How to Dress Chicly This 4th of July

You don’t have to wear an American Flag this weekend in order to represent the good old Red, White, and Blue. Put the colors sparingly into your look, and you will look like Lady Liberty yourself.

Topshop short dress

T By Alexander Wang white crop top
$210 – net-a-porter.com

Fendi leather sandals
$1,410 – farfetch.com

Oscar de la Renta white shoes
$360 – theoutnet.com

Keds shoes

Chloé crossbody handbag

Dsquared2 black purse

Ben-Amun dangle earrings

Sperry Top Sider anchor bracelet
$110 – nordstrom.com

Betmar beach hat


OOTD // Barely There

I’m back from Mexico! And I know…I am probably not as tan as you’d all expect but it’s all about safety and taking care of your skin! If anything I got a nice base….

Anyway…weather here in Connecticut has been a bit finicky but today was absolutely gorgeous and you know I love myself a good high-low hem. I got this maxi dress a few years ago and it is one of my favorites because it is so light weight and has such an adorable cut out on the lower back that’s not too revealing but is still fun! The one thing this dress makes me think of is Carrie Bradshaw’s “naked dress” because the peachy color comes close to blending in with my skin tone. And truthfully, because it is so airy and flowing it almost feels like I have nothing on….ALMOST!

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Dress: Forever 21 (old) Shoes: Joan and David (old) Necklace: Topshop (old) Sunglasses: Tom Ford


Summer Trend du Jour // White Hot

I know it seems like an obvious statement (primarily because it is) but white is a must in summer, and if you feel confident enough, wearing white head to toe can be so chic. However, if this makes you nervous (like me….since I am a spiller) then accents of white can look just as hot.

Missguided cut out dress

Uniqlo ponte dress
$16 – uniqlo.com

Nightcap Clothing summer cardigan
$560 – jades24.com

White house black market jacket

Lovers Friends v neck romper

Giuseppe zanotti sandals
$665 – farfetch.com

Michael Kors white purse

Nixon white watch
$235 – johnlewis.com

White sunglasses

Summer hat


Away on Vaca

Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed I haven’t posted since Tuesday and that is because I’m on vacation in Cancun with my husband and my inlaws. I probably won’t have time to blog the rest of the week but if you want to see my vacation style and activities feel free to check out my Instagram (@_the_style_bible_) or my Twitter (@Amanda_Bray1).

See you all back on Monday! Xoxo



OOTD // Pink and Red

Sometimes when putting an outfit together you wonder, do these colors look good together? For a long time I never would have thought to wear pink and red in the same look in fear of resembling some freakish Valentine’s Day decoration. However, this color combination is surprisingly fresh and modern. I think it’s because the femininity of the pink combines with the boldness of red and the touches of white (in this case lots of white) make them balance. I wore this outfit for pre-Father’s Day festivities with my in-laws and a birthday dinner for my dad. The lightness of this white button down was still very breathable and was bearable during the overcast weekend.

Until next time….xoxo

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Manicure Monday // White Out

So I am going to Mexico tomorrow, so this past Friday I got my nails done to ready myself for vacation. I really wanted nails that popped but would go with everything, so of course I went with white.

White nails have come to be my favorite color for summer. Not only does it go with EVERYTHING but it also makes your tan really pop (well…once I get a tan that is.)

I think the best color to use to replicate this look is Essie’s “Blanc.”

Side note: Sorry for the tan makeup on my index finger! I didn’t see it when I took the photos!

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My Beach Beauty Essentials

Going to the beach is one of the most relaxing and luxurious things you can do in the summertime. However, if you are not prepared it can also be damaging and even dangerous. That’s why I want to show you my beachside beauty essentials.

Side note: This post is brand specific…they are items I use but any brand similar will be just fine!


It’s no secret I’m obsessed with coconut water…but truthfully the point of this is that hydration is number one. Not only is it beneficial for your health but it is so important to keep hydrated for your skin. So wheather it is coconut water or regular spring water, keep the fluids going when you are in the sun.

This should be a no brainer: if you are in the sun you MUST wear sunscreen. Even if you have a base tan and tan all of the time it’s so important because face it…a good tan is not worth getting skin cancer for. There I said it.

Sunglasses aren’t only stylish but they also protect your eyes from getting burned. That’s right, your actual eyes can physically get sunburned as well….so it is so important to make sure you protect them.


One area that seems to always get neglected is the lips. Your lips are a sensitive skin so make sure you use a lip balm that contains SPF in it to give it that extra protection.

shopping-2When you are out of the sun it is super important to hydrate your skin. Any form of aloe vera will help the after effects and damage the sun can cause even if you don’t have a visible burn.


My face is prone to breakouts so I use a special face sunscreen that is oil free to prevent clogging of pores. I always love Neutrogena but any oil free lotion will do.

This last item isn’t about protection but is about beauty. I’m not one of those girls who won’t get her hair wet (screw that!) However, that doesn’t mean I want my hair to be a frizzy mess. That’s why I use this spray to help manage my naturally wavy hair into soft beach waves. Bonus: It makes your hair smell like a piña colada.

All these items (with the exception of these actual Tom Ford sunglasses) can be found at any local drugstore or supermarket.