Current Vibes

May 31, 2017

Today is Wednesday? I could have sworn it was Tuesday...long weekends like the one we just had always throw me off. But I'm not complaining! Sally and I loved having our brother and sister-in-law in town over the weekend. So much good food and even better quality time. Alas, it is indeed Wednesday. Which means you've got my Current Vibes! (so go and get 'em already)

1. OBSESSING // RECENTLY: Raise you hand if you take TONS of photos with your phone. Me too. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get your pics printed in monthly batches in the form of a really nice magazine? Thanks to Recently your camera roll can be printed in a monthly magazine. So. Cool. I know there are a lot of phone to print options out there (and some wonderful ones at that) but this is the first one I’ve learned about where I’ve thought, “ok, I actually want to do this.” The interface seems simple enough: you download the app, subscribe for monthly or quarterly magazines, pick the photos from the past month you want, place them in the pages (which sounds hard but the way Recently has it figured out to make it easy), pick a cover photo, set the date, and publish. AND you can allow your friends and family members to subscribe to your magazines so they get them too! I have to say…it wasn’t the ease or idea that really hit home with me but the simple look and quality. No copy, just the date on the front (May 2017 shows as “05/17”) and pages printed with bright archival HP indigo inks on Mohawk heavy stock paper (you can choose 50 pages or 100 pages). What a great way to finally get those photos out of your phone in an organized and beautiful way!

2. WISHING // ANYA HINDMARCH BUILD A BAG: Remember when Build-A-Bear was all the rage? Little kids would go into one of their retail spots, pick an empty shell of a bear, fill it with fluff, name it, etc. It was like they printed money…because who doesn’t like a personalized experience like that?! When I found out about Anya Hindmarch’s new “Build A Bag” concept I immediately thought of Build-A-Bear. But only because the names are similar in sound. The concept, how ever, is so spot-on for Anya Hindmarch and her longtime obsession and devotion to bespoke customization. But the most impressive part of the whole DIY is the interactive software on Anya’s site that allows you to pick between a large or small leather bucket bag then select from a capsule collection of handles, straps and decorative accessories – all that can be swapped in and out and shown in an actual exact mock-up. I had a lot of fun checking out all the options and constructing my own over-the-top bag…now I just need an extra $5,000 so I can get it!

3. HAT COLLECTING // CUYANA: When I look back on the hours and days I spent in full sun during the spring and summer months I cringe. Even though I was wearing SPF, I still really over did it on the exposure. With age and experience comes wisdom and I now know that limiting my sun time and relying on sunless tanning products (Sally and I are really loving this right now) and layering on plenty of SPF while I am in the sun is the what works for me. In addition to sunscreen, I’m really trying to wear hats more often to specifically shade my face. My face is always the first thing to burn and I’m not into the idea of increasing my chance of getting sun spots and more wrinkles. So! Hats. There are obviously tons of options out there but I have picked up a couple of the Toquilla straw hats by Cuyana. There are three different styles (I currently have the Panama Hat ($65) and the Summer Hat ($75)) and each is hand-woven by women in Ecuador with pure Toquilla straw (a textile unique to Ecuador). They’re light weight and so simple but pretty – and given that they’re all hand made I think the price tag is fairly friendly. I have my eye on the Oversized Beach Hat ($85) for my summer sunshine needs…

4. SIPPING // COPPER CUPS: It’s pool season and al fresco dining timing in Dallas. Which means that more entertaining is happening out side and glass cups and bottles are a no-no. My friend Cristina was hosting an outdoor get together the other night and provided the coolest copper cups that look like the classic solo cup design for our rosé. I loved them! And immediately lifted one over my head to see who made them. They’re the Copper Party Cup by Fred & Friends – made of copper-plated steel, and hold 16 ounces. They’re nostalgic (oh the days of drinking from solo cups!) but elevated in a way that feels ironic and adultish. I love them and need a set for myself!

