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After a successful Lent of no shopping, I broke it spending entirely too much all at once. To be honest, I think I was feeling better when I couldn’t shop, so I may come up with some kind of deal with myself where I only can shop every other month or something. Not to say I got anything too ridiculous, just that I don’t really need anything at all! From my April wish list, I ended up with the Cupshe Melodic Blues One-piece Swimsuit, the Betseyville Naveah Gladiator Sandals, and the Pintucked Swing Blouse (thanks Mama for the last one!).

  1. I personally think it would be pretty rad to have a driver… and somewhere sunny (read: beachy) to go. Until then I’ll settle for this WildFox Couture Take Me Somewhere tee.
  2. I live in my black quilted Steve Madden slides, and the insoles are starting to come out with my foot every time I take them off. It may be time to upgrade to the Empire. Note: these sold out before this post got a chance to go live, these are similar though.
  3. Old Navy strikes again: I’m loving the Laser-Dot Multi-Tassel Tote for Women.
  4. I’m so into fruit-themed everything for summer and this Watermelon Slice Glitter Keychain is just a cute little something that caught my eye.
  5. Still on the hunt for a utility jacket with attitude and I found this INC International Concepts Linen Embellished Utility Jacket.
  6. Ummmm did you know that Katy Perry has a shoe line? Because she does and her Katy Perry Geli Novelty Beach Sandals are ADORABLE!
  7. I have been wearing my gold Coach loafers (a fab TJ Maxx find) about into the ground. I would love a similar style in pink. Enter the Ralph Lauren Belen Leather Loafer.
  8. …would also love a red like the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Leather Loafers.
  9. I’ve seen some ADORABLE camo t shirt dresses on Instagram recently. Love this swingy z supply Camo Shirt Dress.
  10. I’m a big fan of totes, fun patterns, and monograms. All those come together in the Printed Crab & Cleek Boat Tote. If I had to choose, it would be the ginger jar pattern shown, but I also love the surf woody and the striped shirt!
  11. Colors + tassels scream summer to me and these Long Rainbow Tassel Earrings are perfection.
  12. Even though most brides I’ve asked said I absolutely do not need a wedding purse, I still love this rose gold bag.
  13. The Victoria Beckham collection was long-awaited at Target. The Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress is by far my favorite piece!
  14. The open-shoulder style is a little tricky on me, but I can’t help but love the patter on this Entro Cowgirl Patch Dress.

What are you craving for May?

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One of my favorite tops in high school was actually my mom’s Easter dress from when she was about the same age. It was a really light chiffon material with dainty red embroidery. I loved wearing it was a shredded denim micro-mini and my cowgirl boots. I was certainly finding my own style at the time, but it was cool to be wearing something that my mom also wore in high school.

Embroidery has been coming around in a big way. I actually fell in love with an embroidered utility jacket, but according to the size chart I’m like a large and that particular size is all gone so there we go. I’m especially loving the peasant-y dresses and floral shoes though! Such a pretty look for summer! (And the Betsey sneakers are a total dupe perfection move in case you don’t want to shell out the cash for the Gucci version!)

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Dresses: 1.Free People Perfectly Victorian Embroidered Mini Dress||2.Women’s O’Neill Tulip Embroidered Dress||3.Women’s O’Neill Cove Embroidered Swing Dress

Tops: 4.Women’s Sun & Shadow Embroidered One-Shoulder Top||5.ANTIK BATIK Floral Embroidered Top||6.Tory Burch Jillian Embroidered Eyelet-Sleeve Top

Bottoms: 7.7 For All Mankind Josefina Embroidered Boyfriend||8.Women’s Topshop Moto Embroidered Denim Miniskirt

Shoes: 9.Betsey Johnson Maya Embroidered Sneakers||10.Women’s Sam Edelman Jemmie Peacock Embroidered Espadrille||11.Women’s Kenneth Cole New York Olani Embroidered Wedge Sandal

Bags: 12.Star Mela Palma Embroidered Tote||13.Steve Madden Azalea Embroidered Hobo||14.Jsimba

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We’ve all had that moment where we’ve seen a photograph – or series of snaps – of a celebrity or style icon and gently gritted our teeth in envy. It’s not fair, we say to ourselves. It’s not fair that they can afford to have killer wardrobes and the funds to be locked in a permanent state of super-coolness, their style just oozing awesomeness. But, if you look closely, their enviable style isn’t the result of the clothes they wear but the little tweaks they make to their clothes. That is how they make even the most bog-standard and basic outfits look incredibly fashionable and undeniably chic.

More often than not, what separates the cool from the every day is a person’s ability to pull together an outfit that you would have never considered. They bring things together to create a style masterpiece. They have an eye for knowing what little things can create the freshest of looks. They know how to recycle old clothes in such a way that they make them look like straight-off-the-rack items.

It isn’t about having the funds to buy the most expensive brands, or about having a stylist that is qualified in bringing cool to the front of everything you wear. No. It is just knowing some of the best tips, tricks and hacks to reinventing yourself and making even your most bland outfits the epitome of cool. And here are the best of the bunch:

American Rag Sunkissed Knot-Front Graphic T-Shirt, Only at Macy’s

It Is Knot Impossible

We all have a plaid shirt in our closet, one that we bought ages ago because we saw some celeb looking like a total babe in one. But when we wore it, well, it sort of didn’t work out quite as we wanted to. It made us look frumpy. It gave us curves where there shouldn’t be curves. That’s the point. That’s where tying a knot in the middle of a plaid shirt, or any button-up shirt, will work to maximum effect; it accentuates your gorgeous curves by being pulled in at the waist. Don’t worry, tying a knot doesn’t have to mean showing skin because you could wear a semi-turtleneck shirt underneath to make your style more chic and less country lass. Pair it with a midi skirt and you are going to look wow.

