23, 07, 2016

Pool Partying with St Bernard

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With this heat, a bikini and cover up is really all you need.

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& OK maybe a sunhat, sunblock, a beach towel, bag, sunglasses and pool floats

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…oh and your favorite babes and a pool.

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 & besides those last two, you can grab everything at St. Bernard Sports.

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Can you say pool party?

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St Bernard has long been a favorite shop of mine when it comes to sportswear, with their expansive selection it’s impossible to not find something you can’t live without. There are swimsuits at every price point and the selection of “little extras” to complete the party were unbelievable; I’m talking little drink holder floats, pool party themed coasters, beach bags for every style and some of the cutest beach towels I’ve seen in some time! I love this one & this one is a close second! I grabbed this cuter than cute, halter styled bikini that actually wraps around again but I decided to style it with the basic tie this time. A black bikini is timeless and perfect for mixing and matching so I knew ahead of time that I wanted to go in that direction but that doesn’t mean I didn’t try on this suit, this one and even this one piece (bad quality mirror pic below) that I seriously almost got instead and even attempted to exchange for but it was already sold out in the store. Proof that if you snooze you lose (or have to wait and order it online and then have two new suits).

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St Bernard Sports is one stop shopping for more than just pool parties; I got sidetracked while in the store and found myself eyeing a yeti cooler and even a yoga mat (though I already have one that gets little use).

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Wearing

Kaftan: Seafolly Gilly Island c/o St Bernard
Bikini: L-Space Lizzie Wrap top, L-Space Low Down Bottom c/o St Bernard
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning c/o Ditto
Floats: PegasusFlamingo
Necklace: Layering Necklace c/o Ameliorez

Xx Sylvia

*Thank you to St Bernard for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

& thanks to By, Hilary Rose and Hey Kailey Mae for partying at the pool with me, be sure to check out their blogs!

All photos: Carlos Barron Photography



18, 07, 2016

#NSale Picks

If you don’t take advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to stock up on all of your Fall must haves then you’re just doing it wrong! The main things I look for during the sale are: Outerwear, Shoes-closed toes and especially boots, beauty products, denim and great layering options.

Ghillie Flats are still a hot item and with cooler temps right around the corner you’re going to want closed toe options. These are $30 off ($59)  and come in 5 different colors or snake print (the metallic and snake print are starting to sell out in sizes already) and you can start wearing them right away! Boots are an essential and all last season I was kicking myself for not scooping up an over the knee style during the Anniversary Sale, not this year though. I really love these, for only $100 this is one of the best deals I’ve come across regarding boots, they’re still stocked in most sizes and come in 3 colors. I’m also on a huge oxford thing right now, I’m in love with these little metallic cuties here.

I’ve wanted a Burberry quilted jacket forever and this one is hands down the cutest I’ve ever seen. The military inspired fishtail back and exaggerated shoulder flaps give this classic coat a trendy edge. I want it in dark olive and black and this may be the time to finally make the investment because they are currently $300 off!! I’m also really obsessing over this double breasted peacoat by Thread & Supply at under $50 it’s really a must! Below are some of the other coats and jackets I’m keeping in my cart.

This structured tote is sooo cute and comes in cedar or black. This drawstring tote is a great alternative to the typical drawstring bucket bags and comes in 4 colors including a cognac that is perfect for any UT Longhorn fan! I also really like this crossbody bag.

Finally, I like to grab a few things to wear now that I can layer later as the weather changes like light tunics, blouses and even dresses. This simple black and white tank for example is perfect for layering, or this twist front blouse and a utility vest is always a must if you haven’t added one to your arsenal yet. This is just my first run at the Anniversary Sale, stay tuned!

 

Shop the faves:

Xx Sylvia



13, 07, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Fixin to Thrill: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off tomorrow; early access for card holders until the 21st, then open to the public from July 22nd-August 7th. This is THE SALE OF THE YEAR-every year. It’s the prime time to stock up on your favorite beauty products, grab new outerwear or a great designer handbag at a fraction of the price and these aren’t last season’s “nobody bought me’s”, these are the latest designs and best styles that top designers have to offer for the upcoming season.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that this sale is only thru August 7th- you don’t want to miss this so mark your calendars!  After August 7th all of the items will go back to they’re regularly marked prices for the season. I’ll be sharing my top picks from the sale throughout the next couple weeks as well as great ways to wear my faves now and throughout the cooler months. You’re going to be seeing “#Nsale” everywhere over the next few weeks alerting you to related items from the sale. This is a great time too to sign up for LIKE TO KNOW IT, which you can do here. If you’re still unfamiliar with “Liketkit” it’s really simple, you just sign up and then when you like photos on Instagram featuring this  “#liketkit” hashtag and link you’ll receive ready to shop emails containing the exact (or similar) products to the ones being worn straight to your inbox. I even set up a separate folder within my inbox just for my Liketkit emails so that I have them all in one spot for easy shopping later!

Fixin to Thrill: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Wearing

Top: Shein
Shorts: Abercrombie, similar here from Pacsun or here from Shopbop
Hat: Nordstrom
Bag: Zara, similar
Sunglasses: Nordstrom
Choker: Shein Under $5!!

