Fire Island 2017


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Vacations can be hard to take, especially when you’re a young college student who’s summer job hasn’t started yet. Planning a vacation around everyone else’s schedules makes things even harder. Enter the staycation, a term we’ve all become familiar with by now. Vacationing in your own local vicinity. It’s (more) affordable and easy to plan, and a decent substitute when jetting off somewhere just isn’t possible.

It’s hard to believe that a week ago, I was sitting on the beach in Fire Island. All there was to worry about was tanning evenly and listening to good music. No cars, no parents, no responsibilities, no worries.  The ultimate staycation.

Here’s a little look into last week’s staycation on Fire Island!

Wednesday, May 31

The four of us gathered at Torie’s house so we could drive to the ferry, a quick half-hour trip. It was Torie, Dani, Lauren and I. We shoved duffle bags and coolers into the trunk and drove off to catch our early evening ferry.

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Of course the trip started with us packed into a car! From left to right: Torie, me, Lauren and Dani

I used to get boat sick when I was younger, but thankfully, that’s no longer the case. The ferry has become one of the best parts of the trip to Fire Island. I love the view of the ocean, the smell of the salt water, the feel of the breeze. It’s so relaxing and really gets you in the mood to relax on the beach. Plus, it’s the perfect place for the first photoshoot of the getaway!

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A shot of Dani and I on the ferry

We finally set foot on Fire Island around 6:30 or so, so we had missed out on the beach for the day. It can get pretty cold at night, so we went to the house (borrowed from a family friend of Dani’s who only goes on the weekends), unpacked, and ate dinner on the deck. We had a fantastic view of the sunset.

We finished off our night with a walk around the neighborhood. We usually walk into town, but this time around, we walked the opposite direction, choosing our turns randomly. We ended up at the beach for a late-night chat. When we were tired, we went back to the house and cuddled up for the night.

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My outfit of the day! Top: Mossimo; Jeans: Old Navy; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Headband: Target

Thursday, June 1

Dani is an early riser. I, on the other hand, am not. But, she insisted we get up early and take a walk, so Torie, Lauren and I obliged. We walked through town to discover yet another part of the neighborhood. On our walk, we found a school that we didn’t know existed. This gave us a new task: find a Fire Island local. We had so many questions about their lives in the off-seasons, but we couldn’t seem to find any answers. We asked every store employee we ran into if they were a year-rounder or not, and even though none of them were, we were able to answer some of our questions.

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Naturally our walk included a photoshoot! From left to right: Torie, Lauren and I

We found this great market, The Pantry, that we had never been to before, and were thrilled to get our hands on some iced coffee. We continued walking through town, this time stopping to enjoy some local art and scenery.

 

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Torie and I loving life… and our iced coffee! Yes, that says “life,” Torie’s just covering the l.

 

Then, it was finally time for the beach. We changed into our bathing suits, packed our beach bags, and walked the short walk to the beach. Before long, I was laying under the sun, listening to the waves crash. The sun was strong and the water was cold, so it was the perfect balance. Before long, we were met by Dani’s friend, Rachel, who joined us for sunbathing and photoshoots.

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Love my friends and this picture! From left to right: Lauren, Dani, Torie and I
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The cold water couldn’t keep me away! Bathing suit: Clean Water; Top: American Eagle; Sunglasses: Tilly’s; Hat: Powerfect
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A peek at the back of my suit while cuddling Dani

After the beach, we went back to the house to clean up for our one fancy dinner out. We all wanted to look trendy and fashionable, like one should when on vacation with their fabulous friends. We walked through town, trying to find a place to eat and to learn more about the locals. And, of course, we stopped for more photos.

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A shot of the five of us captured by a lovely lady who stopped for us. From left to right: Rachel, me, Dani, Torie and Lauren
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My outfit for the night. Romper: Xhilaration; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Wristlet: Kenneth Cole Reaction; Sunglasses: Tilly’s
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Had to stop for a (fabulous) snapshot of Lauren and I!

We ultimately decided on a restaurant called the Island Mermaid, where we met the owner and were challenged to find a grammar mistake in his writing. (Please, do not get me started on this, because I found so many that Torie confiscated the articles from me). We sat outside, which meant an awesome view, and just enjoyed each other’s company. Oh, and the food! It was such a great night, if you ask me.

