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BLUE LACE DRESS

HALTER LACE BLUE DRESS - PLENTY BY TRACY REESE IS THE PERFECT DRESS TO WEAR TO A SPRING OR SUMMER WEDDING - STYLED BY MONICA WOODHAMS of 45 FAIRMOUNTHALTER LACE BLUE DRESS - PLENTY BY TRACY REESE IS THE PERFECT DRESS TO WEAR TO A SPRING OR SUMMER WEDDING - STYLED BY MONICA WOODHAMS of 45 FAIRMOUNT HALTER LACE BLUE DRESS - PLENTY BY TRACY REESE IS THE PERFECT DRESS TO WEAR TO A SPRING OR SUMMER WEDDING - STYLED BY MONICA WOODHAMS of 45 FAIRMOUNT HALTER LACE BLUE DRESS - PLENTY BY TRACY REESE IS THE PERFECT DRESS TO WEAR TO A SPRING OR SUMMER WEDDING - STYLED BY MONICA WOODHAMS of 45 FAIRMOUNT HALTER LACE BLUE DRESS - PLENTY BY TRACY REESE IS THE PERFECT DRESS TO WEAR TO A SPRING OR SUMMER WEDDING - STYLED BY MONICA WOODHAMS of 45 FAIRMOUNT
LACE DRESS | SHOES | CLUTCH (similar here) | BRACELET


 I’m going to be honest. I didn’t like this dress when I first bought it. I was in South Carolina with my family and I needed a dress for a wedding the following weekend. We had about 15 minutes to kill so my cousins, aunt, my mom and I went into Anthropologie just to look around.

My mom came across this dress and said it was absolutely perfect for the following weekend. I had something specific in mind for what I wanted to wear (off shoulder blouse with a midi skirt) so I was not having it.

So, she convinced me to get it and said that I could always return it if I change my mind in a few days, so I went along with it. Turns out I didn’t change my mind. WHY ARE MOMS ALWAYS RIGHT?!

After wearing the dress, I realized this is such an easy go to for any summer occasion, whether it’s a nice dinner or wedding, it’s easy to style and is comfortable to wear because I’m not dealing with any weird necklines.

Also – how cute are these suede nude shoes from Sam Edelman? First of all, who doesn’t love Sam Edelman? Second of all, as I’m writing this they’re on sale for $39. Their price point for the quality of shoe seriously can’t be beat. I bought these for my best friend from high school’s wedding and I just LOVE them. Caveat – they’re pretty tall so if you’re going to be standing in them for a while please get some Dr. Scholl’s inserts (I like these that are made specifically for high heels). I don’t care that I sound like an old lady suggesting that. The comfort is worth getting over the silliness of it.

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

In the grander scheme of things, the only dress that really matters at a wedding is the one that the bride has got on, yet you’re still expected to show up in something fabulous. And it’s not just any old thing that you can just throw on and get away with. As the writers for PopSugar describe, “Wedding dress codes come with a lot of stipulations – don’t go too short, don’t go too flashy, and please, please don’t wear white.”

Keeping all the appropriate wedding attire in mind, you then think of the guidelines of formalwear. Formal occasions will call for evening gowns, luxe embellishments, and pop bright cocktail dresses, according to the style editors that curated the range of dresses on Lyst. However, the rules of summer weddings are definitely not as rigid and a little more playful than that, as it’s all about finding the right silhouettes and colors.

Here are a few wedding outfit ideas you might be interested in:

A Flirty LBD
Black dresses tend to be kind of a no-no for weddings, especially one during the summer, though as long as you choose a shape that’s more romantic and light rather than sexy, a LBD is a suitable choice for an evening reception.

Tasteful Cutouts
If bridesmaids can wear dresses with cutouts, Glamour says there’s no reason why guests can’t. Just be mindful of where you’re showing skin. After all, you don’t want to be revealing too much.

A Full Pleated Skirt
A pleated dress nipped at the waist flatters every figure out there, thus fashion gurus from Marie Claire advise that you be on the lookout for maxi or midi length skirts in this design when shopping for your dress.

Anything Lacy
Whether it’s a shift dress or bodycon, a lacy frock instantly deems it appropriate for celebrating a love affair. Colors such as taupe are great for day and night, but don’t be afraid to go for bolder hues.

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FLORAL OFF SHOULDER TOP

Floral Off Shoulder Top - A casual summer outfit that includes a floral off shoulder top and denim shorts from Free People | Save for later or click through to shop the outfit detailsFloral Off Shoulder Top - A casual summer outfit that includes a floral off shoulder top and denim shorts from Free People | Save for later or click through to shop the outfit details Floral Off Shoulder Top - A casual summer outfit that includes a floral off shoulder top and denim shorts from Free People | Save for later or click through to shop the outfit details Floral Off Shoulder Top - A casual summer outfit that includes a floral off shoulder top and denim shorts from Free People | Save for later or click through to shop the outfit details Floral Off Shoulder Top - A casual summer outfit that includes a floral off shoulder top and denim shorts from Free People | Save for later or click through to shop the outfit details
Floral Off Shoulder Top | Free People Shorts (on sale under $50) | Kendra Scott Earrings | Hermes Bracelet  | Tory Burch Sandals (similar) | Celine Bag (similar)


As y’all know, the off shoulder trend has taken over my closet. Remember my favorite off shoulder dress here? I fell in love with this floral off shoulder top the second I saw it on the hanger at Anthropologie.

Over the last few months, I feel like I’ve been having the BEST luck at Anthro. Seriously, before this year I rarely walked in because it felt too earthy and teacher-knitted-sweatery for me.

But recently they have so many feminine tops and dress that don’t break the bank either. I’ve been loving the brand Maeve (the brand of the floral top) because they have so many original prints and styles starting around $40 and no more than $168.

I didn’t even realize it, but when looking back at all my recent Anthro purchases, most of the items are by Maeve!

Also – I bet you’re wondering (because I was wondering this too – what in the world bra do I wear with these off shoulder tops and dresses? After trying out a few options, I said goodbye to the strapless bra because they bug me and I cant find one that is truly comfortable and have now become the number 1 fan of sticky boobs. These from Commando are my all time favorite and I wear them probably more than I’d like to admit.


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The Off-Shoulder Dress

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Madewell Dress | Prada Bag | Panama Hat | Hermes Bracelet | LC Lauren Conrad Shoes


So you know how once you find an outfit that you love you, you can’t stop wearing it and you’re do the point that you just don’t care if your majorly guilty of the outfit repeat? This is that dress for me.

A few months ago I was wearing my favorite black off shoulder dress in Dallas and may have gotten a little to into the One Direction song that was playing in the Uber and the elastic on the dress snapped. Luckily Taylor from A Pearl Kind of Girl was there to save to day and manage to use bobby pins to keep the dress from falling.

When I got back home, I made it my mission to find a dress that I loved just as much and I found it in this one from Madewell. It’s technically a cover up, but it totally works as a dress. The light fabric has been a LIFESAVER during this 90 degree days in KC and I don’t see myself slowing down in the wear of the dress anytime soon.

Seriously, y’all know I love a comfortable outfit.



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4TH OF JULY SALES ARE HERE

4TH OF JULY OUTFITS1. Kendall + Kylie Top 2. Parker Cover Up 3. Alice + Olivia Top 4. Joie Top
5. Free People Dress 6. Kendall + Kylie Dress 7. Joie Top 8. Parker Dress
9. Haute Hippie Top 10. Chaser Tee

“I can’t believe 4th of July is already here,” says me and everyone else every single year. But it’s true, it gets here so fast! I do have to say though, this year the sales are much more exciting – I’ve found some really awesome things for all under $140!! That includes my all times faves Parker and Joie!

I’m also super excited because I FINALLY have a new outfit post coming to the blog & it’s perfect for just in time for the 4th! Check out the sneak peek here!

Here’s the deets on the sales going on for 4th of July weekend (along with the promo codes)!

Saks Fifth Avenue – Final sale! Designer selections for women and men up to 75% off.

