My being MIA

Hello hello!! Sorry for being MIA, I was on a road trip with my family travelling around to some national parks. We went to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons. I just want to say it was amazing and beautiful and I had a lot of fun. Check out these pics.

I spent most of the trip in sweat pants in a car but it was all worth it. I got to hike around these amazing places, break in these fabulous hiking boots and all around have a chill family vacation.

We also took the family dogs. Look how majestic this little guy looks. I wish I looked this good after hiking for a few miles.

I hope you enjoy these pics. I’ll be back soon!

Polka Dots are Back

Hello Hello!!  So a few months ago I was just looking for something with polka dots, I don’t know why but I was really like I need some dots in my life.  So I was kind of looking all over the place for a dress that I really just loved.  I found myself on asos.com which i think has the best selection of all the sites I looked at.

Now this is the dress that I bought

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So yes this is a screenshot of the dress I bought.  So as you can see it is a midi length dress which as I am a short person can be a little bit of a problem.  So I forgot to take any pics of the dress before I started messing with the hem.  Now at first I was a little hesitant given how big the print was but after I got it I knew it would work.

So I messed around with the hem to get it a little bit better of a length, now I did this myself with a pair of scissors and drew on the hem of another of my dresses that I like.  I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else, I was okay with if I messed up I was out a dress or I was going to cut the hem shorter and make a mini dress.  But I you are a little bit more worried I would recommend a tailor.

So I went with a rounded hem that comes up on the side and is a tiny bit longer in the back.  Honestly after I went after it with the scissors I was no sure how it would go.  But the minute I put it on and looked in the mirror I loved how this hem worked out.  The dress I copied was a tighter dress so I wasn’t sure how it would work out.  I LOVE IT!!  I am actually surprised how much I love it.

This is the type of dress that I really like so much.  It is lose but has this cinched waist that really stands out.  I honestly have not worn this out yet (black long sleeve dress doesn’t go well in summer).  But I am excited to mess around with styling it.  I think it will look really good with belts.

Let me know your thoughts

Later!

New favorite LBD

Hello hello!!! So awhile ago I was looking through Amazon and some how ended up looking Daily Ritual items (I think this is an Amazon brand). And I stumbled across this dress.

(Please ignore the bed, I was travelling for work so I just use one bed as my bags place so that is why it is a mess).

I just want to say I bought this to be a comfy casual dress so I ordered a size up, I usually wear a size S but this time I bought a M.  I even think I could go larger to get a more slouchy fit but I really like how this one fits right now.  So this dress was only $20 which is probably why I just decided to try it.  I am so happy about this dress, the material is this really soft stretchy fabric.  It is just really comfortable to wear.

Given the cut of the dress, it is one that you can dress up with some heels, a belt and a nice jacket.  What is really great about this is that it can also be casual, wear some sneakers (vans or toms) and it is a chill day dress.  I have been dying to wear this on a date but alas if you read this you know my dating life is in slow-mo so we will see.

I just love to put it on, it clings in all the right places and makes me feel good.  I wore this to walk a dog I love it so much.

Let me know your thoughts

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Rooftop Bars

Hello Hello!!  So over the weekend it was really nice so when my friend hit me up asking if I wanted to check out some rooftop bars around the city I was all about it.  Who wouldn’t want enjoy a nice day on a sunny rooftop bar.

It was really hot so had to dress strategically to not over heat.

So I wore these paper bag shorts, they are linen and have a very high waist that is accentuated by the belt.  These shorts are rapidly becoming my go to piece this summer, because they are light and the color is amazing.  I have recently been paring it with my other go to summer item this tank.  This tank top is great it is light and flowy and just all around comfortable for summer.

I actually own this tank top in white and black.  If these shorts came in another color I would also own them in that color.  (Sorry I didn’t link the shorts, they are from Urban Outfitters and they are no longer available.)

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Let me know your thoughts,

Later!

First Few Nights Out in a New City

Hello Hello!!! Yet again I have been MIA for an extended period of time.  It was not my intention but I was moving and the old apartment was a wreck and then I moved and the new apartment was a wreck.  Then I just felt like exploring the new city and I just kind of got a little lost.  Also the lighting in my new place makes taking mirror selfies dim (I am working on it).

Any ways the first few nights I went out, it was kind of a range of temperatures.  The first weekend was really warm and the second weekend was actually cold.  This is what you get when you live in the midwest.  Spoiler alert I moved to Chicago, which is much closer to my family.

So I wore one of my favorite new dresses, this one is really causal but can be dressed up with heels and some nice earrings.  I love going out in this one especially if I go dancing since it has slits up both sides.  Makes it fun to move around in when dancing.  I typically hold the bottom and dance around.  Had a very fun time.

Next Weekend

Ahh the cold weekend which I actually kind of loved.  It was mid 70s during the day and got down to mid 60s at night.  Which made wearing jeans possible.  I love pairing my black skinny jeans with some of my lace tops.  This one is especially one of my favorites due to the opening in the back.  I went for flats because I am lazy.

