Monday, June 18, 2012

My Style >> Summer Solstice


Those of you who read this blog regularly most likely know by now that I am a summer girl through and through.  I would estimate that a good 75% of my wardrobe consists of spring and summer clothing, which is actually a little ridiculous considering that I live in a city with one of the coldest winters in the country.  I can't help it though.  My absolute favorite things to wear are meant for warm weather: sundresses and maxi skirts, shorts and v-neck tees, lightweight cover-ups and sandals.  I love how summer clothes are laid back, comfy, and made for layering.  I love how summer clothes can easily go from day to night looks.  I love how summer clothes instantly evoke memories of bonfires with friends and coffee dates on patios and dancing barefoot to live music under the stars and leisurely sitting outside with the sun on my face and not a care in the freaking world.  Summer clothes win.

And since I'm rambling on about summer, I might as well mention that it (summer, that is) officially arrives in two days.  I'm even going to go as far as to title this my summer solstice outfit, because this particular type of look is a summertime staple for me.  I wear a lot of dresses this time of year, but the rest of the time you can find me in cut-off denim shorts, solid tees, and lots of accessories.  Accessories may even be the best part of summer dressing for me.  The most understated outfit can become a whole new look when you pile on loads of bracelets, add some great earrings and necklaces, and throw on a hat over messy hair. 


Last week, I got a package in the mail from my dear friend Laura that contained these stunning earrings from her shop, Roots and Feathers.  I was thrilled when I opened it and saw them, and decided that they were going to be my official earrings of summer 2012.  Everything about them screams summer to me: the sunny gold metals, the bold turquoise beads, the earthy arrows and geometric triangles.  They are the exact type of accessory that I love to pair with simple outfits like this one when I want to dress them up.  Laura's work is just so incredible, and every time I get a new piece of her jewelry, I have a new favorite. 


Another new summertime essential of mine is this seriously incredible pair of twisted rope sandals from Blowfish.  I'm not kidding you guys - they really are incredible.  They're called the Bria Sandals, and they're crazy comfortable and look amazing with everything.  I've been wearing them pretty much incessantly with everything from maxi dresses to tees/shorts to summery floral shift dresses. They're so versatile and well-made that I have a feeling they're going to be my daily shoe partner-in-crime over the next few months.


Like I said earlier, I'm all about layering and piling on the accessories with my summertime looks, and this outfit was certainly no exception.  While my summer accessory obsession might be a little excessive for some, it's the best part of getting dressed for me.  I spent the whole day working in this tee and cut-offs.  When it was time to go grab dinner, all I had to do was throw on the hat (which belongs to my husband) and the red cover up for a little color, and add a beaded belt, some jewelry, and my sandals.  Suddenly a bland + boring around-the-house outfit was transformed.  And even though it may sound like I spent an awful lot of time planning this outfit (at least if you go by the way I'm dissecting it here), it was effortless.  That's the rad thing about summer.  It's a time when everything slows down a bit, you don't have to try as hard, and things just seem to fall into place.  And oh yeah, summer is fun.  For me, it's the most wonderful time of the year.  With the most wonderful clothes of the year. 

Earrings: c/o Roots & Feathers  //  Sandals: c/o Blowfish  //  Hat: my husband's
Shorts: cut off from thrifted jeans  //  Tee: Target  //  Cover-Up: F21  //  Belt: c/o Betty Belts 
Bracelets:  handmade + gifts   //   Necklaces: my sister's + gift


"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Happy summer friends!


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28 comments:

  1. i think is my all time favorite outfit on you. yes. mmmm. love everything about it. and my favorite photos! love the way they came out. perfect all around. im a summer girl too. but also a fall girl. probably more so a fall girl. but goodness am i enjoying these hot days in shorts and river dates. xo

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  2. melissa, every accessory from your sister's necklace, that belt the stacked bracelets, down to your nails creates a superb summer outfit! laura, created some gorgeous earrings, but then again, doesn't she always? :) did robbie take these pics?

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  3. This outfit is sooooo cute!! :-D It is so summery and casual but also stylish!! I love summer clothes too, and feel inspired by this outfit and all the pretty jewelry!! I also love those sandals, they look so comfy and cute!!

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  4. That is a great look! Its perfect on you.

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  5. So cute and perfectly bohemian. I especially like that hat.

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  6. I'm with you....I absolutely love the hat!! It makes the outfit I think!! Love your blog....found you thru the Etsy Blog Team....

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  7. I LOVE this look so much, you have great style!

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  8. The whole look is perfect... love how you care about the little details from the hair to the jewerly :)

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  9. You are adorable!! I wish I lived closer so you could be my hands-on accessory guru! (Your blog really helps this accessorizing-illiterate lady!!)

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  10. girl, you seriously are absolutely gorgeous. love this whole outfit on you.

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  11. Cute outfit. Love all the accessories :-) Checking out from the Blogging Buddies team!

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  12. Thanks so much for the sweet comments you guys! I'm actually wearing this outfit again today. It's definitely my summertime favorite. xo, m

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  13. I've been rocking the side braid every day lately too haha. It's mostly because my hair is too long, and I don't know what to do with it. Love all of your accessories btw. xo, Mary

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  14. i really like the sandals, earrings and hat. good summer ensemble.

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  15. You look SO adorable and Summer-perfect.

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  16. Very cute. Lovin' the sandals!

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  17. That is a darling look! And thanks for the link to Roots & Feathers. I'm off to stalk them now!

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  18. Cute outfit! And I loooove the Gatsby quotation--I am counting down the days until my dreams of Leo playing Gatsby come true!

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  19. Love everything about this!

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  20. i love this outfits! you accessorized to perfection. you should do more outfit posts, this one turned out really well!

    brittany
    prettylittlevintage

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  21. i LOVE your style, this outfit is great! those shoes are awesome and i love all your jewelry! :) awesome blog!

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  22. We have the same chain mail-looking cuff! (Liquid Metal by Sergio Gutierrez)
    I wear it everywhere, almost as a reflex, since It can be punk rock or sophisticated...

    Merry Midsummer Solstice!

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  23. I am a huge fan of that belt! And of course you're as gorgeous as ever. Love that you snagged your hubby's hat - I love stealing my fiance's stuff when he's not around. It makes me miss him less. :) I hope your first day of summer is absolutely divine!

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  24. Love the layered bangles and bracelets! Very summery and inspirational. Who says you have to be a kid to make/share/proudly wear friendship bracelets! Thank you for the little trip of nostalgia...

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  25. I absolutely am in love with this outfit! I really love your arm candy too!

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  26. Love the earrings especially!

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  27. Your earrings are amazing!! You look so great in a hat too...jealous!
    Just found your blog and love it already! I'm now following you :)

    ~Jacy

    http://laviedelenore.blogspot.com

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