Weekly Reading | August 16, 2018


A new academic year is almost upon us, and the class of 2022 (Dang, I'm getting old) will be starting freshman year in a few weeks. I was in the class of 2014, and since 2010, I've been finding more and more college posts like the ones below that I really wish I'd found before I started college, so for incoming freshman, forget everything you think you know about college because one of the worst things you can do when entering college is to try to "fit in" and do what you think all college students "should" do.


Saltiness aside, I also found some pretty rad beauty posts that seem ideal for anyone looking to take the plunge into new beauty territory such as going blonde, splurging on new (or first) lipsticks, and getting a tattoo!


In line with plunging into new territory, for my fellow bloggers (or aspiring bloggers) looking to expand (or start) their brands into Instagram or looking to start an email list or considering working with brands, here are some helpful posts I found last week.

For more college posts as well as lifestyle and fashion posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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"Whispers in the Wood" by Clarissa Johal* Review

I received this complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

Whispers in the Wood by Clarissa Johal follows Rowan the protagonist as she uncovers the mystery of the small town she finds herself in on a backpacking trip through England. Seemingly peaceful and quiet at first, Sheep's Crossing soon reveals itself to be full of deadly secrets. Fueled by the townsfolk's reluctance to talk about it and by her own adventurous spirit, Rowan sets off in search of the whispers in the wood.

What I enjoy most about this book is its natural progression. Events are paced very well, and exposition is provided only when necessary, so the build-up to the climax doesn't feel forced. At the same time, it allows for character development, even of Rowan. I'm usually skeptical of first-person narrative because it's hard to get character development right, and character development is my favorite part of any media, but Johal provides just the right type of exposition in just the right amount at just the right time that we very naturally learn about Rowan and the other characters without feeling like we're being fed exposition fodder just to tide us over to the next crucial turn of events.

A slight, very nitpicky on my part hiccup in this use of first-person narrative, though, is how unnatural some of Rowan's reactions are to the situations she finds herself in. Sure, this book is fantasy with a touch of horror, so there really isn't a natural way of reacting to the situations, but some of her choices seem out of character.

Again, that's a very nitpicky hiccup, so it goes without saying then that I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend Whispers in the Wood to fans of slow-reveal mystery that hints at ecofiction.
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Weekly Reading | August 2, 2018


For those of you starting college in the fall or returning for a new semester, here are some articles on getting ready for the fall semester, including a post on how to decorate your dorm or rental without damaging the walls.

"How to Get Organized for the New Semester" via Living in Full Bloom
"How to Prepare for Your Senior Year of College" via Eyeliner Wings & Pretty Things


While you settle into the new semester, here are some posts to consider.

"Why You Should Unplug More" via Small Towns & City Lights


I also looked at some posts with general fashion advice.

For beauty, wellness, and travel posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | July 26, 2018


Last week, I read a mishmash of lifestyle posts, one with suggestions of motivational books, one about why language matters in a relationship, and one about dealing with difficult roommates.


For food posts, I read one about making the perfect avocado post and one with a recipe for grilled chili lime chicken. If you want to try these recipes, I also found a post with time-saving cooking hacks.

"Grilled Chili Lime Chicken" via Strength & Sunshine


With the summer holidays coming to a close, here are a couple of vacation destination ideas as well as a post about keeping in touch while traveling internationally.

"5 Things to Do in Moscow Beyond Crowds" via Travel with a Silver Lining

For more travel posts as well as blogging and beauty posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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What to Pack for Staying Active on Vacation

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I have to admit I am someone who sees gyms in hotels and goes, "Why?!" My stance on that has since changed now that I'm actively forcing myself to exercise at least once a week (which is a lot for someone who's used to exercising once a year), and I can see why regular exercisers would appreciate having access to a gym while on vacation.

With that being said, though, I still view exercise as a chore, and ain't nobody got time for chores on vacation! However, even on staycations, I've found myself unintentionally staying active through things like leaving the hotel on foot to check out nearby restaurants, then walking around and exploring the surrounding areas.

Depending on the type of vacation you're on, staying active is just part and parcel of the trip. The first thing that comes to mind is going hiking in Colorado or surfing in California, and that's really what this post focuses on. What should you pack for an active vacation without bringing along your entire closet?

