The Ultimate Guide To Summer Fashion Essentials 2017

summer fashion 2017Ahh summer. The time of blue skies and fireflies. Everything seems to be extra bright and fun this time of year, doesn’t it? This seems to be especially true when it comes to summer fashion!

There’s just so much to choose from: flowy skirts, bathing suits, sandals and more. In a sea of possibilities, I’ve chosen a few of my favorite items to keep in a summer wardrobe. Here’s my ultimate guide to summer fashion essentials…

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Tops

Let’s start with tops, shall we? When it comes to summer attire, I believe that only two  types of tops are needed: the basic tee, and a dressy blouse. Why? Because a t-shirt can be dressed up or down, and a blouse will come to the rescue when you need (or want) to look extra fancy-shmancy.

Pants

Here’s where a lot more variety comes in to play. Options include a pair of clean, white jeans, blue jeans, denim shorts, patterned shorts, patterned pants, and overalls. Even if you only have two shirts, this will give you twelve different outfits to choose from!

Dresses and Skirts

Now is the time to let your frilly girly side be free! During the summer, you need two types of dresses: the sun dress and the cocktail dress (because, hello wedding season). And for skirts, whip out the maxis and knee length varieties ladies. My personal favorite style for skirts is boho, what about you?

Jackets

What? Jackets in the summer?? Yup. Because sometimes a little chill can come in the evening, and you want to be prepared and stylish, right? Keep on hand a casual jacket, faux leather, and a kimono (is that a jacket? Let’s say yes). This way, you’ll have a covering for any situation.

Beachwear

Yeahhh buddy. Summertime means pools and beaches. And that means we need bathing suits and cover-ups. I like to wear modest bathing suits, and found some really cute choices this season. As for the cover-ups, you can get one that functions like a dress or a skirt, whichever you like!

Exercise Clothing

It really is easier to workout in the summer, when everything is pretty and bright. It’s just motivational! I know that when I’m wearing some nice clothes to exercise in, I’m much more likely to actually get out there. Get yourself a sports bra, some yoga pants, and a breathable tank top or t-shirt, then get moving girl!

Shoes

Yay for shoes! Sandals, flats, heels, and tennis shoes. Summer shoe choices are just awesome. Especially since you get to show off that pedicure you got recently. Let those feet breathe!

Purses

Besides your main purse, look for a clutch and a beach tote. That way you have a bag for functionality, special occasions, and summer outings. My favorite is the beach tote, so much space to carry things in! Anyone else stuff their purse full of unnecessary items for those ‘just in case’ moments, or is that just me?

Accessories

Sunglasses, hats, and scarves, oh my! Accessories are what really spice up an outfit. So put on that big hat, wear those unique sunglasses, and work that lemon-studded scarf. Wear your clothes, don’t let your clothes wear you!

So there you have it, my ultimate guide to summer fashion essentials. But remember, outward beauty isn’t what really counts, it’s who you are on the inside that matters. A great outfit just helps you get people’s attention so that they can get to know the real you. Think of your clothes as a welcome sign, to invite people to meet you.

Did I miss anything, is there a summer essential you just can live without? Share in the comments below!

Summer Essentials: Natural Beauty Products

There’sSummer essentials natural beauty no time better than summertime to revamp your beauty routine! Our skin and hair can take a beating from the heat and ocean/pool water. It’s also the perfect time to add in some bright pops of color (my summer favorite is peach).

But good quality beauty products don’t have to be full of chemicals and icky fillers. Below is a list of my favorite natural beauty products for some summer fun!

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Luminance Skincare Rosewater

Luminance Skincare is by far my favorite skincare brand, and their rosewater spray is no exception! Made of only rose petals and water (like it should be!) this toner balances the pH of your skin. Not only does it feel wonderful after being in the summer heat, it’s good for you too! And did I mention it smells heavenly?

Badger Hair Oil


My hair tends to get dry on the ends during the summer months, and this hair oil has been a tremendous help in combatting that. It’s packed full of nourishing oils like the infamous argan oil, and my mane seems to just drink it right up! I’m left with shiny, oh so soft locks. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Peppermint Oil Spray


I don’t know about you, but I can get overheated pretty easily. A while ago, I tried putting peppermint oil on my skin and neck after hearing it was helpful for bringing a fever down. I figured, if it works for fevers, it has to work for plain ole heat and I put it on undiluted. And oh boy did it ever! I had put on too much and it gave me the chills for an hour or so, not even a blanket could warm me up! That’s why you should learn from my mistakes and dilute in a nice spray bottle for easier application.

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish


Good lookin’ nails can pull any outfit together. But all of those chemicals in different polishes (like formaldehyde, eek!) make me a little nervous! That’s why I was so excited when I found this nail polish in my local Whole Foods. While it’s free of all those scary fillers, it says on just as well, if not better, than normal polish! Like I said, I love peach colors for summer, especially in nail polish.

EO Deodorant


I’ve tried several brands of natural deodorant before settling on this one. It actually works! At least for me, I know that everyone’s body works differently when it comes to alternative products. That being said, I highly recommend  that you give it a try! My favorite scent is the vetiver version, I love me some vetiver.

Gabriel Cosmetics Blush


Oh Gabriel Cosmetics, let me count the ways. If you haven’t already tried this nontoxic and gluten free (yay) makeup company, or their other more sparkly line, ZuZu Luxe, put it on your to-do list. Then, move it to your to-done list because seriously. Great staying power, beautiful colors (hello again, peach), and a wide variety to choose from. To compliment your summer glow, I suggest you try some of their blush, it’s my go-to!

Persian Garden Perfume


Natural perfumes are kind of hard to come by, especially ones that don’t smell just plain funky or much too ordinary (has anyone else realized that orange seems to be a pervasive scent in natural beauty products?). This perfume is the ultimate exception. Rich, exotic, and with a slight quality that I can only describe as mysterious, I think Persian Garden is my new signature scent.

 

So there you have it, my summer natural beauty essentials. But of course, don’t forget to wear sunscreen! I didn’t include any on this list because I have yet to fin a natural one that I like. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

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