Matching set, romper feels

I love a romper as much as the next person; however, I do like the pieces I purchase to be versatile. Instead of adding a romper to my wardrobe this summer I found this perfect matching short+top set from H&M and had to have it. With this look, I’m able to wear both pieces together to fake a romper, or I can wear them as separates. This print is perfect for summer and will work well into fall with the combination of dark and bright hues. Stay tuned for future posts to see how I style the pieces separately.

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Shop matching sets below!

 

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H&M – Patterned Blouse – Light blue/leaf – Ladies • H&M • $34.99

H&M – Patterned Shorts – Light blue/leaf – Ladies • H&M • $24.99

 

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ASOS Embroidered Beach Short Co-ord • Asos • $33

Glamorous Tall Co-Ord Stripe Crop Top • $33

Parallel Lines High Waisted Shorts With Belt Tie Co-Ord • $41

boohoo Indy Placement Elephant Pompom Co-Ord Set • Boohoo • $30

luxxel Blue Off Shoulder Top • $21.99

luxxel Lemonade Matching Set • $45.99

-Happy Styling

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Back to school, back to cool

When the temps start to drop, outerwear becomes your best friend. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale only lasts until August 8th, so get your discounted outerwear while you can!

Shop my back to school outerwear picks for women, men and kids!

Outerwear for women

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T Tahari Tahari ‘Jackie’ Hooded Anorak with Removable Faux Fur Trim (Regular & Petite) • T Tahari • $129.90

Bernardo Textured Long Coat (Regular & Petite) • Bernardo • $129.90

The North Face ‘ThermoBall TM ‘ PrimaLoft ® Hooded Parka • The North Face • $169.90

 

Outerwear for men

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Kane & Unke Trim Fit Military Jacket • $78.90

BOSS ‘Daniell 2’ Quilted Down Jacket • BOSS • $364.90

Ted Baker London Modern Slim Fit Cotton Twill Jacket with Quilted Insert • Ted Baker London • $259.90

 

Outerwear for girls

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The North Face ‘Greenland’ Waterproof Down Jacket (Big Girls) • The North Face • $132.90

Ella Moss Faux Suede Fringe Jacket (Big Girls) • Ella Moss • $51.90

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Sleeve Puffer Jacket (Big Girls) • Blank NYC • $64.90

 

Outerwear for boys

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Moncler ‘Theotime’ Waterproof Hooded Jacket (Little Boys & Big Boys) • Moncler • $167.98

The North Face ‘Andes’ Water Resistant 550-Fill Compressible Down Jacket (Big Boys) • The North Face • $65.90

Peek Fleece Bomber Jacket (Baby Boys) • $44

-Happy Styling

Off the shoulder + kick flares

I love it when local bloggers are able to get together and mingle [especially when food is involved]. The lovely Candace from Live Love and Read put together a night of bloggers+tacos at the Kitchen Columbus last night and of course I used the opportunity for a photo opp.

I have purchased a few items from Zara over the years but would always end up returning due to fit. This off the shoulder crop top is the first purchase I made that I actually kept. I love the tops unique print and style. I paired the top with Mango high waisted kick flare jeans and simple black sandals.

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Shop off the shoulder crops and kick flares below!

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Glamorous Crochet What’s Up Hello Crop Top • Glamorous • $38

Cheap Monday Drift High Rise Skinny Ankle Kick Jeans • Cheap Monday • $90

Delilah tie-up sandals • $48

 

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endless rose Woven Short Sleeve Top • Endless Rose • $83

Express Womens Cropped Kick Flare Pants Black 00 • Express • $41.94

Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Color Block Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals – 100% Bloomingdale’s Exclusive • Stuart Weitzman • $398

 

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FOREVER 21 Floral Off-the-Shoulder Top • Forever 21 • $15.90

