Red, White & Blue: Fourth of July Inspiration

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas @rachmccarthy7
Since the Fourth of July is less than three weeks away, I thought it was time to share more red, white and blue Fourth of July outfit inspiration. This patriotic color combo is one of my favorites to wear all summer long. As I like to say, there is nothing wrong with rocking that America pride all summer long!

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding @rachmccarthy7
outfit three: red lace dress | geometric clutch | gold statement earrings | beige sandalsHappy Wednesday! With wedding season in full swing, I thought I would share some outfit inspiration for those who have one {or several!} weddings to attend this summer. Figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be challenging no matter what time of the year. But in the summer, it’s even more difficult. The warm temperatures have always been my first concern, so I opted for three cool dresses for today’s set. Can you believe each one of these is under $200? And believe it or not, the floral maxi in outfit two is under $50! Now, on to accessories…

  • Although this is not a huge surprise, accessories are by far my favorite part of an outfit. Whether it be accessorizing with jewelry, shoes or handbags, each of these items can really elevate a look.
  • I have been eyeing these hot pink sandals for months now, trying to find something in my closet to wear them with. Not only do I love the color but the criss-cross ankle style is one of my favorites. It’s also available in a few other colors and they are under $80.
  • Rounding up the accessories, these statement gold earrings would be easy to dress up or down all summer and I love this bright geometric clutch — only $20 and it really adds something fun and different to the solid color dress.
Do you have any weddings this summer that you are planning outfits for? Would love to hear in the comments below! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Summer Pink

Pink Summer Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7

This might not be a newsflash, but I love pink year round. However, there is something about pink shades in the summer. And after being in California for the past week, I am ready to break out the bright colors for summer…especially all this fun pink!

I wore a similar pink dress out here in California {I will be sharing the post on the blog soon} and I can’t even tell you how much I love the style. There is something about pink and off the shoulder that makes my heart skip a beat!

As for accessories, I went with more statement pieces for this collage: these colorblock sandals would be the perfect accessory for a sundress and I love this floral statement necklace. Although the necklace is on the larger side, I think it would dress up a plain t-shirt or casual dress and give you a fun summer look. 

Lastly, a home item that I was so excited to see, I couldn’t help but share it with you! These adorable popsicle molds would be perfect for a party or just a summer treat. I haven’t made homemade popsicles since I was little so when I saw these, it brought back so many memories. And I love the fun shapes!

We are wrapping up our time in California on Friday so I will finally have some time to edit photos today so be sure to check back tomorrow for an all new outfit post! I have taken a serious break from social media and a lot of things associated with the blog. Although I was still posting a normal schedule for the past week, this is the first time since I started ABM in 2013 that I actually stepped away from social media. It was so wonderful to enjoy a vacation without constantly being on my phone trying to document each bit of our time away. Unplugging from social media and technology is truly a wonderful thing! And although it was great to step away, I’m so glad to be back! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Have a wonderful Wednesday!



Summer Essentials: Splurge vs. Save

Summer Essentials Splurge vs. Save @rachmccarthy7

With the unofficial start to summer less than a week away, I brought back the always popular splurge vs. save to round up a few summer essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to break out my summer clothes…and have them stay out! Here are a few of my favorite summer essentials, at both the splurge and save price points:
  • Summer wouldn’t be the same without off the shoulder dresses and tops. I love the color of both the splurge and save orange dresses, it’s the perfect bright shade for summer. Another trend that I have been loving all spring is the eyelet detail and both the splurge and save version of the eyelet off the shoulder top is such a pretty and feminine top that could be dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans. 
  • You can’t start summer without a new swimsuit! I have been lusting over this splurge scallop swimsuit for over a year — I can never say no to scallop edges! But when I spotted this save version at a fraction of a fraction of the price, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I think a black one piece swimsuit is so chic. And add the fun scallop details and you have a sophisticated yet fun suit to spend a summer day at the pool.
I took the red eye flight from LA Monday evening and arrived back in DC early Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, not much sleep happened on the flight and I spent yesterday packing to head back to California today. I know, totally crazy, right?! I honestly have no idea how I’m still awake! 

Be sure to drop by tomorrow for an entire recap of a fun event I attended in LA on Monday! Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



Memorial Day Outfit Inspiration

Memorial Day Outfit Ideas
A little Memorial Day outfit inspiration for today’s Wednesday Wishes — I’m on a real kick this week with Memorial Day-inspired posts {you can see yesterday’s healthy take on potato salad HERE}! Whether you are spending this Memorial Day by the pool or BBQ, here are a few of my favorite perfectly patriotic pieces!

