Embroidered Swing Top

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Usually I’m not the biggest fan of going crazy on seasonal trends, but this summer I ended up falling hard for floral embroidery. While I was in Orlando for a celebratory trip to Disney World after college graduation we stopped by Disney Springs to check out the shopping and restaurants. Right as we got off the shuttle bus we walked into the shopping center and immediately came upon Zara. I hadn’t been to a Zara store since I visited New York City a couple years ago, so walking right up to one as soon as we got to Disney Springs was fate. I spent ages walking around admiring every item, but the one piece I couldn’t stop thinking about was this white floral embroidered top. The tank also came in a black version, but since I own SO much black already I decided to branch out and go for the light and airy white version. It hits just at the waist of my high waisted jeans and y’all already know I love a good high neck top. This top seriously fits like a dream and adds a girly touch to my distressed jeans.

These distressed hem jeans are by Just Black Denim and I honestly think saying I’m obsessed with the brand is an understatement. Being a new brand at my work I was curious about the fit and quality so I snagged the light wash distressed pair I have on and fell in love instantly. Although these are still a bit pricy, these fit and wear like a $200 pair of Hudson or DL jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love my high-end denim, but why shell out for one pair of those when you could pick up 1 if not 2 pair of Just Black jeans for a fraction of the cost?

The high waist of these jeans fits true to size and doesn’t do any of the weird crotch bunching when you sit down. I rarely wash my denim to keep the integrity of the wash and fit, and these have never gotten baggy knees or butt after wearing them for a couple of months. Since purchasing these jeans I have also gotten the dark wash version, a pair of black high waisted fringe hem jeans (major heart eyes), and two pair of high waisted distressed shorts. No joke guys, these jeans are the bomb. If you’re local to the Raleigh area make sure you stop by fab’rik Raleigh and try on a pair-I promise you’ll fall in love!

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I think my favorite find of the summer has to be these bright orange sandals by Franco Sarto. I snagged these shoes at TJ Maxx and can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn them. They’re super comfortable and add the perfect pop of color to every look. I can wear these to work and be on my feet for 9+ hours and I swear it feels like I’ve been walking on clouds all day. My only issue with these is that the faux suede gets dirty so fast, but honestly this is such a minor complaint since these sandals are so insanely comfy and cute.

My strength has never been spring/summer fashion since I always just want to throw on something lightweight and loose (the North Carolina humidity is not my friend), but I really made an effort this year to add pieces that are both wardrobe staples and a bit out of my comfort zone. Now that fall is just around the corner I have been super eager to break out my favorite dark nail polishes (which may or may not have happened already) as well as my go-to boots, but I will do my best to have some self restraint and dress for summer for just a few weeks more. Although we’ve had a relatively mild summer, I must say that I am so ready for those 60 degree days!

What were some of your summer wardrobe essentials?

xx, Rachel

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ASOS Ruffle Hem Tee with Embroidery • Asos • $57

nastygal Thread a Little Happiness Floral Blouse • Nasty Gal • $50

Free People Frayed Hem Skinny Destroyed Ankle Jeans • Free People • $78

FOREVER 21+ Distressed Frayed-Hem Jeans • Forever 21 • $48

Franco Sarto – Tallen Women’s Sandals • Franco Sarto • $79

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