H&M – Kick Flare Ankle Jeans – Dark gray melange – Ladies • H&M • $12.99–29.99

Bandolino Sages • Bandolino • $40.99–55.99

-Happy Styling

Office friendly attire in sweltering heat

Here in Ohio the heat and humidity is all kinds of intense. Since I walk to work, I’m always trying to wear outfits that are airy so I’m not drenched in sweat by the time I get to the office. I own this amazing white cami dress from ASOS that I purchased for NYE a few years ago but unfortunately it’s a little too riskay around the neckline and not very office friendly. One morning I quickly threw a chiffon button down from H&M over the dress and tied it at the waist and thought to myself “hm, this could work.” I wasn’t a fan of the tied waist so instead I added an ASOS waist belt to give the outfit the illusion of a shirt and skirt.

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Shop cami dresses and button downs to add to your summer work wardrobe below!

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H&M – Sleeveless Linen Blouse – Apricot – Ladies • H&M • $17

ASOS Ditsy Mix & Match Midi Cami Dress • Asos • $49

Oscar de la Renta Snakeskin Waist Belt • Oscar de la Renta • $200

Public Desire Josie Floral Pumps • $41

 

 

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Bcbgeneration Long Slit Tank • BCBGeneration • $30.59

BCBGeneration Striped Cami Dress – Brown • BCBGeneration • $98

Dolce & Gabbana Snakeskin Wrap Around Belt • Dolce & Gabbana • $85

Loeffler Randall Pari • Loeffler Randall • $195–245

-Happy Styling

Unconventional Bridesmaids

Brides nowadays are allowing a lot more contrast when it comes to their wedding party:

  • Some still go full blown matching style + color
  • There’s matching colors but different styles
  • Different hues of the same color with matching styles
  • Different hues of the same color with different styles

..And in my case, a list of colors with free reign over print, length, material and style.

This was by far the easiest [and wallet friendly] bridesmaids dress I’ve ever had to find!

A lot of the other bridesmaids went the floral route, but I chose a solid taupe/gray maxi with high halter neckline and double slit detail. It was also fun to help some ladies pick out their dresses and see everyone’s style come together and make something beautiful.

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Tell me brides-to-be, would you be this laid back/versatile? Just take a look at the finished product and you may think twice about going the traditional route!

Shop unconventional bridesmaid dresses below!

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Heather Halter Dress ~ Lily Showers • MUMU • $168

ASOS COLLECTION ASOS Wrap Front Tea Dress with Frill in Pretty Floral Print • Asos • $57

FOREVER 21 Lace-Up Back Maxi Dress • Forever 21 • $27.90 / / SOLD OUT

 

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King Crop Top ~ Rich Navy Crisp • MUMU • $96

Hacienda Maxi Dress ~ Lilies Of Love • MUMU • $162

Va Va Bloom Solid Maxi Dress • GUESS • $178

 

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Heather Halter Dress ~ Red Wine Crisp • MUMU • $168

ASTR ‘Lucia’ Wrap Front Dress • Astr • $104

Kendall Maxi Dress ~ Hutch Green Crisp • MUMU • $162

 

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King Crop Top ~ Silver Sage Crisp • MUMU • $96

Jenn Maxi Dress ~ Steel Magnolia • MUMU • $198

Free People Valarie Solid Maxi Dress • Free People • $128

-Happy Styling

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is up and running and you can snag some great fall items at a discounted price.

Even though my budget right now isn’t allowing for me to shop, I hope some of you will be able to put some of these beauties in your closet!

1) You know that sweater you live in every fall? This is it. You can style it with leggings, denim, pants, a skirt, and use it as a great layering piece with a shirt because the neckline is so wide.  

Treasure&Bond Stripe Pullover Sweater • $49.90

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2) A good pair of suede pumps are key for fall. I love these specifically because the heel height isn’t too high. I don’t know about you guys, but 3″ is all I can handle nowadays 😉 My favorite color are the olive because it’s such a versatile color. The stud detail on the back of the shoes is also a nice touch.

