Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Few Things

Hi loves! Here are a few of the things I have had my eye on lately. I just ordered this towel from Design Darling, and think that it will be the perfect accessory for an end of Summer picnic or afternoon in the park. In addition, I have been wanting to stock up on a few Summer essentials like these shorts and a beach coverup while they are still in stores. Don't forget to check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - it ends on August 3. I recently received this and that in the mail after ordering through the sale last week and absolutely love them! xx

P.S. You can shop more of my favorite's by clicking on the "Shop" tab at the top of my homepage, or by looking through my "Bright Buys" section over to the right side of my page.

Shop this post below:

Disable your ad blocking software to view this content.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bright City Bruschetta

 One of my family's favorite things to do, especially in the Summer, is entertain. Recently, I was cooking a meal that was taking a bit longer than originally planned (crockpot problems). I decided to make a quick appetizer to hold us over until it was finished by mixing ingredients we already had in our kitchen. The end result: my own little version of bruschetta. I made a batch for my family while at home and wanted to share it with all of you - I hope you will enjoy! The full recipe is included below. xx

French or sour dough bread
1/2 Avocado
1/2 Tomato
Olive Oil
Lime Juice
Makes 8, serves 3-4

Slice the bread into thick pieces and place in the toaster (if desired). Cut up the avocado, tomato and cilantro. Mix together and place on top of the bread. Add a squeeze of lime juice on top of each piece  of bread and an olive oil drizzle. I also like to add a bit of feta cheese if I have some in the kitchen. Eat up and enjoy - cheers!

Shop the post:


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Tunic: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Hat: Personalized from Me to You via Groopdealz (love this one) | Bracelet: Gold and Gray | Bikini Top: Kushcush via Shopbop (similar option) | Flip Flops: Tory Burch

Since arriving home in Connecticut, I have pretty much lived in my swimsuit, sandals and coverup. We took these pictures on Sunday morning when heading to the beach for the day and was especially excited about wearing my big sunhat. I love how much coverage it gives from the sun and the monogram is added fun! In addition, how cute is this Gold and Gray tassel bracelet? I purchased a few for my mom and have been borrowing them every day I have been here - they are the perfect Summer accessory. It has been so nice spend time with my family over the past few days, and I feel so lucky to have been able to. Today is my last day at home and I will catch up with you when I return to Chicago. Have a wonderful Tuesday! xx

Shop the post and similar items below:


Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Friday!

Hi my love's, I wanted to wish you a happy Friday and share some of my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale begins today and lasts through August 3rd. Now is the perfect time to stock up on a few of the things you have had your eye on - even better, the sale includes new and exclusive items for Fall! How lucky are we? With the chilly Chicago winters, I know that these boots will be put to more than good use, and this sweater is a dream - I can't wait to receive them! You can shop all of my favorite picks below. Have a wonderful weekend! xx


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crop Top

Crop Top: Ann Taylor Loft | Skirt: Nordstrom | Sandals: DSW (similar here) | Necklace: Gorjana via Shopbop (similar here)

This past Sunday I spent my afternoon downtown on the Gold Coast - the town homes and little streets are truly a dream! It had been a rainy past few days, but Sunday proved to be perfect! I decided to wear a flowy skirt I recently found at Nordstrom (don't forget that their Anniversary sale starts tomorrow - I will be sharing my top picks with you tomorrow!) with a little crop top from Ann Taylor Loft. This skirt does not have an overwhelming amount of fabric and I love how light and airy it is. When putting the top and skirt together they seemed like the perfect match! I took a super early flight to New York this morning in order to get extra time with my family - I think that a little nap on the beach this afternoon will be worked into today's plan. xx

Shop the post and similar items below:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Packing List


Hat: J.Crew | Toiletry Bag and Wallet: Kate Spade | Sandals: Tory Burch | Denim Shorts: Joe's Jeans (similar here, love these) | Nail Polish: Essie | Lipstick: YSL | Striped Top: Saint James (similar here)

When packing in the Summer, I like to include light layers, then mix and match them throughout my trip with different basics I bring. It is important for me to pack light, as I am not the most coordinated individual when it comes to carrying bags through the airport. My toiletry bag from Kate Spade is a consistent companion of mine as it fits all of my lotions and potions - I have linked another option below. In addition, I can't forget denim cut offs, stripes of some kind, a sunhat and bright beauty products! When flying on the plane, I make sure to bring a bigger tote bag in order to keep my main essentials and valuables with me at all times. When it can double as a handbag and beach bag during my trip like this one, it is even better! What are some of your Summer packing list must-have's? I am flying home to Connecticut on Thursday to spend time with my family at the beach - you can follow along on my Instagram for an extra peek at my trip back East! xx

Shop more of my packing list below:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bright City Lately

In between blog posts, I like to share little snippets on Instagram (@lexrest) of inspirations I find throughout my day or outfits I put together. You can now shop my outfits and favorite products that I post via Instagram, by signing up for LIKEtoKNOW:IT, follow the link here. Not everything from my social media always makes it onto the blog, so I thought that I would share some of those pictures below with links on where to purchase.

  Running errands around the city in my crochet shorts and new straw bag!

A casual evening spent with bows on my toes, a pink sweater (currently have my eye on this one) and trusty white denim.

little romper that perfectly pairs with my favorite gold accessories and sandals.

A morning cappuccino with a side of sunnies and the cutest little wallet (currently crushing on this!)

Have a wonderful Monday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Few Things

Bikini Top: Topshop | Scalloped Shorts: Topshop | Beach Spray: Bobbi Brown | Earrings: C. Wonder | Backpack: Tory Burch (also love this one) | Hat: Tory Burch | Clutch: Anthropologie | Top: J.Crew

With Summer officially here and vacation season in full swing, here are a few of the things I am currently adoring. Scallops, tassels and gold are three major trends I am loving! In addition, I am feeling a mix of both classic and boho style for the Summer season. I am heading home to Connecticut at the end of next week to spend time with my family at the beach and this collage is definitely giving me inspiration for my packing list! Which item from above are you lusting over the most? xx

Shop the post below:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blue Hues

Romper: LOFT | Sandals: Zara (similar here) | Bracelets: J.Crew and Waiting on Martha | Bag: Louis Vuitton (also love this one)

This past weekend, I spent time exploring the city, barbecuing with friends and enjoying the lakefront. I originally purchased this little romper from Ann Taylor LOFT for my trip to Washington D.C. and it was perfect for the hot and sunny days spent with my family there. Since then, it has proven to be my go-to outfit for both travel and casual. I love the different hues of blue and the light linen fabric is so comfy! A few gold details and my Zara sandals, helped to make it an easy and breezy look for the holiday weekend. xx

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bathing Beauty

Beach Towel: Lilly Pulitzer (similar here) | Hat: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | SPF Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier | Perfume and Lip Gloss: Michael Kors | Polish: Essie - Lollipop

 With a busy holiday weekend ahead, there are a few items that I know I will want to have with me in my bag. A colorfully striped beach towel, foundation with SPF, sunnies, and especially products like this (not pictured) will be worked into my daily routine. In addition, I recently stumbled across this adorable little perfume and lip gloss combo while at Ulta Beauty. It is perfect for a weekend, spent on the go! I love the scent and the shimmery, neutral color of the gloss - I highly recommend it :) Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend my love's, sun kisses!

Shop the post below:


Tuesday, July 1, 2014



Top: J.Crew Factory | Gold Bangles: J.Crew (30% off with code "JULY") | Shorts and Belt: Joe's Jeans | Wedges: Audrey Brooke via DSW (similar here) | Headband: J.Crew | Bag: Longchamp

I can't believe that July 4th is almost here! The past few weeks seem to have flown by. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays, as it is celebrated across the country and a fun way to ring in the Summer season. I think that this outfit will be perfect for day or night. A glittery headband and red polish add a festive ending touch! xx
Blogger Template by pipdig