dress: J.Crew Factory // cardigan: J.Crew // bag: Cambridge Satchel Company // scarf: vintage (also love this one) // bracelet: KJP // watch: Fossil // shoes: Nine West (old, similar) // claddagh ring: The Irish Jewelers (similar) // monogram necklace: Etsy // sunglasses: Amazon (dupes for the Karen Walker glasses

Lately, I've been making it my mission to get more use out of my silk neck scarves. I don't have a ton, but I love those that are a part of my collection and they don't get enough wear! My favorite way to wear them - other than around my neck, of course - has been wrapping them around the handle of my everyday bag, the navy satchel from Cambridge Satchel Co. It's such a classic, vintage-esque way to spice up a bag that otherwise looks the same day-to-day. This scarf came to me recently from my mom (thank you!), and I was immediately drawn to the simple pattern and the navy, white, and emerald color scheme. Apparently emerald has been on my mind, because I discovered that the scarf is the exact same shade as a new eyelet dress I picked up from J.Crew Factory.

I'm not always a fan of the matchy-matchy look, but I couldn't resist this pairing! I love the contrast between the stark white cardigan and bright green dress, and to avoid taking away from this color scheme I added simple nude flats. These are some of the oldest shoes in my wardrobe; they're from Nine West and I've worn them almost to death. It's hard to find this shade in shoes - not too warm-toned, and not too cool-toned. So, for now, these will remain my go-to pair until I'm able to find something that matches them in versatility.

Alright, let's backtrack for a moment and talk about this dress. This is another one of those pieces I saw at J.Crew in seasons past but missed out on. Well, this style showed up at J.Crew factory this year (in three colors!) and when it went on super sale I finally pulled the trigger. The flattering fit-and-flare cut, the eyelet lace detail and the button up front all come together to make this a must-have piece for summer. I love this gorgeous emerald (how many times have I mentioned emerald in this post haha), but it also comes in navy and white. I think the white, especially, would be a great addition to a summer wardrobe. I can also see this paired with a pretty belt at the waist to accentuate the flared skirt --- honestly, the options are totally endless. If you, like me, didn't scoop up one of these pieces last year, do so now!

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Mix and Match Swim Picks for Summer with J.Crew

A great swimsuit is the keystone of any summer vacation wardrobe. Personally, I think swimsuit shopping is tons of fun, especially with so many bright colors, patterns, and cuts to choose from. But good quality swimsuits aren't cheap, so whenever I invest in a new set of swimwear I aim to make sure that I can mix and match every piece in my collection.

For me, buying one neutral top that's interchangeable with many different fun bottoms (rather than multiple sets of matching tops/bottoms) is a great way to maximize your swim options on a budget. The same thing goes for the opposite approach, buying one pair of bottoms that can pair with multiple tops! As a bonus, when all of your swimwear is mix-and-matchable if one piece wears out faster than the others you can easily replace said item, without being left with one half of a matching set and nothing to pair it with.

Today I've picked out some of my favorite swim picks from J.Crew's summer line. I've had great luck with J.Crew swimwear in the past; I've found that they have the same quality as much more expensive lines (so they last season-to-season) with a mid-range price tag that can become very reasonable, especially if you shop sales! They also - crucially - allow you to purchase tops/bottoms separately, which is an essential feature not only to mix and match pieces but also to make sure you get a good fit. Swim lines that require you to purchase your tops and bottoms together, in the same size, are such a pet peeve of mine. I don't know about you, but 99% of the time I'm not the same size in tops as I am in bottoms, and I don't like being forced to buy something I know won't fit! Bravo J.Crew for actually allowing us to pick our own sizes.

Some fun things to think about when picking out swimwear this season:

1. Mix and match patterns/texture! Try a floral pattern with an eyelet (top left of the graphic above), or a gingham and a floral (top middle). When pairing two patterns together, go for something geometric (ex. gingham, stripes) with something organic (ex. floral) to keep things from becoming too busy, and try to keep the size of the pattern consistent. For example, try thicker stripes with a larger floral pattern, and vice versa.

