Layer It Up for Alaska!!

“Dress in layers because the weather can change at any moment!” That’s what everyone told me before my trip to Alaska. Prep for rain, snow, cold, hot; you get the idea. These are the layers I wore in Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Even though there was super light rain, I wasn’t cold at all. This outfit was perfectly functional! My boots were just right for all the terrain we covered too! It was a really fun day!!

20130718-183926.jpg YELLOW THERMAL: Target // JEANS: Abercrombie & Fitch // BOOTS: Sorel, Caribou // BELT: American Eagle Outfitters // PINK JACKET: Forever 21 // VEST: Columbia // INFINITY SCARF: Lulu Lemon.

We had an amazing 5 mile hike in Icy Strait Point. My husband took this photo of me among the trees.

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Anchorage had far less rain and mud, plus it was a little warmer! So I changed up the outfit with different pants, hiking shoes and dropped the scarf. It was great for another 5 mile hike! BELOW: JEANS Abercrombie & Fitch, boot cut vintage wash // HIKING SHOES: The North Face.

20130718-185814.jpgI’ll post more outfits from my trip, and if you ever go to Alaska, it’s TRUE: Dress in layers!

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What to Wear: Backyard BBQ

The sunny weather hit, so the hubby and I went to a BBQ with friends (fun!!). For a casual BBQ in the backyard, keep it simple! I know not everyone feels “at home” in a romper, but I absolutely love this one from GUESS. If you’re not jumping for jumpers, try an easy maxi dress, tee shirt and shorts combo, or those ratty old cut offs you wore while painting the house last summer. Go with the vibe of the party… Casual neighborhood thing? Keep it that way! BBQ at the pool? Wear a swim suit and a bright coverup. You get it; this is so easy!

20130428-225327.jpg Hats are perfect because they protect your beautiful eyes from the sun (prevent those crows feet!!), and you don’t have to worry about your hair – fabulous! I get a lot of questions about this monogram necklace. It’s Nashelle, and they make FANTASTIC jewelry. Get yours in the “Build Your Own” section of the website. The photo (above right) is a close up of my actual necklace.

Wear your sunscreen too!

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Chiffon Dress // Day & Night

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Above: Dress: Forever 21, hi-lo chiffon leopard tank dress, Necklace: J Crew, bubble necklace in Kelly green, Shoes: Steve Madden, Tampaa in black.

This was a really fun day dress! To shift into evening I added the J Crew Bubble necklace*, and revamped the hair and make up a little. I had a work event, and people went wild for this outfit (no pun intended). It’s so easy to pump up an inexpensive dress from Forever 21 with some fab accessories and styling. The necklace was the perfect pop of color. I had to walk all night, so wedges were the clear choice!

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Hope this gives you some ideas for your next day dress look. What are your favorite accessories to take an outfit from cute to FAB?

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*J Crew Bubble necklace: I have one of these from amazon.com, and one authentic J Crew (pictured above). Get the real one, it’s WORTH IT! My other one is pretty, but it doesn’t even compare in quality. I’m all for a great “replica”- but I have yet to see a good one of this piece. If you don’t want to pay the hefty price tag on this necklace, get it barely used and truly authentic on eBay. That’s what I did! It was a steal! In case you want to know the giveaway of the imitations on eBay: the hardware holding the bubbles on. It’s a different shape than the J Crew hardware.