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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 

Vino

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Today’s post brings us to Florence, Italy in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Looking through these pictures is giving me MAJOR withdrawals (from the atmosphere and the wine). The scenery is absolutely beautiful throughout this area, with the rolling hills full of vineyards and olive trees! When I saw this baby doll dress, the first thing I thought was ITALY!! It just screamed “wine tasting in Tuscany” to me, and I was right that it fit perfectly with my surroundings. Not only is it a precious little dress, but it’s also breezy and comfortable. Totally suitable for vineyard visiting anywhere! You could easily put on a cute pair of wedges and some fun bangles to dress this up for dinner. However, for a day of wine tasting I chose to wear my brand new gladiator sandals. I LOVE this look!! My husband, Todd, on the other hand cannot stand it. I had been dying for the Stuart Weitzman version of these for months, but could never justify the $400 splurge to him. Instead, I did what I do with a lot of trendy items, and found a pair from MIA for $80. Despite Todd’s skepticism, every time I wear them, I get a ton of compliments! Which I love, especially in front of him! I was able to wear these shoes all day walking around vineyards and downtown Florence and was perfectly comfortable the entire time. Since the weather was a bit chilly in the morning, I did wear a simple knit sweater over my dress. I bought this sweater specifically for this trip and it has been a blessing on the trip and since I’ve gotten home. It goes with practically everything and is the perfect sweater to have on hand in case you get cold. Great, inexpensive, keep in your car kind of item. I wish writing this post could somehow magically take me back to Italy, but at least I’ve been able to reminisce a bit and share some tips with you. If you’ve never been, you must put it to the top of your list. It is a truly magical place!

Dress- Express (similar here) / Sweater- Target / Shoes- MIA / Sunglasses- Ray Ban

 

One of the Locals

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know what I’ve been up to for the past month- having a beautiful wedding with my best friend {now husband} and then embarking on a three week long honeymoon of our dreams to Europe! We have had an exciting and amazing past few weeks. Now, I’m thrilled to be able to share all of it with y’all! The first part of our trip, we spent traveling through northern Italy, which is where all of my outfit posts were shot. We went to Venice, Milan and Florence and loved each and every city for different reasons. Collectively though, our favorite was Milan, which is where my first post will take you. The people were wonderful, food DELICIOUS, fashion breathtaking and the big city feel incomparable. I could seriously see myself living there. To walk around town and do the tourist thing, I wanted my outfit to be a combination of comfortable, yet cool. I wanted to blend in with the locals (which, with my Italian roots isn’t too hard). Europeans have this amazing effortlessly chic look to their style. I made it my mission to embody that and soak in every bit of it while I was there. Neutrals are an easy way to do effortless. This sheer taupe blouse is a great staple to have in your closet. It can go with practically anything, in practically any weather. It is comfortable, yet classy. These cropped skinny jeans are officially my new favorites! Not only are they stretchy material, but they look great with heels, wedges, flats and flip flops. The color is a lighter wash, so I like to pair them with softer colors like ivory, nudes, and pastels. My favorite color of the year, blush pink, goes perfectly with them. Everyone remember how I say to always roll your skinny jeans when you’re wearing flats? Well, with how perfectly the hem of these fall on the leg that is not necessary. These blocked heel sandals I wore are a MUST HAVE- seriously, do yourself a favor and go out and get them NOW!!! I am obsessed with these! They are comfortable and casual enough to wear walking around a big city all day and easy enough to dress up to wear them out at night. They are the perfect shoe to take on a trip to Europe because they are so multi-functional. I love them so much, that I want to order two more pair to have on backup for when these get worn out (which the way i’ve been wearing them, they will). This bag is my go-to neutral purse. A gold chain strap takes any outfit to the next level of chic! No, it’s not Chanel {I wish} but it is still a beautiful quilted white leather purse by Kate Spade that will perfectly complete almost any outfit. Now, I must tell you the one accessory that I was missing was my hair being styled! The European outlets zapped my curling wand on the first day! So, until I could get a replacement it was au-natural for me. This actually works in Europe though, the more natural the better! Do you have any tips on what to wear when in Europe? I would love to get your input! {we are already planning our next trip}

**I am now not only including links to where I purchased items, but links to the exact item OR if no longer sold to something similar. Click on links below to find today’s items & don’t forget, SHOP LOCAL when possible**

Blouse- Express / Jeans- Express / Shoes- Aldo / Bag- Kate Spade from Gwynn’s  (similar here) / Sunglasses- Ray Ban