SUMMER

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Save or Splurge: Summer Swimwear Edition

Happy First Day of July!  With summer vacation right around the corner for us, I’m currently thinking about what bathing suits to pack and which styles I want to buy.  There are so many cute suits available this season, but some are just way more expensive than I would like.  I figured that I can’t be the only girl in this shopping dilemma, right?  Below is a list of the trendiest suits of summer and their much more affordable look-a-likes.

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Swimwear Trends:

  1. Underwire Suits:  I really love this trend because it’s so reminiscent of the 1950’s swimwear style.  I bought the save version of this suit for only $40 and it just arrived yesterday, so I can’t wait to try it on!
  2. Off the Shoulder Suits:  I love a good clavicle.  These off-the-shoulder suits are so darling and again remind me of the sweet 1950’s styles.  I also purchased this $40 dupe for my upcoming beach vacation!
  3. Keyhole Bikinis:  Keyhole tops have been around for a couple of summers now.  I especially love this style for a little added oomph when you like to create the look of more cleavage.  Get the save version here.
  4. Bandage Bikinis:  Remember when bandage dresses were all the rage thanks to Kim K?  Now we’re seeing bandage bikinis all over the internet.  $350 is way too steep for a bathing suit in my opinion, but I could absolutely jump on the $53 look-a-like bandwagon.
  5. Scallop Edge:  Marysia bathing suits became quite popular last summer and they don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon.  Again, many of us don’t want to spend up to $300 on a swimsuit that may not even be that stylish next summer, so why not try it out in much more affordable version from ASOS?

Leave a comment below and let me know what is your perfect price point for a new bathing suit?  Also, how many bathing suits do you typically have for summertime?

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ShopBop Sale

I get an overwhelming sense of joy when I see the word, “Sale.”  Who else is with me on that?!  My second favorite sale of the year is the ShopBop Sale.  When you use coupon code: EVENT17 you get 20% off purchases under $500, and 25% off purchases over $500.

First up, here are a few of my favorite pieces I already own that are currently part of this sale:

Kenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Seed Bead Hoop Earrings ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Kenneth Jay Lane Seed Bead Hoop Earrings

I love a good statement earring.  These gorgeous beaded turquoise earrings are a showstopper.  Every time I wear them, I get so many compliments!  See how I styled these earrings in this blog post.

Levi's Distressed Skinny Jeans ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Levi’s High Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans

These busted knee skinny jeans are one of my favorite pairs I own.  They’re now under $80!  The fit is AMAZING!  See how I styled the jeans in this blog post.

Sincerely Jules Lips & Lashes Tee ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Sincerely Jules Lips & Lashes Tee

This adorable tee is now under $50!  See how I styled it in this blog post.

Prada Metal Bridge Sunglasses ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Prada Metal Bridge Sunglasses

I just picked up these sunnies while in NYC for my trip this week in 30A.  My sunglasses are gold-trimmed, the sunnies on sale are silver-lined with mirrored lenses.

Tory Burch Miller Sandals ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Tory Burch Miller Sandals

Hands-down my favorite sandals.  Although the classic single shade sandals are not included in this sale, the navy/white stripe, hot pink/tan combo and metallic gold strap sandals are all up to 25% off.

Sam Edelman Hot Pink Hazel Pumps ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps

Who doesn’t need a sexy pair of hot pink heels in their life?  These pumps are surprisingly comfortable and so perfect for summertime.  See how I styled them in this blog post and this photo.

Anine Bing Lace Bra ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Anine Bing Lace Bra (also in nude)

This lace bralette is perfect for a bit of peek-a-boo lace when worn with a lower cut top.  See how I styled this bra in this post and this photo.

Hudson Rolled Cuff Denim Shorts ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Hudson Asha Rolled Cuffed Denim Shorts

One Teaspoon Bandit Denim Shorts ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

One Teaspoon Bandit Shorts

These denim shorts are the most popular shorts every summer for the past several years.  They run big, so be sure to size down when you purchase.  See how I styled these shorts in this blog post and this photo.

Levi's Wedgie Denim Shorts ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Levi’s Wedgie Shorts

Free People Denim Frayed Hem Shorts ShopBop Sale April 2017 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Free People Soft & Relaxed Cut-Off Shorts

I picked up these shorts in peach last week in Atlanta.  They’re so incredibly soft!  Although the peach color isn’t included in the sale, they are available in “Savannah Blue” and “Ocean Blue”.

