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Classy-Casual…

IMG_9021IMG_9025IMG_9027This has got to be hands down one of the best purchases I have ever made at F21. This dress was suuuuper affordable, and I get compliments on it constantly, which I attribute to the print not looking like a cheap floral, as well as the cut. I just took quick snaps, so forgive me on the lack of detail here, but this dress is a high-neck cut that ties in the back above a V-cut, and has a little bit of a cut out in the front. The length is perfect for me, and the gathered waist is flattering. I typically wear this with minimal jewelry, maybe just a bangle or two to offset.

I feel like my arms are an area of my body I could improve on. We all know I have long monkey arms, you should see the monkey photos my sister loves to tag me in (ugh), but they’re not overly toned. Definitely room for improvement, but I feel like a high-neck dress or top is always a flattering choice, whether you’ve got great noodles going on or not. It draws attention upward, leaving just the right amount of skin showing to accentuate your arms and shoulders, and works whether you’ve got a big set of twins or small. This dress is appropriate for all occasions and I actually would say I wear it way more casually than I do in dressy situations. It’s just the right amount of easy-breezy middle ground for summer, paired with flat sandals it becomes a really great option for day-to-night transition without feeling underdressed or obligated to wear heels. Easily the best $16 I have ever spent at F21. Well done.

Dress: F21, (sold out, similar cuts here and here)
Sandals: DSW
Bag: Aldo (Similar here and here)
Bangle: Nasty Gal


 

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Laziest Blogger Ever…

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Apparently I just gave up this last month. I would say that things have been abnormally busy but that’s just a lie…I’ve been extremely lazy. In all honesty, this past month I have valued sleeping in over morning shooting, and working out over evening shooting. This outfit is not even from the recent weeks where I’ve been getting busier at work, it’s from a casual day of running errands like over a month ago. Woo!!! LAZY.

Actually, this whole look is lazy. My makeup is not primed, and therefore barely there by the time my naturally oily skin could get around to being photographed, and my hair is product free and frizzing out with little flyaways from being near the ocean part of the day. At least my skirt is wrinkle-free….oh. Nope. Wait, I see a few….

Fail. Sometimes putting together new outfits and taking the time to do things right is simply not worth it. Like on a Wednesday. Which I believe this was….screw it.

But on the outfit note, I’m wearing this year’s version (in tan) of these sandals from last summer, available at DSW… along with my favorite denim skater skirt, and a French Connection blouse I found shoved in the back of my closet with the tags still on from the 2009/2010 era I believe. Thank goodness for the classic candy stripe. I remember purchasing it, I can’t believe it had gone this long unnoticed and forgotten. Good work, Renee. You’re awesome.

 

Skirt: Thistle Pearl, Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Belt: Target (similar here)
Blouse: French Connection, old (similar here and here)
Sandals: Wanted, DSW 

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California Casual.

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The trend around the beaches these days is everything ripped, and everything shredded. My beach days tend to fall on Sundays the most. I think that’s just the day I feel most ok with being lazy, not trying too hard, and baking in the sun for so long that I’m oddly worn out and get nothing else done. Since it still get’s a little cool by the beach most days (our really warm weather doesn’t usually happen as consistently until late summer) this happened to be a day where I felt like I needed the full sleeve length. This is a light sweater, and the ombre dip-dye and distressed details are perfect for that grungy, skater beach vibe that is oh-so-in right now.

I took my favorite high-waisted cutoffs, added the distressed sweater, and tossed on the most classic Venice Beach staple of all: Vans. These three elements are the exact recipe for that California casual beach-kid look. Looks like I’m blending right in.

 

Sweater: 2020ave (similar here and here)
Shorts: BDG, Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)
Shoes: Vans
Bag: DSW
Shades: Urban Outfitters 

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Red, White, + Blue Jean

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Starting to feel like summer around here! I felt like picking it up a bit and tossing on some heels in a casual way, so for a particularly warm day, I chose an easy-breezy white summer dress (a total bank-breaker at $5 from the Urban Outfitters Surplus store), tossed on my absolute favorite red 2-strap heeled sandals, and for a touch of casual, added in my favorite J Brand denim vest, and a touch of interest/contrast with my little leopard belt.

I was too lazy to do anything with my hair this day, so I tossed it up, and accessorized with lots of bangles and a couple delicate necklaces. It was a perfect outfit for when I’d been feeling a little sloppy or too casual lately, yet not at all overdoing it for daytime wear. This whole look was a perfect vibe for summer and sun while still being comfortable.

 

Dress: Dolce Vita, via Urban Outfitters Surplus (similar here)
Heels: Zara (similar)
Vest: J brand (similar)
Belt: Target
Shades: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Lucky Penny, via Anthropologie
Bangles: Gifted, Express

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It’s a Jungle Out There.

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There’s not much I love more than an opportunity to mix pieces that we don’t normally visualize to go together. I love taking busy prints and putting them side by side, and without realizing it, when I made this outfit it came back with a bit of a “wild jungle” theme with the bright and colorful exotic leaf pattern in my blouson shorts (extremely comfortable by the way), and the leopard print of my dolman sleeve top. Totally unintentional, but I was ok with the result!

Normally, two very busy prints in two looser-shaped pieces would be a lot on the eyes, and a lot to lose your body shape within, but these shorts happen to be fitted with a high waist.  Not wanting to pull my shirt down into the shorts with a tight fit, I opted to accentuate with this super cool studded belt I found on ASOS and leave the shirt tucked, but tucked loosely, using the belt to define my waist.

I thought this belt was really unique at the time, and I was on the hunt for something a little different that also fit very small at the waist for all of my high-waisted outfits. It can be challenging to find “waist belts” that go as tight as you need them to when your natural waist is pretty high, like on my body. I have long legs, and a pretty short torso, so there isn’t a lot of wiggle room to manipulate where my waist appears to sit within an outfit. I only have one small area that works for belting, and this belt worked perfectly. Not to mention, I was kind of digging the warrior belt style that was happening in recent months. This ended up being the perfect way to break up this outfit. Combined with some jewelry, my favorite black wedges to give me some height, and a pop of pink lipstick, this was a fun little Friday night bar-look.

 

Shorts: Urban Outfitters (circa 2010, similar herehere, and here)
Top: H&M (similar, as a crop, and similar here, tee)
Belt: Minkpink, via ASOS
Wedges: Steve Madden (similar here and here)
Necklaces: H&M, 2020ave
Bracelet: Nasty Gal
Lipstick: MAC “Impassioned” 

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