Beachy Black + White

July 25, 2014

Inevitably as sisters we end up dressing alike. It’s happened for years. We would both buy the same skirt from J.Crew and show up to lunch wearing almost the exact same outfit. Nowadays we don’t usually buy two of the same thing since we have been so lucky to live together and share across closets, but we still often gravitate towards similar things. When we were leaving the apartment to drop Molly off before her Santa Barbara trip, we both walked out of our rooms in the same holey IRO tee. Great minds think alike, eh? So no surprise that last night…

Inevitably as sisters we end up dressing alike. It’s happened for years. We would both buy the same skirt from J.Crew and show up to lunch wearing almost the exact same outfit. Nowadays we don’t usually buy two of the same thing since we have been so lucky to live together and share across closets, but we still often gravitate towards similar things. When we were leaving the apartment to drop Molly off before her Santa Barbara trip, we both walked out of our rooms in the same holey IRO tee. Great minds think alike, eh? So no surprise that last night when getting ready for a family dinner, we both ended up in black and white. As much fun as color can be at the beach, there is nothing quite like the crispness of all white or black and white…

Images taken by MBM + SAM for A Piece of Toast

(On Sally: Tibi Signature Silk Tank // Frame Denim Forever Karlie Skinny Jeans // J.Crew Maren Cross-Strap Sandals (on sale + 40% off with TREAT) // kate spade Clutch (old, similar, similar, similar) // Mignonne Gavigan Aztec Black & White Scarf Necklace // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet . On Molly: Troubadour Waikiki Dress // Ancient Greek Gladiators // Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch (from Ophelia’s) // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Tory Burch for FitBit c/o // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet // BaubleBar 360 Stud Earrings)

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Bikini Cover-Ups

July 24, 2014

Cover-ups are just as much as a summer statement and pool/beach must-have as bikinis and swimsuits are. We love having a variety of colors, textures, prints and patterns to mix and match with our suits and they’re kind of like a security blanket and style piece in one…it would be hard to think about walking into a pool or down to the beach in just our bikinis and cover-ups can take us from day to night if we swap the suits for shorts and tank under them. What we look for when shopping for said cover-ups: lightweight materials, a relaxed fit…

Cover-ups are just as much as a summer statement and pool/beach must-have as bikinis and swimsuits are. We love having a variety of colors, textures, prints and patterns to mix and match with our suits and they’re kind of like a security blanket and style piece in one…it would be hard to think about walking into a pool or down to the beach in just our bikinis and cover-ups can take us from day to night if we swap the suits for shorts and tank under them. What we look for when shopping for said cover-ups: lightweight materials, a relaxed fit (anything too tight is murder to take off), and fun details like embroidery, ties, pom-poms or other whimsical embellishments. All the cover-ups we’ve scooped up from Old Navy this season have become part of our daily uniforms – especially while we have been at the beach!

Images taken by SAM + MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Old Navy Mesh Knit Cover-Up ($20) // Old Navy Stripe Bikini Top ($10) // Victoria’s Secret Crochet Bikini Bottom (on sale!) // Hayden Reis “Middy” Lobster Zip Tote // Old Navy Men’s Fedora (similar, similar) // Ray-Ban Aviators // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace // Ariel Gordon Diamond Lariat Necklace // Tory Burch for FitBit c/o . On Sally: Old Navy Embroidered Gauze Cover-Up ($25) // Seafolly Godess Bandeau Bikini (on sale here!) // L.L.Been Tote Bag // Old Navy Flip Flops // Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators // Maya Brenner Mini Initial Necklace)

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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Brights + Whites in Alys

July 23, 2014

We are technically staying in Rosemary Beach here in Florida but Alys Beach is just a few blocks away down Highway 30A and it’s really our most favorite spot. The white Bermudan-style buildings, quaint courtyards, stone paths, and a combination of manicured and wild landscapes makes it a really special place. One of our readers pointed out that it feels like a US version of Greece sans elevation (@dianaoates). Blue Moonbeam has become accustomed to taking walks to Alys twice a day and we’ve been spoiled by the delicious coffee from Fonville Press and finds at Alys Shoppe. After celebrating Sally’s birthday last night…

We are technically staying in Rosemary Beach here in Florida but Alys Beach is just a few blocks away down Highway 30A and it’s really our most favorite spot. The white Bermudan-style buildings, quaint courtyards, stone paths, and a combination of manicured and wild landscapes makes it a really special place. One of our readers pointed out that it feels like a US version of Greece sans elevation (@dianaoates). Blue Moonbeam has become accustomed to taking walks to Alys twice a day and we’ve been spoiled by the delicious coffee from Fonville Press and finds at Alys Shoppe.

