SUMMER TRENDS: RUFFLES, PINSTRIPES & EMBROIDERY

SUMMER TRENDS RUFFLES PINSTRIPES EMBROIDERY

This summer there are a few trends that are not only popping up all over, but still very much in style! I am not one to wear outrageous statement pieces, but when I saw this skirt at SheIn, I knew that this would be a piece that not only is on trend right now, but I would also wear through multiple seasons. I love boho style and I feel that this skirt really encompasses that. It has bold ruffles, pin stripes, and floral embroidery! This brings together all 3 of the major summer trends.

SUMMER TRENDS RUFFLES PINSTRIPES EMBROIDERY

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SheIn, but all opinions are my own. 

I really like mixing high end classic pieces with inexpensive trendy pieces, which is how I decided to put this outfit together.

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This skirt is my ultimate statement piece and I paired it with this cute sweater tank crop top, which fit very well with the high-waisted skirt. This way, I didn’t have too much stomach showing. I do feel like its very feminine and sexy to show a slight sliver of skin.

SUMMER TRENDS RUFFLES PINSTRIPES EMBROIDERY

This Chanel purse is my classic item because every girl dreams of owning that Chanel bag and will keep this for 10 years, or more. I liked the gold color because it gives the outfit a pop of something extra. Plus with a bag this shade you can easily pair it with something dressy, or something casual.

SUMMER TRENDS RUFFLES PINSTRIPES EMBROIDERY

My espadrilles are a complete steal. I am always on the hunt for the perfect dupe. When I saw the Chloe wedges earlier this year, I wanted them, but definitely didnt want to pay the $600 price tag. Therefore, when I saw these ones by Steve Madden at DSW, I immediately scooped them up! Make sure you sign up for DSW rewards because I am always getting great coupons for extra discounts.

SUMMER TRENDS RUFFLES PINSTRIPES EMBROIDERY

Be bold and wear what you love!

Are there any bold summer trends that you have been dying to try?

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6 FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We are quickly approaching the beginning of summer, which means beach trips and days by the pool. When I think of what I want to wear for these summer time occasions, I think of cute, yet comfortable beach dresses, or cover ups. Therefore, I decided to round up my 6 favorite beach cover ups, in case you too were looking for a little poolside inspiration.

*This post is sponsored by Romwe, but all opinions in this post are my own. 

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When I look for a cover up, I want something that I can not only wear to the pool, or beach, but also will look presentable out and about as well. I love light fabrics, fun designs, and nothing too tight because this is about comfort right? These 6 below are the perfect variety and all under $20 because why over spend on an item for just one season?!

Open Back Pom Pom Cover Up – This is the beachiest out of the 6 cover ups. However, it is still long enough to be a dress over a swim suit and at a casual beach side restaurant would be an appropriate outfit.

FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

Pom Pom Off the Shoulder Dress – As you can tell, I am loving pom poms and so is summer. This off the shoulder dress is light weight, roomy, and can be worn when not at the beach as well.

FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

Tassel Trim Shift Dress – I love bright colors paired with white. I feel like they really pop, and its such an island beachy vibe. This tassel shift dress is a great beach dress, or poolside cover up.

FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

Palm Print Shift Dress – Palm print is everywhere right now and I need to get some of this in my closet. I ordered a really cute wrap skirt for the beach in a similar palm pattern. This dress would make a great light weight cover up and could double as a great date night summer dress with heels.

FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

Tropical Leaf Tie Dress – This totally reminds me of a Trina Turk type cover up. I love the belted design to give a bit more shape. This tropical print screams summer time to me and could also double as a dress for an evening out at the beach.

Off the Shoulder Tropical Print Dress – Again, some more off the shoulder vibes. I seriously love this look way more than showing off cleavage. The island print and the tie sleeves give it something extra that will make your beach look much more colorful and fun.

FAVORITE BEACH COVER UPS

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STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

A few months ago I joined a really great group of women called Style Collective. When I first joined, it was simply because my friend Maya had told me I should join and that they help you grow as a blogger. I didn’t really know too much about the site, or the woman, Annie Spano, that created Style Collective. More recently, I started reading the site more and discovering all the great things to help us bloggers grow. I also started reading about Annie and everything she has done to help our group that she started. Then, when I saw that she needed volunteers to be regional leaders for the different major cities that Style Collective members are in, I virtually raised my hand. I knew with my love for meeting other women, drinking mimosas, and planning events, that this would be a great way for me to help out.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET
Photo by Emily of Fashionably Overdressed.