5. LAUGHING // SWISH PINOT GRIGIO: I must really be living under a rock, because I had no idea that the people who brought us White Girl Rosé (SWISH Beverage celebrity founders Josh Ostrovsky and David Oliver Cohen) have also created Family Time is Hard Pinot Grigio. My casual visit to the beverage brand’s site to see where I could get the rosé in Dallas (several locations, don’t worry) led to my discovery of the semi-recently released varietal. And I have to say, I was cracking up. You don’t personally have to have a dysfunctional family to get a laugh from the Pinot Grigio name but if you’ve ever been part of a family dinner that went awry or experienced less that friendly conversation with your bloodline, you can probably relate even more. Read this article to learn how the name was chosen and what David wanted to call it. Cheers!

6. NEEDING // CALENDAR REMINDER: I saw this image on Instagram (naturally) and immediately thought: “I need this.” Made by Olive et Oriel the “I need to be successful because I love expensive shit” financial year calendar shows months July 2017 through June 2018. The message is a little sassy but mostly motivating. For someone like me who is always needing a little extra work mojo, it could be a nice companion for my desk area. And, if expletives aren’t your thing, they have the same calendar with “…I love expensive things” along with other calendar designs and prints

7. LOVING // TRASH CAN BOUQUETS: Talk about surprise and delight…I can’t get over how giant bouquets floral designer Lewis Miller and his team have been installing in New York City trash cans. The arrangements are absolutely incredible (no skimping on the variety of blooms and the scale is appropriate to match the size of the trash can as a “vase” of sorts) and I love that the whole point is to provide visual beauty for city pedestrians. Makes me wish that all the beautiful flowers from weddings and other events where the blooms are in abundance could be upcycled in this way! See more of the trash can arrangements right here!

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The White Tank Dress

May 30, 2017

Every time I wear this dress - and by now I've styled it six or seven times - I get questions and compliments. And I understand why people love it...it's a simple style but the fabric has a great texture to it. As someone with several of white dresses (nothing compared to my collection of white shirts) this one is distinctly different. Most of my white dresses are on the nicer side but they don't get as much wear because you can't wear white to weddings, but they're on par with being applicable for that type of event. This kind of sun-dress style looks "nice" but not too dressy. Basically, it's the ideal white dress for day time. It can't be confused with a cover-up (as many white spring/summer dresses can) but looks as good with flip flops as it does with a fun sandal or wedge. Sometimes I wear it with the tie around the waist it came with (as you see here) but other times I style with my Lizzie Fortunato rope belt. Versatile. Easy. Casual but not sloppy.

If you like the very dress you see me wearing you need to run - seriously, do not walk - and get one for yourself here on Amazon while you can. I bought mine here but she's already sold out (typical). I'm wearing a small. Don't hate me...I found tons of other perfect white sun-dresses that are in line with this look!

 

As promised, here are more white dresses that are ideal for day time:

  • This guy might be the most similar in terms of tank style with tie waist and textured fabric!
  • This one is super similar to the one I’m wearing with a v in the front and back (there’s just no tie waist)
  • If you’re a fan of layered texture, the cutwork on this is amazing
  • I’m obsessed with the checked tonal fabric on this one!
  • Nothing says “day-time appropriate” like a little eyelet. Love how this one has just the right amount
  • For those not into textured fabric, I love how this crisp cotton
  • Two words: buttons down the front. Another word: pockets. This one is fantastic!
  • The unusual neckline and hem of this one makes it super cool and less cutesy
  • This one has a super flattering fit-and-flare style and the tank straps and scoop neckline make it easy breezy
  • No tie waist on this but the criss-cross straps in back and windowpane white on white fabric won me
  • This is definitely more of a cover-up look but I love how simple it is
  • They call this the “ultimate” tank dress and I love the classic style with raw-edge detailing
  • For more of a tailored tank style, this has such a flattering silhouette
  • Ok…I know this one doesn’t have straps so it’s not exactly “similar” in style but I’m obsessed with the woven gauzy fabric!
Pieces From The Post
J.O.A. Tank Midi Dress (on sale and on Amazon! was originally here) // South Willard Leather Flip Flops from Cabana (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar) // Mansur Gavriel Tote (also here and here) // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ALSO HERE, AND ON AMAZON!) // HELEN FICALORA 24" NECKLACE AND CHARMS // BudhaGirl All Weather Bangles

