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When you’re into fashion, summer really is the perfect time to have fun with your look. You don’t have to worry about wrapping up in layers to keep warm and dry, so no throwing on a big coat and boots with every outfit you put together. Instead, you have far more flexibility/ Plus Summer clothing tends to be more colorful and bold than anything you can find over the autumn and winter, so fantastic for really making a statement. There are certain accessories and trends that have trickled down from the runway and into our favorite stores, if you want to get on board here are a few things to try this summer!

Frasier Sterling Party Like It’s 1999 Silver Choker Necklace

Chokers

Chokers have been on trend for some time now, and aren’t set to go anywhere just yet. While big statement jewelry chokers are popular (and can look fantastic on a night out) when it’s warm in the daytime you could go with something lighter and more comfortable. Even bootlace style tie chokers can bring something to an outfit but won’t feel like it’s weighing you down. Other jewelry trends include asymmetrical earrings– something to try if you’re feeling really brave! And bold pendant necklaces. These are a great way to perk up any plain looking summer outfit.

Eye Catching Belts

Designers such as Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga accessorized their outfits on the runway with old, eye-catching belts- so expect to see similar kinds of styles hitting the stores this summer. Again it’s another easy way to perk up a simple outfit. Denim shorts, a tank top and sandals make a simple summer outfit- a statement belt could really bring it to life. If you keep everything else quite simple and go for one bold piece it brings personality without being overkill.

Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized sunnies continue to stay on trend in 2017- great news since they’re a flattering and easy to wear style giving you instant glamor. Plus larger sunglasses protect the eye area better meaning fewer UV rays to damage the delicate skin around the eyes. Be sure to try on a wide selection of sunglasses to find a pair that really suits your face size and shape. Aviators are a classic and are a style you can wear time and time again if you want something that makes less of a statement.

Knee High Athletic Socks

Knee high socks look super cute, the perfect addition to a pair of shorts. They’re ideal if you’re not too keen on your legs since they covered them up- and they also protect them too if you’re going on hikes or playing sports (or if it gets a bit chillier one day). All in all, they are a fun way to accessorize an outfit and can be practical in some cases too. Some designers have even showcased them with wedges and sandals, but if you’re not quite on board with this trend, you can play it safer with a pair of sneakers.

What trends and accessories are you most excited to try out this summer?

 

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Getting to dress up in a theme is one of my favorite things to do, and the 4th of July is one of the best holidays for that. In DC, it’s already heating up and I’m trying to figure out how to wear as little as possible while still representing that red, white, and blue. I’m especially excited that I get to celebrate with my army guy since he’ll have returned to me. (EEK! He’ll be home Friday/ Saturday and I CANNOT WAIT!)

While his outfit is probably consisting of either this shirt or these shorts I picked up for him the last time he was away, I haven’t figured mine out. I kind of want to wear this dress or this one, but I can’t find either. I’m starting to think there’s a troll in my closet eating my clothes- either that or there’s a purple bin I haven’t touched since I moved in. REGARDLESS- what is this patriotic princess to do?

If you’re trying to figure out an insta-worthy outfit on a budget, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces under $50 to help get you started. I can’t wait to see all that red, white, and blue!

the carolove 4th of july outfits under 50

Floral Cat Ear Headband||Grayson Threads Women’s Red, Wine, & Blue Americana Tank Gray||FOREVER 21+ American Flag Print Sneakers

Relaxed Americana Graphic Tank for Women||Be Bop Juniors’ Bandana-Print V-Hem Dress||POPTIMISM! Women’s Popsicle Print Jelly Tote Handbag – Blue

Distressed American Flag USA Star Design Womens Fashion Shorts||American Flag Classic Horn Rimmed Patriotic Sunglasses||Ayliss Women’s Sexy Cut out back Bohemian Casual Loose Romper Playsuit

Jack by BB Dakota Tavon Printed Chambray Snap Front Dress||INC International Concepts Women’s Gallena Popsicle® Collection Flat Sandals, Only at Macy’s||Bardot Floral Print Pom Pom Trim Dress

 

 

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My mom is seriously the hostess with the mostest. You saw it first with the tea party for Little Jules, and this past weekend she hosted another bridal shower for her co-worker, Rachael. She’s one of my mom’s “quad babies” or part of the “quad squad” of first grade teachers out in portables at their school. Rachael got engaged a week after I did, and even though I had never met any of the squad, they came over to my mom’s to celebrate both engagements and even brought us both a little goodie bags. Rachael, along with Sarah and Erica, have been amazing friends to my mom and have become friends of mine as well since we’re all about the same age. Erica actually gives my mom updates from my Instagram which I think is great, and Erica and Sarah were a huge help in readying Casa Downing for the pearl and purple themed tea party.

This was kind of the “work” shower, so it was more of an intimate gathering. There was a build your own mimosa bar, a ton of food, and a great tea service that probably would have been more popular if the weather wasn’t so warm (but it made for a great centerpiece for the party.) One of my favorite details was that my mom put her own pearls on the chandeliers in our dining room and kitchen. Sarah made adorable favors with purple and sparkly hand sanitizers from Bath and Body works so it looked like they were wearing little veils. The game of the day was that everyone wore a pearl necklace that started out with a mini clip. If you said the word “wedding” and got caught, you lost your clip to whoever caught you. The winner with the most pins won a candle! It was a really sweet afternoon and I was so happy to be included!

