This top is probably my favorite at the moment because of the feminine, statement-making ruffles! I don’t usually buy into trends, but I am loving the ruffle trend right now. And I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon; fall looks are all about statement sleeves and ruffles.
I wore this to wine night with a few friends recently and it was the bestgirls’ night top. I thought this top would scare my husband off, but when I put it on for a date night he actually complimented me on and said he thought the ruffles were really pretty. And when my guy likes an item just as much as the girls, I know I’ve made a decent shopping decision.
And speaking of shopping, some fellow bloggers and I have teamed up to give away a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card! Just in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to become available to the public this Friday. So… Enter the giveaway on my Instagram post HERE and be sure to check out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post HERE.
Fit Details: Go up one size in the top as the sleeves run a bit small. Jeans run true to size. If you’re in between measurements and have a bigger waist, you might want to go one size up since these are high-waisted. Shoes run true to size and are so comfortable.
My Denver readers… Are you looking for something fun and different to do this weekend? I have a little suggestion for my fellow movie lovers. I’m sure you may have heard of Alamo Drafthouse, the ultra-comfy movie theater that serves food and drinks alongside the latest and greatest movies?
Well… Take it one step further and check out Alamo Drafthouse’s new Sloan’s Lake location and their Signature Series; a collection of movie events such as afternoon tea paired with period films and gourmet themed food and drink paired with classic films. (Think events like the Casablanca Moroccan feast and the Lord of the Rings trilogy with nine meals!) I recently attended Littleton’s Sunday Brunchtacular Spectacular showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s complete with waffles, pancakes, and mimosas. I thought it was the perfect way to finish off the weekend!
The Sloan’s Lake location offers a chic little bar called Barfly just outside the theater lobby where you can grab a drink with your date or enjoy some live music with the girls. I loved the vintage-inspired decor; incredible tile floors, tufted leather couches, stacked books, a fireplace, and vintage typewriters. Barfly provides the perfect pre- or post-movie atmosphere with its lively bar environment and outdoor patio.
I’ve gone through the next two months of events at both locations and gathered my favorites here, along with links to book your tickets! Maybe I’ll see you there!
Upcoming Alamo Events
Date Night Idea
July 22nd – Sloan’s Lake Location – The Breakfast Clubscreening at 7:00 PM, followed by live 80’s music at Barfly
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite sale of the year because it ushers in beautiful, new fall clothes with a giant sale. After the sale ends August 6th, prices will go back up to regular retail prices.
Early Access for Nordstrom cardholders begins July 13th. You can apply for a Nordstrom debit card (pulls right from your checking account) or credit card HERE. The card will take a few days to process so if you’re looking to shop the sale, apply for your card ASAP. Another bonus? At checkout, you can choose to make that day a Triple Points Day and you will accumulate 3x the points on each order placed that day, leading to Nordstrom Notes for $$ off on future Nordstrom orders.
If you don’t have a Nordstrom debit card or credit card you can shop the sale starting July 21st but be aware that some items may be sold out. If you’re interested, I can put together another round of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites based on available items as of July 21st.
I was invited to preview the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before Early Access and spent almost three hours in the dressing room, trying on my favorite pieces and analyzing fabrics and fit. Please excuse the horrible lighting – I just wanted to give you an idea of the way I would style these items and show you what my favorite pieces look like on the body. After each photo and collage, I provide links, fit details, and the other #NSale items I would pair each look with.
I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I was going to be focusing on easy looks for all your summer events and activities. I know my content is usually a bit on the glam side, but during scorching July, August, and September I find that many of our events and travels are more casual, relaxed ones and I need casual outfits to go along with these events and the boiling temps! I recently shared this navy striped maxi tank dress on the blog, perfect for travel, baseball games, barbecues, and shopping. I wear it nonstop and love how soft and comfy it is.
Another easy summer look is this off-shoulder denim midi dress. The little tie details on the arm add interest and femininity and the flattering tie waist gives your body curves and definition. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love it dressed down with casual neutrals and given a little excitement with pops of red and bright green. You can find select sizes HERE for 30% off with code YESPLEASE and all sizes HERE at regular price. I’ve worn this dress while traveling, exploring a museum, and for a day of shopping; you’ll find yourself wearing it all the time because it’s so versatile!
