Sizzlin’ Summer (Dress) + Link Up

What’s summer without a collection of your favorite summer dresses hanging in your closet?  In the fashion dictionary, a summer dress has no true definition.  A summer dress can be pretty much anything you want.  Long or short with patterns and texture like denim, lace, crochet, floral, gingham, geometric, and the list goes on.  Anyone can find their perfect summer dress.  A dress so light, so easy to style, but yet captures your true personality.

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I know two fabulous bloggers who really know how to rock summer dresses.  I am so excited to be part of Michelle (Michelle’s Pa(i)ge) and Ana’s (Northwest Blonde) weekly link up post.  Our last link up together was our post all about boho styles.  To refresh your memory click here and don’t forget to check out Michelle and Ana’s blog for more style inspiration.

Keep reading to see one of my many summer dresses that has been on repeat.

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So the star of this look is of course my summer dress.  I am obsessed with my new tie-dye dress from Zara.  I love the warm colors, resembling a desert scene.  And now with my blonde hair this has become my go-to color palette.

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I believe shirt dresses are meant to be belted to highlight your waist and give the dress more shape.  You can’t go wrong with a simple, skinny, brown braided belt from H&M.  In my opinion, even if you don’t think you need a belt in your wardrobe, everyone should have a brown and black belt for those fashion moments when you are looking for something to complete your outfit.

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Although this outfit is far from dull, I thought I needed to add something more to this look.  As I was going through my closet, I dug up this fringe scarf I bought at a local boutique.  It is one of those pieces I just had to buy in the moment, but sadly rarely wear it.  So I thought today was perfect to experiment with this fringe scarf and put it to good use.

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For shoes, I am breaking in my new strappy, wedges from Charlotte Russe.  Although uncomfortable the first time I wore them, I know I will be pairing these detailed wedges with many of my favorite summer looks.

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No outfit is complete without an elephant so I am wearing my new Hollis Hayes bracelet.  The coloring of the beads and charm perfectly matches my dress.  Check out more of their fabulous bracelets here.

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Lastly, what’s a summer look without your favorite pair of sunglasses?  So I am wearing my pink framed glasses from The Loft.

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So that concludes another summer style post and weekly link up post with Michelle and Ana.  To be honest, I can’t think of a good way to end this post without it sounding awkward, so I will just leave you with this.  Go ahead, go shopping for your perfect summer dress and don’t be afraid to put your favorite dress on repeat because that is what summer is all about.

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 Dress: Zara (SIMILAR)  | Scarf: Local Store (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Belt: H&M |  Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses: The Loft (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Bracelet: Hollis Hayes (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Street Style

When temperatures rise above 60 degrees, it is the perfect day to walk the streets of New York City and explore Central Park. If this warm weather pattern continues, it is safe to say that spring has sprung. Nothing was better than welcoming the warm weather than being in New York City. I had a wonderful time visiting all my favorite shops uptown and having a nice picnic lunch in the sun, sitting on one of the massive rocks in Central Park. Best part about this trip to the city was that I didn’t have to plan my outfit around my winter coat. I hope I can retire my heavy winter coat for the season. I decided to “dress down” and showcase my casual style, what I like to call my street style, since a day in New York City consists of strolling up or down your favorite streets and avenues.

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Don’t expect too much from this post. I’m just giving you the details of my outfit because I was not planning on doing an outfit post until my mom insisted on taking a few photos with my phone and then “BAM” I turned this into a quick post.

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This season, I am trying to experiment with different denim because denim does not only have to be skinny jeans, so I decided to break out my favorite Madewell boyfriend jeans. Remember them from this post back in the summer? It was so warm out I could have easily gotten away with wearing a dress, but I am not ready to show the world my pale winter legs, maybe next time. I paired my distressed denim with a lightweight sweater from Forever 21, tucked in, to give my look a slouchy, laid-back vibe. To turn my sweater from boring to more exciting, I am wearing my new springtime scarf from Madewell. I love the bright coral color and the fringe tassels. To incorporate the pattern mixing trend, I chose to introduce a new pattern to my outfit by adding my leopard slip on sneakers from Target. Lastly, because I was doing some shopping, my cross-body bag from Fossil was a necessity. Everyone always gives me a puzzled look when they see this bag. They always wonder if it is portraying a face. That is the beauty of art and fashion; it all depends on the individuals’ interpretation.

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            I can’t wait to style some of the new pieces I bought on my recent New York City shopping trip. Just a heads up, the next time you see me on my blog, I might be blonde. I’ve been a little bored of late and have been thinking of trying something bold and different. What would you think of me as going platinum blonde? After all, life is to short to be boring. Talk to you all soon!

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Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Scarf: Madewell | Bag: Fossil

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All Bundled Up

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The title of this blog post is very misleading because I have been anything but bundled up the past few days.  The East Coast is experiencing the warmest December ever.  I’ve only worn my winter coat once, but like I said in my previous post, I am not complaining. I have no desire to see snow or bear the frigid temperatures of a normal northeast winter.  Although, it has been warmer than usual, it is still cold enough to wrap myself up in my favorite blanket scarf.

