Chambray and Florals

Chambray is one of my FAVE fabrics to wear. It’s such a great light weight fabric that can easily be dressed up or down. Just add a casual tee for a dressed down look or a nice blouse for a dressed up look. Today, I went with a semi-casual look with a nice blouse and flat sandals.

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What better way to style a chambray skirt than with a floral top? I’m loving the daisy prints this summer! I especially LOVE the modern daisy print on this top. It gives the look a lil modern edge.

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Turquoise jewelry is pretty much ALWAYS my go to jewelry in the summer. It’s such a great neutral that will go with SO many looks. I LOVE how the turquoise in this necklace just pops against the black and daisys in the top.

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The On Weave Sandals by mark are the PERFECT compliment to the black in the top. I’m loving the weave detail on the toe and heel. Then the t-straps add such a fun feminine detail too. They remind me of the gorgeous shoes in the movie “The Notebook” that I swoon over, just without the higher heel making them an easy all day shoe.

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Top – Poshmark / Skirt – ArrowTwentyTwo / Bracelet – Local Boutique / Sandals | Sunglasses | Watch | Earrings | Necklace – mark

 

 

 

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Chevron Pants

These past few weeks of summer have just been so CRAZY busy between birthday parties, soccer games and t-ball games, plus the regular every day life, that I just haven’t had much time to put into blogging. We’re all done with the birthday parties and games, so hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a few posts here and there this summer.

I have really, REALLY been loving the jogger pants this summer (as I’ve said before), so I just couldn’t resist when I came across these adorable chevron pants on Poshmark that have a similar fit for just $7!!! The light weight fabric is just perfect for hot summer days. Especially on days I didn’t have time to shave, but don’t wanna wear a heavy jean pant.

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I love the fun print on these pants!!! I can see me doing A LOT of print mixing and matching with these this summer just like I like to do with printed skirts. I did a slight print mixing with this look with a subtle polka dot chambray top.

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The black in the pants pair perfectly with the On Weave Sandals by mark. T-strap sandals are a huge trend this season and these are definitely adorable! I LOVE the basket weave details on them too! They can so easily be dressed up or down and they would also look great with skirts and shorts! Plus they’re so easy to walk in since they’re flats.

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Please disregard the dirt on the heel of my sandals. That what happens when you live in a small town with lots of dirt. I didn’t realize the dirt was there till after taking the pics.

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I like to do just a half tuck in the front with my shirts. This helps to define my waist, but still keeps the look on the casual side.

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Top – Thrifted / Pants – Poshmark / Sandals | Necklace | Watch | Bracelet – mark

Spring Styling Tips: A How To

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Now that Alicia and I have finished our Spring Styling Tips Series, we thought it’d be fun to each pick one of each others styling tips and recreate the look. I love recreating looks using pieces from my closet, so I had a lot of run with this one. Of course everything isn’t going to be exactly the same, but that’s the whole point! Showing that YOU can easily recreate our looks too! 

The look I chose to recreate was Alicia’s Spring Layers look. Here’s her look….

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And here’s how I recreated it….

1. Start With a Cool “Bottom Layer”

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For the bottom layer, Alicia suggested going with something cool enough for the warmest temps of the day. She suggested something like the mark. Easy Does It Romper, shorts, tank, ect. Since I don’t have the romper in my closet, I chose a pair of navy boyfriend roll up shorts to keep the colors similar. Then since I was wearing separate pieces, rather than the one piece romper, I decided to go with a navy and white polka dot top rather than a solid navy top for visual interest.

 

2. It’s All About The Fabric

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For this step, Alicia suggested layering lightweight fabrics over the bottom layer so they don’t look bulky and out of season. Lucky for me, I actually have the exact same blazer as Alicia! That’s because it’s a mark blazer from a few years back. The blazer is definitely light weight and the perfect color for Spring.

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3. Layer More Than One Layer

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Next Alicia suggested layering more than one layer because it not only gives your look more dimension, but it’s also functional. It gives you one more layer in the cool early morning and allows you to remove layers as the day warms up. I actually ended up wearing this look the rest of the day after doing the shoot just cuz I loved the look so much! It was a cooler day so I removed the blazer and just wore the look with the chambray button up.

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4. Spring Neutrals Layer Nicely

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Alicia recommended that if you’re going with multiple layers, to keep them in the same color family. She said by keeping a like color scheme, it will keep you looking put together rather than hodge podge. She said you could add a print, but keep it in the same color family. I did this by adding the polka dot print top. As I said early, the top is navy and white, so I’m keeping things in the same color family with it. As Alicia also said, leopard is also a neutral. I added a leopard flat to the look like she did. I love how they add a lil visual interest to the look without looking crazyish.

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5. Layer Your Spring Accessories

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Now is the time Alicia says to bust out the Spring Accessories! Things like straw hats, beachy bracelets and shimmering spring accessories. Since the Twice as Nice Necklace Set, Cube Affects Necklace and bracelet Alicia is wearing in her look are by mark, I happen to have the same ones in my jewelry collection, so I decided to add the same pieces for my look. Then I also added the mark Tool Around Ring Set and a watch cuz I ALWAYS have to wear a watch! Then I added my straw fedora hat to top things off like Alicia did.

