nationalwearyourlillyday

It’s my fave day of the year! The first official day of summer and National Wear Your Lilly Day! Every Lilly-loving girl looks forward to this day so they can sport their vibrant prints together. My very first Lilly Pulitzer purchase was one of their fabulous agendas. It was a bright pink, peony print that I just adored (I actually kept it!) The first dress I ever bought was one for my college graduations pictured below!

college graduation photos

I put together a few of my favorite prints and styles from the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection! I can’t get enough of that print with the sailboats! Oh my goodness, I love it. I kind of want to treat myself to a new Lilly dress because… I got a new job!! Yay me! I feel like professional achievements warrant new dresses and spoiling yourself a little, right?

Anyway, cheers to my Lilly-loving friends on National Wear Your Lilly Day! May we always be bright, bold, and colorful! Share your favorite Lilly dress with me! I need opinions before I buy one!

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yhf los angeles sunglasses brunette fashion blogger abercrombie ripped shortsHey loves! I hope you had a lovely weekend! David and I spent quite a bit of time stuffing ourselves at favorite restaurants Saturday and Sunday. I also stocked up on candles and hand soap at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale! Other than that, I laid by the pool all weekend. It was some much needed rest and relaxation.

Today, I really want share my favorite denim shorts with you guys! I’m really picky about shorts, normally I prefer J. Crew chino shorts, but in the last year I’ve gained *ahem* a few pounds and my collection of chinos don’t exactly fit. Since ripped denim shorts are so in now, I’m trying to buy more of them anyway!

So here’s a little throwback for you- my denim shorts are from Abercrombie & Fitch! Yep, I’m taking you back to high school! But really, these shorts are my favorite and they’re 50% off right now! Since A&F’s re-branding, prices have become more reasonable and I think the quality has improved (thank the Lord.) These are definitely comfortable and easy to wear with pretty much everything. You really can’t mess this up! Linking them and a few other favorites below!


starting a style blog

I’ve been blogging for about 2 years, one year if we’re only counting the time I’ve actually known what the heck I’m doing. In that time, I’ve learned a thing or two about style blogging, photography, and what it takes to be a blogger in a very saturated market. But there are a few myths I hear over and over again from other people that simply aren’t true. So I’m busting 5 blogging myths!

Blogging is Easy

This cracks me up! Blogging is the farthest thing from easy, at least for me. Sure, ideas often flow freely and I love getting to be creative, but there’s so much work that goes into every single blog post. Between photography, writing the content, and posting to social media- we’re talking 6 or 7 hours, at least.

Bloggers Get Tons of Free Stuff

Some bloggers get loads of free things, but it doesn’t start out that way. For the first year of blogging, I wasn’t gifted anything. All of my content was purely creative. And sometimes I miss that. Of course now that I’ve been blogging a little longer, I definitely enjoy the perks of complimentary items.

Blogging Can Make You Money Fast

If only this were true. I’d be rolling in dough if it were! Just like anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At the very beginning stages of the blogging industry, style bloggers were certainly able to make money faster because the market wasn’t saturated like it is now. If you’re just getting into the game, it could be years before you really start to make an income from it.

Running a Blog is Expensive

This myth can definitely be true if you aren’t smart with your money. Hiring a photographer can be expensive, getting a web designer is always pricey, and buying outfits definitely ain’t cheap! I keep my costs under control by having my boyfriend take my photos, going on Etsy (post about that here!) to find web designers, and I watch for sales on clothing.

Blogging is Fun

Ok this one is totally true! I love blogging and I love being creative with everything I do and this is one way for me to express that and share it with you! If you’ve always wanted to start a blog but you’re scared to, reach out to me! I’m always happy to help!

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white peplum top

pink aviator sunglasses

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tobi scalloped shorts

styling high waisted shorts

Top: Old Navy | Shorts: Tobi c/o (HERE) | Purse: Kate Spade | Shoes: Old NavyΒ 

In past years, my summer wardrobe has consisted of navy blue, navy blue, and more navy blue. How exciting, right? I’m from Maryland where nautical colors pretty much influence everything from decor to wardrobes. But moving to Dallas forced me out of this preppy comfort zone of mine and made me look at clothing in other colors. Oh the horrors of that! I ended up falling in love with a few new colors and even, dare I say, patterns!

