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.


Summer Smocking
Espadrilles

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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Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

How Do Shorts Fit Into My Wardrobe?

I sometimes have a hard time finding shorts that still have that feminine feel. When searching for the perfect pair, I look for feminine details that will help elevate my look & make a fun statement. Today I want to share a bit about this super cute outfit I’ll be living in this summer. Also, I’m rounding up my favorite feminine shorts on the market right now!


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts

Outfit Details

Wrap Top // Floral Shorts // Lace Flats // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Earrings // Pearl Clips // Bracelet


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts


Feminine Shorts

Mixing Florals

This outfit perfectly displays print mixing that follows all the rules I outlined in my Print Mixing For Beginners post. The contrasting sizes & common color palette help make these pieces a perfect match. Also, I love the silhouette this outfit creates. The high waisted shorts combined with the wrap top & puffy sleeves make that classic feminine shape I’m all about.

What To Look For…

When it comes to searching for the perfect pair of feminine shorts, there are a few things I tend to look for. First off, I don’t want them to be too short or too tight. I like my shorts to fully cover me so that I can even bend down without fear of showing more skin than I would like. This goes without saying, but of course they will also have to be high-waisted. I can’t comfortably wear non-high waisted things anymore. What can I say, I’m hooked!

As far as details go, I love these shorts because of the lovely floral print on display. Not to mention this is a Laura Ashley print which I have loved basically my entire life. I search for those details like a fun floral print, bows, or a unique color to make a statement & bring that feminine flair I love so much.


Feminine Shorts

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What’s In My Beach Bag?

What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

A Little Throwback

We are throwing it back to our honeymoon in Italy with these photos. We spent 2 full days on the beach eating pizza, swimming, & most of all, people watching. While lounging in total bliss, there are a few items in my beach bag that I found particularly useful. These things were easy to pack & made transitions before & after the beach a breeze.


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

Get The Look


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

Beach/Pool Day Essentials

The first must-have item for your next beach/pool day is a great beach bag. One like this one that is large in size with durable straps is great if you’re not a minimal person, like myself. This woven one is slightly smaller but equally as cute & perfect for those beach vibes. Then, you have your classic accessories like a fun pair of sunglasses, a beach towel (Try these microfiber towels! They dry super fast, pack small, & don’t get sand trapped in them!), a sarong, a floppy hat, & a great pair of sandals. Next, I always have a pack of makeup wipes on hand, because the mascara dripping down the face look is never fun.

For sunscreen, I like to use at least SPF 50 on my body, but on my face, I use my Coola Makeup Setting Spray with SPF 30. I’ve used this for years! It’s perfect to use & reapply whether you have makeup on or not. Also, on long days out in the sun, it’s so important to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, so have a large bottle on hand.

When I’m not in the water, I either like to listen to music (Taylor Swift’s playlist on Apple Music is so good btw) or read a good book like this one or this one.

After Pool Essentials

This bikini bag was given to me as a wedding gift, & man was it so useful! It was the perfect size to store our wet bathing suits without getting the rest of our things wet.

To freshen up my body, I bring my favorite travel size deodorant, a yummy fragrance, & my go-to lip balm. Then for my hair, I spray my Ouai Sun Of A Beach Ombré Spray for that sun-kissed look & once it’s dried I spray a bit of my Ouai Wave Spray for the perfect beach wave look.


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

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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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The Sweetest Gingham Dress

The Sweetest Gingham Dress

The Sweetest Gingham Dress
The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Nothing Says “Sunny Days” More

Isn’t gingham the happiest print you ever did see? This must be why once the sun comes out & brings about warmer days, I gravitate towards pieces like this sweet gingham dress. This iconic print also reminds me of one of my favorite things to do this time of year…PICNICS! My girlfriends & I recently took a trip to Charleston & had the loveliest picnic one afternoon. What do you know, I wore a gingham top on the picnic too! Seriously, nothing says, “sunny days” more than a bit of cheerful gingham.


The Sweetest Gingham Dress
The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Outfit Details

Gingham Dress // Espadrilles // Pearl Bag // Earrings // Sunglasses // Jacket // Headband


The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Adding To My Obsession

I forget how attracted I am to blue until the weather warms up—then I’m utterly obsessed! Give me all the blue & white things! That’s why when I was browsing through Prim + Pop’s website & I found this dress, I knew it belonged in my closet. Not only is it blue & white, but it has the sweetest feminine shape. I love the square neckline combined with the back cutout & of course, the bow details. You wouldn’t believe how soft it is too!

I’m also realizing that apparently this shade of blue is my favorite at the moment. My affordable blue espadrilles are a perfect color match, & my newest flower earrings I’m so in love with are also in this shade. The earrings (see them on me here) are also really amazing Rebecca de Ravenel dupes! Get the look for less here.


The Sweetest Gingham Dress


The Sweetest Gingham Dress
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Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites

Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites

Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites
Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites

All About The Texture

Playing with different textures in an outfit is a great way to elevate your look. For spring, I love light cotton pieces, shirred details, buttons & bows, & lace or crochet pieces. But most of all I love incorporating woven, wicker, & rattan pieces into my looks for more of a classic, vintage feel. This natural texture brings warmth & dimension to an outfit. I tend to gravitate towards these lovely pieces on the daily once the weather starts to warm up. The easiest way to add some of this natural texture to to your look is with a sweet basket bag, but that’s not the only way to do this. Right now there are so many amazing shoes & accessories available to add some lovely texture to your daily looks.


Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites
Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites


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What I’m Wearing

Let’s start at the top! These woven straw hoop earrings were a steal at only $7. They are so lightweight, & easy to pair with almost any look. Next is my new favorite top. This lovely botanical print top with ruffle sleeves is on sale right now for only $7! I’m so in love with this dreamy floral print & classic feminine shape. Then I chose to add this faux leather & woven belt (also on sale for only $7…I’m seeing a trend here…haha) around my waist to add a bit of structure & break up the look a bit.

The lace midi skirt is one that I’ve own for many years now. (see a similar one here) I love the contrast between the soft lace skirt & the structured basket bag. This particular basket bag is the newest in my collection & looks like a mini picnic basket. It’s small enough to be carried around with ease, but big enough to carry quite a lot with you. For a feminine touch, I tied my Gal Meets Glam Logo Scarf in a bow on one of the handles. Last but not least are my white woven shoes (which are under $30!). These beauties are so comfortable to wear, & I love the way a white shoe looks with a spring outfit.

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