Outfit Post: Party Stripes

No lie, I stalked this dress.

You’ve probably seen it before on Queen Bey, or other bloggers or when I originally posted it during the Derby dress of the day features. When I posted it, I thought about snagging it but since I am crazy indecisive, I didn’t immediately head to check out. Big mistake. I kept thinking about it but when I went to buy it, it was sold out. After adding my name to the wait list and checking back on the regular, it finally made it to my house.

Now it’s hanging up and on deck for a fancy summer wedding. The best part is that the simple stripes mean it has a longer shelf life than some of my bolder, brighter dresses. And the black and white version might not still be available but you can get it in a green & white stripe (looks way better than it sounds) here.

Black & White Stripe Dress: Topshop (black and white no longer available but available in green & white here); Shoes: Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack; Bracelet: Sole Society (old); Mint Stud Bag: Sole Society (seen here & here)

 Photos by Whitney Neal




Inspiration: Summer Loving

Hey! I’m back after a little hiatus welcoming this gal into the world. Hope you guys enjoyed the guest posts – it was great getting a little help from my blogging friends while taking time to get Reese used to our crazy life. She’s taking it all in stride with lots of snoozing, sleeping, eating and more sleeping. I’ll definitely share more about the experience in the coming weeks – we’re getting her pic snapped this week along with some shots of her room that I’m looking forward to sharing (just gotta check those last few to-do’s off the list to get it finished).

One thing that has admittedly been tough has been coming to terms with the post-babe body. It’s been a HUGE relief not to be pregnant but I’m in that phase where I’m still working my way back to my closet. In the time couple days I was off before heading into the hospital, I cleaned out my drawers and closet which made me excited to break out my summer clothes and was some serious motivation to get back in shape. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes (seriously, I will – I’m starting up a fitness series with a local gym in a couple weeks).

For most of you guys, I’m sure summer started with Memorial Day weekend but since I spent it in the hospital, this past weekend felt like the real start of summer for me. I was able to get out of the house and spend some time poolside on Saturday and Sunday. It was nice to soak up a little sun and reconnect with friends. Now that it truly feels like summer, I’ve been scouting out lots of summer outfit inspiration. I’m hoping to make the most of what I already have so I’ll definitely be trying to recreate these looks in the coming weeks.

Image: Sincerely Jules

Image: seersucker + saddles

Image: Found on Pinterest

Image: via Pinterest

Image: My Style Diaries

Image: Atlantic-Pacific

Image: via Pinterest

Image: Happily Grey

Image: Sequins & Stripes

Image: Natasha Oakley Blog

Guest Post: Summer Staples from Nikki * {My Style Diaries}

It’s been one week and we’re slowly adjusting to life with another member of the family (albeit with a little less sleep than normal). I’m looking forward to getting back to regular posts soon but in the mean time I’ve got my west coast bestie Nikki from My Style Diaries filling in. I seriously wish me and this gal lived closer and every time I see her beach front pics (and picture us hanging out, drinking wine, shopping and being judgy) I am tempted to pack up and move west. I gush on this gal on the regular so I’m hoping you’re already a fan of her effortless California cool style but if not, go add her to your daily reads now.

Hi guys! Nikki here from My Style Diaries, and I’m super excited to take over Lou What Wear for the day. I met Danielle last year at Lucky FABB and immediately knew that she was my fashion-loving, wine-drinking, sarcastic soul sister. And it was terrifying. Just kidding. (Sort of.) Anyways, while Danielle is bonding with her new baby nugget (and since she refuses to uproot her family, quit her job, move to Newport Beach and rename this blog Newp What Wear), I’m sharing a few of my favorite summer must-haves (and wardrobe workhorses) with you guys all the way from California. Hope you enjoy!

1. White Blouse
My rule of thumb: when you find a good white blouse, buy it. When you find a great white blouse, buy two. These lightweight tops will take you from spring to fall and every hot summer night in between, and they will go with SO many things in your closet. From jeans to summer shorts (and the occasional silver slacks?), you can’t go wrong with a well-cut white blouse. This one is from CAbi Clothing, but you can find great versions anywhere and at every price point.

White Blouse

2. Striped Blouse
A striped blouse may not seem like the most versatile basic, but in an easy black and white palette, it’s surprisingly easy to work it into so many different looks. Pair it with a similar striped piece, jeans and a fun blazer, or printed shorts for simple summertime outfits. I scooped up this one randomly from Forever 21, and if I could go back, I would probably pick up another. It came in handy (when I was sweating my face off) during a recent heat wave and layers easily under any blazer for cooler nights. If there’s $17 I don’t regret, it’s this blouse. (And anytime I’ve spent $17 on margaritas. I definitely don’t regret those.)

Striped Blouse

3. White Blazer
A white blazer was something I avoided for a while. There was something about it, something a little too Miami Vice or doctor’s office about it, no? I decided to give it a shot and was surprised by how often I found myself reaching for it. From jeans to dresses to leather shorts, there’s pretty much nothing I won’t pair it with. I found this one at H&M, and it was the best less-than-thirty-bucks I’ve ever spent. If you’re looking for a way to give your summer wardrobe a little spruce, I’d highly recommend test-driving a white blazer. Don Johnson has nothing on you.

White Blazer

With the right basics, you can add in any fun summer pieces and trendy accessories to personalize your look. For more on my two cents, head over to www.mystylediaries.com.


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