Lace Up Mini Dress

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Short White Lace Front Dress – H&M | Slawter Sandal – Kenneth Cole Reaction | Spencer Wide Brim Hat – Lack of Color | Faux Leather Lock Crossbody – Forever21

Quick little post with this amazing new lace up white mini dress from H&M, the perfect little dress (or cover up) for summer. I luckily had a white slip dress from a previous H&M lace number that I threw on underneath although I’m majorly looking forward to throwing this on top of some swimsuits during my honeymoon. Also note if you can grab one of these in store still (they went so fast) its only $14.95! Downsides, you will need to figure out what to do underneath but hey that makes it fun right?

Also this new handbag is beyond dreamy, I grabbed this Chloe look alike from none other than Forever21. It’s actually good quality for a fun going out bag however my only negatives are the clasp, its really hard to undo it so I’m standing there struggling for about 5 minutes to get it open haha. Well worth it though for the price and cuteness factor!

Wrap Resort Crop Top

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Resort Spring Top – PYLO | High Waisted Black Mom Jeans – Vintage Guess | Pointed Toe Ankle Boot – Zara (Similar) | Pearl Choker – ASOS | Simple Body Chain – ASOS

Summer is slowly approaching in Orange County and my fashion instincts are turning to pops of color as a way to spice up my wardrobe. I’m a huge fan of wrap tops and dresses so when I saw this red minimal floral printed blouse from PYLO I knew I had to grab it. Cropped fit and flowing material makes for the perfect pairing with a side slit maxi skirt, high waisted shorts or as pictured here, thrifted high waist “mom” jeans. I threw on a cute bralette underneath but a lace cami or tube top would also make great layering pieces for more modest wear. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with plunging necklines as well, mainly because of my new statement necklaces like the two I am wearing. I highly recommend grabbing a choker body chain, these babies run a straight line down with a smaller opening up top (around your neck) and a larger opening on the bottom (for the hips), I think it accentuates any v-neck or plunging neckline tops or dresses. It also helps you feel like you have a little more coverage (as silly as it sounds).

Trumpet Sleeve

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Blouse with Trumpet Sleeve – H&M | Raw Hem Black Denim Jeans – H&M | Spencer Wide Brim Boater Hat – Lack of Color (Need Supply Co.) | Arizona Black Sandals – Birkenstock | Pearl Choker – ASOS | Simple Body Chain – ASOS

This trumpet (or bell sleeve as I like to call it) blouse is giving me life right now. I’ve already worn it twice in one week (that’s unheard of for me). I grabbed this Trumpet Sleeve Blouse from H&M, and there were a few things drew me to it: first was the sleeves, second was the unique structure, third v-neck, and fourth was the elastic bottom that hits right at the hips. I have to say this is one of those items that I can throw on with various bottoms, under overalls, with culottes, etc and feel as if I’m wearing a different blouse every time. I have an issue with purchasing and wearing statement tops considering most of the time it seems so obvious when you wear them again. Not the case with this little number.

I easily paired it with my frayed hem denim jeans (also H&M) and included a little color and resort style with my Lack of Color Spencer Wide Brimmed Boater. For once I also was in LA without the temperature being over 80 degrees, hence for me taking advantage of an all black outfit. I’m also playing around with my jewelry and really learning how to accessorize. I grabbed this body chain and choker from ASOS and they are the perfect additions to any low neck tops you own. I love how versatile they are and the choker has just the amount of spunk without looking like I’m wearing a dog collar.

Floral Mini Styling

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White Long Sleeve Floral Embroidery Dress – SheInside | Huxley Sunglasses – Electric | Black Heeled Ankle Boots – Zara (Similar)

I’m really into dresses and skirts lately can’t you tell? It’s such a new thing for me, the last dress/skirt phase I went through included ripped tights so I’m starting to class it up a tad. I received this amazing white long sleeve floral embroidered dress from SheInside, the wide sleeves, shift cut, and short hem make it the perfect summer event dress. I recently wore mine to a Mom and Daughter breakfast and received a ton of compliments on it. Here I styled the dress with some black heeled booties to elongate my legs even more (I’ve really been into that lately) but at the breakfast I opted for some low heeled gladiator wrap up sandals to keep it more casual. I’m not much of a “boho” dresser but I do love to mix and match those kind of pieces together and style them in a minimalist way. This dress would be too perfect for any upcoming festivals or summer weddings you might be on the fence about RSVPing for. If more of my friends were getting married, I’d at least have an excuse to buy cute outfits is the way I see it.

Mock Neck Mini

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Mock Neck Mini – Wonderland Honolulu | Slawter Sandal – Kenneth Cole Reaction | Boater Hat – Yellow 108

I was recently introduced to Wonderland Honolulu, a relatively new brand adept in creating feminine shaped basics perfect for the body. I was instantly drawn to the mock neck white and black striped mini dress for it’s body accentuating shape and length. When I was able to try it on for the first time it didn’t disappoint. High necklines are one of my favorite styles to wear on sleeveless tops and dresses. Having less on top means I’m able to get away with a neckline that tends to accentuate your chest.

Being of average height I have also never realized that I might actually be “petite” in terms of dress length. This mini truly fits the definition of the word. It hits at the perfect length to pair with flats or slight heeled sandals as shown above. Speaking of sandals, how rad are these ones? Kenneth Cole Reaction special from Saks Off Fifth that remind me of the Isabel Marant favorites but for significantly less money. I’m what you might call an opportunistic and smart shopper, I love to keep items in mind as I shop online or out and about so when I come across something I’ve had my eye on and its on sale you better believe I buy it.

