Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Swimsuit Story

Here's a little tidbit about me, I've always been an avid exerciser but I've also always struggled with my weight.  I've been every size from a 00 to a 12.  Seriously.  Many summers I've been in good enough shape to wear bikini while at the beach or pool.  But there have been some years, like after babies and after my daughter's long hospital stay where I lived on cafeteria food and cupcakes, that I've had to switch to a one-piece or tankini to spare everyone from the sight of my, um, not-so-toned midsection.  Last summer I reaped the rewards of a year of really hard work and a strict diet and was able to bring a wardrobe of bikini's with me to the beach.  Well, this summer rolled around and after a long year of a lot of stress, I've gained fifteen pounds and the bikini's were staying home.  It used to be that stress caused me to loose weight but once I reached 40 it has done the opposite.  The over 40 weight struggle is real, friends!  One of my dear friends described trying to keep your weight down after 45 like trying to keep a beach ball under the water.  The minute you force it down it pops right back up again!  Ugh! So I had to go dreaded swimsuit shopping before our family beach vacation.  Fortunately there are a lot of really cute tankini's and one piece swimsuits out there.  There are also cute cover-ups for the beach/pool days you're wanting to just sit under the umbrella and read a good book.

I love mixing patterns, even with my swimsuits!
Striped Halter Tankini Top: Target
Polka-dot Bikini Bottoms: Target
Kimono With Fringe: The Loft Boutique (sold out) Similar
Beach Read: Judy Blume
Sunnies: Quay Australia
Fedora: Target

Scarves make great cover-ups!  I'll do a tutorial soon.
Tankini Top: Victoria's Secret
Bikini Bottoms: Victoria's Secret
Large Scarf: Stella & Dot
Floppy Hat: Natural Paper Company
Sunnies: T.J.Maxx (These are similar and at the top of my wish list!)

I love a white swimsuit, especially after spending a few days in the sun.  I decided the tie-dyed bottoms, instead of white, added some interest.
Tankini Top: Victoria's Secret
Bottoms: T.J.Maxx ~ These were from one of last year's bikini's and still fit so I decided to get a tankini top to go with them.  Here's a similar option.
Flip Flops: Michael Kors
Hat: The Natural Paper Company
Sunnies: Similar
Beach Read: Judy Blume c/o PopSugar Must Have Box

I opted for a new all red tankini because I was hoping for the BayWatch effect ala Pamela Anderson.  It didn't work... ;-)
Tankini Top: Target
Tankini Bottoms: Target
Flip Flops: Michael Kors
Tie-dyed Tunic Top Used as a Cover-up: Entourage
Beach Read: Sophie Kinsella
Sunnies: Quay Australia

What's your swimsuit story?  


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Whites and a Savvy Style Tip

White and summer go together like Simon & GarfunkelSonny & Cher, and Donny & Marie ~ they blend together in complete harmony.  I'm loving these easy white pieces from Old Navy.  The shorts are a linen-blend, pull-on style with a drawstring waist and are the perfect length ~ not too short, not too long.  I love the oversize, boyfriend style of my button-down.  I have a confession ~ I have worn a button-down just about every day this summer.  They are so easy to wear.  They look good with shorts, leggings (if the shirt is oversize like this one) or jeans.  They also look great tied at the waist with a skirt or over a maxi dress.

Savvy Style Tip: Don't have a button-down in your closet?  Every girl should have a few.  Start with a good white button-down and then as your budget allows add a stripe, print and/or another color or two.  You can wear them year round and they are a classic that will never go out of style.

~ What I'm Wearing ~
Button-Down: Old Navy early summer so it's sold out online.  Here's a classic white poplin button-down that every girl needs in her closet and at $22 you could get it in more than one color.
Drawstring Shorts: Old Navy
Floppy Hat: Similar
Kaia Earrings: Stella & Dot (they can be worn as chandelier's or studs)
Gold Crescent Necklace: Stella & Dot (it can be worn two ways and in several lengths)
Cady Wrap Bracelet: Stella & Dot
Arrow Bracelet: Stella & Dot
White Layering Cami: Old Navy (another wardrobe staple that every girl should have a few of)

Are you a fan of button-downs and white on white?  You can't go wrong with either one!


