:: Summer Casual: Flutter Top & Distressed Denim ::

:: Summer Casual: Flutter Top & Distressed Denim ::

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Hey all,

If you don’t already know, I decided to take the summer off from teaching to mentally recharge and work on the blog. Outside of a few gigs (and my first ever vacation!), I have spent most of my time cleaning, over-eating, and playing PokemonGo to undo the effects of the former. Of course, this week, as the entire country experienced heat waves of records proportions, going outside was even more undesirable than usual. Naturally, I motivated myself the only way I know how, by putting on a cute outfit. It’s no secret that I’m beyond obsessed with one of summer’s biggest trends, the off-the-shoulder top. I’ve been eyeing this one for a couple of months now, and I was beyond excited when it went on sale. Despite my very tight summer budget, I couldn’t stop myself from adding this top to my cart! It’s still marked down now, and available in all sizes (S/M/L). You may also like this baby pink one (swoon) or this black floral one. The ruffles give this top a fantastic feminine feel and the cutout shoulders are flirty with a touch of sexy. This top sends a message to summer; it’s not the only one that can turn up the heat.

Distressed white denim is a wardrobe staple, and these pants are about as comfortable as it gets, which is great since summer is the perfect opportunity to consume generous proportions of fried and grilled foods. Full disclosure: For this brand, the stretch is fairly generous in the thighs and hips, order a size down. I regret not sending them back immediately to do so myself.

As far as accessories were concerned, I opted to for pieces in neutral colors that I felt made a statement in their own right, but didn’t distract from the gorgeous blue of the blouse. These black platforms were only $20 from Target and I love this straw hat! Unfortunately it’s sold out, but Shop & Apparel carries an entire line of affordable embroidered straw hats that I also love. The handbag is a look-a-like for the Clare V. clutch and I purchased it last winter from an online boutique. It was only $50 and came with a detachable gold chain strap. They’ve since sold out, but this Etsy shop makes a very similar bag available in four sizes.

What are your thoughts on the off-the-shoulder trend? Do you love it as much as I do? Is it too much? Was this top the deal breaker? Let me know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!

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Add it to your closet:: Outfit//

ILY Couture Top {Also Crushing On Tie Front Crop Top} ♥ Macy’s Nanette Lepore Pants {Sold Out – Similar Here} ::

:: Accessories//

Mossimo Platform Heels ♥ Cheetah Print Clutch {Old – Similar Here} ♥ BaubleBar Ring ♥ Earrings {Old} ♥ Bracelet {Old} ♥ Sunnies {Old – Love These} ♥ Mango Hat {Sold Out – Customize Your Own Here} ::

:: Beauty//

Milani Lipstick {Matte Fearless} ::

 

:: Bold Prints & Rich Hues: Navy & Florals

:: Bold Prints & Rich Hues: Navy & Florals

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As you may know, I have developed a serious love for Ann Taylor as I’ve gotten older. Their pieces are filled with rich hues, bold patterns, and classic silhouettes for a trendy yet timeless feel. For me this look encompasses all of those aspects; deep navy, bright florals, and off the shoulder. This look could easily be worn with flats for a more practical daytime look, or spiced up with heels or wedges for a date night. You could also pair the shorts with this navy blue blouse or button-down for more work appropriate look too. I could go on and on, as both pieces are so versatile, there’s endless ways to mix and match them.

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When I saw this top, I knew I had to grab it, especially since it had been marked down to $19! It’s currently listed at $50 but if you know Ann Taylor, they’re sure to mark it down at least once more before the close of the summer. I also like that, unlike my other off the shoulder tops, this one is fitted which makes it much easier to tuck into bottoms.

If I haven’t made it clear, I love these shorts and the colors are perfect for transitioning into early fall days. If you’re crushing on this floral print as much as I am, you’ll love this dress and skirt, or consider completing the set with this matching peplum top. There’s even a scarf for those looking for a lively, but lightweight way to bundle up on a cool summer evening.

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Also I can’t get enough of these sunglasses! I purchased them for $18 at the Ann Taylor Factory Store, but they’re not available online and most likely aren’t in stock at the classic Ann Taylor either. I did some hunting and found a similar pair here and here. (Bonus: The second comes in five colors!) My double sided pearl earrings are one of my favorite jewelry pieces; pair with a simple pearl necklace to create the perfect vintage feel. While you can easily find a pair for under $15, most earrings that inexpensive are made of brass, nickel, or a combination of metals that will turn over time. If you’re looking to invest in more long term jewelry, or you have sensitive skin, you may find these (sterling silver or 18k gold) pairs to be better options.

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If you’re like me, your hair’s low porosity often lends to excessive dryness, which can make it brittle and fragile. In the summertime, natural hairstyles force me to put a bit more TLC into my hair, but during busy weeks, it isn’t always easy to find that time. Though heat styling is more time efficient for me, the heat applied can exacerbate my hair’s fragility. I find thick, lose braids put the least amount of strain on my hair, although admittedly I need to up my game. I am pretty proud of this look though, and with some practice, I may be able to don it as maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding in September. To attain the perfect bun, I decided to DIY a sock hair donut. This tutorial is perfect; the bun made the shorter hair at the back of my head look much fuller, the sock posed no risk to my delicate strands, and it cost me nothing.

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As always, thanks so much for reading!

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:: Summer Loving: Off the Shoulder Ruffle Top & Gingham Skirt ::

:: Summer Loving: Off the Shoulder Ruffle Top & Gingham Skirt ::

Hey all,

Over the past few years, my love for Macy’s has waned. Lately, however, we’ve had a fantastic relationship and I love that they cater to a range of styles and sizes. There have been a number of great sales this season, and I have an additional 20% or 25% off coupon. There’s generally only free shipping for orders over $99, but I seemingly always have more than enough to qualify. Free return shipping doesn’t offer much of a deterrent and I love that I can try things out without the concern of unnecessary return fees. Although, it’s not as great of a policy as Nordstrom (which every fashion blogger swears by), I prefer a greater selection of more affordable pieces and more frequent sales.

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I purchased both my blouse and gingham skirt from Macy’s and if you follow me on social media, you’ll recognize the skirt from a number of previous posts. Gingham is by far one of my favorite summer prints. It adds instant character to any look and there are a never ending number of blue and red options, which are perfect for the upcoming holiday. I wore these Ann Taylor sandals I purchased last summer (current version here) but if you pair this skirt with red heels and a red bag and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday number.

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No doubt you’ve seen the countless pictures of the Chloe ‘Drew’ Crossbody. If you’re like me, you have no plans on stomaching the $1,850 price tag. Fortunately, it’s become trendy to score designer dopplegangers for less, and I snagged one from Jessica Buurman that included the chain and convertible strap for $100. As expected, Shein has about two or three different versions (there’s even a laser cut design) available in multiple colors for under $26! (Disclaimer: These only come with the chain and if you’re like me you’ll notice that the sides poke out, whereas the the original and more expensive look-alikes invert in.) I also like this listing on Amazon as it offers two sizes for each of three colors.

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The off-the-shoulder trend became wildly popular this past spring, and has continued going strong. As I have FOMO (fear of missing out) I couldn’t officially start my summer vacation without purchasing an adorable ots top of my own. This Rachel Roy (and yes, I know she’s on the beyhive’s list) ruffle blouse could not have been a better buy. The fabric is lightweight but durable, and not only do the ruffles add an extra layer of femininity but they are extremely flattering for large busted girls such as myself. This top comes highly recommended!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

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