Hello, thank you for stopping by today! Often when we are going out for dinner, I have to remind myself that at this time of year, the restaurant is going to be very, very air-conditioned.

So as I reach for a cute sleeveless dress, I reconsider. This is when I love to wear something like linen trousers and a lightweight top.  Of course, I can wear a cute sweater to keep from shivering at dinner, but if I can avoid carrying extra stuff, I will. A light top with short sleeves fits the bill. And that top is a must-have Summer fabric.

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The Summary

  Today's featured item is the must-have Summer fabric from J.Crew

  The top is modeled, and Kelly pulled together 2 alternates

  The top is shoppable via a text or image widget

  Each alternate is shoppable via a text widget

Must-Have Summer Fabric

1. Eyelet Top

Eyelet is always a popular fabric for summer. It’s so light, fun, and sweet. I like to juxtapose something classically femimine like eyelet with something more masuline, like trousers. This Eyelet Puff Sleeve Top is sold as a crop top, but on me it hits right at my waistline. Which works out well with high-waisted trousers. I am wearing an xs. 

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2. Pleated Linen Trousers

These pleated cupro-linen trousers from J.Crew are linen blended with cupro, creating a fabric that is softer and slightly lighter than 100% linen. Cupro is a really popular fabric this season; I have seen a lot of cupro-linen blends from J.Crew, especially. Cupro is a byproduct of cotton production; it’s a plant-based material that is chemically processed to get silk-like fibers. 

The breathable, silk-like cupro-linen blend gives these trousers a more relaxed look and feel – perfect for walking that summer line between comfortable and put together. 

I am normally not a big fan of pleated pants. But I took a chance on these because there is only one pleat on each side. So, minimal pleats. I have to take baby steps with certain trends and this is one of them! 

Well, I am so happy I took a chance on these trousers. I am wearing petite size 0 and they fit perfectly – in the length and the waist. So comfortable and they wear really well. 

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3. Accessories

I am bringing in black and white with my accessories; I love these leather and canvas two-toned slides from J.Crew. They also come in taupe. Really simple, but with that two-toned detail that makes them versatile and a little different. 

I am always in the market for adding to my woven bag collection. I have a few natural-colored clutches of varying browns, so I was looking for a black version. This foldover woven raffia clutch is the perfect addition to my collection. It has a magnetic closure and it’s roomy enough for all the essentials. I like the foldover design and its unstructured shape is perfect for a casual summer clutch.  

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Alternative Stylings

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In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, we introduced our newest SAACA contributor, Jennifer Duvall.  Every Wednesday, Jennifer will write a beauty & makeup column.  Click the title or image below to read her first.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom


Summer is upon us, and summer weddings are in full swing. Weddings are such a happy occasion. What fun to put on our party duds and toast the new life the bride and groom are about to embark on.  And speaking of party duds, do I have a wedding guest outfit perfect for this Summer.

And it won’t break the bank since it's from Nordstrom Made brand Open Edit from Nordstrom! Plus, the blazer and pants can be worn together or separately.  So, let's get right down to it.

The Summary

  Today's featured item is a wedding guest outfit with matching blazer and pants

  The outfit is modeled, and I pulled together 2 alternates

  The outfit is shoppable via a text or image widget

  Each alternate is shoppable via a text widget

This 1 Thing Can Lift Your Wedding Guest Outfit

1. Wide-Leg Pants

(Open Edit)

It's no secret that I'm loving wide-leg pants this season.  This pair of pants from Open Edit (Nordstrom) come in three different colors.  I went with purple bloom to match my blazer, but if you're looking for a neutral, make sure to check out the pants in beige.  (Also, see my alternative stylings.)

I've paired the pants with a 4" heel to avoid any drag.  I went with strappy mules, but a heel would work equally as well too.

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2. Blazer

(Open Edit)

I continue to be all about linen this Spring & Summer.  Yesterday, I featured a linen shirt; today, a linen blazer.  Blazers are perfect Spring-to-Summer transition pieces, and can easily be dressed up or down.

