Lightweight

lightweight sweatshirts, how to style a sweatshirt, chic sweatshirts, graphic sweatshirts, sweatshirt summer As I was cleaning out my closet last weekend, I wondered if it was time to pack away all my sweaters for good. I did tuck away most of the heavier knits, but I left a few of the lightweight ones within easy reach. Boy am I glad I did, because this week we’ve experienced both summer and fall-like weather. Aside from keeping my lightweight long sleeves out for the fickle weather (Lydia described it perfectly), they’re good for cozying up at home or at night when the temperatures may drop. At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I try really hard to resist these two lightweight sweatshirts.

I love the entire ‘Bien Fait’ collection from Madewell. I have the phone case and I’m still get sad that I didn’t snag the t-shirt version before it sold out everywhere (ask my sister– I’ll text her from time to time, lamenting the fact that I didn’t lock it down when I had the chance). I was thrilled when they created a new version of the sweatshirt for summer in crisp white cotton. The other sweatshirt I’m loving is the ‘Oui Mon Cheri’ sweatshirt from J. Crew. I’m starting to realize I have a thing for whites this season and you know I’m a sucker for a French phrase!

Look 1: Madewell Bien Fait Surfbreeze Sweatshirt, Zara Printed Trousers, Forever 21 Studs, H&M Sneakers
Look 2: J. Crew Oui Mon Cheri SweatshirtAmerican Eagle Denim ShortsTarget Mossimo Sandals, BaubleBar Crystal Tailfeather Collar

Lacy Summer Days

lace skirt, crochet skirt, gap essential v neck tee, gray tee, heart sneakers The second perk of a three-day weekend? The shorter work week that follows! For once the week seems to be moving along at a decent pace. I had a very chill, relaxing long weekend and I actually felt, dare I say, well-rested when I headed back to work yesterday. Leading up to the long weekend, I finally met up with Emily of Emily Makes and we grabbed margaritas at a place that’s quickly become my go-to happy hour spot- Benny’s Burritos in the West Village. I’m always a little nervous before meet-ups like this because it could be awkward, but happily I didn’t feel the least bit weird, Emily and I had no problems chatting, and it was the perfect precursor to the weekend.

On Friday we had our first summer Friday and I felt like a kid who was let of of school early. I took advantage of the half day to do some shopping and picked up a few summery pieces for my wardrobe (including the skirt I’m wearing here). Friday night brought an impromptu gathering of friends to celebrate my friend’s graduation from law school and Saturday afternoon I went to brunch at Westville East with my roomie and our friend who was visiting from DC.

lace skirt, crochet skirt, gap essential v neck tee, gray tee, heart sneakers I tweeted about the fact that I’ve been finding it hard to get dressed in the mornings (I’m just not feeling most things in my wardrobe), so I knew it was time for a wardrobe cleanout this weekend. When I purge my wardrobe, I always feel the need to get the clothes I’m getting rid of out of the way immediately. Sunday was cleanout day, so later that afternoon I headed to Goodwill to drop off a few bags of clothes in the donation pile. Then my roomie and I just wandered around the East Village for a bit and stumbled upon the new location of Insomnia Cookies. My roommate can confirm this- I was pretty excited when I saw the storefront and of course I had to get some of my favorite cookies.

Monday was a very chill day and honestly I did a whole lot of nothing. Well, that’s not 100% true- I did work on something different for the blog that will hopefully be ready to share soon. Other than that though- it was a lot of watching movies and tons of Youtube videos (my Youtube obsession continues!), as well as finishing one book and starting another.

lace skirt, crochet skirt, gap essential v neck tee, gray tee, heart sneakers Now that I’ve caught you guys up on my entire life, on to the outfit! I’m pretty sure I mentioned that one of my goals this year was to revamp my wardrobe, so I’ve been extra mindful of my clothing purchases this year and each season I’ve tried to create a type of capsule wardrobe with pieces that I can easily mix and match (I’ve found the blog Into Mind to be a very helpful resource).

