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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#OOTD December 31, 2015 + My 2016 Style Inspirations



Happy New Year, Tasters!! I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and are having a great beginning of the year. Don’t give up on your resolutions just yet! Here’s the outfit that I wore for New Years at a house party, hope you all enjoy!

#OOTD

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I love ripped jeans and flannels, so for me, there was no better way to end 2015 and begin 2016!! Shoutout to Emily for taking this shot! Faux leather peplum top: Forever 21+; Flannel button down: Mossimo Supply Co. at Target; Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; Booties: Steve Madden; Purse: Forever 21
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Torie and I are always taking selfies!
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A Polaroid shot of some of my friends and I! From left to right: (top) Dan, Grant, Emily and Max; (bottom) Arianna, Sarah, Lauren, Me and Amanda
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My last selfie of 2015 with my best friends!! From left to right: (top) Grant and Dan; (bottom) Emily, Me and Lauren

Where You Can Get It

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Thread & Supply Black & White Hooded Flannel – $27.99 at Zumiez; Faux Leather Peplum Cami – $17.90 at Forever 21; Shred Mid-Rise Straight Jeans – $47.99 at Pink Ice; Faux Leather Cross Body Bag in Black – $10.99 at Rainbow; Zigi Soho Kourtlan Bootie in Burgundy – $49.95 at DSW

My 2016 Style Inspirations

Even though the year has really just begun, I can think of a few ever-trendy and just overall cool celebrities that definitely slayed in 2015, and will without a doubt continue to shine in the new year. Here are some fabulous women who will be influencing my style this year!

  1. Khloe Kardashian: Khloe has to be one of my favorite celeb style and fitness icons. I admire her confidence and the way that she (rightfully) shows off the body and curves that she has worked for. And, to top it all off, she looks good on the red carpet and at the gym! Props to her for making herself a priority despite her crazy year! What I’m Stealing from Her: Her confidence to rock her curves and her super cute workout attire (not to mention her dedication to looking and feeling fab)!
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    Khloe leaving the gym in stylish pants and trendy shades on December 26, 2015 (image via Just Jared)

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    Khloe flaunting her figure while out and about in July (image via Folasworld)
  2. Zendaya: Zendaya has drawn a lot of positive attention to herself this past year, especially as a strong proponent of being your beautiful, natural self. I admire her confidence in herself and her strong ideas about what truly makes a person beautiful, as well as her trendy and age-appropriate outfits. What I’m Stealing from Her: Her trendy and fun, yet still mature and powerful, vibe.
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    Zendaya slaying denim on denim in July (image via Favim)

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    Zendaya exemplifying sophistication and confidence in August (Image via Elle.com)
  3. Selena Gomez: Selena Gomez is one celebrity that I feel like I’ve grown up with, since I always watched her on the Disney Channel. I love how in recent years she has embraced her maturity and begun to experiment with different, more varied styles, earning her the title of “style chameleon.” What I’m Stealing from Her: The confidence and adventure to try out (and hopefully rock!) a variety of styles and looks.
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    Selena mixing prints like a pro in August (Image via Fancy Temple)

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    Only Selena could make pajamas look glamorous, September 2015 (Image via People Style Watch)
  4. Nicki Minaj: Nicki is another Hollywood celeb with crazy curves! I love how Nicki uses her curves to her advantage and always plays them up. She has killer confidence and a sense of fashion-y adventure. What I’m Stealing from Her: Her confidence to wear ensembles that flatter her body, especially in bright colors or unconventional prints and fabrics.
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    Nicki showing off her killer curves in a casual yet trendy outfit (Image via Pinterest)

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    Nicki flaunting her bold style and curves at New York Fashion Week in September (Image via Capital FM)                       
  5. Vanessa Hudgens: I have always admired Vanessa’s effortless, boho-edgy chic aura, especially the way she accessorizes. She always has the coolest jewelry and an easy-going and confident vibe. What I’m Stealing from Her: Her ability to accessorize and pile on rings and bracelets, something that I have an obsession with but can’t pull of as effortlessly or as fashionably!
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    Vanessa looking effortless on the streets of New York City in May (Image via Daily Mail)
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    Vanessa still looking effortlessly cool and perfect while walking her dog in April (Image via Reveal)

     

Now I’d like your feedback! I hope this post gave to a little bit of a peek into my life and gave you some outfit and lifestyle inspiration! What did you think of my outfit? Do you have any ideas about how you’d execute an outfit like this? What did you think of my style inspirations? Who are your inspirations this year? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Talk to me in the comments below, or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! You can also follow my brand new Facebook page, Tantalizingly Tasteful! Don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, my Pinterest @TTasteful, my Lookbook account,http://lookbook.nu/tonirose08 and my Instagram, @tantalizinglytasteful! Love you guys, thanks for reading!!! xx