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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

Rain in Style

It's finally here. Summer. Remember in the dead of winter when we all wished summer would hurry up? Well... it's now 90 + degrees and humid...wish granted. No worries though, because with summer comes fun and colorful style choices, and bathing suits, but I'll save that topic for a braver blog post. Today let's talk about fun summer accessories. I was going to talk about all accessories in one post, but I think I will make this a two part series. Because, honestly, there's just so much I love about summer accessories. So, for today's post, let's take a look at summer bags and clutches.  

Summer is hot, but it's also the best time to bring out fun, maybe even a little quirky pieces. I'm talking color and joy and rainbows! Ok maybe not rainbows exactly, but rainbow colors. Summer is a great time to break out the color. I've been searching for cute, versatile summer pieces ever since that first snowflake fell. You know, to lift the dreary wearies (that's a kid's book reference - bonus points if you know which one). I have started collecting colorful, fun clutches, and my favorite ones have... wait for it.... Pom poms!!!! I know, right? Me, the girl that tends to live on the dark side, loving rainbow colored pom poms... but look, how can you not?

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 This clutch came from Francesca's, here, and you need one! I don't want to alarm you, but their website says it's almost sold out.  I found mine in the store, so go get one, ASAP.  It's the perfect bit of happy to add to almost any outfit. It's navy, so it's a neutral. I've paired it with blue, black, white... with all the things really. It's versatile and fun.

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Now, if you add embroidery to a clutch that also has pom poms and beads... it's a glorious trifecta of happiness. This clutch came from T.J. Maxx, and it's by Steve Madden. I haven't been able to track another one down, but if you ever see it, buy it!

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I use this clutch all the time; it's just so happy! And look at all the colors.  I know you're probably as shocked as I am that I love this so much.  It pairs nicely with a lot of different outfits...

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Who doesn't love happy? My favorite place to find the happiness is probably Francesca's. I made the mistake of looking at their website again last night, and you guys...this clutch, it has to be mine! The tassles! The colors! The happy! Find it here.  I also love the fringed bags, like these. So cute. I just got this one today. It's on clearance!  So bright and happy. Find it here. I particularly love this watermelon one, because it's also very versatile. Here it is with a white and a black dress

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I also really love bright solid colored bags for the summer, like this cobalt blue one, which came from Zulilly.  And the yellow one which is also from Francesca's.

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This yellow bag, it's my secret love.  LOL. It was the perfect complement to this bright and colorful summer outfit.  This skirt is a Cassie skirt by LulaRoe and the shirt came from Zulilly. If you are a Bon Jovi fan like me, you need this shirt.  Watch for it to come back on Zulilly. I see it periodically. 

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This solid color teal bag is also one of my favs.  It came from T.J. Maxx, and again, I love to add it to an outfit to create a cute summer look. These earrings? I'm saving them for part two of the summer series.

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Now, that's not to say that these bright solid colored bags are only for summer; they are good year round. I feel like bags that are made of a woven material, like straw, are definitely more summer feeling, but colorful ones can be used year round. It would be fun in the grey dark winter to punch it up with color.  

 

Next week I will be continuing this topic but I will be talking about fun, colorful summer jewelry.  Because what's a fun summer outfit, without fun summer jewelry??

 

As always, head on over to www.raininstyle.com for more summer fun.

 

-xo 

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