CASUAL SUMMER LOOK


To be completely honest, the hat in this look is playing two different roles here: one was to cover my hair from the rain, the other? To cover up my second day hair. In the Summer, I actually wash my hair nearly less than every other day (that’s right, sometimes I skip two days! Shocking, isn’t it?). I like to give my hair a break in the Summer because I’m not seeing people as often as I used to during the school year so I don’t feel the need to wash my hair as often, and it’s also very healthy for your hair to be left unwashed. Talk about a win-win situation! 
Fedora Hat / Black Wayfarer Sunglasses (old, similar here and here) / Vintage Levi Shorts (old, similar here and really cute Levis here!) / Grey Nike Sweatshirt (similar here and here) / Black Booties (similar here, flat version here for under $100, and gorgeous white and black leather ones here for less than $40)

I’d be lying to you if I told you that we’ve been having anything near stellar weather here the last few weeks. In fact, this rain and gloom is actually starting the grate on my nerves a little bit. We get it! It’s Spring and we’re technically in a drought, but enough already! We want the sun back! Moving on from my rant, we still have to cope with the weather, regardless of how we feel about it, and go outside to carry out our daily tasks. I for one have been trying to stay away from the outdoors during the rain as best I can, but errands must be run and life must go on. Which brings me to this “Rainy Day” look here, the style of outfit I like to wear on these rainy and gloomy Spring and Summer days and hope to swap out once Summer finally does arrive in a few days! 
While we’re still on the subject of rainy days, remember those gift cards you’ve been holding onto for years? Those ones you’re saving for a rainy day and excused keeping by promising yourself you’ll use once you find the perfect item? Yeah, those? Well, it’s time for an intervention, ladies. We both know you’re not interested and wished you had gotten a different gift card instead. It’s okay, it happens to the best of us! That’s where Raise comes in, they’ll take your untouched (even your somewhat touched!) gift cards and pay you on the spot with only a minor deduction from the original price for what you didn’t use. All you have to do is chose the gift card you’re planning to sell and plug in the pin number on the card! Sounds simple, right? Then, you can go check out all of the gift cards on their sight (with the money you’ve made from selling) and buy a gift card that can be up to 20% (or more!) off of the original price! I mean ladies, just think about it! Would you rather spend the money on a piece you don’t really care for, or take 5 minutes to get a gift card to somewhere else where you could get a piece you really love? 
Don’t forget to check out Raise’s website in the next few weeks to see the “Closet Swap” summer style and favorites collage from other bloggers on their website! Who knows, maybe I’ll even make it on there!
xoxo


STRIPES ON STRIPES

I love incorporating a scarf into my daily ensembles in order to have it on hand in case the weather decides to interfere with my look (like it decided to do while taking these pictures, darn wind!). That, and keeping my hair up or braided, helps to ensure that my hair stays out of my face.

GAP Striped Shirt (on sale and get an extra 30-40% off with code THANKS) / Stripes AE shorts (similar for less than $20 here) / Dolce Vita sandals (on sale here and here!) / Layered Bracelets / Similar Rings here and here / Diamond earrings / Betsey Johnson Cat-Eye sunglasses (on sale!)
If you ask me, stripes are a staple print in any closet. While I may be a little impartial (maybe a little more than a little) to simple, solid colors, I can’t help myself when it comes to stripes. So much so that I layer them on top of each other, I mean even my shoes are “striped” here! 
The GAP shirt I’m wearing here has quickly become one of my favorites as well, I wear it on almost a weekly basis in some way or another; whether tied around my waist, as a swimsuit cover-up, un-buttoned, or like above. In full honesty, I own at least 10 different button down shirts. “But they’re just so versatile!” is my honest excuse. You can wear them season to season and for a number of occasions while looking perfectly put together. Can you say “perfection”? Because these men’s style shirts sure can. Shop some of my favorites below:

SUMMER UNIFORM

Confession: I joined the trendy high-waisted mom-jean shorts club.

Most of these pieces are vintage but similar items as follows:

During the Summer, I hate wearing tight pants. Truth be told, I hate wearing tight pants in general. So you could probably predict why Summer is one of my favorite season’s (AKA “no ‘pants’ party”). On most summer days you’ll see me in some form of this outfit. I’m quite a sucker for a constructed jacket (especially this ASOS one from my Birthday Wishlist), they take a simple outfit up a notch making it look like you put more thought into it even if you did just roll out of bed and throw the first thing you saw on. Also, in the Summer, denim shorts are a must. I couldn’t tell you how often I wear them if I tried, I consider them lifesaving summer essential. Yes, I said lifesaving; because who knows when you’re going to need some red denim shorts to wave down mercy to a bull. Always be prepared my friends.

Shop some of my favorite denim shorts below as well:

xoxo