Ahhh, summertime. Is there anything like it? As a kid, summer was my absolute favorite season. I lived for running through the sprinkler, eating popsicles after swimming in my aunt’s pool, playing sports, going for walks, and drinking lemonade. Now that I’m an “adult”, autumn has taken over as my favorite season, though summer comes in as a close second.
Something seems different about this summer, however. Though my affection is still tied to autumn, this summer has carried itself with a new level of loveliness. It’s been near magical, actually. I’ve been able to do several projects, and even got to take a vacation with my best friends!
This summer, this wonderful, blissful summer, I’ve got the blues. Cobalt, Teal, & Bondi blues, that is
In my recent thrifting trips I’d collected quite a few shades of blue, and decided to give the monochromatic color blocking look a try. I really like the two looks I came up with, and I hope you do too! Bonus is how inexpensive the looks are, but we’ll get to that shortly!
I spent one especially sunny day riding my mom’s old blue bike around my neighborhood, sipping some iced coffee while sitting on a picnic blanket in my garden, and watching a concert at Centennial Park. Quite the summer day!
This outfit reminded me of the “play clothes” I used to have as a kid. SO comfortable!! I added the necklace to dress it up a bit and pull it together. Is your jaw ready to drop? Because here’s the cost breakdown of this outfit:
- Thrifted Blue Old Navy Tank Top – $2.99;
- Thrifted Express Tricot Bondi Blue Shorts -$2.00;
- Urban Outfitters Silver Tribal Necklace – on sale $5.00;
- Thrifted Kate Spade Messenger Bag – $0.99;
- Forever 21 Sandals -gift aka free to me!
- Thrifted Tiffany & Co. Sunglasses (pretty sure they are authentic) – gift aka free to me!
Total Cost of Outfit #1: $11.97!!
On to outfit # 2! I wore this next outfit for a date night with my husband J, who so lovingly and patiently took these pictures for me It was so hot out, even at 7pm! You can tell in the pictures too! Please ignore my flushed cheeks and
sweating extreme glistening.
Little touches can often make an outfit; these thrifted and gifted jewelry items really do add a little something! I bought the necklace at Thriftsmart and borrowed the bracelets from a friend.
I absolutely love wearing black, so I decided to break up my monochromaticity (is that even a word?) with a black clutch and black shoes.
Even my nails were painted a minty shade of blue! Well, all except for my ring fingers, which are painted a tangerine tango color. (I love painting my nails in unique ways, its a fun way to dress up any outfit!)
For my evening makeup look I’ve recently started using liquid eyeliner to create a winged eye. I like how it can transform the appearance of your eye shape. So fun!
I was really happy with this second look too! The skirt was a refashion I’d done awhile back. It was slightly too big for me when I purchased it, so I knew I would have to take it in, but the price was right and I loved the color and texture. When I took it home and tried it on, I realized it was a midi skirt.
Don’t get me wrong, those look great on some people, but on my 5’2″ frame it was positively overwhelming! So I took it in at the sides and took off length, as well as bringing in the shape to create more of a pencil skirt silhouette. I am so happy with how it turned out!
Here’s the breakdown of Outfit # 2:
- Thrifted Old Navy Top (same as in first outfit) – $2.99
- Refashioned Thrifted Teal Skirt – $2.99
- Thrifted Chain Necklace – $1.99
- Bangle Bracelets – borrowed from friend’s closet
- Black Clutch – gift aka free to me!
Shoes (JCPenney’s Call It Spring brand) – $50.00
Total Cost of Outfit # 2: $58.97!!
A little more pricey than the first outfit, thanks to the shoes, but those shoes have been so worth it! They are surprisingly comfortable and go with everything. They’ve been my go-to pair for summer!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing (and wearing ) it!