I, like many other people, have too many things in my closet that I don’t wear frequently enough. One of my goals is to wear the things I love more often in different ways. A closet remix is such an easy way to dust off the pieces you haven’t worn in a while and bring a new life to them.
For this closet remix, I picked out this gorgeous and super flattering black swing dress. I’ve had this dress for a little under a year now and used to wear it all the time with dressy shoes, and nice dainty accessories. Because I always wore it in a more polished setting, I never viewed it as casual attire, so it just hangs out in my closet, not getting a ton of use.
While preparing to go out with James and the boys one night for dinner and light shopping, I found the dress and committed to styling it in a more relaxed fashion. Adding these ADIDAS Superstar sneakers, and an embroidered denim jacket proved just right. I also kept accessories to a minimum with just a simple gold necklace, and did my straightened hair in a half up-half down style to reflect a more chill vibe. James kept telling me how good I looked, and I felt really comfortable all evening.
Black pairs with denim so well, so adding sneakers and a denim jacket to your favorite fancy little black dress is a great way to get it out of the closet more often! All in all I’d say this closet remix was a success.
This dress is Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Ok, so I have to tell you all about this Banana print dress that I got a couple weeks ago! I recently started purchasing a few items here and there from SheIn Official. While my current goal is to have less and wear more, this website enables me to grab a few things here and there for special occasions. Buying a dress for an event can be an expensive task, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll only wear that event dress once, so going to websites like SheIn that offer great deals on fashion forward finds is a great option to stay on budget.
While shopping for an event, I found this adorable banana print dress. It gives me all the Gwen Stefani Holla Back Gurl feels and was only $16, so I added to cart. When ordering from discount websites, I highly suggest taking your measurements and comparing them to the sites sizing chart. This dress still fit a little snug in the chest, but that was easily fixed by adding a tank underneath and unbuttoning the buttons at the top.
My good friend Avian and I have a “banana” inside joke, so she thought this dress especially hilarious on a day out shopping with her. We met for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and shopping Nordstrom for some quality pieces. I styled this dress very casually with my comfiest white Sam Edelman cut-out sneakers, Bourbon & Bowties bracelets, and Kate Spade State of Mind pendant.
My wavy hair parted in the center gives the whole look a very 70’s meets 90’s vibe that I really adore. I felt like a Brady Bunch kid honestly, and I have no regrets about that.
Any kind of fruit print is always really fun to wear, and this will carry through to fall easily with a denim jacket and some light brown ankle boots. Click the links above for the exact dress, all other items -and a few other adorable fruit printed dresses that I love- are linked below.
Since I recently started purchasing quality over quantity, I’ve been filling my closet slowly but surely with lots of staple pieces that honestly should have been up in there years before. One of my more favorite recent staples has been this crisp white shirt. A white shirt can do so many different things for your wardrobe, and is sure to be an easy go-to for you on days where you’re not sure what to wear.
I picked this polka dot poplin detail white linen shirt at the Loft outlet, and unfortunately it’s not linkable, but I am going to share with you some similar fits, styles, and price ranges at the bottom of this post.
The great thing about this white top, is that it adds the perfect amount of contrast when paired with any kind of denim. I wore it with light wash denim shorts and it looked so cute, casual, and beachy for the summer.
Pairing it with a mid-rinse distressed denim and some strappy heeled Steve Madden sandals was a great way to dress it up and look polished but still casual while I was at BlogHer. The way this top fits, makes it great to also tuck in with skirts, so it’s a really versatile piece.
When picking out a white top, aside from fit, I think the most important aspect is to make sure your white is REALLY WHITE. A bright white will reflect all the colors and make you look fantastic, while whites with too much yellow will come off cream, and whites with too much blue can look gray and dingy long term. This white is super bright, so I know the color will hold up really well over time.
Huge thanks to Nikki of The Fashionable Accountant for all these amazing photos! I’ll be updating this staple series with all my favorite must-haves, really excited to share with you my wardrobe loves!
If you follow along on my Instagram (which if you don’t DO IT, it’s where I spend most of my time!), you already know that James, the boys, and I spent the last week at Topsail Beach in North Carolina. We loved how simple and laid back the whole community was, while a lot of people were there on vacation, it didn’t feel overly touristy like Florida beaches.
We spent the majority of our days on the beach, then at night walked around the town and hung out with some of James’ cousins that were also in Topsail that week! It was a great time full of relaxing, laughing, cheat meals, and casual style.
In an effort to be more authentic, I’ve decided to not photoshop my body in pictures anymore, I’m working on being a healthier person, and I want people to know the REAL me. I have been afraid to wear shorts in the past because of cellulite and flab, and my arms are super giggly so tanks have always been hiding my arms with cardigans. However, since I started working out 6 days a week and eating better, I’m more confident in my body because I know it’s not going to look like this forever, so I want to show more of it off as it changes.
