July 30 OOTD: Sassy Florals

Sorry for my absence – despite best intentions to post twice a day to get this blog up and running initially, real life called. I’ve quit my job and am tying up loose ends.

That said, what this has meant for me is a deep dive into fashion magazines I’m behind on reading, a schedule for how I will fill my days, and a reinvigorated focus on the things I love and am personally trying to accomplish.

Yield: The Florals. I absolutely love the continued presence of big and bold florals we’re seeing across the board, with Gucci and D&G and others. I was ripping out page after page today from Elle to tuck into my sketchbook because this ish made me SO HAPPY. And this mother-daughter post from one of my favorite Instagram accounts (Mrs B.C.) was so darn cute.

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Elle Magazine… June (?) 2018

But, because most of us don’t have a few K just laying around to spend on Dolce and Gabbana, here’s the hot summer rose look for less.

Casual Floral Outfit for Summer

TOP: Rebecca Taylor Silk Blend Floral Blouse – $129.97

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Admittedly on the pricier end of the spectrum for a casual outfit, I think the material is worth the splurge. When looking for something that follows a trend, most of the dupe items you find will be polyester, which frankly doesn’t breathe in the dog days of summer. This is cool and breezy.

BOTTOMS: 7 For All Mankind Distressed Denim Skirt in Montreal – $134.99 (or 40% off retail with code – $80.99)

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I am totally in love with this skirt, and 7FAM jeans are my favorite, by far. This isn’t too short/high, but is youthful enough to be a really good multi-purpose piece – wear to brunch or daytime activities with your boyfriend, or throw on a blazer and sleek blouse and ankle boots for a night at a bar. At the time of prepping this post, there is a 40% off code on Off5th, but these sales are not infrequent – if you miss this, you’ll catch another. Plus, 2% cash back on Ebates.

SHOES: Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Sneaker – $44.97

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These Cloudfoams land on my Wardrobe Essentials list. Unbelievably comfortable and versatile as just a general daytime shoe.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

July 20 OOTD: Brunch with Friends (under $150)

Look cute and stay cool for a mimosa brunch out with your girls this summer! Better yet, all these pieces are super affordable and effortless.

OOTD WHEN YOU’RE DRESSING TO EFFORTLESSLY IMPRESS YOUR GIRLS AT BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH:

TOP: Laundry by Shelli Segal Ruffled V-Neck Blouse – $29.99

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Easy and not fussy, the slight lace ruffle detail on this gives it some added panache and takes it out of simple t-shirt territory.

BOTTOMS: Tahari ASL Flora Striped Tiered Shorts – $27.50 (with last call’s 50% sale)

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Confession: I’ve always loved skorts. And this piece isn’t quite a skort, but it’s close. Gives a little oomph to an otherwise simple stay-cool outfit. Plus, it’s slightly naval-themed and beachy, perfect for sipping some champ at a beachside venue in Malibu. Side note: get Ebates. At the time I’m writing this, LastCall has 9% cash back!

SHOES: Ugg Elena Platform Wedge Sandals – $79.97

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Classic UGGs might be hideous (albeit comfy) but they really do craft a great shoe – every pair of heels, booties, and such that I’ve bought from UGG have been excellent and lasted me quite a long time. These wedges in particular are super cute – with a gentle slope, you won’t lose your step after a bottomless Sunday.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

Happy brunching!

July 15 OOTD (under $175) – Summer Daze

I don’t know about y’all but I’m melting. The dogs have essentially become a part of the tile floor and refuse to move, and our air conditioning is slowly limping along. I’m just waiting for the sun to go down, and mayyybe we’ll be able to get outdoors for a bit without feeling like death.

So what does one do besides binge watch Nikita and surf Reddit? Online shop. I think it’s important to invest money in good, versatile pieces (hopefully that have decent resale value if you need to refresh your closet!), and then keep them in rotation where possible. All pieces below are super translatable to other outfits.

OOTD FOR A SUMMER WEEKEND

TOP: Madewell Flutter Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, on sale for $34.97

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This is such a breezy, easy cotton top. One of the biggest issues we face when trying to be frugal with clothing finds is that the majority of items we have access to are synthetic. If you found the polyester version of this top at Forever 21, I guarantee you’d sweat through it. I advocate natural fibers and materials wherever possible, so finding them at a reduced rate is always a treat! I’ll do a post on pros/cons of fabric types in the near future.

BOTTOMS: Splendid Hunter Skinny Cargo Pant, for $49.99 (Gilt Login Required)

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Modal and cotton twill pants that keep legs covered. On days like today (that I’m being lazy and have minimal activity besides a casual dinner out), I actually advocate longer pants. If you’re like me, you sweat like a pig and burn if the sun so much as looks at you. I like breathable pants that don’t show sweat, and I can wear this whole outfit all day with no issues, even sitting outdoors. Plus, utility pants translate really well to fall (and for outdoorsy activities).

SHOES: Jessica Simpson Sirella Espadrille Wedges (“Fawny”), for $49.99

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Super cute leather mule espadrille heels. Dresses up or dresses down anything, depending on the mood! Wear these to brunch or a casual date night. Won’t sink into grass, won’t kill your feet.

BAG: Neiman Marcus Lena Box Flap Crossbody, on sale for $25.20

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At time of publication, this bag dropped from $105 to $70, and is currently on sale for $28 with an extra 10% off to land at a tidy 25 bucks. Plus, Ebates returns 6% if you open the shopping trip through them.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

 

Happy summering!