Crop Tops

I want to be a crop top person- I really do -but I’m all about comfort and feeling good in my clothes and I just find it hard to feel good in a crop top. Sucking in all day is hard work! On the other hand… if I was ever to cave and go after one I think I’d like to style it like this.

summer crop top



crop top, leather jacket, skirt, shoes
necklace, rings, bag, nail polish

Do you wear crop tops?
What’s your personal stance on the summer trend?

4th of July Inspiration

In light of yesterday’s double posting, I decided that I’m not going to write too much for you all today. Instead I’m going to give you lots of pictures! Here are some of my favorite ideas for celebrating the 4th of July.

jello firecracker shots

What’s red, white and blue with a cherry on top?
Jello Firecracker shots.

4 outfits for memorial day weekend

It’s safe to say that I’ll be heading back to my last America themed post
for some outfit inspiration.

red white and blue mason jars

Ok, seriously. How much do you love the look of these red, white and blue mason jars?
I love that I have all of this lying around my house!

Summer shortcake

Cook up something festive and delicious using my shortcake recipe!
(Be sure to add in some strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream!)

4th of July PrintableLast but not least,
hellooooo free printables!

Is anyone else really pumped for the 4th of July?!
What are your plans?
Anyone want to come paint my nails like this?

Don’t forget to enter to win $50 to shabby apple!

Orange you happy?

I’m declaring 2013 the summer of orange! This week I wore 2 orange tops and 1 orangey-red dress to work – I think I have a problem. I’ve found that my favorite way to wear orange is to pair it with browns and dark blues so I really liked this outfit because I was able to rock both! Plus the sleeveless style buttondown allowed me to feel good walking around for lunch while my easy cardigan kept me warm in the office AC.

orange and blue

orange for the summer

orange and blue

orange and blue + a MK bag
orange and blue + patterned sweaterTop- Epic via marshalls (similar)
Cardigan – Gap Outlet (similar)
Pants – The Limited (similar)
Sandals – Etienne Aigner via Marshalls (similar)
Watch – Fossil Outlet (similar)
Bag- Michael Kors via Marshalls (similar)
Earrings – gift from Dean’s mom 🙂 (similar)

What color have you been wearing lately?

PS-I should also make note that Dean says that my top doesn’t look orange in these pictures… although I can see his point, I’d like to make a public note here that the top is in fact orange in real life.

PPS- Congratulations to the winner of the iPad, Aprile M.! Enjoy it, girl! Thanks to everyone who entered 🙂

Linking up with friends!

Maxi Dresses & Skirts

Howdy new followers! I’m excited you’re here! If you’d like to get to know me better before following along, you can read about me here

I used to be really anti maxi dresses. I just didn’t get it. They were always long and the material was hot and I used to hate buying dresses anyway because they were difficult to re-wear often. But sometime over the past year my tune has changed. My closet is packed out with dresses and my maxi’s were front runners while I was in El Sal.

Maxi dresses are breezy and comfortable. They’re easy to pack and easy to re-wear and the fact that I can sit on the ground without having to double check where my dress lands is a big plus for me.  I’ve also found that Target carries cute colors and they make lengths that I don’t trip over!

In fact, the only thing I think I could like more are maxi skirts.

maxi skirt- love it!skirt, shirt, hat, sandals, bag,
bracelets(similar), nail polish,
earrings (similar)

So here’s my question for you-
maxi dresses vs skirts
which do you prefer?


PS-Don’t forget to enter to win a new iPad mini!

Summer Survival Kit [Guest Post]

Today’s post comes atcha all the way from Texas (or right nextdoor in Texas, depending on where you’re reading this). While I work my little butt off in the heat of El Salvador, Nicole from Writes Like  a Girl is here to show you how to prepare for the heat back at home. And remember she’s from Texas, so she’s got hot weather expertise on her side.


 Alright, ladies! Line up and listen up! It can get pretty rough out there from June through August and, like the Boy Scouts always say, you’ve gotta be prepared. Summer 2013 is gonna be a hot one, but if you keep your survival kit close, you’ll make it to fall without a sunburn or split ends. Here’s what you’re going to need:



1. A comfy chambray button down. Shops and restaurants crank the AC in the summertime to make up for the hot, hot heat outside, so you’re bound to need an extra layer to make it through your shopping filled days or lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen. Throwing your favorite chambray button down in your bag is the easiest way to keep from getting goosebumps when indoors or after the sun has set over the beach and the temperature drops for the night. An over-sized chambray button down also makes for a modest cover up at the lake, or even to transition from lake time to lunchtime.

2. Heavy duty sunblock. Whether you’re watching the news on TV or reading about it in magazines, you can’t escape stories about sunburns-turned-skin cancer. And for good reason. We need to protect our skin so that it can protect us. Take extra good care over the summer with a great sunblock like Neutrogena’s ultra-sheer dry-touch sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply!

3. Coconut oil. With salt sprays (and of course actual salt water) being all the rage these days, your hair will be raging for some moisture by the end of the day. Keep strands healthy and smooth with a light coconut oil. Everything from Organix is my favorite, but especially their weightless coconut oil mist.

4. Facial towelettes  Oily pores are the height of frustration in the summer. Keep the sand out and the clean in with Yes To’s line of facial towelettes. They won’t leave you feeling sticky or like you need to wash your face again. Plus, if you need to remove your make up after a long night out, these wipes don’t burn and they get the job done. I’m partial to the tomato, but the cucumber is hypoallergenic and smells so fresh.

5. Cute and sturdy sandals. In summers past, I stuck with metallic, strappy sandals because they transitioned so well from the pool to a dinner party. I’m loving the thicker straps that are in style this summer and the bold pops of color. This coral pair is perfect for strolling through summer music festivals, tubing down the river, or date night.


Summer 2013 is going to be your sunniest, safest, and most stylish summer yet. What’s in your summer survival kit?