Brightly Wound

  1. River Island One Shoulder Skater Dress, $44.82 (on sale!)
  2. Soprano One Shoulder Drape Dress, $48
  3. Lipsy Embellished Shoulder Drape Chiffon Dress, $112.05
  4. Aidan by Aidan Mattox One Shoulder Fauz Wrap Dress, $168
  5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Drape Front One Shoulder Satin Dress, $248
  6. ASOS Drape One Shoulder Dress With Gathered Drape, $77.58
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Put Your Back Into It

It’s true.  Backpacks are in.  One was even spotted on an Olsen.  But these aren’t your typical backpacks.  Take a look below.

  1. Marc Jacobs Classic Q Backpack, $458
  2. ASOS PREMIUM Leather Linea Rucksack, $155.15
  3. Linea Pelle Addison Bucket Bag/Backpack, $276.50
  4. Delux Lux Nylon & Vinyl Backpack, $69
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnover Backpack/Messanger Bag, $299.60
  6. Topshop Contrast Stitch Pocket Backpack, $80

Currently Coveting feat. J.Crew

I’ve never been a huge J.Crew fan, but lately their style has been calling to me more and more.  Take these looks above, for example.  I’m really into the dichotomy of these outfits;  I love how casually dressy they look while incorporating masculine elements in a beautifully feminine way.  And, I also like how summery they are while still being perfectly transitional into the swiftly approaching cooler months of fall.

Weatherproof Your Look

Don’t let yourself or your makeup melt this season – summer proof your look!  Here are some products that I think really pull through and stand the true test of the summer sun.

  1. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20
  2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Defense Stick SPF 50, $20
  3. Orly UV Protection Topcoat, $10
  4. Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer, $45
  5. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $20
  6. Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint, $25
  7. Urban Decay De Slick Oil-control Makeup Setting Spray, $29
  8. Beauty Addicts Mineral Sheer TINT, $32
  9. Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10

Cheddar Pinwheels

I decided to make cheddar pinwheels for the Christmas in July party I attended over the weekend and used this recipe to a probably not so successful degree aesthetically, but they turned out delicious nonetheless (or so everyone told me).  I ditched the sticks (mostly because I lost them, only for them to reappear a day later) and had a little bit of a hard time getting them to roll tight, which was most likely due to the ridiculous amount of cheese I used.

I added apricot preserves to the recipe and also made ones using cheddar/bacon and white cheddar/pear.  Just some variations on a theme of probably dozens that would work for this.

Friday Playlist: 7/22/11

I’ve had a love affair with The Beatles ever since my mother first introduced me to them when I was younger.  We’d listen to their records; and she’d quiz me on who was who while trying to convince me that Paul was the best, although I already secretly knew that he was cool and all, but George was totally better.  Whoever your favorite may be, hopefully we can all agree that together, they were the best.

While it’s too hard to pick a favorite tune, I have noticed that a lot of their top-played songs on my iTunes feature names in the title.  So, here’s a playlist with my most favorite of those – that way I don’t give my self a headache going back and forth between the songs in their catalogue trying to decided my top picks.

  1. Dear Prudence
  2. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  3. Rocky Raccoon
  4. Julia
  5. Martha My Dear
  6. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
  7. Penny Lane
  8. Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
  9. Eleanor Rigby
  10. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  11. Sexy Sadie
  12. Mean Mr. Mustard
  13. Michelle
  14. Lovely Rita
  15. Hey Jude

Summer Lovin’

It’s been hotter than hot here for the past few days and with the upcoming forecast showing nothing but triple digits, I find myself making plans to stay in the air-conditioning instead of the great outdoors.  Between plans with friends and a great reading list, I’ve also made it a priority to indulge in some of my favorite movies about summer.  Check out my top picks below.

Now and Then  I loved this movie growing up.  The lasting female friendships and the adventure-out-of-nothing were just perfect.

The Endless Summer  What an awesome documentary about dudes chasing waves and summer.  Pretty, fun, and entertaining.

Almost Famous  What I wouldn’t give to follow around one of my favorite bands for the summer, while writing about the experience and listening to their impromptu feel good sing-a-longs on the tour  bus.

The Seven Year Itch  I have an affinity for old movies, especially comedies.  There’s just something so fun and simple about them and their typical “hilarity ensues” plot lines that you rarely see today.

Wet Hot American Summer  I’m usually not a huge fan of parodies, but this movie is hilarious. Plus, you know, Paul Rudd.

Dazed and Confused  I have such a soft spot for “the last day of school” movies (Can’t Hardly Wait, Remember the Daze, etc.), but none of them measure up to this film.

Heavyweights  So hilariously hilarious.  I could watch this movie any day of the week.

Jaws  There’s no film I associate more with summer than this.

Adventureland  Funny yet poignant, it really captures the feeling of summer and post-grad uncertainty.

Dirty Dancing  A coming-of-age heroine, summer love, dancing – this flick has it all.

(500) Days of Summer  This film might not take place entirely in summer, but the Summer in it is more than enough to make up for it.

Stand By Me  For me, this is pretty much Now and Then, but with boys.  And better…(yeah, I said it.)

The Sandlot  This was summer when I was little.