Thirty, Flirty & Thriving

Dress: Parker / Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar) / Bag: Like Dreams (similar)

This past weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday, and to celebrate I got together with those dearest to me and danced the night away (shout out to all my amazing friends and family who made the whole entire weekend absolutely magical! I decided after about 3 weeks of searching to keep my look simple with an LBD with sheer paneling by Parker and nude heels by Chinese Laundry. To bring in some color I added a little yellow bag and some rainbow sunglasses for some playful pops.

Comin’ In Red Hot

Jumpsuit: Jill Stuart / Shoes: Rock & Candy / Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar)

Red is not typically a color I embrace when it comes to my wardrobe, which is only surprising because it’s my favorite color. However, when I saw this jumpsuit by Jill Stuart I was immediately drawn in by the clean, sleek silhouette and bold color. While it would have paired beautifully with a matching bold lip and vibrant accessories, I decided to keep things simple and dress it down (slightly) for happy hour last week by keeping my hair and makeup minimal and let this beautiful piece do all the talking for me.

 

Buttoned Up/Buttoned Down

Dress: B.B. Dakota / Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)/ Clutch: Ross Dress For Less / Sunglasses: Wildfox

Maybe it’s because I simply love denim and how easy it is to dress up or down, but there is something about this BB Dakota dress that has me completely head over heels! Well, quite a few somethings to be honest. It’s one of those rare pieces that fit me like a glove and I can’t find one single thing I dislike about it. The material, the cut, the length, the buttons down the front, even the little pockets in the front all combine to make the perfect dress! Not since those Minkpink jeans have I been so tempted to cheat on my little challenge and splurge–my 30th birthday is coming up…does it count as cheating if I buy it as a birthday gift to myself?

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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

 

ALC-StripedCabreraDress

A.L.C. Striped Cabrera Dress