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Comfy Quarantine Looks

There is one thing about quarantine I think we can all appreciate: getting to wear our comfiest clothes just about every day. Currently, my outfits mainly consist of sweatpants, t-shirts, and leggings. While I enjoy wearing my pajamas, on the occasions that I go out, I like to dress up a little more while staying comfortable. Today I’ll be sharing some of my go-to cute and comfy styles! These outfits are perfect for when you’re going out but don’t want to leave the comfort of your pajamas behind!

Linen Shorts:

I have been wearing these white linen shorts non-stop recently. They are loose and lightweight, perfect for warm summer days. Plus, they are easy to style! I typically pair them with a form-fitting tank top to balance out the loose shape of the shorts. For this outfit, I went with a bright blue tank top (neons are super popular this summer), added a cute bandana, and white sandals. This look is super simple and easy to put together, perfect for picnics, or walks on a warm summer day!

T-Shirt Dresses:

  

Let me tell you guys a little secret about this t-shirt: I actually wear it to bed all the time. But with some styling, you can turn your favorite oversized tee into an outfit you’d wear out of the house too. I usually pair t-shirt dresses with sneakers, rather than sandals, to make the outfit seem more put together. Platform sneakers, like these converse, add some style and also help elongate your legs. Finally, I added some small details like matching socks, a cheetah print scrunchie, and a red bag for a pop of color. This is definitely one of the comfiest yet trendy ways to wear your pajamas outside!

Wide Leg Pants:

  

Usually, jeans aren’t one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about comfortable clothes. However, I believe there are a few exceptions because jeans come in so many different styles. Wide-leg jeans have made a comeback recently and I am an avid supporter. They are so comfortable and a stylish must-have in every wardrobe! Mine are actually jegging material for extra comfort and then I paired them with this super-soft, asymmetrical top. Tops with unique silhouettes can make a simple outfit look much more chic and elevated. I kept the accessories simple with a little black bag, cheetah print scrunchie, and white platform converse. This outfit is great for when you have to run errands but still want to be cute and comfortable!

Skorts + Baggy Tees:

  

Until recently, I think the last time I wore a skort was in fifth grade! Thankfully, these comfy skirt-short hybrids have become popular again and they are cuter than ever! Skorts are great because they combine the loose feeling of a skirt with the comfort and security of shorts! I paired my green gingham skort with a baggy graphic tee to match the retro feel of the outfit. Pairing a graphic tee with any patterned bottom is usually a great way to make an outfit look styled. Lastly, I finished the look off with some neutral accessories since the t-shirt and skort were already so busy. I opted for sandals for maximum comfort, as well. Overall, this simple skort and tee outfit is super stylish and comfortable, perfect for lounging or going out!

Even if you’re staying at home most of the time, I hope you got some inspiration from these outfits for when quarantine is over or even your next trip to the grocery store — I know I can’t be the only one who dresses up for minor errands!

Blog By: Ember Sierra | @essentiallyember

Floral-Obsessed Summer

Hello summer! I’m so excited to be back and blogging again! This summer I’ve been obsessed with all things floral. Here are some of my favorite summer styles:

This first style is my all-time fav! I am absolutely obsessed with mini dresses this summer, but I specifically love all the bright colors & floral prints. What I love most about mini dresses is that they pair perfectly with sneakers; My forever go-to is always white sneakers! Top it off with a small purse and gold jewelry & you’re ready to go. This look is fashionable yet very comfortable, which is why it’s my absolute favorite.

 

Another trend I love is flowy skirts. I love this trend because it looks effortless, but it is still cute for going out with your friends or taking fun summer pictures! Pair any flowy skirt with a basic tank top to achieve this look. I also decided to add some fun wedges to dress up my outfit, but if you want a more casual look throw on some sneakers. If you can’t tell I’m a huge fan of floral prints this summer!

The final look I wanted to highlight is a little more casual. I decided to pair a simple, pastel floral top with my favorite denim shorts. I also added the wedges, to dress up the look, but you could easily wear flats or white tennis shoes if you wanted to dress it down.

I hope these outfits help inspire your summer wardrobe! Have a great rest of your summer!

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

Summer Weekend Getaways in Style

One thing I love most about the summer is the opportunity to have fun outdoors, especially by the water. Something about summer just screams "go outside and live your best life!" Personally, I look forward to those summer weekend getaways that take my mind off of everything going on in the world and I can really just relax and spend time with those around me. Regardless of whether your weekend getaway consists of going to a lake house or just going to visit another city, I would like to show you three different outfits to prepare you for a stylish, yet fun summer getaway.

Outfit 1: Little Black Dress (LBD)

 

Butterflies are literally everywhere you look when you go shopping and they are truly one of the most influential statements on clothing right now. So with that being said this LBD (little back dress), is nothing short of cute with this simple butterfly decal on the front. Dresses like this are easy to move around in during the summer and definitely keep you cool because of the thin material and spaghetti straps. You can also change the aesthetic of the LBD, so if you’re like me and like a little bit more tomboy, try adding some chunky shoes instead of sandals. Lastly, I’m a simple girl, so I thought it was best to just pair this with a basic necklace of my zodiac sign.

Outfit 2: Oversized Shirt

   

I’m sure there’s going to be one day on your weekend getaway where you grab something out to eat, but please remember to be safe while you’re out in public! Furthermore, this outfit is so comfortable but still so stylish and can be easily re-created. Distressed shorts are forever going to be in style for me and adding an oversized shirt, with butterflies I may add, helps you stay on-trend right now. Many people like to wear oversized shirts with biker shorts and this is just another rendition of that outfit basically.

