New Hope, PA // Warm days in a long cross-back dress

New Hope, PA // Warm days in a long cross-back dress

Happy Saturday! I’m sharing one of my favorite places to visit today wearing my favorite long cross-back dress for the summer season! Not long ago, my family and I decided to spend a lovely day in New Hope (Bucks County), Pennsylvania, right along the west bank of the Delaware River. It happens to be one of my favorite towns to visit because there is always something new to see, somewhere great to eat, the people are wonderful and the energy of the town exudes creativity at every corner.

My son has always loved trains, so it’s no surprise that taking a ride on the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad is a highlight of his day when we visit New Hope. It is only an hour roundtrip, which is perfect for the little ones. We love the vintage feel of taking a scenic railroad ride that transports us to another time and place. Throughout the year, they have special events like riding with Santa and a Family Dinner train, which I would love to try. It truly is such special experience to have with your children.

It was such a hot day when we went, and wearing this long cross-back dress was the perfect way to stay light and airy while walking around the town. If you follow along on Instagram, it definitely was a favorite! When it’s just too hot to want to wear anything at all, I love finding the perfect piece that I can wear out all day and still feel nicely dressed enough for dinner al fresco. On cooler days, adding a vest or a blazer is perfect for those moments when indoors in air-conditioning. I love this dress in white too! This Season's Gold // Cross-back striped

This Season's Gold // Gorjana jewelry

This Season's Gold // Long cross-back striped dress Speaking of a long day, I changed into flats (reality-check!) and we went to our favorite place for lunch. Logan Inn, located on Ferry St., has both an indoor and outdoor restaurant with plenty of shade and a great view of the hustle and bustle of the motorcycles (many of them!) and people walking along Main Street. Their food is delicious and I particularly love their Sunday brunch.

A cool note of interest is that Logan Inn happens to be one of the 5 oldest inns in the country and some say it is haunted. I personally can’t confirm that, but I find it fascinating and honestly think it would be fun if it was! And if you’re looking for another great activity to do with the kids, you can pick up a horse carriage ride around the picturesque area right on Ferry and Main street. This Season's Gold // Cross-back dress in stripes

This Season's Gold // Logan Inn, New Hope

DSC_0463 DSC_0457 This Season's Gold // Logan Inn - New Hope, Pennsylvania This Season's Gold // Cross-back dress for summer Thank you so much for reading! Have you ever been to New Hope, PA? Any other places you recommend we visit? We’d love to know! And I’ve shared a few other great dresses that are perfect for those warm summer days! (Note to self – always be aware of your previous tan lines before wearing this style! Ha!)

If you happen to have a Nordstrom’s debit or credit card, then you’ll be able to shop early for some pretty cross back dresses that are part of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. Let us know which is your favorite!

Shop the Feature // Long cross-back dress | Heels (similar) | Small handbag (I love this too!) | Flats (similar) | Reversible tote Jewelry

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J.Crew Stylist // Off the Shoulder in Yellow and Denim

J.Crew Stylist // Off the Shoulder in Yellow and Denim

little over a month ago, I was so honored to have been able to host a style event at one of my favorite places to shop, J.Crew! If someone told me years ago that I would be “playing” a J.Crew Stylist offering style advice and blogging about fashion and travel and opening up my life in public, I would have easily rejected the notion. While I’ve always enjoyed taking my friends shopping (sometimes at their request!) to help them pick out looks or poured over fashion magazines most of my life, I wouldn’t have thought I’d do that with more than just those circle of friends.

This Season's Gold // J.Crew Stylist Event

What a joy to be able to see people happy when they feel good in the right clothes that make them feel more special than they already are! J.Crew is such a great place to not only find some classic pieces, but also find a few edgy styles that give you the chance to go beyond your work week boundaries of dressing. A bit more color or a mix of patterns is always fun way to experiment with your style. For my style event, I chose to wear a bright and bold yellow off the shoulder top  (they have it in stripes too!)and finish the ensemble with a ripped edged denim pencil skirt. Wedges completed the look and kept me comfortable while still giving me height for the fun evening!

Hope you enjoy! I look forward to hosting a few more style events in the upcoming seasons! Stay tuned! Here are some of my current favorites at J.Crew and J.Crew FactoryThey are currently having an Extra 50% off sale items with code 48HOURS.

Shop the feature || Top | Skirt | Shoes (similar)

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On the Wedges // A Statement in Ruffled Chambray

On the Wedges // A Statement in Ruffled Chambray

Happy Sunday! This week has been filled with many emotions for me. As a wife, mother, and teacher, I strive to show my son the best of what the world has to offer, and sometimes shield him from the “bad stuff” in the world. For a 6 year old, I find it a challenge to share all that is bad in the world, and then I also know he needs to understand the reality he is going to face as he grows up. At this time, I’m leaving that for another post.

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress

I’ve recently been watching this documentary-style show called States of Undress, and it has truly opened my eyes to how fashion is more than just clothes and well-organized ensembles (I knew it, but it’s nice to confirm it!), but a statement about culture and the civil liberties some around the world strive so hard to achieve. It made me think about what it means to share fashion in this forum weekly with you because very much like the theatre world that I love so much, fashion time-stamps our moments in history and is the evidence we can look upon when we are seeking to understand the state of our world’s past, present and future.

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress with pockets

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress Summer Style

This Season's Gold // Off the Shoulder Dress

This Season's Gold // Off the Shoulder ChambrayThis Season's Gold // Marc Fisher wedges

And as promised, Nadja is sharing her take on this summer’s favorite shoe-the wedge-for our Sunday Favorites!

