sandals

fall transition

necklace

:

beaded by w

||

top

:

zara

{

save

} {

splurge

} ||

belt

:

madewell

||

jeans

: old {

save

} {

splurge

} ||

shoes

:

haute & rebellious 

After a busy couple of weeks, I'm finally back with a new outfit post! This has been a look that I've had on my mind for

months

, and I've finally completed the outfit and the timing couldn't be better to share it! 

I've always thought of transition phases as such an awkward time of year. This time in particular is the worst because I always want to get excited for back to school, but it's still so dang hot! For some people, August is the beginning of the transition from summer to fall, but the thought of wearing anything warmer than jeans makes me sweat! So to merge the best of both worlds, I put together this outfit that has the perfect combination of summer and fall hints. {And it would be great for a Longhorn game this fall for all of you UT girls:) }

First of all, how fab is this necklace! I found the designer,

Beaded by W

, on Instagram and immediately fell in love. She is the cutest college student that makes the

best

 beaded and wrap necklaces and bracelets! You seriously need to check her out. The idea for this outfit began when I snagged this rust colored top at Zara for $12. I saw it in my mind paired with an Hermes belt, but this one from

Madewell

is a pretty great dupe for a girl on a budget! (me). I added some black finishes and a good pair of white jeans and it's good to go!

xoxo

A big thank you to Beaded by W for providing the beaded necklace.

eyelet

cute summer skirt and crop top
lace crop top blue pendant necklace
free people floppy hat
lace crop top and skirt summer outfit
forever 21 skirt
strappy sandals

top: old {

similar

} || skirt:

forever 21

|| hat:

free people

|| sandals:

haute & rebellious

As we all know by now, I definitely gravitate towards neutral colors. A great way to add a lil bit of excitement to a basic outfit is with details. To pull out the eyelet details of the skirt, I paired it with a lace crop top. The details not only complement each other, but break up an otherwise simple color palette. And of course, you can never go wrong with a pop of color in a necklace!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

minimalistic

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top, jeans & clutch are all on

sale

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As I've matured in my sense of style, I've also matured in my shopping

.

 There's nothing wrong with a good Forever 21 shopping spree, but I've found that it's easy to get persuaded by cheap prices instead of the actual quality of the items. I've really tried to focus more on

quality

rather than

quantity

. Quality doesn't always have to be the most expensive option though. The other day I heard someone talking about the "price per wear" of an item, which I think couldn't be more accurate. If you're going to wear a pair of jeans 200 times, then paying $200 isn't that ridiculous. But if you're only going to wear them once or twice, then the "investment" hasn't paid off. Trends, like gladiator sandals for example, will eventually be replaced by a new one next season. Although trends do come back in style, the newest version is modified to look fresh and up to date. I love a good vintage piece, but personally I know I would rather have a newer version of a trend than try to make an original version work. Because of that, I chose to spend less on trends, but invest in pieces that I know will last me for years. A good pair of jeans, a simple clutch and nice jewelry will never be a bad investment!

There's something about a minimalistic outfit that continues to catches my eye. I've always thought that there is nothing more chic than a simple outfit that screams effortless but still looks flawless. You know what I'm talking about: that "model off-duty" jeans and a t-shirt look that we all hate to love! I'm so glad this has come back as a trend, so now those days when I'm actually just being lazy can be mistaken for trendy! After reading 

How to Be Parisian

, I've had a whole new admiration for the Parisian-chic style. I've really tried to adapt the "less is more" philosophy in all aspects of my life. 

 I think a big part of pulling of the minimalistic look is the quality of the pieces. Something like a nice pair of jeans or a clutch that has been crafted with clean lines can pull together an outfit to make it look way more expensive than it may actually be. Websites like 

Farfetch

are perfect for items like this. They offer a wide range of brands and prices so anyone can find their own perfect item. Another

huge

 reason to check them out is for their sales! I 100% believe in investing in good pieces, but I don't think that means having to pay full price.

Farfetch

is great because they sell items that are amazing quality, but also have major markdowns so that it doesn't have to break the bank!

via

Farfetch

Makeup is no exception to the "less is more" mindset. You can never go wrong with just a simple concealer-mascara combo, especially for everyday summer makeup. It creates that effortless look by pulling together an outfit without looking overdone.

What do y'all think of minimalism? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

xoxo