Colorblocking: Laid-Back Summer Style

A reader asked me recently to share one of my more laid-back outfits. Today, I do just that. I have a few uniforms that I can throw together quickly for a run to my neighborhood Target, a stop by my favorite corner restaurant for takeout, or an afternoon visit to Starbucks. That ensemble is always relaxed.

Tee—Banana Republic (under $10 in-store)

Shorts—J.Crew (old) | similar

Sandals—J.Crew | additional colors (all on sale)

Bag—Kate Spade Saturday | option

Earrings—℅ Kendra Scott

Bangle—℅ Kendra Scott


Lip—Mac “Flat out Fabulous” lipstickMac “Heroine” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

A drapey tee. Crepe shorts. Slide sandals. These are staples in my laid-back style because they’re comfortable and versatile. In this outfit, I blend my favorite bold hues—orange, purple, and pink—for a fun, colorblocked spin on casual. 

I never leave home without earrings. Never. I often reach for a pair of my Kendra Scott earrings because each pair I own is a standout that I can wear alone or with other pieces. The Kendra Scott Francie earrings (in pink agate) are crucial in today’s look. They add a beautiful pop and an important additional block of color.

I have my hair pulled back using a Puff Cuff (the JR. size), a clamp designed for thick, curly hair. My girl, Haley at Derby City Naturals, introduced me to the product. I love it because it securely holds my kinky hair in place without pulling at the edges. The clamp is such a relief from my usual banana clips and Goody hair bands. If your puffs and ponytails give you headaches, check out the Puff Cuff.


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  1. August 5, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    How did you get your ponytail like that? Are you using one or 2 puff cuffs? I will more than likely purchase.

    • August 5, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Hey Nylse! I'm wearing one Puff Cuff JR. I created two rolls with the loose hair at the back and pinned them in place. Let me know if you get a Puff Cuff. I think I'm definitely going to get another one–the original, larger one.

  2. Nerd Girl
    August 6, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    You look stunning! And thank you for the info re: the Puff Cuff. Never heard of it, but I'm going to buy one for my daughter right now!!

    • August 7, 2015 / 11:32 am

      Aww thanks! You're going to love the Puff Cuff for your daughter. It comes in a few sizes now, and two of the sizes are perfect for children.