Black & Blue

 
Summer is here and it’s about that time when easy day dresses make up the majority of my wardrobe. Light fabrics and swingy shapes make for the easiest outfits without having to give much thought. This look is one of my recent favorites and it’s only 3 simple pieces. My leather jacket was an investment in early spring and it adds that cool girl vibe to any outfit. And this dress is just adorable, if I do say so myself. (For size reference, I went up a size to a 6. I typically wear a 4 at Madewell).

 

 

 

 

Shop the look:
Leather Jacket
Chambray Dress
Grey Clutch
Blush Sandals

 

Photos by Fleeting Fox Photography

 

Memorial Day Must Haves

Who’s looking forward to the long weekend ahead?! I sure am. I love Memorial Day weekend because it feels like the first sign that summer is starting. And I’m ready for the warmer weather in the coming months. Since we’ve been on-the-go lately, we are going to enjoy a low-key long weekend at home, enjoying a baseball game (and beer) and friend’s birthday party. Here are a few recent purchases and things I’m eyeing that are just perfect for the holiday weekend.

 

 

I’ve been eyeing this adorable gingham dress that is just picnic perfect.

You can never go wrong with a stripe boat neck tee and denim shorts. I actually searched for-ev-er for the perfect pair of denim shorts and these are the best. They actually look flattering on my legs (I’m not a fan of my legs in shorts) and are cute and stretchy.

I’ve mentioned these Marc Fisher wedges before WHICH I LOVE, but I also have these J.Crew espadrilles in my closet. I know it’s a little silly since they are quite similar, but I like the lower J.Crew wedge for days when I don’t want as much height.

Striped Soludos espadrilles are on my wish list.

Every weekend trip needs a good weekender bag.

Guys, have you looked at Abercrombie lately? I stopped in there this past weekend and found a great pair of flare jeans for $20!! It’s worth a look. I love this bell sleeve top and this one shoulder striped dress for under $30.

This woven tote is a must.

OMG. Pineapple earrings.

 

10 Summer Pieces for Under $100

This past weekend in New York it was all about raincoats and my Hunter boots, but now that the rain seems to be done and it’s going to be in the 70s this week I’m ready to pull out my favorite warm weather pieces. I’ve rounded up a few summer favorites (and lots of cute tops!) all under $100.

 

 

Denim dresses always match with everything.

Love this sunshine yellow top.

Just add sneakers or sandals to this printed shift minidress.

I love the neckline of this halter sweater.

The nautical look of this striped tie front tee is perfect with white denim.

I love this open shoulder blouse that’s now on sale for $60.

Playful sandals are a summer must-have.

The back of this ruffle sleeve tee is so subtly cute.

Playful tassel earrings are the perfect summer accessory.

Might just have to try chambray pants for this summer.

 

Friday Favorites

Holy moly thank goodness it’s Friday! I’ve been in New York this week for work, which I love, but between early mornings and late dinners, I’m pretty exhausted. Zak is coming to the city this weekend and I’m looking forward to exploring with him. Follow along with us on Instagram! Hope your weekend is wonderful!

 

 

A few favorites from around the web…

I’ve been wearing these grey sneakers non-stop while traveling and I get endless compliments. You should get them. (Also seen here).

I just got this chambray dress and it is perfect for the summer. For size reference, I went with a 4. It’s the cutest. And this awesome Madewell bomber jacket is on sale.

LOFT is offering 30% off everything (or 40% off with your LOFT card) and I LOVE this chambray one shoulder top. So cute with a pair of shorts or white denim. I’m also really into this fringe sweater.

I’ve been eyeing this lace midi-dress for a wedding coming up and now it’s 40% off. And it would look so great with these heels that are under $60.

Little White Blouse

 

 
I’ve been forming a nice little collection of white blouses this spring and find them to be such an easy and versatile piece to add layers to. I snagged this field jacket last spring and I still eagerly look forward to pulling it out of my closet when the temps hover around 60. I’m in New York for the next week, so be sure to follow along on Instagram (@sharingmysole).

 

 

 

 

 

Jacket: J.Crew
Blouse: Madewell
Watch: Daniel Wellington
Crossbody: GiGi New York
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Wedges: Marc Fisher

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Easy Go-To Hair Styles

I have a tendency to wear my hair in a similar style almost daily. I typically rotate between my naturally straight hair, a little easy wave or simple ponytail. As we start looking toward the summer months and are battling with humidity, I know I’ll be sticking with my easy go-to hair styles.

 

 
I’m always on the lookout for new products that can make my hair healthier and shinier. I recently tried the new J’aime My Hair care line by Frank Provost Paris. I rotate this shampoo and conditioner combo in a couple times a week and it leaves my hair VERY soft and touchable. I definitely believe starting with healthy hair results in a style that will last all day.

