Discover The Perfect End Of Summer Dresses

summer dress for end of season

So were nearing the end of summer but there’s still time to grab some summer dresses to wear and have in the closet. I’ve always been a fan of dresses because it’s just one choice you have to make when getting dressed. Let’s keep it simple! The good news is you can find great prices now. You still have time to wear these cute dresses. The dress I’m wearing has cut-outs that caught my attention. And the rich color was a no-brainer. I had to grab it. It’s all about the small details. The fit of the dress was also a selling point. It’s a fit and flare style that is truly very flattering on most body types. You can have it all in one dress…, comfort, and pretty. I added a necklace I found at resale shop Plato’s Closet and the clutch was my mothers. The bold colorful platform shoes are from JustFab. The platform is easy to wear and “give me life” because they can to sky-high but still comfortable.

Perfect Summer Dresses

This dress was deeply discounted (less than $40) at Belk’s Spring Charity Sale (Dallas) benefiting Model of Culture. I was lucky enough to be invited by Vanna Collins Cottingham who is the Founder of Model of Culture. Vanna covers all things trendy including fashion, celebrity news, music, community events and so much more. It felt wonder to spend dollars that would aid a great charity and a wonderful person. Be sure to lookout for Belk’s next charity sale. You’ll get to shop before the doors open to the public and be offered more discounts. With Fall just around the corner it’s time to take advantage of the outstanding sales of summer merchandise.

end of summer season dress orange fit and flare


fit and flare summer dress with cutouts

End of season summer dress

These summer dresses make you go oooooweeee! I put together a few steals and deals. All of these beauties are under $45!! Yessssss…… don’t you just love affordable fashion? All these looks have a easy-brezzy feel. Dresses offer a simple solution when trying to decide what to wear.

Here are some fabulous summer dresses all under $45. Style isn’t about the expensive price tag.


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Maximize The Maxi: A Summer Must Have

Maxi dress with statement necklace

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maxi dress and statement necklace

I love wearing a maxi dress. They are easy to wear and oh so comfortable. I found this blue maxi with cutouts on one of my go-to online stores The ruching at the waistline is very forgiving and the dress is fully lined. I like the deep V that allows me to show off this beautiful statement necklace. Nothing like a little bling in your life. Summer is the perfect time to bare some skin and this dress allows you to do that in style. A great way to maximize the maxi is to change-up your accessories. This bold necklace dresses up the outfit but if you add a delicate or smaller necklace you have a more casual look. The maxi dress is your friend. 

Maxi dress and accessories
All photos by Kristin Miller

3 Ways to Maximize The Maxi

  1. Jewelry. This is where you can decide how and where you want to wear your maxi dress. I decided to dress-up my maxi with a big bold statement necklace from Pearlsandrocks. Added a studded clutch and simple silver ring and bracelet. If you want a more casual look add some dainty accessories. A smaller necklace or even a couple of them stacked would be a nice touch. Instead of a clutch add a bigger bag or shoulder purse.
  2. Wear a shirt over the maxi. It may get cool in the evening and this is a way to add another dimension to the maxi. I love wear a denim shirt sometimes over my maxi dresses. Also a light sweater cardigan can add some flavor.
  3. The shoes. Yes, gals you know the shoe game is all important. A flat scandal is always a great go-to option. The wedge shoe is so cute. And the high-heels really maximize the maxi to dressy status.

maxi dress backless


maxi dress with silver studded cluch

The maxi is easy-breezy and fun to wear. Do you love a maxi? If you don’t own a maxi it’s time to put one in your closet. No matter age, size, or height it’s a dress that won’t go out of style. Let me know how you’re wearing the maxi dress this summer.




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3 Ways To Wear A Dress As A Top

white dress with floral capri pants

wearing a dress as a top

3 Ways To Wear A Dress As A Top

  1. If you have a dress in your closet that you feel is just a little too short. Try wearing it over a pair of capris (like I did in these photo’s)
  2. Some times it’s okay to shop in the Juniors Department. Although I’m far from being a “junior” you can find stylish dresses and wear them as a shirt. Pair them with some long shorts, leggings, or skinny jeans.
  3. The best way to pull off this look is to make sure what you wear under the dress in form-fitting. This look is comfy and chic, plus now you have multiple ways to wear a dress. A win, win!!!

