What To Wear - Summer BBQ


I'm having so much fun being the official guest blogger for LaurenConrad.com and this post, which went up earlier this week, is one of my faves. I've always considered Memorial Day as the unofficial kick-off to fabulous summer barbeques. Now that my mind is already set on lazy weekends, mountainside picnics, and warm weathered gatherings, it's time to pile on some serious backyard fash… When it comes to everyone's favorite American tradition (a.k.a. the backyard barbeque), I always try to follow these three guidelines: comfort, style, and separates. The goal is to spend more time making memories and less time fussing with an overly complicated outfit. Your barbeque best should always reflect the latest summer trends, while still offering enough ease to participate in outdoor activities. Opt for minimal makeup, simple hairstyles like a ponytail or side braid, and never ever forget the all-important must-have: sunglasses. Squinty eyes are never photogenic. Below is my guide on how to dress for the Three BBQs of Summer: beach, bonfire, and backyards…

Shorts- Joe's Jeans Tank- Material Girls Luxor Ring- JewelMint Fedora- Forever 21 Sunglasses- DVF Neon Sandals- Frock Candy

Neon hues are the hottest and certainly the brightest trend hitting the scene this season and I can't think of a better backdrop to rock them than everyone's favorite summer location—the beach! Beach barbeques inevitably involve quick dips in the water and impromptu games of volleyball or Frisbee, so appropriate attire is key to having a good time. Though the girl in the corner may look fabulous in her sky-espadrilles and super tight bandage dress, I can assure you she isn't having fun. To avoid heading home with a trail of sand in your wake, I suggest simple staples such as cutoff shorts. They're super easy to layer over your bathing suit f and they leave enough skin exposed for the all-important suntan.


Skirt- Zara Top- Ralph Lauren Headband- Forever 21 Wooden Bracelets- Novica Beaded Bracelets- Penelope G Necklaces- Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses- BleuDame

I love wearing maxi skirts and cropped tops for BBQs that take place in the evening because they give you an easy breezy vibe, while still allowing you to be comfortable wherever your summertime get-togethers may take place. This is the perfect ensemble to wear whether you’re simply a guest at the event or the overachieving host. The neutral pallet will prevent you from blending into the night, while the extra fabric will help you stay warm whenever you stray from the fire. Go bohemian for this event and try accessorizing your look with a floral headband that will help keep your hair out of your face. And don’t forget to layer on a mixture of earthy accessories to finish off your look.



Shorts- LC Lauren Conrad, Wedges- Kohl's (similar here) Tote Bag- BCBGenerations Top- Free People Earrings- Saressa Designs

Denim shorts are as all-American as you can get, so for this traditional setting, rock a killer pair of denim shorts. These fabulous LC Lauren Conrad summer must-have shorts from Kohl’s will make it easy to navigate from the kitchen to the back porch without restricting you from partaking in a game of basketball or simply visiting around a table with friends. Backyard gatherings are notorious for having chairs sprawled about for late night gossip, so to keep things ultra flattering I suggest a slouchy crochet top. The airy sweater will keep the outfit breezy, while also acting as great bathing suit cover up if you’re gathering is poolside. Cute wedges and a fabulous striped tote bag will put the final touches on this comfy backyard ensemble.  

Which BBQ ensemble is your favorite?

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159 comments:

  1. Looking gorgeous in this maxi white dress!
    Very boho and comfortable for the beach ;)

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  2. Love your yellow shorts!

    Laura xo

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  3. You look lovely in the second outfit - the white skirt is gorgeous! And I love your neon pink hat - I definitely need one of those! :-D

    Em
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  4. love all your bracelets!
    and the blue/white bag!

    kiss from Spain,

    ✿✿✿letizia

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  5. Your blog is wonderful. Beautiful photos, your clothes are beautiful and colorful, and wonderful shoes. You look lovely: D

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  6. the last oufit fis my favourite! it's too cute with this shirt and those wedges aahhh <33

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  7. love those bangles cute outfit
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  8. I love these yellow shorts !

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  9. I love your three outfits honney, but the best one for me is the last one. And
    I agree with all your recommendations :)
    xoxo

    eLi

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  10. wow, this post is amazing. I love all the outfits. Very helpful and inspiring.

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  11. Number 2 is the most like me. Great tips.

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  12. Wow,the second outfit is so adorable!xx

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  13. Well this is perfect timing. I was just thinking about what I needed to wear this weekend. You look great in them all, but I think one and two are my personal favorites.

