Who Said the Little Black Dress Only Comes out at Night?

Hello! We have almost made it through the week!  I wanted to share this easy to wear, perfect for the weekend, dress with you!  It’s from Nordstrom, is breathable, lightweight and not clingy, and it’s only $49 at the moment. But, before I go into all those details, I have a serious question: who said the Little Black Dress only comes out at night?

I wanted to focus today’s blog on how you can style your favorite little black dress to pair perfectly with any time of the day!

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There are plenty of silhouettes for you to choose from when it comes to styling a little black dress during the day. Because I’m such a fan of flowy dresses, I went for a looser fit but you can absolutely style a form-fitting LBD for the daytime by layering on a cute sweater, sandals, and other dressed-down accessories.

I love that idea, especially if you want to go from day-to-night in a litte black dress! All you’d need to do is pop on bold lipstick, swap out some accessories, and pack away your favorite pair of heels for later!

 

I wanted to dress this dress down with some tonal and studded flats, which you can get from Valentino himself or some equally gorgeous dupes! My floppy hat and sunglasses also dress this look down and give it the perfect comfortably chic vibe for an afternoon out!

So, how do you style your favorite little black dress for a daytime glam look?

xx Niki

Dress: Leith | Hat: Rag & Bone | Sandals: Nasty Gal , Valentino or Rebecca Minkoff | Lips: YSL #13 with MAC cherry lip liner

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The Palm Leaf Dress

Happy Wednesday! I usually stay away from anything with a halter top, but this Palm Leaf dress is an exception!  You all know already that I’m a total sucker for a midi dress with pockets.  The combination of this palm leaf pattern, the fabric, and shape all make this a perfect summer dress.  It’s lightweight and can be dressed up or down just like I prefer as well.

This dress is from Ann Taylor, and I highly recommend checking out the collections from this brand! They’re high quality, last forever, and are to-die-for season after season.

Ann Taylor palm leaf dress

If we’re being honest, this dress totally falls into the “Florida Fashion” category and that’s no problem for me! There’s just something about matching the warm and cheery atmosphere that we have here in Sarasota (and Florida in general) that made me gravitate toward this dress.

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Because we were just going out for a nice afternoon walk, I paired this dress with complementary gold-toned sandals to keep things comfortable yet dressed up. If you’re looking for a quick pro-tip, you can always reach for metallic items to make an outfit pop or elevate the style. They don’t have to be pricey to look gorgeous!

Hope you all enjoyed this quick ootd – see you in the next one!

xx Niki

 

Dress: Ann Taylor | Sandals: old Ann Taylor but similar here on sale for under $40 |

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Goddess Braids and Some Extra Glam

Hi everyone! I was feeling particularly inspired today and wanted to create a look with some goddess braids. To accomplish this, I went for a beautiful fishtail braid for my hair – which really isn’t as complicated to do as I initially thought! You can check out this video to see how you can style your own fishtail braid without someone else helping out.

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My dress is from the latest Lilly Pulitzer collection.  I love the gold braided neckline and the color is one of my favorites from Lilly.  It also comes in white and a maxi version.  My clutch is the perfect shade of pink for Summer.

 

Greek, goddess braids, and gladiator trends have been popular for the past few years, so anything with that sort of vibe is a safe investment in my book – especially if you love flowy and feminine looks! These strappy gladiator-esque sandals are from Steve Madden and, honestly, are just as comfortable as they are super cute.

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I also wanted to take this time to congratulate the winner of my beach towel giveaway.  Even though I’ve reached out to the winner privately, I wanted to welcome you all to check back for future contests!

