Blush + Black Printed Top

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A lot of people I know think that pink and black don’t look so great together. They they it is too bold or too edgy. I admit that I even used to be a part of that camp…I remember in middle school thinking that pink and black were kind of … punk rock, if you will. Now, I actually find that I love the soft, feminine hue of blush and I love it paired with almost anything – even black! Blush colored pieces can essentially be considered a neutral in my book, but I loved pairing this blush and black Vince Camuto top with black skinny jeans and other neutrals.

Blouse: Vince Camuto | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: BP. | Hat: Amici | Sunnies: Miu Miu | Lips: Fresh

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I also never used to be a hat person…until this year. This summer I can’t seem to wear my hats enough, and quite they seem so essential. As a fairly light-skinned individual, I actually tan surprisingly well. However, this year, it has finally hit me just how bad the sun really is. I’ve been more conscious than ever of the sun’s damaging effects, and now that I’m getting older, I’m really trying to avoid those inevitable wrinkles as long as I can. I know it sounds silly for a twenty-something to say, but all those years of lying in the sun wearing only SPF4 as a teenager definitely didn’t do me any good! Hats, hats, and more hats for me from here on out!

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I just can’t get enough of this blush and black printed top. It is a great summer pieces, but it will also transition nicely to fall as well. I got it on major sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but unfortunately it has now gone back up to full price. I’ll keep my eye out for future price drops though!

Who else is loving blush + black like I am right now?
xo -L

Rose Print Midi Dress

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Midi length dresses and skirts are having a major moment right now. Sometimes people think they can’t pull off the midi length because they are too tall, too short, or just too…anything! To be honest, I think it is one of the most flattering cuts for anyone! I am 5’9″ so I definitely feel that shorter dresses and skirts sometimes are just too short for me. I find I am more comfortable in a longer dress because it just feels more appropriate . If you are on the shorter side, just pair a little heel with your midi dress (see here for the same dress paired with espadrille wedges), and if you are on the taller side, flats will be just fine.

Dress: BB Dakota | Shoes: Halogen | Bag: BP. | Sunnies: Miu Miu | Blazer: BCBGeneration | Lips: Nars in Claudia

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You all know I can’t resist a good floral print, and this BB Dakota dress (currently $73) was a given. I’ve styled it once before here with denim and espadrilles, but it was just too perfect of a dress to send back into the depths of my closet.  I seem to be accumulating more and more clothes than I’ve ever had before, and sometimes my closet just seems like a black hole of dresses loved and then forgotten. It seems silly, but this actually makes me a bit sad. This charming dress that I first loved and cherished just absolutely had to make another appearance on the blog. I would love to know if you guys appreciate the same pieces repeated here but styled differently! Let me know 🙂
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Neutral lace up ghillie flats and an easy tote bag complete the look and allow this to transition out of summer. Late August days of warm sun interspersed with some cooler, crisper fall weather are going to start calling for some more layers. Dare I say that sweater weather will be upon us before we know it? Dare I say that I am actually a bit excited for it?!

Who else is a fan of the midi length skirt?
xo -L

A Hidden Gem on Cape Cod

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Amidst the abundance of lobster rolls, oysters and clam chowder for which Cape Cod is so well known is a most welcome French boulangerie and café. In its unassuming locale hidden from the main road, you’d never expect it. You’d have to know what you are looking for, but trust me, if you are in the Cape Cod area, Pain D’Avignon is a must!

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For a bit of a more refined meal than your traditional Cape Cod fare, Pain D’Avignon is surely the place to go. Grab a fresh beet salad or a Croque Monsieur, and sit outside on the terrace or inside the café. Inside, you’ll get a glimpse into the inner workings of the bread-making process through a window to the bakery area. Plus, you’ll also get a peek at the vast French wine selection…I mean, does anything actually sound better?!

Before you leave, you absolutely must pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread for the road. Bread is a staple in so many of our diets, and has been a major component in the diets of cultures all over the world for centuries. Despite our reliance on bread, high quality and artisanal varieties are often hard to come by! Fortunately, the bakery distributes to restaurants and shops throughout the Boston area and New England. I actually saw a Pain D’Avignon truck in the city recently, and you bet I followed it as long as I could to see where it was heading 🙂 Verdict: I lost it somewhere near the North End!

Those of you exploring Cape Cod this summer: do you have any other hidden favorites?
xo -L

Dress: Leith | Sunnies: Miu Miu | Bag: Botkier | Hat: Sole Society