Stripes To The Max

Stripes to the Max

Calvin Klein Dress, Nine West Wedges

I’m sure everyone can agree that a cotton striped shirt is a wardrobe staple.  It can be dressed up or down, and somehow makes you feel more pulled together than wearing a plain t-shirt.  Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m adding a striped cotton dress to my list of must haves.  You can wear it with flats and a denim jacket for a casual look or with wedges and a leather jacket for an edgier feel.  I find myself reaching for this dress when I want to be comfortable and chicly dressed, but give my striped tee the night off.  I’m also a huge fan of the combination horizontal and chevron stripes that add an extra element of fun to the dress.

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Boardwalking

Boardwalking

Free People Top, Joe’s Jean, Sam Edelman Sandals, LOFT Sunglasses

At the end of summer I always get nostalgic because the time seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year.  I never seem to have enough time to visit with friends and family as long as I want to, or accomplish all of my warm weather plans.  However, I am especially looking forward to the beginning of next summer when my cousin will turn this beautiful boardwalk into an aisle when she gets married on the beach here in Maine.  There will be dancing, and laughter, good food and drink, plenty of loved ones, and some seriously beautiful clothing!  Until next time summer, it’s always a pleasure.

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Silk Shorts

Silk Shorts

Calvin Klein T-Shirt, Urban Outfitters Shorts, Victoria’s Secret Sandals

When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out.  I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family.  My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms.  I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking.  I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!

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Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses

Free People Dress, Old Navy Sandals

I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of this Free People dress this summer.  It quickly became my favorite thing to throw on after a day spent at the beach, to a barbeque with friends, or just running errands.  It’s lightweight and comfortable, but I still look pulled together.  Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten a number of compliments on it, but the most memorable was from a longtime family friend who said I looked like a butterfly!  Now I can’t help but think of it whenever I wear this dress!  Thanks Brian!

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Beachy Black and White

Beachy Black and White

Saks Off Fifth Top, H&M Pants

You really can’t go wrong with a head to toe black and white look.  The color pallet is classic, while the playful patterns in the garments keep it young and modern.  I love the cut of the top and how it opens in the back whenever I move.  Another reason to love black and white, you have room to play around with colorful shoes.  My pick was a pair of bright orange wedges that I slipped on after my walk on the beach.

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Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

Anthropologie Top, LOFT Skirt, Nine West Shoes

Pleats, polka dots, and floral patterns, oh my!  Truth be told, the only things that Dorothy and I may have in common are an affinity for blue outfits and cute little dogs, but each of us has also learned very important life lessons on our various journeys.  For she, there’s no place like home, and for me, stick to one color pallet while mixing different prints and textures!

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Fringe Benefits

Saks Off Fifth Sweater and Jeans, BCBG Wedges, TOMS Sunglasses, Mood Ring (Click on Image to Enlarge)

I’m feeling a little sad posting these pictures because Labor Day weekend in Maine always represents the end of the summer for me.  Everything closes at 2 PM in Ocean Park.  The lifeguards walk off the beach, all of the small shops along the shore close, and there’s a mass exodus of families leaving in their fully packed cars. However, I am getting a little joy out of these pictures because of how well my pants and fringed sweater match the weathered rope on this quaint walkway to the beach.