Cape Girl

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[Outfit Details: Shirt: Ralph Lauren; Pants: Ann Taylor; Loafers: Ann Klein (thanks for the inspo, Mom!); Bag: gifted from my Grandma]

My vacation look while in Cape Cod (ahem, yes another vacation), was a little bit borrowed from my familial roots as well as a homage to the local New England spirit.

Where else can you wear obnoxiously loud plaid oxfords, and feel completely unironic, especially with a two-toned loafer? I rest my case. I also took style inspiration from my Grandma, who is the picture of class, and brought along her straw bag.

More photos from my trip to the Boston and Cape Cod area coming up in a hot minute.

#SIStakesatrip (California dreamin’)

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Even though I do quite a bit of travel, summer always seems the most appropriate time for a photo recap. I went to SoCal for a week with one of my best girlfriends, and WOW was it a restorative trip. The beauty of the San Diego area is breathtaking and raw, and captivated me for the whole time I was there.

People are friendly, and real, and dare I say, happy? My semi-hardened part-time New Yorker self had some moments of personal clarity, that were well worth the price of the plane ticket (if not more). Also a tiny sparrow ate off my breakfast plate one morning; if that’s not communing with nature and disseminating good energy, I’m not sure what is.

Some highlights included a day trip to Coronado Island, the Encinitas Meditation Garden, and Mexican food available literally everywhere.

Vacation wardrobe staples included: lots of raffia and straw, denim cut offs, button-down shirts as coverups, and lemon and salt spritzed hair.

Stay tuned for more travel recaps, recipes, and style posts, and as always, thanks for visiting my little corner of the web.

Nourish

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The revolving door of life has given me a brief reprieve, and here I am again with another weekend post. Today I’m sharing some articles, recipes, and re-blogs from around the internet. These are some things that I’ve bookmarked, tested in the kitchen, and felt my heart beat to. I hope one of these resonates in the place you find yourself today.

For your body:

Cacio E Pepe.

Acai bowl.

Mealtime company.

For your soul:

Letting go.

For those who have lost someone.

How to self-sabotage.

Navy Pier

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FullSizeRender[Outfit Details: Blouse: J.Crew; Shorts: J.Crew; Hat: Banana Republic; Bag: Fossil; Sandals: Madewell]

If I could insert all the sun/sand/lobster roll emojis in this plain text environment, I WOULD. This weekend was finally spring-like, with strong summer undertones. I was not complaining.

I spent the majority of time outside, and didn’t want to spend too long worrying in the shadows of my closet. Easy dressing was key. I’ve spoken fondly of my kinship with monochromatic dressing and navy, so it was only a matter of time until the two were married here on Steeped in Style.

Both the top and bottoms are from J.Crew and are super relaxed (either blousey, or elastic banded) which works well for a low-key vibe. The sandals and hat are two new additions this season, both will appear in many more posts I’m sure.

Again, shout out to Banana Republic for having L/XL size hats, for those with big brains like myself.

Now, who’s ready for another blissful weekend? What will you be wearing?

Rompin’

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Β [Outfit Details: Romper: Nordstrom Rack; Sandals: Target (old, similar); Sunglasses: Warby Parker; Purse: Ralph Lauren]

Some pieces of clothing are straight up not “practical.” Non-functional, short-window clothing, are those items that you LOVE but only work for specific occasions, in specific climates while you’re in a specific mood. Anyone else feel me on this?

This romper/playsuit/jumper, whatever you want to call it, is one of those pieces. For now it’s slated for any warmer spring days, and cooler summer nights. And hey, maybe even early fall days, or with tights in winter?

Whether a prize piece has a long wearability window or not, the lesson I want to leave you with is this: If you like something enough or the way you feel wearing it, it should have a home in your closet.

That’s all for today (stepping off my style soapbox now).

Boyfriend Jeans//My #LDR

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[Outfit Details: Jacket: J.Crew; Sweater: Gap; Jeans: LOFT (Similar here); Shoes: Superga; Sunglasses: Warby Parker]

I’ve fallen fast and hard for my new favorite boyfriend.

