Summer Shift


whiteshiftdress1aztecshiftdresscrochethemdresswhiteaztecdressactezshiftbackfrenchconnectionbagblueyellowaztecdressblueandyellowshiftdressDress: White Plum, new / Purse: Marshall’s, new similar / Sandals: Shoe Department / Sunglasses: Rue 21 love these! / Blue wrap Bracelet: White Plum  / Metal Cuff Bracelet: gift similar, similar

Hello, lovelies!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and it was either spent in a pool or indoors with the air conditioning.  I’m not one to complain about the heat too much because you all know how much I despise cold weather, but dang, it was HOT!

This shift dress is a perfect beat-the-heat option and is definitely one of my favorites (I know, I say that about all my dresses), but the fact that it’s white and sleeveless make it an instant summer winner in my book.

Of course, the bright tribal pattern and crochet hem are what initially drew my attention to this dress.  I’m always drawn to those unique and eye-catching details that stand out on their own.  Other than a couple of bracelets and this fun bag I picked up in Chicago, no accessories needed!

What’s your go-to style for beating the summer heat?

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Shopping in Chicago


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pinksweaterandfloralslilygardenjeansandfloralspinkandfloralschicagooutfitchicagooutfit2floralbeltandshoes1pinksweater1chicagooutfit1jumping1Sunglasses: Rue 21 similar, similar, similar, splurge / Sweater: White Plum similar / Belt: Old Navy / Jeans: Maurices / Flats: Sole Society

Last week, Tyson and I spent some time up north visiting my aunt and uncle.  We had the BEST time!  It was so great to just be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  We laughed (and ate) so much!

On Thursday, we spent the afternoon in Chicago.  It was pretty cool the whole time we were there, so I was glad I packed jeans.  I even wore a black blazer all day.  These flats from Sole Society were the perfect choice for walking around the city.  A couple months ago, they were on sale, and I had them in my online cart for a few days.  By the time I decided to buy them, my size was sold out, so when they came back in stock and went on sale again recently, I didn’t hesitate!  I also ordered these, these, and this…Oops.  They are nearly sold out again unless you wear a size 5, but I’ve linked some similar styles below.

After shopping, we enjoyed a very incredible dinner at Quartino.  If you ever find yourself in the area with a yen for Italian food, you should definitely try it out!chicagoquartino

After dinner, us girls went our own way, and the boys theirs to take in different shows.  My aunt and I had tickets to see the Blue Man Group.  It was super cool.  I don’t even know how to explain it, but they are so funny and entertaining.  No pictures were allowed during the show, but we were able to sneak this one in before it started;)bluemangroup

I have to say thanks to my aunt and uncle again for their hospitality and for absolutely spoiling us while we were there.  It was truly one of the best getaways I’ve had in a long time!

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Red, White, and Blue


Follow my blog with Bloglovinredwhiteblueblueshoesredwhiteandbluewhiteembroideredskirt24thofjulyCardigan: Old Navy(old) similar, similar, similar / Tanktop: Walmart similar here and here / Skirt: Old Navy (old) love this and this / Flats: Old Navy via Style Encore very similar

Hello, friends!  I’m up north with my beloved visiting family this week.  We’re driving into Chicago today for some shopping and yummy eats, and my aunt and I are also going to see the Blue Man Group!  Have you ever seen a show?  I hear they’re pretty entertaining, so I’m really looking forward to it.

I wanted to share a simple red, white, and (mostly) blue look in honor of upcoming Independence Day.  This skirt is an old favorite of mine.  I don’t have a big selection of red, but the subtle red and blue embroidery make it perfect for an understated 4th of July look.

We’ll be heading home on Saturday, so I hope to have some time to enjoy the pool, weather pending, and take in the local fireworks show.  What will you be doing for the 4th?  Whatever your plans, have fun, and be safe out there!

Check out some more of my favorite red, white, and blue picks below.  I’m loving the High Waist Nautical Shorts and the Chambray Romper, perfect for the 4th and beyond!


Garden Party



floralskirtgardengreengardenskirtflowersneonandfloralswhiteplumfloralskirtSweater: Old Navy, old similar / Tanktop: JCP nearly exact here / Skirt: White Plum / Heels: Charlotte Russe, love these, these, and these / Earrings: Francesca’s / Sunglasses: JCP / Watch: Target, similar and similar, cool!

I do believe this might be the prettiest skirt I’ve ever owned.  A work of art really.  I ordered this Electric Garden Party Skirt from White Plum a couple weeks ago and was beyond pleased when I took it out of the package.  The quality of the material and vibrancy of the colors were even so much better in person than the way it appeared online.

The fit is also perfection with the defined waist and knee length flare.  This skirt will definitely be a summer staple, and the array of colors makes for a multitude of opportunities to mix it up.

I feature a lot of items purchased from White Plum because I have fallen in love with their colorful and unique selections (they’ve even reposted a couple of my Instagram pics!).  If you want to check them out, now is the perfect time!  From now thru July 4, spend $40+ and get 50% off your entire order with code AMERICANBEAUTY, plus shipping is always free with any $50 purchase.

Or browse more of my favorite floral options below.  Have a beautiful Monday!

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tribaldresstribaldressaccessoriestribaldressandblazernudesandalsrustdresstealblazerBlazer: Yard Sale similar, short-sleeved, plus / Dress / Sandals: Franco Sarto via Shoe Dept. similar, similar, similar / Clutch: Maurices, old, love this fringed version / Bracelet: White Plum / Watch: Target

Hello lovely readers!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend (they always go way too fast don’t they).  I scored this blazer last weekend yard saling with my mom.  It still had the tags on it!  Of course, I first noticed the color, my favorite, and then it won me over with the colorful, Aztec print of the cuffs.

As soon as I saw this dress hanging in my closet, I knew it would be a perfect match.  They seriously look like they were made for each other!  Since the dress (first seen here) is on the shorter side, I knew I had to wear it with some lower-heeled shoes, and these sandals were the perfect choice.  They are so comfortable, and the nude color goes with everything.  #1 tip for longer, leaner legs: nude shoes.  Works like a charm!

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The Limited Blazer

The Limited

Cleopatra Toggle Bracelet

White Plum (Use code BlockParty for 50% off your entire order thru 6/16!)

Rust tribal dress


boyfriend watch


Franco Sarto Wedge

Famous Footwear

Short & Sweet


printdaydresscoralwedgeheelsprintdressandcoralheels1printdress1crossbackstraps-(2)Dress: White Plum, no longer available but loving this one and this one for summer/ Purse: Steve Madden via TJ Maxx, cute! / Shoes: Old Navy, old similar, open toe

You girls know I love me some dresses, and this one is absolute perfection.  My favorite color blue mixed with orange in a fun, bright print, plus the unexpected long sleeves and cross-straps in the back…what’s not to love!?!

And the best part is how easy this look was to put together:

Step 1: Remove dress from hanger.

Step 2: Put it on.

Step 3: Put shoes on your feet.

In case you’ve ever wondered why my obsession with dresses, there you go.  So easy, and I walk out the door feeling like a million bucks.  I shared my winter uniform with you here, and today’s look definitely qualifies as my summer uniform.  What’s yours?

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Nordstrom Rack

6pm wedge heel




Seychelles wedge heel


Denim and Blues



Dress: American Eagle, hand-me-down / Jacket: Levi’s, hand-me-down similar, similar / Necklace: Maurices, love this  / Sandals: Maurices similar / Purse: JCP, similar

Welcome, June.  I am so happy to see you, but I do believe you forgot to bring something along, like sunshine and 80 degree days?  I sure do hope they won’t be far behind you!

Although, the cooler days do give me the opportunity to wear a couple of my favorite closet essentials-the maxi dress and denim jacket.  A classic denim jacket is a necessity in my book and never going out of style, and maxi dresses are still going strong and right on trend for summer.  Plus, I’ll take any excuse to not have to shave my legs;)

Have a great week lovelies!

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Old Navy maxi

Old Navy

Old Navy tube maxi

Old Navy

Romwe tie-dye  maxi


shoptiques maxi

Charlotte Russe maxi

Charlotte Russe