Is it just me or are kids starting to look more and more like tiny little adults? From what they’re wearing to the way they carry themselves, they seem so mature. While trends come and go, there’s one thing that will always remain the same – kids will be kids. They need clothes that will help them look the part, but also be functional and comfortable during recess.

Don’t forget good taste is generated from childhood, so make your kids a part of the family shopping experience and keep them interested in fun, trendy clothes. It’ll pay off in the long run!

Here is a list of the top kids fashions from Tanger that I recommend you mommas (or dads) invest in for your little ones this school year. They’ll score your kiddos extra cool points and save you a buck or two in the process.

Denim

Let’s be honest. Has denim for kids ever gone out of style. It’s definitely a classic. Not only is it super stylish, but it’s durable. The two things I would look out for this year – a denim jacket with some sort of sleeve detail and a pair of distressed jeans (yes, I said it). All the cool kids are doing it and no, you don’t have to pay any extra for the worn look. 😉 I’ve found Gap Factory Store to be the best place to score denim items. Here are my picks!

#TangerTip: Here’s a 10% OFF Gap Factory Store coupon valid through 8/31/16.

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Sporty Kicks

Come on, didn’t you have a pair growing up to?! Grant your kids a classic style they’ll remember forever (and perhaps carry into adulthood). They’re comfy, they slip on and off easily and they go with everything from jeans to sundresses making getting out the door that much quicker and easier. I adore this black and white spin from Gap or of course the classic red, white and blues.

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Plaid

Plaid styles have definitely come and gone over the years, but 2016 is the year they takeover. They’re traditionally seen in boys’ shirts, but girls can repeat with leggings too (talk about making a statement on the first day of school), or a sundress, or simply in some back to school accessories. If you haven’t indulged, I recommend one quick stop into Gap or Old Navy Outlet. You won’t be able to leave with just one piece of plaid perfection.

#TangerTip: Download this Old Navy Outlet coupon for 50% OFF all jeans and up to 60% OFF all kids styles through 8/24/16.

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I give you permission to take credit for cool mom/dad of the year after your Tanger trip. Not only will your little ones leave looking fly, but they just might appreciate the quality time. Tanger is one of the best places to come and spend the day, knocking out everything you need at once. Be sure to stop by TangerOutlets.com before you go to plan yout trip and check for downloadable coupons from your favorite brands.

Happy Shopping!

With Fall right around the corner, it’s time to brush up on the colors of the season. Per the Fall 2016 Pantone Fashion Color Report, this season’s palette represents “a unity of strength, confidence and complexity” with hues much bolder than the typical fall shades. Here are the colors to look out for this season and tips on how to wear them in style.

Tanger Tip: All of these colors can be found gracing the racks at Tanger Outlets. Get the high fashion looks you’re wanting for a lot less than you would expect! Shop before August 21st and take advantage of additional TangerStyle Fall 25% OFF savings.

Riverside

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This color is cool and calming, but also strong and stable. Look for investment pieces like large sweaters, jackets or skirts in this fall hue and pair them with earthtones for a bold fall look.

Airy Blue

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Airy blue is the freshest of the season’s new colors – very serene. Pair this color with taupe for a cool effect or with some of the stronger shades below to freshen them up.

Sharkskin

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Sharkskin is this season’s go-to neutral, as it provides a contemporary spin on the usual shades of brown and black. Style this color from head-to-toe for a super sophisticated look. A fall/winter coat in this shade is a must-have or a sleek over the knee boot.

Auora Red

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Any shade of red is about as bold as it gets for fall. It’s warm, sensual and pleasing to the eye. Styles will depend on your personality – If you’re more subdue, go for a pop of color. For the more fashion forward, I suggest trying monochromatic layers.

Warm Taupe

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Warm Taupe is a timeless fall shade. Done is variations year after year, this color remains organic and grounded. A slight departure from the other bold colors of the season – use taupe as a base to really make the other colors stand out.

