5 Important Style Lessons I Learned From My Mom

I have the fondest memories of playtime in my mom’s closet when I was younger. From trying on her high heels to draping my little self in her scarves, playing dress-up in her closet (often without her knowledge) was the most fun. Later, as a teenager, I would repurpose some of her vintage clothing because it was always right on trend. More importantly, I watched her. And, without even knowing it, I learned 5 important style lessons from her along the way.

Mother-daughter style lessons

For details on these looks, see Like Mother, Like Daughter: Celebrating in Lilly

5 Style Lessons I Learned From My Mom

1. Embrace colors and prints. It’s no secret that I adore bright colors and bold prints. I learned to be fearless  about those style choices by watching my mom. She always encouraged me to push the envelope as it related to style as well. Now, that comes easy.

2. Buy pieces you could imagine loving forever and do just that, love them forever. I was a witness to the infinite value of timeless pieces. I now gravitate towards them myself.

3. Always pay attention to the details. From choosing the right accessories to making sure items fit impeccably well, my mother taught me that details, no matter how small, matter.

For details on these looks, see Like Mother, Like Daughter: All White Style

4. Net worth doesn’t equal net style. This lesson was so crucial that it became my blog motto. My mom showed me how to identify quality pieces at any price point. She sewed all the clothing for my dolls, so I learned about things like fabric, stitching, and silhouette very early.

5. Style can be an important connector. My mom works in the travel industry. On any given day, she encounters people from all over the world. I got to listen to stories of conversations (and even friendships) sparked simply by something someone was wearing. “Are those Kendra Scott earrings you’re wearing? ”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms!

5 Chic Outfits for Celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this weekend. Since I know you’ve already bought or made a special Mother’s Day gift (or dropped hints about what you’d like to receive from your children), we’re talking about what to wear as you honor the mothers in your life. No matter how you’re celebrating, I have 5 outfits that’ll ensure you look chic while doing it. These outfits are cool enough to wear all spring and summer, but they’re especially fitting as Mother’s Day outfits too.

Mother’s Day Outfits

1. Maxi dresses

Mother's day outfits

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2. Jumpsuits

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3. Breezy dresses in spring colors

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4. Print pants

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5. Shorts Suits

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Style Essentials for a Day at the Beach

This post is sponsored by J.Crew Factory.

Spring may have been fashionably late this year, but beach season will be here before we know it. So, let’s get ready! I’ve been rounding up some of my beach day essentials while they’re on sale at J.Crew Factory. Listen, J.Crew Factory is a go-to for swimwear in all types of colors, styles, and silhouettes. Today, I’m sharing 7 must-haves I keep ready for beach day fun.

Beach Day Essentials:

Shirt | Tee | Swimsuit | Shorts | Straw fedoraFlip-flops | Sunglasses

1. Flattering Swimsuit

I think it’s important to find swimwear that makes you feel confident. For me, that’s always a retro, super stylish one piece. While bikinis get all the love, I think one-piece suits are so much more stylish. And, there is a perfect one-piece for every body.

I was immediately drawn to this particular style (shop it in 8 different colors here) because of its colorful stripes, but the sexy scoopback detail is what eventually won me over. Don’t you just love it when you find swimsuits that accentuate the things you love about your body?

Once I put on a one-piece swimsuit I feel good in, my only concern becomes having fun in the sun.

2. Straw Hat

I always pack a straw hat when heading to the beach. It’s a fashionable solution when the humidity hits your hair. It also keeps the sun out of your face. From floppy hats to Panama hats, the style options are plentiful too. No surprise, I’m a fan of a sharp-looking fedora (shop mine here).

3. Throw-on Tee

I love pieces I can just grab to layer with and have fun styling. When I’m at the beach, that’s always a lightweight tee. This particular v-neck t-shirt is a favorite because of its slim fit. I have it in white (see me wearing it here and here). It’s available in lots of colors (shop them all here).

beach day essentials

4. Cool Shorts

Shorts are a summer staple for me. And, a lightweight, breathable pair is essential for beach days. I found the perfect color, fabric, and cut in these pom pom shorts (find them in 3 colors here).

They’re easy to slip on when you need to run inside the beach bar or restaurant because they have a drawstring waist. They also scream summer because of their linen/cotton blend.

5. Cool Cover-up

I love cover-ups as options to showcase your style when chilling by the sea. While I have a few classic cover-ups (like this and this), I also love reimagining some of my wardrobe basics as cover-ups as well. And, my tie-waist, linen white shirt serves as a fabulous cover-up.

6. Sunglasses

This one is a no-brainer. Sunnies are essentials all spring and summer long for the UV protection. If you’re going to rock a pair, it ought to protect you while packing serious style. This pair, with its stunning mirrored lenses, is seriously stylish (shop them here).

7. Slip-on shoes

When facing sand, sun, and water, flip-flops are the best choice. This particular pair (shop them here) is durable and adorable.


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Find your beach day essentials:

The Best Basket Bags and Woven Bags to Wear Now

Nothing quite says spring like a brand new straw bag. The basket bags and woven handbags trend has steadily been picking up steam for a few seasons now. The good thing about this is you can find super chic options at every price point. Whether you opt for the cult favorite CULT GAIA mini ark bag or an equally luxe option for under $20 (like this Forever 21 style), you can’t go wrong. The only wrong move would be not getting one. Here are a few top styles.

basket bags

Best Basket Bags for Spring:

1. Circle straw bag | 2. Braided straw tote | 3. Mini ark bag | 4. Straw tote

5. Circle straw crossbody | 6. Hexagonal crossbody | 7. Straw circle bag

Related: Top circle bags

How to Suit up in Shorts this Spring

Who said blazers were reserved for the office? I certainly love to add a blazer to my wear-everywhere style, even in the spring and summer. I just choose lightweight blazers (as seen here and here) this time of year. This spring, one of my favorite ways to rock a blazer is with matching shorts. Yes, the shorts suit is back. I’m thrilled because there’s something so sophisticated, sharp, and playful about shorts suits.

Leith Shorts Suit

What I’m wearing:

Blazer | Shorts | Tee

Shorts suit trend:

1. Blazer/Shorts | 2. Blouse/Shorts | 3. Blazer/Shorts | 4. Blazer/Shorts