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{ Dare To Wear } Heat-Wave Chic

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Holy hot temps! We took these pics in the summer swelter in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, of course! I love living so close to this amazing city, but dressing for these hot temps without showing too much skin can be a challenge. Makeup melts off and clothing must be light or else it will be covered in sweat. TMI? Maybe, but it’s true.

So when shooting these looks I knew they’d have to be outfits that could beat the heat. A cotton skirt + a tank top is about as easy and breezy as it can get. Add a few accessories and voila, an outfit fit for wherever the hot day goes. I plan on wearing some version of this again this weekend, since we are scheduled for some seriously steamy days.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Hot temps call for light, airy colors and fabrics.

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2. Outside for the day? A big-brimmed hat is a must-have accessory. It will help block the sun from your face and enable you to actually see in the bright sun. I ALWAYS bring a hat to the pool or beach so I can read my book or magazine with ease.

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3. Afraid of long skirts? Look for one with a subtle high-low hemline to elongate. Plus it will allow you to show off your shoes.

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4. A little pop of color goes a long way.

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{ LOGO by Lori Goldstein tank top (it’s part of a twin set!), skirt, shoes, and necklace, QVC ( I swear I didn’t plan to wear all of the same brand, it just happened!) | hat, Kohl’s | Elizabeth & James sunglasses (similar) | Lulu’s clutch (similar) }

Like the look? Check out the showroom below that’s filled with similar styles, all under $100! What do you like to wear on super-hot days? Comment below or get at me on social media @JessieHoleva.


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{ Dare To Wear } Summer-Style To The Maxi

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Like my dress? Thanks! I got it at a consignment shop and tend to wear it more than other maxis I’ve paid much more for.

Why? The cut is so complementary, even on my 5’2 1/2 frame. The fabric is super light (perfect for the heat wave we’ve been having), but not sheer. Oh, and there’s a slit.

I’ve worn this baby casual as well as more dressed up … and to think I almost didn’t buy it!

Why? Well, like I said, it’s from a consignment shop. It’s not that I don’t shop thrifted threads (I actually love to!). I found this fab find while I was selling some of my stuff to Plato’s closet. When I’m cleaning out my closet I try not to pack it right back up, but this maxi was special. For one, it wouldn’t need to be hemmed. So I tried it on and never looked back.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Accessorize your hair to beat the heat. Sometimes it’s just too hot out for a big statement necklace. A headband or pretty clip keeps hair out of your face and leaves less of a need for jewelry.

2. Pick a maxi dress with a high waist to elongate your legs. I’m under 5’3 and yet, this long style works. Why? Because it goes in right below the bust, making the lower half appear way longer.

3. Dress it up with an evening bag. I’ve got a few vintage favorites that I turn to often. A little beaded clutch has a way of taking this from the beach to perhaps a beach wedding?

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{ Aqua maxi dress, Plato’s Closet | vintage clutch | Vince Camuto sandals }

Like the look? Scroll though the showroom below to check out other maxi dresses that caught my eye. All are under $100!

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same style three ways. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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{ QVC Blog Column } Jessie’s Summer-Style Staples

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Hello! QVC has been keeping me busy with lots of LOGO by Lori Goldstein airings, which I LOVE! If you follow me on social or know me in real life, then you know that I seriously LOVE my job and working, so I couldn’t be happier with all that’s coming up (more details to come!). One part of my job that I love is getting test out the new designs, style them, and then blog about it for the QVC blog. I do this every month, and this time I chose to focus on my favorites for summer. These are those pieces I’d pack for any trip and are serious style staples for this season.

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{ Click to read the full blog post —> Jessie’s LOGO Essentials }

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{ Dare To Wear } Vibrant Print = Vacation Vibes

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Summer, it’s so nice of you to join us! Yup, it’s officially that season and I’m breaking out my warm-weather favorites. I am so thrilled that it’s finally the sunny season and I am so ready to wear those super-summery styles that have been patiently hanging in my closet.

For this look I channeled my inner girly girl (not hard to do) and went for it with this bright and bold print. We walked around Philly’s Old City section to snag the shots, but I sure did feel like I was on a tropical trip.  The outfit must have transported me! Another reason I’m fond of this look: it’s a romper, yes a romper. So I am pretty much wearing shorts but look a whole lot more dressed up, love that! Okay, now to the pics and styling tips. Happy scrolling!

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1. Nude shoes are always a good idea. Bought this pair for a wedding and I’ve already been wearing them for so much more, clearly!

