Comfort

Maxi Monday

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Continuing on with our Maxi Monday Month of August is our last super summery goddess gown. This dress is literally the maxi of your dreams. I know that when I want to wear a long dress, it’s because I want something comfortable and easy breezy. This blue tie dye by Ava Sky is just that! It’s super easy to throw on and go, but at the same time makes a huge statement! Because it’s such a bold dress, I like to keep the accessories to a minimum. I wore a bangle on one arm and a nifty hand ring/bracelet on the other. They added just the perfect amount of boho to this carefree look. The length of the dress easily allows for a wedge, but I love how it flows with flats. I paired it with a simple pair of nude flats for an almost barefoot hippie look. This attire is perfect for just about any occasion, but I love it for a beach lunch or even a music festival. It is SUCH a fun look to wear and sure to take your maxi wardrobe up to the next level!

Dress- Ava Sky {similar here} | Sandals- Target | Bangle- Bourbon and Boweties | Bracelet- StyleXchange Couture

A Walk in the Park

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Today is one of my favorite posts yet! It may not be the most on trend fashionable outfit, but it’s a glimpse into a day in my real life and what I would be wearing for a bike ride in the park. Okay, so I MAY not always bike around with flowers in my basket, but I am a fresh flowers freak so you never know! The amazing pictures are again courtesy of Carissa Cady Photography. First, let me tell you about my baby, my bike! I absolutely LOVE her!! When I pictured myself having a beach cruiser for the first time years ago, this is exactly what I had in mind. The guys at Affordabike were so knowledgable and most importantly patient with me. I wanted specific colors for the bike, seat, handlebars, basket etc, it was all about the look for me, something that guys who work at a bike shop don’t really identify with. But, they were so nice and made sure I had my bike just the way I wanted it. Not to mention they have the most precious pit bull as their shop dog. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me take her home! I rode my bike home that day and the rest is history!! One of my favorite places to ride, and really just to go to in general, is Hampton Park. Up until last Friday, we lived only a block away and even just writing this post is making me a bit emotional about not being right there anymore. If you live in Charleston and haven’t been to Hampton Park, you’ve GOT to do something about it! It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, exercising or letting the dogs run around. As for my outfit, this is a pretty basic look that I feel any of you could put together. I do really love the colors of this shirt and the back button details. The white pants make the look super bright and cheery, perfect for a Spring or Summer day! The sandals are one of only two purchases {both shoes} that I made on my honeymoon in Italy. Overall, this is a pretty basic look that is easy to put together, but still adorable nonetheless.

All Images By: Carissa Cady Photography

Bike: Affordabike

Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Pants- Vigoss | Shoes- purchased in Italy {similar here} | Necklace- Almost Pink {similar here}

 

Style for a Cause

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Have you noticed my new accessory in today’s post (and no, not my new Céline bag either)?! OKAY so maybe my favorite best friend, I mean iPhone, isn’t new. But, her pretty flamingo case courtesy of Kidogo Kidogo is!! How CUTE {not in a Lilly Pulitzer kind of way} is this case for summer? Not only is it keeping my phone’s style fresh, but it is a “case that cares.” For every two cases sold on the Kidogo Kidogo website, a woman in Tanzania will receive a cell phone, a sim card and credit to be able to start using her new phone. Take a moment and consider your life without your cell phone, not without Snapchat and Instagram, but without the ability to communicate with other people-unfathomable, right? Now, imagine trying to run a business like that. Kidogo Kidogo has provided phones that assist women with their businesses and maintain their livelihood. Many of these women are elderly or have many mouths to feed at home. This company was started by Kim and Kristen Waeber, two young sisters, who after traveling all throughout the world recognized this great need and felt called to do something about it. Guess what? We don’t have to start a huge company to do our part (however, if my post moves you enough to do so, by all means). Face it, you’re going to buy another cell phone case in the next few months anyways, why not help another woman in need while you’re at it?! There are several more designs (all created by a Tanzanian artist) available, with one sure to fit your taste! Share this with your friends and let’s spread the word about Kidogo Kidogo!! Keep reading for more on my outfit!

 

 

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DSC_0616Okay, so after a full holiday weekend in VEGAS, I desperately needed some comfy casual outfit days. BUT, I also had some meetings and errands to run so I couldn’t make it a “work out clothes” day. This outfit is the perfect in between! I have been DYING to wear this new Equiptment top (that I got half off at II Brunettes). It is absolutely gorgeous, but also effortless. It could easily be dressed up with a pair of white skinnies, pumps and some flashy jewelry. Obviously, I chose to dress it down with a little half tuck action and these distressed boyfriend shorts. They are so so comfortable and look great on any shape or size! These shoes are one of my favorites in my closet. They are super comfy, but also give you a little wedge, which is great when wearing shorts (especially if you’re self conscious about your legs like I am). I then carried my new everyday bag and princess of the house>>my birthday Céline luggage bag!!! I’m only mildly obsessed!! OH and there’s a look alike linked below (AND it’s on sale). I couldn’t get a bag AND sunnies, so I opted for these {$12} Céline look a likes! To keep the effortlessly casual look going, I kept the accessories to a bare minimum, wearing only my go-to midi rings. There you have it, a perfect “I don’t want to be dressed, but I have to be” look!!

Top- Equipment from II Brunettes {similar here} / Shorts- Express {similar here} / Shoes- DV by Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} / Sunnies- Blue Poppy Boutique / Bag- Céline {similar here} / Cell Case- Kidogo Kidogo 

Backyard BBQ

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Today’s outfit takes us away from being the hostess and brings us to attending a super casual backyard bbq. You know, the kind with hotdogs, fireball, a PBR keg and probably drunken, illegal fireworks- aka the really fun kind! This is not something that you want to get dressed up for, but you still want to be cute for those Insta pics! Chances are no matter what city you’re in on July 4th, it’s going to be HOT! So ladies, it’s time to bust out those short cutoffs! Cutoff shorts are perfect for this type of event. These are a pair that are stretchy {think jeggings} so they are also super comfortable. I wore a blue plaid shirt that I tied at the bottom- I mean come on, nothing says America more than this! I wanted to be a little extra festive, so rather than the beads and leis that are typically passed out at an event like this, I opted for a multi strand red beaded necklace. To keep my feet clear of fire ants and beer spillage, I chose my new favorite Vans, which are surprisingly breathable and perfect for all day comfort. I take any advantage {almost never}  to wear these red classic Wayfarers that I got on super sale. Again, another replacement for those tacky red, white and blue party favor glasses that will more than likely be lying around and after a few vodka soaked watermelons you might have wound up wearing…you can thank me later!

Shirt- Rails {similar here} / Shorts- StyleXchange {similar here} / Shoes- Vans / Necklace- Target / Sunnies- Ray Ban   

Casual Friday

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Happy Friday everyone!! You’ve made it through the week, so why not celebrate with hot pink loafers and a casual look that will take you all through the weekend?! Disclaimer- everything I am wearing except the loafers is from TARGET! Some of you may love this and others may shake your head in disgust. For those head shakers, we just cannot be friends because Target is probably the best thing that ever happened to me (besides my husband, of course-hehe). This is a super cute laid back outfit to take you errand running (aka spending hours in Target), on a casual lunch date, or if you’re a mommy doing fun weekend stuff with the kids. Jean shirt and white shorts by itself- it’s been done, it’s pretty plain. But, add some pops of pink and you’ve instantly taken your outfit to sassy and fun! I absolutely love wearing a necklace {yes, that’s Target too} over a collar like this! It takes an otherwise simple neckline up a notch making the collar your blank canvas to jazz up however you like. Now, onto the loafers!! When we were on our honeymoon in Italy, Todd got a pair of bright blue loafers and I fell in love! So, when I saw these Manolos on sale-in Charleston-in this color-and my size was the last left-I knew it was FATE!! Now granted, I never expected my first pair of Manolos to be a pair of flats, much less loafers, but I love them! I’m not sure whether Carrie Bradshaw would be proud or she would be a head shaker right now too? Oh well! Loafers are the must have comfort shoe of the year! They effortlessly take you from season to season and are easy to throw on with practically any attire. So, put away those Tory Burch Reva flats and try out something a little more daring from the menswear world- I promise you will not be disappointed in the loafer!

Shoes- Manolo Blahnik from Bob Ellis Shoes (similar here)  /  Top- Target  /  Shorts- Target  /  Necklace- Target

 

Borrowing from the Boys

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Remember back when you were a kid and you had designated “play clothes” and “play shoes?” Or in my house they were considered “outside shoes” and always kept in the garage. Well, this is the grown up version of a play outfit, but instead of neighborhood kickball and tree climbing, it is perfect for bike rides to a cute lunch spot or walking the dogs to the farmer’s market. (let’s face it kickball and tree climbing doesn’t sound half bad though) And what better occasion to dress up like the boys than a play day?! The trend of women wearing men’s style clothing is nothing new. Audrey Hepburn was famous for often wearing cropped pants and loafers in a time where women were always expected to wear dresses. And she is THE definition of chic, so you know you can’t go wrong if Audrey wore it! This is a bit of a modern spin on that classic Audrey style. The chambray button down shirt has become a staple for girls and women of all ages in the last few years. (I know you have one in your closet) You can wear it with practically anything and any color. I love how this light wash in particular compliments the “grenadine orange” pants I am wearing. Since I had so many boyish pieces in this outfit, I decided to flirt it up by unbuttoning my top just far enough not to see any goods. This gave it the bit of feminine touch it needed. The red skinnies are so perfect for a fun, play day! If you know me, you know I love a skinny rolled up at the bottom. This really does do EVERYTHING for the outfit. If they were unrolled and bunchy at the bottom, this would not be a chic look. I added a touch of color fun with a subtle purple skinny belt. Now, you could wear sandals or even white Converse would be super cute with this outfit, but to really make it on trend and of the moment, wear oxfords. Oxfords are everywhere right now! They make them in all sorts of colors and materials. I’ve seen them in leather, suede and even lace. If you want to really dress them up they make some in full glitter with fun laces or just a glittered toe. Your options are really endless and there is no excuse you can’t find a pair of these fun shoes that fit your style! I love these elephant grey suede pair because they’re very versatile and I love the dainty shape to them. I can wear these with a high waisted short, cropped pants or even a cute little romper or sundress. And they are really fun to wear! This borrowed from the boys look is a classic outfit that will never go out of style, but using the latest trend of the oxford shoe. Go out and try it, I promise you won’t regret it!!

