How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

hot, Hot, HOT!

Summer is in FULL swing, am I right?! It’s times like these when you want to just live in shorts & a tank top to at least be “comfortable”, right? I’m totally with you. So what happens when you want to look cute for a party, a lunch, a trip to the grocery store, or whatever the occasion may be? Let me share with you my tips on how to dress cute on hot summer days without compromising on the comfort level.


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

What I’m Wearing

Gingham Top // Zimmermann Dupe Shorts // Mules // Bag // Heart Sunnies // Hat // Strawberry Earrings // Bracelet


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

The Sweet Details

Let’s go back to that original, hot day outfit of shorts & a tank top. Seriously the best & most comfortable thing to wear in the heat besides a bikini. To boost the cute factor but maintain the comfort, let’s re-imagine this look just a bit.

Shorts

Instead of a pair of athletic shorts or denim shorts, why not try a pair of high waisted, loose fitting shorts in another color or print. Adding some detail, or something out of the ordinary really elevates the entire look. These white shorts I’m wearing are a total Zimmermann dupe & are under $20! Not only are they cute & affordable, but the material is light & super breathable making them super comfortable to wear on even the hottest of days.

Tank Top

If you’re wearing a great high waisted pair of shorts, I recommend pairing it with a cropped tank top. Don’t shy away from cropped tops too quickly because just because they are cropped, doesn’t mean you have to show any skin. Cropped just means it’s shorter than the usual tops, but if you’re wearing high-waisted shorts, the cropped top can meet the shorts perfectly at the waist.

To take it up a notch on the cute scale, find a tank top with interesting design details. This gingham top (similar here) has a classic square neck with ruffled straps & a lovely tie in the back. Tie back tops are so cute & fun to wear this time of year. Whether you go with a tie back top or not, finding a top with details such as ruffles, buttons, bows, etc. will totally up your fashion game.

Don’t Forget The Accessories!

On hot summer days, the last thing I want to wear is a cross body bag. Maybe it’s just me, but I start to feel trapped under there, plus the added sweat. Pass. I tend to gravitate towards top handle or satchel bags for that very reason. This bamboo bag has gotten so much love over the past couple of years & I still just love the way it goes with outfits & is a great conversation piece. The structure & lines of this bag bring so much texture & depth to a look.

Earrings are a great & easy way to look cute on hot days. I’m totally obsessed with these strawberry earrings I found for under $10! I mean how perfect for summer are they?! If not these, then you know I love a good pair of floral earrings. Also, I’m loving this heart pair at the moment. (I can’t stop wearing them!)

Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with your sunglasses. Try a fun new color or shape & just rock them.

Lastly, wear a hat. Most likely, if it’s hot & you’re outside, that means the sun is out. Look cute & protect your face with a nice straw hat. If it’s too hot to wear your hair down, wear it in a low pony with the hat like I did here.


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

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Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

Matching Sets: The Best Investment

My Favorite Summertime Trend

Besides dresses, nothing is easier to throw on & go in the mornings than a good matching set. The pieces themselves have already done all the work for you! They match, they’re cute, & they are sure to get loads of compliments from those around you. Without even trying, they are total crowd pleasers. This trend can be found in the form of shorts & a top (like this one), a top with a skirt (worn in this post or this one), or even pants & a cute top (like here & here). I absolutely love all of these options (clearly) & it’s safe to say I’ll be wearing them year after year. Not only are they cute, but they are great pieces to invest your money in…let me tell you why…


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

What I’m Wearing

Matching Set // African Basket Bag // Mules // Sunnies // Earrings // Bracelet // Pearl Nail Polish // Pearl Ring


Matching Sets: The Best Investment
Matching Sets: The Best Investment

An Investment Worth Every Penny

I love just how versatile a matching set is. Not only can they be styled differently with different shoes, bags, & accessories, but they can be worn as separates you can mix & match with! Take this set for example. This skirt can be worn with so many different tops. I love to wear this green with a bit of yellow for a lemon lime vibe, but it would also look amazing with white, navy, brown, pink, florals, stripes, really almost anything! For the top, my favorite way to wear it as a separate is with my navy midi skirt, but it would also look cute with white or floral shorts, white, pink, or yellow skirts, & again florals & stripes. Seriously, the possibilities are endless! (see the mixing & matching in action in this video!)

