Jewelry in the Summer

Happy Memorial Day!! I wanted take your jewelry game up a notch for Summer!

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With the summer’s hot weather, the clothes become less and the amount of skin shown is more. The perfect way to compliment your summer chic looks is with the perfect jewelry!

I have been using Rocksbox for over 6 months now and I am actually loving it so much! I wear the jewelry all the time and I love that I don’t have to decide right away which pieces I want to wear. Not to mention, I get compliments all the time on the pieces I’m wearing and am always being asked where they’re from!

Rocksbox is essentially a subscription box and I take a survey of what my taste is like (which can really vary drastically) and they send me pieces that they think I’ll like. I can then keep them for as long or as short as I’d like (which usually for me is pretty long because I can’t make decisions). I even have the option to buy the pieces + each month I get $10 to spend on a piece (on top of the already discounted price). Rocksbox is great because I can try some new pieces without the commitment of buying them!

In the time of everything in our lives being documented, ‘renting’ our looks is becoming more and more popular (um, RTR Unlimited for brand name clothes + Shop Ditto for designer sunglasses). So basically, you can have an entirely new wardrobe every month for about $182/month (RTR Unlimited: $139, Shop Ditto: $24, Rocksbox: $19).

Step your jewelry game up this summer and try one month free of Rocksbox with code PRETTYPROPERQUAINTXOXO!

Wearing: Rocksbox jewelry + Yumi Kim Dress. Shop similar dresses below:

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Specific pieces featured above: Elise M Muse Ring in Black Druzy, Nicole Meng Balance Bracelet in Platinum, Sophie Harper Pavé X Ring in Silver, Elise M Athena Necklace in Silver & Silver Druzy.

xo

PrettyProperQuaint

The 5 Best Sales for Memorial Day Weekend

blogger-west-village-streetstyle-nycSunnies: Tory Burch / Denim Jacket: American Butt Clothing / Cami: Cami NYC / Shoes: Zara

Hi guys! It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means!! Shopping!! (haha ok maybe also rooftop parties + the beach) So, I wanted to round up some of the top sales and my personal picks for this weekend.

Now is a good time to stock up on staples that can be pricey, but you’ve been eyeing for a while, like bags + shoes. Also, since there may be random items and brands on sale that you’ve never heard of, it’s also a great time to scoop up some original items and really take your wardrobe to the next level.

PLUS – sign up for EBATES and you can get cash back on purchases you make online!

1) PrettyProperQuaint Vintage Shop 20% with code MDW16
This is the perfect place to pick up those one-of-a-kind items. Shop my faves below:

2) Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (ends June 5th) (6% cash back with EBATES)
There is such great variety here from designer items to more popular brands- with most on sale! But you have to move quick, because the good stuff goes first! I picked out some of the most on-trend shoes + bags to help make your shopping easier. Shop them below:

3) Kate Spade (ends May 26th)(3.5% cash back with EBATES)
Pick up some classic bags (+ wallets!) at great prices like this chic little black bag or this backpack perfect for on the go. Plus, you can pick up some quirky fun summer accessories like this super cute watermelon clutch. watermelon

4) Soludos (4% cash back with EBATES)
If you know anything about me, you know I am obsessed with Soludos! Now is the ultimate time to scoop up the perfect summer staples at even better prices like the donut smoking slippers or classic fringe sandals.

5) Wildfox (ends May 30th) 20% off sale with code OMGREEN
This has some of the funnest sweatshirts (not to mention the softest) and some really cute dresses. Besides, the summer isn’t complete without an adorable white hoodie for the chilly summer nights.


Shop some of my faves below:

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Happy Shopping!

XO

PrettyProperQuaint

*Photos by Sharon Zobali

How to Mix Black + Brown

backpack-choker-outfit-inspoSweater: Forever 21 (similar) / Shirt: Unknown (similar) (similar) / Jeans: Unknown (similar) / Shoes: Zara / Watch: Daniel Wellington / Backpack: Danielle Nicole (similar) / Necklace: Elisa M via Rocksbox

You don’t have to be afraid to mix black + brown! The key is to have one basic color holding it all together (like this white top with the subtle light brown stripes) and use the right tones of brown. You always want to re-incorporate the other colors wherever you can.

To help match more with the black jeans, I brought more black in with my accessories: my necklace, choker, watch, and the backpack. (PS- this choker is just a black ribbon!) My chunky knit is a darker shade of brown, but since it had hints of white and black mixed in – it was perfect! Plus, my fave espadrilles had a mix of brown + white that brought the whole look together!

This was a busy day for me. I was shooting a blogger, getting brunch with another blogger (#alwaysbrunching), oh and changing my phone! I was doing a lot of running around the city and this outfit was just the right amount of comfy. Not to mention, backpacks are my go-to for keeping all my essentials in an easy-to-carry bag!

Shop similar styles below to create your own comfy + on the go look:

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XO

PrettyProperQuaint

*Photos by Esther of Louboutins and Love.

Keeping it Real

WARNING: Personal Post … It’s about to get REAL.

Lately I have been making a lot of changes in my life. I don’t need to go too much into the details, but they are pretty significant. Think Carrie Bradshaw quoting: carrie-bradshaw-1

I’ve been really trying to put myself in better situations and find what truly makes me happy. I just think life is way too short to do anything else than what makes you happy. I am one who does a lot, stresses through the entire process, but ultimately gets everything done. I really try to please everyone along this journey and try to make sure everyone is happy, however there are times where I disappoint people.

I’m not ready to love someone else yet, I need to forgive myself first. I need to relax first. I need to find my self worth and happiness, and sustain it. What I need is support.. and respect.

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This is me and this is who I am. I am very genuine and this blog is what makes me happy right now. This is what I like to do: write, take photos, and style outfits. This blog is REAL. Plus – I get to share these things with other people who like similar things. How great is that? I’ve found people that are not only interested in the same things, but want to work together to create these things! It’s honestly the best feeling, being able to collaborate and bring our ideas together- you create something so much more great.

Instagram is also a big part of this. It is the ultimate way to share art, thoughts, feelings with people and connect. Plus, there is endless support. Conversely, since I really put myself out there, all this leaves room for critiques and opinions which is not always positive.

To be clear, I am doing great. I have finally found something (many things) that I am passionate about and am working towards them. I am aware of what I want, what I need – and am doing what it takes to get there. I need to continue to remember that I am doing what is best for ME, and that’s all I can help right now.

This is why sometimes I need to escape to Long Island with Nala. I would seriously be lost without Nala and I love that she is always there for me. I also have a tremendous support system on Long Island where I have some of my bestest friends. It is a much calmer environment and I leave my worries in NYC.

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www.prettyproperquaint.etsy.comDISTRESSED MOM JEANS / PLATFORM ESPADRILLES / SLOUCHY OFF THE SHOULDER TEE (similar)

Shop more styles below to get a similar look:

IF YOU’RE A MUSIC PERSON (LIKE ME):

I chose this particular “Play While Browsing” song for this article, but if you’d like to get inspired/motivated further, listen to the “Florence + The Machine” album: “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”. If you watch the videos along with it, it’s essentially a short movie with music (“The Odyssey“). I listened to this entire album while writing this piece.

HOW DO YOU STAY POSITIVE?
Sorry for the long winded post today, but I needed to get this off my chest and it needed to be said. How do you combat the haters, stay positive, and keep the mindset that you know what you are doing is truly what you love?

XO

PrettyProperQuaint

*Photos by Jeanne.