Thursday, May 31, 2012

Daily Dressing

Happy Thursday, 3P pretties!  Has this 'short' week been long for anyone else?  I feel like I have been going and going, but I really do like like life that way.  And, given that recent days have been filled with outdoor barbecues, summer weather, and Memorial Day celebrations, its no wonder that weekdays feel longer when you are fresh from a spree of outdoor celebrations!  As you can see in the outfit photos this week, I really am kicking off summer with a handful of BBQs- I guess a girl can't complain at all about that.  Now, time to focus on summer outfits with color blocking, and encourage myself to mix it up way more than just blue and pink (although one of these is actually my favorite color, so I don't blame myself for wearing it too much)!

Hope this last day of May is a wonderful one for you- I can't believe May is already over!


- Outfit 1: stripes and snake print -
Occasion: work
Shirt: Target
Skirt: LOFT (love this one for summer too)
Bag: Nine West
Sunnies and Heels: Steve Madden (flat version of blue shoes here)
Jewelry: Kohls, ON, LOFT (bracelets right hand), J.Crew (left hand), Target (watch), LOFT (ring)

- Outfit 2: fuchsia and golden tones -
Occasion: decoration consulting
Dress: LOFT (old; similar here and here)
Belt: Target
Sunnies: Target
Bag: H&M
Sandals: Ross (old; love Tory Burch's leather wedge sandal)
Jewelry: F21, Target, ON, BR (bracelets), old ring

- Outfit 3: seersucker blues -
Occasion: work
Blazer: H&M (old; another option here)
Dress and heels: Calvin Klein ( similar dress and love this design)
Bag: Nine West
Jewelry: F21, BR (necklaces), Target (watch and ring), LOFT, The Limited (bracelets)

- Outfit 4: violet fans -
Occasion: group bbq and casual dinner out
Shirt: Target
Skirt and flip flops: WHBM (old; newer skirt style here)
Purse: Nine West (also loving this gray purse)
Sunnies: Steve Madden
Jewelry: F21 ring and friendship bracelets), Tiffany, Topshop (bracelets)

- Outfit 5: maxi + stripes -
Occasion: running errands
Shirt: Express
Skirt: Target (similar)
Bag and sunnies: Nine West (eyeing this leopard hobo bag too)
Jewelry: ON, F21 (bracelets)

- Outfit 6: basic blues, greens, and browns -
Occasion: brunch with the fam
Dress: Candie's
Belt: came with an old dress
Jacket and sandals: Ross (old; might have to pick up this jacket for cooler summer evenings)
Bag: Red by Marc Ecko
Jewelry: F21 (ring) Target (bracelets)

- Outfit 7: nice and netted -
Occasion: family BBQ
Sweater: ON
Tank: LOFT
Skirt: American Eagle
Bag: TJ Maxx
Sunnies: Target
Boat shoes: Union Bay (loving this Sperry Top Sider pair)
Jewelry: heritage ('M' necklace), Stella & Dot (chain necklace), Target (watch), BR, F21, Kohl's (bracelets)

- Outfit 8: stripes ahoy! -
Occasion: Memorial Day BBQ
Dress: Ross (love these striped dresses herehere, and here)
Belt: Steve Madden
Wedges: Nine West (similar here and here)
Bag: Tommy Hilfiger
Jewelry: Starbucks, F21 (bracelets)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The ABCs of summer espadrilles

Patterned espadrilles:
a. Asos

The warm weather always makes my mind think of the cutest shoes that can be worn during bright, summery days. Enter: the popular espadrille.  These kinds of kicks are being seen all over this time of year, and fortunately there are a wide variety of styles and designs to fit your every summer shoe need.  Now slip on some espadrille wedges and head out to a dinner on the patio, or grab some flats and enjoy an adventurous weekend outing!

Espadrille flats:
a. Mia 
b. Borne
e. Keds
f. Soludos
i. Missoni

Espadrille Wedges:
i. Loeffler Randall (I know these aren't wedge heels, but I just love them!)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wonders from the weekend

< Pool time on a sunny afternoon, in celebration of my friend's birthday! >

Ahhh, what a wonderful long holiday weekend this has been!  It would have been nice to have maybe just one more day off, but thank goodness all kinds of fun can be packed in to just three days.  Visits with family made for good times during delicious meals, and a birthday barbecue celebration at our place was an excellent time with wonderful friends.  Memorial Day weekend is always one of my favorites- my husband's birthday usually falls around now, memories of honoring the service men and women who have protected our country always warms my heart, and kicking off summer with backyard barbecues and time by the water always leaves a feeling of excitement in the air.  I hope you are looking forward to a great short week, so no matter what you are facing this week, make it a great one!!

