Outfit Of The Day

Hello and happy Monday, gorgeous! I hope you are surviving this muggy and humid heat wave and you had an amazing weekend! Even though the weekend just ended and, if you’re feeling the same way I am, you’re not quite ready to be back at work just yet, I thought I would still share a super chic outfit that is perfect for a summertime night on the town! So, although it is only Monday, hopefully this will give you a little something to get ready for, and excited about, next weekend!

Outfit Of The Day - Not Your Daughter's Jeans, OOTD

Top: Rebecca Taylor, $195; Jeans: NYDJ, $200; Shoes: Saint Laurent, $790; Clutch: Valentino, $1,190; Watch: Movado, $995; Bracelet: BERRICLE, $85; Earrings: kate spade new york, $38.

Is that outfit awesome, or what?! I don’t know about you ladies, but personally I’m a huge fan of white jeans. Since we can only wear them a few months out of the year, I try to get the most out of them during that little time period as possible! This pair of super skinny jeans (and not to mention slimming), from NYDJ, is super comfortable and look amazing on everyone I’ve seen rock them!

Personally, I am usually more of a jegging (jean legging) type of girl myself, but these have that same feel without making me feel like I am cheating the system (…I tend to live in leggings in the winter, so I always consider it a win when I actually put on “real” pants!). So basically, what I am trying to say is that I have recently discovered NYDJ, and they have absolutely amazing jeans for women. Plus, they’re super affordable, so that’s another bonus!

One of the many ways I like to wear white jeans is with a bright colored, fun top (like the one above), and simple/classic accessories. It really draws attention to the top and makes for a super classy, yet stylish and chic, look. I am typically a fan of different shades of blue, green, and teal/turquoise, because I feel like it makes my blue eyes stand out (although I’m not sure it actually does, I think that may just be my imagination, but it makes me feel good so I do it anyway!). However, I consider any color that shies away from my typical black to be “bright”; whatever your favorite color is to wear, I’m sure it will look awesome with your super skinny [white] jeans and some of your more classic and simple accessories. So, trust me beauties, if you haven’t before, try it out! I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hopefully y’all love this outfit (and white jeans, obviously!) as much as I do; I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, lovelies! I hope your week starts off on the right foot, have a great day, beauties!

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OOTD: Thrifty Thursday

Hello everyone! After an extended period of absence, I’m back! I know, I know, it seriously feels like it’s been forever! With my summer job at the pool (I’m working as a lifeguard at the pool I worked at in high school and college until I find a job!), I have been super busy and have had barely any time to sleep and eat, let alone chat with all of you lovelies. It’s been rough ladies and gents, that I can promise… I’ve missed y’all so much, but I am going to do my best to stay on top of everything for the rest of summer, even if I am running in a bunch of different directions!

But, getting back to business… I just want to jump right back into things and hit the ground running! So, with that being said, we have a fabulous little ensemble for today’s Thrifty Thursday OOTD.

Outfit Of The Day - Thrifty Thursday

Dress: Vero Moda, $41; Shoes: Miss Selfridge$68 $44; Necklace: ALDO$18 $15;

Bracelets: Aqua Snake$35 $25; Earrings: Stella & Dot, $24.

With summer in full swing at this point, this super fun orange dress paired with an amazing pair of wedges is really one of your best bets for any activity! The best part is, this outfit is super versatile and can easily be tweaked to fit whatever you may be doing! If you’re hitting a family barbecue or hitting the town for an afternoon of shopping, swap out the wedges for a simple sandal and then slip into the wedges for your evening activities!

But, the best part about this outfit, you ask? Everything is under $50! Who would’ve thought you could have an awesome little outfit like this at such an affordable price?! Well, it’s true ladies! What do you think about this OOTD? Do you have any other suggestions for an affordable and versatile outfit? Let us know what you think in the comments below or shoot me an email at kristen.booth06@gmail.com! I’d love to know what y’all are thinking!

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How To Look Hot All Day And All Night

Beat The Heat In These Stylish And Refreshing Outfits That Look Good From Day To Night

As August is quickly approaching, we all know the scorching hot days we are already experiencing are only going to get worse.  While there are many styles that are extremely cute and flattering on almost everyone, such as the maxi dress and skirt, they are not always the best for keeping us cool… And let’s be honest, I know I cannot stand to be wearing clothes that make me hotter than necessary on the already excruciatingly hot days.  Not only is it super difficult to find outfits that keep you cooled off while maintaining your usual trendy look, but having to change into an outfit to go out in after spending a long day out in the heat, can sometimes be worse! How can this be solved you might ask? Well, here are just a few suggestions that can be worn all day long, day to night, and still have the normal, appropriate look for whatever time of day it is and whatever you are doing!

