Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrating (the end of) Summer

My gorgeous cousins Katie and Grace!

Katie's wearing //swimsuit: Ralph Lauren (similar here) // sunglasses: Gucci // headband: Pink Pewter
Grace's wearing //swimsuit: Victoria's Secret // sunglasses: Banana Republic // headband: Pink Pewter

Katie's wearing //swimsuit: similar here // sunglasses: Gucci // sandals: Jack Rogers // headband: Pink Pewter

Katie's wearing // swimsuit top: similar here // swimsuit bottom: Aerie // coverup: Allen Allen (similar here and here) // sunglasses: Gucci // headband: Pink Pewter

Katie's wearing //coverup: Gottex (similar here) // sunglasses: Tory Burch // bangles: Alex & Ani

I am so lucky to have grown up with two sisters. As we get older and all try to navigate our twenties, I have realized that they will be the ones who will always be there for me. Even the best of friends sometimes come and go, but family will always be there. I am also so lucky that my family extends beyond my parents and sisters, and to have cousins on both sides of my family that are just like siblings. A few weekends ago, my mom and I took a trip up to northern Ohio to visit my Aunt Jan and cousins, Katie and Grace. Even though my sisters couldn't make it, we took advantage of the fact that the boys were away at a golf resort and spent the weekend eating (shocking), drinking wine (minus Grace), and shopping. Perfection.

Katie has always been a source of style inspiration for me. She is fiercely fearless in her personal style. She wears what she likes and she likes what she wears, and I have learned a lot from her about having the self confidence to just rock it - whatever "it" is. Grace is the baby of the family and I have loved watching her style evolve from the Limited Too days to the effortless BCBG romper she wore over the weekend. She has a fun, youthful edge to her style and never forgets her best accessory - her smile!

My newest obsessions from Katie's wardrobe are her amazing headbands. She discovered Pink Pewter at her salon in Sylvania, and they are gorgeous! So well made and they come in such a variety of styles and colors. We had so much fun pairing them with all of Katie and Grace's great swimwear. All of the looks would be perfect for a weekend getaway, a trendy beach resort, or a backyard pool party.

While I hope to provide a little inspiration through my wardrobe choices on S&S, it is sometimes a little daunting to be the one in front of the lens! So I took a step behind the camera (but thank you to Jenny Benz for editing the photos!) and am so ecstatic to begin featuring some of the people who influence by personal style.

Thank you, Jan, for a great weekend! And thank you, Katie and Grace, for all of the laughs, memories, and inspiration over the years. Love you all!

 seven styles 
Seven other great headbands to try // Aldo (I bought this one a few weeks ago and LOVE it!), Urban Outfitters, Tobi, Forever 21 (such a steal!), Free People, Cara, Anthropologie

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