This Summer’s Perfect Wrap Dress

Living in the American South can have its perks, but I wouldn’t consider summer one of them. It’s SO hot! Right now, in May, Georgia is experiencing temps well into the 80’s. On my graduation day it got up to 90 degrees! And I don’t know about you, but I prefer loose fitting clothing during this time of year.

Blooming Jelly, a company that sells on Amazon, invited me to try one of their dresses for summer. I’ve never owned a wrap dress before…I’m always worried that they’ll come untied! Yikes!

This dress has two sets of ties, one for the first wrap layer and another that ties in the back, so you never have to worried about losing your dress to the wind! Plus the bigger tie allows you to have a cute bow in the back.

The wrap also lets you control how much cleavage you show. I’m fairly conservative, so I tied the dress pretty tight at the waste. I found the v-neck cut very flattering.

I absolutely love the pattern of jungle leaves (I got mine in the green!). The ruffles give the dress more movement and add an element of fun. I was worried about the dress being too short, but the hem came to just above my knees. I’m on the shorter side (barely 5’4″), so that might be why the dress is a bit longer on me than in the images on Amazon.

 I wore this dress to Mother’s Day brunch at an upscale country club. I got compliments from many people, some older, more conservative women and other women about my age (22). I’m 5’4″ and 115 pounds and wearing a small. The dress runs a tad bit big, but since it’s a wrap dress you can tie it tighter or looser depending on your preference. The material is very soft and the dress is well sewn. Definitely worth the price!

Check out my Amazon review by clicking here!

This v-neck wrap dress is the one I’ll be reaching for all summer long, for barbecues to graduations to family events!

Fun Spring Coffee Cups

Way back in the day (okay so it was only 2016, but it feels like a decade ago) I wrote this post on my favorite sassy sayings coffee cups. While my style has changed a bit since then, my dependence upon my morning cup of joe has not.

With spring right around the corner, I’m sure we’re going to wake up to more drizzle mornings and hopefully a few more flowers. These super cute mugs and cups would make great Easter presents (or a fun gift to put a smile on a friend’s face).

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Royal Albert Spring Meadow

Corkcicle Tumbler

Pantone Mug

B’WELL Reusable Coffee Cup

Kate Spade Sunny Disposition Tumbler

My Eye Brightening Trick

No matter how much sleep I get I always look tired. Pair that with an important interview or a date and people start to think I look disinterested. I almost wish I could have a sign that reads “This is just my face. It’s how it always looks. I’m not tired or mad or bored. It’s just my face.”

While I’ve tried lots of different things, like the cold spoon technique or Blaq eye masks (review on those coming soon!), I always end up looking like I need a cup of coffee and a nap about an hour after. Go figure. So instead of trying to fix the skin around my eyes, I decided to make it stand out by adding a little sparkle.

I do my normal concealer and foundation routine, adding some extra concealer in a shade lighter than my skin tone around my eyes, and then pop some thrive cosmetics brilliant eye brightener in Stella in the corners. The product is sheer and sparkly, allowing me to build it to the intensity I want. On a normal day I usually go for one swipe. The very pale nude is many shades lighter than my usual skin tone, and when popped directly into the corner of my eye it instantly brightens my eyes and makes me look a little more awake.

A lot of the reviews online express disappointment that the product isn’t full coverage on its own. I’d encourage you to think of it more like a highlighter. You wouldn’t use your highlight as concealer or foundation, so why are you doing that around your eyes? Instead of being used alone to cover up dark under eye circles the thrive brilliant eye brightener is meant to distract.

The best part about the product? I got it for a discounted price in my winter FabFitFun box. Usually $25, I got this product along with a handful of others for only $50. Boxes are usually a $200 value (!!!) but you only pay $50. Better yet, you can purchase through my FabFitFun link for $10 off your first box! Here’s the link: http://xo.fff.me/lIjDp

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Warby Parker Resort Collection Release

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It’s no secret that I wear glasses. I got my first pair in sixth grade, and since then I’ve learned that glasses, like makeup and hair, can subtly influence your overall image while also being an integral part of your personality.

I love the of the glasses from Warby Parker. A lot of their frames (with the prescription lenses) are under $100!

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I am so excited to announce their newest collection, Resort! The Resort Collection mixes rich acetates with hints of metal inlays and glimmering metallics. The unique outlines, delicate textures, and pops of glossy metal give the glasses a luxurious, high end feel.

I’m a sucker for a good tortoiseshell, and these frames are my absolute favorite! You can shop the rest of the prescription eyeglasses on their website, which you can find by clicking here.

The sunglasses in the Resort Collection are all so different that I can’t pick a favorite. I want them all! The Cleo sunglasses, the first photo shown below, remind me of a classic 1950’s beachgoer. On the other hand, the Wyatt sunglasses are more NYC edgy-chic. The classic gold is subtle, giving the accents a “for your eyes only” feel, but striking enough to get everyone talking. Shop the rest of their sunglasses on their website by clicking here.

