My boyfriend and I finally bought our first brand new car together. After waiting for the money and time to fall into place after a really tough start to the year we finally had the opportunity to make this big purchase. The both of us have lived in Colorado our whole lives, driving in really old little sedans since we were in high school. We knew we needed a ride with more functionality for mountain adventures and snowy winters. Four-wheel drive was the main feature we were looking for in a car and we automatically landed on the idea of buying a Subaru Crosstrek.
Right after we bought the exact Subaru we have been dreaming about we did the only thing we can do with a new car, Roadtrip! As we were getting closer to buying the new car I was researching all kinds of trips we can take. Looking at all of the summer festivals and hiking excursions we could explore. I have a long list of places to see and things to do in this beautiful state. Boulder was our first stop on that list with many more adventures to come.
For the first time, I actually got to experience what is like to walk the neighborhoods in Boulder like a true local. I really don’t know much about the area but as we were driving around I couldn’t help but stare at all of the beautiful historic homes with their summer gardens in full bloom. Walking around a historic neighborhood is one of my favorite pass times, especially in an unfamiliar part of town. As a natural born explorer, I like taking in the new scenery and walking a road with no intention of where I am going. This is the kind of thing that keeps me inspired.
After we walked the neighborhood I had to check out the local garden center. I think plant shopping is almost better than clothes shopping especially in such a well run locally owned business. As soon as I walked through the doors at Sturtz and Copeland Florist and Greenhouse I felt like a kid at Disney World. This place is huge. They have everything you could possibly want and everything you didn’t know you wanted. It is one overwhelming place. I got lost in there for hours looking at everything. The most impressive section was their Euro gardens and custom-made hanging plants. I could not believe these artistic masterpieces. I was wishing I could learn how to make them. This garden center is a place you have to see if you are looking for something to do in the Summertime. I promise there is no such thing as disappointments in this plant wonderland.
The outfit I have styled is a little bit of old mixed with new. The light blue striped Mara Hoffman top I bought a few years ago at a really good discount. Mara Hoffman has quickly become one of my favorite designers that I keep a close eye on, I always love every new collection when it is released. The clothes are bold with color and patterns. The materials are sustainably and ethically sourced. The striped summer top will never go out of style, blue and white stripes just scream summer vibes. After owning this top for a few years it is one of my favorite pieces to grab once every year once it starts to heat up.
It is important to give your clothes a good life and wear them as much as possible. That is why I opt to splurge a little and buy things of quality. I hold on to the good quality items way longer than the piece I bought at a discount at Forever 21 or H&M. Although I like those stores for certain things, the clothes never really fit right or and the cheap fabrics never last long. As a fashion blogger, I try to stay relevant with new outfits as much as possible but I also want to be realistic too. Re-wearing styles is what every normal person does and if I want to be a conscious consumer I have to buy smart and play up old pieces in my closet as much as possible.
This exact top may not be available any longer but I have several adorable options that you can click through that would be the summer go-to for years to come. Plus these white jeans, I wore in a previous post from Kate Spade are another summer wardrobe staple. I love the feminine scalloped lace detail on the hem. Such a unique touch to make any outfit pop. Then, of course, I had to add natural colored accent pieces like my St. Agni slides and my Kinilush circle bag that I wear non-stop. These easy to slide on and go shoes are essential in your summer wardrobe. There one of those shoes that I wish I could buy 10 pairs so once one pair wears I had a brand new pair I could just pull out of my closet, that way I never had to search for the perfect pair of sandals again.