2. Go all the way. This romper is fun and a little loud so I opted for a bright bag. Why? Because it can keep up with this vibrant print. It’s summer, so it’s time to embrace bright hues and be carefree!

3. You’re never too old for a dragonfly hair pin. I adore beautiful hair clips. When everyone was into the bufferfly clips (circa 1998) I was drawn to dragon flies. Now that my hair is short I find myself reaching for pretty hair pins more often. I got this one at the Devon Horse show from an accessory designer and oddly enough, I was wearing this romper that day too!

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outfit details { Lilly Pulitzer skort romper | American Eagle clutch (old) | Ray Ban ‘Club Master’ shades | dragon fly hair pin | vintage necklace | Pandora rings | Henri Bendel ring | Chinese Laundry heels }  lots of similar rompers are linked in the showroom below. Hope you feel inspired to “dare to wear” a colorful print this season.  Happy styling!

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{ Dare To Wear } Denim + Denim

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It’s casual. It’s cool. It’s often my uniform for living life. Denim on denim, or the “Canadian tuxedo” as many call it, is easy and effortless. Plus you can take it so many different ways, depending on how you accessorize it. A bright heel, slip-on sneaker, or perhaps snake-skin loafers — all-denim dressing is can be go in whatever direction you’re feeling. That probably what I love about it most. My mood changes and with this laid-back canvas I can easily switch up my style with a swipe of lipstick or by pulling a statement necklace out of my clutch (yes, I usually have a few accessories on hand for those very moments).

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{ Style Tips }

1.Tie it up. It’s a simple trick to fix a wrinkled shirt (or in my case, a dress, yes the top is actually a dress) and helps create more of an hourglass shape on the body.

2. Infuse your own flare to a monochromatic look with your accessories. Try a printed shoe on for size or a unique necklace.

3. Similar washes work well together. Keep your denim on denim feeling summertime-fine with light jeans and a pale chambray top.

4. Experiment to craft your own style. I love dark denim and medium washes too, so mix and match until you find what YOU like. Sometimes I like to tuck my top and other times I like to tie the top or even wear it open over a tank top. Have fun and make it your own.

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{ jean dress | Diesel jeans | LOGO by Lori Goldstein shoes | LOGO by Lori Goldstein statement necklace | vintage clutch | Ray-Ban sunglasses }

Like the the timeless denim-on-denim trend too? check out the showroom below featuring some of my favorite chambray tops I found online. Bonus: lots are on sale and all are under $100!

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{ Dare To Wear } Yoga Pants as Real Pants

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Hello, hello! How I’ve missed you so! I took a little break from blogging (most of May! eeee!!). That was the first time I’ve ever taken a real blogging break since the blog started over five years ago. Work got busy. Life got busy. I needed to reflect. I felt kinda burnt out and ended up getting a fever/bug/awful cough. I also went to Nashville for a Bachelorette weekend in honor of one of my best friend’s getting hitched (before I got sick). Now I’m back, feeling better than ever and am flooded with lots of content ideas so stay tuned for more regularly scheduled outfit posts, style tips, shopping guides, and even some beauty and lifestyle videos. I’m so excited to be back at blogging. Wow, it seriously feels refreshing to be typing again!

But, before I keep on blabbing here are some outfit pics from my last shoot with Audrey in Fishtown. This one required crashing a little kid soccer game. The field made for the perfect backdrop for this slightly-sporty style. how to wear yoga pants philly fashion blog

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{ Style Tips }

1. Create a waist by tying a sweater around it. Ta-da, instant hourglass.
2. DO wear a dark lip in warm weather. It’s unexpected and feels a little edgier in the summer.
3. Infuse color to a gray-scale outfit by opting for a piece in a dusty shade, like a pale pastel bag, or a cardi in a heathered hue.

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{ mock-neck dress, Smak Parlour | LOGO by Lori Goldstein cardigan, QVC | Ombre Yoga Pants, Piccolo Amore | Kenneth Cole Reaction slip-on sneakers, Shoe Carnival | Merona bag, Target | My Saint My Hero bracelet, QVC | Giles & Brother cuff | Honora bracelet }

Like my look? I’ve filled the style showroom below with similar styles, so scroll on!

