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Cupcakes & Cashmere for Fall

Cupcakes & Cashmere

Leather Jacket / Plaid Shirt Dress/ Sweater / Floral Romper / Shift Dress / Striped Dress

I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that I have to start thinking about my fall wardrobe already but the cool weather is around the corner and I’m a planner so it’s been in my mind a lot lately. When I was looking online for some new pieces for the season, I kept coming back to Emily’s Cupcakes & Cashmere collection sold at Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Although it’s her first ever clothing line, it’s clear that she has a finger on the pulse of both what women want to wear and what is flattering on many different body types. This pink shift dress (also comes in navy) is exactly what I’ve been looking for this summer: A dress that’s loose and easy but refined and elegant.

I’ve also had a really hard time shopping for a leather jacket because I hate the boxy shoulders on most of them. She managed to create one that is perfectly drapy, plus I love the beige color! And of course I picked up this floral romper which felt like it was made just for me!

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Blush Blazer

Blush Blazer

Gibson draped blazer, Pleione top, J.Crew shorts, c/o Mark & Graham clutch, Julie Vos coin necklace, Jack Rogers sandals, c/o Brandy Pham needle bracelet

In the 8 years since college (8 years?!?!) my style has evolved in oh so many ways. I took these photos on the campus of my alma mater (Scripps College) last week and thought a lot about what has changed. I have a vivid memory of wearing Juicy Couture sweatpants and a tank top to class. I now look back on that time, mortified at some of my fashion choices, but also with a smile because, come on, it’s pretty hilarious.

In “the college years”, I opted mostly for comfort during the day and loud colors and patterns for my “going out” looks. When I moved to New York in 2008 to work for Conde Nast, I quickly learned that I had to make some major changes. Without a lot of disposable income, I started to get creative, pairing tops from H&M and Zara with the nicer pieces I would get for Christmas and birthday presents from my family. High-low was my jam in the early New York days.

As I started growing in my career and could start to afford to shop at places like J.Crew and Club Monaco, that lesson stuck with me. For more structured pieces like blazers and jeans, I opted for well-made and sturdy over cheap and flimsy. But for basics and trendy things (hello envelope skort!), I refused… and still refuse… to spend an arm and a leg.

I describe my style to people now as “preppy with some personality” or “classic with a twist”. I’ll never be an all beige kinda gal but there is something about simplicity that I’m drawn to as I get older.  Pieces like this drapey blush blazer go a long way in my closet because it is season-less and can go with anything from the look here to a black dress, to black skinny jeans and a tank top.

Do you find that your style evolves over the years? How so?

Blush and Blue

Rose Garden

Roses

Neutrals

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This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Just Say No

Just Say No

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I’ve been struggling a lot lately with stretching myself too thin. I have been saying yes to everything from happy hours to weekend trips to Instagram campaigns to bigger blogging projects. My problem is that I want to do it all. I want to make plans with friends. I want to grow my blog by taking on big campaigns. I want to travel and have new experiences on the weekends. And I want to do all of this with working a very full time job where I spend 40 hours each week. Why is this a problem? Because there’s no time for me. No time to relax. No down time. I’m learning that while it might seem exciting in the moment, doing everything makes me feel worse in the long run. It really hit me 2 weeks ago when I was so worn down that I got bronchitis. In the summer!

As someone who is prone to anxiety, down time is very important to me. Yet it always seems to come last in my list of priorities. On our flight home from LA last week, my husband and I had a long talk about this and decided to make some changes so that I can fully enjoy the month of August. Turns out, the term “Just say no” from middle school anti-drug lessons can apply to everyday adult life as well!

Here is what I’m doing to take it all down a notch:

Step 1: We cancelled our trip next weekend. We were supposed to visit my family in Martha’s Vineyard which is always one of my favorite vacations of the summer. I also happen to have a lot of guilt around not spending time with my family so this “no” was not an easy one for me. Although letting them down and changing our plans wasn’t something that I wanted to do, I now feel a wave of relief that we won’t have to spend hours traveling each way and then scrambling to get everything done on Sunday night like I’ve been doing most weekends lately.

Step 2: My husband also convinced me to commit to at least one day of relaxation every weekend. I’m not great at relaxation so by that I mean I won’t work for one full day. Not working seems like a pretty normal thing to do on weekends but that’s not really in my DNA. Even when we’re on vacation, I spend a chunk of each day on my lap top.

Step 3: For one night each week, no computers allowed. That means no blogging, no lingering Nourish Snacks projects, and no planning for upcoming travel. This step is extra hard for me because with a full time job and blog, nights are my favorite time to get things done, uninterrupted.

Step 4: Its ok to say no! We’re saving to buy a house so I want to say yes to every project that comes my way but I need to remember that waiting a few more months to buy a house is not nearly as bad as feeling overworked and underslept!

