Red, White, and Blue 🇺🇸❤️💙

Happy Independence Day! Today I’m sharing one of my new favorite outfits which incorporates a couple of classic summer pieces that will keep you cool and comfy during those warm summer months. Down here in Florida, there’s no shortage of heat!

(Yes, I know the photography isn’t perfect. But hey…being perfect is boring and yet I’m still getting the point across. 😊

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. Just providing honest feedback.)

I picked up this Ralph Lauren polo shirt (100% cotton) when I was in Washington D.C. at a T.J Maxx. The blue is vibrant and versatile; I’ve paired this with dress pants, jeans, shorts…and it looks fantastic in and out of an office. Also, having multiple buttons gives me the option of being more or less conservative depending on the setting. (I am wearing a Medium. If you have broad shoulders, size up.)

I was in the market for new khaki shorts, and this pair of Vineyard Vines shorts is one of the coziest pairs I own. The 3 1/2″ inseam gives me the right amount of coverage so I don’t get dreaded thigh chafing. What impressed me the most was how well they fit in the waist. They don’t cut into you giving that “muffin top” feel, and there is a bit of stretch.

Now, I hate shorts shopping. I feel like nothing ever fits correctly and I leave perturbed. I went to try this particular article on, taking both a 4 and a 6. (I hover around 28 or 29 inches in the waist, but every store everywhere has their own definition of what sizing means to them.) I found that I was swimming in the 6, and the 4 was a drastically better fit.

For makeup, I went with this red lipstick (applied lightly…I prefer a gloss), and a light coating of this mascara by Guerlain.

What you don’t see in this shot are my shoes! I found the cutest pair of red gingham sandals at Abercrombie and Fitch a couple weeks ago. I very much prefer shoes that encase my feet and have ankle support, as I tend to fall out of shoes quite easily (especially heels). These are comfortable enough so I can go short distances and not tear holes in my feet. (No traipsing around a theme park in these babies!)

Have a safe and happy holiday! 🇺🇸💙❤️🦅

White House Black Market 👗👠

I don’t consider myself a fashionista by any means. I prefer plain, solid colors and classic staples in my wardrobe. Simplicity and comfort are two keys…hence why I’m often found sporting athletic wear and shirts from all my races.

One of my favorite past times, especially when I was in graduate school at Edinboro, was driving to the mall (Millcreek Mall in Erie, PA), grabbing a coffee, and window shopping. It was a wonderful distraction from the stress of academia, and more often than not, didn’t buy anything. That didn’t stop me from smelling all the candles at Yankee Candle, though! 

Chris was playing tour guide for me the other day as he was showing me around the malls around Orlando. We headed to the Mall at Millenia, which is a bit more upscale than what I’m used to. It includes a lot of the stores that I fawn over in preppy magazines, like Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines, so it’s definitely a win in my book! (I have an obsession over the preppy lifestyle, but that’s a post for a different day.)

There is a southern-based store called White House Black Market, and we stopped in there for a quick looksee. I am always on the hunt for those classic wardrobe staples, and I spotted this LBD almost instantly. Chris insisted that I try it on (he’s a pro photographer and always looking for cute things for me to try!), so I did.

Result: A very Audrey Hepburn-ish look…

I slipped it on and fell completely in love with the cut. It fit like a dream, and is definitely on my #goals list when I finally land a job!

Chris spotted this necklace and had me pair it. I hate gold jewelry, but I have to admit, this combination looked really sharp.

Specs: I’m 5’5″ and roughly 140 lbs with broad shoulders. I’m wearing a size four. No complaints 🙂

If you’re searching for a LBD to add to your wardrobe, I would highly recommend this one!

P.S. It has pockets!!

WHBM Sources: Dress || Necklace