Cute Summer Kimonos for Under $25

Hi guys! I'm still around, I'm just having too much fun this summer to sit in front of a computer for too long! I'm sure you understand ;) Summer is the time, as a stay-at-home mom that I really get a chance to connect with my girls before they are swept up into yet another busy school year. I really cherish every second we get to spend together, and am finding the ages of 7 and 9 to be pretty delightful! Last week my youngest had Cheer Camp, which was so adorable. I had a few misty eyed moments, thinking of how she was learning to cheer at the same school where I first tried out for cheerleading many, many years ago. Full circle people, full circle. This week we are heading to round two of swim lessons, since they had so much fun the first time around. 

I thought I would pop in real quick to share one of my latest summer obsessions: the kimono. I've been calling it my "summer sweater", because you can pretty much throw one on over anything, and it gives you the slightest warmth from any cool breezes or air conditioning. The sheer fabric breathes easily though, and does not weigh you down or make you feel any hotter in the sun. I recently picked up this kimono at Forever 21 and have been wearing it non-stop. You can see how I styled it recently on insta, and generally it is some version like this:

It doesn't make sense to spend any more than around $25 for a cute kimono, and there are plenty of options out there. My personal preference is one that hits around the hip area, is straight across or slightly longer in back ( I avoid scarf hemlines or dusters, just not a fan), and void of any long fringe, as that leans a bit too teenager for me. Below are my picks that meet that criteria, as well as the price point of under $25. Enjoy!

Sun & Shadow Sheer Kimono  • $22.80
Sun & Shadow Kimono  • $24.90
LOVE 21 Ornate Botanical Print Kimono • LOVE21 • $15.90
Love By Design 3/4-Sleeve Tropical Kimono • jcpenney • $12.99
Nostalgia Open Front Short Sleeve Kimono • $24.97
Moa Moa Floral Tassel & Fringe Hem Kimono • Moa Moa • $17.15
Fashion Club USA Striped Kimono Cardigan • $22.35
Contrast Hem Vintage Print Kimono • $15
FOREVER 21 Embroidered Floral Print Kimono • Forever 21 • $24.90
Floral Print Loose Fit Half Sleeves Blue Kimono • ChicNova • $18.32
FOREVER 21 Watercolor Floral Kimono • Forever 21 • $17.90
Apt. 9® Print Kimono Top - Women's • Apt. 9 • $16
Copper Key Kimono • Copper Key • $10.15
Lipsy Geo-Tribal Beach Caftan Kimono • Lipsy • $23
My Michelle Junior's Sheer Screen Print Kimono with Tassel Detail On Hem • My Michelle • $24.61–29.50
A.N.A a.n.a Elbow-Sleeve Kimono Duster • jcpenney • $19.99
Lace-Trimmed Kimono Jacket • BCBGeneration • $24.99


Summer Style Inspirations

How have you all been enjoying your summer? I have been looooving it so far this year, and am feeling like the girls and I have a pretty good groove going on. It is crazy how much each summer changes from the last based on their ages. This summer the girls are 7 and 9, and they are getting along so well! (Fingers crossed it holds up the remainder of the summer!) It helps that I have been keeping them super busy with play dates, swim lessons, library trips, etc. Next week is already the 4th of July (what?!?) and we are heading up to Santa Rosa, then only a few short weeks until our Santa Barbara getaway!

So, with all that catch up out of the way, let's talk about our summer style inspirations. I've been vibing on a few of these looks recently.  No surprise here that they all have that summery bohemian vibe I tend to gravitate to!

How simple and pretty are these looks? I love how each look has it's own simple but special way of jazzing things up: tassels at the hem of a striped shirt, or a fun and bold beaded necklace. It doesn't take much to make a statement.

First off, thank you Refinery 29 for teaching me the correct term for chinle prints. The addition of this fun embroidered tote to a simple tank and denim shorts is just so perfectly summer I can't stand it. Have you seen all the adorable options like this at Target recently? It's just teeming with them!

