Dressing down a maxi dress

Happy weekend friends! Any fun plans? I’ve got two weddings – one tonight and one tomorrow. If there’s one thing I don’t own a lot of, but still need from time to time, are dresses to wear to formal events [such as weddings]. I received this stunning floral maxi dress from Lemora for the wedding I’m attending tonight and absolutely love it. I love it so much that I wore it prior to the wedding. I wanted to dress down the maxi dress, so I styled it with converse, a messy half up top knot hairstyle and bold red/orange lip. Stay tuned to my insta stories tonight to see how I styled it for the wedding.

Can you guess how much the dress is? Only $34.00! The Reformation look for less? Yes please! Also, if you’re wondering about the bra situation, the brand has a strapless/backless bra that stays put even when you’re sweatin’, so I highly suggest it. In addition to cute clothes at a great price, Lemora donates part of the proceeds from their sales to women entrepreneurs. Gotta love women supporting women!

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Red floral maxi dress

Maxi dress – $34.00


le specs half moon magic

Le Specs sunglasses – $59.00


Womens white converse

Converse – $49.99


-Happy Styling-

*Thank you Lemora for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Currently coveting : fall jewel tones with a pop of shine and color

Can you believe it’s almost September? Insane! Even though cooler weather is around the corner, I’m not ready to give up the rich, bold colors of summer. This post was inspired by a stunning jewel tone skirt from local boutique Jolie Occasions. The deep green color makes it the perfect summer-fall transition piece. I’ve styled the skirt with a crazy soft off the shoulder crop top and metallic clutch. The metallic against the jewel tone really makes the outfit pop and adds a subtle shine to the look. Jewel tones and metallics are not just for the holidays my friends.

Now, let’s talk color. I was perusing H&M’s site and noticed a bright, red linen blazer that I think would be a perfect pop of color to a deep jewel tone. Now I know what you’re thinking – linen in fall and/or winter? Weird. I personally love layering linen pieces in the fall/winter because they add that extra layer you might need without the bulky look.

What colors do you get most excited about when the cooler weather comes?

Dark green pleated skirt

Metallic clutch

Fall outfit idea

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black off the shoulder sweater

Sweater – $46.00


Metallic green skirt

Skirt – $60.00


Metallic clutch

Clutch – $24.00


SHOP JEWEL TONE + POP OF COLOR 

bright red blazer

 H&M H&M+ Linen-blend Jacket • H&M • $59.99

Cami NYC – The Racer Lace-trimmed Silk-charmeuse Camsiole – Burgundy • $160

Matthew Williamson High-Rise Satin Pants • Matthew Williamson • $75


SHOP JEWEL TONE + METALLIC 

metallic outfit

 Glamorous Petite Metallic Faux Leather Biker Jacket With Floral Embroidery • $72

CAMI NYC The Stefanie Cami in Black • $103

Cigarette Suit Trousers Pink • Missguided • $19


-Happy Styling-

How to know when to buy that piece of clothing

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a good weekend ahead of them. Todays post is inspired by a top I recently purchased from local boutique Clover on High. I walk to work and pass the boutique’s storefront pretty much everyday. I typically do pretty good on the will power to not go in and impulse buy, but recently there was a top in the window display that I immediately fell in love with. The color, pattern, fit and style were all too good to pass up. I knew that I could make some room in my budget for one thing, so I went ahead and got it and couldn’t be happier. This will definitely be one of those tops that I keep for years. In this post I’ve styled the top with denim shorts for a casual summer look. I’m excited to share how I style it for the workplace and a weekend out look.

Budget, fit, fabric quality, re-wear, truly loving, and actually needing a piece of clothing are some of the main factors that get me to buy. What are your rules you set for yourself when shopping? I’d love to hear them!

