Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend with Sunglass Warehouse


If there's one thing I am usually willing to drop a little extra money on, it's accessories. I love my shoes and bags and jewelry. However, when it comes to sunglasses, I don't know what it is, I usually find myself browsing the $14.99 section at Target. Don't get me wrong, I have a nice pair of sunglasses that I have had for years and keep nice, and I have splurged on a pair or two of Ray-Bans, but I just can't bring myself to buy super expensive sunglasses. I have lost way too many pairs in the ocean on spring break, at a concert after I put them on top of my head and forget they are there, or simply just leaving them sitting on the table at a restaurant. That's why I was so excited when I came across Sunglass Warehouse. They have so many great, trendy pairs of glasses and I don't think I came across a pair over $20. Perfect for the girl who is always misplacing or breaking sunnies. 

I was super excited to partner with Sunglass Warehouse to style a few looks for my favorite summer weekend in Indianapolis, Indy 500 weekend. If you're from Indiana and haven't yet made it down to the Speedway to check out the race and the festivities leading up to it during the month of May, you're seriously missing out. I have attended the race for the past 5 or so years, and members of my family have gone for the past 20-some consecutive years. I styled a few looks to help get you through the last weekend in May!

Carb Day


For all of you non-Hoosiers, Carb Day is the Friday before the race. People all over Indianapolis take off work (or call in sick) to spend the day walking around the infield, hanging in the "concert pit." If there's one day to don cutoff shorts and a graphic tank, Carb Day is it. And I'm totally obsessed with these glasses. I have been looking for a big, round pair and was so excited to find these on the Sunglass Warehouse website.

While the site has tons of great pairs, I have to mention, keep in mind the price you are paying for them. I don't doubt that these will hold up, but they don't feel quite as substantial as more expensive pairs.

wearing // sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse // black tank: Eleven Paris (similar here) // plaid shirt: Gap (old, similar here) // shorts: Gap (old, similar here) // boots: Frye // bag: Nordstrom // rings: David Yurman

Race Day


While spring weather in Indiana is unpredictable, the past few years have been hot and sunny. For actual race day, it's best to wear a breezy shirt, shorts, and sneakers. I always opt for close-toed shoes for race weekend events, as the infield can get muddy and walking around the track all day can lead to sore (and very dirty) feet.

 p.s. these are my new FAVORITE shorts. I have had my eye on this Rag & Bone style all season, but could not bring my self to drop over $200 on shorts. I found this similar pair at Nordstrom for less than half the price! Order up for a more slouchy look, but beware that they are made to look a little slouchy! A size up for me was a little too loose and I was worried they wouldn't stay up, eek!

wearing // sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse // shorts: Nordstrom (obsessed.) // shirt: Helmut Lang (similar here) // shoes: Converse (monogrammed by a local shop) // bag: Forever 21 // jewelry: Michele, David Yurman

Monday BBQ

For Monday BBQs and picnics, I love sticking with a casual, spring dress. This Gap number is probably 5 or 6 years old, but still one of my favorites. Throw on a light jacket for cooler afternoons. 

wearing // sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse // dress: Gap (old, similar here) // jacket: Gap (similar here) // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim // shoes: Stuart Weitzman

All photography: Caroline Grace Photography

 
 
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites: Insta Accounts

So, yesterday morning on the TODAY show, they were talking about nomophobia...the fear of being without your phone (no mobile, get it?). Anyway, I definitely have that. And one of the seasons I am so addicted to my iPhone is because I LOVE INSTAGRAM. love. obsessed.

I love stumbling upon new pretty accounts. I love seeing that little heart pop up when I post something new (no shame here - we all love it). I love when I need a break at work and can take 2-3 minutes and find something to make me smile.

While I feel a sense of accomplishment when I stumble upon an account that I like on my own, I also love it when bloggers I follow post about their favorite accounts. So I thought I would take this Friday Favorite to share 7 of my favorite Instagram accounts for mindless (or very mindful) scrolling. So here they are!

