Basic Summer Staples Every Closet Needs

Outfit Details // top | pants | shoes | bag | similar sunglasses | similar necklace

I’m a dress person.  That’s just the truth.  Whether I’m going to a fancy event, or running errands, you will typically find me wearing a dress.  I’m just more comfortable in them, and I’ve really never liked pants.  That being said, I do think it’s still vital to have some good denim in your wardrobe, and a couple other “staple” items to pair with them – especially for the summer.

Summertime might be hot, but if you’re uncomfortable wearing shorts or skirts, you feel like they don’t flatter you, or the occasion calls for something more – just take a walk to the wild side and grab some distressed denim!  The fun thing about distressed denim is that they’re still casual enough for a middle-of-the-afternoon Target run, but simply switching out some accessories and shoes can take them perfectly into the night.

Some of the basics that I think every summer wardrobe must have are comfy, slouchy tank tops, stylish sneakers, distressed denim, round or octagonal sunglasses, and a good designer bag dupe (yeah, I said dupe … because who really wants to spend that much money on a bag that might not even be “in style” next season?)  Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for each category that won’t break the bank and will keep you feeling casual and cool all summer long!

Comfy, slouchy tank tops

Stylish sneakers

Distressed denim

Round/octagonal sunglasses

Designer bag dupes

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top | pants | shoes | similar necklace | similar sunglasses | bag

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The Perfect Party Dress for Summer

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I can finally say it, people … Happy Summer!  The hottest season officially began a couple days back, and I’m incredibly excited to truly transition my wardrobe into those bright, summer colors and playful prints.  BBQs, rooftop parties, and other festive events are on the horizon, and I’m bringing as many fun pieces into my wardrobe as possible to wear through the warmer months. One of the things I love most about summer clothing are the fantastic and even somewhat flamboyant patterns.  Throughout the rest of the year, I tend to stay more on the neutral side, with floral being the most dramatic print I gravitate towards.  However, maybe it’s just the heat getting to me, but during these few toasty months, I love anything with an eye-catching design, which was what tempted me to get my hands on this dress.

One of the most fantastic patterns – IMO – is the flamingo print!  It’s distinctive and adorable, and sure to get you compliments at any event you attend through the summer.  This particular dress from Chicwish drew my eye, not only because of the flamingos, but because of the classic shirtdress style.  It’s quite retro, and reminds me of something that might even be worn by June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver (does anyone know this show?  If so, you’re my favorite)!  I love the flattering fit of this dress, with the high neckline and the adjustable bow waist.  When I received this piece, there was a layer of tulle between the outer layer and the liner.  I promptly removed that, as I’m not the biggest fan of tulle, and it helped the dress look less like a cupcake on me. 😂

Since I’m such a fan of this darling pattern, I rounded up some of my favorite flamingo-print pieces for your shopping pleasures.  You’ll definitely have to get your hands on this dress, because not only is it a steal at only $50, but with the code “JUL10” you can save 10% on all orders over $50 from Chicwish!

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dress | similar heels | similar bracelet set | earrings

photos by Stefanie

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A Midi Dress to Make You Swoon

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I’m gonna cut to the chase – this is, without a doubt, the most magical dress to ever make its way into my closet.  We met due to the unfortunate circumstance of another dress not fitting properly and needing to be exchanged.  The other dress didn’t have more available sizes, so I opted for this midi-length dream of a dress, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.  I knew it was love the moment I pulled it out of the box.  The material is so light and soft that it felt like silk in my hands.  The print is dreamy and elegant, and made for summertime.  When I slipped it on, I was thrilled to find out that it wasn’t too sheer, the straps were adjustable, and it was quite possibly the most flattering dress I’d ever seen in my life.