2. Don't be afraid to pair two neutrals together, just add fun details like ruffles to break up the color-blocking (see the bottom right above).

3. Contrary to popular opinion, horizontal stripes can be your best friend! Choose them for a classic, vintage swimwear feel. They look especially good in high-waisted bikini bottoms (bottom left).

4. Try a bright color paired with a more muted shade! Bright red and light blue is one of my favorite options.

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Springtime Blooms

skirt: Kate Spade (old) // shirt: Kiel James Patrick (old, check second-hand or shop similar styles here) // necklace: H&M (old, similar) // glasses: EyeBuy Direct "Infinity" // shoes: Banana Republic (old, similar) // sweater: L.L.Bean // watch: Daniel Wellington // bag: Cambridge Satchel Company (old, similar) // pearls: vintage

We all know I have wayyyyy too much blue and white in my spring/summer wardrobe... but pink? Not so much. It's odd because I actually love the color, but when I'm shopping I just never actively choose pink over other shades. Maybe it's because, subconsciously, I'm thinking that pink is less versatile? Whatever it is, I've been making a conscious effort to get more use out of the pink pieces in my wardrobe. One of my favorites is this Kiel James Patrick scalloped-collar oxford. I love the lightweight cotton (perfect for warm weather), and the contrasting white collar and cuffs! Today, I paired it with my old Kate Spade bow skirt, which is a great light cream color verging on tan. The skirt is technically made of a canvas material, but with the structure of a scuba fabric that gives it great shape and makes it insanely comfortable. When I walked out the door I thought it might get chilly (it was a typical rainy May day), so I grabbed a white crewneck sweater that I could throw on over my oxford if necessary. The afternoon ended up being really warm, however, so the sweater just stayed tied around my waist for the day!

Finally, can we talk about how well the floral necklace went with the pink of the sweater? I've had this statement necklace for years now (I think it was an old H&M purchase back in the day), but I continue to wear it over and over because it's more of a dusty mauve that picks up on whatever tones you pair it with. It's also got a gorgeous ribbon detail in the back, which I think is such an adorable alternative to the typical lobster-claw clasp. My DW Southampton watch also always makes a comeback in my summer wardrobe, and with this outfit, I opted for my rose gold Cambridge Satchel Bag to match the metal of the watch. It was the perfect ensemble for a day strolling around Georgetown, shooting graduation photos, and grabbing coffee with my best friend Mary (who is also a photographer extraordinaire, of course!).

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Friday Roundup #5

1. Prom!

I'll be brief, as I just spoke about prom in my last post (see it here!). In short, it was an amazing night and I had so much fun laughing, dancing, and getting dressed up with my friends and my class. Everyone looked absolutely gorgeous!  

2. Tennis Senior Night

I had my HS tennis senior night (our last home game) on Tuesday and it was such a wonderful and bittersweet celebration. I feel like "bittersweet" describes so many of my senior events -- it's wonderful to celebrate the past four years and all the friendships and memories I've made on the team, but so sad to know that I'll be leaving my girls so soon.

3. Narcos

Last weekend I was staying over at a family friend's home to take care of their adorable puppy scout while they were away. I thought that this downtime would be the perfect opportunity to start a new show. I'd heard a lot of good things about Narcos, so I decided to give it a try (I love dramas/true crime so it seemed like the perfect fit!). Three hour-long episodes later and I'm totally hooked. In hindsight, maybe it wasn't such a great plan to get into a series during exam season...?

4. My Grad Dress

I've found my grad dress! When I ordered this dress online a week or two ago it felt early to me, but now I've realized that we only have a month until we walk across the stage -- eek!! The dress I bought is classic (so I can wear it again), made of linen to keep me cool during the June heat, and of course white. You know I also had to add a bit of personality, so I chose one with adorable bows on the shoulders. 

5. Grad Party Ideas

I've set the date for my grad party, and it's less than a month away. That is crazy and way too soon!! My mom and I have started planning; we want the event to be casual but with decorations and food that incorporate my school. It's actually been such a fun process brainstorming ideas for the party. You can see my grad party Pinterest board here!

Hope your week has been wonderful!