A Walk in the Park

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top: LIT Boutique (last summer); Shorts: LOFT; Shoes: Zara (HERE); Watch: La Mer (HERE); Sunnies: Chloe

WEIRD! It's those hot pink Zara sandals again. Making yet another appearance in an outfit this week (see Tuesday's post HERE). After the wedding in Salem, MA on Friday night, we spent part of Saturday morning/afternoon brunching and shopping. It was insanely humid that day so comfortable clothing was a must. It's also a must if you plan to indulge in a 2 lb. strawberry and nutella crepe... which I definitely did not do.


Flower Girl

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dress: Zara (similar HERE); Heels: Charles David (old); Purse: Old Navy; Watch: MK; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Nails: Essie Bubble Bath; Lips: Sephora Forever Fuchsia (HERE)

I wore this to a friend's wedding last weekend and while I wasn't actually the flower girl, I thought the floral print on my dress was perfect for such a happy occasion. When the dancing got going, I ditched my heels for something more fun and MUCH more comfortable... THESE hot pink Zara sandals.

Would you wear a dress like this to a wedding?


MDW Recap

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hi guys! Happy TUESDAY! How was your long weekend? Mine was the perfect mix of social outings and relaxing at home and on the beach. We really lucked out with the weather up here. I have a sweet sunburned nose to prove it too! 

I wore this outfit to meet some friends out Saturday night. It was so humid I had to break out the mousse and embrace my crazy part wavy, part mind-of-its-own hair. It was the perfect night to spend down by the Seaport District and now that I've gotten a taste of summer, I can't wait to see what the next few months bring me.

See you tomorrow!

Oh Hey Thursday

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tulips brighten up any table setting
New hot pink Zara sandals (obsessed)

Favorite afternoon snack: Liberte Coconut Greek Yogurt

Boredom produces fun manis

Stormy skies over Boston

Cinco de Mayo smiles

If only queso fundido and margaritas were good for you...

Just a quick post today to share my latest shots from Instagram (@LsFashionDish). Besides being THE busiest week I've had in a long time, I decided to revamp my workout schedule and head to the gym before work. If you know me, you know what a big accomplishment that is. So needless to say I'm a tad exhausted.

Happy Thursday!

Trend to Try: Lace Dresses

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Trend to Try: Lace Dresses

Lately I've been seeing lace dresses everywhere. Well, let me rephrase: lately I've been seeing cute lace dresses everywhere. And though I've yet to purchase one, I've narrowed it down to three options, pictured above. 

First we have the Neon Lace Flippy Dress from Topshop. If I was looking to kill two trends with one dress, this would be the perfect option. I bet the picture of this dress doesn't do it justice. I can totally envision myself wearing this for a girls night out, dancing the night away with my favorite girls. Plus at $92, the price point isn't bad.

Moving onto the next option, we have the Lucille Dress from J.Crew. I love the classic and flattering shape of this one and know that I would get a ton of use out of it. I like the yellow version but the navy is so chic and could be worn into the fall as well. It's ideal for weddings, cocktail parties, and even days at the office. For $188, price per wear would make this dress 100% worth it.

Last but not least we have the Katya Lace Dress by Tibi. Oh, Tibi [insert exaggerated sigh here]. Why is everything I adore in this world made by you and therefore just out of my price range? The classic shape and beautiful cobalt blue color make me weak in the knees for this dress. The lace is so feminine and pretty. I've been known to justify worse purchases so maybe, just maybe this dress will make its way to my closet.

Would you wear a lace dress like these? If you were me, which one would you buy?


Sunday Stroll

Monday, May 21, 2012

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. We attended a fun backyard birthday party at a friend's house and on the way home found a cute little park alongside a river. The sun was still shining and we weren't yet ready to go home so we stopped to snap some photos and take a quick stroll.

As much as I love backyard barbecues, there's nothing worse than indulging in your favorite foods (and plenty of birthday cake) and then feeling uncomfortable and hot in constricting clothing. I wanted to dress for comfort without sacrificing style, so I opted for this white linen shift dress and some basic flats. Please excuse the wrinkles -- linen doesn't exactly behave well after having been worn for several hours.

 Dress: Michael Kors via RueLaLa; Flats: Sam Edelman (HERE); Purse: Michael Kors; Straw Hat: Gap Outlet; Sunnies: Chloe; Watch: La Mer (HERE); Bangles: Alex & Ani

How did you spend your Sunday? Is it just me or did this weekend absolutely fly by?

Until tomorrow!

Sponsor Spotlight: SmartBuyGlasses

Friday, May 18, 2012

With all the rain and cold weather we've been having here in Boston this past week, it's hard to believe summer is supposed to be right around the corner. True to New England weather, we catch a glimpse of warmth and then it disappears as quickly as it came. 

The only thing that keeps me in good spirits during these transitional weeks and months, is daydreaming about picnics in the park, days at the beach, weekend getaways, and shopping. Always shopping. Though my wishlist for summer is fairly extensive, one thing at the very top of my list is a new pair of shades. Specifically this gorgeous pair of Kate Spade Aviator Sunglasses.

And how cool is this: at SmartBuyGlasses, they have a totally useful 3D Try-on tool so you can see what the glasses look like on you before buying them! Simply upload your picture and choose the glasses you want to try on.

Are you in the market for a new pair of designer shades or glasses? Be sure to check out SmartBuyGlasses!


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post.

Not So Girly Girl

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I'm not your typical girly girl. I love heels, ribbons, ruffles and anything with a feminine shape. But then there are days when my feet can't stand to be at an awkward angle a moment longer, days where tight pants seem like cruel and unusual punishment, and days where I'm drawn to pieces that could easily be dubbed tomboy. 

