Hail thee festival day!

Cuffed denim shortsBack to school means festival season around these parts and I can’t pass up a good opportunity to sample food trucks, hear live music, and people watch.  But to fully enjoy yourself, you’ve gotta be prepared.

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Let’s be honest. It’s still warm through October in the south, so cool, loose-fitting clothing is a must.  I usually opt for a sleeveless, flowy shirt in a print that will hide sweat and a bralette or sports bra layered underneath because nothing is more uncomfortable than a hot, lacy, metal contraption. Also, you’ve really got to think about which bottoms you choose. Chances are you’ll be sitting on the ground at some point, so white/light colors are obviously out.  I always go with good ole jean shorts (my favorites are linked below), but anything dark and loose that won’t show sweat or dirt easily is a good choice. Footwear, too, is key. You want comfortable and cool, and these Birkenstock dupes from Target are definitely both plus a good dose of cute!

Flowy, sleeveless, patterned shirt rec / Cuffed denim shorts / Birk dupes

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Wayfarer Sunnies / Crossbody Bag & Tote

And while clothing is important, accessories are critical! I am all about the Wayfarer sunglasses these days and fortunately, you can grab them for cheap anywhere from the Dollar Tree to Wal-Mart.  Inexpensive sunnies mean you can have multiple pairs and not sweat it if you break or lose them–a real possibility at an outdoor event like a festival.  Lastly, a cross-body purse is a must, allowing you to be hands-free so you can shop, hold your food, etc.  My favorite is this one that comes inside a larger tote.  I put all of my “necessities” in the small cross-body and then when I go somewhere, like a festival, that I need a lighter/smaller option, I just grab it and leave the bigger one at home or in my car.

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So, are you festival-ready, friends? If not, click on the links above and you’ll be there in no time!

LBR: A.K.A. Little Black Romper

The iconic LBD (little black dress) is a classic staple in any wardrobe that likely won’t be going anywhere style-wise in this lifetime. But I have to say that the LBR (little black romper) is gaining popularity and has quickly become my go-to piece when I can’t decide what to wear, am not sure how dressy an occasion is, or just can’t muster the effort it takes to pull a whole outfit together.  Much like the LBD, the romper can take you from daytime to a night out with as little as a change in shoes and jewelry, making it not only a an easy everyday look but perfect for travel.

The other night, after spending a whole day at the soccer fields, the hubs and I were scrambling to get the kids fed and ourselves ready for a friend’s birthday dinner before the sitter came.  I stood in my closet completely overwhelmed by the choices and feeling utterly uninspired. I was tempted to keep on my bathrobe at this point, but then my eyes caught hold of my trusty black romper and suddenly everything was right in the world again!

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Since the birthday dinner was at a friend’s home, I opted for flat suede fringe sandals instead of heals, but added in the Sugarfix black and white striped triad ball earrings for some extra flair. The results were just what I wanted–stylish, classic, comfortable, and effortless, which pretty much sums up the LBR itself. If you don’t currently own a little black romper, I highly recommend adding one to your closet. There are lots of options, but here are a few of my favorites, all of which are affordable.

 

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  1.  Tassel Trim Romper from Nordstrom – $59
  2. Open Back Tulip Romper from Charlotte Russe – $18.89
  3. Strapless jumpsuit from H&M – $12.99
  4. Ruffle One Shoulder Romper from Nordstrom – $59
  5. Ruffle Sleeve Romper from Nordstrom – $49
  6. Sleeveless Pintuck Romper from Old Navy – $15.97
  7. Off the Shoulder Romper from Nordstrom – $86

Getting #FallReady

Okay, so by now, about half of my items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale have come in and even though I figured I’d send half of them back, that has fortunately unfortunately not been the case.  Everything has just been so darn cute and I am really digging the Fall trends.  At a glance, the big colors of the upcoming season seem to be grey (duh) and burgundy and while the latter was a little hard to get used to for me, it’s definitely growing on me in a big way.  So, without further adieu, here’s what I’m keeping from what I ordered and how I styled it:

First up are these slim utility pants from Caslon in the Olive Sarma color for under $50. I saw these last year and was on the fence about them, so I passed. But not this year. No siree! I was at least determined to try them on and I’m oh-so-glad I did!  While my normal pant size (27) was too big and left me feeling a little frumpy, the 26’s were perfect.  I love how the stretch makes them super comfy and how you can style them up or down.  In the pic on the left, I’m also wearing the Free People split-back turtleneck sweater with the B.P. leopard print pointy-toe flats from last year’s sale.  I did not see the same shoes this go round, but I am linking some similar ones here.  As for the sweater, it’s definitely one of my favorite purchases and a decent price at under $50. I worried that the back would be a little too “much”, but with a dark tee underneath, it’s pretty great–comfy enough to run around town in, but chic enough to wear to a meeting, lunch date, etc. For reference, I’m wearing an XS in the sweater.

