Monday, June 26, 2017

Something New: Off-the-Shoulder's no secret that off-the-shoulder pieces are having a MAJOR moment right now. I started seeing these kinds of pieces pop up everywhere last spring or so, but am just now getting around to trying it myself! Y'all know I'm never the first one to hop on the trend train, especially when I don't think it will be flattering on me. But when I saw everyone wearing them, I decided--I can pull this trend off too! 

Once I had an open mind, I started looking for a piece that incorporates the trend while still being fairly subdued and versatile. So, a plain black off-the-shoulder top was the perfect option! I can wear it with pretty much any color of pants, shorts, or maybe even a skirt! I found this little number at J. Crew Factory this month, and you will actually see it in this month's budget post on Wednesday!

For the second outfit in my downtown KC photo shoot with James Hoyt, I styled it with white jeans and hot pink accents! I also added sunnies and a fun straw hat in some shots. 

Photos by James Hoyt

Top: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Steve Madden (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sunglasses: Tobi  (exactsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Blogging Besties: Pretty in Gold

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 showed much courage in daring to wear a color that was challenging for her:


This week is brought to you by: “something olive, blush, gold, or just something that makes you want to sing I Feel Pretty”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something gold that makes me want to sing.


The other day, my precocious tween thoughtfully mused that my new aesthetic was a cross "between a 70-year-old grandma and a 6-year-old girl".

The 40+ something in me was rather taken aback by this comment. Should I take it as a compliment? An insult? A sign that my daughter is finally developing a sense of style independent of me?

When I got over my mommy angst, I was disheartened to realize that it was immediately replaced by mid-life crisis angst. Have I truly gone over to the dark side of sartorial ineptitude? Did my foray into vintage fashion skew my aesthetic entirely? Am I in a fashion slump?!

I suppose learning how to sew didn't help matters either. I confess that I chose simple silhouettes to match my seamstress skills, and the easiest things to make are dresses. Trapeze dresses, to be exact. No need to fuss over bust darts or waistline placement. No worries about buttons and buttonholes. Trapeze dresses became my go-to project.

(Yes, I sewed the dress I'm wearing for this pictorial.)

And yet, despite all the fun I was having finding retro fabric to match the retro 60s vibe, I may have crossed the line from cool into kitsch. I mean, take a look at those buttons, why doncha?


When I think about backing away from the vintage thing, though, I feel a stab of sadness. I like zany prints. I like exaggerated a-lines and fit-and-flare circle skirts. I like peplums and large lapels.

I feel pretty wearing throwback pieces.

So really, I should just continue doing what makes me happy. After all, I think I'm old enough to have earned the right. And, if anything else, I can always take pictures from far away and Photoshop the heck out of them.


For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: zany prints, wedge heels, or a comfortable silhouette. Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress – made by moi 
Wedges – eBay

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
Bloom by The Paper Kites
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Home Tour: Closet

It's been over a month since I moved, and my first apartment is finally coming together. Over the next several months, I'd like to show you how I decorated my place!

Today, I'll be showing off my closet/how I store my clothes. You won't be surprised to learn I have a LOT of clothes/shoes/accessories, so I was lucky to find an apartment with plenty of closet space! My bedroom has his and hers closets, but since it's just me, I get them alllll to myself :)

The big closet houses all my clothing, bags, and some scarves and heels.

I used the shelves around the top of the closet to store some items that are more difficult to hang, like shorts and sweaters. I also put all my purses and clutches up there. I love being able to see everything--I feel like it opens up my options when outfit planning when everything is right in front of me!

I have had this over-the-door hook for longer than I can remember--it's served me well! 

This closet has built-in shelving behind the door, which I REALLY appreciate! I chose to store my heels there, since I don't wear those as often. 

I received these prints in my swag bag at Kansas City Fashion Week last fall and never quite found the right place to put them. When I saw my closet had an empty wall, I knew they would be perfect!

I use the smaller closet for my accessories. I keep my tall boots and some other shoes I don't wear as often, my belts, and the scarves that aren't housed in the other closet. 

I bought this over-the-door shoe storage when I moved back home and knew I'd need it with me in my new place! 

I decided to use Command hooks to hang my hats instead of keeping them stacked and hidden away. Isn't this little strip of wall perfect?

Finally, I call this my "pretty corner." On top of my dresser, I keep all my jewelry, perfume, and other "extras." Having it all out on display helps me see everything better and make better use of everything!

