The 5 White T-Shirts You Need To Own

Having a great white t-shirt ready to be worn at a moment's notice is the ultimate fashion gift to give yourself right now. As we head into warmer temps (hopefully!), being able to throw one on with jeans, track pants, a pencil skirt, these leggings, whatever it may be is the easiest way to get out of the house in minutes looking totally put together.

Currently I am madly in love with THIS t-shirt/tank top hybrid, as seen in the photo above. Tucked into my beloved Madewell high-waist jeans (THIS is the pair I own in every wash), it is an instant outfit.

Below, additional picks to round out your collection. From the waist up, consider your Spring style update DONE. 

1- My Favorite: You already know this one- but in the interest of making the numbers in my shoppable image (trying new things to make this blog easier for you guys to shop from- just click the + icon on each image to go to the product page!) line up with the text, linking it again HERE

2- 70's Inspired Color Pop: THIS Monrow tee is perfectly cut, and has the best striping situation. All you need are roller skates, and you are off and running :)

3- Knotted: A big trend at the moment, THIS front-knot tee hits at the perfect spot, and the price can't be beat- sure, you can find $10 versions but when you want a white tee that is gonna last for more than like 4 washes, spending $30 on quality is wayyyy worth it. 

4- Beach Ready: Put pom poms on anything and I swoon (case in point, THIS hat I shared on Insta that quickly became one of my most clicked items)- especially when they adorn THIS simple white tee that has the most flattering shoulder situation. 

5- Best Basic: Slim cut, crew neck, substantial weight but not at all heavy, THIS is a keeper. 

 

The Quick 6: Best Spring/Summer 2018 Bags To Buy

Wear Everywhere Woven: This is like a bracelet and a bag in one- adore the gold metal handles dangled from my wrist, and the woven knit bag is sturdy (and roomy enough for an iPad or hardcover book if I am commuting) but still looks really light and airy. It comes in blush and black as well- selling out fast, so GET ON IT, peeps. 

Red / Pink: First off- you guys won't believe how well-priced this bag is- or where I happened to find it. But besides that, the whole red/pink combo is one of my favorite trends right now, and this easy clutch has just the right touch of whimsy to make it work for day and evening.

One Word- Gucci: Basically every single Gucci bag is top of my wish list at the moment- and this one (which we happened to get my mom for Christmas in hopes she will let me borrow it) is, in my opinion, the perfect pick from the current collection. A subtle sheen, sized just right, able to go cross body or over the shoulder, and, there happens to be the sweetest hidden detail on the back that just makes it even that much more special. (This is also a great option at a less daunting price point, FYI.)

Belt Bag, But Not As a Belt: The return of the fanny pack freaked me out too, guys. But then when I saw (don't judge) one of the Kardashians wearing it slung under her arm like this  I was like- oooh, this I could do (esp. because she did it while carrying a kid on her back, an accessory-averse situation many moms are familiar with). Love this sporty version- because it just feels like it makes sense as part of an athleisure look more so than a glam going out deal. 

Beach Ready Boho: Under $70, this also fills my typography quota, and the color combo is such that it literally works with every single thing in every single closet. The distressed canvas and the just-right-to-tuck-under-the-arm straps are also A+ attributes. Oh- and check this version out, too...I kinda want them both. 

Round w/Tassels: The bag made to be worn with every spring dress imaginable, let this hang down off your shoulder for a long, lean line, or you can get practical about it and go cross-body. Either way, it holds what you need it to, and is that perfect juxtaposition of structure sitting next to airy silk ruffle springiness...This bag is the current style blogger obsession- and while I adore it, truth be told, if my kids can see inside my bag, it is only a matter of minutes before lipstick is all over everything in arms reach.

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The $17 Pants In My Closet That I Can't. Stop. Wearing.

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I am a total sucker for the ads that pop up in my Instagram with splashy images of the fashion items I am currently on the hunt for (how do they know EVERYTHING?!?) and price points that make it impossible to NOT click through to "Shop Now." Which is how I stumbled upon THIS site- and ended up filling a shopping cart with random items to try. As my husband and I joke when I eat a donut after breakfast, or polish off a second martini when I swore I was just going to sip one- "it's for SCIENCE!". 

As I delved into the abyss that is SHEIN, I threw this hi-lo floral print trapeze top, these leggings (a knockoff of the Lilybods I had been wanting to purchase anyway), this summery embroidered top and- the piece de resistance (sorry no clue how to do accent marks on Squarespace!): THESE TRACK PANTS

You guys, they are AWESOME. The material is soft instead of scratchy, the elastic waist doesn't pinch and sits at a good spot just below the waist,  and the length hits right at the ankle- no tailoring needed (which is a good thing because I would surely have a moral issue paying $12 for a tailor to shorten $17 pants).

