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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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To Market, To Market

Jessica Wagner

The Shirtdress

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Yeassss to breezy dressing for the long weekend!

I found this lightweight shirtdress dress back in the spring and have been styling it non-stop all summer. Local boutique Ragazza carries one of my favorite blogger brands -Cupcakes and Cashmere – you have to check out the darling pieces from her collection in their store!

It’s been the perfect piece to slip into for warm summer days spent walking around the farmer’s market or exploring the tiny shops around the peninsula. Bergman’s Orchards is up by the lake house and we pull off the side of the road to have a gander almost every weekend! They have the absolute sweetest peaches (as seen here) and the freshest selections of yummy fruits and veggies.

I stocked up on my produce and maybe snuck a bite into a peach or two before we left the grounds!! 

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If you are looking for fall/summer transitional pieces, a cotton fabric button down shirtdress is always a comfortable choice. I like this one for the nautical faded stripes and slender tie that defines the waist. If you want to layer it up, try a pair of camel boots and a denim jacket.

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You guys know I am a huge proponent of “the third piece” so slide on some shades and pop a sunhat on your head and your ready for meandering walks, a bite to eat, or a 5-o’ clock “somewhere” drink!

Also, did you notice my jewelry? These earrings are by Kentucky Gypsy, the new jewelry collection I am currently obsessed with! (You can read more about the collection here.)

I hope you all enjoy the long holiday weekend! Now, home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ragazza / Cupcakes and Cashmere Stelle Dress (on sale now!) Shoes: Madewell (Old, similar here) Bag: Old, similar here, also like this one Hat: Anthropologie (old, similar here) Earrings: Kentucky Gypsy Nova Chandelier Necklace: Kentucky Gypsy Sydney Choker Shopper: Cotton Reusable Grocer 

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***This weekend remember to appreciate the small things my loves. I have had the people of Huston on my heart, and it’s been a reminder that everything we have is given to us and can so easily be taken away. I know I will be taking some extra time while I am with my family to let my loved ones they are SO loved and attempt to keep my mind in a state of thankfulness. As always I appreciate you following along! Cheers!

Here Comes The Sun

Jessica Wagner

Swim Wear: Part 1

First the packing, then the bliss! By-the-sea escapes are full of activities that require specific swimwear.

We leave for our family vacation this week and since we are staying in a house right on the beach, I am literally bringing my whole stash of swimsuits. When in Rome!

With summer winding down, end of season sales are a great time to snag a new suit for a fraction of the peak swim season price.

In this post I shared some tips on how to find that perfect suit, but in today’s post I’m going to highlight three styles that work for different pool and beachside occasions. ( Part 2, here.)

CROCHET

CROCHET: Fun, sexy, minimal coverage.
Crochet and embroidery are gorgeous options for sandy strolls along the water’s edge. This teeny-bikini is paradise worthy for sure. (Rob bought this for me before we left for spring break in Cancun, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to try it on!) It’s a low-rise style and very cheeky. The crochet details and shades of blue add to the overall boho-vibe. Soft, comfy and crazy cute. This is the suit for lazing poolside or relaxing in the cabana. While this handmade two-piece is great for lying out, don’t plan on jumping waves or swimming laps.

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC: Sporty, active, full coverage.
Keep it simple in a solo style. This is the summer of the graphic suit. Off-kilter cool, this one-piece style is everywhere, and the bold graphic options are funny and clever. What I love about this singular silhouette is the easy shape doesn’t feel out-dated. It’s fresh, youthful, and ideal for sun-soaked activities. (You for scuba?) Take a run along the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or dive in and ride the tide. This suit has you covered. It manages to be playful, and dare I say sexy in that 90s Pamela Anderson kind of way. A high impact scene-stealer that lets your legs do the talking.

RESORT

RESORT: Glam, romantic, low cut.
Calling all bathing beauties - tuck a flower in your ear and drink in the last sun-drenched hours in this glamorous swimsuit for poolside pinups. To me this suit is all old Hollywood. Destination: poolside. The deep V, shoulder baring silhouette and belted bow need nothing more than a sun kissed glow and maybe a chic sun hat to help keep you cool. Dazzle from days in the bay to nights by the cape, in a solid color, that shows some skin, but brings an effortless elegance to a summer by the sea. Just add champagne.

So, weather you prefer a suit with a slogan or something a little more strappy, these options are all beach-ready for a summer spent chasing the sun.

Swim Wear Details:

Crochet:
Bikini: Aerie Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini (top sold out, bottoms on sale, also comes in black and white. Also have this pink gingham one) Wrap: H&M (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Graphic:
Bathing Suit: Glamzelle (lots of other graphic options here, here, and here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Resort: 
One Piece: Asos, Belted Plunge (similar here) Hat: DIY Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

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