Sunglasses on a Budget

Sunglasses for me are something I don’t think too much about, generally I have a couple pairs I love and just keep them on rotation. But I do like to branch and get a new pair every so often. While there are a plethora of designer options out there I don’t always have the extra cash to invest in a pricey pair. Lucky for me (and you) there are plenty of affordable sunglasses that add some new style to your wardrobe without making a dent in your bank account. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picks on the interwebs right now, all under $30!

Shopping For: Long Sleeve Mini Dresses

Hands down my favorite dress style as of late is the long sleeve mini dress. The covered top half of this look is warm and seasonally appropriate while still getting a little bit of skin in before the real cold blows in. My top picks in long sleeve dresses are dark florals, rich navy velvet and vibrant red prints. All of these dresses would be perfect for holiday parties, grabbing drinks or even for work. Just toss on a jacket, black tights and booties and you’re good to go!

August Shopping List - Under $100

My shopping list for August moves away from the bright and poppy prints I've been wearing all summer long (like this top and this dress). Right now I'm feeling muted shades of pink and brown, woven textures and animal prints. Long sleeve floral-printed dresses are perfect for late summer and transition wonderfully into cooler fall temps. A few of my faves are this one, this one and this one

Cheetah is making a comeback this fall - everything cycles in fashion, ya know? Slip and bias cheetah skirts are trending especially hard. I recently bought some cheetah fabric and plan to whip my own skirt up soon, but this style from And Other Stories is a great find and will work well into fall and winter paired with a chunky sweater and boots.

Oh yea, and all these pieces are under $100! Who says you get beef up your closet without dropping a ton of money?

How To Style Silk Scarves

If you live in a area where you experience a cold winter, cozy warm scarves are most likely a staple in your seasonal wardrobe. But when the warmer temps roll around, I for one have usually been less inclined to reach for a lightweight scarf. Why is that? Perhaps it is because I used to associated dainty scarves with something my grandma would wear (not to throw shade on my grandmothers). Well this season my view on silk scarves has totally changed and these lightweight accessories have become my new styling best friend. 

Silk scarves are versatile accessories that can be utilized in countless ways. There literally is no limit to the options for how to knot it, drape it, loop it or tie it onto yourself or your other accessories (like a bag for example). A few of my favorite ways to style a silk scarf include -

The next obvious question may be where to buy some new silk scarves. Hands down my favorite place to buy these is from a vintage or thrift store because you will find unique items for dirt cheap. There are also tons of options on ebay, simply search "vintage silk scarves". A few I found that I liked include this NYC scarf, this pink printed scarf or this vibrant yellow option. If you're more of a buy-it-new kinda gal, I included a few great options below as well!

Shopbop Spring Sale Picks

Shopbop is having a crazy sale right now, just in time to start picking up some pieces to round out your Spring wardrobe. I as spoke about in this recent post, I'm all about versatility when it comes to buying clothing and accessories. Being able to wear the piece in questions multiple times and multiple ways is the main lens through which I make all shopping decisions. My picks for the current Shopbop sale are no different. Such as a striped sweater or long sleeve tee I can wear now and when the weather gets warmer or floral dresses that do double duty for the beach or afternoon events. Make sure you check out the sale for any key pieces you've been eying since the savings are pretty good!

15% off orders of $200 or more (if you're looking for some new shoes for spring)

20% off orders of $500 or more (if you're in need of a wedding-attendant dress)

25% off orders of $800 or more (could be a good time to invest in a winter coat for next year)

Wish I Was Wearing - Gingham

1. MDS Stripes // 2. Lost + Wander // 3. Rachel Comey // 4. MasterxMuse // 5. SHEIN // 6, Forever21 // 7. Bliss and Mischief // 8. Gucci // 9. Topshop

As a fabric, gingham looks great in all kinds of silhouettes from dresses to skirts, even bathing suits and tops. Though it’s only February, there are tons of gingham pieces in the market right now. While gingham is great for warm weather, by pairing this fabric with darker and heavier pieces like a leather jacket or black jeans, you can definitely start wearing gingham now rather than waiting until summer rolls around.

Above are some of my favorites in the market right now. Click on each piece to get all the product details!

I’m a big fan of gingham and have been for a couple seasons now and definitely plan to pull this ruffled number I created last year out again this summer. I recently created a black gingham wrap top that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon too!

Gift Guide - Valentine's Day for Her

I shared my Valentine's Day gift guide for men last week so I would be remiss to not include a version for females as well. You can go the obvious route of roses and chocolate for your lady on Valentine's Day but I think that is a little boring (not to mention very impractical). I would much rather receive something I can use going forward, not just enjoy for the day/week. 

Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment - I have this lip stain and it just lovely. It smells of amazing citrus and imparts just the right amount of color. Not too much just a hint of pink.

Kate Spade iPhone Case - This case is just so pretty and feminine. Enough said.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel - I've heard amazing things about this daily peel. Why not give your woman something to make her even more beautiful?

Silk Pillowcase - It's silky and has lips on it. If this doesn't work for Valentine's Day then I don't know when it will.

Anthropologie Earrings - They would be great paired with a chunky sweater now and with a sundress come summer. 

Blush Tote - I love the muted pink color of this tote and the fact that it has two different strap types. Plus it's only $25!

Rose Gold Bracelet - For the girl who wants some jewelry for V-Day, this bracelet is chic and understated yet very refined. 

Rainbow Sweater - This sweater is so cheerful and cozy, perfect for those gloomy February days.

Naked Palette - Every woman and I mean every woman needs a good neutral brown eye shadow palette. This one is small enough that you get exactly what you need, no extra colors that will never be used.

The Beauty Chef Book - Get prettier from eating!? If you want to encourage your woman to cook why not dangle the carrot of beauty in front of her. I'm adding this book to my cart right now.