Outfit: The Retro Polka Dot Dress

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Lots of outfit posts this month! I just have so many cute dresses and skirts to share with you. :)

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This retro rockabilly polka dot dress might look familiar because it was in my Skirt Season post last week, where I shared my essential tools for smooth legs all summer. (I love this photo – it looks like I’m about to take flight!)

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It’s also a celebrity! This dress was featured in a video I helped create at Timex for our new line of reversible polka dot Weekender watches. Turns out the dress fit me like a glove, so I got to take it home — perks of being the stylist! Check out the video:

So fun!!! I loved working on this, from concept to storyboard to shopping for and styling all of the outfits, to being on set and helping direct… it was such an amazing learning experience for me. I love being an Art Director!

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I can’t get over how perfectly it fits! And it’s very light, so it’ll be great for hot summer days and backyard barbecues at my Dad’s. It goes great with the polka dot sunnies I also swiped from our video ;)

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Outfit Details: Retro Polka Dot Dress: Maggie Tang, Amazon, $40 (similar). Polka Dot Sunglasses: Claire’s, $10 (similar, similar). Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6 (similar, similar, similar).

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Outfit: The Perfect Patchwork Dress

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Yes, yes, it is definitely skirt season, and I have lots of pretty new dresses to share with you! This pretty patchwork number came from Vintanthromodern Vintage, part of The Haven Collective.

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I never gave vintage much thought until stepping into Vintanthromodern Vintage last spring. Then, it was still a pop-up shop and retrofitted fashion shuttle bus. Now, it’s found a more permanent home within The Haven Collective at 938 State Street in New Haven. I’ve always loved the concept of buying upcycled/recycled clothing, but I never seemed to look right in vintage. Or maybe the shops I’d been to just didn’t have the right flair. The Haven Collective’s owner Melissa, however, keeps her shop stocked with fabulously fun vintage and vintage-inspired pieces, like this dress (originally from Anthropologie) and my adorable balloon skirt. Definitely swing by if you’re looking for a great vintage shop!

I wanted the pastels and red flowers to stand out a bit more, so I’m wearing them with my red peep toe wedges and a few dainty bracelets in complementing colors:

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That ID bracelet was a gift from my Aunt Kathy (who totally spoils me, and apparently thinks I might forget my name ;)

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Outfit Details: Patchwork Dress: courtesy of Vintanthromodern Vintage (similar, similar). Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6 (similar, similar, similar). Infinity Necklace: gift from Stan. ID Bracelet: Gift from my Aunt Kathy. Noma Bracelet: Handmade with For The Makers.

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Hello, Skirt Season! How to Have Smooth Legs All Summer

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After a few rainy days in April, spring seems to have passed right by, and we’ve been launched into an early summer. (We’ve had at least four 80º days in Connecticut the past week!) This is just fine by me because I get to break out my skirts and shorts! I love my legs and I love showing them off, so I’m psyched to team up with Schick® and Skintimate® during their Rock Your Legs promotion to celebrate the steps we take every day as women. 

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When skirt season rolls around, I’m happy to make my razor work double-time. Honestly, shaving is relaxing for me. I don’t mind spending a little extra time in the shower or bath because when I get out, I’m putting my best leg forward. ;)

Here’s what I’m using to have smooth, confident legs all summer:

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1. Skintimate® Strawberry Tangerine Twist® Women’s Shave Gel. This smells incredible! It smells like strawberry Kool-Aid, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Japanese gummy candies all rolled into one. You don’t need much and it leaves your legs feeling super smooth and smelling wonderful.

2. Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables. I like my razors without (too many) frills. As of late, I’ve mostly used Stan’s leftover Dollar Shave Club razors because I’m too lazy (and cheap) to buy my own. But this little lady is pretty awesome. It’s got five blades surrounded by a water-activated moisturizing serum made with shea butter. It curves gently and pivots in a way Stan’s razor doesn’t, plus it has a grippy handle and a cap that isn’t terrifying to put on. Seriously, does anyone else feel like they’re going to slice their fingers off any time they replace the cap on a disposable razor? Well anyway, this one has a nice, non-scary, easy-to-slip-on cap. 

