Squeeze The Day

June 16, 2018

Ah, sweet summertime - it invokes imagery of backyard barbecues, splashing around in the pool, & catching fireflies in the early evening - or at least once upon a time that's what summer meant. These days, it's more drive-thru BBQ, squeezing into the baby pool with Lilly, and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Summer may look a little different, but there's one thing that remains the same: the sundress.

A great sundress (or 20, in my case) is an essential piece of any wardrobe. You can never have too many & I tend to go for fun prints & bright colors (give me all the seersucker & neons!). When I came across this lemon print dress, I knew it would be perfect for daytripping in Nashville. I paired it with my favorite lace up wedges & a lemon clutch from Tartan+Twine to complete the look (because I'm never one to pass up a good theme).

Thirty, Flirty, & Thriving

June 13, 2018

Flashing back to when I first saw Thirteen Going On Thirty, I remember thinking, "30 is old!" & picturing myself as a 30 year old just felt weird. I could only see the general idea of it, blurry & out of focus. What would 30 be like? What would I have accomplished by then? 

If you asked 20 year old me what I envisioned for 30, she would have said something like: living a fabulous life in a fancy high rise apartment & making $BANK$. She'd have a wardrobe straight out of the pages of a fashion magazine & jetset around the world, all the while chronicling her adventures through photojournalism & gossiping about her adventures over mimosas & brunch. Girl needed to slow her roll because apparently she thought I was going to grow up to be Carrie Bradshaw.

A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle

June 6, 2018

Let's talk books! These days, it's hard for me to find the time to read. Between taking care of Lilly, and simultaneously working my 9-5 office job, plus keep up with my side business, Second Star Co. (& now adding a blog into the mix!), I stay pretty busy trying to maintain my status of #girlboss. But now that it's almost summer, that means vacation - and for me, vacation is synonymous with reading. Although the first day of summer isn't until mid June, and my mini beach vacation isn't until July, I've already got my summer reading list ready to go (& all my vacation outfits as well. Shout out to all my fellow outfit planners!) You know homegirl is counting down the days until I'm sitting pretty on a white sand beach with a strawberry daiquiri in one hand and a juicy novel in the other. 

But since I'm still a good 5-6 hours away from the closest beach, the next best place - and probably more obvious - for a photo sesh inspired by the written word is the stunning Nashville public library. Can you guess who this look was inspired by? Major side eye if you can't instantly tell...

First Things First: The Frist

May 31, 2018

I consider myself to be an artistic person. Art was always my favorite subject in school, and you could often find me huddled in the back of the classroom, hunched over a sketchpad, my hands covered in ink stains. I used to live & breathe art: pages & pages of doodles all over my notebooks, moleskin journals filled up with mixed media collages, and countless word documents on my laptop of poems, prose, and short stories. During my junior year of high school (which feels like the stone age now!), I got really into photography. My mother ran an online vintage store (still does!), and I would often borrow her glamorous 1950s and 60s dresses and set off to some fabulous location in Memphis for a photo shoot - and thus began my love affair with fashion photography. I was way ahead of the curve on #OOTD back then! 

For someone who loves art, wandering around the galleries of an art museum (while dressed to the nines) sounds like a pretty perfect day. While Nashville doesn't have any fashion exhibits right now, they do have something equally as intriguing: the Nick Cave exhibit at the Frist.

Babes Who Brunch

May 28, 2018

When your best friend lives 2 hours away in music city, daytripping is a must - and often! You'll be seeing a lot more of Nashville on here in the coming weeks. There's so much to see & do there, so I'll be covering some spots in a series of Nash-centered posts. 

Today's post is all about the most important meal of the day: brunch! We stopped in at Le Sel to indulge in some good food & of course the all-important photo sesh. Located in midtown, this trendy little restaurant has all the bells & whistles of a totally Instagram-worthy spot: plush pink booths, black & white striped floors, a pink neon "irresistible" sign & the cutest little bar area. The aesthetic was completely my taste, to a T.

The Cold Always Bothered Me Anyway

May 20, 2018

One of the bonuses of having family visit means free babysitting. Since Lilly would be in good hands, I took the rare opportunity to ditch my usual sweatpants uniform in favor of dressing up for date night, & I had the perfect dress I wanted to take out for a spin.

When I saw this ice blue maxi dress, I immediately thought of Elsa. The gauzy material was so light & flowy, perfect for a warm spring evening (because seriously, the cold really does bother me. I'm such a southern girl and I can NOT handle the cold). I didn't get any photos of the back (Instagram hubs was in a hurry to get to dinner), but it was completely open back with thin crisscrossed spaghetti straps, so just use your imagination.

The Jolliest Holiday

May 18, 2018

I remember watching Mary Poppins as a kid and oohing and aahing over the Jolly Holiday scene. I adored the bright colors of the carousel horses, the playfulness of the dancing penguins, and the catchy song that would get stuck in my head for hours. I remember thinking how pretty Mary looked in her Jolly Holiday finest and wished I could wear her signature red & white dress. Flash forward 15+ years, and my childhood dreams came true at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party when Barry & I dressed as Bert & Mary. Our costumes were so good in fact, that we got in trouble for taking photos with some small children because we were "too legit" & people thought we were the OG characters instead of partygoers!

Having bounded as Mary already, I knew that I wanted to try Bert next. His outfit is just as fun, with its brightly colored stripe blazer in hues of red & orange with turquoise accents. Naturally, I wanted to put a dapper spin on it, so when I found this gem of a 1960s picnic dress, I immediately knew I had to genderbend disneybound as Bert.

T-teach Me How To Dapper

May 4, 2018

Let's talk Dapper Day! For those of you that don't know, Dapper Day is a bi-annual event held at Disneyland in CA, as well Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and celebrates the styles of yesteryear when people would actually dress up to go to the parks. There are usually several meet-ups going on at various locations throughout the parks, and no matter where you go, you'll find people dressed to the nines, snapping photos and grinning ear to ear. It's a pretty magical day!

I had my first taste of Dapper Day last spring. I was supposed to meet a friend down in FL for the weekend, but I got ghosted, and I was not about to let that ruin my mini-vacay! So on the morning of my first Dapper Day (on my first ever solo trip), I donned my Tinkerbell finest (I got told I looked like a princess by the sweetest little girl at the bus stop!), boarded a bus bound for Magic Kingdom, & hoped for the best. Dapper Day did not disappoint!

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