I've been wearing tie-waist shorts and pants for years. WHY?! Because they look amazing on just about everyone. The tie-waist belt cinches in your waist, and you'll look chic in wide-leg pants or have legs for days in shorts. I'm so excited the "paper bag" style has been a trend this summer! Most styles have been made in light materials like linen so they're perfect so staying cool and breezing throughout the year's hottest months.

In this post, I'm styling a linen pair! I kept these outfits neutral, but I've seen this shorts and pants in so many fabrics and prints, I've especially loved the striped prints.

Outfit #1

Shorts- Charlotte Russe 
T-shirt - TJ maxx
Necklace- Forever 21

 Outfit #2

Hat- Forever 21 (sold out)
Shoes- Target (sold out)


Years ago I watched a movie "Elvis and Annabelle" starring Max Minghella and Blake Lively and in it, Blake Lively's character, Annabelle plants this large field of sunflowers. Ever since I saw that amazing field of larger than life flowers, I wanted to see a sunflower field in person! Luckily, sunflowers love sun and bloom throughout the summer. Sunflower fields photos are also popular in the summertime so it was something I definitely wanted to do this summer. And fortunately in you live in Charlotte, NC or close by, there are two sunflower fields relatively close.

Brattonsville, SC/ McConnells, SC/ Draper Wildlife Management Area

About an hour's drive from Charlotte, are fields of sunflowers hidden off a backroad in SC near Historic Brattonsville: Draper Wildlife Management Area. This is where I took my photos. I went on Fourth of July and surprisingly had the whole Sunflower field to myself and there were so many beautiful sunflowers! You can also go fishing and hunting there (if that's your thing), I simply went for the sunflowers only!

Button Front High-Low Dress - Charlotte Russe
Hat- Charming Charlie (old)

Raleigh, NC/ Dorothea Dix Park 

If you saw the Sunflowers along the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh last year, you'll be disappointed in you go searching for them again in the same location, but no worries, they're blooming in the Dorothea Dix park this 2018! And they are quite popular and currently in peak bloom and expected until July 17, so now's the time to visit!

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