10 Summer Wardrobe Staples

Happy first day of summer, y’all! Summer is the best for so many reasons, one of them being that it’s by far the easiest season to dress for. Any given outfit really only requires a few key pieces. For instance, a pretty sundress + gladiator sandals + sunnies = blammo, instant perfection! What could be simpler? Here are 10 wardrobe staples that will make getting dressed a total breeze all summer long.

 

1. A little white dress, the summertime version of the LBD. Preferably a lacy one!

2. Nude wedge sandals go with literally everything and make your legs look a million miles long.

 

3. A killer sun hat will instantly put you in a summer state of mind.

4. Breathable linen shorts are a no-brainer.

 

5. An off-the-shoulder top, because I’m pretty sure it’s the law this season.

6. A stylish beach tote to hold all your summer essentials.

7. Giant, glamorous sunglasses. The bigger the better.

 

8. Super sexy white jeans (just don’t leave home without a Tide stick).

9. Some classic espadrilles. I love this striped pair!

 

10. A maxi dress that you can wear everywhere from the beach to the bar.

I’m still in search of the perfect LWD. What are your go-to pieces this summer?

♥ Mil

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Beach Bag Bonanza

I may only have three pairs of jeans (all virtually identical), but what my wardrobe lacks in pants, it more than makes up for in bags. Naturally, a good chunk of these are beach bags, since summer’s my fave! Whether you’re a beach bum or planning to spend plenty of time poolside this summer, a cute, roomy tote that can hold all your essentials is a necessity. Here are twelve stylish options that fit the bill.

Beach Bag Bonanza

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Which one would you pick? #1 and #3 are my favorites – I love those bright colors. Though I could also use a classic like #11 (a total steal at only $23)!

♥ Mil

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Wedding Dress Shopping 101

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 // Do's and Don'ts for Your First Time at the Bridal Salon

I’m nowhere near the point where I need to shop for my own wedding dress, but I’ve been lucky enough to help a few ladies in my life (including Jules) hunt for their dream gowns. When my sister came for a visit last month, wedding dress shopping was one of our top priorities. Since it was her first time trying on dresses, it was definitely a learning experience! Here are some helpful tips we came up with for any bride who’s just beginning her search.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 // Tips For Your First Trip to the Bridal Salon

DO learn the lingo. If you’re not a die-hard fan of Say Yes to the Dress and terms like mermaid and trumpet mean nothing to you, spend some time studying a handy chart like this one to familiarize yourself with silhouettes, necklines, etc. It’s so much easier to explain what you like and don’t like when you know the proper terminology!

DO your hair and makeup before your appointment. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but if you look polished when you’re trying on dresses, it will help you visualize how the whole ensemble will look and feel on your wedding day.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 - Tips for Your First Visit to the Bridal Salon

DON’T rush yourself. Shopping for a wedding dress can be an overwhelming process, especially if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want. Give yourself plenty of time, not just in terms of months before your wedding, but in between appointments, too. If you schedule multiple appointments in one weekend, for instance, space them out a bit so you have time to reflect in between.

DO take plenty of pictures (if it’s allowed)! It’s super helpful to have a visual record of what you’ve tried on, especially if several similar dresses are in the running. It doesn’t take long before everything starts to blur together in your memory into one fluffy pile of ivory tulle.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 // Tips for Your First Trip to the Bridal Salon

DO be prepared for bridal sizing. Annoyingly, bridal sizes run smaller than street sizes – which means you’ll be offered dresses that are labelled 1-2 sizes larger than what you normally wear. A little bruising to the ego, sure, but everyone’s in the same boat.

DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try on as many styles as you can when you’re just starting your search – you never know what you’ll end up loving! Include at least one super glamorous ball gown in the lineup, even if it’s not your jam. Hey, unless you’re marrying royalty, when else will you ever have the chance to wear one? Just try it!

Wedding Dress Shopping 101

DO select your entourage carefully. Whether you’re shopping with friends, family, or both, be sure to only invite people who you can count on to be both honest and supportive. Being in the spotlight during the highest-stakes shopping trip of your life puts you in a weirdly vulnerable position, and your crew needs to help you figure out what you want without being critical.

DO try on dresses outside of your budget…within reason. Obviously this is a big mistake if you have a very fixed budget, but if you have some flexibility, don’t restrict yourself too much. My sister’s budget was pretty arbitrary – she hated the idea of paying more than a few hundred dollars for any item of clothing, just on principle – but in her words, you might not know how much you want that gorgeous, more expensive gown until you try it on!

Wedding Dress Shopping 101

DO put on a veil. If you like a gown but you’re not sure you can necessarily see yourself walking down the aisle in it, try it with a veil. You will instantly feel like a bride, I promise. Also, this is the secret to making your friends and family cry (and isn’t that the goal?) This one delicate piece of fabric is all it takes for everything to come together.

Above all, just relax and have fun! Have you ever been wedding dress shopping? What do you wish you had known beforehand?

♥ Mil

June Wish List

You know how they say you should dress for the job you want? Well, my spin on that adage is that you should dress for the life you want. Which in my case is a life somewhere in the tropics. A life unfettered by responsibilities, where I sleep in gloriously late every day, spend my afternoons lounging on the beach, and my biggest worry is whether or not there will be fresh mango at the local fruit stand. Until that becomes a reality, I’ll just have to do some wishful shopping…

June Wish List

 

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I am so in love with that red dress, even though it’s not terribly appropriate for my current life. But don’t worry, I won’t let that stop me. What’s on your wish list right now?

♥ Mil

 

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