Outfit: Dreamcatcher

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Yesterday was amazing. I took the day off from work (today too) to work on some personal projects + goals and I was SO PRODUCTIVE. Possibly more productive than I’ve ever been in my life. 

First thing in the morning, I packaged and shipped a few Apothecary orders. Then, I hauled about half my closet to The Confetti Bar and took a bunch of outfit photos in Jessica’s brightly-lit, magical, confetti-filled studio. We chatted about being entrepreneurs and collaborating while I flew through my wardrobe.

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Recognize that dreamcatcher tank? It’s from Cinder & Salt, and was on my birthday wishlist. Stan bought it for me! ♥ Grab one here.

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Waiting on the doorstep for me when I got home was a box of Baked By Melissa‘s mini cupcakes (my favorites). Stan had ordered them for me, just because. I am a lucky lady! :) I ate them while tackling some blogging and freelance work for Vintanthromodern.

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It was a good day! I’m aiming to be just as productive (if not more) today. Tomorrow will be a day of relaxation. ;) How’s your summer going?

Outfit Details: Dreamcatcher Tank: Cinder & Salt, $36. Green shorts: American Eagle, $15 (similar, similar). Grey Moccasins: Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins, $43.

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DIY Pom-Pom Jean Shorts

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I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. So if I can make these super awesome pom-pom shorts, I know you can too! I had a pair of hand-me-down jeans that fit me perfectly but flared out at the bottom and weren’t really my style. I also had pom-pom trim that I was saving for just such an occasion. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Let’s do this.

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Here’s what you need:

  • a pair of jeans or pants
  • pom-pom trim – you can find all kinds of fun colors on Amazon!
  • a good pair of scissors
  • needle & thread
  • a few pins
  • iron

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Step One: Pin your jeans/pants where you’d like the new length to be. I left mine a bit long because I wanted to be able to wear them to work.

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Step Two: Cut your jeans/pants about an inch below where you’ve placed your pin. This will become your hem. 

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Step Three: Turn your jeans/pants inside out, fold up your hem, and iron flat.

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Step Four: Sew on your trim! If you have a sewing machine, awesome. If not, just do regular stitches by hand. That’s what I did and it took me about half an episode of Reign (about 30 mins). That is how I mark my time now. 

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Wear ‘em loud and proud, even when your co-workers tell you it looks like you stole them from a 1970s low-rider. ;)

 

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Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook

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I have begun to whole-heartedly embrace vintage, which I attribute to New Haven’s Vintanthromodern Vintage. You’ve already seen my incredibly adorable vintage balloon skirt and vintage-inspired Anthropologie patchwork dress. So when Vintanthromodern founder Melissa Gonzales asked me to be in her Summer Lookbook photo shoot, I was pretty excited. 

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I was especially happy because I got to spend the day with a group of really awesome boss babes and fellow Monarchs! From left to right: Betsy of Whisk + Brush, Maya of MOJALVO, Becca of Whisk + Brush, and yours truly!

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We were a pretty fierce group of females, modeling Vintanthromodern Vintage’s latest rompers, swimsuits, and dresses.

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My favorite outfit was this stripy fruity romper that perfectly matched the glass fruit statement necklace I’m also wearing.

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Though I think everyone else had more fun watching me smolder at the camera in my red, white, and blue swimsuit, wrapped up in the American flag. (Also: look at how miniature I am standing next to the rest of the ladies! Ha!)

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I was surprised at how many really cute bathing suits Melissa brought from the shop ~ all different sizes, too! She’s constantly adding more to the shop, so be sure to pop in often at 938 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Check out the full Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook here

Hair: Brittany George, Upstyle
Makeup: Jessica Kennedy, Upstyle
Photography: Cassandra Madeline
Styling: Samantha Vigorito
Models: Becca and Betsy of Whisk & Brush, John of Oh Cassius! (not pictured), Maya of MOJALVO, and Sami of Poor & Pretty.

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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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