Late Summer Date Night #fashion

With a newborn and preschooler at home, I think it's safe to say that we deserve a date night. Late summer date nights are some of my favorites as it is still warm enough to wear sandals and head to a patio for a night outdoor dinner {with patio heaters preferably!}, yet it gets cool enough to require a really awesome jacket.

Moto Summer

This whole outfit fits my style and life to a T.

A flowy, yet structured dress with great detailing. The gladiator sandals. Dark berry nails that are a great transition into fall. The arrow earrings.

I love the addition of the cropped motorcycle jacket with this outfit, and find it is a really amazing unexpected detail. The juxtaposition of the badass motorcycle vibe with the flowy, girly dress is a great pairing.

Now...where should I have him take me!?

Summer Festival #Fashion

One thing that my husband and I love to do in the summer is go to the various festivals and outdoor concerts that our city hosts in July and August.

This is the perfect venue to try out something a little out of the box when it comes to your wardrobe.

Summer Festival

Tiered tanks in bold colors
Striped shorts with structured pockets
Tall gladiator sandals
Wrap bracelets
Feather charms

I love this look for a variety of reasons. First, it uses pattern in an unexpected way. When I started wearing my tribal print shorts by Kristine Cook Designs last summer, I was super self conscious about all of that pattern and visual interest on my rear end. The truth is, it distracts the eye and creates an illusion.

The cobalt tank is beautiful and flowy, the perfect cut to hide the hips!

Accessories wise, wrap bracelets from local arts festivals, and necklaces with interesting charms are great accessories for the Summer. Pick pieces that you love and wear them with pride!

Go bold this summer by mixing neutrals with bold colors and patterns!

Swimwear for Summer 2014 #swim #fashion #bathingsuits

The bane of every woman's existence is shopping for a bra or for a swimsuit. This year, I want to fill you with confidence to rock and amazing suit, be it one piece or two!

Summer Swimsuit Collection 2014

If you're a one piece lover, here are three awesome options.

The white and orange scalloped bodice suit is by Top Shop, and is a steal for a beautiful one piece at $72. It is very much retro glam, yet cover any body flaws you may think you have.

The turquoise cut out suit by Adidas is a more sporty, yet fashion forward look. At $100, it is still very reasonable for a swim suit.

The red suit at the bottom is most definitely the sexy one piece, and is definitely a splurge at $475.

For two pieces, I personally love ones with interesting straps and color combinations.

The two black suits are a great spin on the traditional binki. The one shoulder is a little more sporty, yet has a grecian feel. It retails at $350, but I found it on Polyvore for $175. The second option, the multi strap triangle, retails for $290, but I found it on Polyvore for $150!

The pastel option at the top is a beautiful take on the bandeau bikini, and is a splurge as well at $400. Yes...$400. I honestly chose it because I thought it was pretty!

No matter which suit you choose this summer, rock it. Feel confident in it and keep in mind that every other woman out there is thinking the same thing.

I look too fat
It shows too much of my tummy
My legs look like tree trunks
I'll just keep my tank top on

Own your body. Love your body.

Happy summer!


Cutout Tops for Summer 2014 #fashion #trends

Unless you're living under a rock, you've noticed that alot of cut out tops and dresses on the red carpet.

So it's only natural to think that cut out tops will be at front in centre of clothing store merchandising. Here are a few styles that you can expect to see.

Cutout Tops for Summer

If you have abs, it's a great season to show them off. Crop lops with side, centre and back cut outs paired with high waisted, voluminous circle skirt, or a pair of crop pants and heeled sandals.

The two longer tops, the black and orange options, are great if you are a little more body conscious. They bring the emphasis and eye to the neckline, and would be great paired with crop pants or even jeans.

Who's brave enough to try this trend this summer??


Summer Skirt Trends for 2014 #trends #fashion #summer

The perfect bottom for summer is a skirt. Maxi, midi, mini...all of them are perfectly appropriate for the warm summer months and have so much possibility to be dressed up or down!

Summer Skirts

For skirts this summer, it's all in the details.

Lace overlays
Crochet hems
Geometric color blocking
Polka dots

Have fun with your skirts this season. Pair them with basic tanks and gladiator sandals for day, or glittery tanks and wedge heels, with lots of layered necklaces.

Hair..think boho beach waves and braids.

Make this summer magical!