Then, this month, Annie launched the first Style Collective podcast, “Becoming Fearless“. She launched this podcast on her birthday and wanted all the women in different cities to get together and celebrate, discuss the podcast and we could grow together. Myself and Kim, the other Orlando regional leader, were completely on board for planning a meet up. After we did a doodle poll and got a Saturday date, we knew a Brunch would be the best choice! So much team work went into this event and I thought it would be great to share with you how you can plan a girls brunch on a budget. You don’t have to overspend to have a good time and make it a great event.

LOCATION & FOOD

The very first task was finding the right location. We wanted a place that would be able to easily fit about 15 people and of course have an option for unlimited mimosas!! Luckily we found the perfect brunch spot at The Stubborn Mule in downtown Orlando. They had a great brunch menu, reasonably priced, and only $10 for unlimited mimosas. All the ladies paid for their own meals which keeps the cost down, since we didn’t have to try to pay to have anything catered. The restaurant was kind enough to give us three different appetizers for free, so that we could try a bit more of their menu.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET
Food photos by Emily of Fashionably Overdressed.

They also had a private room that we used. This was a great way to be able to keep our conversation to ourselves and stay away from the noise of the restaurant. There wasn’t a charge for the room either, just a food minimum, which was easy to meet since we had a group over ten. Make sure to check around with restaurants about room options.

How yummy looking is what I ordered?! I definitely want to go back and try something else off the menu.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

DECOR & DELEGATING

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

A good leader knows what their strong suits are and when they should delegate. I mean one person, even two can’t necessarily do it all. I am so glad that we have our decor Queen, The Style Delegate Maya (haha delegate and delegate, ok yes I’m a dork) on our squad. Maya, Kim, and I went shopping together in order to split the costs. We had a plan in mind focusing on items we can reuse, the Style Collective color scheme of blush and gold, plus we stopped first in the dollar section of Target because we were trying not to spend too much.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

We made a list ahead of time of what everyone already had that we could bring and since Maya had already hosted an event before she was a great source. Why buy something if on of your girls has something you can use! Then we thought about which items we could DIY and Kim made the vases from mason jars. We used Style Collective printables and printed them at home. I also created a sign that we can use for all of our events! I created an image using Photoshop and then had it printed at Walmart as a 20 x 30 poster. Then I used spray adhesive and attached it to a foam poster board from Dollar Tree. This cost me less than $20!

GOODY BAGS & PRIZES

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

This was a complete team effort. We were very lucky to all have different contacts to partner with and we each reached out to someone in order to have so fun items for all the ladies to take home with them. In exchange for some social media shout outs five lovely brands gave some gifts for the ladies to have.

Magpie Naturals, a local beauty company gave everyone homemade bath bombs and soap. Laila happens to be an ambassador for Shoe Dazzle, so they sent a couple goodies, plus a gift card to raffle. An upcoming local candy company called Sky Candy gave us homemade lollipops and those were divine. Origins gave us some samples of their top sellers, plus a free mini facial. Finally, our awesome Style Collective Sis Mikaela, owner of Mikaela J Designs, made us custom wine glasses! How cute are all of these items!!

PHOTOGRAPHY

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

There is no need to hire a photographer for an event. Request that everyone take photos using their phones and cameras and then share them in a Dropbox after the event. Just make sure to give credit where credit is due! Plus we had a lovely waitress who took our group photos outside. Then we all helped each other out taking photos so we had some cute pictures of our outfits!! Girls just wanna have fun!!

I hope some of these tips can help you plan a girls brunch! If you love decor as much as I do, then you should head over tomorrow to Maya’s blog, The Style Delegate to see how she beautified the room we used for the brunch and her decorating tips!

STYLE COLLECTIVE SERIES:

Thursday’s post by Hailey: Style Collective: My First Blogger Meetup

Friday’s post by Kimberly: Style Collective: Bonding Over Blogging

Sunday’s post by Maya: Style Collective: Pretty Little Details

Monday’s post by Emily: Style Collective: Brunching in Style – What to Wear

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