Summer Style // Bell Sleeves & Floral Earrings

 

Summer Sundays are a time for relaxation (especially as the temps go up!) and this double flare sleeve top is a fun and comfortable top for doing just that. I paired the top with these scallop shorts in black, but I would also love it with white bottoms like this midi skirtthis wrap skirt, or this scallop skirt. My floral earrings are from Ann Taylor (sold out; love thesethese or these).

 

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Ruffle Pieces for Summer Heat

I am still enjoying the ruffle style this season, especially with the quickly approaching summer heat. My favorite thing about ruffles is that it adds such a fun and feminine flair to an outfit. This white ruffle top is under $40 and so comfortable. I normally wear a 0-2 and am wearing a size small in this. It is just fitted enough to be able to tuck in, but also not boxy as some other ruffle styles are. My black skirt can be found here (cheaper options found here and here for under $40). I love adding a pop of color to a black and white outfit, and my red sandals are less than $20 (also available in multiple colors). Crossbody bag (Soho Disco bag; loving this tan version found here).

 

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Bold Print Culottes in Miami

While packing for Miami, I pulled out everything with a bold print or a ruffle. I packed these bold culottes, which were just perfect for the south Florida heat with the lightweight, breezy material. These are also a great bottom option to easily transition from sightseeing during the day to dinner. Plus, I absolutely love anything with pockets. These are true to size as I’m wearing a small (normally wear a 0-2). I also love this dress option in the same print. I paired the culottes with a lightweight white T-shirt (old, 14th & Union; similar found herehere, or here).

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Striped Swimwear for Memorial Day

Long holiday weekends are a great time for lazy mornings and time spent with family and I am so excited for a little R&R this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. If you’re headed to the beach this weekend or even lounging by the pool for a staycation, you’re probably getting ready to pull out your red, white, and blue stripes. My blue and white striped bikini with a tie-back can be found here for under $40. Bag (small ark by Cult Gaia; found here). Red wide brim hat (old, Sensi Studio from Moda Operandi; similar found here)). I’ve linked more striped swimwear options below.

 

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Summer Style // Your New Favorite Espadrille

With summer comes the return of the espadrille, but until now I’ve found it to be pretty hard to find an espadrille that is both cute AND comfortable. I recently found this pink pair for under $100 and is actually comfortable (Bella Vita; Nordstrom).

The perforations and the gold threading on the platform are such a fun and beautiful detail. What I also love about these are the very slight wedge heel that give you just enough of that added lift to make your legs look longer (and leaner!). This brand also offers a wide variety of sizes (literally) including narrow, medium, and wide. For those who have wide feet, this espadrille is a great option because the sizing runs slightly large and the medium allows enough room for wide feet. I ordered a wide as I usually am in other brands, but ended up sending it back for a medium. For all the details that most people don’t like to speak of- the footbed is comfortable and doesn’t make your feet sweat as much as other shoes. This espadrille doesn’t slide off your heels, and isn’t so stiff on the bottom that you feel like you’re walking on a board. I’ve linked more espadrille options for under $100 below:

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Travel Style // Tan & Navy Quilted Jacket

I think it’s so important to dress in layers when traveling, as you never know what the weather holds. A bright, beautiful sunny day can quickly turn into a cool, windy afternoon and this quilted jacket is just the perfect addition to a basic outfit. The navy embroidered edges are such a perfect feminine detail and also Chanel-esque. With 3/4″ length sleeves, this jacket doesn’t overwhelm me like other styles. This runs slightly small which is something to consider if you like to layer and depending on how fitted you like your jackets. I also think this jacket would be so fun to pair with a striped top underneath (such as this or this) and white skinny jeans (like this or this pair). Sandals (found here; Target). Cream sweater (Old Navy; sold out in this color/style combination, but I love this V-neck version). Jeans (old, Ag; similar found here, but I love this option under $60).

 

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OOTD: Pearl Embellished Convertible Bag & Two Tone Sunglasses

When out exploring, I like to choose pieces for both function AND style like this convertible bag that is an all-in-one bag which is satchel, backpack and cross body (Zac Zac Posen). For a more simple option with less straps, there is also a top handle version. Also, I am loving these sunglasses because of how well they fit (Free People). My sunglasses usually hit my cheeks and rub my makeup off and these two- tone sunnies don’t do that. Also, repeating this white tank from Trouve (found here) and these scallop shorts (J. Crew).

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Straw Circle Bag for Summer: Wear 2 Ways

I’m loving circle bags this season, but a lot of them are fairly pricey. My bag is under $60 and can be found here. I can actually wear this bag two ways- carried as a tote or as a crossbody. For me, the crossbody strap is a little too long at my 5’2″ height, so I knotted it and wore it over the shoulder instead. One of my main concerns about straw bags is their strength, and I was able to put a full wallet, phone, lipstick and camera in without any stretching. A similar bag in black/white can be found here or this one in tan or in black. Denim dress (old, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue; similar can be found herehere, or here. Sandals (DV from Target; found found here).

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The Pocket Skirt: Gingham Style

Who doesn’t love a skirt with POCKETS? I love this gingham skirt (Asos; similar version found here or this one in black/white) which runs true to size. I am wearing a size 0, which is comfortable although does hit below the knee. The fabric is breezy enough for a warm, sunny day and the bow tie is such a perfect feminine detail. I think this wrap skirt style in gingham is also so pretty!

White long sleeve top (old, Nordstrom; similar version found here or this is also a great option for less than $23). Straw heels (found here; Sam & Libby). Straw basket weave tote was actually from a market in Vietnam (always the best finds!), but I really like this dressier option. I also really like this basket bag and this straw clutch.

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OOTD: Wearing White BEFORE Memorial Day

Recently I broke both rules of not only wearing white before Memorial Day but also wearing white on a day of pouring rain (which is probably more taboo than a supposed ‘rule’). The ‘no white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day’ began in the early 1900s when the ultra rich would leave the city to summer at the beach in their light colored clothing. Society and culture have made a lot of advancements, so I really don’t believe that this holds true anymore. I really appreciate that our culture is now much more open to so many unique styles and trends. However, I do believe their are certainly various shades of white that are more fitting for winter- such as a beautiful, silky, creamy white cashmere sweater rather than a pure white tank (like in the photo above) that would be better blended into spring/summer.

I love this exact tank by Trouve because of the textured front (Nordstrom). I always look for interesting details and I find that Trouve always manages to add just the right amount of interest to their clothing (#notsponsored!). I was trying my hardest to hold out for a slightly warmer day to break out this tank, but just couldn’t wait any longer during this onslaught of rainy days. This tank is definitely not very see through at all- assuming you wear neutral undergarments. The fabric is a comfortable cotton blend and light enough for warmer days. I am wearing an XS, which I find to be true to size. However, if you have a longer torso, this tank might be a little short.

Pink satchel for less than $35 (found here in the same pink color, but also available in blackcream, or grey; Merona at Target). At my local store, I actually found the bag on clearance for $25. Cardigan (old, Chicwish; other great options found here or here). Black jeans (found here; Eunina) in size 3 (I normally wear a 26 in other brands). Black gloss boots (found here; Hunter).

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