2. Lovers + Friends The Feels One Piece
3. Allihop Lace-Front One-Piece Swimsuit in Moss

Swimsuits can serve double duty if your vacation involves a lot of beach- or pool-going. Throw on some denim shorts and flip-flops, and you're ready for non-water-related activities! Said shorts can then be paired with a dressier top for dinner or a night out on the town.


1. Athletic Propulsion Labs: APL Techloom Phantom Sneaker
2. New Balance Cruz V2 Indigo Sneakers
3. Adidas Falcon Sneaker

Sneakers and athletic shoes are my go-to for active vacations. You can get away with wearing the same pair of shoes for the entirety of your trip because they're versatile enough for many occasions. You can even wear them on the flight or drive to your destination, so you don't have to worry about taking up precious suitcase space.

1. Sundry Cropped Stripe Hoodie
2. Alo Haze Funnel Neck Sweatshirt
3. P.E Nation Ali Boxer Sweatshirt

I love, love, love athleisure for active vacations! Throw on a hoodie or sweatshirt over some yoga pants or leggings, and you're prepared for many occasions. Like the sneakers, you can wear them on the trip to avoid packing such a bulky item in your suitcase. Plus, hoodies and sweatshirts will keep you warm on those inevitably cold flights.

Hitting the gym on vacation definitely does not sound appealing at all to me, but I end up finding ways to stay active even on staycations, and one way to be prepared for activities like swimming or hiking or just aimlessly exploring the area is to dress for those occasions. Packing double duty items like swimsuits and wearing versatile items like sneakers and hoodies or sweatshirts will help you be prepared for those activities but still have enough room in your suitcase for those souvenirs you can't help but buy.

What are your space-saving tips when it comes to packing for vacations?
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Weekly Reading | July 19, 2018



"The Truth About PR" via Jasmine Talks Beauty


"5 Tips for 5-Minute Makeup" via A Girl, Obsessed

For more beauty posts as well as fashion and health posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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"In the Wrong Hands" by Avi Domoshevizki* Review

I received this complimentary book in exchange for an honest review. This review was also posted as a customer review on Amazon.

In the Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki follows the mystery that unfolds when a geneticist is brutally attacked in what the police assume is a mugging gone south. When Dr. Ronnie Saar, the CEO of the company at which the geneticist works, discovers that his colleague had in fact been attacked for confidential company information he was carrying on his person, he enlists the help of Gadi Abutbul, a private investigator and his friend, to get to the bottom of who was behind the attack. Because the stolen information contains groundbreaking findings that can be used for good or otherwise, Ronnie and Gadi are determined to make sure that the information doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

This book captivated me from the very beginning with its intriguing prologue. Opening in media res, the prologue walked me through a seemingly crucial piece of the book without giving too much away. I was immediately drawn. I wanted--no, I needed--to know how the characters ended up in that situation.

As I progressed through the chapters, I was drawn into the book more and more because each of the chapters introduced a new character into the fold. Even though Domoshevizki did a fantastic job of getting us invested in the characters so early on, I was skeptical about this setup at first because it got to a point where there were too many characters to keep track of. However, the setup ended up working very well because each chapter presents a snapshot of the main storyline from the different characters' perspectives, and it soon dawned on me that these seemingly separate characters and their seemingly disparate lives were in fact connected in the most unexpected ways. It felt like a true murder mystery in the sense that I, along with the characters, started to connect the dots and see the full picture.

The only weakness of the book is the awkward interactions among the characters. Domoshevizki created very real, very deep, fully-formed characters, but once these characters start interacting with one another, it feels slightly cringy. Perhaps Domoshevizki's knack for descriptive writing is as much a strength as it is a weakness. The interactions just don't seem very natural.

With that being said, I still rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The book markets itself as science fiction, but if you're a fan of thrillers that keep you on your toes and you enjoy being blindsided by unexpected twists and turns, In the Wrong Hands will not disappoint.
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Weekly Reading | July 12, 2018


Last week, I found posts about summer fashion.

"Top 10 Summer Wardrobe Pieces" via Audrey Madison Stowe
"4 Ways to Style a Maxi Dress" via Repressing the Crazy
"Accessorizing My Summer Looks" via Style Lullaby


I also found some summer DIY beauty posts.


It's also important to keep an eye on your health during hot summer days.

For more beauty posts as well as wellness and travel posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers: How to Style Summer Skirts

We have come to the final installment of this year's Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers series. Previously, we've talked about how to style summer rompers, jumpsuits, and pants and how to style summer dresses. In today's post, fashion bloggers Megan, Caitlin, Dominique, Felicia, and Lauren will show us how they style summer skirts.

