Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone has the day off and is relaxing a bit. 

On that note, my blogger gals and I were chatting last week about how were are all a bit overwhelmed recently with school and blogging and the "pressure" to post on social media constantly. I'm not saying we don't love what we do, but at times it's a lot. We created this "bloggers go unplugged" week as a time where bloggers don't have to feel pressured to post anything and take a break to refresh. Sometimes it's hard to create the best and most unique content when we're up all night studying for that test the next day. So, for this week my posting will be pretty sporadic, I will probably post twice this week (one day during the week and friday), but if you would like, feel free to read my archives! Other bloggers like Citrus & StyleThe Blonde PrepPopcosmo, and Preptista are also participating in this "refresh week".

Have you ever taken week off from blogging/ Felt "pressured" to blog every day?
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Happy Weekend + Links / Labor Day Sales

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Happy Weekend folks! Was it just me or was this week the longest one ever? I swear it was Friday on Tuesday...that's when you know you're headed for a tough week. Thankfully, I have a little more time this weekend to recover, because it's labor day weekend! This does not mean you can put away your white now, winter white is the best! Well....for me winter is a long way off (it's still very very very hot), so shorts and tank tops for me it is! Another great thing about labor day, is all of the labor day sales! I've compiled a list of my favorite sales for the weekend, so be sure not to miss out on these great deals!  It's perfect because now you don't have to scroll through tons of pages, I've pre-shopped it for you and picked out all of the good deals and stylish picks! Enjoy your long weekend! 

Anthropologie: Enjoy an extra 20% off of all sale items! This offer ends 9/1, so shop fast! 
Furbish Studio: Get 20% off of everything with the code ENDOFSUMMER starting today and ending Monday! 
J.Crew: Get 40% off of final sale and free shipping on all orders this weekend! 
Sole Society : Select styles are up to 70% off! 
Tibi: Get 20% off select styles with code HELLOFALL
Waiting on Martha: Get 20% off of everything with the code SOLONGSUMMER from now until friday.


Photos from the Vineyard

 Anyone else collect wampum?

Sunset @ the Edgartown harbor.
 New England Charm 
Ahh summer, how I miss you. 
Farmer's market flowers ;)
Sunset @ Menemsha is one of those must-do things
One of my favorite houses in Edgartown.

I know it's a bit overdue, but here are finally some of the shots from my time in the Vineyard! It's basically my second home and I've been going there ever since I was little, but it never gets old. I know that place like the back of my hand and I look forward to it every summer. Driving out to Aquinnah for the day, fried mac & cheese at the bite, and large iced coffees at Behind the Bookstore coffee; This is what I think of for the perfect summer vacation. It's always funny how the island is almost the same as how I left it the previous summer, except every year stores shuffle around. It's always a little puzzling to walk around the first day there and be "oh C.B. Stark moved up there? Vineyard Vines expanded? Wait, where did Nell go?". I could probably ramble on and on for hours about this little island, but that's  rude. I'll just show you the island through my photographs. ;) I'm sorry I don't have a ton of pictures as this summer I set down my camera for a while (after being photography-intensive for two weeks) and mainly used my iphone for snapping photos, which is sort of nice every one and a while. I hope you enjoy my photos and an island guide is coming soon!

Have you ever been to the Vineyard? Let's chat below!
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{a chat with}: Sydney Carver

 meet Sydney 
what a stylish gal

You guys know Sydney, right? If not, here's the perfect opportunity to "virtually meet" her. Sydney is the blogger behind the very successful blog, Summer Wind. I've been a follower for quite some time and I get excited every time there's a new post. If you're just now meeting Sydney, I recommend that you spend some time stalking   scrolling through her Instagram (spoiler alert: it's perfect). I hope you enjoy this weeks interview and scroll down below to see Sydney on social media!


What three words best describe your style?
Timeless & Classic with a touch of preppy

You're so fit! Do you have a exercise routine/diet that you stick to?
Ha!! Thank you! The reason I laugh a little is because while I wish I could say I have an amazing workout routing or eat really healthily, I do not.  I used to workout a ton in high school and college... once I graduated, it moved down on my priority list. I love the way it makes me feel and look but between a full time job, blogging and a family/social life, it doesn't leave too much time! As for eating, I am pretty healthy eater in general. During the week I try to avoid carbs but am not at all strict about it.

