So I’ve been dabbling in ironic + cheeky t-shirts lately. Fashion is skewing really casual these days, which has left the door open for the return of the t-shirt that makes you chuckle. Take this sequined T-Rex tee, for instance. Cute, quirky, has some edge– but all in the very comfortable package of your standard issue white t-shirt. I scored it during the Zara sale (shop a similar sequined applique t-shirt here, or T-Rex tees here and here), and matched it up with One Teaspoon shorts and a pair of flat leather sandals I scored in Greece for a super chill summer outfit.
This sequined T-Rex tee obviously works with cutoffs (what doesn’t, really?), but the real question is how else could you wear this? Well, I’m thinking it would be pretty cheeky layered under a standard black blazer + cigarette trousers at the office, or even tucked into a pencil skirt and worn with a black suede pump. Dressing up funny + playful pieces like this make fashion fun. It also stretches the cost-per-wear, because the more venues you can wear a piece, the more you’ll actually wear it– always a good thing.
An all-black outfit in July? Sure, weather permitting. I, however, shot this look on a Saturday early evening when it was roughly 90º with zero breeze. (Look closely and I’m sure you can see my sweat mustache in the headshots, but it’s all good.) I just couldn’t wait for cooler weather; this pair of black frayed denim (similar here) and sheer embroidered blouse was just too good. I love the moody vibe to the look, and that mega fray is everywhere right now. I matched ’em with my black leather mules (which are from ASOS a few seasons ago; super similar versions here and here). The blouse is super sheer, so a body con tank layered underneath boosted the coverage.
While I wouldn’t recommend wearing this at high noon or on any sort of summer patio, it would make for a perfect dinner + movie date night outfit because movie theaters and restaurants are always chilly. If you’re in the KC area, swing by KC Garment District and pick up this blouse + pair of frayed denim (which also comes in a regular wash, btw)!
What’s your ratio of destroyed to regular denim? I feel like I have more jeans with some sort of destroyed element (holes, fraying, a raw hem, etc.) than I do non-destroyed regular jeans. I’m also not mad about it; I love the cool ways designers are re-imagining denim and finding ways to add interesting features. It’s also become more and more acceptable to wear destructed denim in a variety of venues, which makes me feel even better about the fact more than half of my jeans are busted up.
I went full 70’s roller girl with this look. I mean, Farrah Fawcett is on my t-shirt, so I was pretty much obligated. These deep blush suede shorts have the cutest fringe detail, so I knew they were mine the second I spotted ’em. Can you get more roller girl than faux suede shorts in a dolphin cut with fringing at the side? I don’t think so, pals.
For a little height, I grabbed a pair of tan leather sandals from the shoe archives (you can still get this exact pair in a few sizes on sale, but shop super similar versions here and here– both for under $75!)
I kinda love how graphic tees are making their way back into fashion favor. I swear, I wore nothing but in the mid-90s. And you know I’m a fan of short shorts, so these suede shorts were a complete must-have. They’ll work with flat sandals (or even white sneakers; the dolphin cut errs on the sporty side) and a dainty camisole just as easily as they do here with a t-shirt. Once it cools off, topping the look with a blazer or leather jacket adds some serious edge (a fave trick of mine).
The best beauty tips for staying cool this summer.
While Kansas City enjoyed a fairly mild June, July has been pretty steamy. KC is known for its humidity (lucky us!) and with the heat indexes near 100º, this week has been downright sweltering. Luckily, my friends at Babbleboxx came to the rescue with a box full of goodies that make staying on top of one’s beauty game easier than ever. Summer beauty? Consider it hacked.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m giving myself a blowout, it drives me insane when I can’t really see the back of my head. The folks at Floxsee solved this problem with their tri-fold mirror. is a new product that provides a 360-degree hands-free view of your head. You simply pull out the hooks and hang it over a door, then adjust the length to so you can see all your angles. (Seriously, these telescoping hangers are genius!) The Floxsee mirror is made of break-resistant acrylic + folds flat, which makes it portable and ideal for traveling. (I plan on tossing this in the weekender here in a few weeks when we hit the lake.)
The Floxsee mirror is made of break-resistant acrylic + folds flat, which makes it portable and ideal for traveling. (I plan on tossing this in the weekender here in a few weeks when we hit the lake.)
Testing out the Floxsee mirror- you can see ALL your angles!
Summertime means swimsuits, tank tops, and short shorts. It also means shaving delicate areas like the underarm and bikini line more often, which can lead to increased irritation: ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and hyperpigmentation. PFB Vanish + Chromabright helps combat all three of these issues with their blend of active (yet gentle) glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. These acids combine to lift ingrowns, soothe bumps, and diminish dark spots.
I love this stuff! I’ve been a fan of this product for a while now; I keep it handy post-shower when I do bikini line touch-ups. It rolls on cool and immediately soothes irritation, helping prevent bumps from forming and calming existing aggravated areas. I notice my bikini line tends to get darker than my normal skin after a spray tan– not cute, guys– and PFB Vanish helps brighten + lighten that area. It’s a summer beauty must-have.
Bonus: it’s also great for the chest, neck, and under the chin to treat hyperpigmentation related to acne scars.