Dusty Cedar

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This color just exudes warmth. It’s the fall/winter version of this spring’s beloved blush. Wear it as a top layer and tie in matching shades of lip color and blush for a sultry look.

Lush Meadow

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This shade of kelly green takes the win for me this fall. It’s rich and vibrant personality will bring life to any fall look. Look for strong, staple pieces in this shade and let them steal the show. Pair with neutrals, dark or light, for a fashion forward look.

Spicy Mustard

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What an uplifting color! This splash of vibrancy is unexpected in all of the right ways and adds a ton of fun to the season’s color palette. Look for exciting accessories like hats, scarves or even jewelry in this zesty yellow shade.

Potter’s Clay

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The definition of down to earth – Potter’s Clay provides a solid foundation for this season’s highlands inspired looks. I always look for colors of the season when shopping – for fall, it’s the shades of the leaves turning on the mountain tops.

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I adore the idea of pairing this seemingly summer color with reds for a warmer fall look. Bodacious accent pieces can quickly become statements if styled correctly.

For more color inspiration, follow Tanger Outlets on Pinterest. I’m always updating my boards with new seasonal looks and color combos for the fashion obsessed. Color can be hard to work with, but it’s all about the pairings, so be sure and do your homework before heading to Tanger.

Happy Shopping!

It’s almost fall, which means it’s officially time to bring out the fall hats. Hats (in all their different varieties) hold a special place in my heart, as they were one of the first “out of the box” items I began investing in once I took the leap into fashion. I recommend every woman invest in at least a handful this season.

“Felt, suede, black, brown, you name it — everyone should have a few to alternate between outfits. They’ll take a look from basic to bold in no time.”

A stylish hat is a must-have fall accessory and fits right into the Highlands trend that designers are showcasing this year. Fall will be full of lots of mountain-inspired layers, thick lush layers and sultry suede fabrics. Think browns, greens and other earth tones when exploring colors.

Below are my 6 favorite styles of fall hats, with a little street style inspo from some of my favorite fashionistas.

If you’re wondering how to pair your new hat with on-point fall looks, take note! If you’re looking to create these looks for less, head to Tanger (before August 21st). They’re currently running the 25% OFF TangerStyle Fall sale. If you don’t already have your coupons, you can download them here.

Beret

The Beret is the essential Highlands staple. I suggest styling these with more casual fashions. Think distressed jeans, oversized sweaters and leather shoulder bags. Tip: Try a center part beneath the beret for a chic touch. I find all of my beret’s at H&M.

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Beanie

Beanies are as comfy cozy as fall hats get! I’m a fan of the poof up top too. Because they’re so lush, pair them with a more structured pieces like a blazer or leather jacket. The difference in shape and structure really makes it fashion worthy. American Eagle Outfitters is the place for all things highlands and takes the win in the beanie department.

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Fedora

Fedora’s just scream high society to me! This was personally the most intimidating style until I figured out the right look… Here’s my secret – pair it with denim. For some reason the two go hand-in-hand. I love this mustard tone too. It’s a great way to bring in warm color to your fall tones. If you’re looking for the perfect fedora, check out Forever21.

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Wide-Brim

Wide-brim hats are probably the most popular fall hat. I actually noticed a lot of them being worn this summer as well. They’re pretty universal when it comes to styling and they’re super flattering on everyone. I of course go full Kardashian when I rock mine, pairing it with oversized sunnies! Saks OFF 5th always has a nice variety of fedoras.

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Happy Hat hunting everyone! Snap a saucy selfie in your new (or re-styled) fall hat and share it with me on social using #TangerFashionista.

Fall is for denim… specifically jeans. It’s just that simple. Jeans are a wardrobe staple that we all know and love and have a somewhat personal connection with (at least that’s the case for me). Finding a pair you love is like meeting that significant other that you feel you’ve known for years. They come in so many different styles/personalities – some you’ll fall in love with right away and some you’ll clash with and see no future together whatsoever. The trick to finding the perfect pair of jeans is to make sure they’re true to you in the rarest of forms – from the way they fit your toosh to the way the mesh with your lifestyle. There’s plenty of fish in the sea!

