stars stripes whiskey.

i'm not going to lie; i have a thing for gray tees.
long-sleeved, muscle tee, v-neck, heather gray...i can never pass up a good one. here's one i didn't have...distressed. it's super soft and worn in, complete with holes.

how to wear gray tees?
- with lace shorts
- with white denim
- with a saying
- with neon
- with sequins
- with more gray
and with statement heels + a colorful necklace like below.

how do you wear your gray tees?

(9th & Elm triangle necklace; Shop Lately statement necklace)
the weather was beautiful this weekend.
even at 5pm, it was blue skies and sunshine.
(tee c/o 9th & Elm (buy); UO leather shorts;
JustFab shoes; Victoria's Secret bikini top)

a few to try:



this tiny triangle necklace is the latest addition to my collection of dainty pieces. i introduced it to my monogram necklace, and they have been best friends ever since. these little minis are perfect for filling the void around your neck. they still make a statement, just a subtle one.

do you prefer dainty necklaces or bigger statement pieces?
or both?

(calvin klein dress; persun shoes)

a few to try:


casual leopard.

countdown to the weekend, and i can't wait.
last weekend, a big storm rolled in, and we didn't get to do everything we had planned. i'm hoping to make up for it this weekend. every summer, i like to incorporate a mauka to makai (mountain to sea) theme, where we try to spend equal time mauka (hiking or other nature activities) and makai (beach or pool/waterpark). this summer has been makai all the way. i'm a little bummed that i haven't hiked once, so i hope to get one in before summer ends.

what's something you were hoping to do this summer?
do you have a summer theme?

(pave necklace and ring, Capwell & Co.)
acai bowls + pizza filled pretzel.
(gifted shirt; a&f denim; sole society bag; justfab shoes)


gingham and lace + watermelon cake.

gingham and lace for a
semi-wordless wednesday.

i saw photos of these watermelon cakes floating around during the 4th of july weekend, and most recently on Sisters Marie. since it's been hot and muggy, i decided to give it a try for a refreshing treat. i prepared it after everyone went to bed, and when they saw this pretty cake sitting in the refrigerator the next morning, they were so excited. mini-he couldn't wait to eat this cake. i made him wait almost the whole day, because i was scrambling to also make brownie cups [for brownie sundaes].

why? because i needed a back-up.

when i finally sliced the cake, mini-he was disappointed to see that it was just fruit, haha. he enjoyed the brownie sundaes while the rest of us enjoyed the watermelon cake!

 seedless watermelon is better, but this is what we had. i used extra creamy cool whip (instead of whipped cream), and it held up nicely. just make sure to pat the watermelon dry before applying, then top with whatever you like. super easy.

(Lulu's skirt (similar); Gilly Hicks shirt; Shop Lately necklace)

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family movie night with Pop Secret.

[this post is sponsored by Pop Secret;
all buttery fingers and opinions are 100% mine.]

this summer is all about spending time with family and friends. like many of you, i'm sure, one of our favorite things to have is movie night. we bring out all the pillows and blankets and enjoy our favorite Pop Secret popcorn and snacks.

however, there is nothing worse than the lingering smell of burned popcorn! (well, what's worse is if that was your last bag!) no matter how many windows you open or how many fans you turn on, you won't get rid of the smell. say goodbye to burned popcorn with the Pop Secret Perfect Pop app. this easy-to-use app listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect. no more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. with the Perfect Pop app, you can spend more time enjoying your movie than worrying about your popcorn.

have you tried the Perfect Pop app?

how Perfect Pop app works:

with your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch, download Pop Secret Perfect Popcorn app from the app store.
(it's optimized for iphone 5, but it worked fine on my 4s)

put your favorite family movie night popcorn in the microwave and enter the suggested time on the packaging. turn up the volume, point speaker towards microwave, and keep within three (3) feet.
start the microwave, then start the app.

learn fun facts as well as see what's happening inside your bag of popcorn!

Perfect Pop app listens to the pops and lets you know when your bag of popcorn is just right.

what movies are you watching this summer?
these are my oldies but goodies picks:
- dirty dancing
- legally blonde (1 or 2)
- sweet home alabama
- charlie's angels: full throttle

the kids have been loving:
- cloudy with a chance of meatballs
- frogs & toads: max's magical journey (netflix)
- despicable me
- nim's island

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