Thursday, March 24

Spring Essentials

This post was originally a guest post here, but I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you guys as well! All of these items can be found at Forever 21.

1. Maxi Dress and Floral Prints.  This dress is the best of both worlds for me in Spring. Maxi dresses are casual and cool, but still keep you covered up incase it gets cold in the evening (or if your legs still aren't ready to come out of hibernation!). Floral prints are really the epitome of the season and I don't care how you wear them, but its a must! Pull out your old Easter dresses ladies, those babies are back in style this year! 

2. Aviators. These sunglasses are oh-co cool and yet oh-so casual they go with nearly every outfit. They really make a simple piece, like just a pair of sunglasses, make a big fashion statement. If you have blonder hair (like I do) I prefer the more golden rimmed lenses, but if you have darker hair, the silver ones look great. Remember, Maverick? Dreamy!!

3. Lightweight Scarves. I am never ready to part with my favorite accessory when winter ends thats why my neck begs for an alternative. Enter the tissue weight scarf. Keep them light and airy, in bright, vibrant colors and it will be a nice way to dress up a plain tee and jeans on the weekend. Also, no sunburns on the back of your neck! 

4. Denim button up. The versatility of this piece is unreal. It can be worn over dresses layered over tank tops, tucked in to skirts, and even help trick the eye to the pattern-afraid fashionista. Scared of a floral skirt or white pants? The denim shirt is like a little fashion comfort blankie. Sometimes I get suck in a denim rut, and this is a great way to try a new piece, without it being too over the top.

5. Candy Colored Nails. Put your red nail polish and Lincoln Park After Dark in the back of the drawer and embrace some new colors for the beginning of Spring. Think of the Easter bag of M&M's and shop accordingly. My favorite is a very matte sea foam green and a bold taupe. These colors are different, festive, and help jazz up everyones old standard pinks and reds. 

6. Turquoise Jewelry. This is one that takes me all the way through summer. I love a bold, blue pendant or sparkly aqua ring. This type of  jewelry can be found at just about any jewelry store and matched with just about anything and it adds the post beautiful pops of color in a very traditional way. 

7. Strappy Heels.  This is like a hybrid of a wedge sandal, a heel, and a flip flop all rolled into one. Spring is the chance to keep your heels a bit higher, the heel a big chunkier and the chance to play with little cut out details and straps. These are the best all rolled into one. And if it is breezy, slip on a nude slight weight sock and keep those toesies warm! It will still be just as cute.

8. Lace Up Oxfords. I remember wearing these as a kid (the classic black and white version) and now they are back with a vengeance. You can get them with laces or without, and in just about every color. If you are looking for an alternative to your winter booties and a before stage to your strappy sandals try playing around with your styling and adding a pair of these babies. They look great with flowing skirts or rolled up jeans. And don't be afraid to look a little Grease and roll your socks down... It's cool again!

9. Graphic Print Tanks. I think I have a whole drawer full of these silky tank tops with all different kinds of prints. It is an easy way to add so much color and vibrance to any outfit. Paired with a cardigan you have the best of both worlds for a Springy day out and about. And you can pull this look off heading to work to or going out on the town, they are sooo easy to dress up... they are a must have! 

10. Western Inspired Leathers. Whether it is a pair of cowboy boots or a belt with western inspired details these accessories look great paired with a white dress or a pair of denim cutoffs. The little details make you think of summery days and the outdoors and add a different take on the classic brown leather belt. And swap out your heavy black, flat boots for a funky pair of tan cowboy boots and you will look like you are spending your weekend on a Texas ranch in the sun!


  1. I saw your guest post, but I'll let you know how personally how much I enjoyed it :) I especially liked the maxi and shoe choices.


  2. I cannot believe these are all from XXI! LOve this post girl, makes me want to print out and bring to store!

  3. @Kayla What am I sending over?!

  4. I think I've got it almost all - except for the oxfords!!!

  5. Ahhh good ole Forever 21 - I heart it. I love the cute little nail polish bottle --> I would buy it for the lid itself :)

  6. Literally, everything on this post you could probably buy for under $100!

  7. I absolutely adore maxi dresses, I think I'm gonna invest in a floral one this year. I also want a nice pair of wedges to go for the whole 70's vibe then it heading our way again!!I have some lovely chunky wooden heels but with my poor knee I'm not sure I will be able to wear them :-(

    I just have to say too that I love aviators but they are like the only pair of shades that don't suit me!!Boo!!

  8. so I saw this as a guest post and was wondering where the denim top was from, but you answered that. great post.


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