I receive so many emails from readers who are uncomfortable with their body and let it prevent them from living their lives to the fullest. Trust me when I say I have my own hang ups. Everyone does!! So I understand the desire to hide out when an opportunity arises that will expose an insecurity leaving you feeling vulnerable. Tamar’s email inspired me and I hope my reply will inspire some of you. If you have additional advice on this topic, please chime in on the comments below!
I’m from the Netherlands so I’m sorry if my grammar isn’t right. Since it’s summer and it’s getting warm outside, a lot of my friends throw their birthday parties at the swimming pool. I love to swim, that’s not the problem, but I hate my body. I don’t feel confident in my bikini at all.
I actually don’t want to go because of that, but I also don’t want to miss my friends birthday. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?
Whether I’m packing for a trip or planning out a jam-packed day, choosing versatile clothes and accessories allows me to enjoy the journey rather than worry about having extra things on hand to change into. I like to keep things as low maintenance as possible. To me that means packing less by wearing styles that can fit into any scenario — while being fashion forward and comfortable, of course.
Besides my sunscreen, which I never leave the house without no matter the time of year, here is a list of my double duty must haves that will take you from the beach, to brunch, out to dinner, and back again!
The chicest choice for a summer ensemble is most definitely the jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is the older, cool cousin to another favorite of mine, the romper (which is more casual). Jumpsuits are good for both work and play because they can easily stay with you from day to night. Not to mention getting ready with a one-
piece is a breeze given all you have left to do is accessorize.
When the sun stays out longer, I tend to stay out later. Don’t you? There are few greater feelings than getting off work knowing there are still hours of sunshine left in the day. I think dresses that take you from office-to-dinner are the ultimate summer staple.
If your school or office is on the conservative side, add a light blazer or cardigan to any of these looks and then tuck it away once you’re off the clock. If your day duties require you to carry a large purse, bring a foldable clutch for just the essentials and swap it out for your evening plans.
The “dress” I’m wearing in the photo above is actually a Vanessa Virginia tunic.
Right now, all things off shoulder are taking over every best-dressed lady’s wardrobe. Off shoulder tops, rompers and dresses are the perfect transitional pieces for going from spring to summer and summer to fall. How? Glad you asked!
An off-shoulder top can be worn with a pair of jeans on a cool day or shorts when it’s warm. A shoulder-baring dress or romper can go great with both tall boots and summer sandals. I like to have a few basic shoulder-baring tops to mix and match with printed bottoms and accessories. A white eyelet top is a definite staple item in my closet. I’ve listed a few of my favorite picks below along with other great styles.
Are you all about the off-shoulder look?
Brooks and I were over-the-moon excited to book a trip to Africa. Both of us have always dreamed about going on an African safari. Brooks was especially wanting to see Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Before we left, we snapped pics of our complete outfits not only for fun but also to stay organized. When you have photos to reference what shoes go with what pants and what top, you’ll spend less time figuring out your outfit and more time enjoying your vacation!
Many of you have noticed my love for the choker necklace and asked where I’ve been scooping them up. Good news! This ’90s throwback accessory is back in a big way, so most stores are carrying variations of this trend in virtually every style.
I usually wear a thin, simple choker in my day to day because I like the little hint of something extra it lends to a simple tee shirt or sweater. When dressing up, I’ll go for a solid gold or ornamental mixed-metal style to match the fancier look.
As far as what not to wear: I avoid anything too wide and overbearing because it will look (and I imagine it will also feel) awkward and uncomfortable.
Rain, rain… don’t go away! I just found the perfect outfit! Finding the perfect weatherproof wardrobe is so much fun due to the pretty spring color-palette and my love for layering. There’s no need to get too bundled, so we have more wiggle room with light toppers and casual dresses. After some successful online shopping I was able to score some boots, umbrellas and other rain day essentials that are just begging to take on a puddle.
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The shoe du jour is definitely the lace-up flat. These cute shoes have popped up everywhere and nearly every store carries their own versions. I am a major fan for many reasons — for one, this style can instantly elevate any outfit. For instance, if you’re wearing a basic tee and cropped jeans or shorts by adding a splash of fun with these shoes in one snap you’ve gone from blah to boom. Plus, they go with pretty much anything! I’d love to see them with a sun or peasant dress, any style of shorts, leggings, jeans… Actually, I can’t think of anything they wouldn’t go with.
Peasant tops are everywhere right now and I am not mad about that. These sweet, comfortable tops can be worn day-to-night for a look that is laid back and chic. While I am all for this style of shirt, it can quickly go from flattering to not. To avoid looking the later I only apply two rules when it comes to wearing a peasant shirt:
1. Don’t go overboard with the boho. Meaning let the peasant top be your one hippie inspired piece. Balance the rest of your clothes and accessories with modern or subtle vintage styles to avoid looking like you’re off to a theme party.