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Blue Monogram

Coffee Run

Wayf top, Ace Delivery skirt, c/o BaubleBar monogram necklace, Jack Rogers sandals, c/o Brandy Pham bracelet

This summer we’ve travelled everywhere from Sicily to Montauk to Bermuda. Last week we hit one more destination with a trip to Los Angeles for a family reunion and one of my college friend’s weddings.

A fun fact about me is that I went to college in LA and lived in Santa Monica for 6 months after graduation. When we got there, my husband’s first time in the city, he put it perfectly: “How did you ever live here? It’s so not you!” I have serious love for the city of angels and my coming-of-age memories there, but he’s right, it’s so not me.

For one, the laid back vibe is something that I strive to appreciate but I tend to find myself annoyed at people moving so slowly with no sense of urgency. Secondly, West Coast style is super cute, bohemian, and again, laid back, but I prefer a little more structure and a little more prep. Los Angeles is the perfect city for me to visit so I can enjoy the always-perfect weather, plethora of organic food, and sun-kissed skin.

I rocked this monogram necklace every day of the trip because it was the perfect mix of my East Coast prep with my West Coast past: A monogram in bright turquoise acrylic! I also made a quick stop into Nordstrom while we were there and picked up this adorable striped skirt and my new favorite white blouse (under $50!) that I plan to rock under blazers this fall.

We took these photos on a coffee break after exploring the Santa Monica pier where my husband took some beautiful photos. Scroll down to see one of them.

Monogram Necklace

Striped Skirt

Santa Monica Beach

Brunch Outfit

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Quotable:

“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Montauk Neighborhood Guide

Montauk Yacht Club

c/o Calypso St. Barth sweater

Before we moved out of the city last year, I worked with one of my favorite brands, Calypso St. Barth, to bring you a Meatpacking District Neighborhood Guide. This summer, we teamed up again to give you a peek into this summer’s hottest hotspot at the very tip of Long Island: Montauk, NY.

Montauk Neighborhood Guide:
Montauk Yacht Club for a nautical atmosphere
Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa Beach Club for a chic day at the beach
La Brisa Tacombi for fish tacos and cocktails
Montauk Point Lighthouse for some good old-fashioned sightseeing + selfies
– Navy Beach to watch the sunset

Montauk Yacht Club:

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The Montauk Yacht Club is covered in navy and white stripes. I was pretty much in heaven as soon as I saw the décor that the Montauk Yacht Club is known for. Their restaurant, Hurricane Alley, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and overlooks the pool. It’s easy to check in and never leave the resort all weekend long.

When we checked in, I fit right in with my Calypso St. Barth striped linen sweater and white shorts!

Gurney’s Beach Club:

Gurney's 1

Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa is the hottest new hotel in the Hamptons and maybe the entire East Coast this season. Every blogger and celebrity seems to be flocking to its secluded location to eat at Scarpetta Beach, stay in a fabulous room, and most often, lounge at “The Beach Club”, one of the the chicest beach experiences I’ve ever had. To reserve a day bed, it’s a $1500 minimum so I want to give a special thank you to my friends at Gurney’s for sparing me that expense!

On Saturday at Gurney’s, we lounged on our luxurious striped beach bed, splashed in the clear blue ocean, lunched on lobster rolls, and sipped on mojitos. It was definitely one of my summer highlights! I had to look as chic as our surroundings so I turned this Calypso kimono jacket into a cover up for the day.

Gurney's 3

c/o Calypso St. Barth kimono jacket

Gurney's 5

La Brisa Tacombi:

La Brisa 2

c/o Calypso St. Barth dress

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with tacos, especially of the seafood variety. I could eat them everyday and never get sick of them. When I heard that one of my favorite taco joints in the city, Tacombi, opened a sister restaurant, La Brisa, in downtown Montauk, I knew we would have to try it. Sitting among the colorful Mexican-inspired decor, you can’t help but smile.

We tried every taco on the menu but the crispy fish tacos were our absolute favorite. I also highly recommend the Mezcal Mule, a smokey ginger cocktail that’s equally refreshing and unique.

For our early colorful Mexican dinner, I wore this embroidered lace-up dress, seemingly made for the occasion.

La Brisa 3

La Brisa 1

Montauk Point Lighthouse:

Montauk Point Lighthouse

c/o Calypso St. Barth sweater

When we travel, we tend to always checkout the cheesy tourist thing. In Montauk, nothing is cheesy and the Montauk Point Lighthouse is less tourist trap and more a spot for a lovely pre-dinner stroll with your toes in the sand.

I outfit repeated this striped linen sweater with ripped denim shorts as the day cooled down by the water.

Light House 3

Light House 1

Navy Beach:

Navy Beach 3

c/o Calypso St. Barth kimono jacket

Navy Beach is a popular location for dinner but I love it even more for the amazing summer sunsets with its West-facing views. After dinner one night, we walked the beach waiting for the sun to set and light up the sky in cotton candy pinks and blues.  I repurposed my kimono cover up over a tight white tank top and cut offs for a more bohemian feel.
Navy Beach 1

Navy Beach 2