Monday, August 31, 2015

End-of-Summer Bright Accessories

Anthro petite romper + Manolos

Safari romper + silk scarf

Styling a silk neck scarf
Romper: Anthropologie | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bag: kate spade new york | Scarf: Vintage | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelet: Vintage | Earrings: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox | Watch: Michael Kors

For a date night this weekend, I mixed this no-nonsense utility romper with some fun accessories: teal Manolos, an vibrant, vintage silk scarf of my mom's (a pen pal from Japan sent it to her nearly 50 years ago), and my favorite coral purse, which never seems to photograph the true color it is in person, which is a lovely, vibrant coral without too much red, pink, or neon mixed in there.

As of this posting there were still a few sizes of the utility romper I'm wearing available, but it seems like they might be going fast. In case you miss snagging one in your size, here are a few other rompers at Anthropogie that have a similar vibe:

Hope you enjoyed this gorgeous weekend! Thanks for reading!

x, Tam

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Transitioning to Fall: J.Crew Denim Jacket & rag + bone Margot Booties

JCrew denim jacket

Fall transition outfit

Coach Classic Shoulder Bag

Button-up skirt + denim jacket
Jacket: J.Crew | Top: Anthropologie (last styled here) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Booties: rag + bone 'Margot' Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Necklace: Loren Hope c/o Rocksbox (detailed Rocksbox review here) Earrings: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox | Watch: Michael Kors

Last fall, I got my first pair of rag + bone booties, the 'Newbury' style from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (see me style them here). After finding them to be very cute and comfy, I then decided to add the 'Harrow' booties to my collection over the winter. When I started walking in them and found that the 3.5" heel felt like no heel at all, I was hooked (full review here). Now I've fallen hard for another style: the 'Margot,' which I'm wearing in this post. I had initially ordered them in black, but found the leather to look too similar to my Newburys and returned them; I was thrilled to finally snag a camel pair (thank you, Nordstrom Customer Service!).

Similar to my Harrows, the Margots are extremely comfortable, and it's hard to believe how high the heel is when you walk in them. The camel suede is a beautiful color, and it has a nice leg-lengthening effect. I like the ankle area of these more than my Harrows, actually, as it's more fitted for petite ankles. I'm wearing these now with skirts and shorts, but they'll transition nicely into cooler fall weather. A tip if you decide to spring for a pair: rag + bone footwear seems to run about a size small. I normally wear a 35 (5-5.5 US) in designer shoes, and 36 fits me well in all the styles I've mentioned here.

J.Crew has started offering some of their petite line in XXXSP and 000P, and when I saw this cute denim jacket on Kelly of Alterations Needed, I ordered an XXXSP to try myself. I think I would have been fine with my usual XXSP given how this jacket fits, but I like how slim this one is. Although it's too fitted on me for layering with long-sleeved tops, it's a nice late summer/early fall jacket. I'm looking forward to wearing it more often soon, but I'm going to fully enjoy the 90+ temperatures forecasted for this weekend.

Happy Friday!

x, Tam

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chambray & Sea Spray

Beach vibes

Chambray cover-up + Longchamp Le Pliage

Sand + Jacks

J.Crew chambray tunic
Tunic: J.Crew (no longer available, but I like this one and this one, both on sale) | Bathing suit (under tunic): J.Crew | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bag: Longchamp | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: Nadri

Today, I'm sharing a look from last week's trip to the beach! Hope your week is going well!

x, Tam

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Beachy Vibes

7FAM Destroyed Denim Shorts

Loren Hope Jewels + Scalloped Top + 7FAM Denim

Loren Hope Blythe Necklace via Rocksbox

Cutoffs + Le Pliage at the Beach
Top: Urban Outfitters | Shorts: 7 For All Mankind (also on sale here with some small sizes left) | Hat: Anthropologie (mine was on sale in store, but found this one and this one in the online sale section) | Bag: Longchamp | Shoes: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Loren Hope c/o Rocksbox (detailed Rocksbox review here) | Bracelet: Vintage | Right Hand Ring: c/o Rocksbox

Our wonderful, relaxing family week at the beach is drawing to a close--just like summer, sadly. I'm looking forward to all the new fall stuff I'm starting to see in stores, but I have been making a point this week to just take in the happiness of summer to try and get myself refreshed and ready to #GSD at work. Later this week, I'm going to post about my recent mindfulness mini-project of focusing on the good and really letting it soak into my thoughts and increase my happiness and satisfaction. Stay tuned if you want to join in!

A little about what I'm wearing: I've been looking for the perfect pair of destructed denim shorts all summer, and after sending back a couple pairs from J Brand and rag + bone, two of my go-to denim labels, I was thinking I might not find something that worked before summer ended. I kept finding the shorts to be too "boyfriend" styled, and my normal size was slouching right off my hips. I then ran across the 7FAM pair I'm wearing here, and they were a good fit for me size-wise (23 for reference), and they were just the color and level of distressing I had wanted. I've been wearing them a ton here at the beach!

