boating style. cake

mixing stripes & florals.

invisible high heel dance to show some excitement for the pending boat ride :)

friendship bracelets.

hot pink & gold sandals. a summer staple.

boating style.

tank: old navy {similar here}, skirt: j.crew {similar here}, hat: j.crew, shoes: target, bag: marc jacobs {similar here}, sunglasses: ray-ban, bracelets: camp made.


boating style. valley.

look how beautiful the skirt is when you walk.

top of the morning to you.

white nails for summer.

smocking on bottom & layering with a light weight denim vest on top.

teal pom-pom.  its all in the details.

boating style.

dress: miguelina {old, great alternative here}, vest: old navy {this style is still sold in stores, but an online alternative is here}, hat: urban outfitters, shoes: target, sunglasses: ray-ban, bag: deux lux.


daley plaza. cake.

maxi to help battle the extreme heat the midwest has been having!

the statue was staring at us!

gold chain links & aviators.

yellow and pink accent bangles.

twirling in a maxi is the best! inspired by these photos.

daley plaza.

dress: old navy {similar here & valley has this top!}, bag: deux lux {similar here}, shoes: target, bracelets: j.crew, sunglasses: ray-ban.


daley plaza. valley.

perfect relaxed work outfit during the summer: silk top and white denim.

i think people are staring! {ha}

that's a big statue behind me! did you get it in the picture?

love how the camera caught valley's top moving in the wind and caused the top to have a  blur
 but the rings are still in focus!

low ballet bun.

daley plaza.

pants: joe's jeans, top: madewell {similar here}, bag: gucci {similar here}, shoes: target {valley's are an old style, this pair is a great alternative pair}, rings: gorjana.


let's be (facebook) friends. cake & valley.

its true. we're now on facebook. we can officially be (facebook friends) come take a look. today is our 5 month anniversary of being bloggers. pretty crazy. life has certainly made for a fun five months. blogging has reinvigorated our creative juices, helped us make some new blogging friends, and helped us remember how much fun the two of us can still have with each other even though we live almost a 1000 miles apart!

by "like-ing" us on facebook you'll be able to see our most recent posts pop up in your newsfeed. it's the easiest way to make sure you don't miss out on when our posts go live :) {we also realize not all of our readers have the book, so we'll also be doing a google/g-mail reader tutorial soon, so you can add us to your e-mail feed, another amazing way to keep up with us!!!}

twins & best friends forever!

xo. cake & valley

now get you butt over to our facebook page, like us, & keep up with our newest posts :)


cake. chronicle six.

my classroom.

bangles my campers are making. inspired by these.

yarn so the campers can weave a scarf on their loom!

I'm at camp & loving life!!! nothing like being a 13 year old again :) the days are long and the nights are hot BUT there's just something so magical about what camp does to kids. this year i'm in charge of teaching two different sections of textiles & fibers classes. i've chosen to teach bangle making & looming. the looming projects are then stitched together to make scarves. i just love being inspired by my closet :) from what i can tell the kids are having a blast with the projects and i love teaching them. anyone out there have suggestions for me for when I return next year for camp? already thinking about a year from now  . . . . .

you know you've totally made friends at camp when they make you bracelets! 
love my textiles & fibers {optic} girls. xo.


valley. volume six.

summer is flying by. are you thinking the same thing? its already the middle of july. C-R-A-Z-Y! seriously. doesn't memorial day feel like yesterday?

yet, i am secretly ready for fall. {insert evil laugh here}. bwahahahaha.

last weekend while doing some saturday shopping i bought a pair of boots! while it is certainly too hot in the midwest to wear them, my mind is now in full on fall mode. i'm dreaming of chunky sweaters, fall colored scarves, and obviously my new boots. the boots were such an incredible price there was no way i was going to pass them up. the store was practically giving them away. which brings me to the topic of this volume: buy your fall boots now! there are so many good boot deals out there. while most of the boots on sale now are left over from the winter/spring collections, that does not mean they wont wear well this fall. the boots i bought are very similar to these boots, which i've been drooling over since the Loeffler Randall pre-fall 2012 collection came out. after buy boots for a such a price i began poking around some of my favorite sites and saw lots of good deals. so i'm sharing with you some of my favorite pre-fall boots. just check out the links below.

pair one.
pair two. (doesn't get more classic than these!)
pair three. (these are suppose to be so comfy)

i know its certainly not ideal to spend money on something you can't wear for weeks to come, but once the weather cools, and you pull out your fall sweaters and scarves, you'll be so glad you've got new boots to put on. and you'll know you got a great deal on them. delayed gratification. it C-R-A-Z-Y how good it can feel.


the shore. cake.

strolling along the shore.

trying to balance on the rocks.

olive green vest, popping the collar.

hey you, look at the boats!

turquoise & yellow.

check out the bottom of the bag: hot pink.

the shore.

dress: dvf {similar here}, vest: old navy, necklace: ily couture, bag: deux lux {similar style here}, shoes: target, bracelets: j.crew.


the shore. valley.

strolling along the shore.

hat & sunnies; we've got to protect that fair skin.

hot pink belt & flip flops.

jumping from rock to rock.

cool sand on a hot day.

a ring that looks like coral reef, perfect for the beach.

neon orange, neon yellow, and neon pink. oh my.

the shore.

dress: anthropologie {old, alternative color blocked dress here}, bag: target, hat: eugenia kim for target {similar here} shoes: banana republic, belt: j.crew, sunglasses: ray-ban, ring: ysl {similar here}.