{Splurge or Steal – Summer Pool Outfits + GIVEAWAY}

{Splurge or Steal – Summer Pool Outfits + GIVEAWAY}

That moment you realize you started to write this post May 1 and it’s already the last day of the month. May is always such a busy time for me with work but I didn’t anticipate being booked on so many long jobs along with selling my home, buying another and moving, all during the same few weeks. Talk about exhausting! June, I hope you are a little more relaxing! This girl needs a little pool time in her life! Speaking of summer days by the pool, my latest Splurge or Steal in the May issue of Austin Woman Magazine is out. Like I said, I’m a month behind on sharing this so the issue isn’t even going to be on stands in Austin anymore. BUT you can see these fun pool outfits here, thankfully!

Everything about this shoot was hilarious. Normally, my columns come together pretty quickly when it comes to finding pieces that match, but this one was a little different. It took me forever to find items that matched nearly perfectly. Mainly because I refused to wear another bikini for a Splurge or Steal. Let’s just say I haven’t been working out as much as I would like! 😂 I kept finding perfect one-piece suits but they are all so similarly priced. It didn’t make sense to shoot in swimwear that was priced only $50 apart so I kept searching. So, not only did I order about 50 bathing suits, hats, shoes, sunglasses, etc. They were ALL coming to my house. As if the UPS man didn’t hate me enough.

Shoot day rolls around and I decide to wear the expensive (splurge) look out of the house to the hotel. As I walk outside I quickly realize it’s definitely not warm outside. More like 45 degrees. Great…shooting pool outfits in the cold. Now I know exactly how half of my models feel when we’re shooting summer clothes in December.

I finally make it to South Congress Hotel and quickly realize I forgot both pairs of shorts. I only have the cheaper pair with me! So I’m literally wearing the same pair of shorts in both images. Little known secret that only y’all know! Shhhhh….. I’ve never told anyone that! It just adds to the hilarity that ensued.

DTKAustin shares her recent Splurge or Steal Column about warm weather swimwear in Austin Woman Magazine just in time for Summer vacation! || Dressed to Kill #summeroutfits #swimwear #affordableswim #onepiecebathingsuit - {Splurge or Steal - Summer Pool Outfits + GIVEAWAY} by popular Austin style blogger, Dressed to KillSplurge Pool Outfits Details:

Swimsuit – L Space // Shorts – Joe’s (Similar HERE)

Tote – Chanel (Similar HERE and HERE)

Wedges – Ferragamo // Hat – Eric Javits // Sunglasses – Linda Farrow

Shoot day rolls around and I’ve found the perfect pool outfits to shoot. I don’t try any of it on ahead of time (what an idiot, I know) and the Forever 21 (steal) suit I ordered literally won’t stay on! The top kept falling down the ENTIRE TIME. I had to Hollywood Tape the entire top of the suit on me just to get through the 5 minute shoot. Hence, why I am dying laughing in this shot too. Mainly because I am hunched over so much so it doesn’t all come falling down.

Either way, this one came out pretty amazing. I think it is a lot more fun and candid than most of my other columns. It’s always fun to see them come to life in the actual magazine after so much prep work and shooting.

Now, I need y’alls help! I am trying to think of a Splurge or Steal idea for the August issue. Comment any ideas you might have because I am clueless!!

Want to see my some of my other Splurge or Steals?? Click HERE!

DTKAustin shares her recent Splurge or Steal Column about warm weather swimwear in Austin Woman Magazine just in time for Summer vacation! || Dressed to Kill #summeroutfits #swimwear #affordableswim #onepiecebathingsuit - Summer Pool Outfits + GIVEAWAY} by popular Austin style blogger, Dressed to KillSave Pool Outfits Detail:

Swimsuit – Forever 21 // Shorts – American Eagle (ON SALE!) //  Tote – Tommy Bahama

Wedges – Steve Madden // Hat – Nordstrom (ON SALE!)

Sunglasses – Forever 21 (Similar HERE)

DTKAustin shares her recent Splurge or Steal Column about warm weather swimwear in Austin Woman Magazine just in time for Summer vacation! || Dressed to Kill #summeroutfits #swimwear #affordableswim #onepiecebathingsuit - Summer Pool Outfits + GIVEAWAY} by popular Austin style blogger, Dressed to Kill This post contains affiliate links.

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  1. May 31, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    This is so cool! Loving the cute ruffled swimsuit– this is such a pool-ready look!

  2. Stephanie
    June 1, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I love how you shared all the BTS of this shoot with us. Sounds like so many funny scenarios going on at once!

  3. June 1, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Most of the time I end up saving over splurging, unless it’s a handbag I’ve been wanting. So in love with that one piece swimsuit and how you styled it!

  4. Liz
    June 1, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    May was exhausting for me too! Hope you get a break in June!

  5. Ruth Ridley
    June 4, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Omg I love your splurge vs steal posts!!! They both look incredible!!!

  6. June 4, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Haha wouldn’t have imagined all that was going on by looking at the pictures (which came out amazing btw). Thanks for going through all that to find worth it items for us!

  7. June 5, 2018 / 2:32 am

    So many great options! Well done!

  8. June 5, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Yes please — I need all of these!! Hope you’re well Lady!!

  9. June 5, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Ok I love both of these suits, but based on your feedback, I’d probably go with the more expensive one! lol

  10. June 6, 2018 / 3:00 am

    This is amazing! You look incredible and I love when you share bts info. That Chanel tote might be worth the splurge!

  11. June 6, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Love the hat and sunglasses! So perfect for the pool

  12. June 6, 2018 / 11:23 am

    I love the suits but especially the giant hat! Such a cool look.

  13. June 6, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Love how you created another version of the expensive outfit but affordable.

  14. maggie
    June 6, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Loving this look! The white ruffle is a chic touch for summer

  15. June 6, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    How fun! Loved reading the behind the scenes scenarios. Too funny! And I really love the white ots suit. So flattering.

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