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!

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!

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.

Retro Romper

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This summer’s go to weekend outfit is a romper. I love that they are an easy and complete look in a matter of minutes. They are light weight, no fuss and come in great colors and patterns. Layer a vest for a less casual outfit or for cooler days pair with a chambray shirt for a grungier look or a cardigan for the preppie look.

Since this item is a little bit trendier I got mine from Forever 21. They are under $15 and come in solids as well as prints. I like the strapless ones because they are easy to slip on and you don’t have to worry about tan lines when out in the sun or on the boat.

They are a great summer add-on to your closet and may be going on end of season clearance. Stock up while you can!

Tailored Neon

 

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(Shirt: J.Crew, Shorts: Target, Earrings: J.Crew, Purse: Fossil, Ring: Kate Spade and Etsy, Shoes: Clarks, Sunglasses: Von Maur)

Carefully selected staple colors can really take an outfit up a notch. This summer season my go to colors are white, nude and turquoise.

Add white to make it bright. White bottoms lighten your outfit and make you appear to have a sun kissed glow. Whether it’s shorts, trousers or jeans have your whites bright and out in the sunshine. If you are feeling daring, try an all white look – just make sure your whites are the same shades!

Nude shoes lengthen when worn with shorts, dresses or skirts. There is no choppy ending with a nude sandal and a good pair will make your legs look much longer. These wedges from Clarks are my favorite purchase of the season. They have air technology and are comfortable all day long. Try a patent nude when going for an evening look.

Something about turquoise makes me think of summer and the sea. Turquoise can mix and match with a variety of other colors. It can also act as a eye-catching contrast if you choose a turquoise accessory for a statement piece.

 

 

 

Tradition

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There is one day throughout the year that still holds all of the magic that the world has to offer. That day is Christmas. It’s not just about the presents and things, it’s about traditions. What I love most about Christmas is that everything begins and ends with family. Our family of four has grown to five and will soon become six of us celebrating this magical day.

In our family, the traditions begin right away on Christmas Eve. We have dinner and spend time with extended family at my Aunt’s house. Later in the evening we go back to my parents house and we all sleep under the tree. Yes, all five of us have an air mattress and we spend the night under the glow of our Christmas tree. Even the four dogs find their spots on the futon or the end of the bed.

My excitement on Christmas morning cannot be contained. I still wake up by six thirty anxious for the day and already preparing for a nap later! After cinnamon rolls and presents, youngest to oldest, we find ourselves heading across the street. My dad plays Santa for the neighbor kids while the rest of us enjoy champagne and whiskey. Following Santa we have breakfast and relax all day, usually with movies! This year we had dinner guests, amazing ribs, strong drinks and a good time!

This magic only comes once a year and can only be called Christmas.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Baby It’s Cold Outside

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(Jacket: J.Crew, Sweater: Madewell, Chambray: Madewell, Necklack: J.Crew, Jeans: H&M, Bag: Fossil, Rings: Madewell, Hat: Target, Boots: Sorel)

One thing I wish upon winter is that it be over after Christmas. This week Minnesota entered a ‘deep freeze’ and let me tell you I picked a great week to do a photo shoot… burr! Between the chilly fingers and static hair this shoot did not last long. Now I know why all bloggers live in California or Texas… it’s always great photo weather and you only have to put on a jacket to make a statement.

This outfit was inspired by wish lists and holiday styling. I wore this outfit to Christmas Eve, minus the handbag I unwrapped Christmas morning, and stayed toasty throughout the festivities. Chambray is the new black for making your winter wardrobe warmer. You can layer it under sweaters, cardigans, jackets and vests for a preppy chic look. It pulls everything together and gives you a well rounded look.

Everyone have a safe and happy new year!