10 Summer Items We Have Our Eyes On

The official start of summer is about a week away. How is that even possible? Where did the spring go?! You won’t see either of us complaining though. With Bridget off work and warm temps here in Chicago…summer is a happy time for us both!Rainbow_Cone_Chicago-2

With the warmer temps, comes the shuffling of our wardrobes. We will often store away our boots, jackets, and cooler weather clothing once we have consistent warm days here in Chicago. That time has finally come!Bridget_Chicago_Athleta_Workout

But when dragging our summer clothing out of storage, we’ve noticed a few gaping holes in each of our wardrobes. Most notably in the shoe department, because sometimes sandals don’t last more than a season or 2! Here are 10 summer items we’re both looking to add to our closets for the summer months ahead!


One-Piece Swimsuitjcrew-scalloped-bikini

This scalloped one-piece from J.Crew is adorable! I’m so happy one-piece suits are all the rage right now, and there are some adorable ones out there that aren’t frumpy. Gone are the days of the “mom suits” with thick shoulder straps. I always love J.Crew swimsuits because they last forever! This halter one has amazing reviews…so I’m still deciding!

Platform Sandals

I actually just got these sandals and I can’t say enough good things about them. First…the price?! Such a steal for a nice sandal. The heel is a bit high, but the block heel makes them incredibly comfortable. I’ve been wearing them to work constantly because they go with everything!

Striped Comfy Dress

I plan to live in comfy dresses this summer. There’s just nothing easier than throwing on 1 item that you know is bound to be comfortable all day long. This striped dress fits the bill, plus the back has a little tie at the top that adds a little something extra!


TOMS Gym Shoes

I love my TOMS wedges (the booties and peep toe block heels) because they’re so comfy. From what I’ve heard, the same is true for these gym shoes. My sister had them last year and loved them! I loved that she could wear them with an athleisure outfit, but could also wear them with jeans/jeans shorts.

Work to Weekend DressScreen Shot 2017-06-05 at 1.58.34 PM

Although I’m not technically working this summer, I do have a few work-like events that this dress could be perfect for. I also have quite a few baby and wedding showers to attend this summer and this comfy, yet classic, dress seems perfect! Plus I’m traveling to Nashville and Charleston later this summer and again this light weight, easy-to-pack dress is perfect. Needless to say, I plan to get a lot of use out this dress and it’s currently on sale… so I may finally take the plunge!

Tie Front Blouse Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 2.15.25 PM

I don’t know about you, but this tie front blouse screams “it’s summer!” to me. This tie-front blouse was super popular among our readers and one I love/wear a lot. This tank tie-front is similar, but perfect for the extra high temperatures lately.

Razorback Dress Turned Cover-up

I’m not a huge fan of cover-ups that are strictly cover-ups. Not because they’re not super cute, but because I end up going to lunch or running an errand after the pool and feel way less covered up then I want to be!

I love This razorback dress because it can work perfectly as a cover-up, but can also double as an actual dress… even one that I could wear out on the weekends. I could pair it with sandals, wedges, or even my favorite converse for lots of different looks. Plus it comes in 6 different colors so there are lots of options to choose from.

White Eyelet Blouse

How adorable is this blouse?! This is another piece I think I’d get a ton of use out of this summer. It’s on my wishlist and I’m watching it to see if it’ll drop in price over the next month or so. If I see any updates, I’ll definitely keep you guys updated!



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