June 24, 2014

Don’t you just love maxi dress season? Summer is the perfect time to don a long, flowy frock, and I could not be happier about that. I am alllll about the maxi dress!!!! I could pretty much live in them for the entire warm weather season. Heck, the entire year here in Florida for that matter.

Today I thought I’d round up a collection of my favorites I’ve seen while perusing online and in stores (and of course, all are under $100). I’ve actually broken down and bought/ordered a few to add to my collection. Could. Not. Resist. Three of the four are still en route to my house; the anticipation for them to arrive is killing me!

I love that maxi dresses are so incredibly easy to throw on and head out the door for the day.  You can go casual chic with a pair of simple sandals (and my closet is overflowing with them right about now), or rock one with a killer pair of wedges or heels for a fancier look. Add a statement necklace to some of the solid colored dresses and you totally take them up a notch. Many of these dresses would be fabulous paired with a belt to cinch the center and accentuate your waist.

So – how much do you love a maxi dress? Which would you choose out of this bunch?

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My Favorites

1. Print jersey maxi dress – Nordstrom // 2. Twist front dress – Nordstrom // 3. Mossimo ruffled maxi dress – Target // 4. Print front knot jersey dress - Nordstrom

Bright and Fun

5. Pure Sugar woven dress – Piperlime // 6. T-back printed maxi dress – Forever 21 // 7. Island Reef Dress – ModCloth // 8. Sabine mirror print maxi dress – Piperlime

Darker Hues

9. Pim + Larkin color block stripe dress – Piperlime // 10. Sleeveless braided maxi dress – Target // 11. Striped cutout dress – Forever 21 // 12. Eight Sixty snake print dress – Piperlime // 13. Belted maxi dress – Target

 

June 5, 2014

Although “beach season” officially begun around Memorial Day weekend, today (for me) marks the first day of the summer season. School is officially out for the summer, and I’m looking forward to tackling a very extensive list of projects I want to complete over the next few weeks. I know the time will pass in the blink of an eye, but I’m hoping for a bit of relaxation, and some beach time too!

Of course, with the arrival of each new beach season, I tend to find myself shopping for a new bathing suit (or two). Sure, my collection is relatively large, but there are always so many new and fun styles, prints, and brands to explore! Today I rounded up a group of 20 beachwear items I would love to add to my wardrobe. Many of them happen to be one piece bathing suits: for some reason they are seriously catching my eye lately!

Are you shopping for swimwear/beach attire? Have you found any great pieces?

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One piece wonders….

1. Beach paw print colorblock suitLOFT // 2. Merona halter one pieceTarget // 3. Clean Water printed one shoulder swimsuitTarget // 4. Clean Water peplum gingham swimsuitTarget

5. ‘Show and Tell’ crochet one piece swimsuitNordstrom // 6. Betsey Johnson ‘Retro Revival’ one piece swimsuitNordstrom // 7. Eberjey ruffled halter maillotAnthropologie // 8. Betsey Johnson ‘Purfection’ one piece swimsuitNordstrom

9. Beach stripe tie waist suitLOFT // 10. French Connection belted swimsuit - T.J. Maxx //                11. Ruffled halter maillotAnthropologie // 12. One piece plunge halterEverything But Water

A bit of a splurge…

13. Marysia peplum maillotAnthropologie // 14. Scout layered frill bikiniZimmermann //              15. Marysia Scalloped bandeau bikiniBloomingdale’s // 16. Filigree stud one pieceZimmermann

Cover ups/rash guards!

17. Tie Dye beach coverupASOS // 18. Beach wide leg pantLOFT // 19. Crinkle cover up jumpsuitNordstrom // 20. Bien Fait surf teeMadewell

March 21, 2014

Well, add another item to my wishlist, please! On Wednesday I had the pleasure of stopping by the brand new Lilly Pulitzer store in International Plaza (located right outside Neiman Marcus). I’ve had my eye on that retail space for a while now, wondering what it would become. I am glad to see such a lovely new addition to the mall.

My love for Lilly Pulitzer goes back quite a few years. I went to college in North Carolina – Lilly was a staple item for sorority girls to wear. I remember making a trek to the nearest Lilly Pulitzer retail store in the spring to pick out my graduation dress…pretty much every single girl ended up wearing one; it seemed like tradition! However, as much as the quirky prints and pops of crazy colors are what my original experiences were, their lines have become more sophisticated recently. There are still quirky prints and colors, but you can also find an array of dresses, accessories, and other clothing that are a bit more refined.

Lilly Pulitzer Janice Shift

Like the Janice Shift Dress. As soon as I laid eyes on this beauty in blue and gold, my heart went pitter-patter. I love the gold swirled trim on the neckline – no necklace required for this dress! You could pair it with a set of gold flats for a more casual resort style, but I could also see it worn with some gold wedges or espadrilles as well. Did I dare try it on? Unfortunately, the blue version was not in my size, but the white one was! I was too curious NOT to step into the fitting room.

Lilly Pulitzer Janice Shift

March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all! I’m launching into my week of spring break, and there just might be a little shopping involved (not going to lie).

Today is a great excuse to peruse everything that has a little hint of green involved, don’t you think? From shamrock green to seafoam to emerald to mint, there are quite a few options to consider, and I’m loving quite a few. I rounded up a collection of my current springtime favorites to consider (18 of them, to be exact)! As always, they are affordable options…so get shopping, will you?

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