This and That

A Pretty Penny Summer Style Striped Dress Target Hat Hautelook Bag
{ Dress: Bar III (Macy’s, last year) CUTE ALTERNATIVE; Hat: Target; Bag: Hautelook }

If you’re looking for a super easy dessert to bring to a 4th of July BBQ this weekend, this ‘No Bake Banana Cream Cheesecake‘ served up in mason jars looks freakin’ delicious (and will probably make your family and friends think you’re some kind of Pinterest goddess).

While we’re on the subject of party food: PIZZA DIP.

I’m in a deep leather flip flop rut — I just love them so much! — and need to add some comfy sandals and/or flats to my summer rotation. Who What Wear shares ‘How to Score This Summer’s It-Shoe Styles On a Budget,’ and most of them are actually affordable!

‘The Moral Bucket List’ piece by David Brooks in the New York Times really inspired me. He discusses the disparity between ‘Resume Virtues’ and ‘Eulogy Virtues,’ and the struggle to strike a balance between the two in our current success-driven culture.

This 60-year old dance teacher shows her young pupils how it’s done!

Sarasota is one of our favorite places to visit, and the City recently installed ‘public pianos’ downtown. This viral video of homeless musician, Donald Gould, playing Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ is incredible. I did a little digging, and found out Gould played the clarinet in the US Marine Corps. When he completed his service, he studied music education at Spring Arbor University, until he ran out of money three semesters short of graduation and left school to support his family. Gould’s wife died suddenly in 1998, and in utter heartbroken devastation he turned to drugs, lost his son, and eventually found himself living on the streets in the Suncoast. All that to say: you never know someone’s story; take time to listen. Everyone has something beautiful to offer.

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23 Comments

  1. And OMG my dress was by Bar III, too! (you can see it on my blog)

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  2. I just wore a variation of the same outfit at the museum this past weekend. Black and white is always classy!

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  3. I love this very muchly and your blog ! :)

    Posted 7.12.15 Reply
  4. Love the combination of the bag and the dress! Please check out my blog if you get a chance!
    https://wouldntilove.wordpress.com/

    Posted 7.8.15 Reply
  5. I’m IN LOVE with that bag!!!
    I post similar stuff:)
    -Audrey (https://audstclair.wordpress.com/)

    Posted 7.7.15 Reply
  6. Hillary wrote:

    Loving the bag!!! -H

    Posted 7.7.15 Reply
  7. Posted 7.6.15 Reply
  8. Carolina E. wrote:

    Just love your style !!!

    Posted 7.5.15 Reply
  9. I loved your dress and your bag

    Posted 7.4.15 Reply
  10. So simple but looks lovely- love the bold bag- it’s the same colour as my current nails! x

    Posted 7.3.15 Reply
  11. Reblogged this on The Fashion…Travels!.

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  12. Lauren Oh wrote:

    I’m going to try this recipe for my family BBQ this weekend! Thanks!

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  13. That dress is amazing and so is the bag! :) This looks like something I would totally wear (hat included)

    http://www.prettypetite.org

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  14. azbaw wrote:

    love the outfit, striped dresses are perfect for summer

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  15. In love with your hat x

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  16. Thanks for this post, Keira. I am a pianist and instructor, and I wish all of us could just let go and play like no one is watching or listening. It was quite beautiful to watch him, and I plan to show it to my students this week during their lessons <3

    On a different note regarding flat sandals, have you seen these sandals at Target? A fun take on Birkenstocks, but much more budget friendly. Pretty comfy too!

    http://www.target.com/p/women-s-sam-libby-ashland-studded-sandal/-/A-16478622#prodSlot=large_1_4

    Take care!

    ~Jen

    modernpianista.com

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  17. That bag is just perfection!

    theshannonmccarthy.wordpress.com

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  18. The dress… the bag … the hat … This is perfect. :)

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply
  19. I love your dress and that bucket bag is gorgeous!

    http://www.fallenlifestyle.com

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply
  20. thanks for this great post! happy 4th!!

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply
  21. that bucket bag is just wonderful

    -https://raffaelabrancio.wordpress.com/

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply
  22. ashleyeverylittlepenny wrote:

    Thank you for sharing the piece on the pianos. What a lovely idea to have public pianos like that. The video and your story gave me goosebumps…he was amazing. And you are so right. We never know what someone’s story is…

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply
  23. That bucket bag is to cute!! Xx

    -Mikayla
    http://thetastetracker.wordpress.com

    Posted 7.1.15 Reply

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