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 drunk 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 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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Winter Style: Holiday Party Look #2: Velvet Dress


Hey, everyone! Hope you’re all as excited for the holidays as I am, especially for the awesome outfit opportunities! Here’s a more posh, high fashion-y outfit for you all to try! Hope you like it!

Velvet Dress

Velvet is such a luxurious looking and feeling fabric, but it’s generally affordable, so it’s a great way to take an outfit to the next level. Look for a short dress in a stand-out color since it will be the focus of your ensemble.

grey velvet dress

blue velvet dress

Faux Leather Moto Jacket

To keep up the luxe look at a lower cost, pair the velvet dress with a simple, black faux leather moto jacket. The simplicity of the cut and style of the jacket will allow the velvet dress to take center stage, but the faux leather will make you look effortlessly cool and fun!

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faux leather moto jacket black

Shoes

To make this outfit more urban, fun and fashion-y, I would pair it with a pair of printed or brightly colored high top sneakers. They’re comfy and quirky, and add a bit of interest to your outfit!

floral high tops

coral high tops

Accessories

To finish up this outfit, I would add some popping accessories. I would start off with sheer black tights to keep your leg warms, and then a pair of black knee high socks scrunched down to just above your shoes for a fashion forward look. Feel free to substitute something more colorful or quirky for either, or to forgo one or both. I would then choose an eye-catching black and white headband and put my hair in a high bun so it can take center stage. I would also pair it with a pair of glitzy, dangling earrings in a neutral for a bit of dazzle and glamour. Lastly, I would pair the whole ensemble with a small, quirky wallet or clutch to add to the playful feel of the outfit.

black stockings

black knee highs

knit headwrap

houndstooth bow

rhinestone drop earrings

waterfall earrings

paris wallet

free wallet

Thanks for reading! 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, happy holidays! xx

In This Article:

Urban Renewal Remade Crushed Velvet Godet Dress in Grey, $79.00 at Urban Outfitters

Crush Hour Velvet Mesh Halter Dress in Navy, $16.83 at GoJane

Collarless Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $42.90 at Forever 21

Revolution Moto Jacket, $67.99 at Pink Ice

Sneakers in Black Floral, $14,95 at H&M

Pastry Sire Sneaker, $24.95 at DSW

Women’s Control Top Tights in Black, $10.50 at Old Navy (also included in my first holiday ensemble!)

Basically Amazing Socks in Black, $13.99 at Modcloth

Cozy Knitted Headwrap, $9.90 at Wet Seal

Wired-Bow Houndstooth Head Wrap, $5.99 at Charlotte Russe

Hematite Rhinestone and Black Diamond Crystal Teardrops Drop Earrings, $14.50 at Icing

Waterfall Reach Earrings, $7.40 at Urbanog

Paris Cityscape Hardcase Wallet, $12.00 at Claire’s

Free Flowers Accordion Wallet, $4 at Rue 21

Back to School: What Backpack Will You Be Rocking This Year?


Backpacks are probably one of the most important back to school supplies you could possibly get.  Except, I try to think of backpacks as more of fashion accessories instead of school supplies. Even though it has to be big enough for all of your binders and textbooks and functional with pockets and working zippers, but it can also be cute! Check out some of these cute bags that can be both.

Polka Dots

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love polka dots. They’re playful and cute, but can also be classy. And when they’re on an adorable tote bag or roomy backpack, what’s not to love? You can go for a super classic black and white look, or even a pretty colored pattern. What’s awesome about polka dots is that since it’s such a classic pattern, you can wear it in virtually any type of bag. Look for a type of bag and color of dots that you like.

black and white polka dot backpack

blue and white tote bag
Structured

If you want to look professional and still cool, look for a bag that’s a little bit more structured. It will probably have a more rigid frame and seem almost like a briefcase, but it will still be cool and functional. I like something that has a thick, rigid top handle. Look for something in a cool color or fabric to make sure the bag is more hallway appropriate than cubicle ready.

green structured bag

pink structured bag

Tote

A tote is a really cool way to get a different style backpack but still get the room. It’s also great if you’ve got back pains because it takes some pressure off your back. Totes in a leathery fabric are generally sturdier and longer lasting than a cotton or canvas material, but find something you feel is comfortable and functional for you. If you’re going for something with a leathery feel, look for something in a super cool and classic color like caramel or burgundy. If you want something with a cotton or canvas material, look for something in a playful color and pattern.

caramel tote

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striped tote bag

model face canvas tote
Crochet

Crochet is awesome because it can be girly and classy, but also bohemian and fun. My only issue with crochet is that it’s usually in an off white or beige color, which means it can easily be stained. I’m not the daintiest or most careful person, so choosing a beige crochet backpack probably wouldn’t be the best idea for me. But if you know that you can keep it clean, give it a shot! It’s an awesome look that’s something totally out of the norm. Carry around a Tide to Go stick or Shout wipes just in case you get a stain. If you’re into the crochet vibe but don’t think you should go for an all around look, try something with a crochet accent, like a pocket. You’ll still get the cute crochet look but with a higher chance of keeping your bag clean.

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floral and crochet backpack

 

Floral

The last bag that I want to feature is a floral bag. Floral can be done in so many ways, which is so cool. It comes in all different colors, and the flowers can be big or small. Also, you can find the bags in all different styles. They can be cute and sweet, fashionable and trendy or fierce and feisty. They let you bring a piece of the spring and summer to the hallway all year long. Look for something that makes you feel refreshed.
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tapestry floral backpack

 

So, now I’d like to hear your feedback. Which bag would you like to rock this year?