For those still looking for their perfect match, I present to you…

Denim Dating 101

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Name: Boot Cut

3 Words that best describe your personality: relaxed, easygoing, timeless

Describe your perfect match: I adore women of all shapes and sizes, but especially those with wider hips.

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Name: Skinny

3 Words that best describe your personality: urban, versatile, a little uptight

Describe your perfect match: I have a thing for long legs. The slimmer the better.

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Name: Flares

3 Words that best describe your personality: hip, popular, boho

Describe your perfect match: I’m a good balance for women with broad shoulders. We really compliment one another.

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Name: Straight Leg

3 Words that best describe your personality: structured, classic, loveable

Describe your perfect match: I’m a hopeless romantic, open to any and all body types.

So, do you think you’ve found your match? I know I tend to feel somewhat incomplete without a perfect pair of stylish jeans, but once I’ve found the one (that fits my beautiful curves), It’s hard to let them go. They make some time to find, but don’t get defeated… your perfect match does exist!

If you value the whole package – good looks and a good deal, hit up Tanger Outlets. I’ve never paid full-price for a pair of jeans. Download their coupon book online before you go for some extra savings. An extra 10-25% OFF every now and then is always appreciated.

Additionally, try going in the next few weeks during the TangerStyle Fall sale and you can receive an EXTRA 20-25% OFF of your denim purchase. Download those coupons here. You might have also received these in the mail (with a few extra tips on wearing denim for fall).

Best of luck in your denim dating venture! Let me know how I can help.

Flashback to 2015 when Marsala was the Pantone color of the year. Designers must have fallen in love with this hue. It’s making a strong appearance in Fall/Winter 2016 collections across the runways, unexpectedly (but beautifully) paired with vibrant shades of orange. The stunning colorations of maroon, brick, orange and burnt orange have Fashionistas across the globe swooning for Fall.

This color story gives off a very 70’s feel, but I haven’t heard anyone complaining. Designers like Tory Burch and Alice + Olivia have showcased wraparounds, geometric prints and the oh-so-coveted knee high boots in their Fall 2016 Collections.

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While this color combo is super fashion forward, it can easily be pulled off by anyone looking to make a statement. I needed to do just that when prepping for an industry event late last week. Below is an outfit pieced together with items entirely from Tanger Outlets. I even found myself trend shopping for you all while shopping for myself. This bold and beautiful color story can be found around every corner.

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I was naturally inclined to stick with the 70’s vibe. After finding this flowy (almost seasonless) shift dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA the next step was a wine colored tight, making it a super elegant fall look. Because I’m all about elongating the leg, I paired the dress and tights with a pair of Gucci maroon heels from Saks OFF 5th (currently running a 75% OFF deal through 8/2). They will surely get their wear during the fall months.

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I kept jewelry minimal with simple gold hoops and stackable bracelets, but splurged a little on this leather bucket bag, also from Saks OFF 5th. Finding this was like striking gold – it’s the perfect size, perfect color, etc. I also adore the length. A longer strap is definitely in right now and “fashions” it up a bit.  

Both orange and wine are bold enough to be worn on their own, but, paired together, are for the most fashion forward! Below are a number of other items available at J.Crew Factory or the Express Factory Outlet that have inspired me to take this trend to the next level.

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Head to Tanger before August 21st to pick up these items for yourself for an additional 25% OFF. Tanger’s annual TangerStyle Fall sales period started Monday and only lasts for four short weeks, so hurry in! Check your mailbox for your style guide and coupons or download them straight to your phone at TangerOutlet.com.

Don’t forget to tag me on social media (using #TangerFashionista) with your orange & wine looks. I would love to see how you’ve made these styles your own!

