Friday, May 19, 2017

Blogging Besties: Teal

 
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 teal green:


The prompts she gave me were "the oldest piece in your closet, a denim jacket, teal or scallops".
Since I purchased my own teal circle skirt after falling in love with Whitney's, I decided to use it. I paired it with an Eiffel Tower graphic tee, tasseled loafers, and a sparkly bracelet.

 



 

Next week, Maricel can pass on tassels, green & blue, or something Parisian inspired. 


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2015: Profesh.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rosie

It's about time I told you about Rosemary Leigh Welch, the little lady that changed my life.

photo by James Hoyt
I've been pretty open about the fact that I moved into my first apartment recently, and I knew when I started planning my move that I wanted to adopt a dog soon after. I knew I wanted to adopt, and since I'd be living in an apartment, I'd need a smaller dog who could be happy without a big fenced-in yard to play in; beyond that, I wasn't picky about what kind of dog.

I applied with a local shelter called LL Dog Rescue because my mom grew up with one of their team members, and my family actually adopted a dog from them when I was a kid. They are an awesome shelter and really care about getting their dogs into the right home! I went to one of their adoption events but none of the dogs there were a good fit for the apartment lifestyle, so I just kept an eye on their Facebook page.

A week or two later, I got a surprising call. The shelter had just had a litter of Chihuahua mix puppies come available, and they thought that although I was planning on adopting an adult dog and not a puppy, one of these puppies might be "the one." After quite a bit of research, I decided that I could handle the work of raising a puppy, even if it wasn't what I'd planned for myself, and I went to visit them.

I watched them tumble out of their crate and cuddled each one. Although I would have been happy adopting any of them, I didn't get the butterflies in my stomach that I thought I'd feel when I met my dog. Then, their foster mother told me that their mom was also up for adoption and that she had the perfect temperament for apartment life. She went to go get the mama and when she walked in, I started BAWLING because I knew she was the dog for me.

Rosie and I on the day we met
Two weeks later, I brought my Rosie home. I chose the first name Rosemary because in my family, we name our dogs after spices (we have had a Nutmeg and a Cinnamon,) and the middle name Leigh for no good reason, I just think they sound nice together :) Although any pet adoption will be rough, and ours has had its challenges, our transition has gone really smoothly. Rosie is what they call a "turnkey" dog--she is housetrained with no destructive behaviors (at least so far.) I had trouble getting her to eat at first (this is fairly common when bringing home a new dog since it is such a big transition for them,) but we are on a pretty regular schedule now.

The day I brought Rosie home!
Here is what I know about Rosie Leigh so far:

Rosie is about 3 years old and around 10 pounds. She is a Chihuahua mix, but we don't really know what she's mixed with.

On January 20, 2017, someone put her and her five newborn puppies in a cardboard box, taped it up, and left it outside a dumpster at an apartment complex in southwestern Kansas while it was sleeting and snowing outside. She was able to keep her puppies warm until someone found them, and all five pups survived. She and the pups were moved to a foster home in Kansas City and were made available for adoption once the puppies were weaned. I can't believe someone would do that to such a precious, well-behaved dog, but I am so glad that this path brought her into my life.

Likes:

  • Giving kisses. I don't know if it's her maternal instincts and she's trying to keep me clean, or if that's just how she shows affection, but she is a real licker!
  • Perching. She loves to perch on top of a pillow or a couch cushion like a little princess, looking over my shoulder or out the window.
  • Running home as fast as she can after our walks.
  • Snuggling with me and anyone else who comes into my home; she loves her aunties (my sister and my friends who have visited her) and grandma!

Dislikes:
  • Dogs. Rosie is not a dog person. We are working on socializing her with other dogs, but if we see a new dog on our walks, she still freezes up and gets pretty nervous, especially if the dog is big.
  • Toys. She hasn't been interested in any toys or treats I've tried to give her! 
  • Kibble. Rosie won't touch her food unless I mix a little chicken stock in it...I guess she just has a refined palate.
  • Bathtime. Girlfriend HATES being wet!

Rosie after bathtime. She was...not impressed.
Nicknames: Rose, Rosie Posie, Wild Irish Rose, Rosie Sweetums III, sweetums, my buddy, peanut, sister, little lady, girlfriend, honey bun, Honey Bunchkins. (Don't judge me by the weird things I call my dog!)

The last thing I know is that Rosie is one of the best things that's ever happened to me. It is so special to have something to come home to, and to know that my job is to make her as happy as I can for the rest of her life. This little pup has brought so much joy to me and I can't wait to live life with her from here on out :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Casual Summer Chic with Tobi

Y'all...I don't know about where you are, but summer is in full swing here in Kansas. We have had some days that got up into the 80s and I am definitely feeling the heat. During our hot, humid Kansas summers, I turn to lightweight, flowy pieces in an effort to keep my clothes from clinging to my skin. 

That being said--as someone who loves cardigans and vests and scarves, I find it difficult to style these pieces in the summer without adding an extra layer that makes me feel hot! But never fear--Tobi  came to the rescue! Tobi sent me three chic summer accessories that I have styled for you today! 




The first go-to accessory for a hot summer day is, naturally, sunglasses! You need them anyway when it's that hot and sunny out, so you might as well protect your eyes in style! I love the blush tone of these sunglasses because it goes with EVERYTHING, so I can opt for light, fun eyewear in lieu of my usual tortoiseshell sunnies anytime, with any outfit. 



My next favorite summer accessory is delicate statement jewelry! I think that heavy bib necklaces can be a little much in the summer--if I'm hot and sweating, that chunky necklace is NOT going to feel good hanging around my neck. That's why I am SUPER into this necklace--it makes a splash while being super lightweight (and versatile to boot!)



The final chic summer accessory is the perfect shoe. Summer is, quite obviously, the best time to show off those cute sandals! Low heeled strappy sandals are VERY trendy this summer, and these black suede babies go with just about anything! I love that the stacked heel provides a bit of lift while still being VERY walkable.



I wore this outfit to church one morning, and I always get cold sitting in there, so I did add a jacket for good measure (although wearing the jacket outside was quite unnecessary as it was a lovely day!)

Dress: Target (exact)
Jacket: Old Navy
Sandals: c/o Tobi (exact)
Necklace: c/o Tobi (exact)
Sunglasses: c/o Tobi (exact)
Watch: c/o The 5TH (exact)

What are your tricks for keeping your outfits fresh and fun in the heat of the summer?

Disclosure: I received these products from Tobi in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blogging Besties: Embroidered


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've been so excited for this week's Blogging Besties since I get to pass-on some of Alex's inspiration for the first time!  She was so creative in her interpretation of the Disney prompt last week and totally nailed a fun work look!


From her outfit, Alex told me that I could pass along polka dots, a casual jacket, wedges or something embroidered.  This prompt couldn't have been more perfectly timed because I have been eyeing all of the embroidery lately!

It's not often that I totally buy into a trend but I'm loving all of the pretty, stitched floral patterns found on tops and dresses this spring!  I actually purchased a few embroidered pieces the very day that I wore this outfit.  That being said, I did not yet have these items when I took outfit photos.  So for today's purposes, I actually pulled-out one of the oldest tops in my closet...and my only embroidered piece!


I also passed-on a casual jacket but I think embroidery is more fun as the topic of this post!



For next week, Selah can pass along the oldest piece in her closet, a denim jacket, teal or scallops!


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sassy Tassels

I've always been a little conflicted about the tassel trend. Tassels are cute, but also--I can't see myself wearing something with full-on fringe, ya know? So when I saw this in the Target dollar section for only $3, I figured it would be a good way to try out this trend without doing too much. 

Here, I styled it with an embroidered chambray dress I borrowed from my sister and some berry pink slide sandals for church! It was one of the first really warm days we had this spring and this was the perfect light ensemble! 




Dress: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: c/o Vera Bradley (similarsimilarsimilar)

Finally--don't forget to enter my giveaway with That's Mine, which ends on Friday at 11:59 PM CST!


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Similar Outfits: 

    

Monday, May 8, 2017

Giveaway: That's Mine Boutique

Let's take a trip back through yesteryear, to summer 2013. That summer, I won a giveaway and received my first necklace from That's Mine Boutique. In the nearly four years since I got that necklace, I have worn it innumerable times. It's shown up on the blog a ton of times, so here are eight ways I've styled it on the blog in the past! 

      
      


As you can see....I LOVE that necklace. So needless to say, when Amy asked if I would review a few new pieces on the blog, I jumped at the opportunity. It is so meaningful to be able to collaborate with a brand I already love and believe in!

Amy sent over a gorgeous cobalt blue necklace similar in style to the one I already have, and a newer silver floral design that she promised would be super versatile. They certainly did not disappoint! 

First, I styled the cobalt blue necklace with pieces from my April capsule. I kept the clothes neutral to really allow the rich blue color of the necklace to pop! I added another pop of color on the other end with my recently acquired floral flats. 





Tank: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Flats: Kohl's (exactsimilarsimilar)

This might surprise you, but I don't really own any silver jewelry. Due to my skin tone/general coloration, I have always gravitated towards gold jewelry because it is typically more flattering on me. So this silver necklace definitely fills a hole in my closet since sometimes, gold just doesn't look right and you need some silver! 

Here, I styled this delicate necklace for an Easter church service. I wore it with a textured hot pink dress, a denim jacket, and nude sandals for a fun, spring-y look! 





Dress: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: That's Mine Boutique (exact)

If this review and the frequency with which I wear my That's Mine jewelry have you dying for a piece of your own--you're in luck! Amy and I have teamed up to give away a Silver Flower Bib Necklace (identical to the one styled above) to one lucky reader! This giveaway will close at 11:59 PM CST on Friday, May 12, so don't delay!

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On This Date:
2013: The Best Maxi Ever
2014: Blogging Besties: Leopard Flats

Friday, May 5, 2017

Blogging Besties: Disney


denim jacket, polka dot pencil skirt, embroidered tank, nude wedges


Hello! After a brief hiatus last week, Blogging Besties is BACK and better than ever! And after nearly 2 years of the four of us doing this series together, we are switching up the order. I am kicking off the new order, followed by Whitney, then Selah, then Maricel. We are all excited for some fresh new inspiration! 



Last week, Selah looked adorable in a super-cool graphic tee + jeans + sneaker combo. I decided to "pass on" the Disney element of her oufit. I'm not gonna lie--it's a *little* bit of a stretch, but hear me out. I am calling this a Snow White-inspired outfit. (Get it? With the blue top/yellow bottom?) And honestly, if the Disney Princesses had to wear business cas, you KNOW one of them would be wearing this fun yellow polka-dot skirt! 


denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, embroidered tank, nude wedges

denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, black tank, nude wedges

denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, black tank, patent wedges

close-up of denim jacket, embroidered tank

Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: LOFT via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Denim Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)

Whitney's up next week, so the elements she can choose from are: a casual jacket, polka dots, wedges, or something embroidered!

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