Front Button Dresses

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I’ve lost my love for fast fashion. It’s such an investment, it never ends, and you’re left with piles of worthless clothing at the end of every season. I’ve spent some time figuring out my “uniform” and at the moment it consists of jeans, a tank and sneakers. I love jewelry–especially this Mary Medallion necklace–but trendy pieces just don’t appeal to me anymore. I want to be comfortable. But I’m down for some front button dresses–these two pieces are timeless. I’m pretty sure my mom owned dresses like these in the 80s and 90s. The polka dot dress can even be carried into fall with some tights, docs or booties and a coat.

polka dot dress-Zara
navy dress-Pixie Market
straw bag-Lisa Says Gah
gold earrings-The 2 Bandits
Mary Medallion necklace-Etsy
sandal heel-Jaggar Footwear via BNKR
sneakers-Nike Cortez

Guide to Iceland

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View of Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja

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Dyrhólaey

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Grillmarkaðurinn

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Apotek Kitchen + Bar

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Langjökull

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Hidden Mine//Oxidized Iron

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Blue Lagoon (super touristy–but totally worth it)
swimsuit-Goodwin
necklace-Mr. Kate

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Hallgrímskirkja

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Jökulsárlón

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Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon: Where JB shot some of “I’ll Show You”
necklace-The M Jewelers

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Diamond Beach (one of my favorite places–it looked like someone had hand placed the rocks and ice [melted/washed up glacier pieces] on the beach)

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Mýrdalsjökull

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Dyrhólaey
earrings-Natalie Joy
top-TOPSHOP
jacket-Henry Holland

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Reykjavík
jeans-TOPSHOP
bag-Balenciaga

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Þingvellir

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Midnight Sun in Reykjavík
dress-Realisation Par
heels-Zara

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Breakfast at our hotel, Canopy by Hilton

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Rooftop at our hotel // dress from Gylltikotturinn (in Reykjavík)

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pants-asos
top-J.Crew
shoes-Nike Cortez

Iceland is one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) country I’ve ever visited. It was totally worth getting bronchitis, losing my luggage, being flown to SFO instead of LAX on the way back and having Russian hackers get their hands on my Uber account, PayPal, credit and debit cards. (After a long and stressful phone conversation with a guy from PayPal, he said, “Now after we get off the phone, I want you to go put a kettle on and make yourself a cup of tea.” LOL).

Tips: Unless you know your way around inflating and deflating tires for certain terrain, how to use a GPS device (that isn’t an iPhone) and how to drive on glaciers and gravel paths on cliffs–I would recommend using a tour company (e.g. Viking Trips, Guide to Iceland, Reykjavik Excursions–we used multiple during our 6 night stay just in case one of them wasn’t good).

If you do decide to rent a car, you have to get an SUV. We went to so many places where there were signs prohibiting sedans from passing (though many tourists decided to ignore those signs and struggle their way to the destination).

Pack lots of snacks. Restaurants are pretty expensive in Iceland (mostly because tip is included and because of how many tourists they have). I went to a grocery store in Reykjavík and definitely paid about $50 for just a few Quest bars.

If you want a “luxurious” vacation–stay in Reykjavik and make day trips out to the southern part of Iceland/the Golden Circle/etc. Otherwise, there are many small, boutique hotels/bed and breakfasts inland.