Paired with it, I have some chunky short heels that are a light lavender shade and definitely compliment the colors within the butterflies of the shirt. To add a pop of color, I have a cute backpack that is a bold yellow and I think that it adds exactly what this outfit needs and creates a great balance between tomboy and feminine. I didn’t add much jewelry besides my typical pearl earrings, however, this outfit says a lot without saying much so I didn’t feel it was necessary, but you could always add some if you see fit.

Outfit 3: Black Shorts

 

This last outfit is definitely one that can be worn while on-the-go. Given that the shorts are a little bit looser, it allows great movement so you don’t feel restricted and also helps you stay cool while you are active. Plus, I love to pair crop tops with loose-fitting shorts to definitely get a sportier look. If you’re somebody who likes to carry bags but wants to keep the sporty aesthetic going, you can always opt-in for a fanny pack such as the one that I have. Of course for the shoes, I paired it with some checkered vans that don’t necessarily match but adds a little spunk to the outfit. Since the outfit is so simple, I paired it with some gold hoops and I chose to wear sunglasses with a gold accent to tie in with the sporty aesthetic.

As I said before, summer getaways are one of the things that I look forward to during the summer months but with everything going on in the world currently, it’s important to stay safe and remember to practice social distancing.

 Blog By: Breanna Moore | @hellohipretty

Self-Care at Home

In light of everything going on in the world around us, it’s now more important than ever to practice self-care. Today I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite self-care essentials.

Let's start by highlighting my favorite beauty essentials. If you’re like me, you want to look “golden” even when going to the beach is not an option. I love self-tanner, especially tanning water. To keep your skin nice and healthy make sure to use your favorite hydrating cream often! Hydrated skin is glowy skin and who doesn’t love that? For extra hydration, try glow spray or serum for a natural glowy look at home.

Another way to achieve that “glowy” look is with my favorite DIY sugar scrub. It’s super easy, smells great and makes your skin so soft! You only need a few simple household ingredients; 2 cups of Brown sugar, 1 cup of solid coconut oil and any other extra additions, for example, essential oils or vanilla extract.

To make your DIY sugar scrub follow these two simple instructions:

    1. Stir together the brown sugar, coconut oil, and your essential oils or vanilla extract until the mixture appears smooth.
    2. Now your sugar scrub is complete and you're ready for an at-home spa day! Make sure to store the scrub in an airtight container. This scrub will last for weeks.

While practicing social distancing you should still try to keep your normal routines, and that includes doing your hair. For effortless waves or a beachy look, try a wavy spray or sea-salt spray to change things up. Another way to change up your look is with hair accessories! I’ve personally been obsessed with headbands, hair clips and printed scrunchies. You can elevate a simple look real quick with these trendy accessories.

I hope you enjoy these easy self-care tips and my favorite DIY to do while at home.

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

How to Repurpose Your Styles

Hey girl! Do you have a few favorite pieces in your closet that you would wear over and over if you could, but you don’t want to repeat the same outfits? I feel you! Here are some ways that you can start repurposing and wearing your favorite pieces in many different ways!

The Classic Hoodie:


Who doesn’t love wearing a hoodie all day, every day? If you're the type who only thinks of wearing leggings with your hoodies, I’m here to change your mind! There are so many cute trendy ways to style a hoodie, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Layers - Wear a hoodie under a classy knee-length jacket or jean jacket. Then for bottoms, I’d go with a pair of your everyday boyfriend jeans or leggings!
  • Athleisure Wear - Matching sets of sweatpants and hoodies are so in right now and they're also super comfy when paired together!
  • Oversized - Looking for a laidback, but put-together look? Grab your oversized hoodie, boyfriend jeans, chunky sneaks, and you're ready for a day with your girlfriends! Or, for more of a spring option, swap out the boyfriend jeans for biker shorts.

Doc Martens/Lace-Up Boots:

 

Are you a doc’s girl? I recently got a pair of off-brand white lace-up boots that I’m in LOVE with! I was unsure at first if I could pull off these statement boots, but I love how classy and stylish they make my outfits look. If you are into wearing chunky boots, then girl, here are a few looks you can pull off wearing the same statement boots:

  • Rolled Mom Jeans - This is such a classic look that you can’t go wrong with. Plus, your options for tops are basically endless! A dainty blouse, a graphic tee, or a chunky sweater, anything works!
  • Dressed-Up Doc’s - Now what a spicy, yet girly look! What’s more trendy than a flirty dress with some statement boots?
  • Midi Skirt and Tee - Start by finding your favorite oversized tee and tucking it into a midi skirt, then just add your boots, and you’re golden! 

The Favorite Midi Dress:

 

Do you have a few midi-dresses in your closet that you feel like you can only wear them during the spring or summer? Well, girl, it's time to pull out your dresses and mix it up!

  • Turtlenecks, Turtlenecks, Turtlenecks - If it's still chilly where you are, pair a neutral-colored or mesh long sleeve or turtleneck under your dress. I promise it looks stunning and it's so simple!
  • Sneaks & a Dress - Who doesn't have a pair of old chucks hiding in the back of your closet? It’s an easy throw-together outfit because it's so basic, but it's still always cute and trendy! 

Did this help you? I hope now you can look at your closet with a pair of fresh eyes and are inspired to find all the new ways you can repurpose your favorite pieces in different ways!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

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