The dress is a Ebay buy that I found for $8 and the floral capris (similar) are old. The bag I found at Goodwill. Yes, can you believe it?! I love finding great deals. The lovely accessories are from Plano jewelry designer Tia W. Vaugh and her collection Tarte Laine is full of color and brilliant stones. Make the most out of your closet and multi-purpose items. Sometimes we just need to shop in our closets. Be sure to stop by my Instagram where I show more fashion/beauty tips.

wearing a top as a dress white dress with capri pants and bag

wearing a top as a dress white dress with floral capri pants


wearing a top as a dress accessories by tarte laine

I’d love to hear or see how you wear dresses in different ways. Wearing a dress as a top offers easy styling and it’s so easy to do. Style doesn’t have to be costly, just creative. And don’t forget to add your personality to an outfit. Personal style should be fun…..not a struggle.



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Must Have White Top And Killer Jeans

White top and jeans

white top banana republic

The white top and jeans is a versatile combination that offers a polished look. I’m all about a casual look with unique accessories. A white top is an essential for the closet. It can go from office to evening and casual to dressy. The button down white shirt is from Banana Republic and the fabric is so soft and comfortable. I love wearing jeans and I lucked out and found these boot-cut at Plato’s Closet. Finding a good fitting pair of jeans is a struggle for me at times. I’m a “tall drink of water” at 5″10 so length is often an issue but these jeans were extra long…..yaaay! The boot-cut jeans tends to balance out my curves. When you’re a lady with hips the fullness at the bottom of the jeans leg offers a slimmer appearance

The beautiful pieces I’m wearing are from Tarte Laine. Tia W. Vaughn a wife and mother who lives in Plano, TX is the designer and her collection is stunning. She designs all her works with her own hands. Her jewelry consists of miniature hand-painted canvas, stones and beads. And you won’t find any two pieces that are alike.

White top and jeans


Necklace, ring, earrings, by Tarte LaineHere are a few suggestions for the “perfect” white shirt. This classic basic top has endless chic style that is timeless. 

white top and bootcut jeans
Bag mother’s closet, wedge sandals DSW Shoes

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Beauty At The Galleria: Beauty Tips For The Everyday Woman

Beauty panel at the Galleria Mall
Beauty Live panel disscussion
Beauty Live panel talking about all things beauty. Click picture to learn more details about the event.

Great beauty event at the Dallas Galleria. Beauty experts provided tips on how to apply makeup to useful stress releasing techniques. These type of events at local malls can very helpful when seeking out beauty advice. They have makeup artists that can teach you how to apply your makeup and what products would work best for you. I attended Beauty Live on Saturday but more activities are on Sunday April 10th. All the panelist seen above live in the Dallas area and they discussed  how to stay cute with the hot Texas summer around the corner.

Beauty Tips For The Summer Heat

  1. Primer is your friend. It helps save the makeup and last longer throughout the hot days.
  2. Wear less makeup but find a good bronzer or highlighter that will give you a glow……not a shine.
  3. Don’t neglect your eyebrows. They can make a huge difference without wearing any makeup.
Beauty Expert Leah Frazier
Beauty/Style Expert Leah Frazier. Founder of Inspire N Style and The FashionPreneur. Click picture to learn more about Inspire N Style.

So happy to see Leah Frazier on the panel at Beauty Live. She truly is a beauty/style expert. She’s a fashion stylist, editor, and founder of two fashion publications and so much more . She is very knowledgeable about trends, styles, and all things beauty. If you see her name on any event you need to attend. Leah offers so many services in the fashion realm so be sure to click her name for more information.

Video of Regional Stylist from Lancome working the runway and giving away beauty products. The audience was very excited about free giveaways. Events like these are all around the country so no matter where you live it’s a get chance to try beauty products at no cost. Lancome is offering some special deals for the weekend of April 9-10th.

Makeup Tips For The Woman Over 40

  1. Moisturize….moisturize….moisturize. The more hydrated your skin is the younger it looks.
  2. Flaunt your new bone structure. As a woman ages you lose fat in your face. Play up those cheekbones, wear blush.
  3. Often the eyelashes get thinner but no worries just use a mascara that is light weight and has a thinner brush. The thinner brush helps coat each lash.
Sephora Makeup Artist and Dionne dean
Here are Dionne Dean and the Sephora makeup artist that provided me a daytime smokey eye. I lost her contact information but stop by and see her. Check out Dionne once a month on Good Morning Texas as a featured Style Expert.

Beauty Live offered a lot of information on beauty and how to apply it to your life. The gift bag and gift card from Belk was icing on the cake. I wanted to share the expericenc with you and let you know there are affordable beauty services available. Don’t neglect yourself. If you don’t know where to go seek professional advice. You deserve to feel pretty and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money.  It’s never too late to be a better you.



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