Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hot Charleston Days

Like the evenings in Charleston, the days are pretty warm. Short sleeves, shorts, skirts and cool dresses are a must. On our last day in the Palmetto City, I donned this off the shoulder number for some sightseeing and more eating. These spaghetti-strap/off-shoulder mashups have been all the rage this summer and to be honest, I wasn't that crazy about them. But when I spotted this one on sale at Neiman's, I loved the romantic lace and soft color and decided to yet again step out of my clothing comfort zone. 

Probably not the safest way to cross the street...oopsie

Let me tell y'all something about Charleston...they have AMAZING iced coffee there. Normally I prefer my morning Joe scalding, but in the humid city icing was a must...and it was DELICIOUS. I wish I had some right now. 

Some other musts when it is hot, hot, hot and you are out sightseeing with your best friends: putting your hair up, lots of rosé breaks, and comfy shoes. After two late nights of dancing in high heels, my feet were ready for something comfy and flat to the ground. Havaianas make the best flip flops in my opinion, and while they didn't add anything special to my outfit, my feet were thanking me. 

Melanie, Me, Beth and Jennabeth

TOP: Love Sam (similar here) || SHORTS: last seen here (similar here) || WATCH: Michael Kors
PURSE: Louis Vuitton || SHOES: Havaianas || NAIL POLISH: OPI || SUNGLASSES: A'Gaci

What do you think of off-shoulder/spaghetti-strap combo tops?

*photo credits go to the talented Beth*

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hot Charleston Nights

Last weekend my DC friends and I flew down to Charleston, South Carolina for Melanie's Bachelorette party.  I knew I needed to take advantage of the city's charm for some outfit posts and spare you another glimpse at my not-too-special backyard. Luckily for me, I had a talented photographer in my midst: my dear friend (and fellow bridesmaid) Beth

My sweet (and oh-so stylish) Mommasita sent me this skirt (I love receiving surprises in the mail) and I had been saving it for the Charleston weekend. While it looks exactly like a Clover Canyon piece, it was a fraction of the cost. Mommasita is a savvy bargain shopper and got this skirt for just $13.00! Clover Canyon pieces can run upwards to $300.

I paired my skirt with a tight fitting top to make it feel dressier, but Mommasita has paired her's (yes, we have mother/daughter skirts) with tees and tanks to give it a more casual look. I love pieces that can be dressed up and down. 

While I do like to invest my money in timeless pieces, I do not like to spend a lot on trendy items. I love the what I have termed "scuba look": bodycon skirts in stretch material. Uber cute but, I don't want to spend $300 dollars on something that will likely be out of style next season. Recently I found Zaful, an online website with thousands of trendy items that are almost all under $20 bucks. Perfect for being trendy without breaking the bank. I have been eyeing this Wildfox sweater forever but didn't want to spend the money. Luckily, Zaful has an identical one for a third of the price. Holla!

SKIRT: Boutique, Similar Here & Here || TOP: BCBG || SHOES: Joie
CLUTCH: Louis Vuitton || EARRINGS: Sheila Fajl || BRACELET: J.Crew

What do you think of the "scuba" trend?

I had so much fun with my amazing friends. Stay tuned for more details on our Charleston shenanigans! 
Beth, Jennabeth and the Gorgeous Bride-to-Be

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Donde Esta La Cerveza

I have been a fan of Southward Apparel for about a year. Started by two Texans (no wonder I am a fan), the company specializes in soft graphic tees that are made in the USA. Up until recently, I had never made a purchase but would visit their website regularly and do some "pretend shopping". You know the kind I am talking about: where you fill your online cart with everything your heart desires but then when it comes time to actually make the purchase you reluctantly leave. Just wishful wardrobe dreams. 

Back in June I was doing my normal "pretend shopping" when I spotted this neon tank. This time I knew I had to make a purchase. Not only was it in one of my favorite shades (I love all things highlighter-esque), but I also loved that it made me think of drinking cold beers on a hot summer night. The perfect addition to my not-so-updated summer wardrobe.

I have since worn this thing A LOT: to a soccer game, just hanging out around the house, everywhere. I also think it really sets off my fun earrings I purchased with my first blogger paycheck. Ole!

The sides of SA's tanks are cut pretty low. But, I just balance this by wearing a bright colored sports bra, bandeau, or tank top underneath which adds another dimension of color and layering. 

Obviously when posing for an awkward photo shoot in your backyard having a cute corgi as a prop makes everything easier. Drinking a cold beer helps too.  And, if you were wondering, yes! I did drink that.

TANK: Southward Apparel || SHORTS: Abercrombie & Fitch || EARRINGS: J.Crew
WATCH: Michael Kors || BANGLES: Mommasita || SUNGLASSES: Nordstrom

Hope your summer is filled with plenty of cervezas!