Saturday, August 31, 2013

tumblr saturday #65/#66

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this past week. Since my internet usage is still really random (still don't have internet in the apartment) I'm doing an extra long Tumblr Saturday to make up for last week!
Yawning puppies. 'Nuff (Ruff? Ha) said.
vintagesportspictures:

The team captain and head cheerleader (1955)
Cool vintage photo of a football player and cheerleader from 1955.
Sparkles and stripes, my fave!
Stripes, gingham, and pink - great combo for button-downs.
The Lion King <3
courtannenagy:

Embellishments and all J.Crew always.

Loveeeee the top
LOVE this embellished button-down. Makes a chambray shirt more unique and dressy!
Gotta love The Office.
Pretty vintage-y movie poster for the new Great Gatsby.

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Monday, August 26, 2013

photo diary: bellagio, lake como, italy

Lake Como is beautiful. I hadn't been to Northern Italy yet, and now I know why people love it so much! It was crazy looking at the map on our way up, being so close to the Switzerland border. After less than a week of being in Italy, I still feel pretty drained and don't think I've fully adjusted to the time. Once we came up to the rolling hills, breathtaking views of the water, and the houses built around the lake, my excitement overshadowed my sleepiness. Some photos from the day:
I have a short outfit post from Lake Como on its way, as well as some more photos from Florence! The internet in our apartment has completely stopped working, and we've been trying for days to get it to work again (currently writing this from the hostel). Hopefully it'll be working soon so posting won't be as sporadic. 

Thanks for reading :)

xo-ally

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

first day

hello firenze
gelato (ciccolata e fragola, the usual) 
^I hope I spelled that right
walked past my old pensione from when I studied abroad 
 first trip to the grocery store
 yes. doner kebabs.
so yummy!

xo-ally

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

italy.

I can't believe I am actually writing this from my apartment in Italy. It feels so surreal to be back in Europe in a different country. It is beautiful here - just like I remember it. With such a long day of traveling, major jet lag, and doing some actual work, I am so ready to go to bed! I think it's in the afternoon on the west coast of the US right now, but it's 10pm here. With the time-change and the long flight, I basically pulled an all-nighter and I can feel it - I'm wiped! I will definitely update more and hopefully post some pics as soon as I can :)

xo-ally

Saturday, August 17, 2013

tumblr saturday #64

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
theglitterguide:

Ideas for a fun picnic in the park on Glitter Guide 
From the Glitter Guide tumblr. Love the girl's outfit. Looks like a fun picnic!
mypostgraduatelife:

Loved this show
Laguna Beach!!!! Haha I used to love that show.
team-joebama:

I do not say this sarcastically or tongue in cheek:
what an amazing time to be alive
I love when brands have fun with social media, especially when they reply to a White House Mean Girls tweet.
"Be yourself" is a cliche for a reason - be happy with who you are!
Aww!

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, August 16, 2013

friday's fancies - around town

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with Long Distance Loving is around town. Since I tend to get busy, sometimes I'll do my errands around town in whatever I wore that day. When I have a whole day of nothing to do but errands, however, I feel free to get as comfy and casual as I want! Here's an outfit that I actually wore when I was babysitting yesterday.

I just LOVE this Lululemon jacket. It's perfect for bundling up before the gym, running outside, or throwing on over a tank with shorts, leggings, or even jeans for a casual day. It's super comfortable and the deep plum color will work year-round.

xo-ally

Thursday, August 15, 2013

weekly wishlist

I've had my eye on these shoes for a while - remember this post? Four pairs of Sperry boat shoes and a pair of rain boots make up a substantial part of my casual shoe collection so I'm partial to pretty much anything Sperry. I'd love to wear these into late summer and even early fall. They look comfortable as well - perfect for when I'll be strolling the streets of Europe. :)

At first glance of this Lilly Pulizter LDB, I fell in love. This dress instantly reminded me of The Great Gatsby and the 20s-era flapper dresses with the lace and beading. The modern fit looks nothing like a costume. Too bad the price tag is upwards of $300; guess that's why it's on this week's wishlist!

