I always look forward to date night with my husband! Since we are both busy balancing careers and family life, we have to make a specific effort to carve out time to go on dates. Just because we are married does not mean that the dating has to stop! These nights out together are a very important ritual for us, and I love the chance to get all dressed up for our night out.
I always like to pick an outfit that makes me feel feminine, confident and flirty when I go out for a night on the town with my husband. Whether date night is a casual or fancy, I still like to make an occasion out of it and wear something special. I love this Leopard Wrap Dress by Bardot that I am wearing above. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I had to wear it for my next date night. The material is light and perfect for warm summer nights, and the wrap detail provides a gorgeous and feminine silhouette!
Below are some of my other favorite date night looks. A nice dress is an obvious (and good) choice for a summer date — But this time of year, I especially love taking advantage of the season, and wearing a white dress. I also love the look of pairing a brightly colored blouse with simple jeans or pants and a pair of heels for a more casual look. Finally, doing something a little different and pairing a statement skirt with a simple blouse or top makes for a gorgeous date night outfit!
This past weekend I was at BottleRock Napa Valley, and had such an awesome time! Many of you guys reached out to me on social media to ask about the outfits I was wearing, and so I decided I had to share with you all my favorite look from the festival!
I loved this outfit so much because it checked all of my festival fashion boxes: The top was playful and fun, the shorts were super comfortable, and the hat added that extra little something to tie the whole look together.
Whenever you go to any kind of all-day summer festival, you want to look fashionable, but you also want to make sure your outfit is practical. You will most likely be spending a lot of hours on your feet, and the last thing you want is to be fussing with your clothing. The first thing I do when picking out a festival outfit is make sure that my shorts and shoes are items that I have worn before, and I know won’t become uncomfortable as the day goes on. I also always bring along a pair of jeans in case the weather is a little chilly — wearing layers is key at festivals.
Where I really like to have fun with festival fashion is with my top! I’m really into the dramatic sleeve trend that is happening this season. I love trying different sleeve and silhouette styles because they are an easy way to transform your look from basic to trendy without sacrificing comfort. Whether you try a puff sleeve or a bell sleeve, or go with a cut out or off the shoulder blouse – there are a ton of playful ways to wear this trend.
Finally, to tie the whole look together, I suggest adding to your outfit one bold accessory. Try a hat, a choker necklace or a pair of statement earrings that will complete your look, without being too over-the-top.
Here are a few more of my favorite summer festival-inspired pieces:
I am having a serious fashion moment with print dresses this spring! Never one to shy away from color, I love a dress that is a little more bold and interesting. Wearing patterns is also great for me because then I don’t feel like I worry too much about accessorizing, or going overboard with my hair and makeup — I let the outfit make the statement instead!
The dress I am wearing in these images is from ASOS, and I fell in love with it once I put it on! I really like that it has a nice tailored fit, and that the open back adds just enough playfulness to the look! I paired it with bright and bold shoes, but I think that the outfit would still be fabulous with a nude heel, a wedge heel or even sandals. This is a dress that I can easily take from day to night, and be comfortable in all day long!
Have a look at some of my other favorite print dresses for spring:
For my latest style guide, I’ve made a special edition Wear It post in honor of the winter coat. Winter coats can be spendy, and like a good pair of boots, they aren’t something you just toss after the season is over. When it comes to investment pieces, I choose timeless styles over trends — that way, you get the most bang for your buck and can wear it for winters to come. These 8 classic styles never go out of fashion, in my opinion…
From the military jacket (or any type of army-green coat) to wool wrap coats and everything in between, these types of jackets keep you warm and toasty without giving you that stale “I wear the same thing everyday” feeling during frigid winter months. That’s why when shopping for a winter coat I like to see how it looks open as well as fully closed. No one wants to feel trapped within those zippers and buttons, and it’s nice to have some versatility.
Need a classic coat you can wear again but still want to make a statement? Think of colors and accents you know you’ll gravitate toward year after year. Even a basic rain coat can be beautified with a cute color or patterned lining. And one last tip: don’t forget to opt for a style you know flatters your figure. If you drown in long coats or conversely don’t like where those chunky wool ties hit you in a wrap coat, chances are you won’t when the next season rolls around either! Don’t invest in something you don’t truly love.
