__, White & Blue

June 30, 2014

Ahhh – it’s the week of the 4th of July! Both of us have big weekend planz for the holiday and we’re excited about fireworks, stars & stripes, and red, white & blue. Do you nerd out with the r, w & b color scheme on Independence Day? Our dresses above have the white & blue part down but they could easily be worn on the fourth with the addition of a red accessory (these shoes, this bag, or this scarf) or red lip or nail color. If you’re not into the theme (we get it, promise) maybe opt for…

Ahhh – it’s the week of the 4th of July! Both of us have big weekend planz for the holiday and we’re excited about fireworks, stars & stripes, and red, white & blue. Do you nerd out with the r, w & b color scheme on Independence Day? Our dresses above have the white & blue part down but they could easily be worn on the fourth with the addition of a red accessory (these shoes, this bag, or this scarf) or red lip or nail color. If you’re not into the theme (we get it, promise) maybe opt for all white with some flashes of metallic for a look that’s fully summery and still somewhat festive! Cheers to a short week ahead…let’s all try to make it through this Monday.

Images taken by SAM + MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Persifor Smitty Dress in Quatrefoil // Abercrombie & Fitch Caroline Denim Jacket (love this lighter wash jacket!) // American Apparel Pouch // Elizabeth & James Clair Sandals (old, different color waysimilar, similar) // Ariel Gordon Piglet Necklace // Gorjana x C Kerr Fancy Horn Necklace // Kendra Scott Ainsley Cuff // Castor & Pollux Bangle // Jennifer Fisher Peak Cuff  . On Sally: Otte Ellen Dress (other print) // kate spade Via Limoni Lina Bag (on sale!) // Joie Remy Lace Up Booties (on sale!) // Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses // Elizabeth Cole Fish Bone Earrings (this color way on sale!) // Zoe Chicco 14k Nine Circles Necklace)

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HMK Modern Monogramming

June 27, 2014

Now that it’s summer and school is out (for the kids and teachers!) I feel like I can really relax and unwind. It feels so summery to sip a fresh drink and I’ve been indulging in my  favorite cocktail, a Greyhound – a straightforward and simple mix of grapefruit juice and vodka (I prefer Tito’s). This past week Molly and I hosted a friend for some catching up and cocktails. I made the drinks and was so excited to use a new lucite tray and linen cocktail napkins with my soon to be new monogram. As a surprise after my engagement, Molly gifted me with the entertaining…

Now that it’s summer and school is out (for the kids and teachers!) I feel like I can really relax and unwind. It feels so summery to sip a fresh drink and I’ve been indulging in my  favorite cocktail, a Greyhound – a straightforward and simple mix of grapefruit juice and vodka (I prefer Tito’s). This past week Molly and I hosted a friend for some catching up and cocktails. I made the drinks and was so excited to use a new lucite tray and linen cocktail napkins with my soon to be new monogram.

As a surprise after my engagement, Molly gifted me with the entertaining pieces she picked out and had made at HMK. She’s just the best maid of honor and sister. The “W” is the first letter of my fiancé’s last name and the “S” and “R” are our first initials – I love that she incorporated both of us into the gift and they’ll be perfect in our San Fran apartment.

Similar to the other personalized gifts we’ve gotten from HMK. Molly visited the store in Southlake Town Square, picked out items and chose ways to customize them with the help of the store specialists. Both the tray and napkins were finished in under an hour and Molly left with them in hand. I seriously could not believe the quality of both and I’m in love the modern-looking monograms and the hue of the napkins (yellow is a favorite color).

I’m considering going to the HMK store myself to get trays for a few couples with upcoming weddings…for any of you thinking the same idea, stop by the SouthlakeKansas City, and Denver store locations or contact one of them to place orders over the phone. You can learn more about the custom services they offer here!

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast // This post was brought to you by HMK!

(HMK Lucite Monogrammed Tray and Linen Monogrammed Napkins c/o // J.Crew Stripe Gauze Tunic (on sale + 50% off!) // Baldwin Denim White Jeans // Lisi Lerch Silver Tassel Earrings // Cruciani C Bracelets (get here and here!) // essie ‘Haute as Hello’ Polish // Snake Fabric via Mary Jo’s Cloth Store)

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Luxe Truffle Clutches

June 26, 2014

I’m an organized person and very particular about things being in their place. It’s less of a control thing and more of a “I want to know where xyz is so when I want it I don’t have to dig/search for it.” For years I have kept my handbags, gym bags, tote bags, suitcases, you-name-it in order by having smaller bags within the larger bag. For example, my current handbag carries my wallet, a small zippered pouch with gum, headphones, extra hair ties, and a few other on the go necessities while a small clear clutch holds all my lip…

I’m an organized person and very particular about things being in their place. It’s less of a control thing and more of a “I want to know where xyz is so when I want it I don’t have to dig/search for it.” For years I have kept my handbags, gym bags, tote bags, suitcases, you-name-it in order by having smaller bags within the larger bag. For example, my current handbag carries my wallet, a small zippered pouch with gum, headphones, extra hair ties, and a few other on the go necessities while a small clear clutch holds all my lip gloss/lip balm needs and any other beauty stuffs. That clear clutch happens to be the new Truffle Clarity Clutch you see above in white.