@SFGIRLBYBAY

SF Girl by Bay is "Bohemian modern style from a San Francisco girl." The blog has grown to include editor Victoria Smith and 5 contributors. Interior design is the focus - providing readers with the "freshest designers, artists, products, and trends." SF Girl by Bay's blog site is beautiful, and so is its instagram. Both are definitely must-sees (or reads). 

@PIGGYANDPOLLY

How can you not smile when looking at these two?! Piggy and Polly are French bulldog sisters and I regram them often. I just think they're the cutest!

@ANNIEREEVES

I was so lucky to be part of an amazing blogging community when I was living in South Carolina. One of the incredibly talented ladies I met down there is Annie Reeves. She is a social media consultant and lifestyle blogger (check out her blog here) based in Charleston. I am a BIG fan. She is a complete genius when it comes to iPhone pics and instagrams. Check out her feed, it's beautiful!

@REESEWITHERSPOON

For some reason, I don't like to follow many celebrities on Instagram. Some people love it because it gives you a glimpse into their "real" lives. I don't known what it is, I just prefer to follow bloggers and friends. Anyway, one of the few celebrities I do follow is Resse Witherspoon. Her pictures are sweet, her comments are funny, and she's beautiful! I died for the middle picture when she and her husband were getting ready for the Oscars! 

You remember in high school when you thought long and hard about your senior yearbook quote? It had to be something memorable, and meaningful...something that epitomized you and your thoughts on LIFE. Well, my quote was from the one-and-only Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (no shame in saying it's my favorite movie):  Abby Foster, class of 2006  "Whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed."  Now THAT is a yearbook quote. Anyway, I have always been a huge Reese fan and actually do love getting a glimpse into her lovely daily life.

@2sisters_angie

Have you heard about Mayhem?! She is a tiny, but mighty, little designer. Her mother has an instagram feed that features Mayhem (not her real name) in her paper designs. She has garnered so much attention that she is launching her own J.Crew Crew Cuts line later this summer. Aside from the fact that this tiny tot makes my feel largely unaccomplished, I love her adorable pictures and her mom's witty captions. This one is sure to make you smile.

@WHITNEYLEIGHMORRIS

 Whitney Leigh Morris is a creative director and lifestyle consultant "specializing in simple style for small spaces and gatherings." She lives in a beautiful little home called the Tiny Canal Cottage. Her pictures are bright, fresh, and pretty. Makes me want to downsize into a small 362 square foot cottage. Okay, maybe not THAT small, but still, it's gorgeous.

@YOGA_GIRL

Yoga Girl is a favorite for many reasons. One, I love the posts of her yoga poses. As an aspiring yogi, it's so motivational to see what these poses are actually supposed to look like! Also, she is incredibly raw and real. She posts her thoughts, feelings, emotions with no shame. I love scrolling through her feed, reading her posts, sometimes realizing that it's normal to have a range of emotions. She is a beautiful soul and one I definitely recommend following (did I mention she has 1.3 million followers? So you'll be in good company!) 

I hope that if you take a peek at these feeds, at least a few of them bring a smile to your face. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!


My sisters, our boyfriends, and my beautiful mom and my cousin's wedding. (My poor dad was stuck at the hotel with the stomach flu!) 

Summer nights with my sisters and mom.
 
 KKG Mom's Weekend at IU.
 
I know it's late for Mother's Day post, but there is no way I could pass through this whole day without acknowledging the amazing woman who shaped me into who I am today. And because she doesn't have Facebook, but she is Seven&Stitch's #1 fan, I thought this was the best way to share a little about my mama. So this one's for you, Mom!

If you keep up with the blog, you know I talk about her quite a bit. She and I have always had a great relationship, but it has gotten stronger in the past couple of years. My mom was there for me during the time I needed her most...and even after hearing me say the same thing a million times, she always listened. She called to check in, sent texts to make me smile, and made sure that I was okay. I have some amazing friends who have also helped me find my way the past few years, but no one was there for me like my mom was (and continues to be).

