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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

My Summer Vacation Wardrobe

My vacation wardrobe this summer has been all about versatility and ease. I had to fly from Maryland with a formal dress, a few weeks worth of outfits, and a few special-occasion looks. Though I stubbornly refused to check luggage. Given that I've also been living like a hobo, going from friend's house to friend's house with a hotel and my mom's home in between; I've had to shove my clothes back into my carry-on more times than I can count, though I have yet to iron a single outfit. *Tip: Roll - don't fold! And always travel with Downy wrinkle-releaser spray. For tough wrinkles, hang clothes in the bathroom before you take a hot shower to let the steam work on the fabric.

My Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Summer Maxi Dress - My jersey maxi dresses (I got the same one in several colors) have been the most used items in my closet this summer. First, they're made from a soft jersey material, so I can roll them up and know that there will be practically zero wrinkles. Second and best of all, I can wear each one as a swim coverup, a casual dress in the afternoon, or dressed up with a statement necklace for a special occasion.

Straw Clutch - While I typically use my large brown fringed satchel all summer long, it just wasn't going to fit into my carry-on, and my "personal item" was a gigantic tote bag to fit all of my toiletries, books, magazines, etc. - a bit too big to carry around as a purse once I got to my destination. My little straw clutch on the other hand was absolutely perfect whether I was in shorts and a tank or a nice summer dress. That is all I really want when traveling anyway - something just big enough to hold my phone, lip gloss, ID, and debit card.

Roomy Tank - This was a great piece that never got wrinkles (so long as I rolled it instead of folding), and after I indulged in way to much vacation junk food, the roomy tank was more than welcome! It can also double as a cute swimsuit coverup.

Neutral T-Strap Sandals - These are so versatile and perfect for summer vacation. I wore them with everything from my comfy travel look (denim and a tank) to my maxi dress during a rehearsal dinner.

Denim - I always travel with a pair of jean shorts and a pair of skinny jeans. Even in the hot summer, you never know when you'll want long pants. I like to wear mine to the movies or out to dinner. When it comes to my jean shorts, I love my Levi's cut-offs. They look great unrolled and frayed or rolled into a neat cuff.

Peasant Top - My simple white peasant top was another item that never got wrinkled and looks great with so many different outfits. I can pair it with my shorts, jeans, or maxi skirt for three different looks.

Ruffled Tube Top - Granted it's been...well, actually I've never worn a tube top until this summer, but I love my new top from Charlotte Russe. It can be super casual with denim, though I paired mine with a maxi skirt. I really love how it can be a crop top, but it's also long enough to pull down at the waist and wear as a regular strapless top. Jewelry - My gold-tone cuff and necklace were the perfect way to dress up my summer maxi dress for a special event.

Swimsuit - I should've known better than to leave my bikinis at home. I didn't have any beaches in my plans, so I didn't pack any swimwear. Though since I've been on vacation, I've had two different opportunities to lounge by the pool. I see a last-minute run to the store in my future in hopes that there will be a few swimsuits left for sale.

Sweater - Even if you're headed to a hot, sunny location; don't forget that you may find yourself in an air-conditioned setting like a cafe or theater where you'll be grateful for warm layers.

Pictured Above: 1. Bobi dress  2. River Island cat eye sunglasses  3. Free People ruched tank top  4. Lira pink racerback tank  5. Calvin Klein clutch  6. Vero Moda blue and white top  7. Humble Chic bracelet bangle  8. River Island blue skirt  9. Charlotte Russe clothing  10. Levi's shorts  11. Stella Dot stackers jewelry  12. Charlotte Russe aztec necklace  13. MiH Jeans skinny jeans  14. Vince Camuto sandals / Free People Work Wearin It Tank


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