The Best Denim Cut-Off Shorts

The Best Denim Cut-Offs - these GAP shorts were so good I ordered two pairs.

You know when you’re hunting for the *perfect* staple item and then you finally find them and you’re just like….hell yes. That’s kind of how I feel about these denim cut-off from GAP (get 35% off today, 8/31, with code HAPPY). Generally I’m more into dresses and skirts than shorts, particularly denim shorts, and particularly cut-off shorts. It’s been a while since I wore cut-offs. Mainly because it seemed so hard to find a pair that didn’t show off my buns, you know? Why are shorts just so short nowadays? Do I sound old? I just wanted shorts I felt comfortable in!

Anyways, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect denim shorts since late 2014 and although I’ve found a few pairs I like, I haven’ted LOVED any of them. Until these. This was my criteria and these shorts hit all of them:

  1. Sturdy, thick denim. Some give but not “stretchy”.
  2. A higher-rise waist.
  3. Fit my waist AND my legs.
  4. Cut-offs with frayed edges
  5. Three-inch inseam or longer.
  6. Slightly longer in the back than the front.

If those things sound up your alley, these shorts are your dream come true. I literally ordered two pairs for fear of never finding a pair I loved this much. Here are a couple of my pro-tips:

  • Consider sizing down. In most jeans I wear a 27. In these I purchased a 26. Washed and dried them, then wore them once, noticed that they stretched quite a bit with wear, so I sized down to a 25. (To help with sizing my measurements are: 25 inch waist, 37 inch hips).
  • The seam on the left leg will appear slightly higher than the right side, due to the up-cut and fraying on the right leg. It’s cute, but bothered me! So, I took a scissors and up-cut the left side to match the right. One time through the wash/dryer and a little pulling on the strings and it looked perfect.

If you’re looking for more GAP goodies while they have this current sale, I’m also loving the Best Girlfriend Super High Rise Crops, the Super High Rise Jeans, and this Beautiful Pointelle Sweater.

How to Mix Patterned Bedding

How to Mix Patterned Bedding - fun combinations of duvet covers and patterned sheets!

It’s hard to believe that this summer marks two years since we partnered up with Beautyrest for our bedroom makeover (check out the post, it was a good one)! Not only are we still totally loving our Beautyrest Black Mattress, but I still get comments and emails regarding our bedding and where to find it. While you can still find our Stamped Dot Duvet set at West Elm, my beloved green striped sheets have been discontinued (so glad I bought two sets!). However, West Elm is still my go-to place to mix and match fun patterned bedding, and since I’ve gotten so many inquiries about our fun, colorful bedding, I thought it would be fun to put together a post with some of my favorites. West Elm is full of them, though, so be sure to browse all their bedding and make a combo of your very own! To make all of this even more amazing ALL BEDDING AT WEST ELM IS CURRENTLY 20% OFF (no code necessary, 7/13/2016).

Combo #1 –  Organic Diamond Stripe Duvet Cover and Shams + Organic Hand Drawn Stripe Sheets

Combo #2 – Ladder Stripe Jacquard Duvet and Shams +   Dot Sheets in Horseradish 

Combo #3 – Flannel Stripe Duvet and Shams + Organic Harmony Sheets in Horseradish

Combo #4 – Fading Ikat Duvet and Shams + Mod Stripe Sheets in Light Pool

Dresses for Brides-to-Be

12 Pretty Dresses for the Bride To Be! - perfect dresses for your wedding shower, bachelorette party, or honeymoon! | Thyme is Honey

Wedding season is in full swing! We’ve had a couple already this year, which means I’ve done plenty of online shopping for dresses. For some reason I keep falling in love with white dresses, which we all know are a wedding faux pas! There were just too many good ones to let them go to waste, so I decided to share them in a post for all the brides out there. A LWD (little white dress) is the perfect attire for your wedding shower, bachelorette party, gift opening and even the honeymoon. The dresses above range in price from $34 – $800, so there truly is an option for everyone. Below are links to a few of my favorite websites for dress shopping, as well as numbered links to the dresses above.

