Summer Scene: Milkmaid Braids & a Maxi Dress

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hey there, hi there!  Matt & I were talking about the term "dog days of summer" today.  Does anyone know where it came from?  Wherever its origin though, it was the only string of words that could appropriately describe today.  PHEW.  It was SO hot here in Phoenix.  And so very sunny.  Like, so sunny that it felt like the sun was just 10 feet away from my delicate epidermis.  What better way to deal with such extreme desert heat rather than a whole day spent in the pool though?  Therefore, we put on our bathing suits (and sunscreen) and just straight lounged in the water until we turned into one giant prune.

Now that is how the dog days of summer are meant to be spent.  (Oh, and if you're not in the pool, they're meant to be spent wearing a breezy maxi dress & milkmaid braids combo.  It's the rule.)

White, black & blue printed strapless maxi dress: Old Navy
-Similar styles:  Forever 21 $13.80Forever 21 $19.80 or Old Navy $29.94 (on sale from $36.94)

Beige flat sandals (also seen herehere & here): Old Navy
-Similar styles: Amazon $9.99, DSW $19.94 (on sale from $65) or Target $19.99

White laser cut vegan leather handbag (also seen here): DSW

Are you near any body of water?  Has your skin all but fallen off from staying in that particular body of water for hours on end, in order to avoid the summer heat?

Lastly, I'll share this gem of a photo, courtesy of my lovely sister's photographic direction [I just love her.  She's prettyyy funny]:

A Whole Lotta Aloha: Graphic Tank + Cutoff Shorts + Espadrille Flats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hi there, guys!  We had a HUGE storm here in Phoenix last night -- like a storm crazier than anything I ever saw living in Florida for over six years.  We got stuck at work late due to roads being closed (boo), but it reminded me how much I love a good rain storm.  There's nothin' else like 'em... It makes me remember summers in Ohio when I'd sit on our front porch swing at the house I grew up in and watch the summer storms roll in with my dog, Maxx.  Le sigh.  Good times, my friends.  Good times, indeed.

White "Aloha" tank top: Old Navy $15.97 (I got it on sale for $6 in the store!)
-Similar styles: Target $8.48Old Navy $10 (on sale from $14.94), American Eagle $11.99 (on sale from $15.95) or Tilly's $16.99

Gap cutoff denim shorts (also seen here, here & here): DIY'ed
-Similar styles: Forever 21 $12 (on sale from $17.80), Tilly's $12.59 (on sale from $22.99) or Old Navy $15 (on sale from $24.94)

Red & white striped flat espadrilles (also seen here): Target $8.48 (on sale from $16.99) 

Black & white Aztec print handbag (also seen here): H&M

Gold aviator sunglasses (also seen here): Charming Charlie $9

Bracelets: Urban Outfitters & c/o HBunnie Creations (also seen here)

Do any of you live in the desert, too?  If so, don't ya just miss the rain?  I really, truly do... And sometimes it makes me long for a different climate.  Then I remember what 7 months of winter [don't lie - it truly is that long of a hellish season... I did it for 18 years, and it really is that long in the Midwest!] feels like, and I quickly thank my lucky stars once again ;)

Lace Up: Shift Dress + Heels

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello there!  How's life goin'?  I'm currently house/dog-sitting for a friend [Hi, Trenna!  You better be reading this!].  Her pups are cutesy-wootsy-tootsey.  Matt even brought our Kingsley over tonight for a play date.  King just adores their big poochie, Chase.  Watching them play is just too much adorable for me to handle.  Le sigh.  Dogs' cuteness levels just make one's heart flutter, right?  (Seriously.  If you are currently living life without a pet, it's time to adopt one -- with a strong emphasis on adopt.  They're the absolute best, my dudes.)

White & black lace shift dress (also seen here): Kohl's

Madden Girl nude ankle strap heels (also seen here): Shoe Carnival $25
-Similar styles: Amazon $14.99 (on sale from $69.99) or Forever 21 $27.80

Thin kelly green belt (also seen here): Kohl's

Oversized tortoise shell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Mint green & aqua statement necklace (also seen here & here): Mimi Boutique

Wooden clutch (also seen here): c/o Uncommon Goods

Various gold bracelets: Vintage, H&M and c/o Blue Sunflowers

Can you believe the summer is already winding down?  It is shocking how fast this whole year has gone.  It's totally true what they say: time really does fly the older you get.

Aztec Aspect: Tank + Skirt + Sandals

Monday, August 4, 2014

Oh happy day!  Things have been pretty crazy lately, and I made some life changing decisions recently that I am really psyched about :)  I'm feeling reinvigorated, and I am ready to go full steam ahead with these changes.  I've always been all about not getting stagnant or "stuck" like we often see so many people do throughout life.  I had felt like I was trying to get upstream without a paddle with a certain aspect of my life.  My dreamboat of a boyfriend (if I do say so myself) and I had various talks about what was the right decision and path regarding this rut I was in.  I came to a really exciting/intimidating/borderline crazy decision.  So I did it.  I went with it.  And, like it's always worked out when I do something insane with high hopes of it being for the best, things will be great - I just know and trust it.  I feel so much relief, and I'm ready to go forward with the next chapter with my boo and our three fur babes.  Thank the lawd for positive thoughts (and supportive significant others, family, and friends)!  It's so refreshing to change things up from time to time.  I like to live life unexpected, and despite popular opinion, I am generally in favor of large life changes.  Gotta keep things fresh, yah know?

Mint tank top: Marshall's
-Similar styles: Forever 21 $6.80Old Navy $14.94 or Old Navy $14.97 (on sale from $22.94) 
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Black & white Aztec print skater skirt (also seen here): c/o Bella Dolce Boutique

Gold braided flat sandals (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
-Similar styles: Amazon $11.99 (on sale from $42.99) or Target $19.99

Pale coral crystal statement necklace (also seen here & here): c/o Madi & Bee Co.

What big life changes have you made recently?  Or little victories?  Or do you pick a road and travel it until the end of time?  No judgement either way, of course :D

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