#Trending: The Culotte Jumpsuit

This summer the Culotte Jumpsuit has been EVERYWHERE. I first noticed the trend while I was visiting my sister in New York City in June. A flowy jumpsuit, with a cropped, flare bottom. It seemed to be the absolute perfect summer piece. Being a mere 5’2 I wrote off my chances of ever rocking one, because let’s face it, most items with lots of fabric simply drown my small frame.

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For some reason, the flowing nature of this jumpsuit stayed on my mind and I spent the rest of June searching for the perfect one for my size. Two weeks into July I finally found this one from Francesca’s which I immediately began obsessing over (although to be fair, I have yet to see one I do not adore).

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Hey, petite friends, YOU CAN ROCK IT. I have worn mine with both heels and flat sandals and I can tell you it made little difference in how perfect this piece is for summer and the transition into fall. Pair it with wedges and some statement earrings for an afternoon out, or a jacket and your favorite booties when the weather begins to cool down.

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This piece will take you from afternoon coffee to a dinner date with ease and not to mention comfort. There is a reason the Culotte Jumpsuit has been everywhere this summer. Not only is it a highly versatile piece it is just so cute and feminine.

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What do you think of the Culotte Jumpsuit? Let me know in the comments!

Photos By: Jimmy Trieu

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Buy Yourself the Flowers

We have all been there. A few weeks post break-up with our head spinning as to why this whole “moving on” thing seems to be taking so long. I had spent weeks moping, being lazy, and feeling sorry for myself. After a tough break-up, it was time to remember who I was on my own. It was time to let it go.

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This summer was a period of growth for me that I hope to expand on even further. It started with a simple question that seemed to constantly be on my mind. “What do I do with myself?” The problem for me was, I had all these plans in my head for what my summer would have been like with someone. I decided to do something different and carried through with all of those crazy plans I had made in my head, alone.

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Sometimes, someone else is there to pick you up; but sometimes, you buy yourself the flowers. I packed up (rather spontaneously) and headed back home to Kansas City for some much-needed family time and a lot of alone time. That alone time began with a nine-hour drive listening to all my favorite songs and screaming at the top of my lungs (like everyone does, obviously) while I planned all the steps for a perfect summer, alone.

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Those steps included everything from dinner by myself and finding my way around a new city, to planning a five-day beach vacation for me, myself, and I (that I, unfortunately, was unable to take). Along the way, I remembered how much of my time used to be just for me. I realized that dating myself may be the right path to follow.

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Hear me out. You do not need someone to go with you to get coffee. To check out that new dinner place you have been dying to try. To have a luxurious day lounging around, or to bring you home flowers. You can do it all for yourself. No, it doesn’t mean you are lonely or have no friends. It means you can appreciate the solitude of your own presence, and you will wait until you find someone who can do the same.

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So, buy yourself the flowers. Take yourself to dinner. Enjoy dating yourself for a little bit, whether you are dating someone else or not, a little “me-time” never hurt anyone.

What is your favorite way to indulge in a little “me-time?” Let me know in the comments!