I am so excited to be merging my love of fashion with my love for florals! A great way for me to get in some floral arranging practice as well as experiment with different color combos that compliment my outfits.
I took a poll on Instagram recently, & so many of you wanted to see me styling some wide leg pants. These pink-y, purple-y pants are such a fun addition to any wardrobe for spring. Pair them with either a tighter fitting top, or a flowy top with balloon sleeves fully tucked into the pants. The trick to wearing wide leg pants is really accentuating the waist line. So have fun, be bold, & add a pop of colorful 70’s style into your wardrobe this spring/summer.
Hydrangea // Carnation // Mini Button Pom White Flower // Spider Mum
Spring is right around the corner, so close on some days I can even feel it. It’s time to change over my wardrobe for warmer days. This means lighter layers, flowing fabrics, woven bags, & a romantic & fresh vibe. I can’t wait to be able to spend more time outside, smell the ever growing blooms & wear some of my favorite items in my wardrobe for the spring season. Today, I want to talk you through my spring wardrobe essentials. These items are the base of my spring wardrobe & are must-have items for any feminine wardrobe.
A crisp white top is my absolute favorite favorite item to buy. The best part is that it’s a completely guilt-free purchase because of how often I wear these pieces. They are the perfect compliment to every midi skirt, jean, or trouser I will wear all season. When I find affordable white tops online, I look to see if it has an interesting texture or shape. I love ones with a high neck, a bow detail, or dramatic sleeves. The best places to find these lovely & affordable pieces, in my experience, are H&M & Forever 21.
For shoes, nothing says spring more than a pair of pastel espadrilles. So many more companies are coming out with amazing affordable choices this year which I am so thrilled about. Last year, I purchased a classic pair of white espadrilles & wore them constantly throughout the spring & summer. This year I’ve purchased a blush pair as well as a light blue pair. I find these shoes so flattering & extremely comfortable to wear. Old Navy has also come out with some really love flat espadrilles that I’m considering trying out for days I’m on my feet more. These shoes are essential to my spring wardrobe & I love them to pieces.
I’m going to be doing an entire post on this subject coming up soon, so I won’t go into too much detail here. However, woven & wicker bags are a key accessory in my spring wardrobe. They just scream sunshine, outdoors, & endless time in the garden.
This classic & timeless accessory is the perfect way to add a bit of feminine flair to your spring wardrobe. A simple scarf is quite a versatile piece to have in your collection. It can be worn around your neck, in your hair, or tied around your handbag like I’ve worn it in this post. Try finding ones in colors you know you wear a lot in your wardrobe you can easily pair it with several outfits.
What better way to accessorize in the spring than with florals?! Statement earring in the most beautiful floral shapes are popping up everywhere. They are my very favorite earrings to wear during this season & are always a great conversation starter. I love how many affordable options there are too! No reason not to own a pair of flower earrings (or ten).
A Fresh Nude Lip + Spring Fragrance
My all time favorite nude lipstick is hands down the YSL lipstick in the shade 70 Le Nu. This formula has a lovely satin finish that wears beautifully. It’s the perfect pinky nude color for spring. The last thing that really gets my in the mood fo spring when getting ready everyday is wearing a fresh spring fragrance. Read about all of my affordable favorites here.
I watch quite a lot of YouTube, & funny enough, about 90% of the YouTubers I am subscribed to are living in the London area. What can I say, I love the way they speak?! They also have the best phrases & ways of saying things. I even find myself talking like them sometimes! Anyone else do this too?! Anyways, clearly I feel very inspired by these lovely ladies, & this look reminds me of a combination of them all. (Amelia Liana, Kate La Vie, Samantha Maria, Estée Lalonde, I Covet Thee, In The Frow, Fashion Mumblr, & Freddy My Love)
With exception of my faux fur scarf, the items that make up this London look are all items I’ve had in my wardrobe for years. I’ve been working on my creativity lately & have had so much fun re-imagining how I put together pieces that I already own. This process is so much fun to me. All it takes is a small window of time & a spark of creativity (or maybe a glass of wine) to start playing around in your wardrobe. Mix & match different colors, prints, & textures until you find a whole new batch of great outfits from your own closet. It’s like shopping without paying for new things. Re-imagining your wardrobe in this way really gets me excited about my clothes again. It makes me love putting on each & every outfit at the start of a new day. In a fast paced world where trends come & go with each new season, it’s refreshing to own quality pieces that last year after year. My bank account is surely thankful as well!
My London Look
As I mentioned before, this outfit was inspired by my favorite influencers from across the pond. Kate & I have the same gold bow mules, which are an all time fav of mine. She inspired my camel beret as well. The pink coat is a little bit of everyone, but mostly Freddy for her love of all things pink. My leather mini skirt was inspired by Amelia & Josie. Bright colors & cozy faux fur like my scarf are definitely influenced by Samantha. The one item that brings them all together though, is my beloved white top from H&M. It’s maybe my favorite top that I own & could bee seen on each one of my British babes. I’m also obsessed with how they say “H&M”, for the record. (see here & here)
I think that in just the same way that you are the 5 people you are closest to at any one time, your fashion takes on the same vibes as the 5 people’s fashion you are drawn to at any one time. How cool is that? Fashion is influenced by the people & things around us, yet is uniquely ours as well. Go out there & be inspired by fashion bloggers & fashionistas around you, but then make it yours. Be you. Fearlessly be you, & love the you that you create.
