Shopping My Closet and A Day at the Shore

Nothing is new here, I shopped my closet for this whole look. A good a majority of if is from H&M the skirt, bag and shoes to be exact. The top is from Gap and the sunnies are from Mandee. I wore this on a super hot day, though with the breeze it did get a bit cooler along the water and the distressed denim jacket which my regular readers have seen before is from I Love H81 came in handy. The skirt is super light and keeps me cool which is one of the reasons I bought it. I don’t buy a lot of fast fashion but when I do it tends happen more often in the summer months.

On this day my friend and I headed to the water front to cool down and we had a great time shooting this. I almost fell in to the reeds a few times. It was quite windy and I loved the sound they made. I have too say this is one of the things I love about this area of the county; you can be close to a huge metropolis like NYC and then have quaint quite towns to escape to, and beautiful shorelines. The only downside is the high cost of living, hence my preloved and occasional fast fashion shopping. And another way to save money is to shop your closet. I even found a “new” top I have yet to wear! That will be coming up in future post, so stay tuned!

Photos by Laura Peters. Photo manipulation and art direction by yours truly.


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  1. August 5, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I love your light skirt.

  2. August 5, 2019 / 10:08 am

    The ambiance and the OOTD is just perfect. You definitely wore the occasion.
    I agree with you on the cost of living in NYC. I like the beautiful night scene of NYC but the fast pace, I think I can only take so much before I go crazy.

  3. August 5, 2019 / 11:45 am

    What a beautiful skirt! Your outfit seems so perfect for a breezy summer day too! 🙂 I agree, it’s interesting how many outfits we can come up with in our wardrobes! I calculated it when i did a closet inventory, and assuming I would wear each dress once and each top with one of the pairs of bottoms (skirt or shorts or pants or jeans) I have literal years of outfits! really helps when I have the urge to shop – although i still buy things now and then, haha!

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

    I just posted my weekday wear linkup, I’d love you to join! 🙂

  4. August 5, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    This skirt is gorgeous, love ruffles. Always fun to shop one’s own closet too. Really fab pictures. I hope you have a great week ahead x

  5. August 5, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    That breeze near the water must have felt nice. Wow, those reeds look tall.
    The colour, patterned leaf print, layered ruffles and light fabric of the H+M skirt look very pretty.
    Your H+M skirt looks fabulous styled with the white V-neck Gap top and vintage blue denim jacket.

  6. August 5, 2019 / 6:47 pm

    One way to be more sustainable is to shop our own closets and it’s a practice that I’ve adopted over the years as well. just got to make sure not to gain or lose too much weight for it to work though ;p You pulled together an effortlessly chic look. I love the skirt. Fast fashion can work if we stick to pieces that aren’t too trendy but have fun details.

  7. August 5, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    These pictures are so pretty and that outfit is so good! Love the patterned skrit and the simple white t-shirt. So stylish to break the look off with some denim too. Love this! Xx

  8. August 5, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    I love this Location so much and your look is amazing.
    These Pictures remind me of an Editorial.
    Lovely ones.

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  9. August 5, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    I love how you encourage your readers to shop smart and be more sustainable in the fashion front. Love this outfit that you put together, Allie.

  10. August 5, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    This is such a gorgeous summer outfit, Allie! I especially love that skirt! The photos are fabulous, too! Hope you have a great week! XXX

  11. August 5, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I love how this outfit looks and even more that you shopped your own closet!! It’s one of the best places to shop 😉 x Shannon •

  12. August 5, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    These photos turned out beautifully! I really love the print and style of that skirt. Shopping my closet is something I have really been enjoying doing lately. It’s always nice when you find something you forgot you owned!

    x Kara |

  13. August 6, 2019 / 1:57 am

    Cute outfit!

  14. August 6, 2019 / 5:38 am

    Estupendo post! Me encanta todo! Espero tu opinión en mi última entrada! Feliz día! ♡♡♡

  15. August 6, 2019 / 7:00 am

    I love how fun the city life can be, but I also genuinely enjoy being exposed to more nature the older I get as well. That’s nice that you get a taste of both worlds.


