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!
SHOP THIS LOOK:
Back with another gift guide for you! This one is particularly special because it was curated by my husband Paul, so you know it’s good!
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So excited to do another year of the gift guide series!
Below are some deets on my favorite splurge (and steal!) gift ideas for your favorite gal…or for yourself!
You can shop each using the links below! THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR IS HERE!!
1. Aviate “location” hat: From Birmingham to Tampa to LA, these airport-code hats are on-trend and SO cute for the gal who has lots of hometown pride! [Shop these hats here]
2.“Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley: the creator of Simplified Planner & DapperDesk, this Tampa mama has perfected imperfection and it’s all wrapped up in this beautifully written book. Bonus points for that insta-worthy cover!
3. Slouchy beanie: This amazing, cozy beanie is under $25 (such a steal!) and will keep you toasty warm and cute.
4. Bauble Bar “Artemis” choker: half bow ribbon choker, half glam girl choker, ALL ADORABLE.
5. Sephora “Give Me Some Bold Lip” kit: oh my gosh. The most perfect collection of dark, bold, and bright lips. Also great because you get plenty of color payout without shelling out the price for a full size!
6. Fun Christmas PJ’s: My husband & I have a tradition to get new Christmas PJ’s each year to wear while we decorate and on Christmas Eve. I *LOVE* This VS sleep tee that says “He sees you when you’re tweeting”! So cute.
7.Old Navy fringe scarf: I wore this in my outfit post last weekend and got tons of compliments! It’s the most perfect pink (but comes in other, more subdued shades as well.) It’s the softest fleece, and the fringe is so on-trend!
8. Ombre quilted vest: I saw this vest at Mall of America and had to PRY myself away! (It’s not exactly practical in tropical climates such as mine..but it’s still on my wish list! #slaveforfashion) The metallic ombre is SO gorgeous in person, and you could easily dress this vest up or down.
9. Statement belt: Wear it with bell-bottoms now and shorts later…and basically pass this baby down to your grandchildren, because it’s always going to be fabulous.
10. Sunday Riley “Power Couple”: this skincare line is EVERYTHING and this holiday boxed collection is a great price for 2 amazing products.
11. The cutest phone cases: Casemate makes some amazing cases for iPhones and this new “tough brilliance” collection is awesome because it combines the protection you want (so you don’t do silly things like crack your screen) with gorgeous, girly details!
12. Apple Watch Series 2: For the person you REALLY want to spoil, this timepiece does way more than tell time..and it’s high on my Christmas list!
It’s been a little bit! For the last week I’ve been up to my eyeballs in cardboard boxes and have taken no less than 10 trips to Target for “new home” supplies. You never realize how much you’re going to need when you move!
We’re (mostly) unpacked now, with a few boxes full of my clothes left to be organized/put away. I know you’re all surprised, right? 😉
Monday was also my birthday! This year felt weird since I usually love the week leading up to my birthday but this year it was spent with all the moving craziness so we kept it pretty low key. Mini donuts & margaritas! It was perfect.
This weekend the husband & I have a fancy Birthday date-night planned at a great new restaurant in town! I will be sure to post outfit deets on that 🙂
Anyway, for those of you who don’t follow me on instagram/facebook, we moved downtown and we are LOVING it. I won’t lie, it’s a pretty big adjustment from what I’m used to. But jumping outside of your comfort zone usually means it’s something worth jumping for. We’ve been here exactly a week and it’s starting to feel like home.
Now that we’re moved and (mostly) settled in, I can finally get some blog posts up on a regular basis! I swear moving took SO MUCH out of us. Well that, and my 2 jobs.. 😉
Below are two favorite looks from the last week that I wanted to give y’all the deets on in case you want them for yourself! You’ll recognize the leather skirt from my Labor Day Express picks! It’s got a high waist and I LOVE it!
And those “spice” jeggings…I can’t wait to wear them all season!
Links below each pic if you’d like to purchase! I’ll also throw some pics of our moving adventure.
Looking forward to talking to you guys again realllllly soon!
It’s mid-August and I’m already REALLY excited for fall fashion. It’s my favorite fashion season by far, and if you follow me on instagram, you’ll see that I’ve already done some major damage where cooler weather fashion is concerned. So what if it’s still 100 degrees in Florida?!
This ombre top from American Eagle checks off a lot of trendy boxes:
-muscle tank fit
This top would be great under a long cardigan or a military jacket, too!..once the weather cooperates, of course. For now it’s great on its own. I paired mine with these merlot skinny jeans, also from American Eagle. They are part of their “sateen” line and seriously feel like pajamas! They also promise not to “bag out” as some jeggings do. They come in a rainbow of rich fall shades..I can’t wait to get more!
These brown faux suede lace ups have been on repeat all summer and fall looks to be no different. Same with my bucket bag. It literally fits everything! Oh and we NEED to discuss this lip. It’s Stila liquid lipstick in ‘patina’! I’ve heard it’s tough to find but I’m here to tell you it’s WORTH IT. So good. And it lasts a long time!
All the details of this moody transition-into-fall outfit is under the “shop my looks” tab at the top of this page!
Have you checked the trends for fall? I want to know your favorite!
Until next time!
Dress: Rustic Bow Boutique (current); jacket: Express (current); hat, shoes: Target (current); bag: Nordstrom (current)
There’s nothing I love more than turning the corner on the hot summer and seeing a glimpse of fall on the horizon! For Floridians, this usually means fall fashion arrives in stores and on covers of magazines. Hey, I’ll take whatever glimpse I can get! I love fall!
Nautical stripes are a summer wardrobe staple, and this year stripes are a big fall trend, too. The lace up detail of this dress makes it perfectly on-trend while the stripes keep it classic and chic. This dress is great on it’s own for summer (see look below), but I was so excited to layer it under my fave new denim jacket and chilly-er weather accessories that I chose to sweat myself to death for this look! 😉 *worth it!*
This dress would look great with tights and boots or under a long fisherman cardi. The fall looks are endless with this classic piece!
You can shop this dress directly through the Rustic Bow Boutique instagram here!
Top: Target (old); Shorts: NY & Company (current); Sandals: Target (current)
I am absolutely loving these fun printed shorts! I spotted these a few weeks ago and filed them away in my brain, not even giving them a second look. Then I was checking out some fellow bloggers and the posts I seemed to enjoy most were the ones with fun summer prints! Lemons, watermelon, and now..zebras! 😉
Before we get further into the zebras, I need to rave about these shorts in general. I have never been a huge fan of wearing shorts. Since losing weight I’ve fully embraced summer and have actually looked forward to dressing my body for the hot weather rather than sweating in layers to avoid showing my body. But I’m still new to shorts. Or at least, feeling good wearing them.
These are the NY&Co 4″ shorts, and they come in lots of colors, styles, and fabrics. Just a heads up if you’re looking for a well-made pair of shorts that aren’t TOO short or too long!
Since the shorts are the main focal point of this look, I kept the rest as simple as possible with a button down denim chambray shirt and the most comfortable black gladiator sandals!
To me these shorts have a very high end look without the high end price point. For me, when I’m buying something as trendy as these, I don’t like to spend a ton of money, and these are a great deal! You’ll definitely be noticed wearing these this summer!
*Zebras are also the “mascot” for EDS awareness, a disorder that’s very near to my heart. I have Type A EDS. Learn more about this genetic disorder here.
Today’s post is all about Independence Day! I feel like the 4th is a holiday we’ve been “theme dressing” for since we were kids. You know you had the Old Navy “flag tee” every year growing up!
But even after growing out of screen print flags, showing patriotism in your #ootd is as American as well, Americans! 😉
I am no different, I LOVE themes! I still have to stop myself from wearing “ugly” Christmas sweaters every day in December, and cautiously avoid too many hearts (there’s never too many hearts!) in February. But I also realize most fashionistas want to be theme appropriate without wearing a flag on their chest.
These are two looks that are perfect for most anything you could be spending America’s birthday doing. My first look is casual and theme specific *without* any stripes & stars! It’s clear I’m dressed to show my pride in my country but I do so with ripped jeans and lipstick on my shirt 😉
The second look was an amazing find I literally stumbled into at Charming Charlie! I have only shopped there a handful of times and I must have not been paying much attention, because they’ve always had clothes I guess..? I’d truly never noticed until I spotted this beauty! I love the style of this maxi; it’s super flirty and feminine, and flattering on many different body types. It looks more expensive than it was, and I love the white background with the red/blue flowers. It’s definitely strongly hinting at our desired theme but still not hitting you over the head with it.
I love a theme and I love proudly wearing the flag of my country, but when you do so you really limit the use of the item to the 4th and no other time. These looks give you the desired effect and the ability to re-wear all summer!
Shopping links to the items I’m wearing (or similar) below each look. And as a lover of a theme, I’d love to see what you’re rocking on the 4th! Tag me in your insta pics (@blairdriscoll) or comment below!
Until next time!
Coming to you with a little different post this time around. I’ve recently been really into DIY’s! Not just any do-it-yourself projects, specifically on-trend fashion items I can’t see myself investing a whole lot in.
