This top is so me. It’s quirky, it’s undecided, it’s beautiful, it has many layers. And yet it works. It’s like organized chaos. I’m all about it. Somehow every pattern and every color is boldly on display at the same time. There’s a balance to the crazy that I’m obsessed with. It’s outfits like these that make me feel like I get to wear what’s on the inside: a patchwork of experiences that all somehow fit together to make this random but beautiful life. Also, I’m claiming this as my Mamma Mia shirt! It’s the type of shirt you can stuff in a suitcase and wear anywhere yet look confidently cool and at home. What outfit defines you?
I realize this is just a dress, but it and other things I’ve thrifted or repurposed over the years holds a lot of meaning for me. It represents a resourcefulness that I’ve discovered in myself to take what life has given me and make the most of it. I can’t afford my dream wardrobe. Well, truthfully I probably can, but if I spent my money on that I would have nothing left in my savings account. And, my dream wardrobe has far too many dresses, fussy heels, and sequins for my actual day-to-day life. That’s why it’s called a “dream wardrobe.” Something to aspire to that inspires my actual wardrobe and occasionally leads me to ask for gold sequin pants for Christmas that I’ll only wear once a year. We all have one or two items like that in our wardrobe, right?
After a year that was challenging in different ways — from the political to the personal — I am grateful that with a little creativity and vision, you can make the most out of what you have, and sometimes, it can be better than what you dreamed. I think this can easily be true of wardrobes. And with a little bit of effort, I think you can make it true in your life as well.
Like any true romantic, fall makes me reach for dark, floral patterns and feminine details. To balance out that vibe, I occasionally drift toward something a little more rugged like these Hinge ankle boots from Nordstrom. The side slit had me at hello and is a great update to a classic boot. They look great with jeans or bare ankles. Since the weather has only just started to feel like fall, I took advantage of the opportunity to wear these boots with bare legs. And when I can top off a look with my floppy hat, I am pretty much in own personal fall heaven. I wore this outfit (sans hat) to my sorority’s alumnae association founder’s day celebration. It was equal parts comfy and cool-girl dressy for a relaxed yet special occasion fall brunch.
Hinge Angle Boots via Nordstrom (Currently 33%Off)
Last Year’s Billabong Dress via Nordstrom (Similar)
Last Year’s Hat via Pavement (Similar)
Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar)
Old Rayban Wayfarers (Similar)
Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful and very filling Thanksgiving. Mine was especially relaxing this year so I’m thankful for that. And the food was ah-mah-zing. I think my favorite dish this year was my sister’s cheesy potatoes. I had to keep going back for more. I actually wore this dress for Thanksgiving, but styled it here for work with this asymmetrical cardigan to stay warm while in the office. I also didn’t wear the hat to work, but wore it for Thanksgiving so posed with it here.
I got the dress on a website called Jane.com. They feature daily deals from various boutiques and the prices are really good. This particular dress isn’t available anymore, but they have many more cute dresses. They carry a variety of on-trend clothes, accessories, home decor and products for babies and kids. I am definitely going to shop from them again, especially when I am looking for a specific trend, but don’t want to spend too much. What sites do you shop on? Did you score any great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?
I saw some pictures the other day of Mobama wearing a dress with this exact same print. I purchased my skirt at a consignment shop (originally from Target). I was happy to see we share the same excellent taste. Either that or Michele is reading my blog for style tips. I am going to go with that option. Just to see how it feels for a few moments.
This skirt and jacket were two of my best finds from my local consignment shop, which is closing (insert sad face). The skirt was a little big, but I fell in love with the print so I took it to my tailor to have it taken in. I love the results!
Gap sweater / Target button down / J.Crew Outlet skirt / Hue tights / Ann Taylor vintage thrifted shoes / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / Ray Ban wayfarers
Spring wouldn’t be spring without its feeble weather. The forecast for the week is calling for highs in the 50s and 60s. As sad as that makes me, I was happy to get another stab at some of my winter favorites. After all, I love my cable knit sweaters just as much as my flowy skirts and dresses. Pairing a bright skirt for spring with a chunky sweater is just what today called for. This is what I like to call transitional dressing, folks. It’s the art of mixing clothes of different seasons for a refreshing take on your wardrobe and something to help pass the days until you are running barefoot in the grass through the sprinkler. Here’s to one last run at sweater season. You were good while you lasted. Also, here’s to Mad Men being back! Cheers to that!
I’m slowly trying to incorporate the amazing bright spring styles I’ve been seeing into my wardrobe. It’s been hard to hold back. Some days I just want to paint myself neon pink. I’m not even making sense anymore! I foresee myself wearing this $10 top from Old Navy a lot. It’s casual but the dolman sleeves give it an extra something that elevates it above pajama level. If you are looking for bright clothes on the cheap, I would recommend heading over to Old Navy for reals.
Old Navy top / Sears belt (from pair of pants) / Forever 21 jeans / Candies via Kohl’s shoes /Michael Kors watch