Simple Statement

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IMG_0522Photographed by Andrea Dyrhaug

(Necklace: World Market, T-Shirt: Gap, Jeans: J.Crew, Shoes: BC Footwear (Similar), Rings: Forever 21, Bag: Forever 21 (Similar), Nail Polish: Fishnets & Fringe)

Many people always ask me how to wear big statement necklaces and wonder if they can pull them off, I think anyone can pull off any piece of jewelry. Start simple, let the piece speak for itself and pair it with an understated outfit. A solid t-shirt with jeans and either heels or flats, depending on the occasion, can make the necklace pop and is a great way to start wearing some bigger pieces of jewelry. Once you are more comfortable wearing the larger and intricate pieces then start wearing them with patterns and fun colors.

I chose a soft grey t-shirt, dark jeans and wedges for a dinner look. I prefer the Gap modern crew tee, they come in every color, sleeve length and are very comfortable. When dressing up your outfit pair heels and an evening clutch together to take the look into the evening hours. During the colder months, you can layer a basic blazer or jacket. Since my coin necklace is so large I chose to layer with rings and small stud earrings, this way nothing takes away from the necklace. Jewelry can make an outfit, you just have to be brave enough to put it on!

Summer Floral Prints

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(Top: Angie, Jeans: J.Crew, Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (Similar), Bag: Fossil, Watch: Michael Kors)

Nothing says summer like a bright floral print tank. Bold prints and bright colors are summer staples and with back to school just around the corner many of these styles are going on sale! There are still plenty of warm days headed our way so it’s the perfect time to buy. I think floral prints are the perfect accent for this season; they are flirty, fun and can be dressed up or down.

This tank could be combined with white shorts and a jean jacket for a casual night or paired with a skirt and heels for a dressier look. I wore it with jeans and lace up heels for casual Friday at work. I pulled the outfit together with gold bangles and rings, given the intricate nature of the neckline.

No matter the occasion, make summer more fun with your own prints, patterns and bright color palettes.

Tickled Pink

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(Top: J.Crew, Shorts: J.Crew Factory, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Sunglasses: H&M,  Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bangles: J.Crew and J.Crew Factory, Bag: Target(Similar), Sandals: DSW)

I believe in stripes for every season and this season its pink stripes. This boat neck stripe shirt from J.Crew has been a go to for me since I bought it. It’s easy, fun and can be dressed up with accessories. It is three-quarter length sleeves but is great with jeans on a brisk day or on a warmer day with shorts for a balanced summer look.

I like wearing my pink stripes with gold accents and a little sparkle. My necklace is also from J.Crew, it has a blush colored stone and hanging diamonds that dress up your casual look just a little. You could also wear a sparkly statement necklace and heels if you were wearing this for a late night look. On a cooler day or night pair with a jean jacket or cargo jacket.

Please note this shirt also comes in other colors so you can fill your closet with stripes for each season!

Army Influence

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(Shirt: Madewell, Tee: Gap, Shorts: J.Crew Factory, Sunglasses: H&M, Sandals: Target (Similar),Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bangles: J.Crew and J.Crew Factory)

If I had to pick one color to incorporate into every outfit this summer it would be army green. I’ll take it any way I can get it; shorts, jeans, jackets, vests, button downs. It’s a basic muted shade of green that goes with a lot of other colors and can make you look tanner, instantly! I love pairing it with denim and white, like this outfit, or with a black and white striped shirt or dress.

Don’t be afraid to mix styles, pair your army green with an ivory lace top or skirt. Girly with a splash of masculine can really set your outfit apart. I always like to add metal accents; gold, silver or both look great with army green. Leopard is also a great neutral pattern to mingle in, try shoes like I did, or a handbag!

Chambray for Independence Day

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(Dress: Old Navy, Shoes: Nordstrom (Similar), Hat: H&M (Similar), Sunglasses: Cole Haan (Similar), Watch: Marc Jacobs)

The weekend is upon most of us a little early this week, thanks to a certain holiday! Whether you are headed to the beach, the city or staying put don’t forget to pack all of your Americana apparel. My favorite look of the long weekend, chambray. Not only is denim blue, perfect for the theme of the weekend, it’s also a great neutral to pair all summer long. This easy and affordable shift dress has embroidered details and small cutouts in the back for a classic look with a twist. I paired the dress with black wedges, black large framed sunnies and a straw sun hat. Find some chambray to pull your Fourth of July look together!

Happy Fourth of July, have a safe holiday weekend!

 

Bright White

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(T-Shirt: Gap, Vest: Nordstrom (Similar), Jeans: J.Crew, Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (Similar), Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Bag: Fossil)

Now that my skin is sun-kissed this season it’s time to bring out the white. Personally I feel much better when wearing white with a tan, so it’s the perfect start to summer! Whether you are wearing white bottoms, tops or both layering white on white looks great when the whites you are layering match. When one white is brighter or duller than the other it looks unfinished and less polished. This particular layering look can dress up a t-shirt and can also hide unloved areas of our body; arms and stomach. I like to add a fun pop of color in a necklace or shoes to offset the white and make it more summery. Neon accents also look fabulous with that summer tan!

