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I hate it when you see these bloggers in totally amazing bathing suits and then when you click on them, they’re usually over $150. While I might be in love, I have a really hard time convincing myself to spend what could be a nice night out on a bathing suit that covers literally 12% of my body.

So after a little internet sleuthing (that’s what I’m here for, right?) I have found a whole bunch of cute & similar styles to the ones all the it girls are wearing, all for under $50. Yes, both pieces of two-piece sets are under fifty TOTAL. 

It’s time to stop spending an insane amount of money for a cute piece of spandex you wear for three months, amiright? 

Let me know if you buy any of these and what you think! 

1 AF seersucker one piece

2 Forever 21 chain and floral bikini

3 Target black one piece with cutout (buy this in your bra size for $49)

4 Amazon pom pom high-waisted bikini

5 Forever 21 watercolor bikini (comes as a set for $27)

6 Red Dress ruffle bikini (comes in black too!)

7 AF leopard one piece

PS: TJ Maxx is a great place to find well-made, department store bikinis for around $30 max. The stores have way more of a variety than online, so head there asap. One of the only stores I go to in person anymore!

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I’m not usually a huge LOFT person, but I have occasionally found some really good finds there. Especially when they have awesome sales! I recently saw they were having a 40 percent off sale & I thought I should check it out.

So I did, and found some really great pieces! Here are the items I bought, plus two not pictured that I ordered.

LOFT romper

Floral romper

I ordered a simple black high-neck tank and a long sleeve, chambray type dress shirt with a subtle polka dot print. Both are SO SO soft and both so versatile!

Yellow shorts/ black tank (old from Free People)

Everything I got is precious, but I have to say I think the romper and the basic black tank are my favorites. And I’ve already worn most everything I got!

LOFT shorts and shirt

Yellow shorts/ floral blouse

Do you like shopping at LOFT? Or are you a more trendy shopping kind of girl? Let me know where I should try!



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Red Dress is one of my favorite places to shop. No, I’m not sponsored by them or paid to say that, it just truly is one of my top places to find adorable, cute, and trendy pieces. Everything I have ordered from them is top-notch quality (kind of surprising for the prices, if I’m being honest) and I loooooove that they have a full-refund policy if your pieces don’t fit. I hate places that only let you return for store credit, especially when it’s an online store where you can’t try before you buy! That’s definitely one of the top reasons I buy from Red Dress again and again.

Here are some things I’ve bought lately from Red Dress! Some I kept, some I sent back for fit reasons, but there was nothing that was “bad” by any means.

Let me know if ya’ll try shopping at Red Dress and what you think of it!

Radius of Radiance Dress & 2. Castaway to Somewhere Dress

Both of these got returned. Not because I didn’t love the look or because they weren’t made well, just because the fit didn’t work for me. With the Radius dress, it was too small and also just didn’t flatter my body type. I’m 5’7″ and have an athletic build and this was definitely made for someone more petite. If you fit that bill, this is a precious little dress! Castaway was also precious, but way too short for me. If you are tall, again this may not work for you unless you’re looking for a swim coverup.

3. Hey Gorgeous Light Blue Multi Maxi Dress

This one hasn’t hit my doorstep yet but my gosh I am so excited. I was on the waitlist for this guy and I jumped on it as soon as I got the restock email. I bought the small and I know it’s going to be great for dinner dates or outdoor, summer-night parties.

4. The Perfect One Khaki Round Bag

I got this as a Mother’s Day present for my mom and I know she’s going to love it. It’s so cute and lightweight, I’ve had to stop myself from using it before I give it to her!

5. Weekends in the Hamptons Mint Multi Bikini Top & Bottoms

This bathing suit is gorgeous, and I wanted it to work so badly. Sadly, this was just a little too small for me! I could have returned for the large, but I wasn’t sure if the bottoms would work or not. If you are petite, this is a great pick. Every bathing suit they have though is adorable!

Red Dress maxi dress
Such a fun wedding & the best dress for a beach event!

6. Make It Magical Maxi Dress in Sweet Surprise

UGH why can’t I wear this dress every single day? I love it so much. I bought the medium and it’s perfect. I got so many compliments when I wore this to a recent beach wedding and I definitely already have plans to wear it to another reception coming up. It’s the best color for summer and the low cut top isn’t as revealing as I thought it would be. Sure, its low– but I definitely didn’t feel uncomfortable wearing it around my high school friends and their moms. This might be my favorite purchase of the site!

7. Be My Date Dress in Olive

I got this in the olive color and I love it so much. I bought the medium, but I def could have used the small… but it’s so cute, I don’t think it really matters. The material is silky and feels so expensive, and I love the smocked waistline that you can adjust to what works best for your waist/hips. It’s also a great length for this long-torso gal! I am planning to wear this to an upcoming rehearsal dinner and probably a (different) wedding too.

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It’s transition season ya’ll, and you know what that means in Alabama. It’s sweater and shorts season.

