On My Radar: Bottoms

bottoms 1. Calypso St. Barth Joleen Maxi Skirt, $250 2. ModCloth Source of Sweetness Skirt, $42.99 3. No. 21 Contrast Floral Pattern Shorts, $187.85 4. J.Crew Pleated Short in Seersucker, $69.50 5. Topshop Organza Stripe Skirt, $96 6. Zara Printed Pencil Skirt, $59.90 7. Zara Cropped Jacquard Pattern Trousers, $59.90 8. Tory Burch Isadora Short, $175 9. Windsor Ivory/Black Trial Pants, $32.90

HELLO everyone!!! After a month hiatus, I am finally back. I apologize for my absence, I have just had a very crazy and hectic last few weeks between moving out of Iowa, bringing all my stuff up to Minneapolis, family and friends visiting out on the Cape, and working. However, I have some exciting news…I officially signed a lease for an apartment in Minneapolis, so after Labor Day I will be moving in with two of my good friends from high school. So I am excited to finally be living back in Minneapolis for the first time in awhile.
Anyways, today on the blog is all about bottoms. I have come to realize that my closet is extremely top heavy…meaning I have a lot more tops than bottoms. So, in an effort to focus on balancing out my wardrobe, I am sharing some of the ideal bottoms I would love to have in my wardrobe.

What do you need more of in your wardrobe?

Beach Weekend Essentials

beach-essentials 1. Sabine Three Tier Link Necklace, $38 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses, $110 3. San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Wide Brim Fedora, $58 4. Sanctuary Belted Mosaic Maxi Dress, $148 5. Mar Y Sol Caracas Double Stripe Sisal Tote, $109 6. Melissa Odabash Capri Bandeau Bikini, $180 7. C.Wonder Knotted Bangle Set, $48 8. NARS Lipstick in Casablanca, $26 9. Vix Pipa Broderie Anglaise Woven Kaftan, $180 10. Seychelles Change of Pace, $79 11. Vince Camuto Fynn Flip Flops, $59

Spending the summer on the Cape has my beach fever in full swing. I have seen so many adorable airy maxi dresses and tunics around these parts and I want every single one! Also, the amount of adorable beach bags being shown this season has my heart a flutter. To top it all off (and, to cover up the sandy beach hair) simply throw on a chic fedora or floppy hat and some oversized sunnies.
If you are planning any kind of beach getaway sometime soon, these are some of the things you should pack in your bag. Take it from me, a newly self-proclaimed beach aficionado ;)

Weekly Wish List: Sun Kissed

weekly-wish-list 1. Kate Spade Saturday Half-Circle Backpack in Small Squares, $130 | 2. Modcloth The Pose Garden Sandal, $32.99 | 3. t+j designs Gold Crystal Accent Bracelet, $28 | 4. Club Monaco Aleta Jumper, $198.50 | 5. MOTO Light Blue Boyfriend Jeans, $84 | 6. BaubleBar Pastel Ziegfeld Necklace, $36 | 7. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color SPF 15 in Rose Dahlia, $34 | 8. Zara Floral Print T-Shirt, $35.90 | 9. ASOS Mini Tote Bag with Tassel Detail, $42.43 | 10. Tory Burch Pearl Embroidered Linen Tunic, $295 | 11. Sandy Hyun Deco Hinge Bracelet, $88 | 12. Topshop Rebel Clean 2 Part Sandals, $96 | 13. Polette Eyewear Lady Brown Sunglasses, $12.99 | 14. Loren Hope Gwyneth Necklace, $165 | 15. Furbish Sampling Necklace, $36 | 16. Topshop Crochet Top, $45 | 17. ASOS Leather Contrast Weave Clutch Bag, $59.40

I can’t think of a better way to ring in summer than fun, edgy accessories, bold lips, airy tunics, and oversized sunnies, just to name a few.

Summer Nail Polish Picks

summer-nail-picks 1. Lancome Vernis in Love in Sugar Rose, $15 | 2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Dilettan, $20 | 3. NARS Nail Polish in Orgasm, $18 | 4. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Milf, $17 | 5. Julep Nail Vernis in Taylor, $14 | 6. Dior Vernis Color Block Nail Lacquer in Plaza, $24 | 7. JINsoon Nail Lacquer in French Lilac, $18 | 8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Lara’s Theme, $17 | 9. Essie Hip-Anema, $7.79

Summer time means sandal season, which means it is essential to have your toenails painted at all times. If there’s one thing that makes me cringe, it’s seeing bare, discolored toenails. Paint those babies with a hot shade of pink or red!
As far as fingernails, pretty much anything goes for color. But if you want my opinion, the brighter the color the better during the summer. My favorite color of my picks above is from the up-and-coming brand JINsoon – how fab is that shade of purple?! I’m totally swooning.

What is your go-to summer nail color(s)?

