Shorts of the Summer

Now that the weather is consistently warm and I can wear shorts everyday, my love for One Teaspoon denim has become an obsession.  I wear my One Teaspoon jean shorts all the time. I have already bought three pairs – with a fourth pair en route! I have never had great luck with denim shorts in the past, but that all changed once I discovered One Teaspoon. They are stylish, they fit me perfectly, and they are extremely well made – check, check, and check!

Since I have already blogged about where you can buy them, this go around I am going to show you how I have styled mine so far this Summer.

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Although the One Teaspoon bandits are a bit short, you can still make them look like more than just a pair of cut-off booty shorts.  This was actually today’s “fourth of July” outfit – which I wore to work.

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These are the exact same shorts from the first picture, just styled a bit different, since this outfit was for date night.

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These bandits are the same exact style as the ones above, just in a different color. Unfortunately, these ‘le surf’ bandits are practically sold out everywhere. Which is no surprise since they are so awesome! You can hardly see in this picture, but the left side has “Free Love” embroidered above the front pocket.

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Since I love the bandits sooo much, I have decided to get them in white.  It was clearly meant to be because I just found the on sale via ShopBop!

bonitas

These One Teaspoon bonitas were beyond difficult to get my hands on.  Not only have they been sold out for months, they also appear to have been discontinued.  However, I recently stumbled into a local boutique and found one pair left – that just happened to be my size!!  Oddly enough, it was my first time at Bungalow Seven and I had no clue that they even carried One Teaspoon.  These shorts were clearly meant for my closet!

I just bought the bonitas a few days ago, however, I’ll be sure to share how I styled them once I break them in!

XO

Outfit #1

Top (JCrew), Shorts (Blue Buoy Bandits), Mules (Stubbs & Wootton), Sunglasses (SMU)

Outfit #2

Top (ASTR), Necklace (Anna Beck), Shorts (Blue Buoy Bandits), Sandals (Schutz)

Outfit #3

Top (Sanctuary), Shorts (Le Surf Bandits), Sneakers (Comme des Garcons), Sunglasses (Quay)

Hanky Panky

Finding the right under garments can be such a challenge these days.  With all of the different style tops and pants out there, it can be quite difficult to find under garments that give you the appropriate amount of coverage and comfort.  One of the perks, of being a lifetime member to the itty bitty titty club, is that I can get away without wearing a bra – most of the time.  However, whenever I find a great top that is sheer or has an open back, I am at a loss.  Luckily, I have discovered a few brands that have made getting dressed so much easier!

shapers

These Breast Shapers are a game changer.  Not only do they provide full coverage, but they actually give you some lift.  On top of that, they are reusable up to 25 times.  I love them.  When it comes to a low back top or dress, these are perfect.

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Free People bralettes are another favorite of mine.  They come in a variety of great colors and they have so many fun designs.  I actually haven’t worn a real bra in years because these bralettes are so stinkin’ comfortable!

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If the Free People bralettes aren’t for you, then check out Hanky Panky.  The one pictured above is my absolute favorite bralette.  It is so unbelievably comfortable and the colors are great!

undies

I actually first discovered Hanky Panky underwear back in high school and was instantly hooked.  I have just about every color they make in the boy short.  The thong is one of their most popular styles, however, I am a huge fan of the boy cut.  You can wear these under anything and you won’t see an underwear line. Not only will you love how comfy they are, but you will love the fact that you can wear the light colors under white pants and not worry about color showing through!  I haven’t owned any other brand of underwear in years and I doubt I will ever find another brand that I love as much.

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As far as a camisole goes, Nordstrom’s has the best selection.  The Nordstrom brand cami is my favorite because it is reversible from front to back and it is seamless.  Most camisoles dig into your collar bone or are cut wrong so they keep riding up, but not these! This cami is perfectly cut and super comfortable.  To top it off, they are well priced!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I haven’t worn a real bra in years, but I have grown up watching my sister and mom struggle to find the perfect bra.  I must say that Nordstrom’s has the absolute best selection of bras.  I highly recommend going into your local Nordstrom and get properly fitted by one of their specialist.  They will help you find exactly what you need and, as always, the customer service is excellent!  One of my mom’s favorite brands is Wacoal, which she was introduced to by the Nordstrom’s lingerie specialist.

I hope this helps getting dressing a bit easier for y’all!

XO

Gettin’ Graphic

I have always been a fan of feeling comfortable while looking chic and lately I’ve had this new found obsession with graphic tees.  They are perfect for transitioning an outfit from day to night while still allowing you to feel nice and cozy.  Below are a few of my favorite new tees and how I have been wearing them out and about!

The lighting in my photos doesn’t do this t-shirt justice, but it actually says “JEANS JEANS JEANS”.  I mean how can you not wear this shirt with denim? It’s such a fun play on the classic t-shirt & jeans.  My shorts are One Teaspoon and the sandals are from Madewell.

I am super obsessed with this tank top for two reasons.  One – because I think that vintage band tees are so cool.  Two – because the back of this top is open!

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Now I know that everyone can’t get away with going bra-less, but I have recently discovered these Commando “covers” and they are life changing.  I highly recommend them! Back to the outfit, my jeans are Blank NYC and the sandals are Madewell (same as above, but in black).

I have always loved the look of camo – perhaps, because I was raised on the Eastern Shore! This t-shirt is soooo soft and cozy, but really cool looking. It also comes in a few different color options.  These jeans are also amazingly comfy and have a ton of stretch in them.  I could have taken a nap in this outfit! My jeans are Frame and my sandals are Schutz.

  Sadly, I don’t know much about the Rolling Stones nor the Grateful Dead, but I love these tees! I actually wore this outfit out to dinner last week for date night and got tons of compliments on my shirt. The back of this tee has all of the cities from the Stones tour, so it actually looks like a real vintage concert tee!  It does run small though, so I recommend ordering up a size. My pants are Blank NYC, my shoes are Sam Edelman, and my sweater is Autumn Cashmere.

Thanks for reading!

XO

Bikini Season – Part I

Every Spring, as the weather slowly gets warmer, I start to compile my Bikini wish list for the Summer.  I feel the same way about bikinis as I do about shoes – you can never have too many.  I am fortunate enough to live at the beach so, I spend all of my free time laying in the sun, working on my tan.  However, I also feel like you need a solid bikini collection so that you aren’t re-wearing the same suit day after day.  Not only because you want to keep them in good condition, but also because you wouldn’t wear the same outfit to work three days in a row!

I love this bikini from Indah. The top is so feminine and unique. I am also a big fan of a classic black bikini. The bottoms are a bit skimpy, but once you get some color on those cheeks, you’ll be fine!

Speaking of a classic, this white Kiini bikini would look amazing with a nice tan.  I have wanted this bikini for a while now so, I will most certainly be buying it this Summer. The top and bottoms come in a variety of color options if you want something more fun!

This top from Frankie’s Bikinis is so cool.  It will probably give me a horrible tan line, but it’s totally worth it.  There are several different bottom options to choose from as well.

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 As far as color goes, I love the pale lavender color, but I am torn between that or this super cool tie-dye option.

I found this brand, Kai Lani, on Instagram back in the Fall and cannot wait to buy one of their bikinis for this Summer.  I love this suit, but I am torn between the two colors. Any thoughts? I know I have several white bikinis on my list, but white just looks soooo good!

Beach Babe Swimwear is another one of my recent Instagram finds.  I am obsessed with the color of this suit and the braiding details.  The best part though is that it appears to be a great suit for swimming in the ocean.  Since the top is nice and strapped in, you won’t have to worry about any nip-slips if a wave knocks you over!

Let me know which suits are your favorites! And don’t forget to check back later this week for the other half of my list!!

XO

Best Products for Clear Skin

Ever since I hit puberty, I have struggled with my skin.  It is super oil but also red and dry.  I have tried almost every acne product on the market and NOTHING works.  I finally met with a dermatologist back in high school and was put on prescription medicine for several years.  However, now that puberty is over, so is my prescription medicine.  So, I have been perfecting my non-prescription regime for the past three years and I my current routine seems to be juuust right.

wash

I have been using Kiehl’s forever and I love their products.  This face wash is the best stuff I have ever used.  They took it off the market for a few months last year to re-do the formula, and it was such a struggle to find a replacement. Once the new formula was released, I literally ran to the store to stock up!  I wash my face every morning and night with this cleanser.  I have one bottle in the shower and one bottle on my sink – it’s that great.

toner

After I wash my face, I apply this toner on my face and neck.  If my skin is feeling dry, I cut back on the toner and only use it every other day or just at night.  It works great on acne prone skin and it helps control the oil on your face.

