Laid Back Summer Style Essentials

Laid Back Summer Style Essentials

Happy (almost) first official day of Summer, y'all! After being on the lake for a week, I'm seriously missing the cool breeze, and the option to jump in the lake if it ever got too hot out! Not that I ever took advantage of jumping in the lake because, you know, the whole not knowing what kind of creatures are swimming underneath me thing, but I miss that I at least had the option to jump in if I wanted to. 😂 The crazy Kentucky heat has already decided to make an appearance, and just like that it's time start pulling out all of the seasonal must haves that we've missed so much. Keep on scrolling to check out some of my personal laid back summer style essentials! ☀️

A Good Basic Tee

If there’s one thing I’ve missed since being pregnant it’s having a go-to tee that I can just throw on and walk out the door. I found this babydoll styled one in my favorite color from Roolee Boutique, and the definition right above my belly is making me want it in every color they have! A good basic tee (or tank!) is a total necessity for me in the summer with as much running around as we do … Whether it’s heading over to my parent’s house for the night to hang by the pool, or running out to grab ice cream, you can’t go wrong! 

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Comfy Everyday Sandals 

I really think that a solid pair of neutral shoes that you can wear with anything and everything are the most underrated part of everyone’s wardrobe. I’m a creature of habit, and once I find a pair of shoes that don’t kill my feet, and don’t look ridiculous, I pretty much live in them. 

Typically my go-to pair are my black TOMS, but since my feet are swelling like no other (#pregnantgirlprobs), I don’t foresee me fitting into anything but my Birks until August! I’ve wanted a pair of Birkenstocks since middle school, and finally at the age of 24 I am the proud owner of these babies! I couldn’t recommend them enough if you’re looking for an everyday type of shoe that goes with pretty much everything. 

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Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant 

I don’t care who you are, suffering through the day with a deodorant that doesn’t do it’s job is absolutely miserable. Whether the scent makes things 10x worse as the day goes on, or you end up ruining your outfit with the always dreaded sweat stains, it’s just not a risk I’m willing to take.  

I’ve been partnering with Secret Deodorant for a few months now trying out their Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant, and I’m happy to report that it’s just as good as it was when I first started using it! My favorite is still the Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel, and the fact that it has 2x the sweat protection vs an ordinary antiperspirant makes me feel 100% confident to wear whatever I want in this crazy summer heat!

Lots of Layered Jewelry

I don’t know what it is about summer, but it makes me want to pull out all of the jewelry I’ve ever owned, and wear it all at once. 😂 Stacked bangles, layered rings on every finger, and dainty necklaces are a few of my favorites. Y’all know I’m all about laid back style, and grabbing a few pieces of light jewelry on my way out the door is my favorite way to pull an entire look together. Speaking of jewelry, my wedding ring still doesn't fit. 😭 I hate posting photos without it so if it's something you noticed, know that I'm not wearing it simply because my darn fingers are swollen + it will totally get stuck and cut off all circulation. The struggle is so real. 😅

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A Pair of Sunnies You LOVE 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my head is perfectly round. Like, pumpkin head kind of round. 🙈 It’s always been a struggle for me to find a pair of sunglasses that I really love that don’t take over my entire face until I got these sent to me from Free People!

I love everything about them so much that I bought myself a second pair so that I had one in my car and one in Sean’s! Never underestimate the power of a good pair of sunnies. Especially on those days when you wake up late, realize you don’t have any food in the house, and have to run through Starbucks looking a hot mess … Not that it’s something that happens to me every other day or anything. 😅

What are your casual summer style essentials? Drop a comment below! ✌️

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Chelcey Tate is a photographer, blogger and graphic designer based in Louisville, KY.