What to Wear to a Fourth of July Cookout

My experience with going to a family outdoor party with my family has taught me a few things:

1. To pack one or two set (s) of clothes, shoes, and wipes because there will be a LOT of spilling happening with our toddler. We also like to pack a few extra balls and toys that E. can play with, just in case. 

2. To keep 1 or 2 beach chair (s) and an outdoor blanket in the trunk of my car. Often the party hosts will advise guests to do so, or sometimes they simply run out of chairs. My philosophy regardless is that it is summer after all and who knows when spontaneity will strike for a last minute visit to the beach or park with the family.

3. As vegetarians, our eating lifestyle is mostly comprised of seafood, veggies, fruits, and dairy. Therefore we have to assume the grill will be populated with everything meat except vegan burgers, so we prep our own little grill box. It consists of large portabella mushroom (to be grilled) or avocados to serve as delicious toppings for our WF veggie patties, with slices of tomatoes and lettuce. Sometimes when we feel creative, we'll prep a few veggie shish kabobs as a side dish. Everything to make our time as enjoyable as possible! 

4. You knew this was coming…and it's putting the chic back into comfortable and laid-back! With the fourth of July theme-infused selections below, we are opting for basics with a fun denim mix. How amazing is the denim playsuit!

5. Most importantly to remember to splash on some SPF sunscreen for protection and pack a kid-friendly mosquito repellent before you and your family head out! 

Happy Independence Day! 

Necklace: BaubleBar

Basic white tee: Uniqlo

Denim Shorts: Madewell

Gladiators: Aldo

American Flag Scarf: Forever 21

Aviators: Tory Burch

Striped Tee: Theory

Denim Skirt: J. Crew

Romper: Topshop

Jersey Dress: H&M

Leather Sandals: H&M

Collar Necklace: White House Black Market

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Sneakers: Converse

Fringe Bag: Steve Madden

 

The Upgraded Fall Wardrobe

The colder weather came rather quickly and there's no better time like the present to get just the right items for your wardrobe. Update your fall must-haves by adding hues of camel, burgundy, cobalt blue, forest green, a splash of purple, and of course, the neutral black, to bring you right into the fall season (and hopefully well into winter).

Here are 10 items to add to your wardrobe in the perfect shades and with the perfect balance of cool and casual. Stay warm!

   1.  Burgundy   Fedora Hat:   Accessorize.com   2.  Brown   Leather Gloves:   Nordstrom   3.  Blue   Giant Loop Scarf:   ASOS   4.  Camel   Cape Sweater:   YOOX   5.  Green   Chunky Knit Sweater:   H&M   6.  Black   Leather Skirt:   River Island   7.  Burgundy Lipstick:   NARS   8.  Faux Fur Vest:   Abercrombie   9.  Over the Knee Boots:   Steve Madden    10.  Purple Handbag:   Target

 

1. Burgundy Fedora Hat: Accessorize.com

2. Brown Leather Gloves: Nordstrom

3. Blue Giant Loop Scarf: ASOS

4. Camel Cape Sweater: YOOX

5. Green Chunky Knit Sweater: H&M

6. Black Leather Skirt: River Island

7. Burgundy Lipstick: NARS

8. Faux Fur Vest: Abercrombie

9. Over the Knee Boots: Steve Madden 

10. Purple Handbag: Target

Stylish Transitions {Day 5}

This combination gives #casualfriday a whole new meaning. Ditch the jeans for these sweet and comfy joggers and kick them up a notch with some LBA (Little Black Accessories) for a sophisticated finish.

    Chambray Shirt:   Target    Joggers:   H&M    Kitten Heels:   Zappos     Tote:   Mango      Watch :  Revolve Clothing      Necklace:   H&M

 

Chambray Shirt: Target

Joggers: H&M

Kitten Heels: Zappos

Tote: Mango

Watch: Revolve Clothing

Necklace: H&M

Stylish Transitions {Day 4}

Cheers to Thursday! Today's outfit is too perfect for comfort and was designed with the coffee shop trip in mind. The next time you need a change of scenery, and decide to head over to your favorite café with your lap top, opt for a semi-sporty, semi-classy, totally-relaxed combo like this one! 

Speaking of cafés, I recently tried The Shop on Wickenden St. and strongly recommend it (if you live in the area); you'll love its rustic intimacy and homey- feel and will be reminded of how adorable and warm our small city is. The iced mint and lavender tea with honey, served in a mug-size mason jar, is refreshing and oh-so delicious! You won't be able to help it but feel re-energized and ready to tackle that next job app!

    Plain T:   H&M    Printed Pants:   H&M    Metallic Sneakers:   Seed Heritage    Bag:   Zara    Double Necklaces:   TopShop     Watch:   DKNY

 

Plain T: H&M

Printed Pants: H&M

Metallic Sneakers: Seed Heritage

Bag: Zara

Double Necklaces: TopShop

Watch: DKNY

If You Are Here...

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Cheers!

~ Olivia

Wearing a Cloth & Stone jumpsuit (Anthropologie has a cute chambray one), an Angie kimono (similar here), Franco Sarto sandals (Sole Society's got some great styles: my selections 1, 2, 3).

Photography by  Brittany Taylor