Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Cherry Pies Ought To Be You

trashy diva seersucker apple tart dress
All photos by Emma Rizzo
It may be September, but fruit-picking season isn't quite over yet! Emma and I picked some peaches and nectarines yesterday morning (and took photos, of course)... which reminded me that I had yet to post these adorable pictures from when we went cherry-picking. As usual, I picked way more fruit than I could ever eat and enjoyed every single second of it. I know we'll be picking apples before too long. Until then, I'll be savoring all the stone fruit I can get my hands on.

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I probably won't be wearing much of this seersucker dress in the months to come, but it's definitely one of my favorite Trashy Diva dresses. I owned this in a smaller size but found it in one that's much more comfortable for my current frame. The bust needs a little bit of tailoring, since it feels a bit bare as is. But other than that, it's definitely one of my favorites for its simultaneous sexiness and sweetness.

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Outfit Details
Apple Tart Dress in Seersucker: Trashy Diva (similar here and here)
Boater hat: similar  ||  Cherry necklace: similar
White wedges: DSW

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Despite the weird occurrences from this past weekend (a trip to a hot air balloon festival with no balloons... a persistent migraine... and a short bout with food poisoning), this week is off to a pretty good start so far. The extra day off definitely did me good. Although I didn't actually do anything exciting on Labor Day, having the additional time to recharge was really needed. I'm always tempted to squeeze in as much as I possibly can on the weekends, but this made me realize that maybe I shouldn't do that all the time. Food for thought, I guess. I'll mull on that while I munch on one of the many peaches I now have in my kitchen...

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday Favorites #154: Labor Day Faves

It's been a WHILE since I was able to put together a Friday Favorites post. But with all the awesome Labor Day sales, I had to make time to share a few of my favorites with you! You can snag all of these items at a discount this weekend with the discount codes I've provided below – and there are lots of other brands included in that list, too! Which item is your favorite?
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b.  Mickey and Minnie suitcase (also available here)

Labor Day Weekend Discount Codes

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% off everything (50% off denim)
ASOS: 20% new season items 15% off sale items and 25% off planners + free shipping
Bernie Dexter: 55% "last chance" section with code SUMMER55
Betsey Johnson: 35% off sidewide + free shipping with code WEEKEND
Box Lunch: 20% off almost everything
Doll Me Up: up to 60% off select items
Forever 21: extra 50% off sale items with code EXTRA50
Hearts and Found: 25% off dresses and skirts with code SUMMER25
J.Crew: 40% off with code BIGSALE
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything
Keds: 20% off all purchases $50+
Kohl's: $10 off purchases $25+ with code LABORDAY
Loco Lindo: 20% off everything with code LABORDAY
Macy's: take an extra 20% off + free shipping with code WKND
Old Navy: 50% off jeans, dresses, tees, and sweatshirts
Retro Glam: 20% off (excluding new arrivals) with code PUMPKIN20
Shop Disney: extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40
Sourpuss Clothing: 20% off with code UNIONS
Steady Clothing: 25% off sitewide with code LABOR25
Tatyana: 50% off everything (excluding preorders/coming soon/makers row) with code SHOP
The Oblong Box Shop: 20% off orders $75+ with code YOUDESERVEIT20
Torrid: 50% off clearance items
Unique Vintage: 20% off sidewide with code SUNSET
Urban Outfitters: 30% off sale items
Valfre: 30% off apparel and accessories with code FOREVERSUMMER
Vixen by Micheline Pitt: 15% off with code LABOROFLOVE

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Monday, August 27, 2018


barbie x unique vintage
All photos by Emma Rizzo
I guess I have to face facts: summer's starting to wind down. I'm not totally ready to say goodbye to this season yet... especially because I still have photos from the spring that I haven't had a chance to share yet! I guess I'd better hurry up, huh? But I think these ones were worth waiting for.

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I love going on photo adventures with Emma. We actually had a very thematic evening when we took these. We had dinner at Magnolia's (one of my favorite places – and not just because Obama ate there!) and then sought out all the magnolia trees we could find.

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I finally had a chance to wear this darling dress from the Barbie x Unique Vintage line. When I was little, all I wanted was for my Barbies' outfits to come in my size. I used to wish for it all the time (like so many other kids, I'm sure!). That desire really never went away, so you can imagine how excited I was when this collection came out. My mom actually owned the doll version of this dress and recognized it instantly! I think it's such a beautiful, fun dress. It does run a bit tight in the bust, but I actually found it to be quite comfortable and supportive. Although it's been a while since this collection came out, this dress is still available at UV – so if you've been sleeping on it, don't wait until it's gone!

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Outfit Details
Suburban Shopper Sundress: Unique Vintage
Bag: Bettie Page by Lola Ramona
Boater hat: ASOS (similar)
Flats: Aerosoles

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I had a really wonderful weekend (and took a ton of photos!). Things have been difficult over the last couple of months in terms of my mental health. My physical health has been suffering too, as I haven't been taking good care of myself. But I feel refreshed and my heart is full. I feel good about what this week has in store. I hope you all have a wonderful week, too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mint Scooters

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The summer season may sort of be winding down, but I'm definitely not ready to give up my pastel sundresses quite yet! This adorable dress from Voodoo Vixen ticks a lot of my boxes: it's mint green, it has pockets and cute buttons, and it has a fun novelty print. It's actually little scooters in pink, yellow, and mint. While it's a great dress for spring and summer, it's something I'll be able to wear with a cute cardigan throughout the early fall. The fabric has some stretch to it and it's (thankfully) got a back zip – two features I tend to like in my dresses. Overall, it's a comfy dress that fits in perfectly with my aesthetic. What could be better?

