Sea Stripes

I love stripes-any time of the year and for any occasion.  And I especially love this JCrew striped mini.  I love the vibrant colors mixed with a splash of gold.  It feels festive and fun, while still being super casual (if you want it to be).  I am even loving mixing metals and wearing both silver and gold with this particular piece.  And seriously, how gorgeous is the balcony off our master suite at the Sea House?  The home where we are spending our time in SJDS is beyond gorgeous in every way.  I’m in love…

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Tank: H&M(old), similar | Skirt: JCrew (old), similar, LOVE this one | Necklace: TJMaxx, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Sandals: Steve Madden (old), similar, similar

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  I am a little sad that our trip is winding down (we head back to the US on Friday), but we still have a few adventures planned that I am really looking forward to.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Vacation Style

Hola!! This morning I am writing this post to you guys from San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.  If you checked out any of last week’s posts, or follow me on Instagram (alldolledupblog), then you know Justin and I are on vacation.  And what a glorious vacation it has been!  This is our 2nd time in SJDS and we are absolutely in love.  Beautiful town, wonderful people, and an incredibly laid back lifestyle which has made it pretty easy for us to just kick back and relax.  The biggest question of the day tends to be whether to go to the beach (surfing for J), or hang by the pool at our house.

We didn’t bring our DSLR with us, so J snapped these photos with his phone out on our patio while we were enjoying our favorite time of the day here…the sunset.  Even Jack (our guard dog), loves to sit and watch the sunset with us and insisted in being in some of the photos with me. 🙂  Maxi skirts, minimal jewelry, and bright tanks have pretty much been my go-to uniform since we’ve been here (outside of bathing suits).  And I am loving the super high slit of this maxi.  Pretty sure it’s my favorite thing that I packed-not to mention that it cost less than $20!!!  Tough to beat that!

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Tank: JCrew, similar | Maxi: Forever21, similar, similar | Necklace: JCrew (on sale!) | Cuff: Lucky | Sunnies: Ray-Ban, less expensive version | Sandals: Target (old), similar 

Be sure to follow along on Instagram (alldolledupblog) to see more of our vacation pics and keep up with our Nicaraguan adventure.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday Flashback

I have had such a busy couple of weeks at work, that I keep finding myself daydreaming about our amazing trip to Montana. And I have to say, I think I’m ready for another vacation! But really, we had such an incredible time, I thought I would use my Friday post to share some of my favorite Instagram shots from our adventures with all of you!  Enjoy!

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Happy weekend!  Hope you all have something fun planned to take advantage of our dwindling days of summer!  Thanks again for the support and for stopping by!

P.S.  Don’t forget to stop by eBay to check out some of the handbags I am selling!  And if you have any questions, let me know!

Nica

Justin and I took a nice long vacation to Nicaragua in January.  And while most people looked at us like we had four eyes when we told them where we were headed, I can’t even begin to put into words how amazing it was. So instead, I thought I would share with you a glimpse into our incredible trip and let our photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!!!

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I think it’s pretty easy to see why J and I absolutely fell in love with Nica.  In fact, I’m surprised we ended up coming back all!  Kidding (well, sort of).  But I can definitely see why so many ex-pats have taken refuge in the quaint town of San Juan Del Sur and why surfers and backpackers and tourists travel from all over the world to soak in the sun, enjoy the cuisine, and catch some of the best waves in the world.  And while we haven’t been back in the states for very long, we are already working on planning our next trip back!  Truly it was, the adventure of a lifetime.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!

xx

Back in the Saddle

I am finally back from vacation, and boy was it an amazing one. J and I headed up to my hometown in Montana to spend a week-a tradition we have kept since we first started dating 7 years ago. We so look forward to it every summer and this year definitely did not disappoint. We spent the week biking and boating and floating and fishing and laughing with family and friends. In fact, it seems like it all went by in the blink of an eye and I hate that it’s over.  So to drown my sorrows, today I will share a glimpse of one of our vacation days.

One of our favorite things to do every year when we go back to Montana is to spend time in Whitefish. It’s a cute little resort town at the base of Big Mountain and the head of Whitefish Lake. Not only is it quaint and loaded with good restaurants, bars, and shops, but it’s where we got married and will always hold a special place in our hearts (plus it’s always just plain fun). So on the only day of our vacation where it was too cool to be out on the water, J and I decided to go on a lunch date in Whitefish and walk around the cute downtown. And what better outfit to put together than my favorite JCrew shorts and new JCrew mini gingham button down-a preppy look that was just summery enough, while keeping me warm and colorful on a cool summer day…

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Hot Pink Mini Gingham:  JCrew Factory (recent)

Purple Shorts:  JCrew Factory

Neon Belt:  Macy’s

Yellow Bubble Necklace:  JCrew via eBay (be careful buying these on eBay!!!)

Earrings:  The Icing

Neon Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

Sunglasses:  Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Bracelets:  Oia Jules via Etsy

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Gold Flats:  Target (old)

With so  many trends to love this summer, one in particular that I have been really drawn to lately is tying my shirts.  While I always love a tunic, tying a shirt gives you another way to wear the items in your closet and is a great way to change up your look.   And since this was a daytime outfit, I did layer a tank under my button down so that I wasn’t showing any skin.  For an evening look however, I would definitely tie my shirt without a layer underneath so that I am showing just a sliver of skin.  But the good news is, either way of wearing this trend is perfectly acceptable.  So if you haven’t tried trying one of your shirts yet, think about testing it out this week.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!!

xx

 

Casual Glam

For those of you that aren’t familiar, I mentioned in an earlier post that Park City is a pretty casual yet glamorous mountain town-a fabulous hybrid that makes it very easy to navigate wardrobe wise (minus a fluctuating temperature). Really, pretty much anything goes from a one shoulder dress, to a little lace skirt, to a hoodie and jeans. In PC, the choice is all yours. And because let’s face it, most of what we dress for in life is often times more casual than not, (even though we sometimes wish we could be more glamorous), I have a favorite item that I am always on the hunt for that foots the bill for both.

So, what it is?! It is a flowy racerback tank with a shirttail hem-my perfect go to top for a casual or glamorous look. Now don’t get me wrong, I love flowy tops just as much as the next person, but let’s face it, they are hard to wear and often times terribly unflattering. However a racerback brings it all in at the top and defines your shoulders and waist before falling to its widest part. And to further create a more flattering look, I especially love a racerback in tandem with a shirttail hem, eliminating the box cut which gives the top (and you!) a little more shape and flare. Plus the combo looks great back to skinnies or shorts making it an incredibly universal piece-which is of course why I love it so much. And with that said, here are a few things I look for when on the prowl for one of these shirts:

1. A Fun Color-something that is bright and interesting on its own, say back to a pair of cut offs, but something that would also look great with a pair of skinnies and heels and some fun jewelry

2. A Dressier Fabric-in today’s post, the silhouette of my top is incredibly casual, but it is made from a rich silky fabric that makes it feel perfect for evening with the right accessories

3. Length-I like these tops to be a little long, but not tunic length. They need to be just long enough that they work with skinnies, but short enough to wear with shorts

4. Strap Width-this summer I have been into skinnier racer back straps. They still aren’t the norm so it makes this simple top feel a little more special and differentiated-even if you are only wearing it with flip flops and jeans

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Tank:  Forever21

Skinny Jeans:  Gap (check in store-they are legging jeans)

Flower Necklace:  TJMaxx (recent)

Chain Necklace:  Macy’s (recent)

Bracelets:  Oia Jules, Tiffany and Co., Thailand

Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Orange Lipstick:  MAC Morange

Shoes:  Chinese Laundry (oldies but goodies)

I feel like I have been all over the place (literally) during the month of July.  Summer is flying by and I feel like I’ve barely had time to take it in and enjoy.  But the good news is, J and I are heading off on vacation tomorrow and traveling back to Montana for bike races and to see family and get some serious time in on the water.  It’s a summer tradition and I couldn’t be more excited!!!  Now I just need to get myself home from Idaho tonight to do some serious unpacking, laundry, and then pack myself up again.  I’m not especially looking forward to that part, but what’s on the horizon will definitely make it worth my while!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

xx