Things I Love Thursday


Neutral with pops of color is the theme this time around… it’s only going to be a matter of time before my picks start leaning towards fall-friendly colors. I’ll do my best to resist for a few more weeks, but consider yourselves warned!

ONE// Loren Hope Zoe Studs: Bows earrings can be tricky, but Loren Hope does them right (are you surprised, though?). I like the gold + classic take versus the kind of plastic-looking, painted ones that seem to be everywhere.
TWO// C. Wonder Tropical Fruit Stirrers: Cute stirrers are always something I want to have on hand for gatherings but I always get overambitious and want to make them myself, until I realize that there’s no Michaels/large craft store within metro proximity of my apartment. I’d gladly take these for a tropical soiree or not!
THREE// H&M Wooden Salad Servers: I’m admittedly not a big H&M shopper, but their home section has me thinking twice. I saw it in store a few months ago and was kind of impressed then, but their online selection has me wanting a handful of things to my apartment — like these wooden salad servers.
FOUR// BaubleBar Braided Collar Necklace: White + gold already makes this a winner but I like that the rope is beaded… it’s proof that it’s all in the details. The turquoise color is pretty, too!
FIVE// Ben’s Garden Personalized Coasters (via Nordstrom): I’m OBSESSED with these initial coasters! Each letter had a unique color combination and thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the price is right to pick one up for a friend (and/or yourself, because they’re that good).
SIX// Kenzie Pillow Sham (via Nordstrom): I’m a sucker for throw pillows, particularly simple ones. This one fits the bill and would look great on a bed, couch, or desk chair… neutrals for the win, again!
SEVEN// Capwell + Co Ring: Continuing my recent obsession with interest in cocktail rings, here’s another one I can really get behind.
EIGHT// MATINE Tilly Mini Pouch: I discovered MATINE a few weeks ago and can’t get enough of the beautifully made leather goods. My favorites in Carolyn Misterek’s collection include scallops and tassels, but all of the pieces are divine. It’s impossible to pick favorites, but how good is this scalloped mini pouch? It would make the perfect pouch for a large bag or be a great clutch on its own. It comes in black, too!

Quick + Easy Healthy Foods


It’s really fitting that I’m writing this post right now, because it’s currently post-barre class and I’m actually going the relatively nutritious route by eating a banana and rice cake (with Nutella, but rice cake, so all is forgiven). If you’re anything like me in that you actually like healthy, nutritious food but generally crave unhealthy, sugary, junky stuff, you may be able to use this little snack list that I put together. As we talked about awhile back, I’ve gotten a bit more mature with my eating habits over time but still give myself a huge pat on the back when I do something like I did a few minutes ago: pick the rice cake + banana over the Cinnabon Toaster Strudel in my freezer (have you ever had them?! No judgement unless you have and still think they’re gross!). These snacks are easy enough to have on hand for times when you’re in the mood to be healthy, for post-workout sustenance, and to get you through the afternoon slump. They’re not backed by any doctor/I don’t know the nutritious details behind all of them, but I do know that they’re better than the cookies or Toaster Strudel that I’d normally reach for — and they taste great!

Any other fav snacks you love that should have made this list? I’m really partial to smoothies but wanted to go the more basic route this time… I’d love to hear your go-tos!

Graphic by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Outfit: All Black

All Black

All Black


All Black

All Black

You may have seen this J.Crew fluted skirt just about everywhere by now, but I’m a huge fan and feel the need to share my two cents about it here. Long story short, I’ve been eying this skirt since it came out and waited for it to go on sale while trying to decide between navy and black. Patience paid off, because I got it for $30 a few weeks ago and chose black because I liked the idea of wearing it as either a black skirt or dress with a tank. Lucky for you, it’s now down to $20…. sizes are selling out fast, though! Unlike some other J.Crew skirts I’ve purchased (which I’ve had to size down in since a 2 fits like a 4, 4 like a 6, etc.), this one ran true to size. It sits a bit high on the waist and is a great work + casual skirt. I went with my favorite Zara basic tank and created a monochromatic look/dress-like effect for my birthday dinner on Friday night. It felt dressy, but not overly so!

About these wedges…I know we’re deep into summer, but if you’re like me and procrastinated finding the perfect wedges for way too long, you might want to try these out — or, just get them anyway because they’ll be a great addition to your closet. Because I have pretty knobby ankles, a lot of wedges have left awkward gaps between my foot and the ankle strap…it’s hard to explain, but it’s been a problem and the strap sticks out weirdly. I also like that there are multiple straps covering the top of the foot, so the ankle strap isn’t responsible for holding your foot in place but is rather more for show. Only small complain is that you’d need to wear them multiple times to soften the leather and avoid blisters entirely, but I have pretty sensitive feet (weird?) and can still wear these for an entire night. They’re simple enough to go with everything — especially white jeans — are comfortable, and are really high quality – as expected from Brooks Brothers. A win-win-win!

Zara Top (old, but available in the Basics section in store) // J.Crew Skirt (now only $20) // Brooks Brothers Wedges (on sale!) // Kate Spade Earrings (old, but love these) // Loren Hope Cuff // Vintage Watch

Around the World: Ocean House — Watch Hill, Rhode Island







Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island is one of the most stunning coastal resorts I’ve ever seen — in a homey, non-commercial way. The 13 acre property is truly one of its kind, brimming with upscale New England charm and picturesque views. Watch Hill itself is an ideal vacation spot with lots of great shops + restaurants, plus is pedestrian friendly…all qualities that I really value in a beachy vacation town. I’ve only spent about an hour in Watch Hill and it was “off-season,” meaning things were very much shut down and there was a lot of construction everywhere.