A basic (or even not so basic) white top is a woman’s wardrobe’s best friend. The perfect white top has the ability to look very clean & expensive (even if it’s not), & can take you from day to night instantly. It’s the item you reach for when you’re in a rush, but you want to look sharp, classic, & put together. Having a key pieces like this fresh & ready to go can free you of any stress you may have about getting ready or finding the “right outfit” for any specific occasion. The white top will never go out of style, so having a few options to choose from is a wise investment.
Finding Your Perfect White Top
It’s important to think of how you plan on getting the most wear out of your top. Do you wear skirts a lot? make sure it tucks into things nicely. Do you wear jeans on the daily? Think about your body & what length of top looks best on you & makes you feel good. A key item like this is one you want to be extremely versatile & able to play well with a variety of other pieces in your current wardrobe. Look for the details that suit your style & will compliment an outfit.
Take the top I’m wearing in this post for example. I’ve chosen a bright, white eyelet button front top with rolled sleeves & a sweet tie in the front. All of the little details of this piece make it stand out, & give it a unique look, while still being a classic white top & as versatile as ever.
My favorite white tops have a bit of structure. They are crisp & clean while still being soft & feminine. I find that the crisp, more structured look to a white top give the impression that it’s a good quality top, even if the shirt is under $25 (like the one I’m wearing is!).
Top (sold out from H&M, similar here) // My favorite jeans // Chanel shoe dupes (old, similar here, & affordable options here & here) // Fun scarf in my hair
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Guys, the semi-annual Sephora VIB/Beauty Insider sale is here & it starts tomorrow! YAY! (If you’re not a VIB or a Beauty Insider yet, sign up here! It’s free & easy & you can participate in the sale!) With that in mind, I thought I would share a little GRWM post highlighting some of my Sephora favorites in my spring skincare & makeup routines. This season, I’m all about healthy, glowing skin with a more minimal makeup approach.
Let me walk you through a typical morning for me…
Right When I Wake Up
First thing I do in the morning is check my phone. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to do that, but with being a professional dancer & away from my phone during most of the day, I do my blogging & social media work in the mornings & at night. I’m ok with that though because I love doing it. After that, we take our dog, Luna, on her morning walk. It’s so nice to get outside in the mornings & breathe in the fresh, crisp air, especially now that it’s getting a little bit warmer. Then, I make a pot of coffee, & my typical breakfast which is an oatmeal or nutty bread with cream cheese on top. I like to allot a good amount of time to sit, eat, & enjoy my breakfast while usually uploading a new post to the gram.
Taking A Shower
Once breakfast is finished, it’s time to get ready for my day, so I jump in the warm shower & take care of my hair & body with some really lovely products. For shampoo, I haven’t found a favorite yet, but I’m trying a few out now & I will get back to you. As for conditioner, on days when you need a little extra, the deep conditioning mask by Briogeo is just the best. My hair is loving healthier than it ever has, & I’m certain it’s because of this hair mask. They also make a spray on leave in conditioner with a similar formula that I am loving too.
My current favorite body wash (which I just repurchased during the VIB Rouge sale last weekend), is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream Gel. It really does a good job of locking in moisture while also giving that really clean feeling. Not to mention the scent is to die for! Seriously, smell it next time you’re in Sephora, you won’t be able to leave without it.
Most mornings while in the shower, I use my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to cleanse my face. But if I use any other product on my face in the shower, you can bet it’s the Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser. This is one of the best facial cleansers out there. I don’t know how, but it leaves your skin literally squeaky clean without stripping away the moisture! It’s like magic! Ben even uses (& raves) this product!
On last in shower product shoutout! I have just started using the L’Occitane Cleansing & Softening Oil with Almond Oil to shave my legs with. So far, it’s been amazing! I love how smooth & soft it leaves my skin feeling & I definitely see less redness & bumps from shaving irritation. If you suffer from those same annoyances, definitely give this product a try.
Out Of The Shower
After wrapping my hair up in a towel & drying off my body, I make sure to pop in my contacts (or contact in my case, but that’s another story…) before I touch any products with my clean hands. Then I apply my favorite men’s deodorant & it’s on to skincare.
My go-to & all time favorite morning face moisturizer is the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer. This moisturizer works wonders on my skin. I have normal/oily skin, & this product gives me maximum moisture, while providing a matte, smooth, blurred, & perfected base to apply my makeup over top.