Skirts are like dresses in that they're easy to just get on and go, especially in the humid summer months, but one advantage skirts have over dresses is that they're more versatile. You can style them up or down by pairing them with different tops.

Megan, Caitlin, and Dominique will show us a casual approach to summer skirts, while Felicia and Lauren will show us a more dressy approach.

Megan is a sustainable and ethical style blogger hoping to make waves in the fashion industry--the second most polluting industry in the world. She blogs on Tunes & Tunics about conscious consumerism, her favorite sustainable and ethical brands, and steps to becoming a better shopper.

Starting us off is Megan and her denim cutoff skirt, accessorized with black strappy espadrilles and a matching purse and topped off with a polka dot blouse with ruffle accents. Megan's summer skirt outfit is an easy everyday chic look.

Click here to check out her blog.

Sophisticaition is a life and style blog written by Caitlin Patton, a 20-something influencer marketing consultant and stylist based in Chicago. By mixing her southern roots and city sophisticaition into a kickass wardrobe, Caitlin aims to help other young women look and be their best selves.

Caitlin's wraparound skirt is in a fun floral print, and to avoid a cluttered look, she paired the skirt with neutral, undistracting accessories like black sandals, a white tank top, and low-key arm candy. She did, however, use a matching hair band that complements the outfit as a whole.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Dominique is the fashion and travel blogger behind DomBagnoche, where she shares her love for the world through fashion, travel, and lifestyle content on her website, YouTube channel, and social media accounts. She launched her platform to inspire others to be creative and live their lives exactly how they want to.

Dominique's casual approach to summer skirts is more boho chic, especially with those round rose-colored sunglasses. Dominique styled her patterned skater skirt with a slighty sheer white peasant blouse, black strappy sandals, and a brown crossbody.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Felicia Marie is a YouTuber and blogger with a love for everything colorful and dramatic! She has been an avid writer and fashion lover since she discovered the beauty of fashion magazines in the pages of Teen Vogue and Essence. On her blog, you will find the latest fashion trends, travel tips, and hair and beauty product reviews.

Moving onto dressier ways of styling summer skirts, Felicia starts us off with her fancy af outfit. Here, she styled a rose pink ruched pencil skirt by layering it over a romper! They go so well together because the white floral print complements the rose pink perfectly. She also finished the outfit off with a pink choker.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Lauren is a style addict and foodie and loves throwing parties for every occasion. On Lifestyles by Lauren, she shares lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food pieces while trying to inspire her readers to find balance in their crazy lives and to always find a reason to be happy! She loves having conversations with her readers on social media, and her goal is to be your virtual bestie. When she's not writing for Lifestyles by Lauren, Lauren works in media in New York City.

Lauren's summer skirt is also rose pink but with a floral print. Lauren took the route of matching separates, and they, when paired with nude heels and a nude crossbody, create a very romantic summertime look.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

There you have it, summer style ideas by bloggers on how they put together an outfit featuring summer skirts. For more summer style inspiration, here's a post on how fashion bloggers style summer rompers, jumpsuits, and pants, and here's one on how fashion bloggers style summer dresses.

I want to thank these wonderful ladies again for contributing to the series, and I want to thank you for reading! In September, I'll have more fashion bloggers share how they do fall fashion. In the meantime, check back next week for a book review! To be notified of new posts, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

How would you style these summer skirts?
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Weekly Reading | July 5, 2018


"Beauty Accessory Essentials" via Beauty by Miss L


"7 Habits of Happy People" via Cocktails and Ambition


"Chicago at a Glance" via Ambitiously Cierra
"NYC Neighborhood Guide: Nolita" via Keep Calm and Chiffon
"Lost Baggage: What Should I Do" via Beautiful Solutions

For career, blogging, and lifestyle posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | June 28, 2018




For more blogging posts as well as travel and home posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers: How to Style Summer Dresses

Last week, we discussed how to style summer rompers, jumpsuits, and pants. This week, with the help of more fashion bloggers, we will talk about styling summer dresses.

I love wearing dresses in the summer because, in the words of CoverGirl, they're easy, breezy, beautiful. Nothing's worse than trying to squeeze into skinny jeans or yoga pants when the air is humid af, so dresses are the way to go, but there are so many choices when it comes to summer dresses!

