summer dresses

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply.

Happy Summer My Friends!

Instant Vacation Saint Barts — Ocean Hues

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

The ultimate vacation for me involves sun, sand and ocean!  Since I’m not on a vacation I’ll just have to take what I can get with enjoying sunny spring days and sand and ocean hues in my outfits.  The mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts capsule collection has just the right pieces to make vacation worthy outfit for my real life days in these ocean hues.  Enter in the perfect vacation piece, the mark. Change Your Ways Dress ($36).

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

On a vacation I could pack this one dress and get 3 different looks.  The Change Your Ways Dress is a convertible dress with a cotton tube top and a satin printed bottom which you can wear the tube at full length for a midi dress, fold it in half for a mini dress or wear as a skirt.  The gorgeous swirl and abstract palm leaf pattern instantly calls thoughts of shimmering waters of Saint Barts.

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mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

Because I am not next to the shimmering waters of Saint Barts but spending most my day in my grey and blue cubicle I need to make this perfect beach vacation dress work friendly.  Easy!  Add a white blazer, heels. a classic handbag and some luxe jewelry.  I’m wearing the mark. White On Blazer (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Stand Back Heels (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Classic Hit Handbag (last seen here), mark. Major Mix necklace (last seen here), the mark. Wow Factor Earrings (last seen here) and mark. Glimmer and Gleam bracelet set (last seen here) paired with the mark. All In Good Time Watch (last seen here).  Get them all at my eBoutique!

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Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

To finish the look I used my new favorite go-to beauty items the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets.  (I reviewed them here!).  The more subdued sunwashed shades of the mark. Island Eyes allowed me to create a blue eye look that wasn’t too bold for day.  Pair it with my favorite pink lipstick, Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Pink Renewal ($9 last seen here) I had a pretty look that instantly put me in a vacation mood!

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

Jacket off, off duty ready!

Jacket off, off duty ready!

What’s your ideal vacation?  Are you ready to incorporate some ocean hues into your wardrobe and take and instant vacation?  You can shop my full look at my eBoutique here.

Instant Vacation Saint Barts Moment

Instant Vacation Moment

 

Week O’Nautical – Nauty Navy Stripes

Nauty Navy Stripes

Nauty Navy Stripes

Week O’Nautical is coming to an end, and no better way to go out than with navy and white stripes.  This has been my favorite easy summer dress as of late.  You can really play up your accessories and create totally different looks.

Accessoreis in Sea Shades, Wild Blue Ring and Take Your Time Watch

Accessoreis in Sea Shades, Wild Blue Ring and Take Your Time Watch

For my accessories I played up the sea shades of blue with the mark. Take Your Time Watch ($40), mark. Wild Blue Ring ($18) and my favorite rope necklace from Target last year.  I also added on the Bohemian Rocks Bracelet ($24) which you can get at my eBoutique.

Wearing the Wedge Right In Sandals

Wearing the Wedge Right In Sandals

To make this a summer time day to night outfit I wore nude wedges, mark. Wedge Right In Sandals ($34).  They’re super comfy so I can walk all day in them but they give me some height to take me out in.  These are wardrobe staples in my book!  Do you recall this High Style Convertible Bag ($40) I featured here and here… well here I’m using it as a clutch!  Get the wedges and the bag at my eBoutique.

High Style Convertible Bag

High Style Convertible Bag

I’m ready for the long weekend!

Wear and Share Wed – mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Jackie from Living After Midnight & I are teaming up for a new series on our blogs called Wear It Wednesday!!! Every other Wednesday we’ll be styling the same mark. item with our own spin of course!!! We’re kicking off the series with mark.’s Shift & Swing Dress!! 

Wear and Share Wednesday

Wear and Share Wednesday

What I love most about mark. is it’s versatility, Jackie and I are different shapes with different styles and this dress is killer for both of us!  Check out Living After Midnight to see how Jackie styled her Swift and Swing Dress!  This dress WILL look good on everyone!  Plus the fun asymmetrical hem is super flattering!  This dress will turn heads.

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

I styled mine with, well, more mark.!  I just loved how the magalog paired this dress so I just copied it!  Wearing the Chase The Blues Necklace ($24), Blue Me In Earrings ($18), Big Mix Up Bracelets (blue strand $20), Shell Bracelet (Cookie Lee), High Style Convertible Bag ($40) and Stand Back Heels ($38).  Shop all these at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Shift and Swing details

Shift and Swing details

The trim on this dress has a bit of an aztec feel, perfect for summer!  The bright tangerine, purple and turquoise will give you so many options for styling this dress yourself!  I wanted to bring out the turquoise a bit more with the mark. Pretty Stellar Ring (in and out of sale at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com) and with Essie’s In The Cabana from the 2013 resort collection.

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

How would you style this dress?  I’m thinking the next time I wear this I’m going to pair it with simple gold heels and dainty gold jewelry!  Be sure to check out Living After Midnight and comment who’s looks is more your taste!  Join us every other Wednesday for 1 mark. item styled 2 ways!  Get your own Shift and Swing Dress $36 at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

PLUS just for today, an added bonus at the eBoutique!