Almost Summer

For those of you who are out of school already: I'm jealous! We don't get out until late June, and I'm so excited. My summer is going to be really busy this year - probably the busiest it's ever been - but I'm still really looking forward to it.

I'll be studying in a state-wide academic program for the Humanities down in southern Virginia, which means I'll be able to stay on a college campus for most of July. I'm so thrilled; the classes I'll be taking are things that really interest me and I'm very excited to do a trial-run of living in a dorm before I head off to college for real next year. I won't lie, a major part of the appeal is getting to decorate! I haven't done anything major to my room at home since fourth grade (I guess I had good taste back then because I haven't seen the need to do much; my room's pretty classic). Shopping for decor has become a new and exciting creative outlet for me - can't wait to put it all together!

When I get back I'll be headed up to Block Island for about a week. Summer traditions die hard. It's not as long as I'd like, but I'm excited nonetheless -- my plan is to spend as much time as possible on the beach and shooting for the blog (my two favorite vacation activities).

After that, it's off to a college preparatory camp for another week. This one is probably my least favorite of the activities I've got lined up, but I know it will be worth it in the end. A week of writing essays, putting together a resume, researching and pulling everything together for college isn't exciting but it is practical and something I need to get done. Hopefully having everything finished before senior year will help take away some of the stress, and free up my time to spend with friends and family during my last year at home!

The month of August is where I'll get most of my downtime. Fall sports begin then, which I'm looking forward to, and I plan to be a little lazy at the pool and with friends to get some R&R before school starts again in September (and, of course, working on the blog).

All-in-all, my summer's pretty packed. It's a little overwhelming, but a lot more exciting! I can't wait for it to begin in just a few short weeks.

What are your summer plans?


Critter Prints for Summer

Critter prints - perhaps one of the most controversial classic prep items. You either love them, or you hate them. Personally, I'm definitely in the "love them!" group. I think critter prints are just adorable, and they come in so many different styles of clothing for all seasons. There's some debate over whether to include motifs like embroidered pineapples, for example, as a "critter" print (technically they aren't animals), but for the sake of today's post, I'm going to classify everything in the critter print style together.

I have several things that I love in this style -- one of my favorites being a J.Crew pink corduroy skirt with embroidered geese that I scored second-hand. They're definitely making a comeback, though, so there are all kinds of options on the market. I've gathered a few of my favorites; shop them below!


When Life Gives You Lemons...

If I could bring back one fashion staple, it would be the sweater set! How cute is this one? I love the lemon print and the tiny details. The inverted color scheme from the shell to the cardigan is darling, and I realized when wearing it that the lemons in the shell are linear, while the lemons on the cardigan are arranged in a diamond pattern. It's the little details that make this so charming! It's been the perfect remedy for gloomy rainy days (you can see that it was raining the day that I shot this - my hunter boots have become an outfit staple lately).  

My hope is that more brands take the cue and start bringing out more sweater sets. So far, J.Crew has been the leader of the sweater set movement (can I call it that?), but they tend to sell out quickly so if you're late to the party you'll have to try and find your favorite set second hand. I'm really kicking myself for missing out on the bow sweater set J.Crew brought out last winter!

On a side note, I'm also loving this jean skirt. The pockets are very unique and I love the length and fit of it. I'm honestly having to force myself to wear my other skirts; this one just goes with everything!

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Half-Yearly Sale Picks Under $100

The Nordstrom half-yearly sale is upon us! From now until June 4th, tons of Nordstrom's most popular brands will be up to 40% off. There are so many different things to choose from if you want to pick up something new for spring and summer, and it's a great chance to stock up on beauty items or replace things that are worn out. 

I rounded up my top picks for this year's sale below.  The best part? Everything's under $100!

As you can tell, I'm in a bit of a blue mood - I think I'm inspired by CeCe's collection for this year. Krista from Covering the Bases wore one of their hydrangea shift dress (sold out now, sadly!) a few weeks ago, and it immediately caught my eye. When I saw many of their items on sale, I had a look through their collection and I was immediately hooked. How cute are this hydrangea skirt and this tie-neck gingham dress?

I'm also very excited that these earrings by BaubleBar are finally on sale. I've been looking for a pair of statement drop earrings; I love the tassel ones that everyone seems to have but I can't bring myself to drop $98 on a pair of Lisi Lerch earrings and I can't find anything similar (if you have any suggestions, please let me know!). In the meantime, I definitely think I'll pick up the Baublebar pair!

Do you plan to pick up anything from the sale?