The Floral Dress

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A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.

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Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:

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Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.

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Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.

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Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.

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“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior

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On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse

Here are a few floral dresses I love:

ASOS floral dress

ASOS $35

Calvin Klein Floral Dress

Calvin Klein $74.66

Forever 21 Foral Dress

Forever 21 $35

Put Together

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I have always been told that I look “put together”, and it’s something I strive for when I am getting dressed each day. It doesn’t mean that everything matches perfectly, or that I have a million accessories on, but instead that everything together creates one, unified look.

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I have a few tricks that can make this process a little bit easier. 1) Always start planning your outfit at the basics—the shirt and jeans, the skirt and top, etc. For instance, if you’re wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, choose a crop top. If the baseline of your outfit looks off, then your whole ensemble will suffer.

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2) Match your shoes to your blouse. This doesn’t have to be a perfect color match—it could mean that stylistically they go really well together. For example, a lot of jobs allow you to wear jeans to the office, but you still need to look professional. To do this, wear a button down top and a pair of pointy toe pumps. The top and shoes always signify the mood of your look.

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3) Pick one statement piece. In the look I’m wearing, I chose the bell sleeve cardigan. You want something that stands out from the rest—something that draws the eye in, but still subtle enough that onlookers won’t be able to pinpoint it. This goes for jewelry too. Have you ever heard the famous Coco Chanel saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Overdoing it is an easy mistake to make. Wearing just one statement piece of jewelry is a good way to play it safe, be it a dramatic earring or a beautiful necklace—you can’t go wrong.

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On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan

Similar Clarks Shoes

Forever Top

Urban Jeans

Easy Summer Buns for the Lazy Girl

Summer Hairstyle

Dealing with my hair in the summer is always difficult. During the rest of the year, I stick to my strict washing/blow drying schedule. But whenever I’m up at the lake, everything shifts. I’m in and out of the water constantly, and blow drying becomes less and less realistic. I’ve developed two go-to easy summer buns:

Summer Hairstyle

My first look is done with semi-wet hair. Out of the shower, I let my hair begin to air-dry while I put on make-up and get dressed. Then I use a round brush to blow dry just the front section of my hair. Styling the front pieces adds a little framework to the look and reduces the overall damage to the majority of your hair. After that, I part my hair and tie it up into a low twisted bun.

Summer Hairstyle

For my second look, I let my hair air-dry overnight naturally. Whenever I do this, I wake up the next day with a curly mess.

Summer Hairstyle

To tame my textured mane, I start by parting my hair farther left than I normally would. Then I create two messy French braids with the front sections of my hair. After that, I loosen up the braids even more, making them big and romantic. Finally, I pin up all of my hair (including the braids) into a low messy bun.

Summer Hairstyle

Both of these looks are incredibly romantic. And most importantly, they take less than two minutes to accomplish!

Summer Hairstyle

Though I prefer my hair blown out, these easy alternatives come in handy when you would rather spend your time enjoying the sunshine.

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Jeans and a T-shirt

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I love being comfortable, but I also love being fashionable. The jeans and a t-shirt look, though very popular, used to bore me. I just thought it wasn’t stylish enough.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I started to brainstorm a few ways to elevate the casual look and came up with some ideas. First, opt for high-waisted jeans as opposed to low-rise. Then, try tucking in your t-shirt. You immediately begin to accentuate your figure, adding personality to the outfit.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

Finally, ditch the sneakers and pick out a pair of feminine flats to balance the look. Before you know it, your outfit will be turning heads.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

You can find my t-shirt and jeans here and here. My flats are sold out of blush, but here are a few similar options in the color:

nordstrom flats

Marc Fisher

nordstrom flats

Kristin Cavallari

nordstrom flats

Nine West

Sunset

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada

Recent Obsessions

I’m constantly trying out new beauty products, and every now and then something sticks. Here are my most recent beauty finds:

Chanel Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour

This is the longest wearing lipstick I have ever encountered! It stays on all day, all night, after eating, drinking, etc. I truly have never been more impressed with a makeup item than I have with this. I HIGHLY recommend investing in this product.

anti frizz oil

Moroccanoil Frizz Control

redken anti frizz

Redken Frizz Dismiss

My hair gets extremely staticky in the Winter time. These have been the only two products I have ever tried that actually make a difference. I spray the frizz control after washing my hair, before styling it with heat products, and I’m usually good for the first day of clean hair. For the next couple days, before my next wash, I use the frizz dismiss wipes on my dry hair and it instantly calms my hair. I’ll even pack a few wipes in my purse for on the go touch ups.

Almay concealer

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

I’ve struggled with acne for a long time, so when I find something that actually works for my skin it feels like a tiny miracle. Any time I discover a pimple on my face, I put this on it and by the next day it usually is gone, or well on its way. And in the mean time, it’s covered up.

bareminerals concealer

BareMinerals Stroke Of Light Concealer 

I’ve recently joined the under eye concealer trend after hearing many great reviews about this product … and I have to agree with all of them. This stuff makes me look and feel awake! I’ll pair it with my tinted moisturizer if I’m in a hurry and instantly look refreshed. It’s a must-have.

