The Ten List: September 2020

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.

The Ten List was our most popular series in 2019. This year, it moves from being a weekly to a monthly post to make more room for style focused content.

Here I share a thoughtful quote, a little insight, and some products (that don’t require their own post), articles, and other conversation starters that I’m enjoying. As always, I hope it’s a helpful bit of inspiration for your day and love to hear from you in the comments below!

Hi Friends, 

After six long months, my kids are officially going back to school full-time, in-person, tomorrow. I’ve always loved our school, but this just cemented my affection forever. Our teachers, administrators, and parents created a plan that keeps everyone safe and helps our kids get as close to a normal school experience as possible.

The last two weeks of summer always kicks my butt as I get them ready for the new year. This year, with all the extra fatigue and stress, felt even more challenging. Over the weekend, I checked 700 math problems, helped finish book reports, bought uniforms, and labeled supplies.

Happily, everyone is ready, physically, and emotionally and I can’t wait to get back to work.

I want to thank you all for being patient as I took some time off last month. I didn’t realize how overwhelmed I was until I stopped for a minute. The time away just reinforced that I can’t keep running this business by myself. Now that the girls are back to their routine, I can put the wheels in motion to get some much-needed help.

So here’s hoping that the kids in school stay there, that the kids who are learning at home get to go back soon, and that the end of the school year doesn’t look nearly as weird as the beginning.

And God bless our teachers for everything they are doing to take care of all of our kids. 

1. Quote of the Month

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.It seems like everyone’s emotional temperature is running high these days. Between the pandemic, societal unrest, and our polarizing political landscape in constant 24-hour news rotation, you would think that is the only thing going on in the world.

But the truth is, everyone is still living their lives and dealing with all the challenges that come with that. Everyday life outside of the headlines is messy and complicated.

People are dealing with issues we know nothing about, so as we head into a new season filled with so much uncertainty and division I’m trying to lean into this quote purposefully.

Let’s try to give more grace than usual, not be so quick to judge and assume the best of people. 

2. Perfect Butter


Butter Bell Crock

Butter Bell Crock, $27

Sometimes the smallest things are the most delightful. My kids love toast with butter in the morning, so I picked up this simple butter crock to keep it soft and spreadable. When they woke up and discovered it on the island by the toaster, you would have thought it was Christmas morning. 

2. Hair Cleanse 

Biolage Clean Reset Shampoo

Clean Reset Shampoo, $30

After a summer of sea salt, sand, chlorine and all the product we pile on, our hair needs a good cleanse. This reset shampoo is fantastic. It removes build up and leaves your hair and scalp clean without drying it out. I use it on my straight hair and my girls’ curls. 

4. Loft Savings

 

Sale pieces at LOFT

Loft Sale

Loft is always having some kind of promotion, some better than others. If you need a few pieces to carry you through working-from-home in September, you might want to check this one out. This Zoom ready knit blazer is marked down to under $40 (sizes are limited), olive drawstring joggers are always popular and sell out fast, and my favorite, these pull on pants in “wild cherry” are adorable. I picked them up to wear with a denim jacket and sneakers. 

5. Under $100 Day Tote 

Lo&Sons Catalina Day Tote

Day Tote, $89

When I was flying all over the country for work, Lo & Sons was my go-to. Now that corporate travel has stopped, but life is getting a little more normal, I need something smaller in scale with a similar utility. This “day tote” is terrific. It’s under $100, durable, and serves a dozen purposes. I’m using for everything from a diaper bag to a weekender for kids sports tournaments.

6. Drugstore Find

CeraVe Daily Lotion

Daily Lotion, $12 

Who doesn’t love a drugstore find? When my 13 year old asked specifically for this body moisturizer I bough one for myself too  (because 13 year olds are in the know!). I can’t believe how much I like it. It’s light, not sticky, quick absorbing and inexpensive. 

7. Transition Sandal 

Vionic Bianca Suede Sandal

Suede Sandal, $130 

I don’t know where we’re going but goodness these are gorgeous. These are a stunning transition sandal with rave reviews for comfort. Wear them with jeans and a casual blazer, or a lightweight sweater dress when the weather is crisp but not cold. They are ideal if you’re lucky enough to live in year-round warm weather state. 

