The Style Guide to Slip Dress

Hope you Lovelies had an awesome weekend. Andy and I spent part of the weekend chilling by the beach and the other half getting chores around the house done. It never seizes to amaze me at the amount of laundry the two of us can generate. .  Speaking of clothes I’ve started to notice bloggers and influencers start to post more Fall inspired fashion. Just when I feel like I’ve settled into my summer wardrobe, it seems like it’s already time to start thinking about next season. I would love to have one cohesive closet that worked all year round but we all know that that is not realistic.

However, I am not despairing because I have a few pieces in my closets that I can still rock in the Fall and I bet you do too.  One of the pieces I am talking about  is the slip dress. This leopard print midi dress has become my go to dress for these hot summer days. It looks chic solo with great accessories but it can also be easily transitioned from Summer to Fall where  I can make multiple styles work with minimal effort. The spaghetti-strapped slip dress is a perfect layering piece. It can be paired with a t-shirt or boxy pullover sweater when the temps drop. The slip dress can also be paired with a blazer for the office or a denim or leather jacket for a weekend look.

Although the notion of a seasonless wardrobe may not be realistic I think I maybe wearing this dress for more than one season. So, lovelies YAY or NAY to slip dresses? And which of these ways to wear them do you like the most? Let me know in the comments below!

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Below are a few more slip dresses to style for Summer & Fall:


Straw Accessories to Wear All Summer

Happy August Lovelies. Summer is still going strong and we have the heat to prove it. But no complaints from me. I am enjoying every bit of summer just give me a straw hat and I am good to go.

It comes as no surprise that straw hats seems to be everyone’s favorite summer accessory. They not only keep you cool and protect your eyes but it also instantly makes you feel like you are on holiday. There’s definitely an increase of the use of straw accessories lately not just hats. I keep spotting stunning woven pieces everywhere from shoes, to bags and even earrings. The best part about straw accessories are that they are so fun to style as the material is a chic statement.

Straw accessories like hats and bags are versatile pieces you can easily pull into your look. I especially love the combination of this straw hat style and bag paired with a classic striped top and yellow pants– it is an instant interest piece bringing texture, pattern, and that beachy effect to your look all at once. As the natural color of the straw accessories is a neutral one it can be matched with whatever color you prefer.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

If you are still searching for a perfect straw accessory, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here. Hope you find some straw accessories worth buying that you can enjoy every summer.









Nailing It: 5 Nail Colors to Try this Summer

White or nude nail polish is usually my go-to colors. However, in the summer my nails are ready to play in the sparkling sun. Summer, is the best time to go a bit bolder with color choices without going too far outside my comfort zone. Here are 5 colors that I have been having fun experimenting with.

  1. Blue – The I’s Have It

Sky blue nail polish is the perfect way to bring the spirit of the summer right to your fingertips. This light blue shade called The I’s Have It by OPI’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” collection.

  1. Pink – Maddy

Pink nail polish is the perfect choice for summer because not only is it bright and fun but it is also feminine and chic. This shade called Maddy by Julep is definitely giving my classic red manicure a run for its money.

  1. Yellow – Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet (radiant yellow)

Yellow is surprisingly flattering on all skin tones. This happy color called Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet by OPI will help brighten up your day! Summer is the perfect time to play with color, especially if you’re out of the office and going on vacation.

  1. Orange – Turn Tint Up

This orange shade called Turn Tint Up by Funky Fingers has to be my favorite. All you need is two coats of this amazingly creamy nail polish to give you a beautiful self-leveling look. Such a great deal on this nail polish too – just $2.00 a bottle. I grabbed 4 shades from my local drug store when they had them in stock.

  1. Green- Mint Montauk

Nineties  neons are back in a big way, and one of the easiest ways to test out the trend is on your nails. Try the OPI Nail Lacquer Mini Pack Neon Revolution – 6ct available at Target for only $14.99.

Bright green is one of the buzziest shades of the season so I had to experiment with Mint Montauk by Funky Fingers .  I started off with green on my right hand then decided to go with a multi colored mani on my left hand. Why choose one color when you can choose to wear so many more? Hey, if you’re feeling adventurous and playful, mix and match as your heart desires.

What summer nail colors are you rocking this season? Would love to hear from you.

How cute are these rings by Moods By Silvie?  I’ve been wearing these sterling silver minimal design rings everyday since I received them. They are handcrafted with love and came in a personally packaged box with a beautiful note and polishing cloth.  These rings are available on Etsy.  Grab them while you can because there are only a few left.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine



Summer Stripes Styled 3 Ways

There are some summery trends that really just make summer feel like summer when you’re wearing them. I am talking about stripes. Whether you’re coastal living or find yourself landlocked, stripes are the perfect way to add a touch of nautical to your summer ensembles.

What I love about stripes is that you can dress it up or down. Here are my 3 looks:

  1. Keeping it classic and chic in this French inspired black and white  look. If you only own one striped top, opt for the off the shoulder, three-quarter sleeve shirt in black and white or navy blue and white. The horizontal stripes are perfect to pair with shorts, skirts or pants.


2.  Keeping it cool and edgy in these wide-leg striped pants. They are perfect to remix all throughout summer.

  1. Keeping it simple and sophisticated in this super cute candy striped dress. Paired with espadrilles this look screams summer getaway! What I love about this dress is that it can effortlessly transition from the beach, to brunch, to walking around town, to dinner.

