Off the Shoulder & Dress Combo

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

 

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Banana Republic Dress + Off the shoulder top #BananaRepublic #itsbanana

Outfit: Dress c/o Banana Republic | Off the shoulder top via H&M [similar here] | Michael Kors watch | Jeffrey Campbell rodillo wedges c/o ShopBop | Earrings via H&M [similar here]

“Off the shoulder” is a trend that seems to keep on going and I’m not minding at all! Just the other day I was perusing the mall after school and couldn’t believe that I found the ever-elusive $10 off the shoulder blue top that everyone’s been talking about!

The lady in the dressing room was shocked that I found it and said to me “I hope that fits okay; people come in here every day asking for that top and I keep telling them there’s only one left but I couldn’t find it!”. Welp, I found it! …and it fits perfectly 🙂

In order to “shake things up a bit” I added the off the shoulder top underneath this Banana Republic dress to add some depth and interest. I love the elegance mixed with trendy edge–it just works!

This dress is perfect for work to cocktails and the yellow color reminds me so much of summer and all the fun to come. The button detailing in the front is so unique and makes layering possibilities endless! I plan to wear mine to work with printed blazers as well as mixed with tops underneath and fun shoes for weddings or parties after work.

**Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

White Lace Romper & Baseball Cap

Boston Proper white lace romper #preppy baseball cap

Boston Proper white lace romper #preppy baseball cap

Boston Proper white lace romper #preppy baseball cap

Boston Proper white lace romper #preppy baseball cap

Boston Proper white lace romper #preppy baseball cap

Outfit: Crochet popover romper c/o Boston Proper | Jean jacket [thrifted, but from Old Navy–similar here] | Ray Ban sunnies | Tory Burch Britten bag c/o ShopBop | New York Yankees cap | Michael Kors slim runway watch | Kendra Scott Elle earrings via Rocksbox | Sam Edelman Gemma sandals c/o Boston Proper

Spring time means it’s baseball season! Baseball caps are the perfect accessory for the sporty (or un-sporty even!) girl to add to any casual outfit. I’ve always been a fan of the baseball cap for the sheer reason that if your hair is out of control, you can hide it so easily while looking put together at the same time!

Baseball caps go back to my softball-playing days in high school and early college, I used to wear them with anything and everything. Nowadays, I like to have a few to choose from in different neutral types of colors that can be worn with whatever. I personally have them in white, red, navy, black, and light blue.

With colors like these, I sport them with anything from a romper or dress to jeans and a simple tee. I absolutely love the look of a classic casual pretty outfit where I can be relaxed, yet put together at the same time. The baseball cap helps to balance out the girly lace for a more tomboyish look. As you can see here, here, and here–I’m a fan of the baseball cap!

This summer, gladiator sandals are all the rage and I can’t say I’m disappointed! It’s about time a comfortable shoe made the it-list for summer! The snakeskin gladiators I’m wearing here are Sam Edelmans from Boston Proper, and I’ve been wearing them everywhere from Disney to dinner out! The neutral snakeskin works with literally every color, so they are extremely versatile in your wardrobe.

It’s hard to have a preppy look feeling complete without a little Kendra Scott, am I right? My Elle earrings came this month in my new Rocksbox, so forgive me if you seem them 18,000 times on the blog! haha! Get yourself a month free on Rocksbox using this code at sign up: MELISSABFF615

Sunny Brights for Summer

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

JCP summer brights

Outfit: Yellow dress via JC Penney | Kate Spade Capri Espadrille Maise | Wedges via JC Penney {similar here} | Similar earrings

Okay, I ruined my surprise for myself. I bought this dress from JC Penney for our honeymoon in June but I couldn’t resist wearing it the other day.

At first, I thought that the bottom portion was wrinkled when I grabbed it off of the rack, but upon closer investigation I soon noticed that the pleats flowed into a gorgeous new pattern at the ends.

Naturally, I tried it on and fell in love with the color and the feel of the dress so much that I just had to nab it quickly. Luckily for me, I got this baby at 40% off so it ended up costing me only about $50. Not bad for a dress I can wear to work, on vacation, and everywhere in between!

Now that summer’s almost here and that Florida heat has reared its ugly head, accessorizing becomes a lot more simplistic. Fun bags and pops of colors with statement jewelry have become my staples lately.

This Kate Spade bag (a purchase in the summer of 2014) has proven to be an oldie (semi, I guess) but goodie and I always find myself busting it out when the heat starts to turn up again. The colors and pattern are so unique!

I’ve been really into beaded tassel earrings lately and have started to collect pairs in different bright colors to wear with my summer dresses and rompers. I’ve been on the prowl for new ones–any ideas where I can find some more?

It’s almost the weekend, wahoo! Can’t wait to hang out with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and have fun in the sun 🙂

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