I'm also loving the whole vibe of the gal on the right. The sunglasses, the dress, the shoes. All so perfect. I need to reenact this look asap. 

What styles are you feeling this summer? 

images: 1/2/3/4

Shop similar bags:
Merona® Women's Diamond Print Woven Tote Handbag - Black/White/Orange • Merona • $29.99
Merona® Women's Diamond Print Clutch Handbag - Black/White • Merona • $16.99
Merona® Women's Neon Embroidery Weekender Handbag - Tan/Coral • Merona • $39.99
Women's Triangle Print Woven Straw Handbag with Beaded Tassel - Neutral • $34.99
Merona® Women's Embroidered Neon Floral Pattern Tote Handbag - Tan • Merona • $24.99

Shop similar dresses:
As U Wish Tribal Border-Print Peasant Dress • As U Wish • $59
Design Lab Lord & Taylor Asymmetrical Peasant Dress • Lord & Taylor • $88
Jodi Kristopher 3/4-Sleeve Printed Peasant Dress • Jodi Kristopher • $59
FOREVER 21 Embroidered Peasant Dress • Forever 21 • $29.90
Blu Pepper Long-Sleeve Peasant Dress • Blu Pepper • $49
Entro Peasant Dress • $60
GB Printed Peasant Dress • $59
Umgee Printed Peasant Dress • $38.99
Westbound Sleeveless Peasant Dress • Westbound • $69
Coco + Jameson Lace-Up Embroidered Peasant Dress • $54

Shop similar tassel tops:
Sweet Claire Inc. Razzle Tassel Em Top • Sweet Claire • $20.99
Tassel Fringe Poncho • $47.99
Kain Sandy tassel-trimmed crepe tank • Kain Label • $69.60
Tassel Hem Cami Top Paisley Print • Missguided • $36
kensie Short-Sleeve Crew-Neck Tassel-Trim Top • Kensie • $29.99
Kain Tasseled Latitudes Tee • Kain Label • $88
Tassel Fringe Poncho • $47.99

Shop similar necklaces:
Cara Beaded Horn Pendant Necklace- 36 In • Cara • $38
Panacea Beaded Horn-Pendant Necklace, Black • $54
Kule Horn Pendant on Box Chain • Kule • $64
RJ Graziano Taylor Horn Pendant Necklace, 30" • RJ Graziano • $30


Stay Cool Summer Style & Beauty Tips!

We are officially in the full swing of summer, which means seriously soaring temps here in the California Central Valley. We have had several days reaching over 100 degrees, and many more in the mid to upper 90's. These are the days I am so very thankful for our air conditioning, iced coffees, and my favorite beauty tricks for keeping cool despite the heat!

I know many of you are in the same boat, so I wanted to pass on the ways I stay fresh and cool so that you can live radiantly and enjoy all summer has to offer!

Photo taken on a recent 98 degree day!

1. It's all about the dress!
By far, the most cooling outfit you can wear (besides a swimsuit, if you are lucky enough to be around water!) is a dress in a lightweight fabric. Having your waist and legs free from confining shorts lets more air circulate, and a lightweight fabric feels nice and cool against your skin. The dress I am wearing here is the LC Lauren Conrad I spoke of in my recent purchases post
Lightweight summer dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

2. Simplify accessories.
I like to accessorize in the summer heat with a statement earring, and generally forego necklaces and bracelets. Anything left sitting on your skin is an invitation to feel ever hotter and sweatier in my opinion! Plus, I love the simple look of an unadorned neckline! If I do wear a necklace I like longer pendants, so they hit over the material of your top. 
Pretty summer statement earrings: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

3. Switch from heavy foundation to a light tinted moisturizer or CC cream.
Sweating and heavy foundation just do not mix, so lighten up your load and reach for a formula such as a tinted moisturizer or CC cream. The bonus is most of these come with a built in SPF, so you don't need to add an extra layer. Summer is all about a fresh faced makeup look, so go ahead and let those freckles shine through!
Light foundations with SPF: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

