dresses

Suede Dress

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Top: Old Navy (similar); Dress: Target (similar); Boots: Macy’s (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph LaurenNecklace: Target (similar)

This outfit. You guys. Oh my gooosshhh. I absolutely love outfits that incorporate different shades of the same color. That is one of the many reason why I am so in love with this outfit. Brown and tan and gold, oh my! You would not believe the awesome steal I got on this dress! I’m talking less than $9 people! And no, it was not thrifted. I had been eyeing it for quite some time (I’m talking over six months), and it finally went on super sale during the summer. I snatched it up quickly and patiently waited for the first chilly day I could don it with my cream turtleneck. This is one of those outfits that just puts a little pep in my step and makes me feel really good about myself. I think it’s the combination of feeling a little more dressed up than normal and also wearing some of my favorite shades for my coloring. As soon as I saw this dress way back when I knew there would be a multitude of outfits I could style with it and I can’t wait to wear them all! Hope you guys are having an awesome Friday!

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Layered Dress

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Dress: H&M (similar); Denim Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Booties: Old Navy (similar); Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph LaurenBracelets: Wet Seal (similar) and Alex + Ani; Sunglasses: Target

Even though I love the look of booties with dresses, this was actually the first time I tried my hand at this trend. I received quite a few compliments on it, so you can bet I’ll be pairing them with dresses more often. You probably recognize this dress from this post. I told you I’d be transitioning it into the fall! This outfit would be great for a day out with the girls or brunch with your man. Heck, I even ran a couple errands in this outfit when I wore it. These booties are comfortable enough for some walking, and who doesn’t love a comfy dress to just throw on and go? The dress I linked above is the same exact dress, but it’s not available in the olive color anymore. I’d recommend it anyway because it is so, so, so comfortable! Anyway, hope you have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

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Cold Shoulder Dress

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Dress: Nordstrom Rack (similar); Belt: Kohl’s (similar); Shoes: Dillard’s (similar); Necklace: Target (similar)

I’m just going to start this post by saying I LOVE THIS DRESS! I am a sucker for anything cold shoulder, and the fact that these sleeves are flared and flowy is a total bonus. The material has a smooth feel that was nice and lightweight on the extremely hot day I wore it. I also really love the coloring on this dress because it makes it versatile for any time of the year. You have the dark colors for fall and winter and the brighter floral pattern for spring and summer. The silhouette is also very flattering. I chose to add a belt to make it more form fitting, but you could leave it unbelted for a nice casual feel. If I could buy this dress in a million colors and patterns, I totally would!

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Thrifted Find

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Dress: Thrifted (similar and similar); Shoes: Marshalls (similar); Watch: Anne KleinNecklace: Old Navy (similar); Belt: Target (similar)

I haven’t been thrifting since about four years ago when I wrote this post. It’s not that I don’t like thrifting, I just never seem to have much luck when I go. About a month ago, Mandi and I went to one of the local thrift stores and I found this dress and was immediately in love. I ended up not buying it at the time, but a couple weeks later we went back on a whim and it was still there! I was so excited and grabbed it as soon as we walked in. I love the colors and pattern on it, but most of all I absolutely adore the cut out in the back and the slight flare in the sleeves. When I first tried the dress on, I knew it would look great in the summer with some wedges or even flip flops. I also think it will look great in the colder months with a pair of tights and knee-high boots. Honestly, I think you could even dress it up a bit with some suede booties and a top knot. Finding this dress gave me some encouragement to try thrifting more often. I actually have some ideas in mind for upcoming blog posts with thrifting so stay tuned!

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Olive You a Lot

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Dress: H&M (similar); Shoes: Marshall’s (similar and similar); Belt: Target (similar); Clutch: Tory Burch (similar);  Earrings: Chico’s (similar); Watch: Anne Klein

Something you may or may not know about me is that I love corny puns…so I just couldn’t pass up the title. Anyway, I wasn’t kidding when I told you guys I’d be wearing these comfy shoes as much as possible. This olive green dress from H&M is also extremely comfortable and a great staple piece for any girl’s wardrobe. As I mentioned before, I went on a shopping trip for my birthday. I really tried to make sure I purchased items that were versatile, and this dress is exactly what I was looking for. In fact, I purchased it in two different colors. It’s a nice, light cotton material that was great for the heat of summer but will also be easy to layer in the fall. Stay tuned for an autumn outfit remix with this dress!

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First Day Inspiration

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Top: Victoria’s SecretJeans: American EagleShoes: ConverseBackpack: Victoria’s Secret (similar and similar)

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and I, for one, am very sad to see it go. Usually, I am all about fall and all the excitement it brings. Mandi was telling me how excited she is to wear boots and scarves, but I’m just not there yet. I feel like I just put those items in storage for the spring and summer seasons, and now you’re telling me I have to get them back out again? It makes me sad. I will say, I’m not as sad for summer to come to an end as I used to be when I was in school. It was always depressing to see those first back to school commercials appear on t.v. It was just a reminder that your freedom was approaching its end.

On the bright side, I was always super excited to wear all my new clothes we had just purchased for the beginning of the year. Planning my outfit for the first day of school was very crucial. It had to be equal parts “I’m ready to take on this new school year!” and “I don’t care TOO much.” I wanted to put together a couple outfits to hopefully give some inspiration to those of you who are still in school, either high school or college, and are putting together your outfit for the first day. I also thought it’d be nice to include a “first day on the job” outfit, in case anyone is starting a new job soon.

Now, let me just say this, I actually really loved school when I was in high school. I didn’t really mind doing projects, writing papers, or taking tests. I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction from organizing all of my schoolwork and supplies and completing homework. It wasn’t really until my second year of college that I started to dislike school. Going to college is important in furthering your education, but I’m not going to lie, you get pretty tired of school once you hit the “14th” grade. I know that’s not the case for everyone (Mandi secretly mourns the beginning of each school year because she isn’t a student anymore). All I can say is, make the most of this upcoming school year. You’ll realize when you’re out of school how important your education was and still is. And enjoy spending time with your friends! That was always my favorite part no matter what grade I was in.

Good luck to everyone starting school or a new job  soon!

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Top: J. CrewJeans: TargetShoes: ModCloth; Tote: Neiman MarcusWatch: FossilEarrings: Karen Kane

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Dress: River IslandBlazer: Wallis Heels: LuLu’sNecklace: Charlotte Russe

And Florals for All

  

Dress: Forever 21 (similar, similar, and similar); Shoes: Payless (similar and similar); Purse: DSW (similar); Belt: Forever 21 (similar and similar); Watch: Anne Klein

A few years ago, Adam and I visited Washington D.C. Ever since then, it has been one of my absolute favorite places I’ve been to. It’s so beautiful, and there are so many amazing places to visit and sites to see. The Capitol is a wonderful place to visit. Just the architecture of it alone can leave you awestruck. I’m not much of a history buff, but I love learning about all of the important people and events that have come through Washington D.C.

We recently visited the nation’s capital for a day and got to explore the National Mall a bit. We also saw the Supreme Court, and we were lucky enough to stay within a couple blocks of the White House. I never get tired of this city and all of the wonderful sites it has to offer. One of our friends lives in Washington D.C., and it was great to hang out with him! He showed us a great view of the White House and took us to dinner at a place that had some really exquisite food. Even though we could only stay for a day, we had a great time and are already planning our next trip back!