Sam Edelman ‘Tonia’ Spike Rand Pointy Toe Pump (Women) • Sam Edelman • $69.90

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3) I have yet to pull the trigger on a pair of boyfriend jeans, but this fall might be the year I get a pair! The raw cuffed edge of these Rag & Bone jeans [and the color] are what sold me on keeping my eye on them for a future purchase!

rag & bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans (Yesler) • Rag & Bone • $183.90

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4) Vests, vests, vests. I cannot get enough of them. This season I would love to add one to my collection that acts more like a coat. You can layer suede and leather jackets under it and big chunky sweaters. You can even wear it as a dress if your heart desires!

rag & bone ‘Faye’ Longline Double Breasted Wool Blend Vest • Rag & Bone • $384.90

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5) Speaking of jackets, this faux leather one speaks for itself [that price tho – can’t beat it]

BLANKNYC ‘Easy Rider’ Faux Leather Moto Jacket • Blank NYC • $64.90

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6) Last but not least, the bootie. This is the second style of shoe I have most in my closet because they can go through all seasons, are comfortable, and all around perfect.

Vince Camuto ‘Peera’ Cutout Bootie (Women) (Nordstrom Exclusive) • Vince Camuto • $99.90

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Want more? Head over to the Womens shop to view other items on sale!

-Happy Styling

Summer time print mixing

You know those nights where the weather is so perfect [not too hot] that you’re able to mix long sleeves and shorts and still be comfortable? Yep, this night was one of them. I mixed some light and dark prints for a bright and flirty look.

The boyfriend and I took a stroll around short north to a bunch of different bars. Our last stop was a new bar called Eagles that opened up. I highly recommend the fried chicken and biscuits.

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Shop similar styles below!

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boohoo Natalie Mosaic Print Bomber Jacket • Boohoo • $26

Marissa Webb Wesley Plaid Blouse • Marissa Webb • $275

Sea ‘Leo’ shorts • Sea • $110

Steven By Steve Madden Voome Suede Block Sandals • $87.20

 

-Happy Styling

Buckeye Lifestyle July issue magazine launch

A girl I used to work with reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in modeling for her friends July issue of the magazine she was about to launch. After working at the Rowe fashion show I felt a little more comfortable modeling [and I can’t pass up a chance to play dress up] so I said yes.

We spent the day taking photos in Schiller Park and I was able to wear this super gorgeous Ulla Johnson dress. Once the magazine went to print, the owner held a launch party at a new bar that opened up in Columbus – Standard Hall. I was able to get a peek of the brand new bar before it opened and strut my stuff down a runway in the dress I wore for the mag. The event was such a blast and the other models were the sweetest.

 

Shop my favorite Ulla Johnson dresses below!

Ulla Johnson Emmanuelle Dress • Ulla Johnson • $610

Ulla Johnson Tropez Dress • Ulla Johnson • $460

Ulla Johnson Concha Dress • Ulla Johnson • $299

Ulla Johnson Women’s Embroidered Gita Dress-Red • Ulla Johnson • $655

Ulla Johnson Women’s Miro Maxi Dress-White • Ulla Johnson • $325

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-Happy Styling

Summer time layering

Summer is always the trickiest season for me. Since it gets so hot outside, you’re somewhat limited to how you can put things together – you’re kind of just stuck with putting one piece or two pieces together.

Even though it’s hot out, that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with layering. With this look specifically I took a tunic tank top and layered it over a high waisted pleated midi skirt. Rather than a belt, I used a colorful scarf to add contrast to the look. My favorite emerald flats finished off the look with that additional added pop of color.

Shop similar styles below!

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AX Paris Longline Tunic Top with Side Splits • $15.50

Topshop Stripe Pleat Midi Skirt • Topshop • $100

Johnny Was Collection Floral-Print Silk Scarf • $100

PAUL ANDREW Rhea point-toe suede flats • Paul Andrew • $272

-Happy Styling