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These two products are amazing!  I swear they have given me the best skin of my life.  Since I started using them, I have received tons of compliments on my skin.  I highly recommend using them together.  Each time I run out of one, my skin definitely feels the effects. They are a bit pricey but I promise they are worth it.  Sephora offers a set with both products in mini sizes so you can give them a try before breaking the bank. The Night Oil has retinol in it, which helps with acne and wrinkles.  However, you can only use it at night and it works best if you let it sit for 10-15 minutes before applying the Good Genes lactic acid.  I use the Good Genes twice a day and it both brightens and plumps up my skin.  I’m telling you, these products work miracles on my skin.

oil

After I apply my Good Genes, I apply a small amount of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil on my face, neck and the back of my hands.  I have been using this stuff for years now and it really helps to keep my skin hydrated, especially during the Summer.  This oil is only meant to be used at night time but Kiehl’s also offers a Daily Reviving Oil that works just as well.  I personally stick to the night oil because I don’t want to look too oily during the day.

lotion

Last, I apply Kiehl’s Rosa Artica cream all over my face and neck.  I only use this lotion at night time because I like to use a CC cream during the day.  However, I have tested many night creams and this is my favorite. It smells great and is light weight. It also has anti-aging properties which will hopefully help to keep the wrinkles away!

While these products work well for me, this combination may not work for all skin types.  Each product works amazingly so depending on what your skin needs are, they may work for you as well!

XO

Skirtin’ Around Town

Now that the warm weather has arrived, I can finally bust out my favorite skirts and mini dresses. I have a new found love for skirts – they are so cool and comfy but still super chic. There is nothing better than looking put together while feeling cozy enough for a nap!  So, I decided I would share my absolute favorite skirts with y’all.

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As I have said in previous posts, Australia produces some of the best clothing designers, and Bec & Bridge is no exception.  Their Cloud Trail skirt is truly amazing. I first saw it on Andi Csinger a few weeks back and instantly fell in love. I can’t wait to twirl around town in it!

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Next on my list is this skort from Zara.  It is a faux suede so it can be worn year round.  I am excited to wear this in the Summer when my legs are nice and tan! The fact that it is a skort makes it even better – so, you don’t have to worry about flashing anyone if the wind picks up!

revolve

I love, love, love Lovers + Friends.  I have been buying their clothes for years and I always get tons of compliments on their stuff!  This skirt could be dressed up or down, which is something I love in my clothes. It’s feminine and fun anddd the perfect length.

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This little number I scored from JCrew Factory.  My absolute favorite part about it is that it has pockets!! I am obsessed with dresses and skirts that have pockets – it just makes life so much easier. I normally never buy skirts from JCrew because they are typically too long, but this one is truly a mini skirt and I love it.

Hope you love these as much as I do!

XO

Friends & Family Sale

I apologize for not posting this sooner, but better late than never!  Today marks the final day for Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family sale – one of my favorite sales of the year.  The majority of the site is 25% off and if an item is excluded, then you get a $25 reward card for each $100 you spend.  It’s fantastic!

frame denim

I was good this year and limited myself to only a couple of pieces.  These Frame white jeans were a must have.  I have a pair of white Citizens jeans that I love, but I am obsessed with the distressed denim trend so I just had to get a pair in white!  These pants also come in a dark wash which I was tempted to also buy, but again, I am trying to be good.

tee

I have been dying for the Madeworn Rolling Stones tee, but I just can’t bring myself to spend that much on a t-shirt when there are so many other things on my wish list.  Luckily, I found this Daydreamer shirt that looks almost exactly like the Madeworn version (minus the studs).

top

I didn’t buy this Olivaceous top, but it’s patiently waiting in my shopping cart.  It may or may not end up in my closet by the end of the week!  Olivaceous is one of my favorite brands, but it’s super difficult to find in stores.  This top is so cute and would be perfect for a night out in the Summer.  Ughhhh, it really is so hard to reel myself in!

I highly recommend you head over to Bloomingdale’s right now and check out this sale.  It doesn’t get much better than 25% off!

XO