I always get excited for this time of the year — red, white and blue is one of my favorite color combinations of the summer and we are getting close to the unofficial kickoff! I put together two different outfits for today’s post — one that would be festive for a cookout or picnic and the other if your Memorial Day plans include the beach or pool:
  • I have been eyeing these chambray bow shorts for awhile now — they are also available in other colors/prints — and when I saw this cute ruffle sleeve top, I knew they would look so cute together. I can’t resist the combination of ruffles and bows! 
  • To complete the red, white and blue look for a cookout, I’ve included these star beaded earrings {could they be more perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day?!} and these ankle strap sandals. You have all the colors covered in this outfit without looking over the top.
  • As for a day at the beach or pool, I love this stripe swimsuit with the bow straps — I know, more bows! Paired with the embroidered pom pom cover up, this pool look was made for the patriotic holidays. And although this watermelon trinket tray isn’t totally applicable, I couldn’t help but share it given the recent news: Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s brand, is now available at NORDSTROM. Hold. The. Phone. You may remember I wore the cutest green green dress from Draper James for Easter {see post HERE} and I raved all about the print, details and style. You can see the entire Draper James collection at Nordstrom HERE
  • Lastly, I have include this sunscreen, a summertime essential. Given my recent experience with the sun at my cousin’s graduation last weekend {I swear, I may be burnt forever!} I picked up some of this sunscreen for our trip to California next week. I’ve heard so many great things about the Supergoop brand, I’m looking forward to trying it out. I will keep you posted!
What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? I would love to hear in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



Spring & Summer Whites

Summer White Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7

Although this week has been chilly for us on the east coast, summer temperatures are just around the corner. Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is less than 3 weeks away which means it’s time to break out {if you haven’t already!} the spring and summer whites. Today, I’m rounding up a few of my favorites white pieces of the season. Of course, I couldn’t resist sharing two pieces that have a little color as well. I can never say no to fringe or pom poms!

I have had the opportunity to break out the white jeans {last seen in Monday’s post} but I will have to stick to mostly white accessories until I get some sun. But when that summer glow does arrive, I especially have my eye on this eyelet one shoulder top and these scallop shorts. Both are so fun for summer! Until then, here are a few of my favorite accessories:
  • Starting with two of the more colorful pieces, even though they are not pure white, I couldn’t resist include these fun summer pieces in the round up. The fringe sandals would be such a cute addition to your summer shoe collection and the pom poms on this panama hat are so different from the usual sunhats, and it’s under $45! 
  • Every summer, I seem to have this thing for fun clutches. Although this white bamboo clutch isn’t necessarily a statement maker, it is different and would be the perfect clutch to carry with your sundresses all summer long. If you are looking for a color, this clutch is also available in natural, blue and black.
Have you started incorporating white into your wardrobe yet? Do tell! As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!



Graduation Gifts Under $200

Gift Ideas for Graduates @rachmccarthy7

High school and college graduations for the class of 2017 are just around the corner and today I’m rounding up a few of my favorite gifts for the graduate that are all under $200!

Graduation gifts can be tough. I think high school graduation can be a little easier since some people like to buy necessities for the graduate’s college dorm room. But when it comes to the college graduate, they will be heading into the real world and will definitely be in need of some adult essentials. Although money is always an option, some people {including me!} like to give a gift that will actually serve a purpose for the graduate down the road, so here are a few of my favorites:
  • Girls are a lot easier than guys, at least in my opinion. Jewelry is always a fantastic gift idea and something like these pearl studs or this initial necklace are a great way to remember the exciting day. Watches are also a great gift, especially for graduates that are heading to the 9-5 real world. And that works for both girls and guys!
  • Personalized gifts are some of my favorites — both to give and receive! — and I love the idea of these custom city cufflinks and custom city tie. Whether the graduate is off to a new city post-graduation or just to remember his college town, the cufflinks and/or tie would make a memorable gift.
  • Lastly, a work bag will be essential for the girls and guys that are heading to an office job. A spacious tote is perfect for the girls {and I love the name of this one!} and a sturdy briefcase for the guys.
  • And just one note about this perfume: I think perfume always makes for a special gift whether it be Mother’s Day, a birthday, anniversary or even a graduation gift. The reason I included this particular scent is because it’s my new obsession! I received a sample from Nordstrom and used it for the first time this weekend and absolutely fell in love. A citrusy, floral scent with a touch of basil makes for a great fresh spring and summer perfume. I’m not one to ever change up my perfume, but I could really see myself wearing this one!
Do you have any graduates to shop for this year? Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!



Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

Halfway through the week, friends! Can you believe it’s time for a Mother’s Day gift guide already? The last time I shared a gift guide it was December and we were preparing for Christmas (which feels like it was only a week ago!). Where does time go?! Regardless, the day to celebrate all the moms out there is just around the corner and I’ve complied a few of my favorite pieces under $100 !

Where to begin with all this pink? The love for this color is one of the many things I share with my mom so I couldn’t resist keeping to the color theme. Plus, there are a ton of fabulous pink pieces out there at great price points! Of all the people on my list to buy gifts for, my mom is probably the easiest. We have very similar tastes which makes picking out the perfect gift pretty easy. Although, it is difficult to pick favorites from this set, but here are a few:
  • I have been seeing THESE bow slides everywhere, but mostly in the plain pink. Although the all-over pink is great, I love this striped version. It would go with so much in your closet, you will be able to wear it all spring and summer long. Don’t they look so comfortable?!
  • I’ve included a few beauty-related gifts in the collage because it’s the perfect day to pamper mom! This silk pillowcase, strawberry sugar scrub and lip kit would all make fabulous gifts. I have a similar silk pillowcase {mine is leopard!} and I swear by it. Since switching, my hair is healthier {my hair was growing longer on one side than the other for a while before this pillow!} and it also helps with keeping your skin healthy and wrinkle free! I highly recommend these pillowcases, and it makes a great gift for mom too!
As always, thanks for dropping by and happy shopping!



Bright & Sunny

Spring and Summer Yellow Outfit Inspiration @rachmccarthy7

Happy Wednesday! Doesn’t this bright yellow just instantly put a smile on your face? It sure does for me and has me so excited for the warmer spring and summer temperatures! Although I personally don’t wear a ton of this bright hue, it is a color that can put you in a good mood. Here are a few of my favorite yellow pieces that will make your spring and summer wardrobe just a little more happy…

  • These tassel earrings have been on my wish list {also available in other colors} and although they can’t be purchased yet, you can pre-order them here and receive them by the middle of May. You can bet I already have my name down for these! 
  • With picnic, pool and beach season upon us, this lemon cooler was just too cute to not include! The cooler has a top zip closure, it’s water resistant and insulated and it’s only $32! 
  • Although this dress is a little on the pricey side, I just can’t get enough of all it’s details: the length, silhouette, tassels and eyelet fabric. The possibilities are endless when it comes to wear this dress over the next few months: bridal and baby showers, weddings, summer parties and barbecues and more!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!



Black & White: Splurge vs. Save

black and white outfit inspiration @rachmccarthy7

Another splurge vs. save and today it’s all about the classic black and white. I don’t know if I’m noticing it more or brands are knocking off more designer pieces, but these designer lookalikes seem to be everywhere these days. And although the colors might be a classic combination, these splurge and save styles are super trendy and are perfect candidates for save options!

I always enjoy putting these posts together. With each post, I get more and more determined to find an exact match for less! Although, I must confess, this week’s was pretty difficult. I can’t even begin to count the numbers of drafts I went through searching for the perfect save item. I think it probably has to do with the fact there are A LOT of cold shoulder black tops and one shoulder white tops, for example, out there right now. It was tough deciding which to share! 

Of all the pieces in today’s post, I think the favorite has to go to the cold shoulder dress. Talk about the perfect LBD for spring and summer! And with it’s under $70 price tag, it’s a pretty good deal — especially compared to the splurge version. And although this dress might be a little more on the trendy side, it would be easy to dress up with sandals and jewelry or more dress down casually with flats. Versatile dresses for the win!

It’s difficult to pick a second favorite, but my love for pearls runs deep and when I saw these save sandals, I just knew there must be a designer pair that was similar. Needless to say I had no idea that there would be that big of a price difference! Although there are some slight differences between the two sandals {I do love that cute bow on the splurge version!} I think the save version is enough like the splurge to justify all the money you could save!

And speaking of saving money, Shopbop’s Event of the Season starts today through Friday. Receive 20% off orders under $500 with code EVENT17 and 25% off orders over $500 with code EVENT17. You can find some of my favorite Shopbop finds below. Happy Shopping!

Do you enjoy these splurge vs. save posts? I would love to hear in the comments section below. Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!