Which coat is your fave? Or, do you already have a staple this winter? Be sure to pin this image to your style board for next time you need inspiration!
It’s officially October, and now that we’re out of that crazy heat wave, we can finally prepare for fall. As tempting as investing in a whole new wardrobe this time of year can be, there’s actually so many ways you can mix and match outfits for fall—as long as you have a few staples. Be sure to pin my chart below so you have it handy when shopping this season…
Shirt dress. Tunics and dresses are great for fall layering and a shirt dress is the best of bold worlds. If the right length, you can wear it as a dress with booties or knee-highs on warm early fall days (a must in California) and pair with the leggings or dark jeans above when the temps drop.
Basic sweater. It’s not autumn without a cozy fall sweaters. If it’s chilly where you live, you probably have a variety to choose from, but it’s nice to have a super simple sweater that goes with anything. Sweaters like the above can be worn year-round too, so they’re always a good investment.
Vest. Winter may call for heavy coats but fall is notorious for unpredictability. A nice vest will keep you from going too overboard on chilly mornings and once again – perfect for layering.
Rain coat. Fall weather may not have completely hit yet but it’s always good to be prepared (especially when running around with little ones at your side). Get a rain coat that’s actually comfortable and appropriate for an average day in your city (not too thick or thin etc.).
Poncho or shawl. I love ponchos because they’re the chicest way to wear your comfiest, most casual clothes out on the town! If it doesn’t feel dressy enough for your event, pair yours with heeled boots and chunky jewelry.
Button up. A simple button up shirt or blouse is a must for proper layering. You’ll be able to sport it under a vest, poncho, jacket, or even just tuck it into a cute fall skirt when it’s not too cold. Go for a neutral so it doesn’t compete with your statement pieces and you’re good to go!
Tote bag. I know we’ve covered the best fall bags in my other post, but a versatile tote (in a romantic color like marsala preferably!) isn’t just practical, which I’m all about, it gives any outfit a bit of elegance.
Circle scarves. All you fall fashionistas know you’ve gotta have that circle scarf for easy layering.
Dark denim.Dark denim and skinny jeans are another staple. Fall and winter are when you pay more attention to footwear so get a pair that goes with your fave boots.
Leggings. Anyone else out there put comfort first? With the appropriate top and shoes (the vest and shirt dress above will do the trick), you can get away with leggings this time of year. Just make sure they’re thick and durable – trust me, it’s worth the extra few dollars.
Booties. Need I say more? This might be your best investment for fall, and if you’re walking around in the elements frequently, investing in a pair of booties that will last all season (or hopefully much longer) should be high on the priority list.
Once you have these staples, you only need a couple other pieces – a felt hat, a little bling, and another sweater or two comes to mind – to round out your closet all season long.
Now that it’s August, it’s time to start transitioning to fall with fashion. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to replace your wardrobe with sweaters and rain boots, but it does give you the chance to try some new accessories that channel the cooler weather ahead! Speaking of, here are the best bags for fall…
Totes. Fall is the time to go big with accessories – with layers to wear and unpredictable weather to deal with, you want something that will carry everything you need on those days stopping by the house isn’t possible. Enter, the tote! Use it for lugging your fall beauty essentials, carrying a good book or even stashing baby necessities… It all fits in here. Isn’t that first one stunning?
Satchels. Satchels can be as roomy as totes, but often they’re a bit more robust: with pockets, zips pouches, and a few different handling options, satchels can make more of a bold statement, so it’s really all about the style you prefer.
Crossbody Bags. A good crossbody is essential for on the go (#momlife) use because you can carry JUST what you need and toss it to the side of you. But for those of you that just can’t commit to a small bag, Madewell has a crossbody that’s like a tote but more functional.
Each season brings with it events that require different bags for different occasions, you might want to go with with one larger bag and a smaller size too. In that case, my tip is to invest in the one you’ll use the most, and look for a deal when it comes to the one that will have occasional use – you won’t be as reliant on it and can get away with a cheaper version.
Is there a back-to-school shopping list for grownups? Lol. Let me know which bag is your fave!