Hope some of these looks inspire your summer wardrobe. You’ve earned your stripes to give it a try.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Below are a few more striped pieces under $60.00




Summer Trend: Blazers and Shorts

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love blazers. I love achieving a mix of polished and playful looks with a blazer. If you love blazers just as much as I do, you too, can achieve the chic tailored silhouette by incorporating a fresh and summery vibe with some tailored shorts. The short and blazer combo has given a new lease of life to the suit trend that was everywhere in Spring.

Wearing a blazer with shorts can be a really easy look to pull off as long as you have the right type of blazer. I got this at H& M’s mark down sale for just $8.99. I love how it looks paired with a pair of white shorts and wedges. Giving my bare legs as much Vitamin D this season. I bet it would look just as good paired with darker colored shorts and sneakers. The fabric is lightweight and sits comfortably on the body, achieving a relaxed and effortless look. I chose a size medium so I won’t have a problem wearing it over a sweater in the Fall.

Test-drive the trend by scooping this (on-sale) stripped blazer also from H&M for only $13.99. Style it with jeans or a leather pencil skirt; the styling options are limitless. What to you think about the blazer and shorts combo?


Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Vitamin Sea

Happy Summer Lovelies.  How many of you will be spending these hot, lazy summer days at the beach? What emotion do you feel when you spend time by the ocean?

Growing up in South Africa, we were lucky to have the sea just a ten minute drive from where we lived. My love of the ocean developed through accompanying my dad on his early morning fishing trips. While dad fished I discovered the wonderful sea life that crowded the tidal pools. I could have spent hours looking at the myriad of magnificent sea creatures darting around and watch the majestic waves crash the rocks on the shore. The relentless waves both frightened and invigorated me. In the summer months when my cousins visited during school vacation my parents would take us all to the beach. We would spend an entire day at the beach running, playing and exploring. The magic of the ocean is that it doesn’t matter whether you are standing on the shore or far out at sea; you can still sense the wonder and the force of the ocean.

I am so fortunate that my husband shares and feels the same way about the ocean. When looking for a home after we got married, Andrew said to me, “I need to be close to the ocean. It fills my soul.” So, we found a home that is just a five minute walk from the sea. The ocean is truly a source of inspiration for us both.

A lot of times
We are angry at other people
For not doing what
We should have done for ourselves.

~Responsibility – Rupi Kaur

It deeply saddens me to see what our actions are doing to the ocean. The one action that both Andrew and I have taken to ensure the well being of our ocean is thinking about the impact of our plastic use on the ocean. We both have reduced the amount of plastic we use. We don’t use plastic bags when we shop, we also don’t use single use plastic ware or straws. During our morning walks to the beach, we always stop to pick up litter.

What one action do you take to ensure the future well being of our ocean? Would love to hear from you.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Love is Love!

Any day when the power of love conquers, you know I will be celebrating. Happy Pride Month Lovelies. Be proud – not only in June, but always. Stop letting other people define you. Be proud of yourself everyday in a world that tells you to be someone else. You deserve the love you give to yourself and worthy of the love you receive. You deserve to be comfortable in your own skin, living, loving, growing and creating your own story.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine


Love this quote by Vera Wang.  It’s so true. My 10 second makeup routine? Sunglasses!!! Lol. I’m a sunglasses fanatic at heart, and my collection keeps growing every year. I have a mix of designer and street brands and love them all. Sunglasses are a timeless accessory that has the ability to seamlessly polish off any outfit.

There are so many different colors, shapes and sizes of sunglasses styles for everyone to choose from. I’ve had so much fun experimenting with:

  • Cat- eye
  • round
  • oval
  • rectangle
  • aviators
  • visor
  • semi-rimless
Here are some of my faves:

3 tips when choosing a pair for you:
  1. Stick to frames that flatter your face. For example if you have a round face try frames with angular lines to lengthen your face.
  2. Sunglasses should enhance your personal style.
  3. Keep frame size in mind. The better your frames fit, the better they flatter your face. Consider searching for your sunglasses as you would for a pair of shoes – first, you need to know your size.

Find your inspiration, with the perfect pair to match your own personal style.

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Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

2 Pieces You Need to Mix & Match Your Spring Wardrobe

As you fashionistas know the key to creating a versatile wardrobe is to stock your closet with basic pieces that you can mix and match  for any occasion.

I found the perfect 2 pieces from Violet Skye Boutique to get started on my mixing-and-matching Spring journey. The classic Luna Striped Pant with matching Luna Wrap Top adds effortless chic to these 3 looks I created.

Look 1:

For a put-together outfit that exudes sophistication I wore both the Luna Pants and Top together for a flattering silhouette.

Look 2:

Instead of a t-shirt  I threw on the Luna Wrap Top with my favorite pair of white jeans for a more polished weekend look.  This top isn’t just for pairing with pants. Wear it with a navy pencil skirt to achieve the same pulled-together.

Look 3:

Reworking the striped Luna Pants with a white lacy bodysuit.  I added some fun bright accents that really make the outfit pop.  A few simple additions like a bag or earrings to give this look a totally different vibe, even though it’s really just the same piece, revisited.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Spring Commencement Dress

Whether you’re approaching your own graduation or simply preparing to attend one, this dress from  Violete Skye Boutique will take the stress out of graduation season and leave behind only cause for celebration. From outdoor ceremonies to dresses that look good with any gown color, this dress has you covered.

I love the adjustable spaghetti straps and the a-line fitted midi silhouette.

How gorgeous is this floral lace appliques? Whatever your major, one thing’s for sure: wearing this dress will definitely make you feel like a master when it comes to style.




Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine