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.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Homemade 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!

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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

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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

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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

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
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