This top is probably my favorite out of all that I currently own. Though I am a sucker for anything lace and grandma-looking (haha), the high neck on this sleeveless shirt is what makes it simply perfection. I am not sure who designed the shirt originally, but I have seen similar designs from many other stores. I paired it with these super cheap ($30!) sandals from Charlotte Russe.
These sandals are super in style right now and are perfect to pair with something flowy on top. I would also wear them with a flow-y summer dress or different flow-y top. I got these long shorts from a fashion-focused second-hand store near me called Buffalo Exchange. You pay a little more here than you would at, say, a Goodwill or St. Vincent De Paul store, but you can find a lot more cute stuff! I think I paid only $15 for them.
I threw my hair in this easy top-bun to pull the front strands out of the way so that I could show off the beautiful neck on the lace top. This is an easy, casual look that I would wear on days I am out and about or running errands; comfy and cute!
I would also like to throw in a little uplifting thought that another blogger I admire, Hailey Devine from “Something Devine,” wrote about earlier this week. (BTW if you haven’t read or heard of her blog before, check it out! She has the cutest family and she is always sharing helpful tips and tricks!) Her post titled Quit Sayin’ Sorry was exactly what I needed to hear. Why is it accepted and even expected in society to apologize for things in our every-day lives that aren’t mirror images of what we might see on TV or in magazines? “I’m sorry I don’t look cute,” or “I’m sorry my house is so messy” is something I say and hear from friends and family A LOT! Why do we feel the need to apologize for these things? I have realized that I personally feel the need to point these “flaws” out before my friends, family and others do, in order to let them know I am aware and embarrassed by it. BUT WHY (I need a shirt that says that.) I completely agree with Hailey on this one: “I am me, and I should never apologize for that.” AMEN. Although it may appear that everyone is put together and has all the details of their lives sorted out, organized, prepared and focused, this is actually not the case. Surprise! haha. I am definitely a victim of getting caught up in this, too. It is hard to not feel this way when the media is constantly telling us that is what a happy life looks like. I have said it before and I will say it again: Just because I write a blog that focuses on personal-style, I am most definitely not always put together and and fashionable… and proud of it! I want to encourage others to be authentically and 100% themselves. Be you! And, please, let’s all stop apologizing for that! 🙂
Top: Love Culture
Shorts: Buffalo Exchange (second-hand store)
Sandals: Charlotte Russe
Turquoise Ring: Flora and Fauna Jewelry