Summer days are driftin’ away, but that just means we have a new season to justify all our shopping habits! Whether you’re going back to school in a few weeks or back to work tomorrow, I say it’s time to hit refresh on your supplies.
Before returning to the real world, I like to take inventory of my favorite things and update the items that help keep me organized. I would be lost without my planner and phone, and fortunately, there are so many cute options for both!
And though summer is soon behind us, we can still keep our sunny dispositions. Decorate your desk with little reminders of the good times and warmer weather. I certainly know I’m not ready to let go of the palm tree prints and vay-cay color schemes, and now I don’t have to!
The first time I saw these Sachi pieces, it was love at first sight. I fell even harder when I learned that Sachi means “happiness” in Japanese and “luxury” in Korean. I can definitely say the name lives up to its meaning!
Designed by the talented and insanely stylish Jamie Chung, this delicate and lovely jewelry line certainly brings the happy with pieces featuring stars and daisies. Adorn those fun designs with beautiful stones and some bling, and any woman is guaranteed to feel luxurious.
If I could do all my daily activities from inside a pool, I would. Breakfast, phone calls, workouts…you name it. Give me a big enough pool float and I will find a way to never leave. With the whole country dealing with 90°+ temperatures, I think we can all agree that the water is the place to be. So what else do we need to make sure we do this whole swimming pool thing the right way?
Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a handy list of all the things you’ll want to pack to maximize your splash time. First, don’t forget the obvious: your swimsuit (trust me, I’ve done it). One-pieces have made a serious comeback recently, and I am all for it. So many cute prints! Next, you’ll need to complete your outfit with some h20-friendly slides and a breezy cover-up.
Let’s take a minute to talk about a key player in this scenario: the sun. It’s a wonderful thing that gives us good vitamins and natural highlights, but the sun can also do some serious damage. Before you put anything else in that great new summer tote, throw in your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun hat. We have to protect your beautiful skin, hair, and eyes! Leave home without any of these necessities and your day could take a major turn for the worse. And don’t forget to make sure you also beat the heat by drinking plenty of water!
And when it’s time to dry off, lay out that towel, spray some sea salt in your hair (the BEST hair is pool hair), and hang out with a good book for awhile. Sounds like just another day in paradise!
12 Poolside Accessories That Will Brighten Your Summer
swimsuit | float | sunscreen | tote bag | book | cover-up | water bottle | sea salt spray | iridescent slides | sun hat | beach towel | sunglasses
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.
I’m pretty much into anything floral right now, and this DIY totally grabbed my attention. For a unique and sweet spin on a floral phone case, look no further! I found this DIY on Capture By Lucy, and I’m so excited about all the crafting potential this project has.
When it comes to accessories, often I forget what all I have. If it’s out of sight, sadly it’s out of mind. Besides, when it’s all stored together my necklaces, earrings and bracelets become a tangled, mismatched mess. Since having a store display is out of the question (not to mention pretty extreme) I turned to the bloggers for bling solutions that are functional, decorative and pinterest worthy.
Find some of my favorite DIYs here:
By now we all know about TOMS, the great company who is all about giving back. They’ve come a long way from the shoes that put them on the map of must haves; their products now also include eyewear, bags, apparel and home goods.
Today, TOMS is releasing a limited edition collaboration scarf with the Malala Fund. Malala’s international efforts fund education for young girls, enabling them to achieve their potential. Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, met Malala last year and was so inspired and moved by her that he wanted to create something special to support her efforts.
100% of the proceeds from the scarf go to this charity. 100%! Every single cent goes straight from you to this beautiful fund.
Will you join TOMS and myself in supporting Malala?
According to my Ask Jules inbox, there are many of you who want to know what I tote around everyday in my bag. When I’m zooming around town, I like to be prepared for anything — whether it’s jotting down an idea, fixing a sweet tooth or rewarding my dogs (for being the best ever, of course.)
So here’s what you’d find if you emptied out my everyday purse:
My extremely talented friend and stylist Anita Patrickson knows a thing or two (million, that is) about finding unique and stunning clothing pieces and accessories. Anita generously took a beat from composing New Years Eve ensembles for her best-dressed clients and compiled a list of sparkling must haves just for us! I love how playful and frilly each piece is.
What will you all be wearing when the clock strikes midnight? Which of these pieces inspire you?
When I think about fall fashion, I picture a whole lot of leather (or pleather). The buttery jackets, pants, backpacks and shift dresses come out in full force once the first fallen leaf hits the ground.
One trend I noticed happening a lot during New York Fashion Week was the use of leather hair accessories. I saw them wrapped around sleek, low ponytails, holding down tousled waves and pinning back both messy buns and tight chignons.
I love how leather accessories add an instant chicness to any do, whether it’s clean and classic or all over the place. No matter if you go for real of vegan leather, there are plenty of options out there.
Here are some of my favorite finds:
Ahhhh! I want all these!! Which one do you love?