While this season doesn’t last long here (we typically move from winter into summer within a week), I still love this time of year. Its perfect weather to sit outside, the mosquitoes aren’t out, and you don’t sweat your face off.

Sweater and shorts outfit for spring.
Shorts (similar)/ Sweater (similar)/ Bag/ Name necklace/ Earrings (similar)

I loved these denim shorts last year and they’re already in my rotation again this year. They’re Joe’s Jeans from TJ Maxx, but here is a similar option from the brand. I think they’re the perfect length, which can be so hard to find!

This sweater is from Three Dots and I can’t find the exact one, but there’s a lookalike at Forever 21.

Also, ya’ll know I love me a good pair of statement earrings, and these are no exception. They are also from TJs, but Red Dress has some cute white earring options. Name necklace is one of my new faves from the Sis Kiss, and the other is my name in Arabic all the way from the Middle East.

Happy Spring!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.
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I have an online shopping problem, but I also have a returning problem. I am so picky about my clothes and how they fit me, and one of my favorite things about online shopping is that I can try everything on at home and take time to decide what I truly love and will be able to work with other items in my closet.

I’ve gotten very particular about only buying clothes I know I will wear and get a lot of use out of. My typical week consists of work, the gym, time at home and a date night or girls dinner… so, I buy clothes that work for that. There’s no use in me buying pants suits or ball gowns, because that’s just not the life I live (right now!)

I thought it would be fun to show y’all what I recently purchased from Forever 21 and what I kept— and why I sent back what I did.

Here we go!

Keep in mind some things that I sent back were solely because they didn’t look like I wanted them to on my body. I’m sure they would work for hundreds of people, so don’t totally rule something out because it didn’t work for me!

For reference, I am 5’7″ and a 4-6 in pants, and I prefer an oversize fit with tops and sweaters.

Here’s a screenshot of what was in my order. I will link each item below!

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This is the poncho I ordered, paired with Spanx leather leggings & black booties. I’m also wearing my new hoops, but they’re a little hidden!

Earrings: Kept. If you know me, you know hoop earrings are basically my lifeline, and these are perfect to add into my rotation. They’re super lightweight, even though they’re huge! I love the colors for spring and summer, but I have also been loving the pop it’s been giving my neutral sweater looks for the winter.

Cowl Twist Front Sweater: Kept. This sweater is a dupe for so many expensive Nordstrom ones I have seen, so I knew I had to have it. The material isn’t top notch, but I didn’t pay top notch so I’m alright with that. I love the off-white color, and it fits pretty well. They also have this in gray!

Foldover Off the Shoulder Poncho: Returned. As much as I wanted this to work, it just didn’t do it for me. It was way too big, but that’s probably on me for ordering the bigger size, and just wasn’t flattering whatsoever. I also love the idea of off the shoulder things, but I find that I never seem to love them on my body.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Brushed Knit Poncho: Kept. I was on the fence about this one but wound up keeping it, and I’ve already worn it several times. Again, this top is so soft! I dressed it up with a pair of leather leggings and black booties for a nice dinner (see pic), and I loved the way it looked. I think this is a great top to dress up or down, and can also take you into spring if you don’t wear a long sleeve shirt underneath.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Leopard Print Skirt: Returned. Again, I love the idea of this skirt but it didn’t work for me. The sizing was too big, but I was afraid getting a too small size would look gaudy in the print. It just didn’t work for me, but I think it’s a super cute skirt.

Do you like this kind of post? If so, I was thinking about making it a regular addition! Let me know!

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It’s Christmas week and it’s time for holiday parties galore! Looking for some last minute outfit ideas? I’ve got you covered. The more sequins and the more red, the better!

If you’re not into the sparkle, opt for cute details like bows or ruching- it’ll jazz up your outfit and make you feel party ready. Some of my favorite places to shop for holiday outfits, or party outfits in general, are ASOS, Francesca’s, Free People, Revolve, and Red Dress. Most of the outfits linked below are from those stores too.

I added this glitzy gold heel as an idea, but any neutral or sparkly pump would work with these outfits!

Happy holidays and enjoy your parties! 

1- Sequin Pencil Skirt

2- Free People Red Two Piece Outfit

3- Gold Sequin Mini Dress

4- Striped Sequin Dress

5- Perfect Glitzy Heels

6- Sequin Silver Top

7- Red Dress With BowFollow

It’s boot season ya’ll, and I love it so much!

While I typically opt for shorter, heeled booties, I went for something different recently and picked up these over the knee boots from Seven Dial. To be honest, the girl who did my makeup on my wedding day was wearing them, and I immediately asked her the brand and where she bought them because I knew I had to have them!

I only have one other pair of tall boots, and I knew I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in something I wasn’t sure how much I would wear, so I was so excited these boots were under $100.

 

I wanted to show ya’ll how I wore these shoes, since it seems like taller boots are so in season this year. I paired these studded OTK boots with my favorite leggings— the Spanx faux leather leggings. These are the BEST ya’ll and are worth every dime! My plaid surplice shirt is from beach lunch lounge. I love how loose it is, and how the shirt tail covers my back end. It’s easily one of my favorite tops for the cold weather, and I found mine at TJ Maxx!

