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Button Down: H&M | Shorts: ? | Tote: kate spade new york c/o | Sandals: Pedro Garcia | Hat: J Crew | Watch: Caravelle New York
 This past weekend, Keith and I stayed back in the city, with a little day escape to my old hood, Rockaway Beach. My father still lives there (my mother recently moved to Brooklyn), so when we go, we pile ourselves and our two dogs into the car and spend the day BBQing and relaxing near the ocean. It’s close by, but seriously feels like a mini vacation. As much as hopping on a plane for a real vacation is preferred, since that can’t always happen, we try to get creative with monthly staycations.
For my outfit: an easy white button down (as always), light weight shorts and my roomy kate spade new york Francis tote, which will definitely serve as my summer “it” bag this year. Being that I leave my house for the entire day, I always pack some essentials:
Staycation Essentials: 
*Large beach towel, typically something bright and cheery.
*My favorite Panama Hat: gotta prevent premature aging as much as I can! Something I’m even more crazy about now that I’m in my 30’s.
*Magazines: gave my fashion magazines a little break and opted for an issue of Clean Eating. Trying to get inspired with some summer recipes, incorporating as much fresh fish and veggies as we can. Since we’re now able to grill outside, it makes it so much easier to eat clean. If you guys have some favorite recipes, please share!
*Flip Flops: The few times I’ve worn flip flops around the city, I’ve come home with some dirty feet (gross, I know), so I really prefer not to. When I’m heading out to the beach, I’ll usually wear sandals and bring my favorite flip flops with me.
And of course, plenty of sunblock, headphones and some lip balm with SPF in it.
Lastly, for something a little more glamorous than a staycation, kate spade new york is giving away a dream vacation to Rio.  
*the Francis tote is exclusive to the kate spade new york store at 17 newtown in East Hampton, NY, but you can also get it online here.
Photos by Keith Hodne
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xo,
Helena
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Pretty Little Liars Dress

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Playing in my own backyard, is where today’s outfit post of the day takes place. This cute little summer dress was designed by Mandi Line (Pretty Little Liars’ costume designer) for Aeropostale. This dress in particular was thought with Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) in mind. I love the chambray print and design. Too cute (and comfortable!!) I dressed it down with some lo-top white converse. For fun, I piled on the jewelry.

Happy Tuesday!

Thank you for all your comments! 🙂

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AEROPOSTALE X PRETTY LITTLE LIARS DRESS

RAY BAN WAYFARER SUNGLASSES

CONVERSE ALL STAR SNEAKERS

ERIN WASSON “LOW LUV” SILVER CUFF

ONE NAME NECKLACE IN GOLD

BAG c/o FREE ENDEARMENT

MAYBELLINE LIPSTICK

NAILS BY O.P.I.

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Secret Garden

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Wore this to the flea market last weekend. It was a wonderful day with a bit of a breeze and plenty of sunlight. I have been wanting to wear these shorts for the longest time, but nothing seemed right with them. Until now. The splash of tangerine and mint sandals seemed to work seamlessly well. (I can almost see Marissa Cooper from The OC in this, no?) Then, I spotted this empty area, full of beautiful green foliage. I told my husband, let’s shoot over there please? Luckily, he happily obliged. I think part of fashion blogging has become as much about “the location” as it is about “the outfit” … a sometimes tough but fun challenge. Hope you like both today. 🙂

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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AEROPOSTALE TOP

CELINE SUNGLASSES

HERMES CUFF

VINTAGE NECKLACE

ZARA SHORTS

BRECKELLE SANDALS

NAILS BY O.P.I.

BALENCIAGA BAG

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Spring Simplicity

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Blazer: H&M | Gingham Shirt: J Crew (loved this striped version) | Jeans: Paige Denim (only available without zippers) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin So Kate + now available in red (!!!) | Handbag: Saint Laurent (no longer available, but similar here| Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Wishing everyone a great weekend! What do you guys have planned?

For me: on Saturday, I’ll be going + speaking at Beauty Con on the “Rise of Digital Influence” panel. In the event that any of you are interested in going, tickets are available here. I’m pretty excited to contribute and to see what the day is about since I’ve never been myself.

The rest of the weekend will be spent with Keith and our friends, celebrating birthdays and just hanging out, BBQing and sleeping in. Can’t wait!

xo,
Helena

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Walking in Wang

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Ok, so Alexander Wang, I’m a bit obsessed with your shoes. Hope that’s OK? 😉

OUTFIT 1

ZARA TRF Floral Jacket
ROUGE et NOIR Shredded T-Shirt
COVERGIRL Lipstick in Fairytale
POSHLOCKET Wrap Bracelet
DANIELLE NICOLE Mia Tote
CALVIN KLEIN Denim Shorts (vintage)
ALEXANDER WANG Wedge Sandals

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OUTFIT 2

MOTEL ROCKS! Scuba Dress
POSHLOCKET Wrap Bracelet
ESTELLE DÉVÉ Silver Rings
SHOP GOLDIE Leather Jacket
DANIELLE NICOLE Tote Bag
ALEXANDER WANG Sandals

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My Favorite Places in Paris

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Sweater: J Crew (25% off with code PACKME) | Skirt: J Crew | Handbag: Chanel Jumbo Caviar
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Jacket:  Current/Elliott (in navy & white here) | Tee: Current/Elliott | Bag: Givenchy | Sneakers: Nike Thea (other colors here) | Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James c/o (also in brown)
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photo-1View from our dinner at Brasserie Thoumieux {see below}
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Coffee at Telescope 
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Sweater & Skirt: J Crew | Sandals: Pedro Garcia (Can’t help but wear them a lot lately. They’re just so comfy!)
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The rooftop at Printemps
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photo-3The flagship Chanel store: 31 Rue Cambon
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Eclairs from L’Eclair de Genie 
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Sharing my last batch of photos from beautiful Paris! I went there with three girlfriends, where we rented an adorable apartment from Airbnb in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Saint Germain. We spent our days walking 8+ hours, going to museums and eating our way through each neighborhood. We were also lucky to have our Paris expert, Angie, on the trip with us. Because of her knowledge, we got to eat and drink at some of the best places. I wanted to share some of my favorites below:

Fish La Boissoniere: One of the best dinners of our trip! All the food was fresh, delicious and innovative, with a charming atmosphere without feeling too stuffy. The menu was all in French but our waitress was kind enough to break everything down for us in English. My friends and I all ordered different things to share and although all the dishes were delicious, the Hake was my favorite! Also, make sure you don’t skip dessert. We opted for the prefix menu and in my opinion, that was the way to go.

13-a Baker’s Dozen: This place is a true gem, tucked away in the back of a charming courtyard. We came here for breakfast one morning and the owner, Laurel, welcomed us with her infenctious spirit. From behind the counter she asks “do you girls like asparagus in your omelet? pepper? tomatoes?” I felt like I was eating breakfast at a friends place topped with fresh biscuits and freshly made juice, located in the most wonderful setting.

Le 404: a Moroccan restaurant with the most fun atmosphere and beautiful decor. The food is delicious, with large portions (I recommend sharing!) and such a welcome change after having nothing but French food the days before.

Brasserie Thoumieux: Classic Parisian, bistro-like setting, located on of the most beautiful streets. Great French food with an interior and ambience to match.

Coffee: in general, I usually have a pretty hard time with the coffee in Paris. Whether I order a cappuccino or a long black, I feel it’s either too weak, too milky or I just didn’t love the taste. I’m not someone who needs a ton of caffeine in a day, but I definitely need (and really look forward to) that morning cup to wake me up. Out of all the places we went to, Telescope was by far my favorite. Not only was the shop adorable, but the coffee (and banana bread!) was on point. Highly recommend!

L’Eclair de Genie: aside from being the most beautiful eclairs you’ll ever see, they’re also the most delicious. Seriously! We were wondering if they taste as good as they look and truthfully, they probably taste better.

And there you have it! A few of my favorites. Thank you for following along!

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Photos of me by Keiko. The rest by me.

xo,
Helena