Summer Sunrise // Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a complete and total morning person. I’m always the first in my family to get up and I do so happily, so waking up super early for this sunrise was a breeze! To me, there is nothing more exciting than the start of a new day. I can’t help but smile when I think about the opportunity that lies ahead.

A new day means that you have the power to create new memories, start a new adventure, even accomplish a goal. Personally, I start every morning by setting a positive intention for the day. This particular morning, I set my mind on doing something that I have been dreaming about for a while now! I’ve been vacationing at Long Beach Island (my happy place) for my entire life and I’ve never went to watch the sunrise. Surprising for a morning person right!?

I made my dream a reality and sprung out of bed throwing on my new striped coverup, my favorite white sunnies and silently slipped out of our beach house, careful to not wake anybody up. As I walked up to the sandy shoreline I was greeted by a salty breeze and saw the sky awakening before my very eyes. Soft pinks emerged from the horizon as the sun slowly began to rise. The colors quickly intensified into fiery orange and yellows as the sun rose higher and higher into the sky. The rich reflections of the brightly colored sunlight danced and glistened across the rippling waves.

It was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. While watching this beautiful miracle of a new day unfold before me, I couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect on how thankful I am to live and experience this life. It’s so easy to be consumed by the trivial parts of daily living but making time to see and experience something as simple and wonderful as a sunrise can completely change your perspective.

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My advice? Go out and explore, accomplish that goal, make your dream a reality. Tomorrow is your fresh start. The opportunity for greatness belongs to you!

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

Fall Fashion Favorites

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. I’m crazy about every little aspect that comes with it; the cool crisp air, changing leaves, endless rows of apple trees, plentiful pumpkin patches and the oh-so delicious spiced lattes! However, what I look forward to most about fall is the fashion. Warm earth-toned colors, cozy knits and fancy fabrics are the key to my heart. Today I put together one cohesive outfit encompassing all of my favorite fall trends of 2016! Let’s get into it!

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Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and rock statement sunglasses this fall! Sunnies are such a fun way to add personality and glam to your look. Urban Outfitters always has the best selection of unique, trendy, and well made sunglasses. Definitely check out UO if you’re in the market for new shades.

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The 90’s style resurgence has me over the moon. I am seriously crushing on chokers this season! Not only are they adorable but they are affordable. Available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. 

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Dusty rose is the color of the season and I couldn’t be happier about it! I decided to incorporate this color into my outfit by sporting this hue of pink in a structured handbag. I love how this muted tone adds a pop of color in a subtle, understated, and sophisticated way.

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Bold lips have always been a staple in my makeup routine. Fortunately for me, this fall it’s all about the dark, vampy lip colors! I’ve tried a multitude of different lipstick brands and I always go back to MAC cosmetics; they make my all time favorite dark lipsticks. Not only are they long-lasting but they are incredibly pigmented and glide on smooth and velvety.

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Whilst scrolling on Zara I came across these suede over the knee boots and it was love at first sight…I bought them immediately. These shoes look adorable with mini skirts, dresses, and jeans. Slip these boots on to make any outfit look fancy and luxuroious! I can’t wait to wear these shoes all season long.

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Floppy hats are a trend that I personally love so much. The delicate felt adds a sweet and feminine touch to your look. This soft caramel colored hat screams fall in the best way! My Grandman Marilyn always rocked a hat, so whenever I wear one I think of her!

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What trends are you obsessing over this season? Tweet me and let me know @lexieslifeblog or tag me in your #ootd picture on Instagram @lexieslifexo!

xo, Lexie