student driver. cake.

enjoy the architectural views for one more day :)

headed to lunch & an afternoon of shopping?
 grab a light weight summer sweater & roll-up your jeans! 
{check & check}

trying to get the bag to stay on column, not sooooooooo successful.

see the little neon nail pop!

triple threat bag. {neon pink, purple, and coral}

espadrilles = summer.

student driver.

jeans: j.crew, sweater: splendid {similar here}, tank: wet seal, bag: deux lux {similar here}, shoes: impo stretch {can not stress how comfortable these are!!!!}, sunglasses: ray-ban.


student driver. valley.

we feel in love with this architecture.

perfect summer heels. great for a day of shopping or the office!

chunky turquoise necklace & a light weight  beach tunic. a laid back look to kick start summer.

trying to sit on one of the "columns" proved to be harder then we thought! 
those things were slippery and slanted. 

pink & leopard.

when a tunic has high slits try tucking in just the front of it into your favorite pair of jeans.
 it will give you a casual day look.

student driver.

jeans: siwy, top: free people {same style, new version}, necklace: banana republic {similar here}, shoes: target {similar here}, bag: gucci, sunglasses: ray-ban.


flapper frenzy. cake & valley.

this up coming weekend one of our besties is turning 29 on the 29th; and to celebrate her golden birthday and her last birthday before the big three zero she's hosting a roaring 20s party. how fun!!! we can't tell you how many hours we've spent plotting what we'll wear, but it's been a lot.  we've both been lucky enough to find dresses that were inspired by a vintage look but that we'll be able to wear again.  we'll add our own little vintage flair with lots of art deco accessories, deep red lipstick, and maybe a faux bob hairstyle to pull the whole look together. full party details and complete outfit looks will appear sometime after the holiday- don't let the suspense kill ya.

below is an inspiration board we put together to help you get in the mood for some speakeasy cocktails, charlston dance moves, and who knows maybe even a few gangsters.


cake & valley

flapper frenzy

details for all the items shown above can be found here.


melon colored. cake.

orange hi-low skirt.

vintage chanel necklace.

purple nails & turquoise bangles.

a classic cake & valley twirl!

one more spin! 

don't you love how the skirt is sheer and the light filters through it.

melon colored.

dress worn as a skirt: F21 {similar here & here}, top: j.crew, bag: theit, shoes: target, bracelets: chan luu & charming charlie, sunglasses: ray-ban.


melon colored. valley.

making a grand entrance!

printed clutch & nude pumps.

coral silk bow.

halo braid, easy{ish} summer style.
tutorial here.

purple nails.

melon colored.

jeans: anlo {similar here}, top: miguelina {similar here}, clutch: target, shoes: steve madden, sunglasses: ray-ban.


cake. chronicle five.

i'm on the road back to indiana, i'll be there for the next seven weeks! the next 863 miles promise to get me pretty excited for my arrival back to the midwest.  while i'm there i plan on spending lots of time with my family (both old & new), catching up on my reading, and enjoying all the amenities of the midwest that my tiny new hampshire town doesn't have! 

new hampshire isn't so bad :)

however, my main job while i'm home will be teaching art at an all girls fine arts camp! i've been teaching at this camp for the last four summers. Valley and I actually worked at the camp as counselors when we were in college and to go one step further we also attend this camp when we were in fifth-eight grade! this camp holds a really special place in both our hearts, mostly because we made some of the most amazing life long friends while we were there. and i think, maybe more importantly, this camp empowered us all (with the help of our awesome parents) to pursue the arts at a higher educational level.  all the women we met at camp {and have remained friends with} went on to study photography, creative writing, acting, sculpture, art history, fashion design, architecture and ceramics as our majors in college! how crazy is that, right? {long live F.A.C}

once camp starts i'll be sure to post a few pictures of my class projects, me rocking out to some justin beiber with my new 11 year old bff, and all the late night pillow parties! it officially feels like summer guys.


valley. volume five.

summer has started. generally, i'm terrible at the beginning and ending of things, but seasons changing is something i like! its been boiling hot here in chicago (and everywhere else!) so last weekend i lounged in my apartment, had the fan pointed in my face, and read the first book in the game of thrones series. i also ate as many cherries as possible. as seen below. {this was one of multiple bowls}

this weekend i'm at home with my parents in indiana. at home i'm fully enjoying their air conditioned air, doing some shopping at yard sales, looking forward to being reunited with cake in just five days and possibly going to the farmers market. summer is in full swing.

so go enjoy. xo, valley


ivy league. cake.

t-strap sandals.

full look from the front & back.
(can you spot the neon orange toe nail polish?)

taking the sunglasses off,  probably needed a better look at something!

neon messenger bag.

zig zag print & round sunglasses.

the white blazer makes all the colors "pop" even more.

ivy league.

dress: missoni for target {similar here}, blazer: zara, shoes: target, bag: target {similar here}, sunglasses: urban outfitters.


ivy league. valley.

love that sun spot.

with & with out the blazer.

worn out knee . . . literally it was worn out by wearing these jeans so much!

one cool cat :)

curled brunette hair.

tiny pleats & a delicate ivy pattern.

monogram style.

ivy league.

top: old navy, jeans: citizens of humanity, blazer: target, bag: marc by marc jacobs {similar here}, sunglasses: ray-ban, shoes: topshop, necklace: bemonogrammed.com