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3 Easy Ways to be Effortlessly Casual with Suns Shoes

Dress: H&M (only $12.99!) | Denim Top: Zara (similar) | Shoes: Suns Shoes | Purse: Old Navy | Cap: H&M | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Truthfully, I am not much of a casual girl. It is always a struggle for me to find something casual to wear. I tend to buy more trendy pieces to wear out or on a date, then to run around in. I do have a drawer full of yoga pants like most girls. But, when it comes to just a walk to grab an ice cream and I still want to look cute I really don’t have much! Obviously, my blog’s name is Basic Babe for a reason. That reason being that I tend to be more on the minimalistic side when dressing for whichever occasion. But recently, I’ve been trying to stock up on literally more basic’s for day’s I want to dress more casual and comfy.  That being said I don’t want to be casual and boring, because that’s no fun, lol! So I’ve made up a few rules I like to stick to when I want to look effortlessly casual: 3 Easy Ways to be Effortlessly Casual: 1. A cute pair of kicks goes a long way! (especially when they change colours!!) First things first, a cute pair of shoes is a must to really master the effortlessly casual look. If your shoes ain’t cute then that’s your first problem, girl! These Suns shoes are really the coolest kicks I own. They literally…

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Layering for Summer

Top: H&M (only $7.99!) | Shorts: Missguided | Vest: Dynamite (similar and similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o Happy Wednesday, babes! This month has been crazy fast and I can’t believe we are already are mid-way through July! I am a definite Summer girl but sometimes I miss Fall layers. Something about layering can make an outfit feel more put together and chic. And because I’ve been trying to try new styles this Summer, I thought a little layering would be fun to try too! I’ve been loving layering over shorts especially when you want more coverage. Usually, when I’m at work and want to wear shorts I like to be more conservative and throw a duster over top. But, It’s been waaaay too hot for a duster so this long vest is really the perfect layering piece! I also love adding texture to my layers to add some character. I paired my vest with these high waisted embroidered shorts (which I have been living in, btw!) and my go-to rib tank. Side note, this tank is literally all I wear right now. It was only $7.99 from H&M and it goes with basically everything. I tried finding this exact one in white, but for some reason, H&M doesn’t carry it in white. Which is so weird! The vest I’m wearing is older but I’ve linked similar and these shorts from Missguided does fit TTS! I’ve also linked my fave rib tank from…

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Summer Must: Floral Skirt

Top: Missguided (now 40% off!) | Skirt: Missguided (under $30 and now 40% off!) | Purse: H&M | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o So as you probably know, I’m a huge lover of neutrals! Neutrals to me are just so effortless and classy and they’ve become my go to’s. But once in a while, I do like to add in a print! One of my favourite prints are florals and if you haven’t noticed black florals are all the rage this summer season! I didn’t have any black florals in my closet for summer (surprising, I know!), so when I saw this skirt from Missguided I knew I had to snag it! And I have to say I am head over heels about it! I’m also all about lightweight fabric for the summer. Here in Toronto, summers can get really hot and humid and I hate being sticky and sweaty. So I’m always looking for a breathable lightweight fabric! The day that I shot this it was hot and humid, but I was perfectly comfortable in these pieces. If you’re looking for an easy floral skirt to wear every day this it would be my go-to! I love it with the pleated off the shoulder shirt, it gave me major vacay vibes! I am just so obsessed with this outfit that I want to wear it nonstop. Like you know when you find that outfit you love and you could literally wear it every day of your life?…