On my long-legged frame, this dress hits right below my knee, but it’s certainly anything but frumpy (for reference, I’m 5’6″ and purchased a size 2).  Since it’s made of a thin crepe fabric, it’s not bulky in the slightest, and the material flows away from the body creating the perfect movement and chic silhouette.  I’m also a massive fan of the slightly wider-rather-than-lower neckline, which flatters my … ahem … itty bitties.  My only wish: that this dress came in an abundance of colors and patterns so that I could fill my entire wardrobe with it.

Where can you wear this dress?  Anywhere!  I really mean that.  I did this shoot early on a Sunday morning with my blogger bestie, Stefanie (it was her first shoot since her beautiful new baby came, and it was so good to spend time with her again).  We were close to my favorite cafe, so we stopped in for some lattes and macarons – which makes this dress very brunch-appropriate.  It’s also fantastic for weddings because while the base color is white, the print covers enough to not draw eyes away from the bride.  Got a happy hour event to go to?  Wonderful!  Slip on a pair of more colorful heels, add some chunky accessories, and you’re good to go.  This dress is also appropriate enough for church, family dinners, or work functions (maybe with a sweater or cropped denim jacket).  Last, but certainly not least, my boyfriend loved this dress, making it 100% perfect for date nights!

Now that I’ve given you a million reasons to swoon over this dress, go get it for yourself and let me know how much you love it too!  It’s seriously going to be my favorite dress for the spring and summer.  I’ve already worn it like three times since I got it last week!

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dress | similar shoes | necklace

photos by Stefanie of According to Blaire

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Best Pool Floats for Summer '17

Happy Friday, babes!  I hope this week has treated you well, and that you’re gearing up for an awesome weekend.  I got a chance to hit the pool last week, and of course I had to bring along my favorite donut float.  It made me start wondering how many fun floats were out there for the summer, and when I discovered all the styles, I knew I needed to share some of my favorite options with you.  I grabbed this donut one last summer when I was still visiting Brandon in Florida and was hitting up the pool all the time.  We made great use of it, and I can vouch for the quality because it held both of us on it with no problem!  So far, it’s only hit the water once this summer, but I’m hoping to change that soon!  I’ve been seeing a plethora of cute floats out there, so I got to searching the interwebs for all the best of the best ones for you guys!

I feel like I definitely don’t need more than one, but I’ve got to say, the margarita, cactus, ice cream sandwich, and rose gold flamingo are calling my name!  They’re just too fun to pass up.  If you’re planning to hit the pool with a float this summer, which one will you take along?

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bikini | pool float | ballet sweater c/o Wooden Ships

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Bride-Friendly LWDs

I recently welcomed wedding season with what to wear to a romantic event as a guest – see that post here – and now I’m going to approach it from another perspective: the bride!  No, no, I don’t have an announcement to make, but I’ve been seeing one engagement after another, and wedding pictures popping up on my Facebook timeline like groundhogs!  I know that the season before a wedding can be incredibly stressful on any bride, and there are so many different occasions to consider purchasing dresses for: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and then potentially a second dress for the reception if you’re not wearing the gown the whole time!  Whew, I’m getting tired, and my wallet is hurting just thinking about it!

During Nordstrom’s half yearly sale, I scored this stunning crochet mini that I just completely adore!  And while I wish I had waited until after my spray tan to take these photos (sorry if you needed sunglasses to look at this post), I couldn’t get over how stunning this dress is – and how perfect it is for a bride!  Not only is it a great mix of conservative and sexy (high neckline + cutout details), but it’s ridiculously flattering.  The cutouts cinch the waist brilliantly, and the curved hemline elongates the legs.  You really can’t go wrong.  Not to mention the price never went back up after the sale, so you can purchase this baby for only $35 right now!

Since my dress was such a great steal, I decided to search for the best of the best LWDs under $70 to share with my brides-to-be (or anyone on the hunt for a gorgeous, summery white dress).

Bride-Friendly LWDs

 

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dress | similar heels | watch (shesawstyle for 15% off!)| earrings | ring

photos by Brandon

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