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Target’s Hit the Target

I love Target. It is my happy place. I don’t always go to Target to window shop, but since coming to college wandering the aisles there seems easier and more accessible than anywhere else. Not to mention affordable.

Because it’s close to Christmas, I’ve been scouting all the options for potential gifts. I love people watching, as use that as a way to judge what styles are in fashion, what people love, and what colors are popular. I’m not usually the person that goes for the name brand stuff (except J. Crew…I’ll always love J. Crew), but a few items have recently caught my eye. And, fortunately, I found a few of those items on the racks at Target the other day.

Splurge:

Fossil’s Emma RFID Multifunction Mini Wallet $50

Fossil Red Velvet Wallet

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Small Zip-Around Wallet $10

Target Red Wallet

I’ve had my eye on the Fossil wallet since summer and was over the moon to find a matching one in Target. The one I purchased is turquoise!

Splurge:

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug $24

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug

Steal:

Target’s Robert Gordon Indigo Brush Mugs, Set of Four $20

Target Indigo Mug Set

Splurge:

Kate Spade Poppy Fit and Flare Dress $448

Kate Spade Fit and Flare Dress

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Mesh Lace Fit & Flare Dress $28

Target Fit and Flare Dress

While the lace elements are different, the dress shape and overall texture are very similar.

Splurge:

J. Crew Boy’s Ludlow Blazer in Velvet $140

J. Crew Ludlow Blazer in Velvet

Steal:

Target’s Toddler Boys’ Velvet Blazer $18

Target Boy's Corduroy Blazer

Splurge:

Superga Velvet Grey Sneakers $119

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Save:

Target’s Women’s Savannah Velvet Sneakers $20

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Not exactly the same color, but personally I actually like the blue a lot better!

There are probably a lot more items from Target that are nearly identical to name brand clothes and accessories, I just haven’t seen them yet. Have you noticed any?

What NOT to Wear During Rush

Sorority Rush is one of the best weeks out of freshman year! So many dresses, so many houses, so many songs! And all the Pinterest boards and fashion blogs telling you what to wear. During my rush week I made about a million mistakes because nobody told me what not to wear.

Sometimes “hey don’t do that” is one of the best guidelines. That’s why I’m here. I’ve made all the mistakes for you. So have no fear, you’re flawless rush week is just around the corner!

Heels

heels rushThey’re cute, they give you a height boost, they’re classy. Those are all the pro’s, but have you thought about the cons yet? Wearing heels in summer heat while speed walking from house to house will definitely end in many tears, blisters, and band-aids. Trust me, save the heels for Pref Night and Bid Day.

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You want to stand out, but be classy over trashy!

Perfume

You’re going to be packed like sardines in the entryways to those houses, don’t choke the person next to you by having dumped an entire bottle of Channel No. 5 on yourself that morning. Even little spritzes of perfume go a long way when you’re shoulder to shoulder with fifty people. Especially when it’s fifty different spritzes of perfume.

Big Purses and Clutches

a) There’s not enough space for that massive bag that holds your makeup, umbrella, waterbottle, lunch, laptop, kitchen sink….just bring the basics in a smaller sized purse

b) But not too small! You’re not going to want to carry a clutch the entire day

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I ended up using a huge bag during Georgia’s Round 1. Big mistake! I was at the back of the line and, because there were so many PNMs and so little space in the entry way, I ended up having to hug my bag to my chest! Talk about embarrassing.

Strapless, Backless, or Spagetti Strap Dresses

If you’re a fan, don’t let this be your “be all end all I can’t wear my favorite dress” style for rush week, but keep in mind that it’s summer, it’s hot, you’re going to get sweaty, and strapless bras and stickyboobs don’t hold up well in the heat. Also, pulling up your dress every thirty seconds isn’t classy, it’s just gross.

White

This is for Bid Day. Not Round 1. Not Philanthropy. Not Pref Night. Bid Day.

Black

This is for Pref Night. Not Round 1. Not Philanthropy. Not Bid Day. Pref Night.

Bling

Beauty pageants and fashion shows are great things to talk about during rounds, but please don’t be a walking example of one. No sequins, no rhinestones, no crazy jewelry. You are trying to become a sorority girl, not a disco ball.

“Hoochie-Wear”

Speaking of discos…Rush is not a club event. There’s no need to look like you’re going out to party. Refrain from deep necklines, booty shorts, backless dresses or cutouts, or things that are obviously too tight.

Faded, Worn, or Out of Date Clothing

Armpit stains, rips, worn spots, and sagging hemlines make you look disheveled and frumpy. Keep in mind that out of date patterns (*cough cough* chevron) should be avoided at all costs.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to dress classy – sophisticated and stylish should be your life motto during Sorority Rush Week! Don’t try to be anybody else, but don’t be sloppy or a hot mess. You are a unique individual, and the sororities you’re rushing want to get to know you, so be the best version of yourself for them!

Any “what not to wear” tips I missed? Comment below!

xo Bailey

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UGA Panhellenic Rush Gamma Chis- 2015