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Top 5 White Shirt Dresses

Dress: Missguided | Shoes: Vince | Purse: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Aldo (similar) Happy Friday babes! This week has been so short but it’s felt really long at the same time! Qais and I have been getting are house ready to go on the market. Which means so much cleaning, so much organising and throwing out pretty much all of my winter clothes! Which is okay, since I told Qais I’ll just need a whole new wardrobe for Winter ;), lol! But, all in all, Qais and I are just so excited to move into a new condo. Something about moving feels like a fresh start and it’s just exciting entering into a new season of life!  So I’ve been really into white shirt dresses the summer! So much so, I already have another white shirt dress blog post here! Qais, though, isn’t so much of a fan of them. He always tells me I look like I’m in a nurses costume, lol! But I am totally in love with this white shirt dress from Missguided. You can wear this shirt dress with almost anything, and it always looks fab! It’s just such an easy piece to have in your closet, and I mean why not have a white shirt dress you can wear up or down, to work, or on date night! This shirt dress, in particular, is so soft to the touch it’s made of polyester but it’s really breathable and flowy! That being said, here are my current…

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Currently Crushing On: Burnt Orange

Dress: Missguided (only $20!!) | Shoes: Aldo | Clutch: H&M | Sunglasses: Quay I’m not one for too much colour. I really like to keep things pretty basic and stick to neutrals. It’s not that I don’t like colour, I just sometimes get scared to wear it, lol! I have seriously shied away from colour most of my adult life. But, I am slowly warming up to colour and I am currently loving burnt orange right now! Okay, to be totally honest, I used to hate orange. Like absolutely despise it! I just thought it was an unflattering colour on me and never gave it a chance. With that being said, I took a major plunge and decided to try burnt orange with this dress! I have been looking for a dress like this since I saw the dRa Los Angeles one here. I’ve been dying to get my hands on that one but didn’t want to spend the money. Although, I love dRa and think I’m going to invest in a few pieces in the near future! Anyways, I saw this dress on Missguided and wanted it so bad I decided to just do the orange. When it first came in the mail I was a little scared and wasn’t sure if I would wear it out or even post it on the blog! I tried it on and Qais actually liked it, which made me feel better about it! The day I actually shot the dress and did my…

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3 Reasons You Need a Jumpsuit for Summer!

Jumpsuit: Mint Julep Boutique (under $50!) | Hat: Mendocino (similar) | Purse: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o | Shoes: Aldo I’ve made a promise to myself to invest in more jumpsuits this Summer! I am obsessed in this easy and chic piece! It really is the ultimate effortless look and when you find the right jumpsuit it really is life changing, lol! I have never tried a jumpsuit before this Summer. When I used to think of jumpsuits I thought of the tight and plunging necklines girls I knew would wear for a night out. I just am not a girl who likes tight clothes or to show to much cleavage, so I just thought jumpsuits weren’t for me! But, after getting my hands on this fab jumpsuit from Mint Julep Boutique, my views are forever changed! That being said, here are my 3 reasons why you need a jumpsuit this Summer… 3 Reasons You Need a Jumpsuit for Summer: 1. They are instantly effortless! They really are! Jumpsuits are perfect for those days you are in a rush, don’t know what to wear, or you want to throw something on and look chic! I especially love the wide leg jumpsuits to give a more polished and professional vibe! You can wear basically any accessory and bag and look ready to conquer the day. It’s seriously one-and-done! 2. They are oh-so-flattering! I love wearing jumpsuits on date night. Especially after indulging on dinner and desserts. Loose and wide leg jumpsuits are just…

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Top 5 Rompers for Summer

Romper: Missguided (50% off with code: americanbabe) | Shoes: Aldo (under $100!) | Clutch: H&M | Sunglasses: Quay Summer so far has been strange, weather wise! I love a hot Summer and so far are weather here in Toronto has been really up and down. Plus, we’ve had a ton of rain which sucks obviously! I haven’t had much of a chance to rock rompers this season, but a few days ago it was warm enough for this cute number! Rompers really are the best for scorching hot days! I love rompers that are ultra lightweight and have a nice soft material. I also like full bum coverage (because who want’s their derriere hanging out?!). It’s always hit or miss with me when it comes to rompers. Some just hit me in a weird spot, others are too short and some are itchy and uncomfortable. So finding the perfect Summer romper is a bit of a struggle, in my opinion! But when you find it you really do hit gold! My romper is from Missguided and basically, hits all my must have in a romper list. It is so so so so soft! Like super soft. It’s lightweight and is the perfect length. I love the tropical print and the ruffle sleeves are the cutest! Qais says this is one of his fave pieces in my closet too! Even better it’s only $40 and it’s 40% off (along with everything else on Missguided’s website) with code ‘americanbabe‘! Top 5 Rompers for…

