Cute + Classy Collars

I have zero problem admitting that I often look to today’s teen stars for some major style inspiration. These little ladies include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Kiernan Shipka, Hailey Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and, of course, Chloe Grace Moretz. So when I saw Chloe sporting the most adorable Miu Miu shift dress the other day—complete with a nerdy-chic collar and beautiful sequin detailing—I immediately wanted a collared dress for myself.

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu at the If I Stay New York premiere.

Naturally, I started my hunt for the perfect collared dress right away, where I quickly came across 12 dresses I’d love to add to my wardrobe (some budget friendly, and some a little out of my price range). Check them out:

Though the solid-hued dresses are perfect for any occasion, I’m really loving the bright, fun + eye-catching prints on the numbers from Peter Pilotto, True Decadence, Saloni and Mela Loves London—especially for the last few weeks of summer.

Do you already own some collared dresses? If not, would add one to your wardrobe?

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Coney Island

How is the weekend already over?! I had a really great one, spending some quality time with my mom and Harrison before finally catching up on a quickly growing pile of work I had been neglecting.

On Friday, my mom and I took the train out to Coney Island for the very first time, and we couldn’t have had more fun. The trip itself was pretty simple—just an hour each way—and the beach was absolutely beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that I immediately started kicking myself for not making a trip out to this part of Brooklyn before now.

In any case, we spent a few hours walking along the beach and the pier, exploring all of the cool rides and shops, and having a few drink at Ruby’s. (I somehow resisted eating a Nathan’s hot dog, but I know it will be the first thing I devour the next time I head out to Coney Island.) For my beachside day, I threw on a basic outfit featuring my favorite summer sun hat, a casual black tank, some white embroidered shorts and a few classic accessories.

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It’s only been three days since our adventures on Coney Island, but I’m already planning for the next trip, which will definitely involve a bit more beach time (and, gasp, maybe even a bathing suit!).

What’s your favorite outfit to throw on for a beach day?

Want List

As I mentioned last week, August is my birthday month (the actual day is this Saturday), and I’m really excited that my favorite month of the year is already upon us once again. But blame it on my packed schedule (or, as some might call it, laziness), it wasn’t until yesterday that I started actually thinking about some things I’d like (or like to buy for myself) for my birthday.

So to kill two birds with one stone, I decided to make this month’s Want List my birthday wish list to help me get some ideas rolling. Check out the things I’m crushing on and dreaming of this month:

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I’ve never invested in a great pair of sunglasses, simply because I tend to either damage or lose mine really easily any time I get a new pair. But this year, I think it could be time to take the plunge and buy an investment pair that will (fingers crossed) last me for quite a while, and these glasses from Saint Laurent are really calling my name.

I’m also looking for a new dress that can easily transition from work day to night out, and I’m loving this pretty printed one from TIBI. And, as I’ve mentioned quite often over the last several weeks, I’m still in search of an awesome work bag to tote around. This one from L.K.Bennett is to die for, but also a little out of my typical price range. Isn’t that why it’s called a wish list?

As far as accessories go, I’d love a new gold cuff bracelet like this one from BCBGMAXAZRIA, and I’m crazy about those beautiful statement earrings from J.Crew. I’d also like a new pouch/card carrier to keep all my little odds and ends together throughout the day, and I adore that dusty purple shade on the bag from American Apparel.

In the shoe department, I’ve been crushing hard on metallic footwear, and this pair of flats from Ann Taylor is both modern and classic. To top it off, I’ve really fallen in love with this sweet scent from Joie, and I’m also looking to upgrade my beauty rest with a luxurious satin sleep mask.

This isn’t too much to ask for, right? Happy August!

 

Little White Dresses Under $100 That Will Get You Through Summer

Can you believe it’s already almost August? That means we’re coming up on the tail end of summer, with fall creeping in just around the corner. But though I absolutely adore the crisper air of autumn, I have to admit: I’m not quite ready to give up my summer wardrobe just yet.

And in case some of you are also clinging to your warm-weather style for at least the next month (or two), I decided to round up a list of 12 little white dresses that are sure to have you looking sweet + chic for the final weeks of summer. The best part? They’re all under $100! Check them out:

I’m a huge fan of fit-and-flare styles, so the Chelsea28, Topshop and ChicNova numbers are really standing out to me. But I also love the casual-cool vibe of the dresses from Brigitte Bailey, McGinn, d.Ra and Nasty Gal. And if you’re looking for something a little dressier for work or your next night out, you simply can’t go wrong with the sophisticated LWDs from Neiman Marcus, David Lerner and Blaque Label.

Do you have any other little white dresses on your radar for the rest of summer?

DIY Jeweled Clutch

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’m not always the craftiest person (even though I’d like to be). In fact, many times when I try what appears to be a really simple DIY project, it ends up looking pretty sub-par, to say the least. But this past weekend, I really surprised myself when I pulled off a DIY project that even I can feel proud of: a jeweled clutch.

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I’ve long wanted one of the designer jeweled clutches that are far out of my price range, but I have to say: I think the $15 dollar clutch I made (using a vintage bag I got for a steal years ago at a yard sale in Georgia) in less than an hour is a pretty great substitute for the time being.

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Ready to make your own? Just head over to Bustle.com for a three-step tutorial (it’s easy, I swear!).

Jeweled

I’m finally back, everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts last week; both summer and an increasing amount of work finally caught up to me, so I decided to take the week off. But onto things that truly matter: The past couple of days have been heaven, as far as summertime weather goes. It’s barely been above 80, with (mostly) blue skies all the way. And while I’m definitely not complaining, it’s hard to get used to summer days that don’t have me dying from humidity and heat the way they used to in North Carolina.

In any case, I’ve been trying to take advantage of the cooler weather, and that certainly applies to my wardrobe. I don’t often get to wear dresses with sleeves in July, but yesterday was the perfect opportunity to throw on one of my favorite LBDs with a pair of caged heels and a bright red lip. Paired with a jeweled clutch—which I made myself; stay tuned for the simple tutorial!—it was a classic-meets-glam ensemble that’s practically made for date night.

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Dress / Express (SimilarShoes / ALDO (SimilarClutch / Vintage DIY Earrings / Forever 21 (SimilarBracelet / Banana Republic (SimilarSunglasses / LOFT

Though this will probably be the last time I can wear something like this until September, I’m just happy I got one last chance to pull this basic beauty out before fall.

Have you been working any fall pieces into your summer wardrobe?

Bright Spot

If there’s one thing I love more than a holiday, it’s a holiday sale. And the Fourth of July certainly had a lot of them! I took a half day on Friday and, to celebrate, headed downtown to do a little shopping. After hitting quite a few stores and being really tempted by all of the amazing sales and discounts, I finally broke down and bought this beautiful + super bright C. Wonder top.

I’m a sucker for a good ruffle, and though I don’t typically wear ultra-saturated hues, I couldn’t resist the punchiness of this summery pink. Pairing it with black shorts, some caged heels and black and gold accessories, it was the perfect mix of in-your-face color and toned-down basics.

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Blouse / C. Wonder

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I also wore this top with denim when the weather cooled down over the weekend, and I loved the way it dressed up even the most casual pair of jeans—which means it will also be the perfect piece to transition into the first weeks of fall.

What bright hues are you wearing this summer?