Boyfriend jeans that is. In all honesty, it’s the only long-distance relationship (LDR) I’ve ever had; I longingly think of them all week, until that moment on Saturday morning where we’re reunited for another weekend of blissful adventures. I take my clothing seriously! This is a style blog after all.

I’ve been really into the loose-fitting, semi slouchy, pant with a playful sneaker. Not really my signature look, but sometimes it’s fun to play in all the sandboxes.

What are you all lovin’ on fashionwise recently?

Ode to the oversized white shirt

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The white Oxford is one of those. I prefer mine slightly over sized, but still lean; long enough to tuck a tail in, or not. I’ve been hitting the jackpot over in the Gap Men’s department over the last year, because those seem to best fit my longer frame. Sidenote: it seems like there is always a 30% off sale at Gap, including now.

Is this a look that you all feel as much unabashed love for as I do? Sharing is caring. Comment below!

Dry Brushing//Smooth away the winter

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Confession: I haven’t been the most loyal to the organism that covers 100% of my body. Although I’ve paid attention to facial skin care, sometimes the rest of my body gets the door shut on its’ face (so to speak). The winter hasn’t been the kindest, and my legs and arms are now dull with some of those unsightly bumps. Overall, not entirely ready to see the light of spring. What’s a girl to do?

Dry brushing is a self-care technique that is easy to incorporate into your daily routine and pays off in a big way. Before you step into the shower, gently brush your appendages, and trunk fromΒ  bottom to top in a large circular stroke. I work on legs, arms, and then my stomach and back, all in the direction of that heart as that engages the lymphatic system. Ladies, avoid the skin directly on your breasts, or any other compromised areas as they can be super sensation. You can spend a little extra time on your elbows, knees, and any cellulite or stretch marks.

Besides undeniably softer and smoother skin, dry brushing can also increase circulation (perfect for those 8 AM Monday conference calls!), engage your lymphatic system thus promoting the removal of toxins in your body, unclogs pores, and softens fatty deposits that can smooth out cellulite.

The practice of dry brushing feels indulgent and energizing, especially as your start your day. I have been using this brush, and try to brush for a least 3-5 minutes a day.

I would strongly encourage you all to try out this technique- believe me, your skin will thank you.

Chloe S/S 2015

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If I was reincarnated as a Spring 2015 collection, ChloΓ© would be it.

Creative Director, Claire Waight Keller said “The starting point was fabrics that tell stories, particularly ‘folkloric’ textiles like the encrusted birds in cheesecloth, but I wanted honest, direct shapes … I wanted that one amazing shape that just hung off thin spaghetti straps.”

Well done.

Blogging Update//Life in progress

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Hello my dear readers. Life has thrown a bit of a curve ball with a product launch at work, and Steeped in Style has been suffering. What doesn’t help either is the continuous snow/slush/rain that makes outfit photos difficult. Enough with the sad trumpets though!

I promise, things will be back to their regular two or three posts a week shortly. In the mean time, I thought I’d give a bit of a Shopping Cleanse update. For those of you who don’t know, I did a little soul searching and decided to halt on the clothes shopping for a month and a half. Let me tell you, it was great to have a friend or two join in the pledge, because it was an uphill battle. But we made it, and this is a practice I aim to do more regularly. It felt good to use the things I have, and save my money for other financial goals.

Practice takes intentionally even in a time of plenty though. My first post-cleanse purchase arrived today, and I found myself attempting to keep two items that were not a worthy fit to my wardrobe. Sometimes we just want more to want more, which is a ugly truth that I want to battle. It took a second opinion from a friend to convince me to return the items.

I always preach adding things to your closet that make you look great and add value to the items you already own. Sometimes you need to do a little self-preaching though, and that’s what went down today.

Thanks for letting me share; seep on the lookout for more Beauty Counter Spotlights and some other style posts in the works. As always, if you have a topic you’d like to see covered, share below in the comment box.