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Sweet & Sexy Summer Tops

So, the mini getaway that the hubs and I had this weekend reaffirmed to me that we really need to make more of an effort to schedule regular date nights. I’ve come to this realization more than once, but for whatever reason we just haven’t made it the priority that we should have. We’re connected because we’re in love…but those much needed alone times give us little zaps of energy that further intensify our connection. I want it to feel like we’re on our honeymoon all the time! Unrealistic much? HA!

A couple of crazy kids on their honeymoon.

One of my all time favorite dates is when we go to a local beach side restaurant that has a great rooftop bar called Crabby Bill’s. I’ve written about “our place” MANY times before…so deep is my love for it. We’ve yet to go there in 2010 and that, my dear friends, is a travesty. Grouper sandwiches, frosty brews and the sunset eternally call to me. That being said, it’s time to again set forth on that rusty old mission to try to get out for at least a couple date nights a month and I’m thinking that Crabby Bill’s is the perfect spot to start off our new routine de romance! I mean it’s summer for goodness sake. It’s such a magical time no? And what magical evening would be complete without a lovely ensemble? I think one of the floaty tops below, along with white jeans and sandals that I could slip off for a stroll on the sand would be a perfect date night look!



Rebecca Beeson at Ron Herman

Elizabeth and James at planet blue

Aqua at Bloomingdale’s

James Jeans at

Forever 21 {BonBon Deal of the Day at $7.50}

  • Trish

    Good morning sunshine!! Yes I agree more date nights for you two lovebirds is definitely in order! I am so glad that your weekend was everything you hoped it would be! Those sandals are a knockout BonBon deal and I adore the Ruche top with the little flowers around the neckline, too cute!! Hope you're having a great week!

    P.S. I would give anything to be able to attend your SATC2 party in Tampa!! I'm heartbroken I can't be in two places at once! Please do have a blast and take a million pictures, ok?? xox

    May 26, 2010 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Ms. Chyme


    May 26, 2010 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Kinsey Michaels

    Date nights are truly the best! I love the sounds of that spot you used to frequent, it sounds fun!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:31 am Reply
  • Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    Yes, it's important to take care of the romance;)

    And I love the top in the 3 rd photo paired with white skinny jeans and sandals. Go for it! πŸ˜‰

    May 26, 2010 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Heather

    I totally know what you mean about the need to "schedule" these things! We just had a baby not to long ago, and our dates are few and far between now. On another note, I've been obsessing over white skinny jeans for the summer and I found some great ones by VAC. I looove the top pics!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Diana Mieczan

    Date nights are so important…we should make more effort to have them too:)
    I love Ruche…and that top is so beautiful!
    There is something really great about white jeans…I have 2 pairs!
    Kisses and enjoy your day my lovely:)

    May 26, 2010 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Kristin Hjellegjerde

    Gorgeous Ruche top:) Have a wonderful day:)

    May 26, 2010 at 6:57 am Reply
  • {Cara}

    I LOVE the Rebecca Beeson one..I have a few of her tops-they look great on "date nights." Wishing you and your hubby more time to spend together πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 7:26 am Reply
  • thenextarrow

    LOVE the modcloth top πŸ™‚

    xo Alison

    May 26, 2010 at 7:48 am Reply
  • Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~

    i LOVE outdoor spaces! – too cute about the date! – i'd be ALL about that!!! .. and i have a top like the elizabeth and james one – i got from a boutique in Hoboken (nj) YEARSSSS ago – has feathers on both straps (it's a tank top) ..

    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

    May 26, 2010 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Staley Mc

    Love all these tops and with the white denim=love!!

    May 26, 2010 at 7:52 am Reply
  • Ms. Wedding Crasher

    Love the first one!

    May 26, 2010 at 7:53 am Reply
  • Shelby Bukhenik

    Wow those sandals are a deal!!!! I love those tops too!

    May 26, 2010 at 7:58 am Reply
  • Sweet Southern Prep

    Glad y'all had a wonderful date night. My husband and I definitely need to make them more of a priority. They really do strengthen a relationship. It MAKES you communicate, but in a good way.