Levis denim shorts

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JOA tie knot top

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Shop women's summer outfits

Striped Tie-Front Wrap Top • Charlotte Russe • $21.99

J.O.A. Off Shoulder Blouse • J.o.a. • $73

JOA Printed Fringe Tank • J.o.a. • $24.97

J.o.a. Cotton Striped One-Shoulder Top • J.o.a. • $79

Levi’s 501 frayed-hem denim shorts • Levi’s • $60

New Look Sports Strap Flatform Sandals • New Look • $42

-Happy Styling-

One top, two bridal showers

Wedding season doesn’t mean just being a guest. If in a bridal party, there are other kinds of events you need to attend. I’ve already attended two this summer and needless to say I’ve had to get a little creative with the outfits. Today I’m talking about different styling tips to make the same piece of clothing not seem so much like a repeat:

Wear your hair differently

For the looks I styled, I wore one with my hair in a high bun and the other with it down

Choose different accessories

Different jewelry, shoes and handbags can make all the difference

Switch up your makeup

A bold lip can refresh your re-worn piece

Style the piece in a different way

For the top I styled I switched the tie in front to the back, and bunched up the long sleeves to be faux short sleeves

Style it with a different pairing

All too often I see repeated outfits with the same top/bottom combo. Switch up your combos by pairing the piece with a different style top or bottom. For my look I paired the top with a mini skirt and then a midi skirt. I can’t wait to style the top with a wide leg pant, too!

bridal shower outfit ideas

Bridal shower outfit idea

Light gray handbag

Zara green satin skirt

Forever 21 floral top

Summer bridal shower outfit

Floral blouse

Zara green midi skirt

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womens summer outfits

FOREVER 21+ Contemporary Floral Blouse • Forever 21 • $17.90

Grey Criss Cross Detail Faux Suede Mini Skirt • Missguided • $51

H&M Bag • H&M • $49.99

Women’s Steve Madden Cache Sandal • Steve Madden • $69.95

DANIELA BIZZI Knee length skirts • $84

Reed Krakoff Mini Standard Shoulder Bag • Reed Krakoff • $136.50

Steven By Steve Madden Vanya Sandal • $69.97

-Happy Styling-

Tiny details, big impact – choosing that romper

Rompers – some people love them, some people not so much. For those of you that love them, rompers can be a great piece to invest in if you don’t want to spend the time combining different pieces to create an outfit. If you’re one of those people who have multiple rompers in your closet, a romper with a bright floral print is a great pick for summer. I love this romper from local boutique Jolie Ocassions because its base is a beautiful yellow that is bright for summer but can easily transition into fall. The floral print adds a playfulness to it and the bell sleeves seal the deal. I styled the romper with a pair of printed pumps [because we all know how much I love print mixing]. What romper styles do you have in your closet?

Floral romper with bell sleeves

Yellow floral romper

Printed pumps

SHOP IT yellow floral romper

Jolie Occasions Floral Romper – $57.00


SHOP YELLOW FLORAL ROMPERS Yellow floral romper

 nastygal Sunny Side Off-the-Shoulder Romper • Nasty Gal • $50

MINKPINK Spread Like Wildflowers Cover Up Romper 8146704 • MinkPink • $63.95–79.20

Women’s Privacy Please Goodwin Romper • Privacy Please • $106.80

Very J Floral Print Romper • $42


SHOP PRINTED PUMPS 

Printed pumps

 Women’s PHILLOSP – Canvas Snake Print Pump • Donald J Pliner • $99

Emilio Pucci Printed Canvas Pumps • Emilio Pucci • $71.25

Nine West Scheila Angelic Floral-Print Pumps • Nine West • $89

Giuseppe Zanotti Printed Satin Pumps • Giuseppe Zanotti • $57.50

-Happy Styling-

Unexpected crop top detail

For all of you wondering – yes, crop tops are still in. You may have thought they have been replaced by the trending bodysuit, but crop tops [at least in my opinion] are still a great piece to keep in your wardrobe. I love this crop top from AE [now only $15!] because of the ribbed texture [keeps it more formal], the off the shoulder style, and especially the tie detail with the open back.

