Happy Monday, gals! Today I’m styling summer chic. Now I’m not naturally an oh-so-chic kinda woman. But I do love to look smooth and sophisticated at least occasionally. So I set out to break the code on summer chic. See if you think I got it right.
I’ve included every summer chic element I could possibly get into one outfit in this look. But even if you just pull in one or two of these keys to chic you’d level up your vibe.
Summer Chic Key #1 – Anytime you add a little animal print you’ll look a little more sophisticated.
Summer Chic Key #2 – Pull your hair up! Even if you just pull it into a pony tail with a little teasing on top, you’ve automatically scaled up.
Summer Chic Key #3 – Wear some big stylish sunglasses. Mine are no longer available (and they’re nothing special really), but you might look into these that I recently purchased (after this photo shoot).
Summer Chic Key #4 – Wear all white. Well, add a splash of gold or animal print or beige for texture. But anytime you load on the white during summer you’ll look fresh and vibrant.
Summer Chic Key #5 – Add dazzling splashes of gold. You can add a little shine with your belt, shoes, jewelry, handbag or clothing. No you don’t want to over do it, but then again…
Summer Chic Key #6 – Wear nude patent leather sandals. I love brown, black or colored sandals as much as the next gal. But for a really chic look that elongates your leg, choose nude patent leather. Bonus points for wearing heels!
Summer Chic Key #7 – Wear bold lipstick. Oh so chic! I’m wearing Rebellious Rose.
Summer Chic Key #8 – Accessorize with neutrals and gold. Save the colorful statement jewelry for a more casual look. Level up instead with dainty gold jewelry or pieces that blend in with your overall look.
Summer Chic Key #9 – Carry a neutral toned handbag or shoulder bag. And during the summer, straw bags can be oh so chic. Just choose one that doesn’t include colorful accents or trinkets for this upscaled look.
Summer Chic Key #10 – Add a blazer. This topper always, always, always elevates a look. Whether you’re pulling together all the chic keys with your blazer or using it to top jeans and a tee, you’ll automatically look more sophisticated with this tailored jacket.
Summer Chic Key #11 – Linen is such a rich, chic summer fabric. Don’t worry about the wrinkles. They’re to be expected.
Summer Chic Key #12 – Don’t forget to spray on a little bit of sophisticated scent. I’m wearing this subtle but lovely fragrance this summer and loving it. I get so many compliments.
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Blessed for My Day
Recently when my daughter and her friend visited us in Arizona, we went hiking in the nearby mountains. But Abby’s friend commented repeatedly throughout the weekend about the fact that we are actually surrounded by mountains on all sides. I think he was a little surprised at the mountains of Arizona.
When I look at these mountains I’m reminded of Psalm 125, which tells me that God surrounds His people the same way the mountains surround Jerusalem. Sometimes I may feel hemmed in by the pressures of life. But in fact, I am surrounded by my God – by His love and power and strength and goodness. He’s got us surrounded…and it’s a good thing.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore. ~ Psalm 125:1-2
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