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3. Accessories & Details

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Of you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a thousand times - accessories are a girl’s best friend. Accessories unleash your personal style, taste, and preferences but they also offer unlimited opportunities to mix and match your wardrobe.

A single accessory, whether it be a bag or a scarf, can lift any outfit and take it to the next level.

Take a white blouse. It’s a blank canvas. Add a pair of jeans and you have an ordinary everyday outfit. But add a fabulous handbag, a pair of heels, a statement necklace or scarf and now you have a polished ensemble.

Accessories are always the icing on the cake. And don’t be afraid to invest in a silk scarf, luxury handbag, or jewelry. These are the items that stand the test of time and will be on rinse and repeat for years and years.

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In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, I showed you how I'm wearing shorts this summer.  Click the title or image below to read the article.

Hello, happy Thursday to you! To me, summer fashion isn’t complete if linen isn’t a big part of the equation. Especially since moving to Georgia! In the heat of summer, wearing a dress or skirt has been my go-to date night outfit. But with linen, you can wear pants and a blazer, look polished and feel cool enough to sit outside for dinner al fresco. I love having options!  So today, I'm going to show you how to wear linen suit separates this summer.

The Summary

  Today's featured items are linen suit separates from J.Crew Factory

  Kelly modeled the suit, and pulled together 2 alternates

  The outfit is shoppable via a text or image widget

  Each alternate is shoppable via a text widget

How To Wear Linen Suit Separates This Summer

1. Linen Suit Separates

(J.Crew Factory)

These Linen Drawstring Pants from J.Crew Factory are just the ticket. I love these pants because while they are pretty casual, you can easily dress them up with a Linen Blazer in matching white, some strappy sandals and a flowy camisole. The petite sizing is spot on; I am wearing petite 0.

This is my first white blazer. For my introduction into the world of white blazers, a summertime linen blazer is the perfect way to start. This version from J.Crew Factory is at a perfect price point and it is made well. As with the pants, the petite fits true to size; I am wearing petite 0.

If white is not for you, this Linen Drawstring Pant and Linen Blazer combo each come in hot pink and light pink – fun colors for spring and summer.

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2. Summer Cami

(J.Crew Factory)

Linen is a great summer fabric to mix up with something shiny like silk or satin. It’s a fun play on textures that is cool and refreshing, perfect for summer. A popular item, this washable silk camisole from J.Crew is mostly sold out already, but here are three other options, in a range of colors.

(Nordstrom) Similar Camisole | (Ann Taylor) Similar Camisole | (Banana Republic) Silk Camisole 

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3. Comfortable Summer Sandals

(Talbots)

I have had this particular pair of Madewell sandals for about 7 years and they still look and feel great. With a block heel, they are comfortable and easy to walk in. A comfortable heeled sandal in a neutral light brown or tan is a perfect warm-weather option; they go with virtually everything! I have rounded up a few more currents, but similar Madewell styles.

(Madewell) Similar Kiera Lugsole Sandals | (Madewell) Similar Loli Ankle Strap Sandals | (Madewell) Similar Kiera Mule Sandals

I am really shopping my closet for accessories today! My top handle bag is from another company I really like for handbags and wallets, HOBO. Their designs are interesting and the leather is unbelievably beautiful. This style is from 2007/2008, but they have some similar current designs that are gorgeous.

(HOBO) Similar Sheila Handbag | (HOBO) Similar Darling Small Satchel | (HOBO) Similar Giorgia Convertible Bag

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo Kelly

 

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In Case You Missed It

I'm starting a new round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss on May 23rd.  Click the title or image below to read the article.

Happy Wednesday, ladies!  I've received a lot of requests over the past few months for a post on graphic tees.  Well, here it is:  my 2022 Spring best graphic tees edition.

You can't get much more fun and expressive than graphic tees.  From bands to animals to words and phrases, there are just about as many graphic tees as there are personality types.  More, even.

I've done two things today:  First, I've gone through the archives and pulled 5 old outfits featuring a graphic tee.  I've used those outfits as a model to pull together outfits with currently available items.

Second, I"m trying something:  for each outfit, I've put together a budget alternative of similars.