When I was shopping on Friday, I found this skirt at Joe Fresh on sale for less than $15. I love the lacy detail and that the length is still appropriate for work. Initially I wanted to get this in a more neutral color, but thinking about how my seasonal wardrobe is mostly neutrals, I realized I did need to infuse some color. I’m weird in the sense that I usually like to hold onto new clothing items for a few weeks before I wear them, but contrary to my typical style, I whipped out this skirt the next day and wore it to brunch. You all know that my weekend style is pretty casual, so I just paired this with a soft gray tee, my favorite lightweight jacket, and sneakers. I love the color combination of pink and gray and I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself repeating this outfit for work someday very soon.

lace skirt, crochet skirt, gap essential v neck tee, gray tee, pink and gray outfit Outfit Details: Jacket- H&M // Essential Short-Sleeve V-Neck Tee– Gap (now on sale) // Crochet Skirt– Joe Fresh // Sneakers and Necklace- Forever 21 // Purse- Fossil Erin Satchel via Macy’s // Lips- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl // photos of me- my roomie Kiet

Now that I’ve talked your ears off, it’s time for you to fill me in on your lives!
Tell me: What was your last clothing purchase?

Midi Skirt Style

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That skirt was a bit of an impulse buy and I thought I’d only wear it occasionally; however, I found that it was really easy to dress up and down and I wore it many times to work and at night. At some point a couple of years ago, I pulled it out of my closet one morning and discovered that there was a huge stain streaking down the front of the skirt. I tried to gently scrub it out (since the material is so delicate), but to no avail. I’m still not sure what happened and I was pretty sad that it was damaged because I loved that skirt. I think I still have it tucked away somewhere in case someone can one day work some magic on it.

Since then I haven’t bought another midi skirt, but I’ve decided that it would be a great piece to add to my closet now. I’m specifically looking for a swingy black version and I think it would be perfect for this late spring/early summer weather we’re experiencing right now. One of my goals this year has been to be more thoughtful with all of my clothing purchases and I always like to look on Pinterest for styling inspiration when I’m considering a new item of clothing. Right now I can picture myself wearing a midi skirt with…

– a little leather to balance the ladylike cut.

– a crop top (!?!) and denim jacket for a sweet springtime look.

– a little lace and a statement necklace.

– an eye-catching belt and strappy heels (or more likely, strappy sandals).

– leopard, because leopard goes with everything.

– a classic white silk blouse.

I hope you all have a fun Memorial Day weekend! I might take the holiday off here on the blog, but I haven’t quite decided yet. Either way, I’ll see you back here sometime next week!

Tell me: How would you wear a midi skirt?

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Obiqo Body Wash and Body Butter Review

obiqo skincare, obiqo body wash, obiqo silky body butter, obiqo sea salt extract, Everyone wants soft skin, right? I’m always looking for new products that will leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized, so when Obiqo reached out and introduced me to their line of products, I was looking forward to trying them out. I hadn’t heard of the company before (they’re based in New Zealand), but their products are inspired by the sea and include marine extracts.

Let’s start with the body wash. On the bottle it says that it will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and silky smooth. Each time I used this, I did feel that my skin was fresh, clean and smooth, although not particularly smoother than usual. This is a gel body wash and with a few pumps I was able to get a nice lather. It did feel cool and refreshing in the shower and it didn’t leave any sticky residue. I will say that the scent is not my favorite- it’s a bit too herbal for my tastes. Thankfully the scent is light and I found that it didn’t linger too long after I finished showering, particularly if I used the body butter afterwards.

obiqo skincare, obiqo body wash, obiqo silky body butter, obiqo sea salt extract, In my opinion, the body butter stole the show. The label states that it will deeply moisturize your skin and I completely agree with that statement. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have dry skin so I do apply lotion on a daily basis and often multiple times a day. I felt that this body butter did a great job of moisturizing my skin. I only applied this all over my body once in the morning and noticed that my skin stayed hydrated throughout the day and I didn’t need to reapply. It is a body butter, so it has a thicker texture and I did have to work it into my skin a bit. When first applying, it felt a little sticky to me and I though, “uh oh,” but after waiting 20 seconds or so for it to sink in, the sticky feeling went away. I much prefer the scent of the body butter over the body wash- it’s light and fresh with a hint of the sea.

obiqo skincare, obiqo body wash, obiqo silky body butter, obiqo sea salt extract, If you’re curious about their products and want to learn more, you can sign up for their newsletter here. Also, if you want to try these out for yourself, you can get 5% off 2 or more items with the code OBZT2RHI or 10% off 3 or more items with the code OBIDKUCG!

(Obiqo Refreshing Body Wash // Obiqo Silky Body Butter)

Tell me: What’s your favorite scent for body wash or soap?

Disclaimer: These products were provided to me by Obiqo for review purposes, but you’ll always read my honest thoughts and opinions about the products I review.