Photos by Virginia Hall

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Sweater

I love a summer sweater, especially one that takes you from summer into fall and beyond by adding a layer or two.  I recently made a trip to Anthropologie (yes, a trip, because the closest one is sadly over an hour away!) and instantly fell in love with this cowl pullover.  I knew it would be perfect for our upcoming beach trip but could also see it getting a lot of wear once the temps get cooler and the layering begins.  It's a great neutral too so pairing it with other things besides denim will be so easy!

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Sapin Cowl Pullover: Anthropologie
Distressed Boyfriend Shorts: Target (They are under $20!)
Hat: Target
Earrings: Isadora Hoops, Necklace: Crescent in gold, Bracelet: Cady Wrap
White Layering Cami: Old Navy (On sale.  Every girl needs a few in her closet!)
Sunnies: T.J. Maxx (Similar and high on my wish list!)
Turquoise Toenail Polish: Absolute New York

How perfect is the beach for a photo backdrop?!  Take me back! ;-)


Photos by Virginia Hall

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Monday, July 20, 2015

It's All About the Fringe

I have been looking for the perfect summer/vacation LBD (little black dress) since seeing the movie The Other Woman and becoming obsessed with Cameron Diazs' character's entire wardrobe.  Her clothes, bags and jewelry were absolute perfection throughout the whole movie, especially this dress and this necklace.  I'm built NOTHING like Cameron (and I never will be unless I hit a sudden growth spurt, grow 8 inches and loose 30 pounds) but I can take her style and make it my own which is what I did.  I found this fringe trapeze cami dress at Forever 21 and it is exactly what I had been looking for.  The shorter hemline is better for my petite frame and the fringe makes it so much fun!!  I paired my dress with simple jewelry a'la Cameron, floral lace-up sandals and a straw bag.

My bag is from a consignment shop years ago.  Here's a similar one (and it's on sale!)  The shoes are current Madden Girl.

It was so humid when we shot these pictures that the camera lens kept fogging up!

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Black Fringe Swing Dress: Forever 21
Straw Tote: Old (Similar)
Floral Heels: Madden Girl
Necklaces: Bianca Lariat in Silver and Crescent Bar Necklace in Silver (both can be worn a few different ways and pair really well together! They have been on constant repeat this summer.)
Earrings: Pave Triangle Ear Jacket in Silver (these can be worn 6 different ways!!)
Bracelets: Pave Arrow CuffBlessed Inspiration BangleGilded Arrow Bangle

Our home away from home last week on St. George Island Plantation.

Have you ever seen a movie and become totally obsessed with the wardrobe?  It's not my first time and I know it won't be the last!


Photos by Virginia Hall

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale ~ Dresses and Jumpsuits

Dresses and jumpsuits ~ every woman's closet should have at least a few.  Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to stock up on some basics, like this LBDthis LBJ and this classic wrap dress, and to add a few fun pieces like this flowey maxi dress and this utility jumpsuit.  Make sure to check out last Friday's post where I shared my favorite tops and bottoms and this past Wednesday's post which is all about accessories!  Today starts "All Access" for the sale so if you are not a Rewards Member and you've been filling up that shopping cart during "Early Access" now's your chance to purchase your picks!

~ Happy Shopping!! ~

Next week I'll be sharing some of this past week's vacation looks! XO Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale ~ Accessories (My Favorite!)

Today I'm sharing more of my top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I've chosen my favorite bags (including my dream bag ~ can you guess which one it is?), shoes, boots (fall will be here before you know it!), scarves and sunnies from the sale.  Make sure to check out last Friday's post featuring my picks of tops and bottoms as well as details about the sale and stay tuned for this Friday where I'll be sharing some fabulous dresses and jumpsuits!

~ Happy Shopping!! ~ 

XO Elizabeth

Monday, July 13, 2015

Looking Back At Last Year's Beach Style

We are two days (three if you count our travel day) in to our annual family beach vacation (slow down week!!) and I decided it would be fun to take a look back at a few of the outfits I wore for last year's beach getaway ~

I love using a big scarf as a beach coverup!  THIS ONE is with me this year.

White denim cutoffs are a must for the beach, don't you think?  I've packed THESE for this week's trip.  They are the perfect length (they cover that awful thigh bulge) and are mid rise (so no muffin-top!).

You know how much I LOVE jumpsuits and of course I've packed one for this vacation.  I'll be wearing THIS abstract print jumpsuit for one of our dinners out.

Anything neon looks great with a tan and goes so well with white shorts or white jeans.

Are you heading to the beach this summer?  What are your favorite wardrobe pieces to bring along?