Sunday Best: v.7

Pair a bright hue with a neutral striped skirt for a summer look
Choose styles such as a bow tie blouse and a-line cotton skirt to stay cool
Blouse: Land's End Skirt: LOFT Sandals: T.J. Maxx
Sorry for the delay in posting this week's Sunday Best, but I will blame it on an exhausting but AMAZING birthday yesterday! I usually try to post pictures from at least a few days prior, but I obviously didn't have my act together so I'm sharing what I wore during the day yesterday! I really love this ensemble because it's breaking out of the typical blue I usually pair this skirt with and it's definitely my kind of style. My closet is mainly composed of two things: stripes and bow-tie blouses. It's kind of a problem. But I love it. This outfit was really simple to throw on and still look put-together for a nice lunch on a beautiful summer day.
I am still just beaming from my fun birthday yesterday. After a very busy and active week, I slept in a little and went thrifting with my parents at this really cool barn that is just packed with hidden treasures. I ended up getting this flashy gold clutch FO' FREE, which really excites me. (Now, just need an occasion to actually use it for . . .) Then, we ate lunch at probably my favorite restaurant in town, Narcisi Winery. It's classy (but not stuffy) with a complimentary wine tasting and the food is phenomenal. After dinner, I changed into a black cotton dress with a cut-out back (a la LOFT) and my new striped Keds and headed out for an evening of swing dancing with friends!
Even though I've gone swing dancing a few times this summer and have loved every second of it, it just seems to get better and better! I've been thinking a lot recently about what I want my life to look like--what kind of activities would I do or opportunities would I pursue if there weren't any fears or "what ifs" or obstacles blocking my path. Often times, a lot of those obstacles are things like "no one will go with me." While there's certainly an element of importance associated with this concern, I'm trying my hardest to push through those obstacles and chase after those things I really want. And going dancing regularly is one of them. What would you do if there weren't any of those tiny objections in your head?
Sleeveless bow tie blouses are great for looking put-together and staying cool in the summer
By the way, I'm really loving all of the looks you've linked up to Sunday Best the past few weeks! Keep them coming! I thought it would be a great idea to share a featured look from the previous week:
Check out the look that was clicked on the most last week. It's Kelsey from A Slo Life in a super versatile floral blouse and white shorts--the ideal summer look:
Let's see YOUR Sunday Best:
The Modern Austen


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Sunday Best is a weekly link up where you can share your favorite look from the previous week or the week to come. Join me and my stylish friends, share your outfits, gain inspiration, and discover new blogs! To join, simply add your link at the bottom of this post, link back to The Modern Austen (or add a button), and visit the other participants! Link party opens on Sunday mornings around 8:00 AM EST--please, only one style/outfit-related post per week.

Linking up to: Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, Mix-It Mondays, Style to Inspire, Watch What I Am Wearing, Fashionably Employed