Shirt- American Eagle / Pants- Gap / Belt- Target / Shoes- Victoria’s Secret (YES for real those are VS- they have upped their shoe game lately and have some great coupons out right now)

 

Effortlessly Chic

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This laid back look truly embodies everything that is my everyday wear. I live for {and in} comfy skinnies, a cute top & a pair of booties. It is what I feel my best and most comfortable in. The effortless look is really where it’s at and with a few little details can be so chic! I have had this top for a while, but just hadn’t made it a number one priority on my long list of outfits to wear. However, after seeing how huge the metallic trend was on the Oscar’s Red Carpet Sunday night I knew I HAD to wear it right away! A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett and Kate Hudson (one of my personal best dressed’s of the night) were all wearing some hue of a shiny, glamorous metallic. But, who says the trend has to be saved for black tie events like the Academy Awards? This top is casual metallic heaven!! It feels like you’re wearing a t-shirt with the grey cotton that has a hint of glitter to it, but it is the faux leather rose gold sleeves that really MAKE the top. I also love the black collar lining. It is something so simple, but it just wouldn’t be as good without it. I wore it with my favorite “legging pants” as I like to call them. A simple cuff at the bottom instantly makes these stylish! LADIES- DO NOT TUCK YOUR PANTS INTO BOOTIES IF THE LEGS ARE GOING TO BE BUNCHY!!!! This is {clearly} a huge pet peeve of mine, and it just does not look good. Give your skinnies & booties the polished look by either cuffing them once or doing a tiny roll a couple of times. These happen to be my favorite booties of all time and they really look fabulous with anything and everything. It doesn’t hurt that they give you the comfort of a flat, but the confidence of a heel. Since I was going for the less is more appearance, I kept my accessories to a major minimum. The bracelet I am wearing is actually a necklace, but works great as both and has all sorts of wonderful metallic colors in there that really compliment my outfit. Finally, one of the most important factors with such a low key outfit is that {unless you’re just running to Target} you’ve got to have your hair/makeup looking fabulous! You can still give your hair that tousled bed head look, but make sure it isn’t REALLY bed head. I love a bold smoky eye with this because it really plays up such a simple outfit. This is a hot look that can be worn in the daytime or perfect for dinner or a night out! No matter where it is worn, you will look so chic and like you didn’t even try!

Top- BCBG {Purchased at StyleDwell} / Pants- Target / Shoes- Aldo / Bracelet- Stella & Dot

 

B is for Brittany

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B is for Brittany and C is for Casual! I’m keeping it super casual on this lazy Saturday before next week’s dressed up, red and pink filled Valentines themed posts. But, you can do laid back and lazy without UGG boots and sweatpants involving words on your bum. This look is comfortable and casual but still manages to look polished and put together. The sweatshirt was a find on the clearance rack at Old Navy and has become my best friend for days when I have to go out in public, but truly don’t even feel like getting out of bed. The “built in necklace” as I like to call it is EVERYTHING! Just that little bit of bling makes all the difference. This top can even be taken from day to night by adding a pair of leather pants and heels. Voilá, you’ve got a super comfy dinner and drinks outfit! I paired it with a pair of “legging pants” that are also one of my wear again and again items and my chambray Converse. I am not often a tennis shoes kind of girl, but these have somewhat swayed my view. The chambray really takes them to the next level and to me makes them a little dressier (well, as dressy as a tennis shoe can be.) The color can practically be worn with anything and brings a bit of playfulness to any outfit. Not to mention they are way comfy! So, next time you go reaching for that workout outfit that you have no intentions of putting to use that day or the go-to yoga pants with your ex boyfriend’s old frat t-shirt, think of what you can put together that is comfortable while still staying chic!

Sweatshirt- Old Navy / Pants- Target / Shoes- Converse