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August 29, 2016

Peace out LA

T-1 day until I hop on a plane to Europe!! YOU GUYS... I can't even contain my excitement, although at this moment I'm more like a crazed person trying to get everything ready before I leave.  It's been a minute since I've traveled outside of the US on anything but a ship (we are a big cruising family!) and I totally forgot everything that goes in to planning a multi-destination trip. Lots of fun (and informative) travel posts coming your way, including how I managed to pack a carry-on for 15 days ... yass!

One of the outfits coming with me is this gold 'ol denim cut-offs and white blouse look:

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casual denim shorts and white tee outfit
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ysl blogger bag, casual denim shorts and white tee outfit
ysl blogger bag, casual denim shorts and white tee outfit
ysl blogger bag, how to wear, casual denim shorts and white tee outfit
{zara top (similar) // lovers + friends jack high-rise denim shorts // krewe sunglasses // ysl blogger bag // dolce vita sandals}

Oh, did you see my new bag? OBSESSED! It's pretty tiny but beyond perfect for every day wear. My motto: if I'm going to spend all the monies on a designer bag then I better wear the crap out of it. (ie: Chloe)

Well guys, I'll see you on the other side. Follow the adventure on IG and Snapchat (pursuitofshoes). If you have any tips for Croatia (my second stop) please share!! 










August 22, 2016

Why Kim K Gets It

Whether you love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian can rock a cotton midi dress. And you know what? She's on to something because they are comfy AF. I've been all about James Perse cotton dresses for years now (proof!) and I'm pretty pumped that the style is having a moment.

I bought this version at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in two colors and have been wearing them non-stop. Honestly, it's the best day-to-night dress.

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how to wear cotton midi dress, kim kardashian style, james perse dress
how to wear cotton midi dress, kim kardashian style, james perse dress
how to wear cotton midi dress, kim kardashian style, james perse dress
how to wear cotton midi dress, kim kardashian style, james perse dress

There are PLENTY of places (including F21) to find cotton midi dresses, but let me make a case for James Perse. The fabric is insanely soft and very good quality; they won't shrink or stretch (I've had this one since 2014!) I think of his dresses as closet staples that I can grab for any and every occasion which is why I don't mind paying the JP price. Additionally, most of JP's dresses have the ruching around the waist area that is ultra flattering but doesn't look cheap. They're great for travel, running errands, date night, beach days... ALL. THE. THINGS. Both Natalie and I brought two of them to Vegas this weekend! 

{pursuing cotton midis}




August 15, 2016

Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves

As much as it pains me to even talk about the end of this beautiful season we're in (I love you summer!), it's about that time to think about transitioning in to fall! This time of year is always so hard for me in the fashion department. It's too hot to wear sweaters and denim, but feels weird to be in cut-offs and a t-shirt. It leaves me questioning my style and opting for t-shirt dresses until it's safe to bring out the fall-weather ensembles. 

That being said, there are 3 items items I can count on to help me transition through the next few months: a grey cotton dress, denim jacket, and black booties!

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{pursuing this look}



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fall staples, nordstrom, how to wear denim jacket, how to wear booties with dresses
fall staples, nordstrom, how to wear denim jacket, how to wear booties with dresses
fall staples, nordstrom, how to wear denim jacket, how to wear booties with dresses
{leith body-con dress // bcbg 'blyss' bootie // justfab denim jacket - similar here // chloe 'drew' bag // crap eyewear sunnies}

Fail proof combination? I think yes! I also love that each of the items can be styled with a ton of other existing items! I've rounded up a bunch of styles below that range in price points:


{denim jackets}



{grey dresses}



{black booties}





August 8, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

Hope you guys had a great weekend! We spent the weekend in Calistoga for a wedding and oh-em-gee it's gorgeous up there. How's your wedding count these days? Andy and I still have two more coming up and they're both black tie. Eeek, we will cross that outfit bridge when we get there!

 It's about that time of the year when all I want to wear is a bathing suit or an easy breezy dress. Ain't nobody got time for pants! This dress from Chicwish has been a lifesaver the past few weeks through all my travels:

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{all about the denim dress}



how to wear off the shoulder, chambray dress, summer outfit ideas
how to wear off the shoulder, chambray dress, summer outfit ideas
how to wear off the shoulder, chambray dress, summer outfit ideas
how to wear off the shoulder, chambray dress, summer outfit ideas
how to wear off the shoulder, chambray dress, summer outfit ideas
{chicwish off-the-shoulder denim dress // dolce vita sandals // crap eyewear sunnies // less bore bag}

I used to be really scared of off-the-shoulder styles because I have slightly broader shoulders (damn high school swim!) but lately I've been totally embracing them. The best part about a chambray/denim style dress like this is that it can be styled SO many ways. Think about it like jeans and go fancy with heels or casual with sandals. I would even wear booties with this and drape a leather jacket for evening! 

{shop other easy breezy denim faves}




August 3, 2016

The Summer's NOT Over Swimsuit Guide

Because, it's not. For most of us we've got 2 more months of fun in the sun, so let's embrace it. The best way to keep the summer vibes going is breaking out the 'kinis and one-pieces and having some fun in the sun.

I've posted a bunch of swimsuits on Instagram recently that haven't made it to the blog, so I thought I would share them plus give you options where you can find similar styles!


{gingham style}



Perfect for lazy days by the pool under an umbrella, this lonely hearts suit is one of my faves not just cuz of the print but because of the retro silhouette. Sadly, it's sold out in print but the bottoms are available in black.





{all in the details}



When you want to kill it in a one piece! I absolutely love a black one-piece that's anything but basic. Always look for subtle details that make a statement! Obsessed with these styles:




{seeing stars}



Because baby, you're a star! This bikini is itty bitty and totally glam! If you're feeling a little modest there's a one piece version too:




{printed perfection}



One can NEVER go wrong with a Mara Hoffman suit. This is my favorite style (I have it 3 variations) and I honestly think it's flattering on almost everyone.




{the golden one piece}



Feeing that Olympic spirit? This Vitamin A suit isn't available yet but here are a few other metallic numbers that I'm loving:




If you're looking for that hat you can find it here!

{blue like the ocean}



This suit is from up and coming brand Revel Rey Swim  - the suit launches in a few weeks. I'm not typically a bright blue person but after wearing this suit my mind has changed. It's a complimentary color on most skin tones and looks great in pics. Here are a few that fit the bill:




Just remember that summer isn't over and there are still so many opportunities to look amazing in a killer swimsuit! See some of my other swim favorites in past Bikini + Beaches posts.