 

 
My daily waved look is easily accomplished with a volumizing root spray, Oribe dry shampoo and the Beachwaver curling iron. I curl my hair with the Beachwaver in about 8-10 sections and it really only takes about 8 minutes, so this is definitely my daily go-to.

 

 
When it gets humid, my fine hair gets limp and flat. On these days, I typically opt for a simple ponytail. Instead of having an exposed, boring hair tie, I like to finish it off with a silk scarf or I’ll wrap a piece of my hair around the elastic to cover it.

 

 
On my dirty hair days (we all have them), it’s time for a chic bun. I start with a low ponytail and wrap my hair around and secure with a few bobby pins or a scarf.  What are your go-to styles?

 

*Frank Provost Paris sent me products for review purposes. All opinions are always my own!

My Carry-On Essentials

My next three weeks will be spent traveling for multiple trips. I’ve found that an easy way to combat stressful travel woes is to have a carefully and thoughtfully packed bag. Over the years, I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing five days’ worth of clothes into a small carry-on. I currently use a Delsey carry-on spinner because it’s light and I can cram a ton in there, but honestly I’ve been looking at investing in an Away bag. I love that it has a built-in battery so you can charge anytime and you’re not searching around the airport for an available outlet. (Anyone feel me?)
Since I’ll be jet-setting the next few weeks, I thought I’d share my carry-on essentials for a relaxing flight.

 

 

State Backpack and Cross-body Bag: I recently purchased this State backpack during the Shopbop sale and it’s just the perfect size. It’s slightly smaller than my previous backpack, but still has plenty of room for my laptop and necessities. I also typically have a cross-body bag with me as well for quick access to my ID and phone.

Kindle: I typically read a book on flights until I fall asleep and my Kindle is always with me. (I’m one of the lucky people that can easily fall asleep on a flight. Don’t hate me).

Headphones: In order to fall asleep and avoid the sounds of screaming kids, I pack headphones and listen to soothing music or a podcast.

Swell Water Bottle: You unknowingly become super dehydrated during flights, so I always fill up my water bottle before boarding.

Scarf: I will never leave home for the airport without an oversized scarf. I find myself freezing on most flights, so I’ll wrap myself up and use it as a makeshift blanket.

Gum: I definitely rely on gum during flights during takeoff and landing to keep my ears clear.

Socks: Nothing worse than cold feet on a long flight, so I often bring a pair of fuzzy socks just in case I get cold.

Snack Bars: Since planes are 99% germs, I usually pack snack bars instead of a trail mix or crackers so my fingers don’t have to touch anything I’m eating.

Hand Sanitizer: Again, airplanes are 99% germs.

Roller Ball Perfume, Lip Gloss and Face Blotting Wipes: These are my beauty essentials for when I land. I like to freshen up with a little perfume, lip gloss and blot any oil on my face.

Advil and Airborne: Just in case of a headache. And I’m not certain if airborne actually works, but it makes me feel better about staying healthy while in and out of airports.

Follow along with my travel adventures on Instagram! (@sharingmysole)

 

Spring Artwork Refresh

 
Refreshing the artwork in my home has become an annual springtime tradition. After a long and cold winter I’m always eager to clean and freshen up things around the house… Swapping artwork, purging closets, shifting furniture. This year we basically tackled a full living room makeover with a new couch, rugs and coffee table, but artwork and the finishing touches are always my favorite.

 

 

 

 
I had a few framed art pieces and a large mirror on my mantel for over a year now, so I was eager to mix it up with some lighter pieces. I added this little pineapple print from Minted, moved some art from the wall and added a trio of West Elm vases. I love all the white with a few touches of color.

 

 

 

Our bedroom is very neutral and streamlined, mostly made up of greys, blacks and whites. So I was very excited to style a new photograph by Emily Roggenburk above an empty dresser. Her Cleveland Balloon series is my favorite and the whimsical CLE balloons add the perfect playful touch. I also styled one of Emily’s Greek Island photographs last year when I redid our half-bath and her work is just beautiful.  Do you have any spring cleaning rituals to freshen up your home?

 

 

Shop the Look:

Emily Roggenburk Photography

Minted Pineapple Print

Minted Mineral Print

West Elm Ceramic Vases

Weekend Style

 

This past weekend was filled with all my local favorites. Friday night it was sushi and a little binge-watching evening of Billions, then a barre class on Saturday, spring cleaning around the house and meeting up with my college besties at The Plum Cafe & Kitchen in Ohio City. (amazing cocktails, BTW). But the best part was the perfect spring weather which has been ideal to wear my leather jacket on repeat and finally show my (slightly pale) bare legs.

 

 

 

Leather Motorcycle Jacket: Madewell
Dress: Madewell (similar)
Clutch: Blair Ritchey
Heels: Ann Taylor (on sale!)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner