Just over a year ago, while I was in Italy, I made a vow to myself that I would live more colorfully. I wanted to learn to embrace & love every color, because seeing them all on display while on vacation made me so happy. It seemed to me that wearing more colors would therefore make me happier & maybe even that that joy would spread to those around me. You guys, I’m so happy to share that when looking back on posts from this past year that I have truly lived out a year of color. Scroll to see each color worn several times throughout the past year!
Now It’s Your Turn!
I’m definitely not finished with my color journey & I can’t wait to see what the coming year brings, but now I want to extend the challenge to all of you! I dare you to live colorfully. Explore some new colors this year by pairing them with colors you already know & love. Maybe you’re not ready for the whole rainbow, but start with one. Make an effort to incorporate one new color into your wardrobe over the next few months. I’d love to hear what colors you’re thinking about exploring! Comment down below which color or colors you want to explore more! If I have any helpful tips on them, I’ll share them with you!
Chicwish kindly gifted me this gorgeous cream embroidered dress with tie sleeves that I was so excited to style this summer. As I began playing around with it in my wardrobe, I realized that this dress can actually be worn in EVERY season! One dress to wear in all four seasons. Talk about versatility & definitely getting your money’s worth. See how I’ve styled this classic dress uniquely for each season of the the year.
Yep, this dress even works in winter! I threw this oversized burgundy roll neck sweater over my lovely cream dress & paired it with a few other burgundy accessories. Berets really do add so much warmth in the fall & winter months which is why I have so many colors to wear almost everyday! I wanted to add my check coat to add a bit of structure to the look & tie in with my black box bag that’s one of my winter staples. If you’re worried about being cold in the winter in just a dress, remember you can always add boots, tights, or even fleece leggings underneath!
Dresses are definitely what I feel most comfortable in. They give me confidence, make me feel like such a lady, & bring me so much joy to walk, twirl, run, skip, frolic, & jaunt around in. Ok, so maybe I don’t skip on a daily basis, but I could & doing so in a dress is like living out my childhood dreams. If wearing dresses makes me this happy, then doing so should not be reserved for evenings & special occasions. No, dresses should be worn on the daily, exuding all the lady-like confidence & joy.
Let me share with you what I look for when shopping for day dresses, & how I like to style them for an everyday, casual yet sophisticated look.
A good day dress is a “no fuss” dress, in my opinion. One that I won’t have to worry about revealing too much when I lean forward or bend over to pick something up. It’s comfortable, not tight, & makes you smile when wearing it. I love this classic wrap dress from Chicwish for literally all of those reasons. This dress is comfortable to wear. It’s a nice, no-fuss length, & there is even a small button at the top of the wrap to keep from revealing more than you’d like. I love the subtle & sweet blue & yellow floral pattern with the slightly puffy sleeves. Finding a “no-fuss” dress with great design details such as these ensures you’ll wear it with ease over & over again.
Styling day dresses looks slightly different depending on the current season, but the same principles apply. For shoes, a classic ballet flat is a great year-round choice. In the fall & winter, you could also pair your day dresses with a pair of knee high boots, loafers, or oxfords. Choose the pair that will be most comfortable for your daily activities while still adding to that feminine, boss babe vibe.
A great bag like this embroidered brown bag I can’t stop wearing, is an ideal bag to have in your collection. It can be worn year-round & has that same “no-fuss” feel as your day dress. There are no zippers that get stuck, contraptions to maneuver, just a simple snap under the buckle for easy opening & closing. It also comes with a gorgeous embroidered crossbody strap for when you need to be hands-free!
Accessorizing your day dress should be minimal & casual, yet strategic & cohesive. Adding one simple hair clip adds a bit of interest to your look while also keeping the hair out of your face. Functional & fashionable! For earrings, I say go as big as you want! I love these pearl drops for a bit of intrigue & design detail while still being very minimal. Pair with your favorite everyday lipstick & a fun pair of sunglasses & your look is complete!
Totally obsessing over these gorgeous vintage floral prints. Some of these might give you some grandma vibes but in the very best way! Like, I wanna be that kind of grandma! But in all honesty, prints similar to these can be found in many current designer collections. All of these are under $75, but most of them are around the $20 mark! I love finding these affordable gems. It’s so hard to choose which ones to get because they are all so perfect! (This dress I already own & it’s even better in person!) Happy shopping!
For me, planning is definitely something that comes pretty naturally. It allows me to dream big & really get excited about events in the future. Planning a trip, especially one in another country, was something completely new to me a couple of years ago. However daunting it seemed at the time, all it takes is biting the bullet & following these easy travel planning tips for a dreamy vacation full of fun activities & amazing outfits.
Tip 1: Create A Mood Board
This step, though multi-faceted, may be the most important step in planning a great trip. First, get on Pinterest & start researching travel bloggers who have visited your desired destination. Chances are, if you want to travel there, they have been there too, so why not learn from them? Search for great places to eat, the most “Instagrammable” spots, & things to do. Get out a pen & paper & start making lists of places & ideas that look interesting to you. Pin inspiring photos from these blogs on your destination mood board to look back on & get pumped!
I’m not going to Greece, but here is an example of what my mood board for my imaginary trip to Greece looks like…
Tip 2: Find Your Color Palette
Note my mood board above. See the blues, white, & natural tan colors that stand out? This will now become my color palette when planning my travel outfits. I touched on this in my most recent Q&A, but one of the best ways to avoid over packing on a trip is to stick with a color palette. This makes mixing & matching a breezy so that you can create several outfits from only a few key pieces. I love dressing in the colors of the places I’m going. It makes me feel like I belong to wherever my travel destination may be. You can see outfits & accessories for my pretend trip to Greece in these photos.
I never like to over book my trips, but I find that if I have something booked & planned for at least every other day, it really helps to create a schedule. Any famous restaurant? Make a reservation, even if it’s for lunch! Book a boat ride, a tour, a cooking class, a hike, or something fun & exciting that is unique to the location you’re visiting.
Tip 4: Research & Plan Some Logistics
Some important things to research before any trip are housing & transportation. Lots of blogs have recommendations as to where to stay, which can be helpful. Something you might want to consider if you’re looking to save a little bit of money is staying just outside the city. We did this in Italy & in Paris & totally loved it. It was nice to have a bit of quiet & calm in the evenings to decompress from the day.
As far as transportation goes, do your research to see whether people recommend using public transportation or car rentals. If you’re thinking about renting a car, don’t forget to take parking fees & even finding parking into consideration. In Paris, we walked & then took the water bus down the river! While we were in Positano, we walked & took the bus up & down the mountain. The point is, every city is different, & most blogs will give good recommendations on these matters.
Tip 5: Study!
Remember that list you made of all the restaurants & places you wanted to visit? Now it’s time to mark all of them on the maps in your phone. Save each location & take a bit of time to study the map. Become familiar with some of the main roads & try to map out how your days will go. This will help so much when you arrive in a city you’ve never been to before.
If the country you are visiting has a native language other than your own, try setting some goals on Duolingo to brush up on, or learn a little bit of the language. Even just knowing the basics will go a long way.
A couple years back, I visited Burnside Farms durning the spring for their annual tulip festival. It was gorgeous & I MUST go back again this next year. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to go during their sunflower season because all the pictures I have been seeing on their Instagram have been giving me major FOMO. Yesterday, Ben & I finally got to take a little road trip up to see the gorgeous sunflower fields. To say is was dreamy would be an understatement. Plus, we went on a Tuesday afternoon so there weren’t many people there. We had such a fun time & even got to cut & bring home a few sunflowers as well.
On the drive home, we could not stop talking about how much fun we had in the sunflower fields. We loved walking through the classic sunflower fields & taking photos, but then we also saw some lovely white & burgundy sunflowers as well! Of course, we had to bring home a few of each color. They had chickens & turkeys on site as well which were thoroughly entertaining. I couldn’t help but think that one day when we have kids, we have to bring them back to see this. How much fun will that be?!
This was such a cute outfit to wear to the sunflower fields because the red & white really stand out against the flowers. Yesterday was my first chance to wear this dreamy long white skirt & I already can’t wait to wear it again. You may remember seeing it in a recent Sunday Try On where I mentioned that I had been looking for the perfect long white skirt for such a long time & this one is even better than I was expecting. It’s so light & flowy & is not see through either! An effortless white skirt like this is one is one I know I will wear for many years to come.