Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog of the Month: Frankie Hearts Fashion

We have been big fans of Frankie Hearts Fashion for years and can't get enough of Nicole's effortlessly flawless style. She is currently pregnant and we are loving her pregnancy style in which she continues to hit the nail on the head by mixing dressy and casual, eccentric and classic looks. 

Some of our favorite maternity looks from Nicole:

Who are your favorite style bloggers?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it

Kaitlyn got this amazing tunic and wore it for a day on the pier at our family lake house. Since it's from Coolibar, the cover-up is sun protection you wear (UPF 50+) and that is something we all could use in our daily life.

When I wore it, I was spending the day out in my backyard. Hey, it's not as glamours as a day at the pier but I still needed the sun protection. That's the great thing about this line, it is functional for everyday wear, yet it is still stylish! 

Here is how we both styled the tunic:
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My kids played in our blow-up pool, on the slip n' slide, and I joined in too. I mean, you really are never too old to slip n' slide. When I was not under the umbrella for shade, the cover-up still had me covered and with my skin, that is a must. 
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Tunic: c/o Coolibar (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Hat: Forever 21 // Sunnies: Prada // Natural Sunscreen: Sunology and Honest 

What do you use/wear for sun protection? Do you shop at Coolibar?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Midi Skirt Inspiration

In a recent swap on BISTM, I traded Johanna a polka dot top for her blue midi skirt and I am very happy with the outcome. I have been relying on midi skirts quite a bit this summer because the length is appropriate for the office but still keeps me cool when I venture out into the heat for a lunch break. I couldn't pass up this skirt because it's my absolute favorite color blue (see bridesmaid dresses) and I loved the button details down the front.

I am always looking for style inspiration so I collected a few of my favorite ways that fellow bloggers wore their blue midi's in order to create a look that was all my own.

(i spy a 4-legged photo bomber....)

Top: Target // Skirt: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: Fashion Q // Bracelets: Target // Necklace: Target // Sunnies: Old Navy

What do you think of the midi style? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outdoor Concert Style

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It's that time of year again! You know, my favorite time of year when live music and festivals are popping up every weekend. You can generally count on lots of walking, eating, and great music. But what do you wear to these type of events? Enter, outdoor concert style.

For a more relaxed look on a beautiful day that was thought to turn into a cooler night, I paired my cutoffs with ankle boots and a loose fitting blouse. I of course ditched the boots and went barefoot on our blanket, but I was happy to have them when I saw a few muddy puddles during our walks to and from the car. I also kept the jewelry to a minimum because nothing is worse then dancing then realizing you lost some items. I mean...that's what happens when I dance anyway!
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Top: Love Marks (via TSF Box Service) // Shorts: Victoria's Secret // Bag & Boots: Just Fab // Sunnies: Prada // Initial Necklace: House of Gemmes // Hashtag Ring: T+J Designs // Watch: Fossil

Do you love attending outdoor live music concerts? What's your go-to style for days/nights like this one?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Swap Not Shop

Whenever we ("need") a new shirt for an event or because we're tired of looking at our own wardrobes, Lisa and I text each other with, "time for a new swap?" It is so much more cost-effective to borrow a new piece of clothing from your best girlfriend or sister rather than rushing out to the mall to purchase an item you may only wear once. We also both swap quite a bit with other users on bistm which is fun a way to meet new people and update your clothes in the process.

To wear our love for swapping on our sleeve (or chest, in this case) we created another graphic T and HiCustom was perfect for customization and pricing. I loved wearing the T with jeans on a cool summer day and I know Lisa can't wait for it to show up in her swap bag ;)

Jacket: J. Crew (similar) // T: HiCustom // Jeans: LOFT // Shoes: Old Navy // Purse: Persun // Glasses: Target

And then I swapped my jean jacket for the warmth of this cute 4-legged friend...

Do you ever swap clothes with someone close to you? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it (2 Items, 2 Ways)

A great sheer knit is a wardrobe staple for summer. So is a straw fedora or panama style hat.
Kaitlyn got this beautiful top from H&M and I found this hat at Forever 21, both picked up a few months back. 

When she wore the top up north, it was styled over her bathing suit early in the day, then over a gray tee that night. A sheer knit really is such a great layering piece to have in your closet for those cooler summer evenings! She also added the hat to finish her post-beach look off. 

I too wore her top at the lake house, but this time over 4th of July weekend. I put it on over a swing dress to stay warm on the pier at night and had my hat on all day for sun protection. 

Her is how we both styled the top and hat as a pair: 
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Do you own either or both of these items? What are two of your summer style wardrobe staples?