    Love all of your tops here. Especially love the E&J Planet Blue top and the Aqua top.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Ms. Givens

    You just made me want some white jeans. πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 8:13 am Reply
  • MissNeira

    That first mod cloth dress is so pretty, I love the color!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Marie Z.

    I love that modcloth dress!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Lenore

    Oh you're making me miss the Keys with your references to sunsets and grouper sandwiches!! Lovely clothes and you and hubby look so happy. Glad you got to spend some 'quality time'!


    May 26, 2010 at 8:38 am Reply
  • hip hip gin gin

    I"m so with you, I want it to feel like our honeymoon all the time as well! Reality be darned, that's what I'm shooting for at least. At least for us what made the honeymoon so awesome is that it was stress free, just us, and we got to do whatever we wanted even if that meant sleeping in, watching a movie and being totally lazy. I want to figure out how to have that in my everyday life.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:45 am Reply
  • ...::Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride::...

    I'll take those sandals. Pleaseandthankyou. πŸ˜‰

    May 26, 2010 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Maddy

    Even though we don't have kids, we still get pulled a 100 different directions between friends, family and work. It's important to make alone time together priority, no matter what! Glad you had a great time, love!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Salt

    I was actually swooning over that top yesterday while I was having my almost-daily drool over Modcloth. I promised myself that I would only buy my swimsuit from there on Friday, but maybe I need that too.

    I also love that one shoulder top. It's so interesting! I just wish I could pull off things like that a little better…my shoulders are a bit on the broad side.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Tiffanie

    Forever21 has the greatest shoes ever! So does shoedazzle! Can't wait for my first pair! Those jeans are hot, hot, hot…I must get a pair! I'm glad you had a wonderful date night with the hubs!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Jane

    Love the fun summer tops!! I just got a pair of white True Religion Jeans…they are currently being hemmed at bit. I can't wait to wear them!!! You will totally rock the white skinny jeans :).

    May 26, 2010 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Heavenly Housewife

    Dont you just love mini get aways? Hubby and i are doing one this weekend. You guys should always make yourselves a priority, its so important… and a good excuse to buy a cute shirt, no?
    *kisses* HH

    May 26, 2010 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    i totally agree that weekly date nights are soo necessary!! it keeps the relationship spicy and exciting and definitely gets you recharged!! love all your outfit picks!!

    May 26, 2010 at 9:18 am Reply
  • LyddieGal

    Perfect summer look! The bloomingdales top is so gorgeous!

    I hope you get your date nights!!

    May 26, 2010 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Lauren from Texas

    What cute kids y'all were (are)! Love the tops πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Mande

    Love date nights… hubby & I are long overdue. Hopefully you can have more of them too. xo

    May 26, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • alexkeller

    i used to tell my husband that we need a date night every week….so far he hasn't listened, so i need to work on that some more. his schedule at work certainly doesn't help πŸ™

    May 26, 2010 at 9:49 am Reply
  • Nikolett

    Love these tops! And hurrah for more date nights – I think it's cute you want it to feel like your honeymoon all the time … I haven't had one yet, but I agree … especially if it's somewhere tropical haha πŸ™‚ You two are adorable and I hope you had a happy happy anniversary lady!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 am Reply
  • What's New with Mrs.T

    So cute!!!! Loving all of those tops.. Im in need of a major shopping trip!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Andrea

    Oh it can be so hard to get to the date nights!! I understand. Crabby Bill's sounds great!

    I love the one shouldered top! Very cute.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 am Reply

    White jeans will always scare me. ALWAYS. I doubt I'll ever be able to purchase them because I just CAN'T get over the fear of sitting in something and then walking around for all the world to see.

    It's very Woody Allen of me.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Kristina P.

    I need to buy those sandals!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Valerie

    I completely agree about the importance of date nights! My husband only gets one weekend off a month and we always go on a date night during that weekend, but one date a month isn't enough! We recently went to Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary and it made me feel the same way and realize how little time we actually get to spend together regularly. I also want to feel like I'm always on my honeymoon! Is that too much to ask??


    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    I adore the Mod Cloth top…so perfect with white jeans! Mine are still packed up- time to whip out all the summer stuff πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Jen

    I love that first Modcloth top! gorgeous. And those sandals are perfect.

