Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress

Since maxi dresses have been a longtime closet staple I'm constantly searching for new {potential} favorites to add to my lineup. This Donna Morgan was a major find last year when I stumbled upon it on Zappos, it was a little pricier than my other favorite but it quickly turned out to be worth every penny. It instantly became a favorite and I was sad to hang it up once winter came around. Well, now it's officially summer and it's flying off the rack and onto my must wear often list. Add a pair of statement earrings, some lace up sandals and a tiny retro bag for the perfect summer romantic look. 

Dress Donna Morgan, Shoes JustFab, Earrings Banana Republic, Bag Marshalls

Easy Side Braid Pony

Honestly, once summer humidity starts playing games with my hair and it's texture that's the exact moment where I stick a pin in my blow out routine and promptly move to easy 'updos'. Braids, to be exact. There's just something about the carefree look and texture of a braid, plus it's easily done (in most cases, I can't even fathom fishtails). This one happened purely by chance, it started to unravel on the bottom and I ended moving the elastic up higher to secure and let the bottom hang free. Voila an easy side braid pony. 

Get The Look: 

1. Part your hair off to one side (not all the way down, just on the crown). I chose the right because my bangs are easily pulled away. 

2. Start to braid the 'thicker' side, down to the bottom. Secure, for now. 

3. On the other side, start from the top and begin to braid down. You want this braid to wrap around the back of your head and secure into the other braid. Make sure the back is smooth as you go. 

4. Connect the two braids at the base off your head and secure. Let the first braid's bottom unravel at the bottom and hang into a pony. 

5. Loosely pull on the braids to add texture and volume. Spritz with hairspray if needed.

Black and Blue

Honestly, I'll take any reason to wear this shirt on repeat, there's just something about the billowing silhouette paired with a loosely draped off the shoulder detail that has me constantly pulling it off the hanger and onto my body. One of my most recent pairings happened by chance, mainly because the weather had changed and I had to run back upstairs for a little more coverage in the leg department. Breezy summer nights in NYC, I don't hate it. But it was the perfect excuse to do a little blue and black love - I initially threw on my blue moto jacket but it was slightly overkill. Either way, I LOVE this top. And, it's $30. 

Shirt Chicwish, Jeans Levi's via Zappos (under $45), Bag Sole Society (so in love), Shoes DSW, Scarf Vintage

White Tunic & Suede Shorts

Contrary to popular belief and my Instagram feed these days, not everyday is a dress day. I also reaaaallly love shorts, no really, I do. I was pleasantly surprised when I found these stuffed in the back of my drawer, likely not seeing the light of day since 2013, but don't hold me to it. Turns out they were the perfect addition to this Lisa and Lucy off the shoulder tunic, just the right amount of texture and coverage. Fitting for a NYC summer day. Side note: is anyone else feeling like the frequent wearing of gladiators this season might result in some wicked tan lines. I can't be the only one, right? Well, until I have to cross that bridge, I'll keep on with them and these breezy bohemian styles. 

Tunic Lisa and Lucy, Shorts ShopBop (Forever Ago), Sandals Forever21, Sunnies Karen Walker Starburst (ON SALE!), Bag Marshalls.  

White Lace Maxi Dress

It's likely that I already have enough white pieces in my closet but there was a something about finding this dress that made me realize that I absolutely needed it hanging in my closet this summer. I personally can't resist the lacy texture paired with the lengthy handkerchief hemline. It was an absolute steal for under $40 and pairs flawlessly with my lace up heels.

Dress Burlington, Heels JustFab, Bag Marshalls

Tribal Cutout Fit and Flare Dress

I honestly haven't been much for tribal prints for the last couple of year, they for some reason just didn't seem to fit into my esthetic anymore. But, there was something about this dress that kind of just won me over. I love the cutout placement, the heavy denim texture and of course the fact that it has pockets. It looks equally as great with sneakers as it does heels, which has quickly become a deciding factor when dress shopping these days. I personally can't resist it with a moto jacket for an extra pop of 'cool'. 

Dress Burlington, Jacket, Sneakers DSW, Bag H.Butler

Free People Modern Kimono Dress

I've had my eye on this Free People dress from Zappos for a couple of months now. Honestly, the reason I didn't snag it earlier is because there was a struggle between color options. {Libra problems, the struggle is REAL.} Sure, I loved the white but my closet is overflowing all things white at this current stage of the season so the blue seemed like a more sensible choice, for my closet and my hair. It was clearly the right choice when it somehow ended up being on sale for $30 less than the white, so win. The dress is actually supposed to hit a little higher on my leg but my 5'3 frame makes it an ankle grazing maxi that just barely shows off the shoes, which I kind of love. Hello, bohemian perfection.

Dress Free People via Zappos, Shoes JustFab, Bag Marshalls