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 Paddock

So we’re taking the elevator down a few floors from yesterday’s Millionaire’s Row post and coming out on the Paddock. While the Paddock isn’t quite as rowdy as the infield (it’s a whole other world through that tunnel), it’s definitely on the more boisterous side and one thing you can always count on, it’s crowded.

Personally I love the Paddock area. It’s where everyone mixes and mingles. I’ve seen more celebrities walking through the paddock area than I’ve ever seen in the more high brow areas but beyond star spotting, it’s where you can find some of the craziest hats, funniest people and have some pretty random but totally memorable encounters. Oh and you can also see the horses but just BEFORE they race. If you’ve got Paddock General Admission tickets, don’t plan on watching any races (save for on the big screens), you don’t have access to the track. You do have access to a ton of beer stands and lots of mint julep vendors, so there’s that.

If you’re going to the Paddock, you won’t have anywhere to sit. Let me repeat that. You will not have a seat. Well unless you get there at the crack of dawn and run to claim a bench or bribe someone to give up their spot. You won’t want to sit though, you’ll be way too busy mingling, meeting randoms and probably learning the ins and outs of betting from some “local expert.”

Kentucky Derby Style * What to wear to Derby * What to wear to the Paddock

LOFT Laser Cut Floral Flounce Dress | Circle Lace Bodice Dress 
Pair it with: Forever 21 Faux Leather Wedge Sandals |  Faux Leather Wedges 

What I’m saying is where comfortable shoes. Also, don’t wear white. You will get bumped by someone and they will spill a Lily on you (Lilies are a bright red, super delicious cocktail that is the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks). That or beer or ketchup from a hotdog or any other one of a million things that will ruin your dress. And since you’ll probably get something on your dress, you don’t want to spend a fortune so I’ve turned to LOFT to find a few easy but still pretty options that you can most certainly get on sale (never, ever buy anything full price at LOFT). Pair it with a comfy wedge (like one of these Forever 21 options that you won’t feel bad tossing if they end up ruined) and make sure to throw on a cross-body bag – you’re going to want to have your hands free for waving down your friends, holding betting tickets and obviously, a cocktail.

Need more dress options – head over here. Looking for the perfect hat, bag and shoes – i’ve got your covered. 

Outfit Post: Black Friday

Yeah, the pun is intended. I’m a nerd like that.

So it’s Black Friday and for the first time in years, I’m not hitting the stores. There’s nothing I’m particularly on the hunt for so I’m sitting this one out and instead opting to shop til I drop from the comfort of my couch.

If you’re like me and on the lookout for deals but not willing to tackle the malls (it’s so fun though), I’ve got a full list of Black Friday Deals here.

Today’s outfit post though is just a round-up of some of my favorites. This black blazer is my favorite thing I’ve bought in the last few months. So versatile and the popped collar makes it stand out. Even better, this puppy NEVER goes on sale but is 30% off today. It also comes in this poppy color that I snagged that is perfect for the holidays. These black jeans are also muy bueno. The kind that you don’t have to adjust every time you stand up. Topped off with a light layer from LOFT (the hood is really cute) and you’re ready for a chilly day at work or holiday dinner and drinks out (just swap out the flats for heels).

J.Crew Black Regent Blazer * Work Outfit Inspiration (4)J.Crew Regent Blazer (never on sale – 30% off with code HOLIDAY) | Aerie Gray T-Shirt | J.Crew High-Rise Lookout Jeans (also 30% off!) | J.Crew Flats (sold out, similar here) | LOFT Gray Plaid Poncho (sold out, but love this one that’s 40% off)

J.Crew Black Regent Blazer * Work Outfit Inspiration (1)J.Crew Black Regent Blazer * Work Outfit Inspiration (5)J.Crew Black Regent Blazer * Work Outfit Inspiration (2)J.Crew Black Regent Blazer * Work Outfit Inspiration (3)
Photos by Hayley Grant.

Outfit Post: The Blues

I’m in a getting dressed rut. You know the kind where you hate everything in your closet? I’m thinking this can mostly be attributed to the fact that I haven’t done laundry in way too long so I’m left with all the stuff I don’t quite love as much. I think that’s also a sign that I should get rid of some stuff but that’s neither here nor there.

The rut has led me to jump back into the shopping game and add a few more pieces to my wardrobe that will work for winter layering. Growing up in Florida + my ridiculously long arms (no, for reals, shirts that are supposed to be long sleeves end up being 3/4 length on me – hence my need for rolling sleeves) has left me with an aversion to long sleeve shirts. Mostly because finding one that fits right on both my arms and broad shoulders is tough. This Loft tunic though, is muy bueno. Sleeves are long enough, length is long enough for layering (will be great under cropped sweaters) and the print adds just the right amount of color to keep me from being too boring. It was also on big time sale which is always an extra bonus.

I layered it up with some closet standards – this cardigan/vest number is an oldie but goodie and these Madewell jeans may be the best fitting jeans I’ve ever had. Finish it off with a great pair of booties and I’m out the door. Probably to do a little more shopping when I should be doing laundry instead.

p.s. – I’ll be back with another holiday gift guide tomorrow PLUS the big shebang – the 50 under $50 Guide will be up on Monday. In the meantime, head over here for lots more holiday gift ideas.

LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (1)LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (3)Loft Mosaic Print Tunic Blouse | Loft Sweater Vest (old, similar here) | Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans (on sale now!) | Sole Society ‘Lyriq’ Booties c/o | Ray-Ban AviatorsLOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (2)LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (4)LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (6)LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (5)LOFT Tunic * Fall Outfit Ideas * Long Layers (7)Photos by Hayley Grant

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