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nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress
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Flower Child

Everyday Outfits, My Style

nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress{WHO WHAT WEAR x TARGET Dress, FENDI Sunglasses, AMERICAN APPAREL Clutch, J. CREW Earrings & Sandals, PAUBOLI Baby Kimono}

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Target came through for ya girl once again in the dress department. In case you didn’t know already, I’m really into this Who What Wear collection (as evidenced here). Today’s dress is yet another beauty that I scooped up during their buy one, get one half off sale a few weeks ago. I’m really digging the bold print and the slight fishtail hem that gives an unexpected touch of drama to this already fabulous frock.

About the Fit:
This dress fits true-to-size without much give or stretch. I’d say it could use a belt for some additional pizzazz, but I wore it as-is for a casual stroll through the park with the family. The material is a substantial cotton that held up extremely well (even with baby spit up)!

nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress
nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress

nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress

nyc fashion blogger, target style, who what wear collection, floral maxi dress

preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress
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Gingham Style {Old Navy Gingham Maxi Dress}

Everyday Outfits, My Style

preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress{OLD NAVY Gingham Maxi Dress, VALENTINO Sunglasses, H&M Earrings, DOONEY & BOURKE Handbag, BANANA REPUBLIC Sandals}

If there’s one print that just screams summer, it’s gingham. As soon as I spotted this dress at Old Navy, I knew I had to have it. It’s so effortless and classic that I just couldn’t resist. I threw it on over the weekend with red accessories for a stroll through the park with the family and felt perfectly cool and put together.

About the Fit:
This maxi dress fits true-to-size and hits just above the ankle on my 5’7″ frame. I tend to like my maxi dresses to almost sweep the floor for a more dramatic look and considered going with a tall. Unfortunately, it was sold out in my size. In any case, this length makes it a cinch to wear with flats, so I’m not too upset. I love that it has adjustable straps and a smocked elastic backing which means a more custom fit and plenty of stretch to accommodate a large bust.

preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress
preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress

preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress

preppy fashion blogger, nyc fashion blogger, old navy maxi dress, gingham maxi dress, red sunglasses

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Easy Backyard Entertaining {Shrimp Boil + Raspberry ‘Tee-Time’ Punch}

Lifestyle, Recipes

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I absolutely LOVE having friends and family over for dinner, but as the temps crank up, the last thing I wanna do is slave over a hot stove and force my husband to wash be faced with a sink full of dirty dishes afterwards.

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One of my favorite summertime entertainment hacks is a simple, delicious, backyard shrimp boil served with a pitcher of ice cold raspberry ‘tee-time’ punch (basically and half & half spiked with Raspberry Smirnoff).

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For the shrimp boil, all you need to do is find a BIG OLE pot and follow this recipe. Trust me, it’s fool-proof! I also like to toss in a few whole garlic cloves for a little extra zing. You can either make it on top of the stove and transport it, or fire up your outdoor grill. Once everything is all cooked up, you just dump it all out on top of a few sheets of newspaper or butcher’s paper, and let the crew dig in and fill up their own plates. I recommend keeping a few moist towels on deck for sticky fingers! Clean up is easy since you make everything in one pot. When everyone’s done eating, just roll up the scraps in the old newspaper to discard.

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As for the real star of the show… just follow the recipe below, and let the good times roll!

Raspberry 'Tee-Time' Punch

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