Coffee Date

My friends helped me raid my closet for a coffee date! I know it feels like summer, but I don’t feel like myself without my boots. I had fun checking out this coffee spot, Warsaw Coffee, in Fort Lauderdale. I had the best soy latte I’ve had in a long time and some great conversation. I would totally recommend a visit. Do you know any great local coffee spots in south Florida? Please let me know below!

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Outfit photos taken by Linett
Coffee shop photos taken by Me!

Get the look:

Listen to my current coffee house vibes:

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To Autumn

Tomorrow marks the 1st day of fall!
Fantasy: Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the breeze. Leaves changing colors. Brisk walks to happy hour after work. Cool weather.
Reality: Hurricane season. HUMID HOT AIR. Palm fronds falling onto the street. Slow terrible traffic ’cause no one can seem to drive in the rain. Rain in your nice suede booties.
I can’t wait to leave summer behind. Unfortunately, it’s not going to feel like fall here until at least the end of  October. A gal can dream! I’ll probably be visiting NYC shortly, so I might as well throw some inspiration together. All the sale emails flooding my inbox aren’t any help to my budgeting. Salt City Optics has some great prescription eyewear and sunglasses; they also offer a coupon code for 20% off your complete prescription eyewear order ( code: Sunny20 )  J. Crew is also having a sale ( an extra 30% off final sale  items, code: TIMETOSHOP) These two in combination left me day dreaming. My first weekend in NYC would look like this:
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This would be my ideal play list for my stroll to happy hour:

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Labor Day 2015 Sales

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Summer is coming to a close. We all know the shopping struggle is real. Really real. I want to buy everything possible this weekend but I can only afford a few.  These are a few of my fave things:

All the deals & sales you could possibly want to know
(if you have my shopping habits):

Aldo: $25 off of $75 or more, or $40 off all purchases over $100
American Apparel: – 20% off + Sale items, Code: 20NOW
Ann Taylor: 50% off select full-priced & all sale, code: HAPPY50.
Anthropologie:  Extra 30% off sale, code: EXTRA30
ASOS:  Extra 10% off Sale items, code YAY10
Banana Republic:  40% off select full-priced items, code BRFALL
Bauble Bar:  50% – 60% off
Bloomingdales:  20-70% off almost all sale/clearance items,extra 20% sale code: BIG20
Bluefly: extra 20% shoes
Boohoo:  35% off dresses, jump suits, rompers
Cotton On:  Buy 1 Get1 Free regular priced denim, 25% off accessories
DSW: $10 off “anything”, $20 off $99, $40 off $199 , Code: FALL2015
Express: 40% off select styles
Forever 21:  30% off select styles & Buy 1 Get 1 Free, sale items only. code: BOGOFREE
French Connection: 50% off sale + free ground shipping: 50SALE
GAP:  – Up to 40% off everything
Gypsy Warrior: 25% off Site wide, code LABORDAY25
H&M: Up to 60% off select styles FREE SHIPPING over $50, code: 3164
J.Crew: 30% off of $125 or more, code GETSHOPPING
Kate Spade 25% off sale items, code: DELIGHT
Love Culture:  Up to 25% off site wide
Madewell: 30% off fall essentials + extra 30% off sale, code YESANDYES
Mood Designer Fabrics: 15% off all suiting fabrics
Mr. Kate: extra 50% off all sale items.
My Habit:  up to 80% – 90% off sale items
NASTY GAL:  Extra 30% off sale items
Nylon: 20% off, code: LABORDAY20
Old Navy: Up to ^0% off everything + Extra 15%, code DAYOFF
Pacsun: 20% off, code: K2020
Reformation:  70% off sale items
River Island:  25% off everything, code: LABOR2015
Rue21:  up 60% off everything
Steve Madden: 20% off $100, 24% off $125, Code: LABORDAY
Sweaty Betty:  20% off site wide, code LABORDAY
Target: in stores with cartwheel app – 25% off women’s apparel
Threadsence: http://www.threadsence.com/- 30% off, code: LABORYAY
Topshop:  30% off select items, extra % off sale items for limited time.
Urban outfitters: free shipping
Wellkept:  20% off, code LD20
Zooshoo: Extra 30% off of sale items + Free shipping
Zumiez:  Buy 1 Get 1 free + free ship

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Starbucks lover

Sometimes you just need a mid day Starbucks pick me up. After all the rain this weekend I finally got to sit outside and enjoy the sun! I’d totally replace the pant with a distressed high waisted denim short; except that’s not work appropriate. So here is my Tuesday outfit of the day. I hope you all get to enjoy nice cold ice coffee while basking in the warm rays of the sun. image

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Lunch time vibes:

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Her name is Opal

Sometimes people ask me if I’m seeing anyone. Not ever sure how to reply to that so I tell them that I am, her name is Opal, and we live together in a cozy corner of the Everglades. Sometimes we get dressed up and go out. Sometimes we talk long rides over to the grocery store. But mostly we just hang out in our neighborhood.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Opal, my partner:

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Black Twill Overalls (similar here , here& here) | Black & White Jacquard Crop Top ( similar here, here & here) | Strappy Flats (similar here & here) | Statement necklace (similar here & here) | Sunnies (similar here & here) | Rings (similar here)

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Playlist for this bike ride:

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Last days of Summer (Part 1)

Okay, so it’s summer year round here. However, public schools officially start up again next week. This means the easy breezy days of a short commute from work are over!

