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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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Cherry Crush

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Wow, it's been awhile since I've done an outfit post around here, I need to get those blogging muscles back in actions. Before I head back to school in due time, I have been a busy bee by working on a plethora of content to roll out over the next month or so. If I happen to go radio silent at all (which is 100% going to happen), odds are I'm piled up to my head in school work. Aha, oh help. In other news, I've developed quite a crush on cherries lately, both sartorially and gastronomically. This new Reál top is simply sealing the deal and kissing the lips on this love affair. 

Before you go, many of you ask what size I wear in Reál... I normally wear a medium in the tops/dresses, but then bring them to the tailor to get them taken in here and there. However, I'd recommend sizing up if you are in-between sizes.

Wearing: Réalisation Par blouse, Vintage Levi's, Chanel ballet flats, Brandy Melville denim jacket (in-store only)

Location: Greenwich, CT

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Endless Possibilities

The middle of July often brings along a summer style rut where all of those linen dresses and lace tops purchased back in May, become dull and blah. Thus, we must hit the style refresh button in order to spice things up. One of my favorite summer tricks is the scarf-as-a-shirt. Depending on the area size of your respectable scarf, options can be endless. In my case, I prefer the updated tube top.... plenty of shoulders and back to show off in the late summer sun. Try it on the beach or for dinner. Endless summer equals endless possibilities. 

Wearing: Hermes silk scarf (check TheRealReal), Aritzia skirt, Castañer espadrilles (Matches is my favorite place for them), Ray-Ban shades

Location: Newport, Rhode Island  

Thank You Nancy

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I would be lying if I didn't admit that this look was completely, no-doubt-about-it, inspired by The Parent Trap... the 90s version of course. It's a hybrid of the twins' matching yellow looks and the Ralph Lauren button down looks. Thank you, Nancy Meyers for the plethora of sartorial inspiration. Please make another movie, so I can continue this journey.

Sidenote, yellow is the color of my dreams right now, hence this look. Faded yellow looks particularly charming with bright, firetruck red. Throws you for a loop of color confusion. It just works. 

Wearing: J.Crew linen button-down, Levi's vintage denim, Hunza G x Pandora Sykes bikini, and Ray-Ban shades

Location: Montauk, NY

Purple Crush

I’ve professed my love for Reál in the past and I’ll say it again and again. They are the absolute dreamiest dresses in the world, maybe a hyperbolic statement but I doubt it, and I could wear one every single day. This purple beauty has brought a romantic touch to my closet whilst still remaining true to my own vibe. I’ve been on a bit of a spending halt this month (more on that later), so I’m taking advantage of the gorgeous items already hanging in my wardrobe. Per example, I’ve worn this baby out on the town with earrings and espadrilles or during the day with loafers and my favorite, falling apart at the seams sweater.  What can I say? I’m an outfit-repeater, but when the criminal is this charming… I guess it can fly.

Wearing: Reálisation Par dress, Vintage sweater, Gucci loafers, and Ray-Ban shades

Location: Montauk, NY

Summer Sartorial Prep

I have finally reached the last week of classes before reading period kicks in, and TBH, did not think I’d make it here. The summer build up is in full force and the excitement is bubbling like La Croix in the fridge. In order to make up for my lazy study outfits, which entail of  OV leggings, a baseball cap pulled from my extensive collection, and a sweatshirt, I’ve been pre-gaming for my summer sartorial decisions. Plus, I've been picking up a few extra beauty and lifestyle products to infuse both my face and humble abode with warm weather vibes straight outta Blue Crush meets Nancy Meyers.  

Kicking it off, we have color. So much of it. I purchased this Hunza G x Pandora Sykes swimsuit as a reward for finishing a huge research paper after several months of little sleep and lots of coffee. Trust me, I have the undereye bags to prove it. And they are not designer. Bad-a-bing-bad-a-boom. Oh my, someone please help me. 

I’ve been eying this bathing suit since last August, so I finally convinced myself to bite the bullet. The result? A swimsuit I want to live in for the rest of time. The 80s cut and signature Hunza material hugs the body in all the right places and turns you into an 80s beach babe right out of Venice Beach. Plus, the sunny yellow color brings me joy. If Marie Kondo says I should only hold onto items that bring me joy, I think it will be forever with this bathing suit. 

Apparently, I’m having a love affair with yellow. So, I scored this Honey t-shirt from Brandy Melville last week, which proceeded for me wearing it the whole. entire. weekend. 

Overkill? Maybe. Do I truly care? You can answer that question. 

Switching gears to vintage, I’ve been on a mad hunt for white Levis since last summer. We all know the truth that white jeans aren’t the most flattering unless you resemble an Amazonian goddess, ehem Gisele, so it best to avoid the super skinny choices and go with Levis, cropped flares (like this Madewell pair), or a boyfriend fit.

I found two great deals via eBay, so if you a) know your size, and b) are willing to do some internet hunting, second hand is the way to go. Plus, it’s good for Mother Earth and I’m all about doing our part when it comes to consumerism. Side note, I’m thinking about making a guide to ethical shopping if any of you are interested. The other vintage piece I picked up was this baby pink lace blouse from Courtyard LAan online vintage shop via Instagram. It reminds me of Isabel Marant meets Chloe and I’ll for it. Again, more color... how the times are changing around here.

The last item, which is kinda an oddball, are Keap candles. I have mentioned them before in my last Best of the Best post, but I thought it would be best to show the burned down candle to prove that my room smells of Waves. Keap BK is another brand that really exemplifies sustainability and ethical consumerism as their candles are all made in Brooklyn from start to finish.  Last month, I was lucky to go to their factory last month and had the ability to see all the stages of the process. If you are in the need of some new candles, I highly, highly recommend checking them out

As for beauty products, I’m currently in the market for a body oil for summer and some aqua eyeliner because why not? Don’t you aspire to look like a mermaid?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I cannot wait to show you how I style all these items. xx S