I styled the top with my favorite white shorts [similar here], simple Steve Madden sandals, my Cuffed by Nano choker, Juwelo earrings and H&M bag.

Summer outfit idea

High waist white shorts

Open back crop top

Tie back crop top

Summer date night outfit

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Summer outfit idea

American Eagle Outfitters AE Ribbed Off-the-Shoulder Sweater • American Eagle Outfitters • $14.97

MANGO Flowy shorts • MANGO • $49.99

H&M Shoulder Bag • H&M • $19.99

Cache • Steve Madden • $69.95

-Happy Styling-

The dress you’ll wear the rest of summer and well into fall

Dresses aren’t something I own a lot of – so when I purchase one I make sure it’s pretty versatile. A midi tank dress is perfect for summer because you can dress it up or down. You can also layer it with a blouse to act as a faux midi skirt for the office. I’m excited to wear this dress through the rest of summer and well into fall.

I styled this midi tank dress from local boutique Vernacular with my favorite basket weave purse [worn as a clutch], bright flats and eclectic jewelry.

Black midi dress

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Womens summer outfit idea

Line 6ix Shelly K Dress • $35

Kayu Reef Clutch • Kayu • $138

Women’s Le Specs ‘No Smirking’ 50Mm Round Sunglasses – Tortoise/ Silver Mirror • Le Specs • $79

American Eagle Outfitters AE Criss Cross Flat • American Eagle Outfitters • $29.95

-Happy Styling-

How to style athleisure wear in the work place

Question – have you tried out the athleisure trend? If yes, where do you wear it? Well, today I’m going to give you some tips on how to take that comfy outfit straight to the workplace.

·Choose pieces that are not just sweatshirt material, but instead a luxe knit fabric

·Opt for neutral colors

·Keep your shoe simple with a loafer, sleek flat or low-heel pump

·A low bun looks great on almost everyone, and makes any look more polished

·Stud earrings and a watch are all you need to dress it up

For my athleisure work place look, I styled two amazing pieces from a brand I discovered called VAEWARD. The top is a muscle tee style with soft knit fabric and the track pants have a waffle knit pattern and are also super soft. The black piping on the pieces ties them together. Black loafers and simple jewelry complete the look.

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Gray knit top

Black patent loafers

Office outfit idea

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Gray knit top

Knit top – $44.00 // sold out, similar here


White track pant

Track pant – $75.00


le specs half moon magic

Sunglasses – $59.00


black patent loafer

Black patent loafers – $40.00


Thank you VAEWARD for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

-Happy Styling-

The piece every date night outfit needs

Hello my friends and happy Friday!

Today I’m bringing some outfit inspo for all those date nights coming up. Sometimes date nights are great – you get dressed up, you do your hair, you feel fly. Other times, date nights consist of more casual attire where you don’t have to get so dolled up. No matter how fancy or casual your date night is, there is always one piece that can turn up the heat for any outfit. Whether it’s a fitted dress or jeans and a top, the item any date night outfit needs is a great jewelry piece (or pieces). Earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces – all jewelry styles can instantly dress up your look.

I came across the site Juwelo and fell in love with their jewelry selection. The detail and craft work around their gemstone jewelry colors, sizes and shapes makes you feel like you’re dripping in luxury no matter your price point.

For my date night outfit, I styled a leather mini skirt with a crop top and sandals. I put my hair up in a sultry ponytail which is perfect for those humid summer nights. The pair of earrings I’m wearing polished off the dressy feel I was going for.

Sexy date night outfit

Date night outfit

Summer date night outfit

Juwelo earrings

Shop the Juwelo pieces I’ve got my eye on next 

white drop earring

Pearl silver earrings – $99.00


Emerald drop earring

Tsavorite silver earrings – $65.00


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blue crop top

Blue crop top – $57.00


Leather mini skirt

Leather mini skirt – $60.00


colorblock sandals

Colorblock sandals – $96.00


Michael kors navy bag

Michael Kors bag – $150.00


Thank you Juwelo for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

-Happy Styling-