Tomi and Kim will show us how they style the trendiest print of the season: lemon print! Amanda, Jordan, Cara, and Danai styled the much-loved floral print. Hannah and Erica took the minimalist route with simpler prints, and Jane amped it up with a sheer summer dress.

Let's see how they did it!

Tomi is a 23-year-old MBA student at Clemson University who can definitely be characterized as your stereotypical girly-girl. She enjoys exploring all aspects of fashion, beauty, and pop culture. She was inspired to start GoodTomiCha when she realized that she can combine her love of writing and her personal style.

Tomi's dress makes use of many current fashion trends: cutout, tie-front, ruffles, and, of course, lemon print. She styled it very simply with silver jewelry and strappy black sandals so that the dress remains the focus of the outfit.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Kim is a Korean-American hustler living in the DMV area, working as hard as possible all day every day to build the life of her dreams. She's currently getting her DMA in piano performance and a second master's in musicology. By day, she teaches piano at Johns Hopkins University, and by night, she blogs full-time and works as a freelance social media consultant. Kim started Sensible Stylista back in 2011, and she's been going strong ever since. She prides herself on being a smart shopper who knows when to save and when to splurge, so if you're looking to live a glam life on a budget, make sure to follow along.

Kim's dress also features on-trend accents. It's an off-shoulder, tie-front dress in a lemon print, and she also styled it with simple accessories--a minimalistic mint purse and white block-heel sandals--to keep the dress as the focal point of the outfit.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Affordable by Amanda is a fashion and lifestyle blog located in beautiful, sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Having grown up by the beach, Amanda always mixes her budget-friendly fashion finds to combine her love of the beach and city life. She often looks for trends that can be purchased for under $100 to share with her friends and followers. For the summer, she has been wearing a lot of yellow. Bright yellow floral maxi dresses with fun accessories is exactly how she dresses for a hot summer day.

Although not in a lemon print, Amanda's dress is a summery, buttery yellow with a cutout back. Also keeping her accessories to a minimum, she styled her dress with a black crossbody and matching hat and wedges for a bit of southern charm.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Jordan is a 24-year-old Los Angeles, CA-based blogger who started The Teacup of Style as a way to express her creativity and inner fashionista. She just wrapped up her first year as a third-grade teacher, and she is excited for summer endeavors ahead. The Teacup of Style is proof that sometimes, the busiest of people make for the best fashionistas.

Jordan's bright, white, floral-print outfit features an off-shoulder dress with a tiered hem; it's a very flowy, summery look, and she paired it with some nude strappy heels.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Never Skip Brunch launched in 2016 as a space for women looking to become confident in who they are, fearless with their style, and to define their unique confidence. As an influencer, Cara has worked with brands like H&M, Kendra Scott, and Alba Botanica and has been featured in publications like StyleWatch. Southern-raised and living in Denver, Cara is tequila-loving, color- and prints-obsessed, and passionate about helping others build a lived-in life they love.

Cara's summer dress has a simpler cut and silhouette. It's more of what comes to mind for most people when you mention summer dresses. Cara's has a whimsical floral print, and she paired it with nude strappy heels as well.

Click here to check out the featured outfit post.

Danai, the blogger behind Living, Learning, Eating, is a 20-something storyteller living between Boston and NYC. She works in content marketing, writing, blogging, and acting (with the occasional bit of commercial and beauty modeling in there, left over from her more serious modeling days), and whenever she's not dreaming up a story or a way to tell a company's story, she's looking for new foods or recipes to try. Though she writes pretty much everything, her writing passions are children's and middle grade novels. In addition to books, she loves fashion, baking/cooking/trying yummy food, traveling, biology, international relations, and having new adventures!

I would describe Danai's outfit as summer elegant because it's definitely a summery outfit with the off-shoulder and the sheer, chiffon layers, but styling it with a loose studded choker gives the whole look an extra edge, and pairing it with strappy flats gives the outfit a more casual, relaxed look.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Hannah, the blogger behind The Kraus House, was born in Plant City, Florida, the strawberry capital of the U.S. Therefore, she loves everything pink, red, and white! Her family moved to Tennessee when she was ten, and she's been there since. She's a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee and received a bachelor's in architecture in August 2017. The two loves of her life, besides her family, are her sweet pup Sofie and her handsome fiancé Nathan.