High Waisted Shorts – Necessary Clothing $24.99

High Waisted Shorts - Necessary Clothing

 

Daytime:  Pair these awesome shorts with a blouse or nice top and a pair of flats or dressy sandals and you have the perfect outfit for a relaxing and comfortable day at the office!

After The Sun Sets:  Swap out that blouse for either a more casual tank or a crop top and change out of your flats and into a pair of nude or cream colored wedges and you will have a sexy outfit for your nighttime extravaganzas!

Crochet Bathing Suit – 6 Shore Road $138

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Daytime:  Wear this super sexy suit for a day on the beach with friends or when you’re just laying out, catching some rays at the pool.  Where ever you are, you are sure to turn the heads of everyone around with this chic little number on.

After The Sun Sets:  Be sure to pack a maxi skirt, a pair of jeans, or some high wasted shorts in your beach bag to throw on over your suit for your evening activities.  Not only is this piece an extremely flattering bathing suit, but it is also a stunning top.  Add a pair of heels or wedges and you will surely be turning everyone’s head!

White Jeans –Tory Burch (Nordstrom) $185

White Jeans - Tory Burch At Nordstrom

Daytime:  Pair these super cute white jeans with a bright colored tank top (pastels look awesome, too!)  and a pair of flats or sandals for the perfect daytime outfit.  Cuff the bottom of the already cropped pants to make them a little shorter – it adds to the overall look and keeps you feeling a little cooler!

After The Sun Sets:  For your nighttime adventures, uncuff the pants and add a pair of wedges or heels with a darker color (navy or black are always a good option) tank top or crop top.  Add a bright colored chunky statement necklace for a night pop of color and you are sure to be ready for whatever comes your way that evening!

Crop Top – American Apparel $38

Crop Top - American Apparel

Daytime:  Pair this crop top with a pair of white shorts and a pair of comfy sandals or flip flops along with a long necklace, a watch and a cute pair of earrings and you will be set for the sunshine!

After The Sun Sets: In the evening, switch out of your shorts and put on white jeans or regular blue denim jeans with a pair of cute wedges and some bigger accent pieces of jewelry and you’ll be the focal point of the night.

Trousers (aka “Pajama Style Bottoms”) – Zara $59.90

Trousers/Pajama Style Bottoms - Zara  Daytime: Add a nice blouse or tank top along with a blazer and a pair of flats to these super cute trousers and you have an appropriate, comfortable, and super hot outfit for a summer day at work.

After The Sun Sets: Ditch the blazer, keep the tank top, and switch out the flats for either a pair of sexy heels or super cute wedges and you’re all ready for a round of drinks at happy hour after a long day in the office.

As you can see, the options for day to night summer outfits really are endless.  This is not even close to an all inclusive list, rather more of a starting point to get you headed in the right direction! I hope this is helpful to you in planning your outfits for the rest of the summer, and if you need and help or have any questions or comments please just let me know! :)

XOXO Kristen

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Passing Through Athens, Greece

αφήνει να πάει στην Αθήνα, Ελλάδα – Let’s Go To Athens, Greece

On our way back to Belgium from Santorini, we had a five hour layover in Athens where we stopped for a two hour bus/walking tour and a quick lunch!

We weren’t in Athens for a very long time, but I still noticed a lot of differences between Santorini and Athens! Athens is a city and is not located on the coast, so it is naturally more fast paced and is not a colorful and scenic.  The buildings were all taller and were also much darker than the white buildings in Santorini.  It was also extremely historic, being the one of the oldest cities in the world, it was expected to have a lot of that! A few of the things we saw were:

Zeus’s Palace.

Zeus's Palace Athens, Greece

The stadium from the first ever Olympic Games.

The Acropolis.

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The Parliament Building.

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The University.

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And then other historic and government buildings.

 

 

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XOXO Kristen

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Καλώς ήλθατε στη Σαντορίνη, Ελλάδα!

Welcome to Santorini, Greece!

Santorini, Greece After spending a day in Lake Garda and Milan, Italy, we headed to the airport and were on our way to Santorini!  Santorini was probably my favorite part of the whole trip.  It was absolutely gorgeous! For those of you who have seen the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, it is where Lena goes in Greece when she visits her grandparents! AMAZING!

The first day we were there we went on a tour for a few hours where we got to see all the major tourist sites and attractions.  They were all really cool and of course all so pretty and I learned a lot about the island and the Greek culture.  After the tour, the bus dropped us off at the Black Beach where we got lunch and spent about 5 hours on the beach! The water was absolutely gorgeous, but it was so cold, and the bottom was all rocks instead of sand, so we had to get out far enough where our feet wouldn’t Me And Katie In Santorini, Greece touch really quickly!

