I don’t know if it’s this outfit, the sunshine or if the coffee shop switched my decaf iced coffee to caffeinated, but I am in a really good mood today. Maybe it’s because I juiced then ate a cookie for breakfast or because I did yoga to Nikki Minaj. It’s a delicate balance of healthy, really. 

I’ve been trying to work half days for the last two months (doctor’s orders) but today I woke up feeling like I could conquer a full day. You don’t understand what a good feeling this is to have after months of not wanting to do anything but lay in bed and hide under the covers. Work is my favorite thing to do, outside of laying by the pool. One makes money, the other gives me a tan. Somedays I want a tan and other days I need to pay rent. It’s that delicate balance thing again. 


Top: Bloom

Skirt: Bloom

Wedges: J.Crew Factory 

Tote: Madewell

Bracelet: c/o Wanderlust + Co. 

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  1. Kerry A says:

    1. Yes to this outfit. Love it. 2. Hurrah for wanting to go get that full day! I remember that feeling after months and months without it. Just in case you wake up tomorrow and only want to do a half day again, that is totes cool. Nobody says you have to bounce back all in one day. xo

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  2. Joyce says:

    One of my fav outfits i've seen you on your blog!!! Have a happy day!


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  3. kendall says:

    such a cute & fun outfit! love the crop top! x

    dipped in yellow

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  4. Megan Maddison says:

    This is one of fav summer looks! I love everything about it. Wish you weren't nearly sold out of that skirt! It's the perfect high-low.


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  5. Sofia_H says:

    You look gorgeous in these pictures!

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  6. Gina says:

    glad you're feeling better! this outfit is super cute on you :).

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  7. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    oh my goodness this is perfection! πŸ™‚ caffeine'll do wonders for the day πŸ˜‰

    kw ladies in navy

    $50 anthropologie giveaway!

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  8. Carrie P. says:

    You look fantastic, and you can tell that you feel it too! πŸ™‚

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  9. Hannah says:

    Oh man, I wish I could pull off the crop-top look. So cute!


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  10. MadisonMayberry says:

    You look amazing in this outfit! One of my favorites yet.

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  11. Natali says:

    Gorgeous skirt and tote! You look beautiful!

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  12. carlibee says:

    Love this!! And love that you felt like conquering the day. That really is SUCH a great feeling πŸ™‚

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  13. Nathy F. says:

    Lol life's all about balance! Glad to hear you're having a great day. πŸ™‚

    Love this combo. The crop top can look juvenile but this skirt makes it work for grownups too. πŸ™‚

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  14. alicebarton says:

    such an adorable outfit! that skirt is so cute!
    Alice Barton β™₯ TheMowWay

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  15. Madeline Murray says:

    Love the patterns together ! Both pieces are so cute ! And its always nice to have a good mood day ! Keep it up ! xo

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  16. Oooh, do you do Blogilates?

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  17. Kate @ Two Take on Style says:

    What a cute, tasteful way to do a crop top! Love it πŸ™‚

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  18. Debbie Stinedurf says:

    Love the mixed prints…you look gorgeous!

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  19. Jennifer says:

    ooh tha top is cute!

    xo Jennifer

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  20. This is the first time I've ever liked a cropped top. I'm usually into long shirts that hide my elongated body but maybe I should embrace this "balance" thing you talk about and get a little crop top in my life.

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  21. I usually do not like crop tops, but you wear this one so well with the printed skirt!

    Nikki Minaj and yoga? Definitely going to give this a try. Not too sure if I'll be able to hold a tree pose to Super Bass, but will try πŸ™‚

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  22. Supal says:

    Ah this is such a cute, yet fierce outfit. I'm with the comment underneath… I never really like cropped tops, but loved this one! And it's okay, I do yoga to J. Timberlake and Kanye sometimes haha

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  23. Hope Howland says:

    Yes! That is awesome… I've done Yoga to Pitbull…

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  24. Nora says:

    love this outfit!!

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  25. Ritika Mahendru says:

    You have given me a new hope to try cropped tops, since I've always stayed away from them!

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  26. Bri says:

    cute! i never know how to style skirts so this is perfect! thanks!

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  27. Donna says:

    Such a girly look, I love it! Glad to hear you are feeling better!


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  28. Caroline L. says:

    You rock that crop top, Kendi! And yay for feeling like you can conquer the day – you can, you can!

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  29. Kendi Lea says:

    Is that like blog + lattes? Because then yes, yes I do. πŸ˜‰

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  30. Kimberly says:

    This top might be the perfect summer piece – I love the stripes, colors & cropped length!

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  31. Lovely outfit!
    The top is super cute, the skirt as well! <3

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  32. Kastles says:

    Love this classy crop top look! So pretty & summery! I am glad you are having a good day today! You go girl πŸ™‚ Enjoy the day!
    <3 Kastles

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  33. Sincerely Sammie says:

    This look is VERY pretty in pink! Love it!

