Six Summer Purchases I’m Still Loving

With summer winding down I thought I would share my favorite summer purchases of summer 2018. Aka the ones I just can’t stop wearing! 

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including the perfect Sweater Tank from Leith

This year I’ve been focusing on being less impulsive and more thoughtful with my purchases. Meaning, will this item be something I’ll wear often? Or will I love it for seasons to come? Or can I mix and match it with several different items and styles? If I said no to two or more of these the item did not make it home with me. And what I found is I’m left with items I absolutely love. Items I have worn like crazy this summer, will continue to wear lots, and am sad to be putting away soon when the new season arrives. 

Therefore, I thought I would share some of my favorite summer purchases, why they’re my favorites, and why I recommend them. As I believe these pieces could be some of your favorites as well!!

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Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including an adorable English Factory Blue & White Dress
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including must have Espadrille Smoking Loafers from Soludos
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including these Soludos Espadrille Wedges

1. Soludos Espadrille Wedges

Hands down my favorite shoe of summer 2018. When purchasing them I wasn't 100% sure I would wear them often but boy was I wrong. I reach for these shoes more often than any other. One because of how cute they are and two for their comfort. I have seen that most people tie the bow in the front but I opt to tie it in the back. I believe it keeps things more simple and makes your legs look longer.

2. Floral Bandana Scarf

You know when you aren't looking for something but spot it and know you HAVE to have it. That's exactly what happened with this bandana scarf. I really wasn't looking for one and definitely not one in these colors {you know me, always on the blue prowl} however, I needed it! Really the colors are perfect for the transition from summer to fall and can easily be worn now and later.

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including the perfect bandana scarf
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including the BEST Straw Tote

3. Natural Straw Tote

Another piece that had been on my wish list forever. However, I could never find a great one at a decent price. Then I stumbled upon this one at gap {seriously first time in there in years} and game on, I've been carrying nonstop sense. Originally, I purchased the tote for beach, pool, and lake days but I've been wearing to events, out shopping, and even when just runnings errands, it's great!

4. Leith Sweater Tank

A sweater tank had been on my wish list for some time {as mentioned in this post} however I couldn't find the right one. Then #PRAISE the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale included the perfect one. Lightweight, neutral, and perfect for layering. I have been wearing this piece nonstop since purchasing it and have no plans of stopping anytime soon. If you don't have a sweater tank in your wardrobe, you need on STAT! I definitely recommend this particular one {linked above and below} as it really is wonderful.

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including this perfect Sweater Tank from Leith
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including this adorable English Factory Blue & White Dress

5. English Factory Dress

I ranted and raved about this dress a couple weeks back and honestly y'all I still can't say enough about it. Love at first sight and that love has only grown. I've already worn it to church, meetings, dinner + drinks with Joshua, and events. It is one of those pieces you can wear to almost everything. Also easy to dress up or down. Pair with casual flats or sandals for casual vibes. Or dress up with nude heels or espadrille wedges {like the ones above}. Truly just the sweetest little number you're bound to wear year after year!

6. Soludos Espadrille Smoking Loafers

The perfect casual shoe for summer. They're comfortable, neutral, and truly go with everything. Great for dressing down any look while still looking put together and perfectly summery. I have to say, I will be sad when I have to retired these come the fall season. I really could not recommend them more if you're looking for a comfortable, wear everyday shoe. Maybe even pick them up in two colors, you'll wear them that much!

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares her favorite summer purchases of summer 2018 including these must have Espadrille Smoking Loafers from Soludos

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30 Comments

  1. August 23, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    I love that you suggest tying the bow in the back to elongate your legs! I never thought of that and I couldn’t agree more your bandana scarf is the perfect transitioning piece for fall.

    Noelle
    http://elle-no.com

    • August 24, 2018 / 11:04 am

      It really does help! You’ll have to give it a try. Glad you’re a bandana fan too!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. August 23, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I’ve loved seeing how you’ve styled all of these this season and I can’t wait to see more of that sweater tank!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  3. August 23, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I love that scarf and all these picks! I have been looking for a straw bag as well that isn’t too pricey, this one looks perfect!

  4. August 24, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Great purchases! I have the Soludos espadrilles too, they are sooooo comfy and go with everything! I wear them all the time too.

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • August 27, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thank you Cathy! Yes!!! Couldn’t agree more. So glad you’re loving them as well!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. August 24, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Each of these pieces is so YOU and a total classic that you can wear many ways for many seasons. Love each one!

    • August 24, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much! It definitely is. Very obsessed with it! Aw thank you so much!

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. Stephanie
    August 24, 2018 / 11:49 am

    I’ve been working on the same thing when purchasing new items for my wardrobe: being purposeful so that I know I’ll wear them longer and more often! I love the espadrilles you found, and the sweater tank. It’s so cute on you!

  7. August 24, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    These are all such great staple pieces for summer. I am smitten with that dress and you will be able to layer it in the fall too!

    xoxo,
    Kim

    • August 27, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thanks gal! It is truly even cuter in person. Every time I wear it I receive a crazy amount of compliments. Couldn’t recommend it more!

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. Mollie
    August 26, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    All of these pieces are such summer staples! I’m loving your approach to shopping this year! Since the big move, I’ve been in a similar mindset! It’s amazing how much we really don’t need. I’ve been loving the less is more motto!

    xx Mollie

    • August 27, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Yes girl!!! Less is more, love it. And totally understand with the move your need of doing it. May not have been something you were excited about before but glad you’re loving now!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. kelsey
    August 26, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    okay yes that dress is my absolute favorite so no surprise that you’re still loving it!! So darn cute!

  10. Jessica
    August 26, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    These are all such great purchases! I am OBSESSED with my straw tote and have been using it all summer long!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • August 27, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Thank you so much Emily! YAY!!!! I am so happy to hear that. You will LOVE it!

      ox Laura Leigh

  11. August 27, 2018 / 10:46 am

    I’m loving all these pieces!! You can definitely mix and match them easily and wear that sweater tank in the fall with some layering!

    xo, Laura

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