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The Coordinate Set: A Low-Maintenence Style Staple

Guess who’s still working her summer closet for a few more weeks? This gal! It’s still sunny and 80 degrees in ATL and I plan to take full advantage of the nice weather. One thing that I love about this time of year is that it’s not too hot to get dressed. You know, the breeze is blowing, and all is right around this time of year. It’s not too muggy for makeup, and not too humid for cute clothes that may have a few extra layers… like my favorite coordinate set from Forever21.

Pause. I totally swagger-jacked my friend and blogger-sis Trina from Baby Shopaholic, as she technically had this fun number first, but I couldn’t resist grabbing it to see how it looked on a plus-body. Let’s just say, this coord set definitely flatters straight and plus size!

What I love about this get-up is the lightweight material. Although it’s long sleeve, it’s still light enough to wear during warmer months. The oriental flair also makes it perfect for this time of year.

It’s high waist, which is great if you’re a hippy-itty-bitty-waist girl like me And the pants have elastic versus a zipper, which is my personal preference for comfort. I paired the look with a black crop top because who doesn’t love to show skin? But this can easily be worn with a basic cami or even a screened tee could be cute!

Honestly, the best part is this set is less than 50 bucks and comes in an array of sizes from straight to plus. So everyone wins! I’ll share the links below.

Plus Kimono |  Plus Pant | Straight Kimono | Straight Pant

Darling Retro Chic Summer

Y’all, this retro chic black tropical midi dress from Torrid is my entire mood for summer. I’m not a big fan of hot summer days, but these fun sundresses from Torrid have made me think otherwise. The colors, the texture, the shape all screams for a celebration. This skater dress in particular really digs into my personal style because it’s line with tulle for volume; but don’t worry, there’s a slip in between the tulle layers so you don’t get itchy and hot!

Paired with bright colored sandals, and fun sunglasses … mood set!

My Summer Theme & How I’m Doing Things

The first day of summer was just days ago, and I’m making it my business to get ahead of the curve literally and figuratively. For me, summer is my busy season. My clients schedules are super demanding which makes my personal life a little hectic. There isn’t much space for me to have downtime between June and September. I try my best to squeeze lemonade out of these lemons.

With that said, I’m finding a balance this summer. Last week was BET weekend, which was insane for my calendar, and next week is Essence Fest, which will be even more crazy. But between these hectic days, you will find me checking out to enjoy my first summer as a new wife with my husband. Random road trips are in the works, endless pool days, late nights binge watching our favorite shows, lots of roof top brunch dates overlooking our new favorite city. I’m being selfish, and I’m super excited about it!

For some reason this Marigold Yellow Chiffon Dress from Torrid gives me the vibe of my summer theme. The theme is balance, and this dress really screams that for me. It makes me feel relaxed and comfortable but still gives me enough formality to be paired with cute shoes and heels for an evening out on the town. So this gorgeous sundress along with the theme of my summer is not losing sight of balance. As much hard work as I put in, I should also find time to enjoy life.

This dress is currently sold out, but you can shop similar looks here:

Yellow Jersey Dress

Photography by: Andrea Foster Photography

Part Two of My Eloquii x Draper James Obsession

If you don’t know already, I pretty much feel like this Draper James collection for Eloquii was made for me! All of the beautiful patterns and shapes literally speaks to my life on so many levels. I’m not surprised that Reese Witherspoon spearheaded this collection herself, after all she is the ultimate southern belle.

There was one more look that I couldn’t resist sharing, it was this one-of-a-kind midi skirt (linked here) and this adorably fun striped shirt (linked here). While most would shy away from mixing patterns, leave it to me to break the rules honey! I found that this fun skirt and this stripe button up worked seamlessly together.

Aside from how fun and flirty this look is, I really want to chat about something you can’t necessarily “see,” and that’s THE QUALITY of the clothes. I’ve been shopping Eloquii for a while now; in fact, it’s a fave amongst some of my friends. Literally 99% of my boss/mentor’s closet is Eloquii (Hi Toya!) What I find that makes us all returned customers is the craftsmanship in Eloquii’s clothes. You literally get what you pay for, in a good way. The quality of the materials are made to endure long-term wear, and the extra details from the company takes your personal shopping experience to the next level. I’m usually leaping for joy every time an Eloquii package arrives at my door.

To shop the full Draper James X Eloquii collection CLICK HERE

How Eloquii & Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James Collection Stole My Southern Heart

*Please read this in my deepest southern draw.* Now sweetheart listen, when I learned that the most southern belle of them all, Reese Witherspoon was teaming her lifestyle brand Draper James with my favorite plus size brand, Eloquii, for a limited edition spring collection … well, I nearly fainted!

Seriously, Draper James x Eloquii, it doesn’t get any better than this! This entire collection proclaims all of the nearest and dearest charming elements of true southern fashion that I absolutely love; statements like over sized prints, bright colors, florals, ruffles, and lace. I had to put some of the styles to the ultimate test, and I must say they are all FABULOUS darling. This Magnolia Vines Shift Dress (shop link HERE) is one of my favorites.

The bright blue is perfect for spring, and the large pattern makes great for a true southern statement piece. You know we like our prints big enough to be seen across the Mississippi River! But what I loved most was the comfort. I don’t like to compromise my comfort for my sense of style, I like to have both. This dress was so easy, light weight, and functional enough to just slip on before jetting out of the door. Something so vibrant doesn’t need a lot of work, a fun earring, and a cute clutch … boom, you have your entire look together!

Take a look at the full Eloquii X Draper James collection here. Be sure to share some of your favorite styles with me!

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