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Athleisure dress for summer

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wearing:  Chanel summer lipstick / bold turquoise and hold earrings / black hoodie athleisure dress (under $100!!) / Givenchy handbag / summer nail polish / black leather watch / Adidas sneakers in rose gold

My ten-year-old daughter snapped these pictures when we were in Los Angeles last week. We took them just before leaving the hotel to go to the California Science Center where we saw the space shuttle Endeavour on display. This was especially exciting for my nine-year-old son who wants to be an astronaut when he grows up!

The California Science Center requires quite a bit of walking, therefore, I wanted to make sure I was dressed in something comfortable. This hoodie athleisure dress was perfect for the day. The fabric is soft, and breathable, for warm weather. It also does not wrinkle! Love that!

Of course, when you are walking and standing a lot, comfortable shoes are a must. These sneakers by Adidas have turned into my go-to comfort shoes when we go out on family vacations, or day trips. They provide ample arch support, and cushioned comfort. Love!

I am so happy that athleisure is a trend right now! Remember the days when sneakers were frowned upon? There once was a time when wearing sneakers with shorts or leggings made you look like a tourist from BFD who didn’t know how to dress. Now, this is the style! It is uber-cool to walk around in street sneakers with leggings, shorts; or any athleisure look! As long as you look clean, put together, and not sloppy, the athleisure trend looks and feel fabulous!

What are your thoughts on the athleisure trend right now? Is this something you love? Or are you old-school and think sneakers should be left at the gym?

Stay tuned! My LA trip recap is coming up this week; and it will include details about our visit to the California Science Center, and seeing the space shuttle Endeavour in person!!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Windblown on the beach in a floral jumpsuit for summer

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wearing: Chanel sunglasses / YSL lipstick / rose gold dangle earrings / floral jumpsuit (under $140!!) / Chloe handbag / rose gold cuff / summer nail polish / black leather watch / pink platform wedge espadrilles (so comfy!!)

Jumpsuits are everywhere this summer season! I have always been afraid of trying to wear a jumpsuit. I am only 5’4″ which is on the cusp of being petite. This puts me in a position where I often find petite clothing does not fit, yet regular sized clothing is too large for my short frame. When it comes to a jumpsuit, this poses a problem since petite jumpsuits do not offer enough room in the torso, and regular sized jumpsuits are too long.

I keep seeing people wearing jumpsuits; and they look so cute! This inspired me to just bite the bullet and try to make a regular sized jumpsuit work; after all, you can alter something too large, but you cannot add to something which is too short.

This floral jumpsuit for summer caught my eye; plus the price was right. I took a chance and ordered it online. Of course when it arrived, I noticed it was too long. This was an easy fix. I could either shorten it, or I could be lazy and wear it with platform espadrilles; I chose the latter.

Since I am long-waisted, and typically wear regular sizes on top, and petite on the bottom, this worked out perfectly for the jumpsuit. Apparently I CAN wear a regular size jumpsuit due to my long waist! Yay! The jersey fabric turned out to be extremely comfortable and easy to wear.

As you can tell, I am at the beach! We snapped these photos after dinner during our recent trip to Los Angeles. We enjoyed a yummy Italian dinner at Mangiamo’s in Manhattan Beach. The wind was blowing extremely hard; and it started to get a little bit chilly after dinner. Despite the cool, windy weather, my ten-year-old daughter snapped these photos for me on the beach. The lighting wasn’t optimal, but she did a great job!

If you are looking for a comfortable jumpsuit which is easy to pack in a suitcase, and stays wrinkle-free, this jumpsuit is perfect! The price is right too.

What do you think of the current jumpsuit trend? Will you be jumping on it this season?

Stay tuned! I have a recap post coming up next week which details our recent road trip to Los Angeles, and all the fun things we saw, and did!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Ballet Flats for summer 2017

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pictured: Valentino Rockstud ballet flats in black (designer dupe under $100 here)

Ballet flats are back! This classic shoe style is gearing up for some time in the spotlight this summer as designers give traditional ballet flats edgy touches.

The modern ballet flat, which is what is hot for summer, offers small touches such as studs, criss-cross straps, and laces; which veer slightly from the straps and laces found on real ballet shoes worn by ballerinas.

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from top left: silver ballet flats (under $100!) / black lace up ballet flats / black premier designer ballet flats / pink ballet flats (available in several colors!)

Ballet flats are so much fun to wear this summer. They offer a feminine vibe which is understated and comfortable. The sleek, no-nonsense designs offers a chic look, and lightweight feel, for tired summer feet. These are the softest shoe style out there!

I love wearing ballet flats after a day in heels, or if I just want to be comfortable. They look great with maxi skirts, midi skirts, and paired with shorts and a cute top. Ballet flats are also a great alternative to sandals on hot days when we forget to touch up our pedicure. haha, love that!

Another way I like to wear my ballet flats is with straight jeans, a tee, and a statement handbag. They are the ultimate chic yet understated shoe. Love!

Are you are fan of ballet flats? Do you plan to wear this emerging trend?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy