Last year as the summer came to a close I realized I did not have nearly enough light and airy sun dresses for the sweltering days when you’d honestly rather just go naked. This year I made a promise to myself to stock my closet with these very dresses, so I pretty much assumed they would be my wardrobe this summer and boy how wrong I was! I’ve been living in jumpsuits and billowy pants this whole time. I’m not mad at it.
I love the versatility that jumpsuits offer, they’re such a fun alternative to maxi dresses or regular pants. This jumpsuit by Nikki Poulos is one of the softest, most comfortable garments I’ve ever worn. I love the tie around the waist which really accentuates your curves and reaaaallllly gives the illusion of a much tinier waist, ha!
I kept my accessories relatively simple because the print is sooo bold I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone… or myself with a whole bunch going on, ha. The Roman Luxe necklace is my jam guys! I love the thick acrylic chain and gorgeous crystal flower. This particular necklace is no longer available but I’ve linked to some similar styles above. Happy shopping!
When I threw this outfit on the other day my husband told me I looked like the woman on the Chiquita Banana stickers. At first I was offended but then I was like… well he’s not wrong, haha! What do you think? Should I throw a fruit basket on my head to complete the look?
So I mean… when wearing an outfit like this you obviously go and frolic in fields with your children, right? Because that’s totally what I did here. Charlotte is becoming quite the little helper. She’s even been interested in taking the photos herself lately which has been a lot of fun! I want to get her into as many things early on as I can. I also feel the need to mention that Matt and Charlotte picked out this shirt for me. They have great taste. ;]
Above I’m showing her my ‘signature pose’ as you may call it, ha! Then I’m holding her water for her as she “does her poses for the camera.” How quickly I became her assistant! She runs the show… seriously.
I picked up this skirt when I was picking out an outfit for my South Moon Under party. I knew I wasn’t going to wear it to that event but I had to have it in my life! It was beautiful and when I tried it on I felt so feminine. It’s the kind of skirt you can twirl around in. I wore it during the day with a more billowy white crop top and sandals but switched it up for the evening and added the Roman Luxe cuff. I feel like this skirt is extremely versatile; the kind of bottoms you can throw on a graphic t-shirt and denim jacket with for a more relaxed feel, or a lacy black top and strappy heels to really dress it up and that is why I’m obsessed with it!
A recent trip to my local Forever21 left me a very happy shopper! I have been in the market for t-shirt dresses for months without finding any I loved and the Forever21 Gods heard my prayers. They answered with what seems like a fully stocked t-shirt dress section. I left with like 5 just to make sure I fed my cravings, ha!
I wore this dress during my overnight visit to Baltimore. I ended up switching from these wedge sandals to flats after a while because the second day was meant for exploring and I neeeeeeded to be comfortable. To be honest, since I’ve started putting my feet and comfort first I’ve been a much happier person, ha!
I love this dress in particular because it really does feel like I’m wearing an oversized t-shirt. Well I mean.. that’s probably the point I’m sure. The light fabric kept me very cool in this sticky disgusting weather we’ve been having lately. The South Moon Under necklace was the perfect cherry on top of my outfit. It is a great compliment for an otherwise casual t-shirt dress to jazz it up a little bit.
On Friday night my favorite store in all the land hosted a private shopping party for me and my best girlfriends! What is better than that? Nothing… seriously… nothing! The girls and I all perused the store while snacking on the best donuts from Broad St. Dough Co. and sipping on a signature cocktail they made for us! It was the best thing I’ve ever tasted, haha, but waaaay dangerous! One of those drinks where you can barely taste the alcohol so you just keep sipping… trouble indeed!
I had a reaaaaalllly tough time picking out an outfit for this little event. When you have the entire store at your disposal it’s extremely hard to make a final decision, ha. I was between this outfit and a stunning maxi dress. I eventually ended up going with palazzo pants & a strappy top because it came off a little more casual. The maxi dress could literally be worn to a wedding.. hell even in one.. and I wanted to be comfortable and more laid back for this particular evening.
