Outfit Post: Lunch Date * The Exchange

Being on maternity leave has a lot of benefits, one of which is being able to dress down just about every day. And while I’m currently wearing workout clothes as I write this, I sported this easy summer look for a lunch and shopping date in New Albany with my mom while she was still in town post-baby. Had to stop by Dress & Dwell for some new clothes to fit in this weird in-between time.

We hit up The Exchange and sat on their patio for a boozy Tuesday lunch – another perk of maternity leave, cocktails at lunch. I rarely get over to New Albany but the patio at The Exchange, plus the delicious cocktails (I had the ‘Crimson and Clover’ – a super refreshing mix of vodka, cucumber, lemon and more) has me wanting to go back for happy hour or dinner. Seriously, this is not sponsored, I’m just convinced they have one of the best outdoor spaces in the area. If you go, make sure to try the Goat Cheese Fritters and get a side of fries no matter what. So delicious.

Casual Summer Outfit * The Exchange New Albany

Striped Layered Tank from Dress & Dwell – sold out but similar here | Banana Republic Denim Shorts | Superga Sneakers | Old Navy Pink Blush Bag | Mirrored Sunglasses from Dress & Dwell

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One quick comment on this bag – I’ve gotten more compliments on it than any expensive bag I’ve ever owned. This pretty pink cross-body was $25 at Old Navy (got it on sale) but looks WAY fancier. The pink is sold out but the brown is equally cute and looks luxe (and it’s 20% off today). Plus it’s big enough to actually hold your wallet, phone and other random crap without being stuffed to the gills.

Outfit Photo by Whitney Neal. 

Shopping: Stars and Stripes Forever

Time for one of my favorite round-ups of the year – Fourth of July.

Red, white and blue is in heavy rotation in my closet during the summer anyways but as we inch closer to America’s birthday, I tend to gravitate to it even more. My friend Caitlin and I have been known to randomly pick up patriotic gear for each other while out shopping and of course, the other day when we hit up Dress & Dwell, we both went home with new red, white and blue gear.

When it comes to getting in the patriotic spirit for the holiday, I’m not advocating wearing all-flag everything apparel rather adding simple combos of the colors together. Like going with a red and white stripe tee paired with dark jeans and sneakers  or a boho tank (like #5) paired with white jeans. If you’re one of the lucky babes who can sport a romper without camel toe (sorry for that TMI but you know we were all thinking it), then this romper would be perfect for a bbq and firework watching.

And since I know patriotic pool days are in my future, these sweet swimsuits for little girls are the cutest. I’m planning on ordering Reese this one as soon as I wrap up this post (doesn’t hurt that it’s only $15!). Oh and don’t forget the fellas – these button downs (one is a killer Target find) will get lots of wear long past the fourth but will look great with rolled sleeves and shorts for a backyard party.

Here’s the thing though… you’re going to want to order now before all the good gear (and sizes) are gone.

Fourth of July Style 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7a + 7b | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

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