I asked you on Instagram last week if you would rather see dresses or skirts on my fashion blog. The vote wasn't even close, dresses were the clear favorite. Lucky for me, I have always had more dresses to choose from than skirts. The ivory dress in this post with baby blue flowers was a birthday gift. I decided to style it with silver sandals, a straw hat, and a small pink purse.
I wanted to add one more color to the look, and went with a green pair of statement earrings. I thought blue would be a little too matchy matchy.
I'm sure you can tell that I love a good hat! In my mind it takes a confident person to wear a large hat because it draws attention. This hat was 1 of 4 that were made.
The Tory Burch tote that I carry almost every single day is big. Everything I could ever need fits in that tote. I love it. You never know when you're gonna need your huge hairbrush during the day.
As much as I love that tote, there are times when a huge purse isn't ideal. When you go shopping, when you go to a concert, or a football game. A heavy purse can weigh ya down. If I need to carry a small purse, I like to go with a cross body or a clutch. When I first saw this cross body online, it was sold out. They restocked it, and I placed an order hoping it would still be available for ya'll by the time this post went live. The good news is that it's still available and is less than $100. The shade of yellow works for summer and can still be carried in the fall.
The Frame jeans are on sale for $60! They're high rise, with a light wash.
I wanted these Tabitha Simmons sandals, but forgot about them as soon as I found these lookalikes at Target that are available in green, navy blue, or gold.
I bought this black top from Zara for a second date. Scratch that...fourth date. I have a terrible memory. We went to a Cody Johnson concert. I found several similar tops, and all are linked below:
I found this skirt on sale here in Dallas. The color caught me eye. I'm glad it was available in the store that day because it's one of those items that if I would have never purchased online. Seeing the color in person makes all the difference. Its length is long enough for work or church and the best thing about it is that it has an elastic waist. Like sweatpants. This is a dream come true y'all! The models on both websites (Neiman Marcus and Shopbop) have their shirt tucked in to the skirt). I thought it would be more flattering for my body type to pair it with a peplum top. I chose navy blue because a lot of the outfits that I'm drawn to lately are monochromatic.
I saw that Neiman Marcus finally has another suede mule available for fall. In my dreams I own both the nude pair AND the black pair.
I found a similar skirt that's also on sale and comes in four different colors: sky blue, yellow, pink, and purple. The main difference is that this skirt doesn't have the gathered material at the top. You could say it's less busy.
One last thing while I have your attention : ) I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who entered my first giveaway on Instagram. I am so excited to take this sharing process one step further and not only help you track down pretty pieces but sometimes ship those pretty pieces right to your front door. More details and my plans for future giveaways will be shared soon. I encourage you to enter in as many of them as you want! Any time you like a photo, comment on a picture, ask me a question, or use one of my links to make a purchase it makes me smile. I just think it's the coolest thing. It makes me happy. Y'all have a good night!
Most of my hats are from Janessa Leone or Preston & Olivia. Yesterday morning Preston & Olivia launched their summer sample sale. Last year I missed it. I was determined NOT to let that happen again. All of the hats that are part of the sample sale are $100 or less. Here are a few of my favorites from the sale:
Most of the pants at Banana Republic are on sale right now, for $59 (woohoo!!). I used to think work pants were boring and a bit masculine. I finally realized that you don't always have to wear gray or black pants to the office. There are other options out there, thank goodness. Options like pink, which is an easy color to pair with a white summer top.
These silver heels are from ASOS and are under $100. They make this same shoe with a shorter heel. The shoes with the shorter heel are on sale right now for $33.
I wore this lavender headband for the first time to Six Flags, and then again for this photo shoot. A headband is an accessory that can change your look and it’s so easy to use. I also like this mint green headband from Urban Outfitters.
Here are a few more similar styles. All of the eyelet tops linked below are under $100:
Back when I first started my fashion blog I featured a Self Portrait dress that I had purchased for a friend's wedding. The black and white handkerchief dress you see in these pictures is just as special as that dress that I bought back in 2016. They're both unique, they both catch your eye, and the detail is exquisite!
The retailer linked below is offering an extra 40% off of the sale price, no code needed. Only two sizes are left so you have to hurry!
These Kendall and Kylie shoes are the same shoes that I wore in my first Self Portrait blog post. They no longer make these exact shoes, but I was able to find several pairs that are similar. You can shop all of them by clicking on the pictures of shoes below:
When Banana Republic first listed these black and white striped pants online, they sold out. Fast. The good news is that they're back, and available in all sizes (regular and petite). The bad news is that they won't ship until September. Just in time for fall?? I hope that they'll make me look like I'm six feet tall. You know, to make it worth the wait. Oh and one more thing, some more good news. They're on sale for $59.
Here’s an embarrassing fact for ya: I didn’t know about oversized full length mirrors until I saw one on Jojo’s season of the bachelorette. Before you judge me, please know that at that time I had already upgraded from my Target over the door/had it since college mirror. I was slowly making my way down the home decor road that comes with being an adult. I switched out the Target mirror with this silver one. The silver mirror is great and there’s nothing wrong with it. I just wanted one that was wider.
Thanks to Shivani, I found one at Kirkland’s for less than $100! If you don’t already have an oversized full length mirror or you think that they’re all over priced, take a look at the mirrors Kirkland carries. They are all affordable and look great in person.
This is how it goes:
Step 1: Find you a friend like Shivani (one who can solve all of your problems)
Step 2: Order mirror online.
Step 3: Let me know which full length mirror you have and if you would recommend it!
Do you ever shop at Nordstrom Rack? Their stores can be a little overwhelming. So much inventory! I try to do most of my browsing online. They carry the Rebecca Taylor La Vie line, which I'm obsessed with lately. The items are pricey, so I try and wait until they go on sale. Nordstrom Rack will add a few pieces here and there. I've made it a habit to check for certain brands on the Nordstrom Rack website. Most of the time there isn't anything victory dance worthy, but sometimes you luck out and see things like this dress. An eyelet, full length white and yellow summer dress that's adorable.
This silver clutch was my Grandma's. She had the most amazing style.
I only have one yellow dress. There seems to be a lot of them this summer. I think this one would be pretty for church or a wedding. Anything that Self Portrait makes is perfect, like this one. And just for fun, take a look at this one. Cant go wrong with a little Carolina Herrera.
My hat is from Preston and Olivia. It's a cool gray color with a tan band.
I found this strawberry print dress here in Dallas, at the NorthPark Nordstrom. I liked it right away. The material is silky and lightweight, which helps with this heat! I've been favoring tops and dresses with sleeves lately. So much of my wardrobe is sleeveless. These sleeves have little ruffles on them, and did you notice the cute little buttons?
This purse was originally purchased for a day of travel, but has recently become my every day bag for work. It’s shape and color are both classic. It’s perfect for the office.
My suede mules are the shoes in my closet that I reach for often. They match with everything and give you a little height. I found more affordable options and linked those below. Use the arrow to click through.
This red rancher hat is a steal! The price is much less than the other hats available at Free Peope and Anthropologie. It has great reviews and the color is just as gorgeous in person.
Since it’s summer, you probably have seen a lot of strawberry print. Have you seen this little lunch tote ? It’s so cute! If you need new cups for your pool parties or BBQ cookout, take a look at these Kate Spade glasses. Madewell also has a top in the same strawberry print. I’m waiting for this strawberry bag to go on sale at Anthropologie. Last but not least, this over the top dress is one of those things that I wear in my dreams. With a huge summer hat. Maybe at a villa in Italy?