In memorandum of the fleeting summer Erica and I went to the beach. Check it: Fully clothed female at the beach.

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Playsuit: Cotton on (similar here, here& here)  | Hat: Free People | Sunglasses: Francescas (similar here)|Choker: Forever 21| Kimono: Love culture (similar here & here) | Belt: Tilly’s (similar here & here)

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Summer Jams:

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R29 Style Festival X Dadeland Mall

This weekend I attended Style Festival hosted at the Dadeland mall by Refinery29 with Erica from A Touch of Leopard.  It was fun! There were so many awesome & fashionable people hanging out in one place.  Activities included styled merchandise booths, free flash tattoos, customizable t-shirts, a fancy photo booth that prints photos you post on social media with their hashtag, hair braiding, and last but not least: TWIN SHADOW.

Festivities:
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Outfits:
My outfit includes a tiny Romper I purchased from DailyLook and some boots I bought on Amazon a while ago.

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Some cool DJs played:

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I made a few friends and snuck a few photos of the crowd:

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And finally, Twin Shadow!!!!!!!
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If you guys haven’t checked out Twin Shadow you really should. They’re amazing! They recently endured a bus accident and are back on the road playing shows.  The lead, George Lewis Jr., is a Dominican-American based out of Brooklyn, New York. At the show he says the first place he lived in the US was Miami and they’ll be playing more shows down here soon.


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Menswear Mondays: Red, White, & Blue

Looking for that nautical Americana look? Look no further! Andrew will show us the way while he jams out on his fancy guitar.

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Tshirt: Express Anchor Striped print v-neck tee
Shorts: Express linen short (similar here & here)
Shoes: St John’s Bay (similar here & here)
Guitar: Taylor
Pillows: Anthropologie (similar here)
Hair tie: Forever21
Watch: Express
Glasses: Gant
Socks: Hanes

 

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Warped Tour 2015 Survival Guide (4th of July)

It’s that time of the year again! SUMMER TIME! I normally celebrate the fourth of July with my family, but this year I will be attending Warped Tour!!! With that in mind I will be making a sort of Warped Tour “survival guide”.  I think that many things in this guide could be applied to any festival for the summer.

What is Warped Tour, you ask? It’s the largest traveling music festival in the US. A multitude of different kinds of bands play there (band list here) Yes, it’s outside, there are pits, and it gets muddy. It’s sponsored by Vans (and these other people).  It generally opens at 11:00am and the show closes down by 9:00pm.

For Warped Tour’s official 101, please go here.

FIRST OF ALL! I would pack my bag the night before instead of scrambling all morning and rushing to get there. If you’re going to try and cut the line by bringing canned goods (by donating to the Feed Our ChildrenNOW! booth), I’d get those the day before too. If your under 18, your parents get in free! I don’t know about y’all’s parents, but when I was that age mine would never be caught dead at warped tour. EAT BREAKFAST!  I never ever eat breakfast. Ever. But for Warped Tour, I do. If you can, I’d carpool.. parking is like $20. If you want free access to backstage, look up the blood donation thing on the official Warped Tour website.

How to Dress:
Warped Tour isn’t like the other festivals floating around lately. There isn’t a huge need to be trendy and look super boho and put together. Your priorities should be keeping cool and being comfortable. I’d suggest comfy sneakers, shorts, a tank, and a backpack. Depending on how craptastic the weather turns out to be, you might even want to throw some of these things out at the end of the day. Here are some of my coordinates:

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Tank: h&m • Shorts: forever 21 • Shoes: Roxy •  Spotrs bra: forever 21

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Top: c&c California • Shorts: Machine Jeans • Bra: Nike • Sunnies: forever 21

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Tank: h&m • Shorts: Ralph Lauren • Watch: cotton on • Bra: Everlast • sunnies: rayban

Get the looks:

What to Pack:

