Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sittin' at the Dock of the Bay..

Folks, I am not going to lie.  This week was really tough for me!  I came down with a Flu of sorts on Tuesday and had to leave work and come home to relax.  The days after consisted of the following:  a winter headband fashioned into an ice cube holder for my feverish head, delirious babbling for help in broken Bible verses, wanting nothing but oatmeal, potatoes, bananas and soup...and more soup, watching endless episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and singing the "Rainbow Connection" song from the Muppet Movie entirely out of tune, and needing Daniel to help me up every time I made it off the couch (and putting up with me the entire week), haha!  It was quite an adventure. I am so so happy to be feeling better.  I started moving around and getting out again yesterday, and today I felt great except for being really tired.  Every day is a work in progress, but man, that was really hard, and I truly have such an appreciation for simple, mundane things being well again- sometimes you forget how lovely things are until there is a little bump in the road.

Let's talk about these sunglasses!  Oh, I so love these!  They were custom made for me by my friend Allie.  She makes them for the shop I work at and she LOVES doing custom orders.  She hand embellishes with flowers, gems, bows, and any other little things your heart desires and does them in just the right way to enhance the shape and style of the sunglasses.  This pair is a 60s inspired clear and blue pair and I love how the flowers make them fun and quirky!  You can contact her at if you would like a pair for yourself ;)

I found this top and pair of shorts at Forever21 yesterday and though I have been trying to avoid shopping there, I just couldn't resist these two items, as I can see them quickly becoming great summer basics- and in two of my favorite colors!

Bow and Bracelet: Target, Sprinkles Ring: Flea market, Necklace: Gift, Sunglasses: AlliePatt, Top and Shorts: Forever 21

For Father's Day Daniel and I got together with his family in the early afternoon for Brunch and then headed over to Chesapeake Bay (My Aunt and Uncle's place) to see my family for Dinner.  The weather was a little back and forth and finally a storm rolled through but afterwards the Bay was bright and calm and we got to watch the Sun go down-making the most beautiful colors in the sky.
My cousin's dog- Maisy :)
Gorgeous Sunset over the Chesapeake
My Dad and I on the dock :)

I had a really great day today.  It was fun just appreciating the little things again- like fruit salad, the sound of walking up the boardwalk, funny conversations with family, and a nice breeze off the water.  Hope you are all having a relaxing night; and I apologize if I have not been commenting on your blogs- I am still working on getting up to speed with everything so I will be sure check in with you all soon.  Have a great rest of your weekend! <3
xo, Alyssa 


  1. This week has been really tough for me too. Seems like a lot of people had a crap week! I'm glad things have been looking up for you though!
    This outfit is so adorable. I love the colors so much! Those polka dot shorts will definitely be perfect for this summer.

  2. You look great I love your colorfull outfit so pretty!

  3. Hope you feel much better by now! I know that feeling- I was sick last week too and I just hate it when I don't have my energy! I am such an energic person and when I am suddenly bound to the bed and can't dance around it kills me! So I am happy to hear that you are getting better and wishing you all the best :)
    You are looking lovely in that combination!


  4. Sorry to hear you had such a rough week, I'm glad you're feeling better. You sure look great! Love the color palette! The sunglasses and flats are gorgeous!

  5. Glad you are feeling better. That sounds awful! This outfit is so cute. Love the shorts. They're a great colour! And the necklace is fab.


  6. Your polkadot shorts are fabulous! And I love your owl necklace too!
    You have a great blog! I just found it today! :)


  7. Oh my gosh, even though your week sounded dreadful you wrote it out in such a funny way, hahaha... especially the delirious mumbling and more soup and potatoes. I'm so so glad that you're okay now, though, and back and at it! Being sick is really no fun at all, especially during the summer!

    That top is adorableee! I love the tie. And those sunglasses are so super cute, too. I've been seeing that style all around with the little roses adorning the edges and I'd like to maybe make a pair for myself!

  8. I love those colors, and the sunglasses are amazing!

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  9. i hope you feel better soon. having the flu is no fun. you look fabulous in these pics. i love that pink & blue together. what fun shorts. i'm a big fan of polka dots! your friend makes really cute sunnies and the pic of you & your dad is beautiful.

  10. I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better! I love this outfit so much. What a perfect color combination. x


  11. I love this outfit! Polka dots are always fun to wear. This is a perfect color combo for summer. Those glasses are so cute, too! :)

  12. I totally fell in love with your outfit! It's so colorful which is perfect for summer and I love your sunnies, so cute!
    Love, Anna

  13. Gorgeous outfit, and what a sunset!!

    I actually linked to you in my first proper post on my new blog, I hope that's okay! Here's the link!

  14. I hope you are feeling better! I definitely agree that challenges, of any sort really, can help us appreciate the small things in life. Loving your outfit of course. I often say there should be more mint polka dots around! I really want something in that combination. I love all the detailing of your outfits like the sweet little sunglasses and your gorgeous hair bow, always takes your outfits to the next level of amazing-ness.

  15. you are so cute,pretty look :)

  16. You are SO adorable, and I love this outfit!!! Such adorable shorts, and the hot pink top looks wonderful with them. And I really adore those sunglasses!! Lovely :)

    xox Sammi

  17. Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    This outfit is so stunning, I love the shorts, they are true perfection! Really like your hair bow, too!

    Have a great day,

  18. Adorable shorts! This color palette is perfect for summer

    xo Ashley

  19. Yuck! I hate being sick, especially when it's that bad! Glad you're feeling back to yourself now :) Those shorts are darling and the sunnies? AMAZING. I'm in love with them!

  20. This is the perfect summer outfit, I'm just dying over those shorts! Oh, and Maisy is the cutest <3



    Southern (California) Belle

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    you're SOOO cute alyssia. As always I am in awe of your WONDERFUL wardrobe. I just adore it. I emailed your friend Allie to get a pair of those amazing sun glasses! They look fabulous!

    talk soon wild child
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  22. Love the name of your blog and your retro style. Following via Bloglovin.

    Ali of

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  23. Great post, I love your blog so much!
    Love, Anna

  24. Yay, I'm glad you're feeling better! I love your custom shades - too cute! :) and your outfit is so perfectly made for summer - you look like you should be riding bikes around the block & jumping through sprinklers :) haha.

    oh, by the way, sorry I'm so slow with your letter! I'm still working on the brooch to send with it, so it's taking me a long time - sorry!

  25. glad to hear you're feeling better! :D
    i love the hot pink + bright blue polka-dots together!

    erica | sweets + hearts