Moving on to simpler prints, Hannah's dress has an uncluttered palm tree leaf print. Because the cut is more of a t-shirt dress, Hannah wearing it with metallic jewelry, a chic purse, and pointed-toe flats gives the outfit a business casual look.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Erica is an extra petite fashion and lifestyle blogger based on the east coast. What the Clique focuses on petite fashion, affordable style, and bargain shopping because you don't have to spend a million bucks to look it.

Erica also styled a t-shirt dress, and hers has horizontal stripes, a v-neck collar, and cuffed sleeves. The straw hat and sunglasses makes this a very beach-ready look.

Click here to check out her blog.

Jane is a freelance writer from RVA and the blogger behind Lilly Rose. She loves fashion, food, makeup, and skincare. For her, life is about making memories, so don't be afraid to play with color and pet all the fluffy puppies (with permission from their owners)!

Last but not least, Jane took a sheer summer dress and amped up her summer outfit by wearing the dress over a casual t-shirt-and-denim-shorts ensemble. What elevates the outfit, though, are the red-rimmed sunglasses, metal-accent belt, and the strappy platform heels.

Click here to check out her blog.

To wrap things up, it seems from Tomi, Kim, Amanda, Jordan, Cara, Danai, Hannah, Erica, and Jane's outfits that this summer, printed dresses are very much on trend, and when styling them, you'd want to avoid anything that'd try to steal the spotlight from the dress. Use minimal accessories, and opt for nude strappy shoes.

That is all for this post, but don't forget to check out last week's post on how fashion bloggers style summer rompers, jumpsuits, and pants, and be sure to come back next Tuesday for the next Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers part about how fashion bloggers style summer skirts. To be notified when the post goes live, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Weekly Reading | June 21, 2018


"Venice Travel Guide" via ThePreppyMAG


"The Importance of Photography" via The Miller Affect
"How to Use Pinterest for Blog Traffic" via Kate the (Almost) Great


"The Millenial House-Buying Guide" via The Motivated Millenial

For more blogging posts as well as lifestyle and beauty posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers: How to Style Summer Rompers, Jumpsuits, and Pants

The summer solstice for this year is in two days, and, as is tradition at this point, I'm rounding up some of the most fashionable bloggers' summer OOTDs in the latest installment of my Style Ideas by Bloggers series. I may not be a fan of this hot, humid weather, but I'm definitely in love with these outfits!

One difference you'll notice in this installment of the series is that I have the guide divided into three posts: this one for styling summer rompers, jumpsuits, and pants; one next week for styling summer dresses; and another one the following week for styling summer skirts.

In this post, Christine, Deb, Ashley, Elizabeth, and Liv will be showing us how they style rompers and jumpsuits, and Hannah, Kristin, and Ruya will be showing us how they style pants.

As I was writing this post, it occurred to me: what even is the difference between a romper and a jumpsuit? I took my question to our all-knowing overlord, Google, and there is unsurprisingly a ton of varying definitions, but the gist seems to be that rompers are characterized by short pants, and jumpsuits are characterized by long pants.

Sounds legit enough to me. Let's get into it!

Christine is a Philadelphia-based fashion, travel, and lifestyle content creator and blogger. She's committed to sharing her passion for all things travel, food, fashion, beauty, music, and lifestyle through an authentic and vulnerable lens via YouTube, Instagram, and her blog. Christine Celine is a space to share her innermost thoughts, experiences, and love for the world through a narrative that connects to each and every one of you. Last but not least, Christine loves music tremendously and loves sharing monthly playlists. Whether it's her favorite products, a bomb playlist, an everyday routine, or a recent trip, Christine Celine hopes to inspire you to widen your horizons and pursue your passions.

In this outfit, Christine styled a patterned romper with understated strappy heels. She also paired it with a plain denim jacket for a day-to-night transition outfit.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

By day, Deb leads product management for a Silicon Valley tech giant. By night (and on weekends), she blogs! She loves all things beautiful and spends most of her time photographing or writing about fashion and doing DIY projects around her house, changing up the décor for the season. A few times a year, she travels far and wide and writes about her experiences. On Deesignplay, you can find the latest on fashion, DIY décor, and travel.

Here, Deb has styled a culottes-esque jumpsuit. By combining it with a dark, multicolor headband, a straw crossbody, sandals, and bright nail polish, she gave the jumpsuit a southwestern look.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Ashley is an encourager, writer, bookworm, people person, and avid Google searcher. Her blog, The Honey Scoop, is a place where young women's stories can be shared, inspiring us all to live our best lives. On The Honey Scoop, you'll find videos of young women telling stories of their lives, and just warning you, they are certainly tear jerkers. It's also a place on all things college, faith, beauty, and fashion. This website is your resource for learning how to put your best foot forward in whatever situation life throws at you through faith, hope, and love.

