Michelle Finley: Summer Trends and Father’s Day all wrapped up

The official start of Summer is quickly approaching.  Vacations are in full swing and I’m loving this season of Summer trends.  I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you today.

First the off shoulder, cold shoulder and one shoulder trend.  I love how this look takes the focus off my mid and lower sections and pulls the eye up!  It’s not so skin revealing that it doesn’t work for all ages, unlike the mid-drift trends which I must leave behind.  This look gives you an opportunity to dress up your jeans or shorts and yet remain super comfortable and cool in the 80+ degrees we have coming for the next several months.  One of my favorite places to shop this look is locally at Southern Sisters Grayson and TJMaxx.

Another trend I’m loving are the big, bold earrings!  Especially with an off shoulder top.  This is virtually the only accessory you need to really vamp up your look.  Pull your hair up in a cool pony tail and show off those bold earrings and you’ll look completely put together with total ease!  Baublebar is one of my favorite places to go for this look.  Choose a bold pair with lots of colors and they will go with every outfit.  Easy packing for vacation when you can use the same accessories with multiple outfits.

My next favorite trend is the kimono.  I chose a grey color from DressUp so it could go with multiple outfits and even move easily into the fall with a long sleeve shirt or sweater.  This is a comfortable and light weight way to layer up in the hot summer months.  It adds instant color to an all white outfit and can be worn with jeans, shorts or over your favorite dress!

What two trends am I leaving behind, WAY behind?  High waisted jeans or jean shorts and high waisted 2 piece swimsuits.  Neither of these trends tend to be flattering unless you are one of those size 00.  I just find both these trends to accentuate all the problem areas.  Sometimes in this case, less is more!


Men are notoriously difficult to shop for, at least in my family.  My husband hates to shop and when I ask him what he would like his standard answer is, “I don’t need anything”!  So what in the world do we get these guys for Fathers Day?!

From the simplest of gifts I say we always go for a homemade card, especially if you have younger children.  They are treasures for life that can’t be duplicated!  Another way to make a treasure is to use PhotoAffections for a personalized gift with a photo of you and your children.  He can have a daily reminder in his office or home throughout the coming year.

Last year I took my son to the local Home Depot and they had a build it work shop.  Call around to see if your location is offering this fabulous opportunity.  My son built a grill caddy and we went to TJ Maxx and filled it full of goodies to make grilling easy and convenient.  This makes your child feel so accomplished and is certainly a treasure for their Father to use and adore!

If you want to go all out the best Fathers Day gift I ever bought was a GreenEgg!  This smoker style charcoal grill makes every meal dreamy!  It turned my man into THE cook!  So it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.  These are available at your local Ace Hardware and they sell the tables and accessories to make it all complete.

A new pair of polarized sunglasses will also be a real treat.  The polarized version helps with glare so if they are a boater or fisherman they will certainly appreciate this feature.  My favorite brand is Maui Jimm but Costa’s and Raybans also offer polarized and can be found at Sunglass Hut.

You can find some great name brand fashion and also some fun games and popular colognes at your local TJ Maxx store as well.  They also get a lot of fashion forward, name brand watches for incredible deals in on a daily basis.

If you have a summer trend or great Fathers Day gift idea please feel free to leave a comment! Visit my blog for more outfit inspirations and follow along until next time!

Hi there, I’m Michelle Finley, wife, mom, friend and career woman! I’m the only girl in my house so I like to glam it up! I enjoy helping others find their inner fashionista! Come with me on this journey as we navigate the world of fashion, and bridge the gap between exquisite pieces and a budget! Follow me on Instagram – @smfinley28 – or on my blog at www.finleysfivefold.com

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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