Fit Details: Dress runs true to size, but go down a size if you’re in between measurements. Shoes run a bit small; the leather doesn’t stretch as much as you would think, so if you purchase them go up a half size from your usual.
The temps are up and most of us are headed to the pool or the beach to spend our summer days cooling off. I went to my stash of beach beauty products and found that my sunscreen was separated and my shimmer spray expired; it was time to refresh my summer beauty products. So I tested out the top products on the market and am sharing my favorites right here!
ON SALE 60% OFF from July 11th – July 18th! Was $245, now $98. I had been searching and searching for the perfect straw beach bag, when I saw this one. The shape is perfectly beachy and the leather-trimmed handles and palm print lining make it extra special. I also love the chic, silky tassels on the outside.
I stash my phone, keys, and gym pass in the inner pockets for easy access. Then toss all my favorite sun products and beach reads in the interior. And this straw bag isn’t just for the pool… When I pair it with my favorite sundress as a handbag or tote, I always receive lots of compliments. [AVAILABLE HERE]
ON SALE 60% OFF from July 11th – July 18th. Was $35, now $14. I love this darling little cosmetic bag with its soft leather trim and tropical palm print. I tuck it in my beach bag to hold smaller cosmetics, headphones, and hair ties. Another tip? Use it when packing your suitcase to keep all your lacy little things together and organized! [SOLD OUT]
This sleek, flat orange zippered pouch is perfect to carry as a clutch; it makes a statement against neutral-colored sundresses and even a simple white tee and jeans. I love its textured exterior and linen-lined interior; the outside is easy to wipe clean and I can easily see the contents against the light interior. I’m currently using this bright little pouch in my beach bag to organize my cash, credit cards, and business cards. If I get up to purchase an iced drink, I can just grab this little pouch and go. Plus… It looks really cute against the green palm print interior of my beach bag! [AVAILABLE HERE]
Have you seen the gold leather tassel I clip onto my everyday handbag? (You can see it in this post.) This is its brighter sister in a coral-orange color called “flamingo”. It’s so cute it makes me happy every time I pull out my keys and I get compliments on it all the time. Each leather tassel comes with both a clip and a key ring, so you can clip it onto bags and clutches or use it as a keychain. [AVAILABLE HERE]
I love my everyday serum and moisturizer, so I didn’t really want to replace either of those with an SPF version. But then I found the perfect solution… This genius SPF 50 Makeup Setting Mist ensures I’m able to use my tried-and-true skincare favorites and stillget all the sun protection I need! Best of all? It protects any makeup I have on against sweat and oil with a long-lasting, soft-focus finish. On those days when I don’t wear any makeup, I simply spray this on top of my moisturizer and I swear it makes my skin look a bit better. [AVAILABLE HERE]
If you’re out in the hot sun, jumping in and out of the pool, you definitely need deodorant. But have you ever packed a stick of deodorant and reached for it poolside, only to find a melted mess? Avoid the mess and save your beach bag with spray deodorant instead! I’ve come to realize how essential spray deodorant is and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the stick version! This spray deodorant is softly scented with the classic, feminine Chloé fragrance which means it doesn’t have that annoying “deodorant” smell and instead you’ll smell fresh and pretty with just a hint of soft fragrance, nothing overpowering. [AVAILABLE HERE]
This easy-spray bottle ensures I get SPF coverage everywhere I need it and the “sport” formula allows me to go a bit longer in between applications. Best of all? No toxic-smelling fumes or tacky fragrances here; COOLA’s unique coconut scent is fresh, clean, and reminiscent of my best beach memories. [AVAILABLE HERE]
When I purchased this firming cream last year I remember thinking, “They should really make a perfume that smells exactly like this.” Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because after receiving an endless wave of requests, Sol de Janeiro created this body fragrance mist. Pistachio and salted caramel combine to create a warm, sexy, tropical scent like you’ve never smelled before. This isn’t your average cheesy tropical scent; it’s sophisticated and intoxicating. The best part is, it’s light enough to layer in the summer without being overpowering. I spritz it everywhere – hair, skin, and even my bikini and lingerie! [AVAILABLE HERE]
A body bronzer that shimmers and sparkles on the skin while moisturizing?! It doesn’t get any better than that. I rub this Coconut Body Glow on my shoulders, arms, and legs… Anywhere I want to illuminate with a bronzy-highlight! The light bronze color perfects my skin, hiding blemishes, discoloration and dullness while the organic coconut blend hydrates and heals as it infuses my skin with antioxidants. Its fresh coconut-gardenia scent is light enough to layer with my other fragrances or mix into my usual body moisturizer for a subtle glow. [AVAILABLE HERE]
I never thought I would type that word on my website! But… Sexual innuendos be damned because this lipstick color is the perfect peachy-pink! The color of beautiful flushed skin with a delicate shimmer, this lipstick will become one you reach for every single day. For an easy summer makeup look, spritz moisturized skin with the SPF 50 makeup setting mist, dab a little Coconut Body Glow or your favorite bronzer on cheekbones, and apply this lipstick on lips. The result? Total beach babe. [AVAILABLE HERE]
Temps are high here in Denver and I’m on the lookout for easy, breezy looks perfect for beating the heat. My next outfit posts will all feature looks to keep you looking cute even when it’s scorching outside. Even though our days can reach 100 degrees, our evenings in Denver are always cool. I’ve topped this striped maxi dress with my favorite denim jacket; a great option for both chilly nights and transitioning into fall weather.
