 ou. soft goat cheese (opted out of this)
+ 4 peaches, thinly sliced
+ 1/2 cup basil, chopped 

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Divide the dough into tennis ball pieces and roll out onto a lightly-floured, tin-foiled cookie sheet. Lightly brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Top with mozzarella, goat cheese, pizza slices and repeat for remaining pizzas. Place pizza in the oven and bake for 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle balsamic glaze. Sprinkle basil. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

White Out

Lately, I have found myself pinning lots and lots of white. White interiors, little white dresses, white blooms; something about the color is so crisp and clean. Everyone needs a little white in their lives. A classic white dress is a summer staple and it tends to give your skin a little extra glow. Don't you think? 

Currently obsessing over my color boards on Pinterest:
Pink Blue Green Orange Purple White Red