After celebrating Sally’s birthday last night an after-dinner walk yielded these pics and we got lucky catching the sunset glow. Many thanks to our mom for snapping the two of us together – it’s rare for us to have those shots (:

Images taken by MBM + SAM and our Mama for A Piece of Toast

(On Sally: Mi Golondrina Blouse // Baldwin Denim Cropped Skinny Jeans // J.Crew Back-Zip Sandals (heeled version) (on sale + extra 40% off with TREAT) // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace //  BuDhaGirl All Weather Bangles . On Molly: Old Navy Gauze Top ($24) // J.Crew Mixed Matelassé Shorts (on sale + extra 40% off with TREAT) // Ancient Greek Gladiators // J.Crew Cork Clutch (on sale!) (similarsimilar,similar) // Ray-Ban High Street Sunnies // Mignonne Gavigan Petite Le Marcel Necklace in Hot Pink // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Tory Burch for FitBit c/o // Coordinates Collection Meridian Bracelet // Gorjana Elea Cuff)

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Beach Bunnies

July 22, 2014

If you follow us on Instagram then you have probably noticed that Sally was at the beach all last week and that Molly joined her on Saturday. We’re staying in Rosemary Beach, Florida on 30A with our mom’s extended family and it’s one of our favorite places in the world; the sand is white, the ocean water is clear, and the people are so friendly. Even though we haven’t had the most sunny of days at the start of this week, we’ll take any excuse to put on some bikinis and head to the water and we have been doing just that whenever there’s…

If you follow us on Instagram then you have probably noticed that Sally was at the beach all last week and that Molly joined her on Saturday. We’re staying in Rosemary Beach, Florida on 30A with our mom’s extended family and it’s one of our favorite places in the world; the sand is white, the ocean water is clear, and the people are so friendly. Even though we haven’t had the most sunny of days at the start of this week, we’ll take any excuse to put on some bikinis and head to the water and we have been doing just that whenever there’s a long stretch of sun.

When it’s summertime one can never have too many cute suits and we stocked up on new tops at bottoms from Old Navy before leaving town. Molly did a mix and match situation with a striped top and neon bottoms (inspired by the old surfer girl favorite Blue Crush) and Sally wore a bright geometric number (that fooled a lot of people who guessed it was Mara Hoffman). Here’s to hoping that we have lots of sun the rest of the week so that these bright suits can come out again!

Images taken by SAM + MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Old Navy French Top Bikini // Old Navy Neon Bikini Bottoms // Basta Surf Islita Tunic // J.Crew Hat (sold out, similar) // Hayden Reis Seahorse “Middy” Tote // Ray-Ban Aviators // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace // Maya Brenner Mini Initial Necklace // Flash Tatoo (Thanks, Britt!) (spend $40+ on BaubleBar and get a free pack with FLASH at checkout!) // Tory Burch for FitBit c/o // Trina Turk Towel . On Sally: Old Navy Geometric Print Bikini Top and Bottoms (on sale!) // Basta Surf Capri Mini Dress // Hat from Alys Shoppe (similar) // Old Navy Straw Tote // Ray-Ban Aviators // Zoe Chicco Triangle Lariat Necklace // Maya Brenner Mini Initial Necklace)

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.


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Toast Talk

July 21, 2014

Let's get some more life back into this lifestyle blog. Toast Talk is going to be back in action with behind-the-scenes random lifeness (and less hot topics). For instance, today tonight I'm going to share some of the amazing books I've been reading lately...

