Tonight I’m talking about a few of my all time favorite things: cobalt blue, maxi dresses, and halter style necklines.
Ok so first. Obviously cobalt blue is a favorite (hockey), but this color is major this spring and summer and I love this pretty white floral print.
Furthermore, the maxi is like the spring and summer’s equivalent of the winter hoodie: you want to look your cutest without thinking too much about it. And you want to be cool and breezy. (And let’s be honest maybe wait another day to shave your legs. I can’t be the only one!)
Finally, the halter-style neckline is the most flattering for me personally. It elongates your arms for a feminine look. This dress is actually a typical spaghetti strap style but I had it altered to have the straps cross in the back so it became halter style! It’s all about finding what’s right for you.
This maxi is lined to just above the knee and sheer to the bottom, making it extra breezy. When I wore this dress it was 95 degrees in Tampa so you know it’s battle tested for the HEAT. Ugh, it’s only April…
I paired my blue maxi with this darling Steve Madden bag that I just cannot get enough of. I regularly plan looks around it and get compliments EVERYWHERE I go. It was a little bit of a splurge (as far as novelty clutches go at least) but the good news is there’s SO many fun and colorful options for spring and summer at all price points. But if you go with this blue one, you won’t be disappointed!
I was talking to a friend who says she “hates” maxi dresses and I was SO perplexed!? How can someone feel so strongly about something that’s essentially a fashion forward nightgown? Haha. I guess they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ll see me in a lot of them this season. What do y’all think? Do you love a good maxi as much as me?
I linked this look for less cobalt blue Target maxi below. Let me know what you think!
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Hi friends! As you know, gingham is a HUGE trend this season. This old school picnic blanket print is showing itself on skirts, tops, and even shoes! This OTS (off the shoulder) top is a great mix of whimsy, trendy, and a little peak of flirty. I know you see the pom-pom detail on the sleeves! *heart eyes*
This top also comes in a light pink/white gingham which I may just need to go back and get. I LOVE this top with cutoffs and white denim, but for today’s look I paired my gingham with slashed up black denim and a pop of color with this amazing baublebar piece.
I wore this look shopping and to lunch but it’d be great for all the fun spring and summer music festivals too!
This top is a total steal at $35, and my necklace will go with everything you’re wearing this summer and it’s under $35! I’ve linked the entire look below, or shop it on the “shop my instagram” tab up top!
Well, it’s spring time which only means one thing…time to break out my glue gun! I’m not sure why but when April hits I feel inspired to recreate what’s trending. Unless you’ve been living under a pom-pomless rock, you know that tassels, pom-poms, and fun embellishments are a MUST for spring & summer. If you scored yourself some great embellished accessories last year, you’re in luck! You can break those babies out again and be perfectly on trend.
I was on the Baublebar website last week and found the most perfect beach/pool tote covered in big ole fun pom-poms. I couldn’t even hit “add to cart” fast enough…except it was sold out. And also $80, which in hindsight means I probably would have kept it in my online cart just long enough before I finally remembered I do not need to spend $80 on a beach tote. I would though. Let’s just put that out there.. 😛So with that, the idea to break out my glue gun was born! I grabbed this super cute beach tote at Target for $29.99 and the pom-poms were $4 a bag (but I had a coupon!) The total for this DIY was about $37! (I already had the glue gun/glue).
Lay the beach tote on a flat surface and put a piece of cardboard inside the bag to keep the glue from seeping into the other side. I used all large sized pom-poms for the first 2 rows and the medium sized for the bottom row.
Once your glue gun is ready to go, the fun starts! Glue your poms in any design/pattern you wish! I chose to keep mine pretty similar to the inspo bag. After gluing, press pom-pom down firmly with two fingers for about 20-30 seconds to ensure the glue adheres.
I wish I could tell you there was more to it, but that’s it! Lay your fab new bag flat to ensure glue completely dries, remove cardboard, and head straight to the beach! I promise you’ll get LOTS of compliments and “where did you get that?”‘s.
If you make this tote, please tag me in your pics! Also, check out the “DIY” tab at the top of this page to check out more great do it yourself versions of the hottest accessory trends! (Including the sequin message hat!)
As I explained in my previous post, I’m *really* into florals for spring, but I’m trying to find pieces that have a unique spin on the traditional flower pattern and this bow front blouse fits the bill.
It has a really unique color palette of ivories and yellows with a babydoll fit and large bow at the waist.
It’s incredibly flattering! It also closes with 2 buttons in the back, leaving the rest of your back open to the breeze. This is an on-trend feature but wearing a bra can be tricky so I’d recommend stick-on petals for this blouse.
Unfortunately I cannot find this blouse on Forever 21’s website anymore (bummer!) BUT I was recently at my local store and saw it there. I did link a similar style with the exact same print. Shop that below!
I paired this admittedly sexy blouse with…cargo pants! Maybe not something someone would associate with a “sexy/date night” type of blouse but these pants are SO flattering and fun and a great alternative to denim. They have great details and look way pricier than they are. I linked these exact pants below!
My husband and I shot this look on the roof of our building and every time we’re up there we both agree we don’t enjoy it enough. Such a beautiful spot!
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Coming at ya with a lil instagram roundup for the last week! I guess I’m not the only one LOVING all things off the shoulder because so many of you have been asking me how to buy these 2 tops!
First off, this lemon print is everything. I can’t tell you the last time I purchased anything at Forever 21 but when I saw this top I gave it a try and I’m so glad I did (I actually purchased 4 other things, so clearly they’re doing better lately in my eyes!)
The fabric is really soft and this OTS actually stays off the shoulder…which is great.
It has a great fit and an elastic waist so you could easily wear it with more of a crop top style.
For reference I’m wearing a regular size L. Unfortunately the regular sizes don’t show up online anymore so your best bet is in the store…but if you’re my size you could totally get away with the “plus” sized version in the smallest size.
Second look of this insta roundup is arguably my husband’s favorite. It just screams “date night!” This top from Nordstrom zips up the back with a built in corset style bra. The sleeves hang dramatically off the shoulder for a unique, definitely more sexy look. A look like this typically takes me outside of my comfort zone, but it’s casual enough it can be dressed up or down. I’d LOVE this with white denim, too. I just might do that next time! I wore this to dinner on a Friday night and got a ton of compliments from strangers and my husband. 🙂
Let me know what your favorite spring trends are!
Do you love all things off shoulder like me?
Until next time!
Love & Light,
I’m really excited to share this post today because THIS DRESS! This dress.
Y’all, it’s under $30! Do you have Amazon Prime? It ships free in 2 days! You can have it before Easter!(!!!)
I saw this dress on one of my favorite bloggers and when she posted it on instagram I was actually at a hockey game (of course I was) and when I clicked the shopping link to purchase it (at the hockey game, of course) I could not believe it took me to the Amazon site! Of course I have Amazon Prime (never buy anything without checking to see if it’s on Prime first!) so it’s safe to say I “one-clicked” that baby into my cart as fast as I could!
There are several other color combinations but this one is just gorgeous for spring. And y’all the details on this dress are SO GOOD. It buttons alllll the way down, with a flattering smocked detail at the waist. You can button this dress all the way down (as I did) for a perfectly appropriate Easter dress, or unbutton it a little to show some leg! The fabric flows beautifully and the colors are so vibrant and rich. It has a cute little tassel detail at the waist also which you know I love!
In my family we always dressed up for church, and Easter was no exception. That’s carried over into being an adult for me. I fondly remember pretty floral dresses and bows in my hair.
I’m only 5’5 but this dress was the perfect length. If you’re wearing heels it may be a little short depending on how tall you are.
I can’t wait to wear this beautiful dress on Easter but might even use it as a swimsuit cover up after that! Or how cute would it be to unbutton the buttons enough to make it like a long tunic top over denim cutoffs? Swoon! I just fell in love with it all over again.
If you’re a last minute shopper and NEED something for Easter, click the link below to shop this baby asap! If you hurry you’ll have it in time for Easter with free shipping!
Go go go!
Let me know how you’d wear this, and if you love it as much as me!
Today I’m sharing this bright floral look that I will be obsessing over all spring!
This top makes me happy just by looking at it – when I spotted in the store I knew it had to come home with me. It checks off all my “so Blair” boxes: 1. it’s bright pink 2. It’s a punchy floral that gets noticed! (Bonus: it has tassels too!)
This top is more of a “babydoll” style and fits loose all over. I tucked the bottom in a bit to give it a little more shape, but I bought my true size so I could also tuck it into my pencil skirts to make it work appropriate. I also see this top with cutoff shorts for the hottest days of summer!
hahaha. But really. Florals may be “nothing new” but they’re always reimagined and I love the unique graphic nature of this particular top. Old Navy doesn’t always get it right, but they hit a homerun with this one!
This print also comes in a cute ruffle tank and a plus-size dress!
Bright prints aren’t just a favorite outfit piece, but also a major part of my everyday life. Lately I’ve had several people message me about my attitude towards life…which sounds strange to say, but it’s true! And beyond the people who actually asked me how I stay so happy and upbeat, I’m sure there are others that are like :enter rolling eye emoji: at everything I post on social.
The truth is, of course I have my own problems and issues, but over the last year or so I’ve shifted the way I look at things that used to make me fall apart. Staying positive is not only a way of life for me, it’s the only way I feel I can really be successful in life. I decided to share the top 5 ways I try to stay positive each day, in the hopes that you can adapt some (or all!) of these things into your daily routine. And if you have any tips for me, please let me hear them!
1. Turn frustrations into Opportunities
-I have about a 30 minute commute to and from work each day, and sometimes with traffic I end up spending over an hour in my car each workday. I used to let traffic get me so worked up by the time I got home I was NOT a fun person to be around. Finally I just realized that the traffic was going to be there anyway, so I had a choice: I could let it put me in a terrible mood, OR I could make the most of it. Now on the way to work each morning I listen to an inspirational devotional that kicks off my day on the right foot. And on the way home? I usually listen to my favorite music, or sometimes take that time to call a friend or family member and catch up. Other times I plan conference calls during my commute home! Might as well be productive while you’re sitting on the highway, right?