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The plaid blanket scarf trend has exploded this winter season.  Now everyone is keeping warm with this stylish accessory.  The best part about blanket scarves is they are so large you can style them in many different ways.  You can wear it as a shawl, just around your neck, loop it once or a few times, belt it, or my personal favorite is folding it into a triangle and looping it around my neck.  The triangle fold makes the scarf less bulky.

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The star of my outfit is my plaid blanket scarf from Ruby Claire Boutique.  The warm, rich colors go with all of my favorite pieces in my closet, so styling this scarf was a no brainer.  Plus, the scarf is so comfy and cozy; you won’t want to take it off.  For more stylish clothes and accessories, head over to Ruby Claire Boutique.  You won’t be disappointed.

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I feel like Superman, I mean Superwoman in my long cardigan from Forever 21.  Whenever the wind blows, my sweater turns into a cape.  Too bad it can’t make me fly, but my sweater certainty scores major style points.  The neutral, cream color is so versatile, the sweater looks great with jeans, leggings, or layered over a dress.

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Today there is a brisk breeze, so I am wearing a basic white long sleeve shirt from Old Navy under my sweater.  It adds just the right amount of warmth.

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You can’t go wrong with a medium wash pair of jeans.  They go with everything.  I am loving my denim jeans from the brand Just Black, purchased at Ruby and Jenna.

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Even though I am 5’-4”, I need some extra height today while wearing my sweater.  I am obsessed with heeled boots this winter because they make me look taller and my legs look longer, plus anytime I wear heels I always feel like a superstar.  I purchased these shoes from Marshalls on one of my shopping study breaks two weeks ago.  I was in desperate need of retail therapy so I am glad Marshalls had some great finds.

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Only 2 more days until Christmas…when did that happen?  I think it’s a good time to start wrapping gifts and picking out my outfits for the holiday festivities.  Stay tuned for more style posts.  Hope everyone made it on Santa’s nice list 😉 HO HO HO!

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Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Shirt: Old Navy | Jeans: Ruby and Jenna (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rocket Dog  | Scarf: Ruby Claire Boutique (SIMILAR)

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My 20th Birthday

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Last week was a crazy week to say the least. I finished my sophomore year of college, packed up my college dorm room, moved back home for the summer, and left my teenage years behind. I celebrated my 20th birthday on Sunday, May 10th. Sunday was a day of celebration because it was not only my birthday but it was also Mother’s Day. Shout out to my beautiful, amazing, and inspiring mom. I was so happy to share my special day with my mom.

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         I can’t believe I’m no longer a teenager. It’s so weird to be in my 20’s now. It feels like just yesterday I was the little girl with the “mushroom” hair cut. Now it is time to embrace adulthood.

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         Since my birthday fell on a Sunday, I had a weekend full of celebration surrounded by my family and friends. On Saturday, my older sister, her boyfriend, and my two best friends from college, Jennie and Christina (thank gosh they live close to me, so we can see each other a lot during the summer) took me to my favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner and then we went bowling. The bowling alley was so much fun and the atmosphere was great. It was a night filled with fun, laughs, strikes, spares, and many gutter balls.

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         On Sunday, my family celebrated the moms and my birthday by hosting a barbeque. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining all day and the temperature was in the 80’s. I spent most of the day outside on the patio catching up with the family and playing with my little buddy Griffin. Griffin, our West Highland Terrier, is a fluff ball of energy and has a special place in our family. Of course, he wanted to be part of the photos, so he makes an appearance in some of the pictures. He is such a superstar!

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Of course, I wanted to show you my “birthday” style. My outfit was quite simple. My outfit was casual and comfy and just perfect for an outside party. Shift dresses are so in this season and they are a must-have for spring and summer. These dresses are so easy to style around, which makes them perfect for those hot summer days. My t-shirt fabric shift dress is from Target. It’s a basic black dress, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling this dress.

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Instead of a statement necklace, I chose to wear a patterned scarf from Lucky Brand. I love the rich colors of this scarf and they really pop against the black dress. I didn’t wrap the scarf around my neck but instead chose to knot it on both ends to make it shorter. This really shows off the tassel detailing at the bottom.

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One of the fun things of unpacking and reorganizing my room at home was finding some hidden treasures. I completely forgot about these strappy ballet flats, I purchased from Marshall’s last season. They are going to be my staple shoes to wear with dresses, jeans, skirts, and pretty much anything this season. I also rediscovered this Vince Camuto watch in my jewelry collection back home. The neutral color of the watchband will be the perfect accessory for any outfit.

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         Everyone has been asking me how it feels to be 20? Honestly, it feels no different. I am so thankful I was able to spend my birthday with family and friends. I’m also thankful for the nice birthday gifts I received, especially the gift cards to some of my favorite stores. Now it’s time to get out and shop. Stay tuned for new blog posts featuring my latest style finds. And of course, cheers to my new decade and the fabulous 20s.

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Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Scarf: Lucky Brand (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Marshall’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Watch: Vince Camuto (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Francesca (SIMILAR)

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