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  34. Chacha Garcia says:

    LOL you really , really make me laugh….Love the outfit! I need to try the crop top myself…looks pretty cool they way you wear it!

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  35. Leah Clark says:

    Kendi this outfit is adorable! Very springy and comfortable. I really love that bag.

    Leah Faye

    e plus l

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  36. Hahaha! Me too, girl. Me, too.

    It's an exercise channel on youtube. Cassey, the girl who does them, always plays pop music so when you said Nikki Minaj, it made me think of it!

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  37. Nikell says:

    Super cute summer look!! I always loving reading your commentaries! They make my day (^_^)

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  38. Megan says:

    I love this outfit! You know what's up. And I'm so glad you're feeling better! <3

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  39. Theresa says:

    You look adorable! I haven't tried the crop top look, but you look fabulous! I'm so glad you're in a great mood and having a wonderful day!

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  40. footnotes and finds says:

    this is one of the cutest outfits of yours! i LOVE it! glad that you are feeling great πŸ™‚

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  41. I'm in love with this entire outfit. So effortless and so feminine.

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  42. Jessica says:

    Crop tops are cute but people can look trashy in them really easily. You of course make it look ever so lady-like and classy! Love this.

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  43. Lauren Byrnes says:

    So glad to hear you're doing better! Love the outfit and mix of prints! πŸ™‚

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  44. rhiannon says:

    glad you are feeling better! love the skirt.

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  45. Jess says:

    Cute summer outfit πŸ™‚

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  46. Jen N says:

    Love love this outfit,

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  47. How cute are you in this outfit! LOVE the skirt and love the crop top! I'm so happy that you were ready for a full day, good for you!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  48. Dani Shapiro says:

    So perfect for summertime. The colors, the prints, the cuts… you're gorgeous, as always! πŸ™‚

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  49. Jessica says:

    oh this is the cutest outfit!!!!1

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  50. Christine says:

    I am happy you are feeling happy today πŸ™‚ I haven't been too sure about the whole crop top thing (since I am now 27 and not 18 anymore) BUT you make it look FAB! I may have to try it, thank you for the inspiration!

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  51. HH says:

    Congrats Kendi! That's great to hear! I've been wondering how you're doing recently

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  52. mystyledossier says:

    Good Kendi!!! I always read the blog but never comment I don't know why, but well here I am!! Nice to hear you're doing well and improving!! Kisses…


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  53. Ainslee says:

    Love the stripe and florals together! So glad to hear you're feeling better πŸ™‚

    xo, Ainslee

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  54. Trendy Mondays says:

    So glad to hear you woke up feeling on top of the world! Love this stripes/floral combo. Definitely a great outfit for conquering the world!

    Trendy Mondays – your online destination for Indie European designs.

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  55. cris says:

    love this outfit


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  56. Oh I love this outfit. Great to hear you're feeling better!

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  57. thequirkypeach says:

    Just found your blog – absolutely love your style! Inspiring my sewing mojo to go make something striped and floral πŸ™‚

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  58. Nancy DeMaria says:

    Wow. Could not agree more (re. Tanning and working!)

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  59. Lorena Lorena says:

    YOU LOOK marvelous…. and i am pretty sure that you CAN conquer the world.

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  60. Victoria Strader says:

    Gah! SO. CUTE.

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  61. melissa rosenkilde says:

    I love this pairing Kendi, you look adorable!

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  62. Jordan Shaner says:

    Love this outfit! Perfect print mixing!



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  63. So glad to hear that you were feeling so well today! Also really glad to hear that you were trying to work half days over the last couple of months. You need it! And on another note, you look adorable as usual.

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  64. Steffany says:

    I think this is one of my favourite outfits on you – still the beautiful simplicity of Kendi outfit but pushing some boundaries with the crop top trend. So glad to hear you're at full day capacity – x

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  65. I love the pattern mixing and the easy shape, it's really pretty!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  66. Lauren Buckley Flanagan says:

    Yay! I'm glad for you feeling so well.

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  67. shannon says:

    Loving this skirt!


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  68. loverofclothes says:

    Such a cute summery outfit! Love it!

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  69. super adorable outfit!!!!

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  70. Happinessatmidlife says:

    Glad that you had a good day Kendi! You are looking chipper in your outfit too! I liked that you paired your cropped top with a loose fitting skirt so that is just the perfect balance.


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  71. Jen Belliss says:

    So glad to hear you're feeling more like yourself and the outfit shows! Looks so cheerful!

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  72. photosbyjaana says:
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  73. Yayyy! Balance! Great pattern mixing. I usually don't like pattern mixing too….so you won me over this time.

