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I have always loved the style of the 60s and 70s, but am especially loving the bright colored bell bottoms and more structured pieces I have been seeing as of late. They feel both like a nod to the era of peace, love, and Aquarius, while also feeling appropriate and modern for summer. Yellow isn’t a color I wear too often (although I have been on the hunt for a pair of mustard mules the last few months), but as soon as I saw these bright yellow jeans I knew I had to give them a spin. And to change it up, instead of hunting down another denim skirt, although there are many on my list to try, this BB Dakota dress has all the things I love (buttons all down the front, a structured fit, natural blue wash), while being at least a little different from the pieces I’ve been wearing recently. I absolutely can not wait to style these two beauties up while rocking out to some of my favorite oldies!

BB Dakota Dress

M.i.h. Jeans

Key Kimono

Dress: Bailey 44 / Kimono: Amazon / Shoes: Report (similar) / Bag: Ross (similar)
There is something so lovely about having simple “go to” pieces that you can run out the door in, even when you’re running late. In summer, I tend to lean hard on simple cotton dresses that breath (thank you LA heatwave…), and this kimono is one of my favorite finds to date this summer! I purchased it as a beach cover up, but it pairs just as beautifully with shorts and a tank as well as over a variety of different dresses in my closet. It takes this simple cotton midi dress from casual, to ooh la la in a matter of seconds! Anyone else having a moment with kimonos too? Where are some of your favorite places to buy them from?



Stars and Stripes

I will take any excuse to dress in theme and run with it–Fourth of July is no exception!

Dress: A.L.C. / Clutch: Ross Dress for Less (Similar) / Shoes: Naturalizer (Similar)

When I rented this dress I did not have it in mind for the fourth–I’m typically at a backyard bbq rocking some cut-offs and bathing suit sipping a cold beer-=one of the few times I venture away from wine, I know *gasp*. However, once I put it on and started digging around in my closet (I keep all of my purses on a shelf in my closet and quite a few fell on my head from my laziness and unwillingness to get out the step stool) this bag quite literally smacked me in the face. After my initial shock of a bag falling on my head, I immediately ran outside after completing my happy dance to take these photos.

 

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All DressedUp For Summer

There’s something so lovely about being able to throw on one piece and still make a statement. Though these dresses don’t have much in common I fell in love with both for their simple silhouettes and fun details. Both pieces can be dressed up or down depending on how they are styled, but for a hot summers day, all I plan on throwing on are some easy sandals or slides and some big cat eye sunglasses. How would you style these beauties?

Bailey44-Fennel Dress

Bailey 44 Fennel Dress

 

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A.L.C. Striped Cabrera Dress

All Buttoned Up 💕

Loving this modernized take on a denim skirt by Elizabeth and James! 

Top: Nordstrom (similar) / Skirt: Elizabeth and James / Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar) / Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction / Bag: Amazon

I swore about 8 years ago when I was doing a closet cleanout that I would be saying sayonara to denim skirts for good. Fast forward, and I am happily eating my words! Whereas the skirt I am not so fondly remembering was ultra short, distressed and something out of the Mean Girls era, this pink version by Elizabeth and James feels nothing but modern and sophisticated, even when dressed down with a crop top and denim jacket. The buttons down the front add an eye-catching detail that is also elongating–something I adore given my short stature, and the belt helps cinch it in at just the right place. After discovering this piece I will be eating my words much more this summer and am looking forward to giving more denim skirts a try in the near future–stay tuned!

Pineapple Express

Feeling extra fresh and fruity in this Kate Spade jumpsuit! 🍍 

Jumpsuit: Kate Spade New York / Shoes: Rock N Candy / Sunglasses: Banana Republic (similar)

Lately, I’ve been leaning hard into fruit or food patterned items. They feel extra summery and it doesn’t hurt that the little ones I take care of love them too. Children are inherently honest, so when they compliment your outfit you know it’s extra special! I love the hint of yellow and brown throughout this jumpsuit making it both something wearable for daytime as well as a piece I’m able to dress up by swapping my leather coat and sandals for heels and a blazer. It makes a statement without being in your face and was perfect for a Sunday afternoon spent lounging around my cousins for a backyard BBQ. You don’t get much more summery than that!

Eye of the Tiger

Face to face, out in the heat 

Hanging tough, stayin’ hungry

Jacket: Macy’s (similar)/ Dress: Milly / Boots: Sam Edelman (similar)

Every time I wear this bomber jacket I find myself humming “Eye of the Tiger” throughout the day. Considering it’s a song I associate with wonderful memories–dancing with rosé at sunset in Santorini to be specific, I definitely had an added pep in my step. With the little hints of yellow and red, I knew it would be work perfectly with this rainbow dress by Milly. To toughen up the look and balance it a bit I paired it with my tried and true Sam Edelman booties. I own (far) too many pairs of black booties (can you ever really have too many though?), but these are the ones I reach for most often–they’re a classic shape and beyond comfortable! Although I must confess my want for a pair of yellow mules increased ten fold after this outfit because while I love the booties with it, they would have been even better! Will definitely be looking to add a pair to my closet before the summer is through.

Trend Talk Tuesday

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I am absolutely over the rainbow for this colorful trend–which is not something I ever thought I’d say! Whether you’re into a more subdued color palette or are ready to embrace the brighter pieces (or sequin ones) with open arms, there’s something for everybody! It’s not something just for littel kids anymore! Here are some of my favorite picks I’ve found over the last week. I will definitely be rocking this trend all summer long. Will you?

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Left to right: Alcoolique (similar)/ Tanya Taylor

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Left to right: Tanya Taylor/ Milly / Tory Burch

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Left to right: Milly / ML Monique Lhuillier / Parker

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Left to right: Jade Tribe (similar)/ Furla / Elizabeth and James

More Mint

A little bit of everything… 💚 🌈 🍃

Top: Minkpink/ Jacket: Gap (Similar)/ Jeans: Levis (Similar)/ Shoes: Bandolino (Similar)/ Clutch: Ross (Similar)

Sometimes there are days my outfits are incredibly well thought and planned out. Other days I throw on a bunch of stuff until I find something that sticks (or I run out of time and need to run out the door for work). The outfit above was definitely more of the latter. I knew I wanted to wear this gingham top but had no clue how to style it. After a few attempts, and fails this was the final result–and yes with just seconds to spare. Overall, I’m happy with the results and although my bedroom still looks like a tornado blew through it, this mish-mosh of pieces doesn’t reflect that. I’m also happy to report that as the day went on I thought of more and more ways to style this top, which I will be sharing next week. Stay tuned!

Mint Condition

This dress combines all my favorite spring trends into one fantastic piece!


Dress: Saylor / Jacket: Old Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Purse: Like Dreams (similar)

What happens when you combine stripes, mint and bright colorful embroidery? You get one very happy girl, that’s what! I knew as soon as I saw this dress that I had to wear it. When it comes to trends I tend to stick with pieces that only incorporate one at a time. This piece manages to balance multiple trends (the mint, the barely-there stripes and brightly colored embroidery that’s almost rainbow)  in just the right way without being too much. It was absolutely perfect for an evening spent sipping rosé on the patio counting down the days til summer is officially here.