Beat the Heat: 5 Summer Running Tips

Weather Emoji says: Last week when I was at the beach and wearing this cute re:named floral jumpsuit from Shopbop? Torrential rains and gusty winds. But here we are in August already, it is the dog days of summer and I'm all about restoring myself and trying to take back a bit of what is left of these golden warm months that beckon to me just like my hammock outside. I've started taking yoga in the mornings at an outdoor class in my 'hood.  It's soul refreshing every time and perfect after my early morning runs. See my summer running tips below I had to buy this after my first class.  It makes me laugh every time I wear it and want to head over to yoga class.   Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog … [Read more...]

The Perfect White Dress

Ah, summer.  You've been a whirlwind. But not so crazy that I didn't have time to find myself the perfect white dress. Meet Ali & Jay 'Kiss Me in the Candlelight', my perfect white dress. It comes in white or black. Both are fabulous.  The dress hugs me in all the right places and I can't wait to wear it for a date night or even dinner out while at the beach.  I love the tassels and the length is short but not too short for my over 40 self. Take a look at the straw bags I included that are all UNDER $50. Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog Link Up/Hello Monday Link Up An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

A Straw Bag for Summer

There's no denying that the straw bag is BIG when it comes to summer.  Whether you tote it to the beach or find a cute straw clutch; the straw bag is the bag for when summertime hits.  My latest straw bag has a story and one that makes me cherish it all the more. Not my latest straw bag but a cute one all the same. Last month my Mom visited and as she was getting ready to leave she handed me this butterfly straw bag.  I told her how cute I thought it was and she told me how she wanted me to have it.  It was the last birthday present my grandmother, her mother, had given her.  I knew instantly that I would keep it forever and use it with care. For every day I think the butterfly straw bag looks cute with a simple set of shorts and a tank.  Add a delicate pendant with a set of … [Read more...]

How to Style White Pants

The days of waiting until Memorial Day to break out the white pants are O-V-E-R, over. Now we can wear white pants all year round.  That means figuring out more ways on how to style white pants. I bought this super lightweight and snuggly soft gray sleeveless turtleneck last summer and wore it only once.  That made me sad.  I love it, but once June hits in Virginia it is straight up straps and tanks. This year I was determined to break it out early and find new ways to style it.  Enter my new white ankle pants from Old Navy. With white pants, both pieces can shine. It is basic but it works for a variety of occasions depending on what shoes or accessories you pair them with.  I wanted to play down the shoes but add a small amount of color and the necklace I received at Christmas … [Read more...]

Flipping a House Style Edition

Many of you know that H and I are flipping a house right now. It's what we do. I've shown my staging style on Whatcha Wearing Wednesday before too. Whenever people find out that we really like flipping a house they always ask one question, "Do you watch all those shows on HGTV? OH! So and so is my favorite..."  And yes, sometimes we do.  But almost every time I cringe and here is why.  Flip flops and heels of any kind could seriously injure you while on the job.  What do I wear when visiting a potential flip?  The same thing I wear when we I'm on the site and it is under construction. But almost every time I cringe and here is why.  Flip flops and heels of any kind could seriously injure you while on the job. I typically don't carry my purse, wear a lot of jewelry or anything nice. … [Read more...]

5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50

April showers bring May flowers, right?  I sure hope so because I feel like we are in an endless spiral of chilly and rainy days right now. However, I have hope for the future! That means a May with sunny warm temperatures and '5 Fun Sundresses for Under $50' to tempt you into spring and lead you into summer.  Because who can say no to cute, flirty sundresses?     Sundresses for Under $50 by victoriamason featuring a red orange dress Yumi Oh So Dutch Dress/Gingham Cold Shoulder Dress by Glamorous (similar)/Boo Hoo Aston Floral Print/Zaful Halter Smock Open Back Maxi (similar)/Orange Slip Dress (similar)/ Because who can stop at 5? Here's a few more sundresses for under $50! >Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Looks

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.  If you are like us you like to host parties during the warmer months when you can get out and enjoy the best of the outdoors and party spaces you create inside your four walls.  H and I decided that we would hold a Cinco de Mayo party this May to change up last years 'Celebrate Summer Water Balloon Fight' party or the previous years housewarming. I'm already planning what to wear. Oh, and the menu and decorations too but what to wear.... it sets the tone, right? Top 3 Cinco de Mayo Looks     Black Ella Moss Jumpsuit by victoriamason featuring Ella Moss SHOP THE LOOK Ella Moss 'Stella Jumpsuit'/Shashi Lilu Seed Bracelet/Steven Vienna Leather Sandals This one seems the most versatile.  I could swap out the heeled sandals for … [Read more...]

Whatcha Wearing Wednesday: Stripes and Leopard for Spring

Stripes and leopard. It's all about mixing prints and patterns and it isn't as hard as you think. Spring is a great time to experiment. Think about matching a floral pencil skirt with a stripe shirt. Still not sure? Here's an easier way. Start with neutral colors like black, white and navy if you are feeling skittish and work from there. I took my neutral leopard heels and paired them with my tried and true black ankle pants and a new striped shirt I picked up from J.Crew Factory. The stripe shirt gets and update with the ruffle added to the sleeve. Ruffles are really big this spring. Wearing a navy blue multi-strand necklace adds a hint of color while also staying in the neutral zone. I felt like this look was both fresh and classic.  It's updated with the ruffles and has an … [Read more...]

Fabletics March Picks: Brights

Fabletics made my activewear dreams come true this month. Fabletics March Pick of Brights was spot on for me.  I love green leggings.  I don't know why but I can't deny it.  I have a dark green pair but I wanted that bright bit of color for spring.  They did not do me wrong! Fabletics Albury: Salar Capri/Eunice Tank/Amna Sports Bra Perfect for running, yoga or any other type of workout the Salar Capri pants are flattering and wear well after repeated use.  I love that the weather will soon be warm enough to wear capri leggings again too. I own two other pairs of Salar capris and I always reach for them when I work out.  I love the fine mesh on this white 'Eunice' tank and the green detail in the back.  The Amna sports bra has black mesh in the straps and molded cups for a good fit … [Read more...]

Trend Alert: Graphic Tees & Skirts

This trend of graphic tees & skirts doesn't seem new, does it? Except for this change.   Graphic Tees with Skirt by victoriamason featuring a pleated midi skirt Beach Pineapple Tee/Black A-Line Midi Skirt/Miss Selfridge Accordian Pleated Skirt (Under $25!)/Re/Done Denim Skirt (similar) MORE GRAPHIC TEES     Graphic Tees by victoriamason featuring a white cotton tee Black Skull/Tiger/Blondie Cold Shoulder/Circus Tee/Couture Tee Feminist AF/Rose/Unicorn/Coconut/Ciao/Fangirl/Anchor/Pineapple MORE SKIRTS TO WEAR WITH THEM   Skirts for Spring by victoriamason featuring short skirts Denim Buttons (similar)/Black & White/Vinyl/Pleated/Embroidered/Blush/Denim Button/Stripe Lavender Lace (SALE!)/Polka Dot(similar)/Stripe Are you … [Read more...]