Gingham & Ruffled Shorts

spring street style

Gingham Top, similar here and here | Frill Hem Shorts | Jean Jacket | Mirrored Sunnies | Vagabond Satchel, similar here and here | Piper Wedges, similar here and here

Surprise! I woke up somewhere other than Chicago today—I’m in Dallas! I almost let my secret slip so many times, but managed to keep it to myself. I’m technically here for the RewardStyle conference, but my dad also happened to turn 60 yesterday, so I flew down a day early to surprise him on this monumental birthday. Since he reads my blog and follows me on Instagram (thanks Dad!) I didn’t share any details of my trip, what I was packing or anything else. I almost snapped a picture of my travel outfit yesterday and posted it, bah, I’m bad at keeping secrets.

ruffle shorts and a gingham top
mirrored sunnies and gingham shirt

gingham and pink shorts

summer outfit, pink shorts, gingham top
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Anyway, I got in yesterday afternoon and my mom and I went straight to get tacos! Next was keeping my arrival a secret until dinnertime. My dad announced he was coming home early, so I snuck out and hid at a coffee shop until just before dinner where I met them at the bar. The look on his face when he saw me was priceless! Equal parts confusion and excitement! My mom had one more surprise up her sleeve later and surprised my dad with a new motorcycle. Fun fact about my dad, he loves motorcycles, ha! His reaction to this was even better—total shock! I’m so happy I was able to come in a day early and celebrate with them! I actually hadn’t seen them since Thanksgiving, so I was definitely due!

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pink bag and ruffle shorts

I got a late start this morning as my parents kept me late, hence why today’s post didn’t get finished in time! Before I left Chicago, we got several days in a row of pretty perfect weather, so I broke out these adorable frill hem shorts and paired them with this gingham top. I was feeling a little too fancy, so I added the denim jacket to give it an effortless, casual vibe. I love this gingham top and it’s fun knot detail in the front. I know that I’ll be wearing it with white jeans as well as my favorite ripped jeans all summer.


tie front gingham top

statement shorts
street style outfit

what to wear with gingham

My day doesn’t have too much going on which I’m excited about, but I do have a few plans before tonight. This morning I’m meeting a friend for coffee at Bird Bakery which is new to me, but looks adorable, and then I’m waiting around for Jess to arrive! We’ll have a few hours to hang out, relax and shower before tonight’s cocktail party. I’ll be sharing more on Insta Stories and Instagram, so stay tuned!

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