Color Crush: Summer Blues

Yesterday I talked about my go-to summer uniform.  Well today, I want to keep the conversation going by revealing more of my fashion favorites for summer.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a Color Crush post, but this one is very appropriate for July.  So let’s talk about my current favorite hue to wear:  blue.  I mean who doesn’t love blue?  There are so many different variations that you really can’t go wrong.  Pick navy for a nautical look, powder blue for a softer feminine style, or cobalt to stand out in the crowd.  I am always putting together nautical outfits.  I haven’t met a navy striped shirt that I didn’t like.  Blue makes me happy because it is calming and peaceful.  It reminds me of water and, whether you’re at the beach or stuck in the city, it should get you in a good mood for some summer fun.  Today, I rounded up my favorite blue looks and I hope it inspires you to wear it all season long.

 

Color Crush: Summer Blues

Color Crush: Summer Blues

 

Color Crush: Summer Blues

 

IN THIS POST:

1. Halogen – Shift Dress | 2. BaubleBar – Bubblestream Necklace | 3. Madewell – Striped Top | 4. Sole Society – Zahara Sandal | 5. Ann Taylor Loft – Embroidered Halter Dress | 6. Peyton William – Carter Earrings | 7. Gigi New York – Taylor Tote | 8. Humble Chic – Stripe Long Sleeve Tee | 9. Sarto by Franco Sarto – Vala Flat Sandal | 10. J.Crew Factory – Romper | 11. J.Crew – Eyelet Floral Skirt | 12. Kate Spade New York – Orchard Street Hemsley Bag

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Detail

There is something about the warmer weather that makes me gravitate towards festive patterns and fabrics.  I have always had a soft spot for embroidered garments, and there is no better time to wear them during the spring/summer season.  Blouses, skirts, and dresses all etched with detailed designs make me smile.  Often times when you think of embroidery, it conjures up visions of your grandmother’s furniture.  However, recently designers have taken a more modern approach and incorporated this art form into their collections in a youthful way.  A lot of times the embroidery is created on loose fitting garments.  While I rarely wear boho inspired clothing, there is something about these flowy decorated styles that look lovely.  Most of the pieces that I found had floral designs. I also loved the flamingo shoes below.  There are a lot of fun ways to wear this trend.  For one, embroidery on a white shirt or blouse really elevates the look.  Secondly, I love to carry embroidered bags.  It’s a fun way to bring color and texture to your outfit.  I will definitely be giving this trend a try this season, but first I needed to round up my favorites to decide how I’ll be wearing it.  Which one of these do you want to add to your spring/summer wardrobe?

 

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details
 
Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

Currently Coveting: Embroidered Details

 

IN THIS POST:

1. H&M – Embroidered Blouse | 2. Glamorous – Cold Shoulder Dress | 3. H&M – Embroidered Skirt | 4. Mango – Embroidered Panel Dress | 5. Soludos – Smoking Slippers | 6. J.Crew – Embroidered Top | 7. Madewell – Embroidered Mini Dress | 8. Asos – Palm Tree Clutch | 9. Madewell – Embroidered Blouse | 10. Club Monaco – Elasaid Denim Skirt | 11. Mango – Embroidered Envelope Bag

12 Dresses for Spring

After a long winter of covering up, it’s that glorious time of year when we can wear dresses with bare legs!  It’s a liberating feeling that I cannot wait to experience.  Every girl needs that secret style weapon she can use when she needs to look her best.  For me that is a dress!  There is nothing out there that makes me feel as good as I do when I have a dress on.  I wear them year round, even when it’s below zero outside.  Of course I get the most enjoyment out of the style when it’s warmer.  To me, there is nothing more freeing then wearing a dress.  It definitely puts an extra pep in my step and my confidence soars.  Not only is it comfortable, when it is accessorized properly, it is appropriate for work, nightlife, and chic events.  Basically, it is the most versatile piece that I have in my closet, and it’s a rare day when I’m not wearing one.  In my opinion, everyone needs a throw-on-and-go dress.  It’s an easy, one-piece outfit that you can just throw on when you need to leave the house in a pinch.  Not only are dresses easy to wear, but also the style options are endless due to the variety of silhouettes, patterns, and colors.  You can find a dress that is sexy, edgy, feminine, sophisticated, or casual.  There is a style for anyone to embrace, rock, and love.  You just need to discover the dress of your dreams, and I suggest that you start with these fabulous finds.  I am always on the lookout for new dresses, so it wasn’t hard for me to do the research for this post.  Now that it is spring, there are so many choices out there for any and all occasions.  As for me, I am looking for a great weekend worthy shift dress that is casual but not frumpy.  Happy shopping and I can’t wait to hear from you which of these is your favorite!

 

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IN THIS POST:

JOIE | ANN TAYLOR | ASOS

MADEWELL | ZARA | J.CREW

JIGSAW | COS | DOROTHY PERKINS

CLUB MONACO | MADEWELL | CECE BY CYNTHIA STEFFE

Florals for Spring

I know, I know, a story about floral prints for spring isn’t exactly groundbreaking.  But when it comes to spring, it’s really quite unavoidable.  Most people either love or hate them.  If you are in the latter camp, spring must be a very difficult time for you to shop.  There is a reason why floral prints are everywhere.  Florals are a classic design, and it is in the springtime where they really shine.  It’s not like it’s expected of us to wear them.  However, with beautiful colorful flowers blooming everywhere, it’s hard not to draw inspiration from them.  Now, there are some who deem the print to be boring and unoriginal.  I completely disagree and think, instead, that wearing them really embraces the season.  I love florals because they are feminine, pretty, and sophisticated.  You can go bold with a large abstract style, or soft with a smaller variation.  If you aren’t a fan but want to give them a try, pick a scarf with a floral pattern and ease your way in.  Before you know it, you’ll be wearing a dress covered in floral designs with matching shoes!  So, when you are doing your spring shopping, seriously keep florals in mind.  If you’re looking for some inspiration, hopefully these pieces will make you fall in love with the print all over again.  I made sure there was something here for all of your shopping needs!

