Happy Sunday! So we’re into the last of our warm beach days (if you’re in U.S. East Coast) as we prepare to head into what I like to think is the truest form of a new year! There’s something about the changing season into fall that helps us see things a bit more clearly, create new goals and make plans to be a better version of ourselves. I know I do that more often in September than when I celebrate the New Year in January. I’m also looking forward to New York Fashion Week, and sharing all of that excitement soon! Follow me along on Snapchat or Instagram for all the fashion and fun!
As I look back at my photos, the family memories of great vacations and times spent together are a lovely reminder of how our time was special this summer. My style and fashion choices were also something I saw evolve as I was lucky to spend time meeting great new people in the industry from Blogger Bash to New York Men’s Fashion Week to my own style event in Cape Cod! And if it wasn’t already evident from my Instagram feed, I was obsessed with wedges this summer! So I’m sharing some of my favorites with you and how to score them during this weekend’s sales events, plus sharing the best Labor Day sales to score those last of your summer favorites!
The weekend is here! Sadly, it’s the last weekend before the unofficial end to summer, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the warm days just yet. Although I’ve already wrapped up the first week of teaching my students, I have been enjoying the summer weather as much as possible before the cool days of Fall set in. The changing season means finding the perfect transitional dress. And if you’re a teacher, you’ll want to read further to learn how you can win a wonderful prize for yourself and your classroom!
I love a beautiful classic dress. Make it black and have it wrap comfortably around to give me a cinched waistline and I’m sold! I am in love with the soft texture of this dress while still making me look put together and ready to take on the day. A fun way to play with your more basic black pieces in your closet as you begin to look for transitional pieces for Fall is adding pattern or color with your heels. Wearing leopard pumps gives me a sense of power from the bottom up and definitely is a nod to all things Fall related. When I first started wearing leopard print, I found it challenging to find a print that I liked. When I found these, they were the closest leopard print to the one I’ve been coveting by Christian Loubotin.
I hope you enjoy the styling and if you’re in need of the perfect silhouette in a simple yet classic black dress, this piece should be on your list. The sharp and distinctive neckline gives it a bit of a masculine feel while still very feminine with the billowy wrap of the dress in front.
And for the teachers who follow along with me here on This Season’s Gold, Maggy London has 30% off plus a special giveaway for teachers to win over $500 for your classroom as well as several dresses from the Maggy London brand and more. Check out all the details by clicking here. Need inspiration? See how I’ve styled some of my favorite Maggy London dresses here and here and here.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great start to Fall and the school year!
August is such a great time for vacation and travel, but also a reminder of the Fall season to come. It’s the time of the year where for those of you who go to school, have children in school or work at a school know it’s the last hurrah before getting back to the grind. Our favorite place to go is the beach. We enjoy the serenity of the ocean and the slow pace of simply enjoying time with each other, especially when we travel to faraway beaches rather than those closest to us in New Jersey. We have so many beach stories we still talk about to this day, and it truly is the happiest of times we can recall. Our personal favorite are our Cape Cod beach stories!
Every year when we return to Cape Cod, we make it a habit of visiting two of our favorite beaches, Ridgevale Beach in Chatham and Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. They are both gorgeous beaches for two very different reasons.
Ridgevale Beach is the perfect area for parents with young children. You can choose to sit on the side of the shallow inlet area, known as the “creek”, where children can look for crabs and interesting shell life, or on the beach side, where the waves gently roll (the sandbars are the result!) in with a view of chartered sailboats colorfully sailing in the distance.
Cahoon Hollow Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, is a beach with a bit of a younger crowd due in part to the rather steep sand dune you need to walk down to reach ocean. It is more challenging for someone who may have trouble walking a far distance or up a steep hill (going down is way easier!), so that is something to consider. We happen to love braving the walk every year and make it easier for ourselves with one of these carts filled with all of our stuff to make the trek down (ok, so it’s really my husband who deals with all of that!). The best part is to reward ourselves afterwards with a lunch at The Beachcomber at the top of the dune (also with easy access to parking for all of our stuff!). Note to self: Service can be a bit difficult to access on your phone, so don’t plan on any major Instagram posting or Snapchatting until after you’ve done the climb back up!)
Thank you so much for reading! Are you headed anywhere right before the official start of the school year? What’s your favorite beach story?
Happy Monday! I have officially returned to work mode this week at school, and my vacation days seem so far away already. However, I’m happy to be sharing a travel diary soon, so look out for that. I’ve recently taken to trying new ways to update my older bags to spice them up. This burgundy bag is actually a cross-body with a detachable chain, so I decided to play with the pink details of my Moschino scarf to match my suede pumps for this look.
I liked the idea of playing with color up against this blue suede dress because it can sometimes be a challenge to match a navy dress with the right navy shoes. Of course, a nude pair would look just as nice, but the waterfall effect on the front of this dress made me instantly think of the softness of a scarf that I enjoyed pairing with this tough quilted bag.
In order to make the scarf handle, I simply folded the large squared scarf into a triangle (from diagonal corners), rolled it into a thin long layered roll – as if to wear it around my neck – and slid one side through the hoop and then through the other across the bag. Since there was extra material on top, I took the top and made a knot to make a double layer of the scarf as part of the handle. And suddenly – an instant color coordinated look with my shoes and lips!
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Happy August! How did we already get to the last days of Summer? We’ve just returned from our vacation and are getting ready to return to school. It’s a busy time for us all and I actually get a little anxious about it. It always feels like there never is enough time to sort out all of the shopping, planning, and organizing I totally thought I was going to get done when school was over in June. But here we are at the start of another school year and while I did accomplish quite a bit, the “to-do” list just keeps growing!
Now I’m not always a fan of wearing all black in the summer, but if there is something special about a piece I’m happy to give in, like this simple and classic dress. I’ve seen plenty of off the shoulder looks this summer, and I’m definitely wearing plenty of those looks as seen here and here. But one way to play with the idea of the off the shoulder trend as we head into the early start of the Fall season (yes, I know!) is the shoulder cutout, and this LBD is definitely the perfect version of it.
For summer, I wanted to wear this dress casually by adding a pop of red on the lip along with the bag and shoes. However, I can easily dress it up as the cooler days start to creep in with a thrown over blazer, clutch and some gold accessories, or even adding a fuller skirt over the dress to create a third look from it.
Hope you enjoy the styling and the start of the new month and week! How do like to add a pop of red in your looks? We’d love to know and even try styling some of your ideas in an upcoming post! Tweet us or use #TSGoldInspired and let us know.