Sally and I have gotten to watch the Truffle brand go over the past several years and are lucky to consider one of the founders, Sarah Cusumano, a friend.Their original concept of creating clear, chic, sleek pouches to contain purse clutter has led them to develop several new products over time and the luxe leather clutches are the latest in their line. In my opinion, they’ve raised the bar on an already awesome product…love the textured leather trim, gold-plated zippers, and angular corners. I have eight Truffle pieces and I use all of them all the time. The small Clarity Clutch lives in my handbag and the large Clarity Clutch comes with me when I workout to hold all my loot. I’m clearly a big fan (pun intended)!

Fancy a Truffle bag for yourself? Go get one before June 30th and get 20% off with the code “APOT20” at checkout (code is applicable for the new Clarity Clutch collection only)!! You’ll want one (or two, or three) for upcoming 4th of July travel…

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(Truffle Clarity Clutch Small in White c/o // Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecter // Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm // Marni Perfume Purse Spray // Wrong Side Pocket Square // Macaron Box // Saint Laurent Bag . Truffle Clarity Clutch Large in Blush c/o // J.Crew iPhone Case // BaubleBar 360 Pearl Earrings // Emi-Jay Headband and Hair Tie // Tory Burch Card Case (similar) // Warby Parker x Karlie Kloss Marple Sunnies c/o // Nike LunarGlide Sneaks (similarsimilar) // Athleta Ahimsa Top . Cherry Bombe Magazine Issue No. 2)

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Sorbet Hues

June 25, 2014

Sorbet is such a fancy word. When Molly and I used to go to Baskin Robins with our friends and siblings after school I sometimes got the sherbet. Or sorbet? Whatever it was (and it was probably sherbet since that stuff contains dairy), the colors of this Annie Griffin top remind me of the sweet, fruity treat. Pretty pink and bright orange scream summer and the hues just make me happy. The best part about this blouse – aside from the outstanding summery color combo – is the relaxed, boxy fit. Perfect for wearing with jeans or shorts it’s nice…

Sorbet is such a fancy word. When Molly and I used to go to Baskin Robins with our friends and siblings after school I sometimes got the sherbet. Or sorbet? Whatever it was (and it was probably sherbet since that stuff contains dairy), the colors of this Annie Griffin top remind me of the sweet, fruity treat. Pretty pink and bright orange scream summer and the hues just make me happy. The best part about this blouse – aside from the outstanding summery color combo – is the relaxed, boxy fit. Perfect for wearing with jeans or shorts it’s nice and loose which is ideal for warmer temps.

Wishing for a sorbet/sherbet colored top for yourself? Get 20% off one or any of the other adorable tops, bottoms, dresses, and/or jackets from Annie Griffin by using the code”TOAST20″ at checkout! A deal almost as sweet as your favorite ice cream treat.

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(Annie Griffin Hadley Hot Pink & Orange Blouse c/o // Henry & Belle Super Skinny Ankle Jeans // Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag // Cole Haan Sandals (old, similar, similar, similar) // Ray-Ban Aviators // Helen Ficalora 34″ Necklace // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet // Gold & Gray Bone and Diamond Bracelet)

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J.Crew Summer Fridays

June 25, 2014

As if we needed another reason to love Fridays, J.Crew has given us one more…Summer Fridays. Your boss might still keep you till the end of the work day but just head straight to your local J.Crew store because there’s no better way to start your weekend than with some of your closest J.Crack addicts who are also there for the festivities. What can you expect aside from killer new arrivals? Exclusive sales, sips & snacks, and some great styling and packing tips from the Very Personal Stylists. You’ll also get the chance to win a three-night stay for you and a guest at…

As if we needed another reason to love Fridays, J.Crew has given us one more…Summer Fridays. Your boss might still keep you till the end of the work day but just head straight to your local J.Crew store because there’s no better way to start your weekend than with some of your closest J.Crack addicts who are also there for the festivities. What can you expect aside from killer new arrivals? Exclusive sales, sips & snacks, and some great styling and packing tips from the Very Personal Stylists. You’ll also get the chance to win a three-night stay for you and a guest at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami (thank Mr & Mrs Smith for that amazing opportunity!). 

June 27th is the last Summer Friday on the J.Crew calendar so make sure you take advantage. The fun starts at 1:00pm and goes till store close. No one will judge if you go early to stake your claim on a dressing room and try on one of everything – based on the awesomeness below the only trouble will be deciding what to take home! So we’ll see you Friday? #TGISF

(Images via J.Crew)

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