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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fresh Lemon Peplum

Peplum top: Kate Spade (sold out online, look in stores!) // Pants: Theory (on major sale!) // Shoes: Gucci (similar) // Clutch: Fendi // Earrings: Kendra Scott // Bracelets: Alexis Bittar; boutique gold bangles (similar) // Ring: David Yurman

There's something about a lemon print that just screams fun! When I saw this peplum top on major markdown at Kate Spade a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to have it. I've worn it quite a few times already and could't be happier with my purchase. Along with the lemon theme, I picked up a dozen lemons last week in Santa Barbara, while at the market, and made so absolutely delicious fresh lemonade. I can't tell you the last time I actually squeezed my own lemons and made one of my favorite drinks. Ever since, I've got my sights on this electric juicer for my Christmas list :)
In the summer I tend to wear a lot of white bottoms - whether it's pants, denim, shorts or a skirt - and these Theory pants have quickly become a go-to. Their cotton, stretch fit is perfect for running errands around town, dressing up for work or in this case out to dinner on the beach.
Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

At the Market

Sweater: Club Monaco // Tank: Club Monaco // Jeans: Joie // Sandals: Carrano // Purse: Reed Krakoff (similar here and here, less expensive Coach version) // Tote: All For Color c/o // Earrings: ASHA // Neckalce: ASHA (similar & on sale!)// Ring: David Yurman // Bracelets: FitBit Flex, gold bangles (similar)

One of our favorite things to do when visiting Santa Barbara is to make a trip to the farmers market on Tuesday afternoons along State Street. We usually cook at home that evening, so we pick up fresh items to whip up a salad and maybe a fresh pasta tossed in olive oil and vegetables. My personal favorite has always been picking out some pretty blooms for my room - like these hydrangeas only $5 for the bunch! I always bring a tote along to carry all my purchases, and this quatrefoil design tote by All For Color which was perfect for the occasion. I bought a dozen lemons to make fresh lemonade, and instead of lugging them in a plastic bag that would perhaps break, my tote was both durable and cute for shopping. 
Ps... Let's kick off the week with a fun giveaway! I've teamed up with a group of lovely bloggers for a $150 cash giveaway; two winners will win $75 each. Enter below, good luck! 

 Jewel // Leah // Ashley // Clara
Laura // Alex // Iris // Liz

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lady in Navy

Dress: ONE by Pink Stitch via Shopbop // Heels: Zara (old, similar here and here) // Clutch: GiGi New York // Earrings: Orli Penny c/o // Ring: David Yurman 

Back for the second installment of a styled maxi and statement earrings, same maxi - different accessories. I'm all raves for this ONE by Pink Stitch dress as you can see it easily transitions from day to an evening out. 
Again, a pair of statement earrings can be dressed down or up. Getting glammed up for an evening with hair in a chignon and heels, had me feeling so chic and pulled together. Wearing my Orli Penny earrings added an extra special touch, especially when knowing the tough and detail that went into making them.
We're enjoying our last few days in California, hope you have a great end to your week! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Let's Shop: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale doesn't tend to disappoint and this year is no exception. Quite possibly one of my favorite sales of the year; it's the perfect time to pick up those much needed items you've been eyeing or holding off on for the time being. Add a little pep into your pre-fall step with these Kate Spade d'Orsay mixed media pumps. I always stock up on necessary undergarments during this sale, like these Chantelle t-shirt bras and Spanx Bra-llelujah! no lines bras, they're my favorite. Ready yourself for fall and winter with this gorgeous carmel colored Treasure&Bond quilted moto jacket. Restock on workout gear with cool pullover half-zip tops by Zella and running shoes like this cool pair of Nike Lunaracer+ 3. Also, what fun way to splurge by picking up an item you wouldn't normally purchase for yourself, like this Burberry Brit belted quilted jacket. Pre-sale for Nordstrom card holders ends today, and tomorrow the sale is open to all - Happy shopping! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Daytime Maxi

Jacket: Sisley (old, similar) // Dress: ONE by Pink Stitch via Shopbop // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Hat: J.Crew // Earrings: Orli Penny c/o // Purse: Reed Krakoff (sold out online, in stores) // Watch: Michele // Bangle: Sun & Stone c/o // Bracelets: Lily & Laura, FitBit Flex

Dressed for the cooler temps California afternoons can bring, as well as the breeze brought on by the top down in our rental car, I've been wearing this navy One by Pink Stitch maxi non-stop. I originally tried on a beautiful Calypso navy silk maxi earlier this summer, but just couldn't stomach the price - fortunately I found an alternative for a fraction of the price. 
Versatility doesn't need to come in just clothing however... for me jewelry is equally as important. I've been styling my new handmade Orli Penny earrings in endless combinations lately. The turquoise, green and gold accents simply pop whether I wear my hair up or down. I've received so many compliments on their beauty and uniqueness. One of a kind, my Big Wave earrings harken their name with such perfect detail!
What's even lovelier about this maxi and pair of earrings is their versatility. Whether it's from day, like above, or night - the two are staples in my wardrobe. Stay tuned for an evening look later this week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eyelet & Cut Off Denim

Tunic: C. Wonder (sold out online, similar) // Shorts: Joe's Jeans // Sandals: Carrano // Purse: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Ring: David Yurman // Bracelets: David Yurman cuff, David Yurman buckle bracelet, David Yurman charm bracelet, FitBit Flex

Tunics are one of my favorite go-tos all year around, but especially during the summer. What better way to stay cool in a cute eyelet fabric, right?! I've never been the type to purchase a pair of distressed denim designer shorts, but when I saw these cut offs by Joe's Jeans I knew I needed them. They've been great to throw on after swimming, with a plain tee and more.
I'm currently with my family in Santa Barbara, and seriously enjoying the much needed R&R. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous, perfect for dips in the pool, walks around our neighborhood and hopefully some much needed beach time later this week. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Packing List // Jewelry Roll

I'd say I'm a pretty huge advocate of great accessories and jewelry to accentuate any outfit. Whenever I travel I usually bring quite a few pieces of jewelry to interchange throughout my trip. I still haven't really mastered the art of packing my jewelry though; often times my travel jewelry case(s) is bulky and takes up too much space in my carry on. Well I think I've found the solution to my problem... enter the super adorable All For Color Ikat Bliss jewelry roll. The four roomy, zippered pockets are perfect for keeping my jewelry protected and organized. Not to mention the great little hanger piece for use when I get unpacked and settled. 
When I pack my jewelry for trips, I like to organize it by size. I've had little panics before where I can't find a pair of dainty earrings, that happened to be amongst some statement pieces and I just couldn't see them. With longer necklaces I tend to wrap them once around themselves, to keep them from getting tangled. 
I may not be ready in other aspects (still trying to finish off my laundry before I can pack my suitcase...), at least my jewelry is ready and secure for my week-long trip to Santa Barbara. Be sure to check out the other cute travel-friendly pieces by All For Color. Loving this turquoise printed luggage tag and this fun hot pink carry-on tote. Wishing you a great weekend; I for one am counting down the minutes until we land in Santa Barbara! 

This post was sponsored by All For Color, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make Adored by Alex possible!