Sleepy Mornings, Picnics, And Sparklers


The mornings have been melting into carefree afternoons lounging in the orchards, followed by warm, summer nights. Hours have been spent viewing the world from an old brick porch, gazing up at a sky filled with colorful balloons on their own adventures, snacking on fresh peas and tomatoes in the garden, and riding up and down an old stone walkway, which holds hundreds of thousands of footsteps with their own paths and stories. And the light in a child's eyes waving their first sparkler? Priceless.

The Perfect Tee


Shirt: similar
Denim: LOFT
Sandals: Target
Hat: Stole from my dad's closet

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw my friend, Lisa, wearing this Beatles tee and I HAD. TO. HAVE. IT. 

This truly is the perfect tee and is subsequently my reigning favorite because, A) it's the Abbey Road album cover, which is, in my opinion, their greatest album (I like to think that's why my parents put an 'e' in my name -- you know, some sort of subconscious nod to the gods of classic rock), and clearly where this blog gets its name and B) it's the perfect, slouchy fit and goes with practically everything. 

I would also like to clarify that I am in no shape or form a Yankees fan, it just so happened that this hat fits like a glove, and I've been wearing it every day in an effort to oblige to the baseball cap trend. Speaking of the raging Normcore trend, these Birkenstock sandals would be the perfect shoe to complete this look. But, hey, shoe choices are limited when on vacation, and I really tried to not be that lady who packs 100 lbs of unnecessary junk. (Over-packing is a real struggle, my friends.) 

How To Tolerate Your Husband And Such Nonsense


"Matt, come on!" I hissed as we were beginning to weave our way through camping chairs and legs.

"I am not walking in front of everybody, especially with a DOUBLE STROLLER," he distinctly replied in husband-putting-his-foot-down voice.

Fine! I thought to myself. I commandeered our mammoth, child-toting vehicle, parked it by the nearest tree and stomped through the crowd of people to find the spot my sister-in-law had staked out for our night at the concert in the park. Luke and Wes were in their respective places -- Luke hand in hand on my right and Wes on my left hip. We swiftly sat down and cozied in for the most angsty, semi-depressive music in the world. (Think CW primetime, teen dramas, circa 1999 -- what up, Dawson's Creek?) But, Matt was nowhere in sight, and the concert was actually quite fitting for the minor spat Matt and I were engaged in. I think I may have laughed out loud at one point.

Back To Class Style


Booties: Steve Madden c/o DSW
Dress: similar
Jacket: H&M

Fall is just around the corner, which means everyone is heading back to class and shopping is a must. This time of year is always one of my favorite times for style and fashion. While the leaves and trees are slowly fading away, new trends are being born and reinvented, and there is a special buzz that only the September issue of Vogue can bring, right?

In celebration of all of this, I've teamed up with DSW to bring you a series of "Back to Class" looks. This first look today is an easy transitional look from summer to fall. (If you live in a warm climate like I do, these transitional looks are vital!) I am all about comfort, especially in a classroom setting. For a laidback, yet stylish look, I've paired a vibrant shirtdress with a denim jacket and classic, lace-up booties. FYI, the trend for fall is boots, boots, and more boots! Over-the-knee boots will be all over the place (which kinda, sorta terrify me with my 5'2" frame, but I am wanting to try!) as well as the ankle bootie. They look great with a skirt, dress, or a pair of distressed skinny jeans. Once it gets a little colder, I will be wearing some chunky socks for a more textured, winter look. Basically, you can't go wrong with a pair of ankle booties, and DSW has hundreds of styles to choose from. Also, if you sign up for their free rewards program, you earn points on every purchase and you'll receive $10 once you've hit 1,500 points. I've been a DSW Reward member for over five years now, and I always look forward to the birthday coupon, because, almost free shoes! There are tons of others perks, which and you can read about and sign up for here!

Stay tuned for my second look and an awesome shoe giveaway next week, follow along with the hashtag #DSWShoeHookup to see how other people are wearing their DSW kicks, and be sure to take a peek at how my fellows blogger ladies are styling their fall looks!