IMG_6341Embroidered Top – Lucky Brand; Lace Trimmed Shorts – Loft; Sandals – Red Valentino similar here; Panama Hat – J. Crew; Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs

You may have noticed a diminishing amount of posts in the personal style category posted here over the last few months. It’s a mixed bag of reasons why, but much of it has to do with a small varied wardrobe of workout clothes and denim cutoffs, and a growing feeling of uneasiness in front of the camera. I was also feeling weird with my age-old motto of “look good, feel good” because over the course of the past year, that sentiment has drastically changed for me personally, and the message I wish to send here.IMG_6356While I’ll always stand by the sentiment that taking a few extra moments to freshen yourself up for the day has tremendous power in lifting a mood, I now more than ever feel that the looking good portion is a small fraction of the feel good equation. Instead, I now see it more as the icing on the cake. This past weekend, I put on some makeup and got a bit more dressed up not once, but twice, and stopped to take photos when out and about, so you’ll actually see a couple of outfit posts this month. Aren’t you guys just so lucky ha!?!IMG_6359Our weekend after the fourth was spent mainly outside by the pool, being together just the 5 of us. We went to dinner Saturday night, and then celebrated a friend’s birthday on Sunday. How was your long weekend? Hoping it was relaxing and fun, and that you had a chance to escape the heat and cool off a bit. IMG_6371 IMG_6373 IMG_6383 IMG_6385

  • Your outfit is just gorgeous – I really love that top. I don’t do lots of outfit posts, prefer to mix it up with some celeb and high street fashion too.

  • This is such a sweet look! The blouse is just the right pop of color, and the styling looks effortless. I’ve been wanting the Panama hat and came close to buying it due to this killer J.Crew sale (like %20 bucks!), but it didn’t seem to look as good on me as it does all you blogging beauties 😉

    Ele

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  • I really like this fresh look, the blue is fab on you! As for blog pictures, I’m kind of at the place wear I now don’t feel like every cute outfit needs to be photographed. I can just wear and like my clothes, and that’s nice.

  • Such an easy breezy summer look! Love your bow sandals!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

  • That top is amazing! I love the tassel detail.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • The tassels on that top are so fun! This is a great look for the 4th, easy and stylish!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

  • Hey there! How are you? I love the blog layout and of course you are looking great as always. It’s been a while since I stopped by and I just wanted to say hello. Hope all is well on your end?

  • Blue and white such a wonderful combo. I want a fedora, just haven’t found the right one.

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  • Oh my gosh, what a fun top!!! Love love love it! This look is just perfect for summer! You look gorgeous.

    xo

  • This is such a crisp and cute summer outfit! Love the blue and white.

  • To me this blue is cornflower blue which is stunning on warm skin that can take a bright colour. Love the white tassely bits that make it look so unique. The look is very nautical!

  • I love that top! I love the detailing!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

  • Such a fun summer look!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

  • very cute! I just got a fedora from J Crew at a consignment shop for 6 bucks! So excited about it but feel like a goof in hats! Looks great on you!
    Brooke
    onprairiehill.blogspot.com

  • FAB effortless summer look! I LOVE the pic by the baad mood sign!!!