Summer Days By the Beach

Now that we are living closer to the beach for the next few months, I find myself drawn to relaxed and casual silhouettes. Flowy dresses, casual sandals, big hats - it's all the things I love wearing in the summer. And it's always easy to gravitate towards brighter prints in the warm weather - since it feels fitting for the sun and heat. This floral print was bold but not too tropical or over-the-top, and if you are not feeling the dress version, there is a romper, tank and shorts style available in the same print. I had seen these sandals pop up here and there on my Instagram feed and I finally caved and bought them. While they seem like they would be a bit of nothing on the feet, they are surprisingly very comfortable (don't tie them too tight) and look great with almost anything in my closet. The brown seems to be selling fast, but they also come in black and a metallic finish.

I'm heading to get my hair colored today which should be an interesting ordeal since I have not had any highlights, etc in almost 15+ years! Eeek! Since I have been styling it in loose waves over the past year (I'm planning on a tutorial soon), I wanted a bit more dimension. I plan on starting subtle with just a few pieces that are slightly lighter than my natural color, though I am not sure I ever want to go too bold. I enjoy having dark hair because it allows me to wear almost any shade of lipstick or eyeshadow without it competing against my hair color. But who am I kidding, I pretty much wear the same makeup tones each and every day so I guess that isn't really an excuse. Ha! I'll be snapping the process so be sure to follow along. (@alittlebitetc)

Dress - ASTR (also here and in white here and here) | Sandals - Madewell | Hat - Hat Attack | Sunglasses - Chloe | Watch - Timex | Bag - Sophie Hulme (similar here)

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Lancome Juicy Shakers

Lancome released these new Juicy Shakers a few months ago and I finally had to see what all the buzz was about. I had two colors sent to me from Lancome, and loved the feel so much that I picked up two more shades in neutral, everyday hues.
They are extremely sheer and feel like a mixture of a lip oil, balm and gloss. I was a bit confused at first at how to get the product out because when I shake it, nothing comes out on the applicator. But then I figured out that if I shake the product upside down, that is how the product gets onto the sponge.
The applicator itself is super soft and cushiony which makes applying the product comfortable but a bit challenging with brighter colors. Though it is pointed, it is hard to get an exact application around the edge of lips so I swipe it on the center of my lips and then blend out with my finger or rub my lips together to move the color around. As far as applying neutral shades, the applicator is perfect and allows for touch-ups without even needing a mirror.
Because the shades are so sheer and emollient, the staying power is not extremely long but I find that my lips stay hydrated much longer than a traditional lip gloss. Each shaker is scented and most have a sweet and/or fruity fragrance that matches the color names. Anyone looking for a bright summer shade that gives just a hint of color to the lips without being too bold, these shakers are the perfect answer. Personally, I am drawn to the nude shades and like keeping them in my purse to apply over any lip color and use as a touch up throughout the day to keep my lips hydrated.

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Mornings At the Quirk Hotel

I still look at these photos and miss this comfortable bed. LOL Last week, the Quirk Hotel hosted Stan and I for a few days and it was a nice mid week getaway since it was only a few short hours drive. I really enjoy staying in boutique hotels because the details and decor are always the best, and the Quirk Hotel was no exception. From the lobby to the rooms, everything looked like a work of art. Since it is located in the design and arts district of Richmond, it mirrored the creative vibe of the neighborhood so well. The rooms had a minimalistic feel peppered with colorful artwork on the walls and huge (I mean taller than me!) windows that lit up the room. I'm the type of person that craves sunlight and bright spaces, so these rooms were absolutely perfect for me. Ordering room service and working in a huge comfortable bed and sunny room was the best way to start each morning. And of course, I stayed in my pajamas as long as possible because these are my most comfortable pair yet! I wrote this post a few weeks ago about upgrading my sleepwear, and this fun set was my newest purchase. I thought I was living in cute pj sets, until I purchased a pair of silk pajamas. Whoa. Where have I been? I never wanted to change out of these - they are that comfortable. And the bonus for me is they have a cropped leg so I don't have to worry about them dragging on the floor (a common problem for me with any and all pants #shortinseamissues). They come in a polka dot print as well and those are already in my cart to be purchased. Move over handbags and shoes, pajamas are taking over (ok that is a bit much, I can never love them more than accessories).