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to share your goddess braids with me!

xx Niki

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Sandals: Steve Madden | Clutch: Loeffler Randall | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Necklace: old H&M but similar here | Bracelet: Michael Kors | Lips: SNOB

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Our Fourth of July 2016 Picnic On The Beach

Hello and happy Monday! Today, I’m sharing some photos I took with a couple of my great friends; Lindsay and Candice, of the blog, Candie Elaine . We decided to have a Fourth of July 2016 themed picnic on the beach.  Minimal setup with maximum fun! All you need is a blanket, good food, some sparklers and a few people that enjoy a good time!  Andi had a blast with these

Minimal setup with maximum fun! All you need is a blanket, good food, some sparklers and a few people that enjoy a good time!  Andi had a blast with these mini flags.   We found most of our festive things at Target and JOANN.  Watermelon and berries were the perfect refreshing treat to go with our burgers, which were also delicious.

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Fourth of july 2016 picnic on the beach

All of the beaches on the West coast of Florida are absolutely beautiful, and the Sarasota/Bradenton beaches are known for their perfect white sand! It’s almost like walking on powdered sugar, and the water is every bit as beautiful and perfect!

Keep scrolling to see more beautiful photos of our outfits, fun, and food from our Fourth of July 2016 beach-side picnic!

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And, in case you were wondering, here are our outfit details of the day!

Niki:

Top:Madewell | Skirt: Madewell | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Necklace: Roolee | Earrings: Apricot Lane

Lindsay: 

Dress: Anthropologie | Watch: Michele | Sunglasses: TOD’S | Necklace: Apricot Lane

Candice:

Dress: similar style from Tommy Bahama

Andi:

Dress: Gap — 40% off your purchase with code: HAPPY | Headband: Free Babes Handmade | Sandals: Jack Rogers

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Head over to Candice Elaine to see even MORE photos from our beach picnic!

xx Niki

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My Latest Summer OOTD

Happy Sunday! We have been busy getting ready for the 4th of July, but I wanted to make a quick summer OOTD post for you!  I found my top on sale at Madewell and it also comes in black!

Whenever I can, I always make sure to at least try on flowy and feminine tops like this. To me, something is really worth buying if it can be styled in different ways and throughout the year! With this top, all those boxes are checked since it looks great tucked into a skirt, with white jeans, or layered underneath warmer clothes.

Summer OOTD roolee madewell

Midi skirts that have front-button details like this one are all the rage this year. There’s a 60’s and 70’s trend going on right now and this type of detail fits right in with that vintage vibe everyone is loving.

Summer OOTD nude strappy heels chunky accessories

I made sure all of the colors were complementary and definitely “summer” themed today! Chunky accessories and one of my favorite pairs of sunglasses topped off this easy look. Plus, these nude strappy heels are to die for and so comfy!

Summer OOTD outfit details

xx Niki

 

Skirt: Roolee | Top: Madewell | Heels: DSW | Bag: sold out but similar at Old Navy for $16 | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Necklaces: Roolee and Madewell | Bracelet: Michael Kors and J.Crew | Lips: YSL #13 and Mac Cherry Liner

 

Click below to enter my contest to win a Lilly Pulitzer You Gotta Regatta beach towel!  United States residents only.

 

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Roses Are Red…

Roses are red… and Rachel Parcell is adding more summer items to her site!  I cannot wait to shop the entirety of her newest collection.  Today, I am wearing an early release from the line.  It is the Classic Skirt in Summer Rose. I loved my white one so much that I had to have a printed version – especially this beautiful rose print.

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One thing that I always look out for when buying new pieces is the texture. A nice texture can make anything have a more elevated and sophisticated look.  And, although I adore Rachel Parcell, this skirt does run extremely small, so I’d suggest sizing up AT LEAST one size.

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This classic midi skirt went perfectly with some on-trend black strappy heels that have a vintage feel to them. As always, Stuart Weitzman (in my opinion, at least) has mastered a beautiful heel that’s comfortable to walk in!

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xx Niki

Skirt: Rachel Parcell | Top: old but would look cute with this top that is under $20 | Heels: Stuart Weitzman, similar under $80 here | Lips: YSL #13

Don’t forget to enter below to win a Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towel !

 

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Red, White, and Black?