Neiman Marcus – Extra 35% sale

Last Call – Save up to 30%-65% on the entire site at LastCall.com (June 21-30).

Yoox.com – Enjoy an extra 10% off sitewide with code 10FORSTYLE (June 27-30).

Lord & Taylor – 20% off almost everything. Plus 25% off clearance items. Use code FOURTH

Barney’s New York – 75% off clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids

Barney’s Warehouse – Save up to an extra 75% on select clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women (June 29-July 5).

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WHAT’S AN EMOTICODE?

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SNAPCHAT SHOPPABLE - MONETIZE SNAPCHAT

Hey y’all! If you’re following me on Snapchat, you can now find out what I’m wearing in my snaps! When you see an Emoticode in any of my snaps (I’ll tell you what exactly that means below), take a screenshot and use the ShopStyle app to see what I’m linking to! Just tap More in the ShopStyle app to upload my snap. It’s super easy.

HOW TO SHOP ON SNAPCHAT

Still not sure what I’m talking about? Don’t worry, I had to do some research for you –

It seems like in the past few months blog monetization tools have quickly improved to be more intuitive and easier for bloggers and readers to use. Both ShopStyle and RewardStyle have been releasing new features since the start of the new year that is changing the game for bloggers.

One of the most recent launches has been the use of the Emoticode on ShopStyle. This was developed because Snapchat is one of the fastest growing platforms that bloggers are using to share their outfits and favorite products they use. It only makes sense to make it shopable.

So what is the Emoticode? The emoticode basically is a way to make your snaps linkable. It’s a hidden url that you create in the form of letters and yes, even emojis.

ShopStyle created a video here for you to really understand it.

The best part is that you’re not just limited to sharing products for your readers to shop from. You can turn any link into an Emoticode.

Ohhh and if you’re not already following me on Snapchat, you can add me with username moni9008!

What to wear to a black tie wedding

WHAT TO WEAR TO A BLACK TIE WEDDINGPARKER DRESS | JIL STUART DRESS | BHLDN DRESS (MIDI) | BHLDN DRESS (MAXI) | BCBG DRESS

A  few weeks ago, I attended my first black tie wedding and for the first time I was on the hunt for a long formal dress. I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m shopping for an occasion dress I feel like I can’t find what I’m looking for, but when I’m not searching for one they seem to be popping up everywhere and I’m constantly saying how badly I wish I had an occasion to dress up for.

I finally checked out the BHLDN site for some inspiration and fell IN LOVE with this dress by Phoebe by Kay Unger. What I loved about the dress was not only how unique it was, but that  It was ankle length which meant I didn’t have to worry about getting alterations at the last minute.

During my hunt for a black tie dress, here’s what I realized:

  1. If you’re short opt for an ankle length dress, it will be longer on you than on the model anyway and you don’t have to stress about alterations
  2. Choose a dress that won’t look like a bridesmaid dress. Opt for a print that will be least risk of looking bridesmaidy
  3. Don’t be afraid of color – have fun with it and maybe even try something you normally wouldn’t!

It’s time for a REAL vacation

Vacation - Business TipsDress // Bag // Sweater // Sunglasses (similar)

Raise your hand if you feel like you’re never not working. Like, even when it’s the weekend or your on a trip.

I know I’m guilty of this. The second I sit on the couch for a break to watch Food Network Star, if my laptop is close enough, I’ll thinking of 10 things that I should do.

Part of the reason we build freedom based businesses is for the freedom. But, how often do you realized you’re actually tied down to your laptop?

I realized it was time for a true vacay and headed to Cabo last week. To really make this a true vacation, I left my laptop at home – for like the first time since high school, and even put my phone on airplane mode.

I was a little nervous about this to say the least, but I knew I had my systems in place to keep everything going and growing.

My email list continued to grow, I continued to gain followers on Instagram, and I got to live out one of my greatest desires which is traveling.

When was the last time that you really took a break to recharge?

P.S. Are we Snapchat friends yet?! It’s a fun time with behind the scenes, social media tips and tricks, and a bit of fashion and travel! Follow me on Snapchat by searching username MonicaWoodhams or scan my Snapcode below!