4. Lighten up your scent!
Save the heavy musks or dark vanillas for fall and winter, and pick refreshing scents to help cool your senses. I love anything tropical or fruity smelling in the summer! 
Summer scents: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

5. Spray lotions are where it's at!
Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer heat is essential, and spray lotions are my favorite way to do that. St. Ives has two amazing options: St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion, and NEW St. Ives Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion. What I love about these is how easy they are to apply. They spray on light and cool, absorb quickly, and leave your skin feeling energized and refreshed. I love to throw one in my bag before heading out for the day, and use it when I start to feel wilty from all the heat! It's the perfect quick boost of moisture and fragrance and a way to cool down my skin after running around. They also feel amazing right after a cool shower!

A few fun summer accessories c/o St. Ives

So how hot does it get in your neck of the woods? Share your favorite ways to stay cool and live radiantly this summer in the comments below!

Buy St.Ives lotion here. 
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.


Summer Style Combo: Peasant Top + Shorts

As I shared in yesterday's post, for me summer is so much better when simplicity rules! I get in a groove of having a few outfit combos that I'm into, and one I'm loving this summer is a peasant blouse and shorts combo. I forgot to add to my list of recent purchases yesterday, that I found this cute peasant style blouse on clearance at Target last month. I've been pairing it with dark denim, my favorite brown leather sandals (seen in this post), and my new Fossil bag. Boom! Instant summer favorite outfit. Simple, easy and comfortable, which is my trifecta when it comes to what to wear.

Now that it is already reaching the 100's here in Central California (blarg!!), if I know I am going to be out in the heat at all, I obviously skip the blouse on those days and just go for a tank or tee. But these tops are generally made of a gauzy type fabric that is still cool enough to wear on the more moderate days or evenings of summer. They are definitely perfect for air conditioned (ie, freezing!) buildings. Seriously, why does it always feel like the arctic inside the grocery store??

Here are a few picks for you to get the summer style combo for yourself!

peasant tops shown:
Anthro Aeris Silk Peasant Blouse (on sale!),  Macy's Embroidered Peasant Blouse
FOREVER 21 Embroidered Peasant Blouse

denim shown:
Madewell Distressed Denim ShortsDKNY  Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts1969 Sexy Boyfriend Knit Denim Shorts 

accessories shown:
Mossimo Supply Co. Women's Ainsley Knot Thong Sandals, Fossil Sydney Shopper 

Shop peasant blouses:
Notice I chose all white options (if they are shown in color, there is also a white option available), which is just my personal preference as it feels the most fresh for summer heat.

Style&co. Embroidered Peasant Blouse • Style&co. • $23.99
St. John's Bay Short-Sleeve Embroidered Peasant Shirt • jcpenney • $17.99
Gibson & Latimer Floral-Embroidered HI-Lo Peasant Blouse • Gibson • $47.40
Charlotte Embellished Peasant Blouse • Alloy • $49.90–53.90
American Living Solid Peasant Top • American Living • $36.99
Pleione Embroidered Bib Cotton Gauze Peasant Blouse • $58
VINCE CAMUTO Eyelet Trim Peasant Blouse • Vince Camuto • $69.30
Pleione Textured Short Sleeve Peasant Top • $48
FOREVER 21 Embroidered Peasant Blouse • Forever 21 • $27.90
Meadow Rue Aeris Silk Peasant Blouse • Anthropologie • $69.95

Shop denim shorts:
Make sure these are on the longer side (as all your shorts should be, ahem!) because the peasant tops usually run a bit long for that loose and flowy effect.

DKNY Jeans Bleeker Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts, Sandy Wash • DKNY • $34.99
Madewell Rip & Repair Distressed Denim Shorts • Madewell • $52.50
1969 Sexy Boyfriend Knit Denim Shorts • Gap • $44.96
Topshop Moto 'Hayden' Bleach Ripped Jean Shorts (Light Denim) • Topshop • $60
Paige Denim 'Grant' Cuffed Denim Shorts (Delilah) • Paige Denim • $99.83
Frame Denim 'Le Cutoff' Cuff Denim Shorts (Rosemont) • Frame Denim • $71.60
DL 1961 Premium Denim Karlie Cuffed Denim Shorts • DL1961 • $54

Shop accessories:
Simple brown leather totes and sandals complete the look, keeping it classy and not too overboard boho. Cause that's a thing; we don't want to walk around looking like a lost Coachella girl. (These are all available in brown, even if they are shown in a different color).

