How was everyone’s July 4th weekend? After a fun-filled Saturday and Sunday here, this girl is pooped. Yesterday’s plan was to hang out and take it easy on the couch all day, but when we heard that a theater down the street was live broadcasting the very last Grateful Dead concert, we had a change of plans. Super random, but we had to check it out and it didn’t disappoint. On slow-moving days like today, there’s just nothing better than a comfy jersey maxi dress, and this one from Oasis is currently at the top of my favorites list. It feels like pajamas but somehow is a little more pulled-together for running errands. Just a little. Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!
Happy Friday, and even better, happy July 4th weekend! I’ve never seen the 4th celebrated quite like it is here in Orange County. People are SERIOUS about this holiday. As I type this post, all of the neighbors on our entire street are working together to string American flags from house to house, zig-zagging back and forth across the street. I watched earlier as a guy on a bicycle went from house to house today selling American flags, t-shirts, hats, anything you could think of really, and I was amazed by how many people were buying. I’ve got a fridge full of hot dogs, my outfit is ready, and I’m ready to celebrate the weekend with a few favorite people. Whether you live in a place that goes all out or not, here’s hoping everyone has an amazing Independence Day weekend in my favorite country in the world.
A few years ago, I pretty much had a closet full of little black dresses and not much color. It was kind of my safe place, and when events or last-minute work things popped up, I could usually just grab any black dress and add a fun shoe. Over the past couple of years though, I’ve definitely started wearing more colors and prints, so my collection of go-to little black dresses has dwindled. This one arrived recently, and I was instantly in love. The flounce hem is so fun for twirling, and the sleeves are a bit unexpected. Today we’re spending one last day in Mexico before heading home, and I’m not ready for vacation to be over. Lucky for me the 4th is this weekend and just may help cure my post-vacay blues. Hope everyone is having a great week!
As much as I’d like to pretend, I’ve never been that “jeans and t-shirt” kind of girl. Blame the fashion lover in me or blame the 1,000 degree Louisiana summers accompanied by school uniform falls and springs that I grew up with, but I just never fell into that cool girl category. Fast forward a few years (and a few states), and jeans are a pretty regular staple for me. Even in the summers in Southern California, the hottest of days will inevitably be followed by a chilly and sometimes windy night by the beach. It takes a few outfit changes a day. (Something Eric finds ridiculous, but he’s a boy. He doesn’t understand. “Get a jacket,” he says. A jacket doesn’t go with this outfit. But anyway…) I bought these chambray jeans a few years ago (a total steal at Marshall’s), and they’ve been a favorite ever since. They’re lightweight enough for warm days and easily pair with an oversized sweater for evenings. And recently, I totally broke my “cheap girl” rule and got one of those expensive tanks or tees that everyone talks about. (Mine above is Current/Elliott.) A luxury, yes, but ya’ll – I’m obsessed. It’s super soft and slightly sheer, but not annoyingly so, ya know? Maybe that’s me. Paired with my favorite jeans, I’m in love, and (whaaaat?!) I may just be that jeans and tee girl after all.
Happy Friday, babes! This summer, more than any before, I’m embracing (and slightly hoarding?) little white dresses like there’s no tomorrow, and this embroidered mini from SheIn is definitely a new favorite. (And isn’t it great when a new favorite is right around $23? I think so.) It’s lightweight enough for summer without being too sheer, and I love the contrast embroidery and tassels. I’ve also decided I need more tassels in my life, but that’s an entirely new conversation. I’ve posted a few SheIn dresses lately (here and here, and also here) and have a killer one coming up next week. Just in time for summer, I’m teaming up with SheIn to give one lucky reader $120 to shop the site. (And believe me, $120 can buy A LOT. Like probably all of the dresses I’ve just linked to.) So if you could use a little wardrobe boost (and who couldn’t), follow the prompts below to enter. Good luck, and have a great weekend!
A couple of weekends ago I had the Saturday of all Saturdays, the day that I’ve been waiting for since Eric proposed really. My mom and godmother came to town, and along with Kathleen, we went shopping for the dress. I had somewhat of an idea of what I wanted, but I hadn’t spent much time looking at gowns and definitely didn’t have any exact dresses picked out. Our first stop of the day was The White Dress in Corona Del Mar. I showed Nancy (the super sweet consultant) a picture of a red carpet gown that I really liked and started browsing the racks. As I headed into my overfilled dressing room, Nancy pulled one last dress, a stunning Yolan Cris gown that was very similar to the photo I had shown her.
I stepped into the dress and knew it was The One. I walked out of the dressing room, and I think my mom and godmother knew it was as well. (Perhaps it was my mom’s crying that gave it away.) I tried on everything else in the dressing room “just to see”, but nothing really compared. (Although I do LOVE the form-fitting gown that I’m wearing above. It’s definitely my second favorite.) I had one other appointment scheduled and decided to still go because my dream dress was over my original budget. After trying on a few dresses there though, I knew that I had already found my dress. We headed back to The White Dress to pop the champagne and say yes to the dress.
I couldn’t believe how easy the decision was for me (after discussing that tiny little budget detail) and although the overall design is similar to the inspiration gown I showed, it’s really different than what I thought I would choose. I’m over the stinkin’ moon about it though and can’t wait to wear it in about nine months. As Carrie Bradshaw said, the dress “upped the ante.” Now all the details are starting to come together and the fairytale is all beginning to feel real.
I’ve never been one to pass up a good sale (I get it from my mama), and right now, Nordstrom is having one of their killer sales. If you’re looking for that perfect little dress, bag or summer shoe, or perhaps just looking to treat yo self, hop over to Nordstrom.com for some serious steals. I mean, dress #1 above is like 22 bucks. Done and done. Happy shopping!
Happy Monday, guys! (Does that even exist? Not sure.) Hope everyone had an amazing Father’s Day weekend. Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend the day with my own dad, pretty much the raddest dad around, and thinking I need to make a little Louisiana trip home soon. We did spend the day with Eric’s family celebrating his dad and eating way too much guacamole. I’m a sucker for guacamole. Today I’m recovering from my Mexican food coma and sharing a bit more print mixing. This striped midi skirt is super versatile for summer, can be dressed up or down, and the best part? Pockets, people. I’m also a sucker for pockets. I kept it simple with a knotted chambray button-down and leopard heels, and while putting this post together and simultaneously browsing Instagram (the norm), I realized that Kathleen and I pretty much had the same idea. Great minds… Hope everyone has an amazing start to the week!
Happy Friday, people! Maybe it’s just me, but this week FLEW by. I woke up this morning all out of whack, like what day is it? (Friday, girl.) What time am I supposed to be working out this morning? (I’ve worked out at the same exact time for quite a while now…) Anyway, after a sweat sesh with Erica Ziel and more coffee than I’d like to admit, I’ve got my shit together and am ready for the weekend. Today I’m sharing one of my summer essentials: wide leg pants. Because when it’s hot out, nothing sounds less appealing than skinny jeans. I’m loving the stripes on this easy pair from Oasis, and worn with a bright floral top, they’re weekend wear at its finest. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
Wednesday already? Today I’m sharing a new favorite little ruffled tunic that I wore to a fun girls’ brunch a couple of weekends ago. It’s such a great summer print, and I adore the ruffled trim. It turned out to be a smidge short on me (as mini dresses tend to be), so I added a pair of my go-to lace shorts underneath. Problem solved. Was there ever a problem? Happy hump day, lovers.