I've had this blue and white bell-sleeve dress for over two years, and it's become a staple in my Summer wardrobe. I had no intention when I bought it of even keeping it around for long; I thought it would surely fall apart after a few washes. Lucky for me, it still looks brand new and it's the easiest, most comfortable item I own (seriously, I've worn it as a nightgown on camping trips!)

I'm sure you're familiar with it but just in case, I've styled it here and here too!

This past weekend, Nate and I headed to old town Temecula to walk around and enjoy the weather.

Wearing // Old Lush dress, Steve Madden sandals, Clare V bag similar here, Elizabeth Stone necklace

We have so many fun events coming up this Summer that the temptation to buy a new outfit for each is very real. But that's not practical, nor is it affordable for many people. With that in mind,  I have a question - How do you make older favorites look new and fresh again? And another question, how can we elevate our daily style when life gets busy and the last thing we want to worry about is our appearance? 

In a world where shopping for a new outfit is literally a click away, what are some ways in which you can look put-together and polished with relatively little effort and money? Well, I've got some thoughts...

Manicured nails: Maybe it's just me, but I always notice people's hands. Short, manicured nails instantly elevate your look! If you don't have time to keep your nails painted, buff them out to ensure they look shiny and healthy. Same goes for your feet.

A healthy glow: You don't have to wear a full face of makeup, I definitely don't! But, a little tinted moisturizer and concealer on problem areas gives me the confidence to leave the house in a pinch.

Clean hair: I hate washing my hair as much as I hate going to the dentist, but let's face it ladies. Hair makes a big impact, and having clean hair is at least half the battle. Use dry shampoo to extend the life of a blow-out, but if that doesn't work, wash your hair an extra time per week. I'm sorry but greasy hair never looks polished. Don't worry so much about the actual style, just keep it clean.

Signature scent: One of my favorite compliments to receive is when someone tells me I smell good. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's because scent is so personal? Do you have anyone in your life that you associate a scent with? I do, and I love the idea of wearing a signature perfume that can be uniquely tied to YOU. What's mine? Kai. 

Great accessories: Pay special attention to your shoes, bags, and jewelry. They really are the key to looking put-together without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. They can transform say, an old favorite dress, into something that looks good as new.

A smile: If all else fails and you're having a bad hair day, bad skin day, just a bad day in general, a smile makes everyone look, and more importantly feel, more beautiful. I promise.

How do you elevate your daily style?

I hope everyone in the U.S. has a great holiday tomorrow! We are spending it in San Diego with friends and I can't wait! I'll see you back here on Friday 💋


  1. that dress is a beauty, I would totally restyle it with a belt for a different look and waist definition. Have a great time in San Diego.


  2. That is too funny that you have worn that as a nightgown while camping! That's a very fancy nightgown. :) But really - it's such a pretty dress and I love it with the white slides. Love all your tips for looking polished! You know I'm with you 100% on the nails.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. Such a pretty dress - I'm glad its held up and become a favorite! I do think accessories are the best way to make an old dress feel new again, there is always some way to switch things up!

  4. Such a pretty dress - love that you’re able to get lots of wear out of it! I think as long as we buy the clothes we love (for me - it’s all about my fave colours) - it’s easy to update for new seasons with on trend bag and shoes (like you did with your fab sandals and circle bag!) P.S. love these photos - you look so gorgeous and glowing!

  5. I agree with all your tips! If I use some tanning products and fresh accessories, I most often feel great in an older piece I love. Great look!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Love these tips on elevating your daily style. I too, love doing my nails, or taking time to curl my hair + always love sneaking in a workout before I go out too. I instantly feel like a million bucks!! xo



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