Next weekend is July 4th and I wanted to give you some outfit inspiration for the occasion! My plans aren’t set in stone yet but if I had to guess you will most likely find me by the pool with a cocktail in my hand! Whatever your plans are for the day, don’t forget to wear your stars and stripes. Stocking up on a few red, white and blue pieces never hurts because there are so many occasions throughout the year to wear them. If I’m not at the pool, I will probably be wearing this cute striped Summer dress that I wore on Memorial Day as well.
Do you have any big plans for the long weekend? If you plan to hangout by the pool and want a hip float to keep you dry, I’ve rounded up all of the best (and yummiest!) pool floats here. Also stay tuned this week for more red, white and blue inspired outfits!
Here we go again talking about color! I know for some of you ladies out there that bringing color into your outfit can be a very sensitive topic but my hope from reading this blog is that you are able to slowly start adding color into your daily outfits. So why not start with the most colorful season of the year? Summer! Maybe not all at once and it’s probably going to take a few tries, but I promise you it will change your outlook on fashion and suddenly getting dressed in the morning doesn’t involve hiding behind those neutral shades. If you are normally sensitive to color or maybe you just have been looking for the perfect summer shades to start incorporating into your outfits, I have you covered.
Coral and turquoise are always my go-to colors for summer. Yes, there are several other colors that I love to wear, but these 2 just seem to stick every single Summer. You seriously can’t go wrong with either of these! While we are on the topic of summer colors, I want to point out that Summer is the time to bust out any bright color that your little heart desires. But if bright colors just really scare you, try blush instead of hot pink, periwinkle instead of turquoise, or lilac instead of bright purple. There is always a compromise when it comes to color. Start small and work your way to the top 🙂 The easiest way to start adding in color to your ensemble is to start with the accessories- jewelry, belts, and purses. Turquoise is a fun color to accessorize multiple outfits and goes with every neutral shade! For more inspiration, check out this blog post featuring some of my favorite blogger babes and their take on this year’s hottest colors.
Happy Monday friends! I took a step back this weekend from social media and boy did it feel good. I’m sure none of you noticed because before blogging I sure as heck wouldn’t have, but I felt compelled to let you all in on why! It seems silly to have to think of social media as part of your to-do list, but for me, sadly, it has become just that! I no longer post whenever the occasion arises, instead I try to post 2-3 times a day so I can keep you all up to date on what is currently on the blog and also give you a way to shop my outfit details. As always you can find all of my ready to shop outfit details here. That being said taking some time off from social media is needed for everyone especially when it starts to interfere with your day to day activities. This weekend I had friends in town and then spent yesterday with my family to celebrate Father’s Day with my sweet daddio so being social media free allowed me to spend my undivided time with the ones I love! But don’t worry I will be back in full force now 🙂
Now onto this cute outfit that I wore last weekend for the Pinterest workshop that I attended. Pinterest workshop you ask? It is just want it sounds like! I got to learn from the best, Meg (from Meg O. on the Go) as well as Channing and Michelle (from MWOA), about how to use Pinterest as a resource to drive traffic to your blog. I’m telling y’all it really is crazy how much stuff goes into all of this that I had NO idea about! If this is something that any of you are interested in and would be interested in seeing a blog post about it, please let me know!
My top is actually a tunic that I tied in the front for a more casual look. Tunics are great because they can be worn so many different ways. With pants, leggings, shorts or even as cover ups! Being that I am petite, it can be hard finding a tunic with the right length. You also have the struggle of wearing the right pants so it doesn’t end up looking like a dress. I actually wore the tunic untied for part of the workshop and then decided it looked even cuter tied in the front so I switched it up midday. I loved that it was still long in the back with a little “party” in the front. I added in my favorite summer wedges and pops of red to top off this minimalistic look. I will definitely be recreating this look come July 4th since the red, white and blue isn’t too overbearing and still super stylish! Be sure to check out Lilla P.’s website as they are having their July 4th sale and everything is 30% off!