“Wedges are always a great choice if you want to elevate your height and style. Unlike heels, wedges provide more comfort and balance. Summertime is one of the best time to strut in your wedges and show off your cute summer pedicure. Wedges can range in various styles such as: espadrille, wooden wedge or cork wedges. Cute applications to the wedges like ankle straps can transform the shoe from a casual to a much more formal look. If wedges are not in your summer shoe rotation, be sure to snag a pair.”

Are you a fan of wedges? We’d love to know!  If you have Snapchat, feel free to share your thoughts with us and follow along @thisseasonsgold! Thanks!

Shop the Feature // Ruffled Chambray dress (similar & here) | Suede Wedges | Fossil bag (similar) | Neck tie | Sunglasses (similar) | Stone Bracelet

P.S. Oh, and did you notice anything new? We’d love to know what you think. Thank you for reading!

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Sunday Favorites // The Strappy Summer Dress

Sunday Favorites // The Strappy Summer Dress

Shop Featured Image // Zara dress ( similar) | Schutz heels (similar) | Banana Republic bag (50% off sale!)

Happy 4th of July weekend for those of you who celebrate! I am so happy to share that we’ve been featured again with IFB and their Links a la Mode. I am so grateful to always have my work shared and share those of others! We’re growing here at This Season’s Gold, and I’d love for you to join me over on Snapchat (@thisseasonsgold) and on Instagram to follow along my style-filled mommy and travel adventures! Have you seen our most recent Facebook Live video? It’s gone ever-so-slightly viral. (I think it has to do with how amazing the fashion superhero Robert Verdi is in it!  He is such a joy! Go check it our here and if you love it as much as we do, please consider giving our FB page a “thumbs up” to like us for more fun!)

This Season's Gold // Links a la Mode Feature

And even more exciting? Sunday Favorites are back! I am so thrilled that for this summer season our Sunday Favorites will feature our very first guest fashionista writing for us! Nadja is my summer intern, and currently a college student who is majoring in Fashion Merchandising. I am so thrilled to have her work with me this summer, and share all her talents as she just returned from studying abroad in Italy! Welcome Nadja! 

“I try to keep my eye on the latest trends, because it is important for me to keep track of what’s current in the fashion world. Working at Nordstrom has also allowed me to identify new styles for the upcoming season. Using my own personal style knowledge,  I can help assist my clients discover new pieces and trends to try. And now I want to share some of my favorites with you. 

I’ve gained a new respect and love for dresses as my own personal style has developed, and my favorite for this season is a simple strappy summer dress. These have just the right amount of cool for that fun-loving summer vibe just perfect for any outdoor occasion. Hope you enjoy!”  

Shop Featured Image // Zara dress ( similar) | Schutz heels (similar) | Banana Republic bag (50% off sale!)

Which dress would you most likely try? Let us know in the comments! Thank you for reading!

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June 30, 2016

Moments // City view in Stripes and Pockets

Moments // City view in Stripes and Pockets

Shop the Post || Dress (love this one too!)| Knot collar (sale 50% off!) (in silver) | Sequined clutch (similar) | Shoes | Earrings (similar) | Ring (similar)| Bracelet (similar) | Lips in Mary Jo K | Nails in Macks

Ah, summer! Time to rest, relax, read, and…reinvent! Now that summer is in full swing and I have taken the time to digest the school year (my teaching year, that is!), I am happy that I’m starting to envision (albeit, slowly) the “what comes next” moments of my life. I’ve been away a bit more than I’d like from this space, but for good reason. I wanted to ensure what I really wanted to say and share in this space; to make it a valuable place of my time to create, and more importantly a value to you to visit. I have loved every minute of it, and I look forward to doing it everyday! I hope in the coming months you’ll see more of that, and as always I thank you for joining the journey.

This Season's Gold // Moments in Dress with stripes and pockets

I was so excited to dress up (what mom doesn’t when it’s a grown-up night’s out?) when my husband said that we had a black tie dinner to attend. I immediately knew that I wanted to wear color. It’s my go-to for most of my looks, especially events. However, I couldn’t help but find this gem in a last minute attempt to get something new to wear (there’s always something about getting dressed up that makes you think you need something new, am I right?).

I found it at Nordstrom and there were clearly two things that made it immediately perfect to wear – stripes and pockets! And I can tell you first hand that a gown with pockets is a girl’s best friend! My pockets even became topic of conversation from the ladies who saw me pull out my cell phone from my dress, which I found very funny. I kept the rest of the look simple with dainty accessories and a pop of red on my nails and lips (I am obsessed with this matte lip color!).

This Season's Gold // Alfred Sung stripes

This Season's Gold // Moments in knot colllar

This Season's Gold // Moments in pearls

This Season's Gold // Moments - Tacori bracelet

This Season's Gold // Moments - sweetheart gown with pockets

This Season's Gold // Moments at the Hyatt

This Season's Gold // Moments - New York City Freedom Towe
So if you ever find that you need to get dressed up, do yourself a favor and try to score a beautiful gown with a little something extra for comfort.

I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite go-to outfits for special events? Is black the best bet? Share your thoughts in the comments or let me know on Twitter! Thank you for stopping by!

Shop the Post || Dress (love this one too!)| Knot collar (sale 50% off!) (in silver) | Sequined clutch (similar) | Shoes | Earrings (similar) | Ring (similar)| Bracelet (similar) | Lips in Mary Jo K | Nails in Macks

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