Blank Denim Lost & Found Cuffed Jeans

Rolling In The Deep

When we buy a pair of jeans we do so with real caution. They need to fit perfectly. They need to do the job we want them to do, whether they are skinny, baggy, mom or boyfriend jeans. They are designed to look great as is. But the thing with jeans is, they are our most staple fashion diet, which is where rolling the cuffs up a bit can change your look entirely. Show off your ankles, maybe even get a piece of ankle jewellery. This simple hack has the power to freshen up every outfit, even that one you have worn one thousand times before. What’s more, this will accentuate the gorgeous pair of shoes you are wearing. In terms of how wide you make the cuff, that all depends on the cut. But as a general rule, skinny jeans should have a folded cuff and baggy jeans should have a rolled cuff. Distinctions make a difference.

Steven By Steve Madden Jdust Embellished Envelope Clutch – Pink

Accessorizing Is All Killer

Everyday outfits are simple. They should be too. It is all about chucking something on quickly so that you can get out of the house and go and do whatever it is that you need to do. Even if you have a lunch date your outfit should be far more closely aligned to casual than made up. That’s where simple accessorising becomes your best friend because it takes away the casual feeling and makes it a killer outfit in the coolest of ways. Buying a set of gold hoop earrings is always a great move to make, as is a stunning pendant necklace, one that hangs low, or a set of bangles. But it isn’t all about jewellery. An eye-grabbing pair of shoes can work wonders, as can a clutch bag, one that completely clashes with your outfit, one that acts as a focal point. It could be that you are going out in a white tee and a pair of boyfriend jeans with some converse; why not make this pop with a bright clutch.

Lucky Brand – Turquoise Stack Ring II Ring

Be A Lot More Hands-On

When it comes to your hands, and more specifically your fingers, more is better. Seriously, wearing a ring is nice, really nice, but wearing nine rings is seriously cool and seriously chic. Stacking your rings is such an effective way to mix and match different styles of rings, different shapes and sizes. Just like with real estate, it is all about location, location, location. As a general rule of thumb (excuse the pun), but wear your biggest and boldest ring on your index finger and then start stacking rings across your other fingers making great use of mid-size rings. It is a sure fire way to make the high street your catwalk and gain an audience of admiring whispers.

Trusty Charm Socks

Always Put A Sock In It

For some reason, we are all worried about having our socks showing, but socks are a part of an outfit, socks are an extra edge, socks are something to be proud of. So, please, don’t hide your socks next time you are leaving the house. Let’s say you are wearing a pair of ankle boots and a nice thigh length skirt, a wavy one; you probably look incredible. But what will make you look truly wow while still looking casual, like you just left the house looking absolutely perfect without even trying, is scrunching your socks up? It’s hard to say exactly how much sock should be showing face above your boot because we all have different length legs. But there is a golden rule circulating among fashion bloggers and this is it: one-quarter of your lower leg should be covered. So pull up, then scrunch down, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors.

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I cannot stress this enough, and I’ve said it before: if I could only wear one style for the rest of my life, striped cotton dresses would be it. And they would likely all be from Old Navy. I’ve honestly been wearing Old Navy striped dresses for the past two days. Not only are they easy AF and hold up forever, but I can consistently slip into one and Kendall will be like, “you look beautiful!” No fuss, but much reward.

And I’ve always been a dress girl. I think it would confuse people when I was younger because while most girls opted for jeans or shorts on out-of-uniform days, I reached for a sun dress. After swim team practice- same thing. I’ve just always felt the most myself in a dress. I may not always know how to properly girl, complaining about heels most female would laugh at, but a good dress will win over jeans every time. Pair with a sweet pair of flats or a cute sneaker- I’m set. It’s my uniform, and I’m sticking with it.

Photos by Sarah

My outfit details:

Denim jacket: Target||Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Faith bag c/o Urban Expressions||Sneakers: Steve Madden||Heavy-Knit Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy

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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 2/24/16

This may be my favorite shoot of all time ever for several reasons. Firstly, Dani of Blonde in the District is a joy to work with and a total sweetie. She actually organized the brunch for a little group of us at Ambar– there were new bloggers and experienced bloggers and in betweens, like me. No judgment of anything that anyone was doing, just advice and problems we’ve all had and a great feeling of girl-power. I actually got some amazing advice from Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. I’m going to paraphrase here but when I told her that recently I’d felt discouraged and even considered saying goodbye to LBC1, she told me to not give up on my blog, but since it’s mine all mine, mold it to be exactly what I want it to be. There is no right or wrong here.

Secondly, Dani picked this amazing spot for our shoot. The Fridge is a cool gallery down by Eastern Market, and apparently their mural outside changes all the time. I can’t wait to go back.

Thirdly, I was kinda diggin’ my outfit. It was actually decently warm on Saturday, and I was so happy to be without the bulky coat.I’ve been doing so much business casual on my blog that it was fun to break away from that. I’m also obsessed with my little milk purse. For whatever reason, I’ve wanted a milk carton purse for like a year. Kate Spade had one, Betsey Johnson had one, SkinnyDip London had one… and I wanted one, but didn’t want to spend a ton on a novelty bag. Hi Amazon.com for under $10 🙂

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ok- so this is technically an outtake- but this may be my favorite

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photos by Blonde in the District

Aerie poncho [last seen here]; similar here, here, here||almost identical Milk carton purse||Stack: Wanderer Cuff; Kendra Scott Colorbar bracelet; Mini Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet||ECENTRCQ sneakers||leather leggings here, here, here

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