All Saints dress (similar) // Nike shoes (similar) // Illesteva sunglasses c/o Ditto // Guyana tote

Hi guys!

Sorry for the silence over the last week--I needed a bit of an adjustment period as I'm getting back in the swing of things with school and my new, busier schedule. Anyways, I'm glad to be back!

If I saw these pictures two years ago, I would have seriously doubted my fashion choices. A silk dress and tennis shoes? Really? Well two years ago my personal style was a lot ( I cannot emphasize that enough) different. As I've grown into my style, I've started to blend some athletic wear into my wardrobe and I like the direction I am headed in. I found this two-piece dress in New York a few weeks ago during an awesome sale at All Saints. I rarely ever shop there because the prices are outrages, but I got super lucky that day and found this perfect dress-up/dress-down piece I can wear year-round. I love mixing navy & black and I also love shapeless dresses, so this was a yes in my book. It's a navy slip plus a sheer black dress and together they make the perfect piece which can be worn to virtually any function. Just recently, I wore this dress with wedges and a little bit of jewelry for a party, but as you can see here I can easily pair it with a pair of chic tennis shoes for a polished, but not trying to hard look.

What do you think of mixing athletic wear into your wardrobe? Comment below!


art update

palm print // cactus print // abstract print
NYC map print // quote print
XO print // black dots print
Lately I've been thinking about re-doing a few parts of my room, to give it a little refresh. I recently focused on organizing my desk and re-doing my bulletin board ( I just did a whole post on it). Now I'm moving to art. I don't really have a gallery wall, but I have all of this unused space above my bed that would be perfect for a mini-gallery wall. I love art and I think it's a great way to update your room and also make it more beautiful! I've rounded up some of my favorite prints from around the web and I will probably end up ordering some, so stay tuned for a gallery wall post in the future!


Martha's Vineyard photo diary pt. 2

A somewhat desolate beach on Chappaquiddick //  Wearing my favorite J.Crew bikini top on State Beach // State Beach dunes // Sunset watching at Menemsha // State Beach // Chappy waves // exploring a new part of Chappaquiddick // Remember this instagram post?  // Re-creating this photo from last year with this year's findings // still dying over this precious puppy found in Edgartown  // picture-perfect summer home // flowers outside of the house // obsessed with this open-knit sweater I found--I had been dying to wear a sweater! I'm so sick of the heat! // No. 1 beach essential: Glossier coconut balm dot com

You guessed it--I have even more photos from my trip to Martha's Vineyard. There are so many for me to go through and it was tough selecting a few to share with you guys.

Usually when I'm on the Vineyard, my family and I will make a day trip to Chappaquiddick, a small island connected to Martha's Vineyard. You get there via a 2 minute ferry from Edgartown harbor and  it's a fun place to explore. Chappy is much less populated than MV and it doesn't really have a "town," it's mainly just the residents and a few other places. It just so happened that the day I went a few special guests were heading to the island as well. As you probably know, President Obama his family summer on the Vineyard. It's great for the island, but the traffic he creates with secret service/his arrival is horrendous. This year I missed him playing golf at Farm Neck (I live in that area) when I headed to Chappy in the morning, but I did see a suspicious SUV with secret sirens on the ferry ahead of us and assumed it was someone in his posse. A few minutes later after we've gotten off of the ferry and start driving to the beach, I see the same car. Hmm. Then I see three people on bicycles out of the window, one in the back who is not too covert about hiding his gun which pretty much confirmed my assumptions. When we finally drove past, we realized it was Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor. Just a slightly important person for the United States. So that's my not super exciting "celeb" sighting. It was one of those serendipitous moments and a  fun fact I'm going to keep under my belt and save for one of those "tell us a fun fact" ice breaker games.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the second installment of my MV photo diary, and you can read the first part here. Part three coming soon!

P.S. Sorry this post is late! It was supposed to go up Tuesday, but the start of school is crazy and I totally forgot to schedule it!


desk diaries

Since  I'm starting off the school year with an organized desk, an organized planner is also going to help.
 Special thanks to Amy for the Rag & Bone matches ;)
 My bulletin is covered with polaroids on one side and [aesthetically pleasing] business cards on the other.
Since I'm a fall sport athlete (Cross Country), it's important that I keep a water bottle at my desk so I am constantly hydrating! I just bought this S'well bottle and have loved it so far!

It's time for that "let's pretend to be organized for a solid month" time. A.K.A. the start of school. 

Even though from about February to May of this year you couldn't see the actual desk and there were papers everywhere, I'm going to try start off this school year more organized than I ended the last one. I'm going to attempt (at least for a little while) to be clutter-free. After spending a little bit of last week organizing, I thought I would share the results with you guys. My desk is pretty much an entrepĂ´t for my life. It's where my homework is done, where I watch TV, where I blog, where I file away important papers and is home to a stack of this month's magazines. Trust me, if you saw my desk circa the first week of May compared to now.....you would see how much of an improvement this is. All of the products featured in this post are listed at the bottom, but if you have any more questions, feel free to email me


Desk:  West Elm (This is the newer version of my desk, mine was purchased 4 years ago; similar version from PB Teen)
Chair: PB Teen
Lamp: Similar version (I bought this years ago and do not remember the brand--sorry!)
Pencil Holder: Target
Water Bottle: S'well 
Frame: Target (similar
Bulletin Board: Ballard Designs 
Etc: polaroid cameraagendapen, sunglasses, phone case, Glossier lip balm (always keep some at my desk!), diptych candle

How do you organize your desk? Let me know in the comments below if you want to see other parts of my room/organization posts!


Martha's Vineyard photo diary 2015

hydrangeas in Vineyard Haven // exterior shot of The Black Dog in Vineyard Haven // an outtake from this outfit post  // decided to turn "trash" from the clam chowder into a mini-photoshoot (fun fact: I also collect wampum) // A bright blue door in Vineyard Haven  // the deep blue waters of Nantucket Sound  // scenes from the coffee table // quiet beach on Chappaquiddick // fresh flowers from Morning Glory Farms // State beach 

For the past two weeks (even though it felt like a few days) I've been situated on an island off the coast of Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard. This was my 15th (I think) summer, but they've all pretty much blurred together by now. The trek to get there from Houston was nothing new this time and the car/boat/plane ride is not too bad. I've already written a comprehensive post on all my favorite spots on the Vineyard, so check out my island guide if you ever travel to MV! 

Martha's Vineyard is picturesque everywhere you turn, so I have so many pictures to show you guys and this is just the first round! I love capturing the details of the island and snapping little moments of  life on the island. I hope you were also following along on instagram during my vacation. Even though it was truly rough getting up at 6 A.M. the day after I got back from vacation, I know it was time to back to reality. In the meantime, take a look at part 1 of my Martha's Vineyard vacation here!


Design Darling birthday sale

Happy afternoon people!
 I've got good news for you today, the Design Darling birthday sale starts today! One of my favorite bloggers, Mackenzie Horan, offers 20% off her whole shop annually and it's my favorite time to stock up on some of my favorites at DD! I've already pre-shopped the site for you and rounded up my favorites! Since I'm going to be a graduate this year, I'm planning on stocking up on some of this gorgeous Katie Kime stationary because I know I will need them when it comes time for thank you notes! This is also the time to grab some of her bestsellers, like these tassel earrings before they sell out and why not get them now at 20% off? Also, if you follow Amy Stone on instagram like me, you can also get one of her prints at 20% off during this sale! This print is my favorite! I hope you guys take advantage of this awesome sale because I know I am! 

now shop my favorites below!

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