I’ve been reading like a hungry animal – it’s my favorite way to end the day and what I do when I have some spare time or need a break away from the computer screen. Stories and characters in books literally take my mind on adventures (cheesy. but true) and I get happy and sad when I finish a favorite because it means I have to say goodbye to the people and places I’ve formed a bond with. Being on a family at vacation has me handing out “recommendations” of the latest titles I’ve read on my iPad…so I thought I would share outside of my immediate family. I figure that a lot of you are looking for some good titles to dig into while on trips or just relaxing in these last days of summer.

The Vactioners by Emma Straub: I’m a lover of family situational dramas (think The Family Stone and The Decedents) so this book was one that I really liked. The plot isn’t extremely fast paced but takes place over a 14-day vacation in Mallorca (hence the name) and covers a range emotions as each character is revealed more and more along the way. I have a hunch that this will be turned into a move at some point…picturing Meryl Streep as the family matriarch or at the very least some Nancy Meyers interiors. 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue: I found out about this novel by way of reading Bradley’s blog. She linked to the Harper’s Bazaar spring book list and I bought Frog Music along with several others listed. Bradley and I are always swapping titles and I was excited to test this recommendation for us. Why I loved it: It is set in San Francisco during the summer of 1876 and Donoghue does an amazing job describing the city’s streets as they’re being plagued by sweltering heat and a smallpox epidemic. The protagonist, Blanche, is a woman who has an “unconventional” job and colorful career that while frowned upon today, was fascinating to read about. It’s not a love story, but rather one about friendship and how women can influence one another to change the course of their lives. Blanche’s world is turned upside down when Jenny the frog catcher enters her life and after Jenny is murdered, Blanche makes it her mission to understand who did it and why. There’s a little mystery, a little naughtiness (hate that word but what else can you say), and a lot of descriptiveness that completely hooked my attention until I devoured the book. Bonus: if you speak a little bit of French, you’ll love it even more. (this review was posted on my friend Lynsey’s blog – check out the other titles people recommended here!)

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: You guessed it, the main story here is tied to a husband’s dark secret. What makes it an interested read are the characters whose lives are separate but intertwined (think Love Actually). This one really make me think, “Would I still love someone who could do that?” Moriarty is an Australian-based author and it was fun to read the native lingo while also trying to guess how things would unfold between the three women protagonists. 

After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman: A family man disappears to avoid going to jail and leaves his wife and daughters in the dark. Years later, his mistress is found murdered. A retired police officer turned detective has a hunch the two events are related when he re-opens the now cold case in attempts to find who killed the stripper, turned mistress, turned business owner. Each of the women (daughters, wife, lover) in the book have been affected in more ways than one by the man who left them and it was as saddening as it was interesting to see how life played out and how the mystery was solved.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: It’s as good as all the reviews, hype, and Pulitzer Prize promise and really one of my favorite books I’ve read in a long time. Why? Because unlike all the above and below novels, this one follows the main character from his boyhood to adulthood and shows how one single event shaped his entire life – from family and friend relationships to his career and emotional struggles. The Goldfinch is a famous, old painting and I loved how it makes its way through a modern-day tale (complete with drugs, addiction, theft, and societal scandal). You’ll love and hate Theo (the protagonist) at times and be fully obsessed with the contrasting living environments so well described by Tartt.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll probably enjoy this other mystery by Flynn. Like GG, chapters take turns being told by one character and another but also go between past and present as the surviver of a gruesome family murder tries to understand what really happened the night her mother and sisters were killed and if her accused and incarcerated brother is really the one responsible. It’s definitely dark (re: devil worship) and being from Kansas City, Missouri I got a especially creeped out that the murderous events are set close by in rural Kansas. But again, this will keep you engaged till the last chapter just as Gone Girl does.

*Anna Karenina by Leo Tolsesoy: Tried to read this and only made it a 10th of the way through. I know it’s a classic and I desperately want to finish it…does anyone have a wonderful translation they love? Please convince me to pick it back up.

I’ve got eight more fresh books waiting in my iPad library so I’ll come back in a few weeks (months?) with more insights if this seems to float y’alls boats. Does that suffice for a talk from one toasty sister? It’s good to be back. xx

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