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1. Open Snapchat
2. Focus the screen on my Snapcode (pictured above)
3. Hold down on the Snapcode

or

1. Open Snapchat and tap the ghost in the top center
2. Tap add friends
3. Tap Add by Username + search Monica Woodhams

Top Instagram Accounts to Follow: Health

Top Instagram Accounts for Health and Wellness

I love discovering new accounts on Instagram all the time. No matter what the niche, I feel that I still get inspired for creative new ideas to post on my Instagram account. I want to share with you some of my favorite Instagram accounts that I’ve come across lately and I hope that they inspire some ideas for you too.

The cool thing about getting inspiration beyond your niche is that it allows you to think outside the box and get those creative juices flowing.

Nutrition Striped

Nutrition Striped is an amazing site that teaches you how to eat healthy and lived a balanced life. McKell Hill is the woman behind Nutrition Striped and she posts the most gorgeous photos on her account. With over 218,000 followers, she definitely knows what she’s doing on the Instagram space. I love the consistency of colors (lots of gorgeous greens) and the use of white space in most of her photos.

Nutrition Striped

The Skinny Confidential

What I love about The Skinny Confidential’s  Instagram account is the incorporation of snapshots from every day life. From fashion, to food, to behind the scenes at work, Lauryn includes it all. I also like how she takes advantage of video to give you sneak peaks into her YouTube videos.

The Skinny Confidential

The Petite Professional

The Petite Professional is run by Claire Siegel, a registered dietician and food blogger. Claire shares photos of living a healthy balanced lifestyle. One of my favorite parts of her Instagram feed is how she doesn’t only share her recipes, but she also shares what she orders when she eats out.

The Petite Professional

Kimberly Snyder

I’ve been following Kimberly Snyder for years, and her books have seriously changed the way I eat and take care of myself. While her account is pretty straightforward with snaps of food and yoga, one of the things that I want you to note is how it’s ok to change the themes of your posts. Over the past year, Kimberly got pregnant and had a baby and while her posts in the past were focused on healthy greens and yoga, she wasn’t afraid to post pregnancy and baby related posts.

Kimberly Snyder

The Balanced Blonde

The Balanced Blonde is another account that I love in the health and fitness realm. I love how Jordan also takes advantage of videos by sharing quick workouts and yoga moves. She also shares quotes which really encourage engagement because people like to tag their friends in quotes which leads to more exposure.

The Balanced Blonde

You don’t need to be an expert at everything

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS TIPS BEING AN EXPERT

The most common thing I see in women when the start a business or a blog is that they feel the need to be an expert in every area, before they can get the ball rolling. They need to know exactly how to publish a website, understand the ins and outs of Facebook, how to integrate an email provider and know everything there is to know about running a business.

I’ve been there too, but when I realized I wasn’t gaining the momentum that I knew I was capable of, I knew it was because I was being paralyzed by feeling I needed to know how to do everything and not just do it, do it perfectly.

If you’ve read Think & Grow Rich, you might remember chapter 5 when Henry Ford explains that the key to being successful is not being an expert in every single area, but it’s to know exactly who to go to for that expertise.

This was a major lightbulb moment for me and totally changed the way I run my business. Instead of wasting weeks trying to figure out how to do something, I know it’s well worth it to reach out to someone who is so good at it they can do it with their eyes closed in a matter of hours.

Here are some of the areas in which you might not know that you can get support:

Virtual Assistant – Webinars, email integration, landing pages, social media posting

Facebook Ads Expert – They’ll run and test your Facebook ads for you so you don’t have to figure out how in the world to target the right people

Branding & Social Media Strategist – You don’t have to learn the ins and outs of every platform to know where you need to be visible and how. They’ll walk you through the strategy that will put you in front of the right people ps…this is what I do!

Graphic Designer – Have them create 4 or 5 templates that you can use so all you have to do is update the text before you post

In what areas could you reach out for an expert so you stop feeling paralyzed in your biz?

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