Cut It Out

Image via LNA

Image via LNA

Spice up your basic tees and tanks with some artfully-placed c u t o u t s. Cutout tops add a cool-element to the usual a jeans-and-tee look and act as great transition pieces as we head into Fall, since they can be worn on their own or layered under sweaters and jackets. Here, I've rounded up my favorites - all under $100. Click the [+] icons to shop!

Swing Dress

Blogger Summer Shift Dress

Dress | Sandals (similar here & here) | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace (similar)

While I normally like a more defined waist, there's just something about shift dresses that I'm drawn to. I started wearing the silhouette more at around age 17 (heavily inspired by Blake Lively's Serena Van Der Woodsen wardrobe at the time, which had some excellent shift dresses) and haven't stopped since. While this dress does have a seam at the waist and offers more swing at the bottom than a typical shift dress might, the overall silhouette and ease reminds me of a classic shift.

Tie Front Dress
Tiare Hawaii Blue Dress
Blogger Summer Dress
Feminine Style Blogger
Pink Blue Summer Dress
Blue long sleeve shift dress
Tiare Hawaii Mini Dress

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Photos by Erin Krespan

Chic This Week 044

What's Chic This Week (v. 044)

Lots of NEW THINGS happening! In case you missed the announcement on Instagram, I've officially moved myself and the blog to Boston!

The blog REDESIGN is live. This is a project I've been working on for a while now, so I'm excited it's finally here. Let me know what you think of the new look!

Fashion illustrators. I'm already obsessed as it is and follow a bunch of crazy-talented illustrators, but I was over-the-moon excited when I checked my tagged photos and saw that an illustrator I follow on IG had sketched me! Go check out her work @drawtrip.

Currently loving: "naked" shoes. Give my footwear some PVC please. While clear shoes can be controversial, I'm really into these Tamara Mellon "floating strap" heels. Check out Zara's version for a discounted option (or Manolo's for a splurge).

RIVERDALE. I binge-watched the entire season on Netflix and loved it. I never read any of the Archie comics, so the characters were a bit lost on me - but if you're looking for a new show, I highly recommend.

Summer Glow

Sephora L'Occitane Almond Oil

Everyone is always talking about their summer body - but what about their summer skin? I've teamed up with Sephora to test out L'Occitane's Almond Collection, which is enriched with almond extracts to make skin appear more smooth and supple. While I love bath & beauty products, I'll admit that I rarely take the time to really put more than just sunscreen on my skin during the summer. After trying out L'Occitane's products, I've changed my tune. Taking a few extra minutes for your skin has maaajor payoff.

Sephora L'Occitane Amande Collection

To achieve a dewy summer look (sans oily shine, TYVM), I've been combining my everyday BB cream with a little bit of the Almond Supple Skin Oil. It adds just the right amount of moisture, absorbs quickly, and smells awesome. My skin feels hydrated and bouncy while giving off that coveted summer glow. I also like to add a spray to my collarbones, shoulders, and legs to give them a little extra moisture and shine (think: glowy-VS-model-leg vibes).

Sephora L'Occitane Amande Almond Skin Oil

Also, I've been completely addicted to L'Occitane's shower gel - which is apparently a cult favorite that I've been missing out on. I've had multiple friends look at me like I have three heads when I mention this is the first time I've tried it.

After I hop out of the shower, I'll also use the Almond Milk Concentrate, which locks in that moisturized glow and makes my skin look smooth and even. I mean... my legs have NEVER looked (or felt) so awesome, and I'm seriously impressed.

You can check out L'Occitane's new Amande Collection at Sephora stores or online

Sephora L'Occitane Amande Oil
Sephora L'Occitane Amande Collection

Photos by Erin Krespan.

Special thank you to Sephora for sponsoring this post.

Coming Up Roses

Blogger Embroidered Top

Top (also love this one) | Shorts | Sandals | Bag (similar) | Choker

How is it already August? I'm still in full summer-mode and suddenly my inbox is bombarded with stores pushing fall styles. While we still have some summer heat, you'll catch me in this lightweight cropped top I picked up a few weeks ago. The tie-up detail lends a cool-factor, but it's the romantic embroidery that really caught my eye. Plus, it feels fitting to sport this rose-themed top with the Bachelorette finale airing tonight (I'll admit it - I'm hooked). 

Rails Thea Top
Rails Thea Top
Rails Thea Top
Rails Thea Top
Rails Thea Top

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Photos by Erin Krespan

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