I had an amazing time this summer visiting family in New England! It was great to see family who I hadn't seen in ages, and to grow closer with some of them - my second cousins are more like sisters now :)
He shrugged. He held the cigarette out in front of him and they watched it burn, a single ember in the heavy, humid night.
"I thought it would make me look..." He tapped the cigarette and flakes of ash fluttered to the ground.
She knew she was meant to finish the thought but she smiled instead.
"Well, it doesn't," she said petulantly, stepping closer and setting her wrists onto his shoulders, her fingers brushing against the back of his neck as they knitted together. They looked at each other for a moment. He crushed the lit end of the cigarette into the potted plant to his left.
"You know, smoking's bad for you." Her hands slid along the sides of his neck until she cupped his delicate jaw in her palms. She tilted his face up towards hers.
"Lots of things are bad for you," he murmured. The air around them lost its dampness and crackled.
She watched the stream of smoke curl out of his lazily parted lips into the warm, dark air. Eyeing the skinny, lit cigarette in his pale, stylistically posed fingers, she reached over and took it. First holding it unceremoniously between the pads of her thumb and index finger, she slid it until it rested against her middle finger. She took a fraction of a second to glance at her hand, checking that the image mirrored that of photographs and films, before popping it into her mouth. "You smoke?" She glanced up at him through blackened lashes. "No," she replied, removing it from between her lips and holding it aloft, for him. A column of ash topped the cigarette and snowed to the ground as he took it from her fingers. He assessed it nonchalantly, staring at the ring of shimmery pink that her lips had printed on it before closing his mouth over it and taking a long drag. "Since when have you?" she asked, glancing out into the silent street. A flash of lights and exhaust rushed by and then disappeared. "Since when have I what?" he replied, tilting his chin up and puffing out a stream of smoke rings that drifted up towards the sky. He followed them up with his gaze. When he looked back down she was standing, in front of him, tracing a loop around the inside of the last ring with a single finger. "Smoked," she answered, her hand still poised in the air as the smoke drifted and dissolved around her outstretched finger.
Light Blue by Dolce &Gabbana, lobster charm by Juicy Couture, Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, anchor necklace by Tiffany & Co.
Bracelet from Calypso
I wanted to share my favorite clothes, accessories, and beauty products of summer!
My summer wardrobe is unique in the fact that I make an effort to abstain from wearing or using "summer" things for most of the year. That way those items remain wholly Summer, as opposed to being tainted by the depressing stench of school and stress. (A tad melodramatic, I know. But still.) So when it is summer, like now, I go all-out in wearing summer clothes and accessories. Which, of course, only adds to the fun of summer!
Part II of this post is very soon to come! Here's a sneak preview :)
Note: the word "summer" was used 9 times in this post. So, naturally, it began to sound like gibberish and I had to google it to make sure it was an actual word.
Free People slip worn over Cosabella slip, sweater from Anthropologie, boots by Vanessa Bruno
So over the winter I scored these amazing Vanessa Bruno boots - I'd been searching for brown leather lace-up boots for ages and I finally found this perfect pair. I love the Victorian-Secret Garden-bohemian-military look of them; boots like these are surprisingly versatile and do a lot to amp up any outfit - even just a couple of slips layered as a dress!
Loving these boots so much... maybe one of my favorite purchases EVER.
(Check out the cool gold studs that the laces wrap around!)