How to Style Summer Shorts Up and Down

How to Style Summer Shorts Up and Down

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than a versatile piece of clothing. And in the summer, for me that’s usually shorts! I live in shorts throughout the summer, especially loose-fitting, comfortable ones. So, because you’ll probably be seeing a lot of that in the next couple of months, I thought I would share how I style the same pair of shorts both up and down.

Up

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To dress these shorts up, I added a delicate eyelet body suit and some wedges. For me, shoes play a major factor in dressing an outfit up or down. Throw on a pair of heels or wedges and you’re ready to hit the town! I would definitely wear this outfit to a girls night out/date night or happy hour. To keep the look fun and summery, I also added this cute lemon bag I bought last year!

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Like I said before, shoes are everything when it comes to deciding the dress-factor of an outfit. To make this a more casual outfit, I switched my bodysuit for a comfy tee and my wedges for my dad sneakers. I also changed out the delicate bag for a more everyday, carry-all type of bag. I love the sporty vibes from the top and shoes combined with a girlier pair of gingham shorts. This is the type of outfit I’d wear every day—it’s perfect for class, weekends, and running errands!

The best part of both of these outfits? You could wear either one for the Fourth of July! Having a classy party, go with outfit #1. For a friendly BBQ and fireworks party, try outfit #2. But whether or not you want to wear these outfits for the 4th, definitely snap them up because they’re so affordable.

That’s all for this week! Which look would you wear—outfit #1 or #2? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Outfit 1: Bodysuit c/o | Shorts c/o  | Similar Wedges | Bag
Outfit 2: T-shirt c/o | Shorts c/o | Sneakers | Similar Bag

 

 

Thanks to Shein for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

What to Wear to Tea

What to Wear to Tea

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Dress (in pink) // Mules (similar) // Bag (similar) // Bracelets // Necklace // Watch (similar) // Lipstick in “Juliette”

Every year my friend Emma and I make it a priority to go to a tea room. We spend the late morning/early afternoon enjoying tea, scones, and conversation. However, I would argue that, aside from the scones and lemon curd, our favorite part about our annual excursion is dressing for it.

Somehow each year around the time we make plans for tea, we both manage to score a brand new dress that is just perfect for the occasion. This year, we both ended up in blue wrap dresses paired with mules. We didn’t actually plan to coordinate, but I think our sartorial choices say a little something about this summer’s fashion — when in doubt, wear a wrap dress.

By no means a revolutionary silhouette — we all know the classic Diane von Furstenberg favorites — the wrap dress is a timeless style that works for almost any occasion. But this summer they are definitely having a moment, especially when paired with ruffles, floral prints, and pastel colors.

The dress I’m wearing above is one I recently found on a sale rack at Nordstrom, so I wasn’t surprised that I couldn’t find it online. It also came in a pale pink color (linked above) that is still sold at Francesca’s. In honor of this summer’s hottest silhouette, I’m linking a few personal favorites below, along with my friend Emma’s dress that she wore to tea:

  • Emma wore this one in blue, but I’m also loving the yellow floral version too!
  • This Topshop version has been at the top of my list for awhile now.
  • Loving this wrap dress in coral for a summer vacation.
  • If you prefer a simpler style, you can’t go wrong with this black one.
  • This version is similar to mine above with a floral pattern, ruffles, and cold shoulder detail.
  • This polka dotted wrap dress is under $25!
  • If you prefer a longer style, try this floral midi length dress!

Honestly, I could go on and on with my list of wrap dresses because there are so many options right now at every price point. I’m finding that a lot of online retailers even have a wrap dress filter, to help your browsing experience.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

xo,

Carey

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How To Wear Yellow This Season

How To Wear Yellow This Season

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Top (similar) // Shorts (similar) // Sandals // Sunglasses // Bag (similar) // Lipstick in “Juliette”

Good morning readers! My sophomore year of college is finally over and I’m looking forward to a nice three-month break (aside from the online class I’m taking). And after the summer is over, I’ll be heading to LONDON to study abroad for the fall semester! If anyone has some suggestions on places to see/things to do/places to eat, let me know!

Today’s outfit post is one I actually just bought on Monday. Unfortunately the top and shorts aren’t on Nordstrom’s website yet, but as soon as they are, I will update this the links. But for your reference, the top is J.O.A. and the shorts are Leith, two brands you can never go wrong with.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I am looooving everything yellow for the spring. A lot of times people shy away from wearing yellow, but I promise it is completely wearable. If you’re just testing the color out, I suggest going with a mustard yellow like my shorts – it’s less harsh than a sunshine yellow.

I’m also in love with retro sunglasses. Think 60s style icons when you’re shopping for your next pair. The pair I got from Nordstrom are great because they’re so on trend, but only cost $12. BP at Nordstrom has a ton of trendy, but affordable pairs you have to check out.

To finish off the look, I decided to take last summer’s navy blue Kate Spade bag out of storage. I think the blue really popped next to the yellow shorts and added to this summery look. I also added my new platform sandals from Topshop that I also bought on Monday. Shoes that are comfy, but still still give me a height boost are the holy grail, and this pair is them. I wore them all day and not once did my feet hurt.