Finally, at the very end of the post, I've rounded up my 10 favorite graphic tees this Spring presented in no particular order.  So, make sure to check them out!

The Summary

  Today's featured item is the graphic tee, styled 5 ways

  The outfits I've modeled are all old, but I've put together similars for each 

  For each outfit, I've put together budget alternatives, a new feature we're trying out

  My top 10 graphic tees for Spring 2022 are at the end of the post, so don't miss them!

The 2022 Spring Best Graphic Tees Edition

1. With a denim shirt

One of the easiest ways to wear a graphic tee is by pairing it with a denim/chambray jacket.  Any wash will work with just about any, if not every graphic tee.  Give it a try.

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2. With Linen Pants

Linen pants are an essential Summer item for me and they work perfect with graphic tees.

Banana Republic generally has a great stock of linen pants in a variety of fits and colors, so I always start there when looking for a new pair.

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3. With a Tweed Jacket

The not so secret secret about Tweed jackets is that they come in an assortment of beautiful and bright colors---often multi-colors.

And that's why they pair so perfectly with graphic tees---they easily highlight the graphics.

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4. With a Denim Jacket

Because, well, there actually is no better pairing than a denim jacket and a graphic tee.

In fact, we just ran a whole post about it, which you can read here.

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5. With a Cardigan

Last but not least, pair a graphic tee with a cardigan.

Just like tweed jackets, cardigans come in all varieties of colors and patterns, making them perfect to wear with your graphic tee.

(And I could not resist putting together a retro outfit today.)

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The Tees

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Let's Go Outside

(shop more Madewell tees)

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Maeve Elephant

(Anthropologie)

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Botanical Print

(shop more Talbots tees)

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Good Times Ahead

(shop more Madewell tees)

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Happiness is sharing a doghouse

(shop more Nordstrom tees)

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10.

Paris

Annie Bing

(shop more Saks tees)

In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, I shared my favorite Amazon drugstore makeup and gave you a makeup tutorial. Click the title or image below to read the article.

Happy Tuesday, ladies.  The week is underway, and it’s already turning out to be a busy one.  We’ve been focused a lot on Spring dresses and skirts lately, so I wanted to shift gears a bit.  Variety is the spice of life, as they say.  I picked up a pair of Ralph Lauren linen pants a few weeks ago.  And if you’re like me and gravitate towards classic style, I think you’re going to like them too. I couldn’t wait to style them.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ralph Lauren linen pants

Today’s outfit is clean, classy, and classic:  a pairing between cream button-up and linen twill pleated pants.  Both the top and bottom are from Ralph Lauren and are available at Macy’s.  We’ve been all about color lately, so I wanted to mix things up a bit with a monochromatic, neutral outfit. 

Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here

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Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here

Accessories 

Given the simplicity of the outfit, accessories are what push it over the age.  Leather highlights from this canvas embossed belt are subtle and effective. And a canvas shoulder bag like this one from Coach (old similar here and here) add visual interest.   

Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here


In case you missed it 

Yesterday, we featured a beautiful olive-colored tiered midi dress from Neiman’s.  I showed you three different ways to wear it, including how to create beautiful, Spring color combinations.


Welcome Kelly

In case you missed it, yesterday, we announced Kelly Djalali coming on as a regular contributor. Here’s what that means.

TUESDAY: DAILY LOOKS

On Tuesdays, Kelly will be posting an entry to our Daily Looks feed. She’ll post an OOTD and you can shop those outfits easily through the shop widget below the photo. Being of a smaller stature, at 5 feet tall and 105 pounds, Kelly will create fresh looks with a focus on classic style for petites.

THURSDAY: FEATURED POST

On Thursdays, Kelly will be contributing a full-length fashion-related post. Whether she’s modeling outfits or giving you tips on how to build her capsule wardrobes, you can expect the same great content you’ve come to expect from SAACA.

SATURDAYS: KELLY’S KITCHEN

Kelly will be reviving her Kelly’s Kitchen column on Saturdays. Each week, you can expect a delicious, easy-to-follow recipe.

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