What's currently on your wishlist?

xo-ally

Monday, August 12, 2013

sand buddies

Going to the beach is one of my favorite summer activities. I will admit though, as much as I love the feeling of soft sand between my toes, sometimes sand can get a little annoying - it gets all over the top of the towel and sometimes into your bag. Recently I came across sand buddies, which help keep your stuff our of the sand! (Not the towel thing though...)

I didn't even know these existed! Sand buddies will hold your drink, or phone/keys/sunglasses/etc. so they don't get lost or covered in sand. I haven't made it to the beach this summer, but will have plenty of beach time around Europe with my new job!

If I were to choose one to get, I wouldn't be able to resist the summer-themed sand buddies from this Etsy shop:
Sand Buddy
I loveeee the red and navy crab one.
Sand Buddy
The flamingo one is fun too.

Marley Lilly also has sand buddies, monogrammed in a variety of colors:

I was about to order a sand buddy, but then my mom was like, "Don't do it! You need to pack light!" Ugh, that's true...even when I "pack light" I don't pack light. While I won't be ordering a sand buddy before my move, I'll be on the lookout for one when I get there!

xo-ally

new blog header!

On a whim last night I decided to design a new header for my blog. I liked the navy blue, but wanted to add some more color. So, naturally, I chose pink :)

I'm still in the process of doing little tweaks for the rest of the page, so please bear with me as I touching it up! I also noticed that in Internet Explorer the right-hand section of the bar in the header goes doesn't fit and goes below the main header (the screenshot above is how it looks for me on Chrome). I'll work on fixing that in case it looks funky on other browsers!

What do you think?

xo-ally

Sunday, August 11, 2013

farmer's market

Harding Lane hat | J. Crew t-shirt (similar) | Rock & Republic shorts | Sperry boat shoes | Michael Kors watch | Swank bracelets | Nordstrom earrings

I went to the Farmer's Market with my dad yesterday and picked up this lovely bouquet of flowers for only $5! We also got some local veggies and chocolate, so it was a win all around. This casual ensemble was a great, comfortable outfit to wear walking around outside. My happy shark hat - that's what I call it :) - also shaded my eyes so I didn't even need sunglasses.

I also saw We're The Millers, did some work for my new job, and a lot of relaxing these past two days. What did you do this weekend?

xo-ally

Saturday, August 10, 2013

tumblr saturday #64

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
These fun pencils would make a colorful desk accessory.
I need to start packing soon for Italy - should I bring the Vera Bradley duffle I got for Christmas?
kieljamespatrick:

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Aw, this photo makes me nostalgic for last summer when I interned for a summer camp. :)
theglitterguide:

source: BHLDN
Beautiful rings!
Love sparkles :)

Yes! We all could go anywhere. I'm excited to be traveling for the next 9-ish months. Anyone else have any travel plans coming up?

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, August 9, 2013

friday's fancies - summer treat

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with Long Distance Loving is summer treat. I can't wait to get to Italy in just a little over a week and get some gelato! I can taste the delicious-ness by thinking of it. Here is my outfit inspired by strawberry and raspberry flavored gelato:
photo credits: onetwo

I like how the dress and suede pumps make the outfit dressy, but the moto jacket adds a hint of edge. Since the jacket is white, it makes the outfit summery and works better with the girliness of the rest of the outfit. I adore the cork and gold clutch, which goes well with the gold Juicy watch!

xo-ally

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

weekly wishlist

I'm always browsing the web at shops online, seeing what the latest pieces are in the collection. Oftentimes I come across quite a few things I really like and add them to a mental wishlist. If I'm still thinking about it days or weeks later, I might go ahead and take the plunge. Now I'd like to move my mental wishlist onto the blog. Here's what I'm currently crushing on in the wardrobe department:
How adorable is this bow? Sometimes I'll tie a ribbon in my ponytail or around a topknot, but an actual bow would make the hair style really fun and extra girly. A personalized monogram is a bonus!

I linked to these shoes at the bottom of this post and have been thinking about them ever since. The neutral color would go with everything and the straps make the shoes feel a little more 'glam.'
This week's wishlist would not be complete without one of the new dresses from Red Dress Boutique. This particular one has gorgeous beading with my favorite color (pink) -- would be fun to wear on a night out!

xo-ally