Endless Summer

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Summertime in Texas can feel like it lasts forever. The only way to stay cool is to be in the water…if the water isn’t 90 degrees LOL. That means, a lot of the time we Texans are in swimsuits (from April-October….That’s half the year!). So, you’ve got to find one you feel confident in. Before I started writing this post, I came across this quote from one of my favorite people, #JenniferLawrence. I love her message and think we should all be proud of who we are. #yougogirl

My #NanetteLepore one piece is the best bathing suit investment I’ve ever made. Before this suit, I hadn’t worn a one piece since I was a kid. When I noticed prettier, less sports-like one pieces popping up, I knew it would be something I would spend a little extra $$ on. I’m so glad I did. To me it was worth it to pay more, to feel better, in the place I (and most people) have the least confidence. 

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I  am drawn to anything that has stripes on it, so this bathing suit spoke to me the second I saw it. When I tried it on in the dressing room, I loved how the multicolored middle defined my waist. I also love that you can take the strap off if you want to avoid the tan lines. Too bad I have a slight shorts tan from walking and playing tennis….#thatslife!

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Here’s a little closer look at the details of the suit. The “belt” wraps  all the way around the back with a vertically striped pattern to continue defining the waist. You’ll also notice that I have my hat in almost every picture. I am pretty fair skinned and obviously freckled! I try to protect my skin from too much sun and these hats are the best way to keep the sun off my face and shoulders.

 

Along with a hat, you can’t forget #sunnies! These, from #Target, have been my favorite all summer. I wore them in this post too! I thought the blue would be limiting, but I’m loving the pop of color they add. They also go perfectly with the water and my cool, blue #TrinaTurk beach towel.

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Being less than dressed in public can be intimidating, but you shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable at the pool. Finding a flattering suit can help you gain the confidence you need to have fun in the sun.

So find the suit that suits you.

Here are some suits for you to try so you can relax, enjoy, and feel confident by the pool.

Main Image - Miraclesuit® Caravan Odyssey One-Piece Swimsuit
Miraclesuit at Nordstrom $174
Main Image - Nanette Lepore Peace Love One-Piece Swimsuit
Nanette Lepore at Nordstrom $160
Main Image - Laundry by Shelli Segal Laguna Flora One-Piece Swimsuit
Laundry at Nordstrom $130
Main Image - La Blanca Caged Strap One-Piece Swimsuit
La Blanca at Nordstrom $119
Main Image - La Blanca Island Mix One-Piece Swimsuit
La Blanca at Nordstrom $129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Recap

OMG…NYC! I can’t believe I have had such a great opportunity to go 2 years in a row! I’ve now been 4 times (to visit) and each time I fall in love with the city a little bit more. This year, and last, I got to go to Columbia’s Teachers College to be a part of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project #TCRWP The days were filled with new learning, tips, tricks, and ways to be better teachers #teachernerd The evenings were filled with sightseeing, good food, and shopping.

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While I was there I got to do some amazing things. I LOVED walking the High Line, a public park built on an old freight line above Manhattan’s West Side. As you walk, you’ll get a chance to see the Hudson River, old and new buildings, and beautiful art and gardens. It’s short-ish, about 1.5 miles, but still long enough that I wanted to make sure I had comfy shoes on. That’s why these #Adidas (pictured above) were my go-to any time we had to walk more than a short distance. Last year when I was here, EVERYONE had them on, so naturally, I NEEDED a pair. They turned out to be a great investment for this trip. They offer the comfort of tennis shoes while still being cool…at least I think so 🙂

Going shopping at #BergdorfGoodman was an absolute highlight as well. I went a few years back with my mom and was DYING to go again. It’s like a museum in there! First, they suck you in on the first floor with their gorgeous, designer handbags and once they’ve got you hooked they get you into the shoe department. While we were there, we tried on everything from #Celine to #Gucci. Not sure I loved everything…but we sure had a good time playing!

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Then we went up another escalator and wound up surrounded by #The Row, #McQueen, #Prada, #Chanel, #Dior and more #Gucci. I love how the clothes are spread out, each one only having one or two sizes out to try. There’s no rummaging through; you can actually see the clothes. Granted, the clothes on that floor cost somewhere between $800 and $3,000, but still, you could see and touch and play with them. The only thing we had enough nerve to try on was a Gucci jacket modeled by my friend Brittany. It followed the #embroidery trend, but was just a hair out of our price range. If I remember correctly, it was $2,600. Image result for crying laughing emoji OH, and it had a giant tiger on the back!

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Up another level or two (I can’t fully remember because my brain was on fashion overload) we found some clothes to try on. I tried on this beautiful, lace, royal blue, #DianeVon Furstenberg, tea length dress. If only I had someplace fancy to wear it…..?

Then we got into hats. Now, I never thought I was much of hat person, but these hats were pretty fun. I mean, who can’t smile at a yellow, flower/fruit crowned hat? And the other hat, well I call that my Indiana Jones look. LOL.

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Thanks Brittany and Amy for being good sports and trying these on with me!

IMG_4462After we shopped, we saw a girl taking a picture in the middle of the street. My friends MADE me take this picture. I was so uncomfortable I waved at the chauffeur at the stop light. We made friends and then I got this great picture #nyc I hate to admit it, but they were right!

I almost ended this post forgetting to talk about what I was wore while in #NYC…WHOOPS! The #shoppingtrip was my first time wearing a crop top. I have to admit, I felt like I was yanking it down a bit, but the jacket thrown over my shoulders helped me feel more comfortable. Since I knew I would be showing my stomach a little, I wanted to keep the rest of my body pretty conservative. These high-waisted jeans were perfect with the crop top because they almost met, leaving just a peep of skin showing. Don’t knock it ’til you try it 😉

When we walked the High Line and when we walked in Central Park, the #adidas were clutch. Both of those times, I paired them with cuffed shorts (jean and white), a flowier shirt half tucked, and a long necklace. As you can see in the pics below, I have 2 different purses. I have the cross body bag that was great for walking in Central Park (we saw the Friends fountain, the Mall, and a concert!). Then the big blue/green bag I had on the high Line was great for lugging my big camera around. My suggestion is to bring one of each – one that’s larger and good as a travel carry on and a small cross body, in a neutral color, that won’t get in your way as you explore.

I thought I’d wrap it up with a few of my favorite things I saw that I couldn’t help but capture. Enjoy! #Chaneleverything

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OUTFIT DETAIL (what’s pictured from NYC): BLACK RIPPED DENIM – H&M // WHITE CROP TOP – UNDERSHIRT FROM DRESS AT TJMAXX // BLUSH MOTO JACKET – TJMAXX // SANDALS – FRYE // PURSE – DSW

JEAN SHORTS – GAP // BLACK AND GOLD TOP – TJMAXX // NECKLACE – FOREVER XXI // SHOES – ADIDAS // PURSE – NEIMAN MARCUS

WHITE SHORTS – TJMAXX // WHITE LINEN TOP – NORDSTROM // BLACK CHOKER – TARGET // SHOES – ADIDAS // PURSE – DSW