Happy shopping (and saving)! 😉

 

OK ladies – If you haven’t yet experienced the shirtdress, now is the time! It’s been at the forefront of designer collections for quite sometime now and is by far the most comfortable wardrobe item you’ll ever own. In addition to its comfort factor, the shirtdress is also the most versatile piece in fashion right now. Just ask my husband, I wear mine everywhere…

Below is one of many hanging in my closet. I got this electric orange shirtdress from Forever21 at Tanger a few weeks ago (for only $23) and have already surpassed 5 wears. Keep reading for a few short tips on how to dress up or dress down this staple summer trend.

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Let’s Lay Low

My first wear was an easy one – My husband and I were spending the weekend house hunting and I needed something cute and casual. I knew we would be in and out of the car all day hopping from showing to showing and I needed a look that would last.

I took note from the way Forever21 styled the dress and paired it with the most comfortable pair of summer Sam Edelman booties that I own. I actually scored them from Saks OFF 5th during last year’s end of summer sales. To keep it easy, I tossed on my simple black crossbody and ta da… I was dressed to impress! You could easily add a cool moto jacket or summer sneakers to create a similar casual, but trendy look.

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Find similar items at Saks OFF 5th at Tanger Outlets.

Let’s Get Dressy

After our long day of house hunting, we were in desperate need of a cocktail. We decided to try out this new rooftop bar that had beautiful views of the city. It was just the scene we needed after such a stressful day.

Because the dress itself is such a bright and bold color, I thought a more neutral look would class it up a bit for a night out. Any guesses on the shoe of choice? Of course they were my go-to nude pumps that travel with me everywhere! If you don’t already own a similar pair, I would recommend adding them to your shopping list a.s.a.p. Because I wasn’t carrying much, I added this small clutch and simple gold jewelry to finish off the look. Matching the neutral tones adds visual symmetry and immediately makes you look more fashionable and chic. Needless to say, my husband was quite impressed by the transformation from day to night!

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Find similar items at Aldo at Tanger Outlets.

Fashion doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, in fact some of my best looks are those I have to toss together in a rush. My #TangerTip – Just keep it simple. Less is always more, especially when working with such trendy pieces like a shirtdress.

If you don’t own one already, I hope I’ve sold you on picking one up! OR simply styling the ones you have in your closet a little differently. I’m always here to help if you have any style questions! Comment below and let’s chat!

Happy Shopping!

So let me guess… When you think ruffles, you’re probably picturing yourself running around the house as a 5 year-old little girl playing dress up in your favorite princess dress. Lucky for you, this once childlike trend has gotten a high-fashion makeover in the recent years, becoming a huge part of wearable designer collections. Frill and froo froo are back and they’re more romantic than ever. Your fairy tale princess dreams have become reality. 🙂

If you’re already a pro at the ruffles game, please don’t be shy and show them off! Tag me in your instas using #TangerFashionista. Who knows, you could end up being featured in an upcoming blog or on Tanger’s social media!

Chances are you’ve never styled frills as an adult, so I thought I would provide a little 101 on how to wear the season’s most romantic trend. The trick to pulling off flounce and looking like an adult is to make the ruffle the focal point of the outfit, while also taking your body type into consideration.

Choose ruffles that are suited for your shape – Ruffles have the ability to make your figure look fuller, so you must be strategic about how they’re placed. If you’re looking for a slimming effect, don’t wear ruffles near that feature. Instead, think about the balancing act. If you have wider hips, perhaps you choose a nice ruffled top to make your shoulders look a bit wider or vice versa.

Here are some of my favorite fashioinstas rocking their fashionable frilled looks and tips on how to pull them off yourself.

