Monday, May 30, 2011

Mini Hollister Haul (and more!)

I don't know about you, but I love holiday weekends! I've been off of school for the past two weeks, so it's not a long weekend for me, but I enjoy all the festivities and events that surround a holiday. I especially love all the sales that pop up around the major (and not so major) holidays. Yesterday, I took advantage of some great deals at my favorite stores.


Everything I got was on sale, plus I got to take 30% off my entire purchase, so it all cost me $35. I bought the Brooks Beach romper in red, the Brooks Beach twill shorts in khaki (I don't know why they had the same name!) and the Classic Beach Flip Flop in coral. I've been lusting after rompers since last summer and I finally got up the nerve to buy one. I can't wait to wear it with simple accessories. Khaki shorts are a staple everyone needs in their closet. I can't believe I didn't buy some earlier. They'll pair nicely with many tops and tanks already in my closet.


Everything in the store was 30% off, so how could I say no? The saleswoman who helped us out was wearing this cute oversize neon-striped top and I fell in love with it. I hoped I could find it...and I did, just a few feet away (AE Soft Drape Sunset T in neon lemon lime)! I snapped it up in lime green. It's the perfect casual top that looks great with denim shorts and minis.


I bought the denim cuffed shorts above (Kelly medium-wash shorts) because I didn't own any short denim shorts! These will also be my go-to during the hot summer months and even into fall, with tanks, plaid shirts, cropped tops and sweaters.

Where have you shopped recently?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Western Chic

Growing up in Colorado, I've learned a little about "Western" culture. However, I am more of a city girl than a cowgirl! I've always leaned towards girlier styles, but every once in a while, I like to return to my roots and dress a little rugged...with a touch of chicness.

What I'm Wearing: pink/blue plaid button-down (Hollister), hot pink babydoll tank (Abercrombie & Fitch), dark brown leather woven belt (Abercrombie & Fitch), destroyed chambray-trim denim miniskirt (Hollister)

The Details: Above Left--pink crystal drop necklace (American Eagle), Above Right--random pink beaded stretch bracelets (Aeropostale) & brown wrapped bling bracelet (American Eagle), Center--pink patent leather wedge flip-flops (Macy's)

I was able to mix my favorite style (girly) with a more traditional one (Western) in a way that was pulled together and a little bit edgy!

Do you like Western style?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How to Dress When the Weather Won't Cooperate

April showers bring May...snow?! Where I live, that's the new phrase! My summer vacation officially began on Friday and it's been nothing but cool and cloudy since then. I woke up to a dusting of snow this morning! So what's a girl to do when she longs for warm days but ends up with grey skies and jacket weather?

Just because the weather isn't spring-like doesn't mean you have to dress drab! Incorporate some vibrant shades and bold patterns into your outfit to brighten up your day. Stock up on candy-colored cardis and tanks to mix and match.

Layering is also key. If you've been dying to wear that adorable floral dress for weeks but it feels more like February than May, don't despair! You can pair it with a sweater or even a light jacket. Leather is a great way to add some edge to a girly outfit.

Accessorize! If the weather's not too chilly, wear your favorite pair of wedge sandals or throw on a lightweight scarf. Pile on the bangles, try some dangly earrings and go bold with a necklace.

How to Dress When the Weather Won't Cooperate


You don't have to wait for warmer weather to arrive to start including summery pieces in your wardrobe--just get creative and you can look sunny in no time!