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5 Summer Trends You Should Know & Try

Jessica Wagner

Wearing TKB  Floral Tank & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties


Top Knot Boutique: Your Best Friend For Summer

Summer trends go way beyond floral, although I must admit I love blending in with a wildflower garden.  

Allow me to introduce you to Top Knot Boutique, an affordable online boutique, currated by my friends and fellow busy mamas who are on a mission to help women balance life’s many roles with fashionable ease.

I’m so smitten!

Top Knot Boutique or TKB is all about the reinvention of good ol’ classics with effortless on-trend aesthetics. Each piece featured is hand-picked by Hannah and Anita. (Read more about theses two lovelies and the "behind the scenes" on their blog here!)

Top Knot hits that sweet spot when it comes to comfort and clothing for morning, noon, and night. Laid-back, cute and easy. They carry the softest everyday pieces that brilliantly transition from work to weekend. What I love about boutique style clothing is the attention to detail. They make it easy for you to find an item that has my three musts: affordable, exclusive, and compliment worthy.

Top Knot has a great selection of slouchy tops with artful touches, timeless dresses that are so very much of the times, and that unexpected tomboy-sexy that will elevate your outfit top-knot ballerina bun and all!

Scroll on to see my selection of the ones that I’m keeping on my list of “must buys” for summer/vacation holiday 2017 and let me know which trend is your favorite! 


Stripes


What is a summer trend forecast without beloved stripes?! This season the print comes in all forms, but my favorites are in contrasting blue and white hues!

This open-shoulder top with little bell sleeves is sure to make you belle of the BBQ! I’m already planning a vineyard picnic with this sweet fitting cutie in mind. So easy. I paired mine with cream and lace shorts, but any type of denim would work just as seamlessly.

Wearing TKB first look exclusive! (Keep an eye out for this is a soon-to-be new arrival!)


Ruffles

Shoulder baring tops have taken to the next-level with a few ultra femme and frilly touches.

The color of clementines, peaches, and tangerines, this darling top will make a summer glow sing. Doll it up with a skirt, or pair it down with dark-wash high waisted denim, this look is grown up and girlie.


Blush Pink

The new neutral.

These knotted mule sneaks are the ultimate summer companion. Way to combine super comfy, supportive and adorable, TKB!  All in a shade that leans towards the earthier end of the pink pallet - that hint of warmth makes them subtle enough to wear with all! (Only $25!)


Distressed

I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere and am so drawn to the disregarded edginess of it. I do find it a little tricky – the distressing has to be done just right  – or this look can come across disheveled. This one has a high-low vented hem with a tattered design. The soft pink color and oversize comfy distressing hit all the right places!

Look 1:

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties

Look 2:

I had to style this distressed top two ways (I just like it so much) – above, with heels to show you guys how easy it can be to style something like this up, and one with my sneaks and the dreamiest TKB kimono. This kimono might be one of my favorite pieces in the shop. It can be worn as a swim cover up, or to add a light layer of interest. The sheer shades of pink, tassels and the teal accent trim are on point!

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Printed Kimono

Graphic Statements/Slogans

Unless you’ve living under a rock, you should know by now that wordy tees  are absolutely everywhere. From subtle word stitching to instagram friendly “hashtags” this trend is hard not to mention.

I am in love with this tank. It has ALL the good vibes! The fit is so cool – it’s cut to flatter. Just right for that “little to no effort look.” I know that’s how I like to get dressed!

(TKB also carries cute slogan baseball caps and hats. They have some new arrivals I can’t wait to get my hands on!)


>>Top Knot Boutique $50 Giftcard Giveaway!<<

To kick off BBQ and picnic season {and my favorite sparkly holiday -- the 4th of July} @shoptkb and I have teamed up to gift one lucky winner a $50 gift card to shop their effortless on-trend classics! Top Knot Boutique @shoptkb is on a mission to help women balance life's many roles with fashionable ease. It's almost summer, and officially time to update your wardrobe with the seasons latest trends! To enter:

1. Like this photo (on instagram here)
2. Follow me on instagrem @theweekenderfashion and @shoptkb
3. Tag a friend in the comments on instgram (each friend tagged is an additional entry.)
4. For additional entries: subscribe to my blog here and/or follow @shoptkb on Facebook here.

Winner will be announced on our instagram accounts on 6/24, good luck! 


Wearing TKB Slit Sleeve Top - 2 Color Options Charcoal or Mauve


From errand running, to puppy walking, hanging at the coffee shop, or relaxing/chasing the kids parkside, Top Knot Boutique is the answer to all your weekend destination needs!

What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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A special thank you to Hannah and AnitaTop Knot Boutique for partnering on this post!

Be sure to check out Top Knot on Facebook here, their business page here and instagram here!

Dark Romance

Jessica Wagner

All Occasion Dress

Anthropologie: Madera Maxi Dress by Bhanuni

Every wardrobe should have one go-to lush, detail-rich dress. Think of it as a secret weapon for those spontaneous special events.

It’s great when you have the time to search out that perfect party outfit, but sometimes you only have a few hours notice. The solution is having an all-occasion dress on hand, one that works in any season and can be worn to multiple events.

When searching for a swoon-worthy gown, look for thoughtful touches that make the dress unique. Maybe it’s elaborate in structure or decoration. Perhaps it’s made of an unusual fabric, color or print. 

