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4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Every year my family plans a big 4th of July get together, and it’s always a great time, but this year Joel and I couldn’t make it. At first I was bummed but then I realized this was the first time we could start creating our own traditions.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

After brainstorming about how we should spend the day, we decided on a miniature road trip—no surprise there. Joel loves driving, and I love being a passenger on scenic backroads and exploratory adventures.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

As we headed Southbound on HWY 1, we looked out over the coast and also drove through various parades that were taking place in each town. 

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Once we got to Carmel, we parked and went for a nice walk along the cliff. We enjoyed having the time to take our time and spend it a little more quietly than we usually did on Independence Day. That night we listened to fireworks going off in the distance from the comfort of our bed, content with how the day turned out. Even though things were different, they were still good.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

On Me: 

Nars Heat Wave Lipstick

Forever Blouse

Urban Sweater

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

Articles of Society Jeans

Elk Wallet

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Shoes of Summer

In my opinion, there are really only three pairs of shoes you need for summer: slides, slip-ons, and wedges. Slides are upgraded flip flops—nice enough to wear out to dinner but still easy for beach days. When you want to wear something a little bit sportier, maybe you’re going on a sunset walk or are headed to an amusement park, pull out your slip-ons. These effortless sneakers scream summer, and the no laces look takes a more feminine feel on the classic tennis shoe. Wedges are summertime’s stiletto. These shoes are great for a night out with your girlfriends but still remind everyone you’re in vacation mode. If you’re closet is lacking summer’s most important shoes, keep scrolling.

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Madewell

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Sam Edelman

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Lucky Brand

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Keds

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Vans

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Frye

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Universal Thread

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Castaner

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Anthropologie

“One shoe can change your life.” — Cinderella

Brands I Love

I’m constantly on the hunt for new brands and retailers on the market. In the past few months I’ve discovered some companies that have earned my stamp of approval and quickly become a few of my favorite places to shop. Today I thought I would talk about three of them—Everlane, & Other Stories, and Monday Swimwear.

Everlane:

As a young woman who just started her first full-time professional job, I’ve come to see Everlane is a great resource for finding high quality, basic pieces at a reasonable price. Their clothing is nice enough to wear at the office, but comfortable and balanced. I find them both trendy and classic. See for yourself:

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

& Other Stories:

If you love H&M’s fashionable pieces, but find yourself disappointed in the standard of their quality, look no further than & Other Stories. Coming from the same people who brought you H&M, & Other Stories is literally a couple of stories above them, unintended he he. This collection is more expensive than H&M pieces, but you’re paying for better made items. Though just as stylish, & Other Stories is not competing with other fast fashion retailers like H&M and Forever 21. Instead they are selling items that are built better and can last. Check them out:

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

Monday Swimwear:

I’ve talked about the subject of swimwear many times on the blog, usually with a heavy sigh, because it’s the one category of clothing that is difficult for me to find a good fit for my form. That’s not because I don’t see tons and tons of styles that I would love to wear, but instead it’s because the bathing suit industry rarely offers sizes and cuts for the common woman. Luckily Monday Swimwear is here to make the swimsuit buying process more fruitful for your everyday girl. They offer a range for women up to an E/F cup with an impeccable fit and standard. They refuse to include any piece that has not been tried on and fit the buyer’s body and needs. Their Clovelly top, in particular, is well known for being supportive and flattering. Keep scrolling:

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” –Bill Cunningham

The Tie-Front Shirt

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My summertime style is a little bit more carefree and fun.

summer, tie-front tops, button downs

As soon as the weather gets into the 80s, I find I just want to play around with my look. For example, I usually wear button downs tucked in. I like the form and shape it gives me.

summer, tie-front tops, button downs

Once Summer arrives though, I’ll usually do a tie in the front style. I’ll get the same structure to the look, but with a more casual flair and feel that is better in hot weather.

summer, tie-front tops, button downs

Changing how we wear clothing can be just as fun as getting something new and can drastically change the look and feel of the item. We all express ourselves through our styles, even those of us who claim we have no style and pay little attention to what we wear or how we wear it. It all goes into presentation. A tied button down says summer to me, and lets everybody else know I’m feeling it.

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For more Tie-Front tops, keep scrolling. Maybe you’ll be inspired to switch things up too.

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Nordstrom

summer, tie-front tops, button downs

Nordstrom

summer, tie-front tops, button downs

Off 5th

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Urban

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Revolve

On Me: Similar Forever Blouse/ Urban Jeans/ Universal Thread Mules

 

Spring Uniform

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Lately I’ve been in a bit of a fashion rut. Picking out my outfit each morning has become increasingly difficult.

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I find myself growing tired of the usual spring trends such as crop tops and ripped jeans. When I was younger I was always the first one to hop on the most recent fashion fad and stay on until something cooler was in style. Now that I’m transitioning into my mid twenties, I am less eager to wear the latest and greatest and more inclined to put on something timeless and classic.

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Enter the white button down, a good pair of jeans, and a versatile flat. This outfit has turned into my spring uniform quickly. It’s something I continuously gravitate towards when nothing else seems to fit my day or mood.

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I love this look because it feels like something that Audrey Hepburn would have worn in the 50s, yet still has a relevant appeal. It can be worn casually or make a strong statement at work or when out to dinner. It’s effortless and understated while still managing to turn heads.

