Go-To Stripes + Hello Monday Linkup

I wore this on Saturday to meet up with Caryl to pass along her birthday present and eat BBQ.  I originally had a different outfit on for the day, and then got food on my favorite white T-shirt and had to hastily change.  An easy striped tee seems to be my go-to when I'm in a hurry... or just when I'm hanging out with Caryl evidently.

Olive cutout sandals [exactsimilar steal]  //  Loft striped tee [optionlong sleeve option]  //  Medium wash skinny jeans [exactsimilar without front pockets]  //  Kendra Scott Rayne necklace [exact]  //  Kendra Scott Angela bracelet [exact]  //  Kendra Scott nail laquer in 'Lapis' [exact]  //  Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel (borrowed from Caryl) [exact]

I dressed up my tee and jeans a little with accessories and these fun sandals, which are so crazy comfortable.  I am SO tempted by the wine color they also come in.  The weather has me in denial that Fall is coming (uh hello 90° when we were shooting this outfit) so buying transitional sandals sound much better than booties right now.  (Speaking of transitional sandals, these will be perfect for Fall too!)

Friday, I also picked up my very first 'Rayne' necklace by Kendra Scott and some of the new nail lacquer.  The Rayne is such a classically Kendra piece, and it comes in SO many colors, but I find I wear my neutral accessories the most.  So, I went with the banded agate with antique brass.  Now I've got my eye on this chic cuff, because once I get one piece of a certain Kendra Scott collection, I can't resist adding to the family (...see my Lapis collection or suspended pearl collection...)

Of course I immediately had to update my mani with my Kendra Scott polish acquisitions- I got their top and base coats, and then the gunmetal and lapis colors.  They went on incredibly- one coat felt sufficient, but on principle I used two.  So far it's lasting really well, and the sales associates had all been wearing theirs a week and their manis look superb.  I'm very optimistic, but only time will tell ;)   If it lasts better than my favorite CND Vinylux mani, my wallet may be sad...
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Holy Hot Pink

Hot pink ruffle sleeve dress [exactoptionsLayered this tee underneath because the armholes were huge  //  Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong heels c/o Shopbop [exact, save options]  //  Kendra Scott Rhyan necklace [exact, option]  //  Kendra Scott Carey earrings [exact on sale, similar]  //  Tory Burch convertible cross body [available styles]

You guys, I have never liked hot pink, or really any shade of pink for that matter.  I consciously do not buy it, however for some reason I kind of love this dress (which PS is under $75!).  I needed a formal dress for a wedding last weekend, and no joke I ordered and returned about a dozen dresses before I found a keeper.  I definitely did not expect this neon number to be my favorite though.  It's just so pink!

Because this dress is so crazy bright, I opted to keep everything else super simple.  I do wish I had a nude bag to pair with it, but I don't utilize small bags often, so I didn't feel like a nude one was a very responsible purchase.

Speaking of (ir)responsible(?) purchases... these shoes.  I think they may be the most expensive shoes I've ever acquired.  That being said, I did save up blogging credits to buy them, but the price still makes me a little afraid to wear them.  The style is so SO versatile, and they're reasonably comfortable for how high they are, but they may be relegated to special occasion shoes out of sheer paranoia.  Even if I don't wear them too often, they still look mighty beautiful sitting in my shoe closet ;)

I also scooped up these earrings (which are on sale!) to go with the necklace I already had.  While I'm not a huge drop earrings person, I definitely see myself getting a lot of wear out of them, especially since I have a few more pieces of the Kendra Scott suspended pearl set (including the Carole which I adore) which they'll mix and match with perfectly.

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Business Casual + Hello Monday Linkup

After sharing a few throwback posts on Facebook, I got a couple follow-up comments and emails inquiring why I don't share many business casual looks anymore.  The short of it is that I no longer have to dress 'business casual' for work, so I pretty much don't wear it period.  That being said, business casual occasions do sometimes arise, so I like to keep some good staples in my wardrobe for those occasions.  

Banana Republic belted cardigan c/o [exact]  //  H&M blue patterned tee [exact]  //  Banana Republic denim trousers c/o [exact]  //  Dane Dover tote c/o [exact]  //  Kendra Scott Aiden necklace [exact]  // Kendra Scott Adair earrings c/o [exact, slightly smaller style]  //  Schutz gold pumps [exact, similar with more available sizes]  //  Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in 'Sweet Cream

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Recent Beauty Favs

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My beauty routine seems to go in phases.  I'll use the exact same thing for months, and then get bored and try a bunch of new stuff at once.  As usual, some things stick and some lose out to my tried and true favorites.  Lately, I've had a ton of successful new product trials, so I thought I'd share my favorites on the blog.

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