Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beat The Heat Summer Essentials


Tomorrow is the first official day of summer, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my summer fashion essentials. This means spending plenty of time outdoors, rising temperatures and sunny days! I know I love being outside in the summer, whether it be at the pool or heading into the city for the day. It is always fun to enjoy the good weather with good friends. That being said, I do not enjoy feeling hot, uncomfortable and sweaty. 

I have gathered up my top seven summer essentials to help beat the heat, but stay looking just as cute! From clothes to accessories, I have got you covered. These are all things I absolutely swear by in the summer and you can find me sporting constantly. 


These sunglasses are a new addition to my collection and I just can't get enough! They are so fun and cute for summer with the matte black on top and copper flash lenses. They are perfectly summery and great to make any outfit a little more chic while protecting your eyes from the sun. One thing I also love about these sunglasses is they fold up to be super small and have a tiny little case. This is perfect for bringing them along and not having to worry about fitting your glasses in a smaller purse!

I absolutely love crossbody purses year around, but especially during the summer months. I always have to carry a purse, but never want to lug around a big tote in the summer that is going to sit on the side of my body and make me even hotter. Crossbody bags are perfect because they are small, easy to carry, don't get in the way and don't add extra bulk. There are so many options out there for crossbody bags in every price range. I really love carrying a bright colored one in the summer because it is fun for the warmer weather! Nordstrom has a great selection of all types of crossbody bags; they are often on sale as well! 

A recent obsession of mine has been slide-on sneakers. They are so fun and on trend at the moment so they are pretty easy to come by. Steve Madden always has a few in rotation that come at a reasonable price point in several color options. I recently picked up the grey pair above, as well as the same ones in white! I thought the white would be a fun crisp shoe for summer! They are super comfortable and easy to throw on with any outfit. Again, Nordstrom has a huge selection of slide-on sneakers in tons of styles so you can find one perfect for you!

I have always loved the look of floppy hats, but never thought I would be able to pull them off. I was in Florida recently and saw this one at Madewell and just went for it. Not sure if I really pull it off, but who cares?! I love wearing it with literally any outfit. I throw it on with super casual looks and it instantly adds a fun touch. I also wear it with more put-together outfits and it is the perfect compliment! These hats are so versatile and great for summer because they also block your face from the sun. I now have my eye on this hat but simply cannot justify that price tag! I am definitely on the hunt for a similar one!

FIVE // Loose T-shirt
I am obsessed with these loose Free People t-shirts. They are the perfect baggy tee, that still has a little shape to it. I love the v-neck and cuffed sleeves as well. This shirt comes in tons of colors and is really versatile. I have dressed these up with jeans, heels and fun jewelry, but also gone super casual with nike shorts and sneakers! It comes in a ton of colors and I wear them all the time! The shirt is also super lightweight so it is perfect for the scorching temps of summer.

These shorts have not left my body all summer! They are so so so perfect. I hate tight fitting shorts and typically have a hard time finding ones I like. I found these will randomly popping into a J.Crew Factory Store in my college town a couple months back. They are very lightweight and comfortable. I love throwing them on with the Free People tee and tucking in the front for a little shape. Also, throw on the straw hat and you have a cute and easy outfit! These shorts also come in a nice stripe pattern as well that I had to get after falling in love with the original! I wish they came in even more patterns and colors!

These sandals are so cute and perfect for summer. Espadrilles scream summer to me and these add some height without being uncomfortable! I love the white for summer and the ankle strap for support. These can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and look you are going for. Nordstrom has plenty of options for espadrille sandals in tons of different styles and colors!

What are your summer essentials that you just cannot live without during the hottest months of the year?

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