Happy Monday! Oh, and here we go August! Can you believe we’re already into the month of August? While we each savor the last full month of summer 2021, we’re going to turn our focus to preparing for fall here at Dressed for My Day. I have a photo shoot today and I’m so grateful that our temperatures have taken a dip into the 70s this week because I’ll be shooting fall outfits. But before we start our emphasis on preparing for fall tomorrow, let’s review our July 2021 favorites. First I’ll share 10 of my favorites – the products or items I loved, wore and used in July – and then we’ll check out five of your favs. These are the products my Dressed for My Day community purchased most through my links.
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By the way, I chose a peach motif for this month’s favorites graphic because peaches have been a favorite, too. I ordered a 25 pound box of peaches from the Peach Truck earlier in the spring to be picked up in July. My huge, tasty peaches from Georgia were such a treat! I made three batches of peach pound cakes (in mini loaf pans) and delivered some to neighbors and froze the rest. Then I froze about 10 quarts of peaches for later.
So consider this a bonus, but the Peach Truck was definitely one of my July Favorites.
But let’s move on to my other favorites.
My July 2021 Favorites
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Eye Shadow // I first shared this neutrals eye shadow palette in this beauty post. So I purchased this silky smooth eye shadow in January. But, as things happen, it made its way to the back of my cosmetics drawer with time. Only recently have I pulled it out and started wearing it again. And I have to say it holds up beautifully in hot, sticky weather. I’ve also started adding just a bit of shimmer back into my eye shadow, so I enjoy using this palette for that, too. Check out this post for application tips.
When I started putting this post together, I thought that I’d included the summer dress from L.L. Bean, above, in last month’s list, so I wasn’t including it here. But I didn’t include it last month. This sweet summer dress is a definite favorite! It’s no longer available in the print I’m wearing, but they have other pretty iterations.
Freshwater Pearl and Conch Necklace Set (sold separately) use code KAYHARMS for 10% off // But I’ve also enjoyed wearing this dainty necklace set, as seen in the photo above. Of course I also just enjoy supporting Rachel’s business. She’s a young woman and the daughter of one of our Dressed for My Day community. She creates such beautiful, feminine and delicate jewelry.
Coach Turnlock Clasp Satchel // I just purchased this luxe bag (shown above) in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (going through August 8), but I’ve already carried it several times. It’s so versatile for year round use. I love the super soft pebbled leather, the variety of colors included in the bag and the ample compartments. For a premium brand handbag, this purse is a great buy in the sale in my opinion.
Caslon Shirttail Tank Dress // You’ve seen this easy-to-wear Shirttail Tank Dress in a couple of my weekly outfits roundups, and you’ll see it again. It’s just so comfortable and sweet, especially for days when I don’t go much of anywhere. But I have worn it out and about, too. Of course, this Shirttail Tank Dress would also make a great beach to dinner dress for vacation.
Caslon Antonella Platform Flip Flops // And these casual flip flops have become fast favorites, too. In fact, they’ve become the pair of shoes I wear most frequently around the house, second only to my Acorn spa slippers. Ha! These Platform Flip Flops are super comfortable. So comfortable that I’ve been mighty tempted to buy them in nude and black, too. They also come in orange sunset, which would be equally cute with simple dresses like this one.
Just so you can see another way I styled these flip flops, here’s another outfit photo.
Bra-llelujah Racerback Bra // Of course you can’t see it in the photo above (with the navy and white shirttail tank dress) , but I’m wearing it! That’s part of the reason I love this Bra-llelujah Racerback Bra so much – it truly stays concealed under dresses like this. But I also chose this Bra-llelujah Racerback Bra as a July favorite because it is amazingly comfortable and soft. I love that it doesn’t have any noticeable hardware and fastens in the front, creating smooth lines underneath lightweight clothing like t-shirts and tanks. I also purchased the full coverage version.
Everlane ReNew Sport Sandals // I purchased these Sport Sandals to share in upcoming transitional outfits, but when I tried them on I was sold. They are even so much more comfortable than my Tevas. Unlike the Tevas they have a very soft footbed. And I really like the way they situated the straps. I think they create the most pleasing lines on your foot. You’ll definitely be seeing these in transition outfits, like the one above. They fit true to size.
Here’s another way I styled them…
My next favorite is also from Everlane. I’m sharing two photos because I want you to see how I’ve styled this dress differently through the month.
Everlane Parklet Shirtdress // One of the things you can’t really see in Everlane’s photographs is the high quality of their products. Everything I’ve purchased from them has featured great fabrics or materials, detailed and fine stitching and quality hardware. And their prices are really reasonable for the quality you get.
That’s why this Parklet Shirtdress has been such a pleasure to wear. It’s amazingly soft and it just feels good. I can’t even quite explain it. There’s nothing inside the garment that itches or irritates, the fabric is substantial and has a lovely hand and the fit is perfect. Yes, it’s oversized by design, but it still needs to fit. And this Parklet Shirtdress does indeed fit beautifully true to size.
Hmm. I think I’ll wear that today!
My final favorite is not a fashion or beauty item, but something I purchased for my home. If you’ve been around here long you know that we recently moved into a new home. We’d been renting (following our move to Cincinnati, Ohio, from Arizona) for the past two years. I had Ethan Allen design a beautiful living room where our fire place is and all of that furniture and artwork is now in place. Yay! I’ll be sharing a post about it soon.
But one thing I contributed to this room on my own is this John James Audubon Framed Canvas Print of the cardinal, which I’ve placed on our mantel. I love how this print, with its big splashes of red and green, help pull this room together.
I’ll gladly share more of this room in a future post if you ladies are interested. I’m not a decorator, but I know what I like. And the designer from Ethan Allen helped me put together a room I’m very pleased with. I think I’ve contributed some final touches that make it feel homey and warm, too.
Your July Favorites
Let’s move on to Your July Favorites now.
Cargo Crop Chinos // I featured a “reel” about different ways to wear these Cargo Crop Chinos on Instagram, and evidently it resonated with my followers. Because this was a HUGE seller in the Dressed for My Day community. If you purchased some, I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I have. Since so many of you purchased these, I’ll definitely feature them in a transition-to-fall look. They’re so versatile. And they’re significantly marked down right now.
I think the following is my favorite way of styling them so far.
That striped linen shirt is still available in limited sizes, by the way. And it was actually a community favorite, too. But since I shared it last month, I didn’t include it in today’s list.
Ooh wait! Here’s another favorite with those cargo crop pant.
Modern Ankle Jeans with Ribbon Tape // I love that so many readers and viewers purchased these Modern Ankle Jeans because it indicates that many of you are trying the straighter jean silhouette. And these are a great jean to test the waters with because they have more of a straight leg and less of a full leg. They fit trim at the top and just slightly fuller in the calf and ankle. And that ribbon tape down the side is placed just right to be very slenderizing.
Frame Le Sylvie Crop Straight Raw Edge Jeans // I actually meant to include these in MY favorites list, too, but somehow forgot. So I’m so glad they ended up in YOUR list of favorites. In fact, these were HUGE sellers in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and, amazingly, they’re still available in most sizes.
These Crop Straight Raw Edge Jeans are another great pair to try if you’re dipping your toe in the new jean trends because they’re also very trim. This is premium denim, so they are a bit pricier. But the discount in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is substantial. If you’ve been considering trying premium denim, this is the pair to splurge on. I’ll be showing you how to style these for fall and beyond in upcoming posts. Of course, the look above is definitely a fall outfit.
I’m wearing my TTS 30, but you might could size down.
Mellani Sheet Set // I shared that I have this Mellani Sheet Set during the Amazon Prime sale and many of you have continued to buy them into July. They are soft, luxurious sheets for a great price. And of course, they come in a lot of solids. I have these and the white ones.
And of course, I’ve already shared that the Coach Turnlock Clasp Satchel is one of my favorites this month, too. And it didn’t surprise me that my community has purchased this bag, as well, because many of you have commented or emailed that you did so. And you’ve told me how much you love the bag, too.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. I hope you enjoyed this review of our July Favorites. Now it’s on to August! Have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
Do you have a plan for putting into practice what you learn from God’s Word? I’ve discovered that if I don’t put a few checks and balances into place, I fill my head with knowledge of God through the Bible, but neglect to practice what I’ve learned. God’s plan is for me to be transformed into the image of Christ as I read and learn from His Word, not just be puffed up with knowledge.
So I talk candidly with a few people in my life about what I’m learning from Scripture and how I’m allowing it to change my thinking and behavior. I also memorize scriptures and meditate on them regularly, allowing them to change my thinking. Finally, I pray through the scriptures I read, asking God to point out changes I need to make in my life. I commit those to Him, even when it requires humility and hard changes.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. ~ James 1:22