Colorful Striped Wrap Skirt

This is a statement skirt if I’ve ever seen one.  The beige color is offset with a bright, colorful yarn stitched in a stripe pattern.  It wraps around your waist with a side tie closure and features an asymmetrical ruffle hem along the bottom.  I can wear this skirt with a number of tops in my closet, and may just pair it with a swimsuit top on an upcoming beach weekend getaway.  Here, I chose to pair it with a cotton magenta tank top.  Very simple, effortless, and cool for a hot summer’s day.

Tularosa makes beautiful designs, although sometimes a little pricey.  Pick pieces that can be worn over and over again.  This is probably my favorite summer wardrobe purchase so far this year.  I’m also loving stripes.  You can wear these midi length wrap skirts with flat sandals, like the ones I’m wearing here to dress it down, or dress it up with some espadrilles.  I’ve said it before, espadrilles are the quintessential summer shoe.  See this post for a perfect black leather pair by Michael Kors.

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photography by Paprika Southern Studios

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Trends This Summer: Unique Wooden Watches by JORD

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I feel like I see people wearing watches less and less these days, mainly because they have been replaced with smart phones, glued to everyone’s hand. I think it’s a shame.  I love watches and have a wide variety: silver, gold, leather, and now WOOD.  When JORD reached out to me for a collaboration right before I left for Bora Bora, I thought ”now this would be perfect to style with resort wear”.  The watch arrived in a dark wood box and was engraved with the words “Eat Well, Dress Well, Travel Often”… my mantra, you might say.

 

I typically see these watches styled in a more classic, preppy kind of way.  But I took a different route.  I chose the Olive and Aegean watch (a light olive wood with a deep blue face) and layered it with gold bracelets.  I styled it with several outfits including linen dresses and a blue and white jumpsuit, shown here. This watch is very lightweight and can be dressed up or down, worn alone or layered with other jewelry.  I have received SO many compliments on this watch.  They make a wide variety of sizes, colors, styles, many for men and women that can be worn interchangeably.  JORD also offers free worldwide shipping and the watch comes sized for your wrist perfectly.  I believe this would make a unique gift due to their engraving capabilities (the face is large and can fit quite a bit of text), as well as a great addition to your wardrobe.

Did I mention that I’m hosting a giveaway for them?  Click here to enter a giveaway for a $100 e-gift card.  One person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth 10% off once the contest is over.

*This blog post and giveaway is sponsored by JORD Watches.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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Easy Home Teeth Whitening

 

What’s better than cheese and wine? Nothing.  Not the best for your teeth though, especially when you already drink as much coffee as I do.  I’ve been thinking about whitening my teeth for the longest time.  I’ve tried Crest White Strips and even strips from the dentist but I found it to be too painful on my sensitive teeth, and extremely annoying.  When I didn’t see results after a few days, I gave up.  That being said, I’ve been considering going to the dentist to have the LED treatment done… which is expensive.  So when Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in a collaboration to review their product, I was down, albeit skeptical.

I know that I’m not the only one who drinks coffee and red wine, causing years worth of stains.  Nothing that’s exteremly noticeable, but once you whiten your teeth, you’ll wonder why you waited so long…

So, here is a before and after:

Good News/Bad News:

Bad News is that my teeth were quite sensitive in the beginning, also it burned my gums at times.  I mean, come on, you’re putting a chemical in your mouth.  What do you expect?  Good news is, this did not last for long, after a week, my teeth and gums got used to it.  It’s worth it.  I’m literally wearing the whitening trays now as I type this and I can’t feel a thing.

The Process:

The process was super easy.  You will receive a package in the mail with everything you need to make your impressions, the directions are easy to follow and it only takes a few minutes.  You then mail them back in the enclosed envelope and in about a week, you will be receive your custom fitted whitening trays.

So, technically, the directions say to not drink coffee while you’re going through the whitening process, that I ignored.  So, I guess you could say that my results could have been even more intense should I have followed the rules. I put in the white trays for 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of the desensitizing gel every night for 11 days in a row, and I still have enough for several more days.

The Verdict:

I would definitely recommend this at-home teeth whitening kit.  The directions do say to keep in the trays anywhere from 45 minutes up to 3 hours at a time.  I can only imagine how white my teeth could have been had I kept them in for hours.  The trays are very thin and fit snug to your teeth, so it’s not uncomfortable.  I just don’t like being unable to drink anything for a couple hours.

