I want to start out by saying this is not a sponsored post. Sometimes us bloggers really do just post about things we like and want to share with you without getting paid to do so. Say whaaaaaaa? True story.
FOREVER21 SWEATER || PRIMARK JEANS (similar) || FOREVER21 BOOTIES || THE GIVING KEYS NECKLACE || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || RETRO SUPER FUTURE SHADES
Fun fact… it was a million degrees when we took these pictures and I was DYING! I mean I’m trying to stay relevant with the fall outfits since it’s October and all… but it has been damn near 90 degrees. Can you see me sweating in the close-ups? It was awful! I do love this sweater though. It’s somewhat on the lighter side (but not for 90 degrees) and the detail on the back is a fun and unexpected twist.
So! Now for the gushing. These necklaces by The Giving Keys are pretty amazing. I stumbled upon their website completely by accident last year and fell in love with their mission. Essentially, they create pieces of jewelry featuring a lock or key of different sizes and colors, (I chose the black matte because it goes with pretty much everything I own) with a different message on each one, like breathe, inspire, courage, create. You pick one and wear it until you feel it has fulfilled you, then you pass it on to someone else who you think might need a little encouragement. For example… I chose Let Go. I had been going through a pretty challenging time in my life and while I do my best to keep a pretty icy exterior, tough times take a toll on anyone. I chose Let Go because I genuinely felt like I needed to let go of certain things that were holding me down or just adding a little extra sadness to my days, you know? As you can see… I’m still wearing the necklace so I haven’t really let go of shit yet. LOL jk. Not really. But also I don’t want to pass it on to anyone yet because I really love the actual necklace. However, once I feel good about my life and where I’ve come and that I’ve left the past where it needs to be, I’ll pass this necklace along to someone else who might be struggling as well. Pay it forward. ALSO! The best part of this companyyyyyyy though?? While some of their pieces might look like they come with a higher price tag, they are doing UH-MAZING things. Every time you purchase an item from The Giving Keys, it supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. Like I said… amazing!!! There are so many things to love about this company. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, please do, and help someone in need. Even if that person is you. ;]
If you don’t know by now… I’m pretty much always looking for the easy way out when it comes to my wardrobe. I’m the laziest fashion blogger this side of the Mississippi, for real (how I still even have this blog is beyond me, lolz). That is why I am beyond obsessed with the line Young, Fabulous, & Broke. They make insanely comfortable clothes that are super flattering.
YOUNG, FABULOUS & BROKE JUMPSUIT (similar here, here, here, here) || ZARA SHADES (similar) || FREE PEOPLE NECKLACE || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (similar)
I have worn this jumpsuit an embarrassing amount of times this summer. It’s actually a hand me down. shhh!! When I put it on for the first time I think I took about 18-25 mirror selfies. It makes my butt look uh-mazing! It’s so comfortable too. The jersey material is the kind of material you want everything you own to be made out of. Dress it up with a fancy statement neck and block heels for a date night, or dress it down with zero accessories (and zero shoes) to run some errands with your little ones.
I wish I could say I chose to shoot this jumpsuit in a real casual way, hence the lack of shoes… but honestly I had a total mom moment and ran out of the house with like 10 minutes to spare, my two girls in tow, and literally just forgot my shoes for this look. This is real life guys… haha. Funny story; while taking these pictures Kennedy took her shoes off and was running around and when I told her to grab her shoes so we could leave she goes, “ok Mommy! Don’t leave without me… or I’ll be pissed!” She’s been coming up with some zingers lately. Both of my girls are at such amazing ages. Charlotte has always had an old soul, and since she started Kindergarten it’s been so fun to watch her really come into her own. She has a whole new set of best friends, she comes home and reports everything her classmates had for lunch or talked about on the playground, she points out where all of her friends from the bus live. She’s literally going to be the old lady who sits on her front porch and gossips about the neighborhood later on in life. Kennedy on the other hand.. oh Kennedy. She is still my hot mess in a dress. If she isn’t wearing a dress she doesn’t consider herself a princess so her day is ruined if you make her wear pants. She is always sweaty… LOL. She may not look it, because she is always making devious plans and shooting dirty looks, but she is the biggest friggen snuggle bug EVER. She loves to cuddle and give random kisses. It kind of makes my day. Pardon my little side rant about the girls. I realize I hadn’t given any updates on them lately! AND now you’re all caught up!