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  1. Straw Beach Clutch:  This cute clutch is a steal at $35, but now it’s up to 25% off!  There are three different colors to choose from: Natural, Navy or Sunflower.  I purchased it in “Natural.”
  2. Karen Walker Sunnies:  I’ve been eyeing these round frame sunglasses for months.  With the 25% off sale, it was finally time to pull the trigger!  They also come in tortoise, if you don’t prefer the classic black.
  3. Tory Burch Crossbody:  I love a great crossbody bag and this camel bag is perfect for Spring and Summer.
  4. Sam Edelman Bow Mules:  Who doesn’t want bows on their toes?  These are too cute!
  5. Tory Burch Ballet Flats:  Matt bought me a pair of Tory Burch ballet flats about 5 years ago and I love them just as much now as I did back then.  These flats are so classic and go with any look.
  6. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini:  Another classic piece you can’t go wrong with is the RM Mini Quilted Affair bag.  I have this bag in white and it pairs perfectly with so many looks.
  7. Lace-Up Flats:  These pointed-toe flats lace-up and would look adorable with a mini skirt this summer!
  8. Tory Burch Miller:  If you’ve been around for a while, you know my love for these sandals runs deeeeeep.  They’re my go-to sandals.  I’ve been wanting them in the navy stripes, and now that they’re on sale, it was the perfect time to snag them!  They’re going fast though!
  9. Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings:  I love KLJ earrings.  I had to buy these in turquoise for summer!
  10. Beach Dress Coverup:  This pom-pom coverup has been around for several years now and I don’t see it going out of style any time soon.  It comes in several color combos and is adorable for your next beach getaway!
  11. Ruffle One Shoulder Top:  I’ve been seeing this top all over the internet and decided to snag this today too!  It’s under $100 and absolutely darling.  It also comes in white.
  12. Ruffle Bikini:  If you’re in the market for a new bikini this year, this ruffled number is cute so cute!

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5 Tips for Purging

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

Donut Hole 30A Rosemary Beach, FL Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn $15 striped romper Rosemary Beach, FL angela lanter hello gorgeous

Y’all.  I’ve fallen down a deep dark hole.  That hole is named “Purging”.  My husband may never speak to me again (kidding).  I came home from the dermatologist yesterday with every intention of sitting down to write this blog post.  But something inside of my brain snapped and said, you need to clean out your kitchen cabinets.  NOW.  8 hours and one car full of donations later, my kitchen is unrecognizable.  It began a domino effect for me though…  I moved on to Matt’s office, and every other room in my house.  If it was in my path, it was in danger of being tossed or donated.  I’m now +2 car fulls of donations deep.  And it feels awesome.

I feel like a new woman with a new home.  I’m not sure how I accumulate so much stuff in such a short time because I’m a Grade A purger (is that even a real word?).  Family and friends call me when they need motivation to organize or purge.  It’s like a secret talent (or weapon in Matt’s opinion).  Here are a few tips I can give for anyone who needs a good house or closet purge.

  1. Use my 3 month rule.  If I haven’t worn or used an item in 3 months and can’t see myself using it in the next 3 months, it’s gone.
  2. Get rid of excess and duplciates.  Specifically, toss those extra linens you don’t use.  Almost every linen closet I encounter has +3 sets of bed sheets for each bed.  Let’s be real for a second…  You use one set, maybe two, wash that set and put it back on, or rotate with your other favorite set.  For adult beds, anything over two sets is really unnecessary.
  3. Toss uncomfortable shoes, clothes, undies and linens.  If you don’t enjoy wearing something, why keep it?  Just because a certain pair of shoes is to die for doesn’t mean you should keep them if they literally kill your tootsies every time you put them on.  Move on to another pair!
  4. Organize and deep clean as you purge.  Sounds like a nightmare, I know.  But listen, if you are taking things out of a shelf or drawer, take an extra 60 seconds to clean and disinfect it.  Organizing feels amazing but having your house organized and sparkling clean is just about the best feeling ever.  I do this every time I organize a drawer, shelf or my refrigerator.
  5. Look at expiration dates and toss it out!  I’m not just talking about food but toiletries too.  Did you know sunscreen expires?  Don’t forget your medicine cabinet and makeup drawer!

Purging is the best feeling when it’s all said and done.  If you need a little inspiration, check out the book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“.  This book gives great tips and ideas for what to get rid of and why.  I don’t agree with every single suggestion or that you need to thank each item you own for it’s service (so silly) but I was very inspired to get off my toosh and get to tossin’!

What are some of your favorite purging or organizing tips and tricks?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I love to hear from my fellow organization junkies sisters!

Okay, okay…  My purging rant has come to an end.  Today’s look is another one from our time at 3oA.  This cute little romper is another steal of a deal coming in at only $15.  The back is fully open, so I would suggest my go-to sticky bra with this look.  It’s a super cute outfit and so great for the beach.  Let’s be honest though, my favorite part of this outfit are the donuts.  The Donut Hole is the most incredible donut shop I’ve ever been to in.my.LIFE.  Not joking.  If you’re ever in the Panhandle, this place is a MUST!


What I’m Wearing:

Striped Backless Romper ($15!)  //  Tory Burch Lexington Wedges (ON SALE 30% OFF!)  //  Stick-On Bra  //  Sugar & Spice Sunnies  //  Pineapple Stud Earrings  //  Gold & Turquoise Cuff Bracelet  //  Crystal Ring  //  Kate Spade iPhone Wallet  //  Jouer Lip Creme

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