An Outfit for Brunch in Central Park + Mini Adult Milestones

 Basic Invite Stationery, Endless Rose Off the Shoulder Top, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag // Pearl Girl

Blue Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top // Also available in white and pinkAnd on sale here! Runs very small. I’m typically a small in all tops, and even the medium is a little tight on my wrists.
White Skirt // Runs large.
Blush Suede Mules // TTS.
Pink Sunglasses //
Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag //

Every so often, I’ll have these moments where it really hits me that I’m an adult. I have a job. I have an apartment. The vast majority of the time, my parents have no idea where I am or what I’m doing. (Well, I guess not, because every weekday they know I’m at work!) I plan my own trips and I decide what big purchases to make. It’s been three years since I graduated college, so while being a “real adult” definitely feels like normal now, at the same time, I have moments where I’m sort of in disbelief about how fast time has gone.

And with all this adulting comes some big responsibilities, like paying rent, as well as the little ones, like remembering to send a card on your mom’s birthday, or a thank you note for gifts.

I’ve always associated beautiful stationery with being a true adult. It’s a little thing, but something that takes an extra effort but makes such a nice touch when you’re wishing someone a happy birthday or sending out holiday cards. It’s also something my mom drilled into me when I was younger, (rightfully) insisting I write thank you cards after birthday parties and the holidays. And when your parents do something, it automatically seems more grown-up, right?

In the past, I’ve often just gone to Walgreens and grabbed something out of the card aisle, but thanks to the internet, there are so many more options when it comes to creative cards. Like Basic Invite, an online retailer that carries custom party invitationsinvitations for a birthday partykids invitations and more. They even do wedding invitations and stationery for all sorts of events.

Basic Invite Stationery, Endless Rose Off the Shoulder Top, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag // Pearl Girl

Their stationery is completely customizable, with tons of different colors for both the invites and the envelopes. And you can get custom samples (so you can see your stationery IRL before you place your whole order) mailed to you, too. But my favorite thing about Basic Invite is the address collection service. You just send your friends a link, they fill it out, and then Basic Invite prints the envelopes for you. Honestly, not having people’s addresses is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to not sending snail mail. With Basic Invite, there’s no excuse.

I’m planning on placing an order of these monogrammed notes, which are so perfect for everyday letters and other notes. And I’m hoping I can convince my roommates to do paper invitations for our annual holiday party later this year!

And of course, a word on these photos: I’m so in love with each of these pieces, including this eyelet top that I lusted after all summer before it finally went on sale last month, my first pair of mules, a go-to everyday skirt, and these $15 pink sunglasses. Natalie and I snapped them on her birthday a few weeks ago during a walk in Central Park. This bridge is right outside the entrance to the reservoir. We also got brunch at the boat house, which I had never done before. It’s such a cute NYC spot — and would be beautiful for a bigger birthday celebration!


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  • I am such a big handwritten note person and have never heard of Basic Invite, so thank you for the intro! It looks great!!

  • I love Basic Invite! They are the best. I have some personalized thank you notes that I love from there :]. Love this outfit!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal