Summer Essentials Under $100

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

Socialite crochet top // Leith off the shoulder dress // Frenchi embroidered top // Missguided  romper // Topshop daisy off the shoulder top // Stateside stripe tee // Rebecca Minkoff off the shoulder top // Rip Curl dress // Free People cold shoulder top // Topshop cutout tee // ASTR embroidered tank // Lush maxi dress

No, not 4th of July themed and no, not a roundup of sales. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite summer essentials all under $100. Since noticing the lack of dresses and tops in my closet (this does not include the 50 million tees I own), I’ve been on the hunt for both. Off the shoulder tops and dresses and all things white and embroidered have hit the top of my list this season (along with everyone else). I’ve been eying this Socialite top for a while. Since sizes have been restocked I think it’s about time I take the plunge. I didn’t really notice this tank until I zoomed in on the embroidered details. Um, gorgeous! Let’s face it, I’ll take one of everything!

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe 4th of July. See you back here Monday.

Going Green in Mexico

Kayu clutchAsos smock dress (sold out, but love this one) // Kayu clutch (love this one too) // Zara sandals (old, similar) // Ray-Ban mirrored aviators // J.Crew Factory bracelet (on sale!)

Ray-Ban green mirroed aviators

crystalin marie baylage

Crystalin Marie honeymoon

Asos green smock dress

Crystali Marie x Mexico

As you all know, I shy away from color. Years ago when I made the conscience effort to create a classic and versatile wardrobe, I promised to only invest in neutrals. I’ve been really committed to said promise, but since doing so, NEVER even look at color when shopping. Sometimes I will see something cute in a bright blue or pink and think, ‘oh that’s cute on her… but, I could never.’ While sticking to neutrals is what I naturally love, I do sometimes think I refrain from wearing color because my followers would be like, WTF. I’ve been doing a neutral palette for so long, I think many of you follow me for that reason.

But, after going through the stress of our wedding and taking time out on our honeymoon (and finding an excuse to wear bright colors), I realized I have to just do me. This blog and my style will always walk the lines of the white, beige, gray, tan, and black scale, but when a bright green dress comes along, I will wear it and love it! Unless it’s unreasonably priced, if you’re naturally drawn to something, I say go for it. Don’t worry about what other people will think, whether it’s color or a new trend, if you like it, rock it and own it.

I didn’t mean for this post to be all uplifting and motivating, but there you have it. Happy Thursday, friends!

S H O P  T H E  L O O K

New In: Dresses

Parker Ashford dress // Banana Republic Patio dress// Aqua over the shoulder tassel dress // Forever 21 yellow tunic // Nanette Lepore  stripe cover up // Lucy Paris off the shoulder dress // Asos smock dress // Forever 21 wrap shirt dress // Rebecca Minkoff Celestine dress

I recently stocked up on dresses for the summer and our honeymoon. I’ve always had this thing about dresses. I would never invest in any because to me they seemed the least versatile out of everything in my closet. There’s just not a ton of ways you can wear a dress. But, with so many wedding events, and then time spent on our honeymoon, I knew I needed to take the plunge. I’m so glad I did because I’m obsessed! I have yet to wear half of these, but as they’ll all eventually make it to the blog, I thought I’d share details.

Parker Ashford Dress – As mentioned on Monday, this dress is one of my favs. The color, the cut, the length, all make for one perfect summer dress. I love the unexpected black straps in the back.

Banana Republic Patio Dress – This dress is quite thin without any lining. I was initially hesitant to keep it, but after talking to my tailor, we agreed it wouldn’t be an issue because it was black. This is one of the softest most silky dresses I’ve ever tried on. It’s perfect for hot weather and I love the open back.

Aqua over the shoulder tassel dress - I’m obsessed with the color on this one. It’s fully lined and was the perfect length straight out of the box. For those of you looking for cute coverups, it comes in black as well.

Forever 21 yellow tunic – I took a gamble ordering this from Forever 21. The color is so outside of the norm for me, but I LOVE it. Even Mike loved it on (which normally he hates anything that loose). It’s currently sold out online, but I’ve linked to more shirt dresses. I’m obsessed with this one too!

Nanette Lepore  stripe cover up (ON SALE!) – As mentioned yesterday, this striped cover up is the perfect dose of mixed prints. The pockets are fun, but on my small frame, they were quite overwhelming, so I had them removed. I’m wearing an xs, and while the length fits well, it does run a little boxy.

Lucy Paris off the shoulder dress (ON SALE!) – This dress is stunning! I was actually shocked at how amazing it looked on. I had the length taken up, but everything else fit perfectly.  I thought it was a steal at full price, but you’re in luck, it’s currently on sale for just under $55!

Asos smock dress – This was a random sale find, which sadly is now out of stock. Again, the color is out of the norm for me, but it was perfect for Mexico. It ran large, so I had it take in on the sides as well as the length. Here are some other awesome off the shoulder dresses you’ll love!

Forever 21 wrap shirt dress – I love the color and easiness of this dress. It’s not lined and pretty see-through, which sucks, but would be great over a swimsuit or used as a coverup. It does run large, but the wrap definitely helps cinch your waist.

Rebecca Minkoff Celestine dress – This dress is the quintessential summer dress. The combination of white, eyelet, and over the shoulder, really make it close to perfection. The drop waist definitely runs long, but nothing the tailor couldn’t fix. I know this one will be on repeat for a while.

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