Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guess What?

What do all of these celebs have in common...

Take a guess, and keep coming back to GJU. Have something good in the works.

Happy Tuesday <3

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Loves Me Knot

Some days, I like to go casual. Believe it or not, I am a huge fan of bummin' it. Sweats, shorts, loose tops, and messy hair are all in my comfort zone.

When I'm home on the weekends and need to run some errands, I often don't want (am too lazy) to change out of my comfy clothes.

Alas, I am problem solver. Adding a statement accessory effortlessly elevates the look.

Last Sunday, I found myself in this situation. I had on a cozy J. Crew sweatshirt and gym shorts. It was little too suspect/the morning after/SWF for running errands. To make it more appropriate, I swapped the gym shorts for white shorts, and added a statement knot necklace.

Allow me to clarify.. it's totally fine to bum it, and run errands in gym clothes. I do it often. But on those days when I feel like making a shlumpy outfit look a little less shlumpy, this is how I do it.

Make it your own:
Sweatshirt: J. Crew, $39.99
Shorts: J. Crew, $45
Necklace: Target
Sandals: Rainbow (in Espresso), $48.95
Bracelet: Gift (hand made beading from Africa!)

Happy Tuesday, peeps.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Double Take

Wellllll hello. Hope you all had a great weekend! It was perfect weather in Baltimore over the weekend, so I was able to catch up on some much needed time outside.

Beautiful weather calls for effortless sundresses. Here are the two dresses I wore on Friday and Saturday:

Notice anything about them? They're actually the same Target sundress, just in different colors! The dress came in 5 or 6 different patterns/color choices. When I tried it on, I loved the fit (and was in my price range) so I ended up grabbing two. (I tend to do that often, actually. If something fits well, I jump on it.)

There's multiple reasons why I love this dress. The vibrant colors. The sweetheart corset top. The exposed zipper back. The double pockets. The soft cotton/linen blend fabric. The length (it goes right to the knee, so it's a flattering cut/fit on most body types).

So--- If you're in the market for a new sundress to add to your collection, I highly recommend picking up one of these from Target. 

Make it your own:
Dress 1, $24.99
Dress 2, $24.99

So tell me, what did you wear to your weekend BBQs?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Snapshots

Some recent photos...

Make it your own:
Photo 1: Black Dress, Target; Necklaces, LOFT
Photo 2: Pattern Dress, c/o mark
Photo 3: Black Dress, Target; Necklace, LOFT
Photo 4: Floral Dress, J. Crew; Earrings, gift
Photo 5: White Top, Abercrombie & Fitch- 3 or 4 years ago; Cardigan, Nordstrom; Capris, J. Crew (have had for 5 or 6 years!), Sandals and Necklace, LOFT

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black, White, Bowtie

I was playing around on Pinterest this weekend and stumbled across this chic look from fellow fashion blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. I really love how she paired this white top with an oversized bow, black mini and two-toned pumps!

If you've been a GJU reader for a while, this outfit may look familiar! You may remember a similar ensemble I pulled together a few months ago in this blog post. These pieces are from my favorite consignment boutique, Wear It's At.

Is this an outfit you would wear? How would you style a tux-like, bow-tie top?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Maxi Mayhem

When you feel good in what you wear, it makes you happy. Well, this dress makes me happy. Pics for proof:

Easy summer makeup

I whip my hair back and forth...

Loving my new bronzer and lipstain

Just call me "Tarzan"

Thought this was one had cool movement to it... So did the Tarzan shot!

I'm really digging maxi dresses this summer. They're comfortable, easy to wear, and great for the day-to-evening transition. This maxi dress is on my favorites because I love the bright pattern! 

Make it your own:
Hamptons Maxi Dress: c/o mark $35
Bag: Longchamp $125
Sandals: Target (Similar) $14.99
Lipstain: c/o mark $11
Bronzer: c/o Avon $11
Watch: Michael Kors $250

Monday, June 11, 2012

June Swoon

These photos inspire me. Summer is here.

<3 GJU

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, 7

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Abby Talks Accessories: 5 Summer Must Haves

If you're a regular GJU reader, you know that my friend Abby knows her accessories. She's a connoisseur of all things fabulous, and this month, she shares her top five accessories to spice up your summer.
<3 GJU

Memorial Day weekend is the official start to summer. Warmer weather means less clothing, and less clothing means more room for accessorizing. Here are my top five summer accessory must-haves:

Much like the weather, the nightlife heats up during the summer months too. For a night out, every girl needs a good costume ring. For a little extra sparkle, I love my Michael Kors barrel ring.

You all know how I feel about my wrist candy. Summer is perfect time to add funky colors to the mix. I got these coral whisper bracelets as a gift from a girlfriend in Louisville and they’re a perfect addition to my gold watch and bangle.

Bright colors come out in the warmer months and an easy way to add color to any outfit is with the perfect summer handbag. My bright blue tote is my favorite summer bag. (My parents gave me this bag as a get-well gift after surgery. Pic is of my mom when she gave it to me)

A trend introducing itself to the warmer months this year is the printed scarf. I love a good scarf for the fall, but I’m excited to be able rock a printed scarf with a fitted tank and colored bottoms. I’ve had my eye on this animal printed Zara scarf for a while now.

Chunky necklaces are a great way to dress up a simple shirt, tank, sundress or swimsuit. I’m big into statement necklaces, and have found many ways to incorporate this Francesca’s find into my summer wardrobe.

My plus one? You can’t enjoy the sunshine without the perfect pair of shades.

Make it your own:

-Michael Kors Barrel Ring, $95.00 (This pair is no longer online, but you can find it in most stores)
-Whisper Bracelets, prices vary. Find similar bracelets here
-Francesca’s Like A Rolling Stone Necklace, $24.00 (They didn’t have the same colors online, but I love this orange option, too!)

What are your summer must-have accessories? Tweet me @AbbyDraper

Friday, June 1, 2012

Spotted: Mrs. O in Talbots

You guys know I love Michelle Obama's style. She's always seen in clean lines, fun colors, and classic silhouettes. Back in the fall of 2011, I wrote a post on one of her looks. This woman doesn't disappoint.

Cut to this week...

Michelle Obama appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning and wore a Talbots Embroidered Linen Skirt in aquamarine ($80.99). She added a thick belt to cinch the waist, and turquoise accessories to complete the look. Those teal heels are a must have for summer.

Fun fact: This is the 16th time that The First Lady has been spotted wearing Talbots

Make it your own:
Want to look like Mrs. O? Check out Talbots skirts for summer.

Some of my favorites:
Painterly Floral Pencil Skirt, $89.50

Sailor Stripe Godet Skirt, $89,50

Square Eyelet Skirt, $99