color block me

24 Jun

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head scarf & skirt: American Apparel / peter pan collar blouse blouse: f21 / boots: ebay / bag: Aldo Accessories

Lately, I’ve been reaching for unexpected color combinations and mixed up patterns a lot. Green and blue are not usually colors I’d pair together (especially these shades) but since my new thing is trying new combos, I thought why not? They can play nice together! And I’m really quite pleased with the unexpected harmonious color blocking situation that’s happening. What do you guys think? Can green and blue be friends?


Mixin’ it up

19 Jun

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head scarf: American Apparel / blouse & sunnies: Rainbow / Skirt: F21 via Crossroad Trading Co. / bag: Aldo Accessories / Oxfords: Jeffrey Campbell

Summer is here and I’m pulling out all the stops. This is pretty much my uniform for the warmer months. Breezy blouses and flouncy circle skirts make for such Summery outfits and mixing and matching patterns is my new favorite thing. Rules shmools.

Anyway, hope everyone is having a swell hump day. Half way to the weekend : )

90s vibe

17 Jun

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hat: H&M (old)
dress: Era via Crossroads Trading Co.
bag: Aldo Accessories
Oxfords: Jeffrey Campbell

So I’m not sure why I look like such a crazy cuckoobird in some of these snaps…apparently I was having a jolly good time! But hey, cracking up is something I do on the regular so why not capture it on film (er, pixel). I picked this cute dress up at my new favorite store Crossroads Trading Co. in Williamsburg and then later realized that the pattern is reminiscent of Saved by the Bell! Yes, I’m a millennial so Zack Morris and Bayside High were as big a part of my youth years as training bras and wearing braces. My fellow Generation Y’ers know what’s up. But thinking about my favorite teen sitcom made me feel both nostalgic and old all in one. Anyway, who cares? The early 90s were rad in some major ways and this dress will definitely be a regular go-to this Summer.

Do you remember Save by the Bell? Did love it back in the day like I did? Happy Monday everyone!

Instaweekend adventures

16 Jun

It’s been a few days since I posted and I apologize for my absence for the blogosphere (I promise to be back to regular outfit posts tomorrow)! But that usually only means one thing…I’ve been busy…having fun! Which is totally excusable in my book. Yesterday was just so packed with goodness I just had to share this fantastic day with you. It was just one of those magical Saturday’s that stick with you for a while cause they’re so good. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a sneak peek but here was my Instaweeknd.

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Penny got his Summer haircut in the morning so when we picked up handsome from the groomer, we decided to stop by our favorite old-fashioned ice cream shops for a cone. The dress is Tulle via Crossroads Trading Co.


Then we strolled around Williamsburg (Brooklyn), poked into a few shops, and checked out the art for sale from local street artists/vendors. Then we had drinks with one of my best friends at a dog-friendly bar with a cozy backyard. She brought her adorable Boston Terrier with her. Williamsburg was amidst a “Williamsburg Walks” event where the main street is closed to vehicles to allow pedestrians to walk freely and bits of sod are laid on the pavement to create little green spaces where people literally just sit and sip iced coffees and what have you right in the middle of the street. It’s really a sight to see! Williamsburg is one of my favorite places to hang out on any day of the week.

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I  put 2 tickets to see one my all-time favorite bands, the Postal Service, in JC’s Easter basket back in April and have been counting the days ever since. The show was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn so we hit that next. JC has very eclectic taste in music but wasn’t really familiar with many indie bands before he met me. That’s one of my favorite thing about our relationship is that I’ve gotten to introduce him to the music I love and he has introduced me to some great music I had never discovered before.

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We had a bit of a time snafu in Williamsburg when I decided that we should walk to meet my friend for drinks not realizing it was much more of distance than I thought so we ended up not having enough time to get dinner like I had thought we would before the show (oopsydoops). But as luck would have it, this little gem The Elbow Room, was waiting for us at the Barclays Center with the most scrumptious infused Mac n Cheese I’ve ever tasted! I had chicken tinga mac with avocado and pickled onions and JC had Buffalo Chicken mac. Umm, only two things to say really…whoever thought of this concept is a freaking genius and I will certainly be back.


Waiting in line for a beer. A live music essential : )


Wrist band in tact.  Chippy  nails regrettable.

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Be still my heart. I’d marry Ben Gibbard if given the chance (if I wasn’t already married of course!) if for no other reason than the close proximity he shares to my girl Zooey Deschanel (yes that’s what I was thinking about when I saw him in the flesh) but on top of the fact that he’s married to my biggest girl crush ever, he’s amazingly talented and SO fun to watch perform. The show was next level awesome and we were literally THIS close to the stage. Definitely one of the best, most fun, shows i’ve ever been to and one I’ll remember forever, especially because I got to see it with my best mate.

Hope you’re weekend was as splendid as mine! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram…I’d love it if you did! My handle is @paperandpretties!


12 Jun

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straw bowler hat: Forever 21 / blouse: H&M / skorts: Uniqlo / booties: Bakers (old) / bag: ebay

Who knew that an old trend like skorts would make it’s way back into style? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…everything comes back around if ya wait long enough. Hey, American Apparel even sells scrunchies! (What is that all about anyway? Are people actually wearing scrunchies?) But whatever the case may be, I couldn’t be happier! Because like their close relative the romper…they make for an easy, effortlessly chic look without fear of flashing your panties at the slightest of breezes. So when I happened to see that Uniqlo was carrying a bunch of them in cute, feminine prints, I had to scoop one up.

Are you a fan of the skirt/short hybrid?

Inspiration: Eliot Lee Hazel

11 Jun

I l.o.v.e finding new photographers and artists that I didn’t know about before. So when I stumbled upon this photo of Felicity Jones shot for British magazine So It Goes, I was so smitten I had to find out more! A quick cyber stalking of photographer Eliot Lee Hazel and I’m an uber fan! I’m totally obsessed! I can’t get enough of the grainy, ethereal awesomeness! So here’s a bit of inspiration for all your visual senses to go bonkers…

Hope you’re having a lovely day! Do you love his work as much as I do?

before the rain

10 Jun

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head scarf: American Apparel / everything else: old or thrifted

It was rainy and yuck today (I was able to snap these just before it really started to come down!) so I felt like I needed to shake things up a bit. So I made like Daniela and added a statement necklace! Dots, stripes & florals? Why not?

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