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These pictures are pretty cheery. But the fact is that things have been kind of tough lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I've been a bit quieter and more contemplative lately. I've been feeling depressed and unconfident and generally overwhelmed. While I'm prone to mood swings, this was kind of a jarring development and made me realize that I haven't been making myself a priority for a long time. I've become so accustomed to being agreeable or trying to please people that I've sort of forgotten to do what makes me happy. That said, I had a pretty great weekend and things are starting to look up. I'm going to try to put myself first, as weird as that feels. I can't keep running on empty and ignore my own needs for the sake of the comfort of other people.

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Also, I just want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me with kind thoughts and advice! It means more to me than you know. I feel much more positive and motivated than before, and I hope that trend will continue.

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Outfit Details
Eva Retro Scooter Print Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Shoes: similar  ||  Headband: similar  ||  Necklace: similar

Have a great rest of your week!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Strawberry Season

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Holy cow, I can't believe it's been exactly a month since I last posted. It's amazing how quickly time seems to pass. I've been a little busier than normal (I did a staged reading, spent some time at the lake, and have been trying to put together my show for the Fringe Festival in September), but mostly... I haven't felt much like blogging. I still love blogging and don't plan on giving it up any time soon. But the work that's involved feels like a lot when you're running on empty. I've been taking photos, which means I have a big backlog. It's actually the photo editing that's keeping me from posting more frequently. It's so much easier to edit a single image for Instagram than it is a slew of large photos for this blog. I love doing it when I have the time and energy; those two things are just harder to come by these days.

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That said, I have no shortage of time or energy when it comes to fruit picking! I know how quickly these seasons fly, so I've been making it a priority. I kicked things off with strawberry picking at Chase Farms. My mom and I went early one morning last month and we weren't disappointed. Of course, I had to wear this adorable jam jar dress (which is currently on sale!) from Joanie Clothing. It happens to match my jam jar brooch from Erstwilder perfectly, which isn't all that surprising when you consider how much I love a good food-themed outfit.

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I never actually make anything from the strawberries we pick (other than strawberry shortcake!), but that's fine with me. These were so delicious. There's nothing quite like a ripe, local strawberry. I'm trying to savor all this fruit as much as I can because once it's gone, it's gone. I think a lot of my favorite things are like that (e.g., lilacs, peonies, peaches) – and that's probably not an accident. Everything feels so much more special when they're around.
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Outfit Details
Betty Jam Jar Dress: c/o Joanie Clothing
Popular Preserve Brooch: c/o Erstwilder (similar)
Flats: Crocs (similar) - they're good shoes for walking around in dirt!

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I guess things have been a bit hectic lately. Aside from all of the other stuff I mentioned, my best friend was in a really serious car accident last week. Miraculously, he's going to be alright and I am so, so relieved. I've been reminded once again not to take people you love for granted or put off the important stuff. That means I'm enjoying as much as I can and that I'm wanting to take better care of myself, too. I hold myself accountable for so many things, but that last one's tough. I guess I'll start with savoring every moment – especially the moments that involve eating fresh fruit. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Carousel Roses

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I don't mean to keep taking such long breaks between posts. Even though the days are a bit longer now, it seems like I somehow have less time in which to get everything done. And to be honest, I'm trying to actually savor what free time I have doing things other than editing photos. Maybe one day I'll actually achieve some balance in my life...

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sourpuss clothing dress

But at least I got the chance to enjoy the flowering trees this year. And while spring may have already come and gone, I'll be wearing this dress all summer. It is, without a doubt, my favorite piece I've ever gotten from Sourpuss Clothing. It's really nicely made (and doesn't wrinkle!), with adjustable straps and a longer length skirt. It's a little too revealing to wear to work, but it's comfortable, flattering, and has pockets – so you won't hear any complaining from me! It looks like it's no longer available at Sourpuss, but they still have the skirt version and a swimsuit. You could actually pair the two together to create the perfect beach day outfit! If you're interested in getting one of these pieces for yourself, you should be able to score 25% off your Sourpuss Clothing order through today with the code SUMMERTIME.

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Outfit Details
Carousel Roses dress: c/o Sourpuss (other styles here)
Heart necklace: similar  ||  Flats: Aerosoles
Parasol: similar

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A little life update: I'm doing a reading of an original musical next week. It's nothing too major, but it's with a small, all-female cast of some really talented women whom I also like a lot. And it's all about puppy dogs. I'm also excited to spend a long weekend (more or less) at the lake for the 4th of July. I'm planning to take a day trip or two with my mom this summer. And I also really need to get active again after the holiday, though I'm struggling to figure out how (again... balance...).

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I don't always get super-personal on this blog, especially not these days. But for those of you who engage here or on social media, please know that I really appreciate your presence and support when I'm feeling down or overwhelmed. I'm learning that we're all just figuring things out as we go and that no one has the answers – and I'm trying to be okay with that and listen to myself very closely to find out what I truly need. That's all you can really do, right?

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