Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Denim Jacket + Pencil Skirt

Combining a denim jacket and pencil skirt is tricky business--the denim jacket isn't appropriate for a formal business scenario, while the pencil skirt is a little formal for many social occasions. But in my workplace (where jeans are allowed every day and most people wear very casual businesswear,) this outfit was perfect!

I paired a blush pink jacket with a red pencil skirt to create an "ombre effect" (one of my favorite style tips, which you will read about in more detail soon!) I chose a blouse with both the blush and the maroon in the pattern and shoes to match the navy in the blouse to really pull the look together!

Blouse: Old Navy, thrifted via ThredUP (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: Forever XXI (exactsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Halogen, thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky Brand, thrifted via Clothes Mentor (exactsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Francesca's (similarsimilarsimilar)

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2014: Blogging Besties (the first one ever!)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pinspired: Gold Stripes + Turquoise

Hey all! I have been trying to step up my Pinterest game lately and share more fashion content, plus other fun stuff I find! I have a board called Remixable Outfits where I pin outfits that I can (more or less) recreate with items I already have in my closet. While pinning to that board, I realized it's been a while since my last Pinspired post! So today, I present you with my take on the following pin:

a flat lay with a gold tee, turquoise shorts, gold sandals, and a gold watch

Like I said in my CM Remix post last week, there is still at least a solid month or two left of summer here. This week was hot as heck, so I stayed cool by remixing this outfit--a light tee, shorts, and sandals left me comfortable (or as comfortable as you can be when it's this hot and humid.)

a woman wearing a gold striped tee, turquoise shorts, gold sandals, and a gold watch

an outfit with a gold striped tee, turquoise shorts, gold sandals, and a gold watch

gold striped tee, turquoise shorts, gold sandals, gold watch

a woman wearing a striped tee, shorts, sandals, and a watch inspired from Pinterest

a close-up of a woman wearing a gold striped tee

Tee: J. Crew (similarsimilar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Jack Rogers (exactsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Blogging Besties: Flowing Silhouette

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015, the series expanded to include yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Selah stayed svelte and sassy in mint green:

This week is brought to you by: “flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a flowing silhouette.


It's been a while since I've rocked a maxi. My recent foray into 40s and 50s vintage didn't really allow for the silhouette. But I continue to evolve and as my aesthetic started trending into later decades, I simply couldn't resist this delicious dress.

It just ticked all the boxes for me: vibrant color, stunning print, an empire cut that de-emphasized all the wrong bits while emphasizing all the right ones. I especially love the fabric's drape; whoever said polyester was a horrible textile had obviously never met this dress before.

Now, I don't know if I have the audacity to wear this to work - it's a bit in-your-face, even for me. My students could have a hard time focusing on my words as they become mesmerized by the raucous design. Add to that a decidedly bold ruffled neckline and butterfly sleeves, and I may just end up courting distraction disaster.


It does, however, fit this week's prompt of "flowing silhouette". It's long and elegant and it's got loads of ruffles at the hem that punctuate the overall billowy-ness. And maybe someday I can find an occasion to wear it beyond the confines of my sitting room.


For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: ruffles, fall colors, or unique sleeves/neckline.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress – eBay 
Wedges – Dexflex @ Payless

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
One Hundred Sleepless Nights by Pierce the Veil

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2013: Design

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Home Tour: Bathroom

Today I'm showing you perhaps the least exciting portion of my home tour: the bathroom. It's definitely not the most interesting room in the house, but I think my bathroom is cute enough, so I'm sharing it! Turns out there is very little bathroom decor inspiration out there because it's not the most glamorous part of a home; add that to the fact that as a renter, I can't do anything about flooring, fixtures, counters, or anything like that. So all I can really do is decorate and make it as cute as possible! With that said--here goes nothing!

One thing that's kind of unique about my apartment is that the sink and mirror are outside the actual bathroom. I actually think this would be great if two people were sharing this apartment, so one person using the shower or the toilet wouldn't prevent the other person from using the sink or the mirror to get ready. It's just me here, though, so I don't particularly care either way! 

I didn't do much to this area, but I did hang a couple Command hooks for my hand towel, cosmetic bag, etc. There's also another Command hook inside the bathroom for hanging my Turbie Twist!

Not much to say about this shot other than that this is the shower curtain I picked out! I chose a turqouise/gray theme for the bathroom based on some other items I already had, so this shower curtain went great with everything!

I didn't want to go too overboard with decorating my bathroom, but I had this "A" lying around that I painted my senior year of college. It went with the color theme, so I hanged it up! The photo below is just my towel setup. Towels are one of the number one ways to add color to a bathroom, so I chose turquoise with a pop of yellow!

Finally, I got a hanging caddy for my shower items instead of just leaving them on the edge of the tub. This one is great for someone with a lot of products to get through like me, or people who have to share the shower. 

Again, certainly not the cutest or most exciting room in the apartment, but there you have it!