I must say, Billabong is stepping up their game lately. I would never expect to find something like this in a surf shop a few years ago. I mean, I live on the beach so I’ve seen my fair share of surf shops and I am pleasantly surprised by what I have been finding recently. The whole outfit was so comfortable, the only thing I regret wearing were the shoes, ha! I took them off in the dressing room to try on some clothes and couldn’t bring myself to put them back on. Decided to go barefoot the rest of the event. Thank goodness my best friend Jay lives out of her car and had an extra pair of heeled sandals for me to wear when we went out to dinner after, haha.
I brought my trusty polaroid to take a few snaps throughout the night so check out a little behind the scenes shots from our party!
Welcome to Avoiding U! Congratulations on your admittance ;] I love a sassy brand about as much as I love coffee. Or Dawson’s Creek since I publicly announced my love for that show over coffee, which is a lot. Anyway! I love a brand that just embodies attitude and Chi Flo is it!
For whatever reason I am really into wearing billowy crop tops with flowy maxi skirts. They go together like a fine wine and…anything really. Finding a cute crop top with a fun graphic like this is just an added bonus. I had a hard time deciding on something to get from Chi Flo because I really loved everything. So much friggen attitude in everything this girl makes, I love it!
I love the relaxed fit of this top and I have to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at how soft it was! Sometimes you expect a smaller brand to have lesser quality stuff but not Chi Flo, everything is 100%. They’re soft, comfortable, and don’t shrink! Which is really important to me because I usually find a way to shrink everything, haha. hah, this picture! I was really having a grand ol’ time twirling around in my skirt. I had both girls in the double stroller while taking these pictures and I had to keep making the most insane faces at Kennedy to keep her entertained and happy. I can’t believe we didn’t catch one of them on camera… thank goodness! Actually this last one may have been one of those super mommy moments, but that’s fine.
I never thought I would fall back in love with overalls but I found a pair last year from Hollister that fit like a glove and I’ve been wearing them non-stop ever since. Actually I was wearing them while grocery shopping a while ago and the checkout guy asked me if I was going home to do work in the yard later. Hashtag rude. Newsflash guy: overalls have come back into style and they are no longer just for yard work! Get over it.
These sneakers bring me riiiiiiight back to middle school it’s insane. I had a pair of Puma’s in every color combo you could think of but my favorites were the classic black and white. The tops were all worn off from my hacky sac days. Don’t judge me. I grew up by the beach with a bunch of hippies, that was our thing, haha. So anyway. I rediscovered Pumas into my adult years and I fell back in love. Overalls and Pumas… I seriously feel like I’m in middle school again!
Wanna know why I really actually am so all about overalls? So many options when it comes to crop tops because it covers that super awkward part of my stomach that I hate! haha, but seriously. I can wear whatever crop top I want and not have to stress over juuuust how much of my flab is actually exposed… #mommyproblems.
Overalls are a pretty stress free garment. If you find the right pair you can even dress them up. They don’t have to be plain ol’ denim anymore. I’ve seen overalls in every fabric from satin to leather these days and they all look fabulous! Also look for a pair of shorts overalls to tackle the trend but not sweat your way through summer. Sometimes I’m all about these trends making their comebacks!
I was unaware of how many LBD I have acquired throughout my lifetime until my recent trip to NYC for the weekend. I needed to wear all black at the Bloomingdale’s trunk show I guest hosted and I had a panic attack thinking I had nothing to wear and was about to head out to spend more money on a dress when I had a little epiphany. I figured I should just sift through my closet one more time before heading out and realized I have like 30 little black dresses to choose from, HA. While my favorite black mini leather dress from South Moon Under (previously worn here & here) made the cut, I grabbed this Uphoria Boutique mini dress for my dinner date that night!
I kept my accessories very understated for this look because I was a little too obsessed with the dress itself. The high neckline and keyhole cutout deemed a necklace unnecessary and I honestly didn’t pack any fun or exciting earrings to go with this, ha. I let my dress and my bag make their own statements. The lace detail on the back stole my heart as soon as I tried it on. Not to mention it fit like it was made for me! I swear if I could live in this dress I would.
