Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beach Day

Forever 21 Knit Stripes Dress $14.90
Aldo Petigny Handbag $38.00
Forever 21 Maestro Wrap Sandals $15.80
Forever 21 Gold Aviators $5.80
Aldo Larrow Watch $35.00
Topshop Dome Flower Ring $40.00

During the summer months, I spend many weekend days at the beach with friends. We like to load up our magazines, books, snacks, games, surfboards, etc. and head to the sand for a full day of friends, sunshine, and fun. I usually like to wear clothes that are comfortable, casual, and inexpensive (since many outfits are ruined after their interaction with the sand and sunscreen). This grey dress was the perfect combination of all my beach day requirements! I also have been loving the grey and yellow color combination lately, so this yellow bag seemed like the perfect way to complete the outfit. What do you usually wear to the beach?

55 comments:

MyLittlePhotographs said...

This outfit is so cute I especially love the bag

Katie said...

That ring is so cute!

Destined For Now said...

I love that dress with the yellow purse. I'm so glad are your choices are reasonably priced.

Diana Mieczan said...

I usually wear a tunic over a swimming suit...I adore that dress...Its sooo cute:)
Kisses sweetie and have a great day!

Krystal said...

so cute!! I love that watch, so much

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Your items here are perfect! I'd love to wear every one of them. As for me, at the beach, I tend to wear a swimsuit and cover-up, with some Havaianas. All comfort, to chase around my kiddies with.

Elle Sees said...

Surfboard? Get it, girl! I'm more of a ppl-watcher and mag/book reader at the beach

Jammer said...

I love the yellow bag - I can't believe it's under 40 bucks!!

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Mandy said...

I'm going to the beach this weekend, and I'm already planning what I'm going to wear/bring. I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear a light sundress and thong sandals, so this post is perfect inspiration :) I really like the Forever 21 sandals; I'm so tempted to go on their website and snag them....

Erica said...

Love that dress and those sandals. Great picks!

Renée said...

love the dress and the sandals! Can't wait to spend time at the beach

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Sounds like a perfect day! :) I tried that dress on at Forever 21 the other day!!! I didn't like it on me though. :( Love that watch though!!

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

bikini - havianas (sp) - cover-up .. :o)

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Legs said...

This outfit is super cute! I'm tempted to buy the entire thing!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Cute! I want the ring and the dress- more stripes!!! :)

California Wife said...

I love the dress and the sandals, perfect!!!

Alison said...

What a chic dress, and for only $35!

Jamie said...

I am seriously LOVING this dress! The whole outfit is so cute but I think I might NEED that dress! ;)

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Lisa Griffin said...

I normally go with a bikini and floaty coverup with cap sleeves to avoid a sunburn! how have i missed this dress? its great!
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Cara said...

This outfit is adorable and a STEAL!
<3 Cara
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Marcie said...

Oh, I love that dress! I've never thought of pairing grey and yellow, but it does look great. This summer, I've been to the beach a couple of times and have worn my suit with a Target cover up. I think I need to head to F21 to get this dress though.

xo
Marcie

Gabriel said...

You forgot your big floppy hat and your bicycle. Don't forget the margaritas!

style'n said...

I love the grey and yellow combinationas well. Now I just need to get to the beach!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I usually wear denim cutoff shorts over my swimsuit when I head to the beach - this look would be far more chic! Absolutely adore it!! :)

Kayla said...

Are you lurking in my suitcase? I leave for the beach tomorrow I think I have almost this exact outfit in there! Great picks!

Lindsay said...

I'm a sun dress girl at the beach too :) OH and a hat is a must :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Oh cute dress, I love it. It looks so chic. And major plus points for the bag. I love the burst of yellow sunshine from that bag.

Annie said...

I love Everything!!! such a cute summer outfit AND such great prices!

elledee said...

I love this collection! the topshop ring is to die for!

Tasha said...

These are perfect for a day at the beach! I really love that dress from Forever21! What a good deal! And that yellow handbag is so bright and cheery!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I love it!!! The whole thing is great. Need that dress pronto :)

Josie said...

I love every single thing in your collage. Absolutely love it -- that dress is adorable! And the yellow/gray combination is super cute.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

this free bird said...

Val-upper left grey dress = must. Plz tell me you got it! The yellow bag = adorable and ridiculously inexpensive. Plz tell me you got that too!!

And thanks so much for your kind words on my sailor uniform. I love that outfit and feel so chic when I wear it, even though it's so simple. It's weird because when I posted the pictures I thought, hmmm this doesn't look like a very exciting outfit and I wasn't sure the pictures captured how relaxed I feel so your comment helped me to see that sometimes it's all in my head and I just need to throw it out there.

And hey, what's up with everyone getting traumatized at swim lessons? Maybe this is a business opportunity...

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the grey and yellow combo, too!

Iva said...

I love this entire outfit Valerie! It's truly lovely. This actually is very similar to what I would wear to the beach as well. I love the color combo of yellow and grey too. To be honest, I'm just a huge fan in general of a fabulous color paired with grey! ;)

A.Co said...

Chic and cheap, nice finds V.

I like those sandals!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Shannon @ Sit.Relax.Gossip. said...

I wish I lived near the beach and could create a beach look...sigh. That yellow purse is the perfect accessory for the look.

Taj Acosta said...

I don't know about you but I always love a yellow purse! I can't get enough of it in the summer! xoxo

Tatum-LeTard said...

Wow... everything paired together here is so crisp and classic! I love this look! I also love all of your posts on Buy This, Not That! It's so true how easily it is to find duplicates (much thriftier) at places like Forever 21!

SabinePsynopsis said...

I agree, yellow + grey is very lovely (as is yellow and caramel/beige) and the shades for $5.80 are a great find.
What do I wear to the beach? A bikini normally. xoxo

PetiteGorgeous said...

Love the choice of the yellow bag + the dress. I am following you now.

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junghwa by amy stewart said...

What a cute dress! Looks perfect for the summer, the beach, right now!!

The Zhush said...

Such a great outfit! You could work for a magazine! ;)

Melanie said...

Talk about a quintessential summer outfit. I really love everything about it...particularly the dress, belt and shoes!

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

Torrie said...

I love to wear soft, comfortable dresses like this to the beach. I agree regarding the prices (since they do typically have a short 'shelf life' when worn to the beach). I LOVE the VS dress that I purchased with the shoes (the turquoise one...on the "shoe post")- soooooo soft and cute!

Tara said...

love this look! especially the bag & the ring!

adri said...

forever 21 has theeee cutest dresses. i love that outfit! sadly, i live in utah, so i have no beach to run to. the closest thing we have is a reservoir, but i love throwing my swim suit on and spending the day there :)

hiyaluv said...

i love that yellow bag;)
smiles,
gina

Punctuation Mark said...

i love this look... affordable and cute!

g e o r g i a ~ g i g i said...

Valerie, you find the prettiest rings!
I haven't went to the lake at all this summer, it is driving me nuts! Hopefully this weekend!
Thank you so much for following my new blog and being such a great bloggie friend! Your the best!
Smoochies
G

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Wonderful taste! I LOVE this outfit! That dress and that yellow bag are my favorites! It makes me want to go out and buy it all now!

Mara said...

ooh I love it all! I can't wait till my next beach trip. The last two times I've been it hasn't been too warm :(

Shelley Ann said...

holy moly! i LOVE every piece of that outfit! especially the dress and the bag. i would definitely love a pair of those shoes also.

Nicole Marie said...

love love love this whole outfit!

Allison - Simply Beautiful World said...

I love the whole look!!! I'm putting every item on my shopping list for sure! :)

xoxo,
Allison