Fashion Friday: The Must Have Top for Summer

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I mentioned last Friday that the top that is a must have for spring/summer this year is the off the shoulder blouse.  Not a tight t-shirt style, which can look dated, but rather a loose blousy one paired with shorts or skinny cropped jeans and sandals.  It’s super feminine, great for super hot days and flattering on many body types.  Wear this kind of top with big statement earrings and bracelets, but skip the necklaces to keep from adding any business to the already interesting neckline.  Here are 12 great ones to try in a variety of prices from $20 to $375!

Fashion Friday: Vacation Dreams

I cringe to think about it, but I used to get “bored” on longer beach vacations. I’d get fidgety just laying by the water all day and look for something to do with all my ADD energy.  But right now I would sell an ORGAN to be laying on a beach with absolutely nothing to do but be still. Kids will do that to you, eh? Makes those precious moments of quiet relaxation all the more blissful. So while I hallucinate the pure happiness brough on by blue water, a cold drink and the smell of sunscreen I shall indulge in a little vacation wardrobe dreaming as well full of tassels, fun punches of color and lots of white!
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1. // 2. How cute are these little beetle studs??? Banana has great new jewels // 3. // 4. Scalloped edges give these white shorts extra style // 5. Ann Taylor’s shoe game is so on point right now (and 40% off everything)! // 6. // 7. Tassels AND a palm print lining? YES PLEASE. // 8. Good beach read! // 9. Looks like my fave striped tees! // 10. Off the shoulder blouses are THE shirt for summer 2016 // 11. // 12. Wedge espadrilles are hot for summer // 13. // 14. Obsessed with this dress! // 15.

Fashion Friday: Catalog Surprise

The other day I got the new Boden catalog in the mail and since I still find looking through catalogs to be as calming as meditation, I began perusing it but with the assumption that I wouldn’t I’d find much. I’ve always found their clothes a little too…cutely, maybe? To my surprise by the time I had finished looking through it, I had about 26 pages marked with things I liked.  The styling has gotten so much hipper (is this Caroline de Maigret modeling or just a look-a-like?) and the clothes too!  But also MAJOR props on the shoes- so many good pairs!!!

Loving this top for spring
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Cute paired with these great lace up sandals with tassels

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Fashion Friday: Prepping for the Oscars

As always I’m pretty excited to watch the Oscar’s red carpet this weekend and I spent some time this morning scouting the recent fashion week shows for dresses I think may be great on the red carpet. Honestly, it was hard- I’m not loving a lot of the looks out there right now. And if I see one more celebrity in a see through skirt I will stab myself in the eye. I’m hoping for some more ladylike and straight up glamorous styles. What about you?

I don’t love the metallic belt or the headdress, but I do love the color and feminine silhouette of this Zuhair Murad number. This black Donna Karan dress is insanely sexy in a structured way.  With an updo and huge emerald and diamond statement earrings- kaboom.

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Makeup Monday: Spring Skirt Two Ways

Friday was a bit of shitshow for me- I had successfully completed my first post-Henry trip to New York but when I opened my bag up a bag a breastmilk had spilled in my cooler bag (which I found out was NOT waterproof) and got into my computer and completely fried it.  So I had to go buy a new computer Friday (uggghhhh) and restore and re-install everything (always back up people) so needless to say a Fashion Friday post did not happen.  So here it is now :)

I saw these maxi skirts at J.Crew while in New York and loved them!  I thought they would be both fabulous for a garden-type wedding as a guest but also for a unique bridesmaids look!  I put both together to show what I mean!

Here’s a pretty but fun outfit that would be so fun for bridesmaids. A tip for wearing a cashmere tee (or any tee) with a skirt like this is to wear Spanx or something similar and tuck the top into the Spanx to keep it secure. :)
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skirt // cashmere tee // necklace // earrings // heels // clutch (great to have monogramed as a bridesmaid gift!)

Another look that is a little more hip using a 90’s throwback bodysuit (so great with skirts!!!) and giant statement earrings (and those heels I HAVE to have).

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bodysuit // skirt // jacket // heels // clutch // earrings