As Labor Day weekend approaches it seems fitting to bring out one of my best buys this season, the midi dress. This dress was so nice I bought it twice. Well, in two different colors I should add. But, at the price, it can’t be beat! I really love the midi dress as it is great piece to transition from summer to fall. I also bought this in a beautiful green color that could easily be paired with high rise boots + a mini leather jacket, but for now let’s talk about summer.
This dress runs a little on the small size. I am usually between a S/M at Forever 21 and this is one I recommend sizing up. I went with the medium, and it is the perfect fit. When wearing a midi dress I want to feel pretty and feminine, not frumpy or matronly. I love the plunging neck line, the wood button details and the split front. I decided to pair this weekend outfit with these Via Spiga Macra 2 sneakers. They have a bit of a sporty look to them, but still carry on fem vibes with the woven corded, basket look. I’ve been pairing these with everything lately. They go with so much, but give each outfit a relaxed vibe. If you are not a fan of the sporty look, strappy/lace up sandals or even some wedges would pair nicely with this look.
As for makeup, I am wearing the Natasha Denona Sunrise palette on my eyes, and the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in “Coy” on the lips. I adore this palette and feel it is a great transitional piece that will work year round. The colors can be built up or worn more softly diffused like seen above. For nails I have on the Smith & Cult polish in “Kundalini Hustle.” This color red is an easy classic that pairs with almost any outfit.
If you’ve ever seen Portlandia and are familiar with the phrase “put a bird on it”, then you will be familiar with my version this summer “put a scarf on it.” Scarfs add a flirtatious sense of style with a bit of femininity that is sometimes lost when wearing sneakers with a dress. Not sure how to pair patterns? Think in terms of contrasting or complimentary colors. My dress has a lot of orange/coral/yellow/pink tones , or, warm tones essentially. Let’s contrast them by adding a cool tone, blue. This scarf works well because it also has some pink floral details which relate it back to the outfit.
We also NEED to talk about basket bags. They are taking over summer, and it’s easy to see why…they go with EVERYTHING. This one is a bit of a Mary Poppins type bag. See that sunglass case? Yep, that fits in the bag…along with my lipgloss, scrunchi, and iPhone Plus. Basket bags are a long weekend essential.
What do you think of the midi dress and basket bag craze? And, how do you pair colors and patterns together? I’d love to know!
Dress: Forever 21
Bag: Sam Edelman “Millie”
Shoes: Via Spiga
Eyeglass Case: Rebecca Minkoff
Scarf: Forever 21
August has been a crazy month of ups and downs this year. It has been filled with birthdays, work changes, and re-sparking a new joy and love for an old passion. I am beginning my journey of sharing this passion through bullet journaling. It combines two of my favorite activities: art + organization. Have you ever made a digital list, go to check something off of it, then *POOF* the thing you accomplished has vanished into the black hole of never never land. Not to be heard of, or ever remembered again. Pen to paper is so rewarding, and almost a lost art of itself. *She said typing on her expensive digital device*.
In all seriousness, I bring you the bullet journal. If you’re unfamiliar with bullet journaling I’ll break it down. It is a custom planner, journal, life organizer, anything you want it to be book. That’s right, it’s a blank canvas for you to fill with whatever you choose, and here’s mine:
Rainbows, clouds, and dreamland have been my state of mind this month. As you can see I made that my theme for this month. I think it’s important to actualize your dreams by writing them down on paper and revisiting them. I also find that by writing down goals each month it helps achieve your overall arching goals for the year. Whether that be working out, reading some new books, or starting on a passion project you’ve been meaning to start since January. Monthly goals help keep me grounded with realistic steps to achieve the big stuff.
Next, I decided to add a monthly calendar to see the overall picture. Here is where I add birthdays, appointments, and the most important to-do’s of the month. I also have a space for books on the sidebar. This will be a list of recommendations I want to get to and inspiration to grow my mind and ideas. And, yes, audio books count too!
From here, I knew I wanted to add weekly layouts so I know what I can do each day to accomplish my monthly goals. Have you gathered I am a creative type A at this point? This month I am trying out a couple of weekly layout styles to see which one works with my week flow the best. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a cat pic <3.
To finish off the month I thought it would be important to have a reflection page. This is something that does not often come standard in a typical planner, but it adds value to keep myself accountable with the tasks and experiences I challenge myself with. Now, it’s impossible to finish ALL the tasks/plans I’ve ever made. So, I added a review of things to look at as I take on the next month with an ideas space on how to accomplish the new ventures.
It’s tough starting something new, but with an open heart, a custom plan of action, and maybe some coffee + music we can all take the next step to be a better us.
Let’s do what we love, and do a lot of it. –Marc Jacobs
As a lipgloss lover, I don’t need any excuse to wear a good, shiny lip…but doesn’t summer just scream GLOW?? Who knows, maybe glow next year will be the matte of this year? Am I still making sense? Regardless, I have been slathering on the shine since the 5th grade and I don’t see an end in sight. Of all the glosses I have (more than I’d like to admit) these have made it into my top 10. I hope you enjoy these glistening favorites of mine!
Too Faced Glossy Lip Insurance
Lancome Juicy Shaker in Mangoes Wild
Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in Pop Poppy
Buxom Full on Lip Cream/Lip Liner in White Russian
Lorac Alter Ego Lipgloss in Icon
Wet N Wild Color Icon Lipgloss in Pout of Paradise
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss in Coral Crush #10
Soap & Glory Pillow Plump XXL in Pinkwell
Marc Jacobs High Shine Enamored Lipgloss in Pretty Thing
Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother Gloss (SPF 20) in Glaze #60
E.L.F. Lip Oil in Pink Kiss
May has come and gone, but my favorites are living on! Hope you all had a beautiful month of May. Today I’m sharing what I have put to the test and have been reaching for this month. Please share what favorites and best of’s you can’t live without. I’d love to know!
Top: Honey Punch
Jeans: Free People
Bag: Furla “Scoop”
Shoes: Donald Pilner
Suns: Salt. Optics “Rodden”
This season is proving that the cold weather in Florida is here to stay, at least for now. I don’t mind though…bring on the cozy sweaters and fabulous boots. This cold shoulder top with a slight flare sleeve brings attitude and style, to an otherwise everyday sweater. The shoes and bag play off each other with silver tones and textures being similar, but different enough so they don’t compete with each other.
Oh, and the bag…THE BAG. Let me start by saying I have been obsessed with the Chloe “Faye”– the sophisticated shape, the style, the lo profile logo. What I’m not so obsessed with? The price, yowza! Don’t get me wrong, if you wear it all the time, the cost per wear can be bearable, right? But is Chloe as strong a fashion house as some of the other big players? Remember the “Paddington”? Anyone? That’s for another post. This handbag by Furla totally gives me the same feelings (for about half the price), and isn’t that what it’s all about? Oh, and the best part is that it’s reversible. Yep, that beautiful snake skin that may not go with everything flips over and voilà a universal bag.