a beautiful heart.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Ainslee of A Beautiful Heart!  Besides being a fellow Wildcat and hailing from the same hometown, we immediately bonded over our mutual love of fashion blogs, J.Crew, and all things sparkly.  She’s the sweetest girl and was gracious enough to let me parade her gorgeous handmade jewelry all over my blog (seen here, here, and here).  Check out her lovely Etsy shop and let me know what some of your favorite pieces are!

(featured next to Spike the Punch’s Rainey necklace)

shop summer essentials.

On Tuesday, I posted the inspiration for my summer must-have list.  Today, I scoured my favorite shopping sites to turn inspiration into reality.  I’m still looking for the perfect striped button-up, but have a pretty good start to the rest of summer’s essentials.  What’s on your list?

1. Tobi Twisted Around Top — $48
2. Zara High Heel Sandal — $89.90
3. Tobi Cuffed Denim Shorts — $32
4. Forever 21 Stonewash Denim Vest — $24.90
5. BB Dakota Hayley Shorts – $70

color blocked kicks.

Color blocking is nothing new, but it’s a trend that’s been gaining momentum in footwear.  It’s definitely an easy way to incorporate color combos into your wardrobe, so check out a few of my favorite color blocked kicks.

1. Zara Basic Sandal – $49.95
2. Sam Edelman Sophie Wedge Sandal — $120
3. Kate Spade Reena Heel — $298
4. Madewell Crosscross Boardwalk Sandal — $59.50
5. Aldo Brendle Sandle — $29.90
6. Topshop Hunt Cross-Over Fluoro Sandals — $50