Needless to say, I have ZERO plans to stop drinking coffee or red wine, but now that I have this at home whitening kit, I can keep my teeth pearly white and not spend a fortune at the dentist… more money for shoes.  Win-win.

The Best Part (for you):

Smile Brilliant is offering one of my readers a $149 credit – the value of their T3 Sensitive System.  Click here to enter.  All you need to provide is your name and email address.  This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.  I will announce the winner on Instagram, on July 30th and Smile Brilliant will be reaching out to fulfill your credit.  For all others, you can use coupon code LOVEFANCYPANTS  to receive a 10% discount on your order.

As always, all opinions are my own. Good luck and CHEERS (*furiously air toasts a glass of red wine)!

 

 

 


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A Classic Polka Dot Wrap Dress

The Dress

It’s been over 40 years since Diane Von Furstenberg invented the infamous wrap dress.  It’s no wonder why it’s still as popular as ever. I believe that this style dress will compliment any body type.  This classic polka dot wrap dress is a timeless print and style.  I found this at DressUp Boutique for less than $50!  If you’re looking for special occasion outfit, or just wanting to spice up your wardrobe for summer, DressUp stocks new styles every week at very affordable prices.  This post features several dresses from DressUp that I wore in Greece last summer.  Unfortunately, the above is no longer available (again, styles come and go weekly), but I’ve linked some very similar ones below.

Accessories

Yellow is definitely one of the “it” colors this year.  These neon hued earrings punch up the classic black and white print to give it a funky twist for summer.  Of course, this style is sold out but Baublebar has some great alternatives at comparable prices.  The sunglasses are by Tiffany & Co. and the watch is by Kate Spade NY.  Linked below…

The Bag

Straw handbags are all the rage this summer.  It’s a great way to accessorize an outfit when at a tropical location, or bring that festive summer look to you.  This eyelash straw clutch came from Francesca’s for $38 – the eyelash design is sold out, but there are actually some prettier ones with color and the same zipper tassel still available (linked below)…

The Shoes

Similar to the dress, these Michael Kors black leather upper espadrilles are classic and could go with just about everything in my closet.  I think that these shoes are definitely a staple that you can wear for most of the year (or at least you can here in the south). Espadrilles are the essential summer shoe, laid back and comfortable enough to replace heels when you plan to do some walking.

Whether you’re shopping for resort wear, or just looking for a fun summer outfit, this ensemble can be worn for years and won’t go out of style.  The best part is that all of these pieces can be mixed in with what you already own.  What destinations are you heading to this summer?  Maybe I should pull together a beach themed shopping guide(??)  Comment below!

 

Cheers!


photography by Paprika Southern Studios

 

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Floral Maxi Dresses: Perfect for any Summer Soirée

 

Summer is the season of parties, festivals, and barbequeing.  Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect dress that can be re-worn for multiple occasions.  These long maxi dresses are effortless (although they will not look that way) and can be worn just about everywhere.  After all, in the south we wear maxi dresses to even the most casual low country boil…

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite floral prints below.  These dresses can take you from a music festival to Sunday brunch.  I love a well made, intricate print that resembles a drawing or work of art.  The above dress is part of the Asher Collection from fab’rik boutique.  I love the detailed pattern of the poppy flowers as well as the darker color palette.  Dress it up with strappy heels, or down with a denim jacket and sandals.  Unfortunately, this particular dress is no longer available. However, there are a few dresses linked below with similar color palettes, priced under $100.

I wore this dress to dinner recently at The Olde Pink House with friends in Savannah, Ga.  The rich colors, beautiful architecture, and blooming magnolias set the stage as a perfect backdrop to shoot this look.  Especially because we were able to order to-go daiquiris just a few feet from this spot.

“This place is fantastic; it’s like Gone With the Wind on mescaline.” – John Kelso

What are your favorite things to do while in Savannah?  I should probably dedicate a post specifically to that.  If you find yourself traveling south this summer, be sure to pack light and flowy maxi dresses because it’s a buzzkill to say the least when you have to pause for a wardrobe change between brunch at Huey’s on the River and dinner at Alligator Soul.  Find something transitional and more time can be spent strolling the most beautiful streets in America.

 

 

photography by Paprika Southern Studios

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