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BAF Weekly IT List plus LTK Day

summer street style

BAF Weekly IT List from top left: black eyelet sleeve top (under $50) / sparkling brown summer nail polish / sparkling summer nail polish / sparkling red nail polish / summer knit top / yellow puffy slides / leather espadrilles (on major sale!) / black classic IT bag / basket bag / classic convertible IT handbag (under $300) /

Can you believe it is the second week of June? How is the year going by so quickly! By now, you are starting to enjoy the summer season, and you may be finding you need a few summer IT items in your wardrobe.

This week, both spring and summer nail polish hues are trending. If you aren’t into the neutral summer hues we are seeing in summer nail polish, spring’s sparkling red is the nail color for you! In addition to spring and summer nail polish, puffy slides and comfy espadrilles are trending right now. Both styles are comfortable, and work with different looks. Three cheers for comfort!

Classic IT bags are still trending in 2021, and the classic Marcie and Swinger bags are showing no sign of slowing down. If you don’t already have one, what are you waiting for? In addition to classic IT bags, this basket bag is a hot summer IT bag. It looks great with hot weather looks and it is also perfect for beach vacations. Love!

While spring clothing and accessories are starting to pop up on sales, summer items are still full price. If you want to invest in a few new summer pieces, but are waiting for a sale, you don’t have to wait! If you have the LTK app on your phone, you can enjoy fabulous discounts on summer merchandise through the LTK app during the LTK Day sale event running today through June 13, 2021. Be sure to follow me for the best sale picks!

What’s going to be on sale? My favorite retailers participating in the LTK Day sale include Abercrombie & Fitch (Teens love this store! So parents take note!), Colleen Rothschild (love her skin care), Elemis (love their skin care too!), Express (so much cute clothing!), Madewell (great basics for summer), and Yves Saint Laurent (does this even need a caption?).

I will be posting my favorites from the sale on my LTK account throughout the weekend, so stay tuned and be sure to follow me!

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous weekend!

XOXO
Cathy


Shop your closet for summer 2021

shop your closet summer 2021

Pictured: square toe loafers / pouch bag with chain /

Summer officially starts on June 20, 2021, but the season always begins Memorial weekend. You may find yourself already putting together summer outfits from your closet, and rocking them on the streets. I know I am!

Last summer, there were trends, but did anyone really wear them? You may have purchased a handful of clothing and accessories last year, but did any of it get worn? Most of us didn’t get out much due to the shutdowns. Chances are, your summer clothing from last year is in pretty good shape, and can be re-worn this summer. Of course, some of the trends have changed! That’s ok, you can still make those pieces work. Let’s chat about what to keep for this summer, what you can store in your closet for the future, and what you should just clear out.

Here is a recap of last year’s trends, and which ones still work, and the ones that are over.

Clothing

              All-white is a common trend during the summer season, but did anyone wear their all-white looks last year? Chances are they barely got worn. Pull them out, and place them front and center in your closet. This is a hot summer look you can pair with your square toes and pouch bag. Love!

              Bold lines were everywhere last year, but not so much this year. I would place these to the side in your closet. They may return soon, and can be worn if you have nothing else to wear. Otherwise, bold lines didn’t seem to hit the streets this year.

              Power Suit: The power suit was huge last summer, but did anyone have a chance to wear it? Probably not. We were all working from home. Rock that power suit this summer! You can also split it up and wear the blazer with jeans or shorts. The pants will look great with an understated summer top, square toes, and a pouch. Love that!

              Lace and eyelet fabrics are still hot! Keep those pieces front and center. If you don’t have any, invest in at least one eyelet piece or lace trimmed piece. They add a fun texture to your look.

              Puffy sleeves are a huge trend this summer! If you started wearing this trend last year, keep it up! No flat and boring sleeves allowed! Only puffy, or you can’t sit with us.