Tory Burch Moore Flat Thong Sandal • Tory Burch • $136–195
Madewell The Abbi Slingback Sandals • Madewell • $98
Madewell The Abbi Slingback Sandals • Madewell • $98
Mossimo Supply Co. Women's Ainsley Knot Thong Sandals • Mossimo • Sold Out
The Transport Tote • Madewell • $168
Sydney Shopper • Fossil • $168
Madewell Tassel Clutch • Madewell • $138
Sydney Tote • Fossil • $149.99
Downing tote • J.Crew • 
H&M - Handbag - Tawny brown - Ladies • H&M • $17


Recent Summer Purchases

It's been awhile since I've updated on some of the new items I have added to my closet, so I'm sharing today some of the summer related pieces I've got in the mix! Many of the items I purchased in spring also carry over to this season as well. For me, summer is a definite time of "less is more" mentality. Along with shedding the layers and bulk of winter, I also like to streamline my options and keep things nice and simple. It just feels right! 

I love Old Navy's twill shorts with 5" inseam. They are the perfect length and a great versatile option for summer bottoms. Currently on sale for $17, but I'm pretty sure they go even lower. I think I got my black pair for around $15. 

These cat eye sunglasses I found at Target are my absolute favorite pair at the moment. I wear them constantly, as you can see on my instagram. Target always has the best budget sunglasses!

Lucky Brand Fairfaxx gladiator sandals- I needed a simple black pair of sandals, and fell in love with these when I saw them online. I like that they are nice enough to pair with a casual dress, which is great for going from day to night in the summertime. I purchased mine from amazon when they were having a sandal sale, but I see that Macy's currently has them on sale for a better price.

**UPDATE** As of this morning, these are part of Macy's BOGO 1/2 off sandal sale! Serious deal! I would snatch up these or these for my second pair.

LC Lauren Conrad Popover Maxi Dress- The print on this dress really caught my eye in store, and since I had a floral maxi on my list for summer I tried it on. Love the fit, love the cooling feel of the fabric, love the print: sold! This style of dress comes in 13 color and print options online! This particular print is called "Creole Pink", and I'm thinking I need the "Napa Garden" in my life too.

Lucky Brand Necklace- This was an impulse buy when I was walking through Macy's (only to run in the mall to get my favorite mocha coconut freeze from Gloria Jeans, haha!) and saw that clearance jewelry was an additional 40% off. Original price was $49, clearance was marked $24 and I ended up paying $14. I always like the boho style of Lucky Brand's jewelry, and this is a nice piece to throw on over a tee or dress and go.

Gap 1969 Boyfriend Denim Shorts- These are super comfy and have a bit of a stretch. Also with a 5" inseam. I'm not sure if these are my exact pair, because the stitching looks white in these photos, and mine are the traditional, more gold tone stitching. I purchased mine in store during a 40% off event.

Fossil Sydney Shopper- Last but not least, the item I am most excited about, is my score of a Fossil Sydney Shopper on Poshmark! I've had my eye on a brown leather tote such as this for a loooong time. Wavering between this one, a Madewell Transport tote, a Jcrew Downinga Cuyana, or an Everlane. When I found this on Poshmark for over $100 off retail I decided it was definitely worth the purchase! It looked brand new when I received it, I think I have already wore it out more in the short week that I have had it! Love, love, love this bag to pieces. It has replaced my old H&M brown tote (which I can't believe they still have online!) that I have loved for a few years, but was basically falling apart. 

So there you have my purchases from the last two months or so. I'm pretty much done for summer, unless I add a few new tops in. What has been your recent favorite buy?

PS-I'm working on my Summer Closet wardrobe capsule, so stayed tuned for that soon!