f21 dress; michael by michael kors clutch; gap sandals

I know I’ve been a neglectful blogger as of late, but a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to do some traveling abroad (more on that later!). Ever since then, I’ve been catching up on work and jet lag.

In the mean time, I’m definitely enjoying the whirlwind adventures of my last summer break ever. The fusion of colors in this tie-dye dress makes it easy to forget that school starts back up in a little over a month (your welcome for the reminder). Still, there’s plenty of good times to be had and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you all!

work + play.

workzara cardigan; f21 top; anthropologie skirt; coach clutch

Working hard or hardly working?  That’s what my mother always jokingly (or maybe seriously …) asks me when I visit.  My standard answer: both.

The balance between work and play (with a slight tip toward the latter) is at the top of my priority list and fostering that business/pleasure equilibrium involves wearing outfits that transition easily from day to night.

Per usual, my 9-to-5 uniform starts with a skirt, but this time with a playful geometric pattern in a neutral palette.  I threw on a deep red boyfriend cardigan for a pop of color, classic closed-toe pumps, and a buttery yellow clutch.

playf21 top + belt; anthropologie skirt; gifted clutch;  l.a.m.b. heels

After punching out, it’s time to play!  Happy hour, dinner with friends — you name it, I’m there.  The switch involves removing the cardigan, playing up the waist with a wide belt, and kicking off the pumps in exchange for some killer heels.  The darker clutch (thanks B!) ushers the pop of red into my nighttime look.

Now that we’re ready to hit the town … is it 5 o’clock yet?

easy does it.

josh brody dress; ray-ban aviators; michael by michael kors clutch; rosegold heels

Summer is the time to kick back and get a little free spirited. It’s a time when the only reading to do is for leisure and the only items on the agenda involve travels and adventures. It’s already one month into summer break (time flies!) and I’ve been embracing the easy spirit with a loose dress, wavy hair, and big ol’ shades. Hope you’re enjoying it as much I am!