    Crabby Bill's sounds like such a great place! I have no idea how you wear white jeans in Florida summer heat though! LOL

    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Nice date-night looks, particularly for summer! This really makes me want white jeans…

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads

    May 26, 2010 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Jules

    Crabby Bill’s sounds like so much fun and I love that it’s right on the beach. I would love a place like that too! Here is to hoping you and your hubby can fit lots more date night into the agenda so that you can wear cute tops like the one at Ruche, planet blue or Bloomingdale’s. Those sandals are a great find!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Josie

    I love that Aqua top and those darling Forever 21 sandals (perfect find for the Deal of the Day)! So gorgeous. And I think that you ABSOLUTELY deserve more date nights, especially ones involving walks on the beach.
    xxoo Josie

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Lindsay [Bella Cene']

    Oooo I want those sandals!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    I don't think it's unrealistic at all! I feel like my hubs and I are still newlyweds. Granted, we don't have any kids so that might change things a bit.
    And I love those tops. So perfect for a date and perhaps a sweet little cardigan pulled over it.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    I adore this picture of you and your hubby on your honeymoon!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Ces't La Vie

    oh good gracious, what a fabulous blog you guys have going on here!!


    May 26, 2010 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    LOVE those sandals. Of COURSE Forever 21…never disappoints! πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Mama Hen

    Love the first blouse!! The white pants are gorgeous, but I can't wear that now. Got to lose some pounds! Yes, bubbles can be lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by! See you!

    Mama Hen

    May 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • iheartkiwi

    perfect date night looks! i love the top from modcloth. here's to bringing back date night!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Bumpkin on a Swing

    I love the Ruche top, perfect for the weekend, and you know the rosettes make me squeal. Date nights are so important, yet we always push them off without priority! Here's to hot husbands, and still in love!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • CDS

    Date nights are important….and you (or anyone) will look lovely in the selected ensembles. Nothing beats white jeans in the summer! I bought 2 pair of maternity ones so I am ready to grow over the next few months.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • Leah

    Date nights are important to keep the magic. Glad that you take time to have some special time with the hubby. You are such a gorgeous couple. xoxo

    May 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Meghan

    Totes digging on the Modcloth top!!! It's very romantic:) Have a wonderful time this weekend!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    aww i love date nights. great picks! love the rebecca beeson top.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Hope you guys manage to get to Crabby Bill's soon and that it's a perfect date night!
    The modcloth top would be perfect.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • style

    wute outfits i like them all

    May 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • CopyStrands

    I am a big believer of date nights. My husband and I go out on date night every Friday night and we treat the day as a sacred one not to be broken unless there is an emergency πŸ™‚ I highly recommend it!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • living well

    What a cute picture of you and your husband!

    May 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Couture Carrie

    Hi gorgeous!
    Love the Elizabeth and James one!


    May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma

    glad yall had a good getaway! And love all of those things!

    May 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • StΓ©phanie

    Lovely !

    May 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    Great picks, but the first is definitely my fave.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Hmm so this means I need a new date night outfit, right? Thats what I got anyway πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Simply Me

    There's never a more perfect time to start than now πŸ™‚ this summers mantra is routine de romance ;)..
    and i want me those sandals the modcloth top too ..

    May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Cherry Blossoms

    Loving that Second top!

    May 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Lori

    Cute!!!! Perfect for a date night. I agree with you about the date thing. My husband and I have been together for 27 years (wow!) and we've seen so many marriages go down the tubes because you don't still date or treat one another as a "date". Know what I mean. Dates are IMPORTANT – for the rest of your life. πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition

    I can't decide which top I like best…they are all so adorable! Especially with the white jeans and sandals…you will look fab!!

    May 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • Allison

    I'm glad you two were able to have a romantic escape. It must have been so relieving to get away and destress! Me next please…
    What adorable sandals and choices.. πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • SogniSorrisi

    Date nights are so important! Love the pieces you've chosen here.

    May 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Christine Vi

    You said it – summer is a time to have fun! And that's a great way to start having some date nights. I love the Aqua top from Bloomingdale's. Great inspiration for me to do some shopping – my summer clothes need a makeover.

