summer

Island Time

[Photography by Gen Street Style]

LINEN TEE, PANTS, SANDALS, NECKLACE, EARRINGS, RINGSSUNNIES, CLUTCH: (c/o) Ann Taylor

Wow. It’s been a hot (literally) second. #hellosummer

I can’t believe my last outfit entry on the blog was like nearly two weeks ago. That’s unheard of for me! But between traveling, shooting (so many great looks on the way!) and casually swimming with STINGRAYS AND NURSE SHARKS (say what?), I’ve barely found time to sleep much less carve out a moment to write. So here we go.

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Summer-Style

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

CROP TOP: (c/o) Shopbop – more options here/PANTS, HAT: (c/o) Ann Taylor/SANDALS: (c/o) Banana Republic/EARRINGS: J.Crew/BAG: Zara – more options here

Is it hot in South Florida or what?! Sometimes, when it’s this hot outside, all I want to wear is a cotton t-shirt with cutoff shorts. But since that’s not always an option (think: lunch dates), I decided to feature this look – which, in my opinion, is a slight step up to a causal summer-style look.

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Wearing White  

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, SANDALS, SILK SCARF: (c/o) Banana Republic

I’ve always lived in the south. I spent my childhood + teenage years in Houston, Texas. Then in South Florida where I danced ballet, went to college, worked, started my blog and so on. Both environments are pretty laid back with fashion rules – i.e. “the rule of wearing white.” Maybe it’s because warmer climates tend to have more leeway when it comes to white. Or maybe it’s that times have changed and there aren’t really any rules in fashion – it’s more about your style. [besides, rules are meant to be broken. If only you knew what we did to get these photos. But let’s save that for another story…]

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Lightweight Faves

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[Chelsae Anne | Photography] 

TANK: Saks Fifth Avenue/SHORTS: Saks Fifth Avenue/SANDALS: (old) – SIMILAR/NECKLACE: (c/o) ILY Couture/SUNNIES: (old) HERE and HERE

I recently discovered this Los Angeles-based brand, Bella Dahl, while shopping in the contemporary department at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton a couple of weeks ago. Known for their ultra-soft essentials that pull influences from the laid-back, So-Cal lifestyle, Bella Dahl has become one of my latest faves. <3

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Yellow & Red

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Blouse: (c/o) RACHEL by Rachel Roy via Macy’s $55 – on sale now here!/Shorts: TJ Maxx $8/Sandals: Nine West $39.99 – get them here!/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $38/Necklace: Francesca’s Collection $28/Bangles: Forever 21 $10.80/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.95

I made it my mission this summer to invest wisely in pieces that will easily carry me over into the fall. This way, I’d maximize my wardrobe to the absolute fullest.

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L’Occitane’s Verbena Collection

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[c/o L’Occitane en Provence]

As much as I love soaking up the sun, going on vacation, breezy sundresses and longer evenings at the beach, the heat and humidity can be too much and wreck complete havoc on my daily beauty routine. During the summer, I always find myself questioning which lotion I should use, how to keep my skin refreshed, which perfume is delicate enough for daytime wear, and so on – because the last thing I want to do is attempt perfection when I know everything will melt away as the hot day drags on.

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Day break

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 [Rainy Sun Design]

Top: (c/o) Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx $59.99/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Wedges: (c/o) Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx $39.99/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Bracelet: Charming Charlie $15/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $4.98

Looking to liven up a summer wardrobe without spending a fortune? Consider investing in a couple accessories to help you get started.

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Pajama Party

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Top: H&M $5.95/Pants: (c/o) TJ Maxx $16.99/Sandals: Steve Madden (old)/Clutch: (c/0) TJ Maxx $29.99/Necklace: (c/o) TJ Maxx $19.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

Typically made with lightweight fabrics, pajama pants are meant to be breezy and fun, and easy to wear on sticky summer nights. In my opinion, this style works best when the pants are printed and have an elastic waistband with an easy fit.

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Go Short

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Blazer: H&M $34.95/Top: TJ Maxx $39.99 (c/o)/Shorts: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Purse: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Heels: Nine West $79/Necklace: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Earrings: Charming Charlie $15

These fun shorts are cut from a washed-out fabric that have a bit of stretch so they are super comfy and easy to wear. They sit high on the waist and softly flare out for a loose fit through the legs. I wore them with a lightweight knit top and sleek blazer, but you can wear them with pretty much anything – like a linen blouse and espadrilles for a casual look.

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