We all need a LBD and I definitely have few but finding a little black skirt had been quite the exhausting challenge until recently. I’ve finally found the perfect black skirt that can be dressed up or down. I love a good versatile piece and this fits the bill. My only regret Is not purchasing another one or two or three in the other available colors.


      

Skirt: Jcrew Factory // Shirt: Loft (old); Similar Grey Tee // Shoes: Love These and these

Finally a new post! I’ll admit I’ve totally slacked the last two weeks and I’ll even blame it on our newest furry edition, Maximilian. Having a puppy is exhausting. My boyfriend, Jeremy, and I always joke that when we have kids they will be shipped off to Auntie Alanna (my big sis) on the regular.  Anyways, I did finally drag myself away from puppy cuddles to take some new blog photos for this post (which I’m typing while Max is passed out on my lap).  I think I’ve worn these white pants a few too many times these past few weeks but they are such a summer staple. I’m currently in search for a second pair because well, I need some to wear while these are in the overflowing hamper (again, puppy cuddles are time consuming). I paired these with a blush colored lace top from Loft. Am I the only one who can’t leave that store empty handed?!  Sadly this top is no longer available but I did my best to find some similar options which I linked below.
      

Jeans: H&M // Top: SimilarAnother option // Shoes: Old, Similar // Bag: Old; Love This // Watch : Michael Kors; ` (on sale!) // Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Last summer my roommate at the time gave me a little push and shove to purchase my first crop top. It took a couple months after the purchase before I had the guts to wear it.  Obviously those couple of months were spent doing endless amounts of ab exercises. The only time I show my stomach is while at a beach or pool so this little top was totally out of my comfort zone.  I’ve found the best way to pull off the crop top without showing too much skin is pairing it with high waisted shorts (seen below) and skirts.

Nonetheless, a toned tummy definitely helps boost confidence for this outfit.  Thankfully ab workouts are amongst my favorite because I can do them at home while binge watching Netflix.  My puppy, Max, also enjoys this part of my day as its optimal time for crawling on top of my stomach and plopping down for an early evening nap.  Yup, an extra ten pounds resting on my stomach! Lucky for him I welcome the challenge.  My latest ab routine is a free 30 day challenge which works different muscles every day and includes stretching exercises (so important!). The program can be found here.  I typically aim to do ‘Level II’ for each set of exercises but that doesn’t always happen- anything incorporating planks makes me cringe and leaves me doing the bare minimum.  I definitely have room for improvement and plan on starting the challenge over once I finish out these last 10 days!  I also follow a 12 week workout program (I’m on my second round) which has made me stronger and more toned than I’ve been in years. More on that in an upcoming post!

      

 

Shirt: Old; Love these options: 1,2,3 (on sale) // Shorts: J.Crew (old); Similar ; love these

I had my eye on this Cynthia Steffe ‘Manhattan dress’ for quite some time before purchasing. Although I loved the discounted price when I finally did buy it, I missed out on a few months of wear. This light weight shift dress is perfect for both fall and spring. I can’t wait to start pairing it with booties once the summer is over (not that I’m in a rush for summer to end before its even started).  It’s currently over 50% off. Go on, get it girl!


      

 

Dress: Lord & Taylor // Bag: old, Similar // Sandals: old; Similar // Bracelets: Similar studded braceletStella & Dot

Floral prints used to remind me of my grandma’s outdated curtains but I’ve slowly come to purchase my fair share of floral print clothing.  I love the blue and pink color combo in this dress.  If I can’t have a vase a flowers then I guess I’ll wear them. Oh, and these shoes are a dream, I love the scrappy detail. Added bonus- they are super comfy, I don’t know why I let them sit in the box untouched for months.


      

 

Dress: Old Navy (in stores); Maxi verson // Bag: Kate Spade (old); Similar // Shoes: Nordstrom (grey is sold out)-other colors available here // Necklace: J.Crew Factory