Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Wear Whites

Top: Old // Pants: 1.State // Bag: Linea Pelle // Necklace: Pree Brulee // Shoes: Charles David (also love this one) // Sunglasses: Burberry // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings: Gorjana



Everyone needs a good pair of classic white pants. They are so versatile and very chic. When it comes to styling white pants I say to choose a color scheme. You can think of a pair of white pants as a blank canvas -- you can make almost anything work as long as you put a little thought into it. Here are a few ideas:

All white - all white is crisp & clean and so simple. Just pair a white blouse with you pants and you look instantly put together.
Wear neutrals - Black, grays and other neutrals are easy to pair with white pants and more professional looking -- think office chic.
Pop of color - Wear with a pop of color as I did above! I'm all about color and think it's so fun to liven up your outfit. Give your outfit a boost of color with something bright for a bolder look or add paler shades for a softer and more feminine appearance.

Some things to be cautious about when wearing white - do not, and I repeat do not wear any undergarments that are black, grey, blue, pink or any shade of the rainbow except for nude! White bras and panties are still visible under white! Nude is the safest bet.

BTW - Don't forget to check out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks here!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Side Braided Bun


This hairstyle is a really chic way to pull your hair up and out of your face.. and it uses braids (my favorite!) It's not quite as simple as some of the other hairstyles I've posted but if you take your time with it, you'll master it. As long as you can braid, you are golden. 

Step 1: French braid hair on one side all the way to ends of hair. Secure with an elastic.
Step 2: Loosen up the braid by tugging at a few pieces.
Step 3: Create a low bun to the side where your braid has been formed.
Step 4: Once the bun is how you like it, just slide off the elastic and tuck it under to hide.
Step 5: Finally, pin with bobby pins.

Make sure to check out the video tutorial version of it below to see exactly how I do it. If you want to sign up for more videos just subscribe to my YouTube channel here, I am usually doing lots of tutorials and giveaways there as well!

Don't forget to "pin" the above photo!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites


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SHOES




ACCESSORIES




DRESSES




It's that time! It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & it's typically when I stock up on a bunch of clothing, handbags & accessories! Above are some of my favorite picks and some items that I'm purchasing! Make sure to check everything out here or click one of the pick above!

Happy Shopping!
xoxo

1 Dress, 3 Ways




These days with our busy schedules and tight budgets it's important to have pieces in your closet that you can wear over and over again. Today I wanted to show you all how I change up a dress and wear it for three completely different looks.. plus, the dress is a total steal. A lot of the time we have so many items in our closet that we can transform to different looks, it's just a matter of thinking outside the box a little. With an easy slip on dress like this, I took it from the beach to girlie to casual day outfit. Here are my tips for taking a dress and creating a few outfits out of it:

OUTFIT 1

Dress: Target // Sandals: Havaianas // Hat: J.Crew // Bag: Tory Burch (Similar)


Think about different occasions you want to wear the dress and what kind of outfit reminds you of that occasion. For example, for the beach, I knew I wanted to wear something easy like a cover-up and something that's easy to slip on and off. I knew this dress was just that and I would need absolutely nothing else with it other than a hat since I always like to cover my face at the beach. When picking a hat, I looked at the colors of my dress (white & black). The easiest pick for me was this white panama hate that has a black detailing. I just threw my swimsuit on underneath (don't worry about the swimsuit color) & that was it! I always say flip flops to beach or pool are a must. You don't want to ruin some nice shoes and wedges are just a bit much for beach attire.

OUTFIT 2

Dress: Target // Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Shoes: Chuck Taylor


For this outfit I wanted something comfortable for running errands and just feeling "comfy-cute." Stripes always give me a bit of a nautical feel so I instantly knew I could pair the dress with red, white & blue. A denim jacket is always my "go to" to throw on over certain outfits and I knew it could go perfectly with the striped dress and add a bit of contrast. Finally to fit with the theme, I picked out these all white (with red & blue detail) chucks to add a more comfy & cute vibe. I honestly can't tell you how many compliments I got on this outfit as well. Also, when going for stripes, my tip is to always stick with thinner stripes rather than thicker ones.

OUTFIT 3

Dress: Target // Hat: Free People // Sandals: Forever 21 // Sunnies: ZeroUV


Another way I love to change up a dress that is actually super easy but a lot of people forget is to add a top over a dress and tie it to the side. Every time I do this people are always asking me about it. Basically I would go with a shade that compliments the dress - for example, with this black and white dress a black top would have been better than a white top because a white would have been more see-through so I went with a black one, took a clear elastic and tied it off to the side. If the shirt is long enough you could even just tie it on its own!

Hope you guys enjoy the looks & don't forget to experiment a little with your pieces too!

Also, I have been partnering up with Cosmic Cart which lets you buy items from multiple retailers without having to leave my site. When you see the Cosmic Cart icon in the photos (like above), click it to shop the look!

Find your style @targetstyle.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the athor and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Longer Fuller Ponytail



Here is an easy hairstyle for you all to get that longer fuller ponytail effect. It seriously takes less than 1 minute!


1. Secure the top half of your hair into a ponytail.
2. Take the remainder of your hair and form a second ponytail closer to the bottom of your head. The further away from your first ponytail, the longer your hair will look - but be careful not to go to far as the separation will show.
3. Fluff your top ponytail and twist the two together making sure that the bottom on in hidden.

Pretty awesome, right?

Make sure to "pin" it!

Top 10 Summer Survival Pieces

With summer upon us it's important to find those key pieces that help you beat the heat. I always have a few key pieces and I thought I would share those with you all today.

Maxi Dresses - It's no secret I'm obsessed with maxi dresses. I wear them a LOT during the summer. They are so easy to slip on, perfect for beach days over a suit and help you beat the heat. They can be worn casually or instantly glammed up with some accessories for a perfect summer night out.

Intimates - Lately I've been loving Maidenform for all my intimates. They make great bras (check out their $8 bra sale), panties and shapewear. I'm currently loving these cotton dream lace boyshorts. They fit great and being at 100% cotton, it keeps me cooler during those hot summer months. No pinch, no dig, no visible panty lines. I especially love the wide lace waistband since it's both comfy and cute.

Summer Beach Bag - I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't think there is anything wrong with spending a little extra on a good beach/summer bag. They come in handy and I guarantee you will be getting a lot of good use out of them.

Always protect your face with a good summer hat. I prefer big floppy hats for the beach and/or pool since they really cover a good amount - plus they are so stylish!

I also love to have a pair of soludos & a great pair of flat sandals. Make sure they are still stylish enough that you'll be getting compliments regularly - there are so many cute options!!

Shapewear - With summer here it means clothes are tighter and well,.. smaller. I am a huge advocate of investing in some great shapewear pieces. I love Maidenform's selection of shapewear as well. If you're not familiar with shapewear it's basically like tight-fitting under garments intended to control and shape the figure. I love to wear them under dresses both loose and tight. It feels amazing & honestly make me instantly feel more confident. Plus, Maidenform's shapewear keeps me cool unlike some other brands I've tried. Here are some of the most popular pieces & some of my favorites.

I also always say it's essential to find a good pair of sunnies. For summer, opt for some fun sunglasses (think fun colors and such). If you're not into that idea, my go to always are the classic Ray Bans! These blue shades are a fun twist on the classic aviator.

Lastly, crop tops & midi skirts. One - they go together perfectly and two they are so "in" right now. The crop top has definitely made a big comeback but in a little different way. Rather than baring it all, wear a cute crop top with a high waisted skirt for an elegant and classy look. If you're not into crop tops, I love the camisoles & tops from Maidenform. They have the effect similar to shapewear but are meant to see so you can feel confident and not even have to hide it. You can check them all out here. I am also loving midi skirts. I always say it's important to invest in one good white colored bohemian midi skirt. They can be worn for so many different looks and and paired so easily with your crop top or camisole for an easy summer outfit.

What did you guys think of my summer outfit tips?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maidenform. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blush

Top: Dex // Skirt: Pree Brulee // Bag: ASOS // Watch: Michael Kors // Shoes: Carlo Pazolini

While I love being pretty casual during the day, sometimes it's nice to dress it up. When I don't have much going on and I decide to wear a little fancier piece like the skirt above, I will choose a top that dresses the look down a bit. I have to say though, these Carlo Pazolini pumps are to DIE and might be the reason why I put this whole outfit together to begin with ... ;)
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