AUGUST MUST HAVES

AUGUST MUST HAVES

Most of us think of August as the last month of summer as it signifies the end of our carefree days.  Soon we will be back to the grind of school and a more structured schedule – so now is the time to enjoy every last minute! August is your last chance to maximize your summer style – here is help to do just that with these amazing summer must haves. And remember – summer doesn’t actually end till September 22nd.  So you still have plenty of time to keep on flaunting your warm weather finds!

 


AUGUST MUST HAVE #1 : THE GRAPHIC TEE / TANK

 

Graphic tanks and tees are for sure a summer go to! Not to mention how extremely EASY they are to throw on in the mornings to run errands, lounge around the house, or wear to the gym while looking super cute! Wear over some leggings or a pair of shorts. To top it off, throw on some sunglasses, flip flops, or sneakers – and you are good to go. Summer means minimalistic – this item is exactly what that means!


AUGUST MUST HAVE #2 : THE COVER UP

 

Cover ups are SUCH an important summer essential. What else are you going to wear over your bathing suit en route to the beach or pool?! These adorable cover ups are the way to go! Everyone needs one (or a few 😉 ) in their closet. Not only are they useful, but they are STYLISH! They have gorgeous intricate detailing, fun pom poms, fringe, and some color that will never hurt nobody. You will for sure turn heads on the runway down to the beach.


AUGUST MUST HAVE #3 : THE BUTTON UP SHIRT

 

Simple button up shirts are a must have! They are the most versatile item in this blog. You can roll up the sleeve, tie the bottom into a side know to add decoration, wear it open, tuck it in your shorts/pants, or leave it as is. These are a beautiful relaxed fit that will work for any occasion. Wear it on a chilly summer night on the town with your friends or a special someone. Throw it over a pair of jeans and some heels or sandals and add some gorgeous jewelry to dress it up. You could also dress it down by wearing it over a pair of shorts and flip flops/ sandals, or you could wear it open over a bathing suit.


AUGUST MUST HAVE #4 : THE EASY KNIT DRESS

 

Everybody needs an easy, relaxed fit summer time dress! Dresses are a perfect for when you need to stay breezy from the hot summer sun. They can easily be dressed up or down as needed. You can wear these dresses ANYWHERE, seriously. Wear to a backyard barbecue, on a date night, or to work! Any occasion calls for this August must have! Easy body dress tip- if you ever want a tighter fit, or want to add some decoration – simply add a belt!


AUGUST MUST HAVE #5 : FUN PRINTED SKIRTS

 

Add some fun to your wardrobe this summer! Get out of your comfort zone and play with prints and colors! These beautiful printed skirts have a gorgeous cut and you are confidently going to get compliments flying your way. They are so feminine, while adding a touch of elegance. Not to mention, they have POCKETS. Wear this with a white tee or tank from our very own Style Snoop collection. This can be worn during the day time to a cafe, a shower, or a brunch. Also, at night to a dinner – and dress it up with some heels, wedges, and some fun jewelry. This item can easily be changed from day to night!


AUGUST MUST HAVE #6 : ADORABLE SUMMER ACCESSORIES

 

Clothes aren’t the only must have items! Not only are they super cute, they are so useful! Keep the sun out of your eyes by wearing this adorable hat. Pack snacks to the beach with you in this perfect bag. You NEED accessories!! Accessories can change a WHOLE outfit. Whether it is a bag, hat, or a fun sandal. Spice things up a bit with these items!

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Let’s Get Graphic!

Let’s Get Graphic!

When most of us think of graphic tees, we think of an old stand by for our blue jeans or a cozy fashion forward addition to our leggings.  While those are great ways to wear your tees, I want you to think beyond jeans.  I want to show you how to flaunt your favorite image or slogan covered tee with fashion and flare.  In fact – my favorite way to wear my graphic tees, is with my skirts and dresses.  Sounds a bit odd, I know.  But once you see how easy it is to create this look with your own personal touch – I think you will be hooked too!

Go Glam or Go Home

Wear your fav tee for a girls night out or cocktails at that posh new wine bar?  YES!  Pair your graphic tee with your flowy and feminine skirts and a clutch or small shoulder bag you are good to go.  The key here is keeping everything a neutral shade with hints of black or tonal in similar shades, to let the graphic tee be the stand out item. Shown above: “Yes Way Vacay” Tee: Old Navy currently $8.40 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsKz shown with LuLaRoe Lola Skirt, Glitter Louboutin Heels and Chanel Bag.  Similar tees that would work for this look: 1. Rebecca Taylor Tee ‘C’est La Vie’ at Nordstrom $125 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsLB  2.  ‘Good Vibes’ Graphic Tee Sub_Urban at Nordstrom $34 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsL2  3. ‘We Are Strong’ Tee at H&M $14.99 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsMg  4. Led Zeppelin Tee at H&M $17.99 http://shopstyle.it/l/dsM0 5. Pour Some Sugar On Me Tee at Lucky Brand http://shopstyle.it/l/dsM0

Casual with a Kick

Love the idea of upping your style level with your graphic tees, but not quite ready to go ‘glam’?  How about a compromise.  Choose a more casual or refined skirt and a pair it with a tee that has a softer toned graphic tee.  This look works especially well with vintage feeling tees.  Add some heels and a fab bag and you have just taken your look up a notch.  Shown here: Madewell Santa Cruz Vintage Tee on sale at Madewell for $19.99 (but only size large is left) –http://shopstyle.it/l/dsR7 or at Nordstrom for $35 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsT2 with with Shein Frayed Hem Denim skirt $46 – http://bit.ly/2eOVsxG, Vintage Fendi Bag, and Vince Camuto Heels. Similar tees that would work for this look: 1. Young American Tee at Nordstrom $68 http://shopstyle.it/l/dsUf  2. Work Hard Be Nice Tee at the Buckle $34  3. Smokey the Bear Football Tee at Lucky Brand $34.50 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsV0  4. Go Your Own Way tee at Old Navy currently $10.40 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsWM  5. Triumph Escape Tee from Lucky Brand $29.50 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds4q

Prepster Prints Rock Too

Do you row more to the stroke of a sporty canoe?  I love, love, love preppy printed graphic tees with my skirts and dresses.  I especially enjoy mixing textures, prints, and stripes with this category of tee.  Last night I added this anchor tee over a blue striped dress and I personally thought it was super cute!  Also try with a solid eyelet skirt or dress or over a small repeat print.  I say just have fun with it.  Keep your accessories minimal to not make the look too busy and for sure the compliments will come flowing in! Shown here: Old Navy Anchor Tee (sold out, but here is a similar one from Etsy – http://shopstyle.it/l/dtdq) with Shein Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress now $21!!!(size up runs a bit small) – http://bit.ly/2u0md3S  Similar tees that would work for this look:  1. Alternative Apparel Star Tee  at Nordstrom $36 –  http://shopstyle.it/l/ds0L  2. Whale Done Tee from Sub_Urban Riot $44 –  http://bit.ly/2v0Q3tu  3. Karaoke Club Tee from Madewell $44 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds6P 4. Tennis Racquet Tee $10 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds6Z 

 

It’s a Wrap (or at least it looks like one)!

It’s a Wrap (or at least it looks like one)!

I have always loved skirts in the summer, especially in maxi lengths.  The wrap skirt – this season’s hottest trend in skirts, is making me want to wear one each and every day!  Whether it be mini, midi, or maxi – the ruffle effect and along with the dip of the front hem, makes the wrap skirt decidedly feminine without even trying.  Whether you are wearing it casually with a graphic tee or with a tank of off the shoulder top out for a night on the town – you will look like a million bucks without trying (and without breaking the bank!).

The True Wraps

Whether your style is more utilitarian or girly – there is a wrap skirt for you.  Simply Add your favorite basic tank or tee to any of these lovelies and you will be sure to turn heads.

  1.  Olive Flounce Wrap – Shein $20.  100% cotton and looks amazing, but I can not speak to its quality – the price is so good it makes me wonder! Worth a try as it is a great silhouette in a fabuouls color that transitions easily to Fall.
  2. Denim Maxi Wrap – Level 99 (at anthro)  $98.  This one is timeless in the denim chambray and it will also transition right into Fall with your favorite boots.
  3. Navy Stripe Midi Wrap – Gap currently $26 with code “deal” and what a deal!  I love all things nautical and this fits the bill.  Toss on a white tank and your favorite gold or navy flips for day or even your favorite chucks or camel sandals for night.  Add a denim jacket if it gets chilly.  It doesn’t get much easier.
  4. I am also smitten (by way of the web) with this Striped Blue and White Wrap Ruffle Skirt from Shein – $25.  I just ordered – so i will report back.
  5. Finally – my favorite wrap skirt ever.  In crisp cotton poplin (see pic above) and the most amazing blue – the Ruffle Wrap Skirt from JCrew – on sale for $79.99.  They had sold out and a few sizes just popped back up.  So run if you want this lovely!

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The Pretenders

Love the look of a wrap skirt, but don’t enjoy actually wrapping?  These skirts give you the look, yet have their own closure to make wearing them a snap.  And just like the real thing – the addition of a simple tank or tee makes the look complete.

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  1.  On me, at top – Gauze Bassanova Faux Wrap Skirt at Nordstrom Rack $29.99  Love this one with my pom pom sandals!
  2. Faux Wrap Crepe Ruffled Maxi Skirt – Vince Camuto at Nordstrom on sale for $53.40.  Runs large size down one.
  3. Linen Ruffle Skirt – JCrew, color white and navy are $79.50 and red is on sale for $54.99
  4. Printed Faux Wrap Skirt – Flying Tomato at Nordstrom Rack $26.97
  5. Pinstripe Ruffle Tiered Skirt – at Shein $17!  Doesn’t that just sound like a fake price doesn’t it??  I love the button detail and the sweet seersucker like stripe.

The Short Story

Love the look, maxis and midis not your thing?  Don’t fret – this season the wrap skirt trend is even represented in mini length.  Here are my favorites:

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  1. Gingham Faux Wrap Mini – Shein $13 (yes, again – this price!?!?).  So cute!
  2. Meadow Chambray Wrap Skirt  – Madewell $39.99.  I love the subtle prepster vibes.  Wear with your chucks and a vintage lacoste shirt or graphic tee!
  3. Marguerite Cream Wrap Mini Skirt – LuLu’s $45.  I love the big drapey ties on this one.
  4. Raw Edge Denim Wrap Mini – Madewell $79.50.  So cute and timeless that you’ll wear in the winter with tights and boots too!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Shop Style Snoop!

Introducing Shop Style Snoop!

Drum roll…..introducing SHOP STYLE SNOOP. Your stop for shopping fabulous items at amazing prices along side your girlfriends and other fabulous fashion savvy women – all from the comfort of your own couch. Each week I will bring you a new clothing label or a different current trend to shop at an amazing value. And of course I will also be present to be your personal stylist and answer all of your questions. Please read all of the fun details below.

Like what you read? Join my shopping group –  SHOP STYLE SNOOP. My first “Social” will be this tonight at 8pm – with a small collection of contemporary woven tops from Italy!  See pics below for more info and a sneak peek. 

Last Minute, 4th of July Style Guide!

Last Minute, 4th of July Style Guide!

Alright gals, sadly I am a last minute nelly.  4th of July is just one week from yesterday.  My little area of the world is big on the 4th of July,  It is totally our thing.  It’s a multi day, multi event celebration, and we always try to flaunt our 4th of July Style with “flare” (get it ;)?).  I have been scouring the web for the latest and greatest way to make a BOOM.  You will need to order immediately to get these items on time.  Ok, RUN!

For the 4th of July Parade:

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JCrew – Smocked Square-Neck Top in Stripe and Cut-Off Denim Short – details below

Nothing says Americana Like Denim, Red, White, and Blue, Stripes and gingham!  These cozy and casual items fit the bill and will look as at home all summer long as they do on the 4th.  At these prices – you will want them all!

Details from left to right: JCrew – Smocked Square-Neck Top in Stripe on sale for $29.62 (use code “sunshine”).  I totally adore this top as it can be dressed up or down and is in the softest cotton jersey, JCrew – Cut-Off Denim Short on sale for $44.60 normally $74.50 (use code “sunshine”), Gap – Chambray Dolphin Shorts on sale for $20 normally $39.50 (use code “stockup”), Gap – Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Blouse $30 normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”),  Madewell – Jersey Whisper Cotton Stripe Tee $19.99 normally, Gap – 1969 Denim Jacket. $41.97 normally $69.95 (use code “stockup” ).  This is a fabulous timeless jacket at a killer price!!!! Wildfox – Young American Tee $68, JCrew – Striped Vintage Canvas Tote Bag $26.70 normally $44.50. LOVE this big versatile tote!, Madewell – Pull-on Shorts in Gingham Check $19.99 normally $49.50, and lastly – SeaVees® for J.Crew legend sneakers in gingham $41.99 normally $88 (use code “Summer”).

 

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For the Beach:

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A star spangled beach day?  Yes Please!  Red, white, and blue is a must for the 4th spent on any beach!

Details from left to right: Old Navy – Ruffle Bandeau Top $22 with Striped Bikini Bottom $10, Gap – Star Flip Flops $4.77 (use code “stockup”), JCrew – U-Front Bandeau One Piece $60 normally $100 (use code “summer”),  JCrew – Short Sleeve Stripe Keyhole Back One Piece $58.80 normally $98 (use code “summer”), Vineyard Vine’s – Solid Embroidered Cover-up $99.99 normally $128.00, Havaianas – American Flag Flip Flop $30 at Every Thing But Water, and Sundry – Seastraw Tote $125 at Everything But Water.

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For the Backyard BBQ:

Make your 4th of July BBQ even hotter with these causal, yet head turning styles.  Go with navy and white for a more subdued nautical look or red with blue or white denim for more of a statement!

Details from left to right: JCrew Strapless Criss Cross Top $44.62 normally $59.50 and Disc Statement Earrings $43.50 normally $58.00 (use code “summer”).  I think this is a WOW look with minimal effort! Gap – Red One Shoulder Blouse $20.99 normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”), JCrew – Scoop Linen Tank Top $14.70 normally $24.50, JCrew – Striped Ruffle Skirt  $35.99!! normally $69.50 (use code “summer”).  I love this with a simple white tank!  Made well – Siberian Red Wrap Ankle Sandal $49.99 normally $118.  These beauties give any outfit a pop!  Gap – Striped Tank (shown with white jean – details in the Cocktail section) $14.39 normally $29.95 (use code “stockup”).  JCrew – Gingham T-Strap Bow Sandal $41.99 normally $138 (use code “summer)!  . I adore the sophisticated sweetness of this shoe.  Madewell – Verse Tie Back Top $29.99 normally $49.50.  This is a basic great tee with a fun twist.  Wear with your favorite white jeans or with a flouncy skirt!  

 

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For the 4th of July Cocktail Party:

Pop the bubbly, it’s 4th of July Party Time!  These looks will take you from your daytime to evening event in a snap.

Details left to right: Gap – Mid-rise Best Girl Friend White Jeans 69.95, JCrew – Cold Shoulder Ruffle Blouse $35.99 normally $98 (use code “summer”), Sam Edelman – Denim Fringe Anabel Ankle Strap Sandal $65.96 normally $109.95 at Nordstrom.  Anthroplogie – Cloth & Stone Juliette Open-Shoulder Dress $79.95 normally $118.  Boston Proper – Striped Americana Clutch $29 normally $39.  Off the Shoulder Dress , By Charles Henry $88 at Nordstrom,  Gap – Fit and Flare Cami Dress$29.97 Normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”).  LuLu’s – Navy Blue Polka off the Shoulder Maxi Dress (this is what I am wearing!!!! It makes me feel like dancing.) $58 (get 10% off if you sign up for email notifications).  JCrew – Chambray off the Shoulder Sheath Dress $52.50 (use code “summer”).  Normally $88.  I personally own this dress.  It is so chic and you will wear it into fall.  But the chambray makes in very Americana – especially with red heels!  

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A Fab Maxi Dress, Will Go a Long Way

A Fab Maxi Dress, Will Go a Long Way

Friday I was asked to share some of my favorite Maxi Dresses of the season! As the Maxi is legit my favorite dress of summer (and I own MANY), I was thrilled by this request.  This spent the weekend searching for fab finds.