What’s in my backpack?

School Supplies

It’s that time of year again. As Mark Twain once said, “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” Nonetheless, it’s good to be prepared. As a college senior, I have lots of experience with school supplies. Check out my backpack essentials:

baggu backpack

Baggu backpack

baggu laptop sleeve

Baggu Laptop Sleeve

Baggu is my go-to bag brand. Their designs are simple and their material lasts.

bareminerals lipstick

bareMinerals Lipstick

I never leave the house without this lipstick. The formula is comfortable and the nude tint is perfect for everyday.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up

Boo-Boo Cover-Up

I can’t tell you how many times I have been so happy I had cover-up with me at school. It can be a life saver.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

When school is stressing you out, a whiff of this will do the trick.

Gucci Glasses Case

Gucci Glasses Case

Not only is this case chic, but it is also extremely durable–perfect for inside your backpack.

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Staying hydrated is key for a productive day at school. Keeping a refillable water bottle with you is cost effective and good for the environment.

Target Planner

Target Planner

My planner is my most prized possession–it keeps me organized and sane. The cute floral design is an added plus!

Etsy Pencils

Etsy Pencils

Speaking of cute designs, these pencils make a dull writing tool into a fun accessory.

Louis Vuitton Wallet

Louis Vuitton Wallet

It’s always good to have your wallet on hand, especially when you need to buy a coffee and scone between classes.

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Mundane, yet vital. Studying is impossible with your hair in your face.

Wedding Season

Forever 21 skirt and blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Wedding season is in full bloom. That means it’s time to figure out what to wear, which isn’t always easy.

Forever 21 skirt and blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

If I’m unsure about the dress code, I try to pick something versatile–easy to dress up or down.

Forever 21 skirt and blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Summer weddings, particularly if they are set outside, usually imply a more casual look. I decided to pair the ensemble with my favorite wedge sandals, something suitable for the season. I also opted to wear my hair down with minimal jewelry. If it were a black tie event, I might have chosen an updo and pearl earrings.

Forever 21 skirt and blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Whenever I go shopping for a special occasion, I try to buy things that I know I will wear again. I decided on a two piece–high waisted skirt and cropped lace top to match. I’ve already worn the pieces separately since the wedding.

Forever 21 skirt and blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

My last piece of advice is to pick something you feel comfortable in. You’ll be posing for many photos and dancing all night, so choose wisely.

On Me: Forever 21 Skirt & Blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

The Belt

The belt is an accessory I forget about easily. I rarely need to wear it on my jeans, so I end up not wearing it at all. Today, however, it made all the difference.

Gap Dress, Nordstrom Sunnies, Lucky Brand Heels

I found this dress at the Gap and fell in love. The dropped waist made me feel like I was from the 1920s–an inspiring fashion era. But tonight I wasn’t in the vintage mood. Thus, the belt.

Gap Dress, Nordstrom Sunnies, Lucky Brand Heels, Urban Belt

I added this Urban belt and immediately felt complete. Some nights you want your waist defined and some nights you don’t. The belt makes it so either option is possible, and for that I’m grateful. If you think about it, you’re really getting two outfits for the price of one! Ah, fashion. Your wallet will love you for it.

Check out a few other belt dresses I’m digging right now:

ModCloth Dress

ModCloth

Nordstrom Dress

Nordstrom

Forever 21 Dress

Forever 21

What’s In My Bag

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I found this Rebecca Minkoff tote at Nordstrom Rack and just had to have it! It’s big enough to carry all my stuff, but it doesn’t feel like a piece of luggage.

Check out my list of handbag essentials:

A Good Book/Magazine–You never know when you’ll have extra time in a waiting room or get bored on the bus.

A Small Notebook & Pen–It’s so handy to be able to pull out pen and paper when an important thought comes to mind that you don’t want to forget!

Wallet–DUH.

Sunglasses–Good for both outdoors and indoors when trying to see in sunlight or look put together after a rough night’s sleep.

A Piece of Jewelry–Spur of the moment dinner plans might cause for a little something extra.

Small Makeup Bag–Perfect for concealing a hairbrush, pressed powder, hair tie, argan oil, lipstick, tweezers, and perfume (all quite necessary, I swear).

Summer Style

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

Summer is the only time of the year I wear shorts. I typically wear them casually at the beach or a backyard bbq with my flip flops and a bathing suit underneath.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

However, dressing them up can be difficult.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

I find that high waisted shorts, usually in a different material than denim, are the easiest to play with.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

I love to pair my shorts with a fancy blouse. Lace is my favorite way to take my look from day to night.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

Finally, I always always always add a heel! Even if it’s subtle, it is a sure fire way to make your Summer shorts appropriate for a night out.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

On Me: Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies