Shopping: Endless Summer * 6 Essentials to Pack on Your Summer Vacation

There’s a trend out there (*cough * style blogs * cough *) to start talking about fall style as soon as the firework smoke dissipates on the Fourth of July. As much as I love fall, I’m in no rush to start thinking about boots and sweaters. Instead I’m planting myself firmly in the proverbial sand and sticking with all things summer as long as possible.

Since I know a lot of people are packing up for their big summer vacations, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces – easy essentials that will keep packing to a minimum but still have you looking chic and more importantly, staying cool. Even if you’re not hitting the road or jetting off to the beach, all of these are just as perfect for a day spent poolside that transitions to an evening dinner under the stars with friends.

Oh and if you’re a bride-to-be, these white dresses are perfect for a bridal shower or beachy rehearsal dinner.

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Shopping: Summer Ready Cover-Ups

The last day of school is coming up, Memorial Day plans are being made and it’s getting hotter and more humid everyday – summer is quickly approaching.

Summer is my happy season and this one will be especially nice since I get to spend most of it on maternity leave. But since my summer body will be less than stellar, I’ve been scouring the internets for cute cover-ups to lounge around in poolside. Even if you’ve got an A+ rocking beach bod, a cute cover-up is a summer essential. A total necessity for runs to the bar, outdoor lunches and for that emergency stop to pump gas (and get a slurpee) on the way home from the pool (just me, okay that’s cool).

I usually end up buying two at the start of the season and rotate them non-stop but there are so many affordable options out right now that I may end up adding a couple extra this year. Here’s a few of my favorites plus some more for the little ladies in your life (had to snag one for Reese, so why not share the love with you all).

If you’re petite, I also recommend checking out the girls section at Target and Old Navy. They have SO many that are crazy cute and super cheap. Petite gals can easily wear the bigger sizes and when it comes to a cover-up, if it’s a little short it’s no big deal.

Swimsuit Cover Ups 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Even more options…

Options for little ladies…

Derby Dress of the Day: For the Finish Line Suites

Sorry for missing yesterday’s Derby Dress of the Day. My little girl has been home sick the last couple days and let’s just say that hanging with a tw0-year-old all is not great for productivity. She makes for a very cute but very distracting co-worker.

I’m going to go ahead and let you know in advance that today’s dress is one of the priciest ones I’ve featured but it was too gorgeous to let pass me by. It’s just motivated me to find some similar ones at a lower price point. I’ll keep you posted on that. To make up for it, I kept the accessories extremely affordable.

Kentucky Derby Dress of the Day

Whistles Iris Lace Insert Midi Dress
Pair it with: Steve Madden Carson Sandal | Reed Krakoff for Kohls Atlantique Mini Satchel (so cute, comes in a bunch of colors and under $75)

Isn’t this dress so fun? I love the color, the cut, the flowy skirt and the subtle print. It all makes for a pretty stand-out Derby dress. Yes, it’s a bit of splurge but you could easily wear this to a handful of other summer parties then go ahead and lend it to a friend. See I just justified that for you.

It’s a great ASOS find which is a good spot to hunt for dresses you won’t find anywhere else and will be sure to keep you from finding a dress twin at the track. They have tons of more reasonable options too. I’ve included a bunch below.

I decided on this one for the Finish Line Suites since it’s a swanky area of the track but you can easily wear this anywhere on the fancier side of things. On the accessories front, I am OBSESSED with these Steve Madden heels (they come in nude and black too). Don’t know what’s stopping me from taking the plunge and ordering them myself. The heel is what makes them perfect for the track. You’ll actually be able to walk around without worrying about tripping or your feet killing you. And this Reed Krakoff for Kohl’s bag is the perfect Derby bag. Big enough to fit all your necessities but small enough to make it through security. Plus it’s a crossbody. This one comes in a variety of colors too (love the blue and green) and is on sale today, so there’s that.

More from ASOS…

Need more dress options – head over here. Looking for the perfect hat, bag and shoes – i’ve got your covered – I just added a bunch of options.  Want to talk derby on Instagram? Follow me here and here. 

Derby Dress of the Day: For an Outdoor Box

Popping in really quick on a Sunday because I dropped into Anthropologie yesterday, spotted this dress and couldn’t wait to share it. Well, I saw this dress and a handful of others that were perfect for Derby, Oaks or Thurby.

Most of the time, I think a lot of Anthro dresses aren’t quite right – either way too expensive or not quite the right fit/style. This year, it’s totally different. They have so many options that won’t kill your budget like this pretty smocked floral number that is under $150 (nice right!? – most of the time I rule out almost all Anthro dresses cause they are $250+).


Anthropologie Smocked Tangiers Dress by KAS New York 
Pair it with: Sole Society ‘Jenny’ Slingback Wedge | Calvin Klein ‘Niall’ T-Strap Wedges
Kate Spade ‘Cape Drive – Harriet’ Crossbody Bag | ASOS Scallop Crossbody Bag 

I love this option for an outdoor box because it is light and airy so you wont get too hot. Definitely don’t want any super thick fabrics or tight fits if it’s going to be hot (you’ll stick to the seats – gross, I know, but true). What really sold me is the subtle floral print. I love a floral print for the races but sometimes they can be a little much, especially in a red/pink combo like this. The smocking breaks up the print making it feel really youthful. Love.

If you’re going to Thurby, leave the hat at home or opt for a smaller fascinator like this one from ASOS (side note: who knew ASOS had fascinators?). But for Derby or Oaks – go big. I think this dress would pair great with a wider brim hat which is also perfect to shade you from the sun if you’re in a box that’s not under cover.

Pair it with wedges and a bag that will fit all your goodies and you’re all set.

More from Anthropologie:

Need more dress options – head over here. Looking for the perfect hat, bag and shoes – i’ve got your covered – I just added a bunch of options.  Want to talk derby on Instagram? Follow me here and here. 

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