Summer Trends I Love: Wide Brim Beach Hats

I’ve always loved a great accessory. As someone who likes to keep it casual and chic as possible during the summer season, a wide brim beach hat is a must. For those days I want to go makeup-free or I’m in a hurry, it’s a lifesaver. I can throw on a breezy sundress or bikini, my favorite pair of sunnies, and a great hat. Voila! With barely any effort whatsoever, you have an instant look.

You can choose to stick to a classic look or something a bit more fun and festive. Right now, everyone is loving a straw hat with a custom saying or tassels. Believe it or not, I actually picked up this Do Not Disturb hat while shopping for only $18. I’m not going to lie–I’m proud of myself for this sale find!

Oh, and if you’re questioning whether or not I stayed poolside without a disturbance, you know better than that. The moment I sit down to relax for a minute is also the minute I hear “MOMMA!!!” reverberating through the backyard. Oh, well. At least the hat is cute, right!?

Another perk of this summer trend? It protects your face from the sun..and your hair. I’m not a natural blonde (shhh!) so I need all the help I can get when it comes to lasting color. My hair becomes dry and brittle with too much sun exposure which leads to some nasty breakage. Not cute! A little side note tip: to avoid any excess damage, I always skip the styling tools. I’ll typically do air dried waves (my tutorial here!) and wear a hat if I know the beach or pool is on the agenda. Wide brim hats are perfect for those days when you choose to go salty hair and makeup-free. It’s that little bit of sun protection that really makes a difference.

If you’re loving a hat just as much as I am, scroll down below & click on the images to shop some of my favorite picks online. I may have ordered a few more while searching but like I said, this girl loves an accessory. I truly can’t help it! 

For more of my favorite summer trends of the season, check out these links: 

Summer Trends I Love | Jelly Sandals // Summer Trends I Love | Brunch To Beach Dresses // Summer Trends I Love | Rose Tinted Sunglasses

Summer Trends I Love: Jelly Sandals

Can you believe that jelly sandals are officially back!? I’ll be honest–I’m pretty happy about it! This fun colored footwear is perfect for summer especially for the little ones. They are waterproof, easy to clean, and virtually indestructible. What could be better?

I’d also like to add how much cuter they’ve gotten over the years. These hot pink ones I picked up from Tory Burch are a new summer staple. And, how adorable are little Scarlita’s? The brand is called Mini Melissa. Obsessed!

If you’re looking for a cute pair for summer, scroll down for options for both momma and little girl:

For The Mommas:

1. Jana Studded Sandal | Rebecca Minkoff 

2. Jelly Flat Sandals | ASOS 

3.Eliza Jelly Sandal | Joie 

4. Jelly Plate Chain Sandal | Givenchy 

5. Jelly Slide | Fenty By Puma

6. Alana Jelly Thong Sandal | Jack Rogers

7. Jelly Ankle Strap Sandal | Forever 21

8. Trifecta Metallic Rose Jelly Sandal | Stuart Weitzman 

9. Clear Jelly Sandals | Simone Rocha 

10. Alicia Jelly Sandal | Rachel Zoe

11. Freja Jelly Sandal | LK Bennett 

12. Two Strap Jelly Sandals | Forever 21 

13. Leather Trimmed Jelly Sandal | Tods

For The Little Girls:

1. Tenis Fisherman Jelly Sandal | Igor 

2. Natalie Jelly Sandal | Stride Rite 

3. Glitter T Strap Sandal | Old Navy

4. Pink Jelly Corsage Sandal | River Island 

5. Josephine Fisherman Jelly Sandals | Cat & Jack

6. Dolce & Gabbana Jelly Shoes | Farfetch

7. Jelly Knot Plagette Sandal | Pom D’Api 

8. Aranha VIII Fisherman Sandal | Mini Melissa 

9. White & Pink Nino Jelly Shoes | Ju Ju 

10. Jelly Myra Sandal | Michael Kors

11. Flox Sandal | Mini Melissa 

12. Open Toe Flat Sandals | Pampili

For more of my favorite summer trends of 2017, make sure to check out these links below:

Summer Trends I Love | Brunch To Beach Dresses // Summer Trends I Love | Rose Tinted Sunglasses 

Summer Trends I Love: Brunch To Beach Dresses

I cannot wait to pack up and head to the Hamptons! I look forward to it all year. It’s my time to relax with the kids, eat at our favorite spots, and spend all day at the beach.

Some days, I don’t have time to change in between so I’m always on the hunt for a swimsuit coverup that can double as a casual cute dress to throw on for brunch. It’s a serious time saver…especially as a mom who needs all she can get.

Recently, I’m all about kaftans and anything with tassels. So per usual, I went a little shopping crazy and bought a few new ones to pack in my suitcase. I’m obsessed!

Scroll down to see the two dresses I’ll definitely be outfit repeating all summer + some pieces that are on my wish list:

Pictured: Eden Garden Dress | Santa Lupita

Pictured: Valour Tassel Dress | Zimmerman 

Scroll through below to see more of my favorite picks for the summer:

1. Carson Dress | Tularosa 

2. Tabtab Off The Shoulder Striped Mini Dress | LemLem

3. Crochet Trimmed Embroidered Mini Dress | Sea 

4. Madhi Dress | Ulla Johnson 

5. Moon Flowers Floral Dress | Eberjey 

6. Helena Dress | Ulla Johnson

7. Majorca Maxi Dress | Faithfull The Brand

8. Melanie Leaf-Print Silk Sleeveless Dress | Natalie Martin

9. Embroidered Fable Dress | Free People

10. Ruffle Dress | Moon River 

11. Calista Dress | Figue

12. Elodie Maxi Dress | MISA

13. Cocoa Dress | Banjanan 

14. Chloe Tunic Lotus Flower | coolchange

15. Getaway Maxi Dress | The Jetset Diaries

Pair with some sandals and you’re good to go! Happy summer, everyone! 

Summer Trends I Love: Rose Tinted Sunglasses

There are two things I can’t get enough of: beauty products and sunglasses. Right now, I’m obsessed with rose tinted sunnies. I love the pop of color it gives to an outfit!

Pictured: Mechanix Rose frames by Sama Eyewear (sold at their store in Beverly Hills!)

This summer, there are tons of options from both high-end designers and budget-friendly stores. Scroll down to see some of my top picks!

Pictured (from left to right): 

1. Combusion 7 Rose | Sama Eyewear

2. Mechanix Rose | Sama Eyewear

3. Oliver Goldsmith

4. Mirror Aviators | Celine

More Of My Picks:

1. Deja Vu | Le Specs

2. Round Classic | Ray-Ban 

3. Sean Aviator-Style Mirrored Sunglasses | Tom Ford

4. Mykonos Aviator Gold-Tone Sunglasses | Illesteva 

5. Long Beach Sunglasses | Seafolly 

6. Eyeshine Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Fendi 

7. Mae 55mm Cat Eye Sunglasses | PERVERSE 

8. Love Hangover 60 mm Aviator Sunglasses | Karen Walker 

9. 50mm Gradient Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses | Draper James 

10. Stella 51mm Round Sunglasses | Derek Lam

The Cutest Swimsuits For Your Little Beach Bunnies

Is it just me or has swimwear for kids gotten so unbelievably adorable!? I can’t get over it! My family spends most of our summer out by the pool or at the beach–so it’s safe to say my kids live in their suits.

Scroll below for my cutest picks for your little beach bunny this summer:

Cute Suits For Little Girls

1. Bikini Bekasi Sunrise | Louise Misha 

2. Baby Desert Bathing Suit | Little Creative Factory 

3. Can’t Touch This Rashguard Set | Shade Critters

4. Girl’s Dixie Bandeau Set | Minnow Swim

5. The Reversible One-Piece | Primary Clothing

6. Swan Princess Suit With Skirt | Shade Critters

7. Floral 2 Piece Swimsuit | Janie & Jack

8. Strawberry Halter Bathing Suit | Oeuf

9. Girls Pom Pom Swimsuit | Sunova 

10. Floral Sun Swimsuit | Mabo

11. Watermelon One-Piece Suit | J Crew

12. I Believe In Unicorn | Shade Critters 

13. Girl’s Stripe Ruffle One Piece | Minnow Swim

14. Flamingo A Go-Go Ruffle Stripe Swimsuit | Shade Critters 

15. Floral One-Piece | Rylee & Cru

Cute Suits For Little Boys

1. Embroidered Swim Trunk | Janie & Jack

2. At Sea 2 Pc Set | Shade Critters

3. The Swim Trunks | Primary Clothing 

4. Magic Swim Trunk | J Crew

5. Great White UPF50 Onesie | Shade Critters

6. Stripe Boardie | Minnow Swim

7. Topenga Jr. Swim Trunks | Johnnie-O

8. Turtle Swim Trunks | Tom & Teddy

9. Lobster Toss Chappy Trunks | Vineyard Vines 

10. Pineapple Swim Trunks | Gap 

11. Hawaiian Island Swim Trunks | J Crew 

12. Wipe Out UPF50 Rashguard | Shade Critters

Cute Suits For Baby Girls

1. Belle Suit in Cloud Print | Pink Chicken 

2. Leopard Print Ruffle One-Piece | Gap Baby

3. Floral Swimsuit | Ralph Lauren 

4. Floral Niba Swimsuit | Paul Smith

5. Mermaid Rashguard One-Piece | Gap Baby 

6. Blue One-Piece Suit | Tocoto Vintage 

7. Marcie Suit | Pink Chicken 

8. Striped Watermelon Swimsuit | Zara Kids

Cute Suits For Baby Boys

1. Follow Me Turtle Rash Guard | Baby Gap 

2. Turtle Board Shorts | Baby Gap 

3. Sam Short | Pink Chicken 

4. Printed Swim Shorts | Stella McCartney Kids

5. Whale Trunks | Zara Kids 

6. Awesome Rashguard Set | Carter’s 

7. Stars Swim Trunk | Rylee & Cru 

8. Sealife Baby Reusable Swim Diaper | Target 

Happy almost summer!

 

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How To Dress For NYE When You’re Pregnant

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photo credit: Gia Canali Photography

This New Year’s Eve, I’m not just pregnant. I’m about to literally pop a cork like the champagne bottle itself.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t feel the most beautiful right now. I’m not comfortable. My back hurts and I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for the past week. The last thing I feel like doing is slipping into something festive to attend a party. But, this occasion only comes once a year so you better believe I’m going to celebrate!

Some of you mommas-to-be may be in the same boat so I want to help you out. As much as you want to sit at home with a hot cup of cocoa and watch the ball drop, I’m here to drag you out of the house.

Here are my 5 bump-friendly tips for a glamorous look this New Years Eve:

Tip #1: It’s All About The Accessories 

You don’t even need to buy a new outfit. Raid your closet and pick a solid-colored dress that you’ve loved over your pregnancy. Layer on a few statement accessories and voila! You’ve got yourself a stylish look that you already feel comfortable in.

If you’re not a jewelry person, spice up your look with a pop of color from a bag or clutch.

My Picks:

Tip #2: The More You Accentuate The Bump, The Better The Look

When I wore this sequin bump-hugging dress to the Baby2Baby gala last month, I wasn’t sure if I’d arrive looking festive or like a disco ball. I’m not going to lie–I was pretty pleased with the results. It made me realize an important tip: the more you accentuate the bump, the better the look.

I’m not saying you have to go all sequins. Just don’t try to hide under shapeless layers of fabric. A close-fitting dress is beautiful on baby bumps and looks great in photos, too.

My Picks:

Tip #3: Don’t Feel Forced To Wear Heels 

There comes a time in everyone’s pregnancy when they realize a stiletto heel may not be the safest form of footwear. My moment came a few weeks ago when I stumbled (and tumbled) out of a car going to a Christmas party. I about gave Scott a literal heart attack. At that moment, this momma realized she needed to retire the 5-inch Gianvito Rossi ankle-strap heels she’s been obsessed with.

Luckily, you can still feel glamorous in a pair of flats. And if ditching the heels will make you feel more comfortable and get you out of the house…then do it.

My Picks:

Tip #4: Spice Up Your Beauty Routine

Always remember: when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra time on your hair and makeup before the party. Maybe even test-drive a few new looks before the night of the party. For example, a glitter eye or a plum lip. Sometimes that’s all it takes for a much-needed boost of confidence! See below for a few of my favorite tutorials and looks to try out:

Monika Blunder’s Sugarplum Eye // Into The Gloss’ 5 Glitter Makeup Looks To Try // Refinery 29’s Old Hollywood Glam Waves // Byrdie Beauty’s Luminous Holiday Look // Highbrow’s Smokey Eye Berry Lip // Violet Grey’s The Lush Lash  // Kandee Johnson’s Red Velvet Lips

Tip #5: When All Else Fails, Wear Black

This applies to everyone, pregnant or not. Black is slimming, black is comfortable, black is your best friend.

My Picks:

Cheers to 2017! 

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A Pregnancy Look That Takes You From Day To Night

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So, I’m officially in my third trimester…and I’m exhausted. When I’m not craving sweets, I’m plotting where I can take my next nap.

Since pregnancy comes with a slew of weird cravings and symptoms, the last thing a momma needs is to stress about her maternity wardrobe. I’ve learned it’s about buying the basics, being prepared, and making it all look and feel effortless.