This is why it’s totally worth every penny to invest in matching sets like this one. They are a wonderful asset to your wardrobe. Don’t worry, the word “investment” doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. I’m sharing my favorite matching sets below & you can hover over each picture to see the prices. Some are splurge worthy favorites while others are under $20! Either way, I know you’ll get so much wear out of them.


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What’s In My Beach Bag?

What's In My Beach Bag?
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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.


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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.


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Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites

Woven, Wicker, & Rattan Favorites

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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.


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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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Celestial Vibes

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Seeing Stars

Richmond is finally starting to bloom! Yay! You all know that I love to wear florals year-round, but over the past few months I’ve been super into stars & moons. Feeling those celestial vibes. When I found this tulle star number (which is actually a dress!) for $30, I just couldn’t wait to wear it. Originally this dress was floor length, but the amazing thing about tulle is that it’s so easy to cut & customize it just for you & your body. I decided I wanted more of a tea length style so I could get the maximum wear out of it. Obsessed with how it turned out.

Another way I’m wearing these celestial stars & moons is in earring form. The pair I’m wearing here are asymmetrical with one moon & one star. You might remember me mentioning them in my touch of sparkle post. They are just stunning & a great deal at under $15.

This Fun Look

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End Of Winter Boost

I wanted to take a minute to share a bit of encouragement with you. Each & every one of us are experiencing different seasons of life. Just like the winter we are in is coming to a close, so will each season of life we face. If you are in a trying season right now, be encouraged & know that this “winter” won’t last forever. A new season is right around the corner, so don’t lose hope. Keep your head up, wear something fun to lift your spirits, & keep on keeping on.

If you are in a joyful season, soak it up! Take a second to capture that moment in time & be grateful for the season you’re in. Whatever season of life you’re facing right now, be bold & courageous. Don’t let what’s happening around you crush your confidence or squash your dreams. You are fierce, beautiful, & your future is limitless. So live that way & why not dress that way too, & encourage those around you to do the same!

Cheers to the end of winter!


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Welcome Spring With A Fresh Fragrance

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The Scents Of The New Season

Here in Richmond, it’s still quite cold, but a a few spring-y days have been sprinkled in making my spring wardrobe seem so appealing. I’m so ready for crisp white tops, flowing midi skirts, basket bags, & espadrilles. On the colder days, an easy way to welcome spring into your life is with a fresh fragrance. My favorite spring notes would have to be roses, lavender, jasmine, & amber. There’s something so special about choosing a fragrance for the day. It has the power to set my mood, mindset, & confidence level for the rest of the day. Also, nothing gets me more in the cheerful spring mood than a fresh floral scent.


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The Affordable Fragrance Collection

Now I know fragrances aren’t cheap & the thought of being able to afford an entire collection may seem unattainable, but rollerballs have totally changed the game. These beautiful on the go fragrances are the perfect way to be able to afford the fragrances you love & then to build a collection. Just think, the average price of a full size perfume is around $100. That means you could get about 4 rollerballs for the price of one full bottle! That’s 4 new scents to add to your collection! I love having a variety to choose from, & being able to choose your daily scent based off the season you’re in or the mood you’re going for is just the best. Upping your rollerball game this year is a great way to collect fragrances at an affordable price.

In my current rollerball collection, my spring favorites would have to be Gucci – Bloom, & Stella McCartney – Peony. These are both fresh a floral, & Peony even has a bit of sweetness to it. I also have Black Tulip by Nest which has a deeper, warmer floral scent to it. Another springtime go-to is the Viktor & Rolf – Flowerbomb. This scent is a cult favorite & with good reason, it’s just such a satisfying scent. A few other great scents for spring that are on my list to try are the Elizabeth & James – Nirvana French Grey, Nest – Wisteria Blue, & Chloé – Roses.


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