The obstacle when shopping for an elegant dress is being able to weigh price verse wear-ability. 

So, while there is no way that magnificent dress is going to get the same airtime as your favorite pair of jeans - hear me out- jeans on the rare, are truly magnifiqué! A gorgeous frock is probably going to take a dip into your clothes budget, so make it worth the investment. When you find something that meets your criteria, and makes you feel like a million, splurge. That's what makes it "special." Choose a dress you would wear traveling Europe, attending a up-scale cocktail event, or even to mark an unremarkable day! There's always a reason to celebrate, so find "the one you can't live without" and wear it every chance you get.

I have a few scrumptious dresses (mostly from weddings) that I wish I could wear all the time but they are just too romantic for a typical night out. I love this particular Anthropologie dress for it's fancy-boho style. This is an all-occasion dress that can be just as gorgeous dressed up with heels and accessories (wedding) or dressed down with a casual denim jacket and ankle boots (date night.)

It’s memorable in its vibrant colors and lovely print, but not so much that it couldn’t be worn to multiple affairs. This dress is even more exquisite in person. The upper bodice is adorned with detailed sequins, delicate beading, and dainty rosettes. The empire waist and tiered full skirt are perfect for formal events in early fall, spring and summer. It’s really a light soft fabric and the dark turquoise against the pale blues and oxblood reds give it garden party appeal.

In this particular stage in life, weddings are what come to mind when I think of occasion dressing. As a guest as you want to spiff it up, but you don’t want to out-shine the bride (or wedding party.) Wearing white is out of the question and black can be a snooze-fest. So just how fancy should one go?

Coming from a girl who likes to go glam, when in doubt, opt for elegance. Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness. 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Anthropologie Madera Maxi Shoes: Urban Outfitters Sam Edelman Petty Suede Ankle Boot  Bag: Vintage MCM Heritage Boston Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm Watch: Michael Kors Bracelet: Arm Candy Lips: MAC Sin

Suit Up

Jessica Wagner

Flattering Swimwear

Summer is here and hanging out by the beach all day requires proper attire. Mermaids need fins, beach babes need bikinis.

Finding a new suit might not be at the top of your summer shopping list. We all have parts of our bodies we feel self-conscious about, and I think most of us are apprehensive about stripping down in public. The main goal should be finding something you feel comfortable in, and allows you to partake in all the wonderful sun-soaked activities summer lends itself to. Sun-bathers and wave-jumpers alike, there is a swimsuit for you.

Since swimwear is notoriously tricky, a flattering color and the right cut are keys to a pleasing silhouette. With this in mind, here are a few tips on finding that perfect swimsuit for any seaside occasion.

First, narrow down your favorite profile.  One-piece, high-waist, bikini, boyshort. The list goes on. There are lots of options out there, not just four pieces of triangle. Brave the fitting room and try out multiple cuts and styles. Just like a good fitting pair of jeans, it takes time to find that perfect fitting swimsuit. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sporty, retro, ruffled, scalloped, bring ‘em all into the fitting room (because yes, you do have to try them on.)

Once you find the perfect cut, decide on solids or prints. I find soft stripes and oh-so-lovely lace bring an effortless elegance to any summer style. It’s always fun to mix and match. Black is slimming and shades of white make a tan pop. 

White is one of those magical hues that flatters most skin tones. It’s instantly chic, and the quintessential summer hue. It provides a stark contrast, making skin look brighter, tanner and more radiant without the damaging effects of the sun. We yearn all year for that golden glow, so step out of your comfort zone and maybe try a crisp white suit. White sound too risky? Go black. You can never go wrong with black. 

This probably seems obvious but flaunt your best features. Long legs? Opt for a high leggy-cuts. Ample bosom? Look for lots of support on top. Nice arms? Shoulder baring silhouettes are for you. Whether you like classic and sophisticated, boho and strappy, or full-coverage, accentuate those gorgeous feminine curves.

As far as brands go, Aerie, Target and Forever 21 are great options for a trendy suit that might last a season or two. Anthropologie is a goldmine of well-made swimwear, with a garden variety of styles. A specialty swim shop, like Everything But Water supplies suits with high quality long lasting fabrics. Invest in something if it makes you feel good, that’s the whole point. Price tag aside. Different brands run small and big. Don’t be hard on yourself with size. Tearing yourself apart for not fitting into a tiny suit that barely covers your bum is a waste of time. The last thing you want is a suit with too tight elastic causing unwanted lumps.

As far as ordering online, it’s really a crapshoot. I have had success and major failure. If you know how the brand’s sizes run, take a chance, but the best way to narrow down fit would be ordering two different sizes, keep the best fit and send the other packing. That way you don’t have the hassle or re-ordering and waiting on the next shipment to arrive. (Be sure to know the shop’s return policy, as some places will not accept returns on swimwear, specifically bottoms.)

Even though swimwear is minimal in coverage, you can still pull a look together. A floppy sun hat, big shades, a knotted tee or printed bandana are all stun-in-the-sun ways to accessorize (and protect your skin.) A bright colored scarf can double as a sarong. These are all effortless was to look relaxed and put-together.

Now that you found the perfect suit, lay out your beach blanket, take a sandy stroll along the waters edge, and celebrate in the sun. (Just remember your sunscreen!)

Outfit Details:
Swimsuit: Forever 21  (Top sold out, Bottoms) Hat: Aerie (on sale!) Sarong: Old Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Lady Danger Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud