Easy Breezy

Sponsored by Zappos

Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane
Easy Breezy | truelane

Photography by Michele Equitz

Madewell dress & jacket  |  Sperry sneakers c/o Zappos  |  Chanel bag via Bag Borrow or Steal  |  Ray-Ban sunglasses

I don’t know what it is about this year, but I keep reaching for dresses. They, of course, have to be simple and straightforward, and paired with a good pair of sneakers. Sperry has always been one of my favorite brands to shop for spring and summer footwear. Their sneakers are lightweight and streamlined and look chic rather than sporty. Add a ladylike bag and a denim jacket, and you’re ready for an afternoon of stopping to smell the roses.

Morning Routine: Cold Brew

Once you’ve got your morning routine down, it becomes a sacred thing. Although weekends around here tend to be a little more leisurely, there are some things I never skip even on the busiest weekdays. Making my bed, checking the news, and most importantly, drinking my morning coffee.

It’s been easy integrating Cuisinart Cold Brew Coffee Machine into my daily routine. Most people I know would choose cold brew over iced coffee any day (it’s so much smoother and sweeter), and since I take almost all my coffee cold in the summer, this machine has been a lifesaver. I never made cold brew before because of the 24-hour hassle—you need cheesecloth for straining, huge tubs and lots of fridge space…I don’t have time for that, but I do have 25 minutes in the morning to let the cold brew machine do its thing.

Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane
Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane
Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane

Whether I’m making three cups for the day or seven cups for the weekend, the carafe can go right in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. However, make sure you’ve played around with the recipe to perfect the ratio of coffee grounds to water before inviting your friends over for brunch. I made a few test batches and found I prefer mine much stronger than the suggested recipe. The ‘bold’ brew setting also takes a little longer—45 minutes rather than the 25—but using the 25-minute option makes it the fastest cold brew machine on the market, which is not a feature to be underestimated when you’re waiting for that first cup of joe.

Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane
Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane
Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane
Morning Routine: Coffee | truelane

If you’re as big of a fan of cold brew as I am, this machine is a must-have in your life. (I seriously miss it when I'm traveling—I'm craving it this morning over in Minneapolis!) Not only is it quick and easy to use, but I even find cold brew has a health benefit—because it’s so sweet, I don’t even need to add sugar and cream. Black is my favorite way to drink it, which also happens to be the best for your body!

 

Shop the Cuisinart Cold Brew Coffee Machine here.

 

Photography by Michele Equitz

 

Thank you to Cuisinart for sponsoring this post.

Patterned Monochrome

Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane
Patterned Monochrome | truelane

Photography by Michele Equitz

 

Levi's top (similar)  |  Splendid jacket  |  Gap denim  |  Sam Edelman loafers  |  Chanel bag loaned c/o Bag Borrow or Steal  |  Ray-Ban sunglasses


Typically, monochromatic looks include different tones of one color in solids, but this look is a little different. I took monochromatic inspiration—using beige and green earth tones, and incorporated each of them with different patterns and textures. The stripes in the tee and the green of the jacket are all reflected in my wildly patterned faux snakeskin shoes. It's my own version of a thing. I do what I can to make my usual jeans and a tee just a little more interesting.