Case in point: this Forever21 military jacket. I could have easily paired it with my favorite boyfriend jeans and really gone to town with the whole "I'm a dude today" look, but instead I wanted to strike the perfect balance between both feminine and masculine. So I paired my jacket with a hot pink skirt. I mean really, what's more feminine than that?

Jacket: F21 (available in navy HERE); Skirt: J.Crew (in denim and on sale HERE); Tank: Gap; Shoes: Ann Taylor

This ended up being the perfect outfit for frolicking down by the water, grabbing lunch outdoors and running errands. What do you reach for when you go casual? Would you wear a look like this?


Easy Watermelon Feta Bites

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sweet, juicy watermelon, salty feta & delicious balsamic glaze. It's seriously a combination to write home about. It also happens to be the ideal spring/summer appetizer because they're super easy to make and the cold melon really hits the spot when the temperatures start to rise. Plus they're cute!

I first tested these out on family members last summer. They loved them so much I've brought them to just about every get-together since. I must admit... feta wasn't ever my idea of a really good cheese. But pair it with its two long-lost BFFs watermelon and balsamic, and BAM! You've got yourself a match made in heaven.

What You'll Need:
Ripe seedless watermelon - I used about half a watermelon
Approx. 6oz feta cheese - buy the bricks
Balsamic glaze - thicker than balsamic vinegar or dressing - should be available in your local grocery or specialty stores
Melon Baller

Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon. Set in fridge to chill.

Cut feta into bite size pieces

Using toothpicks, create each appetizer by stacking one piece of watermelon on top of one piece of feta cheese

Place apps on serving dish of your choice (note: this is only about half of what the recipe makes)

Drizzle a generous amount of balsamic glaze over apps and serve immediately!

What are some of your favorite summer recipes?


White Out

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today's post is an ode to two trends I'm currently in love with: peplum and monochromatic white. Saturday's high of 75 degrees was a nice change from the week's worth of rain we had just received. So an all-white outfit with a pop of color seemed like a perfect choice.

Eyelet Tank: Piperlime (HERE); White Denim: Hudson "Carly"; Heels: Zara (HERE); Sunnies: Chloe; Rings: ASOS
 Tell me: would you wear a look like this? Are you a fan of monochromatic looks?


Weekend Recap

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hello! Here we are again. Another Monday, another weekend gone in a poof! Mine was spent celebrating three birthdays and Mother's Day, and spending as much time in the sun as possible. And of course, eating and drinking enough to kill a small horse. More on the eating portion tomorrow!

Unfortunately I forgot to bring my DSLR with me Saturday night so I decided to use my trusty iPhone to capture this outfit. (And PhotoGene to add the text... such a cool app!)

Love my top? You can get it in purple (and on sale) HERE. What about my necklace? Add it to your wardrobe by clicking HERE.

I hope your weekend and Mother's Day were fabulous and spent with your favorite people. See you tomorrow!


Mixing Patterns: What Works?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mixing Patterns: What Works?

This trend has been splattered all over the runways and magazines for months. Well years, really, but it's made an especially big splash in the fashion world as of late. The problem is that what works on the runway doesn't necessary translate into real life. Throwing any two (or three) patterns together does not an outfit make. Write that down.

For me, having similar colors in both pieces is an absolute must. While I loved Refinery29's mixed pattern tutorial featuring the leopard cardi and polka dot tunic, it doesn't follow my aforementioned rule. Therefore I would never feel comfortable pulling it off.

The second outfit is right up my alley. Fun and practical (in mixing pattern terms, of course) and I might even be able to rock them at the office. Which is always a plus.

The third is very close to what Annie from The Other Side of Gray is wearing today. I love how she paired the floral cardigan with the bold stripes. It works (and well, might I add) because it's balanced and anchored down by simple but cute skinny black jeans.

What are your thoughts on this trend? Would you wear outfits like these or do you think they evoke too much of a "hot mess" vibe? 


Outfit Inspiration: Mother's Day Brunch

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day Brunch

The most important person in a girl's life is, more often than not, her mother. That statement certainly applies to me. My mother is the strongest person I know and I'm so happy to be able to call her one of my best friends. I hope to one day be half the person she is!

So ladies, do something special for your mother (or mother figure) this weekend. Show her how much she means to you. And look fabulous while doing so! 

For Mom: Milly Lettie Dress, Christian Louboutin Heels, Stella & Dot Bangle
For You: J.Crew Cha Cha Dress, Zara Heels, Kate Spade Necklace 

Both outfits are on-trend without being too "out there". I love the feminine shape of the Milly dress paired with a classic pump. And the J.Crew dress is in this season's hottest color. I styled it with the Zara pump to give the outfit a fun twist.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite? 


The High-Low Skirt

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I've had this skirt in my closet for several months but figured it'd be more of a summer thing than whatever you want to call this in-between weather we've been having. Ever have those moments where you just can't wait to wear something a moment longer? Well, that's what happened yesterday. I love the hint of leopard on the sleeves of my (faux) leather jacket. It's a small nod to the mixed pattern trend right now that I'm slowly starting to love.

The "windblown" look just doesn't work on me

 High-low skirt: BCBGeneration (on sale HERE); Tank: AE; Jacket: LIT Boutique
Tights: Hue; Shoes: Zara (HERE); Necklace: F21; Watch: Michael Kors

I also can't wait to pair this skirt with flat sandals, a tank and a straw fedora for a breezy summer look. Are you a fan of the high-low trend? How would you wear this skirt?