Pajamas - Kate Spade | Laptop cover - Etsy (so cute for only $20!)

Below are more pictures of our stay and some of my favorite spots in the hotel.

I am not normally a pink gal, but I absolutely loved the pink accents all around the hotel. This was the restaurant, Maple & Pine which had the chicest decor right in the lobby of the hotel. 

If the interior decor wasn't cute enough, the hotel had a great rooftop bar and lounge area. 

I came out to the courtyard each day to do some work and enjoy the space. Those big white chairs were like sitting in clouds - I could have sat there all day. 

Here is a snap from my dinner at Maple & Pine. The dishes were as artistic as the decor! 

This was a little nook right at the front of the hotel next to their in-house coffee bar. Fun fact - they are known for their coffee and many people from the area would come in just to grab a cup and go. I think it was also to sit in that pink chair. It just calls you to sit in it, amiright?!

This is the front desk that greets you upon arrival. Every corner of this hotel was full of artistic details, and frankly is Instagram heaven! 


Peasant Tops for Summer

I don't mind form-fitting things in the winter as I am always cold, but in the summer I gravitate towards flowy and billowy pieces. This top from Madewell is very oversized (I am wearing the XXS), but I still love the shape with a pair of skinny jeans. And one of my favorite looks to wear is skinny jeans with a pointy toe pump. It's probably comes from living in NYC for so many years and that being a uniform of sorts up there, so it still feels chic yet casual at the same time to me. I love to splurge on a good pair of pumps (this brand is my favorite designer one to wear), but I have absolutely fallen in love with these Coach pumps. They are almost sold out unfortunately, but there are quite a few other classic pumps in the line that are worth a second look (this pair and this pair are my favorites). I can walk around for hours in them, and the heel height is enough to give me the height I want (I am only 5'4") without destroying my feet. However, I am still a kitten heel and flats gal more than anything, and am excited to wear these that I just splurged on! I love the pointy shape for adding a bit of polish to an outfit, but the flat sole makes them incredibly comfortable.

Top - Madewell | Jeans - Current Elliott | Shoes - Coach | Bag - Chloe | Sunglasses - Chloe | Nails - Essie "Coconut Cove" | Belt - Madewell

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My Sunglasses Collection

Here's a look at my sunglasses collection and don't forget to subscribe!

The sunglasses mentioned in the video:

Westward Leaning sunglasses similar here and here
Fendi sunglasses and more colors here


Recent Instagram Round-Up

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I wanted to put up a round-up on some of my recent Instagrams for anyone who had asked me about specific items. 

Top - MLM Label | Jeans - Mother Denim | Shoes - Coach | Hat - Nordstrom | Bag - Chloe | Sunglasses - Chloe

Sandals - J. Crew

Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Free People

Bag - Chloe | Sandals - J.Crew | Sunglasses - Free People | Hat - Nordstrom

Pajamas - Kate Spade | Mask - La Prairie

Dress - Tularosa | Boots - IRO Paris | Bag - Proenza Schouler 

Jeans - Blank NYC | Clutch - Clare Vivier | Sunglasses - Free People | Shoes - Coach | Bracelet - Giles & Brother 

Dress - BCBG | Sandals - Schutz | Bag - Chloe 

Shirt - Equipment (similar here) | Jeans - Current Elliott | Shoes - Coach | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Illesteva 

Dress - J.O.A. (similar here) | Bag - Chloe | Shoes - Loeffler Randall | Nails - Essie "Coconut Cove"

Dress - Madewell | Hat - Hat Attack | Bag - Chloe | Sunglasses - Illesteva 
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