8 Things I’m Excited to Wear All Summer

Y’all, our temperatures have been averaging like 99 degrees all week here in St. Louis. 99 degrees! That’s too hot do anything. Too hot to look like anything. I’ve been relying on a few key summer style essentials to at least slightly resemble the person you usually see on here. Lol. Seriously though.

My hair stopped cooperating on the first extremely humid day this week, so I’ve been rocking my Brooklyn Hat Company fedora or a head wrap (like the one I’m wearing in this ) to keep my head covered in style. I’ve simplified my makeup routine to a bold brow using my and a bright red lip. My current favorite red is the worn with the . Since I’ve been skipping foundation and eye makeup, I’ve been sporting my  all he time. To stay cool, I’ve been wearing these favorite things with my go-to summer frocks complete with a perfect-for-summer (under $20) and some comfy  (on sale).

Madewell Thea Sandal in Embossed Leather, Mango Geometric Clutch, Summer Style Essentials 1c

Summer Style Essentials:

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5. 6. 7. 8. Summer frocks



Off-The-Shoulder: 7 Super Easy and Affordable Ways to Wear it

I’m so happy that shoulders are finally getting their shine! Showing a little skin, from the midriff to the legs, has been popular for several summers. The off-the-shoulder trend, though, seems like the most real-life wearable, skin-baring trend of them all. No matter how you feel about your décolletage, there is a shoulder-baring style that’s perfect for you. You see, fashion has gotten quite creative about showing off the neckline this year.

Today, I’m rounding up seven super easy ways to experiment with baring your shoulders this summer. Classic chambray. Crisp white. Bold color. One-piece wonders. Flirty ruffles. Tube tops. There are a variety of styles to choose from. And, the best part? All of the featured styles below are affordable too.

DENIZEN® from Levi's® Modern Taylor Crop Jeans 7c

1. Chambray off-the-shoulder styles

DENIZEN® from Levi's® Modern Taylor Crop Jeans 7

2. Flirty ruffles

JCPenney Off the Shoulder Top, Off-the-shoulders

3. Crisp and Clean White

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 3c

4. Bold, summer brights

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5. One-piece wonders

Tracy Reese Off-The-Shoulder Dress, Avalon Exchange St Louis 2

6. Cold shoulder styles

Cold Shoulder Tops, Soft Surroundings Sunset Tunic I 6

7. Tube top styles

Gingham Trend 2016, Venus Gingham Print Blouse 1

Gold Macbook Air and Kate Spade Giveaway!

I recently redid my blog workspace, y’all. I reorganized my furniture to harmonize the energy in the space. I added a ton of rose gold accessories to organize my desk. I shared a couple of those rose gold accessories in a recent post featuring the . I’ve been thinking that a Gold Macbook Air would fit in perfectly with the new theme of my office. Since my Macbook Pro is in perfect working condition, and hence I don’t need a new one, I’m giving you the chance to win your own in this Macbook Air Giveaway! Since I love Kate Spade too, there is a fabulous Kate Spade tote included as well.

Macbook Air Giveaway

To make this giveaway possible, I’ve partnered with a group of bloggers. There will be two winners chosen. The grand prize is a brand new 11.6″ Gold Macbook Air and a Kate Spade tote bag. Outside of the US? No worries, this giveaway is open to you as well. The only requirement is that you’re at least 18 years old. For more information, review the complete Terms & Conditions noted on the widget. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning. Go claim those entries before the giveaway ends on June 27 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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Beyoncé Inspired: Stepping Out in Lemonade-Yellow Shorts

My favorite song to groove to on Beyoncé’s latest album Lemonade is undoubtedly “Hold Up” because of its glaring reggae vibe. Nothing gets this island gal moving like sweet reggae, y’all. The visuals in the “Hold Up” video were amazing too. That yellow Roberto Cavalli dress Beyoncé wore, in all of its off-the-shoulder, flowing-ruffles glory, was so striking and memorable. Today, I’m drawing inspiration from that video by creating an affordable version of that look anchored by the perfect lemonade-yellow .

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 7c2

Top: c/o

Shorts: (on sale)

Hat: c/o Brooklyn Hat Company ()

Sandals: Tahari ()

Tote: Kate Spade Saturday (, )

Earrings:

Rings:  (on sale), c/o  (on sale)

Watch:  (in )

Lip: , 

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 9c

My entire look started with the , which is actually a swimsuit cover-up that can be worn as a dress or top. I initially planned to wear it as a dress in the city, but it was too sheer for that purpose. On my next vacation, though, it’ll be perfect. In the meantime, I took inspiration from Beyoncé and turned lemons into lemonade. I found a way to make it work right now and channel the Queen Bey’s style at the same time.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 1c

I found a perfect-for-summer pair of lemonade-yellow , tucked in the blouse, and just like that my favorite outfit of the weekend came to life. By the way, these shorts are on sale right now for under $20! They’re true to size and have the same feel of my favorite white ankle pants. I’m wearing a size 6 because size 4 wasn’t available in my local store.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 2c2

To further evoke the spirit and even mystery of Lemonade, I wore my Brooklyn Hat Company fedora so low on my face that my face is barely visible. The best thing about that is that I’m not wearing much makeup and you can’t even tell. Ha.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 3c

I kept my other accessories neutral to let the dramatic blouse and lemonade-yellow shorts shine. My sandals are an old pair by Tahari, but the neutral pair of would be perfect. I actually ordered the bright red pair during a flash sale last night. I can’t wait to see them in person.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 6c2

My tote is a little piece of Kate Spade Saturday history. I was sad to see the store close for good, but I cleaned up during the going out of business sale. A few other brands have summery, perforated totes though. is a favorite of mine.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 10c2

My earrings are my wear-with-everything . I own several pairs of Kendra Scott earrings, but I’ve been wearing this pair more often than any other. The ivory pearl stones just go with everything.

Lemonade-yellow shorts, Loft patch pocket riviera shorts, Venus flutter sleeve cover-up 11c2

More lemonade-yellow pieces:

Reppin’ My City and Style at the Same Time

After I moved to St. Louis many years ago, I quickly realized that this is a city that people are proud of. St. Louisans love da Lou, y’all, and they’re always ready to show you just how much. I initially moved here for graduate school, moved away for work, but eventually moved back because I just couldn’t stay away. From the sports teams to the arts scenes to the fashion reawakening, there’s so much to celebrate in St. Louis. And, when I want to rep my city, I can now do so in style by rocking a creative design by Arch Apparel.

Arch Apparel STL City Circle 2.0 Tee 5c

Tee: c/o Arch Apparel

Joggers: Nine West ()

Pumps: (old, , )

Hat:

Clutch: Kate Spade (old, )

Earrings:

Rings:  (on sale), c/o  (on sale)

Watch:  (in )

Lip: ,

Arch Apparel STL City Circle 2.0 Tee 2c

Sports team gear can be cool. See how I styled my Cardinals gear in . Sometimes, though, you just want an STL-in-a-circle-of-stripes kind of fabulousness. You know?

Arch Apparel STL City Circle 2.0 Tee 3c

Next time I’m invited to a bar to fake watch a game (you know your girl is not really into sports, right?), I can show my St. Louis pride and my style at the same time. Stripes. Florals. Denim. I’ll be wearing all the style elements I usually enjoy.

Arch Apparel STL City Circle 2.0 Tee 1c