Ashley has also styled a culottes-esque jumpsuit but one in a neutral color. She amped up the tan by choosing a jumpsuit with a tie-around accent and paired it with some patterned fabric sandals.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Behind the über feminine and creatively curated fairytale world that is Lizzie in Lace is the California fashion blogger Elizabeth, a Kate Spade-obsessed, flower crown-wearing, dress-twirling kind of girl who believes in wearing tulle skirts for any occasion, eating cupcakes for breakfast, and sporting sequins during the day. Created in 2015 as an outlet to share daily outfits, Lizzie in Lace has become its own unique brand that women from all over the world visit for fashion inspiration. Lizzie in Lace is an online destination for millennials to feel inspired by all things feminine and pretty and is dedicated to creating positivity and happiness while encouraging women to add a little sparkle to their day through colorful and chic fashion, beauty, and travel posts.

Elizabeth has also styled a jumpsuit in a neutral color, but hers uses lace trimming and off-shoulder sleeves as accents. She paired it with a matching purse and shoes but added a pop of color with bright lipstick.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

There is never a dull moment in Liv's life. When she's not working her full-time job, striving to hit the gym a couple times a week, making sure to get at least seven hours of sleep a night, attempting to date, or juggling a social life, she's the well-known fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger over at LivForStyle. She uses LivForStyle as a creative outlet and her Instagram to document her crazy adventures as a 23-year-old in New York City. More importantly, she uses them to inspire women around the world to use today's fashion and beauty trends to express themselves in a healthy, self-fulfilling lifestyle.

Liv's jumpsuit is kind of a culmination of Christine, Deb, and Ashley's/Elizabeth's looks in that it has a bold pattern but is in a neutral color palette. Here, she has it styled with simple, matching accessories.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Hannah is the creator and writer behind Mimosas & Lipstick. She's been blogging for about four months and has been loving sharing affordable fashion with so many amazing humans. She has found the blogosphere to be such a positive place! After she graduated college and started a full-time job, she started her blog as a creative outlet, and she could've never imagined all the opportunities it's given her.

Moving into styling pants, here, Hannah's outfit is also understated, but it uses ruffled sleeves and pant hem, a wrap-around shirt hem, patterned pants, and some studded strappy sandals to add that unexpected touch that adds interest.

Click here to check out her blog.

Kristin is an affordable fashion and travel blogger who recently moved from Germany back to the U.S. On her blog, Countdown to Friday, you can find real style and real travel tips for the everyday girl. When she's not shopping or traveling, Kristin is spending time with her Australian Shepherd, Rascal, and trying to balance healthy living with a serious love of fried food.

Kristin's outfit draws focus to her relaxed jeans by combining them with matching accessories in a neutral color. The mild distress and wash of the jeans and its raw-cut hem amped up the look.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Ruya is the writer behind the Dallas-based fashion and lifestyle blog Sweet, Short & Stylish. Ruya works as a social media specialist during the day and spends her nights shooting the latest looks that are perfect for the 20-something.

Ruya has also opted for an understated summer outfit, which draws interest with the lace detailing in her top and with a purse that matches her shoes, the strap of which falls just below the hem of her jeans.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

From what Ruya, Kristin, Hannah, Liv, Elizabeth, Ashley, Deb, and Christine have shown us, it definitely looks like this summer's fashion trends are all about taking understated pieces and elevating them with eye-catching patterns, interesting accessories, and unexpected accents.

For more summer style inspiration, check out the previous "Summer Style Ideas by Bloggers" post. You can also take a look at how fashion bloggers style summer dresses next week and how fashion bloggers style summer skirts the week after. To be notified of these posts, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

What are your favorite summer style trends?
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Weekly Reading | June 14, 2018




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Weekly Reading | June 7, 2018


"Stay Cool This Summer in Hotter Shoes" via To Hell in a Handbag
"The Perfect Spring Look" via Sunny Side Cecilia


"Am I Pretty Enough?" via Twenty Once
"Make It Like Your Birthday Every Day" via Kayla in the City


"Helping Someone with RA" via Kate the (Almost) Great
"The Trick to Smarter Workouts" via To Be Bright

For more lifestyle posts as well as beauty and food posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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