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Polka Dot Top – Poshmark / Fedora | Chambray Button Up – DownEast / Boyfriend Roll Up Short –  Old Navy / Leopard Flats – Shoe Carnival /  Necklaces | Watch | Bracelet | Rings | Blazer – mark

 

Alicia’s How To

Alicia also chose to recreate my Spring Layers look using the mark Luck of the Drawstring Anorak and mark Four Seasons Scarf. The jacket and scarf are perfect for the cooler mornings. Then they can easily be removed once the temperatures rise!

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I LOVE how the jacket and scarf style beautifully together along with her neutral bottom layer. The deep purples in the top really make the purples in the scarf just pop!

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See more pics and read how Alicia recreated my look over on her blog, Word of Alicia.

 

 

 

Casual Friday

Just cuz its casual Friday, it doesn’t mean t-shirt and jeans. Think of it more as semi-casual with a pair of jeans and a nice top. My lifestyle is pretty casual, so my outfits everyday tend to be semi-casual. If you work in a place where it’s more of a business look everyday during the week, you don’t want to go from a business look to t-shirt and jeans. That’s way too drastic of a change, plus a t-shirt and jeans just looks unprofessional.

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Try a flowy top with a chambray button up layered over the top. Then for a lil more visual interest add a printed knit scarf layered with a long pendant necklace.

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For a fun look to my hair and to just keep it out of my face, I did a partial French braid on the side. I then pinned it in place with a couple bobby pins. I really like the way it turned out and just might have to do that more often!

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To keep the look on the casual side, I paired it with a distressed pair of motto jeans (my fave these days) and my Chuck Taylors. Chuck Taylors (or Converse) are always a great way to take a look to the casual side. They add a bit of funkiness to your look and are a lil more dressy than just your average pair of sneakers.

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To add a final touch of coolness, I’m LOVIN the new Throw Some Shade Sunglasses by mark. The tortoiseshell frame is super chic and the frame shape is super flattering for any face! They make it easy to get your cool on!

Throw Some Shade Sunglasses

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Top | Scarf – Poshmark / Button Up – DownEast / Necklace | Rings | Earrings |Sunglasse – mark / Jeans – Roolee / Chuck Taylors – Delia’s

 

 

Florals and Polka Dots

I LOVE mixing up the prints, so I couldn’t help but put this floral top and polka dot skirt together. The key is to make sure the prints aren’t competing with each other. For me, I do this by making sure one of the prints is in neutral colors like the skirt. Then I added color with the florals in the top. The black and white windowpane print in the top also adds another bit of print and helps tie in the black and white in the skirt. Then the print on the sides of my platform shoes added a touch more of print. Altogether I have 4 prints going on in the look, but they all compliment each other, rather than complete so the look is in harmony.

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I wore this outfit to church and had a lady say to me, “flowers and polka dots huh? I guess that’s in these days.” Keep in mind this lady usually compliments me on my outfits, I guess the print mix was just a lil too much for her. I actually doesn’t bother me when people comment on my outfits. If I like them and feel good in them, that’s all that matters to me. Like they say, to each his own.

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Top | Skirt – Poshmark / Necklace | Watch | Bracelet | Rings – mark / Shoes – Avon

 

 

Joggers

One of my favorite things ever is to be cute and comfy at the same time. I mean, who wouldn’t? One of the easiest ways to do that is with a pair of Joggers.

Joggers have been a big trend for a few months now and are continuing to be on into spring. My favorite thing about them is that they are SO comfy. You literally feel like you’re running around in your jammies, but look MUCH more attractive than jammies.

I love how joggers can be dressed up or down. Pair them with a dressy top, blazer and pretty flats and you look professional. Or pair them with a casual top or tee and pair of sneakers or sandals and you’re all set for a casual day.

Try a fun printed pair like my polka dot joggers for a fun look. Then style them with a loose, neutral chambray top and sandals and you look adorable while being super comfy at the same time!

P.S. Stay tuned for details on how to enter for a chance to win a necklace set like the one I’m wearing…..

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Top | Joggers – Roolee / Sandals – Poshmark / Necklace | Watch – mark

Sneakers

I love that the weather is starting to get a lil warmer now so that I don’t need to wear a jacket or cardi all day. Not that I don’t love wearing them, it’s just nice to change things up once in awhile. I also love that I can put away my boots for a few months and break out my sneakers.

Sneakers are one of my new FAVES for this spring. They also happen to be a HUGE trend this season. They’re a great way to dress down a look and add just a lil touch of fun to your outfit.

My fave sneakers to wear right now are a pair of leopard slip ons. Leopard is a neutral so the sneakers will go with SO many things.

This top you would normally consider more of a dressy top because it’s made of a silky flowy type fabric. Paired with a casual pair of pants and sneakers, the outfit is now a casual look. Perfect for a casual day shopping! Or for me, a casual day at work!

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Top | Sneakers – Poshmark / Pants – H&M / Necklace | Rings | Watch – mark