Gingham: Runway to Your Way

Ginham: Runway to Your Way

Gingham is a summer staple. While it’s always been in my picnic basket, I love how it showed up unexpectedly on the Spring 15 runways and is still going strong. The pieces above are all under $100 and couldn’t be cuter. I have my eye on this ruffled blouse.

L to R: 1 / 2 / 3 (on sale!) / 4 / 5 / 6 (on sale!)

The Ballet Flat ~ For Less

balletballetflatssBallet Flats

I can never have enough ballet flats. My favorites are in a soft nude leather, with a sweet bow, and toe cleavage (yes, that’s a thing!) – like I literally just came from the ballet studio. JCrew has beautiful, classic ballet flats that are as I just described, but for $100+. As I tend to wear these daily, I hate having to worry about scuffing them up (which is inevitable) at that price.

Luckily, there are so many great quality, less expensive options. I own a few of the above (the Banana, Gap, and JCrew Factory pairs) and they have lasted much longer than their JCrew counterparts. While I always gravitate towards nude and black flats, it’s fun to play around with color and leopard to add a flash of color to your outfit.

I find they go with pretty much anything, but I especially love pairing them with cutoff shorts or boyfriend jeans, like above. So comfortable and so chic. Happy dancing!

Column 1: 1 / 2 / 3 (on my wish list!) / 4 / 5

Column 2: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

{top photos via urban outfitters}

Hawaii Happy Hour: What I’ll Wear

Hawaii Happy Hour

TGIThursday! We are heading back to Hawaii tomorrow for a friends wedding and our first stop is a Happy Hour on the beach. I just received this amazing bohemian-chic dress yesterday and it’s everything I could have hoped for – the light and breezy fabric drapes perfectly over your body, and it’s ideal to throw on over a bikini to go effortlessly from day to night. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it more than once this trip.

I’m looking forward to sand in my hair, {an attempt at} golden tans, and bottomless pina colada’s! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Hat (also just picked up) / Sunglasses (so cute!) / Dress / Bag / Shoes

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Lucy Williams of blog Fashion Me Now is just so cool. This post was almost the death of me – complete with my beloved Breton stripes, scallops, and THOSE shoes. I had to recreate it immediately.

Take your inspiration and tweak it to become your own – like switching sandals to oxfords, or suede to denim. The above variations will fit your budget, while still channeling Lucy’s uber-cool British-chic Penny Lane style.

Tops 1 / 2 / 3

Skirts 1 / 2 / 3

Shoes 1 / 2 (obsessed) / 3

Everyday Sneakers

Sneakers

I can definitely get on board any trend that embraces comfort. Pair these sneakers with skinny jeans for a coffee date, shopping, running errands, or an urban hike. I used to always think this style screamed ‘tourist’ but sneakers have become a closet staple for daywear; the perfect item for a girl-on-the-go. There are so many fun styles out there to choose from, and the Nike Roshe’s are customizable so you can get creative and design your own perfect shoe. My favorite updated classic and retro styles are above, all under $100! I am hoping to add this and this pair to my wardrobe (but would gladly take them all!) Happy shopping!

Row 1: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Row 2: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

JCREW Sale – Vacation Ready!

JCREW Sale - Spring Faves

Nothing brightens up a Monday like a J.Crew sale! I’ve rounded up my favorite new arrivals I’m majorly lusting after, which are currently 30% off with code SHOPTIME. I’m ready for a beach vacation!

Rows from Left to Right: 1. Caftan / 2. Tunic / 3. Top / 4. Chambray Popover  / 5. Tank / 6. Tee / 7. Top / 8. Beach Sweater / 9. Sunglasses / 10. Clutch / 11. Sandal / 12. Sandal / 13. Sandal / 14. Bag

Spring Favorites: JCREW Factory

Spring Favorites: JCREW Factory

I love J.Crew. Love love love. You can throw together any of their pieces at random and be perfectly put together. Their striped shirts, statement necklaces, and ballet flats are staples in my closet. That said, J.Crew can still be a little pricey (even while exclusively shopping their sales) and so I like to turn to J.Crew Factory from time to time for the same Parisian chic styles at a fraction of the price. The entire store is 50% off right now and I’ve rounded up my favorite spring items, all under $60! I will definitely be taking home the cutest pom-pom tunic for the beach, and some chambray shorts.

Tops: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Shoes: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Accessories: 1 / 2 /

Dress / Coverup / Sleep set

Your Go-To Vacation Dress

Your Go-To Vacation Dress

I ordered this dress in Aqua for a recent Hawaii trip, and it was a HIT. The fabric is so light and drapes perfectly to your body. While I love the idea of “dressing for yourself,” having every one out of three women you pass compliment your dress does wonders for confidence. Wear it as a cover up to the beach, pair with slides on the boardwalk, or sandal heels for a dinner date – next time I’m in warmer temps I’ll be throwing this on.