Stripes, Scallops, & Straw Bags
It's summer here in Maine and I couldn't be happier!
Every summer since I was born, my family and I have traveled up to Kennebunkport, Maine from Massachusetts to spend our summers. I couldn't imagine spending my favorite months anywhere else! There is just something about being near the ocean that just naturally makes me happy. Being with my friends and family that live all over the country during the summer might also have something to do with it too!
My style definitely changes depending on the environment I am in. KPT is known for being a quaint coastal town and preppy style goes right along with that. During the summer, I always find that my style takes a preppy turn and I love breaking out my Jack Rogers, Lilly dresses, and basically anything J.Crew!
This outfit is a great example of a preppy Kennebunkport casual look, and something that you can find me in during the summer!
The base of this outfit is my blue and white striped cold shoulder top. Anything blue and white just screams summer to me! I actually wrote about this top in one of my first posts EVER on my blog! The same exact top is sold out since it is from a while ago, but below are some awesome similar ones if you want to recreate this look :)
These shorts are my most recent purchase from J.Crew! I purchased them in both white and black because I couldn't resist the scalloped edges! They are the perfect length, not too short and not too long. The only negative comments I have is that they wrinkle very easily, which you can for sure tell in my pictures. Also I think that the white ones could have benefitted from an extra layering of lining. I don't love how you can see the inseam and back pockets and wearing nude seamless underwear is a must. Other than that, they are great shorts!
Alright lets talk accessories:
In my onion, accessories make (or break) an outfit! When I put this outfit on, I felt like it needed a little something extra, a pop of color or an element of fun. Tassel earrings are the perfect guy for the job! They have been one of my favorite types of accessories, especially during the summer! These ones are from a DIY tassel earrings post I created last summer! They are SO easy to make and super inexpensive (we are talking a matter of cents not even dollars here folks). If you are not DIY inclined, here are some tassel earrings I've had my eye on linked below!
Next lets talk about my super cute straw circle bag! I talked about my hunt on my Instagram, but basically I had been seeing circle straw bags all over my Instagram and Pinterest, and so I set out on a hunt to find my own. During my hunt, I found that these type of bags were EXPENSIVE! I figured something like this was probably on the trendier side. Trends move in and out quickly, so I wanted to find a cheaper alternative. I finally found one while walking through Urban Outfitters of all places! I usually find that Urban is a little on the expensive side, so I was shocked when it was in the price range I was shopping in (under $50).
Since I bought this bad boy back in the end of May, I have been using it so much and have gotten so many compliments on it! It fits a good amount of stuff and is SO light to carry! What I love the most is the touch of summer it adds to every outfit!
EDIT: While linking this bag, I noticed that it has terrible reviews on the Urban Outfitters website. People are saying that they have used theirs once and that the straps broke. I just wanted to add that I have used mine countless times since I bought it at the end of May and it has held up. Just some food for thought!
I finished off this outfit with my J.Crew slip on sandals. These are probably the best summer purchase I have made so far because they were pretty inexpensive and I have worn them so much! Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so because they have been sold out for quite awhile. The closest similar ones that I have found are theses ones, but if mine get restocked I will keep you all updated because they are the best summer sandals! I love them so much that when they do restock I will be getting them in another color because I'm that type of person (this all stems from when I was little and my Mimi. When she heard that I liked something, she would buy it for me in another color lol)!
And that's everything! Thank you for taking the time to read my post! I am having the best summer and I can't wait to write some more posts for you all :)