Mom and Dad, secret admirers, shop below…

Floppy Wool Hat / Head Jewelry / Eyelet Matching Set / Yellow Crinkle Off-Shoulder Top / Club Monaco Soft Pants / Embellished Jacket and Shorts / ZARA Striped Dress / Reclaimed Vintage Sunglasses / Denim Shorts / Peplum Bralette / Warby Parker Glasses / Tarte Bronzer / Tarte BB Cream / MNG by Mango Dress / Vitamin A Rash Guard / Crochet Bikini Triangle Top, Halter Top and High Waisted Bottom / Solid and Striped Black Bikini Top and High Waisted Bottom / Love CuffVertical Pendent Necklace / Triple Stacked Ring / Pearl Studs (identical to the Dior ones for MUCH less!) / Charm Bracelet / Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Black or Brown

With my birthday less than one week away my parents and siblings are bombarding me with questions about what they should get me (apparently I’m difficult to shop for, who knew?). I’ve compiled this list from items I’ve had my eye on for some time, want to try, and need to expand in my collection. I even kept in mind my father’s cluelessness in the shopping department, and sister’s adoration for anything in the environment of makeup. I tried to keep it relatively decent in the price range, but some of these could be considered a minor splurge (which, if you ask me, is what a birthday is all about!). While I’d love a new dress or pant’s suit, and a matching hat to wear for my birthday dinner, I also would be just as happy with a few dainty heartfelt pieces too. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?



White blazer (old, similar here and nude here) / Vintage tee (go with Hanes’ men’s ones here, so comfortable!) / Aviator sunnies (similar here) / Red lipstick in Riveting / Pointed toe heels (old, similar on sale here)

I think every girl has items she just can’t live without, like a favorite bag or shoes and so on. But when I think of essentials I think the simple things, the building blocks of an outfit and the pieces that can top a look off. My go to pieces are always a blazer and tee – usually together. And, If I am being completely honest here, I am more than impartial to a red lip, so much so I have days when I wish I was born with blood red lips. Okay, maybe thats a bit of an exaggeration, but really, they are magical with how they make a look instantly glamorous. Another accessory I couldn’t drag myself to leave home without is my aviators, I will admit to even being that person who wears sunglasses at night. And heels. Don’t even get me started on those, you will never hear the end of it! I LOVE heels. More than love, if I could marry a pair of shoes I would marry a pair of black pointed-toe pumps. I’m legitimately head-over-heels in love with them, pun intended. I see essentials as pieces you can wear on a daily basis but they never get old, they’re timeless and simple, yet extraordinary. (See what I did there?)



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“She wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini…” Does anyone else have that song burned into their memory? I remember the first time hearing that song I instantly felt compelled to go out and buy a yellow polka dot bikini – I was a pretty impressionable child. I guess the same thing holds true to this day, but within a different form of technology – the internet. Just scrolling through my Pinterest feed I see thousands of Spring style and bikini pins and can’t help but feel an instant need to own it and for the items to show up in my closet (a girl can dream, right?). Above I posted some of the bikinis I’ve been falling in love with and looking into purchasing myself, hopefully there’s one you find you like up there too!
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