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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Straw Hats and Bags Roundup for Summer

*This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA!

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If there's one trend that I can't get enough of this season, it's straw! Yep, that's right! Straw hats and bags are absolutely everywhere, and brands are getting very creative with their designs which creates so many unique pieces. I love the summer feel that straw pieces bring so I've linked my favorites below, which will make for the best birthday / wedding gifts, or just to treat yourself this year!

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1. Straw Hats with Writing

I love this cute new take on accessories! From catchy phrases to straight up personal names, hats and bags with writing on them are a great way to show off your individuality this season.

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2. Straw Hats without Writing

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3. Straw Bags with Writing

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4. Straw Bags without Writing

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to Wear Ruffle Tops

*This is a sponsored post, thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA. All opinions are my own. Photography by Sarah Surette.

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Trendy Ruffle Top (less than $50) // Distressed White Skinny Jeans // Straw Hat // Nude Pumps

Who else is loving spring and summer trends this year? From blush dresses, to cold shoulders and twin sets, there's a lot of variety and fun pieces to choose from. But there's one trend that I was on the fence about: I was unsure how to style a ruffle top, especially pieces with bigger ruffles. When I found this adorable blue and white striped off-the-shoulder ruffle top (currently on sale for less than $50!), I immediately swooned and knew I had to figure out a way to incorporate it into my rotation. I mean, ruffles, stripes, AND off-the-shoulder? Who can resist that! It totally paid off because now this is probably one of my most-complimented pieces.

To save you all the time I spent figuring out how to wear this ruffle blouse, I've put together a few hard and fast rules to follow with your own trendy ruffle pieces below!

How to Wear Ruffle Tops


1. Confidence is Key

I put this one first for a reason. With any trend that is even a little bit different, some onlookers won't be sure what to make of it. Do I like this or hate it? What really matters is what you think, and how comfortable it makes you feel. Exuding confidence is more important than anything else in the outfit, because it shows that you're wearing this piece for you. Ironically, this very same internal confidence will often result in others sharing your appreciation for the piece.

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2. Put a Hat on It

Summer hats aren't just for keeping those rays out of your eyes! They also act as a great accent and focal point of an outfit. A subtle, neutral hat like this straw one ($13) is perfect to balance out the statement ruffle top, which is of course the star of the show. It also adds to the summery theme of the outfit, creating a cohesive look.

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3. Skinny Jeans 

Skinny jeans really balance out the look - since the ruffles make the top bulkier, the jeans should make the legs look sleek. 

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4. Distressed Jeans

Distressed jeans are in style and add a slight edge to an otherwise very preppy look.

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5. White Jeans or Skirt

The ruffles are a fun summer trend, so in keeping with this theme, the white bottoms (whether white jeans or a skirt), add to the cohesiveness of the summer outfit. 



6. Wear Heels

With ruffle tops, there's a fine line between frumpy and chic, and heels are a good way to stay on the stylish side of that line! Nude pumps are always a good bet, because they're subtle enough to balance out the outfit and won't compete for stage time with the statement piece - the ruffle top!

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7. Posture

Keeping your head up, shoulders back and back straight is another great way to keep the ruffle look sophisticated. 


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I hope these tips encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, embrace your inner fashionista and try a fun ruffled top this summer! 

If you liked this outfit, you'll love this cold shoulder ruffle dress too!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Sales | 6/15-6/18

*This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA!


Happy Father's Day weekend all! Hope you all have fun plans. My dad is back in Cali so I sent him some fun treats which I can't disclose in case he reads this before they arrive! 

I was sent a weekend sale roundup including some promo codes, so I thought I would share them with you all since there are some really good sales happening this weekend! It's the perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one, enjoy!
    

Weekend Sales | 6/15-6/18

LOFT
40% SITEWIDE
USE CODE "NEWNOW"
 





25% OFF MENS

FOREVER 21
UP TO 20% OFF
USE CODE SUMMER20
 



 
NORDSTROM RACK
25% OFF
 

 
COACH
50% OFF
 


 
SELFRIDGES 
UP TO 50% OFF

HUNTER
UP TO 40% OFF
 

Hope you find something you like! Sales like these are a great chance to pick up some investment pieces that usually cost more, like a pair of Hunter boots or a new Coach bag which will last for years. 

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