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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top: H&M (here as dress, similar) / Skirt: Madewell (similar) / Shoes: and other stories /
Bag: Ted Baker / Glasses: boutique in Nice, similar / Earrings: and other stories

This lovely little courtyard, which overlooks the little town of Vence, is right outside of the Rosary Chapel which Matisse designed. We drove there from Nice (where we had started the Matisse tour at the museum!) and it may have been my favorite day of the trip. My parents had actually been to Vence before I was born and we found the hotel they had stayed at - and we had lunch at the same cafe they did over twenty-five years ago! It was perfect: ham baguettes, Organina, french fries, and friendly local who only liked me for my ice cream...

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matisse mon amour

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top: Zara (identical) / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Ugg (on sale!) /
Sunglasses: bought in Nice, similar / Bag: Ted Baker / Lipstick: Topshop "Rio Rio"

One of the absolute best parts of going to Nice was the fact that Matisse lived there for the last forty or so years of his life. Matisse is my favorite artist by far and I was so excited to be able to see the city that influenced his later works. You can see how the colors of the French Riviera - the bright oranges and blues - and the way the beaches and water influenced his paintings. Best of all, there is a whole museum dedicated to Matisse! It is located a bit outside of the center of Nice, in a lovely large park that also has a Marc Chagall museum. It's a small museum, but so lovely! I of course had to wear my cut-out inspired top to blend in with Matisse's work and the local foliage ;)

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made of waves

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Swimsuit: c/o Cleo Madison (on sale!) / Shorts: old, similar, similar / Sunglasses: Karen Walker

"Kiss your own fingertips
and hug your own curves.
You are made of waves and honey
and spicy peppers when necessary.
You are a goddess,
I hope you haven't forgotten."
-Emery Allen

When Cleo Madison reached out to me about their clothing line, I was intrigued and excited. The clothing is affordable, stylish and modest. I definitely think of myself as a "modest" person, but modesty can mean different things to different people. I tend to like having my arms covered and I don't do crop tops or bodycon styles. On the other hand, I'll wear dresses and skirts above the knee and I love skinny jeans. Is that modest? Is it even modest of me to post pictures of myself on the internet in the hope that people like my outfit? And now - posting pictures of myself in a swimsuit? Definitely not something I'd thought I'd do on this blog! I've talked a bit about how I sometimes struggle with my body, how I wish I had a flat stomach or skinnier arms or smaller thighs. Especially when taking these photos (at our local dirty lake lol), I was self-conscious about my thighs. They're touching, blindingly pale, too big...but then I remember, those thighs help me ride my horse. They make me strong and give me power to better a better horseback rider.

So I did feel great in this suit. It is incredibly comfortable and offers so much support up top (v necessary right ladies?). I love the zip-up feature which gives it a sporty feel. And that pattern! Straight out of Rifle Paper Company, am I right? If you're in denial that summer is ending, head on over to Cleo Madison and check out the rest of their adorable swimsuits (like how cute is this one?). Or if you're feeling more fall, they have so many cute dresses (like this, this, and this) all under $50! And how perfect is this $10 skirt for fall?

Thank you to Cleo Madison for sponsoring this post and pushing me out of my comfort zone. Now, your turn!

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Photos thanks to Rachel!