Tops

Great for small chested women who wish to look fuller

Opt for vertical ruffles that run along a straight line for a lengthening effect

Ruffles on cap sleeves will balance out a fuller skirt

Find ruffle tops at Banana Republic Factory Store and The Limited*

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Bottoms

Always pair with a simple top

Great for adding curves

Opt for shorter styles to add height

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Accessories

Perfect way to ease into the trend

Keep the look simple and only rock one ruffled accessory at a time

 

If there’s one takeaway from this blog, I would say it’s to enjoy this feminine trend but not to overindulge. Do this and you’ll be well on your way to capturing the hearts of onlookers in your very own street style look.

Happy Ruffle-ing! 🙂

*Click here for 15% off purchase of $75 or more at The Limited Outlet (Exp. 7/20/2016)

All white is the definition of summer style – It’s cool, it’s fresh and it screams fashionista! I recently visited the Grand Opening of the brand new Tanger Outlets center in Columbus, Ohio and was honored to show off some of my favorite Tanger looks on Good Day Columbus! Below is one of my favorite outfits. My goal for Alexandria (one of my fabulous models) was to refresh her office look for summer in of course, all white. It can be difficult to dress for the office in the summer, with the fluctuating temperatures and busy after hours social schedules but I think I found the perfect solution.

First, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the gorgeous Alexandria. She was a beautiful girl, looking to up her work wardrobe! Now, we might not all have legs for days but lucky us, white pants give the illusion of length (insert happy dance)!

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The pants were my first find and inspiration for the entire look. They’re the Ann Cotton Blend Straight Leg Pants from Ann Taylor Factory Store and were only $89. I used my exclusive grand opening 25% OFF coupon and came in just under $70 after tax. They will last for years and can be styled with an endless combination of looks.

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I scored the next two pieces at LOFT Outlet. I was super excited about this white blouse. It’s a breezy chiffon fabric with subtle ruffles at the sleeves (stay tuned for this 2016 summer trend). This blouse works great on its own or can be worn underneath a nice tailored blazer for a more professional/conservative look. If your boss will go for it, I would try to go without the jacket – it’s so fresh! I also fell in love with this tassel necklace that tied in perfectly with the statement handbag (see below). It adds a great amount of summer color to the look, as well as a bit of texture. Ahh I wish I would have brought this one home!

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Last but not least was this STUNNING handbag from Coach. It’s blue and yellow embossed leather python perfection! It’s a convertible satchel so it can be worn on the arm like Alexandria is showing or with a longer strap over the shoulder. The print itself is busy, yes. BUT it works perfectly against an all-white backdrop. Summer love!

To finish off the look, I put Alexandria in a simple nude heal from Francesca’s. This could easily be replaced with a more conservative shoe for the office, like a closed toe pointy pump.

Are you inspired yet? Let me know how your all-white summer styling is going. Touch base via your favorite social media platform and I’ll help you out! I’m always looking out for my fellow fashionistas.

Happy Summer!

Hey guys! Last week was incredible! I was invited to attend the GRAND OPENING of the brand new Tanger Outlets in Columbus, Ohio. I knew going into it Tanger had planned a fun-filled week full of events, but I could have never imagined the crowds and the amount of excitement surrounding the 75+ retailers opening their doors.

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First things first, the center was STUNNING! We all know I love to shop, so I’ve frequented many  shopping centers. I’m telling you guys, you just can’t beat Tanger. Each one I’ve been to is laid out in a way that makes planning your trip effortless and the outdoor design is so refreshing. It’s not hard to spend all day there! They have amenities for everyone – stroller rentals, food vendors, clean bathrooms (very important) and more. I was blown away! You just can’t find these things at an ordinary shopping mall.

I arrived Wednesday to get a sneak peek at some of the INCREDIBLE retail collections and to pull looks for the Good Day Columbus morning show on Thursday. Side note – Thank you to the GDC crew for being so welcoming! I pulled multiple looks – one for work, one for a night out and a great casual summer look for men. Check out the segment below!