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This + That // Sales + Steals

May 26, 2017

I honestly can't believe Memorial Day weekend is here and that our baby bunny is over three weeks old! We are relishing every single second with him. Our brother and sister-in-law are visiting this weekend and we could not be more excited for them to meet the babe and spend time with them! We haven't seen them since Christmas, which is crazy. So many good meals and fun outings planned. And of course, a holiday weekend means there are LOTS of incredible sales to shop...(read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off full priced styles + extra 50% off sale styles with code SUMMER! (Despite our warm temperatures in Dallas, all I want to do is buy denim since its been a good 9 months since I’ve bought anything new. Love this style.)
  • Anthropologie: New styles added – extra 40% off sale! (This in white. Yes, please. This comes in two adorable colors!)
  • Athleta: 20% off solid swim in stores and online through 5/28 with code DIVEIN. (Love this style.)
  • ASOS: 20% off site wide wide code LIT20!!! (I know I’ve said it before but this dress is too good…I also love the layered simplicity of this dress and this dress! And if you’re into texture, the eyelet on this pretty is lovely)
  • Banana Republic: Forever summer – 40% off your purchase with code BRSUMMER. (You can never have enough white dresses for summer and this one looks super flattering. I’m always looking for tops to pair with white jeans, and this one is already on its way to me.)
  • Barneys New York: New sale styles – up to 50% off! (This is beyond precious.)
  • BaubleBar: Memorial Day sale – up to 70% off! (These earrings are so cute for Spring/Summer!)
  • Bloomingdales: Big brown bag sale – save up to 60% off when you take an extra 20% off almost all sale items. Use promo code BIGBAG. (How cute are these?)
  • Bluemercury: Happy Birthday M-61! (Free deluxe sample of M-61’s Hydraboost Cream with any $125 M-61 purchase with code BIRTHDAY!)
  • Buru: 26% off with code MEMORIALWEEKEND! (So in love with these shorts)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an additional 50% off sale styles! (These are amazing. Beyond.)
  • Club Monaco: Summer’s finest – 25% off women’s dresses and men’s casual and dress shirts. (Still loving this dress and its ability to be dressed up or down!)
  • Donni Charm: Memorial Day sale! Get 30% off site wide with code MEMORIALDAY30 at checkout! (I’m so wanting one of theses wraps for the pool and beach!)
  • Equipment: Extra 20% off sale styles with code MD2017!
  • Free People: Take an additional 25% off all sale styles. (Another good white dress!)
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything + extra 20% off your purchase with code MORE. (Its going to be in the 90’s here all weekend and I am stocking up on basics like this for the heat. And the white top obsession continues – this price is good, too!)
  • H&M: Memorial Day deals from $5! Up to 60% off + free shipping. Use code 4791. (These are a great price and color! Not too high either.)
  • Hudson Way: Up to 60% off sale items (with great new styles added!) (Dying for these white jeans…)
  • Intermix: The almost summer sale! 40% off new markdowns. (Love everything about this.)
  • J.Crew: Memorial Day Sale – 30% off your purchase with code SWEET. (The color of this is everything!)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything all weekend long! (These couldn’t be cuter.)
  • kate spade new york:Enjoy an extra 25% off all sale styles with code REFRESH. (This would be a great end of the year teacher gift!)
  • Lele Sadoughi: 20% off your purchase with code WEEKEND (I’ve always looooved these earrings!)
  • Lo & Sons: Up to 30% off select styles!
  • Loeffler Randall: Get 30% off sale styles! (I love this bold pink sandal and Molly is always wearing this crossbody bag she has…)
