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Casual Summer

Summer Casual

c/o Sosie tee, white blazer, denim shorts, Ray Ban aviators, c/o Sydney Evan “love” necklace

Last Sunday, my dad and his wife hosted a Memorial Day BBQ at their house. It was a perfect, 80 degree day with just the right amount of summer breeze action. We ate grilled cilantro marinated chicken, tomato salad, and homemade watermelon granitas (recipe coming soon). I wanted to look super casual without feeling sloppy, and ended up in this outfit, entirely from Sosie.

My dos and don’t of summer casual:

Do: Distressed denim. This is such a fun trend in that even though it’s technically messy, I think it still looks incredibly chic. These shorts  are a ridiculously amazing steal for under $40, and will be on repeat all summer long. (Note: I sized up one full size).

Do: Loose & flowy. When paired with a flowy white blazer and an uber soft blush pink tee, I created the ultimate summer BBQ look because you can eat as many hot dogs as you want, play around in the grass with kids, and lounge about with a gin & tonic while looking pulled together.

Do: Easy up-do. When I don’t feel like blow-drying during warmer months, I whip my hair into my favorite summer braids… I really should do a tutorial on that soon!

Don’t: Too tight or too short. If you’re pulling at your skirt or working hard to suck in your stomach all day, you’ll feel terrible and look awkward pulling at your outfit.

Speaking of BBQs, I teamed up with Guest of a Guest to make a video on summer entertaining. Check out my video debut here! What’s your favorite summer entertaining tip?

Side note: My half brother, Jackson, and his “girlfriend” Izzy wanted to jump in the photos so scroll down for their cameos! So adorable, right?

White Blazer

Ripped Shorts

Cocktails on the grass

Distressed Denim

Summer Kiddos

Thank you to Sosie for sponsoring this post.

Blue + White Bedding

Pretty Summer Bedding

I’ve written in the past about how making my bedroom a comfortable, perfect space is incredibly important to me. I like to focus on creating a space that is calm, inviting, and simple without too much going on. I have always designed my bedroom in blue and white which are colors that make me feel calm. When I teamed up with Matouk to upgrade our Master Bedroom for summer, it was no different this time around.

I always knew that Matouk was special bedding (I used to window shop their bedding in the windows of Gracious Home when I lived in the city), and now that I have it there is no turning back. Sheets this soft should be illegal! I seriously feel like a princess every time I get into this beautiful blue cloud of a bed and miraculously feel more well-rested after a night of slumber in this pretty cocoon.

Matouk has a tool where you can create your dream bed online before you purchase all of the individual pieces. It was by far the most fun I’ve ever had shopping online for décor. Sometimes it’s hard for me to picture the final product and I have to order a few options and test them out. With the UMatouk tool, I was able to play around with the look without committing to anything until it was exactly what I wanted.

I wrote more about my experience and why I chose these pieces in an interview on the Matouk blog. Check it out here.

Scroll all the way down for details and links about all of the products featured in this post!

Matouk Bedding

Pink Roses

Summer Bedroom

Summer Bed

Night Stand

Bedding c/o Matouk:

Duvet Cover ShamsSheetsCoverletEuro ShamsBoudoir Sham / Cashmere Throw

The rest of the room:

Mirror, Night Stands, Ginger Jar Vase, Rose Candle, Lamps, Picture Frame, Sheepskin Rug, Custom Headboard

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 2 minutes? Close that computer, close your eyes, and take 6-10 deep calming breaths. Read more tips here.

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Madewell Greenwich

Madwell Panama Hat

c/o Madewell striped shirt, white shorts, Panama Hat, sandals, leather tote, Ray Ban sunnies

Coming back from a long weekend is no joke. After 3 blissful days at home in New Hampshire (see photos on Instagram), it was tough getting up this morning to head back to work. Part of me loves being on a schedule and I crave it over the weekend (I know, dafuq?) but this time around I actually let go and enjoyed the time off, working for only an hour each day as a rule.