2. Be mindful of what you let into your brain
-Think about watching scary movies. If you watch them right before bed, you’re probably going to have a terrible dream about a flesh eating alien. Why? Your subconscious is thinking about all that craziness. On the same note, putting mean spirited/hateful/ugly things into your head does not make for a positive outlook on life. If you’re constantly around negative people, you’ll start being negative, too. If you’re constantly looking in the mirror thinking you’re anything less than perfect, eventually that is all you will see in yourself. Our brains are amazing, but they eventually repeat what they hear the most!
3. When everything is wrong, find something that’s right
-Look, bad days HAPPEN. It stinks when they do, but they do! Just because you live a positive life does not mean you’re naive to life’s problems and unfortunately it doesn’t mean you won’t have your fair share of conflicts in life. Choosing to live with a positive mindset just means you’re not going to let the bad things take over your brain. This applies to big and small things, and I say it with experience: I’ve been on a dream vacation one minute and in the ICU the next. And yes I cried and said “why me!?” more than once. But I never stopped seeing the good things about life, either. Even then! (Like the awesome nurses who ordered me pizza every night in the hospital because I wouldn’t eat anything else!) If you can be positive during the not-so-great times, the good times will be magnified 10x. Promise. Also, magnify others strengths, not weaknesses. This is about being a light to others as well as for yourself! You never know who needs your light the most, and we truly have NO IDEA what others are going through. So just be kind to each and every person you meet. Find the good, even when it’s hidden.
-I’m a true believer in the power of prayer and y’all, Jesus has shown His favor on my life every single day I’ve been here on this earth. The power of prayer changes things! But even if you are not particularly spiritual, meditating on positive thoughts and breathing deeply really does help. Think about this: is this problem going to matter in: 5 minutes? 5 hours? 5 days? Will this be a big deal next week? Next year? How can I solve this problem so I’m not anxious about it anymore? Clear your mind of negativity and that voice that tells you to panic, and turn it around. Yes it is hard sometimes.
5. Stop finding your worth in what others think
-This is a BIG one for me. It’s not to say I don’t care that others like me, find me valuable, find me funny, or like my outfits. Of course I do. Everyone loves to be liked. No one will honestly tell you they don’t care that others don’t like them. And you should always aim to be a kind, generous, loving, giving person of excellence around everyone you meet. What I mean by this is, be your authentic self, and know that it’s ENOUGH. People will talk about you. It’s so much more about them than you. Distance yourself from people who make you feel bad about yourself; they are not true friends. Love yourself first and treat people the way you’d want to be treated. If they do not treat you the same, that’s ok too. Because you find your worth in yourself, not in what others think. If people talk badly about you, especially about things like your looks/outfit/laugh/work ethic/hair color/political party/etc, it’s most definitely their own insecurities, and really not about you at all. This belief has literally changed my life. I know who I am, and I love who I am. And if not everyone sees how awesome I am, that’s on THEM!
Please please share your tips and tricks for staying positive in the comments below! I’d love to hear!
*You can shop this look below, or in the ‘shop my looks’ tab up top!
Thank you so much for reading! Love you all!
Love & Light,
Coming at you with a new look (that I’m obsessed with) and some more insight into my world!
But first…lace bomber jackets.
Y E S.
My friend Damara spotted this at Anthropologie Saturday and as soon as she showed it to me I knew we had to be bomber twins. So I snagged it too. And at over 70% off (!!), it was a MAJOR steal.
The allover lace detail of this bomber is more cool than stuffy, and the fit is boxy and runs larger for an easy fit over everything from a mini dress to a tank.
I opted to wear mine over more lace! This blush cami has just a peek of skin showing through the lace at the top, and has the most flattering cut. It’s another steal at under $18!
I am already thinking of more ways to wear this versatile piece all spring, but I had to start with white rips.
The “priorities” part of this post is the funny part. This shoot was done at 9:30 Sunday morning. After breakfast at my favorite Tampa spot (Oxford Exchange!) and before TWO different sporting events. In the same day. If you follow me on instagram, you already know that craziness.
If you’re reading this you probably already know how much I love sports so I was certainly not dragged to a matinee baseball game and an evening hockey game in the same day. It was actually an amazing day! But just craziness.
And today? Today I worked 10 hours at my “regular” job and about 2 at my “contracting” job, but I couldn’t stop thinking about an outfit in my head that I reeeeally wanted to bring to life. And thanks to daylight saving time, I came home, changed, went back downstairs with the hubbs and shot another outfit before dinner.
Whew! I sometimes don’t know how you ladies do it, but I’m starting to understand.
When you love something, you just make it happen. and I love this! I love my career! I love remembering me & Beyonce have the same amount of hours in each day!
Bottom line is, there’s time if you make it. God put something in my heart that I can’t and won’t ignore and I’m happy I get to devote some of my life to it! Doing the thing that you can’t sleep you’re so excited to do is just awesome.
Shop this gorge lace bomber below!
Until next time!