Summer in Central Park

Shirt | Shorts | Denim Jacket | Sandals | Tote (on sale for $30!) | Sunglasses

There couldn't have been better timing for this post – today Central Park is celebrating 166 years! Central Park is easily one of my favorite spots in the city because it truly feels like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city that surrounds it. One of my favorite weekend rituals has been to get an old fashioned donut from Orwasher's Bakery and the to head over to the Conservatory Pond.

 My favorite weekend looks this summer have almost always included these patterned shorts. I love the structured and lightweight fit of them and the citrusy print for summer. I paired it with a simple top, comfortable sandals, and my carry-all wicker tote that is on sale for just $30! This is a steal and has such a darling striped interior!

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Recent Reads No. 9

While I have always done a good job of reaching for a book somewhere in my daily routine, I have found it especially easy to incorporate reading into my commute to work this summer – since there's no phone service in the subway, it's the perfect excuse to pull out a book for 30 minutes. Because I have less free time than during the school year, I've really loved taking advantage of this dedicated reading time each day. Most of my past Recent Reads posts have primarily included nonfiction reads, but I've found myself reaching for fiction lately – especially the coming of age stories in Where The Crawdads Sing and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Read more about these books (+ a few more nonfiction reads) below:

Where The Crawdads Sing

This is the book that has topped nearly every must-read and bestseller list over the past few months and if it isn't already, it should be next up on your list. The book intertwines a murder investigation with a coming of age story, while capturing the mystery and beauty of the lowcountry. It was really easy to get into this book and was one that I couldn't put down!


This was a book that had been on my 'to read' list since I read Invisible Influence last year. It ended up being on the reading list for one of my classes last semester and it has probably been one of the best books I've read on marketing + psychology. It dives into why some things — like modern speakeasies or Rue La La — catch on and why some things don't. If you're a fan of Malcolm Gladwell books and are interested in marketing or communications, this is a book that's both insightful and entertaining.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is another coming of age story that takes place during the turn of the century in Brooklyn. In this story, it's really easy to love the narrator and the way she romanticizes her tenement life and the small corner of Brooklyn that she calls home. This is one of my favorite reads because the characters are so likable and give you a glimpse into New York City in a completely different state than it is today.

Rising Strong

I finally hopped on the Brené Brown bandwagon and ended up loving this book. It was a really quick read and Brené's writing style makes topics like shame and rising after failure really entertaining and relatable. If you've seen her Netflix special, she talks about a lot of the same stories and concepts in this book, so it might feel repetitive, but if you're new to Brené Brown I would recommend this read!

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Morning in Gramercy

Hello from New York! I am thrilled to be back in the city for the summer and am finally getting around to sharing some photos from what I've been up to these past few weeks. Because I'm interning during the week, my friends and I have been go-go-go on the weekends trying to take advantage of all that this city has to offer. Yesterday, my friend and I headed down to the Gramercy Park area, which is just a few blocks from Union Square and Madison Square Park but is somewhere I hadn't explored yet. It's home to 19th Street's Block Beautiful and the exclusive park is lined by charming homes, making it the perfect spot to wander – with an iced coffee in hand.

We started the morning at Daily Provisions, a popular spot for breakfast where the line is always out the door – and with good reason. They are known for their bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches and everything that came out of the kitchen looked equally as delicious. For a quicker breakfast, grab a coffee and a cinnamon cruller to-go!

From Daily Provisions, we walked to the end of the block and found ourselves at the ivy-covered home made famous by Pinterest. Everything was in full-bloom and we wandered down Block Beautiful and over to Gramercy Park. The park is private and only accessible to residents who live on the park's perimeter, so we peered over the wrought-iron fence to get a glimpse.

Top (40% off!) | Jeans (30% off!) | Loafers (40% off!) | Purse | Sunglasses

This outfit has been one of my favorites this season – and almost everything I'm wearing is on sale right now! When I got to New York I had forgotten that temperatures weren't going to be quite as warm as they are in NC, so I had to pick up a few warmer pieces like these jeans, which have easily become a favorite in both my work and weekend wardrobe. I have always struggled to find wide-legged crop pants that hit at the right length and these Banana Republic ones fit like a glove so I picked them up in both vintage blue and white. I have found that they are really wearable and are the most comfortable jeans I own. Because this style of denim is on the trendy side, I paired them with a more feminine ruffle-sleeve top and a pair of loafers to keep the look classic, yet updated.  

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Chic Ruffle LBD for $20

Hello all! I finally finished up finals and am excited to pop back on the blog to tell y'all about this great wardrobe staple that is currently on major sale! It has been marked down from $90 to just $20 (!!) and has become an instant favorite in my closet. 

This updated shift dress features flutter sleeves, a tie belt, and a darling ruffle along the bottom. I absolutely love this twist on a classic LBD that makes it appropriate for nearly any occasion. While I've styled this dress with both Jack Rogers and loafers, for this look I paired it with these comfortable platform sandals and my favorite tortoise statement earrings for a more dressed up daytime look. 

The black dress is currently available in all sizes in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. 

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Polka Dot Wrap Dress Two Ways

Denim Jacket | Mules (from last year, similar here)

Happy Monday, y'all! I think it's safe to say that the spring weather is finally here to stay and I couldn't be more excited. As the weather has been warming up, I've found myself reaching for this Dotted Skort Romper from LOFT Outlet for various occasions. It's so easy to dress up or down with the right accessories and is so fun to wear – it has shorts underneath so it's been fun to really dress it down with a pair of white sneakers! In today's post I'm sharing a more dressed up version with my new favorite heels that I wore on Easter this year, and a more casual look that I've been wearing to class. 

I always get a ton of questions about the espadrilles I'm wearing in this post and they are sadly no longer available. I haven't been able to find any that have all those fun elements combined, but I have found that Target looks like the place to go for espadrille mules this year! They have a ton of fun options that I can see becoming a staple in anyone's wardrobe this summer.

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Easter Elegance

dress | mini-tote (this year's version) | shoes (50% off!) | bee earrings

Happy (belated) Easter! Because I had a long weekend, I spent Easter at home in Charlotte this year. My family and I went to mass and brunch and then played nine holes followed by dinner at home. It was my first time playing golf in over a year, so it was so fun to get back out there! 

For mass and brunch, I wore this dreamy maxi dress from Gal Meets Glam Collection. It was my first purchase from the dress line and did not disappoint – this dress had every detail perfected from the pockets to the ruffled sleeves and the bow on the back. I picked this dress because I love how elegant it looks with heeled sandals, like the ones I'm wearing here, and how simple and wearable it looks with flat sandals. I think this will be a great versatile piece for spring and summer! 

One of my favorite new accessories that I paired with this look are these bee earrings. I had them on my radar for a while and finally found them in a boutique when I was in Savannah a few weeks ago. They are so simple yet whimsical and have easily replaced my pearl earrings in my daily looks. 

I also wanted to point out that the heeled sandals I'm wearing are on sale for 50% off! I usually stray away from anything with a heel but these are so comfortable and easy to walk in. I love how they look with everything from a dress to a pair of jeans and can see them becoming a summer staple in my wardrobe.

I hope y'all had a great Easter!
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