Is there anything you wish you could tell your high school self about college and the professional world?
I was SO nervous about moving 'far away' for school and just college in general. I wish I could tell myself to chill out because I couldn't have asked for a better 4 years!  

What's your typical blogging routine?
I blog Monday-Friday... so at minimum I'll do 5 posts a week but some days I'll double post if I have the time and then I'll even throw a weekend post in at least once a month, if I can find the time! As for writing posts, I try to get at least 5 written and scheduled during weekends, but with my work schedule, that sometimes doesn't happen and I'll find myself up at midnight the night before drafting a post! 

I love your Instagram! What apps/filters do you use to edit your photos?
Thank you, thank you!! I pretty much use VSCO cam exclusively to edit my photos. I almost only post photos that were taking in the day time because I'm big on natural light. I'm super into photography, but don't really have 'the eye' for it-- I'm continually reading blogs and watching YouTube videos on how to improve, though!  

What is one brand/designer that you love to splurge on?
For shoes it is most definitely Ralph Lauren collection. They are beautiful and so well made and I've never owned an uncomfortable pair... even their highest heels and pointiest toes feel good on my feet!  

If you could travel to anyplace right now, where would you go?
Definitely Greece or Saint Tropez, France to sunbathe and then I'd love to hop over to Gstaad or St. Moritz, Switzerland to ski. 

What is the most important thing you've learned about blogging since starting Summer Wind?
I think the most important thing is to stay true to yourself and stay genuine. It's hard to come up with new content, especially after over 5 years of blogging and jumping on the next trend or bandwagon is easy-- but instead, I would like to think I stay pretty true to who I am! 
See more of Sydney on....
instagram  // tumblr // Pinterest  // facebook // twitter
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If there's anyone you want to see interviewed on {a chat with}, let me know in the comments below!


Happy Weekend + Links


It's Friday [finally] and I could not be happier. I am sort of getting back into the routine for school and everything...so transition period it is. It's been a long time since I've had this feature on the blog as my summer was hectic and I filled up the blog with travel recaps! Here are some things that piqued my interest this week or things I found funny, enjoy!

- Nicole Richie's new "reality show", Candidly Nicole is my new favorite thing. I can't tell if it's scripted or real, but I do know it's hilarious. Watch Nicole tackle the Who What Wear offices and then see her buy dozens of organic eggs to impress a mothers group in LA. If you have some free time, I recommend you watch. 

- Kate Mckinnon was nominated for an Emmy, so let's celebrate her comedic genius by watching some #bestof clips. My favorite is her Angela Merkel impression, what about you?

- I [and I think the rest of the world] are thoroughly impressed with Vogue's #instagirls cover. I am definitely part of the movement to put models back on the covers of fashion magazines. I can't wait to get my copy!

-Even though I am anticipating the arrival of fall, I'm still living the lat bits of summer in this Triangl bikini (thanks Triangl!). If you have a weekend trip coming up, order one and prepare to be amazed. And if the cooler temps are already there, order it for next season. You can never be too early.

- After being away from Pinterest so long this summer during my travels, I'm back at it! Can I add "managing pinterest account" to my resume?

- You probably know that {a chat with} is my favorite series on the blog. I love interviewing new people and making contacts in this industry. I've been picking all of the interviewees lately, so I'd like your input. Is there someone you think should be interviewed on {a chat with}? Let me know in the comments below and I'll do my best!

- I know I'm late to the game, but new favorite street style blog.

- Sale alert: J.Crew is offering 25% off of selected styles with code SHOPNOW. 

- So apparantly a photographer from Style.com was in Martha's Vineyard the same time I was {judging on the photos}. Scroll through the photos here. #wishiwasphotographed

-If you haven't seen it yet, I am glad to show you the best pregnancy announcement [ever]. #iloveyouevachen

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