 

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1. Anthropologie – Petale Sweater Shift | 2. BaubleBar – Zoe Collar | 3. Joie – Adorlee Top | 4. Zara – Floral Midi Skirt | 5. Kate Spade – Mom Knows Best Bracelet & Earrings | 6. Dorothy Perkins – Floral Snood | 7. Mango – Floral Blouse | 8. Clare V – Clutch | 9. Club Monaco – Klarika Dress | 10. J.Crew – Marigold Shorts | 11.  J.Crew – Roxie Pumps

 

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3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

A chambray shirt is one of those items that you must have in your closet.  I thought it would be easy to find one, but it can take awhile to find the perfect shade of chambray.  Whether you go light or dark, once you have found one, you will want to get the most wear out of it as possible. And trust me, the styling options are endless.  It can be worn with pants, skirts, shorts, and even as a layering piece over dresses.  Keep it simple by pairing it with white pants for a classic look or go outside the box and wear it with colorful patterns.  Also, I love to dress up a chambray shirt with a pencil or midi skirt.  Even though a chambray shirt can be worn all year round, during the spring/summer months are when it really shines.  It’s refreshing, light, and can be easily worn from day to night.  I can’t seem to stop purchasing this wardrobe essential, so you need to make sure you’re stocked with enough how-to options for styling it.  Ahead are three chic outfits that will make sure you get the most out of this shirt as possible.  With all of these style recycling tips, you’ll always have something to wear!

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Gigi New York – Claire Clutch | 3. Mango – Fluted Hem Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Teardrop Hoops with Nuggets | 5. Sole Society – Elise Caged Sandal

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Asos – Scallop Cross Body Bag | 3. J.Crew Factory – Basketweave shorts | 4. Rag & Bone – Fedora | 5. Ann Taylor – Carrys Strappy Flats

 

3 Ways to Style A Chambray Shirt

1. J.Crew – Always Chambray Shirt | 2. Sole Society – Nevin Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Avery Floral Pants | 4. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 5. Vince Camuto – Reta D’Orsay Flat

 

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3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

Whenever I see a pair of patterned pants in a store, many thoughts run through my head.   I want them!  I need them!   Will they make my hips look wider?  What will I wear with them?  The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming and in the end, the same thing always happens, I never buy them.  Most of the time, I never even try them on to give them a shot.  This has to end because I desperately want a pair of patterned pants for my wardrobe.  My style is classic minimalist, so I tend to stick to solid colors with an occasional stripped print every now and then.  I am not proud of this; I would like to venture out of my comfort zone more and try bold and daring prints.  So, now all that is left to do is to find the perfect pair of printed pants and style them accordingly.  These are a few things to keep in mind before wearing a pair of bold pants:

  1. The silhouette is everything.  I suggest a cigarette pant opposed to wide legged pants or culottes.  You want to have as little fabric as possible so that the pattern isn’t as overwhelming.  Proportions are everything.  Make sure if you do wear a wider leg, keep the top structured or tucked in.
  2. Tie your whole outfit together by choosing one color within the print and match it with your top.  This way you will have a color coordinated outfit that will look more complete and polished.  This can also pertain to your shoes and bag.
  3. Don’t go crazy with mixing and matching prints.  Keep it simple by wearing a solid color top.  Once you get comfortable, ease in by mixing the print with a striped top.  The important thing about wearing one or more prints is to make sure that you wear them rather them wearing you.  You don’t want your outfit to look too busy.  However, in order to embrace the playfulness of the pant, try a chunky necklace for a glamorous touch.

 

When putting together today’s style guide, I took all three of these tips into consideration.  Here are two/three outfits that I hope will inspire you to wear printed pants with confidence.

 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Mango – Polka Dot Blouse | 2. Charles & Keith – Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Floral Pant | 4. Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring | 5. Sam Edelman – Hadley Sling Back

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Madewell – Crepe Top | 2. Clare V – Foldover Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Gingham Pants | 4. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Avalon Pump 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. J.Crew – Striped Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. Zara – Printed Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Santorini Bracelets | 5. Hinge – Drea Sandal

 

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Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket

On one of my recent shopping excursions, I found a fabulous sleeveless jacket at Anthropologie. I have been aware of this trend for quite some time now but never really investigated it before until now. After purchasing my first ever sleeveless jacket, I can tell you that they aren’t as pointless as I thought they were. I mean, think about it. Why would you buy a jacket without sleeves? Isn’t it just a fancy vest? Maybe I was waiting to find the right one but now I feel as if my eyes have been opened to the styling possibilities of the sleeveless jacket. If you are looking for something to spice up your wardrobe, this is it. It can be worn over a skirt, jeans, or a dress, and it really brings a sleek fashionable element to your outfit. Experiment with the style by wearing different textures underneath and belting it for some structure. I think this is the perfect buy for spring because we’ll still be layering but it’s a lighter option for the warmer months. I really think this is a trend you should play around with for spring, and the following are some fabulous options to get you started.

 

Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket  
 
Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket  
 
Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket

 

IN THIS POST:

ANTHROPOLOGIE

SHEIN | ZARA | TOPSHOP

MISS SELFRIDGE | MANGO | TOPSHOP

 

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