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  74. which me will i be today says:

    I'm glad you're feeling good and looking good πŸ™‚ Love the cropped top with the high waist skirt. They work so well together!

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  75. Mica says:

    Glad you're feeling great! πŸ˜€ Hope you did the full day πŸ™‚

    Really like the cropped top with the high-waisted skirt. it's such a pretty print πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

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  76. Love this! You look great!

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  77. babs says:

    wish u all the best πŸ™‚ you look great!

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  78. Jennifer says:

    LOVE! Beautiful color, effortless shapes, you look marvelous! Maybe the balance on the outside is matching the one on the inside and that's what is so special!

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  79. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    This look is so fun- so effortless and cali-cute! I love that you can pull off pretty much any look!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  80. Melissa says:

    I'm new to your blog and have to say that I'm LOVING everything you put on. If only I could buy it all up! Glad you are feeling good {love those days when things seem to be falling into place} and can't wait to read more.

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  81. Taida Nazraić says:

    Wonderful colors <3

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  82. Jess says:

    Love the outfit but also LOVE the hair! Everything looks so easy and summery. Fabulous.

    Also, when I need a little perspective in my life, I watch this TED talk. Pretty interesting stuff that maybe you'd enjoy:

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  83. EnvisionPretty says:

    Stripes & Floral is the BEST go-to print mix! I love it Kendi… soft and flowing!


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  84. Joanna Howarth says:

    I've been loyally following your blog for quite some time and this is my first comment! I wanted to say thank you for your fabulous posts…the outfits, the perspective, the humor…they all brighten my day. I look forward to receiving the email in my inbox. Keep up the amazing work and know that you are so appreciated!

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  85. Rosely Carrasco says:

    Glad your mood and energy is improving. It would be so cool to earn money while getting a tan. Beautiful top so light and airy.

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  86. Savannah says:

    This outfit is so summery, breezy, and just gorgeous! Looks like a beautiful day for you, too. πŸ™‚ Love the mixed prints!

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  87. Jamie says:

    Agreed! So glad you are feeling better Kendi and that life is looking up for you! That's the beauty of summer I think–long sunny days (and a tan) help you feel better!

    P.S. I'm usually not a fan of mixing prints but this works on you!

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  88. Danielle Drummond says:

    The shoes are fabulous! I've noticed you've worn them a couple times…so clearly they're worth the money! SUCH a good investment! Neutrals go with anything, so I'm not surprised. They look amazing in every outfit. Good find!

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  89. Kristin says:

    Glad to hear things are looking up! Love that skirt…normally I'm scared of tulip cuts, but this is adorable πŸ™‚


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  90. gina says:

    That is awesome, Kendi! I'm so happy to hear that you felt this way today. I know what that dark cloud feels like and it is so good feel our soul turn the corner. You look absolutely gorgeous in these pictures too.
    You are such an inspiration in style and in life.
    Thanks for being you!

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  91. Katie McC says:

    That's probably the cutest crop top I've ever seen. Sometimes you just need a cookie for breakfast! But juicing sounds delicious!

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  92. Kayla D says:

    This is the only cropped top I have ever liked! Gorgeous outfit!

    Eat Play Dress

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  93. haley says:

    I think I need that top in my lifeβ€”great look!

    Colour Me Classic

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  94. Kathrina says:

    Uh, you look absolutely gorgeous!! And hot dang I love this outfit!

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  95. Thank you for wearing splashes of teal. I also noticed the teal earrings in your previous post. This means a lot! Thank you.

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  96. tlb12 says:

    : ) That's great to hear. And yet again, another cute outfit. Florals + stripes are my favorite patterns to mix!

    Flounces & Hubbub

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  97. Elle says:

    Love the subtle print mixing in this outfit! I just posted a "How-to" video on my blog about pattern mixing. One of my pointers was "Mix bigger prints with smaller prints" clearly your'e a master πŸ˜‰

    xo, elle | Living in

    Shabby Apple Giveaway!!!

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  98. Chrysta Archer says:

    This is the first time I've ever liked the look of a cropped top. Thank you for inspiring me to be more open to new ideas.

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  99. Cathy your Poor Little It Girl says:

    I have this same skirt and never thought of pairing it with stripes…LOVE this!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  100. Laura Whitman says:

    You look so adorable! I really love the floral + stripes combo! So great! And, glad to hear that you are having a great day!



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  101. Meli_InLove says:

    Love it!!

    Un abrazo,


    In Love Blog

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  102. Cannot get over how perfect this outfit and that picture of you looking straight at the camera are!

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  103. Roanna Fernandes says:

    You pretty, clever girl! πŸ™‚

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  104. paige (bf+v) says:

    i am dying DYING over the 3rd photo. is your eyebrow cocked? so much sass. ps. you'll have to get a different photog while you're in TX. i'm stealing B.

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