My sandals are the Tory Burch pair that was available during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale at a discount. The price has gone up, unfortunately, but knowing what I know now, I would be seriously considering buying them at full price. They are so elegant and comfortable; I've actually been wearing them as commuting shoes to work for a couple weeks, and I have gotten tons of compliments on them. If you missed out on these during the #NSale, snap them up now, or just add them to your wishlist and wait until the price drops again.

I'm still loving my Rocksbox subscription, which this month surprised me with the Loren Hope necklace I've had wishlisted for a while. It's so much fun to have a constantly rotating jewelry closet and to get a variety of pieces of higher-end costume jewelry to wear that ordinarily would be out of my budget. If you want to sign up too and give it a try, you can get a month free with my code: helloframboisexoxo.

That's all for now! Hope you've enjoyed your weekend!

x, Tam

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Jersey Jumpsuit at the Shore

Anthropologie Jersey Jumpsuit

Summer Jumpsuit

Coach Classics Small Shoulder Bag

Geo Jersey Jumpsuit Outfit
Jumpsuit: Anthropologie (on sale!) | Shoes: Splendid | Bag: Coach | Belt: Madewell | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Vintage

I'm spending some at the beach this week, getting in some quality time with my family and soaking up some end-of-summer sunshine. I've been loving jumpsuits and rompers this summer--they're so comfy and can easily be dressed up or down. I wore this one out to a casual dinner at one of my family's favorite diners.

Hope you're having a great week!

x, Tam

P.S. I noticed the evening light made my skin look pretty pink-ish in these photos. Don't worry, I am following my sun safety tips and am making sure I don't burn!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Recipe: the Briar Patch Cocktail

I'm back today with another fun and refreshing summer cocktail recipe to liven up your Monday. Last time I shared a drink with you, we tipped our hat to Wimbledon with the Pimm's Rangoon, a variation on the Pimm’s Cup, a gin-based beverage. This time, we’re going back to the well, so to speak, with a different gin cocktail: the Briar Patch.

The Briar Patch Gin Cocktail Recipe

Like the Pimm’s Rangoon, this one is also from the great minds at The Violet Hour in Chicago. It’s much simpler, but no less delicious. You need the same equipment as last time, and perhaps a bag to crush ice if you don’t have an icemaker in your fridge that dispenses it.

Ingredients for Briar Patch Cocktail Recipe

  • 1½ fl. oz Plymouth Gin
  • ¾ fl. oz. Lemon Juice
  • ½ fl. oz. Simple Syrup
  • ¼ fl. oz. Homemade Blackberry Syrup + a little more
  • 1 Blackberry for Garnish
  • 2 Sprigs of Mint (optional)
  • Angostura Bitters

Ingredients Briar Patch Cocktail

This cocktail takes advantage of the wonderful berries you can get in the summer. The recipe calls for blackberries, but if you like, I see no reason why you can’t substitute raspberries, boysenberries, or even blueberries or strawberries.

The recipe calls for Plymouth Gin, which is both a brand, and an official subtype of gin. Many people think that gin always means London Dry Gin, but really there are several official subtypes each with their own character. Just like whiskey (or whisky) has its bourbon, rye, Irish and Scotch traditions, gin has London Dry, but also the sweeter Old Tom Gin, malty and aged Dutch Genever, and earthy Plymouth Gin.

Plymouth Gin, the official subtype, must be made in Plymouth, England and there is only one brand still being made in that city, the eponymous Plymouth Gin. Plymouth Gin has more roots and herbs in it than your average London Dry, so it is a nice set off to the bright and crisp flavors of citrus and blackberry in the Briar Patch. Even so, if all you have is a bottle of Tanqueray or Beefeater London Dry, don’t be shy and still try this drink out.

Here’s how it goes:

1. Make the Blackberry Syrup by taking a cup of blackberries and putting them in a metal, glass, or ceramic mixing bowl. Plastic can stain, so stay away from that if you can. Add a half cup of the simple syrup you made last time and mash those berries. I used my trusty muddler, but any tool you have at hand is fine. Toss in 3 generous dashes of Angostura bitters and that’s it. Let the mix rest for an hour if you can (we didn’t this time), and then strain it through a chamois sack into a jar or bottle.

2. Pour your Gin, your juice and your syrups into a vessel to mix. We used Sean’s trusty shaker, but a regular cup will do.

Muddling Mint

3. We had some mint left over from last time, so we added a sprig and muddled it into the mix. The original recipe didn’t call for it, but it sounded fun, and mixology is all about fun, so in it went.

4. You aren’t going to shake this drink. Because it is served over crushed ice, you don’t want to dilute it once by shaking with ice and then dilute it again by letting that crushed ice melt into your drink. The dilution from the melting rocks in the glass will be enough.

5. Fill your tumbler with crushed ice. If your fridge doesn’t make crushed ice, take your cubes out, drop them in a plastic or mesh bag and crack the rocks with a muddler or mallet until they are broken up sufficiently.

Double Straining Briar Patch Cocktail

6. Pour your drink over the ice. The ice will recede some, so top off with more ice. You want your glass full and frosty like a julep.

7. Garnish with a plump Blackberry, another sprig of mint if you are using it and another drizzle of Blackberry syrup on top for color and a burst of flavor.

Blackberry Syrup--Briar Patch Cocktail


x, Tam (and Sean)