Day-to-Night Summer Outfits

summer-outfits Look 1: 1. Dolce Vita Robyn Dress, $143 2. BaubleBar Gold Stud Pyramid Pendant, $26 3. Annabel Ingall Jojo Cross Body Bag, $299 4. Madewell Drifter Sunglasses, $49.50 5. BaubleBar Sky Gold Prong Bracelet, $28 6. BaubleBar Rose Gold Bow Bangle, $20 7. BaubleBar Gold Sun Cap Cuff, $26 8. Yosi Samra Flip Flops, $55

Look 2: 1. J.Crew Embroidered Gauze Top, $88 2. OTTE Cargo Shorts, $108 3. Kate Spade New York Gramercy Mini Watch, $250 4. Jules Smith Edie Thin Stacking Rings, $65 5. Illesteva Leonard Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $130 6. ASOS Leather Contrast Weave Clutch Bag, $59.40 7. Zara Mid-Heel Sandals, $49.90

Look 3: 1. Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Ferrous Wash, $69.50 2. Dorothy Perkins Yellow and White Stripe Skirt, $39 3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Supermodel, $17 4. BaubleBar Pave Crescent Bangle, $32 5. J.Crew Crystal Feather Necklace, $58 6. Zara Silk Satin Ankle Strap Sandals, $39.90

These 3 outfits can easily be worn during the day for running errands or on a lunch date, or at night while grabbing drinks with some friends. Whether you prefer a flawy maxi dress, an airy gauze top with fun printed shorts and strappy sandals, or a more girly approach with a chambray button down and a summer skirt, there is an outfit for everyone.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Two more days until the weekend!

Summer’s Most Versatile Sandals

summer-sandals 1. Aldo Judita Sandal, $90 | 2. Forever 21 Basketweave Sandals, $19.80 | 3. Tommy Hilfiger Piper Sandal, $49.99 | 4. Jessica Simpson Kari Sandal, $54.99 | 5. Nine West Sequin Sandal, $79 | 6. DV by Dolce Vita Briza Sandal, $54.99 | 7. Faith Jaime Classic Mint Leather Sandals, $43.27 | 8. Aldo Chafsiya High Heel Sandals, $90 | 9. ISAPERA Iliotropio 2 Band Sandals, $115 | 10. Aldo Keola High Heel Sandals, $90 | 11. Report Mazur Sandal, $39.99 | 12. Aldo Glynis Wedge Sandal, $70 | 13. Zara Rhinestone Sandals, $89.90 | 14. ASOS Hot Shot Heeled Sandals, $76.36 | 15. Dolce Vita Bermuda Sandal, $89.99

Hello again, everyone! As promised, I am back with a second post today.
Per usual, sandals are being seen EVERYWHERE for summer. While it can sometimes be fun to get caught up in the latest of-the-moment trends, especially when it comes to shoes (um, hello, how effing cute are all the colorful pom poms, tassels, jewels, and oversized flowers this summer!?!?! I can’t even handle it.), it’s also important to invest in a few pairs of solid, neutral staples.
These 15 pairs above are guaranteed to be worn all summer long, with all kinds of different outfit combinations. My personal faves are 1, 3, 9, 10, and 13.

Which pair is your favorite? Do you have a pair of go-to summer sandals that you wear over and over again?

Color Crush: Shades of Pink

pretty-in-pink J.Crew Scalloped Tank Bathing Suit, $88 // Miss Selfridge Pink Candy Stripe Short, $38 (on sale!) // Blu Bijoux Pink Faux Suede Chain Bracelet, $28 // Shameless Jewelry Gold and Pink Art Deco Cuff Bracelet, $55 // Juicy Couture Gigi Espadrilles, $139.99 // Loeffler Randal Dree Woven Sandals, $175 // Soft Joie Luliana Cover Up Tunic, $118 // Blaque Label Sleeveless Peplum Top, $41 (on sale 50% off!) // Tory Burch Flamingo Softshell iPhone 5 Case, $50 // Serpui Marie Woven Minaudière, $187 // Mango Tasseled Necklace, $29.99 // Modcloth My Favorite Macaron Dress, $62.99 // ASOS Linen Midi Skirt, $43.08 // J.Crew Mari Sandals, $228 // BaubleBar Pink Marrakech Bangle, $32 //

Hello again, everyone!!! My most sincere apologies for my elongated absence from my beloved blog. It has been a rather hectic and busy last few weeks, between packing, traveling, settling in and getting acquainted at my parents house, starting work, and enjoying my Memorial Weekend, I unfortunately had to put the blog on the back burner for awhile. But I am back now and will hopefully be able to post more consistently! :)
Today I am sharing my latest color crush which, as you see, is any and all shades of pink. This color crush has come on quite recently – I had never been particularly fond of the color pink in the past. However, I am loving the different hues of pink being shown in this summer’s styles, whether it be fuchsia, blush, magenta, or arguably the most popular member of the pink family, coral, I simply adore them all.
At the top of my list is the Juicy Couture espadrilles, the Mango Tasseled Necklace, and the Modcloth dress. That ASOS midi skirt is pretty to-die-for as well, but I just don’t know if that length would be flattering on me though. I had to include it though because it’s so cute and I want everyone else to see it and love it (and maybe buy it!).

