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Can you believe July is just two days away? While I've been in summer mode since the end of May I feel like summer really kicks into gear when fourth of July comes around. The end of June came so quickly that I hadn't even thought of plans for the fourth until this past week and let me tell you, planning a last minute trip for 4th of July weekend is not a good plan. Pretty much all buses and trains were sold out when I went to buy tickets. But, I did finally find tickets, so I'm headed home to Massachusetts Wednesday night for the holiday! I'm definitely in need of a little city detox and a weekend with family and friends will be perfect. 

If you're anything like me (aka way behind on this whole 4th of july thing) you're just now thinking about what you'll be wearing for your holiday plans. The great thing about waiting 'til the last minute to do some red, white, and blue shopping is that there are some ah-mazing sales this week. J.Crew has 30% off select styles, Old Navy is having their All American Summer Sale, and Banana Republic is offering an extra 40% off all sale items. I have a wish list a mile long and I just keep adding more to it. 

Back in high school my friends used to joke that all I wore was red, white, and blue (see here and here). While my style has definitely changed since then I can't help but go all classic Americana and nautical when the 4th comes around. There really is nothing better than a perfect striped shirt and broken-in denim shorts. However, if you like to a little dressier on the 4th this off the shoulder dress paired with red tassel earrings is the way to go. 

I couldn't be more ready for a mini vacation and a little extra relaxation time. What are ya'll doing for the 4th? Please share!  If you're looking a little planning inspiration check out Mackenzie's recent posts about 4th of July entertaining.

Caroline's (Patriotic) Covets N.6

Can you believe July is just two days away? While I've been in summer mode since the end of May I feel like summer really kicks in...
Monday, June 29, 2015
 This past Sunday was a pretty glorious one. It left me so worn out that when I tried to write this post Sunday evening I just fell asleep instead. But now it's Wednesday and I'm finally recovered enough from the sunshine and sweat inducing heat  to share a bit about my day. 

Outfit: Brooklyn VIews

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
 Friday is finally here! This week was one of those week's where I've sworn it is a day later than it actually is. I was really convinced yesterday morning that it was Friday and when I got to work and realized it wasn't there was some serious disappointment.

The best part of summer though, is while I work full time, my evenings and mornings are all mine. There's no homework or studying to be done until late at night and I'm not rushing out in the morning to an early class. So while yesterday wasn't the start of the weekend it kind of felt like it since I started the day getting breakfast with a friend and ended it wandering SoHo and then meeting family that is town for dinner. Then I ended up wandering home from Bryant Park to SoHo (it's about a 45 minute walk) because the weather had finally cooled down.

And on the note of the weather... Real summer is here in New York. Yesterday was seriously hot and humid and just going outside for a second felt like walking into a sauna. While I usually like to wear pants to work (cause I'm sitting most of the day), it just wasn't going to happen. Instead I threw on my favorite skirt and the loosest top I could find and kept it accessory-less to stay as cool as possible. I can tell you all now, that if this summer stays as bad as yesterday you'll be seeing this loose top, skirt, sandals combo a lot more.

Outfit: On Repeat

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hands down my favorite type of shoe in the summer is an espadrille. I got my first pair before a trip around Europe one summer during high school and I ended up wearing them almost every day of the trip. Since then I've bought three more pairs that, just like the original, I wear all the time. For those of you traveling this summer they are the perfect compromise of cute and comfortable. While I'm not traveling to any far off lands this sumer I still plan on wearing my favorite espadrilles running around the city. I always love a good sandal, but sometimes my feet (and my shower) need a break for the dirty NYC streets. 

Over the years I've learned a few things about buying espadrilles. I've thrown out enough pairs and spent enough money on nice pairs to know where and when to compromise. First off, if you want a super cheap pair of espadrilles, go for it (check out these). Just know that those shoes you love oh so much won't be lasting more than a couple months of wear and tear. I learned that the hard way when that favorite pair of mine from high school fell apart in less than a summer. 

Once I knew I would live in whatever pair of espadrilles I bought I started investing more money in them. What you have to remember is (just like most clothing/accessories) just because a pair of espadrilles are expensive doesn't mean they will last. The first think you should look for is a great rubber bottom. This is important for the shoe holding up and for your safety if you should ever walk on a slippery or wet surface. The next thing to consider is the material and color because I promise you your white cloth espadrilles are going to get dirty real fast. For longevity look for darker colors in materials that wipe off (aka leather or pleather). That's not to say you shouldn't go for the adorable white lace up pair, because I'm ridiculously close to going out and buying a pair for myself, but that pair is going to have to be your 'special occasion' pair. 

Now that I've ranted about all my espadrille advice, go forth and find your favorite pair. I promise that online shopping makes Monday a hell of a lot better. 

SHOP: Long Lasting Espadrilles

Monday, June 8, 2015

I don't know about you all, but this week felt long, like extra extra long. Maybe it's because I haven't had a full week of work or school in a while (blame finals and holidays) or maybe it's because I've been making daily treks to find wifi (I get wifi in my apartment today!), but either way I couldn't be more ready for the weekend. 

Before we all fall into our weekend slumber (because let's be real I'll be napping in Washington Sq Park) here are my must-sees of the week!

Links for your closet...
If you missed it Wednesday, go check out Caroline's Covets N.5
I'm in serious need of another pair of espadrilles and I have my eye on this beautiful pair
Madewell's new arrivals are on point. I'll take this perfect striped sweater
Also important to note that J.Crew has free shipping and 30% off selected items until midnight tonight

Links for your life...
Inspiring women in the tech industry share their secrets to success
If you loved Degrassi as a kid come cry with my when it ends in July (to everyone else, be grateful this show gave you Drake and Nina Dobrev)
All the things I want to cook/bake now that I have a nice kitchen!
If you're as insta-obsessed as me this article about the new Instagram ads is a must read

Links for New York...
The best free events in NYC this summer (#brokecollegestudent)
Apparently  you can go camping in Brooklyn, I'll have to see this for myself before I believe it
A NYC summer bucket list to check off!
Who will brave the crowds at Smorgasburg with me?


Friday, June 5, 2015
So clearly I've been a bit absent these last few weeks. I hope you'll believe me when I say I'm working on it. With a much less flexible schedule (now that I've started working full time for the summer) it's been hard figuring out the best time to work on blog posts and shoot pictures. Plus, my favorite photographer (aka best friend) is in Italy for the summer. 

But as I get back in the swing of things I have this collection of what I'm currently coveting. Most of this spring has been seriously hot (with this week being the exception), so I've been searching for light and loose pieces that can transition from work to evenings and weekends. It's funny how New York becomes much more of a casual place in the summertime. Everyone is expanding out onto the streets and into every park trying to make the most of the beautiful weather. Since the warm weather I've seen about a million tshirt dresses (like mine), absolutely adorable sandals, and more covetable pairs of sunglasses than I can count. Oh, and while I have no idea when this started, I'm kind of loving light blues and super casual chambray. It just seems extra summery. 

PS I'm currently (not so patiently) waiting for my copy of Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home to arrive!


Caroline's Covets N.5

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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