 3. The Naked Bee Vitamin C Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30. I’m a mix of Danish, Swedish, Irish, Italian, and a tiny bit Native American, but my legs scream 100% Scandinavian. As soon as sunlight hits them, they start to burn. So I have to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen in the summer. This is the only one I’ll use because it’s non-toxic, doesn’t leave white streaks like most natural sunscreens, absorbs well, isn’t greasy, and smells amazing. In short: it’s perfect.

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Schick also sent me a few other razors to test out — a Schick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture Razor (left, orange) and their new Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle. I’ve used (and loved!) the Schick Intuition before, which has 4 blades surrounded by soap so it lathers while you shave, eliminating the need for shaving cream. For this reason, it’s great for traveling. The Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle is also pretty sweet — it’s got a regular razor on one end and a bikini trimmer on the other. As I said before, I tend to prefer no-frills razors, but I know this will come in handy once our pool opens up.

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So whether you’re doing a few tree poses in yoga class (or in the backyard), dancing the night away, soaking in some sun, or simply sitting in the grass taking photos of your legs and getting weird looks from your neighbors (that’s me!), rock your legs this summer and always. Stand tall, girl!

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How will you #rockyourlegs?

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P.S. Schick is sponsoring Pitch Perfect 2, which I can’t wait to see! There are so many hilarious rockin’ women in that movie. Schick is currently running a promotion with Ahold (Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s) for a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2. Just purchase two Schick women’s shave items ($10 minimum value), and you’ll receive a print out at the register to redeem a code for your free movie ticket. The promotion runs through May 23, 2015.

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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10 Ways to Rock Florals

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Whether it’s a flower crown or a floral print dress (totally a 90s throwback), April showers have come and gone so now it’s time to wear flowers.

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1. A Floral Frock. My flirty floral dress from Pink Basis was the perfect outfit to pay homage to spring. Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Pink Basis gift card!  // Dress via Pink Basis (no longer available).

2. Twice is Nice. Two floral dresses are better than one! I couldn’t resist including this pretty 60s-esque dress, too. Just look at those bell sleeves! // Dress via Ruche.

3. The Botanical Blazer. Artsy meets chic meets professional in this Fab Floral Designer Blazer, with so many fresh spring hues. // Blazer via ModCloth.

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4. Pocket(book) Full of Posies. Dress up any outfit with a pop of flowers when you carry around this dainty little Lipsy purse. // Clutch via ASOS.

 

5. Marigolds à la Main. Dress up your hands with marigolds or daisies with this casual-and-sweet Timex Weekender Floral wrist accessory. // Watch via Timex.

 

6. Nail Garden. I would not have the patience or steady hand to create something this beautiful on my nails, but I sure would let someone else try. Any takers? // Nail Art via Brit + Co.

7. A Crown of Flowers. This floral crown is simply stunning – and relatively easy to make! // Gilded Floral Crown Tutorial via The Day’s Design.

8. Queen Anne’s Necklace. This handmade necklace is created with Queen Anne’s Lace, dyed and pressed, and preserved within an antique brass pendant. // Necklace via KATEEMARIE on ScoutMob.

9. Tip Toe-ing Tulips. Okay, maybe their aren’t any actual tulips on these shoes, but I’m trying to be clever here, folks. Either way, these floral heels are toe-tally perfect for garden parties. // Floral Heels via Ruche.

10. What’s your agenda? I can’t even put into words how awesome ban.do’s large floral agenda is. It’s got fun doodles, pockets, stickers, color-coded month tabs… Pretty much the exact thing I need to get myself organized. (I do have a birthday coming up… ;) // Florabunda Agenda via ban.do

How will you wear florals this spring?

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Color Love: Freesia

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Yellow is such an energizing color. Now that the daffodils have sprung and the sun is out, we’re seeing a lot of it!

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1. Jeepers Peepers Riley Round Sunglasses via ASOS. // 2. Babytoes Cactus 5-Free Nail Polish by Priti NYC. // 3. Floral Chiffon Twist Scarf by American Apparel. // 4. Floral Lace Shift Dress by eShakti. // 5. Pineapple Candle via Nordstrom. // 6. It’s High Time Short in Yellow via ModCloth. // 7. Carrot Soap handmade by Treefort Naturals.

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