Summer Staple: Shorts & Shirt Combos

Ladies, shorts season is upon us and, I got to say, I am loving how effortless and cute they are. Each season I always have a favorite look that I recycle over and over again. Usually it’s skirts or dresses but chasing a toddler around, I need something that I can get up and down while staying appropriate. That is why, this summer, I’m all about comfort and simplicity. Pairing shorts with a cute top sounds really easy, and perhaps boring, but there are a lot of fun ways to do it.   You can go with a printed or colorful short, or be on trend with a off the shoulder shirt. If you have trouble finding the perfect pair for you, don’t be discouraged. There are no longer only short shorts. Now they come in all kinds of styles, from high waist to boyfriend shorts. When shopping, remember that it’s all about the shape and fabric. I have a pear shaped body so a high waist soft fabric short gives the allusion of a midi skirt without wearing one. I love the look; in fact, I am lusting after all of these combos I have thrown together. If you’re still searching for summer styles, look no further because time is running out!


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1. Mango – Openwork Top | 2. Madewell – Embroidered Shorts | 3. J.Crew – Wild Print Ruffle Top | 4. Dorothy Perkins – White Chino Shorts | 5. Madewell – Eyelet Off Shoulder Top | 6. H&M – Shorts | 7. Dorothy Perkins – Sleeveless Shirt | 8. J.Crew – Retro Floral Shorts | 9. Madewell – Embroidered Tank | 10. Mango – Checkered Shorts | 11. J.Crew – Metallic Banana Top | 12. H&M – Shorts

Currently Coveting: J.Crew Swimwear

Everybody cheer because the swim season has begun!  There is only one thing that immediately relaxes me, and that is water.  A perfect summer for me means lying by a pool or beach, swimming and basking in the sun.  That is where the very important issue of finding the perfect swimsuit for the season comes to play.  I have a complex body type.  I don’t like to show a lot of skin and there used to be no options for me.  Now times have changed.  Designers are making suits that are stylish and sexy without being skimpy.  I do most of my swimsuit shopping at J.Crew.  All of J.Crew’s swimwear designs are colorful, detailed, and on trend.  You can find a suit with sexy cutouts, fun prints like floral or pineapples, and beautiful scalloped details.  They are also getting behind the latest trend:  the rash guard.  They aren’t only for surfers.  Now you can protect yourself from the sun while looking good.   I can’t decide which suit is for me because I want them all.   There really is a suit style here for everybody.  Which one is your favorite?


Currently Coveting: J.Crew Swimwear
Currently Coveting: J.Crew SwimwearCurrently Coveting: J.Crew Swimwear



1. Cutout One-Piece | 2. Striped Halter Bikini | 3. Mesh Halter One-Piece 

4. Marysia Bikini 5. Scoopback One-Piece 6. U-Front Bandeau Bikini (Top/Bottom |

7. Mosaic Floral Rash Guard | 8. Long Sleeve Rash Guard | 9. Under the Sea Rash Guard

Color Crush: Summer White

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it is time to embrace summer whites like a champ.  Whether you wear white all year or not, now is the time for the color to shine!  There is nothing more classic than a crisp all-white outfit on a hot summer day.  Some may call it a trend, but it’s more of a staple and a necessity in the warm summer months.  Now, there are some negatives to wearing white head-to-toe.  It can get dirty but, as long as you keep to a reasonable budget and take care of the pieces, it will be well worth the risks.  If you aren’t ready to wear all white, try a pop of color like navy, coral, nude, or any neon.   I am definitely crushing over this color for summer and think you should get on board too.  In case you need a little push in the right direction, I’ve put together a few of my favorite styles that will be a great fit to your wardrobe.


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In This Post:

1. Rebecca Minkoff – Quilted Mini Affair Bag | 2. TopShop – Floral Crochet Shell Top | 3. Steve Madden – Euphoria Flat | 4. BaubleBar – Cape Knot Collar Necklace | 5. Madewell – Courtyard Shirtdress | 6. Zara – Ankle Strap Sandals | 7. Mango – Linen Wrap Skirt | 8. Essie – “Private Weekend” Nail Polish | 9. Kendra Scott – Cassie Bracelet | 10. Zara – Layered Dress


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July 2014 Calendar for Free Summer Movies in NYC


Living in a very expensive city, like NYC, can be very difficult to make plans won’t break the bank. That is why you should take full advantage of the free summer movies that are shown in various parks, rooftops, and piers throughout the city.  I often enjoy going to the movies, but in the summertime, I never want to waste a beautiful day by sitting in a dark theater for hours.  That is why seeing a movie in Bryant Park or a Pier on the Hudson River is a fun way to enjoy yourself.  You get to lay under the stars, dine on a picnic, and watch a movie that you are sure to love.   Last month I gave you a list of the movies playing in June.  Did you get to see one?  If so, share which movie you saw in the comments below!  If not, don’t worry, because it is now time to reveal July’s movie calendar!  From nostalgic favorites to new releases, this month is jammed pack full of great flicks.  I mean, Clueless; need I say more?   Don’t forget that every Monday guest blogger Johnny Pomatto reviews a recently released film.   So stop by and check them out!  Enjoy July in the city!

**Click on the movie titles for additional information.

Wednesday July 2nd:

The Karate Kid (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Saturday July 5th:

The Avengers (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Sunday July 6th:

Top Gun (8pm at Habana Outpost, Brooklyn)

Monday July 7th:

Blazing Saddles (5pm at Bryant Park)

Wednesday July 9th:

Clueless  (8:30pm at Pier 1, Riverside Park South)

Wreck-It Ralph (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Thursday July 10th:

Duck Soup (6pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Friday July 11th:

Despicable Me 2 (7pm at Pier 46)

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May/June 2014 Calendar for Free Summer Movies in NYC


Who doesn’t love going to the movies?  Once we celebrate Memorial Day, summer begins in NYC.  This means my favorite summertime activity is back: free outdoor movies!   Parks all over Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will begin playing a series of films to the public free of charge.  The films selected are a mix of 80’s/90’s favorites, classic black and whites, and recent blockbuster hits. Below is the Calendar of films featuring in June.  Events start this weekend with Top Gun on the Intrepid (Friday May 23rd at 7:30pm).  Can you think of any better way to enjoy Memorial Weekend?

Friday May 23rd – The Intrepid Presents: Top Gun (7:30pm)

Sunday May 25th – Front/Row Cinema:  Breakfast at Tiffany’s (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Wednesday May 28th – Front/Row Cinema – The Princess Bride (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Saturday May 31st – Front/Row Cinema: Jaws (8pm at South Street Seaport)

Wednesday June 4th – Front/Row Cinema: WALL-E (8pm at South Street Seaport) ** kid friendly

Friday, June 6th –  Movie Night: Frozen (7:30pm at Rochdale Park, Queens) ** kid friendly

Saturday June 7th – Front/Row Cinema: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (8pm at South Street Seaport)

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