Elevated Basics

cute way to style a white t-shirt + jeans
Rebecca Minkoff black crossbody bag

One of my top shopping priorities or tactics is to always have accessories that can make the most simple of outfits "pop." In this case I'm just wearing a basic tee + skinny jeans, but I made it a [blog-worthy] styled look with a few great accessories.

how to elevate a simple tee + jeans outfit with accessories
how to make a simple t-shirt more interesting
how to style a basic white v-neck tee
high-waisted skinny jeans

If you're on the hunt for a great pair of high-waisted skinny jeans that are bank account friendly, these are your jeans! I've been wearing them so much and have been neglecting all of my other jeans! They actually hit my natural waist (above my belly button), have a really good slimming, stretchy fit, and the raw hem is perfect. Oh, and they're $30!! I'm typically a size 2, but got a 4 in these (H&M bottoms tend to run quite small).

t-shirt and jeans styled with a bandana and hat
White t-shirt with a bandana scarf + wool hat
Tee (I also have in black - they're the best little tees!)  |  Jeans ($30!)
Sandals  |  Bag  |  Hat (look for less)  |  Similar Bandana Scarf Similar Necklace

If you've been wanting to get in on the bandana/neck scarf trend, then I found some gorgeous options here and here. I've found mine to be surprisingly versatile because you can tie them onto a bag (like I did here), or wear them a few different ways around your neck (I showed some options in this post).

I hope you girls are having a great week! My bestie & incredible photographer Jo (you'll want to follow her!) is coming into town to stay with us tonight and then tomorrow we'll head up to Columbia for a couple of photo shoots and to visit my best friend from college (shoutout to Ash!) and Brianna! It's going to be an amazing couple of days and I'm looking forward to seeing almost all of my girls!  

Star Top, Round Three

cute summer outfit with a Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag
festival style with a star print top
lace-up star print top

 Seeing as this is my third time blogging this little star print top, can you tell how much I love it?? ★ You can see my other blog posts here and here, but I've also worn it many more ways in daily life too (including for work). I never thought a $15ish top would become such a versatile piece for me!

spring outfit idea with cutoff shorts
star print top with a wool hat
black hat + star top with cutoff shorts
summer trend: silver hardware | Rebecca Minkoff "darling" crossbody bag

 I've been looking for the perfect crossbody bag for spring and summer, and instantly loved this one that I ordered during the Shopbop sale a couple of weeks ago. I'm such a fan of pretty much everything Rebecca Minkoff designs, and this is now my third bag from them (4th all-time). I think this will be the perfect bag to tie some bandana scarves on to customize it for different outfits. I'm loving all of the chic bandana options here and here.

Spring outfit with studded sandals and belt
Similar Top  |  Shorts  |  Sandals  |  Bag  |  Simlar Hat (mine is Janessa Leone)  |  Belt

I also wanted to remind you guys about a giveaway I have going on for a gift certificate to Mixology! They're a new-to-me site that my friend Brianna orders from, and I love that they have a lot of unique pieces! Check out the giveaway in this post.

Spring Off-the-Shoulder

white off-the-shoulder top, mom jeans
pretty spring transition outfit
white off-shoulder top tucked into jeans

Is this not one of the prettiest bushes/trees you've ever seen?? I knew I had to get some photos here, so Brianna and I shot these at the end of a long afternoon of shooting and hit that perfect golden hour glow.

off-the-shoulder + high-waisted jeans
relaxed spring outfit with an off-the-shoulder top

Soooo sad story...

I don't have these mules anymore...

Because my precious little Russell dog escaped while I was at work and ate them. As in shredded them into teeeeny tiny little pieces all over the living room (which I then had to dig through our rug to find) 😓

This is why I can't have nice things.

off-shoulder top with tie sleeves
off-shoulder top + high-waisted relaxed denim
white off-shoulder top with tie sleeves, layered necklace, high-waisted jeans
spring off-the-shoulder top
Similar tops here, here & here (mine is sold out from F21)  |  Jeans 

I also wanted to share that last week I got to guest post on an amazing women's lifestyle site called The Well! One of the founders is from the sleepy Missouri town we live in and I immediately connected with her fellow creative soul :) I shared a little bit of my blogging background and how it's become such an important part of my life and carried me through a lot of life changes over the past few years. Please check out the post and their site!

My First Bodysuit + a Giveaway

bodysuit with relaxed gf jeans
burgundy bomber jacket, black mock-neck tank
black fitted bodysuit, highwaisted jeans

As much as I want to wear little spring dresses and shorts everyday, we are definitely still having some cooler days around here, so I've wearing these girlfriend jeans quite a bit! The light wash and raw hem feel so fresh for spring, and they're perfect with spring blouses, graphic tees, and bodysuits.

High-waisted relaxed jeans, bodysuit, bomber jacket
bodysuit with a bomber jacket
blonde wavy hair, high-waisted gf jeans
Raw hem girlfriend jeans

This is actually my first bodysuit, and I'm obsessed! I love that you don't have to worry about them becoming untucked, and that they just streamline your whole outfit. This one is no longer available, but I love these here, here and here.

high-waisted jeans with a studded belt
Bodysuit with high-waisted jeans
Jeans  |  Jacket  |  Shoes  |  Similar Belt

Has anyone else been shopping like crazy lately?? I've constantly been searching for cute and unique tops, dresses and rompers, and since I'm going to my first music festival later in the summer I'm already looking for cute festival fashion too! I recently discovered a new site called Mixology that I wanted to share with you girls because they have a lot of great options that I haven't seen on other websites (and free shipping over $75)! I'm so excited to have a giveaway today for $25 to shop there for yourself! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about your favorite spring trend, or what you've been shopping for most lately! I'll pick a winner the weekend of April 29-30 :) 

Gray Crochet

pretty crochet top for spring
gray lace top, washed black mom jeans
gray crochet/lace top
Gray crochet top
Top (c/o)  |  Jeans  |  Heels  |  Bag is sold out from Zara  |  Similar Earrings

Hey girls, I'm keeping things short and sweet for today's post because I'm writing this in the middle of the night and it's been a lonnngg, crazy work week. Fortunately I'm off of work today and getting to model in a fun shoot, and hopefully I can post some fun sneak peeks on my Instagram story!

I hope you all have an amazing Easter weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by xx