6 Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

A Fresh Start

In a bit of a rut with your clothes? I’ve definitely been there! This post is all about inspiring more creativity in our wardrobes & while we shop. Sometimes, all you need is a challenge, or to try something new to spark a bit of joy & inspiration within us. I have 6 fashion risks worth taking to share with you. Getting dressed should be an exciting part of your day. It’s a way to express how you’re feeling & make a great first impression. Let’s get risky!


Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Outfit Details

Orange Print Mini Wrap Dress // White Espadrilles // Bracelet // Pearl Clutch // Hair Clips // Pearl Heart Earrings //


Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

1. Be Colorful

Around this time last year, I challenged myself to wear more colors. What’s so scary about color anyways? I dare you to wear a bright flippy dress like the one I’m wearing & not smile! No doubt the people around you will smile too. We need a bit more color in our lives.

2. Show A Little Skin

Why not? Show a little leg, a little chest, or wear a backless dress. Having a bit of skin on display makes you hold yourself differently, walk differently, & even act differently. Wear your skin with pride! There is no one else like you!

3. Mix Prints

Nothing excites an outfit more than a bit of print mixing! Whether you’re new to print mixing or you are a long time pro, check out this post to get the creative juices flowing.

4. Over Accessorize

Go big! Don’t be afraid to make a bit of a statement with your accessories. Wear a pair of big earrings, or fun hair clips, or a statement bag. Why not wear them all at once?! Have a little fun & don’t take yourself too seriously. (see my Accessorizing 101 post here)

5. Try Daytime Sparkles

Have a pair of sparkly shoes? Try wearing them during the day! Why not wear a bit of sparkle in your day to day life? Even if it’s a bit of sparkly eyeshadow like this one I’ve been wearing on the daily.

6. Be “Matchy-Matchy”

Instead of mixing prints, why not match them?! Try stripes on stripes, or florals on florals, or even houndstooth on houndstooth. But you can be matchy-matchy even without prints! Go for a monochromatic look like this one or this one.

Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking


Fashion Risks Worth Taking


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My Most Worn Summer Shoe (It’s A Designer Dupe!)

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

If You Buy One Pair Of Shoes This Summer…

We all want that one pair of shoes that will go with everything. That one pair that is both stylish & comfortable & can be dressed up or down. Now what if I told you I’ve found that magical pair for under $50?! That’s right! These classic white espadrilles are an amazing designer dupe you need in your closet. If you buy one pair of shoes this summer…

BUY THESE!

This is not sponsored or anything, I’m just genuinely obsessed with these shoes & the amount of photos I have from just on year of wear can prove that! I love being able to share my affordable fashion finds & this is one of the very best ones.


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The Designer Dupe!

This pair of espadrilles look EXACTLY like the Castaner designer pair, but for less than half the price! When I first ordered them, I was a bit worried that the material would feel cheap or that since they were white, they would get dirty very quickly. I have worn them literally so many times & they look good as new! These gorgeous shoes are amazing, & you just can’t beat the price. In fact, I’ve just ordered another pair, the white lace version this time. I cannot wait for them to arrive! Be watching for them on my Instagram stories…

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Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Hello, July!

Summer is in full swing & it’s hot, hot, hot! If you’re like me, you’re reaching for those easy, breezy pieces to wear & eating plenty of ice cream to keep cool. Plus, the 4th of July is THIS week! I thought I would share with you what I’m wearing this year to celebrate. I also posted my Red, White, & Blue Favorites recently, so make sure you check that out if you need more festive outfit inspiration.


Cones, Prints, & Red Lips
Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Outfit Details

Button Front Midi Dress // White Espadrilles // Hair Bow // Red Lipstick // Bracelet // Woven Bag // Striped Scarf (old from J. Crew, similar here) // Earrings 1 & 2


Cones, Prints, & Red Lips
Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

The Dress

This tie sleeve, button front midi dress in red check is literally my 4th of July dress of dreams. It’s made of cotton, making it super breathable & perfect to wear on hot summer days. Not to mention, it’s on sale & comes in 7 different colors & patterns. The only thing I would say about this dress is that the top is a bit snug. I would consider sizing up.

How cute does this vintage looking bow look with this dress? I love the subtle print mixing to create that bit of intrigue in the outfit.

Keeping It Cool

Ice cream is definitely my favorite way to keep cool during the summer months. If you live in Richmond, you have to head to Scoop for some of the best ice cream in the city. I got a double scoop cone with strawberry & sweet basil with was such a delicious combo. The basil took me right back to all the fresh basil we ate while in Italy.

I will say, eating an ice cream cone with a bold red lipstick was a bit challenging, but it was so worth it! How can you not wear red lipstick on the 4th of July?! I’m wearing my favorite red, So Marylin by Charlotte Tilbury, which is my perfect true red.


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Cones, Prints, & Red Lips


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Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Bring On The Warmth

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though spring was here for about 3 weeks & now we are in full summer mode. At least here in Richmond, it’s already so hot & humid. Even though summer doesn’t technically start until June 21st, the weather certainly says otherwise. The weather & colors outside greatly affect the outfits I wear on a daily basis. Around this time of year, the sun has a way of bringing out all the warm tones of nature & casting a warm, yellow tint around us. Therefore, it’s easy to see why all I want to wear are lovely, feminine, warm tone pieces. What can I say, I like to blend in with nature!


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

Outfit Details

Warm Tone Striped Dress // Blush Espadrilles // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Woven Earrings // Bracelet // Sunglasses


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer
Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer


Warm Tones To Jumpstart Your Summer

What’s Not To Love?

This look is basically a compilation of all my current favorite things. First of all, this warm-toned, striped dress is so comfortable & on sale for under $25! I’m in love with the colors, the button front details, & the feminine ties on the sides. When I wear button front dresses that don’t have very full skirts, I like to unbutton a few of the bottom buttons to show a little leg & add more drama.

My blush espadrilles add the perfect touch of warmth & match my dress so well. Espadrilles are my favorite shoes to wear in the summer. They can be both casual & dressy, but they also provide those dreamy vacation vibes I crave on the daily.

My newest basket bag was an obvious choice to pair with this look. I love how the lines on my dress are mimicked by the structure of this bag. This Laura Ashley toile scarf was the perfect accessory to this bag. It’s warm pinky-peach tones are gorgeous & toile is a print I’ve loved since I was a child. I know this will be my most worn scarf of the season.


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My Honeymoon Packing Guide

My Honeymoon Packing Guide

My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Best Days Of Your Life

Going on a trip with the man you now call your husband just days after your whirlwind of a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re traveling near or far, these newlywed days spent alone in a new place are moments you’ll treasure forever. Last summer, my husband & I got married in Maine (see more here) & then had a straight up magical honeymoon in Italy (see more here). I look at our honeymoon pictures almost as much as I look at our wedding photos! Because of this fact, I thought I’d share with you my honeymoon packing guide to make the most of your memories & capture photos you’ll love looking back on for years to come.


My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Outfit Details

Pastel Stripe Maxi Dress from Chicwish // Affordable White Espadrilles // Beach Bag // Flower Earrings // Scarf // Floppy Hat


My Honeymoon Packing Guide


My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Honeymoon Must-Haves

Looking back on my trip, a few items stand out as must-haves in the category of memory making. First, I highly recommend you bring travel sized candles, or at least one. We brought two, one for each city we stayed in & burned them in the evenings before bed. We brought them home to savor as sweet memories because the scents take us right back to our Italian honeymoon. Another great thing we brought was a polaroid camera! We made a point to take 2-3 photos a day & somehow, these photos are the most special to us. They are not to post, they are only ours.

As far as clothing goes, midi & maxi dresses are key. You’re looking good & have a newlywed glow, so bring pieces you will feel good & look good in. This is your honeymoon. Don’t be afraid to show a little more skin than usual. Also, if you’re going somewhere tropical, a white swimsuit is a must! I found the perfect white one piece that doesn’t look see-through when wet for only $12! This was the same one I wore on my honeymoon & I absolutely adore it. I brought my white espadrilles, but because of all the stairs & walking we had to do, I basically wore these leather sandals with every outfit. Lastly, bring a large bag. Our beach bag was a lifesaver! I love being prepared for anything, so it was nice to have my swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. very accessible at all times.

Trust Me…

You want these photos to be ones you happily look back on for years to come. One thing that really can make a photo is having the right accessories. Don’t dismiss the power of a great pair of earrings, a simple scarf, or a fun pair of sunglasses just because you’re on vacation! Trust me, take the time to plan & pack a few pairs of fun earrings as well as 2-3 pairs of sunglasses to mix things up. On our day trip to Capri, I wore my blue square scarf 3 different ways throughout the day! First, it was tied around my beach bag for a more personalized look. Then, I used it to tie my hair back in a ponytail when I got so hot from climbing stairs. Last, I tie my hair in a bun & wrapped the scarf around my head. See them all in action here.

My One Regret

My one regret was not something I didn’t pack on my way there, but on my way home. I had the idea while we were in Positano to buy a unisex onesie for our future baby to wear one day. Sadly, I chickened out in the end, but I really wish I had gotten one! How special would that be to dress our baby in a onesie we bought on our honeymoon?! So cute. Since I didn’t do it, I hope one of you will do this! If you do, please tell me!


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