Memorial Day Weekend Style to Welcome Summer

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. So, it’s the perfect time to flex your favorite summer styles. Today’s look combines the best warm-season trends to create perfect Memorial Day Weekend Style.

Memorial Day Weekend Style

Memorial Day Weekend Style

Off-the-shoulder top | Tie-waist shorts | Straw fedora

Colorblock bag | Colorblock sandals

Don’t want to rock red, white, and blue? Check out this alternative look for Memorial Day Weekend.

4 Must-Have Accessories for Spring

I believe in the transformative power of accessories. The right accessories can take an outfit from basic to super fly. Wearing a white tee and jeans? Throw on a fun pair of hoop earrings and a standout pair of sunnies and watch them take the look to stylish heights. Here are four key categories of accessories that I’ll be relying on to add a little flavor to my spring style.

Small Handbags

Spring Accessories

Braided canvas crossbody bagYellow crossbody bag | Colorblock bag

Sunglasses

Ivory tortoise sunglasses | Grey tortoise sunglasses

Green sunglasses | Crystal sunglasses

Fun Hoop Earrings

Hoops with chain

Open circle frontal hoops | Tortoise hoops

Tortoise hoop drop earrings | Grid hoops

Hats

Panama hat | Packable straw hat | Light grey straw hat

Want more? Imagine how much fun you could have with these spring sandals.

What’s in My Bag: Spring 2017 Small Crossbody

I’m so fascinated by What’s in My Bag posts. I think deeply about how I organize my own bags, so that might be the reason I always want to see how other do theirs. Over the last year, I went from being a bag lady, carrying large totes filled with essentials, to now carrying fairly small bags. How did I make the transition? I downsized my essentials. Here’s how I’ve been packing my Coach Dinky crossbody bag.

Coach Dinky Small Crossbody Bag

What’s in my small crossbody bag:

 Leather card case | Business card case | myCharge Style Power c/o | Keys (not shown) | Phone

Project 7 gum | Shea Moisture lip balm | Lotion | Tissue

The big challenge to packing this small crossbody was my wallet. It occupied too much space. I’d been searching for a smaller wallet with no luck. So, I eventually decided to start using a card case instead, and I found the perfect one on Amazon for under $15. My hot pink leather card case comes in several fun colors and a few neutrals . It has 6 card slots and a center slot for cash or anything else. The slots securely hold my cards, but not so tightly that they’re a pain to get out when needed.

I rely on my iPhone 7 all day long, from checking emails to engaging on social media. And, those apps drain the battery so quickly. So, I like to have a portable charger with me just in case I don’t have access to an outlet. I have a Mophie, which I love, but needed something more compact for my smaller bags. The myCharge Style Power was the answer! It’s super stylish too.

So, what’s in your small bag?

When in Doubt: Shoes, Handbags, and Jewelry

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! I wish you a day filled with love today and always. In lieu of fresh flowers (that I don’t particularly like) and chocolates (that I usually can’t eat), I’m sharing a few new spring arrivals that have totally caught my eye. From statement earrings to standout sandals to take-everywhere bags, here are a few new faves.

Happy Valentine's Day

 Meringue drop earringsSwinging drop earrings

Geometric print sandals

Stripe backpack | Red crossbody bag

 Tassel wrap suede sandals | Beaded earrings | Metallic loafers

The Button-Up That’ll Take you From Desk to Date

If you’ve been loving the look of the off-the-shoulder button-up, this Pleione shirt is for you. No DIY needed. The shirt, available in two stripe options and a solid black, combines a traditional front button closure with a trendy off-the-shoulder neckline. And, the combination is magical.

Off-the-shoulder button-up

Stripe off-the-shoulder top | Skirt (old, optionoption) | Pumps (on sale)

Bag c/0 | Earrings | Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick

I got the off-the-shoulder shirt in black/white stripes. And, let me tell you, this shirt is so versatile. I’m wearing it today with the top two buttons undone for a deeper drape that’s perfect for date night. When all the buttons are fastened, however, the top sits perfectly off the shoulders. It can even be worn higher on the shoulders to create the look of a boatneck top that’s appropriate for the office.

In today’s featured look, I’m wearing the shirt tucked into a full skirt. Since the top has a longer length, I plan to also wear it with leggings and other skinny pants. It’ll be perfect with my go-to black leggings, dark rinse jeans, and colorful skinnies.

Location: Magnolia Hotel St. Louis