Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Trends {Sneakers + Dresses}

One of my favorite trends this summer, dresses and sneakers. An unlikely pair? Maybe. A good one? Definitely. I've seen the style countless times with super casual sneakers like Converse and Keds, but I love the more athletic version with New Balance Classics! As a long-time fan of the classic New Balance shoe, I was more than thrilled when J. Crew had it's own line made for them, and of course, with it, came fabulous styling, which is where I first saw this perfect combination!

Then, my favorite blogger, Carly over at The College Prepster, posted about her adorable little pup, Teddy, and had the most perfect outfit on, I literally fell in love sevenfold with her (blog) and the style. Below I've put together some combinations of New Balance, sneakers, and dresses that I think are perfect for this hot summer trend!

A couple of looks from J. Crew styling sneakers with dresses/skirts! 

This is Carly and her pup Teddy, from the post, "Teddy"! How perfect is that outfit?!


Sneaker + dress

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Let's Have a Party! Happy Birthday Jason!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birrrrthday my love Jasonnnnn, haaaaappy birthdayyyy, toooooo youuuuu! 

In case you couldn't tell, that would be me singing Happy Birthday. And as I type this, I can hear him singing in the other room. He might even be singing Happy Birthday to himself...just another reason I love him haha. 

But seriously, I'm so lucky to have had (another) year with the love of my life! And I say it like that because he left on his birthday last year for Alabama, beginning our year apart, so needless to say, this year is a much happier birthday, for everyone! I did rock out his birthday cupcakes though last year.. The worst part of his day this year will be the 10 mile run on his training schedule..but that's only crappy for him haha..everything else though is pretty spot-on, day of worshiping God with some of our most favorite friends who are really brothers and sisters, and it's still the weekend..before a verrry long, long weekend ahead. (Yay! Back home to Kentucky for the 4th!) I fixed his favorite, my homemade lasagna, for supper Friday night, and this afternoon we went to eat his favorite, honey BBQ chicken tenders from BDubs. Then obviously we had to go get a cookie cake, his absolute favorite! He's just so handsome, I can hardly stand it! 

Polo: Ralph Lauren // Shorts: J. Crew // Shoes: Sperry Top-sider 

Style Sunday {Gettin' Beachy}

One of the best parts of living in Alabama is definitely only loving and hour and a half from the beach, (and outlet mall) something we've yet to take full advantage of, but yesterday we did! Today is Jason's birthday so we went down and he got some new shoes that he wanted and then we headed to the beach! We usually go to Dune Allen Beach, just east of Destin, no crowds, therefore, perfect. This time we hit Blue Mountain beach which is a couple miles east of Dune Allen and closer to the road we take home, even less crowed and even more perfect! But I's what I wore for the perfect shopping/beach day! 

Dress & Scarf: Old Navy // Hat: Target // Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage // Sandals: Jack Rogers

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five Sales You Need to Shop Now

If I were to have a "name" referring to my shopping style, it would be "The Deal Diva." I literally never pay full price for anything. If I do, it's because I've fallen so in love with the item I couldn't live with myself if I left it behind and come back only to see it's sold out. However, I feel as if I have a style no one else cares for because 80% of the time, it's still there, on the sale rack, weeks later. But hey, I'm not complaining!

I'm always watching for those "extra % off" sales and what have you, and right now, there are five great sales happening right now that you should at the very least check out!

1. Vineyard Vines

VV will usually have sale items, and they're usually slim pickings with prices that make you think, "Really? That's your sale price?" (which generally goes for most these brands as well) But right now you can enjoy and extra 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER3014

I love these Sailing Stripe Shorts, the color, the length, and of course the stripes! (Perfect for the 4th by the way, along with the tunic below!) 

Again, sucker for the stripes on this Painted Stripe Print Tunic, perfectly suited for an evening out to dinner and a stroll on the beach.

2. Kate Spade

With the most perfect handbags even and the most adorable dresses, it's hard to not love Kate Spade, but it is kind of hard to love the prices. No worries though, along with having a large selection of sale items, right now you can get and extra 25% off with code MORESALE

This Holly Street Straw Jeanne is perfect for summer, the bow is too adorable to ignore, and the versatility with the handheld strap and adjustable crossbody strap literally make it the ideal bag. 

If there was a shoe that screamed summer, it would be these Jumper Wedges. I don't even think I need to say anything more. 

3. J. Crew

J. Crew always has things on sale, and while the selection online is fairly vast, the best deals are usually found in-store. However, right now, you can get and extra 30% off their spring sale styles and an extra 50% off all final sale styles with code HISUMMER and naturally I chose two of my favorite final sale items to feature! Can't get enough seersucker for summer!

As I said, you can never have enough seersucker (or eyelet) for summer, and this fab Seersucker Eyelet Shift Dress combines both perfectly. 

Blazers will never go out of style, neither will seersucker. So this is obviously this Puff-Sleeve Blazer in Seersucker is perfect for the office in summer!

4. Gigi New York

Gigi New York is one of the best for classic leather handbags and wallets, especially embossed in python! Sales don't happen often but right now you can get 20% off select items during their summer sale!

I'm such a huge fan of the Uber Clutch - Embossed Python (this one's in "Indigo"), the perfect carry-all clutch, and, you can get them personalized. Perfect.

Everyone can use a phone wristlet, and I love this Wristlet Phone Wallet - Embossed Python (in Emerald, which I LOVE) and again, can be personalized! 

5. Brooks Brothers

You're Invited. To Brooks Brothers' semi-annual sale! With ultra classic pieces and the heritage any company would die for, you cannot go wrong here, especially with sale items up to 50% off! But you better hurry because the sale ends July 3rd

Gingham is a summer staple and so should this BB Gingham Shirt be. I love it in this navy, so classic, but you can also get it in red, light green, or violet! (Love the styling with the skirt by the way!) 

Yes, I realize it's summer and 90°+, but it's never a bad time to score closet staples. I'm a sucker for cable knit and this V-Neck Cable Knit Saxxon Wool Sweater just does it for me. 
Are there any other great sales going on out there? What are some of your favorite items from these sales?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fashion for the Fourth

Yes, I'm sure you all know the 4th of July is coming up, but do you know what you're going to wear? It's never to early to start thinking about it and getting the perfect outfit together! We usually go down to the lake close to our house and watch the most awesome fireworks show.  Sometimes we watch it from the marina, sometimes from a friends lake house, and sometimes from a boat on the lake! You can even see the really high fireworks from one of the hills in one of our fields sometimes! Nonetheless, going to watch the fireworks is something we've always done. The gold ones that sparkle as they come down are my favorite!

But whether you're going to a family cookout or out to watch fireworks, these outfits are great options! They're more subtle outfits with clearly patriotic accessories, which is really perfect for being out with friends and family!

4th outfit 1

4th outfit 2

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