One thing I did do was shoot this casual summer look from Madewell in preparation for a little shindig that I’m hosting at their Greenwich Ave store next Sunday (details below). And if you like this look, you’ll LOVE the dress I’m wearing to the event.

I’ve had my eye on this striped shirt for a while (because I need more blue and white striped shirts like I need a hole in my head) and I’m sure it will be on repeat this summer as a beach cover up Note: It runs big, I’m wearing an XS. I’ve also been on the hunt for the perfect pair of distressed white denim shorts and am so pleased with this pair.

Come meet me at Madewell in Greenwich

When: Sunday, May 31st from 1-3pm

Where: Madewell on Greenwich Ave in Greenwich, CT.

Refreshments: Green juice and raw organic treats from my favorite spot, Green & Tonic

Free stuff: The first 30 guests will get a free tote from Madewell

Giveaway: We’ll be giving away two $50 Madewell gift cards and a juice cleanse

Styling: I’ll be there to offer style advice if you’re looking to get an outfit for a specific event or just for fun

I hope to see you CT gals there!

Madwell Summer

Casual Summer

Vertical Stripes

Summer Sandals

Panama Hat

Shop the pieces from this post:

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Nordstom Sale

Dress / Rag & Bone Shorts/ Heels / Michael Kors Watch /  Kate Spade Scallopped Bag / Espadrilles / Ted Baker Skirt / Love Necklace / Joie Shirt

It’s that time of year again, you guys! It’s the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale! Need a new bikini or summer bag? NOW is the time to buy them with items up to 50% off! I’ve had so many things on my summer wish list that I’m snapping up over the weekend during this sale.

This Kate Spade scalloped bag is so cute to use as a work tote and I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous Ted Baker floral skirt after seeing it on a few blogs. I couldn’t bring myself to buy a pair of white Rag & Bone jean shorts but with the sale they’re so worth it!

See the rest of my picks below but hurry because sizes are going really quickly. What’s on your wish list?

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks:

Quotable:

“The best is yet to come”

Frank Sinatra

Chia Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl

Açai bowls have been all the rage at juice shops and health food restaurants for some time now, but in a pinch an at-home version can be just as good if not better! Everyone has their own version of this now classic breakfast bowl and I’m no different. My recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and oh-so-delicious. I eat it as a quick breakfast, pre-workout snack, or after-dinner dessert.

I’ve been making my famous chia açai bowl for years but just realized that if I added my favorite flavor of Nourish Snacks, Berry’d Treasure (blueberry-apple granola bites), it is taken to a whole new level. I use chia seeds and almond butter for a kick of protein and the fresh berries for antioxidants.

Scroll all the way down for my recipe and to see how you can win an ENTIRE SUMMER worth of Nourish Snacks! Or shop them here for 10% off when you use the code LEMONSTRIPES at checkout.

Acai Bowl with Berry'd Treasure

Ingredients:

– 1 frozen açai smoothie pack

– 1 tblspn almond butter

– 1/2 frozen banana

– 1 tspn chia seeds (plus a pinch for sprinkling

– 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk (or whatever kind of milk you prefer)

– Fresh berries, chopped

– 1 bag Berry’d Treasure granola bites

Recipe:

– Blend açai packet, almond butter, milk, chia, and banana until smooth

– Pour into a bowl and top with berries, granola, and chia

– Enjoy!

Giveaway:

For those of you who don’t know, my day job is as the Marketing Director at Nourish Snacks, an AMAZING healthy snack company founded by Joy Bauer (The TODAY Show’s nutrition expert). Joy and I are so excited to be giving away an entire summer’s worth of snacks (enough to last you through June, July and August) to one lucky Lemon Stripes reader.

Want to win? Let me know your favorite flavor or visit the Nourish snack shop to let me know which snack you’re most excited about trying and why in the comments below. I’ll pick a winner on Thursday (5/21) at 12pm EST. Good luck!

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