Poolside Confidence

The beginning of summer brings to mind long days, ice cream cones, flip flops, and perhaps most importantly: pooltime. The first trip to the pool of the year is a nerve wracking and even dreaded experience for most women. You’re about to put on a swimsuit, something you haven’t done in over 8 months (at least where I live!), you’re not sure how it’s going to look after your long “hibernation,” and on top of all that your bright white skin is about to meet the sun for the first time in a long time. Because I’ve felt the same way myself, I decided to put together a list this year of things you can do to make your pool (or beach) trips this year more enjoyable for you and to give you more confidence in your outfit. The simple act of adding a few fun accessories to your basic swimsuit can help you be less self-conscious about how you think you look and instead more focused on having a good time in or by the water. Here are some things to bring along the next time you go to the pool:


  • A trendy coverup. This is the most important part of your new outfit and it’s also really easy to find a nice one for an inexpensive price. Long or short, flowing or fitted, printed or solid – there are a myriad of beautiful and easy-to-wear options out there.
  • Cute sandals. Rather than opting for the basic pair of flip flops that everyone else is wearing, choose a wedge (but still comfortable) heel or fancy flip flops to stand out.
  • Hair band. It can be a basic band, a hair ribbon, or a scarf tied around your head – each option will not only add a stylish touch to your outfit, but can also be a practical way to keep hair out of your face.
  • Big sunglasses. Another inexpensive option that adds a lot to your outfit and is also practical. Choose a pair that fit your face well but are also slightly outside of your comfort zone- you won’t regret it!
  • A big bag. This can be used to hold towels, magazines, sunscreen etc. while simultaneously acting as a stylish oversized and colorful accessory.



Real Honest Style May 2015


The summer after my sophomore year of college I spent on a missions internship in West Virginia. Before leaving for the summer, I went through the suggested packing list and saw that there was a raincoat on the list. At that time I didn’t own one so I went to Target and found this one on the clearance rack. Sure, it wasn’t the typical raincoat one may choose for a summer spent at a camp and filled with construction, Vacation Bible School, cooking, and cleaning (but mostly construction), but at the time I felt that it suited me. It was trendy, it had some color to it, and it was something I could wear after that summer.



That raincoat and I went through a lot together that summer. I wore it every time it rained and, because we were outside so much, that ended up being fairly frequently. One day in particular it poured rain all day but we were still outside working the entire time because we had a wheelchair ramp to finish.  My coat may have stood out from everyone else’s coats, but it kept me dry the whole time.






I still wear this raincoat when it’s a rainy day. Its color has faded a little and there are paint stains on it from that summer in West Virginia, but it’s not ripped or torn and it still keeps me dry. Somewhat surprisingly, I still receive compliments on it almost every time I wear it. I appreciate the compliments as well as the fact that the raincoat is still functional, but I mainly continue to wear it because of the character it still has years later and the memories that come back to me every time I wear it. That’s why my old purple raincoat is my Real Honest Style this month.


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Spring Wardrobe Update

Technically, spring is halfway over, which means I’m quite late with this post. However, if you live where I live, it’s only just starting to feel like spring – and only some days at that! Because all of my warmer weather clothing has been hanging unused in my closet I haven’t felt motivated to write a spring fashion post. So, now that I’m finally getting around to it, here are the trends you need to know for late spring/early summer (I will post a more specific summer fashion post next month). This season is all about easy to wear staples and comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.



  • Birkenstock-style sandals. These are huge. If you decide to follow one trend this spring and summer, follow this one. This is not a trend I would have ever guessed would happen, but it’s actually rather practical- Birkenstock-style soles offer much better support than the typical women’s flat sandals do. Opt for a pair with metallic straps for a modern look.
  • Lounge pants. A comfortable option that can easily be dressed up or down. Pair them with a tucked-in top (similar to jogging pants) for a put-together look that’s still comfortable.
  • Patterned shorts and pants. Including the lounge pants mentioned above, patterned loose-fitting pants and shorts are making a splash this season. Choose an eyelet pair of shorts for multiple outfit options and a subtle mix of texture and patterns.
  • Kimono tops. These can come in a variety of styles – open-front robe-style, tunic length, long or short sleeved – but they all have these characteristics in common: dropped, oversized sleeves and made of lightweight, flowing material.
  • Bright colors. Step out of your comfort zone and go for it! Incorporating color into your wardrobe is a fun way to celebrate the season and it’s easy because it can be done using pieces you already have.
  • Maxi dress and skirts… are still in style. This is not a new trend for this year but it’s a very strong ongoing trend. More specific to this year are maxi gowns in brightly painted fabrics or oversized floral prints.
  • Accessories trends: Hair bands, gray nail polish, stacked bracelets and knuckle rings. Fun, girly and feminine, any (or all) of these items can add a lot to an outfit and help you to feel polished and put-together.