Happy Friday, everyone!
On the Blog:
- This sleeveless coral sweater look for cooler summer mornings and this boho embroidered look for hotter weather
- 5 energy-boosting recipes
- Discussing mindfulness and setting daily intentions
Around the Web:
- Loved this breakdown of Shiona Turini’s style on Cupcakes and Cashmere
- I do Barre3 online most mornings and it was fun to read this behind the scenes article about the filming of this week’s weekly workout (it’s a good one!)
- 5 No-Bake Desserts that I need to make at least one of this weekend!
- Love the idea of turning a vintage silk scarf into a summery top
- Carrot spiralized pasta recipe and a cute casual romper look!
Shopbop has their designer Boutique Sale! Save up to 50% on Shopbop’s luxury labels. Plus, they have lots of other great items on sale too.
The Revolve Almost Summer sale is here, which means up to 50% off select hot styles.
- Net-A-Porter has up to 50% off Select Sale Items.
- Target has a ton of Who What Wear and Victoria Beckham items on sale.
Shop the sales:
Summer on the east coast can be hot and sticky, so on those almost unmanageable days, I find myself reaching for flowy, breathable wardrobe staples. I wore this look on our trip to Norfolk and Virginia Beach where the nearly 90 degree weather called for something a little lighter.
Summer also just seems to call for more boho-inspired items, a trend I’m always trying to incorporate more of into my wardrobe but often can’t find pieces that work for my body type or fit my lifestyle and personality.
I picked up these shorts from Target (they were on sale for $12!) and this sleeveless crop top during the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. I’d been looking for a similar top to pair both with high waisted shorts and several pairs of printed, high waisted pants I’ve been wearing non-stop lately. Pairing crop tops with high waisted bottoms is definitely one of my favorite ways to pull off a casual vibe without actually showing too much skin.
I’ve rounded up lots of cute boho-inspired looks below, but as I know, finding pieces that actually fit your lifestyle and don’t feel like a costume can be a bit challenging, so I recommend trying items on in person whenever possible or ordering from a site with free shipping and free returns (like Nordstrom!) so it’s easy to try pieces that might be out of your comfort zone with little risk. Also, finding pieces in your usual shapes and styles but with added features like embroidery can be another way to ensure you’ll actually wear the items instead of placing them in your closet with the best of intentions and then never actually pulling them back out again–something I am all too guilty of!
Shop more boho-inspired looks:
I just finished reading The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine, where the author chronicles her journey to set small, manageable health goals to help combat the author’s thyroid disorder in the vain of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, another one of my favorite books. So much of Lapine’s book resonated with me and thankfully, a lot of what she does I already incorporate into my life. However, with the instability of packing, moving, and all of the change currently taking place in my life, it’s easy to see just how fragile our routines are, and lately, I’ve found myself regressing into old bad habits as I try to manage the stress of moving across country, then to a new country, and finding a job at the same time.
While I definitely feel out of control these days, I’m trying to focus my attention on little things that I can control each day to keep me sane by setting an intention for the day when I wake up each morning. This week, I’m trying to keep my intention simple and consistent: eat food that fuels my body. While that slice of pizza may look good and give me momentary energy, I know that carbs and sugar lull me into a slump in the long run, making it even harder to make good food decisions later on. It’s been a bit of a challenge this week — I’ve given into eating chips and salsa nearly every afternoon – but I’ve found that prepping my food in advance or whenever I have the energy keeps me on track when I’m most likely to grab whatever is around me, even if that means making dinner at 3 in the afternoon and setting it aside for later.
If you haven’t checked out The Wellness Project, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re thinking of making healthy changes to your lifestyle as the incremental, one goal at a time based approach can be really effective. I’m hoping by writing this post, I’ll help keep myself more accountable as well!
Our weather (thankfully!) hasn’t quite reach the peak humidity and heat of summer and has been bouncing back and forth with some cooler mornings that have me reaching for either layers or something with a bit more heft, like this sweater.
I love that it’s still got a bright pop of coral color and feels super summery while added some warmth and texture to what could have been kind of a bland outfit. This necklace is from 31 Bits, an organization that supports local artisans in Uganda and Indonesia and preserves local jewelry making techniques. I love how fun and colorful this one is too.
My exact sweater is from last season (I’m in love with this similar option!) but I’ve also rounded up some other great lightweight sleeveless sweater options below.
Shop more summer weight sweater options: