Summer is coming to an end. No, that does not mean it will get any cooler here in Baltimore … <we carry this heat with us through fall>… but all the SUMMER sales are happening and Fall Fashion is quickly approaching. So, for me that alerts me to only buy into clothing that will work great as transitional pieces. Well, in my opinion jean shorts are perfect for spring, summer and fall and I consider them a staple almost all year round and one thing you can never have enough of. I got you!
There is nothing better then a good comfortable jumpsuit.
I will give you a little secret too. Any jumpsuit with the word Palazzo attached to it will guarantee comfort. This wide leg, flattering style is by far one of my favorites. In other words, it’s super comfortable and so easy to wear.
Certainly, I hope you are squeezing in one more little vacation or weekend getaway in before summer comes to a close. As a result, I will do the packing with these perfect Palazzo looks that are all under $40.00.
A few options –
Strapless Striped Satin Palazzo Jumpsuit: $15.92 These colors scream summer and with the elastic strapless style and wide leg palazzo pant, comfort is never an issue. Pair this one with a straw bag and some cute flip flops and take this look from day to night on any island (and if you can’t get to an island just put it on and pretend).
Crinkled Palazzo Jumpsuit: $38.00 This easy going jumpsuit can take you right from the airplane to a lunch date, beach side. First, it has POCKETS, and also comes in a sage color if the mustard yellow is not your color. This one keeps things easy breezy!
Printed Cami Palazzo Jumpsuit: $25.99 This is the perfect jumpsuit for a weekend getaway where there is sand and water! The shorten Palazzo style is perfect for warmer temps. Pair it with heels or flats. With that price you can afford to buy two with the many colors and patterns it comes in.
Bow Front Palazzo Pants: $38.00 If you are not into jumpsuits or feel they are just not your style I have picked some adorable Palazzo Pants that you can just as easily pair with a a simple bodysuit, like this. I love the detail of the bow on these pants and the wide leg pairs perfectly with tighter fitting top. Such a flattering look on all body types!
Two Piece, Tie Front Palazzo Set: $32.99 I recently ordered this and I LOVE IT. That is to say, I know it’s technically not a “jumpsuit.” But, I am loving the two piece sets with the Palazzo Pants. In short, they pair perfectly with the tie front and there are many different colors and patterns to pick from so, find your match!
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It’s a tradition.
Yes, the beach is a tradition in my family and BEACH WEEK is finally here. Every year, this time of year, my family’s annual Werle Beach Trip takes place. Now, if you have not already guessed, I love the beach, the hot sun, the pool, and thus I love summer. I love it all and it would just not be the summer if we did not have a full week “down the ocean” in August!
Summer Style is a real thing and there is nothing that screams this look more then a pair of light weight, high waisted WHITE shorts. I will admit I did not need these when I saw them at the Nordstrom sale… but with this price and this style I could not pass them up (You got me Nordstrom)! If white is not your thing, thats ok, they also come in tan and black which are both just as timeless.
In honor of all the talk about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I decided I would acknowledge it. Acknowledge it in a bit of a different way… because honestly, lord knows I cannot purchase much more for the summer. Simply because I am running out of room in my closet!
So, I decided to, once again, go shopping in my closet for one of my all time favorite dresses that I actually purchased during LAST years Anniversary Sale! I did the research and tried to see if they had it available this year and that was a big fat NO. BUT, they had a ton of very similar styles and ones that I think, personally, are even better then the one I have on (but, don’t worry, I am using my self control to not purchase).
With all of that said, I put together a shopping list of some ADORABLE wrap dresses from Nordstrom. The best part, they are all on MAJOR SALE. Not to mention this trend looks good on everyone aaaannnnddd I am hesitate to call it a trend because I think its a classic look.
Happy Nordstrom Shopping 🙂
Billabong Wrap Dress: I love color in the summer and this dress screams, ‘lets go to the beach’. It’s perfect for a friday night happy hour in the city or a beach cookout. UNDER $40.00!
A bit more conservative Wrap Dress: To start, it’s 40% off and be sure to size one size down because it does run a little big. This one hits the top of your knee so you can get away with styling it in a more business casual look. Personally, I love all the color options and designs that it comes in.
Island Wrap mini denim dress: Also, very similar to the style I am wearing. I love denim in the summer! It’s another one that is under $40.00 I at that price this one will go quickly!
Peppermint Striped Wrap Dress: OBSESSED. The stripes, the bow, the entire thing. I love it all + its UNDER $50.00!
A more formal Wrap Dress: One you can get away with for a wedding or a nicer event. The light blue coloring is perfect for the summer temps and the spaghetti straps allows this look to feel light and breezy.
SHOP THESE PICKS:
OUTFIT DETAILS: WRAP DRESS (THIS ONE IS FROM LAST YEARS SALE, BUT HERE IS ANOTHER VERY SIMILAR!) | CLUTCH | SHOES (AGAIN, A PAIR FROM LAST YEAR’S SALE, BUT HERE IS ANOTHER PAIR THAT IS SIMILAR, ON SALE!) |
This blog post came to me pretty quickly. As I write these post I learn from them, but I also have to constantly remind myself to write about things I look for and want to read about in my own time. For instance, I love seeing how other people style different things. Style is a unique thing and I love how you can start with one basic piece of clothing and style it so many different ways just by changing the smallest things. For instance, this mid length black dress. Simple. Everyone seems to have something like this in their closet. And the best part is it is so easy to wear during these hot summer days.
I get the question a lot… “do you really run everyday”. Well, the answer is yes, kind of… I do take off one day a week (typically). And 99.99% of the time it is Sunday, the day of rest.
BUT, here is the thing… I also do a lot of other things.
