Garden Party

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Had the pleasure of attending the first annual End of Summer Garden Party at Untermyer Gardens a few weeks ago, and had such an amazing time. If you're not familiar with Untermyer Gardens, its a lovingly restored public garden tucked away in Yonkers, and it's seriously one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been in metro NY area. Such a hidden gem! (For proof, just check out these photos. It's an Instagrammer's dream!) 

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The weather was perfect, and so was the golden hour lighting, so I couldn't resist snapping a few photos of my garden party look, featuring this amazingly cute and comfortable maxi dress (with pockets!) from Forever 21 scored for just $17. (It's out of stock, but there are some perfect-for-early fall maxis for under $30 available on the site, like this one, this one and this one!)

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I dressed up the maxi with some dainty jewelry and a gifted blush clutch, as well as a black watch, which came c/o Daniel Wellington. (P.S.: I'm a big fan of the Daniel Wellington brand, and their minimal style watches are so versatile, so was super excited to partner with them on a recent promo. For 15% off sitewide, use the code "TALESTHRIFT"!) I finished off the look with a pair of $35 gold sandals from Topshop, and with my $10 street vendor sunnies, the head-to-toe look came out to $62. 

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And if you're interested in learning more about the gardens or staying up-to-date on its happenings, you can read up on its history here, and don't forget to follow them on Instagram. Hope to see you at next year's End of Summer bash! xo

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Swing Of Things

It's officially fall, and I'm breaking out the long sleeves. Been waiting for it to be cool enough to rock this cute ruffled swing dress that came c/o MakeMeChic, which has a bit of a boho vibe to it. (You can find it here, for $28!) The swing-style shape gives it tons of movement (so much twirling potential!), and there's nothing I love more than a dress that lets you eat as much as you want.

Since the temps have been a little chiller in the evenings, I decided to rock the mini dress as a tunic, pairing it with some black skinny jeans and ankle booties, and finished off the look with an adorable green crossbody bag, which I thrifted a few years ago. Overall, this dress totally surprised me with its versatility, since it looks just as cute as a dress as when worn over jeans or leggings, and would even be great with a cute vest layered on top. Can't wait to style it more ways this season! xo

Floral + Brocade

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Was a busy weekend and start to the week for me, so I'm still playing catch up on blog stuff, including more details on this gorgeous dress that came c/o Bluefly just in time for NYFW. If you haven't shopped with Bluefly before (it was my first time!), they've got great finds at all different price points, plus amazing discounts on designer items. 

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I found this gorgeous floral brocade dress by Cynthia Rowley on the site, and totally fell in love--the texture and colors are great for fall, but it could easily transition into a spring wedding guest look. Of course, the most exciting thing about the dress is the fact that was 85% off its original retail price of $425 (!), at just under $64. It's still available in one size (the dress runs a little big, just FYI!), but there are plenty of other gems in more sizes under $75, including this skirt ($51), this lace dress ($47) and this cute shirt dress ($73). Honestly, I could spend hours browsing the site for great scores!

kyboe pink watch
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I paired the dress with a vintage thrifted belt and a pair of thrifted nude heels, plus a gifted pink clutch. I finished off the look with these sunnies (mine are the Silver version!), and my adorable lavender Kyboe watch, which came c/o Kyboe ahead of their awesome NYFW show. In case you haven't heard of the company, three things to note--it's a Dutch brand, it's pronouced "kiboo" AND their watches are some of the most colorful and fun I've ever seen. :)

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