Surrender to the End of Summer By Singing These Tunes

I don’t know about you, but we’re holding onto summer {or at least the essence of it!} for dear life right now. Even with the brink of fall right in front of us, we’re really not feeling ready! We haven’t lived out enough endless, carefree days, windows rolled down, hair blowing in the wind, Beyonce blasting through the stereo! Our summer bucket list still runneth seriously over. I suspect we’re not alone.

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That’s why, before we say goodbye to our bikinis, we want to press pause and remind ourselves of all the little things we’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t gotten around to yet. The time to do ‘em is pretty much now after all! Maybe make those homemade yogurt swirl popsicles we’ve been dying to try, go on that day-trip we’ve been itching to take, or dance on the beach like no one’s watching! The possibilities are endless!!

So we thought, what better way to help you get up and do something fabulous with your waning summer days than with a great soundtrack bumpin’ in the background!

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It’s a little bit of everything; exhilarating and carefree with a tinge of moodiness {it just wouldn’t be a playlist without Lana!}. If this playlist doesn’t get you up off your couch and dancing, then we don’t know what will! You can hear the whole thing right here.

So off you go! Take the final days of August to exhale, let go and surrender to summer. That’s what we’re going to be doing for the rest of the week! Life’s just too short to be worried about work all the time. We’ll be seein’ ya in September friends.

PSA: Day to day pressures aren’t invited to THIS party – but you are! —Team Apartment 34

image via, playlist compiled by June 

No, It Ain’t $50 for T-shirt!

​​​Have you noticed how over the past few seasons fashion trends have taken on a major casual vibe? Sweatshirt worn to the office? Done. Boyfriend jeans now appropriate anywhere? Cool. Wearing a t-shirt as formal wear? All about it! I, for one, am thoroughly on this casual-is-cool bandwagon!! I love the idea of looking “dressed up” in a super comfy ensemble for a date night – which is exactly what I did for a recent trip to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum followed by a dinner out on the town.

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I simply threw on a cheeky tee and jazzed it up with a print skirt and cage sandals. I call the result “all cute, zero discomfort.” Perfect for an old married lady such as myself.

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That being said, we know “trends” won’t last forever. They’ll inevitably go out just as quickly as they came in. That’s why I’m also totally in support of opting for something cute and on point, but on par with what any trendy item warrants price-wise… How’s $10 sound?? That’s what my Old Navy Holy Chic tee set me back! And I’ve already got plans to rock it around the office under a blazer {this one is 50% off!}. Boom – two looks for the incredibly crazy affordable price of one!

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So don’t think you have to relegate your tees to lazy days shuffling around the house. Get a little creative and suddenly you’ve got a ton of good-lookin’ outfit options with one of your favorite staples. I certainly think we’ve got a little more time before the statement tee trend is on the what’s out list, so go ahead and stock up! Your fall wardrobe will thank you.

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Old Navy Graphic Tee

> Nicole Miller Skirt

> Zara Sandals {similar}

> Brahmin clutch

> BaubleBar rings

> Aerin lipstick

photography by Ashley Batz

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Feelin’ BAD (in a Good Way!) in Black

I really hope someone gets the meaning of this post title or I just really revealed my age with my nod to the king of pop {anyone, anyone??}. But anywho, it seems no matter when I decide to make a few additions to my wardrobe, I always gravitate towards similar things – namely anything in black! But I firmly believe there’s a difference between a fashion comfort zone and a rut, so like I’ve advised here, when you’ve found something that works, why not just go with it!

That’s why I was pretty thrilled to make some serious scores when I popped into Nordstrom Rack during my recent trip to back to my home hood, Seattle. I mean, I couldn’t be in Nordstrom mecca and not go! The Rack’s Designer Section is my kryptonite.

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Thankfully, it didn’t take long before I stumbled upon this hot little motorcycle jacket by Soia & Kyo that I snatched right up! Thank goodness, as it came in mighty handy when rain arrived unexpectedly and put a damper {pun intended!} on what had been an epically lovely Pacific Northwest summer. Typical.

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I also nipped a beautiful black Dries Van Noten tank. I’m a big fan of going high end for basics so you don’t have to replace them every two seconds. High quality fabrics and a great fit are well worth a little splurge. And a lovely black tank – this one has a little shimmer though sadly you can’t really see it in these pics – is the perfect piece to slip under a suit jacket or dress up a pair of jeans for a girls night on the town {at one of my fave Seattle restaurants, Radici, owned by Cassandra’s dad no less}!

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You know, sometimes shopping can feel like a chore these days, but enjoying the thrill factor of a really good score makes the whole thing dramatically more fun. Especially now that you can shop Nordstrom Rack online. I just do not have the stomach for dressing rooms anymore!! I definitely cannot stop wearing my moto-jacket and feeling pretty BAD when I do!

What’s on your current wishlist??

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Soia & Kyo Moto-Jacket

> Dries Van Noten Tank

> 7 for All Mankind Jeans

> Dries Van Noten Sandals

> Ray-Ban Sunnies {similar}

> Vintage Ring

> Aerin Lipstick in Perfect Nude

original photography for Apartment 34 by belathee photography

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