Monday, August 9, 2010

{Guest Post} House of Design & Style "Summer Essentials"

Hi, this is Andrea from House of Design and Style. I am so excited to be filling in for Dawn today while she is enjoying her vacation. Since we are all in summer mode, I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 "Summer Essentials" with you. These are the things that I simply can't live without!


Summer Essential #1 - Bright Nail Polish





Bright nail polish goes well with just about any kind of ensemble and with so many shades to choose from the possibilities are endless. My summer time lacquer of choice is "Bermuda Shorts" by Essie.


Summer Essential #2 - White Fedora




Fedoras are perfect for those lazy bed-head days when you don't have the strength to style your hair. You can throw one on with a dress or shorts for a cute and casual look. I am a big fan of fedoras year round, but in the summer time, I prefer white fedoras


Summer Essential #3 - Little White Dress




A little white dress is a key piece for the summer wardrobe. They can easily be worn from day to evening for a casual or dressy look. I like to pair my LBD with a cute pair of kitten heels and jewelry for a night on the town.


Summer Essential #4 - Wedges








If you are still looking for the perfect pair of summer shoes, I would highly recommend investing in a pair of wedges. They are versatile and look great with dresses and shorts. These white Louis Vuitton wedges were my summer splurge and I love them because they make me look really tall!


Summer Essential #5 - Oversized Sunglasses




I like to add a little glamour to my summer time ensembles with a pair of oversized sunglasses. I collect sunglasses and am constantly adding to the collection. I recently found a very large pair of vintage glasses and now I can't live without them!


Summer Essentials # 6 - Gladiator Flats




What would summer time be without a cute pair of gladiator sandals? They are definitely a must have of the season and look fab for a casual brunch with the girls or strolling around town for a day of shopping.


Summer Essential # 7 - The Perfect Bikini




Finding the perfect swimsuit or bikini can be a bit of a challenge, but once you find one that works for you, it makes wearing one that much more comfortable. I am a bikini girl and like my bikinis with a touch of gold hardware.


Summer Essential # 8 - Versatile Handbag



I am a major handbag lover, so having a versatile bag that I can use for every occassion, day and evening is important to me. My Chanel 2.55 is my go-to handbag and goes well with everything I wear.


Summer Essential # 9 - Summer Scarf




Every girl should have a few summer scarves in her wardrobe. They are chic and with so many different styles to choose from, there is a scarf for every taste. I like to pair my summer scarves with a plain tee shirt and jeans for an casual-chic look. They can also double as a bathing suit wrap for the beach.


Summer Essential #10 - Cutoff Jean Shorts




Lastly, I am a big fan of cutoff jean shorts and love wearing them with a tank top and vest for a day time casual look. At night, I pair my cutoffs with a pair of heels or wedges and some accessories to polish off my evening look.

What are your summer essentials?


Thank you Dawn for asking me to contribute to your lovely blog. I had a lot of fun guest blogging for you and hope you enjoyed it as well!


XO,
Andrea

47 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

For me summer is all about shorts, maxi dresses and shades:)
Such a fun post:)

Kisses, ladies and have a fun day:)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Andrea,

It was neat to meet you over at Dawns and I love all your top 10 summer essentials.
Thanks for a fun post.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

magdalena said...

wooo!!i have 10 out of 10!!!

totally agree with you!!

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Melissa said...

What a fun roundup of summer essentials!

style'n said...

agree with everything especially the white dress, sunglasses, scarf, and versatile bag! nice pics.
naina

Debby said...

Andrea, great guest post... I am loving those white dresses. xo

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Great list Andrea! I couldn't agree more. =)

The Zhush said...

Great round up of summer style here! Love it!

Tanvi said...

I am on board with all the trends except the wedges. Still on a look out for the perfect white dress though, ... Hopefully before the summer ends!

theoctoberissue said...

good thing I have all of those :)

Nikki said...

Love your post and I agree with everything!!


xx
Nikki

very married said...

Totally agree. I love essie's Mod Squad for summer.

Silver Strands said...

Hi Andrea ... great post! Glad to meet you :)
oxoxo
Denalee

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Totally agree! Esp #1 & #3 :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Fab list Andrea!

Fee-AMore said...

Nice, i so need a perfect little white dress!

Meghan said...

I so need a lacy white dress:)

honey my heart said...

i always love bright nail polish :)

Valerie said...

Awesome list! These are basically my EXACT summer essentials. I can never have enough white dresses, just finally bought a fedora, and LOVE those gladiator sandals. :)

xo
Valerie

and flowers pick themselves said...

okay, i have to have that essie polish. it's not an option. SO cute!

xo Alison

Krystal said...

bright nail polish is a total must!!

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Persis Shah said...

great list...im currently coveting the perfect summery white dress myself!

Persis.

Tayebug said...

I agree, all of those are definitely essentials!! I love those wedges!

Indie.Tea said...

What a perfect list...esp. the bright nailpolish and the 'versatile handbag'....love the handbag that you chose :)

La Boheme said...

Yep - white dresses, summer scarves and shorts..you nailed it girl! xoxo

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Love my fedora and white dresses. Great post.

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

I love this post, white is so necessary for summer time chic! I love those dresses, and wow the bikini really is perfect!!

xoxo
Rachel

Kristen said...

I have soo many white dresses, that is for sure, my number one summer essential! Along with oversized shades, and wedges!

MarchMusings said...

Great picks, I have to say 'yay' to most of them.

Kelli said...

nothing better than a classic Chanel!

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Fashion-Resort! said...

great blog! i absoloutly love this post<3

Teenage Bride said...

Great guest post, Awesome blog, and great feature over at Krystens blog!!!!

Sarah Klassen said...

Wonderful roundup! I love so many of the pieces shown here -- especially the little white dress and the scarf -- what a lovely way to wear a scarf :)

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Love the little white dresses, pretty strappy sandals and bright nail polish! :)

Sarah said...

Oh, those wedges! I wear little dresses all summer long. It's far too hot for anything else!

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love all the white! A LWD is essential for summer.. But I am glad fall is coming to NYC its too damn hot lol

CCWai said...

I love all the white items you put up there!

Fé... said...

Yes for the white dress and of course, Chanel 2.55. A woman is not a woman without her Chanel :p

Ms. Chyme said...

Such a long list. During summer i like sexy shorts, white dresses and of course a sexy bikini.

Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

All such great choices! I especially love #5. Wouldn't be caught without my gigantic sunnies! ;)
XO Piper

Suzanne said...

Love the little white dresses! Every girl needs one in her wardrobe!

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SabinePsynopsis said...

No summer without cut-off jeans shorts, for sure!

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