my everyday style: the perfect summer tote!

I've been long eyeing the ADORABLE embellished straw totes that are all the rage this season... but from the very start I was thinking I could totally DIY that!  So I did!  I will have the full DIY tutorial on the blog later this week (it was seriously so easy!). But in the meantime, I was inspired by this tote and this tote - so cute, right?  So watch for that soon!  It's the perfect tote for brunching, heading to the park with the kiddos and some books or even a fun and whimsical date night bag (hello, patio dining)!

I have NO shame in my stripe game... I love stripes and especially for the warmer weather. So when I saw this tie back striped top (or it can be found here) I knew it had to be mine! Perfect with jeans and shorts or even over your swimsuit at the beach this striped top is a total summer staple. A gal can never have too many stripes in my book.  These jeans are officially my "summer" jeans... I've been wearing them all spring and they are a definite favorite. I love their slouchy relaxed fit and every time I wear them (on instagram or in person) I get compliments on them.  You can shop them here - just take note they run about a complete size big, I ordered down one size.

Happy Monday friends! I hope your week is off to a great start... I am so excited to head into a semi-short week and looooooong weekend later this week!








Outfit Details
Striped Top (here or here)
Similar Bag (here or here)


travel diaries: black and white in paradise!

First off... you will never believe that this ADORABLE scoop back top (scroll down to see the back!) is under $20! It's so soft and super stretchy and HELLO! I want it in every color.  I also have it in the striped version (seen here) which looks like it is sold out now, but the solid colors available are just TOO cute!  I LOVE black and white together for spring and summer. It's so fresh.  These white denim shorts are ages old but I found a super similar pair here.  Also don't forget about my tip HERE on how to make denim shorts flattering, even when you aren't a big "shorts" person.

Today we are back in Hawaii here on the blog... oh how I wish I was back there in person, but I've got my memories to keep me warm right now. One of our most memorable meals on the Big Island was at the Lava Lava Beach club, not only do they have the most AMAZING view from their patio (no filter needed on those blue waters!), the food was pretty spectacular as well.  I had gazpacho soup, fish tacos and a Mai Tai flight - um, yes, a MAI TAI FLIGHT.  It was pretty incredible.  Isn't vacation food the best!?!?











Outfit Details:


travel diaries: black and white in paradise!

First off... you will never believe that this ADORABLE scoop back top (scroll down to see the back!) is under $20! It's so soft and super stretchy and HELLO! I want it in every color.  I also have it in the striped version (seen here) which looks like it is sold out now, but the solid colors available are just TOO cute!  I LOVE black and white together for spring and summer. It's so fresh.  These white denim shorts are ages old but I found a super similar pair here.  Also don't forget about my tip HERE on how to make denim shorts flattering, even when you aren't a big "shorts" person.

Today we are back in Hawaii here on the blog... oh how I wish I was back there in person, but I've got my memories to keep me warm right now. One of our most memorable meals on the Big Island was at the Lava Lava Beach club, not only do they have the most AMAZING view from their patio (no filter needed on those blue waters!), the food was pretty spectacular as well.  I had gazpacho soup, fish tacos and a Mai Tai flight - um, yes, a MAI TAI FLIGHT.  It was pretty incredible.  Isn't vacation food the best!?!?











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