I still swear to myself that running makes all the difference for me. Both physically and mentally it is my thing. If I had only one workout I was allowed to do for the rest of my life, running is what I would pick. That does not mean I love it all the time (I have discussed this before), but I really think it is the single, best full body workout I can get. (I know this is my opinion so please do not waste your time arguing if you think I am wrong or disagree :))
And yes, I teach a range of classes all week, including spin, barre, and some boot camp style classes. The most important to my schedule though is making time for MY workouts. Although, I get a sweat when I am teaching those classes… I still like to put myself through my own workouts and be on my own training schedule the meet the personal goals I set for myself. So, the next question I get is … what does that training schedule look like for you. Welp, here it goes…
Monday: Interval Treadmill Run (longer distance race) + Stair master + Full Body Lift
Tuesday: Interval Treadmill Run (I teach 4 classes this day so I rely a bit more to get my work in through those classes on Tuesday)
Wednesday: Interval Treadmill Run (speed & hill focus) + Full Body Lift
Thursday : Workout with my Trainer (whatever he has in store) + Small Lift
Friday: Interval Treadmill Run (get after it, last of the week) + Full Body (lots of booty) Lift
Saturday: A Long Outdoor Run (Depending on the time of year, this can range from 6 miles to 11 miles)
Try it and let me know what questions you have! I can’t wait to hear more!
Check out the last Treadmill Tuesday – Treadmill Tuesday
I am all about matching. When I was in college I matched all of my ribbons to my uniforms. My headbands must match my workout outfit. And these stripes, well, they match that #summerfeel. I think this look has always been popular. Actually, I know it has been popular. I can remember I had a blue and white striped button down polo shirt in middle school, and yes, of course I was cool [or at least I thought so]. What am I getting at? These stripes scream summer and they are classic! They look good on everyone and they just give you that light crisp feel through the hot weather.
This jumpsuit in particular gives me all the summer feels. I love the cut out and the illusion that its a two piece set. I don’t typically love strapless but this one offers a strip of a sticky material on the inside of the top seam to help keep the top up [trust me, you don’t even notice it]. Toss it on with a pair of nude heels and a cute clutch and you are ready for that summer cocktail party!
Incase this is not your look, I am sharing some other looks that share that classic ‘blue and white’ stripe style.
Striped Paperbag Cut off Shorts – I love the highwaist look on anything but especially on a pair of shorts. I feel that it just give shorts a bit more of a classy, dressed up look. (UNDER $20.00)
Button Front Camisole – The perfect style top for a hot summer day. It pairs with anything and the look is so effortless.
Cover Up Maxi- I live for a good maxi in the summer and the blue and white stripe + the POCKETS make this one a must have! (Use it as a cover up or a easy breezy Saturday look)
Striped Short Sleeve Button Down – This look is so in and the blue and white stripe give it that classic feel. (UNDER $15.00)
Off the Shoulder Striped Shirt – I love the ruffles, I love the off the shoulder, I love the coloring… it is the perfect summer party shirt!
OTHER STRIPED LOOKS:
When your best friend tells you she is getting married to the boy we met on the beach when we were in 7th grade… well, you scream, you hug, you cry a little (tears of joy, obvi)… and then you say, let’s start planning all the things!
My mind of course wanders to planning her every outfit for all the events that come with being the BRIDE… but then my mother reminds me to “Focus, we need to get moving on planning the bridal shower.” It was not a huge undertaking since it was an intimate group (which I loved) … but I figured I would share some tips to help anyone who has the title “Bridal shower planner” in their future. The biggest thing to keep in mind… do not let things get too out of hand (because these type of things can get a bit crazy).
Things to keep in mind and a few tips and tricks:
- Ask the bride what she wants. Keep in mind this is not YOUR bridal shower, it is hers. At the end of it all you want her to remember how magical it was and how it had all the things SHE wanted… not YOU!
- Get an idea of how many people will be attending. The sooner you do this the sooner you can start to see what will fit into your budget and what may not. These type of things can be expensive and you do not want things to get too over budget before you have even had your first mimosa.
- You can break tradition. Most bridal showers happen on a Sunday in the middle of the day. This may work for what your Bride wants but also keep your mind open to other ideas. A friday cocktail bridal shower, a saturday brunch or a backyard bridal barbecue. Again, make it special so it matches what the Bride wants and speaks to her.
- Balloons, flowers and candles go a long way! It is amazing what these three things can do to a room. Keep things simple and elegant and everyone will love it, trust me!
- Tie in the Groom at some point. Weather it is in a game or conversation, tie the Groom in. Keep in mind, their are two people getting married. Yes, you are showering the bride but they would not be here if there was not two people getting married.
I could go on and on but I figure those 5 tips are a good base to build off of. My biggest wish for you… is that you are not dealing with a bridezilla!
Like this Jumpsuit? Check out this one – Denim Jumpsuit
Rose – It’s summer water. We call it S-U-M-M-E-R WATER… and it’s about that time!
Finally the temps are warming, the sun is shinning and the sunsets are getting later and later. I love this time of year. You can just tell the energy is high and people are remembering the good things in life.
Not to mention it is the perfect happy hour beverage. With that said, Rose is an all the time kind of beverage this time of year. If you know me, you know my pick during this time of year is Rose… or Champs! I have listed below a few of my favorites + (plus) along with out this cute shirt for your next happy hour… and its $12 FREAKING DOLLARS! (MAJOR SALE)
Happy Friday Friends.
If you are looking for some recommendations or want to try something new, below are a few of my current favorites depending on the occasion. Picks for both Rose and Champagne:
Top ROSE Picks:
Top Champagne Picks:
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Looking for options for Happy Hour?