< First time out to dinner at Johnny Garlic's... delicious!! >

< Baking up a storm for birthday celebrations: chocolate cake, angel food cake, brownies, and cupcakes were all baked this weekend! >

 < Birthday party barbecue celebration for the hubs >

 < Memorial Day celebration with the family: fresh watermelon, reading material for the road trip up the hill, and a beautiful sunset in the hills >

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

To all those who have given so much to serve, protect and keep our nation full of liberty and and justice for all- God bless you and your families and friends. Thank you for what you have all selflessly given to provide freedom for the rest of us. To my husband, my grandpas, my brothers-in-law, and my cousins who have served and are serving in active duty, I am grateful for the dedication you have had toward giving your best to defend the rest of us. May God bless America, and may we always remember those who have gone before us to protect our nation. Fly your flags high today, from sea to shining sea!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dreaming of the long weekend...

< Fresh fruit, canopies on the beach, toes in the sand and waves, colorful umbrellas to lounge under, smores over the campfire, and freshly squeezed lemonade... yeah, summer!! >

It is hard to believe that Memorial Day is upon us.  Each year this time appears in my life these days, I am dreaming of summer vacation like my 6th grade self could not wait to be out of school!  With plans for barbecues outdoors, visiting with friends, spending time near the pool and/or lake, and celebrating the mister/s birthday, it is going to be a wonderful weekend to kick off summer!  Here are a few of my favorite summer items, with a splash of Memorial Day inspiration.  Hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled, Memorial Day weekend!  Hooray for the long weekend and the long, summer-like days that are surrounding us!

< Red, white and blue decorations and treats- looking forward to a wonderful Memorial Day! >

< A few summer weekend outfits to provide you with outfit inspiration- pair any of these with flats or wedges and you'll be good to go! >
Top row: 123
Bottom row: 123

And just for fun...
< Remember these summertime treats from when we were younger?  Ah yes, those were the days... >

*All above images via Pinterest and edited by me

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Currently Craving: Gingham

< Clockwise from top left: >

Recently, popular prints that are popping up on all my favorite clothing sites, on the streets, and in the lives of the fashionable people I know, are really starting to grow on me.  Take, for example, gingham- this delightfully checked pattern is cheeky and fun, can be dressed up or down, has a way of cheering you up with checks in adorable colors, and is the perfect design for a casual summer afternoon in the sunshine.  Above are a few of my current favorite gingham designs, which I hope will be making their way into my closet!! Now, off to 'check' some things off my list today!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Weekly Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday, 3P pretties!!  After a little bit of a break from the regular weekly outfit posts (see herehere, and here), I am back in action with my regular wardrobe sharing!!  As it is blatantly obvious in the picture collage above, skirts and dresses are my mainstays during warm weather.  Hooray for bright, cheery colored clothes, fun summer patterns, open-toe heels, and fun in the sun!

Hope that you enjoy browsing through these outfits, and hopefully they will help inspire you to create some new fashion out of your closet contents!  Also, be sure to vote below for your favorite in the Weekly Wardrobe Win, and check my Facebook page each Monday (or Tuesday, if Monday is a reserved holiday) to see the results!

- Outfit 1: dotted dressing -
Occasion: Mother's Day celebration
Dress: The Limited (similar)
Belt: F21
Heels: Guess (I like this style too)
Purse: Target
Sunnies: Nine West
Jewelry: Kohl's (necklace), ON, Topshop (bracelets), F21 (ring)

- Outfit 2: black, cream, and coral -
Occasion: work
Shirt: The Limited
Skirt: Target (it is coral colored, not as orange as it looks in the picture!)
Heels: Simply Vera Wang (old)
Belt: Nine West
Bag: The Limited (old; similar)
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson (cat-eye version)
Jewelry: Anne Klein (watch), F21 bracelets

- Outfit 3: apples to apples -
Occasion: dinner with friends
Dress: BeBop (eyeing this blue version)
Vest: F21 (old)
Belt: H&M
Purse: Ross

Wedges: BCBG (old; current season's version)
Sunnies: Nine West
Jewelry: F21, BR (bracelets)

- Outfit 4: The Webster dress -
Occasion: work
Dress: The Webster Miami via Target (beautiful similar design)
Heels: Guess
Purse: Target
Jewelry: J.Crew (necklace), Target (ring), BR, F21, Kohl's (bracelets)