8. Simplified Planner

Daily Simplified Planner

Simplified Planner, $46

Many of us have a million and one balls in the air with school back in session. For whatever reason, a digital calendar doesn’t cut it for me. This planner, by Emily Ley, has been my go-to for years. It’s super high quality, with bright and preppy cover options and a simple yet practical layout.

At the start of each week, I try to map out our schedule and then list everything I have to do each day. It helps hold me accountable and keeps me somewhat organized. You’ll find it extra helpful if you are so managing virtual learning this fall. 

9. Thrive Market Savings

Thrive Market

Thrive Market 

After seeing ads for Thrive Market on Facebook and Instagram, I decided to give it a try, and I’m so happy I did (by the way, this is NOT an ad). Here’s how it works: sign up for a membership, either $10 a month or $60 annually. This gives you access to their inventory, which is about 35% less than retail. It’s all the brands you love and see at better grocery stores, like Whole Foods. 

It’s great if you are following a specific diet or need gluten and sugar-free options. I like it to stock up on school snacks, pantry staples, and cleaning products. They have so many brands, including some of my favorites like Primal Kitchen (I LOVE their dressings and marinades), Simple Mills crackers, Annies, and Jovial pasta. I’ve placed two orders so far of items I would have bought at Whole Foods, and have already saved over $100. 

The only downside is their shipping feels a little slow given how spoiled we are with Amazon Prime.  

 

10. What I’m Reading and Watching
The Home Edit

The Home Edit 

I’ve followed Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit, known for their sense of style and organization, for years. They’ve inspired countless corners of my home and are why all of our books are in rainbow order. My family thinks I’m nuts, but the truth is, I function better when everything has a place

. The Home Edit helps you create functional spaces that are pleasant to look at, without shaming you into throwing away your things. I have their books (above is their latest), and I can’t wait to binge their new Netflix series that starts this week!


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August 2020: Reader’s Top Five Faves

Well Dressed - August Readers' Favs

Our Reader Favorites Series rounds up the Top Five Favorites from the month. Think of this round-up as recommendations from our community of like-minded women. If they love it, you probably will too! 

It’s always fun to see what ends up being popular each month. The Nordstrom Sale heavily drives August’s faves, and the pieces below reflect some kind of return to “real” clothing (yay!!!). For the first time in months there is not a jogger or sneaker on the list!

The line up below is ideal for not only transition weather but going back to work in some capacity. 

Let’s take a look: 

August Top Five Faves

August Readers' Favs

This line up make me extra happy.  These five pieces are almost a capsule in and of themselves and any one piece will upgrade your current closet.  Many of you have these already so let us know what you love in the comments below. 

Side Slit Cardigan

Halogen Side Slit Cardigan in Cobblestone

Cardigan, $41

This cardigan is perfect for transitioning from summer to early fall. It’s available in all sizes, petite, and missy up to a size 18 and is currently 40% off its original price. Pick it up in cobblestone (above), black, or pale pink. Pair it with any summer sleeveless top to bring the look into the new season, or throw it over a cotton tee and joggers while working from home.

Peplum Top

J.Crew Peplum Top

Peplum Top, $64

I absolutely LOVE this top. Last month, I featured it in a Buy Now, Wear Now and Later Post and it quickly became the best selling piece of the entire month. I was lucky enough to see it on a few readers who shared pictures with me and it’s adorable! 

Right now, it’s on final sale at J. Crew with the promo BYESUMMER it’s marked down to ONLY $25!! Sizes run up to a 14. 

Sheath Dress

Tahari Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress, $128 

This simple sheath is everything we look for in a classic go-to-work dress. It has figure flattering ruching at the waist, a short sleeve, and just the right amount of stretch. When I traveled for work (remember that?) this is what I would throw in my suitcase with a neutral-to-me heel. It made packing and getting dressed for early mornings so easy. Sizes are limited, available in navy and pink. 

The “Perfect” Black Pant

Spanx Perfect Black Pant

Black Pants, $128 

Like a legging, but a little better, these Spanx pants have been getting rave reviews from readers who picked them up during the Nordstrom sale. You can wear them with anything from a cozy sweater to a casual structured blazer (below). Available in missy and plus at Nordstrom. Petite? They offer a similar style in petite sizes at Macy’s.