My outfit for the day was a super fun set that I grabbed from the last Lilly Pulitzer after-party sale. It was one of those things I knew I had to have but had no idea where I would wear it. Luckily, a shower on a warm day was perfect! The two-piece set is kind of a new-to-me style, but I loved the way that the subtle crop really just looked like a flirty sundress. It was lose enough I could eat all the fun party snacks I wanted and not feel like my outfit was trapping me.

Outfit details:

Brinley Crop Top & Skirt Set: Lilly Pultizer||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Similar clutch||MIA Women’s Zoe Fashion Sneaker||Tropez Sunglasses in ‘Pink Pearl’: Coconut Lane {get yours 20% off with the code thecarolove20}

Two-pieced sets:

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My family has belonged to Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville since I was in kindergarten. Most summers growing up, I was there 12 hours a day, 7 days a week unless the lifeguards (who sometimes doubled as babysitters) had to wrangle us out of the pool for thunder/ lightning. Many times, we were there later eating crab dip for dinner with our swim team buddies and playing red rover just far enough off the golf course that we wouldn’t get in trouble. Most of my summer memories comes from that club, not even mentioning the parties I went to/ threw throughout the years (I’ve been to three wedding showers recently, including the one I hosted), and the amazing support they gave us when my sister died.

Luckily, my mom still loves it just as much and is still a member. While I now can mostly only spend weekends poolside, sipping sweet tea vodka and lemonade instead of Powerade now, I will never turn down a day in the sun with a good book any chance I can get.

If you saw my Instagram post from this past weekend, you saw my adorable new pool bag from Target. The pool opens THIS SATURDAY, y’all! And while I’m set for new suites for the summer thanks to Cupshe, everything else in pool bag can be picked up in one shopping trip to the magical land of Target.

 

 

It does not, however, look like they carry my favorite summer read. I highly suggest your poolside reading includes Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert. 

 

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It’s getting to that time of year when you need to pluck and preen and get summer ready. I know, I know! It’s a lot of hassle when you first shave those legs after a longer winter of rocking leggings and trousers. But the sooner we do it, the sooner we can wear skirts and sandals, and jump in the pool without a second thought. But if you are still struggling,  even after such a motivational speech, then read on for any easy how-to guide to ensure you are summer ready as quick as possible.

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Tan it up

Of course, we all know the dangers of sun exposures and don’t even get me started on the irresponsibility of sunbeds! That means the only way to get yourself tanned and lovely is via a fake tan product.

Luckily, there is an abundance of these on the market. Including gradual tans, foam tans, and spray tans.

Gradual tans work over a longer period of time. You apply them like moisturizer, and the color on you skin builds up gradually over each application. Although you do need to make sure that you use one that is specially formulated for your face.

Foam tans are one of the best fake tan products for two reasons. First, they seem to go on a lot better, and they are easy to work into the skin. Secondly, you can usually see where you have been. So you don’t end up going over the same area again, and again and getting patches.

Most foam tans also give you the color you are looking for in one or two applications too. So they are a great idea if you need it sorted quickly.

Lastly, spray tans are instant. You have them sprayed on with a pump, a bit like a hose and then keep them on for a few hours. Then when you wash them off, you have a perfect tan underneath.

You can go to a salon to have this done, or if you are a real tan enthusiast, you can buy the kit to do it yourself at home. Just remember not to sit on your favorite furniture as the tan can rub off and leave a real mess.

Smooth legs and body

Apart from a tan, most women also like to ensure that their legs and other areas are smooth are hair free for the summer.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is by using a disposable razor and some massaging cream. Or you can use conditioner too as this is design for hair and skin and is full of silicone which makes the razor glide across the skin.

Of course, not everyone loves disposable razors, as you run the risk or razor burn and unsightly and painful nicks and cuts. Happily, there are other options to try out which avoid this these problems.

The first is the electric razor, like the ones at  https://www.shavingmachine.org/best-electric-shavers-women/. These are electronic gadgets designed to make shaving super easy and quick and vastly reduce the risk of cutting yourself as they have shields to produce the skin.

However, you may choose not to shave at all on the go for something else entirely like waxing or epilating.

Both of these remove the hair from a root which means it takes longer to grow back. So you have a long time being hair free. However, for this reason, they are the most painful way of getting rid of any body hair.

There is also another disadvantage to these methods as you have to wait for the hair to be a certain length before it can be removed, and your skin can resemble a plucked chicken when you first do this treatment. Although it usually calms down after a while.

Protect your eyes

Lastly, another major task on our summer ready to do list as women is to ensure that we have the right protective eye wear for the sunny season.

Sunglasses need to protect our eyes from UVA and UVB rays, as well as look fabulous and fit in with the rest of our summer wardrobe.

Its also important to wear sunnies because they stop you squinting a lot in the sun. Which can help reduce the occurrence of a fine lines on the face, keeping you looking young.

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