Category Archives: Summer 2015

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Sunday night dinners are always a good way to make Sundays a bit more fun. Now that we are a good week or so into August the days and nights have gotten hotter and more humid. I run very hot, so I always make sure when it is hot and humid out that I wear loose fitted clothing for more of a breeze. These shorts from Zara are perfect because they are breathable, and also nice enough for a dinner date. Tips below for how to shop for and style nice shorts

1. Pay attention to the fabric and the fit. This will help you so that you don’t look like you are wearing boxers/sleeping shorts out to dinner.

2. Check the length. Don’t go for the short shorts, the restaurant doesn’t want to see your cheeks while they are eating.

3. Tuck In. Tucking in a shirt will give the outfit a completely different look, will give you the formal accent that the shorts would need.

Outfit breakdown below:

Shirt:Gap

Shorts: Zara // Tart

Shoes: Target // Asos

Purse: Kate Spade // Sole Society Kate Spade

Sunglasses: Cotton On //  Cat Eye Cat Eye

 


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Remember when Lilly for Target came out and how crazy it was?! I learned that patience is a virtue.  Instead of waking up super early on Sunday of the release, I waited about a week for the returns to start flowing in and I was lucky enough to grab this blue and white jumpsuit (well now pants)! I loved the pattern and the fabric was perfect for summer. Unfortunately the top wasn’t very flattering on my body type, but I loved the bottoms, so I reached out to my boyfriend’s mom, who owns Tally Ho Slip Covers, and asked if she could help me redesign the jumpsuit. She used the elastic waist from the jumpsuit and made that into the waist for my pants. Voila! I had my own pair of comfy gaucho Lily pants. I usually pair them with either a form fitting tank top or a loose blue or white blouse. They were perfect for my sunset bike ride last night.

Not all clothing is made to fit everyones body, and that is ok! If you find something that you love the fabric, texture, or one part about it don’t be afraid to get it altered so you can enjoy it. This can be for a pair of jeans that is just too long, or maybe a dress that you’d rather have a bit shorter. Just keep in mind the cost of everything and if it will all be worth it in the end. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries until you figure out what is worth altering and what isn’t. If you are  ever wondering about something, feel free to comment or message me and I can help out. I’ve always shopped with an open mind to clothing. All my prom and formal dresses in high school were old vintage dresses that I bought for about $20-$40 and got them hemmed for a younger look. And yes I’ve had my fair share of goodwill mom jeans that I turned into high waisted ripped jean shorts. Jeans are a good starting point for people new to cutting and altering their clothes. (My Target black ripped jean post)!

Outfit details below:

Jumpsuit turned Pants: Lilly for Target // Urban OutfittersLilly Pulitzer

Tank: Target Mossimo

Cover up: Target //  Charlotte Russe Charlotte Russe

Necklace: Jewelry by Andie B.

Shoes: Maians // Vans adidas

Bike: Target // Lulu

Sunglasses: Sperry


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Throwing on a bathing suit can sometimes be the most dreaded part of the day. Whether you are going to a friend’s pool to catch some rays, going on vacation with your boyfriend’s family, or an all day pool/beach party, wearing the right bathing suit for your body makes you feel so much more confident. Many think that your standard bikini is the only way to look good and feel sexy, when really it might just be the whole reason for your discomfort in a bathing suit. Everyone has that one or two or three parts of their body that they feel great about, so start there. Lucky for us, almost every store now sells bathing suits separately so you can mix and match to fit your body perfectly. Below I’ve broken down parts of the body that you’d want to show off and the bathing suit styles that match so you can show off your confidence!

Back: Look at either getting a top that has a cool back tie design or a one piece that the back dips low down showing off your entire back with no distractions. Gap,  American EagleFrankie’s Bikinis

Butt: Showing off the butt can be a bit tricky. I know the “thong” bathing suits are in right now but I’d say to stick with the bottoms that have some bunching in the back. It will show some cheek but won’t draw unwanted attention.  Target, Body Glove

Chest: look for bathing suits with support, underwire, boning, to help really give the girls a nice lift. TargetL*SpaceMaaji

Legs: go for the high cut bottoms, this will elongate your legs and show more of them. Badgley MischkaNasty GalFree People

Shoulders: try a halter top, this will draw the attention to your shoulders and highlight them. Also look at trying a simple bandeau. BillabongRobin PicconeMinkPink

Waist: try a trendy one piece cut out or the high waisted bottoms so you can show off your waist and rock chic styles.AsosNasty GalMissguided

Outfit breakdown

Bathing suit: Old Navy

Hat: Freebie from a baseball game’s derby day, I just took off the teams ribbon. Similar: NordstromEcho


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And the last outfit styled with Vernacular for the Dine Drink Dress event benefiting Dress for Success June 18. This beautiful spring dress is flattering, comfortable and perfect for a night of dancing. It has a full bottom that is so much fun. I paired it with Vernacular tortoise statement necklace which is also a favorite of mine.

Tickets for Dine Drink Dress can be found at www.d3cmh.com

Outfit breakdown below:

Dress: Vernacular. Similar: Issa Palm DressJcpenney

Necklace: Vernacular. Similar: Kenneth Jay Lane Asos

Shoes: Target. Similar: Hugo

Sunglasses: Sperry


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My second outfit with Vernacular for Columbus’s upcoming Dine Drink Dress event benefiting Dress for Success on June 18. I’m in love with this cherry blossom floral crop top. It is even more beautiful in person and is very well priced. Here I’m wearing it with a high waisted pencil skirt, but can be more casual with white jeans and flats or even with a pair of navy or white shorts.

Tickets for Dine Drink Dress can be found at www.d3cmh.com

Outfit breakdown below:

Top: Vernacular. Similar: Saloni Pleione

Skirt: Vernacular. Similar: Asos Charlotte Russe

Necklace: Vernacular. Similar: Lucky BrandLulu

Shoes: Tory Burch. Similar: Nine WestTory Burch