8 Ways To Cool Off This Summer

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: the DC heat and humidity is beyond brutal. As much as I wish I could spend a summer night on a quaint porch reading, or with the windows thrown open to invite in the summer breeze, the reality is that it’s just too hot. AC can only go so far — sitting inside as a cooled-off hermit just isn’t how I envisioned my summer going. Check out the eight ways I’ve cooled off this summer!


While this may seem like a wintertime tip, I promise, it’s the key to staying cool in the summer! I walk to work, so I really build up a sweat and intense body heat before I hit the Madewell selling floor. The best way I’ve found to combat a gross (and uncomfortable) smell throughout the day is to layer, layer, layer. Stick your blouse, nicer shirt, or cardigan in your tote, and try to just wear a little tank or a lightweight dress on your commute. That way, when you hit the cold AC of your workplace, you have some fresh items to throw on!

S H O W  S O M E  S K I N

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Shorten the hems on your short, invest in some adorable minis, and cut up your tanks. Sometimes summer clothes don’t even let your skin and body breathe as much as it craves. Plus, you can show off your beautiful Free People intimates with more revealing clothing!

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Lovely List: What Shoes Are You Coveting This Summer?

In this edition of the Lovely List, our bloggers share which shoes top their summer wishlists!

Annie: I really want some Avarcas, some Nikes and a nice basic wedge like this one from Madewell.

Phoebe: I’m obsessed with my white patent leather Birkenstocks. I need these suede minimalist heels from Joie, Bensimon sneakers are a great alternative to the typical flat for business casual, and the Madewell midi heels are rad… they’re also super comfy!

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4 Ways To Wear It: Bold Blazers

Traditionally women’s blazers are a business casual staple, but why not modify them for work and play? The best places I can think to wear a bold blazer is happy hour, date night, on a rooftop lounge, or while traveling.


This tangerine blazer is perfect for grabbing happy hour cocktails with friends, considering you might wind up twinning with your mixed drink. Tone down the intensity of a bright blazer by pairing it with a white top, shoes, and bag but make sure to add a pop of color, like the print on these relaxed fit pants that burst with blue, green, and a dash of tangerine! The pleated front and tapered hem allow for a bit of room without the slouch, while the zipper-front shoe has just the right amount of heel for a 5 o’clock hangout. A peplum top is free-flowing around the waist so you don’t have to worry about all those half-priced drinks showing. The only thing missing is a straw fedora and a spritz of citrusy unisex cologne; it’s happy hour – you may not be by the beach but you can sure act like you are.

Zara Herringbone Blazer | Topshop Tall Peplum Lace Cami | Report Signature Brynna Bootie | Rebecca Minkoff Python Embossed Mini M.A.C.Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Garden Pant | Rag & Bone Summer Straw Fedora | Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

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What’s In My Bag: Erika’s Weekly Essentials

I rely on my beautiful bright-blue Lilly Pulitzer Sparkle Tote to carry all of my daily essentials — it’s the perfect size bag to hold everything I need for a day out while still feeling comfortable on my shoulder. Not to mention this bag comes in my sorority’s print! But enough about my bag — I want to share with you all some of my daily go-to items for a day of interning at an advertising agency! 

2. My Lilly Agenda is one of the most important items to carry around with me during the week. It helps with keeping track of assignments, organizing events on monthly calendars and has a ton of extra pages to take notes during conference meetings. These agendas range from small to jumbo sizes, and come in bright and playful prints. I currently have the large agenda in Let’s Cha Cha, but can’t wait to purchase the new large agenda in Lilly Lovers soon!

3. I sometimes find myself becoming chilly either on the train or in the office so I try to pack my pink lightweight cardigan from Uniqlo in case the air conditioning happens to be on indoors. It’s also great to carry around during rainy days!

4. In my Lilly wristlet, I’m always carrying my three favorite lip glosses in the front pocket. The first one I have is Mac’s Cremesheen Glass in Richer Luster, the second one is Mac’s Dazzleglass in Like Venus, and my third favorite is Victoria’s Secret Pink Lip Gloss in Berry Bomb. All three shades make great daytime lip colors since they give a hint of color while still looking natural for light makeup looks.

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What To Buy At Nasty Gal Now!

If you haven’t heard about the amazing online only store Nasty Gal by now you totally need to check it out ASAP. Nasty Gal is known for their hot and trendy outfits and the female empowering business owner and founder Sophia Amoruso, AKA #girlboss. Check out these must buys at Nasty Gal at the moment!

D R E S S E S  : 1. One Over Skater Dress | 2. Keepsake Stubborn Love Dress | 3. I’m Yours Dress | 4. For Love And Lemons Festival Dress | 5. Line & Dot Day Glow Maxi Dress | 6. Just Blue It Dress

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21 Items For Home Office Inspiration

A home office has always been important to me. I need a space that is dedicated to not only working, but gaining inspiration and energy to do the best work that I can. Check out some of my must-haves and inspiration for my future home office!

T H E  D E S K  A E S T H E T I C

Choosing a beautiful desk is crucial — this dictates how the aesthetic of the rest of the room (or small nook, if you’re like me). Here are some of my favorite desk looks!

1. Glass desk and white chair | 2. Thonet S1200 desk | 3. DIY gilded-edge desk | 4. Mini flatiron desk | 5. Guapo desk

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What To Buy At Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Right Now

While I normally shop sales for specific items, there are so many great pieces at the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale that I was able to put together a great date night outfit, a happy hour ensemble and even some pieces to throw on before heading out to the gym!

If your office participates in Casual Friday, it’s a great time to put a fun spin on the classic pencil skirt, wear leopard as a neutral and replace that Oxford shirt with a worn-in chambray top.

1. Ted Baker London Crystal Bow Matinee Wallet  |  2. Kate Spade Play Hooky iPhone Case  |  3. Halogen Tencel Denim Shirt  |  4. BaubleBar Rosebud Mixed Stone Necklace  |  5. Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt  |  6. Kate Spade Live Colorfully Perfume Set  |  7. Halogen Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump

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