Week One | Summer GYPO Style Challenge

Week One | Summer GYPO Style Challenge


TGIF pretties!  Over in Summer GYPO Style Challenge land we are finishing out our first full week of outfits.  One of my favorite parts of the challenge is seeing each challenger’s spin on the daily outfit.  If you’re not familiar with how the style challenge works, each participant is given a shopping list of outfit essentials.  After they have the pieces in place, I give them 21 days worth of daily outfits created from them.  Modifications and substitutions are A-OK and actually highly encouraged!

The two comments I’ve heard the most during this first week are:

1.  It’s SO nice not having to think about what I’m wearing every day.

2.  I’m way out of my comfort zone…and it feels good!

Continuing in the tradition of the Spring GYPO Style Challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite looks from each of the three weeks of the summer outfits.

Here are my week one outfit picks.

On day three of the challenge, we styled a red/white striped shirt with khaki shorts, a long necklace and metallic sandals.
Summer Outfit 3



week one red stripes pants

Day four consisted of printed shorts with a bright tank, long necklace, a fedora and wedges.

Summer Outfit 4


week one tank and printed shorts

week one tank and printed skirt

How cute are they?

If you want to join the fun, it’s not too late to sign up.  Just click the link below to get your shopping list and first week of outfits immediately!

Summer GYPO Style Challenge

Have a wonderful weekend!

Selfie Style Diary | June

Selfie Style Diary | June

Confession time: I’ve been a major slacker.

When I sat down to do this month’s installment of the selfie style diary, I realized that I only had three outfits posted on Instagram this past month…THREE.  That’s not to say that I haven’t been getting dressed, I just haven’t been posting.

Well, that’s actually not entirely true either.  I’ve been wearing a lot of yoga pants lately.  It’s just been one of those months.  Honestly the end of the school year always blindsides me a little.  This year was especially busy with our son’s high school graduation this past weekend.  So I get a free pass this time, right?

I did manage to find a few outfits to share with you – all of them heavily influenced by pieces from the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge.  One of the perks of putting a challenge together is that it makes it easy for me to get dressed too!

White Jeans + Cobalt T-shirt + Striped Cardigan + Embellished Sandals

[T-shirt:  Same/Cardigan:  Sold Out/Jeans:  Same/Sandals:  Similar]

Tank+ Printed Shorts + Long Necklace + Sandals

[Tank:  Same/Shorts:  Same/Necklace:  Same/Sandals:  Similar]

White T-shirt + Printed Shorts + Statement Earrings + Metallic Sandals

[T-shirt:  Similar/Shorts:  Same/Earrings:  Similar/Sandals:  Same]


Yes, THIS happened over the weekend.  We couldn’t be more proud of our son Devon!  While I’ve been dreading his high school graduation for the past year (and thinking I would be a crying mess the whole time), it was by far the best graduation we’ve ever been to.  The speeches were incredibly entertaining and it was just one big, fun celebration.  What a unique experience!


If you missed the deadline to sign up for the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge, there’s still time to join us.  The shopping list went out last Friday and late registration is open now through June 15th, when the first outfit will be released.  The women participating are sharing so many awesome shopping tips in the Facebook group.  You can sign up now and get your shopping list immediately.  Join in the fun HERE!

Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday and The Pleated Poppy.

I Feel Pretty | Effortless

I Feel Pretty | Effortless

Summer style should be as effortless as possible.  Can I get an “amen”?  Effortless summer style doesn’t have to mean a daily summer uniform of tank tops, shorts and flip flops.  While that’s an easy outfit formula, it doesn’t exactly qualify as style.  🙂

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to step up your summer style game while retaining some kind of comfort and ease.  You just have to have the right pieces and know how to wear them.

Yesterday I hosted my first ever tele-seminar and style Q&A where I shared my Five Summer Essentials for Effortless Style.  It was so much fun to chat live with some of the women who I’ve gotten to know through the style challenges.  Thanks to those of you who brought great questions to the call!

You can listen to the full call and Q&A, along with some BONUS reveals from the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge, just press play below to hear the entire call.


Follow along with this list of my five must-have’s for effortless summer style.

Five Summer Wardrobe Essentials for Effortless Style

1. Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are one of my favorite summer style pieces because they’re cool and comfortable and define effortless style. Just add metallic sandals and a fedora and you have an instant outfit that’s perfect for anything!

[Racerback Maxi Dress]

[Patterned Maxi Dress]

2. Fedora

A fedora adds a fun touch to all of your summer outfits. Even if you’re not a hat wearer, almost everyone looks good in a fedora style. Try it with a simple tank top and shorts to kick up your style a notch.

[Woven Fedora]

[Ribbon Fedora]

3. Metallic Sandals

Metallic sandals are my summer favorites. They go with everything and add a little interest to all of your outfits.

[Gold Braided Sandal]

[Strappy Sandal]

4. Long Necklace or Statement Earrings

Accessorizing can be tricky in the summer months. I try to keep it as unfussy as possible by adding a long necklace to my maxi dresses, t-shirts and tank tops. Or try a neutral pair of statement earrings to dress up all of your casual looks.

[Tassel Pendant Necklace]

[Long Faceted Pendant Necklace]

[Gold Statement Earrings]

[Drop Earrings]

5. Printed Shorts

Printed shorts are the item I’ve added most to my closet this season. They add interest to plain t-shirts and tank tops and look great with a pair of neutral wedges. Try mixing patterns by pairing them floral patterns, polka dots or stripes on top.

[Orange Dot Shorts]

[Black and White Ikat]

SUMMER STYLE ME PRETTY CHALLENGESummer Style Me Pretty BannerRegistration for the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge closes tomorrow at midnight!  If you’d like to get my complete summer wardrobe shopping list on Friday morning plus 21 days of summer outfits delivered to your inbox daily, sign up HERE.

Here are two sample outfits from the challenge.

Summer Style 1

Summer Sample

Registration closes at midnight TOMORROW, sign up now HERE!


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

I Feel Pretty
There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretty peeps. That’s it!