After spending a full day on the beach, the girls and I along with the boys decided that we wanted to spend our free day on a boat, so we did a little digging, and the boys found a private boat for us to rent for the day that was actually really affordable.  That morning, we were all so excited for our boat ride.  We got up, had our breakfast at the hotel and set off for the boat!  It was so much fun for about the first 45 minutes, and then it hit me… the water was really choppy that day and I got extremely sea sick! So, for the next 4 hours I spent my time curled in a ball feeling extremely nauseous.  However, I did manage to swim in the hot springs of the volcano and I also went Snorkeling with everyone! Unfortunately, I missed the cliff jumping and a lot of the swimming along with the amazing lunch our captain made for us!

The next day was the day we were all dreading, the day we had to leave and head back to Belgium and back to the Monty.  On our way back, we had a 5 hour layover in Athens, where we took a break and went for a little bus tour…

XOXO Kristen

Santorini, Greece

Boating In Santorini, Greece

Costa Marina Villas In Santorini, Greece

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Day Trip to Lake Garda and Milan, Italy


lake garda Casually Road Tripping To Milan… Making a Pit Stop In Lake Garda, Italy

After leaving Venice, we hopped on a bus and started off on our way to Milan!  About half way in to our three hour ride, we stopped for lunch and a tour of a vineyard in Lake Garda, Italy.  Lake Garda was gorgeous!! It is the largest lake in Italy and the scenery and views all around the lake were amazing!

The tour of the vineyard was extremely interesting and I actually felt like I learned a lot! They taught us all about how the wine is made, and we got to see where they store the wine and how the barrels are positioned and moved during the fermentation process.  After the tour we got to the best part, the tasting! We tasted two different wines, both white.  One was a pinot and the other was a chardonnay.  They were both sparkling wines, which is basically the same thing as champagne (but it is not called champagne because it is made in Italy and not Champagne…)!  After we tasted the wine, we had a chance to go to the little shop and buy a bottle winery if we wanted.  I did not buy one, but a bunch of my friends did so I got to try theirs and I actually liked most of them! I am not a huge wine drinker (I usually stick to Moscato…) but surprisingly, I really enjoyed almost every one that I tried!

After the winery, we got back on the bus for our trip to Milan, and after another hour and a half of driving we finally made it! When we first arrived, we had a short walking tour of a few places.  We saw the palace, which was kind of cool but it was extremely crowded and we were only there for a few minutes.  After that we walked to the cathedral and it was amazing! It was really pretty and cool looking from the outside, but even more amazing on the inside! We were not allowed to take pictures inside unless you paid, so I did not take any, but it was gorgeous!

That night we went to dinner as a group and then we went out! Two of the boys on the trip turned 21 that IMG_3263 day so we celebrated their birthdays! How cool would it be to turn 21 in Milan, Italy!? The next morning, we woke up early and headed right off to the airport and headed to Santorini, Greece!

XOXO Kristen

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Benvenuti a Venezia, Italia

The first stop on our week long excursion was Venice, Italy.  It was absolutely gorgeous… one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen!!

Small Canal In Venice, Italy When we arrived at the hotel, which was actually in Lido (a small island off of Venice) we had a little time to change and get ready for dinner, and then we were off to Panchuka, a small restaurant on the beach for our first group meal in Italy!  It was so delicious!! We all had bread and a ton of appetizers (fried mozzarella, stuffed olives, fried vegetables, etc.), and then for my main course I had spaghetti with tomato sauce.  It was absolutely amazing!! Then, we all got dessert which was tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts ever!! After dinner, we stayed at the restaurant for a few hours and hung out at the bar, it was a lot of fun and everyone got to know each other a little better which was really nice.

gondola Our first full day in Venice, we went on a 5 hour walking tour (yup… 5 hours!), it was really really long, but we got to see a lot and I actually really did learn a lot too! After that we had free time in Venice and some friends and I went on a gondola ride! It was so awesome, I still can’t believe that I actually rode a gondola in Venice!

The next day was a free day to do whatever we wanted, so my friends and I decided to go back to the main island and go shopping.  We got some really cool stuff and I even tried Italian gelato, it was so yummy! Then we went back to Lido after hours of shopping and went to the beach for a little while.

Building In A Small Street In Venice The next day we left Venice, so when we woke up we had to be ready to go and we got on a bus and started off on our 3 hour drive to Milan!  Venice was absolutely amazing, one of the best places I’ve ever seen.  It is definitely somewhere I would go back one day and I think anyone who gets the chance to go definitely should!

XOXO Kristen

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Italy And Greece Anyone?

