Strawberry Fields

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I don’t know about you, but for me, strawberry picking season serves as a telltale sign that I’ll be eating a lot of strawberry shortcake, and by a lot I mean for dinner, dessert, and maybe even breakfast the next day. Strawberry picking is so much fun. Although the berries are on the smaller side, like blueberries, it reminds me of apple picking because you have to dig through the bush to find the fruits that are ripened to perfection. The only catch with strawberries is, however, that you’ll spend a lot more time stooped over and a lot less time reaching up into the air or climbing trees. Unfortunately, strawberry season is almost over, so get out there and pick some berries! On the bright side, the end of strawberry season means the start of blueberry season! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it…

Lifeguard Lilly

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This has to be one of my favorite summer outfits. Lilly shorts are always a go-to of mine, especially this pair. I love their bright, abstract print, especially when contrasted against my dark, navy top. The brown leather belt and matching sandals (both featuring gold accents) also pair well with the navy and bright Lilly print, making it stand out even more. I’ve been wearing this outfit pretty regularly since April and figured it was about time I share it here. I know I’ll continue to get good use of it all summer long.

Outfit Details: Top: Ralph Lauren, Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer (similar), Shoes: Guess, Belt: Michael Kors

Watch Hill Mermaid

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A couple of days ago, my friend and I were bored and decided to take a drive down to Watch Hill to ride around, window shop and walk along the docks. I wanted to go for a ride on the carousel, but it was much smaller than I remembered, and there was a sign that read “for children only” so I decided to pass. Nevertheless, it was fun to walk around and laugh at all the tourists that bothered visit Watch Hill, a location so accessible to us all year round. Because it was such a warm, sunny day, I decided to wear what I like to call my mermaid dress.

I am absolutely in love with this dress from Vineyard Vines. When I first picked it up, I thought it was a maxi skirt, and when I tried it on and realized it was a dress, I was a little skeptical about its tube top and odd long body. However, once I got it tied (the ties have the cutest tassel detailing), I was hooked. It was so light and flowy, blowing in the wind; it actually made me feel like a mermaid! The print reminded me of a tail, especially the way the bottom flicked and flowed when the ocean breeze kicked up. The top fit very well and I didn’t have to pull the dress up once, which surprised me since this is hardly the case when it comes to strapless dresses.

Outfit Details: Find the dress here (out of stock) and the shoes here.

National Wear Your Lilly Day

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Today is the first day of summer, aka National Lilly Day. Happy Summer!!!! I can’t wait to celebrate by wearing Lilly Pulitzer all day. I love how my favorite brand took over the first day of summer to set the precedent of wearing lots of Lilly all summer long. I couldn’t resist wearing this colorful shift yesterday as the sun set on spring, ushering in the season of summer. The hidden octopuses and elephants are so cute!  I’m ready for warm days filled with a sunny state of mind and (not so much) spilled juice.

Snapshots from the Show: 6/11/17

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I’m not going to sugar coat it; this was a horrible day. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong before we even started warming up to show. Despite the day’s shortcomings, I had fun spending time with everyone as well as showing in the ring. My friend was at the same show which mandated a photo shoot for us and lots of hugs and kisses for her pony.  I am very happy with the way I rode, specifically on the flat. I can’t wait to get back to work to ensure the next show goes super smoothly!

Happy Father’s Day

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Growing up, everyone always said I looked exactly like my Dad but I never saw it until today. It’s insane how similar we look in every single one of these Father Daughter Dance photos. I’m fortunate to have inherited more than good looks from my Dad. Without him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Through his example, I know the value of hard work, and more importantly, honest work as it is never worth it to cheat or lie to get ahead. Without my Gary, I would not love big cars, black Dobermans or the middle of nowhere as much as I do today.

We had so much fun at every single one of these father daughter dances. Although the themes in third and fifth grade were unclear, we always had fun dressing to the themes of the other dances, such as Hollywood in first grade, Hawaii in second, and The Wild West in fourth. Because I went to a Catholic middle school, our annual tradition of attending the Ladies Choice event didn’t have to end until eighth grade. I would share those photos as well, however, middle school was such an awkward stage, I couldn’t bring myself to publish the evidence on the internet… too cringe worthy.

I’m so glad my Dad and I got to have fun nights out every year for eight consecutive years. I’m so lucky to have the supportive father that I do, one that willingly moves me in and out of college and shows up to trailer my friends and I out of a show; one that supports me in my education and in my hobbies. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I got you a hammock for me to lay in, it’s on the way!!!

Seersucker Sea Spray

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One of my favorite parts about summer in Rhode Island is the fact that I can get in the car and drive to Jamestown. Within a half hour, I can enjoy the salty spray, aroma of seaside roses and soak up the sunshine, with the help of some SPF 100, of course. I love exploring the shore and driving around the island. Climbing on the rocks and seeing just how far I can go before I have to back track and return to the path is one of the best parts of the trips. Jamestown is just as beautiful as Newport but much more secluded and much less touristy. If only I lived on one of those spacious farms near the shore with twenty something horses…