Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Casual Chic and my Summer Go To Pieces along with a Linkup
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Casual Chic and my Summer Go To Pieces along with a Linkup

12:00 AM

Top:  Gifted // Shorts:  Marshalls (old) // Shoes:  Sheinside // Bag:  Kate Spade

We all have that summer uniform.  You know, your go to pieces that you swear by in the summer time.  Since I think it’s officially summer here in NJ, it’s finally warmed up enough and feels like it, I wanted to share one of my go to outfits for summer, along with some of my go to pieces.  Don’t get me wrong I love denim shorts and a tank look for those super casual just hanging out at home or on the patio type days, but if I’m going out I like to dress up a little bit and I wanted to show that it’s definitely doable even in the summer time!  I’m going to list a few of my go to pieces that I always have around for summer.

Flowy Top

Just like the top listed above, it’s a nice twist to your simple tank and it’s light weight.  It adds a little flair and femininity to your outfit.  There are so many different types of flowy tops nowadays too.  You can get a one shoulder, off the shoulder, cold shoulder, or sleeveless like the one pictured.

Simple Tank

Ok, so even though the above top (flowy top) is a nice alternative, sometimes it’s just too darn hot and you want to wear just a simple tank.  You can definitely dress up a simple tank.  I do it all the time!  All you have to add is a fun bottom so whether or not it’s a printed/textured skirt or pair of shorts and it instantly dresses up the outfit.  You can also add statement jewelry, which brings me to my next must have.

Statement Jewelry

I know a lot of girls who have statement jewelry they wear all year round, or they have particular pieces they wear for specific seasons.  I usually just wear the same things all year around except for maybe two necklaces because they are definitely more spring and summer oriented so it sometimes looks awkward in the winter depending on what I’m wearing that day.

Crochet Shorts (pictured above)/Or any Printed/Textured shorts

If you saw the Victoria Beckham for Target collection that’s what I mean by print/textured shorts.  Basically anything that’s crochet, lace, jacquard, etc.  I feel as though as long as they’re not denim they won’t be considered casual.  I also usually go for longer shorts because I get uncomfortable in short shorts and I end up always getting a wedgy and walking around fixing my shorts every five seconds haha!

Light Weight Skirt

You’ll see a few light weight skirts in the upcoming weeks here on the blog, especially anything that is a summery print or even linen.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE linen like something fierce.  It just reminds me of summer and last summer I had this one pair of linen pants that I wore numerous times in Poland because I like to pack pieces that are versatile and more on the light side so that my luggage isn’t crazy heavy, which I’m usually right at the 50lbs mark haha.  I like living life on the edge.


These are a great alternative to regular flip flops, even though I love my simple Old Navy flip flops.  I know they are on the pricey side and I have 2 pairs, black and metallic rose gold.  I basically live in these in the summer.  The reason why I always recommend these is because they form to your foot.  Basically don’t ever buy used Birks because it won’t work.  You have to buy them new so that they can be the perfect fit just for you.  I’ve been wearing Birks since I was little and they actually help my feet, knees, and back.  I’m not saying this is the same for everyone, but they help with the no arch issue I have in my foot and since they’re so comfortable my knees and back don’t hurt as bad when I wear them.  Like I said I don’t know if this will be the case for you, and I’m not a doctor so I can’t make any claims, but they definitely help me.


I live in flats when I’m trying to be casual because well, it’s more comfortable and I’m tall.  I do like to wear sandals in the summer especially with a small heel or wedge.  That’s why I have a few right now that have either 1.5-2 inch heel height.  I think that a tiny wedge, even if it’s a fun gladiator sandal always gives off an extra “dressed up” vibe.


Not only do you actually need these to keep the sun out of your eyes but there are so many fun sunglasses out there nowadays!  Whether you want to splurge and buy your designer glasses or if you want to purchase a knock off that looks almost exactly identical just minus the name, they're all available to you.  I have a sunglasses problem, but I usually purchase the less expensive versions or go shopping at the outlet stores, or even Marshalls.  

Now, let's linkup!
Jersey Girl, Texan Heart Link Up



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  1. This is the cutest outfit, Monica! All the little details have me swooning. Those shoes! That bag. So stinking adorable! Great summer look that will surely make people smile at you!


  2. Love that flowy tank and that cute tote!

  3. Love your summer uniform! Those shorts are so pretty and I love the color blocking of blue and pink. Thanks for the link up!

  4. SO cute! Love thos shorts. Your hair also looks so pretty, have a tutorial on how you did that?

  5. Great list---and I've been buying sunglasses out the gadabout!! Now I just have to figure out how to store them??
    Love the ruffle tank too Monica!!

  6. So cute! That's my summer uniform too!

  7. I love your bag! I have a pair of Birkenstock's and they are so comfortable. Great outfit! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

  8. I like to still look cute even when being casual too. Your go to's are perfect. Do your shoes have changeable lace ups? Fun!

  9. I love that you shared your Summer basics and such a cute outfit too. Love the shorts, tank and those fun ballerina flats. In my post today I am sharing my Summer Must Haves and a Summer uniform for me too, so come take a peak.

    P.S. You may have convinced me to buy some Birkenstocks.

    Welcome by tomorrow Monica and join the linkup. Ada =)

  10. Such a cute look! Love the ruffle-tiered denim top and your shoes are adorable!


  11. Love these lace shorts and how fun is your turtle bag? Love it!

    xx, Elise

  12. Okay those crochet shorts are so great. I've shied away from crochet or lace bottoms because I'm so worried they'll snag on something, or my girls are going to grab onto them, but I love these ones!

  13. Love the flowy top and your shades are pretty awesome too.

  14. Sunnies, for sure!! And I do not own a single pair of shorts BUT I'm planning to rectify that this season xoxo

  15. I have prety mjuch same shorts in same color. I might try a top like this and create this style.


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