Gondola In Venice, Italy This weekend the whole group is going to Venice, Italy, Milan, Italy, and Santorini, Greece for 8 days! Since we arrived in Antwerp almost 2 weeks ago it has been rainy and really cold everyday, so to say I am excited about warm weather, sunny skies, and sandy beaches is an understatement!

I cannot wait to ride a gondola in Venice, visit a vineyard in Milan, and lay on the beach in Santorini! I am also extremely excited about finally getting a little bit of a tan. A few friends and I are going to Croatia for our next free weekend, so it will be nice to get a little color on my pale skin before that!

I am also so excited about this trip because of my Italian roots.  My mom’s side of the family Santorini, Greece has a lot of Italian in it, so I think it will be really cool to go to the place where so much of my family is from.  Italy has always been my ideal vacation, and a place I only dreamed that I would actually go, but I am so excited that it is actually becoming a reality so soon!

Stay tuned for more details about what will probably be the best week of my life!

XOXO, Kristen

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Bienvenue à Paris: Free Weekend #1

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France On our first free weekend, three of my good friends and I went to Paris! At the top of my list of places that I wanted to go, Paris did not fall short of any expectations I had – we had an amazing time!  While the people were not really the nicest (they did not like us at all!), my friends and I did not let that stand in the way of our fun, and we still had the time of our lives! Here are some of the highlights of our weekend…

Day 1:

The first full day that we were in Paris, we went went to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.  Both of these were things that I really really wanted to do while I was there, and both of them were amazing! We did not have the greatest weather while we were there (or really we have’t had the greatest weather at all while in Europe…), but when we were at the Eiffel Tower the weather was gorgeous, and the clouds started to move in while we were at the Arc, but it was still great weather for pictures!

Notre Dame in Paris, France- Hunchback of Notre Dame  Day 2:

The second day we were in Paris we went to the Louvre (where the Mona Lisa is…) and Notre Dame.  While we were going to these places we got a little side-tracked and did some shopping and also got a crepe! It was so good!We also saw the famous lock bridge on Sunday – so romantic! That day we definitely got hit with the bad weather.. it wasn’t raining when we woke up and got our day started, but then while we were out and about, it
started to pour!

The Famous Lock Bridge - Paris, France Day 3:

On the third, and last, day of our amazing weekend in Paris, we went to a huge indoor mall and just did some shopping because #1 it is the fashion capital of the world and #2 it was pouring
down rain all day long!  The mall that we went to was absolutely amazing!  They had everything you can possibly imagine… from Zara, H&M, MAC, and Michael Kors to little French boutiques that you would not find anywhere else, it was like my own little paradise.

Unfortunately, on top of all of our fantastic shopping, we also had to leave on Monday – but, as seems to be the theme of this trip so far, Louvre - Paris, France we couldn’t do that without having obstacles to overcome!  After a bunch of drama and stress over our train ticket to Brussels and the transfer from Brussels to Antwerp, we finally got a new ticket and were able to make it back to Antwerp in time to go out with everyone else in the program!

 

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Welkom Bij Antwerpen!

My Experiences Over The Frist Few Days In Antwerp, Belgium!

A Typical Street in Antwerp, Belgium We arrived in Antwerp about a week or so ago (after a few delays and problems with the engine!).  The day that we got here, we got to the Monty (the apartment/dorm building we’re staying in) and then we got our room keys and all of our sheets/bedding/towels and stuff, along with our cell phones (from like 1900..) and then we went up to our rooms to unpack and get settled in! That night, we went to dinner as a group and then we all went out together!

The first few days was basically just focused around getting used to the city (and country), and adjusting to the time difference!But after we were all adjusted, we got down to business and started having real classes and doing things as a group! A Famous Fry Place In Antwer

 

One day we went on a tour of Brussels and I learned so much about the city and Belgium as a
whole! I didn’t know that french fries were called “french fries” because American soldiers were in Brussels during WWI and had fries, but they thought they were in France so they called them “french fries”! (I did know that they were from Belgium though, because my grandpa told me when I was a lot younger – I can thank him for a lot of the trivia knowledge that I have!)

Belgian Chocolate Belgium is also known for its world famous chocolate! Being a chocoholic myself, naturally I was super excited when I found this out! My roommate and I tried chocolate and one place that we thought would be one of the best places.. we paid 5 euros for a tiny box of chocolates to share! It was good.. but it was not anything that I hadn’t ever had before or that I felt like I couldn’t get in the US, but I know that I will be trying more over my 6 week stay and I am almost positive (and really hopeful!) that some of it will be absolutely amazing!

Our Tiny Box Of Belgian Chocolate!

Then over our first weekend, three friends and I went to Paris for the weekend! Stay posted for more about my amazing weekend in Paris, France!

XOXO, Kristen

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