Hi there! With the 4th of July approaching, I have been subconsciously buying a lot more red than I usually do, so today’s outfit is going to follow that trend! To get into the holiday spirit, I created a classic red, white, and black combo to pay homage to the upcoming holiday.

red, white, and black outfit ootd

I found this skirt from Roolee for under $30.  Of course, it has pockets!  It is cotton and spandex, so it’s nice and soft with a little stretch to it.

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There are tons of options when it comes to creating cute outfits leading up to a holiday, and you don’t always have to stick to a color theme completely! Hope you guys got some nice inspo and have a wonderful holiday!

xx Niki

Skirt: Roolee | Tee: T by Alexander Wang | Sandals: Valentino , Nasty Gal or Target | Hat: rag & bone | Bag: sold out but similar here | Necklace: Roolee  | Lips: YSL #13 and Mac Cherry Liner

 

Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towel !

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Giveaway Contest Alert! The “You Gotta Regatta” Towel

Hi Everyone!!

This week I am hosting a contest for one lucky winner to receive a Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towel in You Gotta Regatta! Click the Rafflecopter box below to enter.  You must be a U.S. resident.  This contest is not sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer.  The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, June 27th at 7 p.m. There are opportunities to earn entry points daily.  No purchase necessary. Andi not included!

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Can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is!

xx Niki

Hat: BluTaylor c/o | Top: Target | Shorts: similar here | Sandals: Jack Rogers | My dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Tote: Lilly Pulitzer

 

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Who Else Loves Lily Pulitzer’s “You Gotta Regatta”?

Happy Monday!  Not only is today the first day of summer… It is also National Wear Your Lilly Day!! In honor of this national holiday, I wanted to share this dress with you.  It is part of Lilly Pulitzer’s “You Gotta Regatta” Pop Up collection.  You Gotta Regatta was a VERY popular print several years ago, and I am so glad they brought it back for another round!

There were several pieces in the collection, but I was immediately drawn to this dress.  It is 100% silk and wears beautifully.  It has a handkerchief hemline, so I love to wear this dress with flats.

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If you think you may want it, get it now because everything in that print is selling out very quickly!  Plus, there are great gifts available in store and online with your purchases all day!  As of right now, there are still several other YGR styles left.  You can check them all out here.  My bag is also Lilly Pulitzer!  It is the perfect size to use as a daily tote, or even to throw a towel in and hit the beach!

I will be giving away one of the pieces from the You Gotta Regatta Pop Up collection… So stay tuned for more details.  You won’t want to miss out! 😉

xx Niki

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Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Sandals: Steve Madden | Bag: Lilly Pulitzer | Necklaces: Lilly Pulitzer and Roolee | Sunglasses: old but similar here and under $15 here | Lips: Hip ‘N’ Happy and SNOB

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Summer Fashion Inspo: “For the Birds”

Hello Everyone! Summer fashion is in full swing, so yesterday I styled another skirt from Roolee, which is one of my new favorite boutiques.  This one has a beautiful bird print on it with an exposed zipper in the back and, of course, POCKETS!  Right now, my bag is on sale for $12.99 but you can substitute one of your favorites to match your style with this summery look!!

Summer fashion bird pattern

You all already know how I feel about midi skirts, but there’s something about this fun and beautiful print that makes this one especially lovely to wear. It just makes me feel so bright and cheery when I wear it!

Summer fashion ootd inspo

This year, pops of color, like the yellow on my heels, are in. Go ahead and try out a bold color that you may have been too scared to rock with this year’s summer fashion and you’ll see how easily you can integrate them into your outfits. The yellow of the shoes complements the brown of my bag and the pattern (and vibe) of the skirt.

Summer fashion outfit details

When I was looking for a bag to wear today, I reached for this simple and boho-inspired brown leather bag by H&M just so I could keep things chic and casual.

Summer Fashion Purse

Oh, and I’m predicting that this skirt can make the transition into autumn beautifully if it’s paired with booties and darker colors. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this quick summer fashion ootd!

xx Niki

 

Skirt: Roolee | Top: Boden old but similar here | Heels: Gianvito Rossi | Bag: H&M–ON SALE! | Necklace: H&M | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lips: SNOB by MAC

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