a TOMS and Levi's kind of summer

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shirt: old (similar) // shorts: vintage Levi's via Prototype // shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // backpack: c/o TOMS // sunglasses: c/o TOMS

Though it's been uncharacteristically rainy and cool this spring, summer. is. coming. For once, I'm feeling pretty prepared! I picked up these vintage Levi shorts a couple weeks before TxSC because I figured I'd need them (I didn't; it was freezing and rainy the whole weekend). They are literally the dream shorts I've been searching for for years. I took a lunch break one Friday and ventured to South Congress into my favorite vintage shop Prototype where I walked directly up to these babes, tried them on, and very happily paid the cute shop girl for them. I love when vintage shopping is easy! These are the perfect length -- no riding up my rear like modern high-waisted pairs from Forever 21 and the like. They are made of soft, thick denim that is perfectly worn-in. They hit me exactly at the smallest part of my natural waist and I don't have to fuss with them to keep them in place. Simply, I feel amazing in these shorts and you'll be seeing a lot of them this summer.

Another couple of pieces you'll probably see a lot of this summer are my new TOMS sunglasses and backpack. TOMS Community Director Bethany Joy Clark was at TxSC where she shared her exciting journey of meeting all sorts of humans as she fulfilled her purpose -- her why -- through her work with TOMS. Bethany got her "Oprah moment" when she gifted these amazing waxed canvas backpacks to every attendee ("You get a backpack! And you get a backpack!"). For every backpack purchased through TOMS, a mother is given a safe birth. That's a service I just can't argue with. TOMS' one-for-one model has come a long way since their early shoe-for-a-shoe mission!

I don't know about you, but I tend to want to ditch my purse in the summertime and grab a backpack instead with a book, blanket, and sunscreen for days spent at the park. This bag has a crazy amount of pockets and compartments to hold all your summer necessities.

If you see me this summer, you can pretty much guarantee I'll be wearing some form of this outfit. What's you're go-to summer uniform?


  1. We're both sporting backpacks on our blogs today! We're so cool. ;) And I agree, they're way easier to carry around than a standard purse. Yay backpacks!

    I'm still on the hunt for a good pair of high waist shorts that don't ride up my bum. Yours look so comfy! I'm not sure if I've ever been to Prototype, so I'll have to check it out :)

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  2. That's awesome about the Tom's backpacks! I haven't really kept up with them in years, but their growth and various support opportunities are always great to hear!

  3. Love love love this outfit!!! I now feel the need to invest in a stripe tee for the summer because it looks so effortlessly chic on you! Why do you have to be so stinking adorable?? gah!

  4. I didn't even know TOMS sold sunglasses and backpacks (the shoes were never really the right style for me) but I love them! Definitely will be checking that out. And a pair of shorts that actually fit, and in one try?! That's outrageously fabulous. Shorts are pretty much my shopping nightmare. But so necessary in life!

  5. You are actually ADORABLE. I love this so much. And I've been kicking myself for not grabbing the red backpack instead of the khaki one I was handed. I think the red would have gone with my wardrobe better!

    xo Kimi

  6. ummm, you're THE cutest! I love this look - perfect for a casual summer day :)

  7. You look as amazing as you feel in those shorts! I fear a style like this would look dreadful on me, but I think you look adorable as always! I love how they look with your TOMS sunglasses and striped shirt, too!


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