Skin care is so, so important. I love researching the latest serums, creams, and treatments to keep skin healthy, glowing, and youthful. (C’mon, this is like the trifecta or skin goals, am I right?) So I’m so excited to try facial cupping with this set from GLAM. What is facial cupping? It’s the use of suction cups on the skin to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. By bringing fresh blood to the surface of the skin, cupping stimulates collagen (i.e., the body’s skin plumper) and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a non-invasive way to tone, lift, and sculpt the face, and also boosts the effectiveness of skincare products. (You apply your favorite skin serum just before cupping, and then the cupping session boosts the depth the serum is able to penetrate, which equals better results.)
I’m excited to add cupping to my skincare routine; it’s relaxing + leaves my skin feeling super energized.
Cupping isn’t new; it dates back to ancient times in the Middle East and Asia as a therapy method to reduce inflammation, activate lymphatic drainage, and promote overall wellbeing.
It’s pretty well documented around here that I’m a big fan of beach hair, but it becomes more important in the summer when I’m in and out of the pool or at the beach on vacay. Summer beauty = low maintenance. The hunt for the perfect sea salt spray is constant– I like something with a bit of hold, no crunch, and moisturizing elements keep my hair from getting too dry. Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray is a hit! It’s packed with Argan oil, which nourishes and protects, and the formula gives the right amount of texture and volume to mimic day-at-the-beach waves. With just a bit of hold, this spray is more like a sea salt hairspray than a regular salt spray, which I’m digging to keep the mane from getting too wild.
Summer in KC means high temps + high humidity, which can result in some pretty sticky situations. (Boob sweat, anyone?) Summer’s Eve is offering freshness on-the-go with their Simply Summer’s Eve cleansing cloths, making personal care convenient even during the hottest heat wave. What I like about these? They’re formulated to maintain a natural pH, wipe away odor-causing bacteria, and are gynecologist-tested. I’ve got a pack of these in my gym bag for a little post-spin class refresh, and they’d be awesome to toss into your beach bag to freshen up during a day spent lounging poolside with your pals.
Simply Summer’s Even cleansing cloths are free from harsh ingredients + are hypoallergenic and soap-free.
I love accessories, but I favor functional over strictly fashionable during the summer. (As much as I love those heavy statement necklaces, I just cannot justify wearing ’em outside on a 95º day!) The Casio Baby-G watch is all about mixing fashion and function by combining a chic white aesthetic with water resistance up to 100 meters. This means you can rock your cute summer watch with everything from your cutoff denim shorts at brunch to your swimsuit for a little pool lounging.
*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The #NSale is where you score fall digs on the cheap.
You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for the next few weeks. Why? Because it’s one of the biggest + best sales of the year. Not only are you scoring 25-30% off, you’re getting that discount on next season’s merchandise. The NSale isn’t on already picked-over summer product or pieces that didn’t sell in the spring– it’s on the stuff everyone is going to be wearing come September through the winter. That’s huge; Nordstrom is having a sale on items that aren’t even on the shelves yet!
Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today. This means if you have a Nordie’s credit card, you get to shop the sale before the rest of the world– which ups your chances of scoring pieces before they sell out. (Spoiler alert: stuff sells out, fast.) If you’ve shopped the sale before, you know how this goes. If you’re not familiar, here are the #nsale highlights:
What’s on sale: fall pieces, shoes, accessories, athleisure. The Anniversary Sale is the best time to grab new fall pieces: including denim, boots and booties, sweaters, and jackets. It can seem a little odd to be buying chunky sweaters and tall boots, but buying now means you will have it in your closet come October (and you’ll have scored it at a deep discount). Stuff to buy that you can wear/use now: accessories like handbags, watches, jewelry, shoes, and athleisure goodies.
The sale is open to Nordstrom cardholders (debit and/or credit) from July 13th – July 20th. Shop early, score often.Early access is key because once pieces sell out, they’re gone until after the sale.
What if I’m unsure about an item? Or my size? No worries– Nordstrom has one of the best return policies in the business. It’s hassle-free, no questions asked. So if you’re on the fence about something, buy it! You can absolutely return it for a full refund later– and Nordie’s offers free shipping and free returns, whew.
The sale opens to the public on July 21st through August 6th. On August 7th, all the prices go up.
How do I shop the #nsale? I hit the sale on the first day and snap up a few pieces I’ve earmarked for my fall wardrobe, and then check back throughout the sale for items that grow on me. Peep my must-have’s below.
Bookmark this post. I’ve got so many deals for you– and so many for under $150! I’ll be updating this post throughout the sale with fresh pieces as other product sells out. I’ve also added it to the Shop LSR dropdown in the top nav for easy reference.
Buy these now on the cheap, thank yourself when the leaves start to turn.
First things first: those amazing Spanx leggings I’m always wearing are part of the sale! GET THEM– they’re over $30 off! I paid full price for mine and would do it all over again– these leggings are so flattering and have a killer leather look. Score them now for a discount!
Last but not least: get your beauty fix! Score a badass hair dryer, makeup goodies, and a Clarisonic. Bonus: these make great Christmas gifts, in case you’re someone who gets her holiday shopping done early.
Happy hunting, guys! Reach out to me on social or leave a comment if you have any questions! I’ve been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for over 10 years and it’s still one of the best. Nordie’s come through again and again!