Friday, October 21, 2016

Blogging Besties: A Patriotic Superhero

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 Selah featured a great casual look for fall and had a little bit of fun with her son's Halloween costume (not pictured here).  She gave me the following prompts for this week: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero!

I incorporated a bit of patriotism and a nod to my favorite hero, my brother-in-law, in my outfit today!  You might be thinking, "But she's not wearing red, white and blue or a mask of any sort!"  What I am wearing is the shirt I bought at West Point Military Academy while visiting Brad when he was a student there.

Regardless of your political opinion (and most of us have lots of those these days), I strongly believe that we should support the men and women who risk their lives to defend the values of our country.  

I would like to thank Bradford as well as anyone who has served in the military, past or present, for your courage, heart and commitment to our nation!

Love you, brother!

Here are Alex's prompts for next week: a college shirt, shades of grey, or something that reminds you of your brother!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Striped Skirt

A few months ago, I shared how I found this skirt while "closet shopping"--that is, looking through all my clothes I have packed away since I don't have enough closet space in my room at home to hold them all. It's quite versatile, and I have worn it a number of times since I pulled it out of that box. 

Here, I styled it with a red Portofino top from Express (lovingly borrowed from my mom) and black accessories. 

Top: Express, thrifted via Poshmark (exactsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels: Payless (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Day to Night: Pencil Skirt

Last month for my CM Remix, I did a day-to-night remix where I styled one dress for both day and night. This topic has become more and more relevant to my life as my daily clothing and my casual/leisure clothing have sorted themselves into separate categories (unlike college where I could pretty much wear whatever, whenever.) When I have an event right after work, whether it's dinner with a friend, small group for church, or something else, I don't always have time to change my whole outfit! Sometimes that change is as simple as throwing on comfier shoes in the car, swapping out a blazer for a cardigan, or other small changes.

This first look is a sleek, work-appropriate ensemble. I wore a high-necked tank with a pencil skirt and a cardigan to cover my shoulders (and because my office is FREEZING!) I styled it with flats as well, because I don't really like to walk around in heels all day.

To translate this to a night look, I took off the cardigan, switched into black booties, and added a pendant necklace to match the shoes. 

Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky (exactsimilarsimilar)

In the first look, the top and bottom are a polished pencil skirt with a conservative blouse, but without the cardigan, they look like an on-trend high-neck blouse with a midi skirt. It's awesome how the same two pieces can look so different depending on context! 

Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Blogging Besties: Team Cap

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 showed off her love of sewing and Marvel with this fabulous dress:

The prompts she gave me were "an over-the-top print, comfy shoes, or something Marvel-ous".

I mulled over a few different ideas and finally decided to style an ode to my favorite Marvel hero, Captain America. I paired a plaid shirt (Steve Rogers has a penchant for plaid), jeans, Converse (the star is like his shield!), and, of course, red, white, and blue, to create this uber casual look.


I also had some fun with props borrowed from my son. :) Team Cap!

Next week, I challenge Whitney with: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Queen of Hearts

Something about wearing white with black and red accents just makes me feel like a pack of playing cards, ya know? It's like they were made for each other, and I love how the dark colorblocked details look so crisp against the white lace. Fall is the perfect weather for felt hats, so I took a walk on the wild side and wore a hat to church on this cool Sunday!

Dress: thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Belt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)

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Monday, October 10, 2016

CM Remix: Work-Appropriate Halloween

As a kid, Halloween was often a compromise. Every once in a while we would get a store-bought costume, but more often, we got creative and assembled our own looks. Additionally, living in Kansas, it was usually pretty cold by October 31, so even if we had a great costume planned out, sometimes we had to make last-minute changes based on the weather. I remember one particularly cold year where our we had to discard our best-laid plans and go as Eskimos instead so we could layer up.

Grown-ups have to compromise on Halloween, too. Sure, you might have fun party plans with your friends for Halloween, and you can obviously wear whatever you want to that! But if your office lets you dress up for Halloween, there are usually some unsaid restrictions on what is or is not appropriate. Let's just say my Lego costume from freshman year (where I literally wore a cardboard box that I painted to look like a Lego) would probably not fly in a professional setting.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways that you can spin some classic Halloween looks to be office-ready! In this post, you'll see how I styled four fun costumes using professional pieces from Clothes Mentor. They consist of regular office looks with simple props available at any Halloween/party store (I got mine from Savers!)

