Paisley Print Dress

paisley print dress

Band of Gypsies paisley dress (sold out, similar here and here) | Yellow beaded bracelet (old, similar here)  |  Merona Emily sandals (on sale!)

Now that summer is technically over, you’ll be seeing less photos of be wearing dresses and more wearing jeans and boots. The temperatures here in NJ are looking a lot like summer (80′s, baby!), so I haven’t put away my sundresses and sandals just yet.

paisley dress

This cute paisley dress, which I found at Marshall’s a few months back, is one that I just can’t stop wearing. I wore it previously on my vacation and got a compliment from an older hippie woman who said it was “beautiful”. lolz. So to embrace my inner hippie, I let my hair dry naturally and added a small braid to the front layers of my hair.

mixed media dress

band of gypsies dress

I was drawn to the pretty colors, the mix of fun paisley and floral patterns and the layered ruffles on the skirt of the dress. It gives the illusion of a fuller bottom while keeping the top/torso look thin.

The dress I bought isn’t available online anymore, but you can view all the other Band of Gypsies summer/fall items at Urban Outfitters, ASOS or Nordstrom.

Fashion First Aid Kit

fashion survival kit

When I received the Stylist Kit by School of Style from winning a giveaway from the lovely Amber of King & Kind, I knew I had to write a review and inform you guys of this genius product. I’ve seen plenty of DIY versions of this gift that bridesmaids give to the bride as an emergency bridal kit and thought this was a more fashion-forward take for the everyday woman. How often have you lost a button or stepped out of the house only to realize you have a deodorant stain on your black dress? If you’re like me, this happens quite often.

You can use can use this insider’s kit as a professional stylist or just behind the scenes of your personal closet (like me!) This special edition kit curated by Lauren Messiah for School of Style contains everything you need to be a stylist to the stars- or just a stylist for yourself. This kit is also handy for weddings or charity fashion shows.

This Fashion First Aid Kit Contains:

I’m anxious to try out the double-sided tape (I have lots of blouses that gape open at the breasts and this would hide the awkward “I can see your bra while I’m sitting next to you” problem), the deodorant remover sponges and the heel fixers.

The website has awesome sections where you can shop for products by problem (blisters, saggy boobs, dragging hems and more), and even ask “Honest Kim”, who will give you real, actionable advice about any embarrassing body or fashion problem you may have.

Wildwood, NJ Vacation

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past week, I’ve been on vacation. James’ family invited me to tag along on their vacation to the Jersey shore- specifically Wildwood and Cape May. I haven’t been on any type of vacation since my senior year of college, so I was excited to spend some time on the beach finally. To break up all the photos, I thought I’d categorize the trip into a few different sections.

Wildwood, NJ Fun & Attractions

During our stay, we had a healthy balance of eating like pigs and having some light exercise. We took morning walks, played tennis and got plenty of walking done during nights on the boardwalk. Obviously many of our days were spent laying out on the beach or taking dips in the pool or ocean.

James’ family has a tradition of going to Elaine’s Theater and Haunted Mansion. Elaine’s is a hotel, restaurant and theater all rolled into one- and it’s haunted to top it off.  The 3-course meal was great, while the pirate-themed show was a little cheesy. It’s nothing that a few grapefruit cocktails couldn’t help fix though- they made everything a little extra funny. And we ended the night off by going on a ghost tour where a staff member of Elaine’s took us throughout Wildwood and shared ghost stories of the many haunted hotels, bed and breakfasts and other buildings in the area.

close up 3 girls

grapefruit cocktail
new jersey sand

cute summer dresses

paisley dress

Wildwood, NJ Food & Restaurants

Wildwood and Cape May have so many restaurants- most are known for their out-of-this-world seafood. Since we were only staying for about a week, we could only make it to a few restaurants during our stay. Some of the restaurants and food shops we ate at include Sal’s Pizza, Tony Luke’s, Wawa (for snacks), Cape May Fish Market, Menz Restaurant and Bar, & 2 Mile Restaurant. I didn’t end up taking many photos of food since I devoured the meals before I had the chance to. Oops.

