Outfits

The Season’s Hottest Swimwear

Britt and I’s swimsuits are from Kortni Jeane

If you have seen my Instagram lately, you might think that I’ve taken up a new profession as a swimsuit connoisseur. Well let me tell you, there is this funny thing about recovery and being cooped up all day. It forces you to buy an absurd amount of swimsuits. That’s right, it’s the darndest thing and I’ve yet to figure out why this is the case. I’m hyping it up to be a side effect of the pain meds. Since I am going on SO many beach trips in the near future it’s totally justifiable though. Well I mean I’ve thought about going on vacation so that is kind of the same thing right…it’s like maybe if I just buy enough swimsuits it will force me to plan a beach getaway. Or is that not how it works?

I love that there are more options than ever when it comes to swimwear this season. And not just the ity bity bikinis, but one pieces and all over coverage is making a major fashion statement. I have to admit that I was pretty worried when I heard that Victoria’s Secret was going to quit carrying swimsuits. It’s where I got ALL of my swimsuits so branching out has been quite the adjustment for me. Change is hard guys. I’m that girl that orders the same item off the menu every single time at every restaurant so just imagine the dispare I went through to learn that I’d have to completely turn my life upside down to find a new favorite swimsuit retailer.

Me dramatic? Never.

So what did my search results find? Well for starters, Kortni Jeane was an obvious girly girls’ heaven. They have so many different patterns so that you can mix and match your top and bottoms. I also love that they are the perfect mix of modest and cute! Another bonus is that the majority of their swimsuits are high waisted and flattering on ALL body types, even expecting mamas! Just for sizing reference I ordered an XS (my normal size) but definitely regretted not getting the small so if you are in between sizes, I would size up! Other retailers that I have bought swimsuits from this year are ASOS, Nordstrom, Dillards, and Shein. Check out some of my favorites from these retailers below.

Bikinis

One Pieces

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Paperbag Pants + Sale Alert

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps
Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Top: Similar | Pants: ASOS (Only $32) | Shoes: Similar | Purse: Gigi NY | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Ring: Similar

Photography by: Banavenue

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since I’ve sat down to write a Work Wear Wednesday post. You’d think since I’m wearing business attire 40+ hours a week, that some of that would make it’s way over to the blog! Well, I promise to get a little bit more consistent just as soon as I recover from surgery a little bit more.

These pants have actually been in my closet for months now and I have just slowly been watching this paperbag waist trend pop up more and more. I am naturally drawn to any sort of work attire that remotely feels like pajamas. Let’s be real for a second, if I could get away with wearing pajamas 24/7, I would do it in a heart beat. Needless to say, if it remotely looks, feels or resembles pajamas in any way, but could pass as being semi (we will take what we can get) professional, then it is fair game.

For all of my working gals out there that struggle to find pants that fit them, that is one of the great things about these paperbag pants. In fact, I would put them right up there with drawstring pants. Both of these options are becoming more and more acceptable to wear to work and paired with the right pair of pumps, you can make just about any pair of pants work appropriate! I’ve linked a few pairs for you guys at different price points below.

Before signing off on today’s post, I wanted to let you all in on a HUGE sale that is going on. LOFT is having their friends and family sale event that offers 40% off their entire website (that includes sale items). Don’t worry, I already skimmed the entire sale and picked the best of the best here. I even made a section for my favorite work wear picks so make sure you check it out! Happy shopping my friends! It’s totally justifiable when it’s on sale right? It’s like you are making money 😉

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Call Me Old Fashioned

Top: Similar | Pants: AG | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy (under $100) | Purse: Similar | Sunglasses: Similar

Photography by: Banavenue

From a young age, girls read about their prince charming and we are taught to be hopeless romantics from day one. Well nowhere in any of the fairytale books that mom was reading to me did it say anything about finding my prince charming in a bar or on a dating app but as we grow up and start to enter into the real world, we realize this whole dating and relationship thing is a little (ok, a LOT) more complex than Cinderella made it seem.

We now have so many more variables to deal with in the dating world than our parents ever did and don’t they just love to remind us of the “good ol days” every chance that they get? I can just hear mom saying now “why can’t you just pick up the phone and call one another?”. O Mom, don’t you know that there are a million and one other ways to try to contact someone before actually making direct contact?!

We now live in the age of social media, texting, and other superficial ways of flirting. Before you can even think about going on a date, you have to go through all of these hoops just to get there. First it’s the exchanging of numbers, then it’s some superficial small talk over text, and then maybe you even add one another on one or five million forms of social media. You can’t just come right out and ask to go out for drinks because that would make you seem crazy!! Believe me, I feel just as ridiculous typing this as you probably do reading it, but that my friends is what our world has come to!

I am not shaming anyone who has met their significant other in a bar or on a dating app because I have most certainly met guys in both scenarios. I am more so upset with the fact that since we do have all of these variables to deal with, it’s like nobody knows how to be direct and forth coming! All of these variables allow us to hide behind our little smart phones and play games. Whether we want to admit it or not, that’s what it is, it’s mind games! Why are we making dating so much harder than it has to be? Why can’t we just come out and say “hey, I like you?” without sounding too needy or too clingy?