Other Posts in My Home Tour Series:

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Monday, August 14, 2017

CM Remix: Shorts

Usually, when I do my Clothes Mentor posts, I have an idea of what I want to do for my post. This month, I kind of just walked in hoping to find a piece that inspired me. While I was looking, Annye (one of the managers) suggested I style shorts, since if we're being honest we still have a month or two of summer weather. I thought that was a great idea, so I found these wonderful pink shorts from LOFT! I styled them in one casual outfit and one that's more dressy.


For this outfit, I styled the shorts with a tucked-in, sleeveless button-down for a fun vintage-inspired look! Can't you just imagine an old-timey lady wearing this while riding a bicycle or something? I added a gold purse and sandals to finish off the look.

This would be a great outfit for a more active day, like running errands, or a day spent at the park! Style it yourself by tucking any sleeveless top into your shorts--this keeps your shirt in place and creates a fresh new silhouette! Flat sandals keep it comfy and casual. 

Top: Brooks Brothers via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shorts: LOFT via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)


For the dressy look, I found a dressier top with bell sleeves and stripes. The white with stripes pops really nicely against the pink shorts, and then I added a turquoise necklace which I think looks really nice with the pink! I finished the outfit with black wedges to elongate the legs (this is a great trick if you're not super confident showing off your legs in shorts!)

This would be a great look for a slightly dressier summer event, like an outdoor party. Style it yourself by wearing your shorts with a trendy top like something with bell sleeves, a cold shoulder, or ruffles! Finish the outfit off with statement jewelry.

Top: Who What Wear via Clothes Mentor
Shorts: LOFT via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Audrey Brooke via Clothes Mentor
Necklace: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilar

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This post is part of a partnership between Clothes Mentor and The Cheerful Closet. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Blogging Besties: Beyond Basic Denim

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Whitney looked lovely in her lace tee:

The prompts she gave me were "white top, beyond basic denim, bright lips or photo bombers".
I decided to pull out my mint green denim shorts, since they're anything but basic. Do y'all remember when mint green was all the rage a few years ago?


I paired my shorts with a float-y black top, my gold flip-flops, and a coordinating feather necklace.


 Next week, Maricel can choose from flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece.
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beauty: Summer Beauty Empties

I'm on a mission.

A mission to finish all the full- and sample-size beauty products I have on my vanity. Between Birchbox samples, products I've received from Influenster and at events like KC Fashion Week, and my own beauty purchases (albeit minimal,) I've got a LOT of products on my vanity.

I'm on a systematic mission to finish them, starting with the smallest samples and working my way way up through the larger and full-size products I have. I started with cancelling my Birchbox subscription--I do intend to start back up once I have my products under control, but I didn't see a point in spending $10 a month when it would just make me stressed out about all the samples I have lying around.

I shared my spring beauty empties a few months ago in an attempt to share more of a peek into my lifestyle, so I decided since I'm going through so many products, I thought I'd continue it as a quarterly series for a while!

I think I've had this hairspray since high school. It's kind of a looser hold, so I usually use it when I wear my hair down, when I just need a little something to keep it looking right. I probably won't replace this as I don't care for the scent of Aussie products. 

I received this sample from Birchbox. I loved this product since I usually let my hair air dry--it gave my curls a really nice texture! I am definitely considering buying it full-size.

This was another Birchbox sample. It was okay, but I felt it left too much of a residue, so I wouldn't buy the full size. 

I received this product at Kansas City Fashion Week on their Aveda night. I obviously used it until it was gone, but I'm not really sure if it made a difference or not. It's pretty expensive and I don't know if it works so I don't think I'll purchase this product. 

I received this in a combo pack as a Valentine's Day gift from my best friend. It smells absolutely wonderful and certainly served the purpose of body butter, which was to moisturize my skin. I don't usually buy lotion/body butter since I typically have some lying around, but if I needed lotion, I'd consider buying it!

This was a Birchbox sample. I used this to moisturize dry spots/blemishes, but I found the consistency to be gummy, almost like honey, so I wouldn't use it again.

I received this bronzer in my Birchbox--it was just okay. It wasn't super pigmented, which was exacerbated by the fact that the packaging made it very difficult to pick up enough product with my brush. I wouldn't buy this product. 

I received this in my Birchbox. It was the first time I ever used primer, and now that I've used others, this wasn't my favorite. It's not bad, but there are cheaper ones I like so I wouldn't buy this product.

I used this Birchbox sample as a makeup remover, and it certainly did the trick! But again, like the primer above, if I needed an eye makeup remover, I'd buy a drugstore product, so I wouldn't buy the full size.

This is another Birchbox sample. I did feel like it gave me a certain glow after use! I'm not looking to add a full-size toner to my routine, but if I was, I'd give this one a chance. 

I was surprised to receive a Kiehl's sample in my Birchbox as I consider Kiehl's to be a really established brand that wouldn't need to give out samples to get their name out there. But I'm not complaining, because I loved this moisturizer! If not for the price, I'd buy the full size as my new night cream, but alas, it's wayyyyy out of my price range.

See you in the fall for another round of empties and beauty reviews!

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