July 2012 archive

Mint & Polka Dot Tuxedo

Shorts from Wet Seal, Top from Walmart, Bow (gift), Bracelet from Ebay, Oscar de la Renta sunnies, Blazer (Similar)
So this outfit is a bit different than I have been wearing- a little androgynous. I love my polka dots, and this seemed like a fun way to add a little class to a basic print. 
This new mint blazer is my favorite recent purchase- loving mint right now and can’t wait to wear in while teaching in the fall. The silk is light enough to layer in the summer evenings, yet perfect for layering once autumn hits. 
I apologize for the lack of outfit photos lately- I feel like I’ve been chained to my desk with grad work! I can’t wait to get back into outfit posting and tap into my creative side- it’s my favorite way to unwind. Hope your week is going well 🙂

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Rainbow Bandeau Top

Image from Obaz

1. The bustier & bandeau top.

They come in so many colors and prints this summer and are perfect with bright cutoffs or high-waisted skirts. Transition them to fall by adding a cardigan or wrap sweater with leggings! Try buying one at Aerie for beautiful colors.

great high waisted short pairing

Image from Lookbook

2. High-waisted shorts.

High-waisted shorts is a beautiful throwback that is incredibly flattering and breezy for summer/fall. I just recently bought a pair myself and have been wearing them non stop! They are particularly flattering for a pear shape (showing off a waist and balancing hips) or boy shape (creating a waist). Pair them with a tank for summer and gauzy sweater like above, for fall! Forever 21 has some under $18.

cutout back dress

Image from Fashion Worship

3. Back cutout dress.

These new trendy dresses look best when the front is surprisingly modest. The whimsical look from the back shocks and awes. With cutouts still trending this season, this is the prettiest way to wear it! Try styles from Urban Outfitters.

mirrored sunnies + amazing jewelry

Image from The Blonde Salad

4. Mirrored sunnies.

This is the new trend that seems to be popping up everywhere this summer. While styles like the “wayfarer” and “aviator” are still hot, they take on a modern twist with mirrored lenses. For some extra punch, try ones with a brightly colored frame! I’m in love with this Marc Jacobs version!

Printed Shorts.

Image from Reasons To Breathe

5. Printed shorts.

This may be the most fun and casual trend this summer! They are everywhere from Target to Tibi and the possibilities are literally endless. Don them with a flowy tunic (like above), chambray shirt, polo, lace top, comfy tee, or a blazer!

neon necklaces on etsy

Image from Doloris Petunia

6. Neon and brightly-colored necklaces.

Making huge fashion headlines this season is the incredibly over the top neon statement necklace! With thousands of options on Etsy, you can’t go wrong trying to find one that fits your taste. Wear them under a collared shirt, over top of a maxi dress, or with printed shorts and a solid tee!

tribal print mini

Photo from Freckles & Ivory

7. Tribal/Aztec printed pieces.

From skirts to bags, this trend is strong. Get gorgeous in a tribal mini and chambray (like above) or mix prints with a bright tribal-printed bag and printed shorts! Just be sure to have a common color uniting both pieces. For great tribal-printed items at a low cost try shopping Forever 21.

Toasted Orange & Turquoise

Guess heels, Michael Kors handbag & watch, Dress via Marshalls, Necklace (borrowed from a friend), Monogram necklace c/o Best Personalized Jewelry, Earrings from Charming Charlie, Buckle bracelet c/o Simply Divalicious
I’m usually not one to pile on the jewelry, but sometimes you just feel like dressing up. With all of the running shorts and sneaker action going on at work, it feels necessary to get a little “glammed” up after sometimes. I’m a big fan of the neutral and bright trend- so I figured I’d take this dress for a spin and add some unexpected color.
Turquoise is my favorite, so it was a must! My friend let me borrow this necklace, and I’m hooked. I think I’ll be looking for a similar one to wear out very soon. Anyone know of where to find a necklace like this?
Tomorrow’s Friday, can you believe it? You’re all saying “yeah of course”, but honestly this week flew by for me. I guess a healthy dose of homework and working out will make time fly by. God, I’m boring. Hope you all are having a wonderful Thursday!