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Cottage Ready with Marshalls

Dress: Marshalls | Shoes: Adidas | Jean Jacket: Similar | Purse: Old Navy Cottage season is in full swing here and even though I don’t own a cottage myself, I love to have a few pieces that are cottage ready for the occasion! Since I only go to the cottage once or twice a year I try to find versatile pieces that I can wear every day too. One of my favorite pieces to be cozy in is a loose dress and a pair of kicks! I’m not a type of girl to spend too much on casual pieces, to be honest with you. I like to splurge on nicer items rather than denim shorts and comfy dresses. When I need to fill up my closet with some cottage pieces and basic essentials I try to spend as little as possible. That’s why Marshalls is my go-to for cottage and everyday pieces! So I knew I had to look there first! I’ve already stocked up on my denim shorts, leggings and basic tees for the cottage season. But, I really wanted some throw on and go dresses that can be dressed down with some sneaks and dressed up with some wedges. I know some of you may be thinking “this dress seems unpractical for the cottage” but the cottage the hubs and I go to is more of a resort. So this really is cottage wear to me, lol! This dress really is different than any other in my closet! I guess it’s…

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Summer Must: Khaki Green Anything!

Top: H&M (only $24.99!!) | Skirt: H&M (under $40!!) | Shoes: Steve Madden (under $100) | Purse: H&M (on sale for $14.99!!) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Watch: Daniel Wellington (Daniel Wellington (15% off with code: LAURENEVA) Okay, earthy greens have always been my jam! I’ve always been a huge fan of khaki green, olive green, and hunter green. I really do think these greens look good on almost anybody. And they have a way of making an outfit feel classier (in my opinion!). Usually, these earthy greens tend to be more of a Fall trend then Summer. Luckily this Summer 17′ khaki green is the thing! Pretty much any retailer, whether big or small, will be carrying khaki green this season! I’ve literally seen it everywhere and in every style. But, this skirt has to be my favorite khaki green item in my closet! Not only am I swooning over the colour. But the detailing is just soooo right! I love the gold buttons, the fabric belt with the gold D rings and my favorite of all; the asymmetric foldover over the top! It’s made from Lyocell so it has a soft and lightweight feel. It fits true to size and is only $34.99! Another perk… is that this baby can work its way into early Fall! Yay! I’ve also linked some of my fave khaki green items so far below! xo Lauren

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Top 5 Ruffle Dresses for any Occasion

Dress: ASOS (under $40!!) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: H&M | Sunglasses: Quay Happy Friday! This has been one heck of a long week for me. I am so glad it’s finally wrapping up and I’m excited for the next few weeks ahead! Qais and I are putting our house up on the market and downsizing to a condo. We are so excited to be entering into a new season in our life. And we are really looking forward to being close to the city! We’ve lived in suburbia for the past two years and have been talking about moving closer to the city. We just haven’t made the plunge until now!! So pray for us that our house will sell quickly and that we’ll find a pet-friendly condo in the city! Anyways, that’s just a quick update on our life so far! But today’s post is all about my favorite ruffle dresses for the Summer season. I love to have a few cocktail dresses in my wardrobe for any fun Summer parties, weddings and for fancier dinners out. Right now I am really feeling statement dresses and I am in particular loving ruffles! As you probably know, ruffles have made a pretty big comeback this season and you can find them on almost everything! I think ruffles are the perfect girly and flirty accent to really give any piece a fun and bold twist. Just like these sleeves on my dress from Boohoo (which is under $40, by the way!!).…

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