Summer Attire // OOTD

Ah yes, summer is here. If you recall, I'd been gushing over the glorious gloomy days, the considerably cooler mornings, & the beautifully brisk nights over the course of the last month. Well, that all went away within one day. San Diego went from a blanket of clouds to a heat wave in a 24 hour period.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd
Dress: Cotton On // Similar: here & here
Purse: Betsey Johnson // Similar: here
Shoes: Forever 21 // Similar:  here
Bracelet: Things Remembered // Similar: here & here
Ring: Dogeared Jewelry // Similar: here & here

I left the house at 7:30 a.m. & was hit with 78° F temperatures, eventually rising to over 100° in some areas of San Diego. I felt a sweat mustache forming, patiently waiting to make its embarrassing appearance. Grey gloom was replaced with blue skies & beaming rays of light. We went from peaceful, overcast days to obscene, ridiculous heat. We went from wearing light layers to feeling the desperate need to strip off completely.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

I decided to use one of my faithful grey dresses & tailor it to being suitable for summer. You may have seen this dress in couple outfits (here & here), but it was always styled with cooler temperatures in mind. The Cotton On beauty has a 90s vibe to it, which is a time in my life I've become very nostalgic for.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Although I do love my velvet boots, there has been more than one occasion where a sexy pair of pumps would've come in handy. That's where these nude, slightly pink heels from Forever 21 came into play. I know I'll get a lot of wear from them.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Despite having a closet with a variety of options to choose from, I always find myself going back to certain pieces. I'm glad this grey dress will finally get some summer use. It's so soft & comfortable, but we'll have to see how it holds up in the heat. It's made of cotton, so it may be a bit heavy.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Although I'm 26 years old, I'm constantly discovering new things about myself  my tastes, likes & dislikes, my interests. You never stop growing, learning, or expanding your knowledge. One of the most important things I've learned is to keep moving forward. The more you look back on the past  — whether it's your outfits, your mistakes, your relationships  the more time it'll take to turn back around & go in the right direction.

What do you think of this outfit? :]

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57 comments

  1. Ah I love this look! greys and pinks?? killer combo <3 It dont hurt that your handbag is insanely adorable too

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  2. Your bag is stunning, love your whole ensemble :)

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  3. Cute outfit and such a fun bag!
    ~Samantha
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  4. I LOVE that dress! You look amazing!!

    xo, Liz
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  5. love this dress on you! the shoes are fab but the bag steals the spotlight! :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  6. Good post! You are very beautiful!

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  7. Love this outfit, very chic!

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  8. Perfect chill summer outfit, love the heels to add a little fanciness.

    xx Falasha

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  9. I died at "sweat mustache!" You are too funny...haha! I know all too well what that is :/ I love this outfit and that cute purse :)

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  10. I adore that outfit on you, Carmen and good idea to pair it with heels, you look lovely!

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  11. aww the purse and heels are so cute! the perfect set!

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  12. Carmen, those legs! You look amazing, and I'm absolutely loving the gray dress. The length is perfect for summer!

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  13. I love the bit of wisdom shared at the end of your post ;). Totally agree with you! I also love this cute outfit and LOVE that bag!

    Jane
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  14. It's a versatile dress could be for cold or hot season depends on how you style like you said. And you style it very well for your summer there. Love the bag btw.
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  15. Lovely outfit! This bag is absolutely adorable
    xo Julia
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  16. I adore your outfit, the bag is amazing :)

    xoxo

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  17. I love your dress! And your purse is too cute!

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  18. I just love this look! Awesome styling all around :)

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  19. Hey there beautiful! Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog :) You look super pretty in this grey dress! I would be happy to stay in touch so what about following each other on bloglovin!?!?

    Xx
    Larissa

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  20. I can't believe you had such a drastically change in the weather! Either way, it's wonderful that you are finally able to wear summer clothes! That dress looks so comfortable yet so chic and perfect for any occasion! The pumps give it the perfect touch and I love how you used all that gold jewelry! It's a perfect summer look and you look beautiful Carmen! Enjoy the start of your summer!
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  21. I hate those drastic changes, like what do you wear for those days?! You look really beautiful and amazing for such a hot day! I love the perfect touch and combination that your pumps and purse give your look!

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  22. Perfect dress!

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  23. I love a good tee-shirt dress, especially paired with pumps! This outfit is perfect summer and you look fantastic!

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  24. Great basic dress!! But the heels and purse add so much pizzazz!! jodie
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  25. Love this outfit - it's just my style! I could wear a tee shirt dress everyday. The heels are so perfect for it too. Cute purse!
    xx- S || Gamine & Stripes

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  26. You look perfect! I'm a huge fan of tee-shirt dresses and this little bag is so incredibly adorable! :)

    xx, Matea
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  27. Loving this outfit! Tee shirt dresses are the best; they allow you to have fun with accessories, which you did so beautifully :)

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  28. You look absolutely stunning love! Xx

    LITAH

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  29. Grey & pink is forever & always a lovely combo. :]

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  30. Can't go wrong with a cool bag. :]

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  31. Sweat mustaches are all too real. :]

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  32. Thank you, Shireen. Heels just fancy it up a bit. :]

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  33. Gotta do those squats. Haha. The dress has shrunk over time. Oops. :]

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  34. I like to sprinkle in some wisdom from time to time. :]

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  35. Absolutely. It's proved to be incredibly versatile. :]

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  36. Thank you, Ana. The temperatures have been fluctuating so much. It's been crazy. :]

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  37. You have to bring layers, so you can either add them on or take them off. :]

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  38. T-shirt dresses are so comfy. :]

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  39. Totally, especially if the dress is basic! Makes it perfect for styling. :]

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  40. Cute bag <3

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