5 Summer Essentials: featuring Frances of It's Sew My Style

Morning kids! You're going to love today's post from Frances! Her blog is bright and cheery and has so much style inspiration. What I love about her choices is that they are affordable which is a refreshing change from so many blogs out there. As much as we love the luxe life - it's nice that a simple girl like me can replicate great looks at a fraction of the price without skimping on style. Enjoy this Floridian's best looks for the beach...she's right on trend. Meet Frances...

Hi everyone! Frances here from It's Sew My Style. I am so delighted to be bringing you today's post in Johanna's Five Summer Essentials series. When Johanna posted that she was looking for guest bloggers to write about summer trends, I jumped at the chance. I have been reading 101 Things I Love for a couple of years now and have discovered that we have a lot in common when it comes to fashion. I thought for a while about what to share with all you lovely readers. Then it came to me: the beach! Being a Florida native, nothing reminds me more of the summer months than the hot sand and sound of waves crashing at the shore. So why not incorporate this season's five must haves {mint, orange, crochet, a big floppy hat and straw} on the beach?
  This first look is for the more demure ladies out there (myself included). There's a classic chicness to this ensemble with a hint of mysteriousness. Ruched One Piece - The hottest color of 2012's spring and summer is mint! Sporting it on your swimsuit is unexpected and fun. Blind Love Cover Up - This white cover-up will let the mint of the bathing suit peek through for a great color combo. Plus, the crochet is right on trend for the warmer months. Stripe Floppy Hat -Protect yourself from the sun with this classic floppy hat. Orange Square Sunglasses -  Add to the mystery with over-sized sunglasses in a fun pop of color. Orange is huge this season! Straw Rope Tote - Going to the beach requires some swag. Carry your towel, money, keys phone, sunscreen and iPod all in this stylish bag. The black goes well with the hat and adds that demure factor to the whole shebang. Sandals - Nothing is easier than slipping on and off a cute sandal when at the beach. These neutral ones are great for a day on a the sand and a night at a beach front restaurant.
  The second look is for you ladies who like a more boho/relaxed style when at the beach while still utilizing the same must-have summer styles. Cut-Out One Piece Swimsuit - Also in mint, this one piece shows a little more skin while still being "covered up". Racer-back Dress - This crochet dress has a relaxed vibe about it. Wear it to the beach as a cover -up and then to dinner as your dress. Polka Dot Ribbon Floppy Hat - This floppy hat has that natural straw color which lends to the boho vibe while still protecting your face from the sun. Oversized Sunglasses - Still the fun orange hue of the season, these sunglasses are a little more sporty than the ones in the look above, which is perfect for lounging or playing a game of beach volleyball. Roxy Tote Bag - Carry all your beach gear in this natural straw colored, striped bag. The colors in the stripes pick up the colors in the sunglasses and swimsuit. Steve Madden Sandals - These sandals are perfect for taking a walk in the sand. The back-strap ensures that the sandal stays on your foot, while you stay active. So Frisbee away!

Thanks again for today's post, Frances! I love your mint-y choices...the perfect way to chill out when the temps really heat up. You can also find Frances on Twitter, too. xo

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