I’ve rounded up my favorite vacation looks in this post and linked them for you. I (surprisingly) packed in outfits this time with the help of followers on my Instastories, so I was able to pack just enough and not overpack for the week. It was the first time in my life I didn’t take 20 outfits for a 5 day trip and I felt really good in all my picks!
The rain has let up some in Central Florida and I am so excited to get my Summer tan on poolside. There are 3 different community pools in our area, each providing a different kind of relaxation and vibe. For Memorial Day weekend, my family and I went down to the pool closest to town. Being that we do walk to the pool, I wanted to make sure I looked cool enough to walk through town, but not overly done for the pool.
Looking cool poolside is all about ease, you want to wear the minimal amount necessary and get the most from your outfit.
- Find a cooler bag that’s as cute as a purse. With enough room for your towels and tanning oil, getting a cute cooler bag ensures you can also tote some beverages down to the pool too, and if you bring lipstick with you it won’t melt! <3 Here are some of my personal fav cooler bags:
2. A great pair of flip flops. I personally haven’t cared too much for flip flops in the past, but when I found these Valentino dupes at Target for just $20 I knew they’d make a great addition to my summer wardrobe. Getting a simple slip-on sandal is a great option to throw on with any outfit during the Summer months. I love how the studs on these kind of edge up any outfit, and don’t seem so basic.
3. Keep your skin refreshed. Being in the sun can really dry out your skin, so keep it hydrated on days when you plan on spending a day soaking up rays. I love using Evian Mineral Spray to quickly refresh my skin when I feel myself getting too hot outside.
4. Tunic is Life. Tunic’s are so great and versatile for summer. Pair them with a great espadrille wedge and you’re ready for any brunch life throws at you. Throw them over a bathing suit with some flip-flops, ta-da! you’ve made an adorable poolside look! Tunics like this never go out of style, they’ll last for years to come. I got mine at J.Crew about 2 years ago, but I’ve linked similar options in great price ranges, all under $50!
>5. Stay Confident. Look I’m guilty of wishing I had someone else’s body from time to time too. Especially when I’m in an “all my skin is showing” poolside type of situation, which is why I be sure when I hit up the pool I feel confident. I purchase swimsuits that make me feel good about myself, and make sure the smile on my face doesn’t fade, and I think that’s genuinely how to stay the coolest this Summer while you’re at the pool. Some of my favorite suits have been the high waisted bikini’s. They make me feel sexy and confident with the amazing coverage they provide.
I’ll be following this dress code a lot more these next few months. We’ve got a LOT of beach trips planned for Summer 2017! What about you?
Ever notice how shoes can just completely change up an outfit? I’ve recently gotten super into sneakers, and let me tell you, my casual side is really enjoying these comfy kicks. Sneakers are no longer just for a sporty look. Summer’s trend of white leather sneakers means you can look adorable in a day dress, and stay comfortable walking!
I found these perforated white leather Sam Edelman sneakers on such a good sale at TJ Maxx I had to get them! They go really well with sundresses, skirts, and jean outfits, so I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of them.
I love how easy this sporty summer look was to put together! I got this grey and white striped tee from Target and love how laid back and comfy it is. To polish the look up a bit, I tucked the tee into a slate blue high waist skirt from LOFT. I basically wear my gold arrowhead necklace everyday of my life, because it’s just that piece that I love to wear all the time, so adding it as the finishing touch to this ensemble seemed appropriate.
The Sam Edelman kicks were the perfect way to run out the door looking cute & casual. This is a perfect outfit for a daytime shopping trip or errands run. Making sure you look put together enough to walk into Target, but cool enough that you “don’t really care”. TJ Maxx isn’t the only place to score some major great white sneak ideas for Summer though! Check out my outfit details and some other really adorable white kicks options below!
You know what I’ve been avoiding?! Maxi dresses. I’m like, 4’10” and that’s being generous, so since Midi dresses hit the scene, I’ve forgotten all about it’s longer, older sister. Maxi dresses are so awesome during the summer months, because they give you a comfortable breathable look, while still maintaining your chic-ness.
I found this maxi dress through a fellow fashion Blogger, Blair Driscoll of Rose Gold Outlook. She wore it for Easter and it was so adorable. I love how she styled it in a super dressy way on her blog, but when I saw the vibrant colors I thought it would be so perfect to not only dress up, but also dress down with a more boho vibe.
I wore it out to lunch with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon before heading to hang at my Grandmother’s house for a while. It was the perfect laid back outfit that still looked cute enough for pictures after stuffing myself with all the carbs.
