Summer always disappears before I'm ready, with a sudden switch to rain that results in me trading my sun dresses for sweaters. Luckily we always have a few more warm days into September, so you can find me taking advantage of every last chance to wear a bold floral like this bright shift from Forever 21!
Orange and blue is my fave complimentary combo, which made me super excited to style this look. I chose to bring out the blue with my shoes and accessories - like these fun earrings I got in my Rocksbox. This pair is from Kate Spade and retails for $78, but with my subscription I was able to rent them for a few weeks while only paying my $21 membership fee! Normally I buy all my statement pieces on a budget, so having the ability to try out luxury pieces at a low cost is always a fun way for me to mix it up. If you're interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself be sure to use code "alhblogxoxo" to wave the first month of your membership fee!
Do you have a favorite summer trend that you'll miss when summer is gone? Let me know in the comments! Besides sun dresses I'll definitely be upset about giving up my open toed shoes 😭
When it comes to accessories, I love a good conversation piece! I've always gravitated toward statement necklaces and funky earrings, but recently I've started experimenting with my purses too.
Basket bags have been trending like crazy this year, so when I saw this woven cactus from Olive and Pepper I immediately fell in love. What better way to show off my crazy plant lady tendencies than with this adorable shoulder bag? And I would choose pompoms over prickles any day.
I plan to transition this bag to fall with a cute jacket and booties combo, but until then I'm turning to my trusty saltwater sandals and comfy drawstring shorts from Forever 21 for a laidback summer look. I like to pair my statement pieces with simple outfits so the muted yellow and soft cream felt like the obvious choice to debut the cactus.
Since jeans are such an important staple piece, it's really important to me that I feel confident in them! Shopping for the perfect fit can be so difficult for me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. Similar to swimsuits, it can be discouraging to try on pair after pair hoping to find one that will finally look just right. But when you do find that perfect pair, it can be so exciting!
I know when I've got a good thing going, which is why I've been turning to American Eagle for my denim since middle school. Back then I looked at fashion as something that let me fit in with others, by wearing popular brands and trends even when they didn't feel like me. Luckily I've figured some things out since then. Now fashion is an important part of how I express myself, and I gravitate towards trends that speak to my personal style! Sometimes that means stepping outside of my comfort zone to try something new. Having the perfect pair of AE jeans makes me feel fearless when I'm trying a bold shoe or a unique top!
For this look I went with asoft yellow top from American Eagle, that has the cutest embroidery and bow details. While the chunky Forever 21 heels weren't my smartest pick for the cobblestone streets of Pike Place, I loved how they were able to dress up an otherwise more casual look and bring out the flirty feeling of the shirt!
If you're interested in any of the pieces from my look be sure to check them out below, and follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.it to stay up to date.
Thank you to American Eagle for collaborating on this post! I received the jeans and top at no cost, in exchange for my honest review.
If you're a Disney fan, then you've probably heard of the new Pixar Pier that has opened in California Adventure! Tyler and I had never visited the parks together, and had been wanting a weekend getaway so we decided that Pixar Fest (the celebration of the pier's opening) would be the perfect time.
When we researched the best weekend to go, we were seeing averages of 80-90 degrees in LA during July. Little did we know when we booked our flight, it would end up being over 100 degrees during our trip ?
The heatwave really threw me through a loop when it came time pack, and I had to change around some of my park outfits in order to make sure I wouldn't melt! Luckily I had just ordered this overall dress from Forever 21, which was light enough for the temp and super comfy for the rides (plus it's flowy so I could eat as many Mickey Bars as I wanted ?)
Originally I had planned to wear a long bell-sleeved top underneath, but had to switch it out for a tank. I chose to go with a simple design, so that the focus would stay on the cute buckles of the dress, but you could easily add a statement necklace or pair it with a funkier top! I also considered wearing my scarf around my neck, but since the color was so similar to the dress I decided to tie it around my backpack instead.
While a good pair of ears is always a Disneyland must, there are a few other things I can't go without:
In celebration of Brittany being home in Seattle for the weekend, I'm finally sharing our looks from when we saw Taylor Swift at the Rose Bowl! The concert was one of the best nights I've had in a long time, from walking to the venue to being only a few feet from the B-Stage while Taylor sang All Too Well.
Our matching outfits were only semi-intentional but I love how they complimented each other. Unfortunately most of the items are sold out now, but I've linked similar items below:
As for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that's going on right now, I found tons of cute pieces this season! I definitely had to hold myself accountable with my budget, (especially following my weekend at Disneyland) but I made sure to still treat myself a bit. Even shopping online, the sale reminded me of the iconic shoe fight in the Hannah Montana movie ?Items were disappearing out of my cart as I shopped but I was able to snag a couple of my faves, including these shoes, and this dress!
Be sure to check out some other great deals I considered below, but if you're planning to purchase anything you'll definitely need to act fast!
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