A little background on me and dresses:  I was the dress buyer while at Century 21 Department stores and I became sort of an addict.  I truly believe that if you find a great dress, you will have it for years to come.  The dress above is my absolute favorite Maxi Dress and you will not believe this…..I got it in 2008 (just before I got married) and still wear it often.  My wish is to help you find a dress that you wear for years to come!

FullSizeRender 42As usual, there are so many cute maxis to choose from this season.  Let’s start with the easy, casual, knit crowd. Most of these silouhettes come in both solid and stripes, but I am currently digging the nautical vibe from the stripe variety.  From left to right here are the cream of the crop: Left – Gap Ribbed Striped Racer Maxi (comes in navy and white and gray and white).  For errand running, shopping, or sight seeing – wear it with your favorite sneakers as shown or dress up with a cute block heeled sandal or espadrille for a casual summer gathering.  Today it’s just $38 (regularly $79.95) with code “sunshine.”  Middle – Striped Tank Maxi from Old Navy.  Super easy for anywhere summer brings you.  Just add flip flops and go!  And at $17 it is a no brainer (again use code “sunshine”).  On Right – Felicity & Coco Strapless Stripe Maxi Dress with Knot Keyhole Back.  I love the mixed stripes, the drape of the skirt, and the unexpected back interest – they make this dress one you’ll way for summers to come.  $88 at Nordstrom.

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Looking for the “it” look of the summer in Maxi form?  The off the shoulder ruffle dress fills that bill.  Both feminine and flirty, it is equally as home at an afternoon wedding as it is for an evening cocktail party.  Here are my favorite finds in all price ranges: Left – the sophisticated blue and white seersucker like stripe Ruffle One Shoulder Maxi from Banana Republic at the amazing price of $48 with code “sunshine” (normally $158)!!!!  pair her with a pair of gold flats for daytime or with gold heels or espadrilles for evening.           Middle – Navy Dots…swoon worthy (think Pretty Woman) in my opinion.  I personally purchased this for a 4th of July party and can not wait to put it on.  $58 at LuLu’s.  Right – a preppy menswear like stripe, off the shoulder dress, which reminds me of a old school glam Ralph Lauren Dress, but this one is just $58 and from Forever 21 (and yes I am guilty of indulging in this brand at age 38 – shhh, don’t tell).  I truly have a major crush on this maxi!

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The Maxi is a staple in any wardrobe.  Be it spaghetti strap, strapless, or a tank silhouette – you host can’t go wrong in a Maxi with a great print and an easy fit.  All of these fit that bill.  Left – An easy Woven Maxi Dress from Felicity & Coco at Nordstrom ($98) that comes in several amazing prints and a gorgeous solid navy.  Light weight and airy – it will keep you cool while looking hot ;).  Middle – I adore this gold floral print and the smocked bodice is so flattering.  The color lends it self to transitioning to fall with the addition of a denim jacket and a camel bootie.  At $55 its a must have from Socialite.  Right – a mixed media dress in two rich and vibrant prints.  A head turner for sure.  The Parkland Maxi Dress at Anthropologie.

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Lastly, here are a few dresses that are a bit different and special – so beware, compliments will ensue!

First – a gingham woven Maxi Dress from JCrew with pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!?!).  I love the simple elegance and versatility of this dress.    With a pair of leather flip flops she is great for day and add some heels and statement earrings and she is black tie worthy!  Currently 25% off with code “summer” – making it $126.

Next – a crochet top Maxi.  The mix of textures makes it stand apart and the colors are so deep and drenched with complexity.  If all that isn’t enough, the tie back just seals the deal for me!  At Anthropologie – $168 the Violet Sunset Crocheted Dress makes me smile.

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Last, but not least, The Sally Dress from Hutch.  This one may just be my favorite of the bunch.  My beautiful and fashionable friend wore it for her 40th Birthday and I have been thinking of it ever since.  Maybe its the elephant print, or the fitted knit top, or the criss cross tie back….or all of it together.  Whatever it may be, this dress will be one of your summer favs for summers to come – especially as it is on sale for $148.99 (regularly $255) and you can get an extra 20% off if you sign up for their email list bringing it to $119!