High Summer Essentials // The Perfect Summer Dress

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I don't know about you all, but I have been looking for a summer dress literally all summer long. My ideal summer dress is not form fitting, but flattering, simple, but not plain, and well made. I finally found the perfect dress a couple of weeks ago at Madewell, and I've been wearing it non stop. 

Outfit Details.

Dress. The Striped Midi Dress from Madewell. Perfect for every occasion.

Shoes. Target Lois Criss Cross Ballet Flats - under $25!

Hair. DryBar Blow out - check out my Instagram to see more about my blowout experience at DryBar!

This dress is a true midi dress. It hits perfectly mid-calf, has elegant ruffles, pin stripes, and is lined, + my absolute favorite aspect of this dress is the delicate buttons down the back, such a subtle addition, but it really makes the dress stand out.You never have to worry about that after-meal bloat, panty lines, or anything else unflattering. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy the summer breeze, and if you're like me, drink all the iced coffee in sight. 

If you're still in the market for the perfect summer dress, I highly recommend this one from Madewell. 

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Detailed Tops // Goodnight Macaroon

I'm curious, have you guys ever ordered from Goodnight Macaroon? It's an online boutique that specializes in on trend, feminine clothing. I recently received a shirt from Goodnight Macaroon and really love it. I always talk about being flexible with your capsule, and I think this shirt is the most flexible I have been. It's definitely more trendy than anything I usually purchase, however I think it fits into my capsule well. It has a simple, elegant design, and is pretty good quality for the price.

Outfit Details.

Top. Goodnight Macaroon - Similar Here and Here

Bottoms. Madewell High Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black

Kicks. Cole Haan Originalgrand Wingtip Oxford

Clutch. Lou Lou Boutique Oversized Woven Clutch

Necklace. Bauble Bar Charm Necklace Builder (so fun - you get to customize your own charm necklace!)

When I got my top from Goodnight Macaroon, I was surprised with how small the sizing ran. I am pretty much always a size 4 or medium in bottoms and a small in tops. For Goodnight Macaroon, I had to order a large to fit into their clothing. The top I bought is super cute and I've been happy with the quality, considering GM is mostly a fast-fashion company, but I felt I had to share with you all how small their sizes ran. If you're interested in spicing up your capsule, and I highly recommend you do, check out Goodnight Macaroon - I'll link some of my favorites below. However, make sure you can return whatever you buy in case the sizing is off, and order at least a size if not two up. Also, order quickly. They tend to turn over stock a little quickly, so don't wait too long to grab one of their unique pieces.

Here are some of my current favorites that I think would be great for spicing up a very neutral capsule wardrobe from right to left.

Top Row.

Frankie Denim Shredded Hem Side Cut Jeans

Argelia Essential Linen Shirt Dress

Luana Stripped Tied Strap Peplum Top

Bottom Row.

Shanika Stripped Embroidered Peplum Top 

Gala V Neck Basic Top

Janessa Stripped Knotted Sleeveless Top

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale // Top Capsule Picks

As I'm sure you all know, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale started yesterday and every blogger ever is talking about it. If you aren't aware, Nordstrom has this huge sale every summer and it means major sales. However, if you aren't a Nordstrom cardholder (have their credit card), you can't shop the sale for a few more days. I don't have a Nordstrom card, for full disclosure, but I have been stalking their Sneak Peak and this is what I have found.

I sought out in search of products that would be good for people with a Capsule Wardrobe (because of course), but even if you don't have a Capsule Wardrobe these are great staples!

Clothing.

Spring/Summer.

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Top - Bell sleeves are a little trendy, but they are a trend I can 100% get behind

BP. Woven Twill Tunic - Perfect white button down

Mavi Jeans Ada Distressed Boyfriend Jeans - I have been in search for some distressed BF jeans and I think these are the pick for me. Some people don't think these are very capsule, but women have been wearing distressed, comfortable jeans for decades. This is definitely not a trend that is going to go out of style any time soon. 

Leith Stretch Knit Midi Dress - I love the lilac color and the fact that this dress is stretchy - hello comfort

Theory Telson Rosina Crepe Slipdress - Obsessed with Theory and perfect for those hot summer days

Fall/Winter.

Rag & Bone High Waist Skinny Ankle Jeans - I love the Rag & Bone jeans - they are a little pricey but the quality is so worth it. 

Vince Ribbed Wool & Cashmere Sweater - I love the cut of this sweater. I have a very similar version from Ann Taylor that I love and have probably over-worn, but it's a staple of mine every winter. Plus + Sweaters like this are perfect for hiding the holiday pooch. ;)

Leith Shawl Collar Cardigan - Everyone needs a cozy sweater for around the house, the coffee shop, or for running small errands

Fabiana Filippi Sequin Embellished Wool Turtleneck Sweater - a lot of the time capsule wardrobes are ridiculed for being "too neutral" and "bland," which can absolutely happen, but with seemingly simple sweaters like this, you can have a neutral sweater with a pop of embellishment.