VIEW ALL WHITE DRESSES FROM FOREVER 21
VIEW ALL WHITE DRESSES FROM ASOS
VIEW ALL WHITE DRESSES FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE

1 .Forever 21 Crochet Paneled Maxi Dress ($32.90). 2. Forever 21 Crochet Sheath Dress ($34.90). 3. Contemporary Crochet Maxi Dress ($29.90). 4. Forever 21 Floral Crochet Knit Cami Dress ($34.90). 5. Forever 21 Contemporary Crochet Dress ($34.90). 6. ASOS Paper Dolls High Neck Dress ($94.00). 7. ASOS Chi Chi London High Neck Cutwork Dress ($106.00). 8.  ASOS Love Triangle Midi Dress ($89.00). 9. Shopbop Shoshanna Beaux Lace Dress ($287.00). 10. R&M Richards Lace Gown ($119.00). 11. Shopbop Lula Dress ($594.00). 12. Anthropologie Frida Dress ($800).

Summer Staples from Old Navy

7 Summer Pieces to try from Old Navy! 50% off plus free shipping and free returns!

When I find something amazing I like to share it. Recently I visited my local Old Navy and was blown away by all the cute stuff they had for summer! Here are some of the things I picked up that I sincerely love so much. Plus, a lot of their summer stuff is currently 50% off with free shipping and free returns (no code needed), which means a lot of the pieces below are $10-20!

Printed High Neck Trapeze Tank Top (featured in my Instagram Post) – this has a loose-fitting, flowy cut, which I like, but I especially love it tucked into a skirt, or even tied up in a knot in the front and paired with a maxi skirt. I’ve already worn this like 3 times since I bought it. (I also got it in coral)

High-neck Racerback Tank – I love high-necked tank tops. They’re just comfortable and so cute paired with a necklace. I dress this one up, or even wear it with leggings for biking and working out.

Patterned V-Neck Cut Out Tank – This tank top has what I would call “the perfect v-neck”. It’s not too deep, just deep enough.

Slub-Knit Open-Front Sweater – So obsessed with this sweater! I love it over all the tank tops listed above, or layered over a long-sleeve knit top. It’s also great with summer dresses. I wish I would have grabbed more colors!

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Fitted Tee Dress – This dress is so basic but the fit is great! It’s a simple tee dress, but it does have some tailoring at the waist so that it is flattering while still being super simple and comfortable. I know I’ll be wearing it throughout the summer paired with all my favorite flats and even some Chuck Taylors.

Jersey-Knit Maxi Dress – Pro Tip, this dress is meant to be more of a midi length than a maxi length, so if you’re short (I’m 5’3″) the regular size will basically be a perfect shoe-grazing length without any tailoring.

Everyday Twill Shorts – These are such an awesome rip-off of J.Crew’s much more expensive shorts. The bright orange pair is pretty flattering on your legs no matter how tan or not-tan they are.

Gauze Maxi Skirt – So in love with this pattern!

Linen Blend Filed Jacket – A summer must-have! I love the lightweight linen fabric for layering on cool summer evenings.

Cropped Denim Jacket – I love that this jacket is slightly cropped, making it super cute paired with your favorite maxi dress or skirt! The denim is also super soft and stretchy, and the sleeves are easy to cuff.

Double-Strap Sandals – These legit look way more expensive than they are. They’re comfortable and perfect for every summer outfit!

Have you found a total win at Old Navy recently? Share the love in the comments section so I can order it ASAP 😉

 

The Best Beach Cover-Up by Swoon Swimwear

The best beach cover-up! So brilliant, simple, and Made in the USA by Swoon Swimwear!

How many tropical destinations do you have on your “Travel” pinboard? I know, me too. It’s almost embarrassing how frequently I pin white sandy beaches and turquoise water! Fortunately, I’m closing in on a sunny, beachy, warm vacation, so I’ll have my toes in the sand before long! Naturally I’ve been doing a bit too much bikini shopping and I can’t stop perusing all the cute swimsuits and cover-ups from Swoon Swimwear. Aside from the fact that they design and craft some of the cutest swimsuits I have ever seen, they are also made in the USA and based out of Milwaukee, WI! Pretty awesome. I cannot get over the brilliant simplicity of this beach cover-up, which has to be the best beach cover-up I’ve ever come across! I also nearly died when I saw it was only $20! And then the bikinis…oh man, the bikiniiiis!

Adorable reversible bikinis in fun patterns Made in the USA by Swoon Swimwear!

They have reversible bikinis, which make it so easy to travel light! But being able to mix-n-match the patterns helps you feel like you brought at least 3 different suits! For our upcoming trip I’ll be getting by with a carry-on…and then surviving 4 days in a sea kayak, so packing light while still having some adorable beachwear is going to be very necessary!

If you’ve got a spring break getaway on your calendar be sure to pop over to Swoon Swimwear to support an American Made label!

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