  • LOFT: In stores and online – 40% off everything with code VACAY. (I ordered two of these in the white because you can never have enough great white tees/tanks – especially in the summer. How cute is this color combination?)
  • Lou & Grey: Get 30% off all sale styles! (This dress could be great for bebe feedings and I love the easy breezy style of this)
  • Lulu Frost: Enjoy 20% off best sellers with code BEST20! (If you’ve always been in love with the code rings, this is a great time to buy one, or two, or three!)
  • Lulu & Georgia: Site wide sale! Spend $200+ and get 15% off with code HEYSUMMER15, spend $500 take 20% off with code HEYSUMMER20, spend $800 and take 25% off with code HEYSUMMER25!
  • Matches Fashion: Summer Sale! Up to 50% off! (These sneakers are so good)
  • MILLE: Up to 25% off almost everything (excludes new arrivals and staples) with code MEMORIAL2017
  • Moda Operandi: Get an extra 20% off sale with code EXTRA20! (This bag is pure pink perfection…)
  • Neiman Marcus: Get up to 40% off the Designer Sale! (The texture on this white dress makes it so unique)
  • Net-A-Porter: The SALE is on and not to be missed! (I can’t get over all the great swim that’s marked down…(I’m a sucker for a cute white suit and love the price and cut of this one!)
  • Nordstrom: It’s the Half Yearly Sale event! Now through June 4th you can save up to 40% on select items! (I could go to town listing all my faves but think these jeans and this dress are two can’t-miss items..)
  • Old Navy: All tees, tanks, shorts and swim are 50% off! Shop them all here! (I love the neckline of this simple tank and definitely need this ruffle one-shoulder one piece suit)
  • Saks: It’s the Designer Sale! Get up to 40% off select pieces…(This dress is so stunning – the details and embellishments are incredible – and it would be so perfect for a spring or summer wedding!)
  • Serena and Lily: Get 20% off everything with code AMAZING! (These pom pom storage bins are amazing for storing kids toys…and dog toys!)
  • Sephora: Summer sale! Get up to 50% off!
  • Shopbop: Tons of new styles have been added to the sale! (Including a few pairs of the Loeffler Randall shoes Molly and I have and love – like these and these!)
  • Steve Madden: Buy one get one 50% off and free shipping with code MEMORIAL at checkout! (My two picks: this slide and this espadrille!)
  • Stuart Weitzman: Get 40% off spring sale styles! (This sandal heel is so beautiful, I’m obsessed with this and this wedge, and the embellishment on this sandal are amazing)
  • The Outnet: Extra 40% off in the Memorial Day Sale! (So much great stuff – I’m loving this striped one-shoulder ruffle dress!)
  • The Real Real: Get 20% off through the end of today with code REAL at checkout!
  • TIBI: It’s the end of season sale! Up to 50% off great pieces… (This skirt has the coolest details and I just love the simple ruffle and neckline of this top!)
  • Tuckernuck: 20% off orders of $200+ with code SUMMER! (There are so many things I’m obsessed with…this dress, the print on this dress, and this pretty tote are just a few)
  • Urban Outfitters: Select items are up to 50% off!
  • Waiting on Martha: 10% off site-wide with code MEMORIAL10, get 15% off when you spend $100+ (code MEMORIAL15), get 20% off when you spend $200+ (code MEMORIAL20)! (Loving all the new arrivals – especially these cute embroidered totes!
  • West Elm: Buy more save more in store and online for everything! 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+, and 30% off $3,000+! Use code SUMMER at checkout.
  • Williams Sonoma: Memorial Day Sale! Up to 55% off select cookware!
1. Marysia Antibes Scallop Lace-Up Top and Bottoms ($308 → $185) // 2. Loeffler Randall Crossbody Pouch ($350 → $245) // 3. Gap Embroidery Tie-Waist Dress ($80 → $64) // 4. J.Crew Beaded Flutter Earrings ($58 → $34 with code "SWEET" at checkout!)

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