the style hive: August 2017

the big pink post

Monday, August 21, 2017

Top: Madewell (sold out, similar) / Jeans: Topshop (on sale!) / 
Flats: Charlotte OlympiaEarrings: Madewell / Bag: Ted Baker

It's here! The most extra bloggery thing I've ever done! Which was dragging my friend Sarah to the middle of Belgravia, London, just to snap some (okay, many) photos in front of this Insta-worthy pink bakery. Yes, you've probably already seen more beautifully styled photos of Peggy Porschen's bakery (like on Noelle's blog and Olivia's blog). But I was not going to miss the chance to trek here myself when I had my best blogger buddy by my side! 

We got there relatively early on a Friday morning, so it was nice and quiet. I know nothing about the Belgravia neighborhood, but it seemed nice! There were a lot of flower stands and lovely looking bookstores and clothing stores (so tempting). Peggy Porschen's Cakes is relatively small but absolutely impossible to miss. I mean, obviously. We ordered some snacks (vanilla cake for me and a coffee for Sarah - check out her gluten free guide to learn more about their offerings!) and sat outside, trying not to act like we were so obviously there to take pictures. We weren't alone in that regard as more tourists stopped by throughout the morning (including some of the furry four-legged variety!). 

So, worth it? For the pictures alone, oh yeah. The cake I had was not to my liking, but that's because I don't find cake in England generally yummy - too dense for me. But their brownies looked good and I took some cookies home for my parents, which were a hit. Either way, your taste for anything pink will certainly be satiated!

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Big big thank you to Sarah for the photos!!

Wishlist: Pom Pom Shoes

Friday, August 11, 2017

I've been seeing poms poms everywhere this summer, and I'm not mad about it. In fact this post was inspired by the time I was sitting outside our hotel in Nice and saw a very chic lady (the native species of France) walking by with adorable block-heeled pom-pom sandals. I haven't managed to find the exact pair she had on, but in my searching I came across some pretty nice pairs that I thought I'd share here as well. Just click on the image to shop!

what to wear on a date with andrew garfield

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dress: Madewell (love this one) / Shoes: Ugg / Earrings: BaubleBar / Bag: Ted Baker

Sadly this is not one of those raffle prizes or contest wins, but I did technically go to a play with Andrew Garfield. Or, I went to the play. He was in it. Same thing.

Although I have travelled large distances to see my favorite actors live (Andrew in NYC once before, Jesse Eisenberg in NYC, Gemma Arterton and Jude Law in London), this one fell nicely into our already-planned trip to London. And Andrew just so happened to be starring in one of the most relevant masterpieces, Angels in America. My good friend Sarah graciously went with me and since the show was a matinee we had brunch at Duck and Waffle beforehand and then strolled along the Southbank afterwards, which is one my absolute favorite places in London. I've had this Madewell dress and worn it on multiple occasions - it's v easy to throw on and feel automatically fancy! Plus it goes great with my fave BaubleBar earrings, and basically I felt fab and thought Andrew deserved to see me in my finest ;)

All of this superficial talk about celebrity crushes and fun clothes should not distract from the fact that Angels in America is a very serious and important play about the LGBTQ+ community, religion, and what freedom means in America. Obviously these issues remain relevant and, devastatingly, unresolved in our current political climate. As a former English major, I will never not be impressed by how literature and art continue to reflect, shape, and challenge our society. Art reminds us to keep pushing forward, the play proclaims: "The great work begins."

Photos thanks to Sarah!
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Summer's Still Here: Keep Shopping With Riva (+ Discount Code!)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dress (under $50!) / Sunglasses / Bag / Shoes

What with all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts and back-to-school announcements, it almost feels like fall has stepped in and taken over for summer. But it's August! And as much as I love autumn, I think the last official month of summer deserves its day in the sun, too (literally!). So before you get all your fall shopping done now, stop and soak in the summer goodness. Keep wearing those sunglasses and sandals and slather on the sunscreen!!

I was excited to put together these "summer suggestions" with Riva, a company I'd never heard of before but was immediately impressed with. Think Zara, but less overwhelming. I adore that gingham dress up there (to be paired with sparkly sneakers or fancy sandals!) and how fun are those pearl-dotted jeans? If you find something you like (I need all of their dresses, stat), you can get 15% discount using my code: julia15. A bunch of the pieces above are already on sale, so getting shopping!

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