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There is something so timeless about the combination of black and white.  It always looks crisp and polished.  And it is a go-to in colder months, but lately I found myself reaching for black and white in my closet during the summer, too.  These shorts have become a favorite of mine this season.  I have worn them into the ground and they still keep giving.  And although I have paired them with so many different tops, flowy blouses, floral off-the-shoulders, I love adding a plain white tied tee or this (exact one sold out, but same version in pink here and another similar style here and here) perfect crop top for an easy classic look.

{ASOS ruched bardot top (exact one sold out, but same version in pink here and another similar style here and here) / LEVIS high-waisted distressed denim shorts / SOLUDOS leather braided slide sandal}

How do you style classic black and white for summer?  Drop me a note and let me know!

xo gina


Yellow has always been a color that I have associated with happiness.  It is bright and warm and instantly puts me in a good mood.  And it looks especially good with a summer tan.  I have this one yellow dress that I purchased at a little beachside boutique about 10 years ago, and I still reach for it each time I need a little pick-me-up.  I packed it in my suitcase for our family vacation in South Carolina and wore it out in Charleston yesterday with these perfectly coordinated tassel earrings in lemon.  Here are some sunny picks you can scoop up right now.

{Top Row, Left to Right}:

1.  I had been looking for a flattering, no-frills, one-piece and this one is perfection.

2.  The best soft tank for pairing with blue or white denim all season long.

3. Perfect for that outdoor summer barbecue. (*and under $30!)

{Middle Row, Far Left}:

4.  Casual enough for errands in a great retro print.

{Middle Row, Top}:

5.  Love the lace and the off-the-shoulder style of this under $25 top!

{Middle Row, Bottom}:

6.  These espadrilles remind me of a seaside European vacation, and I don’t mind the thought of that.

{Middle Row, Far Right}:

7.  Just about the only thing that can make a rainy day a little brighter.

{Bottom Row, Left to Right}:

8.   A simple wrap dress in golden yellow.

9.  A not-so-basic tee for everyday.

10.  And one more anything-but-basic tee with a trendy chocker-style strap.

Have a great week!

xo gina 


Just about every wedding photo I came across from last season, every summer soiree, included guests in the same dress type: spaghetti straps, lots of lace, longish in length.  And I loved all of them.  Just not all of the price tags.  Fast forward twelve months and lots of other trends to try in between, and I kind of gave up on the pursuit.  Then, recently, I happened to be in T.J. Maxx and on a rack in a completely different section than where it should be, hung a replica of the dress I had my eye on all those months ago.  I scooped it up with no particular place to wear it, no upcoming occasions that I could think of, but with the $26 price tag (which was less than the t-shirt I brought with me to the checkout line) I couldn’t pass it up.  You might still be able to snag it at you local store, too, but if not, I found virtually the same exact one here (and below), and have rounded up some other dupes that are all super affordable and super chic.

{Top Row, Left to Right}:

1.  Such a pretty dusty pink and the detailing on the back is perfection.

2. Great dress to wear as a wedding guest or to any dinner party.

3.  Crisp white is always a good idea come spring.

{Bottom Row, Left to Right}:

4.  This purple crochet with nude liner is such a pretty combo.

5.   Love this bold color.

6.  Cocktail-ready.

Happy shopping!

xo gina


This long holiday weekend felt like it went on forever, in a good way, and thankfully ours was filled with lots of time with family and friends, and fireworks, but it was so jam-packed that when all was said and done, it was also down-right exhausting.  My own little family and I escaped out east for a short trip to unwind and spend some much-needed quality time as a family of five.  Long Island is, and will always be, one of my favorite spots to go for that.  We made our way to the wine stand and the vineyard and I wore this easy, breezy, summer-esque midi-skirt from J.Crew, which has become a popular fixture in my wardrobe (so popular that it sold out, but look for similar styles here and here).  I paired it with the shirt that goes with absolutely everything this summer.  It is crisp white and the crop-top is perfect to wear with maxi skirts, midi skirts and all of the high-waisted denim, both long and short, that are trending this season.  It is also pretty perfectly priced at $32.


{J.CREW skirt, sold out, shop similar items here and here / ASOS monki ruched bardot top / SOLUDOS linen tall wedge / HELEN FICALORA alphabet charm necklace / RAY BAN folding tortoise sunglasses}

I usually pair my summer staples with plain t-shirts, and rotate them throughout the summer, but had been searching for a top like this that elevated the look a little more.  The ruching adds a nice detail.  And this off-the-shoulder style is what I love to wear most in the warm weather.  I sized up since I have a pretty long torso and don’t love baring my midriff, but love the fit with higher waisted bottoms.

Here’s to another weekend!

xo gina



If your family is anything like ours, having your children home more in the summer means so many awesome things, but it also means needing to constantly have the kitchen stocked with easy-to-reach, kid-approved snacks.  My girls usually hop in and out of the backyard pool a billion times, and in between those dips, they find themselves painting with watercolors and riding their scooters in the driveway, and all of this must work up an appetite, because they are also making multiple trips inside the backdoor of the house and into the fridge and pantry.  I typically find myself ‘spring cleaning’ a little late into the game, once the school-year is complete and summer break officially starts.  This kickstarts me into a more organized mom and human, and I kind of love it.  This year, we got a new fridge, so even more reason, and room, to keep things tidy.  I wanted to share all of my favorite storage and organizational products that have helped to keep order in my kitchen, and therefore, in my life.

1.  These bins are the perfect system to organize all of my refrigerated items, making it easy for my kids to see what snacks are on-hand and making it easy for me to see what we are running out of when I head out to the grocery store.

2.  For those few bottles of sparking water or white wine that are just a tad too tall to stand upright.

3.  I love that these clear containers are acrylic, not glass, and that they store all of our goodies with an airtight seal, so that everything stays fresh.  We use them for cereals and pastas, along with snacks that usually come in messy plastic bags. *(these reusable labels come with a chalk-ink pen and were perfect for labeling those items, like baking ingredients (think flour, sugar, light brown and dark brown sugars), and assorted chocolate chips that might look the same (think milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, etc.).

4.  A generously sized serving platter in my favorite color that is completely unbreakable.  Win, win.  I use this a lot for cut-fruit in the summertime, both indoors and out.

5. The mesh allows everyone to see what’s inside and it’s perfect for grabbing fruit on-the-go.  When healthy produce is there and easily accessible, my kids will eat it.  I got my fruit-stand at Home Goods, but can’t seem to find the exact one online.  Shop similar ones here and here.

6.  These are probably my kids’ favorite because they neatly store packets of snack-sized goods, like fruit snacks, individual packs of cheddar bunnies, and pretzel chips.

7.  We use the Cabinet Binz Spice Rack for nutrition bars and cans of soup.  It fits nicely in our pantry and keeps everything in place.

Happy organizing.

xo gina 

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