Shell I Compare Sea to a Summer’s Day?

Who remembers when Gilt and RueLaLa were the best online destinations to shop? Admittedly I probably shopped too much at the flash sale sites, so much so that I burnt out. Full candor, I was most certainly one of those girls who used the first thirty minutes of her lunch break (EST thank sweet baby Jesus) to raid Gilt’s daily offering.

Sidebar: I highly recommend reading By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop written by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the founders of Gilt. It is an easily digestible read that you will not want to put down. Read it especially if you need inspiration in your professional life.

These days it seems as though the flash sale concept has been phased out for both of the websites. Though the seeming urgency to shop it everyday has cooled, it is not necessarily reflective of the quality of merchandise. In the past six months, I know I purchased at least one dress, one pair of sunglasses, and one swimsuit from one site or the other.

The swimsuit being this one. Unfortunately it was not offered in long torso, but I made a size larger than what I would typically purchase, work. With this fantastic print and the vivid colors, can you blame me?


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Independence Daze

Did everyone have a fun and festive Fourth of July? I spent the holiday at my parents’ house on the Gulf Coast. In years past, I consumed way too much food and drink. Emphasis on the drink, and more specifically, tequila. To the point that I jokingly mentioned following up my holiday with a stop at Betty Ford. I kid.

This year I purposefully drank less alcohol and drank more water. While my alcohol indulgence was considerably less than last year (R.I.P. MargWalrus), I still treated myself to the good foods. And shocker! It is considerably easier to get through food prep when you are not several adult beverages deep!

First thing on my to-do list was to make guacamole and yes, I know it is essentially only mashing up raw ingredients, but there is a lot of chopping that goes into making it, okay? The recipe that I used is on this Pinterest board. With raw vegetables and tortilla chips, the guacamole was the ideal food to pair with my afternoon margarita. On the rocks please, salt on the rim.

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Off Tropic

I am so into one piece swimsuits right now. I already added two to my swimsuit drawer. It must in corellation to growing up. In fact, this one also has a little person version in case you want to match your daughter. Not me. Not not.

This suit reminds me of a version of a tank suit I wore as a child. Growing up, I refused to wear two pieces. I should have always kept that sense of modesty. Unfortunately, modesty went out of style circa 1998, you know, when Britney Spears came into fashion.

swim suit // little person swim suit

Hot Tropic

I think I hit the age when I need to start retiring my two piece swimsuits. While even the two piece suits I own are particularly modest, especially when my plans include the pool at my apartment as opposed to a backyard pool, the time has come.

Usually I don’t do a lot of swimsuit shopping. I just never have been that excited about wearing swim. Conversely, I have been stocking up on tank suits this year. So far, I found a great long torso style at J.Crew and a Nanette Lepore from RueLaLa. This suit might be the next one I snag.



Tori Praver Seafoam Marked Down

Earlier this summer I discovered that Tori Praver has a Target line. Named Seafoam, there are several different colorways and styles. Now that the pieces are marked down, I am more obsessed than ever with scoring some more great swim pieces. Swim is one of the only categories of clothing that being 6′-2″ does not affect pieces fitting me appropriately; therefore, I get more excited about shopping for it.

These are my favorite pieces from the 2017 Tori Praver Seafoam line:


aqua set

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printed top // solid bottom // solid top // printed bottom

Sidebar: I stalked the printed pieces of this set until both of the pieces were available. This is what internet browser bookmarks are for, people!


teal set
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