As far as body moisturizers go, I tend to stick to my Trader Joe’s Body Cream on a daily basis. On special days however, I splurge a little & use my Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It has that same signature scent that the body wash has (yum) & promotes firm skin. Win-win am I right?
I have four stand out products for my hair right now. First, my Drybar Prep Rally Spray primes & detangles my curly hair on days I’m going to style it. It also protects my hair from heat products which is a major plus. On those days I do plan on styling my hair, I use a generous amount of the Moroccanoil Treatment. I apply two pumps, focusing on the ends, before blowdrying my hair. This speeds up the drying process while controlling my frizz in a major way. Then once I’ve finished styling my hair, I add one more pump, again focusing on the ends, to tame any fly aways & add the finishing shine.
On days I don’t wash my hair, my very favorite dry shampoo is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo. I’m obsessed with the way it smells & the amount of volume & life it adds to my hair. I’ve repurchased this product over & over again!
The last product I want to mention is the Ouai Wave Spray. I use this product when I want to let my hair air dry & form it’s natural curls. once my hair is at least mostly dry, I give a few sprays of this all over my hair to add a little bit of texture & definition to my curls. I also have this in a mini size which is great for testing it out, or even taking it away on holiday.
I then proceed to get dressed, which usually means trying several things on & inevitably making a mess to clean up. Then it’s time for makeup. I won’t walk you through my whole makeup routine, but I will share some stand outs I’ve been loving recently that are perfect for this spring/summer.
My first & forever love is my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. There is just nothing like this palette. I making my way through my second of these bad boys & literally loving it every single day! My favorite way to apply it is by mixing the two lighter shades & applying it all over the center of the face. It beautifully sets my under eye concealer & gives me that “glow from within” look. Another Hourglass product I’ll quickly mention is their Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. It gives me all the bronzy, glory, goodness without looking glittery or chunky. It’s smooth & heavenly. Great for bronzing up the body too!
There are two mascaras that I have been reaching for lately: the Benefit Roller Lash & the Urban Decay Troublemaker. The Roller Lash is a cult favorite, & for good reason. My lashes look their very best right when I wear this product. I unfortunately can’t wear this everyday, because I have oily lids & this transfers on me. BUT I’ve never heard of that happening to other people with this product, so don’t let that scare you. Just like don’t let the comments scare you from the Troublemaker! They’re horrible! Idk, the formula works for me, it doesn’t transfer or clump, it gets the job done & it’s easy to take off at the end of the day! I’ll take it!
For lips, I have a splurgy love & a super affordable love. I either have been gravitating towards the YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stains or the Sephora #Lipstories Lipsticks. My favorites on the YSL front are shades 11 & 16. In fact, as of right now, I am planning on using a combination of the two on my wedding day! They feel like nothing on my lips & don’t transfer! Perfect for saying, “I do”. Now the Sephora #Lipstories range is probably the cutest thing ever! It’s so fitting that my favorite shade is a nudey-pink named, “Oui!”. Next on my list is a bright fuchsia shade called, “Pineapple Express”. The packaging is too cute with a unique, descriptive photo on each one. ($8 each & amazing formula!)
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I found the most lovely cherry blossoms right around the corner from where I live & knew I had to shoot an equally lovely look there. As I was searching to find the perfect outfit, I came across these super fun & happy polka dot pants. Their pattern brought a pop that makes a statement amongst the pastel pink heaven surrounding me.
How To Wear Them
These polka dot pants are an ideal spring pant option to have in your wardrobe. Their neutral colors make them very wearable & easy to pair with a variety of tops & accessories. I love that you can easily dress a pair of pants like these up or down. In the future, I can see myself wearing these same pants with a chambray top & a pair of loafers or ballet flats, or with an embroidered t-shirt with my favorite taupe mules. I also want to play more with print mixing (read my challenge to myself here), & these pants are the perfect guinea pigs for just that. Would you guys like to see another print mixing post featuring these pants? I’m thinking I have some gingham & floral tops that might look really cool with these babies! Yes? Let me know in the comments below.
How I’ve Styled Them
I purchased this gorgeous crisp white top in the same ASOS order as my happy polka dot pants, not even planning on wearing them together. When they arrived, during my normal “try-on” (would you guys like to see my “try-ons” in my Instagram stories, btw???), I ended up having both of these pieces on at the same time, & it just worked! I absolutely love this look, & I think the tie detail on the top really helps bring the look together. Without the tie, I would feel like I needed a necklace or a scarf to balance it all out, but the sweet tie does a great job of doing it on it’s own.
Knowing I would be in this pastel pink heaven, I jumped at the opportunity to finally wear my pretty pink heels that I know I will be wearing time & time again this spring/summer. Since I can’t quite leave the house without a jacket yet, I draped my classic denim jacket over my shoulders for a warm, chic look. To finish up this look, I quickly grabbed my current favorite spring bag that ticks all the right boxes. It’s pink, straw, & has gold hardware! What’s not to love? (Oh, & did I mention it’s under $25?!)
I just love how this look turned out, & I know I’ll be wearing it again soon!