Do you roll your eyes when you see crop tops in stores? It has turned into a full-on invasion. Everything is cropped. Chances are pretty good that (no matter how toned your tummy) you have probably tossed an eye-roll or ten out there. Not necessarily because you don’t think you can pull it off…but also because you don’t know where to pull it off. Where, exactly, is it okay to wear these? I don’t know the rules, but I have found a combination that makes the crop top acceptable in nearly every situation: pair it with a high-waisted skirt (fitted or full, both are cute). It minimizes exposed skin but gives that “tucked in tee” look without the bunching fabric of actually tucking one into a mini skirt (I know you know what I’m talking about).BooHoo Sarah Crop Tee ($16.00), Lipsy Tribal Mini ($34.00), Pendant Necklace ($109.00), Kate Spade Cobble Hill Ellen ($238.oo), Ray-Ban Clubmasters ($145.00), Fabio Rusconi Gladiator Sandals ($106.95), ICING Straw Fedora with Grosgrain Trim ($18.00), TOPSHOP Nails in Pillar Box ($7.76), TOPSHOP Lip bullet in Rockabilly ($16.00).
Heck yes to the return of dress season. My closet overfloweth with short, summery dresses, but I’m lacking on the longer lengths. I’m looking to add a few simple maxis and adore this one from Miss Selfridge.
Miss Selfridge Peach Frill Front Maxi Dress ($80.00), BaubleBar Ziegfeld Necklace ($36.00), ASOS Johnny Loves Rosie ZigZag Clutch ($58.19), ASOS River Island Gladiator Sandal ($58.19), NARS Blush in Sin ($29.00), Ilia Lipstick in Humble Me ($24.00), Deborah Lippmann Lacquer in Careless Whisper ($17.00).
Target Striped Peplum Top ($22.99), dEliA*s Floral Denim shorts ($14.99), Hobbs George Trilby Fedora ($60.00), Keds Champion Sneakers ($45.00), Tory Burch Slouchy Tote ($295.00), Essie Polish in Tart Deco ($8.00), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur couture in Pink Coral ($34.00) Marni Round-frame Sunnies ($199.98).
I’m backkkk! I think this is the longest time I’ve been ‘away’ from my blog over the past 4 years. Busy weeks + a fabulous vacation that featured bicycling around an island, stuffing my face with seafood and plenty of beach time. Today’s roundup features a few things that totally saved me during this trip: TOMS (so comfy for airport travel but also ended up being perfect for biking and sightseeing), a fedora (great for lazy vacation hair + keeping sun off your face) & a floral scarf (great for the airplane, as a wrap with a sundress or as a swimsuit cover up).
If you’re sick of the top-handle or cross-body bag this season presents: the bucket bag. Although I like the shape of these, I just picture myself sweating and swearing while frantically digging for my lipstick. However, orange and all of these fancy Keds are things that I can get hip to.
River Island Black & White Rihanna Bra Top ($75.00), Jack Wills Ellington Chino Short ($59.50), Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag ($850.00), Keds Champion Brights ($40.00), Round Frame Sunglasses ($10.00), Isabel Marant Black Prism Necklace ($385.00), Essie Polish in Action ($8.00), Philosophy Lip Shine in Mimosa ($10.00).
Happy first day of Spring! Hopefully things are a bit more ‘springy’ wherever you are, because we have fresh snow and frigid temperatures in Wisconsin and it seems like it will be ages before I can bust out my collection of pointy-toed flats, *really loud sigh*. So, in order to think spring I’m sharing some of my current favorites in a hot, hot shade: Fuchsia (the spelling of which is another hot topic…even google is confused). Details below.
Kate Spade Field Day Necklace ($278.00), Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ in Devotion ($34.00), Kate Spade New York Carlyle Strap ($195.00), Dior Vernis Polish in Pink Kimono ($24.00), Kate Spade Cameo Ring ($78.00), GAP Leather Envelope Clutch ($40.00), J.Crew Classic Wide Bangle ($28.00), MM6 Neon Oxfords ($415.00), Kate Spade Locked In Studs ($48.00).
When I think of great jewelry, Banana Republic is not the first place that comes to mind. Until recently I’m not even sure I knew they sold jewelry. I realize I might be late to this party…but dayum, the stuff is good. So good, that this entire outfit is centered on that fabulous B|R Bauble.
Banana Republic Spring Fling Necklace ($69.50), Coral Dress from H & M ($24.95), Zara Ballerina Flat w/ Ankle Strap ($90.00), Zara Day Time Clutch ($49.90), Astley Clarke Enamel Ring ($90.00), Mimco Youra Stud Earrings ($69.95), Scotch Naturlas in Canal Street Daisy ($15.00), TOPSHOP Lips in Ohh La La ($16.00).
Here’s two pieces of exciting news: 1. My hair is finally getting (kind of) long again! Yesterday I was over at Beauty Bets with my 1-year update , which included 12 months worth of before & after shots as well as 3 things that have helped my hair grow faster and stronger (hint: no product gimmicks….just good old fashioned TLC.) 2. Speaking of Beauty Bets, her new skincare line launched last week! I just got my Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics in the mail today and I cannot wait for bedtime to roll around so I can pamper my skin!
I was really late to the TOMS party. I always convinced myself that there was no way they were as comfortable as people claimed…but once I had my first pair (which wasn’t until last summer) I knew the rumors were totally true. Most comfortable shoes ever. Now I’m scoping their site eyeing some of the cute new designs and really itching to make a few of them mine. Below are a few of the Classics currently on my lust list.
OUTFIT: Wallis Anchor & Stripe Sweater ($35.00), AE Zipped Pocket Short ($40.00), Ted Baker Flocon Summer Bloom Shopper ($59.34), TOMS Classics in Navy ($44.00), Kendra Phillip Rope & Anchor Earrings ($32.00), butter LONDON Lacquer in Kerfuffle ($15.00), POP Lip Stain in Peach Pucker ($16.00).