Even when I’m not pregnant, I love wearing looks that will take me from day to night. There’s truly nothing better. This black stripe and trench combo is definitely becoming my go-to for the remainder of my pregnancy.  I can wear the dress to a morning meeting, run some errands, take my son to soccer, and then dress it up with the trench when I’m headed out to dinner. Casual to chic in five seconds flat! Also, anything monochromatic is instantly more slimming and streamlined. It’s a good look all around.

From Day:

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To Night:

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For more simplified maternity looks, check out these links: 

How To Dress From Day To Night With Zero Effort | Who What Wear // 15 Inspiring Mama-To-Be Looks | Mother Mag // How To Simplify Your Maternity Wardrobe | Mom.Me // 7 Style Bloggers Who Helped Me With My Maternity Wear | Babble

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1 Dress, 4 Ways For Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant, it can be a struggle to find something that fits comfortably. It’s even more of a struggle to find something you feel good in. During my first pregnancy, I was definitely not prepared when it came to maternity fashion. When I tried to just throw something on, I’d feel (and look) terrible. A total meltdown or cancelled plans usually followed.

That’s when I realized I was making it WAY harder than it needed to be. To make it easier on myself, I began mapping out my outfits in advance and getting just the basics. I was able to find some key pieces that fit me perfectly which I could mix and match my regular clothes with.

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This simple black dress can be found anywhere–at any store, at any price. I would definitely call it my biggest pregnancy must-have when it comes to clothing (some cute options: here, here, & here). It can be dressed up or dressed down plus it’s super slimming (which always helps!) It doesn’t even need to be purchased at a maternity store. If you find one you like, just buy a couple sizes up.

Here’s how I’ve been styling my simple black dress throughout my pregnancy: 

FOR SOMETHING CASUAL…

LOOK #1: A CARDIGAN

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This is the epitome of comfort. I like to throw on boots with it for

LOOK #2:  A FLANNEL

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I love a good flannel. Tie in the front or leave unbuttoned. I prefer to tie mine–it’s a cute way to display your growing baby bump!

FOR A NIGHT OUT…

LOOK #3: A Black Bomber Or Leather Jacket

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The perfect date night look. It looks sleek and chic yet took no effort at all. Simply amazing.

 

LOOK #4: A SILK KIMONO

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A dressed up version of the cardigan. Pair with black heels for a streamlined look.

For more tips on pregnancy fashion, check out more of my tips here

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Watch: How To Make A DIY Choker

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

I think it’s safe to say that chokers are BACK!!! And cuter than ever. They are also super easy to make. All you need is string, clasps, pliers, and a pendant.

Get the steps here on my YouTube channel: 

Supplies:

diy choker

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

  • ½ yard of suede lace
  • 2 jewelry clasps
  • 2 pendants
  • pliers

The Steps:

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

1. Attach a jewelry clasp on each of the suede lace ends with pliers.
2. Attach a pendant on each of the clasps.
3. Wrap around your neck like a scarf, with the two long ends dangling.
4. Tie the long ends together.

diy choker

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

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My Love Of French Blue

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Color has always been powerful to me. When I surround myself with shades that keep the vibe bright and cheery–it can truly change my mood.

french blue

French blue is that color for me. Not only does it make me happy but this deep azure hue also pairs perfectly with a bronzed tan–which makes it great for summer.

french blue

From dresses to swimsuits to accessories, I can’t get enough! I’m officially naming it my “color of the summer.”

Shop the shade here: 

1. Tory Burch Laurita Swimsuit (pictured)

2. Westward Leaning Atlas Sunglasses 

3. Lemlem Selina Split Tunic (pictured)

4. Adidas By Stella McCartney Run 3/4 Capri Legging 

5. Matiko Delilah Sandal 

6. Solid And Striped Anne-Marie Swimsuit 

7. Equipment Slim Signature Silk Button Up 

8. Illesteva Leonard II 50mm Round Mirrored Sunglasses 

9. Miguelina Tabitha Beach Dress

10. Ale By Alessandra Calistoga Tote Bag 

11. Melissa Odabash Fleur Embroidered Voile Kaftan

12. Dirty Ballerina Perforated Faux Leather Saddle Bag 

13. Heartloom Oria Dress 

14. Line & Dot Amelie Pleat Dress 

15. Rese Mia Capri Legging 

16. Scotch & Soda Summer Caftan 

17. Shashi Jamie Bracelet 

18. Manebi La Havana Espadrille 

19. Forever 21 Scalloped Cropped Cami 

20. Stela 9 Coco Beach Blanket