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  14. Obsessed with this post. I want everything. How do you always manage to come up with such creative post? You really are an inspiration to all bloggers. xoxo

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  15. I loved your post on LC's blog!!! These bbq outfits are just great :)


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  16. Gorgeous post, I love your sense of style and use of color in your outfits. You look great in all of these shots..!

    FJM
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  17. Wonderful tips Anna. I love all of these outfits.

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  18. You always nail it with the accessories. I love all your bracelets in the first outfit. Very summer.

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  19. thank you dear for nice comment! I'm so happy you visit my blog !


    Kisses!


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  20. Adoring the beach BBQ outfit - perfect!
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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  21. Bracelets are the best summer accessories!

    xoxo

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  22. Gorgeous outfits, I especially adore the bonfire style. You are so pretty!
    X Jane

    http://thetaleoftwobuttons.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful hun, I adore that last outfit and your striped tote!! xo K

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  24. Love them all but the second outfit is my favorite :) Congrats on this new adventure!

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  25. Neon shorts, sandals and a hat are beautiful:D

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  26. Love, love, love these three pretty outfits. My favorite is the bonfire Outfit. It looks so pretty and romantic. Really lovely.
    Have a fabulous weekend Anna
    xoxo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  27. Perfect summer outfits, I think the 'beach bbq' look is my favourite, the colours look great together! :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  28. What a fantastic posts! you've demonstrated three looks that are perfect for these occasional and you carry all three off so well!
    xx
    I Want It All

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  29. lovely lovely i love everything
    also the brazalets are amazing
    thanksa about your commet
    kisses

    thechicmode.blogspot.com

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  30. Ooh I love all of the bracelets in your 'bright' section! Very inspirational :)

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  31. Love the first and the last outfit :)

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  32. Such a lovely post, I love your blog¡¡
    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: http://loscaprichosdediana.blogspot.com.es/

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  33. Gorgeous girl! Love the Bon fire BBQ outfit!

    Xox soph

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  34. Great outfits! I like the colourful one, but the outfit you wore on the beach is also very pretty!

    xx Marije

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  35. The last outfit is my favorite :)

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  36. thank u so much for the comment on my blog ;)

    i am in love wid your blog and outfits
    you are gorgeous and amazing
    i wanna follow u for sure ;)

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  37. Love all of these looks!
    ~Karen
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  38. I love the first one! I'm so obsessed with neon right now :)

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  39. I seriously love them all! However, the beach bonfire looks super fun! I guess b/c I think it would be awesome to go do that! xoxo A-

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  40. what a fun post!! Great outfits!

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  41. Love the three looks you put together and this post is super helpful! I have a backyard BBQ coming up so I will definitely be putting some of your tips to good use!

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  42. Cute yellow shorts!

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  43. I love the neon look! The long sleeved sweater is great too.

    XO
    http://justasmalltowngirlblog.blogspot.com

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  44. All the looks are great, but I think the last one is my favorite!

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  45. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and for your nice comment! I think I love the backyard barbecue outfit best, but only because it is my style more. THe first one is the coolest though because I love the hat and the colors! I would love if you followed me again, because my old blogs you used to follow I cancelled. I have the new one now and would love your support once again! Thanks!!! Love your blog as always and hope you have a wonderful day and congrats on the Lauren Conrad job! You are doing great things girl! xo

    Pip
    http://icetodiamonds.blogspot.com

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  46. love every outfit! i would love to wear any one of them!

    have a fabulous weekend!

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  47. I really really really enjoyed reading this one on laurenconrad.com earlier this week! Amazing post, amazing style, keep going girl! :) Have an great Memorial Day weekend!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    www.rachelslookbook.com

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  48. i really love this blog! it is full of beautiful ideas and things! sure! i really be happy, if you could visit mine! keep in touch , if you like mine! what do you think! a big kiss
    Miriam stella fashion blogger

    is fashion my Passion? the MiriamStella's Blog
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  49. Ah the second one is my favourite...I'm always looking for ways to wear maxi skirts and this is a great look!

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  50. Perfect beach look. Lovely with all the summer colours!

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  51. You are seriously so beautiful! I love all 3 looks! Have a fabulous weekend!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  52. Def the one with the cut off yellow shorts- love your bright shiny style!!