*Thank you Lilla P. for making this post possible. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Happy Friday friends! Lately I have been wanting everything in sight that has anything to do with tassels, pom poms, or fringe so I am bringing you all my favorites under $100! Most of my picks are also under $50 so they won’t break the bank and you can treat yourself to more than just one. I already own 4 and I currently have 1, 6, and 10 in my basket. No shame in my tassel game!
This weekend I will be catching up with friends and celebrating my wonderful dad for Father’s Day. We have brunch planned and hanging out by the pool. If you still are needing some last minute gift ideas be sure to checkout my Father’s Day gift guide. What will you be doing for Father’s Day? I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Being a #girlboss can take a lot of work so your outfit shouldn’t have to! If there is one thing that my mama taught me well, it was how to dress for success on a budget. Thanks mama! Dressing for success does not have to be costly and who doesn’t like to save a few dollars where they can? I don’t claim to always get everything for cheap, but I do make a conscious effort to make my dollars go as far as possible. That being said, here are my tips for all of my ladies out there that, like me, have a champagne taste on a beer budget.
Shop the sales
If you aren’t someone who normally gets excited about sales, it’s time to make a change! At some point the gorgeous blouse that you are coveting is going to go on major sale and you will kick yourself for paying full price. Stores are always looking for an excuse to push a sale so look out for the really good ones (40%+ off) and sit back for the duds (10-15%). Sign up for your favorite stores email lists and check them regularly. Sometimes email subscribers get inside information and it pays off to get all of those annoying emails! Outlets can also be your best friend. While they usually are a season behind, they offer greatly discounted clothes and you know they are still the name brand you love. J Crew Factory is my favorite for discounted work clothes- specifically their cropped pants. The majority of my work attire comes from Loft, Banana Republic, and J Crew Factory when they are having their major end of the year sales. I have scored work pants for $8/piece so I am telling you that the wait is worth it people!
Know when to save and when its ok to splurge
Have you ever heard the term, “Fashion comes and goes but style is timeless”? It is ok to splurge on the pieces that you know you will be able to wear for years to come. Think suits, blazers, an age-appropriate LBD, or well-made heels. This unfortunately does not include trendy pieces. So while you might be really tempted to run out and buy the season’s hottest new trend, unless you can find it for a reasonable price, I highly suggest saving your money. I tend to splurge on pieces that I can see myself wearing in 5 years and in order to do that the quality has to be there. Keep in mind that sometimes it is necessary to spend a bit more for quality if it is going to save you money in the long run.
Don’t allow yourself to shop for fun (on a regular basis)
This one gets me the most. Anyone else an emotional shopper? I get it, I have first hand experience that retail therapy can cure just about anything! I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to make myself feel better or simply because I was bored at the time. While this is ok on rare occasions, it can NOT be your norm. If you absolutely must- stick to places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Target. I call these my safe zones because at least they are budget friendly. Be careful because these places can also sneak up on you if you go overboard, so my best piece of advice is to only allow yourself to purchase one item.
Stock up on staples
These are your classics that are never going out of style. They are the separates that you can wear to make several different outfits. For the most part, your staples are going to be your solid colors. Prints tend to come and go. Every #girlboss should own a white and black blouse, navy and black pants, and a black pencil skirt at the very least. These colors go with almost everything. I own several different white blouses because they go with any bottom that you can think of- pants, pencil skirts, shorts, you name it. You can’t go wrong investing in separates in white, navy, black, khaki, grey, and red.
It’s all in the details
Details can make or break an outfit but they can also help you recreate old looks and make them new again. Accessories can completely change an outfit by switching up your jewelry, belt, and purse so don’t forget about these. You do not need a ton of different details. Again, stick to pieces that you can wear with several different outfits and through multiple seasons. My go to place for details is Charming Charlie because they have great deals and everything is color coded so it’s super easy to choose from!