Gingham Crop Top

As far as crop tops go, this one is pretty tame. I like that the tie front is adjustable, meaning I can show or not show as much belly as I’d like. Despite the fact that I don’t really have a lot of use for crop tops in my wardrobe, I just couldn’t walk out of Goodwill without this one. It may have also had something to do with the $3 price tag. If anything I have a cute top to wear to back yard parties. It definitely keeps you cool on humid days, which is especially important when you are involved in a very competitive game of corn hole.

Thrifted Ralph Lauren top ($3) / American Eagle skirt via Avalon / Corso Como sandals via Gilt / Francesca’s earrings / Coach purse

Annapolis and DC: Travel Notes

This was not my first trip to Annapolis or DC, but this was definitely a trip in which I discovered some great new places. First on the list is Navette, the consignment shop where I bought this lovely J.Crew maxi dress for $16. I feel like the people of Annapolis dress pretty well and I am happy to take their second hand items from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

The gold tassel necklace you see is from Absolutely Fabulous Antiques for $10. Further down on Maryland Avenue is Evergreen Antiques where I found this seashell jewelry holder for $10. Both shops are full of the nautical-themed vintage and antique items I love.

I can’t go to Annapolis without stopping in DC to visit with friends and family and to see the monuments and museums. My sister and I caught a very cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called Dancing the Dream, which featured dancers throughout the generations — from Josephine Baker to Beyonce.

My friend took me to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a great breakfast place on the Potomac right in Georgetown. This was by far one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. It was like a gourmet breakfast buffet where the waiters never stop bringing you more food. I can’t say that I’ve ever had sushi and french toast all in one sitting, but I think I could get used to it!

Summer Closet Swap with Raise

Do you need to swap out your closet for summer? Raise can help. It’s a marketplace for buying and selling discounted gift cards. It’s free to sign up and offers free shipping on the gift cards you buy. If you are selling a gift card, you choose the price. Raise accepts gift cards and merchandise credit from any brand or restaurant. What a genius idea! I can’t wait to try it!

When I swap out my closet from spring to summer, a simpler mind frame kicks in. It’s all about pieces that are functional and easy whether I need to dress for paddle boarding in the river or dinner and drinks. As soon as summer gets here, it feels like my schedule is nonstop so I look for pieces that are easy to throw on and that can make a statement on their own.

Read more about my summer closet after the jump…

Club Monaco Jumper
I love jumpers for the simple reason that they can be dressed up or down depending on the day. This Club Monaco jumper really takes it to the next level with it’s interesting cut and water color pattern. I feel like you could wear this with simple jewelry or no accessories at all and still look very put together.

Target Hat
My friend was wearing the cutest hat this past weekend. When I asked her where it was from she said Target. I went immediately to their website to see for myself. Here is where function meets fashion. If I can block my face and head from the sun and look cute doing it, I’m in. Best part is this hat looks good on and off the beach.

Land’s End Rash Guard
Water sports are always better with a rash guard. Whether you need to protect delicate skin from a boogie board or from the sun, you might as well look cute doing it. I went paddle boarding over the weekend and I luckily was able to borrow my friend’s rash guard. I wouldn’t mind owning this adorable polka dot one from Land’s End though! 

Charles David Shoes 
What’s not to love about these shoes? Cool cutouts, bright colors and woven heels. These just feel like summer. They are like a flashback to the summer I went to the Caribbean. Everyone should have a piece that makes them feel like they are some place else. 

Warby Parker Aviators

Warby Parker, maker of affordable yet stylish eye wear, and model and trendsetter, Karlie Kloss, have collaborated to create a unique collection of sunglasses. I immediately honed in on the Julia with its classic aviator frame, gold details and amber hue. Nothing looks quite as cool in the summer as a pair of aviators.

These too-cool shades need a good outfit to match.  This military-inspired vest is certainly up for the challenge. While this long striped maxi dress is both confident yet feminine, a perfect compliment to these delicate frames.   

And if you need any more of a  reason to like these sunglasses, each sale will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, which provides low-income public schools with kitchens and gardens to help students learn the tools to develop lifelong healthy habits. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Black and White Paisley with Brights

I found this black and white paisley top when sorting through racks for the Goodwill fashion show. Work blouses are something that I’m low on in my closet, and I could see the pattern livening things up a bit. Worried that the paisley print might be a little dated, I paired it with some current brights. I love the contrast of the black and white with the turquoise necklace.

Also, I’m kind of proud of myself for putting together a work outfit for less than $100. A positive side effect of shopping for the Goodwill fashion show is that I am back in my thrifting groove. I was out of it for a while, but I have been seeing a lot more potential in things lately. I guess practice makes perfect.

J.Crew necklace via eBay ($15) / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt ($3.99) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls ($34) / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange ($19)