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In the second pic, I’ve paired the utility pants with the Caslon Rounded V-Neck in grey and my trusty distressed vintage grey Converse sneakers (similar ones). Not only is this the perfect tee to have in your wardrobe, thanks to its uber comfy feel and perfect length, but it’s on sale for $18. It does run big, so size down. I’m wearing an XS and have plenty of room! This is an outfit I’d wear to volunteer at the kids’ school, run errands around town, or meet a vendor at a venue for a site meeting for my event. It’s casual without being sloppy and that’s just what this busy mama needs!

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I also bought the Kut from the Kloth “Donna” jeans in wine for $52. I told myself I would never wear another pear of jeans this color after wearing burgundy Girbaud jeans for the majority of my 8th grade year and still suffering from the trauma of it, but after seeing so many great reviews and pics of how they were styled, I caved and am not mad about it. Unfortunately, there are only limited sizes left in the burgundy jeans I bought in size 2, so I’m also recommending these from Caslon, which have lots of sizes left and are a little bit cheaper too.  They get great reviews and I like the idea of the frayed hem, which you know is all the rage right now. In the first picture, I paired the burgundy jeans with a simple black roll-sleeve tunic that I got at last year’s anniversary sale and is on sale again this year for $35 (praise Jesus, hallelujah!). If you don’t own this top, you need to fix that. Pronto. It’s a great basic that doesn’t wrinkle and looks just as great with distressed jeans as it does with work pants. I am wearing an XS, which fits great.

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Next, I styled them with this striped shirt from B.P. for $19 in an XS (runs big!) and a fringed cardi from Old Navy. I know, I know, it’s not from Nordy, but I couldn’t resist not seeing how they would pair. And look how well they play together! So nice! I also added the B.P. Bar Pendant Necklace in gold. It is the perfect piece of simplicity and style to add to any outfit and is always the one piece of jewelry I grab when I don’t have time to coordinate something.  To complete the look, I have on the B.P. Flared Heel Studded Booties in the grey suede. I love the edginess they lend an outfit and am really digging the studs. My husband, on the other hand, gave me a look that said, “Who do you think you are, a biker chic?”  And I gave him one back that said, “Don’t make Mama mad.” And as they say, that was the end of that. 
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As much as I’d hoped to hate the Halogen Ruffle Jacket, since it was one of the higher-priced items I got at $89, and I’d bought soooo much already, I freakin’ loved it. Sigh. So, here I am, thinking about all the ways I could style it so that is worth every last penny! I’m pretty sure I won’t regret it. Check it out with just simple jeans and booties below….How cute is it?? I’m wearing a size x-small and I think it fits well. If you are worried about which size to buy, the tie front allows for lots of wiggle room (literally), so keep that in mind.

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And my last pic for this post is this Burgundy Cold Shoulder Sweater which I’m wearing with medium wash jeans and my favorite perforated taupe booties from last year’s anniversary sale (similar ones here). But back to the sweater. Y’all. This sweater is everything. It is comfortable, stylish, and affordable at just $35. I love the slits in the shoulders, the shirt-tail hem, the deep burgundy color, and the cozy knit material. And I know it’ll be an item I can wear around the house, to a football game, or to date night just as easily. These multi-functional pieces make life so much easier, don’t you think? So, take my advice and snatch this baby up while you can.  It was sold out earlier but is now back in limited sizes in the black and burgundy stem colors, and in all sizes in the grey. I’m wearing an XS for reference.

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With all of these fun finds, I’m feeling ready for Fall! There’s still about about a week left of the big anniversary sale, so if you haven’t checked it our or there are still some things on your list, take advantage of the prices while you can because they’ll go back up soon! I’ll report back once I get the rest of my items so you can see how I’ve styled those as well.