How to Complete an Outfit: Statement Belt

Don’t get me wrong, I love an easy summer outfit BUT at times I find myself thinking they can seem a bit unfinished.  It’s easy in the cooler months when you can layer with a jacket or add a scarf or hat.  It gives the outfit a bit of dimension and makes it seem balanced and complete.  I think the answer to this in the warmer temps is a belt.  Belts come and go as far as fashion trends but they are definitely in right now.  Statement belts are having such a moment and I am certainly not complaining about it!  This western belt has been a staple for me.  I wear it ALL.  THE.  TIME!  I just love how it can pull an outfit together. [wearing a small]

Last weekend I had it on with jeans, a tee and red heels for a Friday night out with friends downtown and I pair it with distressed denim shorts for a daytime look often too.  [wearing a small]

I have my eye on this one too.  I love it!  && I am dying over the stars on this one!

Oh, and I know this off the shoulder top is just a plain black knit and nothing special really but it has served me well!  I have ended up needing it with so many outfits.  It’s only $25 so grab one.   It’ll come in handy! …and now that I think about it, I should definitely grab one in white.  Going to order that today! [wearing a xs]

We took these pics on the cobblestone streets in Soho.  Soho will forever be one of my favorite areas to be during the day in NYC.  I love the shopping (even if it is often just window shopping) and the fact that there’s so many great coffee shops, restaurants and little bars for a cocktail.  It’s where you will find many of the trendy well known spots and it’s also where you will run into a new little gem during each trip.  Ethan and I found a great little bar with a rosé happy hour that we stopped into!

Happy Friday, loves!  Ethan and I are headed to a patio party later tonight and I am looking forward to a glass of wine and the feeling of the weekend. Hope you all have a good one!

Top || Skirt [4 US (fits like 0-2)] || Belt || Sneakers [sized up 1/2 size, under $70!] || Sunglasses [color: black silver mirror] || Handbag || Necklace

Travel Diary: Sunrise at the Brooklyn Bridge

One of my favorite things to do on vacation used to be sleeping.  I soooo looked forward to napping and sleeping in.  However, I guess I’m getting older because now I like to get up as early as we can when traveling so we can squeeze as much as possible into the day.

We were recently in NYC (full recap coming soon) and one thing we knew we wanted to do was walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  It is the most famous bridge in the city, linking lower Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River.  We’ve planned to do this so many times and we never seem to make it happen.  The weather gets in the way or we run short on time.  So this time around we made sure to do it.  && then we figured we should try and go early in order to beat the crowds so we could snap a few photos (it can get pretty packed).  Well –  we ended up taking it a step further and got there early enough to watch the sunrise–and I am so glad we did.  If you ever get the chance to walk across the bridge at sunrise TAKE IT!  You won’t regret missing out on that extra little bit of sleep afterwards!

We googled the exact time that the sun would rise and then planned to grab an Uber from our hotel in enough time to arrive right before hand.  That put us leaving our hotel about 4:50am and asked the driver to take us over to Washington Street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  We climbed up a set of steps located on the underpass where the bridge crosses over Washington Street.  They lead you straight up to the pedestrian walkway.  (This is a couple blocks from Front Street.)  Once you are on the bridge, the views heading towards Manhattan are incredible and super iconic.  We were pretty much the only people there at this time too!  We did see a couple, dressed in a wedding gown and tux heading up the bridge with their photographer as we were making our way across!

The only downfall to this plan?  It was still so early when we got back to the Manhattan side of the bridge that the coffee shops weren’t even open yet, ha!

Of course, you could always make the trek the opposite direction–begin in Manhattan and walk towards Brooklyn.  I would do this if you wanted to spend some time in DUMBO after.  On one of our previous trips to the city, we got coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company and wandered around the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  It’s such a neat area (this is where the super cute and famous Jane’s Carousel can be found) and the views of Manhattan across the water are hard to beat!  And there’s no way you can be there without making sure you take the famous picture from Washington Street of the bridge towering over the the East River and the Empire State Building.  See our full post from that spot–> here!

ps, being in a city as old and charming as NYC will force you to think about the history.  I found this article super interesting.  Give it a read for a few interesting [and disturbing] facts about the Brooklyn Bridge.  && be sure to let me know if you incorporate a walk across the bridge into your trip!  I hope this was helpful if you’re planning some time in the city soon!

Outfit details can be found below!  My denim dress is a great one for Summer and I know I’ll be repeating it again soon.  Would be perfect for a July 4th party with some red!  I ordered this Gucci belt quite a while ago and it will hopefully be here soon–I can’t wait to switch out the denim belt on this dress and wear them together.  FYI, the dress does run big.  I ordered an xs and ended up exchanging it for an xxs.

Lindsey:  Dress [size down, runs big!] || Sweatshirt || Necklace || Ring || Thumb Ring || Sunglasses || Sneakers || Handbag

Ethan:  Top [now on sale] || Jeans || Tennis Shoes || Hat



Bodysuit [NOW ON SALE!]|| Jeans || Heels || Sunglasses || Handbag, similar [NOW ON SALE!]


Top [NOW ON SALE!]|| Jeans [NOW ON SALE!]|| Slides || Handbag || Sunglasses || Eye Necklace || Rainbow Necklace || Bracelet 1 & 2

Shorts [NOW ON SALE!]|| Tee [NOW ON SALE!] || Bag [NOW ON SALE!] || Bandana || Sunnies

Sweatshirt [NOW ON SALE!]|| Bag, similar || Jeans

Top || Shorts [NOW ON SALE!]|| Sandals [NOW ON SALE!] || Bag [NOW ON SALE!] || Sunglasses || Lip Color, Honey Love || Lip Gloss, Stripped || Watch

The low down:  This sale happens each year at Nordstrom and so many A+ items are included and marked down.  All the pictures included above feature items that I have [and love] that are now marked down!  I look at this sale as a perfect time to buy for the Summer because there’s oodles of warm weather items that are included.  && with Memorial Day weekend right around the corner (I cannot wait) this is the perfect way to kick off the season.  I mean, who can pass up a little shopping anyhow??

Real life tip:  Nordstrom is great about doing price adjustments.  It’s just one of the many reasons why I shop their site so often.  Every time I have called customer service (1.877.906.0205), I am shocked about how friendly they are and how quickly they take care of it for me.  During a big sale like this is a great time to check items you have ordered recently and see if they are now on sale.  If the same color and size is available then they will credit your account for the difference between the price you paid and the price it’s now on sale for.  Just make sure you have the order number and the item number when you call.  Also–I called yesterday morning with several adjustments and the wait time on the line was about 15 minutes.  I opted to have a rep call me back when they were available instead of wasting time and it was so handy!

Strategy:  Often times sales like this can be a little overwhelming.  So, I’ve added some of my favorite picks below for you all to shop from.  And something else to keep in mind, I usually try to take advantage and snag one item that’s a little higher price point that I have had my eye on, like a good pair of denim.  Then I look for a few inexpensive and trendy items for the season, a neutral pair of shoes, and a good wear-to-work item or two.  This can help you feel like you money is well spent.