Summer Essentials with Tommy Bahama

Today we are kicking off a brand new Blogger Nation series featuring one of my absolute favorite brands, particularly for summer wear, Tommy Bahama. In this post I’m sharing my must-have summer essentials, and let me tell you both of today’s looks are pretty much my definition of summer style.

If you aren’t already familiar with Blogger Nation, each season I team up with five of my favorite bloggers from across the country and we choose a select a group of brands that we love, ranging from clothes to jewelry and beauty, to feature on our blogs. So every week for the next few weeks, expect a new post featuring our latest picks!

So I’ve lived in Chicago over ten years now, and I think that means I can call myself a Chicagoan right? We Chicagoans like to savor every single bit of sunshine and warm weather we actually get, so naturally our family spends a lot of our summer staycationing at our family cabin on the lake, or taking day trips to the park or beach. With our much more relaxed summer lifestyle, there are a few things I always choose to wear, and that is: loose fitting lightweight fabrics in light colors. I also love wearing slide sandals and my friend recently bought me a pair of Custom Slide Sandal. They’re so awesome and they’re great to wear in the hot weather! I basically love everything that keeps me cool and compliments that fresh summer tan. Scroll down to see all of our Tommy Bahama summer picks, and click on the link below the blogger to get all of the details on her look!


My summer must-haves:

    1. White ‘Boyfriend’ Jeans – When it is hot, I like to swap out the skinny jeans for boyfriend fit, for a chic casual look like I’ve done here pair with slide sandals, or for an evening look, wear with a strappy high-heeled sandal.
    2. Eyelet – tops, dresses, shorts – anything in eyelet screams summer to me. Here I’ve picked this showstopper blouse that has a beautiful eyelet design on the sleeves and the front.
    3. Soft knits – This sweater halter top has a nautical vibe with the rope tie at the neck. I love that it hits at the hip so it fits my long torso. I’d also just as easily wear this over a skirt or slacks for the office

What are some of your favorites for summer?

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Look 1: Boyfriend Jeans thanks to Tommy Bahama | Knit Halter thanks to Tommy Bahama | Sandals: Gucci | Sunglasses: Kate Spade – Similar Style | Cuff bracelet: Sole Society

Look 2: Eyelet top thanks to Tommy Bahama | Jean Shorts: Citizens of Humanity – Similar Style| Sandals: Thanks to Sole Society (available in a couple of sizes) and here is a Similar Style | Ring: Rocksbox – use code LOVEZAHRA for a free month trial! Hat: J.Crew | Lip: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Cayenne

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!