summer break

Though my school years are behind me, I know kids around the country are on summer break. Which makes me a little jealous, not gonna lie. Times like this I remember why I considered becoming a teacher.

I am certainly not a school girl anymore, but I can dress the part. This plaid skirt is so adorable, and I actually got a matching crop top to go with it. Add d’orsay flats since the hemline is a little short and toss on my favorite faux leather backpack and voila. It’s like I’m 17 again. <3

TGIF!

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black // pink // blush

Some days, getting dressed is a total pain. This morning was one of those days! I slept in, and by the time I was up and moving I didn’t feel like wearing anything in my closet. I probably tried on five different things before just feeling defeated and putting on some comfortable favorites. I know stylists and other sites recommend picking out your clothes the night before, but I have never really been able to do that.

Skater skirts are easy, and you can’t beat a slub tee for a casual chic look. Throw on some sky high gladiator heels and the look is complete. These sandals were actually a recent contest winning — they are so comfortable and slide on to fit like a glove with the elastic bands. Definitely could walk a mile in these! Lucky for you the sandals are on SUPER SALE: orig. $99, marked down to $47.99, now take extra 20% off!. Amazing! They are also available in black.

I feel like I rarely rock a high pony, but I have to admit, I have really enjoyed whipping my hair back and forth today! And it’s an easy and stylish way to beat the heat. I like to run a flat iron over the pony to make it look a little more sleek. I also like to coat a little stylish polish over all of my hair to tame any rebellious little flyaways.

Add a hot pink lippy and go!

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black & white

When it comes to easy outfit planning, few things treat me as well as black and white. Not to mention I am a total sucker for animal prints and faux leather. An easy hump day look to combat the sporadic showers and deathly hot highs.

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Next week is Swim Week and I am getting so excited. Swim Week is one of two very hectic weeks here, so I try to really go all out. Expect to see plenty of updates! Some of my favorite brands will be here, so that’s always fun. For now, it’s getting plenty of rest, hitting up frequent yoga classes, and watching the end of the World Cup. If any of you follow me on Instagram you know I was rooting for Colombia, I was so sad when they were eliminated!

On moi: JDY blouse (ASOS sale item for $7!) (similar print), J Crew skirt, French Connection backpack and booties, Warby Parker sunnies.

 

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more athleta fun + a giveaway

Happy Tuesday everyone! I had such a great time this past weekend being a part of the Athleta Summer Solstice yoga class & party, the turnout was AMAZING!

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Buuuut I am also very excited to say that the festivities are not over quite yet! This Saturday there is a yoga-filled day hosted by ATHLETA and ELLE Magazine at the ELLE Spa inside the Eden Roc Resort on Miami Beach. I will be there, along with several other familiar faces, including the event host Maria Tettamanti! RSVP for a yoga class and/or the cocktail party that evening using this link: ATHLETA RSVP.

Today I am wearing the most amazing little striped dress from ATHLETA, along with a pair of sandals from their site. The backpack is a recent gift from French Connection.

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Additionally, I have a gift card to give away to one lucky local reader (or anyone else who will be in Miami this weekend), which is valid for either a Doctors Orders facial or a 50 minute Swedish massage! The gift certificate MUST be redeemed this Saturday at the event. Leave a comment below telling me which service you would choose and why for your chance to win.

There will be ONE winner who will be randomly selected on Friday. Good luck!

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tomorrow in miami: ATHLETA Summer Solstice Party

There’s a new store on Lincoln Road in Miami that you absolutely must drop in and see. ATHLETA recently opened a store (1003 Lincoln Rd, by Michigan x Lincoln intersection) and it is stocked with some of the most beautiful, comfortable, and practical workout wear. Whether you need the perfect pair of shorts for cycling, pants for yoga, or swimsuit that will stay in place, this store has everything you need–and then some.

Aside from amazing fabrics and fun prints, one of my favorite things about ATHLETA is that you can mix and match so many pieces and really get longevity and utility out of your workout clothes. The store is also beautifully arranged and so welcoming, you probably won’t want to leave.

SO…now for the fun part- tomorrow’s event! Join me in Miami Beach at 1111 Lincoln Road (it’s a parking garage with greenspace on the roof) for a yoga class in the morning at 9am! There will be a party afterwards in the ATHLETA store, with raffles, brunch, and time with Ginger Harris and I helping you piece together your perfect workout looks. Come see us! (PS… I think I am definitely going to buy that pink bikini!)

