Still You Know I’m a Fool For You

Now I see shades of roses
Your love, I suppose, is an ocean the ebb and the flow
An undertow
But I can feel the rogue inside my veins
A way to crash the castle we made of sand

I was once a punky-teen; headed to Vans’ Warped Tour annually decked out in my favorite printed shoes (of that summer). I had solid pairs but my favorites I remember were pastel star print and pink flamingo on black canvas print, all before those things came into the sartorial spotlight. And while I haven’t been to a Warped Tour in years it will forever be a piece of nostalgia that I cling to.

These days I’m less likely to be caught in flat sneakers wandering vacant lots turned music venues, but when the boyfriend pointed out these leopard Vans I knew it was meant to be. I needed a new casual shoe for weekend errands and these have made their way into my regular footwear rotation. And of course, they go with everything!

top c/o Olive and Oak

Levi’s Curve ID jeans c/o

Vans shoes (get them here!)

“Nikki” Clutch c/o Linell Ellis

YSL Lipstick in “Le Orange”

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Nothings Ever What We Expect

they keep asking where I go next
all we’re chasing is the sun sets

Summer nights in style….This look is what I’m wearing to the DC Style Factory party tonight to celebrate my friend Allison’s 10 year Bloggaversary. The photos were shot in collaboration with my good friend, Linell Ellis who designs handbags and you’ve definitely seen her featured here a bunch! And don’t worry, there’s more to come of her gorgeous bags and more about her!

NastyGal Catherine Dress (get it here!)(also in white!)

Nine West pumps (here!)

Linell Ellis “Nikki” clutch (get it here!)

vintage belt

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Spring Wishlist: Marble Everything

Marble isn’t just for dreaming up your ideal kitchen plans anymore! Prabal Gurung and Helmut Lang (among others) have made it a spring trend on the rise! The stone printed trend has infiltrated all aspects of stylish aesthetic from accessories to workwear, athletic attire to phone cases. I’ve already hopped on the bandwagon with my Society6 phone case, but these wishlist items are on my radar, and hopefully soon in my closet!

adidas by Stella McCartney ‘Run’ Print Tights

H&M – Long Chiffon Blouse

Jordan Carlyle Ocean Drive iPhone 6 Case

Kiind Of Slit-Front Marbled-Print Midi Skirt

THE WALART The Black Marble Travel Wallet

Rebecca Minkoff Marlow Mini Bag

00:00:Mm Midnight Methods marble print sweater

Robert Rodriguez Carrara Marble-Print Short Skirt

Olive + Oak Marble Print Box Tank

What do you think of this trend? Do you own, or are planning to own, any of these pieces?!

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Summer Reading with Annapolis Bookstore

 Ah, summer. As a kid it means no more school, no homework, trips to the park and beach, and a few books you need to read (but probably won’t) because you’re reading the latest and greatest sci-fi or young adult novel. As an adult, however, it means continuing your work schedule and if you’re lucky a trip or two to the beach.
I’m a lucky one, and every year in preparation for beach week I pick out a slew of books I want to read, easy reads that are more engrossing than my usual “read on the metro but can put down while at work” books.

I recently ventured to the acclaimed Annapolis Bookstore as recommended by my friend Natasha to stock up on my summer reads. After grabbing a coffee in their cafe we ventured to the garden with my pile to start fine tuning my list. While I’ve already started reading through my list I’m hoping we all can inspire each other to get through as many of these as we can! Because reading is still important, if not more so, than when it’s required of you.

1: The Martian by Andy Weir
THIS BOOK GUYS. If you haven’t read it or added it to your GoodReads list DO SO. It’s so good, about the last man on Mars struggling for survival on a daily basis; A not-so-distant future where Murphy’s Law isn’t just for those stranded on Earth. Bonus: the movie is coming out later this year and starring Matt Damon. Be prepared by having read the book first!

2: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I just finished this book last week, and it took me all of 5 days to read. Reminiscent of Gone Girl this story follows a seemingly spoiled rich girl in both past and present tense. I was reading it at the dinner table, sneaking a few pages in during my work day…

Yeah, it’s THAT good. No spoilers here, just do it!

3: Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
(and it’s sequel, The Mime Order) are the perfect read for anyone interested in sci-fi fantasy books. A young adult novel simlar to all other fantasmical reads follows the main character as her world gets turned upside down and she fights for her freedom. Great for the Harry Potter fans this book is all about merging the living with the dead in a menage of magical mystery.