If anyone has any ideas for other back to school articles or decides to try one of these cool bags, 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:

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Black Polka Dot Backpack, $39.99 at Zumiez

Camp Director Tote in Day Camp, $41.99 at ModCloth

ASOS Contrast Boysy Backpack, $67.71 at ASOS

New Look XHatch Formal Backpack in Pink, $38.67 at ASOS

Anyplace of Business Tote, $48.99 at ModCloth

Handbag in Burgundy, $49.95 at H&M

Aero Athletics Logo Tote in Pop Coral, $20.00 at Aéropostale

Model Face Canvas Tote, $3.80 at Forever 21

T-shirt & Jeans Stella Crochet Trim Backpack, $39.99 at Tilly’s

Olivia Floral Crochet Backpack, $39.99 at Tilly’s

Women’s Floral Print Backpack Handbag in Black, $20.00 at Target

Mi Pac Floral Tapestry Backpack, $58.02 at ASOS

 

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!
ruffle bikini
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!

pineapple crop top
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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patterned pants 2
patterned pants 3

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Fashion: My New Autumn Obsessions


Hey, all! I’m so excited that’s it finally fall! Why? It’s officially sweater weather! Even though I like sweaters, however, that’s not all I’m excited for this autumn! Keep reading to check out my faves of fall!

Printed Leggings

I have to be honest, I’m not really a legging girl. But, as of yesterday, I have an obsession with quirky and cute patterned leggings! They can tell so much about your personality and can be so versatile. I love this pair of leggings with bones on them from Forever 21 because they’re in a neutral color. I would pair them with a brightly colored sweater or even a crop top and combat boots. I’m also a fan of colored tribal print leggings, because they’re trendy and versatile. I would pair them with a white crop top and black high-top Converse.

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colorful tribal leggings

Peplum Tops

I have always loved the peplum trend. (Click here to see an outfit I centered around a peplum top.) They’re cute and flirty, not to mention they cover your stomach if you’re self-conscious about it. What I really love this fall, though, is peplum shirts with a twist. Something in a classic print and silhouette, or something really daring with long sleeves that are perfect for when the weather cools down. When going for a classy look, like something with a collar and a buttoned front, I look for something in a cute print that keeps the top from getting too professional. Keep your outfit grounded with some ripped jeans and boat shoes. When it comes to a long-sleeved peplum top, however, I love to play it up with a deep autumn color like eggplant. It draws attention to that piece, but since the color is so dark, it can also serve as a neutral. Pair with leggings and combat boots for a casually cool look.

star peplum top

long sleeve peplum top

Colored Dresses and Skirts

I recently decided that my dress and skirt collections need a makeover. Sure, my dresses and skirts are cute, but they’re mostly drab and black, not to mention too fancy for school. Now, looking online, I’m seeing adorable printed and colorful dresses and skirts, and I am getting awfully excited. I want something that is school appropriate and party-worthy at the same time. Something like this dress from Forever 21, which boasts a sweet pink leopard print, is perfect for school when paired with sparkly flats and a blazer, but can also work for a party with a shimmery jacket and a pair of kitten heels. The A-line hem and high-cut neckline keep it modest and school appropriate, but leaves plenty of room for glamorous or sophisticated additions, like a bold cuff or slim belt. To go for a more edgy and fun look, try a dress with leather accents and a vibrant color, like teal or electric blue. To keep it from looking like you’re trying too hard, pair this kind of dress with a cute pair of sneakers and a cute headband. At night, keep it playful with a pair of wedges, lots of fun jewelry and a colorful chain-link bag. When it comes to skirts, keep the length appropriate if you’re going to be wearing it to school. You have to keep in mind that you’ll most likely be walking up and down stairs and carrying a heavy backpack, both of which can cause major wardrobe malfunctions. Something with a midi length and a bright, colorful pattern is perfect for school when paired with chic sneakers and a graphic tee. A high-waisted Aztec print skirt can be paired with a solid colored crop top, ankle boots and a wide brimmed hat for a hybrid bohemian/urban look. Make sure that, if it’s a bodycon skirt, it isn’t too tight! You want to be comfortable (yet adorable!) when at school. One last option could be a dark miniskirt. In a rich color like plum purple, the skirt can act as a neutral color. With a silhouette that cinches you at your tiniest place but widens at your thighs, this style is just about universally flattering. Pair with combat boots and a sparkly sweater for an edgy look.

pink leopard print dress

blue plaid dress

aztec midi skirt

purple mini skirt

Now I want your feedback. Which of these looks are you most excited to try? Vote on my pole below! Any other trends you love for fall? Let me know in the comments below! xx

In This Article:

Bone Head Leggings, $10.80 at Forever 21

Punchy Tribal Print Leggings, $10.80 at Forever 21

Star Peplum Top, $13.99 at Forever 21

Textured Boxy Peplum Top in Dusty Plum, $68.00 at Free People

Wild Thing A-Line Dress, $22.80 at Forever 21

Marilyn Monroe Juniors Dress, Sleeveless Plaid-Print Faux-Leather Collar, $39.99 at Macy’s

Neon Aztec Bodycon Midi Skirt, $12.97 at Rainbow

Jersey Skirt in Burgundy, $17.95 at H&M