I wore the tunic to dinner last Friday night (as you may have seen in my Instastory, if you happen to follow me there which I hope you do!), and, while the material is more sheer than in the photo, I kinda loved it. I added a belt because the fit is WAY roomy- but for $14, it is a fun piece to have in my closet. Same goes for the embroidered top- cute and whimsical, no complaints. The leggings were a fail!- See-through, flimsy, and the white striping started to peel off within an hour of my first wear.

If you have never shopped SHEIN, you have nothing to lose- shipping on orders over $49 is free, you have 60 days to return for a full refund, and the site has like 1,000,000 items on sale at any given time. 

Here (pictured below) are 10 of my favorite finds on the site. Please leave a comment if you have ever ordered off SHEIN and share your hits and misses so I can add to my list, 'kay?

PS. I recommend you steer clear of the workout leggings- unless you like the person behind you at SoulCycle getting a full view of your butt- and perhaps a peek at some crack- while you ride.

BLOG POST WORTHY SALE ALERT: 25% OFF EVERYTHING AT WILDFOX

Wildfox is a brand I write about/talk about/wear often. Even though I am certainly not the cool LA twenty-something they seem to envision wearing the distressed sweatshirts and crop tops donning clever sayings that only millennials are meant to understand...

Starting today (until Monday 3/26) the ENTIRE site is 25% off with the code FRIENDSFAM25. 

While the bold colors and whimsical details may at first seem to relegate these pieces to occasional wear status, the truth is, I live in every Wildfox item I own. The fun elements add a youthful edge to basic jeans- just throw on a cute pair of sneakers, oversized sunglasses, a top knot (or, if you really wanna channel your inner Cali cool girl, space buns) and get thyself to the nearest music festival or poke bowl food truck. (Note: I have never set foot in either, yet I still wear a version of THIS and THIS on the reg.)

I RARELY do sale posts on the blog- instead, I share them HERE  or via Instagram using LIKEtoKNOW.it enabled images so you can shop via screenshot (curious- do you all know about/use the LIKEtoKNOW.it app? Comment below or message me!)- but 25% off sitewide is a significant sale on a brand that I know you guys will love to have in your closet, so... I deemed it blog post worthy. Now, go shop...Monday will be here way too soon...

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The Quick 6: Best Sweatshirts

I LIVE in sweatshirts. More cozy, more versatile and easier to throw in the wash than sweaters, a good sweatshirt is one that fits nicely, looks casual but NEVER sloppy, and, perhaps most importantly to me, feels soft and plush on the skin but is also lightweight enough to be wearable year-round. 

1. N: Philanthropy V-Neck: Most flattering wide-cut v-neck that shows off shoulders in the perfect mid-weight material- looks great with a trio of delicate layered necklaces.

2. Glossier Crewneck: Random find but a great one (IMHO)- the sweatshirt is so damn soft it is like wearing a cloud, and the look is very "model off duty" effortless cool. Plus, I never mind advertising an awesome beauty brand across my chest.

3. Chaser Girl Power: I can't get enough of this brand right now- and, second only to THIS style which is pictured HERE, it is an all-around winner. Well priced, beyond cozy, and the perfect complement to the kid version which both my daughters own and wear 24/7 (and they are picky with sweatshirts- big time). (Unrelated, but if you have a daughter who is VERY sensitive to how clothing feels, Chaser leggings are a guaranteed win- Alexa adores them- as do I, the size 14 fits me- I wear a size 4 or 26 in  jeans- perfectly.)

4. Wildfox Sommers Sweater: So, Wildfox used to make a collection of "destroyed sweaters" which I LOVED- three of them have been in my wardrobe for 5 years and still get worn weekly- the weight, softness and authentic-looking distressing are pure perfection. They no longer make the destroyed style- but the Sommers is a close match that gives a similar "boyfriend" fit with an instantly worn-in feel. Plus, I love the grey wash and lettering of this one...Ooh la la!

5. Starter Hoodie: The best throwback $25 instant gratification hoodie on earth (you can get it via Amazon Prime, people!)- this heritage logo style features a very slim silhouette (size up if you want a more roomy fit) and a kangaroo pocket that makes me feel like I (a better version) of my 18 year old self again.

6. Paradised Ruffle: Some nights, I don't want to deal with a fancy button down or slinky party top. On those nights, stylized sweatshirts like this one are perhaps the only reason I will actually be okay with leaving the house. Plus, the ruffle pouf adds structure to the shoulders and as such, gives the impression of a teeny waist- win/win!

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