Let me know your thoughts

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New Swimsuit

Hello Hello!!!  So lets be honest buying a swimsuit is hard and it does suck.  Since I have an aversion to shopping in an actual store it is a little extra hard.  (Yes I do know that I could go to a store and look for one if I was desperate).  So I used to buy my suits from Victoria Secret but they stopped selling a majority of their suits a few years ago.  Which was sad and I was adverse to finding another place.

Also lately I have been wanting to get a one piece, they are really making a come back and I kind of wanted to try one.  I think the cutouts they are making on them are amazing.  So obviously in my shopping endeavor I went to Amazon.  (there are so many swimsuits there it is kind of amazing).  I found this suit.

I bought this because I loved where the cutout was on the stomach, it is in a really nice spot.  The cutout is higher on the stomach so it is at the smallest point on me and does not show my belly button which I thought would be weird.  The horizontal stripes are not for everyone and from the right angle they do make me look bigger but I am just dealing with it because I love it.

The pink background with the palm leaves on it is really awesome, it was what attracted me to the swimsuit in the first place.

So the suit is very comfortable, it covered me in all the right places.  I think it is a great alternative to wearing the per usual bikini.  I got a lot of compliments on this while I was out and people really loved it.  Pictures show that you can wear it without the halter strap but I personally think it is necessary to hold the top up.

My only issue with the suit is that in the back there are two ties.  The one on top with the palm prints seems necessary to hold the top up but there is a second tie for with the stripes on it that does not have any necessary function and wouldn’t need to be there.  I am actually thinking about removing it.

Let me know your thoughts

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Rachel Zoe – 2018 Summer Box of Style

Hello Hello!!! So yes it is summer now and I know it has felt like summer much longer than when the actual season started but that is how the weather works now.  The beginning of the season means that Rachel Zoe is sending out her Box of Style.  I believe it is still available if after I show you all this stuff and you are interested.   I will say that I love the products in this box.

Beach Cover Up

So I finally had a pool day and had time to really try all this stuff out.  I love this cover up.  The white color is amazing, I love how lose it and how light and airy it is.  It was over 100 degrees these weekend and while wearing this over a pair of jean shorts (right) I didn’t even feel over heated.  It was really great.  It also looks really great if you want to wear it somewhere other than the beach.  Since it is so lose and flowy if you wear it with jean I would tuck it in the front.

The detail up on the front is really nice, makes the top very unique and separates it from all the other white beach cover ups out there.  This is a Bindya Lace Cover Up.

Straw Beach Bag

This is a straw bag that was designed specifically by Rachel Zoe.  I love this bag, I don’t have anything specifically like this in my closet so it was really refreshing.  This bag is great it fits everything with room to spare.  I was sitting by the pool the other day and was able to fit my clutch, my towel, sunscreen, water bottle, some beer and a change of clothes.  I love that it is in black and not tan like most other straw bags.  There are no pockets inside but that does not bother be since it is specifically designed to be a carry all tote for the beach.  The straps are really amazing they are breaded black and white and I think it is a great extra detail.

Whenever Rachel Zoe designs something specifically for the box of style I am always impressed with it.

Beach Towel

So this was the item that you can choose between two options as a way to personalize the box a little bit.  I picked the lighter one, for no reason other than I am really liking the pink color that is through out the towel.  The other towel has a little bit more bold and graphic print and it was hard to pick between the two.  I have never had a towel that was fringed around the edge and looked this nice.  I was a little afraid that this would get dirty easily but I used it all day at the pool and even sat on it at the edge and still looks perfect.  The towel is actually a lot bigger then a normal towel.  I actually liked this more then I expected to, this is a Skova towel.

Fringe Earrings

AHHH!! So I have been wanting to buy a pair of fringe earrings for a while now I just haven’t been able to find a pair that I really like to commit to.  So when I saw these were in the box I got really excited.  These were a white fringe that were not too big.  The concern with these was would they be heavy.  Actually no they are not, they are quite light compared to other earrings this size I own.  I wore these recently to dress up a really casual outfit.

Lastly, Kate Glow Moisturizer

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The timing of sending me a moisturizer we great, I had just used up all of mine and was looking forward to not having to buy another moisturizer.  So this is my least favorite product.  The smell is not my favorite but I prefer none scented (its just me), the scent is okay just not for me.  As a moisturizer it is pretty good but I would say compared to others it is not absorbed into the skin as quickly and tends to sit on top.  So I probably would not independently buy this product but I will continue to use it.

Overall I really love most of these products and think I will get a good amount of use out of all of them.  So the box of style is the most expensive subscription box, so is it worth it?  I think that if you are a beach/ pool person you will get a great amount of usage and it is worth it.

Let me know your thoughts

Later!