Take a walk on the warmer side with this all-inclusive guide to my summer essentials.


This Vera Bradley quilted backpack and beach towel are two of my favorite items that scream summer. I love the colorful pattern. The print is called "Pixie Blooms," from the VB Summer 2015 collection. I picked it out as one of my gifts for Christmas in 2015 from my Dad when it was over half off!

Though this pattern is retired you can find the backpack here.


Though I'm the kind of gal who relishes any opportunity to get as glam as possible, sometimes I want to take a break from putting toward the level of effort it takes to do so- ESPECIALLY in the summer when it is hot, humid, and muggy. This has led me to adopt a different sense of style for the warmer months. I call it, "comfy chic." What better way is there to beat the heat? This amazing New York & Company tank top jumpsuit is one of my go-to pieces when I'm looking to be comfortable since it is so soft and easy to throw on! It pairs great with this roomy and lightweight Forever 21 batwing sweater and glitter-y sandals (also from F21). I've also been keeping my jewelry simplistic to coincide with my newfound easygoing vibe. To add a little elevation to this look I wore my favorite brass Alex & Ani bracelets. The two I have were a gift from my Aunt for my high school graduation in 2015- which was 3 YEARS AGO ALREADY!

I guess what they say is true....sometimes more can be less, and time flies when you're enjoying yourself.


As big of a fan as I am when it comes to designer goods, I occasionally find myself unable to justify making certain purchases, such as sunglasses (even after owning a designer pair or two myself). This led me to purchase these two pairs from Amazon which closely resemble the much coveted Celine aviator and Tilda shades, but are not in any way/shape/form knock-offs. I purchased both pairs for only $24.00!

Find them here and here.


Slides are the ideal summer shoe(s) and this pair are nothing less than incredible. These are my mom's, but we are close in size so occasionally we share shoes. I believe she picked them up from a store called Ross; I'm not sure how much they were but I can imagine they fell somewhere between the $15-20 price range.

Find similar white slides here.


DSW amazed me yet again a few weeks back when I practically swam through the plethora of great shoes on clearance and found these gorgeous nude stacked heel Aldo pumps for 70% off (originally priced at $70)! It was such a great bargain. They are a suede-ish material, which I would usually gravitate toward in the winter, but I don't mind wearing them this season because they are extremely comfortable and the nude color is reminiscent of pastels- which I adore for spring/summer.

Find a similar pair of pumps here.