Zara Cross Back Top

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Printed Cross Back Top – Zara | Short Faux Suede Button Up A-Line Skirt – H&M | Heeled Sandals – Forever21

A good pinstripe isn’t limited to pant suits anymore, nor to stuffy button ups. The feminine touch of this Zara blouse is what initially drew me to it, not to mention the burnt orange and red pinstripe print. Lightweight, breezy, and undoubtedly adorable are just some of the reasons I love the pieces you find in Zara’s Tarafluc collections. With Summer quickly approaching here in Southern California I’m going to be transitioning away from long sleeve button ups and opting for, well, short sleeve ones but also more options in the sleeveless categories. This skirt will also be in heavy rotation, as I’ve learned in my years, pleather skirts during summer are a big NO NO unless you truly enjoy having your waist profusely sweaty. Faux suede however is a great alternative, the texture is just as great and you won’t have the sweating problem. I’d say it’s a win win.

Color palette & textures for summer will consist of: crepe, suede, camel, brown, burnt orange, red, light blue denim.

Joah Brown Live In Slouchy Tank

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Live In Slouchy Tank (Black) – Joah Brown | Raw Hem Distressed Boyfriend Shorts – Just USA Jeans via Lobby Lab | Ardella (black) Women’s Sandals – Sam Edelman

Quick post on this Monday. Was a busy bee this weekend with wedding activities and Free Comic Book day. Was able to grab a quick post with this amazingly soft and slinky tank from Joah Brown. Living in So-Cal I’m always on the hunt for comfy tanks that feel like nothing for those really hot days. The cut on this top is perfect, the sides are cut high and overlap and the racerback gives your shoulders some love. Definitely give these guys a look for high quality and expertly cut basics for your summer wardrobe.

Linen Overall Dress

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Linen Overall Dress – Forever21 | White Scoop Neck Vest – TopShop | Black Boater Hat – Yellow108 (Similar) | Black Bulcher Shoe – Zara

Ever since overalls came back full force I have been wanting an overall (pinafore) dress to go along with it. Low and behold I couldn’t take my eyes off this linen overall dress from Forever21 when I first came across it. The curse of being a good online shopper is that your bound to run into the cutest stuff in the black hole that is F21.com. Luckily I actually stumbled across this in store unintentionally so I was able to try it on and seal the deal. Not to mention that day I received a 40% off in store one day only coupon and had to use it (side note: Forever21′s email newsletters are actually really useful and fun). This little number was perfect for the scorcher that was Tuesday in Los Angeles. For some odd reason every time I make a trip out there its on the hottest day of the month. Just my luck I suppose? I attended my first press preview on Tuesday and it was amazing. The space the PR agency rents out as their office can also be used as a live-in studio. The location is perfect (right off Hollywood Blvd) and the rooftop was the raddest spot to snap a few photos. If only my office had that kind of view!

Positives of this outfit was the linen blend fabric being so breezy, negatives, the same linen fabric wrinkles soooo easily. I’d recommend getting this one in black for that reason, you can’t really argue with the cuteness for the price.

I’m really looking forward to bigger and better things with my blog. Unfortunately working full time I have to really pick and choose what events I can attend based on, work, traffic, time off, etc. But I am so grateful for the amazing people and brands that have approached me thus far. Just know I love working with you all and most of all thank you to my supporters and readers out there who actually enjoy looking at this stuff!

Lace-Up Nautical Top

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Lace-Up Nautical Top – TopShop | Flared Clean Wash Jean – Forever21 | White Blazer – H&M Target | Taupe Strappy Heel – Forever21

A crowd pleaser and crowd favorite, the striped tee. This one however comes with a little twist, or should I say tie. The lace up detailing made this one a no brainer purchase (not to mention you have a little more encouragement when shopping in Vegas). I’ve noticed a depletion in the tops & blouses category in my closet, while I love the ability to throw on a t-shirt, sometimes I need something with more detail and draws more attention. This look as you guessed it was inspired by the recent 70s revamp we have seen this season! You can go ahead and say it, again with the 70s mantra? But seriously I just can’t help myself. Porter magazine also gave me some serious inspiration hence for the silk inspired neck tie (thanks sis). When your jewelry ain’t cutting it a silk printed scarf is a great alternative. Also I am still madly in love with my wide leg denim, just don’t tell my 15 year old self I went back ok?

Suede a-line Skirt

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Navigli Crop Top – CSBLA | Faux Suede Button Down A-Line Skirt – H&M (DEAL) | Ardella Sandal – Sam Edelman | Black Denim Jacket – Thrifted | Black Boater Hat – Yellow108 (Similar)

Seriously 70s vibing as of late so I had to hit up H&M to checkout their latest collection. The classic a-line skirt can be worn with just about anything and the suede and button down accents add extra texture and flair to what otherwise would be a pretty simple basic. I went for a more mod 70s approach with my look having chosen one of my favorite crop tops from CSBLA but pairing this skirt with an off shoulder long sleeve crop top is next on the list! The skirt hits the perfect spot on my waist and is a great length for crop tops when you don’t want to expose too much tummy. My favorite part of a-line skirts that are structured such as this one, is that you don’t have to worry about blustery days. There’s nothing I hate more than trying to hold down a skirt whilst carrying a ton of bags for work (they call me the bag lady).

On another big purchase note, these little Sam Edelman babies on my feet are everything I’ve wanted and more. I’m loving the laced up sandal look but wanted something a little more casual that I can wear running around on weekends or even at work (without committing to walking around all day in heels). What I loved most about these was the leg wraps and the short heel that adds a little height into the equation. I’ve already worn them with this outfit as well as with some boyfriend jeans and an oversized button up. They are completely versatile since as you know, I’m not one for having a “boho” style. Just goes to show you that you CAN make an outfit whatever you’d like, no labels need be attached.