Slouchy Tank

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(Tank: Madewell, Sweater: Target (Similar), Jeans: J.Crew, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Wedges: Clarks (Similar and Similar), Bag: Fossil)

I have found the perfect front tuck slouchy tank for the summer. It comes in seven great colors, from basics to bolds to pastels, and it currently on sale. The neckline is great alone, it’s not too wide or low, or with a long necklace. I have been a big fan for front tucking anything and everything in the past few months. It’s a chic way of tucking without being uncomfortable or worrying about if your tuck is staying in place as you go about your day. This Madewell tank has two slits in the front and a rounded back hem that make it perfect for front tucking. You simply tuck each of the corners of the slits and you’re ready to head out the door. Whether you wear the tank with jeans, shorts or a skirt it is an easy look for summer. I’m thinking Red Rock or Heathered Clay will be joining my closet in the near future as well!

Cream of the Crop

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The Crop Top: I know this is an almost impossible trend, not only to ignore, but to pull off. However, I think it can be done tastefully without your stomach hanging out and in moderation. Pair with high waisted jeans, short or maxi to create a long line and a more modest look. The lace hem on this crop top extends the top as well so it’s not so exposing. When paired with a maxi it can be a great casual look for parties or weddings as well as a day at the beach. You can also layer a crop top over a dress, maxi or regular, so that nothing shows and it then looks like seperates.

The Half Top Knot: This look can be risky for some people but always looks chic. I find that it is a great way to put up short hairstyles and still make it look like you have a style. I prefer to leave my bangs out but they could definitely be twisted back on a hot day or a day at the beach. I usually put my hair into a pony first, then tease the pony and wrap to create a bun (I like to use a tiny clip instead of a hair tie to secure it), teasing will make it look like you have a larger bun than you really do!

Swim Style

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As a female, one of the most dreaded pieces of clothing to wear is a swimming suit. When a vacation or summer rolls around you are almost never feel ready to flaunt your swimsuit body. Many people feel the pressure to get a small bikini to show off what they got. Newsflash, bikinis don’t look flattering on most people and the last thing you want is to feel self-conscious while baring all! With the kickoff of summer this upcoming weekend, find yourself a suit that suits you!

Spend money on a great suit. Once you have seen the benefits of spending a little more on a swimming suit it will change your life forever. The fabrics, structures and support really change with the price tag. Also, don’t be afraid to tailor your suit. Find a suit that fits you at your biggest part and have it taken in, it’s not just for short people!

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I found this periwinkle Badgley Mischka one-piece at Swim and Sport. Due to the low cut nature of the bathing suit I had to have this altered to ensure no mishaps on the beach. I got it taken in in the shoulders and near my ribs for the best fit. Alterations took about a week and costed $54, swim material is harder to work with so it can be more expensive.

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This one-shoulder Miraclesuit, fabulously named Jena, was from Nordstrom. This is my show stopper swimming suit and I get complimented every time I walk out of the house in it. The one-should makes me feel so chic on the beach. When tanning I pull the strap down and wear the suit as a strapless so I don’t get a weird line. Also when paired with a simple black strapless dress it looks very elegant, you can’t even tell the one-shoulder is from your suit.

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Everyone needs a “tanning suit” it’s that suit that you wouldn’t actually wear into the water but looks beautiful on the beach. This one is from a swim boutique in Edina called Nani Nalu, they pick out suits for you based on fit. Due to the fact that the majority of the suit is white, wearing it in the water, especially river or lake water, would gradually turn it yellowish. It is for this reason that I only wear this suit to catch some rays and sip a cocktail.

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If you are feeling self-conscious with your current beach figure try finding suits with ruching. Ruching can hide many unwanted areas. Another tip for hiding certain areas is choose the right cover up. Dresses are always a great way to style your suit and stay cool during the summer. They can give you shape while hiding your arms or legs and add a splash of color. Don’t forget to think about your straps! It can look awkward if you have random straps or lines hanging out of your dress. So find a coverup that looks good with your suit as well as alone!

Lately I have also loved pairing my suit with a romper. They are easy to slip on and very comfortable. The most important part of a romper is the torso length, if it fits you in the torso it will look much better on you. For chilly days or nights you can also put a light or sheer cardigan over your romper. If you are wearing a shorts romper I recommend wearing a longer open front cardigan that hits at a similar place as where your shorts end.

For a more bohemian feel pair your suit with a kimono and flower headband.

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Don’t forget to accessorize your swimwear! Hats, headbands, sunnies, sandals and even a little jewelry can add a lot to your beach attire. Don’t go too over the top but add subtle accents to enhance your look. If you plan on adding jewelry to your beach look go with one type so it doesn’t overpower your bathing suit. For example, pick between a ring, earrings or a necklace don’t do it all!

Lime Light

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J.Crew has done it again; they have redesigned their jeans to perfection. They have not only added stretch to the toothpick jeans, they have also added new styles and washes throughout their collection.

It’s no secret I am a J.Crew lover. I have owned a few different pair of their jeans in the past but mostly boyfriend type jeans. J.Crew skinny’s are now on a whole new level, from distressed to black to my personal favorite the parker wash.

The lime eyelet tank is also a J.Crew sale rack find. When trying on and buying blouses from J.Crew make sure you always try them on and don’t be afraid to try down a size. Boxy is the trend but can make you look bigger than you are. I can go down up to 2 sizes in J.Crew tops just to eliminate the extra fabric around the mid section.