Friday, March 24, 2017

Blogging Besties: Polka Dots

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, Maricel wore a vintage 60s polka dot dress:

The prompts she gave me were "mustard, polka dots, or something thrifted/gifted/vintage".
I took the easiest option and went with polka dots, or in my case, faux-ka dots:


 These dots are made from oversized eyelet lace:


Not seen in my signature selfie, is this circular pave pendant:

Next week, Whitney can choose from: pave jewelry, lace, herringbone, or she can break out some chevron (since that's really all herringbone is, imaright?).
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties
On This Date:
2014: GET. PUMPED.
2015: Spring Transition Piece: Sweatshirt Dress
2016: KCFW Saturday Recap

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yellow Stripes

Gang, I just realized that this is the first time this dress has appeared on the blog (although I've featured it before on Instagram.) Weird, because I wore it a number of times last summer after I bought it, and took photos several times, but they have never made their way onto the blog--until now!

This is my favorite way I think I've worn this dress! I love the pink necklace with the yellow--it reminds me of lemonade. A jean jacket and sandals finishes off this lovely spring look! 

Dress: Garnet Hill via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: That's Mine Boutique (exactsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CM Remix: Colorful Spring Skirt

I'd like to tell you a story about a skirt. A yellow pencil skirt from Ann Taylor with white polka dots. A skirt that's been at Clothes Mentor since October and November, and has been calling my name since I first saw it. Although it was only $12, I resisted buying it during the winter, since I couldn't see myself wearing such a bright fun pattern while it was so cold and dreary. Now it is March, and other than a weird blizzard this weekend, the weather has been lovely (as you can see from the photos!) So I finally pulled the trigger on this lovely, lovely skirt. 

But before I bought it, I styled it for this week's CM Remix! Using pieces found exclusively at Clothes Mentor, I styled this colorful spring skirt two different ways: one that's professional, and one that's more casual. For the professional look, I styled the skirt with a classy but fun lace top! For my "completer piece" I chose a hot pink blazer. I would never have had the courage to wear hot pink and bright yellow together if not for Kimmy Schmidt's signature outfit--if not for that show, I would NEVER have thought to pair them! Now, I love the combination. To finish this look, I added nude wedges and a nude crossbody with a little sparkle to it.

photos by Sam Welch

Blouse: LOFT via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Worthington via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Ann Taylor via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Tiganello via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Boston Design via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

For the casual look, I chose a light navy-colored sweater with a little ruffle detail at the top. I added a striped hat and mint flats (I love that navy/mint/yellow color combo!!!) This look would be so fun for a spring picnic, a religious service, or brunch with friends. It's great for spring as it's not too heavy, but still offers some coverage since spring can still get  a bit chilly!

photos by Sam Welch

Sweater: J. Crew via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Ann Taylor via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Coach via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

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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!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Blogging Besties: Layers

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: 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!
Last week, Alex was fire with her pop of color.

This week is brought to you by: “layers, hot pink, corduroys, or a vest".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: layers.


It's a bit of a cheat, really. Yes, I have on an oversized cardi (my librarian cardi, as Aly calls it) which, on its own, would certainly count as a layering piece already. But I know you expect a little more than "good enough" from me, my friends, so I paired my cardi with a piece that looks like a sweater over a dress - more layers! - but is in fact a two-in-one affair.

I guess dickeys were a thing for a while in the 70s, but I missed that boat entirely so the concept of faux layers isn't as horrifying to me as it ought to be. I quite like the efficiency of throwing on one thing while mimicking two things, and without the bulk of two things at that. This is a definite plus for me, living in the warmer climes of SoCal like I do.

I also appreciate the minimal thinking involved in utilizing these two-in-one pieces. The designer has already done the color/pattern pairing for you; all you have to do is add accessories, a decision made simple by pulling from the pre-created palette.

Oh, and I love that I don't have to do that discreet, skirt flip-shirt tug move that usually plagues me when I wear layers. (I just have to make sure my heavy cardi doesn't fall off my sloping shoulders.)


The biggest bonus for this particular ensemble, however, is that it's thrifted vintage. I'm traveling decades, setting aside the 40s for the present and moving into my 60s phase right now. Go, polyester!

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: mustard, polka dots, or something thrifted/gifted/vintage.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress – eBay 
Cardi – F21 
Boots - Ross

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
The Calendar by Panic! at the Disco

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Something New: Untucked

A few weeks ago, I posted an outfit where I wish I would have untucked my sweater. So I finally tried it for myself! I like how it turned out--it definitely created a smoother look than if I had tried to tuck in the sweater. Plus, the sweater is a little on the short side, so it was easier to leave it out than to try and keep it tucked in all day. I always had this rule in my head that leaving a shirt untucked over a skirt was bulky and unflattering, but now I'm definitely sold on this silhouette (in certain situations!)

Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Charming Charlie (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

On This Date:
2015: March Madness Giveaway Winner!
2016: Color Me Tuesday: Lilac Gray

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Perfect Pattern Mixing

I don't do this often, but sometimes I get a really great idea for an outfit that I couldn't get away with in real life, but love in theory, so I play dress-up and try it on. This is one of those outfits--too edgy for work, too professional for church or a night out. But I liked it a lot, so I took photos and I'm sharing it here on the blog. 

This outfit was born when I decided to pattern-mix my striped blazer with a floral tank. That alone wouldn't have been too edgy, but when I stepped it up and tucked my blouse into these straight-leg trousers and added peep-toe booties, it became a high-fashion look. Well, not THAT high of fashion, but high fashion compared to my relatively classic style :)

an outfit with a floral blouse, striped jacket, black trousers, and nude booties

an outfit with a floral blouse, striped jacket, black trousers, and nude booties

an outfit with a floral blouse, striped jacket, black trousers, and nude booties

an outfit with a floral blouse, striped jacket, black trousers, and nude booties

an outfit with a floral blouse, striped jacket, black trousers, and nude booties

Tank: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: Ann Taylor via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: Old Navy (exactsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Blogging Besties: Blue & Brown

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!

Last week, Whitney looked positively radiant in her fun sweater vest and multicolored stripes! Because I do not own a sweater vest or anything in multicolored stripes, I decided to go with the "blue and brown" prompt by default. Luckily, I had the perfect outfit to fit that description!

For my "blue and brown" outfit, I styled my navy blue vest with my brown cords, with a layered shirt & sweater underneath. I finished this outfit off with a glam necklace at the neckline!

Shirt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Vest: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cords: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Francesca's (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Converse (exactsimilarsimilar)

For next week, Maricel can choose from the following prompts: Layers, hot pink, corduroys, or a vest!

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Also, quick reminder--my three Instagram giveaways with CowCow end tonight at 11:59PM CST, so don't forget to enter before the deadline to win some awesome pieces!