summer style

Summer Nights Series: Champagne

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Dress: Missguided (similar 1 / 2 / 3) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Necklace: Ettika

This is by far my favorite dress of all time. ALL TIME. I bought it a year ago off of Missguided for a Magazine Party I had went to and felt so comfortable and effortless in it. It has that bit of sex appeal all while still being appropriate and reserved. It is all around perfection. The color alone is breathtaking. Mostly all dresses from Missguided have the same memo – elegant class with a sexy touch. For all events moving forward I’ll be shopping from there! The toughest part is that it’s all online – but I’ve come to find through experience and taking the risk with ordering from there that they are pretty true to size (including jeans, shoes, etc.). Always turning to my Ettika jewelry to add that extra glamorous touch! Get 15% off Ettika here.

Nautical…

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Top: Victoria’s Secret (Alternative 1 / 2 ) | Shorts: American Apparel (similar) | Sandals: Forever21

 

These pictures are up there with some of my favorite pictures I have ever had taken for my blog. I know, the main focus is supposed to be the outfit, but how could it be when the backdrop is that beautiful? Santa Barbara, you never cease to amaze me. And this outfit fitted the occasion perfectly.

These F21 lace up sandals originally had tassels on the ends but it looked cheap (I mean, it is Forever21) so I pulled them off. Of all shorts I own these are my favorite, but unfortunately American Apparel’s online store is down at the moment until their new line comes out, and I got these babies a few years ago. They are the most flattering fitting high-waisted shorts! This shirt I also bought when I was in high school, which was… well, a long time ago. This is the perfect example of why sometimes you should just hold onto some pieces. I haven’t worn it in years but now love it even more than I originally did!

 

Summer Night Series: The White Lace Dress

 

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Dress: Bebe (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

 

My closet is packed to the brim with party wear that I haven’t really had the chance to party in (or blog, for that matter). I tend to fall in love with extravagant dresses that don’t quite fit into my life necessity list, but buy them anyway because they are simply gorgeous. Therefore, I’ve decided to start a Summer Nights Dresses Series, where I showcase every week a new dress I have that works great for a summers night out (a very dressed-up one, at that).

This one by far is one of my faves. It is stunning yet so simple, and can look very dressed up or down! The lace look on this piece is done so elegantly – where some lace pieces can look trashy. Not just that, but it is SO SOFT, I don’t need to wear a bra (well, I never do), and it shines. Something about it just catches all eyes. I got this as a gift to myself for my 21st birthday, as I thought it would be a big fun bash. Unfortunately, it was not, but I don’t regret having this gem in my closet! 2 year later and it’s as cute as ever! Successful shopping is not just finding items you are going to wear often – it’s finding pieces that you might not wear often, but are timeless statements!

June Gloom…

Top: Boohoo [similar] | Skirt: Forever21 [similar] | Sneakers: Adidas

June Gloom is upon us here in Santa Barbara, but that won’t stop my extravagant, summer style! Well, it may come with a sweatshirt in hand, but hey – I’m here to conquer you with my sunshine, gloom! Ain’t nothing stopping me. I have to say though, in all honesty, this skirt isn’t the most comfortable… but, we pay the price to have style (literally and figuratively). Maybe only for a few hours, though, as I’m all about being comfortable – so in a few hours time I was in a pair of leggings, bumming it. I’m also on an intense bra-less kick this 2017. If it’s not totally necessary, it’s not on me. Sorry peeps, free the nip 2017!

Derby Style… 

Dress | Shoes [similar 1 or 2]| Hat [similar] | Sunnies | Jacket | Choker

In a not so surprising surprising way,  my first week in California went somewhat like how you would daydream it would – but on not so grand of a scale, and that’s only if you consider going to a Kentucky Derby party in a mansion on a hill in Santa Barbara a not majorly intense scale in the grand scheme of all things California. For the little Rhody girl that I am, it was pretty grand. It only took me a few minutes to get rolling around the floor in my dress with a cute puppy, and then in the next hour tucking my dress into a pair of shorts to go trampoline-ing with the kids. Small town girl in a glam world at its finest. Another shocker to many – this gorgeous dress is from Forever 21. Beautiful, am I right? Everything seems to just be much more beautiful here in Santa Barbara. I’m pretty content with it, to say the least. I’ve managed to wear this Ettika choker with just about every outfit. I can glam it up, for instance with this dress or wear it with a beachy look. the possibilities are endless!

p.s. – It’s official, my hair is out of control. I’ve just come to embrace it!

Elegant Gardens…

 

Top: Boohoo

Skirt: Forever 21

Choker: Revolve by Ettika

Shoes: Aldo

I ventured through the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Washingston, D.C. yesterday and felt like a princess – like Drew Barrymore in Ever After, to be exact (if you haven’t seen it, you must!) The beauty was astonishing, even with the flowers out of bloom. Of course, I had to wear a lovely outfit to match! This Forever 21 pleated silk skirt glowed in the sun. Instinctively, I wear this Ettika Choker with whatever outfit I possibly can, possibly being many, because it surprisingly brightens up more outfits than you would think! It’s not a simple piece, yet matches most things in a very simple yet eye-catching way. See more about this choker and Revolve on my latest Ettika post. It’s safe to say, the scenery is the real beauty here. Find the little treasures around you and explore them as much as possible!

Weekly Inspo’…

Current inspiration feels: european, floral, classic, pastels, sweet, elegant, artistic. 

Pictures taken from high fashion F16 runways and tumblr.

Enjoy.

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Kimchi Blue…

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Zara

Sunnies: RayBan

It was an ongoing joke on the 4th of July to count and see how many people complimented this dress, and there were so many we couldn’t even keep track! It’s just so casually, effortlessly beautiful and elegant. I know I use the term effortless quite a lot, but if I could erase every other time I’ve used it and change the definition of it to this dress, I would. Though the front is very lowcut, thanks to my lack of packages it didn’t seem revealing. It’s very light, breezy and cool in the heat, but does shrink in the wash! I almost lost it when I struggled to button it around my ribs, but as the day went on it loosend back to its original fit. It’s a true beauty!

Flip Flops: Fashion Do or Don’t?

There’s absolutely no way to put this to you lightly. There’s no elegant way to introduce this topic and reel you in with some intriguing debate on the flipflop ordeal.

The answer is YES. FLIP-FLOPS ARE FASHION SUICIDE. Don’t even get me started on wedged flip-flops, or wearing any type of flip-flop to an event…

Not only are flip flops ridiculously ugly, they are known to carry large amounts of bacteria. The only thing flip flops have ever been good for are getting pedicures. Seriously – Senior Style Editor of InStyle , Ali Pew, even says so.

For all you everyday goers who don’t really care about the fashion world and live for an easy, not too interested style, then you do you. Flip Flops are completely normal.

For my style loving Fashionistas, well, for anyone interested in even a little bit of style, all I have to say is don’t you dare. You’re no fashionista to me *hair flip*.

Now, if you can’t differentiate what I mean by flip-flops, I’m referring to the shoes with the ‘thong’ in them. Sandals, or ‘slides’ are a completely different alternative for the summer shoe. So if you’re ready to drop those flippies to the shoe devil, then check out some of these amazing summer sandals.