sunday brunch outfit

sunday brunch outfit
Spring is fast approaching, which means it is time once again for those Sunday Brunches, sitting out on a patio, sipping orange juice (or mimosas), and enjoying that special catch-up hour that is brunch.

Tote Bags

Tote Bags
Canvas tote / Canvas tote / Black handbag / Shopping bag / Kate Spade leather purse / Forever 21 cat tote bag / Forever 21 woven purse / Kate Spade handbag
This summer I developed an obsession with tote bags. They’re just the best thing ever – they’re light, they can hold a bunch, they have cute prints, AND they are usually under $10 which is AWESOME (with the exception of the Kate Spade totes, which btw I love/want, but are way out of my price range for a tote bag).
I realized while flitting to/from different summer weekend events (i.e. brunch, beach, etc…), that I really did not like lugging around a bulky purse, but when I would wear a small crossbody bag, I felt restricted to only bringing my wallet and maybe a lipstick. Enter the best solution: TOTE BAG. Now I can bring along my wallet, my lipsticks (oh yes I need multiple), my nail polishes, a book or two, my phone charger, and whatever else I want to bring! Also, because they’re so affordable, I won’t be devastated should one of the nail polishes in my bag explode (oh yes, this has happened recently. In my Coach bag for work >< I have since learned my lesson. Well sort of. I still have one in my tote bag right now to touch up my nails. It’s necessary! Right? Well maybe not.)
Current favorite tote: Forever 21 Canvas Tote Bag with a Bicycle Print. It looks a lot like the cat face one pictured above. Cost: $3.80. Totally worth it.
What do you think? Tote bags – yay or nay?

Back to School

Back to School
As Autumn quickly approaches, so does the back to school season. I, too, will be going back to school in a few weeks (only eight more months of grad school! woohoo!) which means time to prepare some quick go-to outfits. Much as I love skirts and textured/patterned tights, there are definitely those days when I need to be able to just grab a pair of jeans and go.
Enter my Autumn go-to outfit: skinny jeans, plain black flats, and either a neutral colored tank layered with a brightly colored cardigan (in the best Autumn colors, of course – orange or burgundy) or a knit sweater.
Quick, simple, cute, & Autumn-weather friendly. Add in some jewelry and a lovely nail polish color and I’m set to go.
Oh, and let’s not forget my two current favorite nail polishes to make the transition from summer to autumn – Wet’n’Wild’s Megalast in “Club Havana” and “On a Trip”
“Club Havana” is on my nails right now and it feels perfectly end of summer/start of Autumn to me :]
One more hour till I get to go enjoy this warm yet breezy transitioning season outside at Farmer’s Market with J :]
Happy Thursday!
xx
-C

Autumn is Coming!

Autumn Accessories
Two reasons I can’t wait for Autumn to be here: comfy scarves & patterned tights! Two of my favorite accessories for Autumn. What are your favorite Autumn accessories?
Find the tights here, here, here, and here.
Oh and of course we can’t forget the other reason I’m excited for Autumn…Halloween! :]
Picture from HGTV.com
It will soon be time for Halloween movies & Halloween candy! I can’t wait!
Happy Almost Start of Autumn!
xx
-C

Belated 4th of July

Happy Belated 4th of July!

My attempts to be patriotic usually only go as far as dressing in red, white, and blue, and maybe making a dessert in that same color scheme. This year I failed on both. I got really close with an outfit though! But I just couldn’t find anything red to incorporate. I could have gone with red nail polish but my nails were too pretty of a light blue to go over just yet. Oh well. Should have gone with a bright red lipstick.

I love the buttons on this skirt. I’m all about button down things lately. Two of my favorite items: this white button down skirt, and my white denim button down shirt.

Tank Top: F21 Bodycon Tank (see here)
Skirt: F21 (old) (see similar here)
Shoes: Soda Espadrille Crochet Slip Ons (see here)
Braided Belt: F21 (old – actually came with a dress I bought from F21 a few years ago, I think it now accompanies some of their shorts…like this pair here)
Watch: Michael Kors (see here)

If you haven’t noticed, the Soda Espadrille Crochet Slip Ons are pretty much my every day shoe for this summer, if not those, then my black Havaianas.

On the 4th, I made some homemade iced tea brown sugar lemonade. Perfect pucker balanced with a deep molasses kind of sweetness from the brown sugar that paired wonderfully with a plain black tea.

Iced Tea Brown Sugar Lemonade

Recipe by me :]

6 large lemons, juiced
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar (+/- however sweet you like your lemonade)
1 pot brewed strong black tea (I used 2 bags of English Breakfast), chilled

In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, water, and brown sugar. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved. You may add ice cubes if you wish, but I find this waters it down, so I just put the pitcher in the fridge to keep it cold. I also keep the iced tea separate because I like to watch the lemonade and tea combine in the glass. Your choice.

Serve chilled & enjoy!

Black&White Gingham

Yes, more romper posts.What can I say, I love rompers.

I especially love this romper because it can be styled for casual days (as pictured), with some flats, silver bangles, and a grey hoodie…or for a night out, with no straps, plain black heels and gold jewelry.

I thought this romper could use a bit of color so I traded out the gingham straps for bright neon blue straps.

Romper: H&M (see similar here, here, here, and here)
Hoodie: Forever 21 (see similar here)
Espadrille Crochet Slip Ons: Soda (see here)
Bangles: Forever 21 (see similar here)

Also pictured: my favorite Coach carryall tote. The contents of that bag are ridiculous (macbook, two notebooks, wallet, Kindle, Takeya water bottle, just to name a few things). You can see it bursting if you look closely. Perhaps I’ll do an Inside My Handbag post to followup the Inside My Makeup Bag.

Happy Monday Everyone!

xx

-C

For Those Cool Summer Nights

 I’ve been obsessing over the open knit sweater I picked up from F21 over Memorial Day Weekend (mentioned here). It was the perfect sweater to throw over my bikini top when J and I headed to the beach a few weekends back or to just throw over a layering cami tank for a casual beach-y/summer look.

Yesterday the weather started to cool down so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to wear this sweater with jeans. It keeps me warm without making it look too much like we’re already skipping ahead to autumn weather.

Open Knit Sweater: Forever 21 (see similar here)
Layering Cami Tank in Oatmeal: Forever 21 (see here)
Distressed Jeans: Hollister (see similar here)
Heart Necklace: Vintage
Belt: Forever 21 (see similar here)
Lipstick: Revlon ColorStay in Sheer Champagne
Sandals (not pictured): Havaianas

And yes, that is my dog’s paw in the left corner of the bottom photo 🙂