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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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.

Casual: 


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)


Dressy:


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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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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Monday, August 7, 2017

Four Seasons, One Piece: Pastel Chinos

We have officially entered the month of August, and that can only mean one thing: Fall transition posts EVERYWHERE.

Although I am just as eager to get to autumn as the rest of you, I am going to spare you the fall transition content for the time being because it's still quite hot here in Kansas! Kind of a bummer that the hottest month of the year happens just when we are longing for fall the most.

But if you're looking for inspiration for how to wear your favorite pieces not just in the fall but through every season of the year, you have come to the right place! Today I'm sharing another installment in my Four Seasons, One Piece series, where I style a closet staple for all four seasons.

Today I'm styling a pair of pastel pink chino pants. The tips here would work for pretty much any pair of bright/pastel colored pants, whether they're chinos, slacks, or jeans!

Spring:


For spring, I styled this preppy Pinspired look with a blue oxford shirt, my pink chinos, and Jack Rogers sandals. The relaxed feel of this outfit is perfect for spring because you are covered up but the pieces themselves are light--you don't want TOO many layers for the warmer parts of the day, but you also don't want to be left too chilly in the morning and evening when it's cooler.

Style It Yourself: Pair your colored pants with a casual button-down shirt whether it be a chambray, a printed flannel, or a crisp oxford like mine. Add some fun sandals or flats + classic accessories and you are good to go!

an outfit with pastel chinos, a blue button-down, and gold sandals

Shirt: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Jack Rogers (exactsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: c/o Vera Bradley (similarsimilarsimilar)

Summer:


In my summer look, I wore my pastel chinos with a pretty lace tee, turquoise jewelry, and beige accessories. I loooooove turquoise and coral together, so was one of my favorite looks from 2015! I think the matching shoes + bag really pulls the look together. This outfit is great for summer because the lace tee and strappy wedges keep it light and cool, allowing your skin to breathe. 

Style It Yourself: Wear your colored pants with a fun textured tee, whether that's lace, mesh detail, cutouts, or something else! Finish off the look with accessories that either match or coordinate with the tee and pants.

an outfit with coral chinos, a lace tee, turquoise jewelry, and nude strappy wedges

Tee: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Steve Madden, thrifted (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Amazon (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

Autumn:


For the autumn, I paired pastel chinos with a navy lace tank (in a bigger, thicker pattern than the lace tee from the summer outfit) and a denim jacket. This outfit was from early autumn when it was still pretty cool, so I completed the look with sandals and a multistrand pearl necklace. This look is perfect for autumn because it uses a fall colorway, but the jacket is removable for those warmer times of day where you can just wear the lace tank underneath! 

Style It Yourself: The basic outfit formula here is neutral tank + colored pants + completer piece. You could choose a printed tank, or something with texture like the lace tank below. For the completer piece you could grab a denim jacket for a more casual look, a bomber jacket if you're going for edgy chic, or a blazer for a more professional look.

an outfit with a navy tank, coral chinos, a denim jacket, and a multistrand pearl necklace

Top: Marshalls (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

Winter:


Winter was definitely the hardest season to style these pants for, since it can be tricky to pull off pastels in the winter. So I chose to keep the rest of the outfit pretty subdued so the pants were the only part that really stand out. I layered a chambray under a striped sweater to keep warm and add some visual interest with the print, and finished off the look with boots to keep my feet warm!

Style It Yourself: This is a classic button-down + sweater + colored pants combination. Choose a print for either the button-down or the sweater (or try some pattern mixing with those two pieces) and complete the look with sensible winter shoes.

an outfit with coral chinos, a chambray layered under a striped sweater, and black boots

Chambray: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Boots: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Flirt boutique (similarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

Coral pants styled for all four seasons
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Blogging Besties: Crochet Detail


Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile's Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week's outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This "take one, pass it on" challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

I'm just loving Alex's transition from college girl to stylish professional over at The Cheerful Closet, aren't you?



From her outfit last week, Alex challenged me to pass on either a statement necklace, a crochet detail or suede.  Since I'm still in ultimate summer mode, I chose to pass on the most warm-weather-appropriate detail, a little bit of crochet!


I purchased this top while in Toronto with my girls from The Blended Blog.  I think it's just the prettiest little thing with the crocheted shoulders and simple white color.  I chose not to go crazy with the jewelry because I wanted the blouse to be the star of the show.  Some pop-of-color jeans and neutral sandals complete the look.


I also happened to have a couple of photo bombers during this photo shoot.  Can you spot the first one?  Hint: check the window!  And take a peek at the pictures below to see photo bomber number two.


Gotta love having a little fun with blog pictures, right?!

Okay, Selah, for next week you can pass on a white top, beyond basic denim, bright lips or photo bombers!
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