Summer Colors to Love

I spent a good hour trying to put together the right combination of my favorite summer colors. I think David sat around rolling his eyes waiting for me to get ready so he could to make my photos and be done with it. He’s a good man! I finally had the right combo of color and I had to share it with you!

Corals, yellows, royal blue, and white are such a great color palette to work with! They’re bright, happy, and easily worn together. For years my bestie Jessica has been trying to get me to wear something different from my usual J. Crew wardrobe and moving to the southwest inspired me to buy more coral and yellow for my closet!

I’m still not ready to mix patterns yet (I literally can’t even) but I definitely love including a pattern somewhere in an outfit! The detailing on my shorts adds a little extra something to the whole outfit I think! David took me to lunch on Saturday and among the cactus and outdoor seating, I felt like I stood out. What girl doesn’t love that? Shop my look with the links I provided above!

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In high school when all the other girls had pretty, long pin-straight hair, I had bulky, thick wavy hair. No amount of straightening would keep it the way I wanted it. I had the Hollister hoodie, fake Dooney & Bourke, Five Star notebooks, and all I was missing was that gorgeous highlighted, straight hair all the other girls at school had. After years of trying to get my hair to behave the “right” way, I’ve finally embraced the hair I was born with.

Loving My Waves Using Kenra

My mom and I both have wavy hair and frankly, neither of us have ever known what to do with it. Finally, I just started letting my waves do what they wanted and it felt so good! Moving to Texas made me rethink my hair routine though. I used a lot of great coconut oil products but I needed something that kept up with the heat, humidity, and the need to have “big hair” like the other girls in Texas. Enter theΒ Kenra Grip CollectionΒ at Ulta.

Kenra Professional sent me the Air Grip Spray, Whip Grip Mousse, and High Grip Spray to try out! After showering, I let my hair air dry and then scrunch in the lightweight mousse to keep the wave from becoming fluff. When it’s finally almost dry, I spray in either the Air Grip or High Grip Spray to tame the inevitable frizz. The only thing it can’t quite control is the annoying cow-lick (I think that’s what it’s called!) that I was born with. Nothing, not even NASA, can control that little section of hair!

Loving who you are and what God gave you is so hard when you’re a fashion and lifestyle blogger. Everyone seems to have a prettier face, better hair, and thinner body than you. But as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve realized how blessed I am to be born with my mom’s hair, my dad’s eyes, and my unique personality. Embracing who I am and what I look like is a slow process, but it started with my hair!

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gray jumpsuit

messy braid

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glittery pink nails

summer style ideas

Jumpsuit: Tobi c/0 (HERE) | Necklace: Happiness Boutique c/o (HERE)

So the jumpsuit trend I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest isn’t my favorite trend this summer, but it’s one I’ve jumped on board with anyway. I’m not usually someone who likes trends to begin with- classics are my go-to. But I found this super comfy gray jumpsuit from Tobi.com and figured I’d give it a go!

Tips for Wearing a Jumpsuit

Wearing a jumpsuit isn’t easily done and I found that out first hand. Jumpsuits can look funny on different body types and unfortunately highlight areas people might not want to draw attention to! Here are a few tips on how to wear a jumpsuit this summer!

  • Pay attention to the cut and style- some jumpsuits are high-waisted while others hit at the hip!
  • Don’t try to overpower the jumpsuit with big accessories, simple necklaces like the one above work nicely too.
  • Find one made from breathable fabric! In the Texas heat, you can’t afford to be wearing anything besides flowy fabrics and cotton.
  • For casual jumpsuits like the one I’m wearing, wear chic tennis shoes like Keds (perfect for errand running and Sunday brunch!)
  • Get the size you need, not the size you want! For some jumpsuits I have to size up to get the right fit!

I linked all my outfit details above! Jumpsuits and rompers are so cute for summer so definitely give them a try! Also, another trend I’ve seen for the summer is simple jewelry that makes a statement. My gold necklace above is from the Happiness Boutique and they have some really great pieces like this one! Don’t be afraid to try out this trend, if can rock it, then so can you!

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