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The sunset view from our table was stunning!
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The only thing that could beat our sunset view was my view! From left to right: Torie, Rachel, Dani and Lauren
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My delicious meal, called the Gourmet Burger (no bun!), which was served with a mixed green salad and garlic mashed potatoes

After dinner, we walked further into town to go into my usual Fire Island ice cream shop, Scoops. Once we were all served, we headed back to the house, where we played some games (how many Target departments can you name without repeats?) and talked until it was time for bed.

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LOVE Scoop’s Birthday Cake ice cream!

Friday, June 2

We woke up early on our last morning so we could enjoy it as much as possible. We tidied up the house so it would be ready for the owners that afternoon, and then got to the beach to repeat the previous day’s routine.

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Dani and I wearing “The Bathing Suit,” as we refer to it.
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Seriously, keeping me out of the water is a difficult feat.
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Dani couldn’t resist a selfie of her two worlds colliding! From left to right: (front) Dani; (back) Lauren, Rachel, Torie and I

When we got back to the house, we packed our stuff and finally got to meet the incredible woman who lets us borrow her house when she’s not there. Dani and Rachel were staying an extra night, so Torie, Lauren and I grabbed our bags, said our goodbyes, and headed for the ferry… where we waited an hour and a half because we misread the schedule.

Grey storm clouds hung over us as we boarded the ferry. We were leaving our vacation behind. It had been relaxing, fun and memorable, with lots of laughs and new catchphrases (right, “LAAAADIES?”). But, of course, I couldn’t miss out on one last photoshoot opportunity.

 

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Torie took this after much convincing. Bathing suit: Merona; Top: American Eagle; Pants: H&M; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Sunglasses: Tilly’s

 

It’s only been a week and I’m already ready to go back. I miss the sun and the sand and the sea… and it doesn’t help that the weather these days has been iffy. But until I go back, I’ve got some other things to plan for, like Camp St. Paul in just two weeks! Well, I guess I’ll see you next summer, Fire Island.

xx,

Toni

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Back to School: Look #1: Beachy Hoodie


Hey all! Hope everyone’s been having a great summer! It’s officially August, which means it’s officially time for me to start thinking about Back to School! I start my senior year of high school in September, so this year’s back to school looks are super important to me. Hope you guys like this first idea as much as I do!

Beachy Hoodie

This year, I’m trying to achieve a more bohemian and effortless look, so I’ve been looking at a lot of beachy/surf pieces. I just got this hoodie from Tilly’s and think it’s perfect! It’s cream, loose and super soft and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s completely functional, with a center pocket and a hood, and also a little femme with some crochet details. The top also laces up in true beach hoodie fashion. It definitely fits the look I’m trying to achieve! If you’re looking for something with a bit more color, look for something in a light pastel shade, like mint or peach, to keep the look beachy.

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Denim Shorts

To keep my ensemble looking cool and effortless, I’m just going to pair my hoodie with a pair of simple denim shorts. I want to be comfortable and still look effortlessly cool, but I don’t want to steal attention away from my cute hoodie, so I’m just going to stick with a simple medium rinse. If you decide to go for a darker rinse, watch out for shorts died with ink, because the ink can run and stain your shirt! Follow the care instructions for those shorts and wear them with your hoodie (if you’re still comfortable) when the excess ink has washed out after a few washes.

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Shoes

For this outfit, I’d just keep to a pair of simple Converse high tops. I usually stick with plain black, but if you’re feeling daring, try out a patterned pair!

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Accessories

For this outfit, I’d like to keep the accessories minimal, but still bohemian. I think this outfit is best suited for gold jewelry, so I’d stick to some gold stud earrings, a short gold pendant necklace and some homemade friendship bracelets. Since it’s back to school, I’d probably also use a big bag to store a notebook, a folder and some writing utensils. The bag that I would use is from Forever 21, and is roomy but adds a little bit of glam to my outfit. If I don’t use this bag, it’s probably because I found a backpack that I don’t mind schlepping around on the first day!

