Style: 4th of July

What a cliché, I know, an Independence Day style post. But I love the 4th of July, and I love the looks that the holiday breeds. And lets be honest — a patriotic day off in the sun with friends and family, plus the excuse to eat and drink excessively without judgment? Yeah, I’m in.

So I’m off to nearby Daytona beach for yet another little vacation (I was lucky enough to be blessed with both Thursday and Friday off). I’ve never been, but I’ve heard some interesting things about the town and, more specifically, the people watching. I’ll have my Canon T3 ready, but in reality, I could care less how many teeth our bartender has. Just give me the ability to lie in the sand with a cold drink in my hand, and I’ll make it work.

The trick to traveling to a locale that cares not for fashion is to keep it simple, which is exactly what I’ll be doing. Cropped tops and jean shorts are officially summer essentials, and I love it. Here’s how to put it all together.

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1. Golden Triangle Bucket Bag / 2. ASOS Cage Arm Cuff  / 3. American Flag Crop Tank / 4. Rag & Bone Boyfriend Shorts / 5. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes / 6. Leather Fringe Sandal

Note on the mascara: I’ve been using it for years, and it is by far my favorite of all the others I’ve tried. It separates lashes beautifully. It also makes them look so long that I’ve had people ask if I’m wearing falsies. If I’m going somewhere that calls for minimal makeup, I feel I only need two things — chapstick and mascara. And that’s the one I would suggest every time.

Happy 4th to you and yours.

xx, Lexi

I’m Back

Another post full of excuses for not posting — with back to back trips to LA for my birthday and Tennessee for the always epic Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, I’ve been totally MIA, and I know it, but I’m back on my game at work and at home, which means I can finally attend to my blog. Here’s a little sneak peek at the fashion-forward-artsy-rainbow-musical-goodness that is Bonnaroo.

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See you soon.

xx, Lexi

Style: UO Closet Must-Haves

At this point you must realize I’m an avid online shopper—and one of my favorite online shops is none other than Urban Outfitters. I find something I love almost every time I visit their site, which is often. My favorite thing about Urban is that they even though they’re super trendy, they also stay true to all things casual-classic. Check out my closet must-haves, a few pieces I’ve had my eye on that I feel like you could probably wear forever.

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1. Delicate Stone Necklace / 2. Gardenhead Viola Halo Headwrap in white / 3. Kimchi Blue Scallop-Lace Checkbook Wallet / 4. Staring at Stars Knit Layered Maxi Dress (S) / 5. BDG East/West Tote / 6. Silence and Noise Silky Banded Kimono (S) / 7. Kimchi Blue Sweetheart Ankle Tie Skimmer (7.5) / 8. Textured Headwrap / 9. Infinity Midi Ring

Highlights from this post: Every girl needs a dainty necklace and a huge tote, and black flats are always in. Here’s to keeping it simple!

xx, Lexi

Gaylord Palms Staycation

I’m a couple of weeks behind, but I have to take a second to rave about the amazing “staycation” that my boyfriend and I took at the Gaylord Palms Resort right outside of Orlando. It. Was. Heavenly.

The resort invited myself and a couple of other local media members out for an exclusive complimentary  experience of the goodness that is Gaylord Palms. We had the opportunity to dine in every single restaurant on the property (I had the most amazing Eggs Benedict I think I’ve ever had when we ordered room service), enjoy a stunning South Beach style cabana during the day, relax with signature massages, and spend time wandering through the resort looking at all of the incredible plants and animals that live in the atrium. It felt like we were a million miles from home when we were only 40 minutes away.

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Can’t wait to go back! I’m on the most intense deadline of my career this week so my next vacation can’t come soon enough. For anyone that hasn’t been to the Gaylord, definitely keep it in mind next time you need to get away.

xx, Lexi

Style: Birthday Month

So, with the exception of the perfume and soap (which I already use regularly and just happen to be running out of at the same time), this is really just a “stuff I want for my birthday” post. Simple as that. I’ll be in LA at the end of the month to celebrate turning 24 (WHAT?! NO! ALREADY???), and I’ve been daydreaming about what I’m going to wear. The Alex and Chloe sweatshirt is such a guilty pleasure. And I’m already creating the perfect outfit around the killer Warby Parker sunglasses, Nasty gal studded bag, and ASOS vintage link necklace below in my head…

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1. Alex and Chloe Sweatshirt / 2. ASOS Flat Link Necklace / 3. Bonne Mere Verbena Soap / 4. Iona Studded Bucket Bag / 5. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum / 6. Warby Parker Jasper Sunglasses / 7. Madison Harding Platform Sandal

My past weekend at Gaylord Palms was beyond phenomenal. Be on the look out for the post later this week. Next stop, the city of angels!

xx, Lexi

InstaLexi: April Edition

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, but my life is going at its fastest pace yet. I got promoted, finished my first grad school course, and moved into a new place. That means I’ve completed four Orlando Wedding magazine photo shoots in the last two weeks, had to write, revise, and perfect a nonfiction essay draft for a final, and cleaned out an entire house (plus a little bit of shoe shopping in between…my new beige Dolce Vita wedges and Cynthia Rowley peter pan collar top are just to die for). Here’s a little peek of my life lately, taken from my Instagram.

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The Gaylord Palms Resort has invited me to stay and experience their new suite, restaurant, cabana and spa additions this weekend so I’m off on a three day, and much needed, staycation. Pictures to come. Bon voyage!

xx, Lexi

Style: FLATFORMS!

I’m adoring the flatform trend that seems to be popping up all over stores right now. These geisha-esque sandals are so Spice Girl fun and comfortable.  There’s no strain on your heel or the ball of your foot in these because the platform is the same height almost all the way through.

YOU MEAN I CAN WEAR WEDGES TO WORK FOR 9 HOURS AND STILL WANT TO WEAR THEM WHEN I GET HOME AND THEN TO DINNER?

It’s a microtrend miracle. Vogue has denounced the platform all together (though fashion is so cyclical that they will likely eat their words next season), but I don’t really care what Vogue has to say because they were loving on them in their March 2013 issue with a Japanese-inspired fashion spread oozing with flatform goodness. For shame, Vogue. Get it together.

Here are some of my affordable favorites:flAT

1. Matiko Lyon Wedge Sandal / 2. Plank Wedge Sandal / 3. Dune Two Tone Multi-Strap Flatform / 4. Asos Humble Flatform / 5. Bass Ophelia Wedge Sandal

A la mode or not, I think I’ll get along with flatforms just fine.

xx, Lexi