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{ Dare to Wear } Retro-Inspired Ladylike Style

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I’ve always had a thing for retro styles. The circle skirt + this little jacket that I’ve owned for like 10 years = a ladylike look with a mid-century vibe and lots of personality, perfect for a bridal or baby shower. Note to self: remember this outfit the next time I’m running late to a daytime event.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Like it? Wear it with confidence. It’s the secret sauce to any look.
2. Neutral prints play well together. The little jacket has a geometric pattern, while the skirt is a sheer plaid. Thanks to the muted color palette these designs aren’t competing.
3. Tuck it in. Turn your tank dress into a top by simply tucking it into your skirt.

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{ mock-neck tank dress + sheer-printed skirt, Smak Parlour | DKNY 3/4 sleeve jacket | Ray-Ban ‘Club Master’ shades | vintage faux-pearl chocker | Christian Siriano for Payless heels  } Like the look? Scroll through the widget below for similar styles.

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{ Dare To Wear } Who Says Statement Accessories Can’t Be Casual?

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Sunglasses: Check. Animal-print socks: check. Floral-embellished clutch: check.

I heart this look, big time! This outfit consists of neutral clothes and shoes that can go with oh-so much, and eye-catching accessories.

When it comes to clothes I tend to live in styles that are more on the neutral spectrum. Then I can mix and match, and wear tons of times. When it comes to accessories, that’s where I really like to have fun! Why? Because cute accessories seriously excite me! It’s also how I customize and spice up my style.

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 The Rocket Cat Cafe was so cool to let us snap blog pics in their ultra-rad space. They even shared a behind-the-scenes snap to their Instagram. If you’re in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia do check it out. I quite enjoyed the vibe, the people working, and the iced chai. Thank you Rocket Cat Cafe!!

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{ Style Tips }

1. Mock necklines heart statement necklaces. The  fabric is a canvas that’s just begging to show off some jewelry.

2. Lace-up ankle boots heart printed socks. It add a touch of coverage to the leg and personality to the lower half.

3. Jean jackets heart springtime. They’re light, go with so much, and have a way of infusing a casual vibe. It totally helps keep this dress from feeling fancy with all the accessories.

4. Funky sunglasses or a novel bag instantly add life to a neutral outfit... or any outfit for that matter.

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{ mock neck dress, Smak Parlour | Merona jean jacket, Target | Betsey Johnson socks, TJMaxx | Lucky Brand ankle boots, DSW | clutch, LuLu*s | LOGO by Lori Goldstein bracelet, QVC | Marlyn Schiff statement necklace | Nanette Lepore sunglasses } similar styles linked in the widget below.

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Three Ways To Wear Gray Jeans

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When it comes to jeans, I like to get a pair that I absolutely love and will wear a ton. I’ve always enjoyed wearing gray because of its cool factor and versatility, so I knew it was just a matter of time (and finding the right fit). My latest denim addition: gray skinnies from AG jeans that fit like a legging with a cool, deconstructed hem.

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{ Style Tip } Go for the gray. It’s a cool neutral that can be dressed up or down.

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{ Style Tip } Wear your dress over jeans. Now, this doesn’t work with every dress out there, but it’s a great way to get extra wear out of those styles that may feel a little short or revealing. philly street styles H&M style Philadelphia beauty blog AG jeans

{ Style Tip } A jacket with a draped front is an outfit power player. It’s crazy flattering on the figure, making you look thinner + taller.

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Want to see more pics? How about outfit details  + style tips? Click to see the full blog posts:

{ Jeans + Tee + Vintage Vibes } { Yellow + Gray } { Going Gaga For Gray Jean }

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{ You’re Invited! } This Saturday! Come Hang with Me + Get Styled

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You are invited! Come get your thrift on with me! I’m hanging out tomorrow { this Saturday, April 16th from 12-5pm } at Savers in Willow Grove and will be on hand to help you find the perfect outfit. I’m so excited! I’ve always LOVED thrifting and have made a day of it with friends on many occasions. I like to think of it as a hunt for unique thrifted treasures, and my last visit to Savers left with a week’s worth of outfits for under $45. This time I’ll be there to be your thrifting partner in crime. Hope you can make it!  Details below.

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{ What }

Check out the first Savers store in PA + get styled by me! I’ll also be curating a rack at the front of the store featuring top fashion finds.

{ When + Where }

Saturday, April 16th from 12-5pm @ Savers, 300 York Road, Willow Grove, PA.

{ Tip }

Donate items you don’t want + score a discount. The more you bring, the bigger the savings. More on that on my blog post previewing the new store.

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{ Photos by Justin Bostwick. }

{ Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Savers Thrift. All opinions are my own. }

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