Weekly Reading | June 28, 2018




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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What are your go-to summer fashion pieces?
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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