Friday, June 8, 2012

Walk in the park

dress (worn as top): vintage | skirt, belt, and shoes: Forever 21 | tights: Target

Is there anything better than having a couple of much-needed days off? I can already tell that I'm going to have a hard time going back to work on Monday. That's one thing I do miss about being a student - during the summer, you can completely lose track of what day it is. Working full time, I don't have that luxury, no matter the season.

I've been thinking lately about returning to grad school to further my study of writing, but I know that would still be a little way off. I haven't done a thing to prepare for it...but it would be wonderful, if it worked out! The only thing that makes me nervous is that it would most likely involve moving somewhere else, and I've really grown to love Michigan over the past couple of years. It's been 12 years since we moved here, and we had moved a couple of times before's nice to finally have roots somewhere. But when the time is right, moving to a different state could be quite the adventure!

I'm determined to make this summer a good one. Summer isn't one of my favorite seasons (I would be perfectly happy to live in an eternal autumn) and, strangely, it often makes me feel a little bit melancholy. But this year, I want to take advantage of Michigan's incredible coastline and spend lots of time walking along the beach, trying out lots of new summery recipes, and generally just remaining active. I'll be off to a good start this next week - my little niece and nephew will be visiting us from out of town for a few weeks, and I know they'll keep me on my toes! Does anyone have any good summer ideas? What are your plans?

This dress and skirt are sure to be summer staples for me. Chris had to talk me into this dress a little bit - I had my eye on a different black and white polka-dot dress in the vintage shop - but this one was definitely the right choice. It's loose and airy like nothing else I own, it's easy to dress up or down, and it's so comfortable that I've been known to wear it to bed. I usually don't wear skirts this length, but I already know it's going to reach "staple" status this season. I wasn't sure how the two would fare together, but I was pleased with the result: something different, flowy, and perfect for warmer weather.

What are your summer staples?


  1. Love how beautiful and easy-breezey this outfit looks. And that hair too!

    Good luck as you begin to look more at grad school. I've been playing with the idea myself. Of course, GREs loom first (for me)!

  2. I really like that dotted dress worn as a top and the length of your skirt looks great on you.
    I'm definitely with you on being happy with eternal autumn. Summer, as much as I like being lazy, gets pretty boring to me. Especially since it gets extremely hot in Georgia to the point where I don't even want to step outside. There's only so many tv series and movies I can watch in one week without feeling stir crazy. I need to find some projects to work on!

  3. Love the tan of the shoes against the mustard of the belt.Rx

  4. absolutely stunning!

  5. This is such a pretty post. The lighting is so summery and lovely, especially that shot of your shoes with the sunlight shining on the water behind them. I love the autumn as well, but sometimes it's nice to spend some time in warm sun. I definitely don't want to go back to work tomorrow morning. I hope that your day wasn't too bad.

  6. That outfit, and the sky is perfect in your photos :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  7. loving this outfit on you! work it girl!

  8. Gorgeous outfit! Just love the polka dot top and the touch of yellow! And such pretty photos :)

    Life Etc

  9. I love everything about you and your blog! Your outfits and style is amazing! you defiantly stand out! I love the pieces you put together, they work together so well! And I love the locations, I really admire bloggers that put a lot of effort into finding beautiful locations! Keep up the amazing work!

    emily :)