In terms of dessert, I am in love with water ice, specifically the chocolate flavor. James and I liked it so much that by the second beach day, the girl working the snack shack already knew our order- one large chocolate ice with two spoons. We also indulged in huge ice cream sundaes at the infamous Sea Shell Ice Cream.

cape may shops

cape may dinner

chocolate water ice

 

Wildwood, NJ Boardwalk

Wildwood’s boardwalk is longgggg. Sure, some of the shops are repeated (you can get pizza every 30 seconds of your walk) but there is a variety of fried treats and fun games to waste your money and time on. I indulged in some funnel cake, Dippin Dots and chicken tenders during our 2 trips to the boardwalk.

Then there are the 3 piers of rides. James was the all-star of the night when he received the day’s high score for the 3-Point Basketball Shootout Game. I was very proud. Since roller coasters and rides that spin are not my friend (hello, motion sickness), I participated in the rides and attractions that didn’t make me vomit, like the Haunted Pirate House. If you ever want to have a fun time and be scared shitless, I highly suggest this ride. And go with friends or a significant other so you two have someone to hold on to/scream with.

The rides here are crazy. James’ sister went on so many roller coasters, Tilt-a-Whirls and crazy, upside-down rides that I was just amazed. The craziest one was “It”, which had you spinning upside down completely- I think. I could only watch for a few seconds without getting dizzy.

wildwood ferris wheel

3 point challenge

yellow sundress

wildwood boardwalk

it ride

wildwood w

Wildwood, NJ Condos

We stayed at Seapointe Village’s Pinnacle, a gorgeous rented-out condo that is walking distance from the beach. The balcony became our favorite spot to take photos since the lighting and backdrop were perfect. I loved the bedroom I stayed in, too (below is a shot of the cute sea-themed decorations that were throughout the building).

balcony view

wildwood maxi dress

seapointe village condo view wildwood

jersey shore decor

paisley and plaid

condo balcony

Fancy Feast® Broths- A Treat For Your Cat

fancy feast broth

It’s no secret that I’m a cat lady. My little Bella is like a child to me (in a totally non-weird way) and I love to spoil her. In addition to the scraps of human food she gets every once in a while (she loves deli turkey meat) and the collection of toys she has, every now and then I like to give her some type of wet cat food. That’s why I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Fancy Feast® Broths as a part of this sponsored post program.

fancy feast broths

The Fancy Feast® Broths were the perfect treat for her. They are made from real ingredients like high-quality seafood, are created without by-products or fillers, and are perfectly pre-portioned. The snack is a combination of broth and real seafood and veggies, which are both things Bella seems to really enjoy. She jumped right in and began to chow down on the broth. I like to think of this as the human equivalent of a fancy dessert you get at a nice restaurant for your birthday or something. Work with me here, people. After eating, she used her kitten energy to watch the birds play outside via the window.

bella window

bella kitchen

Bella isn’t as fluffy or photogenic as the furball on the packaging and commercials, but’s she still pretty darn cute, right? If she keeps the good behavior up, these broths may be a little reward. Food is always the best reward- that’s something her and I have in common.

If you have a cat, have they tried one of the 8 flavors of Fancy Feast® Broths? 

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Fancy Feast® #LoveABowl  

Summer Mani Pedi Color Combos

I refuse to believe that it’s already August or that summer is almost over. It’s not! I will be rocking sandals and bright nail polish colors until the fall leaves come out and no one can stop me. In fact, I’m going on vacation next week and I’m contemplating which color combo I’ll be painting my nails and toenails. It’s the little things, right?

With that being said, I thought it would be fun to put together some of my favorite summer nail polish colors. Taking inspiration from some gorgeous photos, here are a few manicure and pedicure color combos inspired by images of summer.

 summer mani pedi colors

beach vacation= Essie First Timer + OPI Ski Teal We Drop

fresh peaches= China Glaze Metro Pollin-Tin  +  butter LONDON Trout Pout

pretty crocuses= Julep Sylvia  +  China Glaze Peachy Keen