Because It’s Not Labor Day Yet

White pants FTW.

The most classic summer look. - Sarrandipity blog Similar Glasses: NordstromTarget // Similar Jacket: LOFT; Gap // Tank: Old Navy // Similar Tank: Nordstrom Rack; Nordstrom // Similar Jeans: Gap // Similar (almost the same!) Sandals: 6pm

Okay, so the title of this post very clearly makes it seem like I don’t approve of wearing white after Labor Day. In reality, I’m all for it: If you want to wear white, wear white (except to someone else’s wedding, because that’s just rude…unless it’s a whole thing they’re doing where they turn their wedding into a white party and ask all of their guests to wear white, too…but I digress). So what’s up with the title? Well, I thought, “Hey, here’s a cheeky title for this blog post that’s partially about my white jeans,” so I used it. That’s it.

Anyway, onto the goods. True, Labor Day is next weekend, and true, that always makes it feel like summer and its warm temps are DONE, and true, I may be secretly harboring wishes for fall and Halloween, and lighting candles, and dressing cozily inside pretending that it is cool outside…but it’s not. Summer and, more specifically, summer weather, is still here and going strong. Which means outfits that involve things like white pants and tank tops and sandals are totally fair game. This summer, I really went back to basics. Aside from my new favorite graphic tees and tanks, I’ve worn almost exclusively solid colors. This outfit, which I wore on an extended weekend trip to Madeira Beach, Florida earlier this summer (okay, it was in April—I know, I know, it took me forever to post these pictures, bla bla bla), was a perfect storm of some of my favorite basics, old and new. I strongly feel like a good pair of white pants (I’ve had mine from Gap—most similar to these, I imagine—for at least three years), a good jean jacket, and a good pair of sandals that can be dressed up or down, are essential to any summer wardrobe. And this look, I believe, is case in point.

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I got these sandals last summer, and they remain one of the best shoe purchases I’ve ever made. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn them, dressed up, dressed down, and everywhere in between. I can’t find this exact style anywhere now, but these ones (both Steve Madden) are almost exactly the same, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you like easy, versatile footwear, girl, get these.

The most classic summer outfit - SarrandipitySimilar Watch: Amazon // Bangles: Nordstrom // Similar Necklace: Nordstrom

I say, why do a boring, awkward, I’m-taking-pictures-for-my-blog pose every time, when you can dance instead?

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Really digging split back tanks for a little pizzazz.

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Fun fact: Looking down is a great way to differentiate your outfit photos.

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100% pointing out dolphins. They were really there. And I was obsessed.

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Packing List: San Francisco and L.A.

Packing List - San Francisco & LA One of the best things about being a freelancer is that I can work from anywhere. This week, it’s San Francisco and L.A., as I tag along on one of my fiancé’s business trips. See, he travels so much for work that he achieved this insane status on Southwest called “Companion Pass,” which means whenever he books a ticket, he gets a second one for free. I know: WHAT? It seems to be good to be true, but I’m here to tell you it’s not, and I’m reaping the benefits. ANYWAY, as I said, this week we’re on the west coast. The first half of the week is in San Francisco (one of my all-time cities and home to much of my extended family – but more on that another time), and the rest of the week and weekend in Los Angeles, where Andy’s sister lives and will play host to us.

Packing for two different cities and two different climates in one carry-on suitcase causes me major stress and minor heart palpitations, but I somehow managed to do it. For the slightly cooler, fog-prone San Francisco, I included layers, like these lightweight pants I bought from Athleta two days ago and am already obsessed with. For the LA heat (it’s going to be in the high 80s!), I loaded up on tanks and breezy pieces, like this skirt and jumpsuit, which I’m still getting used to wearing. I’m also ridiculously excited to break out the white pants, white watch, and super summery lip color because, OVER THIS WINTER. (BTW – I swear by Sephora’s lip stain—it stays on for ages.) And in an attempt to exercise while here (and hopefully go for a hike in LA), I squeezed in my pair of lightweight Nikes.

Pleione Racerback Tank // GAP 1969 Resolution True Skinny Skimmer Jeans // DKNY Ceramic Bracelet Watch // Athleta ‘Aspire’ Ankle Pant // Lo & Sons ‘The Pearl’ Crossbody Bag // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Nike Flex Supreme TR3 // Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Watermelon Slice //  H&M Circular Skirt // Lulu’s ‘Learning to Fly’ Jumpsuit

And in honor of packing breezy pieces because, obviously:

Packing List: Weekend in Florida

Weekend in Florida

In a couple days, Andy and I are meeting his parents in Florida for the long weekend. His plan is to golf as much as possible; my plan is to soak up as much sun as possible (golf and I do not mix). Though the forecast right now is looking grim (highs in the 60s, what?), I’m holding out hope that this week’s 75-degree weather will ultimately extend into the weekend. And my packing list reflects my denial. The trip is going to be a laid-back, casual one, which makes the packing pretty easy: No need for excessive jewelry, any form of heels, or dressy clothes. If the weather holds up, my uniform will be a bathing suit (I have this one from Victoria’s Secret in two different prints; it’s the most flattering bikini I’ve ever owned–both top and bottom), shorts and a loose-fitting crop top. For cool nights (or days??) I’m packing my favorite, light-weight versatile scarf, a pair of trusty Keds, and a jean jacket. My beach bag is actually a kitschy bag I bought at Harrods in London many, many years ago. It folds down completely flat in my suitcase, holds all the necessities (with a zipper top), and its waxy finish keeps it waterproof. And I cannot go anywhere without my Kindle (currently reading: Eightysixed by Chicagoan Emily Belden); with this waterproof case, it’s completely beach-friendly.

What are your vacation necessities?

Gap Denim Jacket // H&M Double Layer Tank // Old Navy Denim Cut-Off Shorts // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Tildon Metallic Straw Hat // Ted Baker Biotime Sunglasses // Victoria’s Secret Getaway Halter // Victoria’s Secret The Ruffle Cheeky Bottom // Harrods Pretty City Shoulder Bag // Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity Scarf // Keds Champion Washed Stripe Sneaker // Felicity & Coco Stripe Scoop Neck Maxi Dress // Trendy Digital Waterproof Kindle Case // Kindle Paperwhite