NO BRA; Summer ’16

blogger-nyc-summer-style-streetstyle-dressDress: Free People / Backpack: Forever 21 (similar) / Shoes: Forever 21 (simliar) / Sunnies: Unknown (similar) / Jewels: Catbird, Forever 21, Rocksbox (1 month free with code: PRETTYPROPERQUAINTXOXO)

Over the weekend, I setup a super cute brunch for some of the NYC Style Collective girls at Bedford & Co. I absolutely loved seeing the girls and catching up- it’s always a good time. The restaurant was right in the middle of Midtown, but we were able to still get some cute shots. I feel like we should shoot more in the heart of the city!

Like I previously said, I am ALL about the lightweight dresses for summer. Most of these dresses also require no bra and during these hot days, this isn’t an issue. Depending on what I’m wearing, I try to keep the look as least revealing as possible, and to do this I usually rock some nippies! If you’ve ever had this issue and didn’t know what to use, I recommend these. They are literally amazing and a serious game changer! (#NOTsponsored).

Whenever I wear a lowcut look without a bra (or even a tank top), I like to throw on some jewelry that fills up that space, like a body chain. To add a little more detail, I tied a ribbon around my neck for that double choker look. I love this contrasting color to provide some more dimension. To keep the whole look delicate, I added some dainty jewels for my hands, like this Catbird piece.

I curated a ton of similar looks that incorporate the flowy dress, tassel backpack, animal print sunnies, and the gladiator shoes. Shop them below:

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XO

PrettyProperQuaint

*Photos by Angel Zheng.

SUNDRESS at SUNSET

blogger-sundress-summer-inspo-lookDress: Free People / Booties: Sebago / Bag: Danielle Nicole / Sunnies: Quay Australia

During the summer, my go-to piece is a classic sundress. They are so lightweight and comfy, especially for the HOT HOT NYC days. Plus; they are super cute, fun, and girlie! Not sure if you have noticed, but lately I have been wearing SO many floral dresses (ehm- in Long Beach, in NYC) and this is no exception!

I recently picked this dress up at the Free People sale where there is an additional 50% off! It’s going on online and in stores and I love to go to multiple stores (including online) to see the inventory because the items are usually different. I picked up some other pieces, too – including another sundress coming to the blog later this week! Shop my fave picks from the Free People sale at the bottom of this post! (Sale is on for a limited time only)!

When I first put this dress on, I knew immediately I wanted to pair it with a small belt to keep the look fitted. However, I didn’t have a small belt with me. I actually ended up using a white USB cord to hold the look together! No one noticed during the day and I’m sure you wouldn’t have noticed if I had not pointed it out. The Key: Use what’s around you to create the look you want (even if it’s a USB cord for a belt or a ribbon for a choker)!

Shop below for a similar look:

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SHOP MY FAVE PICKS FROM THE FREE PEOPLE SALE BELOW:

XO

PrettyProperQuaint

Quick NYC Escape: Long Beach Visual Diary


blogger-dress-long-beach-sunniesDress: Unknown / Sandals: Forever 21 (similar) (similar) (similar) (similar) / Sunnies: Unknown (similar) (similar)

Over this past weekend I ventured to Long Beach. Let me tell you what a nice beach this is and how easy it is to get to from the city! This was my first time ever visiting Long Beach and I had so much fun. This is going to be my go-to beach for the rest of the summer and thought I’d share the best NYC quick escape.

Cost Breakdown:
$19 Round trip LIRR tickets from Penn Station + $15 Beach Pass to get on the beach.

The LIRR train is about an hour and it goes right to Park Ave (essentially the main street in Long Beach) which is only a few short blocks away from the beach and boardwalk. You can walk around or ride a bike along the long boardwalk or with the beach pass you can go on and off the beach all day. There’s also a small section with food trucks to grab a quick bite. We ate at the Taco Tuesdays Food Truck and I got a fish and veggie taco; SO good!

On main street, there are surf shops and this cute little health food store/cafe where you can escape the sun and recharge with some good food. It’s called Bob’s Natural Foods and although the ambiance seems very basic (health food store with stools at a counter in the back) the food is very well thought out and tastes amazing. I got the CELL ENERGIZER SMOOTHIE and the HUMMUS & AVOCADO wrap (highly recommend the wrap). PS; you can even recharge your phone since I found an outlet near the counter.

Shop some super cute beachwear below:

Here’s a video to help get the vibes of the boardwalk:

*NOTE; I don’t think there’s skateboarding allowed on the boardwalk, but there may be a skatepark around.

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XO

PrettyProperQuaint

How to Dress for Summer in New York City


blogger-dress-summer-nyc-streetstyleDress: Urban Outfitters (similar) (similar) / Jacket: H&M (similar) / Bag: Danielle Nicole / Shoes: Zara (similar) (similar) / Sunnies: Unknown (similar) (similar) / Bracelets: Michael Kors, Loft (similar) (similar) (similar)

We all know that the summer in New York City can be brutal and sometimes it can be confusing on how to dress. The struggle really comes in for those really hot days, yet whenever you step inside a subway car or a store, it is freezing! For these scorchers (which we’ve been having quite a few of lately), I usually resort to a light dress or romper and carry a layer to throw on when I’m in the train.

The light jacket not only provides some warmth, but it also pulls together the full look. It’s important to keep the jacket relatively small so you can carry it around when you’re not wearing it, or a keep a bag big enough to stuff it in. I tried to keep all the tones in brown or beige, and this jacket fits in so perfectly!

I paired this look with my new sunnies that I picked up the other day in an unnamed store in the East Village. They are just the right amount of oversized and I love the slight hint of the black and brown marble print. This choker necklace is DIY using a ribbon and wrapping it around my neck twice and tieing it in the front. TIP; if you can’t get the ribbon to lay the way you want, use a straightening iron to shape it!

I tagged a ton of similar items above since the pieces I’m wearing are mostly unavailable now. Shop more below to get a similar look:

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XO

PrettyProperQuaint

*Photos by Allie of AllieNYC.