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  53. love all these ideas, they're really cute and smart
    xx ish
    http://tiny-heart-beats.blogspot.com/

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  54. Love that flowered headband! So cute:)

    <3 Leney

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  55. I love the look with the maxi skirt and the look with the neon shorts and fedora! :)

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  57. All the outfits look amazing...I love the shorts and the sandals from the first outfit.The cropped top and the headband from the second and the bag and the earing from the last one:)Great post and beautiful photos:)Much love

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  58. All of the outfits are gorgeous but my favorite was the third one. That sweater is so adorable! xoxo Demmy

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  59. I'm glad to see you modeling on all your posts. You look better than any star or model you post.

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  60. I love all of these looks, and you're sooo right about picking outfits that you won't have to be fussing with!
    xox dana
    thewonderforest.com

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  61. the pink free people top is perfect for a beachy bbq, with a swimsuit underneath. :)

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  62. I love the last one for sure!

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  63. You look amazing and love every single outfit. My favorite one is the very first one, love the colors....xoxoxox

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  64. Loved your post on Lauren's website! Awesome as always :) And perfect bbq outfits.

    xoxo,
    Rachael

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  65. Thanks for the comment, dear! I saw this on laurenconrad.com before looking at your blog! It's amazing! Your blog is fantastic by the way. Definitely following!!

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  66. I truely love all three of these looks and would wear all of them depending on the weather!

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  67. You look adorable in all outfits!!!^^

    xoxo

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  68. I love that halter top and nautical striped bag. Those yellow wedges are super cute too.

    Xo

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  69. These are amazing outfits and so great for summer. Thanks Anna

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  70. 2 all the way. The flower child in me is going crazy for those bracelets.

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  71. I love the maxi skirts too! All great choices!

    IAmGuyanese!

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  72. oh my gosh i love all three outfits!! the first one is my fave - so many bright colors in one outfit, you cant go wrong! :)

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  73. all three are great! i love the neon but could never pull it off! the backyard outfit is definitely one i would wear.

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  74. Great post and looks! Love it!

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  75. All these of these looks are fabulous! I adore the neon pieces, though I think the backyard bbq look is my favourite :)
    Simple, cute, & summery!

    <3 Shawna
    Serpentine Streets

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  76. love this post :) i can see why it's your favorite :) especially the first pic it's really cool, love all the color
    my fav outfits were for the beach and for the backyard bbq
    your pink sandals are so pretty, last season i bought a pair with similar shape, but they were tri-colored...white for the base and the ankle strap was turquoise and the part on top of the foot was bright pink :)
    XO stephi

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  77. you look gorgeous.

    eimear x

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  78. Hey love! I'm hosting my first giveaway, and I'd love you to stop by!

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    have a great weekend!

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  79. so nice your a guest blogger for laurenconrad.com!!! Love all your pictures - you have a great style ;)

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  80. Wow great outfits! These all look amazing!! love the neon colors.
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  81. LOVE all of these outfits. Outstanding. Don't even think I could pick a favorite. Happy Holiday Weekend!!!!

    xx,

    Abby

    http://abbyisalldolledup.wordpress.com

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  82. I love all of your outfits and the flower headband is the cutest thing ever!
    too bad we don't have forever 21 here;(
    x

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  83. YOU Look stunning. Love all the fun colors.

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  84. Great looks Anna! The colors in the first one are so fun!

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  85. Work it girl. adore this post

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  86. U sure know how to rock those colors! Love them!

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  87. LOVE it!!!! <3

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  88. Love the looks you put together. My fav is the one with the white maxi skirt. xA

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  89. I am in love with all the looks!

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  90. I love the colors and the outfit! My favorite is the first and second, but I love to try and wear these three.

    Arra
    theprincessonthebrink.blogspot.com

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  91. I love all of these outfits!!
    -Amber
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  92. Awesome looks! Love the knitted sweater with the yellow wedges and blue striped hand bag! Fabulous. BTW Loving your blog as well great fashion blog! Now following :)

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  93. I love the BonfireBBQ look... The headband is an amazing find at F21... I got mine at H&M and Love IT!!! Also LOVE your blog and style ("excessive accessories") - TRIPLE LOVE! FOllOwing YoU!!
    Please check out my new blog. Thank you. Would love it if you Follow Back a Fellow Angeleno!

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    Dana

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  94. I love the back yard BBQ look the most. So casual but stylish at the same time.

