Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Expectations


When I was in the 4th grade I was often asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I would confidently stare in their direction and tell them "an astronaut," without batting an eyelash. They would respond with a haughty laugh or tell me I was "adorable." I simply glared. Just you wait, I would think.

By the time 8th grade rolled around, I had gone to NASA Space Camp, and realized that no gravity might not be for me. Legally Blonde had just come out and I was headed for Harvard Law. "You need really good grades to get in there," I would always hear. Cue my eye roll. They had no idea what they were talking about.

However, high school was hard for me. Getting good grades was just as important as doing well in 3 sports and having a social life. Maybe Harvard wasn't for me. Maybe I would need to find a new dream to dream.

It was in high school that I learned to love writing. I headed off to college, declared my English major and decided that I would be a journalist.

Needless to say, I haven't exactly changed my mind since. Like most dreams, mine is lofty and requires a lot of hard work. Many of the opportunities I've created for myself come from persistence and effort. Nothing has ever been handed to me and I would never want that.

Recently, however, I've felt very discouraged. At times, it's hard to keep going when the world keeps pushing back. It's not to say I've never felt disappointment. I've been knocked off my feet plenty of times. But, two particular things often get under my skin: competition and comparison.

These stem from the "great expectations" of your 20's: to succeed in a competitive industry, in relation to your peers, amidst the chaos of supporting yourself for the first time.

It's hard to think of where you are compared to where you're "supposed to be." And this applies to many things - from relationships to jobs to friendships. Too often I forget that I am not alone. I must remember that I am where I am supposed to be. I've started to realize that life has a time table for me and things will fall into place when they are meant to.

So until then - I will smile through the sunny days and deal with any hardship that comes my way. After all, you're meant to enjoy life. Don't get stuck waiting for the next best thing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Newport Bound

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Outfit One Fedora Sunnies Shirt Suit Bag Sandals
Outfit Two Sunnies Jacket Dress Sneaks Bag 
Outfit Three Headband Sunnies Sweater Suit Top Shorts Sandals 

I am Newport bound in a few short weeks, with my family, for a little vacation. I love to return to the little seaside city I went to school in. It holds amazing memories for me. I tend to feel a little nostalgic for a time in my life when everything was just a little bit easier. I plan on visiting my favorite restaurants, lounging on (second) beach and cruising Ocean Drive, with the windows down. 

As I began to prepare for my trip I noticed there were a few essentials missing. My family vacations are very relaxed, so casual wear is key. I imagine myself looking like Kate Hudson did in Something Borrowed. That beach scene is everything. In reality I will probably look like this (anything to keep from getting burnt is okay by me). Today I put together a list of items that will take me from the beach to the bar quite easily. I can create so many outfits with just a few items and my color palette is extremely neutral! What do you recommend I bring along?

Oh P.S. - Did you catch the July post from yesterday?

July


July was a busy (albeit fun) month for me!

The two words that come to mind for July are travel and indulge. Not surprising in the summer months, I suppose. I've really upped my Instagram game this season and I don't plan on slowing down. Everything has inspired me - from the gorgeous ocean breeze to the twinkling city lights, July was good to me. 

The 4th was spent in Cape Cod, with the best family friends. We relaxed on the beach and danced at the bar! I wore my new favorite star-spangled sandals for a holiday-themed cook out and I couldn't get enough of the adorable Cape Cod cottages that line the sea wall. I enjoyed gluten free waffles before work, one fine morning. I spent a weekend in my favorite Cape Cod town, Pocasset. Throughout the weekend I enjoyed seafood and sauvignon blanc, by the water, and purchased an ice cream treat, from Mashpee Commons A photo shoot with my favorite gal, Steph, for Tickle Me Pink. A Friday birthday celebration, with lots of yummy pizza! Tuesdays are meant for relaxation, at my favorite spaA balmy night out in Boston led to a hilarious dance partyA sunset swim cures a hangover (trust me). A Saturday isn't a Saturday without a trip to the farmers marketA Sunday spent in Charlestown, Rhode Island with some wonderful new friends. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Link Love


Pop them bottles. It's Friday!

It's actually a summer Friday, which makes it even better. Time for cocktails on the patio or drinks on the deck. However you pour it, it's bound to be a good time. I am headed to beach, beach (let's go get away) with a few girlies and I may be indulging in a brunch or two.

I hope you have a glorious summer weekend.

So many giggles

I am SO onboard with this Kickstarter!

I heart the ban.do blog.

Snaps for these parents.

This is precious.

Some great advice for your finances.

Great summer hair ideas - frizzy like me?

Great popcorn recipes.

Martha Stewart is one classy lady.


But like, really?

DIY air fresheners for your home.


73 Questions with Blake Lively.

This applies to every blogger out there!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Contagious



















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?

Photography 
Stephanie Rita | Stephanie Rita Photography

Monochromatic

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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!