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If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Full Tilt Crochet Trim Womens Hoodie, $22.99 at Tilly’s

Zine Sandy Neon Mint Pullover Hoodie, $24.99 at Zumiez

Junior’s Mid Length Denim Short in Denim Blue, $13.98 at Target

High-Waisted Medium Wash Destroyed Denim Shorty Shorts, $12.00 at Aéropostale

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappo’s

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tribal Photo Hi, $65.00 at Zappo’s

Safari Stud Set, $2.80 at Forever 21

Mixed Chain Necklace in Gold, $2.80 at Forever 21

Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in Tan, $27.80 at Forever 21

 

 

Summer Style: My Summer Must Haves


Hey guys, sorry I’ve been missing for a while, but here’s some good news: School’s officially over for me, which means more blog posts! *cue the applause* Since today is my first real day of summer, I thought I’d share some of my summer essentials with you guys, like some trends that I absolutely love and some classics that I can’t do without. Let’s get started!

Maxi Dress

If you read my Back to School Style articles from the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year, you know that I looooooooove a good maxi dress. They’re cute, fun and flattering, but also comfy and easy to throw on if you’ve only got a few minutes to get ready. Maxi dresses can take you from running errands to a froyo date with a quick switch of accessories and ‘do update. I personally like maxi dresses better than skirts because dresses can easily be transformed into skirts with a quick fold and a belt (like I did here). I like my maxis to hit the middle of the top of my foot so that I’m not tripping on them but they still appear long. I love how they don’t swallow up my tiny body (I’m only five foot!), but make me look taller instead. If yours is too long, take the time to get it hemmed. Believe me, it’s worth it! Just a little tip: Get your maxi hemmed in the shoes that you’re most likely to wear it with, so that it’s the right length for that type of shoe!

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Ruffled Bathing Suits
What’s summer without a couple of cute bathing suits? Strategically placed ruffles on a bathing suit can help you play up your assets and keep things fun. As a curvy girl, I use flirty and fun ruffles to accentuate my waist and bust and to hide trouble spots like my belly. In a summery hue like bright orange or a floral pattern, they’re just perfect for a beach outing or a pool party! Don’t forget the floppy hat and the chic sunglasses!
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ruffle bathing suit bottom
ruffle monokini

Pineapple Prints
This trend is probably one of my favorites right now. I’m a fan of the tropics and clothes in this fruity pattern bring me (almost) the same feeling as a trip to the Mediterranean for a fraction of the cost. Pineapples are cute, fun and eye catching, but can be worked in with neutrals so they become the center piece. The best thing about the pattern? You can find just about anything in it: shorts, bikini, crop top, dress, you name it! Find something that fits into the wardrobe you already have so you’re bringing a piece of vacation and the beach home with you!

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pineapple bikini
pineapple skirt

Patterned Pants
I’ve finally done it guys! Today, I bought two pairs of patterned pants. Although the two are completely different styles, I’m excited to be adding them to my neutral tops. They’re easy to throw on and cute with a crop top, and often inexpensive. They’re comfortable and perfect for throwing over a bathing suit or for a night out with the girls. I’ll be wearing them next week at a four day workshop at F.I.T. in Manhattan!

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So there are my summer must haves (so far)! Hopefully you’ll be seeing plenty of #OOTD with these trends in them, as well as my haul from today. And now it’s time for your feedback! Tell me about your favorite summer trends for this year or send me a pic of you rocking one of mine! Talk to me in the comments below or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr: tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com and my Instagram @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Tie-Dye Flounce Maxi Dress, $32.99 at Charlotte Russe (online only)

Tropical Floral Maxi Dress, $27.80 at Forever 21

Belted Tube Maxi Dress in Burgundy, $29.90 at Wet Seal

Junior’s Ruffle Bandeau Swim Top -Floral Print, $17.99, and Junior’s Hipster Swim Bottom -Floral Print, $14.99 at Target

SO Bandeaukini Top in Blue Violet, $15.99, and SO Solid Ruffle Skirtini Bottom in Hot Fuchsia, $15.99 (online only) at Kohl’s

Rampage Floral Monokini, $19.99 at Wet Seal

Pineapple Crop Tank, $9.75 at Aeropostale

Pineapple Swim Top, $18.90, and Pineapple Swim Bottom, $15.90 at Wet Seal

Pineapple In Paradise Skirt in White, $30.00 at Go Jane

Pants Loose Fit in Black/Patterned, $17.95 at H&M

Reflections Lounge Pants, $22.99 at Pink Ice

Pleat Flower Cigarette Trousers, $40.00 at Topshop