HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPO

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Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! So, recently, I’ve been gravitating towards a certain aesthetic when planning several outfits for Christmas/holiday get-togethers this month. I’ve featured this plaid midi skirt from Kate Spade before, and I just can’t get enough. I also love it in cream, as seen on that precious little secretary-style shift dress. One of these pieces just has to make in into my holiday wardrobe, and the odds are certainly in my favor as they’re both currently on sale! Using the inspiration from these pieces, I put together a little image map of items that fit the look. If you live closer to the North Pole, like me, you’ll also need a great pair of tights, so go for the mat opaque 80 from Wolford. They are the Cadillac of tights and you have to just bite the bullet and invest. I like the idea of having a few key pieces and then mixing and matching with classic black basics and gold jewelry. That’s my holiday outfit approach. I know, what a concept, groundbreaking. Anyway, I hope you can draw some inspo for your holiday looks too! Tomorrow I’ll be back with another gift guide, have a great Thursday y’all!

Emily

July 4th Inspiration

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Time to haul out the red, white, & blue y’all! I’ve personally been celebrating for a couple days now, because as you probably could gather from other things I’ve featured on the blog, I LOVE the Fourth of July. I seriously get so fired up for America, and can’t wait for this weekend’s festivities! Here’s a little inspiration for your Independence Day style. I’ll personally be wearing these American flag shorts from Krass and Co! I hope everyone has a great weekend, try not to blow a hand off with a firework!

Emily

Summer Wedding Wear

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It’s that time of year again: wedding season. I’ve rounded up my favorite occasion dresses from Shopbop! Maybe it’s the hometown hero in me, but I love Shopbop. They have the greatest selection and for my fellow Madisonians, the free three day shipping basically means free overnight shipping (seriously, so fast). Since the company is owned by Amazon, it’s also available for Prime! I picked a dress for everything from the casual outdoor nuptials, to the swanky black tie soiree! I also tried to select from a wide price range. Are you a Southern Belle with a wedding every weekend this summer? Don’t buy a dress for each (unless you have the ample means, which in that case, take me shopping too!). Many of these dresses can be styled differently, so throw on a different shoe, add a statement necklace, or even just change your hair. Chances are there will be different crowds at each event, so don’t sweat being an outfit repeater. Great dresses like these deserve to be worn, so don’t be afraid to invest in one and keep re-styling it all summer!

Emily

Beach-y Keen

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With temps getting warmer each day, I’m about ready for a beach/pool/lake/body of water day. I’m jealous of my college friends who are already taking advantage of the Texas weather. The most important things to bring are those that will protect you from the sun!  I know I sound like a mom, but there’s nothing worse than a face that looks like an old shoe due to sun damage, so I rely on Chanel UV Essentiel. I use it under my makeup in the summer and it goes on so smooth, moisturizes, and hello, ultimate protection. A big hat and oversized sunglasses are also on the agenda for any sunny day. I like cover-ups that can go from the beach to dinner to drinks, etc.  You never know where the day will take you, so might as well be ready! Add in fun towel, tumbler for various beverages, and a water-friendly sandal…you’re ready for some fun in the sun (am I cliche enough for you?). As for a bag, don’t invest too much money. It’ll get wet or sandy and will most likely be sitting on the ground. A Longchamp Le Pliage is an easy option, or just opt for the classic canvas tote, like this one from Land’s End. What are some of your beach essentials?

Emily

Congrats Grads

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As graduation quickly approaches for many, I decided to pull some easy dress options! Since you’ll be wearing the ever-flattering cap and gown, it’s best to keep your dress tailored/streamlined, so as not to add extra bulk. All of these dresses are sleeveless because, hello, May/June temps in an acrylic robe? I literally didn’t go to my August college graduation because I didn’t want to be hot. Guess I’m not really qualified to write this post, sorry guys. Regardless, this dress and this one are both good options if you want your arms covered! Keep in mind you’ll be taking lots of pictures, so pick a classic, simple dress that will photograph well. Congrats to all my soon-to-be-graduate readers! Welcome to postgrad life, it’s terrifying 🙂

Emily