Friday morning started bright and early with stores opening their doors at 9AM! People were lined up throughout the center waiting to get into their favorite spots, it was crazy! The energy was great and I loved getting to speak with so many locals that had been planning their shopping trip for weeks.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony held shortly after stores opened their doors. We heard from Steve Tanger himself and of course The Property Brothers from HGTV – Jonathan and Drew Scott. Man, do these guys attract a crowd! While I’m sure all the ladies in the crowd were there to shop, they sure did want to get selfies with the guys. It was a sight to see! They hosted a super informative design workshop also – I took lots of mental notes!

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After the ceremony, it was time to shop! Ann Taylor Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic Factory Store, The LOFT Outlet, Gap Factory and more… There were more stores than my little heart (or feet) could make it to, so I’ll just have to visit again! I certainly shopped ‘til I dropped and found great summer pieces that I’ll share with you in the coming weeks.

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Bonus deal – Tanger was giving away these adorable Vera Bradley wristlets with same-day receipts totalling over $125 (which was not difficult to accomplish). I love fun giveaways like these! Also, if you look closely, they were promoting the Tanger App… A little birdie tells me that there is a BIG surprise coming to all app users on July 25th, so be sure and download it before then. I’m talking HUGE savings! Read all about the perks here.

And last but not least, my grand opening outfit! I went with this comfy off-the-shoulder denim dress from J.Crew Factory and a pair of neutral, lace-up heels from Coach (not pictured). No worries, they had a chunky heel and were super comfy, allowing me to be on my feet all day. I topped it off with the essentials, a classic gold bangle from the LOFT Outlet and my go-to sunnies from Old Navy Outlet

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I feel like I’m still recovering from all of the excitement! I can’t wait for the next Tanger event.

Fourth of July is right around the corner and you better believe the fashionistas will be out in full force! This is one of my favorite summer weekends to dress for because I get to combine summer styles in a relaxed way and my color palette is already set – red, white and blue! 

I was visiting H&M a few weeks ago and found the PERFECT look for my holiday weekend. We’ll be celebrating the 4th on the lake with friends and then will head back to clean up for a BBQ. And let me tell you, this isn’t your ordinary BBQ… everyone comes ready to impress (and of course to have a great time)! So, the pressure is on.

Luckily, I found the maxi dress below and the perfect accessories all in one stop. Check out how I styled this H&M look for under $100. I still have time to make a few adjustments, so let me know what you think!

This maxi ($25) is a cotton blend, so it gets a 10 on the comfort scale. It also has two slits up the sides, which serve two purposes in my book, 1. An added breeze on a hot summer day and 2. The perfect peek-a-boo to your summer sandals. I originally styled these with a simple t-strap sandal from Old Navy, but think I’ll rock my nude wedges to the BBQ.

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I LOVED the back detail on this dress. It has a dainty button at the top to secure the straps and the rest is left open! It adds such a nice touch. Again, here is that noteworthy accent I always tell you guys to look out for when buying “basic” pieces.

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Because it’s summer, I had to get the braided bamboo clutch ($13). I couldn’t go without one any longer. It’s the perfect size to fit my keys, a pack of gum and a few makeup (de-shine) essentials for the weekend. I’m sure I’ll rock it with a number of other summer looks to, so it was a great buy!

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I kept the accessories simple since the BBQ is outside. I have a strange thing about wearing big, bulky jewelry (especially metal pieces) in the summer when it’s hot out. Dainty is the name of my game! If you look closely on this layered necklace ($10), you’ll see two small blue gemstones that add just the right amount of shine.

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And last but not least, the complimentary gold/blue bracelets ($5). Again, simple but adds just the right touch. Oh and I almost forgot about the stunner shades. These were my bargain of the day you guys – $8 from Old Navy! I ruined my H&M from head-to-toe streak, but it’s totally worth it. They come with me everywhere.

Well, there you have it… There’s my 4th of July look. What do you think? Is there anything you would change? I’m looking forward to an eventful weekend and looking the part, of course. If you want to create this look for yourself, head to your nearest outlet center. It’s all still there and is calling your name!

Happy shopping everyone and have a safe holiday weekend. 🙂