P.S. In an effort to come back with a bang and somewhat make up for my absence, look for a SECOND post later today! You’ll have to check back to see what it is :)

Where to Shop Now: Ann Taylor

ann-taylor 1. Textured Flounce Skirt, $88 2. Karmen Wedge Sandals, $118 3. Fringe Sweater Jacket, $85 (on sale!) 4. Exotic Leather Skinny Belt, $38 5. Feather Weight Embroidered Tunic, $70 6. Cabochon Stretch Bracelet, $28 7. Scalloped Crepe Open Jacket, $128 8. Shimmer Stone Statement Necklace, $58 9. Laser Cut Paisley Dress, $120 (on sale!) 10. Colorblock Perforated Leather Mini Bag, $168 11. Exotic Leather Ballet Flats, $128 12. Fantasy Paisley Madison Skirt, $68

Warm temperatures have finally arrived and with that comes the desires for bright colors and hues, fun prints and patterns, and light materials in your wardrobe. But where do you start? I am here to tell you that you should start – and possibly be able to finish – at Ann Taylor.
As I was doing my usual online browsing of the millions of shopping websites the other day, I stumbled across Ann Taylor and had to pick my jaw up off the ground after looking through their new arrivals – I literally want everything!!! The great thing about Ann Taylor’s new summer arrivals is that almost all of their pieces can be worn at the office, or dressed down for a more casual weekend look.
Above I have picked merely 12 of my favorites (#2, #7, and #10 my absolute faves….those wedge sandals are calling my name!), but be sure to check out all of their new arrivals here.
Also, you can get 30% off of your online purchase from Ann Taylor using the code “maychic” at checkout. I’m not sure how long this code will last, so find something to fall in love with and get 30% off of it today!
Happy almost weekend!

{This was not a sponsored post. I just really love Ann Taylor’s new summer arrivals!}

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

mother's-day-gift-guide 1. Loren Hope Roxy Earrings in Turquoise, $78 2. Old Navy Women’s Crochet-Straw Pom-Pom Tote, $19.94 3. GLAMGLOW Super-Mud Clearing Treatment, $69 4. Gorjana Kingston Wrap Bracelet, $65 5. Lemlem Dehna Patio Cover Up Dress, $198.40 6. Tildon ‘Aubree’ Flat, $49.95 7. Oscar de la Renta ‘Something Blue’ Perfume, $85 8. Gorjana XO Gold Cuff Bracelet, $84 9. Kate Spade Gold Patchwork Metro Watch, $175 10. C.Wonder Wicker Picnic Basket, $128 11. philosophy ‘you’re a gem – ravishing ruby’ shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, $16.50 12. J.Crew Seersucker Underwire Tank Swimsuit, $80 13. C.Wonder Small Druzy Stone Studded Ring, $38 14. C.Wonder 20″ Upright Suitcase, $99 15. Club Monaco Hat Attack Fedora, $69.50 16. Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody book, $55 17. Rose Pierre Island Adventure Necklace, $65 18. Bobbi Brown Tube Tint, $18 19. Gorjana Three Disc Necklace, $75 20. Mar Y Sol Remy Clutch, $85

Don’t have a gift for your mom yet for Mother’s Day? Look no further! Here are 20 ideas for gifts for your good ol’ mom. Simply click on the links and order and they will be at your house before Mother’s Day! There are gifts for all kinds of moms at all kinds of budgets, so there is something for everyone!
Have any of you already found the perfect gift for your mom for Mother’s Day? Do share :)

Polished Pullover

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polished-pullover-accessories Pullover Top: Forever 21 (similar style here and here) | Skirt: OASAP (c/o) | Heels: Target (similar style here here and here) | Clutch: local boutique | Bangles: Jeweliq, Forever 21 | Earrings: Lord & Taylor | Lipstick: NARS in “Heat Wave” | Nail Polish: O.P.I. in “Sparrow Me The Drama”

Aaaand I’m back with a vengeance! I apologize again for being sort of MIA the last week or two, my life is an absolute circus these days. So much to do, so little time…you know the drill.
However, this past weekend I devoted some time to shoot this little ensemble…and, if it isn’t obvious enough from the pictures, I think it was the first time I bared my legs to the world in like 6 months. It was like a foreign concept to me, but Mother Nature finally threw the Midwest a bone this past weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s!
I recently picked up this embellished pullover from Forever21 and I’m obsessed. It’s super versatile in that it can be layered over a colored button up or worn by itself. Plus, gray is neutral so it can literally be worn with any other color in the world. The possibilities are endless! (Except for gray on gray…that is my worst nightmare. My boyfriend wears gray sweatpants with gray t-shirts sometimes just to torture me…)
While I chose to take a more dressed-up approach with this pullover, it can just as easily be dressed down with some distressed denim like these or these, and some colored flats like these or these.
Wishing you all a pleasant day and some time in the sunshine!