So yea, call me old fashioned but I am still holding out for one of the good ones. A guy that has no issues with picking up the phone and having a conversation until 2 in the morning. Not someone that purposely waits 5 hours to respond to a text message (because that’s playing the game right?) or would rather send filtered snapchats back and forth than hang out with me in person. I’m tired of the mind games, I’m tired of the lack of self confidence that social media has built, and I’m tired of a dating world that is built on forms of communication that aren’t organic.

If you are riding the single bus and feel my struggle, all that I can say is that our prince charming is out there and when you find him, he is not going to play games. If there is one thing that I am certain of, it is that if a guy genuinely likes you, he will do anything in his power to talk to you and get to know you. Not text you every other day, not Snapchat you at 2 am, not Instagram direct message you because he saw you post a picture in a swimsuit, not Facebook message you because he sees you are online. No ladies, don’t stand for any of that. He will want to hang out with you and if he can’t do that, he will still make it known the best way that he knows how that he likes you. Now, I can’t tell you how that will look because here I am still single, but believe me, if a guy is into you, you should know without a doubt and if you don’t, well then he isn’t worth your time. *Tell him boy bye*

So hold out for your prince charming. The one that mom read you fairytales about. The dating world might look a whole lot different than it did in those children books and even now with all of the perfect ending chick flicks, but I promise you, he is out there. Maybe in a bar, maybe on a dating app, or maybe someone in passing, but make sure to hold out for the one that doesn’t make you question if he likes you, one day you will just know. And that’s the one worth holding out for!

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Spring Vacation Essentials

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

Spring Vacation Essentials with Elaine Turner

My look // Dress | Clutch | Shoes | Bracelets

Britt’s look // Dress | Clutch | Shoes

No sooner than Britt and I touched back down in Houston, we had already started planning our next getaway. It’s true what they say, traveling really is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer. Well richer and fatter because lords knows you eat and drink WAY too much on vacation. Nonetheless, I think it’s safe to say that the travel bug has officially bit me so I might just be a fashion blogger turned travel blogger. I’ll keep you updated on that one 🙂

With it being the first day of Spring and vacation on the brain, I thought what better time to share a few fashion items that I am loving for vacation this year. If you are headed to the beach or somewhere tropical, Britt and I have partnered up with Elaine Turner to share with you what you can start stocking up on for those Spring vacations (besides the obvious necessities like swimsuits, sun hats and all the sunscreen in the world!).

1. Tassels

If you thought that tassels were big last year, think again. Tassels are making an appearance on just about anything and everything you can imagine, from earrings to clothing to bags. If you are worried about over accessorizing when it comes to tassels, I’m here to let you know that the limit does not exist. I wore my stacked bracelets with almost every single outfit on vacation and I’d be lying if I told you that I did not wear tassel earrings with every single outfit AND swimsuit. The obsession runs deep with this one.

2. Bright colors

As soon as the warmer weather hits, bright colors come out of hiding! This year especially orange, fuchsia, yellow, and lime green are huge. There are plenty of bright colored tops and dresses out there but if you aren’t into wearing such bold colors, the best way to add in color is through your accessories. The colorful tassels on my clutch went perfectly with several outfits that I brought with me on the trip. You can also bring in color to your outfit with your jewelry or shoes.

3. Cork accessories

I first fell in love with cork last year when Elaine Turner came out with this bag and it was the perfect accessory for my trip to Napa because wine has corks, duh 😉 I love that Elaine Turner has now designed an entire cork line that is the perfect festive touch for the beach or warmer weather. Since the color of cork is a beautiful nude color, the best part is that it goes with everything. I was almost surprised at how much I wore this bag and shoe combo on the trip. I’m serious when I say that they went with everything! A plus when you are trying to pack lightly!

Elaine Turner is kindly offering It’s All Chic To Me readers 15% off of your entire purchase with code SHELBI17. If you are needing to spruce up your Spring wardrobe, be sure to use this special discount to treat yourself to something special!

For more ideas on what to start stocking up on or if you are interested in getting a glimpse at what all you can be sure to see when it comes to Spring fashion, make sure to also check out Britt’s post today where she is also sharing her 3 must haves.

*Thank you Elaine Turner for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Spring Break Instagram Round Up

Happy Friday and I apologize for my blog hiatus. I’ve been having some serious post vacation blues and am just now getting back into the work groove. I also must apologize as I am most positive that I spammed your newsfeed with obnoxious vacation pictures. O wait I haven’t stopped because let’s be honest the vacation life is much more interesting than real life! Pretty poolside cocktails > excel spread sheets and half eaten donuts. If you are not following me on Instagram (shame on you!), and would like to shop my Spring Break outfits, I am going to go ahead and give you all of the outfit details today before sharing the rest of my trip later on because SO many of my outfit pieces are already selling out. Simply click on the item below each picture to shop what I am wearing.

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Swimsuits via Kortni Jeane

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Spring Break Instagram round-up

Again, if you are looking for any more vacation or summer outfit inspiration, I have an entire page here that I am currently crushing on! Don’t forget to check back to see more of Britt and I’s adult Spring Break adventures soon!

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