    May 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    I think we also need some date nights!! you made me think πŸ™‚
    Love all the picks and of course white jeans, absolutely adore them!!! xoxo
    btw, thank you so so much for all your lovely comments on DoL and around the other guest posts, you really make my day every time xoxo

    May 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Grace

    I love the white jeans and pretty top from Modcloth.

    May 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • J

    oooo if im ever in the area i'll have to try out the restaurant!! love the modcloth top!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I'm not even married and yet I think my boyfriend and I need to reinstate date nights. We've been together for over three years – it's so easy to fall into a routine with take out and movies!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • Kellie

    LOVE that first one w/ the sequins. Something about it is very dreamy!

    Hope you get a date night soon!

    May 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    mmm! Summer clothing is my FAVORITE.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse

    i totally know what you mean about time with your hubby! πŸ™‚

    and i'm going to read your piece on shoptopia. haha, sounds interesting already.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Elle

    Ha aww I need like weekly date night or I get grumpy πŸ™‚ Love that E&J top – and so perfect with white jeans! Too bad white jeans look horrrrrible on me πŸ™

    May 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm Reply
  • Melissa B.

    We did Crabby Bill's over Spring Break when we were down in St. Pete Beach. Fun times, especially on the deck, watching a storm roll in.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Randi Lee

    LOVE the Ruche top and the sandals! I love summer time!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • Rhiannon Nicole

    What gorgeous tops you've picked here. So summery and flowy. You're making me want to head out to a roof top K! I love how in love you are πŸ™‚ Makes me smile! hehe XOXO

    May 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Destined For Now

    Great clothing picks! And good luck making time for dates.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm Reply
  • Fashion Cappuccino

    Love those sandals and what a deal!! That modcloth dress is so romantic and pretty! xoxoxoxo

    May 27, 2010 at 2:46 am Reply
  • MerciBlahBlah

    I got a pair of white boot cut jeans last year and wore the hell outta them, and I swear I must wear them at least 2 days a week this season. I would totes pair them with that first top from Modcloth, some chunky turquoise jewelry and my gladiator flats. Lurv!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Laura@Cowboy Boots

    wish i could pull off the one shoulder look…i'd kill for those!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:12 am Reply
  • a H.I.T.

    No freaking way are those shoes from F21. That's insane. LOVE the first top. Perfect for hiding post-baby muffin.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Anna Liesemeyer

    I have been looking for some good white jeans! THANK you!!
    These tops are so fun! Great picks Kristin!

    May 27, 2010 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Ams

    Date nights are the best πŸ™‚ And a MUST to keep the spark alive. You and hubby are such a gorgeous couple!! I LOVE that modcloth shirt… ohhhhhh that would look so cute!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 11:31 am Reply
  • janettaylor

    Love the first one.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    The first and third are my faves. And you reminded me – I definitely need more date nights!

    May 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Betty

    Fabulous stuff! Love all of them!
    You two look GORGEOUS!!
    Big hugs!
    B xx

    May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Deliciously Organized

    Love date nights and love that tank by aqua.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Luna

    i love the Rebecca Beeson one. i love date nights. they are important and give you a change to get out and have some fun.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm Reply
  • Pink Blog Girl

    That Modcloth top is GORGEOUS!

    May 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I couldn't agree more, date nights are so important…
    the hubs and I try to go at least twice a month. luckily his mom lives close by so she's so helpful with babysitting. cute tops and perfect for summer.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:08 am Reply
  • Liz

    I love all these pieces! So easy breezy for summer!

    May 30, 2010 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Emma Victoria

    Wow! I have never seen a blog with so many followers!

    And now you have another πŸ˜‰

    Emma xxx

    June 1, 2010 at 11:18 am Reply

    Oh I hope you make it soon! Date nights are my key to staying sane, but it's so funny how they're often the first things to be pushed aside when things get crazy.

    We've started coming up with fun games to play while we're out and about. Occasionally we'll each get $10, and the one that finds that best, most useful (no junk!), or most yummy treat wins a bubble bath and a back rub. It's great fun when there's not always enough time (or money) to get away for date.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm Reply

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