  16. August 6, 2019 / 7:59 am

    I really like your jacket :)! And the photos are great, they have a magical atmosphere in them 🙂

  17. August 6, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Shopping my closet is my favourite things to do for a number of reasons. I honestly find it easier to work with what I have because I feel like I ‘know’ my closet pretty well and it is fun when you discover something anew.
    This is a beautiful skirt and you have styled it so well. Love those slip ons and the bag. The denim jacket and the top is a great pairing as well. You look fantastic!
    The location and the photography are wonderful…such a precious spot. Escaping the city heat is a must in the summer.

  18. August 6, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    Great post! I think sometimes we are on the rush to buy new things and forget about all this cute pieces we have in our wardrobe.

  19. August 6, 2019 / 2:13 pm

    Gotta tell ya, the shore is the perfect setting for photos. And I love the skirt and denim jacket combo.

  20. August 6, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    You look great! It is a perfect outfit.
    Living near the sea has always been a dream of mine.


  21. August 7, 2019 / 1:02 am

    I love that soft, flowy skirt! So great to remix things you already have.
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  22. Lorna
    August 7, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    I love putting outfits together from stuff you already own as it’s a challenge! Love the combo! Beautiful location too!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  23. August 7, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    I absolutely love these gorgeous photos! I am in awe of this amazing shooting location, and your outfit is absolutely beautiful! I love that skirt!

  24. August 7, 2019 / 10:07 pm

    How fun is shopping your closet Allie? I love it! So many hidden gems that need to be worn. Ha! You look comfortable wonderful. Great lovely skirt there.

  25. August 8, 2019 / 1:41 am

    Lovely combo you have here dear. Such a chic skirt to pair with the denim jacket.

    Jessica |

  26. August 8, 2019 / 2:37 am

    Ahh your photography is amazing!! I love the light and edits of your photos!! Love your skirt too btw x

  27. August 8, 2019 / 10:37 am

    have a lovely day ahead!

  28. August 8, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    The lighting here is SO, SO good- that perfect summer golden glow! And the outfit is also spot-on; I love a denim jacket over a girlier piece, like that pretty skirt!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  29. August 9, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Nice photos, looks sunny and breezy. I like the lighting of the photos, makes me miss summer. Nice skirt, goes so well with the denim jacket.

  30. August 9, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous skirt, it goes so well with your jacket 🙂

    Sarah xo Oomph London

  31. August 9, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    Qué ideal, me chifla todo, sobretodo la falda tiene un rollito lindo y la luz de las fotos también, besazos.

  32. August 9, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    Oh very cute outfit darling, great photos

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  33. August 9, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    I loooove your skirt! Flowy, fresh, perfect. It is interesting to notice our patterns, I had never thought of it but I buy more fast-fashion during the winter.
    Have a wonderful weeked!


  34. August 10, 2019 / 1:19 am

    what a wonderful light for those pictures!
    Here in DC we also escape to small quiet towns like that 🙂
    have a great weekend,

  35. August 11, 2019 / 5:30 am

    This location goes so well with your outfit. I love the vibes of your photos.
    Very beautiful Allie!

  36. August 11, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    I always promote shopping my closet as you actually know how many things you own, and in how many different ways you style the place that you clicked the pics… You look great..

  37. August 12, 2019 / 1:09 am

    Re-mixing and matching old clothes is always the key! Buying new clothes every season can get a little expensive too. So, I think it’s nice to be able to look through one’s closet and find some treasures that are hiding in there or have never been worn before. In your case, I am loving the leafy print skirt with the ruffles… oh so chic! –

  38. August 12, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I love breezy maxis for summer and yours is beautiful! I really like pairing denim jackets with things that don’t seem to go with them, too. You’ve inspired me to pull out my two denim jackets and pair them with the bottoms and tops in my closet to see what combinations I can come up with. I suspect there are one or two items in my closet that I haven’t worn yet, too :/


  39. August 13, 2019 / 7:06 am

    Beautiful skirt . and you look pretty.

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