Cotton Blazer

Gibson Cotton Blend Blazer in Red

Blazer, $98 

Finally, this cotton blend blazer comes in six colors, including the gorgeous red option above. This is what you wear when you want something more elevated than a cardigan but still casual-ish. I like it with jeans, or ponte pants for a polished and relaxed look. Sizes are limited in some colors but available in missy and plus. 

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July 2020: Reader’s Top Five Favs

July Top 5

Our Reader Favorites is a series highlighting the top 5 products for the month. Think of it as a pre-approved round-up of pieces well-loved by women just like you.

For many of us, the summer extends well into September. This month features some buy now, wear now items to help extend your warm-weather wardrobe. So when it’s still hot and muggy in early fall, you have a few things on hand that feel fresh and new.

As we move through August, I’m focusing on staying calm and getting organized. The comfort I use to find in the pending school year, with its promise of routine and the kind of busy I find fun, has all but vanished.

So I’m trying to create new and different routine to give us back the structure we are desperately missing.

Reader Favorites: July 2020 

July Top 5

Part of that is getting my own wardrobe streamlined and updated. Next Monday and Tuesday, I’m excited to share all of our Nordstrom sale picks. Broken down into several categories. 

For now, here are your top picks, at great prices, with sizes for all. 

Tunic

July Top 5

Tunic, $30 

In regular and petite sizes, for $30 (with an additional 30% off at check out) this tunic was wildly popular. Pair it with slim cut white jeans and flat sandals for a lovely end of summer look. You can also wear it with shorts and create a long line of the body with a half tuck. 

See How to Wear a Tunic in the Summer here

Jersey Dress

July Top 5

Jersey Dress, $85

I initially suggested this dress (with hundreds of 5 Star reviews)  for those of you physically going back to an office, commuting through a hot city, and taking transit, that kind of thing. But don’t be shy about wearing this around the house either. I can’t tell you how much better I feel when I put on a dress during the day, rather than leggings or shorts, especially in our recent heatwave.

Size-wise, Boden has you covered, available in regular, petite, and long up to a 20/22, in lots of colors and prints, for under $100.

You can see the orignial post here. 

Denim Skirt

July Top 5

Denim Skirt, $135

Not just any denim skirt, but an updated, lighter weight option.  The a-line style of this skirt has been widely requested as an alternative to a straight or pencil style. Wear this instead of shorts, or capris, and dress up or down. 

Available in regular and petite sizes up to a size 18.

See How to Wear it Two Ways Here. 

Skort

July Top 5

Skort, $30 

Maybe it’s because I’m attempting to learn how to golf, but I’m really leaning into the skort this summer as an alternative to shorts. I love that they are sporty but still polished. This one from Talbots was super popular. It’s on sale for $30 (sizes are now limited). 

The pattern is fun and preppy, just pair with a white tee (below) and you’re all set. 

See original post, What to Wear When You Don’t Wear Shorts

White Tee

July Top 5

White V-Neck, $18 

Imagine a white tee shirt that isn’t see through, washes well, fits nicely and goes with everything.

Oh, and it’s under $20.

It’s real and it’s this v-neck white tee from Lands End. There is absolutely no reason to spend a lot of money on a tee shirt. They run true to size, and are priced so you can stock up. The fit is relaxed but not baggy. 

See here for my original round up of the best white tees, in lots of sizes at better price points. 

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Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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The Ten List: August 2020

We Repeat What We Don't Repair

The Ten List was our most popular series in 2019. This year, it moves from being a weekly to a monthly post to make more room for style focused content.

Here I share a thoughtful quote, a little insight, and some products (that don’t require their own post), articles, and other conversation starters that I’m enjoying. As always, I hope it’s a helpful bit of inspiration for your day and love to hear from you in the comments below!

#1 Quote of the Month

We Repeat What We Don't Repair

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my years of therapy and time spent working on myself is that we have to heal what is damaged in us if you want to stop our harmful behavior.

Turning 40 gave me a real sense of urgency to prioritize my own healing and mental health. 

For me, getting to the root of my constant negative self-talk, low self-esteem, and hiding behind perfectionism (which is so far from perfect) has been a long but freeing journey and I’m only just scratching the surface.

This year has brought out a lot of emotions, so I just want to share that if you’re finding yourself during this strange time trying to figure out why you do, think or react a certain way, stay on that path of discovery.

None of us get out of life without some kind of trauma. It can be painful to relive some of your past experiences. For me, it’s been equal parts healing and humbling. But the work is worth it, especially so we don’t take our pain and project it on the people we love the most. 

