Currently Crushing:-Summer Essentials

Summer is not nearly over yet so I have put together a round-up of some Summer essentials that I am currently crushing. If you have not tried any of these… well you still have time, what are you waiting for?

1) Totes! – I have found that a good tote bag is really necessary especially during the Summer and living in New York. Carry it with you (or keep it in your car) for those last minute grocery trips, pack it for a movie/picnic in the park, farmers market on Sundays anyone?, bring it shopping so you don’t have to carry all of those separate shopping bags…like I said, necessary! Redbubble offers an amazing selection of unique designs. I chose this cute fruity print perfect for any Summer outing or weekend getaway! 

 

2) Faux Glow – If you are as unfortunate as myself and have not had a chance to make it to the beach yet this Summer, this Opulent Body Bronzing Lotion by Kismet Cosmetics is your saving grace and will help you fake it til you make it (to the beach that is)! And if you are fortunate enough to be rocking a real tan, this will accelerate it and keep you glowing into the fall! 

 

3) Pretty Titties – Let’s face it. Bras can be uncomfortable…especially in the Summer when your wardrobe choices are based on items that will cling to your body the least. But I am definitely not opposed to a pretty bra showing under my not so full coverage clothing during the Summer! That’s why a comfy and pretty bra are one of my Summer wardrobe essentials. ThirdLove creates beautiful lingerie that not only looks great, but also fits better thanks to their  App that lets you size yourself and shop for perfectly-fitting bras (even in half sizes).

 

4) Eye Candy – Oh how a good pair of sunnies can make your outfit (and keep those pretty eyes of yours protected)! I have been a fan of Kewe Du Optic since they first started, and they just keep surprising me with how many amazing styles they keep coming out with! I want  one of each for every outfit this Summer (Hey, a girl’s gotta have options!) My new faves are the St Louis in Bengal and the Charles in Matte Oyster. 

 

5) Summer Slides – No, not like water slides, but the sandal style of the Summer! I have to admit when I first started seeing that Birks came back in style, I was…let’s just say a bit confused. I came around quickly though and realized that they give an effortlessly cool edge to any look. If you are still on the fence about this trend, try a less expensive version first like this pair from Famous Footwear. They just opened their third location in the New Orleans area (Algiers Plaza at 3038 Holiday Drive) and will have a grand opening party on Aug 9th so stop by and you can even win a free pair!

 

6) Say Cheese! – Umm a mini glitter camera? Yes please! Capture all of your outings and OOTD’s with a fun Lomography camera this Summer. Put down the IPhone, quit all your camera editing apps and give this glittery gal a turn in the spotlight. It’s an adorbs accessory, and will bring all your friends together at any event. 

 

7) Matchy Matchy – A coordinate set is a must this Summer (extra points for a pineapple print)!  We already know crop tops are here to stay, so why not pair it with a matching skirt? It’s just as easy as throwing on a dress, but is way cooler (in both senses of the word). Some of my other fave co-ord’s can be found here and here!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

Red, White, Blue, and Bling!

It’s almost the 4th of July! Do you know what you’re going to wear?? Although these pants will be a little too warm to wear all day in the heat, (for whatever outdoor fun I may get into here!) I love them for just about any occasion! With a fitted waist and slightly tapered cropped leg, you can easily pair a trouser like this with a sandal or of course a heel for an even sleeker look. I love the unexpected aspect of wearing a really dressy piece (in this case my earrings) with an otherwise quite casual outfit. So go ahead, and add a little bling to your festive 4th outfit, because the fireworks don’t have to be the only thing sparkling! 

Top // Trousers // Sandals // Earrings: Zara // Sunglasses: Rayban

Photos by Megan Pendergrass

If you’re still not sure what you’re going to wear, try this oldie but goodie DIY for a pair of American Flag cutoff shorts

 

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As a New Yorker (whoa, that’s the first time I have called myself that) I walk A LOT more than I did living in New Orleans and owning a car. This has lead me to realize that my wardrobe actually has to change a bit too. It’s getting pretty hot here, and I want to be as comfortable as possible when walking around in the sun and heat. All those little cute, short, flowy skirts I own are kind of tricky to walk around the city in without flashing a few people from any slight breeze or feeling like someone is always looking up it when walking up the stairs from the subway….which is why I am loving the midi-length trend right now. When all you want to wear is a flowy skirt, but not have to worry about being inappropriate on your stroll, this length is the way to go.

Unfortunately I have not found that photographer boyfriend that every fashion blogger seems to have, so for now I have to rely on some good ol’ selfies to share my everyday outfits with y’all. This was from a stroll through Williamsburg, and of course could not pass up this metallic moment happening with my outfit and graffiti wall! 