If you follow my Instagram then you have probably noticed over the last four months that this dress shows up on my feed at least every other week. This dress, purchased before the summer started, quickly became my go-to item of the season after the very first time I put it on. It’s comfortable, it’s flattering, it’s easy, it goes with flip flops, sneakers, sandals, heels… it’s the perfect dress.
H&M DRESS (similar here, here) || VANS SNEAKERS || SHADES || BACKPACK
So, unfortunately this dress isn’t up on the H&M site anymore because I waited so damn long to actually blog it. Honestly, I never really thought it was “blog worthy” because it was so casual and simple, you know? But as I said, I literally wore it so often this summer it’s showed up on my Instagram like 30 times so I figured why not? I’m sure you can still find it in stores in their basic section, and it’ll be a great dress to take you through the rest of August and September. Throw it on with a black blazer or leather jacket and booties and it’s the perfect fall look. For me, so far, I’ve been wearing it with these vans, or my black high tops, and my slouchy black knit cardigan from Urban. You could call it a uniform of sorts.
That’s me…. I’m the bitch. I am going to start off by saying I 1000000% stole this look from a friend of mine, hah! So my homegirl, Erin Willet, wore these black ruffle overalls out in Asbury one night a couple of months ago, and I was like OH MY GOODNESS I am obsessed! And I happened to be in the city a few days later, so I ran to my nearest Zara and snagged a pair for myself. Solid purchase. I love them. Erin wore them with a straw fedora, red bandana around her neck, and plain white Converse sneakers and it was the cutest ever.
ZARA OVERALLS (here, here) || H&M T-SHIRT || PAYLESS HEELS (similar) || AMI CLUBWEAR BAG c/o|| UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT (similar)
As I mentioned, Erin wore these overalls with way different accessories to make it much more wearable for the summer weather. I, however, was all to eager to dress them up with all black accessories to make it more Fall-ish. It was weird because I was dying to wear them as soon as I made the purchase, but I somehow had the willpower to save them until it got a little cooler. I wore this last week to a very low-key date night and I have to say I am proud of myself; the hat stayed on all night! Thank god it wasn’t windy! I hate when you pick out an accessory and it really is the cherry on top of your look and then all of the sudden the elements have other plans. My look was complete with the hat and it survived dinner outside and drinks on a rooftop! HOORAY.
I have yet to play around with accessories when it comes to these black ruffle overalls, but as I’ve seen by Erin’s styling, you can make them super casual with a pair of sneakers and bandana. …Which I totally would have rocked myself if it wouldn’t have seemed so Single White Female of me. As usual, it’s a pain in the butt to find exact matches on Zara’s website, so I linked to similar styles above, but browse a little bit the next time you’re in your local Zara and you may find these!
I am madly, truly, deeeeeeply in love with the weather we have been having the past week or two. Mid 80’s, zero humidity? LOVE. Not that I’m ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet, but to be able to pull out my fall clothes & dark lipsticks makes me a little giddy.
FOREVER21 KIMONO, BODY CHAIN, & EAR CUFF || PAC SUN BODYSUIT & JEANS || SIMILAR BOOTIES (here, here, here) || QUAY AUSTRALIA SHADES
I’ve been hesitant to try a body chain for a while now… howevs, I saw someone wearing one under a bathing suit, and I thought it looked adorable, then I saw someone wearing one over a bodysuit, and I was like yes ok, I can get away with this… I think. This was my first attempt, hah. I’m kind of really digging it. I may try it under a crop top next. Look out!
Summer is easy because the only thing I typically wear is a sun dress. However, you eventually start to lose yourself in them… all sundresses start to look the same and you begin to miss dressing up. With the arrival of fall we (I) have so many more options. Outerwear ads a whole new layer to the wardrobe that you can play with. This kimono will be worn on repeat all season long. I’ve already tried to wear it pretty much every day, even the hot ones. I’d wear it to work, too, if I didn’t think I’d look absolutely ridiculous or it would get in the way, hah. True story: I found a super cute striped t-shirt last week and I was like, ‘wow, this will look so cute with my overalls!’ so I wore it to work the next day and everyone said I looked like a Chucky doll. Which I did. See my Instagram for a side by side comparison…. LOL.