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

On Me: Express Top

Urban Jeans

White Mt. Flats

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

Nine West Purse

Spring Sweaters

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This time of year is always difficult to dress for—especially in the Bay Area. It starts out chilly and overcast, and by 1pm it’s 73 degrees and sunny.

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That’s why it’s so important to own a lightweight sweater that can help make the cold to warm transition effortless.

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I’m wearing my grandma’s vintage Eddie Bauer sweater. It’s the perfect amount of material to keep me warm in the morning but loose enough that I’m cool in the afternoon. My favorite aspect is the bright, white color that doesn’t attract the sun.

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My sweater is no longer available, but here are similar alternatives ideal for spring:

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Revolve

spring, sweaters, summer, spring style

Tory Burch

spring, sweaters, summer, spring style

Free People

spring, sweaters, summer, spring style

Revolve

spring, sweaters, summer, spring style

Revolve

On Me: Articles of Society Jeans

Universal Thread Mules

Nine West Purse

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.” 

― L.M. Montgomery

Royal Replica

Meghan Markle, Royal Wedding, Wedding Dress

I’ve been intrigued by Harry and Meghan since news first broke that they were seeing each other, and the footage of the royal wedding was so fun to watch. It’s like a modern day twist on a childhood fairytale, because this charming prince met a mature, self-made woman with a story and style of her own. 

She’s gone from girl next-door to Hollywood glam to Kensington Palace, and her Givenchy wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller really spoke to who she was. It was classic and contemporary at the same time, with an elegance and simplicity that reflected her persona perfectly–no frills or embellishments, yet beautiful. What was even more lovely to me was her sophisticated reception dress by Stella McCartney. The halter cut was so sexy and chic. I immediately started looking for something similar to enjoy this summer. Here’s a few options I’ve found that might work for us commoners:

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Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Neiman Marcus

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Zulily

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Bergdorf Goodman

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Lilly Pulitzer

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Gilt

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

New York & Co.

“You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.” –Meghan Markle (Create & Cultivate, 2016)

Polka Dots For Spring

Polka Dots, Spring, Express Blouse, Pattern

As a young girl, I loved wearing polka dots. Somewhere down the line, I realized I had grown out of them. I found myself overlooking the pattern in stores and eventually came to the conclusion polka dots were just for kids.

Polka Dots, Spring, Express Blouse, Pattern

I couldn’t have been more wrong. In recent months, I’ve found myself reaching again and again for the fun pattern. I’ve learned that polka dots are more than just youthful, but they can also add personality to a professional, classy look.

Polka Dots, Spring, Express Blouse, Pattern

I’m not sure if it’s the playful spirit of spring that has gotten me back into my favorite childhood trend, but in this modern, stressful society, it can be refreshing to embrace the lighthearted kid in all of us.

Polka Dots, Spring, Express Blouse, Pattern

“You can’t have a bad day in polka dots.” —Anna Kendrick

On Me: 

Swimsuit Cover Ups

With warm weather, the beach, and bathing suits on the brain, I can’t forget about an often overlooked yet equally (if not more) important summer staple…cover ups. There’s nothing worse than shopping for months and finally finding the bathing suit of your dreams only to realize that you have nothing to wear over it on your way out the door to a last minute pool side BBQ. We have all been there—your favorite low rise jean shorts look weird with a high waisted swimsuit bottom underneath; or maybe your bikini top isn’t sitting well beneath your tank. Or worse, your swimsuit ties are rubbing uncomfortably against your hips because your shorts are too tight with your bathing suit bottoms on, but you hate the tacky look of ties hanging out the waist of your jeans so you just can’t win. No matter what the issue might be, there usually is one (if not a couple) of set backs that make getting dressed for a swim day a drag.

Instead of going through this fashion fumble another year in a row, I’m planning ahead and shopping for cover ups early. To me, the best type of cover up is one that can be worn all year long, like an oversized t-shirt dress or a lightweight cardigan. Take a look at my cover up shopping list and save yourself from the stress of picking out an outfit that doesn’t make you feel confident. It’s not worth it.

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Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Vineyard Vines

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Anthropologie

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden

Not Your Average One Piece

As a pre-teen and teenager, I ran as far away from one piece bathing suits as I could. Bikinis were cool, and one piece bathing suits were lame, period. I associated one pieces with little kids or moms. Two pieces were a right of passage—the minute you put one on you instantly joined a club that all the girls I ever looked up to and wanted to be like were already in. It was kind of like when you start shaving or wearing a bra. Once I was in, I definitely wasn’t going back. 

Yet here I am, a 23 year old in 2018, finding myself wanting to buy a one piece! Here’s the thing: one pieces are COOL now. Either I didn’t notice back when I was fixated on two pieces, or they have really upped their game, but one piece bathing suits for my age group no longer just come in the junior life guard plain tank top look, with no added designs, styles, or embellishments. Now they are flattering, fashionable, and fun! If you’re curious about this new bathing suit revolution, check out a few one piece suits I have my eyes on: 

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Reformation

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Barneys New York

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Revolve

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Ted Baker

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Reiss

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

AllSaints

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Carbon38

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Ted Baker

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Ted Baker

one piece bathing suit, summer, spring, swimming

Carbon38

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” –Michelle Held