6 Exciting Discoveries Halfway Through the Year

Well, we’re 6 months into 2018, and I’ve been plying away as usual. I figured I’d take a pause for a minute and reflect on 6 exciting discoveries or new activities I’ve made so far.

1. Bike-sharing

Bike-sharing finally rolled into St. Louis in April this year. I quickly became a fan of Lime Bike because I enjoy the freedom to ride a bike whenever I want without the commitment of owning one.

exciting discoveries

2. Co-working spaces

I’ve been curious about co-working spaces because I sometimes miss the community of an office space. Exploring Spaces (see more here) was a great experience. It’s good to know I have access to that kind of community at will.

3. Recommitment to color

Spring 2018 has reignited my love of color and vibrant prints. Yass! See my brightest favorites here.

4. The power of DNA

I gained important insights about my skin when I did a DNA skin care analysis last year (more on that here). When I learned, then, about a DNA healthy weight analysis, I got in on that too.

5. Minimal fine jewelry

Since cutting my hair last year, I’ve been slowly phasing out statement jewelry from my collection. Shocking, right? I’ve been replacing those pieces with minimal fine jewelry that stands out in its own way. See my current favorites and where to get them here.

6. The joys of phototoshoots with mom

A couple years ago, I needed a photograph of my mom and me. I was disappointed that I didn’t have a recent one. So, every time I travel home, I plan to take photos of and with my mom. See our last shoot here, then read the important style lessons I learned from my mom here.

What exciting discoveries have you made during the first half of 2018?

Crayola Brights: The Bold Colors You Need this Summer

Move over, pastels! Bold, bright, primary hues are dominating spring and summer trends this year. Yellow, orange, cobalt , fuchsia, all our favorites from a box of crayons are taking center stage. Wardrobe needs a dose of fresh color? Look no further. I’m sharing my favorite Crayola brights as well as some essentials to create your own Crayola chic. Cheers to living that colorful life, my friend!

Crayola Brights

Looks Featured in the Graphic:

Orange halter dress (shop dress here) | Yellow shorts suit | Red swirl dress

Cobalt blouse | Fuchisa OTS dress

Shop Crayola Brights:

A Sophisticated Way to Rock Gingham This Summer

Banana Republic sure knows how to do a gingham print right. Remember my gingham print dress? If you love that pattern but missed the chance to get the dress, today’s featured gingham pants are for you. This particular ankle-fit style is classic and sophisticated with a beautiful tailored fit.

I’m a huge fan of this gingham print because its bold, but its color palette makes it easy to style. The navy hues seriously go with everything. To demonstrate what I mean, I’m styling a mixed-print look anchored by the gingham pants in today’s post.

gingham pants

Top | Pants | Bag | Earrings | Shoes

Style Essentials to Rock at this Year’s Summer Festivals

One of the things I enjoy about St. Louis summers are the outdoor festivals. Many of them are free and right in my neighborhood. I simply pack a basket, put on my festival style essentials, and head out the door. Are you getting into festival season in your area too? I got you. Today’s post rounds up some items that hold down my summer festival style. From carryall totes to breezy tops, I think you’re going to like ’em too.

festival style essentials

Summer Festival Style Essentials:

Breezy tops

Breathable bottoms

Summer hats

Carryall totes

Picnic blankets

Slip-on sandals

Sunnies

For more festival essentials, see here and here.

Make Every Step Colorful in these Summer Sandals

It’s time to schedule your pedicure because sandal season is here! Today’s post shares some of the best, affordable, bright options on the market. When you rock these colorful summer sandals, every step will feel like you’re walking on a rainbow.

I’ve personally been online stalking those blue satin slides. I gasp every time I look at them. Since they’re 40% off today, I might just have to slip my feet into them as well. See all the featured styles below.

Colorful summer sandals

Shop colorful summer sandals:

Blue satin sandals | Ruffle strap heels

Green block heel | Pink punch sandals

Yellow sandals | Lavender block heel

Fuchsia 3-strap sandals | Red kitten heels

Now that you have the shoes, be sure to check out the dresses and jumpsuits you’re going to be wearing with them.