Also, funny story about these shoes. They are not the shoes I intended to wear with this outfit. In fact, I didn’t even own these shoes until about 2 or 3 hours before dinner. I stood on my feet for hours throughout the trunk show and by the end I could barely walk, literally. (Why I chose to wear a pair of Louboutin’s to be on my feet all day I will never know). After the show I hobbled across the street to the Clark’s store to grab a pair of shoes, and at that point I would have bought pretty much anything. However, I put these sandals on and fell in love; they’re like walking on little mini clouds. I was a little hesitant to wear them to dinner later, after all I had packed 4 other pairs of heels to choose from, but they were so comfortable I decided to stick with them. Matt and I decided to skip the cab/uber/hotel car and walk back to our hotel after dinner… about 10 blocks! My feet were not bothering me at all. I’m so glad I decided to stick with the “sensible” shoes. While it’s not normally something I would opt for, I like a little more height and edge, I would have been miserable the entire night and would have missed out on exploring the city. Let that be a lesson to ya!
So by now it’s no secret that South Moon Under has quickly shot up to my favorite store in the area. They have a little bit of everything at every price point. They have the most glorious accessories table I have ever seen, plus a ton of stuff for your home which makes it my favorite one stop shop. BUT! Did you know they also have a mens section? And a pretty fantastic one at that! With the help of Matt we’re showing you how to get ready for your next date night together!
ON ME: FREE PEOPLE CROP TOP || SKIRT (CURRENTLY ON SALE!) || STEVE MADDEN SHOES || LINEA PELLE BAG || ROMAN LUXE BRACELETS || ROCKSBOX NECKLACE || ROMAN LUXE EARRINGS || ROMAN LUXE PINK QUARTZ RING || JUNO BOUTIQUE CRISS CROSS RING
What I love about these pants that Matt’s wearing is that they’re like not really denim, not really pants. They’re some weird hybrid. They could kind of pass for casual with a t-shirt but also look great dressed up with a white button down, as worn here. And guys, if you do one thing in life it should definitely be to buy this sweatshirt. It’s literally the most comfortable thing in the entire world, and yes, I’m pretty sure I’ve already stolen it and hid it in the depths of my closet to keep for myself.
Matt is not exactly an “in front of the camera” kind of guy. Honestly he’s not even a behind the camera kinda guy. He acted like he was all nervous and uncomfortable, but look at him… a natural. This skirt gives me liiiiiife. Can I just say I feel like that saucy little emoji every time I wear it. You know the one I mean… in the red dress, of course. Add this pink crop top and fringe heels from Steve Madden and fuggeddaboutit. So ready for a night on the town!
At the Roman Luxe trunk show a few weeks ago these earrings were one of the best sellers! So naturally I snagged a pair for myself before they sold out, ha! I’ve been wearing them pretty much nonstop since. They’re the perfect size, not too small to be a plain stud but not too big to be uncomfortable. I’m totally diggin them! Side note; you can get your own pair at 50% off right now! They’re on sale and under $30. SCORE!
So, in conclusion, start your next date night early and go shopping together! At South Moon Under, of course! Help each other pick out cute outfits, help your guy find a shirt that goes with his jeans, or anything that matches if he happens to be colorblind like my husband.. ha. Enjoy your night out! ;]
Remember those insanely comfortable shirts from Holister I was raving about a few weeks ago? They’re back! I wasn’t kidding when I said I bought a few of them to basically live in… and you should too!
HOLLISTER SHIRT (similar) || VICTORIA’S SECRET BRALETTE || LULU’S JEANS (similar) || STEVE MADDEN SHOES || ROMAN LUXE NECKLACE (similar, on sale!) || ROMAN LUXE BRACELETS || RAY BANS SHADES || CHANEL BAG || ROMAN LUXE RING
I really can’t even tell you guys how long I’ve been trying to get my hands on this python pendant from Roman Luxe! When I hosted their trunk show at Bloomingdale’s a couple weeks ago I jumped at the chance to get my own and I have been wearing it ever since. It literally goes with everything; a comfy button up, a plain white tee, a solid black crop top and maxi skirt, eeeeeverything. Oh and did I mention it’s on sale? YUP!
I’m still wearing these comfy lulu’s jeans too! I seriously live in these when it’s a little cooler out and I wanna wear jeans instead of a dress or skirt. Between the super soft fabric of this shirt and the insane softness of these jeans it’s like being out in pajamas…it almost feels wrong wearing this out in public. ALMOST.