4: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
If you were a fan of Gone Girl and the above The Good Girl, you’ll love this. Another captivating thriller of a strong but sometimes questionable heroine. It’s already a top hit for 2015 reads so basically…hop on the train and get reading! (lame puns, I know)

5: Paper Towns by John Green
Can we all just admit that we’re saps at heart? You cried reading/watching The Fault in Our Stars and it’s totally okay. In this alternate but equally moving book by the legendary YA novelist about young love (surprise) you get thrown back into the nostalgia of youth. BONUS: It’s coming out as a movie starring Cara Delevigne and is already getting a ton of buzz.

6: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
If you’re an avid reader you’ve probably already at least heard of Donna Tartt’s “Goldfinch”. This book boasts higher reviews and a more thought provoking story line. Set in my home locale of New England I can’t wait to get into this book !

7: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
You may know Chimamanda by now for her work as a feminist and human rights activist, or maybe from her voice over on Beyonce’s “FLAWLESS”, but there’s more to her than just all that. This secondary novel hits home to all the humanitarian issues being discussed in politics and the world right now all while documenting a story of true love.

8: We Were Liars by E.Lockhart
This book has been on every single “best books” list I’ve seen of 2015 so far. A suspenseful novel about lifelong friends who turn from fun to destructive. And with it being on the road to becoming a summer classic I cannot wait to dive in!

9: Love and Miscommunication by Elyssa Friedland
In today’s day and age of oversharing, overtexting, and screens everywhere, this book chronicles one woman who decides to put it all down. What happens when you exit the internet aether and enter the real world? Read this and find out!

10: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians was a hit, and now Kevin Kwan is back with another novel of social climbing and debaucherous billionaires. Another book to tuck into your beach bag and read amidst sand and sun.

What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them so far? Will you be reading any so far? And any other suggestions!?

And if you love books, consider donating to keep the Annapolis Bookstore in business! They are losing out on business due to smartphones and kindles, and people “growing out of” reading. I am not one of those people, and I prefer hard copy books as opposed to another screen in my life. If you love books too, considering keeping one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world alive. And if you live in the area or visit this summer, be sure to check out the Annapolis Bookstore! They carry both new and rare print editions of books, including this adorable copy of Little Women that happened to make it home with me!

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People Dress Up Celebrating Something

let’s invite everyone

Memorial Day has come and gone, the start of Summer has arrived with barbecues and bonfires. I spent mine at work (oh, #retaillife) but thankfully barbecued post-work with Z’s family. Fresh grilled veggies are about to be my JAM. Along with changing up the diet to more fresh produce, I’ve made the switch from red to white wine, whiskey to fresh gin. My parents brought some lemonade shandy (Narragansett’s Dell’s Shandy, for any New Englanders) and it is SO GOOD. Perfectly light for afternoon sipping, and it tastes like my childhood summers, but all grown up.

What are you imbibing in to enjoy this summer?

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I’m in My Right Place

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted

A final look from my trip to South Africa…These photos were shot the last day of our stay at the Aquila Game Reserve and Park. I wanted to take advantage that the horses were in their enclosure, though they clearly had very little interest in posing for pictures with this camera-happy lady. Oh well. I wore this safari-perfect dress I found at DC’s number one consignment shop, Current Boutique (and number one isn’t a personal superlative; they’ve won every local award for the position!) and found the hat at its competitor, Buffalo Exchange. A match made in heaven, found in the States but perfect for the desert of Africa. #ThriftedWin

Also, can we talk about this song?? Thanks to Songza’s “Obsessively New 2015″ playlist I have become obsessed with Christine and The Queens. Her smooth voice swapping between French and English mixed with her sweet dance moves has me on a musical bender. Not to mention this Kate Mara look a like has menswear inspired style down pat complete with cropped trousers and loafers to covet. Now if only she would play a show this side of the Atlantic I’d be the happiest gal.

Dress by Tracy Reese (similar)

Printed Village scarf

thrifted hat

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Longing For You is A Part Of Me

Make up your mind in this State of Low
Take me with you when you go

skirt c/o Olive and Oak (get it here!)
“Frida” crop top c/o The Girl That Loves (in other colors here!)
“Kitty Kitty” Sunglasses via Shop DisClothesure (right here!)
H&M hat
vintage/thrifted jacket

When you’re too busy spending time with friends and enjoying the sunshine and only get one photo of your Sunday ensemble….it’s okay.

A little update as to what I’ve been up to: I’ve joined SnapChat (find me: QueSeraSahra), had a battle with le boyf over how much I should be snapping. Had a friend in town, Cinco De Mayo party, and started a new volunteer experience…Busy Busy and I ain’t even mad. And can we talk about this vegan brunch I ate before snapping this outfit shot? I can still taste those wings and man am I salivating at the thought of them!

Anyway, hope everyone is enjoying their spring and I can’t wait to share all that I’ve been working on with you all!

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