I love the tassel tie detail, and the slit in the front gives it the most perfect amount of movement. This dress is so flattering and so versatile. So keep it a little more chill, I wore my simple gold arrowhead necklace, bangles, and the easiest blush lace-up sandals.
According to my measurements I was right in-between sizes, and so I went with the larger of the two, so the dress was actually a little big to start with. However, I washed and dried it in my dryer and it shrank to the perfect size/length miraculously. If you’re not a risk taker like me though, I suggest going with the smaller size if you’re in-between like I was. <3
(couldn’t link exact one in widget so here are some of my favs, you can find the exact one in the 2nd paragraph link)
I’m going to be 100% honest. I have never liked the color Purple, no I’m not talking about the amazing Oprah movie either, I’m talking about the physical color. I’ve used a ton of plum eye liners and shadows to make my green eyes pop. But I’ve never owned an article of clothing in this shade because, well, I hate it. Until now. I found this lavender dress at Forever 21 and it fits SO well!
The shade is just the right amount of pastel mixed with vibrancy to it’s not so springy, and just right for the spring/summer transition. The dress hangs so naturally lightly off the shoulders, which is great for me because with most of my OTS pieces I do end up fighting to keep the arms in place for a good portion of the day.
Not with this dress though! For a lunch out with my mom, brother, and Cash, I dress it a little more laid back with bush perforated lace-up flats. It came with this amazing little fabric belt to cinch in my waist for a really flattering fit.
Accessory wise, I wore some great white beaded dangles, making the look a little more elevated with curls in my hair for the nicer restuarant we were dining at. I also threw on my 3 Bourbon & Bowties bracelets, because they just look great with everything, and the “State of Mind” Kate Spade pendant I haven’t taken off since Mother’s Day.
I love that this dress has a great amout of versatility. To dress it up a little more for a brunch out, I’d pair this exact look with wedges instead. To dress it down for running errands or just getting out of the house for a coffee run, I’d simply throw on a denim jacket, some white sneakers, and a messy bun.
This dress definitely opened my eyes to the gorgeousness that is the color purple, and how great it looks on every skin tone. PS- it totally did make my green eyes POP! <3
I’ve found that one of the most flattering sundress styles is the midi length sundress. It’s such a perfect length for Summer, and if you select your midi in a lightweight fabric, the dress actually keeps you super cool.
Since I’m short, I always like to pair my midi sundresses with an open toed shoe to elongate my legs. I feel this style actually gives me a lot of length and like an optical illusion, makes me look so much taller than my 4’10” frame.
I paired this amazing baby blue cotton sundress from the Loft Outlet (ps it has pockets!!!) with my go-to Spring/Summer Marc Fisher espadrilles. Wearing a tan shoe also helps to make your legs look leaner and longer, and heels always give you the best posture, so I love how flattering (and easy to walk in) these are.
Accessory wise I wanted to keep things simple and let the dress speak for itself. I threw on my Bourbon & Bowties bangles along with the FL Kate Spade necklace and I was done!
I’ve been carrying this Henri Bendel Crosby crossbody since James got it for me for Mother’s Day and the Sea Salt color goes with everything! It’s got a great amount of room in it for a lipgloss, cash, keys, cellphone and sunnies, so it’s the perfect size for a small bag without being toooo tiny.
What I love about this whole look is that I could easily take this outfit from day to night by added a cropped moto-jacket and dark lips.
While this actual sundress is sold out currently. I’ve linked some of my absolute FAVORITE midi sundress options for under $50 as well as the rest of my outfit details below.
Have you tried the midi length sundress yet?
This is the last post I’ll be doing about this year’s Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. This post is my favorite picks under $250. My whole mantra is “Affordable Fashion with Seasonal Splurges” so this post is where you’re gunna find my picks for 2017’s best splurges.
The seasonal aspect of this comes from the fact that I pick 3-5 items to really “splurge” on each season, and by splurge I mean spend anywhere over $100 on any ONE item.
When I select an item to splurge on I look at a few different aspects of the item:
1. Long Term Wearability – is this something that will last year after year in my closet?
2. Quality of the Item – aside from the wearability which is more about style, is this item durable, made from quality products, and something that will withstand the test of time.
3. Labels – I don’t get TOO into labels when it comes to my clothing, nothing HAS to be brand name in order for me to wear it, but with that being said, when I’m splurging on something I want it to come with a great label, that’s known for it’s quality and timeless styles, and one that’s been around for years with plenty of years to come.
So without further ado- here are my splurges from the Nordstrom sale. I did things a tad different this time and separated my favs by season, because these are the “seasonal splurges” I would select.
And that’s all folks! I had a lot of fun writing this series, as sales are literally like my favorite thing ever. Let me know what you thought about it and if you’d like to see more posts like this! <3