Nothing But Blue Skies // Spring Lake Beach, New Jersey 

Nothing brings me more joy than spending a gorgeous summer day at the beach with my family. The crashing waves, salt air, and warm sun are the perfect recipe for some serious r&r and unforgettable memories. Recently my family and I took a trip down to Spring Lake Beach to spend the day soaking up the sun and catching some waves!

We got there early in the morning and claimed the perfect spot on the beach right near the water. We set up camp, pitching the umbrellas, setting up our beach chairs, and lathering up on sunscreen! Spring Lake is a really special place. Locals ride their darling beach cruiser bikes around, people are so friendly, and the beach is so clean and absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dreamy beach houses!

We spent the entire day laughing our heads off, splashing in the ocean, and enjoying life to the fullest! As soon as lunchtime rolled around, we picknicked with fabulous salads and fresh fruit…my favorite summer meal! After fueling up, we headed back to the beach and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon together. I treasure family time and the memories we made are some that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Where are your favorite places to travel to with family in the summer? Let me know in the comments below! Currently, I am headed down to Long Beach Island for family vacation and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you! Look forward to lots of posts!

xo, lexie

Graduation Recap 

I finally graduated! Moving the tassle and throwing my cap into the air was seriously the most liberating moment of my life. From decorating my cap, to getting my nails done, to choosing my outfit, I had loads of fun getting ready for the big day!

To say that I was excited to be done with high school would be an extreme understatement, partly because I was so over the same routine I’ve been doing for four years, but mostly because I cannot wait for college! I am beyond proud to announce that I will officially be furthering my academic career at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia! I have an amazing roommate and have made such awesome friends that I am so thankful for. I cannot wait to start my college journey, but first, graduating high school called for some celebration! 

I graduated with my best friend and twin sister Cammie which made the day even more special. Taking pictures together and being able to share the bliss of this moment was incredible. I couldn’t have done it without her constant support and motivation. My family from all over came to celebrate this special time with me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have such an amazing and encouraging family!

We had an unforgettable party making memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the party I couldn’t help but realize that I am truly starting a new chapter in my life. I am extremely excited for a new beginning and am looking forward to the next adventure! Below I included some of my favorite pictures from my graduation day and party! I will cherish these forever.

Look forward to lots of new posts! I can’t wait to share my summer adventures with you!

xo, lexie

West 4 Tattoo // New York, New York 

This past Thursday my family and I headed into the city for a very special day…my first tattoos! My entire life, I never really envisioned myself with ink. Both of my parents have lots of tattoos and I have always thought they were cool but never necessarily for me. Recently my sister got tattooed and while she was looking for ideas she introduced me West 4 Tattoo’s Instagram page. West 4 specializes in fine line tattoo’s and I had never seen anything like them before. They were so delicate, dainty, feminine, and beautiful. As I continued to scroll through this shop’s work my mind was completely altered. I decided right then that I HAD TO get fine line tattoos! Coincidentally, my friend Shelby went to West 4 a few days after I decided that I wanted to get a tattoo there! Her work was done by tattoo artist JK Kim and she had her aunt’s signature done. The line work and quality was impeccable. I contacted JK that day after I decided what I wanted to get tattooed. I then made my appointment for flowers on my arm and a heart on the back of my neck!

I can’t recommend West 4 Tattoo enough. The shop is super cool and clean, the front desk staff is so friendly and helpful, and the artists are so nice and unbelievably talented! JK was so sweet and I seriously cannot stop staring at my work. It is truly a piece of art. I am so thankful for such a great experience and look forward to getting some more ink done in the future! I am going to be including all of this shop’s information in case you are looking to get tatted! West 4 has tattooed lots of celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Justin Bieber to name a few so come financially equipped and book your appointments as soon as possible…the books fill up super quickly! If you have any questions definitely leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them!

West 4 Tattoo: 163 West 4 St New York, New York 10014 

Head over to http://www.west4tattoo.com for further information including hours, contact information etc. 

xo, lexie

But First, Brunch // West Village NYC Eats

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to lots of amazing places at such a young age. This is something I will never ever take for granted. No matter how far and wide I may have traveled, I have to say that the greatest place I have ever been is New York City. My friend Shelby described it best in a tweet of her’s, “there’s something about pulling into Manhattan that gives an overwhelming sense of opportunity, every time”. I experience the similar sensation every single time I get off the train at Penn Station. I walk up the stairs from the station into the city and am greeted by the hustle and bustle of the people, the bright yellow taxis, the beeping of horns and most importantly NYC’s powerful/magical energy. Being in New York makes makes me feel like the world is mine to conquer, that anything can happen, that love and magic exist, that I can be whoever I want to be, that dreams come true…. I never feel more alive than when I’m in this city. In my previous post I wrote solely about my time in the tattoo shop, but today I am giving you guys a look at my day spent in the West Village!

Brunch is everything, especially in NYC! My family and I celebrated that fact by heading over to The Butcher’s Daughter in their West Village location for an amazing mid-morning feast. This restaurant is any photographer’s dream. The food not only looks incredible and tastes incredible but the interior design is artsy and filled with plants! They serve a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan fare and it is seriously to die for! My dad is the biggest meat eater out there and he was even raving about how delicious his vegan rueben sandwich was! I had ” Butcher’s Grilled Cheese” which featured sourdough bread, vegan cheese, avocado, heirloom tomato, adzuki bacon, and wilted basil and it is the best sandwich I have ever eaten in my life. I can’t recommend this place enough! The energy of this place is chill and inviting and you will want to spend the entire day here just talking, sipping on mimosas and enjoying life! After we finished up brunch we walked a bit around the village. I was in full daydream mode looking at all of the colorful brownstones and imagining myself living in one of them…I’ll get there one day; I’ll make sure of it!

What are your favorite NYC brunch spots? I’m always looking for new spots to try…right now by CHLOE and Sweets by CHLOE are high on my list! Please leave recommendations below in the comments if you have any!
xo, lexie

Floral Print Maxi Dress

This spring, the fashion world is in full bloom. Floral print is one of the biggest trends of the season and it is quickly dominating my heart and my wardrobe! While shopping in a local boutique recently, this cream, off the shoulder maxi with red floral print instantly caught my eye. I knew that I had to have this darling number! The delicate red flowers printed on the soft cream fabric combined with the off the shoulder neckline give off a seriously sweet and romantic vibe. I styled the dress with my silver tiffany&co charm bracelet and some strappy leather wedges to add some height. I love how the shoes helped to showcase the slit detail in my dress. I played into the romantic vibes of the dress by doing loose curls and a bold red lip.

I can’t wait to wear more floral pieces this season! Get ready for lots of posts coming up; there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for me! I can’t wait to share everything with you! What floral prints have you been obsessing over this season? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Afternoon Tea 

Being a lover of all things fancy and ladylike, I have always dreamed of attending an authentic high tea. The fascination began when I first watched Beauty and the Beast. I was enthralled by every detail of the Be Our Guest tea party from the beautiful china tea cups, to the intricately crafted teapots, all the way down to the adorable pastries that were mounted high on the tiered display. Recently my younger sister, Rhegan had expressed an interest in having a proper tea party for her birthday celebration. Upon the mention, I shrieked with excitement because this was something I had been wanting to do for so long. Luckily, we were able to book reservations and I immediately put a countdown on my phone for the party…that’s when you know I’m excited about something!

The day finally came and we couldn’t have sat in a more perfect section…we were going to be having tea in the Paris room! The walls were showered in French themed paintings and was decorated with Ladurèe macaron boxes and maps of the city. It was breathtaking. As soon as we arrived at the table, a menu with hundreds of teas were placed in front of us. It was completely overwhelming because every tea sounded so delicious! I adore floral flavors and opted for a spiced tea with rose and lavender notes. At the tearoom each person orders their own tea and is given their own individual tea pots.

My overall experience from the ambience, to the tea, to the food was incredible. Being able to get all dressed up and having a lovely, ladylike lunch with the family was an amazing way to celebrate my sister’s special day! I’ll cherish this high tea for years to come and am already planning my next trip back!

Have you ever been to high tea? Let me know in the comments below and leave your recommendations! If you are specifically interested in going to the tearoom mentioned above, feel free to leave questions below and I will happily answer them!

xo, lexie

Spring Style Preview // The Classic Trench Coat 

With the unseasonably warm weather that graced us last Monday, my family and I felt it was totally necessary to spend as much time as we possibly could outdoors! We took a trip down to the shore to bask in warm sun, watch the waves crash, and grab a bite to eat. The beach has always been one of my favorite places even if the weather was still not quite warm enough to swim! The weather was however warm enough to debut one of my favorite spring trends…the classic trench coat! I’ve wanted to purchase a trench coat for years but somehow always managed to skip the buy until a few weeks ago. I was scrolling through instagram when I saw that Old Navy posted how to style the classic trench a variety of ways. After watching that quick insta vid I knew I had to have it. I pulled out my card and ordered the coat right away. When it arrived, it was as perfect as I imagined it would be. The structure gave me some serious Burberry vibes and I couldn’t wait to style it with oversized black sunnies. I kept my look pretty casual for everyday spring wear and paired the trench with dark wash denim and a blush handbag.