Growing up, I never classified my mom as my best friend. She was my mom. She enforced rules, taught us to be polite, and let us know when we made a bad choice. But she also took us shopping, let me skip first period so that I could get my license first thing on my 16th birthday, and always made it to tennis matches after-school events. She never got caught up in the "mom gossip" in high school, and although I always secretly wished that she would hang out with the other moms before school football games. it is only in the past few years that I have come to respect and appreciate her so much more for not doing those things. To put it simply, my mom is the best and so many of my favorable qualities come from her. 

I would trust my mom to pick our my wardrobe. I would trust her to decorate my apartment or plan my (currently hypothetical) wedding. My mother has the best style, and much of what I pretend to know about it, I learned from her. Aside from her sense of style, I also admire my mom's ability to be quietly confident in who she is. She has no interest in Facebook or social media (obviously one of the traits I did NOT pick up from her) and you will never hear her complain about others. She is perfectly happy spending time with my dad, checking in on her girls, hanging at home. It is so easy for me to get caught up in what other people think, but that's not how my mom operates. She knows who she is, what she stands for, and isn't easily swayed. I know, you may be thinking that this comes with age and maturity, but something tells me that my mom has always lived her life like this. And that, more than the fact that she has a killer handbag collection, is what I admire most. 

I continue to watch and learn and grow. My mom is one of my biggest role models, and as the years go by, I am finally seeing how people can call their moms their best friends. My mom being my mom throughout my teenage years made me who I am today. But as I settle in more and more to a person I am comfortable being, she is stepping more out of that mom role and into the friend role. But really, no matter what I call her, I know she will always be there for support, advice, or a good retail-therapy shopping trip. 

I love you lots, Mom! You deserve a happy day today, and every other day of the year. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Overalls


While I may feel just the tiniest bit out of place back in Indiana wearing my Jack Rogers sandals and Vineyard Vines tees, there is one item in my closet that is perfect for life back in the Midwest...my trusty overalls (I say "trusty" even though they have only been in my possession for about a year. But I can totally sense the fact that they will hang around for a while...ya feel me?).

I know, I have been doing a lot of comparing lately: Indiana to South Carolina, the past to the present...but when I eventually make time to just sit and write, you might get a better understanding of where I'm coming from. For now, just know that I'm just excited about a new apartment with a new little family (my pup and my BF) and a new job. And...I'm loving erry'thing about overalls: long, short, cropped, skinny...you name it, I'll try it.

Happy Thursday, and goodnight.

wearing // overalls: American Eagle // crop top: Forever 21 // shoes: Vans for Madewell (old, but NEED these) // sunglasses:  Ray-Ban

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Overalls.
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kimo-no? Kimo-yes!


Indiana gets the best and worst of all seasons. Winters are beautifully frigid, and summers are brightly humid. In the heat and sun, I like to wear clothes that are breezy and loose. I took these pictures during my last week in South Carolina (on my favorite beach walkway, Station 22 1/2 at Sullivan's Island), but the light layers are perfect for Midwestern humidity. I especially love this Urban Outfitters kimono - it's so easy to throw on over a swimsuit, tank, or sundress. If you haven't given the kimono trend a try, I highly recommend it. Take a peek down below for some other great options!

On the topic of a new season, I have to say I am so excited about the summer months in Indiana. Sometimes I feel myself wishing I could have stayed in South Carolina longer (or even forever), but I am so grateful for the life that I live here. I have been so fortunate to have gotten to call some amazing cities home. Each city has played a huge role in shaping who I am today, and I am grateful that those experiences have turned me into a person who is happy to begin to settle down in her hometown, surrounded by friends and family. The other day my boyfriend asked me "Five years ago, where did you think you would be by now?" and honestly, I never would have imagined I would be where I am. But I wouldn't have it any other way, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

Enjoy your summer months wherever you are!

Wearing // kimono: Urban Outfitters (now on sale!) // tank dress: Free People (I want this in every color - so great for layering under dresses and sweaters) // shorts: Gap (old, similar here) // shoes: French Connection // sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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