There are 2 items that struck a chord in my Michaels & JoAnne Fabrics loving heart: the VERY hot right now “pom pom tassel sandals” (You know you’ve heard of them/shopped for them/already own a pair) and this baby. This sun hat with a sequin “message”!
Hats like this one are flying off shelves at Anthropologie & Nordstrom. I just checked and they are “backordered” on both sites which wouldn’t be a surprise to me except that THEY’RE REALLY EXPENSIVE. We’re talking, $300-$450. For. a. hat.
I would like to think no matter where I’m at in life, I’d never drop $450 on a straw hat, but hey. I’m a fashion lover and I get it. When something is hot, it’s hot!
What these fine craftsman didn’t realize is that fashionista’s like you and me took one look at that hat and went PSSHHH. I can make this! So let me get you a jump start on it. I’m going to show you how I did it!
I’ve made 3 of these and I can tell what’s worked and what I’d do differently so you don’t have to feel lukewarm about your first attempt lol. Ready? Let’s DIY!
Supplies you’ll need for this DIY:
-a floppy straw hat (this one is from Target)
-a glue gun w/ extra glue sticks (I got mine for SUPER cheap at Michaels!)
-approx 3 yards of “sequin trim” (more or less depending on your message) I got this at JoAnne Fabrics, mine is .5 inch
-a fabric marker (optional..more on this later)
Step #1:prep hat by writing your desired message using the fabric pen* (the reason I say this is optional: after creating 2 of these hats, I realized I almost liked it better when I skipped this step. You can freehand the sequin trim to create your message, too. For those type A’s out there (stand up with me!) I wanted to visualize it before I started gluing, which was my reasoning for using the marker. You can do it either way, just ensure you’re writing large enough/clear/exactly what you want because that baby is permanent!
Step #2: get your (hot) glue on! This is as easy as hot gluing over the marker you just stenciled (or going freehand as described above.) You want to make sure the glue doesn’t have time to dry before you add the sequin trim, so I recommend doing it a letter at a time. After applying the hot glue, apply your sequin trim directly on top, lightly pressing down to adhere.
**HELPFUL HINT** You can choose to cut the sequins after each letter in a word, but what I recommend is doing one continuous span of sequin trim for each word, and only cutting it at the end of the word. This helps the overall look (again, you’re learning from my mistakes!)
Step #3: continue hot gluing sequin trim until your desired message is achieved. Once finished, let dry overnight in a well ventilated area.
Step #4: go out to the pool/beach and SLAY your on-trend sun hat you only paid $25 for!
No, really. That’s it!
This pic is from our Memorial Day weekend trip to Sarasota, where soooo many people asked where they could buy my hat, my husband told me to start taking orders! They couldn’t believe I’d made it, and thus the inspo for this post was born. Puhh-lease don’t pay $100, $200, and definitely not $300 or $400 for this hat when you can customize your own for about an hour of your time and $25!
Please let me know if you enjoy these DIY posts! I will definitely do more if they’re well received! I’m planning a post for my pom-pom sandals so look out for that one soon! 🙂
I really hope I’m not the only one LOVING any/everything off the shoulder this season! (If what’s major this month is any indication, I’m definitely not!)
But truly this is among my favorite looks I’ve ever done. I saw this gorgeous rainbow wall over Memorial Day weekend when traveling with my husband. The fashion blogger in me filed it away and knew I had to come up with an outfit that would work in front of it, and two weeks later this colorful dress walked into my life!
This dress is from The Rustic Bow Boutique, and the price point could NOT be better at $29.50!!(!!!) This online boutique carries a wide variety of pieces, from rompers to dresses to cute graphic tanks. They’re just starting out but are already making waves in the online fashion world. Check out their website at www.therusticbow.com!)
***This post is not sponsored by The Rustic Bow Boutique. I am a paying customer, I’m just a fan!***
I wanted to keep the theme colorful, so I added lots of fun tassel bracelets, two necklaces, and my favorite Target beach bag (shop it here).
I decided to belt my dress (belt does not come with, but there is a tie if you choose to use that) for a more flattering-on-me silhouette, which paired perfectly with my Target faux-suede lace ups. I actually used the ‘tie’ that comes with the dress on my straw hat! 😉
My husband did an amazing job shooting this post, and I’m so happy with how these photos turned out!
If you’d like more details on my dress, you can shop it directly via instagram! I’ve linked it here!
I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look! Too much, or never enough? I love me some COLOR so I say, bring it on! 🙂
Until next time friends!
PS* This post was done one day prior to the tragedy in Orlando, but I couldn’t be prouder to post it now in front of that beautiful, prideful rainbow. Please keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers. #OrlandoUnited