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summer lovin’

Summer is in full swing and the blazing sun means outfits that help you stay cool. What does this better than a micro bandage skirt and a flowy off-the-shoulder blouse? Pair with strappy stilettos and oversize cat eye glasses and I am ready to hit Miami.

While I don’t generally wear bandage skirts or dresses (it’s a personal thing, I don’t love skintight stuff), I think this skirt is too pretty and paired with a loose tucked in blouse it balances out the va-va-voomness of the skirt. Plus the black outline print is perfect with these Prada sandals. I also think the low ponytail (rather than big curled hair) keeps the look chic, fresh, and down to Earth. I love outfits that make me feel CONFIDENT, and this one does just that. Fashion should make us feel good about ourselves, right?

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On moi: H&M blouse, Urban Philosophy ‘London’ skirt (c/o), Prada sandals, Sole Society bag (c/o), Warby Parker sunglasses (c/o).

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know your colors

When it comes to building a wardrobe you love, there are a few things to consider aside from brand, cut, price, quality, and occasion. One of the most important elements in addition to of all of this is COLOR! What colors look best on your? What colors wash you out? For me, I notice my closet is packed with blues, pinks, reds, and blacks, with a few other colors every here and there. Depending on your eye color, hair color, skin tone, and let’s face it, personality plays a role, you’ll find out what colors look best on you. These colors are likely the ones you feel most confident and the most YOU in.

While I love browsing blogs and seeing the amazing personal style everyone has, let’s be real, not everything is going to look good on me (or you). If you want to try out a new color scheme, I suggest trying things on and snapping a few photos in the dressing room before buying. From there, you know what colors to focus on when building your wardrobe. Other colors that might not be your best can always be accessories and accent items.

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a thought on investment pieces

In my world, luxury items are not the everyday purchase. Sure, I love high end labels and lust after a variety of designer collections, but the truth is I can’t indulge myself too often in high ticket items. Sometimes, though, when the price is juuuuust right, I cave. That’s how I came to own these Alexander Wang pants. Comfortable and practical, they are pants that will be in my closet for years to come. Classic pieces such as black pants, an LBD, gorgeous nude pumps… let yourself splurge a little and you’ll get your money’s worth over time. I know this advice is nothing new, but I figure maybe it helps a little to have it reiterated from the “everygirl” with the average budget. For the record, these are $500 pants that I got for $110, but I won a gift credit for $100 that I was able to apply at checkout. So $10.

I would have been prepared to pay the $110, that’s how I knew they were right for me. Buying things just because they are on sale or are cheap is a quick way to get a closet full of stuff you’ll never wear, or never feel yourself in.

Remember, even if the piece is perfect for your wardrobe, the timing might not be right. There is nothing chic about racking up debt. Good news for you, sales happen all the time! Splurge occasionally, pay for it either up front or as fast as you can, and don’t go on a “treat yo’self” spree and max out your credit cards. You’ll begin to resent your luxury goods, which is the opposite of what you should feel.

And remember, your luxury items don’t define you, they only serve to enhance your look. While it’s perfectly normal to swoon and covet the Chanel bag on the girl next to you, trust me, someone would love to have what you have, even if you are oblivious to your own blessings. Be grateful.

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classic & casual

Friday, you finally arrived! Last night I was up late watching the basketball game (ugh) meaning this morning I couldn’t even begin to plan getting dressed. Morning like this you sleep in a little, dry shampoo your hair, and get dressed in your old favorites. And by you I mean me.

Happy weekend everyone!

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the perfect summer blouse

Wowwwieeeee it has been a LONG time since I’ve shared my outfit on the blog. I must admit, I get so caught up with being on the go that I’ve fallen back hard onto Instagram for sharing my daily looks and loves. A few months ago, I was browsing sales (Memorial Day maybe?) and came across this Stylestalker top I had wanted for months on a super markdown. Basically, I had to have it! It made a natural fit into my wardrobe and can easily be worn with dressier pants, like these by Ann Taylor, but I’ve also dressed them down with faux leather shorts. I also think it would look gorgeous with a pair of tight white jeans, but I don’t have any at the moment so that theory will have to wait.

Last night I decided to paint my nails one of my all-time favorite colors, Bikini So Teeny! Once I realized how coordinated I was from head to toe, I just had to get a close up. I am definitely overdue for a trip to the nail salon, but when I do paint my own nails I like to use a Sally Hansen Tough as Nails primer, then top with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry clear top coat. They not only help my polish dry quicker, but they keep my nails strong and less prone to breakage. I highly recommend that you add these 2 items to your nail arsenal! IMG_3159erika thomas

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