First off, the classic witch! When I think of a quintessential Halloween costume, two come to mind: a witch with a pointy hat, and a ghost with a sheet over its head. Witches are obviously associated with all things spooky, but I think it's also a popular costume because it's so easy! Just get a pointy hat, dress in all black, and you're good to go! For this look, I picked a pretty ponte sheath dress with a leather accent on the sleeves, red peep-toe heels, and a fun beaded necklace.

Shoes: Style and Co
Dress: Worthington

The next costume I put together is Minnie Mouse! Another one of those costumes that just requires a quick prop and whatever black and red cutesy stuff you have lying around in your closet! I chose a lovely polka dot dress with a red cardigan, bow heels, and a cool laptop bag/briefcase that was in the perfect color scheme! 
Dress: Just...Taylor
Cardigan: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Kensie Girl

Every Kansas girl has gone as Dorothy Gale (of Wizard of Oz fame) for Halloween at least once. I layered a flowy white blouse under a blue dress, plus no Dorothy costume would be complete without pigtails and ruby red slippers! They got kind of cut out of the photo, but trust me--they're there!

Shoes: Style and Co
Dress: Ralph Lauren
Blouse: Karen Kane

Ahh, the oft-scandalized kitty cat costume. Most of the leopard costumes on Halloween are of the skimpy variety, but this look can translate to the office as well! I found this gorgeous leopard wrap sweater at Clothes mentor and layered it over some office basics--white blouse, black pencil skirt. I added cat ears and a few eyeliner whiskers (optional if you don't want to have that on your face all day at work!) 
Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Skirt: Ellen Tracy
Blouse: Karen Kane
Shoes: Kensie Girl

Are you dressing up for Halloween? How do you make your costume fit your lifestyle?

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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, October 7, 2016

Blogging Besties: Hand-Crafted

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!
Oh, Alex! You are a goddess!

Last week, she looked particularly season-appropriate with her fall color palette and snuggly pieces.


But what makes her deity-like in my eyes is the prompt she left for me.

This week is brought to you by: “polka dots, a vest, yellow, or something she made herself".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something I made myself.


You all should be aware by now that one of the reasons I've taken a hiatus from regularly blogging is because I wanted to pursue other interests. And one of the major "other interests" I've been indulging in is learning how to sew.

Specifically, learning how to make my own clothes.

Now, I could get on my high horse, preach ethical fashion practices, and get all holier-than-thou on you, but that's not my style. Plus, all that is explained articulately and non-preachily here.

Instead, how about I show off my latest hand-crafted item, which makes me not only totally prompt-compliant (thank you again, Alex, for making this week super easy for me!) but also helps me celebrate the beginning of the fall TV season and the return of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (my one, consistent, network TV guilty pleasure).


Yep, you're seeing correctly: those are chibi Marvel superheroes on my dress.

Aren't they a hoot?

I knew I had to buy the fabric as soon as I saw it on eBay. I'd already made a TARDIS skirt (blog feature to come some day) and I had a hankering to create clothing that represented all my fandoms. Now that I have the rudimentary skill set to do just that and not have to resort to paying exorbitant amounts on Etsy, there's just no stopping me.

The only problem I have now is running out of fandoms!


I did choose to tone down the potential twee-ness of the print by pairing the dress with a sedate pussy bow blouse and sensible shoes. This way, I can convince myself that I'm being age and work appropriate while still retaining that bit o' whimsy that seems to be invading my fashion sensibilities the older I get.

But, let's be honest: even if I was teetering on the edge of "questionable", I'd still proudly sport this outfit because a. I made it myself without b. following the pattern directly (had to make alterations based on my own body shape, which isn't as easy as it sounds) and c. POCKETS!


For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: an over-the-top print, comfy shoes, or something Marvel-ous.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress - made by me! 
Top – Merona @ Target 
Pumps – Cobb Hill

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
Burning It Down by Jason Aldean

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