Friday, September 29, 2017

Chill Featuring Loly in the Sky


Have you heard of Loly in the Sky? They make adorable, fun, quirky, and classy shoes and we're so excited to partner with them for a second time! We love women-owned businesses and this is one that makes a truly awesome product. Be sure to check out my other pair featuring dachshunds here and Jodi's anchor flats here. From flats that look like they're covered in sprinkles to elegant heels, they have something for every style.


I'm styling the Josefa oxfords, which I love for multiple reasons. The blush monochrome, including the soles, is equal parts fun and sophisticated. I also love the "Chill" detail on the side of the shoe. Lots of pairs of Lolys have clever words or phrases that are not over-the-top, but subtle and smile-inducing.


These shoes are so comfortable! They have a cushion insert at the bottom that's pretty wonderful. The material of the shoe feels like leather, but it's a synthetic vegan material, and I think they'll have a little stretch to form to my feet as I wear them.


For a very "chill" look, I styled my Lolys with a striped waffle mockneck and denim skirt that was perfect for running around town. I've also been loving sheer socks lately and these helped bring attention to the shoes in an effortless and edgy way. The oxfords would also look awesome with cropped trousers and a blazer for a professional look or jeans and a tee for a great basics look.


Be sure to check out all of Loly in the Sky's new Fall and Winter collection and snag a pair for yourself!

-Molly

Mock neck Top (similar)
Denim Skirt (very similar)
Sunglasses (similar)
Socks (identical)

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

48 Hours in Philadelphia

















Last weekend, my husband and I flew to Philadelphia for a friend's wedding. I had never been to the city before, so I decided to make the most of my down time and explore as much of it as possible. I definitely didn't get to see as much of it as I would have liked, but I was able to cram in several things in a short amount of time. It helped that the wedding was in the evening and that we got in on Friday afternoon. Also, we stayed at an AirBnB in Chinatown, which was a great way to experience a part of the city that we normally wouldn't have been able to, like the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (pictured above) which was happening next door to the apartment we stayed in. It was really cool to check out something that I never would have stumbled across if we had been in a hotel.



As soon as we got settled in, we headed off in search of lunch. We found this little spot called Yamitsuki that served ramen and other delicious dishes. We started with pork buns before moving on to our huge bowls of ramen. It was hands down some of the best ramen I've ever had and the pork buns were divine! Highly recommend this place if you're in the area. To end the evening, we met up with friends at a place called the Independence Beer Garden. It was an awesome outdoor bar with tons of games, like shuffle board and ping pong, and great bites, beers and cocktails. 

From there we ran across the street to check out the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.



On our walk back we also checked out a few more sites, like Benjamin Franklin's house and City Hall. 




The next morning, we met up with friends for brunch at Green Eggs Cafe. The food was amazing and so were the drinks! I got the breakfast burrito, which was ginormous, and my husband got the Buffalo Chicken Bahn Mi. I don't think you could go wrong, no matter what you order off the menu. I was also eyeing a plate of stuffed french toast that looked heavenly. 





St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church


City Hall in the daylight


The boys all decided they wanted to start watching college football right after brunch, so I went off exploring on my own. Right down the road from our place was the Reading Terminal Market, so I set off to see what the fuss was about! I was a little sad that I had just eaten a huge brunch because I definitely could have eaten my way through the market! There so many delicious looking places to eat and foods to try that I wasn't sure where to start. I ended up waiting in line and buying donuts from Beiler's. The wait was definitely worth it! They were some of the best donuts I have ever had in my life. 










After the market, I grabbed a cup of frozen rolled ice cream and walked around the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival for a bit. There were a ton of different musical and dance performances happening on the stage and lots of things to see and do. 



To end the day, I changed and headed off to meet up with my husband for the wedding festivities in the beautiful Union Trust Ballroom. This venue was absolutely gorgeous and the wedding was oh so much fun! We were so glad we got to be a part of the couple's big day. 




We ended the evening with a walk back to the AirBnB and flew out early the next morning. All in all, I would say it was a successful and fun trip, even though it was quick! I will definitely be back to explore more in the future. Until next time Philly! 


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Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Nautical


Normally, I think of nautical style as being associated with summer. However, since it's been so blazing hot lately, even though it's technically fall now, I've extended my love of all things nautical! 


This basic striped boatneck tee is perfect with high waisted jeans, which I have been obsessed with lately! Since it's a little plain on it's own, a simple bandana fashioned as a neck scarf really helps to spruce things up and add a little more sailor-y punch to the ensemble. 



It's been well documented how much I love this bag, but these straw platforms have been heavy hitters the last few months as well. They go with literally everything and are comfy too! Are you carrying any of your favorite trends into this extended summer? 






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Friday, September 22, 2017

Wear it Two Ways: White Floral Duster


Kimonos are the perfect way to add a bold statement to a simple outfit. We love them so much we even wrote a guide called 9 Ways to Style a Kimono. Lately, the kimonos we're loving are very vintage inspired patterns and duster length. When we discovered we had similar white floral kimonos, well, a Wear it Two Ways segment was a shoe-in. See how we've each styled them and check out tons of other similar dusters at the bottom of the post, so you can find your own perfect match! 

JODI


Man, I love a good kimono or duster. Like, I'd wear one every day if I could get away with it. They're so versatile and add an extra bit of panache to any outfit. My husband likes to compare my love of kimonos to the scene in Best in Show. I won't even try to do it justice, but check it out here


I am especially loving this floral duster kimono from Zara that I picked up during one of their recent sales. It goes perfectly with a slip dress, which are huge right now. A slip dress is an easy way to look instantly chic without putting a lot of effort into your outfit. 




Almost as important as the duster and slip dress, are these white booties! These Jeffrey Campbell babies have a pretty cool story too. I picked them up on a trip to Nashville last year from a vintage shop. Apparently, Kacey Musgraves wore them on stage on tour! I mean, how could I not take them home with me? I love buying unique pieces on a trip as a souvenir, so I can remember the trip every time I wear them! 


Kimono (similar, similar)
Booties (similar

MOLLY


Since my duster kimono has a lot of volume (I had to order up a size since they were out of my size), I went with less volume underneath the kimono. A strappy black cami and lace shorts really play up the retro loungewear look that kimonos work so well with. 


Yellow tassel earring and a bold red lip take this outfit from lounging to out and about. Twisted milkmaid hair (see the tutorial here!) also adds to the retro elegance and shows off the earrings nicely. Simple blue mules fit the style perfectly add some height (super long kimonos can sometimes make me look shorter). 




I love that this look could work equally well for a festival, day at the winery, brunch, a nice dinner or drinks. The most important part of a kimono, though? They're incredibly comfortable! No matter where I head in this ensemble, I'm sure to be comfy in style!


Strappy Cami
Shorts
Slides (identical)
Sunglasses (similar)
Earrings (similar)



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