Dressing for Summer

INSTAGRAM ROUND-UP: LATE SUMMER

The Steele Maiden Instagram Round-Up: Outfits, Accessories and Interiors

Reunited and it feels sooooo good! After 6 long days, countless stops in to Dr. Brendan’s (the East Village magicians/Mac doctors that diagnosed, tried, tried, tried again, and finally repaired), my laptop is safely back in my arms. With every single piece of my original data and running faster than it has since 2009. I swear if you are in New York you are wasting your time/money at the Apple Genius Bar. See my friends at Dr B’s instead (not sponsored, I’m just truly an enthusiastic customer).

Regardless, it cost me a week’s worth of posts here on the blog and I have lots to share – so I’m starting tonight with a quick little Instagram round-up from some of my favorite outfits, accessories and interiors from the past week or so. Details below and be sure to tune in this week as I bring you 5 consecutive days (I promise!) of fun new content.

LOOK 1: The coziest nook of our bedroom

LOOK 2: An easy weekend look

LOOK 3: From where I stand

LOOK 4: Dockside essentials

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SOHO IN SUMMER: LOU & GREY CHAMBRAY CUTOUT DRESS

Soho, NYC: Lou & Grey Chambray Cutout Dress and Marc Fisher Platforms

Dressing for summer in New York City poses a particular set of challenges. You want to look put together enough for meetings at the office, brunch downtown, rooftop drinks and the general level of chic that this city demands (and deserves).. but at the same time. It’s hot. Like 100% humidity, elbow to elbow with sweaty strangers enduring a subway train breeze, radiating from the pavement you stand on… hot. This chambray cutout dress from Lou & Grey is definitely up to the challenge.

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THE HAMPTONS: RUFFLE OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS AND FLORAL CROWN

The Hamptons: wearing Design History off the shoulder ruffle dress and floral crown

Happy August! After spending last weekend/week sick in bed – I was more than looking forward to this weekend. Aside from a gorgeous wedding Friday night, Adam and I were up bright and early Saturday morning to head to the Hamptons for the first time. Verdict? I finally get what all the fuss is about.

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RETRO-INSPIRED: OFF THE SHOULDER TOP AND CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

Retro-Inspired Off the Shoulder Top and Cat-eye Sunglasses

Ahhh.. hello again old friends. I didn’t plan to take the last few days off but a sinus infection turned kidney infection had other plans for me and today is the first day I’ve seen beyond my bedside table since Friday afternoon. It’s been a rough one I tell ya. Luckily, I had snapped these photos last week when I was feeling all la dee da about life. The good old days.

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VISITING OCEAN CITY, NJ: BEACH WEEKEND STYLE

Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt

This past weekend Adam and I spent a few days visiting Ocean City, NJ (where my Uncle has the cutest little beach house and generously let us have the place to ourselves). There was a lot of front porch sitting and beach lounging peppered with bike rides, ice cream runs and outdoor showers. I packed just a handful of things – mainly a couple of good bathing suits (this scalloped one piece is hands down my new favorite), white denim shorts, a light shirt jacket, and a pretty new dress to mix and match as needed.

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Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt Beach Weekend Style: Scallop Black One Piece Bathing Suit, Straw Hat and Cargo Shirt Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt

Aside from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale – I don’t do much shopping between now and Fall unless they are pieces that I can wear now when it’s sweltering and also later when the air turns crisp. This marigold midi dress is great against a tan and paired naturally with cognac accessories and cat-eye shades for a Sunday morning bike ride. But how good will this be with ankle boots and a chunky cable knit sweater? Or a suede moto jacket and heels? Not that I’m wishing summer away any time soon…

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Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt Beach Weekend Style: Loft Marigold Floral Midi Skirt

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