Endless August and a Chilly Fall.

Melanie-Sutrathada-OOTD-1 Melanie-Sutrathada-OOTD-71Romper – H&M (similar here)// Boots – Crossroads Trading Co. // Boots – Target (similar here and here)// Bag courtesy of MICHE // Jewelry courtesy of Endless August

It’s funny how things work out. You meet certain people at the right time. You find that piece you’ve been wanting and you get a discount at the register simply because you smiled and said hello. You make a new friend via Instagram and all of a sudden feel like this person was your long lost jewelry soulmate (looking at you, Lindsay of Endless August).

It’s been a week of craziness. I’ve been fighting a cold all week and it had me temporarily out of commission, so I’ve been running around trying to catch up. I went to an amazing yacht party complete with burlesque dancers and dumplings (one of my favorite appetizers ever), helped a friend with a big closet clean up and met a new client. I’ve also been freaking out a teensy tiny bit about a particular contagious disease that shall not be named (or focused on because I know it will only freak me out more). All the while, I’ve been trying to transition into the cold and windy fall weather.Melanie-Sutrathada-OOTD-2
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This romper is probably the last you’ll see of my legs for a while unless we get some warm, sunny days (doubtful, but I’m forever hopeful). The pieces that really made me excited to brave the chilly fall air though were this amazing necklace and ring from Endless August. Jewelry is something that doesn’t really seem to have trouble transitioning. You can wear the same necklace in the fall and spring that you do in the winter and summer. On top of that, you can re-wear most jewelry often without ever getting slightly judgmental looks from your co-workers/the barista who you see way too much/your mom.

I’m drawn to pretty and playful pieces that make a statement. I’m also drawn to things that don’t cost an arm, leg and potentially your first born child. That being said, I adore Endless August. I’ve already got my eye on a few pieces like this, this and this and have a feeling you’ll love the company too.

The amazing Lindsay of Endless August even offered free shipping for all the readers of Lace and Combat Boots (told you she was great). All you have to do is use the code LACB at checkout. Doing a little shopping will definitely help to get your mind off the cold!

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How has your week begin? Are you struggling as much as I am to transition in to fall? I’d love to hear all about how you’re doing. Leave me a comment and connect with me on social media!

Photos by Guerrilla Photography

Sunday Notes.

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 (Photo by Smitten Studio Online)

So excited to introduce you all to my newest series, “Sunday Notes.” I love reading different articles and finding new recipes online, and here’s where you’ll find them every Sunday. This weekend has been all about taking a step back, taking a cold-hard look at what I really want and finally finishing “Sex and the City.” I’m spending most of today re-organizing and prioritizing for the coming weeks and it feels amazing! Even better? I’ve barely left my sweatpants all day and I have a dozen chocolate cupcakes in my fridge because I volunteered at the NYC Cupcake Run. Now that, my friends, is a great day. I hope you’re all have a wonderful weekend and are taking some much-deserved time to relax. Keep reading for my favorite links from this past week!

1. 15 great career tips from smart women. This list includes Tina Fey, so you know it’s genius. (acupofjo.com)

2. This great article about how to find high-quality garments. #7 is especially true! (stylelist.com)

3. How to love your body instantly. I’m all about #2, #3, #8, #9 and well… the whole list. (popsugar.com)

4. 13 crunchy, creamy facts that justify your love with peanut butter. Finally. (huffingtonpost.com)

5. Life hacks every girl should know about. (buzzfeed.com)

6. This recipe for homemade Chick-Fil-A nuggets. Yes, yes and yes. (damndelicious.net)

7. The 9 times Taylor Swift had the perfect response for haters. (seventeen.com)

What links have you been loving lately? Anything that you think should make next week’s Sunday notes?

Disconnected, Armed and Readi.

Armed-And-Readi-Melanie-Sutrathada-21Armed-And-Readi-Melanie-Sutrathada-2 Armed-And-Readi-Melanie-Sutrathada-3Top – Crossroads Trading Co. // Shorts – Lush // Shoes – Crossroads Trading Co. // Earrings – courtesy of Armed and Readi // Bracelet – Capwell + Co. 

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted. Even though it’s only been a few days, it feels like it’s been forever! I’ve been on a unexpected blog break because of a little string of bad luck lately and the universe just seemed to be pushing me in a different direction. Just a few tidbits of the past few days – I wrote a post and was about to hit “publish” and my computer crashed and the post was gone. I tried again and my internet provider decided to go on protest. My most recent attempt involved a battle almost equivalent to that between Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. It’s been an interesting few days.

Sometimes, the best you can do is put on some fun jewels (how amazing are these neon earrings, by the way?), your best smile and head out to enjoy real life (opposed to the life people think you have because of Instagram). I volunteered at Slice Out Hunger on Wednesday, went to the Geek Girl Brunch’s Fan Girls’ Night Out on Saturday, put together a list of the best Columbus Day Weekend sales for TheUrbanRealist, and binge-watched “Sex and the City.” Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
I’ve got to say, being forced to stay away from the interwebs for a few days wasn’t a bad thing at all. I’m feeling refreshed, happier and much less likely to karate chop anyone who even thinks about bumping me on the train (the struggle is real).

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Armed-And-Readi-Melanie-Sutrathada-12Armed-And-Readi-Melanie-Sutrathada-9As much as I love the online world, I’m a firm believer that we all need to disconnect. It’s ok to stop putting together outfits on Polyvore and actually go to your closet and try to coordinate something cute. Stop scrolling through your Instagram feed like your life depends on it (unless it does – in that case, scroll on). Step away from pinning a million dessert recipes and walk the five feet to your kitchen. Whip up something yourself like the Baked Apple Cider Donuts or the Sea Salt Buttercream Chocolate Cupcakes on my dessert board. It might be messy. You may end up with flour everywhere except in the bowl that it’s supposed to be in (been there, done that), but you will have so much more fun.

Disconnect today, even if it’s just for an hour or two. You’ll be better for it and when you come back to your phone or laptop, you’ll be more focused than ever.
Or at the very least, you’ll have something to post about.

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How do you feel when you disconnect for a while? What are your favorite ways to relax when you’re not plugged in? Connect with me on social media or leave your thoughts below!

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Photos by Guerrilla Photography