I recently wrote about 5 Summer Lip Colors and Makeup Ideas for Every Budget, and so it would only be right to couple that with some recommendations for your summer wardrobe, right? After all, every season is unique, but summer holds a special place in many of our hearts. I, like many of you probably, have countless cherished memories of experiencing summer as a kid, enjoying everything the season has to offer (particularly carnivals, hot dogs, fireworks, and swimming pools). Now that I'm a bit older, I'm happy to say that the magic hasn't worn off...but I'm not so comfortable running around in basketball shorts and swim goggles anymore, ha!
Here are a few of my must-haves to keep in the spirit of the season, but still look (and feel) like an adult (most of the time):
1. Bold Patterns
When it comes to fashion, I absolutely love bold pieces. Whether it's a hot pink blazer or multicolored sequined dress, it's fun wear something that will catch someone's eye. Tobi recently gifted me this sleeveless cheetah number, which works fabulously! It's professional enough for the office, but fun and feminine too.
2. Cutoff Shorts
Cutoff shorts are an obvious staple for any summer wardrobe, regardless of your personal style. I'm a big fan of light wash pieces, but there's so many options out there, so look around. It's definitely worth investing in a few pairs!
3. Cross Body Bag
Summer means carnivals, 4th of July fireworks, country concerts, and more. AKA there's no better time to treat yo' self to a cute and durable cross body bag. I'd recommend purchasing at least one neutral colored cross body, so that you can use it for all of your outings this summer where you don't feel like being weighed down by a shoulder bag.
4. Flowy Dress(es)
I practically live in dresses when summer rolls around. Call me lazy & unimaginative, but I love not having to put together a top and bottom combo. One piece outfits are my jam. That doesn't mean I won't add a killer vest or accessories (like in these photos), it's just easier for me to style a dress. And let's be honest, it's way more liberating than pants. I recommend having a variety of lengths to choose from, so stock your closet with both short, midi, and maxi dresses. Just make sure they're flowy, for maximum comfort in the heat. Nobody likes fabric tight to their skin when they're sweating, right?
Okay, it probably appears that I'm getting lazy with this last rec. I mean, sunglasses are so obvious. Know though that when I write sunglasses, I don't mean any old pair. There are so many styles out there, and a pair of unique shades can really spice up and raise the bar on an otherwise "eh" outfit. Personally, I avoid super pricey brands and opt for several lower-end pairs that are all very different from each other, since I like to have a nice mix of shades that can complement any outfit.
What are your summer wardrobe staples? Are any of your must-haves listed above?
P.S. Here are a few more summer items you may want to check out!
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
And did I mention that it's f*cking boring?
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
If I could go back in time and give my 15-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be this:
Love yourself. Always.
I recently read the book You Are a Badass, and every single chapter ended with that reminder. The message was that important.
Though it's taken me many years to "master" this concept, I still feel like I'm ahead of the curve. In a world that's dominated by social media, getting trapped in a never-ending cycle of comparison is seemingly inevitable (though, I wrote about why it doesn't have to be here). Not to mention the fact that virtually everything nowadays is photoshopped to death. I love, love, love that raw, real life is slowly but surely becoming the new "it" thing (thank u Snapchat & Insta stories).
What better way to jump into February than with a classic Valentine's Day post? For those of ya who aren't so much of a fan of the heart-themed holiday, I'll warn you now — get on board. I've got lots of fun holiday-inspired content planned for the upcoming week, and I absolutely can't wait to share.
I won't go too much into my Valentine's Day motto here (though I'll cover it soon, promise), but please remember, as cliche as it sounds, it's a day to treat yo' self! It doesn't matter if you don't have an S.O. to buy you flowers & chocolate. It's 2017, and I say buy 'em for your damn self — boyfriend or no boyfriend (because multiple boxes of chocolate never hurt a fly, right?).
Wow, it feels like it's been literal ages since I've shared a post under the tag 'Motivational Monday'. This series was one of the first that I created on The Blonde Chiffon, yet somehow it gradually faded away. I'm still working on my New Year's resolutions (yes, I'm aware that January is almost over), but I know that one thing I want to do is to start writing more raw, inspirational content.
So, here's this series' revival. I figure, it's 2017. Why the hell not? There's certainly much crazier things going on in the world today. This series also gives me the chance to write more off the cuff, instead of my typical listicles & how-to posts.
Lately, I've been very into the color black. Shoes, jackets, sweaters, you name it. All black everything, except for a bit of gray here and there. Overall though, I'm really digging the neutral colors.
But what I don't love? Expensive, break the bank clothing. I read some popular fashion blogs and I'm always like, that's $50 for a t-shirt.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Christmas is here, and the holiday sweaters are out. Did you guys catch this sequined reindeer look last week? Yeah, I'm in love. Honestly though, I think I like this sparkly red sweater (another T.J. Maxx find) even better. And don't get me started on my latest phone case. No, it's not X-mas themed. However, it's sassy enough that it doesn't have to be. It's that amazing...
If you've read this post where I list 5 podcasts you need in your life, you know that I love Gretchen Rubin's show Happier. For those of you don't know, Gretchen is a happiness expert, and she's most widely recognized for her #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Happiness Project. In the book, Gretchen details her research on what exactly makes people happy and she recounts her year "trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun."...