Skirt // Earrings: H&M (Similar) (Similar) // Top: (Similar) (Similar)

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

Mellow Yellow Crochet

So it’s finally starting to feel like Spring here in New York! The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and the winter layers are now boxed up. Woohoo! This is a look I wore to a crawfish boil here, yes also very exciting to me! New york dressing is all about versatility and being able to go from day to night easily so I wanted to keep it casual for the day but not look too dressed down going into the evening. I wore a little black tank dress in a sleek silhouette with a bright crochet crop top and accessories in another bright color…my must have accessory for a daytime look is always an iced coffee though! 

Photos by Megan 

 

Mondaze: Cinco De Mayo Style

Mondaze: Cinco De Mayo Style

Mondaze: Cinco De Mayo Style

Styled: Cinco De Mayo

Just sharing a few insta recaps of my outfit I wore on Monday for Cinco De Mayo. I planned on wearing this jumpsuit I Instagrammed earlier that day, then tried it on again and realized it was just a tad too short (even in flats). It looked like a mix between a clown suit and pajamas. I am all for the cropped wide leg pants look but this was just not quite working out… So I went with this trusty vintage skirt, and a crochet crop!

 

derby day style

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The Kentucky Derby is an event to go all out and get dressed up in your most girly dresses and biggest, most obnoxious hats. But for those of us who are not actually attending the derby, I have put together a roundup up festive hats that you can wear this weekend anyway without looking out of place.

 

derby day hats

Flower Crown (Similar) (DIY Here) // Floral Garland Boater //  Polka Dot Straw Boater // Lilac Felt Fedora // Pink Felt Shaker Hat // Embellished Visor (DIY coming soon!!)

For those back home in New Orleans, this weekend you will probably be heading to the race tracks not for the derby, but for JAZZ FEST, another event where these hats will complete your festival look! For today’s post, I have teamed up with Cottonelle to bring you The Cottonelle Great Finish Sweepstakes. We all know there can be a lack of TP at Jazz Fest, so here is your chance to win a year supply of Cottonelle products depending on the outcome of the races during the Kentucky Derby. But there will not just be one winner, the first 15,000 entrants to sign up could win if the outcome aligns!

You know those flushable cleansing cloths will come in handy at next year’s fest, so go ahead and sign up! 

Here is how to enter The Cottonelle Great Finish Sweepstakes

1. Visit the Cottonelle website

2. Click on the Great Finish Giveaway

3. Click on “Sign Up Now”

4. Register

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable wipes is all my own!

Last week I had the chance to meet Julie Sarinana, the founder and creative mind behind the oh so loved blog, Sincerely, Jules. The party was thrown to launch her new line of statement tee’s that are being sold at Piperlime. I have a major crush on Jules’ style and have admired her blog for a while, so having the opportunity to meet the (yes, actually very) sincere lady behind the blog was an honor. Jules spoke to and snapped pics with everyone that came out to meet her. She gave me some great advice, and really inspired me to follow my dreams. I loved all the tee’s but looks like Jules and I disagree about the whole ‘Less is More’ thing…If you have ever read the My Secret page of my blog, you see that I feel quite differently that less is NOT more when it comes to fashion. 

Thanks for all the events, fashion, constant inspiration and free champs you always have to offer New York! Until next time.

{XOXO}

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt  Line at Piperlime

Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt Line at Piperlime

I thought it was only appropriate to wear my 100 percent New Orleans tee from Sincerely, Luxe to show some NOLA love in NY to meet Sincerely, Jules! And of course I had to snap an outfit Célfie before I left to try to show off my new ear cuff I scored at Forevs. 

Below is the tee that I chose (or that Jules suggested for me…yes I asked) and how I styled it inspired by Jules’ style and Coachella that I was dreaming of all weekend long! Sincerely Jules Tee Shirt Line at Piperlime

Last Thursday I attended my very first New York fashion event hosted by Refinery29 and Nicole Miller! The party was all about starting a fashion revolution in honor of the launch of Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection. The collection is inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the French Revolution, meaning unexpected print mixing and tough-luxe pieces. The racks were flooded with color, prints, and sequins! And the Soho boutique was turned into quite the party with champagne flowing, the photo booth flashing, a tower of colorful macarons quickly disappearing, beautiful hairstyles being created at the braid bar, and New York’s most fashionable including R29′s Fashion Editor Willow Lindley and designer Nicole Miller herself. Check out the fun French fête below!

#NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery29 Present - NMrevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present - NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present - NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Nicole Miller + Refinery 29 Present NMRevolution

Spring is finally here! Even though here in New York, it might be a while before we can break out our fave cut-off’s and sandals but I am definitely ready to start incorporating some of these trends from the Spring 2014 runway into my transitional wardrobe! 

{{ Pastels (With A Pop) }}Pastels with a Pop - Spring 2014 Trends: Runway To Everyday

Pastels are a must for Spring and this year they were seen all over the runway. The monochromatic look was seen a lot, but I also noticed a different approach to wearing pastels which is pairing it with an unexpected pop of a brighter color. Try pieces in differing pastel colors with a few bright pops of color as layering pieces, on the lips, and feet like DKNY, the monochromatic look with a contrasting shoe as seen at Burberry, or try one statement pastel piece, with the other main item in a contrasting bright as seen at Dior. 

Orange Top // Lavender Blazer // Lace Top // Lace Skirt 

 

{{ Baggy Bottom Babes }}Baggy Bottom Babes - Spring 2014 Trends: Runway To Everyday

Don’t go breaking out your short-shorts just yet. Before it gets too hot to handle any extra fabric touching your body, try out this baggy bottom trend for Spring. All lengths and styles were seen on the runway from wide-leg and cropped at Proenza Schouler, bermuda shorts at Opening Ceremony, to baggy and belted menswear trousers at Hermes. 

Pink Trousers // Print Culottes // Cropped Trousers // Navy Pleated Trousers

 

{{ Mesh Madness }}Mesh Madness - Spring 2014 Trends: Runway To Everyday

Although this sporty inspired mesh trend is nothing new this season, it sure is not going anywhere either. Layer a mesh skirt with boy shorts and a bralette for a daring look as seen at Milly, pair up with the pastel trend like Rebecca Taylor, or edgy meets boho with slouchy prints like Gucci. 

Bustier Bra // Mesh Top // Mesh Skirt 

 

{{ Tea (Length) Time }}

Tea (Length) Time - Spring 2014 Trends: Runway To Everyday

Yellow Skirt // Gold Pleated Skirt // Floral Skirt 

Nothing says Spring more than a feminine skirt. And you can’t get much more feminine than a tea length one! Full and pleated skirts were the recurring styles on the runway seen in this length, so consider giving your go-to maxi an update with a little ankle grazing hem this season! Those metallic pleats are to die for at Proenza Schouler, try a matching floral skirt and crop top and you’re definitely ready for tea as seen at Tracy Reese, or a sunshiny yellow skirt paired with matching bow flats at Roksanda Llincic. 

All runway images via Style.com 

1Blush-Gold

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold Valentine's

Blush & Gold - Valentines Blog/Giveaway

{Outfit: Tank: F21 // Skirt: This Vintage Fox // Jacket: F21 // Boots: Francesca’s // Clutch: Thrifted // Jewelry c/o Ashley Celeste Jewelry}

Outfit photos by Ciera Design

My outfit in today’s post is all about subtle touches of Valentine’s Day. I am currently crushing on this pale pink and gold color palette with a little leather for that sweet yet edgy combo I love so dear. When most people think about what to wear for Valentine’s Day, they probably think of bright red and barbie pink. Well I don’t really wear red, and have very few pink options in my closet so in this outfit I just added hints of these colors with a pale pink top, a red lip, maroon clutch, and heart sunnies! The outfit inspiration was really this shimmery gold vintage maxi skirt I just got (from an Instagram closet y’all!) and the jewelry that’s part of today’s giveaway of course….the other “Valentine’s” touches came afterward honestly. But enough about my outfit, here’s the part where you can win some of the gorgeous jewelry I am wearing! 

{XOXO}

kisses

Valentine’s Day is a time to spread the love, so I wanted to offer all of my lovely readers a chance to win the perfect accessories for your own Valentine’s Day outfit! I was so excited to team up with Ashley Celeste Jewelry to bring y’all not only 1 giveaway, but for 2 lucky readers to win one of these gorg handmade agate pieces! The pinkish color makes it the perfect subtle touch to anyone’s Valentine’s Day look!

{Details on how to enter below}

Valentine's Day Blog + Giveaway

Valentine's Day Blog + Giveaway

Valentine's Day Blog + Giveaway

Use the Rafflecopter Widget options below to enter the necklace giveaway.

To enter the bracelet giveaway… well you’ll have to go follow us on Instagram for those deets! {@Jasmine_H} {@AshleyCelesteJewelry}

Giveaway ends at 12AM on Tues Feb 11th, and will be announced on Wednesday! 

 

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