The Power of the Cardigan

The power of the cardigan is amazing.  They are perfect for all seasons and can make an outfit totally different.  It always amazes me how often I find myself grabbing for a cardigan.  When I look at the different areas of my closet, the biggest section of my closet is hands down cardigans.  They are a closet staple that I feel gets the most use for me.  In my mind you can never have to many!  This section is also the hardest for me to get rid of anything.  You never know when you need a certain color, length, or weight!

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Gray Monroe and contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and content are my own.

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Gray Monroe || Cardigan: Similar|| Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace: Purple Peridot || Earrings: Sugar Fix via Target || Sunglasses: Oakley ||

When shopping I love to find clothes that can pull double duty for me.  What I mean by that is clothes that can be worn to work and at home!  This dress from Gray Monroe fits this profile perfectly for me!  I love the fun and carefree print along with the flowy fit.  The best part about this dress is the fact that it has pockets!!!

 

While this dress is perfect for a summer day it is not perfect for school.  The spaghetti straps are just a bit to small to be work appropriate.  Here lies the power of a cardigan.  I love how just adding one pieces make it perfect for the work environment!  I could have added a plain black cardigan or a fun color, but I wanted to play around with some pattern mixing.  The monochromatic colors are perfect for tying the look together.  Since the cardigan is mainly black with this white stripes it helps to enhance this dress versus compete with it.

 

 

Unfortunately, this dress is sold out already.  When searching the website though I found so many dresses that can pull double duty just by throwing on a cardigan!  Here are some of my favorite styles!  You can shop all the cute styles here.  Which one is your favorite?

 

Huntley Dress

 

Mikah Maxi Dress

 

Pepper Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Trends: Straw Bags

Outfit Details || Tote: c/o Vera Bradley || Hat: Target || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley ||

One of my favorite summer trends has been the straw tote.  I am not sure if it is truly the idea of a straw tote or just this gorgeous one from Vera Bradley. The best part is it is currently on sale!   I got this tote in late March, and I have gotten so much use out of it!  It came with me on Spring in Florida.  It was perfect for the beach to carry all of my important items, and for evenings out!  Straw totes are not just vacations.  I have used it as my everyday bag at home too!  It has been the perfect accessory!

Discolure:  This post was done in collaboration with Vera Bradley and contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

As you can tell I have gotten so much use at of my fun tote!  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  What is your favorite summer accesory?

 

 

Girl’s Night Out

A few nights ago, I met up with some of my favorite ladies from work at a new restaurant in town.  It seems like it has been ages since I have had a girl’s night out!  With summer break, we tend to lose touch with the craziness.  I know with the boys’ schedules there hasn’t been much downtime.  I had a great time catching up with everyone.  It was an evening spent laughing and chatting.

Outfit Details || Top: Old || Jeans: Urban Hippie || Kimono: c/o Outer Grace Boutique || Sandals: c/o PicknPay || Purse: c/o Vera Bradley || Sunglasses: Loft || Jewelry: Kendra Scott || Bracelet:  c/o Wink of Pink ||

 

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Outer Grace Boutique and contains affiliate links.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.

MY LOOK

When deciding what to wear I knew that I want to wear jeans.  I typically get really cold when I go to restaurants so I decided to dress in layers.  I knew that I wanted to wear this kimono from Outer Grace Boutique that I picked up last week.  I loved the floral details and the slight ruffled bottom!  I was drawn to this kimono, because of the ruffles and the colors.  This will be a great piece that I can transition into the early fall.

I debated between a cream tank or this bright yellow.  I decided (with some help from friends) on the yellow.  I love the color yellow, and whenever I wear it I feel happy!   I also thought the yellow helped bring out some of the colors in the flowers.

 

I have been wanting to add turquoise to every look this summer.  I decided to add it to this look through my Vera Bradley  cross body.  I love the additional pop of color that this bag brings to so many of my looks.  Since I already had pops of color through my jewelry, top, and bag I wanted to keep my shoes neutrals.  The cognac color with the gold details of these sandals were the perfect pair for this look.

I kept my accessories simple and went with some of my favorite pieces.  This bracelet from Wink of Pink is one that I wear on a weekly basis. It is perfect for creating fun arm parties.  I decided to add my Kendra Scott bracelets for a finishing touch.  What are your favorite looks for a girl’s night out?

 

Loft 4th of July Sale

As you all know I love Loft!  What I love most about Loft is their great clothing and their amazing sales!  Like most stores for the 4th of July Loft is having a HUGE Sale!  I decided to do a post dedicated to my favorite pieces for summer!  I hope you have as much fun shopping as I did!  Make sure to use code SPARKLER for 50% off

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Tops

 

Shorts

 

Dresses

 

Off the Shoulder

 

Pants

Summer Uniform

When I saw this print at Loft I knew I needed to add it to my closet!  This fun print came in a top, dress, and these darling shorts!  All of these pieces are also currently 50% off.  I have a thing for shorts that have a print to them, so of course I went with the shorts!  I have worn them a few different ways that you can check out on Instagram, but I have loved this look the best.

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Outfit Details || Shorts: Loft || Tank: Loft (similar) || Jean Jacket: Old || Necklace: Kate Spade || Sandals: Macy’s || Sunglasses: Oakley’s ||

 

I spend three mornings a week from 7:45- 12:00 at the ball diamond with my boys.  Getting dressed in the morning on these days are always a bit tough, because temps drastically change in that 4 hour time frame.  When I am in doubt on what to wear I go back to my summer uniform.  This always includes cute shorts, a tank, and simple jewelry.  What is your go to style in the summer?