The Sundress & My 10 Key Summer Essentials

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Hi there! I couldn’t wait for summer but now I’m melting from all this heat and humidity. It’s been over 90 degrees every day for the past week. It makes it impossible to take pictures in this heat. I’m sweating bullets by the time I take the first picture… LOL!  I’m surprised I don’t look like I lathered up in baby oil in these pictures.

I did some basic twists in my hair this weekend because I didn’t want to style my fro. It’s nothing fancy, I just added the braid hair so I could achieve a different look, which I thought looked cute pinned up. I really love the outcome because it’s easy and I can take it out after a few days. I like the look of  braids but I can’t deal with the headache that comes with getting them put in. I don’t like sitting for hours and my head is too sensitive so I can’t see myself getting my hair done professionally in any braided style. I figure if I do it myself, It won’t be too tight and I can remove them for wash day.

 

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I’m pretty basic in the summer, I wear a lot of dresses because I can slip them on and off with ease. I go for light weight fabrics, cotton blends, and colors that compliment my skin tone. This dress is from Sears, it was $15, the belt is thrifted and the shoes are my favorite neutral colored pumps that I purchased at Target a few months ago. What is your favorite outfit style for the summer?

I wanted to share my list of 10 key pieces that we should all have in our wardrobe for summer. I think these pieces help build a fashionable wardrobe and keeps you cool during the humid days of summer.

 

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Here are my key pieces!

  • Nude/neutral color sandals or footwear. Since we tend to wear more colorful outfits during the summer I think nude footwear makes it easy to mix & match, color block, and really enjoy bold colors without worrying about buying multiple pairs of shoes.
  • The Sundress. The name says it all “sundress” it’s hot and sunny and what better way to show off your feminine side than while wearing a cute sundress. I own all kinds of dresses, with various prints, colors, and styles. I honestly can’t get enough of them. I wear them with sandals, pumps, flip flops, and sneakers…they are perfect for this season.
  • Cute light weight accessories. I usually fine bangles that are either made from wood or metal works really well with the outfit selections for the season. I also go for small stylish earrings and necklacesI love bold jewelry but I don’t think it’s necessary for the weather, it gets so hot that I’m pouring sweat from every where and I just get annoyed with the overly chunky jewelry. I think light weight and smaller jewelry helps dress up your outfit without the extra fuss. 
  • Summer Sunnies. Most retailers offer a nice variety of shades in different styles. I personally love aviator styles, that come with or without the mirror lens. I think the style fits the shape of my face the best. I would suggest finding frames that fit the shape of your face.
  • Floppy hat. The best head accessory for summer! Great for the beach or while wearing a fabulous sundress. I don’t have any floppy hats currently but I’m looking to buy one real soon.
  • Classy clutch. Because lugging around a large heavy tote makes me sweat even more! I use a clutch, wristlet, or smaller bag when it’s hot. I try not to carry around too much stuff, just my drivers licence, lip gloss, and credit card.
  • stylish shorts. Shorts and summer go hand in hand. I wear rompers, denim shorts, all types of prints and patterns, shorts are a must have, just make sure the cut and length works for your body type.
  • Feel good swimsuit. You can go one piece or two piece. I personally love the one piece. I did find a few two piece styles that I will also be rocking this summer. I look for high waisted styles in the two piece to cover my stomach pooch and I’m drawn to bright colors and pretty prints.
  • Beach essentials. Straw bags, sun block, flip flops, beach towel, and reading material. These are all needed for a day at the beach or pool. I want to be comfortable and relaxed the entire time I’m there soaking in the sun.
  • Graphic T’s. They are bold, artsy, and just plain fun to rock for the summer.Throw them on with your favorite shorts and your ready to conqueror the day.  I buy T’s that say what’s on my mind and express how I feel.

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Did I forget anything? I probably did, feel free to add on or tweek the list!

 

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Dress: Sears buy it here

Belt: Thrifted

Shoes: Target, Old buy similar here

Xo,

 

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Off the Shoulder Blouse & Skinny Jeans

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Hi loves, It’s only mid-week and I’m already dreaming about Friday…LOL. I traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut for the Cancer Care Walk/Run for Hope, I had an amazing time. The weather was perfect and there is nothing like seeing old friends. I’ll post about the event in my next post. In the mean time, I wanted to share another casual fun look with you. I discussed why I love high-waisted  skinny jeans in a previous post and here I am rocking another pair. The only difference is that these are a straight or tapered leg.

 

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I found this off the shoulder shirt online and I think it’s so sexy. I fell in love with It’s soft cotton blend and coral color. I think it works really well with high-waisted jeans. I can either tuck the shirt in or wear it out, it looks great either way. I found the jeans at a local Burkes Outlet store for $9, they are by Gloria Vanderbilt . Her jeans have always been a favorite of mine for years.

 

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The overall look is very simple and everyday. I wore the sandals in a before, I like the neutral color and the platform, it gives me height and makes my legs look a little longer. You can easily dress this outfit up with more accessories or other statement pieces and create a different look. I’m looking forward to 2 upcoming events that will require more dressy outfits, I can’t wait to share them with you all. Please enjoy the pictures and the rest of the week!

 

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Blouse: Venus 

Jeans: see similar here 

Sandals: TJMaxx; see similar here

XO

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Ripped Jeans & Chambray Shirt…

Hi  Lovies, These are my Monday blues 😉 I love jeans and would wear it as often as possible if I could get away with it. I like soft denim with lots of stretch for comfort.

I will rock a great fitting pair of jeans to death. 
I enjoy dressing up my jeans, you will see more looks like this one fairly often on my blog.

I find it really easy to be casual and girly at the same time, especially when I have on a pair of jeans.

I’ve had the jeans, belt, and clutch for over a year. The shoes and chambray shirt are recent buys from two of my favorite retailers. It’s funny how you can have certain pieces for years and style them differently over and over again. 

It’s important to me to find quality pieces. I hate buying something that doesn’t hold up over time.

Since most styles and trends tend to historically resurface over the years, it’s good to hold on to items that you love. I wasn’t always able to fit the jeans. I had gained weight then lost weight and now they fit again 😉

Now I just pack things away and revisit them when I think they might fit me. I use to give things away but I usually regret it when I find things that would have worked perfectly but no longer have the item.

It’s going to be a busy week for me I hope you all enjoy the pictures and please leave me some feedback!

Lots of Kisses!!