Over the weekend I shared a photo of a black swing dress on Instagram that has been on repeat lately. I packed it with me to take to North Carolina and wore it after the pool, to dinner with the family and again to do a grocery run. When we got back to Philly, we decided to host a little dinner party for our friends this past weekend who took care of Ed the cat while we were away and our neighbor who kept an eye on our house. Honestly, we were just really excited to host after not being able to have friends over for more than a year! Last minute we realized we didn’t have enough wine or beer so we walked to the store down the street to stock up. One of the great perks of living in a city! I highly suggest making sure you have a dress in your closet this summer that fits great and works for any occasion. After a year of not leaving the house for like a year, I have to admit it’s been a bit of a struggle to put an outfit together. That’s why I love a simple black swing dress because I wear it at least once a week because it’s easy to throw on and I can accessorize it to dress it up or go for a casual look.
I wore my new sandals that I just got in this week that are very quickly selling out and I can see why because they are VERY comfortable. This dress is easy to dress up (thank goodness for little black dresses!) with some jewelry. I wore my Kate Middleton inspired J Crew earrings that look good with every outfit. Linking this years version here. Last summer I purchased a few things from Uncommon James when they were having a big sale and I love this simple layering piece necklace. It’s delicate and so chic! Since it’s been so long since I got to dress up for a dinner, I stacked my J Crew bracelet and a new gold bracelet set from Target. Clutch is old from J Crew Factory and I hope they bring it back because it’s one of my favorites!
I cannot resist a new fun white top in the summer. I love this eyelet top because of the fun flutter sleeve. It’s so easy to throw it on with jeans or shorts and dress it up or keep it casual. I paired it with light wash ripped jeans and a heel for a lunch date. When it gets warmer I’m excited to wear this top with white jeans for a fun date night look.
Another must have this summer is light wash denim and this pair has been my go-to for the last two years. The stretchy denim is great while I keep working out to lose my pandemic pounds and are easy to style. I’m not usually a fan of distressed denim but this pair is easy to dress up.
One of our first things we did with our new car was to go to Target and walk up and down every single aisle. Kudos to Jacob for being so patient while we shopped! We walked in with a list and somehow we walked out with way more things than we planned on getting. As an impulse buy I grabbed this cute dress I saw because it was only $15 and just thought it would be an easy summer dress to throw on. Right away I loved the way it looked when I got home and tried it on. I loved the ruffle hem on the bottom and was easy to throw on for errands. I’d recommend sizing down because the hem flares out. I’m wearing an XS and right now I’m usually a small/medium.
The last few months I have not been writing on the blog as much because I was staying with my family in North Carolina and left my laptop in a drawer. It was nice to spend time with my family and be outside in the backyard or pool. I read a lot, spent a lot of time maintaining their garden and reading in the back screened in porch. For some reason, I packed two big suitcases of clothes with me thinking I would wear a lot of clothes when I actually spent most of my day in a bathing suit. While I was there I ordered a few affordable bathing suits to try and they quickly became favorites!
Any local knows that local summer is the best time to order swimwear because that is when swimwear goes on sale. Growing up a beach kid I’ve always loved buying new swimwear and pieces I knew I could wear into the ocean without worrying they would get ruined. I have a handful of investment pieces that I bought on major sale and fun affordable pieces that are trendy but didn’t break the bank.
Right now Philly is experiencing a cold front so I’m hoping we get some warmer weather soon so I can lay out in our backyard a few more times before fall is officially here! This summer I had the opportunity to be outside everyday (with sunscreen!) for 3 months so it’s the tannest I have honestly ever been. Of course I’m tan and more fit but no one can see it because we are quarantining! If you can’t tell, I’m not ready for summer to be over!
Last week I went into Target to get one thing and somehow pajamas ended up in my cart. Don’t you just hate that?! I was also really excited to see that my leopard short sleeve pajama set are also back in stock. I wear these all the time because they are so soft and comfy. Target is really killing it in the pajama game because they are so soft and affordable so I’m always buying another set! Be sure to grab a pajama set asap because these do not stay on the rack for long!
Finally after moving into our new house a month ago, my closet is finally unpacked and (kinda!) organized. I’m still moving a few things around and need to find the box labeled my fall wardrobe in the basement, but getting dressed in the morning is so much easier! For a while there, I was living out of boxes and it was a struggle! People at work were nice and said it didn’t look like it, but it was a struggle each morning to find a top that matched a bottom and then I could only find one shoe! LOL
When the new arrivals for fall at Loft hit the stores, I did some browsing and then ended up buying more than I should. Oops! But oh my gosh, this new fall collecting is ah-ma-zing! I’m able to create outfits with a new top with a skirt from an earlier season at Loft because their color pallet never changes so everything always matches. I purchased a few things that my closet was lacking and I knew I could wear during the awkward transition into fall when it’s still hot outside through the colder months of winter. One of the tops I purchased is this ruffle short sleeve top because my closet was lacking easy to wear short sleeve tops for work. The skirt is from last winter but pairs so well with the top and is a nice pop of color instead of a traditional all black outfit.
I’m wearing an xs in the top and have a white cami underneath because it’s a bit sheer. This top could also be perfect with black jeans for a more laid back outfit or a dress down day at work. This will definitely be a top I wear again and again making it worth every penny!