Garden Party

white sundress with floral detail 2Is it just me or has this summer flown by? Maybe it is because it really didn’t get super hot this summer. So it just felt like an extra long Spring.

Since this summer is going by so quickly, I feel like I haven’t gotten to wear all my favorite sun dresses. This one from Joules is quickly becoming my ultimate fave. You know how sometimes you’ll buy a white dress and you’re all excited about it, but when it comes it is totally see-through and kind of cheap looking? Well this dress is the ultimate white dress.It is a rich, breathable linen and it’s fully lined. So you don’t have to worry about flashing the world when you step into the sun.

You should actually check out Joules’ entire vacation shop. Now that it is all on sale, you have no excuse not to stock up for the final days of summer.

white sundress with floral detail

white dress with floral detail

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white sundress with floral detail 3Shoes: Zappos | Dress: Joules | Hat: Target (old)

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Crabby on Block Island

block island 11This past weekend, my husband and I went on an adventure to Block Island. Y’all it was gorgeous. Everyone should go. As you will see from the abundant photos after the jump, it was a bit cloudy. That did not take away from this place’s beauty.

Oh, and another thing happened on Block Island. Matt made me hike seven miles. Your girl was scaling cliffs and walking through overgrown grass so he could see a lighthouse. Is that the definition of love? Being covered in leaves, sand, and sweat and following your betrothed all over the wilderness so he can see a lighthouse? Oy. Here’s the photo of said lighthouse below. Worth it? Maybe.

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Shoes: New Balance | Shorts: Made ‘em from old jeans | Sweater: J. Crew | Belt: It is (was?) my Dad’s from Brooks Brothers

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Let’s talk unmentionables

undiesAlright ladies, it’s time to be honest with ourselves for a minute. Our underwear drawers could probably use an overhaul. Sure, you have 3-5 fab pieces, but the rest of your underwear drawer has probably seen better days. Nothing matches, your bras are stretched, your panties (hate that word) have faded. It’s time to give your underwear drawer some lovin’!

There’s a reason fashion experts call underwear ‘foundation garments’, your bras and panties are the foundation of a great outfit. It’s time to rehabilitate your undies, lovelies!

Take it easy on the crazy colors: That bright pink bra is great — okay, it’s more than great — but you should stock up on black, white and nude bras and panties before you go for novelty colors. However, that does not mean you need to go full on boring, girl! Go lacy, get something with fun embroidery, try for subtle pops of color in the stitching, just because you bought a neutral color doesn’t mean you can’t feel sexy or special.

Okay, now you can get the crazy colors: Once you feel like you’ve stocked up on your neutrals, now you can go crazy. Buy fun underwear! Trust me, when winter hits (curse the thought!) and you’re bogged down with tons of layers, a fancy, lacy, matching bra and underwear set is like a tiny piece of sunshine hidden under your sweater dress.

Don’t skimp on support undies: When you’re faced with a difficult skirt or dress, it is easy to just throw on a thong and call it a day. No way, mami, you gotta stop doing that. Thongs not only show off every wobbly bit in your backside, they also tend to cut into your love handles giving even the slimmest girl a muffin top. The worst part? Thongs still show panty lines! They are just thong shaped lines instead of brief shaped. Invest in some great supportwear and put your best body forward under dresses and skirts. Save the thongs for more forgiving bottoms.

Don’t be afraid to diversify: Bras and panties comes in all shapes, sizes, and fits. Try them all! From lacy to seamless, you will not only find new ways to feel totally glam under your clothes, but you’ll also have plenty of different cuts and colors to choose from so you can avoid that ‘oh, sh*t’ moment when you discover you don’t have the right underwear.

What are your favorite underwear tips?

Bra: Leonisa (c/o) | Underwear: Leonisa (c/o) | Necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar)

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Two Pieces, Three Ways: Look Three

crop top and full skirtThis is definitely my favorite way to style a cropped top. This styling method is easier to wear day-to-day compared to look one, and much more dressed up compared to look two. The high waisted, full skirt balances out the risque look of the cropped top and creates a gorgeous silhouette that is flattering on basically anyone.

Sorry there aren’t many photos of look three. It started raining on us! But I have worn looks similar to this herehere and here.

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full skirt and crop topShoes: I can’t remember, they are sold old. They are just basic black pumps, though. | Skirt: Express (similar) | Shirt: Express

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Two Pieces, Three Ways: Look Two

detailsLook two is a signifanctly more laid back way of styling the skirt seen in look one. The slouchy sweatshirt top (similar) takes the skirt down a notch, making this a perfect look for brunch with friends or even a causal day at the office.grey sweatershirt and floral pencil skirt

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floral pencil skirt and grey sweatshirtShoes: Zappos | Skirt: Express | Top: J. Crew Factory (similar here and here)

 

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Two Pieces, Three Ways: Look One

matching crop top and skirtI got this rad cropped top/skirt set (yes, I have a problem) from Express. I bought it because it was just too fun to pass up, but there are also so many different ways to style it. I decided to share three of these looks on the blog this week.

This is look one. Honestly, this isn’t super wearable for every day. But it is perfect for a fancy beach outting or summer date.

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matching crop top and skirt with sunhatShoes: J. Crew Factory (WAY on sale) | Skirt: Express | Top: Express | Necklace: J. Crew Factory (sold out, but this is so pretty) | Hat: Target (so old)

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It’s all in the details

leopard clutch.jpgCut off jeans (jorts?) and a white tee can be taken to a whole ‘nother level with the right accessories.summer details.jpg

 

details.jpgShoes: Milk and Honey (p.s. these were my ‘something blue’ at my wedding | Shorts: Express, they were old jeans | Top: Asos (similar) | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Necklace: J.Crew Factory  

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