Do you like tall boots better than booties? How are you styling yours this holiday season?

xoxo

ivana

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Hi ya’ll! I’ve been in a creative rut lately, but now that the cooler temperatures are finally coming I am feeling more inspired.

Here in Alabama, the weather is STILL reaching the 80s in the afternoons– not cool October. But, the only plus side of that is that I can mix in some of my favorite fall pieces with some warm-weather faves! Here’s one outfit combo I don’t think you can go wrong with: A loose floral blouse, a denim skirt, and mules. I reach for this kind of look time and time again when I’m going to eat with my family, having lunch with girlfriends, or trying a new restaurant with my fiancé for dinner.

(PSSSST I’ll be saying husband soon!!)

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My exact top is from Old Navy, and can a similar style can be found here. Similar tops are here and here! My skirt is old from Forever 21, but here’s a super close option. Mules are Marc Fisher, and he has some new ones for this season here!

I’m having a thing with mules right now. Some other favorites are from Sole Society, Target, and ShopBop. I have the Target ones in tan and I wear them weekly!

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We’re so close to fall, and I can’t wait!

Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons– a chill in the air, the upcoming holidays, pumpkin-flavored everything… and fall fashion. To me, there’s nothing better than a good pair of boots and oversized sweater!

As fall approaches, I love seeing all the transition pieces start coming out. While I can’t wait to get a new pair of OTK boots, it makes sense to pick up a few pieces that I can wear now and take into fall with a good denim jacket or pair of leggings.

On that note, here’s my top pieces to take you into fall. And, they’re all from Amazon! Fall fashion plus Amazon prime… you had me at hello.

Happy fall shopping!

Amazon, Amazon fashion, fall, fall fashion, Southern Style Diaries1. Nine West Levona Crossbody with Floral Pom: The cutest little bag to go from work to date night! This will look awesome with jeans and a white button down now, and with a sweater later.

2. Ella Moon Waterfall Collar Cardigan: I’m a sucker for fringe sweaters, and I can’t wait to wear this over a plain white tank and jeans. You can also wear with leggings when you want a little warmth but don’t want to put on real clothes!

3. Qupid Mule Fashion Bootie: I have these in white, and I’m so obsessed with them. They’re comfortable, affordable, and a lot more versatile than you think! Def going to have to pick them up in black, too.

4. Ella Moon One Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress: How precious would this be for a fall wedding! If it’s a little chilly, throw on a leather jacket and you’re good to go.

5. Guilty Heart Chunky Block Heel: I ordered these yesterday, and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival. For $25, you can’t beat these suede heels! The style is exactly like a pair of Sam Edelman’s I have, and everyone needs a pair of leopard heels to wear with dark denim in the fall.

6. LianSan Classic Metal Frame Round Mirrored Sunglasses: A pair of pink sunnies is good year round. Just because the sun starts setting earlier in the fall doesn’t mean you don’t need eye protection (or SPF)!

7. After Market Woven Dress: Again, ordered this over the weekend. I’ve had my eye on this dress forever, but it was over $100… I bought for $18! Buy this before it goes! Also comes in navy, which would look awesome with a denim jacket for chilly weather.

8. Alexy Mottled Resin Hoops: I am obsessed with these! I got them a few weeks ago and have been wearing them nonstop. They’re super lightweight, go with everything, and are $11. Trendy fashion at a good price!Follow

One of my favorite fashion “things” is easily a good pair of statement earrings.

Big, eye-catching earrings are literally the easiest way to change up an outfit you wear often, or to jazz up an otherwise simple jeans and white tee combo. While I wear them year round, my favorite time of the year to stock up on new statement earrings is the spring and summer! I just love the way they look with sleeveless summer tops or breezy sun dresses.

Some of my favorite places to buy statement earrings are places where I normally shop for other accessories, like Target or Lucky Brand. I also found some amazing pairs (like this and this) at the online boutique Red Dress! I recently found their site, and I am totally obsessed! How did I go 24 years without this place?

All earrings are linked at the bottom of this post. Also, these pics came on a no foundation day, so ya’ll can see that its not always airbrushed skin and full lashes for me! 🙂

Scroll down for some of my favorite statement earrings for the season!

I also love buying things from local shops in Birmingham. My amazing friend owns Knotty Designs jewelry, and ya’ll… her stuff is AMAZING. I highly recommend her! Check out her site here.

Disclaimer: I love these feather earrings, but do not wear lip gloss when you have them on. Trust me on this one

Lucky Brand pink fan earrings : On sale for $12!!

Target Sugarfix fringe earrings: Comes in several colors, only $12.99

Red Dress white beaded earrings: $18 and comes in five colors

Knotty Designs tiered earrings: $30 and several color combos!

Knotty Designs beaded dangle earrings: Custom-made

Feather earrings: $16.99 and unavailable online, but they had tons at my store. Similar ones linked here!Follow