Summer Essentials

Summer Sizzle
From the rose gold Invicta watch to a classic white shirt-dress, I’ve curated a collection for you of some of the coolest summer wardrobe staples. Summer is for that easy, breezy kind of beautiful but I never leave home without a bit of punch, like in a statement necklace. We can temper all that boldness with some casual updated basics. And yes, it’s summer but those chilly evenings call for an extra layer. Instead of reaching for my college sweatshirt, I go for the military jacket. Just a couple ways to keep things carefree, yet still stylin.

rose gold :: shop nbc
white shirtdress :: gap
roll-up jean shorts :: j.crew factory {{ltd selection shop here & here too}}
yellow skirt :: gap {{only $26 via 30% off w/code “gapsale”}}
striped bag :: aldo {{only $40 via 10% off w/email sign-up}}
mint braided belt :: gap
military jacket :: j.crew factory
tortoise shades :: anthropologie
navy eyelet dress :: piperlime
polka dot canvas heels :: guess
orange statement necklace :: asos

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Sequins All Day Long

Ok so does it not look like this entire outfit is from J.Crew? That is what I like to do. Put together J.Crew-ish/designer-esque looks on reasonable budgets. And yes, one, albeit the main piece in this outfit is in fact from J.Crew. But sneakerpants here actually got it from Savers thrift store for like $10! I definitely support investing here and there. Sometimes the cheap-chic stores simply can’t get you a trend when you want it, or don’t have that long-lasting quality like a pair of Sperrys or J-brand denim. And sometimes it’s ok to simply treat yourself to a Kate Spade bag. Right? Ok I’m personally not actually there yet, but someday maybs. But for most of my closet, I like to try to find reasonably-priced alternatives to that jaw-droppingly awesome shirt. 

trench :: f21 || shop similar—> mega splurge, splurgesave, steal
jeans :: f21 || shop similar—> mega splurgesplurgesave, steal

heels :: elle for kohls || shop similar—> mega splurge, splurgesavesteal

clutch :: thrifted || shop similar—> splurge, steal

necklace :: charlotte russe || shop similar—> steal

sequin tank :: J.Crew via Savers thrift store in Columbia Heights (PLUS mention Ruby Girl for a 10% discount!) || shop similar—> steal

bracelets :: J.Crew, Target, c/o Oia Jules

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product


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Swoonworthy Jewels

Fragments Jewelry is a gallery of galleries for jewelry connoisseurs. There is a carefully curated selection of fine and fashion jewelry. Fragments is known in Soho and beyond for discovering some of today’s most celebrated designers. If you are willing and able to invest, you will most certainly come away with some heirloom-type treasures. This haven for fine jewelry may become a therapeutic oasis for me. Such pretty sparkling things. And pieces that are just so darn unique, with artistic silhouettes.

Always with a flare for the dramatic, I was most drawn to designers Anton Heunis and Elizabeth Cole. I feel a sort of kindred spirits connection with Elizabeth because she listed buttered popcorn as her guilty pleasure. Eliabeth’s pieces are stand-outs. Most of her pieces are full of color, and the ones that aren’t are full of sparkle. So duh I’m into her, right? Anoton’s jewelry is similarly bold in shape and color. His pieces are trend-right and innovative. Many of his pieces are more pastel in hue.

As I shopped Fragments, the jewelry items above were some of my favorites. Aren’t they beautiful?

Check out the gallery and tell me what some of your favorites are! Is there a designer that caught your eye? You can also keep up with them via Twitter & Facebook 

*This is a sponsored post, but all words and opinions are 100% my own.

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Accessories Picks :: All Under $50!


I came across these beauties at Shoedazzle. All under $50! Loved these classic chic pieces. They were some of my favorites. Those black strappy heels are way gorgeous! I’d love to see them with cuffed denim or a brightly colored dress. Have you guys visited Shoedazzle before? You just take this quiz and get a personalized showroom of shoes, bags, and jewelry that are just your taste. You should totally check it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

*this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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Summer Wedding Style Guide

As soon as the temp hits 65 in Minnesota, the wedding bells start ringing off the hook. I love it! Weddings are the best. A whole day devoted to celebrating a couple and their love. I’m a total sap when it comes to that. Always a great time to catch up with friends and family, as well as bust a few new dorky moves on the dance floor. I’m really quite good at that part. But there’s always the challenge of dressing for a wedding. So I came up with a little inspiration for you as you’re thinking about the weddings you’ll be attending this summer! Let’s start with the lady of the day, the…

wedding dress :: vera wang for david’s bridal
clutch :: etsy
earrings :: etsy
pearl necklace :: etsy
yellow heels :: macys
And every bride has her troupe of lovely ladies, who hopefully get to wear dresses they try to not tailor so they can return them afterwards. Unfortunately, I was not in the business of appeasing this for my girls. I had mine in light blue taffeta. But in my defense, there were two separate times that people wore them or that they were borrowed for other formal occasions. Score! In this day and age of endless supplies of dress stores online, and such fun styles and colors accessible to us, brides have this new opportunity to actually get dresses that can be worn again! And why not play up the accessories, with big statements of color and fashion-forwardness.
lace dress :: anthropologie
bracelets :: 1, 2, 3
necklace :: modcloth
clutch :: aldo
mint heels :: dsw

And the guest gets the most fun and freedom of dress of all. With only one color out of the runnings, there are loads of bright and bold hues to choose from. And that is usually the direction I tend to go. This nautical dress has one of my favorite color combos. One rule I always abide by… comfortable shoes! Wedges are always a good comfy-cute compromise.
striped dress :: tailor & stylist
bangles :: 1, 2, 3
tan espadrilles :: bon ton

Happy wedding hopping & shopping!

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