              Bermuda shorts appear to have bombed. Where did they go? How did they last only one summer? I miss them already. Ugh, keep them in the back of your closet. Let’s all pray they return soon. I am not a huge fan of shorty-shorts. If you are like me, we can all find solace in a pair of cut-off denim shorts this summer. Those can be any length above the knee; thankfully. Also, shorts which hit mid-thigh are on trend for summer 2021 too. So not all is lost.

              Wide-leg pants are still here! Keep those flowing trousers from last year, and rock them again this summer. This trend is here to stay! Yay!

Handbags

              Phone case handbags: Keep these for amusement park outings, the county fair, and events where you want to lighten your load. The trend is over, but they are still functional. I would place this style in your closet where you can reach them, but not front and center.

              Oversized bags had a moment, but no-one actually wore them. I assume you don’t have one, but if you do, store it in the back of closet. I have a feeling this trend will re-emerge soon, and you can pull your oversize bag back out.

              Straw bags are still hot! If you bought one last year, perfect! You can rock it all summer long. If not, what are you waiting for? This is a hot summer bag trend you will want to be a part of, and invest in.

              Soft pouches: this trend is still heating up! If you didn’t invest in a pouch last year, grab one this year! You have plenty of choices which range from large pouches, to mini pouches with straps. Pick one to suit your lifestyle and taste. Love them!

              Chain details were just getting started! If you notice, chains are everywhere this summer on handbags! If you didn’t jump on this trend last year, and you love an edgy little chain, jump on it now! I did. I couldn’t help myself! Chains are a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit Chanel-y, and a little bit edgy. Love that!

Shoes

              OK, by now you own at least one pair of square toe shoes. Last summer the square toe really started to make it’s debut as a serious shoe trend. This summer, your toes must be square! If you bought some square toes last year, rock them now! If not, buy at least one pair! They are waaaaay more comfortable than round or pointy toes. Seriously, square toes are everything.

Sneakers: Are sneakers really a trend? Well, they are! If you bought designer sneakers last year, you can still wear them now. Sneakers aren’t going anywhere; and some would argue fashion sneakers are a classic look which is here to stay. Don’t be afraid to buy designer or fashion sneakers, they are a classic look which transcends season. Invest in a pair you love and rock them all the time!

There you have it! Last year’s summer trends which are still relevant this summer. Hopefully you have some great pieces from last year, then you don’t need to buy as much this year! Love that!

Enjoy shopping your closet, and stay fabulous.

XOXO
Cathy

basket bags summer 2021

Brunch on the beach

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brunch on the beach outfit ideas

wearing: hoop earrings / sunglasses / summer lipstick / ruched sleeve tee (under $50) / gemstone bead bracelets (local designer, only $25 each) / basket bag (IT bag under $500) / summer nail polish / black eyelet skirt (under $100) / wedge espadrilles (under $100, classic shoes) /

It’s so nice to be getting back to life! A couple of weeks ago, I drove over to Capitola Beach to meet my friend Laura from Have Need Want for brunch on the beach. It was a foggy day, but not cold, so I was able to wear my favorite summer tee and this cute little eyelet skirt I purchased for casual summer days. It was perfect for the fog, and brunch on the beach!

I loved being able to have brunch with Laura. If you follow her blog, you know she is having a baby this summer. So I was thankful to be able to see her before the baby is born. She will soon be very busy! We haven’t seen each other in person since before the pandemic, so we instantly began chatting away! It was so much fun to talk, and catch up on the last year. We enjoyed brunch at Zelda’s on the beach, and walking around town window shopping while chatting. Loved it!

Although we met for brunch, I decided to order a sandwich. It was delicious, and, as always, Zelda’s fries are out of this world. Yummy!

These wedge espadrilles have been my go-to espadrilles for summer looks I want to elevate a little bit for the past few years. They were super comfortable for walking around, as well as standing in place while we chatted. I also own a darker tan pair, as well as a black pair. If you don’t have a pair yet, I highly recommend snapping up at least one pair. They are under $100, and are easy to walk in. I love how soft these wedges are too. They really are perfect for the beach, as well as really hot summer days. Love!

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What are your go-to items for summer days?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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