Is it really the end of August? Where did this summer go? Luckily, Labor Day is a great holiday to get out your last BBQ kicks. BBQ's are my fav because they are laid back and casual, but still call for a little something special. I was lucky enough to share some more thoughts on Labor Day style on Verily Magazine this week. If you haven't already, make sure to check out! But, because I think you are the greatest (and because I really adored this photo shoot) I thought I'd share some of the images that weren't featured in the Verily article. By mixing dressed down denim and comfy navy stripes with bold prints and big gold jewelry all of these outfits are relaxed and fun but still make a statement.
Here is how I do it. I ask myself this question:
Does this outfit need to be dressed down or spiced up?
As simple as it is, this question always helps to confirm what I'm going for. If you are going to an event that calls for a laid back vibe , you may still have to remove some blingity bling from your look, and sometimes you have to turn. it. up!
For example, when I first saw this Madewell romper I thought. This is the perfect summer piece! But, I wanted to "glam it up" juuuuust enough for an extra special BBQ look. What did I do to achieve pumped up status? I added an adorable pair of wedges and layers of gold jewelry. It did the trick. Melissa Hoffmann chose to keep the makeup and hair very natural and earthy so that it would play on the daytime, relaxed feel of the whole look.
Being the stylist that I am, I sometimes put Zoe in clothes that aren't really the most appropriate for a baby her age. But this sun hat came in her size. So that means she is going to keep it on her head right?! RIGHT?! Well, it was fun while it lasted.
DISCLAIMER: I am clearly terrible at narrowing down Zoe pictures. Judge all you want. I can't decide which one is cuter so you have to look at them all!
** Interesting note about these Zoe pics. She pretty much had her fussiest day ALIVE on the day of this shoot. She was teething and didn't like that she wasn't getting all the attention (DIVA ALERT). But, these pictures still came out amazing of her! It just goes to show that you that no one knows that your teeth hurt, you didn't sleep the night before, you're hungry etc.
For the second look, I asked myself the same question. Does this outfit need to be dressed down, or spiced up?
Even though the end result is similar, this time the answer was different. Since this navy and white tank was so dressed down, by mixing in a printed short and funky jewelry the outfit becomes quirky, fun and stylish. I also may need to devote an entire post to my Panama hat. What really says chic summer style more than this hat?! Nothing I can think of!
Look three is one of my favorites. I love this boho maxi and how comfortable it is! It's a slip on and you're done kinda look. This maxi dress works perfectly when paired with studded flat sandals and a denim jacket. But would also work great if you wanted to layer tons of necklaces, a hair wreath and long, flowy hair. Endless possibilities!
Apparently, I like taking photos while I'm eating. I also like to pretend I'm a food stylist as demonstrated in all of the photos in this shoot. It was actually pretty fun. I ended up with great leftovers for a week!
Do you have big weekend plans? What is your favorite go to summer party activity? I'd say I'd have to pick smores. Can't.get.enough! In the comments section below I'd love to hear about what your favorite piece of clothing was this summer and why! The "why" is important in helping recognize what you enjoy in your wardrobe. Then we can start to think about how this is going to help you shop for fall! And remember, this weekend when you are getting dressed for your Labor Day activities, if you get stumped ask yourself the question of the hour and you will be lost no more!
Does this need to be dressed down or spiced up!
Happy Labor (aka wear a cute outfit and eat hot dogs) Day Lovelies!
Photography - Krista Marie Photography
Hair and Makeup - Melissa Hoffmann
Zoe’s Look: Dress, Shoes and Hat