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DRESS MADE BY ME SIMILAR HERE + HERE + HERE | GLADIATOR SANDALS | STRIPED STRAW TOTE BAG
Off the shoulder tops and dresses are making a huge appearance lately, and I love how easy they are to throw on for a casual beach day look. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make the one I’m wearing. I’m so excited to share all the details just in time for summer. I’ll be posting it on the blog soon! I did find some almost identical versions of my dress though, so I linked to those below in case you can’t wait for the tutorial 😉 

GINGHAM TOP MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL HERE) SIMILAR TOP HERE AND HERE | WHITE SHORTS | COGNAC SANDALS | STRIPED STRAW TOTE BAG
Another off the shoulder look I couldn’t resist. And gingham.. It’s a win-win. I love how this top turned out. In case you missed my post on how to make it yourself, you can find the full tutorial here. And this bag is so easy to grab and go for strolling around the beach, or just running errands this summer. The orange in it is the perfect color compliment to the navy gingham, plus I love that it has the cognac color from my sandals in the strap. 
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White and denim are always a good idea in the summer. My wedges and jean jacket add just a touch of contrast to my all white look. But I love that the details in my eyelet top are still the focus, making the top stand out just enough, even over white pants
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WHITE TOP | DISTRESSED JEANS | HAT | SIMILAR RED FLATS | GOLD WATCH | INITIAL NECKLACE 

You can’t go wrong with a red, white, and blue look. It’s classic, simple, and easy to throw together for casual summer days. Running around with the boys this summer, I know I’ll be throwing on my hat tons. It’s the easiest way to get up and go while still looking cute and put together.

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HELLO SUMMER

SWIMSUIT TOP AND BOTTOMS VIA MODCLOTH | FLAMINGO | SUNGLASSES (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR COLOR AND STYLE)
Yesterday was Bradley’s last official day of kindergarten, and that means that summer is here in the Barlow house! It certainly felt like summer. We baked in the 90 degree sun at the park after school! Poor B was really sad for the year to come to an end. He loves school and loves getting to be with his friends.
This weekend I am going to put together a summer bucket list with the boys and write down everything we want to do while school is out. I really want to try to get out to the beach a few times a month. We loved spending so much time on the beach while we were in Hawaii, and the boys love it.
I wore this suit from ModCloth while we were in Hawaii last week, and I love it! I saw the suit in person about a month ago, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. When we booked our trip for Hawaii I knew that was one that needed to come with me. The pink and chartreuse are so cute and vibrant, and it is one of the most flattering high-waisted suits I’ve ever tried on. ModCloth makes so many really cute unique suits. I was pouring through all of their swim options and saw so many cute suits I had never seen before (like this one and this one). And I just couldn’t resist bringing along this blow up flamingo. Even though Garrett rolled his eyes at me, it was so fun to float around on at the beach. We made quite the spectacle on our way down to the ocean, but we had the cutest flotation device in all the land, so we didn’t care. ModCloth also had this cute watermelon float that I almost got instead!
Happy summer!

 
in partnership with Modcloth

 

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SUMMERTIME CLASSIC

STRIPED SUIT (CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $50 OFF!) | WATCH c/o DANIEL WELLINGTON (GET 15% OFF WIDH CODE BARLOW) | LAZERCUT SUN HAT (SIMILAR HAT HERE AND HERE) | ROUND BEACH TOWEL

While bright colors are always so fun and playful for summer, I have a soft spot in my heart for a classic pairing of black and white. This striped suit has the cutest big bow across the front and is currently on sale for $50 off! The simple clean chic design of my Daniel Wellington watch is also a great summer classic. I have had this watch for a few years now, and recently added this new style to my list of favorite watches.

Daniel Wellington watches are beautifully made. The design is clean and not fussy, which makes them super versatile. Most of the watches are unisex (Garrett wears my black watch almost as much as I do). Right now you can get 15% off any watch with code: BARLOW. These would make for a great Father’s Day gift (and you might be able to get some use out of it too)!

 

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THE OFF THE SHOULDER TASSEL TOP TUTORIAL


TOP MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR TOP HERE AND HERE | WHITE SHORTS | COGNAC SANDALS | STRIPED STRAW TOTE BAG | SUNGLASSES | PANAMA HAT | LIPSTICK NARS ‘CLAUDIA’

 

I’ve been wanting to make an off the shoulder top for a few months now, and I thought it would be perfect to take on our vacation to Hawaii last week! You might have seen a little sneak peek of this over on my Instagram a few days ago. I love this tutorial because it really is just a few rectangles sewn together. Adding the trim is a fun touch that adds visual interest to the cut ruffles along the top. And the gingham pattern is perfect for summer! Check out the full tutorial below!

 

Materials:
  • 2 yards of fabric (I used a light weight cotton)
  • 2 yards of trim
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1/2″ elastic
  • matching thread
STEP 1:
Cut out 2 rectangles of fabric that measure about 1 1/2 x your chest width, and 20 1/2″ long (add 1-3″ if you have a longer torso). Cut out small arm holes (keep in mind these can be very short holes, since the top will hit you a few inched underneath your armpit).
STEP 2:
Lay your 2 bodice pieces Rt sides together and stitch up either side with 1/2″ seam allowance (sa).
STEP 3:
Open your bodice and serge around the armpit opening, then fold under 1/4″, press, and stitch.
STEP 4:
Cut your 2 strips of fabric 15″ wider than your bodice pieces, place them rs togther, and stitch up the sides with 1/2″ sa.
STEP 5:
Serge around the bottom of your stitched together strips of fabric, fold under 1/4″, pin your trim along the edge and stitch.
STEP 6:
Fold the top of your long strip over 1″ and stitch all around leaving a 2″ opening.
STEP 7:
Slide the bodice through the exact middle of the long strip of fabric and place the seam allowances together. Stitch all around the top of the round strip with a 5/8″ seam allowance, leaving a small opening where the elastic will fit
STEP 8:
Insert one of the ends of the elastic into the top of the bodice through the 3″ opening. Pin the end of the elastic in place so it doesn’t pull all the say through, and stitch the 2 ends together. Hem along the bottom of the bodice with 1/2″ sa.

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SUMMER SWIMSUIT TREND FAVORITES

There are so many good swimsuit trends this year! When I was shopping for suits for our vacation, I kept my eye out mostly for suits that I would feel comfortable chasing around my kids in. I was blown away by the selection of once piece suits at Nordstrom that were right on trend for this season. 
I picked out my favorites in each of the top trends for this year- floral, Americana, cutouts, and crochet…

FLORAL




I’m loving these prints! The florals keep the suit pretty and feminine and that is right  up my alley.
AMERICANA 
This is such a cute trend, especially with the Fourth of July right around the corner. The full American flag suit is bold, which I sometimes shy away from, but I love this one! I also rounded up a little more understated Americana suits that are darling. 

CUTOUTS 

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I love cutouts in one pieces! It keeps the suit fun and gives it a little personality.

CROCHET

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The visual interest of crochet suits is so pretty and delicate. Since they can be a bit busy, I usually stick to black or white crochet suits. 
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Don’t forget the Nordstrom sale is still going strong! You can shop all my favorites in this post.

in partnership with Nordstrom