I’ve been working my way through the book: EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma. It’s been a powerful resource to help me understand why I process feelings and interpret situations the way I do. It holds you accountable for your behavior while helping you understand why you are feeling triggered – and once I learned that, I was better able to manage my anxiety in a much healthier way. 

2. Gallon Water Bottle

Gallon-Sized Water Bottle

  Water Bottle, $21

This month I’m doing a 30 Day Challenge where every day in August I drink a gallon of water.

By now, we all know the benefits of staying hydrated. But I didn’t realize the impact it has on reducing under eye bags and dark circles. And boy do I have them these days.

Turns out, downing a gallon of water a day isn’t that difficult, and after the first few days you stop running to the bathroom every hour.

To help make the challenge fun, I ordered this gigantic water bottle from Amazon.

It’s the actual size of my head, so not something you want to commute with, but it sure does help keep you on track. I fill it each morning while the coffee is brewing and add slices of lemon. Then I just keep it on the kitchen island and drink throughout the day.

My kids think it’s hilarious. They are constantly checking to see my progress, and a week in, I’m already feeling better.

#3. Protein Powder

Be Well Protein Powder

Protein Powder, $50

In the morning, a green smoothie has long been my go-to to maintain a semblance of good health, and nutrition and wellness expert, Kelly LeVeque has been my north star for guidance.

So when I learned she launched a protein powder, I ordered it immediately. Kelly is obsessed with bringing only the best information and now ingredients to her clients and followers.

The powder is more expensive than most. She fully funded the launch herself and is transparent about how she is working on lowering the price while maintaining the highest standards.

Most protein powders upset my stomach, and have an odd after taste. This one is delicious and I’ve had no side effects. 

I add it to my smoothie every morning. It has 23 grams of protein, only two grams of carbs, and is Keto and Paleo-friendly. It’s available exclusively on Amazon and already has over 100 5 Star Reviews. The unflavored is currently available, but vanilla (my favorite) and chocolate are being restocked.

Here books, Body Love and Body Love Everyday are some of my most favorite health and nutrition guides. 

4. Joggers

Athleta Attitude Pant

Attitude Pant, $89 

Joggers aren’t going anywhere, and thank goodness because neither is homeschooling. I’m using August to get a few things lined up for an insane fall and school year.

So I picked up these joggers from Athleta to have something to throw on first thing in the morning, take a quick walk and be ready for whatever the day is going to throw at us.

They are super lightweight (read all the reviews here) and available in regular, tall and petite sizes up to a size 16.

With a simple white tee and your favorite sneakers they are pretty much perfect. 

5. Peplum Top 

J.Crew Peplum Top

Peplum Top, $80

Here’s a little sneak peek at a key piece for next week. I received so many requests for some buy now, wear now and later items. I’m starting with this painfully chic polka dot peplum top from J.Crew (use CODE GOSALE for 25% off). 

It’s a year round, super versatile piece. Stay tuned for Thursday’s Wear it Two Way post! 

6. Apple Watch Strap

Chain Link Apple Watch Strap

Apple Watch Strap, $99 

Looking for a more sophisticated strap option for the Apple Watch? Well look no further than this classic, chain link jewelry-like option from Rebecca Minkoff available in gold or silver tone

It’s gorgeous! Use it as a stand alone piece, or go ahead and layer it with your other favorite bracelets for a real statement. 

7. Hanaure Facial

Hanacure Facial

Hanacure Facial, $29 

I’m a big believer in small indulgences. But with salons and spas across the country either closed or limited, it’s not easy to sneak away for a much needed minute to ourselves. That’s why I love at-home treatments, like the Hanacure Facial that I use once a month.

This face mask is wild.  Mix it per the instructions, paint it on, and watch your skin tighten to the point that you can’t move your face. After about 20 minutes, rinse it off with a warm cloth, and your skin will look and feel incredible.

It has a cult-like following, and after a few treatments you’ll understand why.

8. What I’m Reading

Finding Freedom

What I’m Reading: Finding Freedom 

For Harry and Meghan’s wedding, a couple of my friends and I booked a spa weekend at a fancy hotel. We checked in, had a massage, dinner, and then woke up very early, ordered room service, and watched the entire spectacle from bed with no husbands or kids around to spoil our good time.