    Amy

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  95. Anna, this post is seriously brilliant and I looked at all over them twice over and you're equally stunning in all of them. I love the neon, the floral and of course the last one with the striped bag. Congrats on all your success...

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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  96. The all white look is our favorite. Gorgeous!

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  97. All your looks are so breathtaking!

    Rebecca
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  98. such a nice post,if you like we can follow each other ;)

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  99. ahhhh i love the colors <3

    I have an ongoing giveaway on my blog, please join! xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com)

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  100. This is such a great post, I love your first two outfits! Stunning. Kisses

    http://mostlymelina.blogspot.com.es/

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  101. All of these are great! I love your turquoise chevron top!

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  102. What fun looks! I love the colors :)

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  103. Hi dear, your blog is great!
    Maybe you would like to follow each other's blogs?

    Sabine
    zeitbild-photo.blogspot.de

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  104. Love the flower headband! I'm ready to start going to the beach!

    -Lauren
    www.coffeeandcolor.blogspot.com

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  105. Love all the looks! You look fab in the 1st one, is my favourite!

    xo
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  106. I love all of these looks and totally agree that practicality is just as important for these types of functions as fashion is! I love that pretty maxi skirt on you, but the 3rd look is my favorite! I love the crochet top with shorts, your accent-colored wedges, and that amazing BCBGeneration striped tote!

    ~Jacy

    http://laviedelenore.blogspot.com

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  107. Stunning photographs and wonderful outfits...impossible to choose a favorite you look gorgeous in all!dimplesdiaries
    x

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  108. Gorgeous photos! I miss the beach!

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  109. Thank you for your comment on my blog dear!! I like your style so much!
    If you want we can follow each other?
    Come back soon to visit my blog: Cosa mi metto???
    Last day to win a wonderful long dress from Shabby Apple

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  110. This is such an awesome post babe, great outfits. I love the second one. :) xx

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  111. So pretty, I just love your blog!

    Ashton from:
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  112. Gorgeous, gorgeous bbq looks, I would wear all of them! The accessories are perfect! You look incredible as always! xxx

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  113. Love this post! Glad you are enjoying your blogging at Lauren Conrad! Xo

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  114. They're all really lovely looks! Especially love the boheme vibe in the second look, and all the colours in those others. :) Cute!

    Thank you so much for following, I'm joining your followers aswell! (On GFC & Bloglovin' + Pinterest:)

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  115. thank you so much for your sweet comment and for following my blog! I love yours and have been following it for some time - and I'm so honored that you like mine as well :)

    xo, Hanna
    http://whoishanna.blogspot.com/

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  116. loved reading this on lauren conrads website! it makes me so happy summer is here!!

    ruthandnans.blogspot.com

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  117. Fabulous, beautiful pictures, amazing combination of colors.
    parfum pas cher

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  118. These are really good looks I love all the outfits, cute blog!

    http://fabulousodyssey.blogspot.com/

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  119. Beachhhhhhhh :D lovely post

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  120. Thank you so much! Love the backyard look the most, gorgeous!
    xxx
    fashionstiletto.blogspot.com

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  121. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :) you look lovely and bright as always :)

    ellenor marie
    http://fashionstitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  122. cute how you posted different outfits for different events!

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

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  123. Annaaa we want to see you in your wedding dress! please show us :)

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  124. Really like this outfit. You look really pretty and I like all of these pics. It looks so fresh :) Follow you! :)

    xoxo

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  125. Such a great post! I love all 3 looks, but my favorite is definitely the neon -- and the beach is my favorite place for the BBQ, so it's all appropriate!
    So glad to have found your blog :)

    www.stylingmylife.com

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  126. Saw this post over at Lauren Conrad blog and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You always give the most practical, helpful personal style advice. Keep up the good work!!

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  127. the bright shorts and the top are just gorgeous!!
    http://fashionizelife.blogspot.com

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  128. My family would wish to visit Georgia and would want to remain within a log cabin.
    We cannot afford anything really expensive, so if you have any ideas please write.

    Thanks..
    Also see my website: backyards

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  129. Those yellow shorts!

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  130. Amazing outfits, love your style!!! ♥
    Beach and Backyard BBQ are my favourites. ☼

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  131. Love the long dress!! Soo boho-chic! Really nice sweetie!

    www.fashionaddict09.blogspot.be

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  132. I just love all of your outfits and everything!!!

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  133. Amazing pics. beautiful outfits.

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