Dressing for Summer

DATE NIGHT STYLE: PINK RUFFLE WRAP DRESS AND TASSEL EARRINGS

The Steele Maiden: Date Night - Pink Ruffle Wrap Dress and Tassel Earrings

On Saturday, Adam and I celebrated my 30th birthday, and our first night in Charleston, by getting dressed up and heading out for dinner and drinks. I’ll be sharing all of our stops along the unofficial food and drink tour we indulged in on during our trip, but for now let’s focus on the outfit. This pink ruffle wrap dress made me feel like a cupcake as soon as I tried it on.. so what better time to wear it than my birthday?

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SUMMER LINEN WITH OLD NAVY

The Steele Maiden: Lightweight summer linen from Old Navy

We headed to Charleston in search of warm, sunny weather to escape the cold, dreary spring we’ve been suffering from in New York. And we got exactly what we were looking for. The days were nearly 90 degrees – with plenty of humidity to go around – so I was thankful that I had packed these easy linen pieces from Old Navy.

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WHAT TO PACK: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack for a Warm Weather Trip to Charleston, South Carolina

We’re in the middle our stay here in sunny Charleston, South Carolina and enjoying every minute. While I won’t be sharing full outfit posts until we’re back (be sure you’re following along on Instagram to see the trip in real time!), I thought I’d share a quick look at exactly what I packed for the trip. My suitcase is filled with lots of lightweight cotton and linen pieces that I can’t wait to wear this summer, plus this new mineral sunscreen and this book that is a fun beach read. See you back here when I’m home!

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NEW SWIMWEAR SILHOUETTES TO TRY THIS SUMMER

The Steele Maiden: New Swimwear Silhouettes to Try this Summer

For years I stuck to the exact same swimmer silhouette (a triangle top and side tie bottoms) thinking that it was the only style that would be flattering. Which I realize now was, frankly, crazy. Last summer I tried a handful of new silhouettes and never looked back. Before we headed to the West Coast I picked up a few more new silhouettes for the summer (honestly, now is the time to buy swimsuits – there’s nothing worse than a picked over selection mid season) and couldn’t wait to share. I tend to gravitate towards slightly more conservative cuts – a cute one piece, a high waisted bottom, or this new surfsuit – but whatever your style I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and try on a new silhouette for this season. You never know.. it might just become your new favorite!

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Lands’ End Bikini & Surfsuit c/o | VS Pink One Piece & Bikini Top and Bottom c/o | Straw Panama Hat & Baseball Cap | Raen Sunglasses c/o | Round Sunglasses | Talbots Stripe Tunic & Gingham Slides c/o | Donald J Pliner Slides c/o

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FESTIVAL STYLE: ROMPER AND ROUND CROSSBODY BAG

The Steele Maiden: Festival Style in Anthropologie Striped Romper, Straw Hat and Round Crossbody Bag

If I was going to attend Coachella, this is what I’d wear. Instead though – we went to Palm Springs a week before the floral crown wearing crowds descended for the trendiest music festival of the year, because frankly all those crowds and all that fanfare freak me out. So this is about as festival style as it gets for me.

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