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June Finds Under $50

Tie-waist pants ($32) | Resin earrings ($13) | Tassel slides ($23) | Palm print skirt ($25) | Off the shoulder top ($18) | Blue scarf ($35) | Flamingo clutch ($15) | Striped skirt ($35) | Bow slingbacks ($44)

Excuse me while I add every one of this month's finds to my cart...but really how cute is this striped skirt?! These earrings sort of remind me of the less affordable Kendra Scott style. I think these pants would be a great addition to my summer workwear. And what outfit couldn't use a few flamingos from this clutch? Some of these items may be seen in some upcoming outfit posts!




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Blue Striped Dress









Photos by Deaana Kourtney Photography

Striped dress c/o | Jack Rogers wedges | Similar bag | Kendra Scott earrings | Prada sunglasses

Now that we are in the 90 degree weather days in Charlotte, I have been wearing dresses non-stop. This blue striped dress is so light for warm weather, and less than $20! I do have some seersucker pieces in a similar blue and white stripe, but I think the tie-waist detail makes this piece different from most of the other dresses in my closet. I have also layered this dress with a white shirt and switches the wedges for flats like these to wear it to work! I think it possibly be included in my Summer Workwear Capsule Wardrobe series that will be coming to the blog soon!




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Petite Shopping Hack: How I Shop the Kid's Section

*original posts here, here, here, and here

I have admitted it several times before, but I'll say it again....I am 24 years old and I sometimes still shop in the kid's section. Fellow petite ladies, this post is for you! For reference, I am 5'2" and typically wear a 0/XS, which is about the same as a kid's 14/L. Shopping the kid's section as a petite adult is a cheaper alternative to similar women's styles. Or, for things like maxi dresses and jumpsuits, kid's styles usually come in a length that do not require any hemming! And for shoes, (sneakers especially) they actually fit better than women's for me. I tend to stick to some of the same brands, because I know some of their styles are cut similarly to women's. My top 3 are Polo Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, and Nike

If I could break down my strategy into tips, my top 2 would be:
1. Look for dresses, jumpsuits, blouses, shorts, and some shoes. I think it is more common for some of those styles to well, not look like they were made for the children's section, as other categories such as pants, leggings, and most tops. 
2. Try everything on if shopping in-store, or order from retailers with free returns like Nordstrom. Or somewhere you can order online and return in-store, like J. Crew.

In the photo set above, I wear a size L/14 in the two shirtdresses (here and here) and the two piece floral set, all from Polo RL. The sailboat print jumpsuit is a 16/XL from Lilly Pulitzer. I love all of these styles, because I feel like you would never know they came from the kid's section, and were much more affordable options. I am pretty sure I paid under $50 for each piece, while similar women's style went for $200+!

*original posts here and here

I do not have very many separates from the kid's section, but I think it is a great option for preppy pieces like a Polo Ralph Lauren button down, or white denim shorts. I look for shorts in the girl's section and shirts in the boy's section, both at department stores and stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall's. It is also a great option for some activewear, I have found these Nike shorts that look exactly the same as the women's size for under $10 before.

*original posts here and here
 
When it comes to shoes, I feel like many kids styles look wider and shorter, especially in sandals and flats. I wear a size 5.5 in women's, and typically have quite a bit of trouble finding that size, I sometimes luck out with a 6 that runs on the short side. So, the sneakers from the kid's section are actually my proper size. I have only tried Nikes in recent years, but a size 4 or 4.5, depending on the style, the Roshe is my favorite. Although they are not as popular as they were during my college days, I also wear a kid's size in Hunter boots. The size chart is fairly accurate for their sizing, I wear a size 4.

And here are some of my current kid's section picks:



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Black Active Set + 1 Month of Morning Workouts








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Ellie Activewear "Back to Black" June set c/o | Nikes

This post is proof that despite my normally colorful activewear drawer, I do own some all black sets! If you have not heard of Ellie Activewear, you can get 3 pieces each month for just $39.95! I also thought I would give a 1 month update of my early morning workout schedule, since my recent Fitness Friday post. I'm not sure why, but I always find it so much easier to write about fitness than just about any other topic for this blog. Anyway, I thought I was used to the early wake up calls, but just a few days ago I fell back asleep after my alarms. Then, woke up about 5 minutes before the class was supposed to start...resulting in the first cancellation fee I have had to pay in a long time. I think this is mostly because I have yet to really start going to sleep a whole lot earlier than my old schedule. However, I have been back on track the last few days! Some newer things I have noticed is I get hydrated a lot earlier in the day before and after working out. Due to being awake so much earlier, I also get very hungry much earlier in they day. To the point where I have been bringing some pre-lunch snacks with me to work. I also recently mentioned I have been trying to do a little more cardio, and I have so far been doing at least one class with a little more of a cardio focus per week.

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Canvas Sneakers and Straw Monogram Tote

 





Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Vionic Shoes "Hattie" sneakers c/o | Straw Monogram Tote (via my Etsy shop) | James Jeans "Olivia" shorts c/o | Similar stripe tee | Loft sunglasses | Pearl studs

My packing strategy for summer traveling is to put together versatile pieces that can go a few different ways. In this outfit, I would probably pair this shirt with the denim shorts as shown and with white jeans, or maybe also a solid colored skirt, depending on the length of the trip. And the shorts are sort of self-explanatory, because they can go with a variety of tops! And I finish it off with some comfortable and versatile shoes like these Vionic sneakers! I wore on my recent mountain trip for Memorial Day Weekend with TJ and they were great for walking around mountain towns. However, they do run a little on the small side. I usually wear a 5.5 and am wearing a 5 in this style.




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Everyday Outfits- May

A little late this month, but here are some of the outfits I wore during May! From workwear to activewear, I like to just share a few snaps of my life each month. And in case you missed them, here are my everyday outfits from April and March.


5/5- golf tournament

Dress | Flats | Bag

5/9 -work


5/12- family party for Mother's Day

Dress (old print) | Bag | Sandals

5/18- PR event for Toyota experience (from this post)


5/24- travel


5/27- breweries


5/30- yoga class

Leggings c/o | Top | Nikes

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Ombre Watercolor Leggings






You may have seen this recent activewear post, where I talked about my watercolor leggings from Rep Active Art I won in a giveaway. So this is another pair of leggings with original water color art, that are so much fun! I have been wearing them with this active top I found at a local fitness boutique in Charlotte, Fityoulous! I also thought I would provide another little update to my fitness routine. I have gotten into my 4th week of early morning workouts and I am still really liking it so far! Although I have started scheduling some evening workouts to keep some variety in my classes. After a few weeks, I do not feel nearly as tired both going into work or later at night, like I did during the first two weeks of the schedule change. I feel very relaxed with some extra time to get ready for work in the morning, and have taken advantage of the time in the evenings for blog work, social activities, and just day to day errands like cleaning my apartment!

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Blue Floral Dress and Straw Monogram Clutch








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

H&M skater dress (under $20!) | Monogram clutch (available in my new Etsy shop!) | Jack Rogers wedges | Loft sunglasses | Pearl stud earrings

Who doesn't love a fun summer dress that costs less than $20?! I saw this one on Twitter one day, and was in the store to buy it just a few hours later. The sizing runs a little small though, I'm wearing a 2 and it is a little tight on me. You may have seen this monogram straw clutch on my Instgram, I painted it myself and am now selling them on Etsy! They're a fun little craft, and I think are very versatile for summer outfits!




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