It was so fun and stupid, and a much-needed break from our real lives.

So we’re all in on this journey, and this book is going to be another break from the seriousness of the current state of the world.

9. What I’m Cooking

Gooey Butter Cake

What I’m Cooking: Gooey Butter Cake 

Not much these days, it’s too hot out, but I ordered this ice cream by Jeni’s and holy molly it’s incredible. I considered stocking the basement freezer with it, so we always have it on hand, but my savage children would eat through it in a day, whether we had a pint or a case. 

I wonder if I can put a small freezer in my closet? Where do moms hide their treats these days?

 

10. Wardrobe Challenge – Save the Date!

Wardrobe Challenge

We’re coming up on our Fall Wardrobe Challenge! Starting on Friday, September 11th. I have a whole slew of fun and help activities planned and as always, it’s totally FREE.  More info to come next week! 


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Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

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Back to Basics: The Best White Tee Shirts for Women

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Today, we’re talking about the best white tee shirts for women.

A white tee shirt is the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Especially in this time of dressing casually while staying in or close to home, having a few fresh white tees to throw on can make getting dressed a whole lot easier.

When your personal style leans classic, you need to strike an important balance. The basic items that compose the foundation of your outfits need to do a lot of work. Choosing just the right piece will make or break your look.

So they should be better quality, fit well, hang nicely, and maintain their integrity wash after wash.

In many cases, I say spend a little more on these items. Buy the best you can afford.

But here’s the thing, prices in recent years have gone off the deep end.

I’m at the point in my life, and maybe you are too, where I feel like money is literally growing wings and flying out my front door.

Between mortgages, home repairs, groceries, tuition, childcare, oh, and saving for retirement, there’s not a lot left over.

So a simple white tee shirt costing $100 or $200 is downright offensive. It’s also insane because all of the expensive tee shirt brands I have tried over the years are 100% sheer. 

The bottom line? When it comes to white tee shirts, there is little correlation between price and quality. The higher the price point does not mean the better the quality. In fact, iI find t’s quiet the opposite. 

Today, I rounded up my recommendations for the best white tees for women.

Qualifications for a top spot are affordability (these are all under $20), quality, durability, and of course, none of these are see-through.

And stay tuned, because in August I’m taking many of the items I featured in June and July and showing them to you in real life pictures, to wear now and later in the early Fall. 

The Best White Tee Shirts

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Before we get into our list, a quick note. Your bra plays a vital role in the overall sheerness of a white tee. You want to wear a nude-to-you tee shirt bra so that you won’t see an outline through the tee. This is important, no matter how opaque the tee.

Also, because shopping online is truly the future of retail, follow a few steps before ordering. 

  1. Know your measurements and compare them to the size scale the retailer provides. 
  2. Read the reviews and pay attention to feedback around quality and how it fits. 
  3. Be sure to read the return policy. Many retailers are getting better with this, knowing they have to compete with Amazon on returns. If you are in between sizes, order both and return what doesn’t work. 

The Best Tee Shirts Totally Not See-Through

Lands’ End

Lands's End White tshirt

Lands’ End, $18

It makes sense that Lands’ End would make one of the best white tees. Their focus on quality and practicality is at the heart of their brand. I like this option because it has a bit of shape, but doesn’t cling, a nice sized sleeve (I hate when the cling to your arm) and a length that let’s you half tuck, full tuck or leave out. They also wash and wear well. 

Available in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. 

Read online reviews here. 

LL Bean

LL Bean White Tee ShirtLL Bean, $23

Similar to Land’s End, LL Bean shares their approach to quality. If you prefer a crewneck, this soft pima cotton has a lovely feel, is slightly fitted, and hits right at the hip. 

Available in regular, petite, and plus

Read online reviews here. 

Madewell

Madewell White Tee Shirt

Madewell, $16

This Madewell tee has a vintage, relaxed, pre-washed feel.  The sleeves are shorter than the Lands’ End and LL Bean options. It will give you a more casual look and pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts. 

Available in all sizes including a 3X.

Read its almost all five star reviews here. 

Universal Thread

Target Universal Thread White Tshirt

Universal Thread, $8

You simply cannot beat the price of the v-neck tee from Target’s in house brand. But here’s the thing, don’t order it online. There is too much variation in their sizing to make the potential for having to ship back and forth worth.

So next time you’re at Target, roll your cart over to the Universal Thread area, and take a look yourself. I bought mine in a large to account for shrinking and I’m very please with it, especially  since it’s under $10. 

Available in XXS- XXL here, also in plus size. 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo White Tshirt

Uniqlo, $15

Over the years readers and members in our Facebook private group have raved about the basics you can find at Uniqlo. So, of course, I gave them a try. This crew neck white tee shirt, is $15 and is really great. It’s feel super soft, hangs away from the body without being boxy, and washes well. 

Available in XXS – XXL.

It gets tons of 5 star reviews too, which you can read here

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Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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A Go-To Dress For Transitioning Back to the Office

It’s fair to say that our professional lives are going to look weird for the rest of 2020.

While some parts of the country are pulling back their reopening plans, many are slowly turning the lights on. In my hometown of Philadelphia, people are commuting and back in the office, even if it’s just part-time.

But the city is hot (so hot), with temperatures in the mid 90s, and, most dress codes are toned down versions of what they were pre shut down. 

Which leads to the question, after months of working at the kitchen table, what’s an easy outfit option that is comfortable, cool, an a little more professional than yoga pants? 

A dress, obviously! 

And not just any dress, but this Lola jersey dress from Boden, available in an array of colors and prints, in regular, petite and long, ranging in sizes 2 – 22. 

Basics Building: Go-To Dress for Work 

Navy Dress by Boden

Dress, $85 

I’m thinking specifically for readers who are either walking or taking mass transit into a hot city. Maybe you’re in an office with a skeleton crew or a municipal or government building coming back online.

You want to look polished, but not overdone, comfort is key, but feeling dressed up is a welcomed change.

This dress requires nothing else. Simply throw it on and go. 

A Better Basic for Under $100

 

This dress is everything Boden does well, and has almost all five star reviews from customers.  

The fit is lovely; it’s not too long or too short and the cut is ideal. A v-neck is universally flattering, and the waistband will help pull you in, creating a slimming shape. 

While I’m not personally a fan of their prints, picking it up in either black or navy means you  have an incredibly wearable dress (with pockets!) for under $100.

How would I wear this?

Assuming I was commuting (or just didn’t want to fuss with heels) you can easily wear this with flats. I would wear these Allbirds Tree Breezers in Navy for both comfort and style.  They are similar to Rothy’s  in that they are eco-friendly, washable and breathable, so your feet won’t sweat in the summer heat. 

Finally, use what you have in your closet! I would carry this bag from Target that we featured last month and keep accessories simple with these studs from QVC (another reader favorite).

 

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The Ten List: July 2020

July Ten List

The Ten List was our most popular series in 2019. This year, it moves from being a weekly to a monthly post to make more room for style focused content.

Here I share a thoughtful quote, a little insight, and some products (that don’t require their own post), articles, and other conversation starters that I’m enjoying. As always, I hope it’s a helpful bit of inspiration for your day and love to hear from you in the comments below!

#1. Quote of the Month

July Ten List

The other day I was working at the pool, looked up, and caught a glimpse of my Ava walking across the diving board. The sun has this way of hitting her making her hair, eyes and freckles all the same color red and it always takes my breath away. She was glowing in the light, and I stopped to watch her.

The club we belong to has a highly competitive swim team. The kids start young, and they are good, so the diving board has a non-stop line of flips and spins and perfect dives.

But we are not a swim team family, and my kids are, um, lacking in their aquatic skills.

Ava walked across the board, who, no matter how many hours she spends in the sun, is the palest kid I’ve ever seen in my life, leaped in the air with her extra-long arms and legs stretched out like a firework and landed in the pool sideways.

She came up out of the water with a ridiculous smile and I was struck by her joy. 

So simple, so pure. She spent hours going off that diving board. Not trying to be perfect, or fit in, just enjoying every moment of being airborne. 

I can’t say I’ve had a ton of joyful moments during this season. Like everyone, my thoughts have been filled with frustration, fear, and anxiety over not knowing what will happen next, and I’ve been under some pretty intense personal pressure. 

But over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to surrender to what is happening around me and releasing my compulsive need to control outcomes.

Instead, I’m focusing on my perspective and choosing to find joy, in the smallest of moments. And, as it turns out, when life is stripped down to the basics, it’s actually pretty easy to do. 

I’m taking tomorrow off for the holiday weekend, but will be back on Monday with our regular content. 