Happy Shopping Dolls
Xx Sylvia



12, 07, 2016

Why Every Woman Needs a Red Dress

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There’s something so va-va-voom about a red dress.

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& luckily it’s a color that looks great on basically every skin tone. I’m especially loving it since getting a little bit of a tan, it only took getting a pretty bad burn first. I wouldn’t recommend getting color my way but I will enjoy it while it lasts. As a matter of fact, I think I may have to pick back up on my sunless tanning to keep this glow a little longer. What are some of your favorite products for at home tanning? In the past I’ve used St. Tropez (this one & this one) and Jergens Natural Glow, each of which were gradual at building color and did zero to little staining to my palms. FTT-RED-WRAP-MIDI-DRESS-SUMMER-STYLE-8

I picked this dress up to wear over the 4th of July holiday weekend and now I’m wondering how I went so long without having a red dress in my wardrobe, without having much red anything. It’s actually really sad, my closet is color coordinated and the red section had no more than 6 items-the only thing I had less of was orange. I’m now on a mission to change that.   FTT-RED-WRAP-MIDI-DRESS-SUMMER-STYLE-5

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Red draws the eye; it’s bold, it’s fierce and it’s contagious.
Wearing this dress was an instant boost of confidence, red dresses always are. I especially loved this ladylike silhouette, wrap dresses are always flattering. Perfect color, perfect cut, 2 for 2, because red is such an eye catching color I didn’t want anything too revealing or showy so keeping it at a midi length was the solution to mixing demure with fun and flirty.

Check out these red gems:

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 If you’re going for a dress in a bold color or pattern make sure you pick something in a cut you absolutely love, everyone’s eyes will be on you-you’re going to want to feel as confident as possible.

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Wearing

Dress: BCBGeneration 
Sandals: Similar
Belt: Amazon
Sunglasses: Nordstrom
Bag: thrifted, similar

Xx Sylvia



07, 07, 2016

8 Summer Essentials

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It’s easy to start counting down the days of Summer once July 4th comes and goes. At least I know I tend to start planning (or planning to plan if I’m completely honest) for fall which is CRAZY, kind of. I mean the first day of Summer was only June 20th, that was just a few weeks ago and we still have a solid couple of months of scorching temps. Hell, we just had our first three digit day of the Summer. That being said, I decided to share my Summer must haves.

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A hat– or multiple if you’re like me. Whether you’re laying out, dressing up or just tired of your sunglasses sliding down your sweaty face a hat is and should be your go-to item. Floppy, boater, wide brim or panama, chose your favorite and stock up. This Callanan Panama hat of mine is perfection, it literally flew off of my head and into the water just moments after finishing this photoshoot and I swear I thought it was a goner but nope, I set it on my dining table and it dried right back to its original shape. Hat’s this perfect are hard to come by.

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Sunglasses– This is a given, there would be no getting through the sunny summertime without at least one pair of shades at your disposal. I picked up these blue mirrored aviators a few weeks back and have been wearing them nonstop since then. The shape fits my face well and the blue/green color detail screams summer to me.

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Denim– After years of believing this meant only in cutoff form I have a renewed sense of thinking and have been reaching for denim dresses all Spring and Summer. This has been a Summer filled with denim dress try ons, moreso than ever before. I thrifted this white denim dress but found a couple very similar dupes here and here for you guys, oh and I love this pinafore dress too.

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Slides– Easy on, easy off shoes are EVERYTHING especially poolside. I bought my huarache slides last year (not slides but so similar) and have never stopped wearing them. Having them in this cognac color makes them feel so classic and easy to pair with a lot of different things.

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Linen– A stark contrast to the heavier material mentioned before, linen is the lightweight material to reach for on those three digit days. So breathable, moveable and barely there I was even able to swing wearing this jacket in the middle of the day.

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Crossbody Bags– If you’re anything like me then the last thing you want to do on a hot, humid day is be lugging around an extra 10 pounds, switching from arm to arm repeatedly. Cross body bags are life during the hotter months, barely there and hands free, you don’t have to worry about getting those unsightly red marks on your forearms or force your boyfriend to hold you bag. Plus if you’re a festival goer then you already know the importance of keeping those arms free to rage.

Check out some of these crossbody cuties:

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Skin Care- Sun block is so important you guys, even if you are one of the lucky ones who never burns, think of your future self; you don’t want wrinkles or sun spotted skin later. I love using self tanning products for my face like and I go straight for the high SPF for all over

Hair Care- Your hair also needs a sun block especially if you’re an avid colorer, try using a product like this Paul Mitchell Sun Shield. I’m also a huge dry shampoo advocate, washing my hair daily just isn’t realistic; my hair is coarse and super thick. My two favorites are Amika and Batiste which has a little bit of color added how great is that for us darker haired girls?

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Wearing

Jacket: BB Dakota c/o LURE
Dress: Thrifted, similar
Hat: c/o Callanan
Slides: Forever 21, similar
Crossbody: old, similar
Sunnies: Nordstrom
Ring: c/o Pink and Silver Fashion

Xx Sylvia



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