In recent years I’ve really focused on not losing control and giving into the urge to shop aimlessly. Impulse purchases were a thing I was known for, and after watching many items in my closet sit there unused with tags still attached I made a promise to myself to reign it in. That being said, sometimes it’s good to loosen the reigns a bit, and lose control. Now, some of my favorite purchases are impulse buys–but that’s because they’re so few and far between these days. Nt only do they feel like an indulgence, they tend to be unexpected pieces that go with many of the other items already in my closet–like these jeweled Steve Madden sandals I came across while killing time the other day. Did I need them? Of course not. Am I happy I snagged them? Hell yes!
It has taken me years to hop on the statement earring trend–partly due to laziness and partly due to the fact that when I had my ears pierced at age 12 I had a pair of larger gage earrings put in, and after trying regularly sized ones back in high school I had to restretch the holes to my larger gaged hoops 2 weeks later–after that painful experience I decided to just stick with my classic silver hoops cause OUCH! However, in the past year, I decided I would rather have the freedom to play around and embrace the ability to switch out my earrings daily. I’ve slowly been growing my collection and when I found this cheap collection on Amazon I added it to my cart immediately. And I am so happy I did!
What’s your favorite accessory to throw on and spice up a basic outfit?
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!
Top: H&M / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Report (similar)
Ever since getting these jeans I’ve been reaching for them over and over again. The subtle writing with inspiring messages and sweet embroidered heart make me smile every time! Here I paired them with a simple black cami and some fun colorful flats that I’ve had forever for an unexpected pop. It’s a simple outfit, but I felt great in. Not sure about anyone else, but when I feel great about my I tend to be a happier person in general. It can turn a blah day into a good one, making me feel as though I excude the confidence I wish I always had. Fake it til ya make it, am I right? 😘
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?
Jeans are one of those clothing items I firmly believe you can never have too many of. When I stumbled across this pair right before the 4th I immediately fell in love! The subtle writing and designs all over give them a unique feel that separates them from the rest of the pairs already in my closet. And while they paired almost too perfectly with this red and white striped shirt just in time for the holiday, I know I’ll be wearing them all summer long in a variety of different ways—well, as soon as the temperature becomes slightly more tolerable. Anyone else still melting from SoCals latest heatwave?
Metallic Mules–An item I didn’t know I’d been missing, but now can’t live without!
I happened upon these mules while shopping with my cousin and aunt one day and it was love at first sight! I had been shopping for boots, but ended up backtracking and immediately trying them on. They’re comfortable and my lazy butt loves any shoe I can just slide on. While I knew that I would get a good amount of wear from them, I had absolutely no idea just how much. The silver works perfectly as a neutral and I wear them practically everything. My only regret it not purchasing a backup pair while they were still in stock! I strongly urge you to invest in a pair of metallic mules or slides before the summer is over–you won’t regret it!
Below are some of my current favorites:
- 14th & Union Hayzel Open Toe Mule
- Franco Sarto Glena Mule
- Gap Flat Mules in Metallic
- Nine West Raissa Slide Sandal
- Sam Edelman Oda Mule
- Kenneth Cole New York Lori Block Heel Mules
- Naturalizer Cyprine Leather Open-Toe Block-Heel Mule
- Rag & Bone Luis Mules
- Loeffler Randall Lulu Mules
- Strategia Metallic Woven Mules
Fashion I’d love to take a bite out of!
This season I have found myself fully embracing the trend of fruity fashion. From cherries to pineapple to citrus these prints scream summer. They’re both eye-catching while still coming across as effortless, which is the epitome of summer fashion—at least in this girls opinion. Does this trend wet your appetite too? (See what I did there?😉)
Here are some of my favorite pieces I’ve found so far:
Feeling extra fresh and fruity in this Kate Spade jumpsuit! 🍍
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!
When it comes to neon it’s all about balance.
Neon is something that screams summer to me. That being said, it’s something that can easily be over the top if you’re not careful. I knew when I spotted this dress at Target a few years back, that I absolutely had to have it. The pattern, while busy, isn’t an eyesore and the different pops of neon punch it up a few more notches. I tend to keep the accessories simple to let the dress shine on its own and paired it here with some classic cat-eye shades and pink lipstick to bring out the pinks and yellow bralette to bring out the pops of yellow throughout. What are some of your favorite ways to wear neon?