In the comments below, tell us the simple joys you’ve discovered during this season of staying close to home and have a happy 4th of July weekend 🙂 

 

#2. Overnight Bag

MADDIE OVERNIGHTER2. Overnight Bag, $269 

Even though so many big trips are postponed this summer, lots of us are still trying to get away more local for a bit of break. This overnight bag by Mark & Graham is so chic. It’s roomy with lots of little organization to keep everything you need close. Obviously, opt for the monogram. It would also make a fantastic graduation gift!

#3. Dresses from LOFT are $35

Loft floral dress3. Floral Dress, $100 (NOW $35)

LOFT has been a fantastic resource this season. Lots of inventory, fabulous sales and fast shipping. They even make returns super simple.

I am heavily leaning on dresses to get me through and right now ALL DRESSES ARE $35! I picked this dress up a  few weeks ago (you can see it here) and just ordered this black maxi, (available in missy, petite, plus and tall!) and this white beachy midi dress

 

#4. Perfect Snacks

Perfect Snacks4. Perfect Snacks

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but every now and then I want a little something to ease a craving. I discovered Perfect Bars, these peanut butter protein bars you keep in the fridge that are heavy with protein and low in sugar. They are delicious.

Then I discovered they make chocolate peanut butter cups and they are perfection. Not too sweet, just the perfect bit, and not terrible for you. You can find them on Amazon, or in the cold section at Target or Whole Foods. 

#5. Prosecco Candle

Prosecco Candle5. Prosecco Candle, $38 

A prosecco scented candle? Sign me up! This gorgeous candle by Marie Hunter is a new favorite. “Top notes of Satsuma citrus balance with subtle floral notes of muguet. Apricot and passionfruit complement the sweetness of sugared black currant.” It smells sweet and light, with a little bit of warmth. I’m preordering a few to restock my gift closet so I have a them on hand for gifts in the fall. 

#6. Self Tan Drops

Self Tan drops6. Self Tan Drops, $49 

Long time readers know I am a self-tan expert. Yes, expert. I use self-tanner or get a spray tan, all summer long. But the one area that is a challenge is the face, because it fades first, and you have to use makeup to keep your face the same color as your body. 

During the Sephora sale, I ordered Tan-Luxe The Face, a self-tan oil you use with your moisturizer. It’s a game-changer. 

Simply add a few drops (I add 3 -5) into your moisturizer or night cream – or the last product you put on before bed, and it turns it into the most subtle tanner. You’ll wake up with a sun-kissed glow as light or dark as you want. 

#7. Tory Flip Flops

 

Miller Flip Flops7. Miller Flip Flops, $198

The Miller Flip Flop by Tory Burch is one of the most popular shoes for summer. Currently you can grab certain colors on sale at Nordstrom here, or go with this sophisticated neutral, at full price, but selling quickly. 

#8. Top Knot Headband

Leopard Headbands8. Leopard Headbands, $13 

I ordered these headbands several months ago. I absolutely love the subtle leopard print, the soft pleat detail, and the low key top knot – and the price is crazy at 3 for $13! Turns out my teenager love them too, since I’ve had to order a second set for her. Well, I had to order a second set for me since she took mine. 

#9. Seven Lies

Seven Lies Book9. I don’t usually read thrillers, but Seven Lies came so highly recommended I decided to give it a go. It’s dark, compelling, had me engrossed within the first few pages. If you’re looking for an all consuming beach read, the kind you can’t put down, this is the book for you. 

#10. Become A Well Dressed Life Insider!

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I’m so excited for our very first Membership Program: The Well Dressed Life Insider

This is a seasonal program for readers who want even more content. Through our members-only portal, you’ll receive access to:

our Summer Shopping List (so you can shop your closet)

our Summer 2020 Wardrobe Capsule (so you can buy what you’re missing)

our How to Wear Guide (so you can see how to wear everything)

and LIVE group style coaching with me for the rest of the summer. 

Don’t worry, the blog content will remain unchanged, our Wardrobe Challenge will always be free, and our Private Facebook group isn’t going anywhere:) 

Registration opens July 8th – July 11th, and the portal opens on July 13th. If you want to be first in line to sign up, join our waitlist here. I am limiting membership so I can best manage the group.  


Our Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

If you enjoy our content and would like to help us grow, please consider following on Instagram and join our Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.