Thanks for reading and come back next week for more content!

xo,

Carey

 

 

How to Take Your Outfit From Day to Night

How to Take Your Outfit From Day to Night
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Day: Top // Shorts // Jacket (similar) // Sandals // Bag (similar) // Watch (similar) // Bracelets
Night: Heels // Clutch (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Hoops (similar)

So it’s one of those days… The kind where you’re so busy and can’t take a moment for yourself, let alone change your outfit for every different event. Well good news, today I’m making day to night dressing simpler with a few easy tips. The pictures above  show something I might wear to class, and then spruce to go out later on. Follow along for key elements to pulling off this day to night switch!

  1. Ditch the jacket. I usually wear a sweater or light jacket when I got to class, mainly because I’m always cold, but also to keep my look easy breezy during the day. Taking your jacket off can show off cool sleeves, or in my case some dainty straps.
  2. Swap your bag. I’m a big fan of cross body bags, but they’re a little too functional, when for a night time look you want something a little more fun. I swapped out my go-to Rebecca Minkoff bag for a fun, vintage clutch courtesy of my grandma.
  3. Upgrade your shoes. While sandals are perfect for running around during the day, night time calls for something a little higher. Toss those sandals in your bag and slip on a cute pair of heels, and you’re ready to go!
  4. Change up your jewelry. This element can really make or break your night time look. While I’m a HUUGE fan of my Michael Kors watch, as many of my followers may have noticed, I think night time calls for daintier pieces. I took off my watch, moved one of my bracelets to the other wrist, added a delicate choker, and swapped my studs for hoops. These are small changes, but can really add to your outfit. I obviously opt for gold pieces, and you can find some great ones at AUrate New York. I’m personally loving all of their earrings!

Now that you’ve mastered these four tips, watch how easy it is to take your outfit from day to night!

xo,

Carey

Thank you to AUrate for partnering on this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Cody Miller

What to Pack for Spring Break

Spring Break Edit

 

Hello, lovely readers! I’ve been super busy lately, so sorry for the late post today. On that note though, spring break starts Friday! I’m going home first, but then my family is going on a short vacay to Scottsdale, Arizona. The upcoming trip inspired me to create a quick post on some vacation and beachwear products that I know I will be putting my list!
  1. Fun clutch. Vacation is the perfect time to try out a fun, new clutch that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. I love this one because of the straw material and the multicolored pompoms.
  2. Romper. I am OBSESSED with this romper. From the flutter sleeves, to the cute button details, it’s just perfect. I love rompers for vacation because they have all the perks of a dress, but allow for more range of movement and activities.
  3. Swimsuit. If you’re going somewhere with a beach or a pool, swimsuits are obviously a must. I love this one by Becca because of the fun colors and side tassels!
  4. OTS top. Off the shoulder tops aren’t going anywhere for the time being, so update this look with a bright color and tassels.
  5. Espadrilles. Nothing says vacation quite like espadrilles. I’m loving this sneaker version of the trend, and haven’t seen a pair with straw all over.
  6. Maxi dress. After spending your day by the beach or the pool, throw on a cute maxi dress for dinner later that night.
  7. Beach hat. I know whenever I go to the beach/pool I have to have my face covered. This hat is perfect with its wide brim, but manages to look cute and not tacky.
  8. Bright earrings. Although I personally don’t switch up my jewelry that much, spring break is the perfect time to do so! Try some fun, dangly earrings in a bright color to add a little something-something to an otherwise plain outfit.

I hope this edit inspires all of you to start breaking out the bright colors and other vacation essentials for your spring break! And if you don’t have a vacation coming up, start planning what you’ll be wearing over the summer!

xo,

Carey

How to Transition to Spring

How to Transition to Spring

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Topshop Top, Pacsun Jeans (similar), Tory Burch Sandals, Michael Kors Bag (similar)

A little late to the game today, but better late than never, am I right? So lately here in North Carolina the weather has been all over the place. One day it’s in the 70s the next in the 50s. It feels like spring has already begun. So, due to the weird weather patterns, I thought talking about transitioning to spring would be a good blog post.

  1. My number one tip is to mix styles. In my outfit I still have my trusty skinny jeans, but I added my new sandals. The top has long sleeves, but it’s a cold shoulder top. This is the time when you can mix and match some winter and spring pieces.
  2. Another tip is to bring a lightweight jacket. Although not pictured, I added my thin, brown leather jacket just in case it gets chilly (plus I’m perpetually cold).
  3. Switch up your makeup! Here I’m wearing a bold pink lip color that I generally don’t wear in the winter.
  4. My last tip is to start integrating traditionally spring colors and patterns. This light blue (periwinkle?) is not something that I would usually pull out for winter. The pastel color screams spring to me. Try bringing pastels and floral patterns back in to your wardrobe as you begin transitioning.

Hope these tips were helpful! I know I for one cannot wait for spring. I’ve been loving the 70 degree weather, even if it has been cloudy. Comment below with your own tips for transitioning for spring! Until next week…

xo,

Carey