  1. YOUR TICKET
  2. Backpack: I wouldn’t bring a purse to this event, it would be super cumbersome. You’ll need somewhere to keep all the stuff your going to bring, whatever free stuff people hand you, and any merch you end up buying. No one wants to hold these things in their hands all day…
  3. Ziploc bags: If you’ve ever been to ANY festival in south Florida you already know why. Picture this: bright sunny day birds chirping, mosquitoes biting, little white fluffy clouds hover over head. BOOM: Perfect storm appears out of nowhere. If you have a ziplock you’ll be able to keep your essentials (phone, wallet, camera, back up phone battery, etc.) dry.  If you bring an extra your friends will probably appreciate it.
  4. Small Towel: If you get a small cheap towel (from any convince store or Walmart) you’ll be able to dry of if it pours and wipe off any sweat. Just toss it out at the end of the day.
  5. Watch: ANYTHING to save your phone battery. If you have a watch on you’ll be able to check the time and catch all of your bands with out messing with your phone.
  6. Extra tshirt: Because Rain. I left this in my car last year and just changed it when I got out at the end of the night.
  7. Extra socks: Because Rain. If your shoes get soaked at least you’ll be able to change socks.
  8. Bandaids: You never know when you’ll need these! What if something happens, like your shoe is being evil?
  9. Sunglasses: Because too much Sun.
  10. Hat: Because Sun (I wouldn’t go into the pit with this unless you want to lose it)
  11. Water: You’re allowed to bring in one sealed bottle of water. They let you refill this! Make sure you drink water ALL DAY. I wouldn’t even think about beer or soda… unless you want to die of dehydration. If you’re tired of water maybe buy a Gatorade there?
  12. Cash: Because credit isn’t accepted anywhere… and you’ll need to eat something! It says you’re allowed to bring “a small homemade snack.” This probably isn’t enough, even if you don’t plan on buying merch, you should bring some cash for food.
  13. Sunscreen: BECAUSE SUN DEATH
  14. Poncho: Because Rain.
  15. Hand sanitizer / Antibacterial wipes: Because Porta-Potties.
  16. Phone charger/Battery pack: I know, annoying, but if you’re phone dies and you’re separated from the pack, you’re screwed. Make sure the portable battery is fully charged and working before you get there! As hard as I try not to check my phone a thousand times a day… it never works out. Snapchat and instagram, taking photos, texting, etc, all of these things will drain your phone so fast!
  17. Sharpie: Autographs. Also, you’ll be able to mark all the set times and stages on the little map when you get there ( the little map is like $2.) Maybe a tiny notepad too?
  18. Earplugs: to save your eardrums. I don’t usually bring this, but I’m trying it this year.
  19. Extra bobby pins/hair ties: Because.. it’s hot & sweaty! I mean, unless you have no hair

Tips:

  • Update your social media at the end of the night! It’ll save battery and you’ll be able to live in the moment better.
  • DRINK WATER! I’m super serious about this. Hydrate!
  • Keep track of all your stuff! If you’re going into the pit and your friend isn’t leave leave your bag with them. I cannot tell you how many people I’ve seen lose keys.
  • For God’s sake, don’t wear flip flops. I’ve seen these lost in the mud and broken. Terrible game plan.
  • Get the time sheet! Even if it changes, its easier to keep track of it like this than taking a picture of it with your phone. I did the phone thing last time. Didn’t work so well.
  • If you can, put one of those fancy lifeproof covers on your phone!
  • Be considerate of all of the other people around you!!!

Listen While you’re getting ready:

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TheDustyRose x Liebster Award

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I recently got nominated for the Liebster award by Zarrin of Too Short for High Fashion (TSFHF) which is a blog award given to smaller blogs by other bloggers. Thanks for the nomination TSFHF! Her blog is super spunky & cute; every one should check her out heart emoji

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  1. Thank and link the person who tagged you.
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  3. Nominate  small blogs who have less than 200 followers you believe deserve this award and include their link in your post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Notify the nominees.

Here is my nominee for the Liebster Award:
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Stylich Daya

And my questions from TSFHF:

  1. What’s your top five songs at the moment?
    Shura – Touch
    Sophie – Lemonade 
    Shamir – Call It Off
    RATATAT – Cream on Chrome
    Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
  2. Which TV show character do you relate to the most?
    Rose Tyler 
  3. If you could bring back three people from the past, who would they be?
    I don’t think people should come back from the past, there’s a reason it happened.
  4. What do you like best about your day job?
    I like being able to create things!
  5. How do you define your success in blogging?
    Supportive friends
  6. What’s your favorite candy?
    Airheads Xtreme Sour Belts – Rainbow Berry
  7. What do you do to get rid of writer’s block?
    I go shopping.
  8. If you had to watch one TV show on repeat for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
    Doctor Who
  9. What’s the last concert you went to?
    Neutral Milk Hotel
  10. What’s something you regretted buying, but still kept?
    A cropped ruffle floral top, it looks horrible on me b/c my busts are too big… but I really liked the idea of it.

 

Here are my questions:

  1. What kind of music inspires you or your outfits?
  2. What is your current favorite trend & why?
  3. If you had to wear one pair of shoes for the rest of the year which would you choose?
  4. How do you feel about knock offs?
  5. At which point do you consider it “inspired by” instead of a “look alike” ?
  6. Why  did you choose to do a fashion blog?
  7. On average, how many hours a week do you spend shopping?
  8. Do you ever regret a purchase?
  9. What was the 1st piece (garment, bag, accessory, etc) you purchased that made you fall in love with fashion?
  10. What inspires you to write?
  11. Is there a book you would recommend anyone to read?

 

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