June 24, 2016

DIY FRIDAY: GINGHAM FLUTTER SLEEVE TOP








Gingham is my favorite summer print, and I'm so in love with the flutter sleeve trend, so I combined the two for this week's DIY Friday project.

This is an easy little top you can whip up in an afternoon and is so perfect for summer!

Click READ MORE below to find the step by step instructions!


June 23, 2016

4TH OF JULY OUTFIT INSPIRATION





TEE  ||  SIMILAR CHAMBRAY SKIRT HEREHERE and HERE  ||  FLATS  (under $30, and come in black and nude too!)


I never cared much about the Fourth of July until we moved to California. But man, this place does it right with a giant parade, lots of fun events, and fireworks on the beach. Everyone gets so into it with decorated bikes and wagons, dressing up, and everyone outside BBQing, walking to the parade, and throwing parties. It's basically everyone's favorite day of the year around here. 

Just don't try to park within a mile and a half of the beach, because it is bumper to bumper cars parked everywhere. People even rent out their driveways for the day cause people are willing to pay $40 just for somewhere to park. 

With all that excitement, I can't help but love it now. Even better, my sister and her family have made it their yearly tradition to come visit us over the Fourth. This year will be their third year and it's always the best to have cousin and sister time! 

But even though I like to dress in red, white and blue for the Fourth, I pick pieces that are versatile enough to wear the rest of the year. I just recently picked up these flats and will wear them all summer long, but they're also the perfect festive piece for the holiday (they also come in black and nude though!)

This skirt is also a fun choice you could pair with a white top, or you could do white denim with a navy and white striped top and these sneakers. I also love a white and red striped top (it feels so summery!) or a navy gingham blouse, both of which would look great with blue or white denim. Or gosh, I just love this red gingham!

Shop all my festive favorites for the Fourth in the widget below! 




photos by rad and happy

June 22, 2016

10 SUMMER CLOSET ESSENTIALS

This week we've had a heatwave in California, so I've had my summer wardrobe on the brain.   

There are ten essentials everyone should have in their closet during the summer, and if you have at least one of each of these, your summer wardrobe should be pretty complete. They're all pieces that are versatile and are easy to mix and match.

I'm sharing the top ten below, and then sharing a few options in each category below that, so make sure you scroll to the bottom! 




The collage above is clickable -- click to shop!


And here are a few more shopping options in those ten categories:



1. Dresses. 
STRIPED TEE DRESS  ||  DENIM SHIRT DRESS  ||  WHITE MIDI DRESS

They're an essential for those warm days, but also for church and weddings and lunch with your girlfriends. You'll want at least one casual and one dressy one!

2. Sandals. 

These are the shoes you'll wear pretty much every day. Get a neutral-ish pair so they go with a lot of different things. I'm in love with these ones.


3. Shorts. 

Even in perfect-weather Southern California, it sometimes gets too hot for pants. So shorts are an essential.  Try these linen pants or a knit pencil skirt if you're not a shorts wearer!

4. T-Shirts

You definitely need some t-shirts for summer. I love a good basic one, but I found this lace up neckline one that is a fun variation. 


5. Tops. 
SCALLOPED TOP  ||  LACE TOP  ||  RUFFLE SLEEVE TOP

Choose versatile ones that work with shorts during the day, but also can easily be dressed up with jeans and heels for evening. This lace one would look so cute during the day with boyfriend jeans and simple sandals!


6. Sneakers.

Even though sneakers can be a little hotter than sandals, I like having some easy sneakers for summer on days where we're running around and I want comfortable shoes. I just ordered this pair and I'm obsessed with them. Also I own these ones, and they're so easy to slip on and off -- plus they're comfortable and the perforation makes them a little cooler for those hot days.


7. Swimsuit.
RUCHED BANDEAU SUIT (comes in 4 other colors!) ||  BLACK AND STRIPED SWIMSUIT  ||  LATTICE NECKLINE SUIT

Of course you need a swimsuit for summer! There are so many gorgeous ones out there (I did a whole post right here), but these three are my current favorites.

8. Accessories.
HAT  ||  BASEBALL CAP  ||  SUNGLASSES
Don't forget those accessories! A good hat and pair of sunglasses are essential during the summer months. I usually choose a baseball cap, but I'm loving all the straw hats out there right now. And I have these sunglasses in a few colors and they're the best.

9. Heels.

You need at least one pair of nice heels or wedges since the rest of the shoes in this list are very casual.


10. Bags. 
KATE SPADE CROSSBODY  ||  FAUX LEATHER TOTE  ||  TASSEL CROSSBODY

And don't forget a bag! I personally usually choose a medium crossbody bag since they're not huge, but big enough to carry the essentials, but I also love a good tote bag!


Now go get working on that summer wardrobe!

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