I Spy 10 Summer Essentials

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Its hard to imagine that summer is just around the corner! I’m actually still waiting for spring to make an appearance. Lately, the weather in my neck of the woods has felt more like March than May. Raise your hand if you love summer? My hand is not only down because I am writing this post (hahah that was a joke) but because summer is not one of my favorite seasons. I know, stop hating on summer. I do enjoy certain things about summer, a weekend at the beach, an evening BBQ and sipping a nice cocktail in the air conditioned comfort of my living room.

If you’re like me you own a ton of summer apparel and shoes that you barely wear. Then there are what I call essentials, those items you just cannot go through summer without. My summer activities are usually spontaneous and I am always on the go. Above are essentials that I mix and match all summer long to create simple, cute and comfortable outfits. What’s on your summer essentials list?

A Lovely Blog Hop Co-Host

Welcome to A Lovely Blog Hop, where each Thursday we have the grand opportunity to meet and connect with lovely new bloggers, such as myself! Now you have something to do and somewhere to go on Thursdays!

 Enjoy!

Rules:

1. Follow your host and any co-hosts (if it applies).
I am Rekita @ Her&Nicoleand I am the first linky. 
Leave me a comment so I will know who to follow back.
 
Your Co-Hosts:
Ariana from
2. Link it!
Link up your blog or anything else you find lovely. Share your family, fashion, food, crafts, or anything that you love this week. Please, please, please, share the love and include a link back to this blog hop.
 
3. Spread it!
This is a blog hop after all, so hop around! Visit other blogs and say Hi!
 
4. Grab it! 

Grab the button and place it somewhere in your blog. Preferably in your blog post. 

This is to help us promote this blog hop, believe me, the more the merrier! Or post the link somewhere in your blog. 





5. Tweet it!



Please help me to promote this blog hop by sharing it to others. 
So tweet it to show everyone where you link up on Thursdays!

6. The most important rule of them all, HAVE FUN BLOG HOPPING!

 



 

April Showers & May Flowers

I am back! I took a much needed break from blogging. One thing I learned while away is that its so important to stop and take a break every now and then. I was going full speed ahead without stopping to breathe.

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Flowers, how I love them so, the beautiful colors and the sweet smell provide an instant feeling of calmness and peace. Ever hear of the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? I look forward to this time each spring (minus the showers part). Watching pretty flowers bloom is my favorite spring pastime. Floral is a big trend this spring and its so easy to create a great look. How are you incorporating floral into your spring wardrobe?

 

Must Own Lyst Items

I recently stumbled on this cool shopping website called Lyst! Its a virtual shopping site that partners with thousands of the top fashion brands, boutiques and retailers you can follow and shop all in one place. By following your favorite brands and stores you will get a notification when new items are available and when there’s a sale. My favorite feature on the site is the My Style Feed. Each time you log into your Lyst profile you will see a personalized shopping feed from your favorite brands and stores. Are you ready to sign up to Lyst? Its simple, create your own Lyst and add items you would love to own, share with followers or friends, and shop away at your convenience. If you are not a big fan of online shopping this is a great way to create a shopping list before heading to the store! Follow Me On Lyst.

The Top Five on My Lyst:


Mango
Cotton Striped Blazer

Source: Lyst.com



Mango
Printed Sheer Blouse

Source: Lyst.com


Linea
Faye Spot Jersey Tee

Source: Lyst.com


Zara
Mini Shopper

Source: Lyst.com


Mango
Sequined Striped Tshirt

Source: Lyst.com

Ariana Graham on LYST GET THIS

Spring Staples

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I am so excited to share my first guest post with you! I recently met April of April Golightly at the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference in New York City. April has come up with a great list of spring staples to share with you!

Spring is here and it is time to break out the spring staples that can be worn all spring and summer long.

1. Something Yellow

Yellow was all over the spring ready to wear runways and who am I to disregard this happy color. Yellow has an uplifting ability that will brighten your day and the days of the people around you. If you are frightened of a full yellow outfit, I recommend buying a yellow accessory to add a pop of color, like a pair of yellow shoes or yellow belt. If the color looks great on you, embrace it and rock it as much as possible this spring.

2. Jean Cut-Off Shorts

Just like a good pair of jeans, denim cut off shorts go with everything in the spring and summer. I highly recommend hitting up your local Good Will and searching for pair of Levi’s that you can cut off yourself. Places like LF are charging $150 for the same shorts and you can probably get a perfect pair for $8.00 at the local thrift store. All you need is a scissor for this DIY project. I made my own cut offs and wear them constantly. You can also control the length by doing it yourself. To me that control is priceless.

3. Over-sized Sunglasses

As the sun gets more powerful, if you aren’t already wearing sunglasses on a daily basis, you better start protecting your eyes now! I am huge fan of over-sized sunglasses that cover as much skin as possible. You are protecting both your eyes and the precious wrinkle prone skin around them.

4. White Sandals

White sandals are a spring staple that just adds a fresh feel to any outfit. There are so many different heel heights and styles to choose from that any women can find a pair of white sandals that suits them. I splurged on mine since I know I will get use out of them. The Valentino Bow Flip Flops are iconic and I get compliments on them literal every time I wear them!

5. Mint Jeans

Mint Jeans are the new blue jeans for me. This color has become my new fave. You must have them in your wardrobe as they can go with almost any top. Don’t underestimate the mint!

What is your favorite spring staple?