Fit Details: You will love how soft and comfortable this striped dress is while still accentuating your curves. Dress runs true to size; go down a size if you’re in between measurements. If you’d like to wear the jacket fitted like I am, choose your true size. If you’d like it a bit loose to layer over long sleeves or sweaters, go one size up. Shoes run true to size.
As you can probably tell, I’ve been loving stripes this summer. If you love stripes too, check out these recent posts:
Avocado toast has somehow become the go-to example for millennials’ love of unnecessary pleasures, but even with its negative connotation I just can’t seem to resist it. If that makes me a millennial, I’ll happily take the label as I munch on this incredible blend of textures and flavors.
And, like most millennials, I discovered avocado toast while at a trendy brunch spot with my friends. But I wanted to make avocado toast in the comfort of my own home, whenever I got a craving for it. My first try wasn’t so great, so I spent months and months perfecting my recipe until I found a way to create avocado toast just the way I like it. I’ve tried the recipe on my husband and parents and they’ve all given me the go-ahead as well. I think you’ll love it too.
One major tip I have is to make sure the avocado you use is ripe. I usually find that the ugliest avocados are the smoothest and creamiest inside. You can press lightly on the outside; a ripe avocado will be soft and mushy.
Salt and Pepper
1/2 to 1/4 Lemon
1. Make Avocado Mixture
Mash one ripe avocado (I use our potato masher) in a mixing bowl. Drizzle mashed avocado with a bit of olive oil. Squeeze 1/2 to 1/4 lemon juice (try using this) and 1/2 lime juice onto avocado mixture. Sprinkle sea salt and cracked pepper and mix to your desired consistency. I prefer mine a bit on the chunkier side.
2. Toast Bread and Cook Egg
Sometimes I like to add an egg on my avocado toast and when I make it for my husband, I usually add two eggs. I like mine sunny side up or over-easy. Toast multi-grain bread as the egg is cooking. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little sea salt and cracked pepper on top of the egg when it’s finished cooking.
3. Add Toppings
When the toast is done, top with the mashed avocado mixture. You’ll probably have just a bit left over if you’re making two slices of toast. Drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil and sprinkle a bit of chili powder across both slices of avocado toast. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.
Then add your toppings. I slice cherry tomatoes and place on the avocado mixture, along with a bit of mild, creamy goat cheese. (The Chavrie brand is my favorite goat cheese for this.) Then add your egg on top!
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the W by Worth brand; I think their pieces are the perfect blend of timeless and trendy and always utilize the most beautiful fabrics and materials. In this look, I’ve paired a W by Worth striped summer sweater with their classic Luna Tech pants. (You can also see the Luna Tech pants in this post.) They are the most flattering pants I’ve ever worn and they seem to look as great when paired with silk blouses as they do paired with simple tees.
Above I’ve also linked additional W by Worth striped sweater – it’s available in two colors and nearly all sizes. I love the asymmetric hemline; it gives an updated twist on such a classic look. I’ve been wearing summer sweaters like the one I’m wearing above and the additional one I’ve linked often lately; they’re perfect for chilly summer evenings here in Denver and can be worn again and again as the temperatures cool off.