Basics x Tampa

Sometimes all you need is a great outfit filled with the basics to look your best. I have 3 go-to pieces that I’ve bought in several different colors that always look incredible on! All you need is a great sneaker, skinny jean, and baggy tee and you’re all set with the most basic, comfortable and casual outfit. This look is great for a casual weekend out shopping, a laid-back dinner with friends or family, or just perusing the farmer’s market on a lazy Sunday.

While we moved to Celebration in March, I still come back to Tampa often because let’s be honest: a) Nordstrom and b) Celebration is part of Kissimmee which is basically one hour from Tampa or 45 minutes from Downtown Orlando, so it’s not that much farther of a drive, and I have so many friends in Tampa that it’s nice to get together and catch up.

I’ll be in Tampa much more often since I was recently selected to be the Regional Leader of Style Collective for the Tampa area. I’m currently in the process of putting together our next 4 blogger events, so if you’re a blogger in the area check these out because they aren’t JUST for Style Collective Sisters (i.e. you CAN sit with us)

on 9/17 After everyone has calmed down from Fashion Week, we’ll be having a photography meet-up in Celebration

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10/06 We’ll be having a themed Halloween Costume Party! This party is going to be a blast, as we dress up and celebrate both Halloween and Fashion with this fun event!

 

Back to the basics:

Skinny Jeans. I probably wear these distressed black skinny jeans more than I should but I can’t help it! They fit SO incredibly well. I can’t say it enough ladies: mid-rise rockstar skinny jeans from Old Navy are really bae. The denim is really high quality but has an amazing amount of stretch to it for comfort. They also make these in so many different fashionable colors, rises, and distressed levels, so they look like legit designer jeans for a fraction of the price!

Baggy Tees. I am NOT brand loyal when it comes to an oversized tee shirt, if it looks like it’s got a lot of room and is under $15, it’s basically coming home with me. This happens to be one I picked up at Target when they were 2/$9, but I also love basic tops from LOFT so much! They are always the perfect soft cotton with the baggiest most flattering fit!

Sneakers. I feel like your sneakers should really reflect your personality. They’re your own shot in an all basics outfit to really stand out and make it your own. These Adidas Superstars I feel sum up my style as a blogger: slightly vintage, slightly preppy and classic. I had a pink version when Superstars rose to popularity in the early 00’s and I’ll have a different version every year until they stop selling them I swear to you.

Being fun and fashion forward is such a blast, but honestly it’s not what I dress like 70% of the time. If you run into me at Target I’m most likely in an outfit just like this or my “mom uniform” lol.

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Summer Sunnies- National Sunglasses Day 2016

National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day

Summer is here and that means it’s time to talk about the season’s most important staple: Sunnies. I have an obsession with sunglasses, if money were limitless I could easily have drawers full. While I used to work at a small boutique and grab a few pairs of inexpensive frames each paycheck with a great employee discount, I’ve since gotten rid of that collection and traded up for designer frames.

National Sunglasses Day

I hear people say all the time that they lose or break sunglasses so easily that they wouldn’t dare spend a good amount of money on a pair of sunglasses because of the fear something may happen to them. I used to be one of those people too, but since buying my first pair of Ray-Bans in 2013 I realized that spending more means you put more value into the frame, which in turn MAKES you keep track of them and forces you to take better care of them. Aside from that, most designer frames come with a warranty so if for some reason they break, they are most likely protected and you can get a replacement pair very quickly.

National Sunglasses Day

Unless I find a great steal, I now only add one new pair of sunglasses to my collection a year. Because these are shades I’m going to be constantly wearing on a daily basis, I don’t mind spending a little more. A good way to think of the sunglasses investment is just like you do make-up, if you wear make-up daily you want to buy a decent foundation that won’t clog your pores and give you acne, and you don’t mind spending a little extra to ensure it keeps your skin healthy. In the same way, a great pair of sunglasses that you can wear every single day will jazz up your outfit and keep you looking stylish all the time. If you don’t mind spending $40 a month on a great foundation, why would you mind spending what equates to less than $1 per day on an accessory that goes with all your best outfits?

National Sunglasses Day

Last year I added the classic black Ray-Ban Wayfarers in 13″ to my collection, and this year I went with a 60’s throwback tortoise shell frame from Prada. I love how the Prada frames match the season’s festival trends perfectly, while my Ray-Bans and their classic silhouette can easily be paired with anything in the closet!

National Sunglasses Day

No Shade,

B

 

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