After spending time on the beach summer can’t come quick enough! How did you enjoy the warm weather? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Woman Up / Fashion x Feminism

Happy 2017 readers! A month hasn’t even passed and yet this year has already been filled with events that will be remembered for a lifetime. I’m writing this post to reflect on how completely awe-inspiring the Women’s Marches that took place today were to me. Not only did these marches take place all over cities across the United States but the entire WORLD. I couldn’t be more proud to not only be a woman but to experience this historical and powerful day.

Feminism and women’s rights ignite a passionate fire inside my soul that demands action. Seeing millions of people go out into the universe and protest with all of their hearts and minds to bring awareness and power to issues women face everyday is absolutely incredible. When I stop and truly think about the power that words have, it quite honestly scares me. Words have the power to lift someone up, tear someone down, or completely alter someone’s world. Today, when reading the signs on social media that people all over the world created, I can confidently say that those profound statements completely changed my world. Words were put to their best use, declaring truths that empower and serve. To say I was emotional today would be a total understatement. I was given the opportunity to get a glimpse into my sister’s souls all over the world. Today, January 21 2017 was a day I experienced sisterhood like never before… and the craziest part is that I got to experience this through my cell phone…now this is what social media was created for! Imagine if we always put social media to use like this, spreading important messages and shedding light on changes and movements that need to be made.

I have found that mixing my passion for fashion and feminism is the best way to express how I feel about this movement. I have loved fashion since I was a little girl and my clothing has always been THE way I express myself. I still remember the first magazine that taught me that it was OKAY to express myself through my clothing. That magazine was (and still is) Teen Vogue. I truly believe that Teen Vogue has shaped me into being the strong, independent, fearless woman I am today. From learning that it was okay to dress however I wanted, to Teen Vogue’s recent articles regarding important social and political issues, this magazine has made me a well-rounded #girlboss. I can’t thank the writers and editors and celebrity features enough for making such an impact on my life. In particular, thank you to Elaine Welteroth for shaping me into a strong woman and feminist. I recently just ordered a heather gray sweatshirt with the word “feminist” written across it to start to express my views about women’s rights. I can’t wait to build my feminist clothing collection because the more I wear, the more opportunity I have to spread a message and possibly alter someone’s thoughts or best yet, world.

So woman up! The future is female…the future is ours! As Digital Editorial Director of Teen Vogue, Phillip Picardi tweeted “Every time I get concerned today, I just remind myself that teenage girls are going to save the whole damn world”.

xo, Lexie

P.S. I would totally love to see your pictures from today’s movement if you were actively involved in a march!  If you experienced today via internet like me, I would love to know what signs and precious moments inspired YOU! Make sure to comment below! If you are looking to buy feminist apparel make sure to check out Etsy shops (I got my “Feminist” sweatshirt from a shop called SundayVibesShop) as well as http://www.feministapparel.com!

Best of 2016

Can you believe that 2017 is just a few days away!? As I’m writing this post I can’t help but reminisce about all of the amazing experiences I have had throughout this past year. I was so fortunate to be able to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime. For me, 2016 was an incredible year of growth and self discovery. I hope you enjoy this roundup of all of my favorite moments from 2016!

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Thank you all for following along this past year! I am so excited for 2017 and everything that the new year will bring. Wishing all of you health, happiness, and joy always!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

Lady in Leopard

Let me preface this post by saying that I am completely and utterly obsessed with buying coats! Something about them just tugs at my heartstrings. A coat alone can completely transform not only your look, but the way you feel. Often times, throwing on a coat is what makes me feel confident and put together. Every season I look forward to adding a new piece to my outerwear collection. I always look for a coat that has just the right amount of trendiness balanced out with a timeless silhouette and material that is made to last. While shopping a few weekends back I spotted this leopard topper and it was love at first sight! I ran to the rack, pulled my size, and threw it on right away! It was perfect…so ladylike and femme. I bought the coat immediately and can’t wait to wear it throughout the season.

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What coat are you loving this season!? Let me know by commenting on the post below or tweeting me @lexieslifeblog! If you are interested in this leopard topper I linked some similar coats down below for you to browse…happy shopping!

Long Leopard Print Coat 

Leopard Faux Fur Coat 

Animal Print Frock Coat 

Navy Coat with Leopard Collar 

Leopard Coat 

Hooded Leopard Print Coat 

Leopard Double Breasted Coat

Pink Coat Leopard Pockets

Leopard Print Fur Coat

Knee Length Leopard Fur Coat 

xo, Lexie