Well, that's a wrap on my closet tour! I'm hoping to show off another space next month as things continue to come together!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Downtown KC Photo Shoot

Man, I love having a photographer friend who texts me and says "Wanna shoot downtown sometime soon?" Specifically, that friend is James Hoyt, and that text resulted in the outfit photos you are seeing today! 

A few weeks ago, James and I shot at a few different locations around Kansas City, and I will be sharing those photos with you over the next few weeks! I love the cosmopolitan feel of these photos and it felt so glamorous prancing around the city with James taking photos! He is so talented and I always love how his photos turn out when we shoot.

For the first outfit, I chose something I could wear straight from work. I wore my beloved pink blazer with a textured dress that I always get compliments on when I wear it! I styled these pieces with gold accessories and nude leather. 

an outfit with a blue wool dress, a pink blazer, a nude purse, and nude wedges

blue wool dress, pink blazer, nude purse, nude wedges

a woman wearing a blue dress, a pink blazer, a nude purse, and nude wedges

a woman wearing a blue wool dress, a pink blazer, a gold layered necklace, and nude leather

an outfit with a blue wool dress, a pink blazer, a taupe purse, and taupe wedges

a woman wearing a pink blazer, a blue wool dress, and a gold layered necklace
photos by James Hoyt

Dress: Talbots via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: JC Penney via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Steve Madden (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: c/o Tobi (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Blogging Besties: Comfort Zone

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 wowed in a pencil skirt:

The prompts she gave me were "stretchy, form-fitting, teal, or outside of your comfort!".
Whitney's post got me thinking about my fashion comfort zone and how it has evolved over the years. I remember being leery of blush / peach, thinking that it would wash my fair coloring out. It was Whitney who inspired me to give blush a chance, with this post.

So, this peachy blush is something that was once outside of my comfort zone, but now makes me feel oh-so-pretty.


Maricel, next week show us something olive, blush, gold, or just something that makes you want to sing "I Feel Pretty".

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Miracle Shirt

I told an abridged version of the story of this shirt in my May budget post, but I finally photographed this shirt in an outfit, so I thought I'd tell the full story here!

This tee first caught my eye in late April when we were at Target after a long day of outlet shopping. I wasn't going to buy it since I'd been shopping all day, but it was SUPER affordable at $15, so I decided to come back for it about a week later when May rolled around

Fast forward to May--I went to Target on the weekend I moved to pick up a few things. I looked all around the Target by my new apartment, but did not see the shirt. I assumed that my Target simply did not have it, and I needed to run an errand across town right by another Target, so I tried that one. Still no shirt. Frustrated, I gave in and went to the Target by my parents' house where I had originally seen the top--I figured I knew exactly where I had seen it, so I could just run in and out.


After visiting three Targets, the shirt was nowhere to be found. I was extremely disappointed, but I drove home. I looked online for a similar top, and couldn't find anything quite right. I realized I would just have to live without that soft, soft tee.

A few days later, I got a call from my sister saying that she was at Target and had found my shirt in not one, but TWO colors! She picked them up for me and brought them over the next time she came over, and they fit like a glove. I have worn these tees several time since I purchased them--they are every bit as soft and flattering as I thought they would be! Here's one way I styled the olive version of my tee: 

Tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Versona (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: c/o Tobi (exact)

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Monday, June 12, 2017

CM Remix: Nautical Print Shirt

This month, I realized that in almost a year of Clothes Mentor Remix posts, I have never styled a shirt. I did a sweater once, this winter, but never a regular shirt. So this month, I went into Clothes Mentor to find a cute shirt to style for y'all! 

I found a cute button-down from The Limited with a sailboat pattern on it in navy, white and coral (perfect for me, right?!?) and styled it for both a casual and a professional setting.


For the casual outfit, I styled the shirt with white jeans, coral purse/wedges, and a mint scarf tied ascot-style. Neck scarves are all the rage these days, and I'm glad I got to try out this trend! I love how the mint pops against the navy, coral, and white in the shirt. 

Shirt: The Limited via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: Jones New York via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Franco Sarto via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Antonio Melani via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: J. Crew via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar


For the professional outfit, I found a coral pencil skirt to bring out the coral in the pattern, and styled it with navy leather accessories. There's nothing like classy matching leather to make me feel put together!

Shirt: The Limited via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Lane Bryant via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Expressions via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Lucky via Clothes Mentor (exact, similar, similar)
Necklace: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar

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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