A Straw Bag for Summer

There's no denying that the straw bag is BIG when it comes to summer.  Whether you tote it to the beach or find a cute straw clutch; the straw bag is the bag for when summertime hits.  My latest straw bag has a story and one that makes me cherish it all the more. Not my latest straw bag but a cute one all the same. Last month my Mom visited and as she was getting ready to leave she handed me this butterfly straw bag.  I told her how cute I thought it was and she told me how she wanted me to have it.  It was the last birthday present my grandmother, her mother, had given her.  I knew instantly that I would keep it forever and use it with care. For every day I think the butterfly straw bag looks cute with a simple set of shorts and a tank.  Add a delicate pendant with a set of … [Read more...]

City Mouse by Stacey Lender

Summer is almost here.  Are you looking for a new book to devour by the pool, on the beach or by the lake?  No matter what your summer destination is or isn't this year Stacey Lender's debut novel, CITY MOUSE is a guilty pleasure read with depth and heart that is sure to spark conversation and is perfect for summer reading.  Why? City Mouse Offers Vulnerability, Wit & Laughs The hook is all in the question that every one of us has often asked ourselves.  Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?  This is exactly what happens to the main character, Jessica, as she and her husband and two little kids find themselves getting squeezed out of their NYC space that they are renting.  Unable to find what they want or can afford in the city they realize they might … [Read more...]

5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50

April showers bring May flowers, right?  I sure hope so because I feel like we are in an endless spiral of chilly and rainy days right now. However, I have hope for the future! That means a May with sunny warm temperatures and '5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50' to tempt you into spring and lead you into summer.  Because who can say no to cute, flirty sundresses?     Sundresses for Under $50 by victoriamason featuring a red orange dress Yumi Oh So Dutch Dress/Gingham Cold Shoulder Dress by Glamorous (similar)/Boo Hoo Aston Floral Print/Zaful Halter Smock Open Back Maxi (similar)/Orange Slip Dress (similar)/ Because who can stop at 5? Here's a few more sundresses for under $50! >Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style … [Read more...]

Bondi Lifestyle ‘Circus Circus’ Kaftan

When I first took at look at this Bondi Lifestyle kaftan I immediately thought, "Ah, summer." The sun has a golden quality to it now that makes me think of days gone by and of Jessica Pare' and her character Megan on 'Mad Men'.  The swirls of colors, beading at the scoop neckline and flowing fabric give off a retro vibe that is both glamorous and a touch of the late sixties. A wide-brimmed straw hat paired with dark sunglasses and simple sandals is all you need to hit the beach or lay by the pool and feel like Elizabeth Taylor herself. As the sun dipped lower in the sky I flung this kaftan on for an evening walk on the beach. I found this quote on a tag for the Bondi Lifestyle kaftan and fell in love with the images and style ideas it evoked. Birds of Paradise 'Circus … [Read more...]

August Athleisure Style

Summertime and the living is easy. It's what makes athleisure style so perfect for right now. I'm all about being comfortable, taking the rest of the sunshiney, warm days and spending it with my friends, family and by myself. Hello, Sunday afternoon movies alone!  Through it all I am wearing lots of relaxed looks that are more athleisure style. Lace cut out slip on slides? Don't mind if I do. What are you doing these last few weeks of summer? Merona Gray Tank (similar)/Merona Skirt/Forever 21 Slip On Sneakers (old-similar/similar)/Skull Earrings (similar/similar) Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog Link Up/Pink Sole/Hello Monday Link Up/Sydney Fashion Forum/Ms Chanda An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation Floral with Style in Harmony

Hi, my name is Tamara from the fashion and beauty blog, Style in Harmony. Today I'm taking over Victoria's blog to share a summer vacation look with you all! This past week I spent a few days in New Hampshire with some family and friends. We stayed at a lake house and had a great time boating, swimming, jet skiing and playing games! It was very relaxing. My favorite trend this summer is off the shoulder tops and dresses. This beautiful floral dress is perfect for a dressed up look while vacationing! It's feminine and flirty and easy to pack, throw on and go. I bought this dress recently at a boutique shop in New York City. It's not available online, but I linked a few others I really like below! For accessories, I went with neutrals to keep the focus on the dress. I love cognac … [Read more...]

Live Unlimited this Summer

It's not new that I haven't been my best this summer. That a break was totally needed for a variety of reasons.  When my friend, Christine from Boston Mamas, asked me if I wanted to participate in the Muscular Dystrophy Live Unlimited campaign this summer, I jumped on it. I needed to do something outside myself.  We all need to step back and find a way to help others and the idea that we should live unlimited appealed to me in a time where I felt very thwarted by own body.  A small inkling that is a drop in the bucket compared to what kids and adults living with MDA deal with daily.  So if wearing a #liveunlimited bracelet raises awareness for this cause and helps motivate me to think beyond my own problems, I will do it! TopShop Double Strap V-Back Camisole/J Crew Factory … [Read more...]

3 End of Summer Must-Haves

Guest post from Gladys at The Mother Overload. End of summer brings warm days and cooler nights which makes putting outfits together tons of fun. It also means that fall is fast approaching and layering will be my new best friend. Who's ready for fall? Skirt: Banana Republic $14.99 | Heels: Steve Madden Nude Pumps $99 | Blouse: Chambray (old) | T-Shirt: TJ Maxx $9 | Sunnies: Forever21 $5.90 Bright Skirts Love wearing bright airy skirts during the end of summer. It's sorta my farewell to summer and hello to fall. I paired this Banana Republic skirt with a long sleeve chambray and heels for a quick dinner date with mi amor. Oh and let me mention that this skirt was on sale a couple weeks ago for only $14.99 (over 80% off). Best find ever! Gingham … [Read more...]

Cold Shoulder and Palazzo Pants

One of my favorite things about summer is the comfort and the ability to throw on a cold shoulder and palazzo pants. Perfect for a date night at the beach or at home.  Palazzo pants are super comfy while looking elegant when paired with an off the shoulder top.  I love this 90s throwback version from Shopbop.  It's sexy and cute at the same time. Merona Palazzo Pants (old) (similar)/Free People Yacht Club Striped Tee (SHOPBOP)/Black Sunnies/INC Pink Clutch (old) (similar)/Matiko 'Delilah' Fringe Flat Sandals (SHOPBOP)/Gold Bangles (old) (similar) Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog Link Up/Pink Sole/Hello Monday Link Up/Sydney Fashion Forum/Ms Chanda An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

Cool Skincare Tips for the Hot Summer

Getting ready for the summer is an exciting time with the swimming, barbecues, outdoor activities and spending quality time with the family. However, getting the family, especially the kiddos, excited about proper skincare isn’t always fun and games. And to add to it, us, the hectic mommies, often forget about protecting our own skin. As a busy mom, you’re always looking to save a little time, so I want to help you have one less thing to worry about and want to provide you with some skincare pointers that I use for my own family. Cover Up Summertime means shorts and tank tops and extra skin, right? False, not if you want to protect your skin, that is. Exposing too much skin could put you in harm’s way with dangerous UV rays that can penetrate the skin to not only put you and your … [Read more...]