Going back to this hotel, I feel like staying at Ocean House would be an unbelievable experience. The views of the water obviously stand out, but the decor is unrivaled… it’s one of those places that looks exactly like I’d want my dream home to look — a perfect blend of traditional + bright and airy. It’s fancy without being overdone and best of all, it pulls off a yellow exterior that really makes it a statement. Based on the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel rating, I’m guessing the dining and service are something to write home about as well. Oh, and the hotel was rebuilt in 2010, meaning things are very much updated and improved.

It’s funny how quickly I’ve fallen in love with New England considering I’d never been there until four years ago. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are two of my favorite places in the world and I would love to spend more time in Watch Hill during the summer. I went just over two years ago when I was visiting a friend in Narraganset and I basically got a tour of the entire state…which is really something when you grew up in Texas and a two hour drive doesn’t even get you from Dallas to Austin! Needless to say, Rhode Island doesn’t disappoint.

Anyone ever been to Watch Hill? Or any small coastal New England towns? There’s something that makes them so unique and explains why so many people fall in love with these beautiful destinations!

Images via the Ocean House photo gallery

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

In case you’ve been living under a rock or aren’t as big of a Nordstrom follower as I am, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today and it’s good. This is always my favorite sale of the year and the point of the summer where I start dreaming about fall and cooler temps (especially with my birthday tomorrow…it’s all downhill from there! #augustistoohumid). Nordstrom puts a selection of their fall merchandise on sale for just a couple of weeks so you can shop early at discounted prices.

I’ve combed through the sale and done my best to mix my own favorites with some more out-of-my-comfort-zone pieces…note that most things come in multiple colors, so click on the links below each grouping to see what other options are available. Many come in petite sizes as well. There’s so much more that I haven’t included here, so be sure to browse the whole sale to find some gems– and remember, prices go up August 4th + things sell out quickly, so shop as soon as possible! And don’t forget– free shipping + free returns!!


Zella ‘Live In’ Reversible Leggings (my all-time favorite leggings)
Zella ‘Live In’ Capris
Nike ‘Legend 2.0′ Capris
Nike Dri-Fit Racerback Tank
Reebok Burnout Racerback Tank
Zella ‘Double Scoop-Ocean Solid’ Tank

… plus my favorite workout shorts ($19.90 from $30)


Pendelton Hooded Wool Blend Duffle Coat
Halogen Boiled Wool Shawl Collar Coat
Ellen Tracy Stand Collar Wool Blend Coat
North Face ‘Venture’ Lightweight Jacket (really good basic rain jacket)
Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
North Face ‘Ostio 2′ Jacket


Vince Camuto Ruffle Hem Skirt
Eliza J Jersey Fit & Flare Dress
Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt (It’s my go-to pencil skirt and I love it)


Caslon Roll Sleeve Knit Blazer ($38.90 from $59)
Halogen Pleat Tweed A-Line Skirt ($49.90 from $78)


Blondo ‘Eden’ Over the Knee Waterproof Boot
Enzo Angiolini ‘Holdyn Boot’
Tory Burch ‘Elosie’ Riding Boot


Sam Edelman ‘Zachary’ Cutout Ankle Cuff Suede Pump
Halogen ‘Marlie’ Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump
Cole Haan ‘Bethany’ Patent Leather Pump
(also love this simple alternative under $60)


Topshop Textured Crop Top
Halogen Long Sleeve Cashmere Sweater
Bellatrix Keyhole Colorblock Top
Paige Denim ‘Skyline’ Ankle Peg Skinny Jeans
Hudson ‘Collette’ Skinny Jeans (Cascade)
Halogen Flared Ponte Skirt

+ a late addition of this Trouvé Textured Sweater ($49.90 from $68) that can be dressed up or down and would be perfect with leggings for traveling.


Soprano Embellished Skater Dress
Lush V-Neck Skater Dress
Diane von Frustenberg ‘Zarita’ Lace Sheath Dress (only this color is on sale right now, but this dress is a classic!)


Cara ‘Knot End’ Hinged Cuff
Michael Kors ‘Bailey’ Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 39mm
Ted Baker ‘Crystal Bow’ Matinee Wallet (I have a Ted Baker wallet and love it– if only it had a bow like this one!)


BaubleBar ‘Drama’ Stone Cluster Pendant Necklace ($24.90 from $38)
Kate Spade New York ‘Gramercy Grand’ Round Bracelet Watch, 38mm ($149.90 from $225)
Leigh Faux Fur Collar ($37.90 from $58)
Nordstrom Intimates Large Lingerie Bag ($7.90 from $12)
Kate Spade New York ‘Branton Square’ Stone Ring ($37.90 from $58)


Clarisonic Mia 2 Collection Sonic Skin Cleaning System (Clarisonics are life-changing…I strongly recommend!)
Emi-Jay Hair Ties (5-Pack)
Clinique ‘Dramatically Different’ Moisturizing Lotion + Home Away & Jumbo Set


Kate Spade Initial Pendant Necklace ($37.90 from $58)
Antica Farmacista ‘Grapefruit’ Body Moisturizer ($16.75 from $25)
Moon & Lola Personalized Script Monogram Pendant Necklace ($57.90 from $88)
Kate Spade New York ‘Places to Go’ Mug — LOVE this! ($12.90 from $20)