Vince Crop Stretch Wool Pants - These are so similar to the Everlane pants I have been stalking for years - I would snatch these up while on sale

Michael Kors Double Face Wool Blend Coat - The most beautiful, simple coat that will last years

St. John Collection Links Knit Wool Cocoon Tunic Sweater - I love the way this almost looks like a cape + that color = *heart eyes*

Shoes + Accessories + Bags.

Madewell Paint Stripe Transport Tote - Available for about $70 off - These Madewell totes are very high quality and very similar to my Nisolo tote. I recommend a large tote bag for anyone on-the-go. I pop my camera, book, wallet, and laptop and am out the door in 5 minutes flat. 

NIKE Juvenate SE Sneaker - Who doesn't need a new pair of plain black tennis shoes? 

Skagen Anita Leather Strap Watch, 34mm - Goes with everything with gorgeous gold details

Vince Milo Loafer - I have wanted a pair of slide-on-and-go shoes for so long. These are definitely in my cart

Intimates + Beauty.

Natori Rose Dream Custom Coverage Underwire Bra - I am really picky when it comes to bras, but I have one of these and it fits like a dream

Chantelle Intimates Festivite Underwire Contour Bra - Ditto as above - cannot recommend these bras enough

MAC Look in a Box Nice 'n Spicy Lip Kit - The perfect everyday shade

Clarisonic Mia Pink Sonic Skin Cleaning System - If you have sensitive skin that is prone to blackheads like mine, I 100% recommend this guy.

 

Linen on Linen // Target Style

Can you believe it is already July 4th tomorrow? This year is blowing by! I know I talk about it a lot on here, but oh my gosh is it going to be hot tomorrow. In order to keep cool I've been wearing linen on repeat. The only problem with a lot of linen is that it can be really expensive depending on the brand. I recently found these insanely comfortable Target linen pants and have not been able to take them off - I've even convinced friends they need to get them, and now it's my turn to convince you all!

These bottoms are less than $30, wash easy, and are great for both casual and formal outings - plus, who isn't into the wide-leg trend right now?

Shop the look:

Top. Anthropologie - found on super sale - similar here and here from Madewell (both on sale!)

Bottoms. Target Linen Wide Leg Pants - you guys seriously need these in your life. They are the most comfortable and perfect for summer

Shoes. Hinge 'Mere' Flat Slide Sandal - super comfortable and perfect for a lounge-y day

Bag. Coach - discontinued - similar here from Coach

I'll be spending my fourth of July in comfortable, breathable clothing, hopefully watching some fireworks and making cookies. Happy holiday everyone!

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Summer Rompers // It's Hot in Austin

It has been excruciatingly hot here in Austin. High temperatures in the 100's and lows in the 80's means we are all dying, and don't even get me started on the mosquitos! The best thing about summer in Austin, however, is all of the summer fashion. Any other season of the year, it's typically too hot to wear all of the cute new styles, or the great classics, but summer is our time to shine, so I thought I'd share with you all a cute little linen romper I've been wearing non stop.

Recently snagged from the huge sale going on with Anthropologie, this little linen has become a staple in my wardrobe. Now, I know what all of you are thinking, "Ami, that isn't capsule wardrobe," but oh contrare my friends. This romper while maybe more "trendy" than most capsule pieces, was well-made with quality fabric, incredibly comfortable, and will come back for next summer.

Here is my little philosophy on capsule wardrobes, if you think you will wear it next year, if you think it will hold up until the next year (and hopefully many years after), then I think it fits the capsule wardrobe label. The thing with capsule wardrobes is that they are very tricky, especially in a world in which most pieces of clothing can hardly last until the end of the current season. We have no idea what our bodies are going to look like next year - maybe we gain a lot of weight, lose some, get pregnant, or our hormones shift and our body shape changes. It's not realistic to plan a strict-capsule-wardrobe when you don't know what your body is going to look like. *stepping off soapbox now*. Here are some photos of this gorgeous summer romper.

Pictured.

Romper - Anthropologie (similar/favorites below)

Shoes - Target Lois Criss Cross Ballet Flats

Bracelet - Bauble Bar - not in circulation

Necklace - Britta Ambauen Jewelry Underline Necklace

And here are some links to my favorite summer rompers/jumpsuits that I am currently in love with.

Elizabeth Suzann Mara Jumpsuit - an all-time favorite - this guy is on my wish list!

Anthropologie Linen Stripped Romper - I love the pattern - very unique but not over the top.

Anthropologie Chantal Jumpsuit - I love this look - very 1920's with pants (lol)

Madewell Apron Bow-Back Jumpsuit - I have had my eyes on this guy for months - love the fabric and the elegant bow detail

Madewell Side-Button Drawstring Romper - similar to the jumpsuit above but in a romper!

James Perse Twisted Strap Romper - In love with this darling denim romper - it looks so cozy and perfect for summer weather.

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