Summer Hats

Hats. It took me a bit to embrace the trend, but embrace it I did. Hats used to make me self conscious – I didn’t want anything to draw any more attention to me than necessary. How silly, right?  I know a lot of us may stray from wearing certain items – accessories, bright colors, trendy clothes – to blend in or not seem too flashy. Fashion is our chance to express ourselves! So, a few years ago, I would have passed over hats.  But, over time, I’ve built my self confidence and my don’t give AF attitude towards what other people think about what I’m wearing.

Summer hats are probably my favorite.  I mean, not only do they add the right extra to an outfit, but added bonus, they provide an extra protection from the sun.  As soon as the hat goes on, almost immediate vacay vibes take over, even on a “school night” at home.

Floppy or straight brimmed, the possibilities are endless. I recently got this straight brimmed hat from FabFitFun and I love it (I never thought I’d get so much joy from a pre-prepared box, but I do. It’s like getting a big Christmas present a few times a year). Even though I live in Raleigh, with the hat on, I’m transported to the West Coast. It works great for day time adventures, and even an evening out.

Check captions below for links to similar hats and add it to your rotation!

Early Spring Favorites

Spring.  The word conjures up images of beautiful blooming flowers, sunshine, warmer temperatures… If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sorely disappointed in the long winter and too cold temperatures.  It’s made getting dressed really difficult.

Does anyone else HATE being cold but love warm weather clothes?  I may be one of the few that just isn’t crazy about jeans.  Most of the time you’ll find me in leggings or a dress.  Add in a temperature that isn’t really warm, but also, isn’t really cold, and I’m super conflicted.

Lately, in this very cool Spring North Carolina has had so far, I’ve been really into long sleeved blouses and dresses, and leggings.  A long sleeve dress with boots is one of my favorite outfits.  A dress is so easy to throw on.  A dress paired with booties is a great and fantastic outfit, climate appropriate, and so versatile for day or night!   If a dress just isn’t happening, or if maybe your legs get a little too cold, the blouse + legging combo is the way to go.  For either option, they are chic and comfortable outfits for a casual night out or daytime activity.

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Daytime, I’ll dress down with a pair of flats, small delicate necklace and studs.  To transition into a night out, I’ll swap out flats for heels, long necklace, and possibly a snazzy pair of colorful earrings. There are so many options for long blouses, or tunics, and they have the bonus of looking good on everyone.  They can be tailored to your size, but they also do not hug.  And trying to wear a shirt that is so form fitting all day is against everything I believe in.

Pool Dress

As we continue to navigate this chilly Spring, survive North Carolina pollen and allergies, and wait with bated breath for the warm temperatures of Summer, check out my favorite Spring picks for long tops to add to the wardrobe rotation for the rest of Spring.  (Links to the tops in the caption of each photo)

 

Playing Cozy Dress Up

Winter weather is a great excuse to play cozy dress up.  Cozy dress up: dressing as comfortable as possible and looking fly.   A nice sweater is an excellent way to achieve this look goal. The softer, the better.  Who doesn’t wanna feel like they are wearing a blanket out?  The trouble with sweaters can be their bulkiness, hiding of physique, or dress down feel.

I don’t let this stop me, though.  The more comfortable I am, the happier I am, but this is universal, right?  Regardless, I’ve found that for nights out when I just want to be as comfy as possible, I do not shy away from sweater wearing.  Pair a sweater with a pair of black tights and over the knee boots, and that sweater just escalated into another realm of dress wear.

I get it though, here I am talking about comfortable clothing and I’m mentioning over the knee (heeled) boots?  Well, I was skeptical of buying them for myself at first.  Despite OTK boots being everywhere in fashion, I felt like my legs were too short to pull them off.  Luckily #targetstyle is always killing it.  I found a reasonably priced pair of boots for my first venture into this style.  I love them.  I’ve always wondered why we don’t have jackets for our legs in cold weather, and OTK boots are essentially just that.

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So, don’t let wearing a sweater make you feel like you are just out running errands or having lunch with your Grandmother.

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