- Outfit 5: primary stripes -
Shirt: Ross (also love this striped t-shirt)
Skirt: LOFT
Heels: Simply Vera Wang (old)
Belt: The Limited
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Sunglasses: Nine West
Jewelry: Target (watch), F21 (ring and bangles)

- Outfit 6: easy breezy cotton -
Occasion: BBQ after a hilly bike ride
Dress: ON (old, newer version)
Wedges: BCBG
Purse: H&M
Sunnies: Nine West
Bracelets (please excuse the yellow band!): ON, Target, Topshop

- Outfit 7: azure aztec -
Occasion: weekend errands
Dress: Ross (more aztec print herehere, and here)
Vest: JCPenney
Heels: LC Lauren Conrad
Bag and sunglasses: Target
Arm party: ON, LOFT, F21

- Outfit 8: coral floral with a splash of pink -
Occassion: church and brunch
Shirt: Express
Skirt: Old Navy
Heels: Guess (eying this pair too)
Sunnies: The Limited
Purse: Target
Bracelets: F21

Weekly Wardrobe Win

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The ABC's of poolside essentials

With summer right around the corner (and warm weather now that is almost as warm as summer days!)  I am dreaming of days by the beach, lake, and pool.  While I think a nice pedicure is my absolute most necessitated accessory to have for time near the waves and water, I also enjoy bringing a bag that can carry all kinds of beach essentials, wearing shoes that are easy to slip in and out of, and of course, remembering those sunnies.  Here are a few ABC's of my current favorite basic poolside necessities for enjoying a day in the sun.  For some other beach wear ideas, click herehere, and here.

Have any questions about summer fashion or what to wear to a summer event?  Email me at, and I will be happy to provide you some ideas in a post!

*Above images via Pinterest and Google; edited by me

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wonders from the weekend

< Bike ride Tour on a sunny Saturday to support a local volunteer organization >

Happy Monday, you wonderful 3P readers!  This past weekend was a go-go-go kind of weekend, but was filled with wonderful events, time in the sunshine, and laughter with friends.  Activities for me and Mr. 3P (plus wonderful friends, for most events) this weekend included an outdoor concert, a 20-mile bike ride through rolling hills on a Tour in support of our local volunteers, a delicious BBQ lunch to end the Tour, another BBQ to meet some fellow travelers we will be attending a trip with in a few weeks (stay tuned for an exciting update or two on that trip!), happy hour with friends, time at my sorority's local chapter helping out with an event (it was just me that attended this), and a relaxing afternoon on the lake with good friends.  Whew!  I need a weekend from my weekend!  I have a feeling this upcoming week may require the consumption of large amounts of iced chai lattes, but no matter what, I am going to make it a great week!

Whatever you 3P wonderfuls are facing this week, make it a great one for you!

< Hot air balloon advertising at an outdoor concert on a perfect summer-like evening >

< Sushi dinner date with the hubs >

< Ahh, the amazing college memories that are brought back whenever you visit a place that reminds you of those good ol' days! >

 < Cupcakes on a boat to celebrate a friend's birthday >

< Time on the lake welcoming summer and watching the eclipse! >

Friday, May 18, 2012

Obsessed: Cannes Style

< Beautiful gowns on beautiful ladies! >

TGIF, 3P pretties!  While this week has been swamped, it has also flown by- I hope yours has too!  I realize that the Cannes Film Festival has just recently begun, and I have been ogling the pictures of the red carpet gowns I have been able to locate so far.  It really seems like there are not that many out there yet, so if you know of a secret stash, let me know!  It seems like recent Friday posts have really been trending toward gowns and dresses (see here and here), but not to worry- this is not a permanent topic for the Obsessed weekly posts.  There have just been too many pretty dresses out there recently, and I cannot resist featuring them on this blog that is all about Pretty!  Enjoy browsing through these gowns as seen on the Cannes red carpet so far this year, and be sure to read through the end the see how my obsession with Cannes has played out this week!

Have a particularly wonderful weekend. and I will see you back here next week!

< Berenice Bejo in Louis Vuitton >

< Diane Kruger nailing it in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture >

 < Costars Tilda Swinton and Kara Hayward coordinate well in their gowns! >

< I want this dress!  Freida Pinto wears a fun sequin and pink gown >

< Jessica Chastain in a Dolce & Gabbana dress, and an Alexander McQueen gown >

< Marion Cotillard pairs fun yellow heels with a beautifully pleated Dior dress >

And dreaming of Cannes... 
 < This is a 'postcard' I made, which I would love to send to you from Cannes!
Just look at the beauty! >

And if I was actually lucky enough to be  in Cannes this week, this is what I would love to pack:

* Above images via Pinterest,, and; all arranged by me