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Floral Print + Midi Skirt

1 Comment 16 April 2015

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

I fell so in love with this Loft skirt that I took advantage of a recent 40% off promo to pick up another color.  (I might have my eyes on the white one as well!)  This skirt has proven to be one of the best spring purchases I’ve made as it works well with a variety of shirts I already own and is comfortable enough to wear on the weekend but polished enough to wear to church or to work.  Versatility is key for a busy lady’s closet.

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Lately, I’ve been all about pairing sweet, more feminine pieces with edgier or more relaxed ones.  The balance of a polished piece with one that’s a little less structured provides some interest to the typical work day look and is a great way to sneak some extra comfort into an outfit without looking like you are working for the weekend!

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This shirt jumped out at me when I was cutting through my local Forever 21.  I loved the colors, as well as how perfectly it blends feminine details (colors and print) with more masculine details (t-shirt cut, stripes, and contrasted collar).  At $15 it was a no-brainer as far as a must-have for spring.  I love the way the shirt balances out the girliness of the skirt’s silhouette while playing off the geometric eyelet for a feminine look that isn’t too sweet or too overdone.

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

The shirts print and the skirt’s color and silhouette are the stars of this look, so there really isn’t any need for over accessorizing.  For work I went with a silver metallic kitten heel that I picked up last summer, but for after hours or on the weekend I think a metallic slide or sandal would be great as well.  I really like the way the metallic echoes the cool girl vibe of the shirt without taking too much attention away from the outfit itself.

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

Style Notes: Forever 21 shirt (spring 2015) / Loft skirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off; currently 40% off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar)

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White Out and Chloe + Isabel Giveaway

2 Comments 06 April 2015

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

After a long winter of dark hues a crisp white outfit seems so refreshing and light.  White can be slightly intimidating, though, because it can read a tad institutional, can make someone look washed out, especially after a few months of snow, and can be misconceived as adding visual weight to the wearer.  To avoid looking like you just escaped the asylum make sure the garments you select have some structure and points of interest to elevate the minimalistic style.  If your skin tone tends to look washed out in white look for pieces that are slightly off white or a little warmer in their tint. (Think cream colored garments rather than crisp white.)  Lastly, the shape of a garment goes hand in hand with color and print when considering the added “weight” to the wearer.  Structured garments with a subtle, hue on hue print, can help eliminate the illusion of added weight that often makes women shy away from all white. This laser cut lace pencil skirt from Loft is one of those spring pieces that manages to be both simple and full of style.

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

I’m not really a lace kind of girl, but the texture of this skirt is decidedly more modern than traditional lace while still retaining a sense of femininity.  To downplay the skirt’s sophisticated silhouette and girly texture I paired it with a simple white slubbed sweater tee.  I layered the tee over a black bralette so there would be just a hint of color peaking through the shirt’s texture.  For work a nude colored bra would be more appropriate, but outside of work adding a subtle hint of unexpected color is another way to add an element of surprise to a look.  The juxtaposition of the skirt’s structure with the shirt’s laid-back qualities make this an outfit that can easily work for both day and night.  A white, nude or metallic heel can be worn to help dress up the look while a flat, wedge, or slide can be worn to keep things a little more casual.

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

To continue the light, airy feel of this look I chose to keep accessories to a minimum.  All this look really calls for is a great pair of statement earrings in seasonally appropriate colors.  These Heritage Blossom Convertible Post earrings from Chloe + Isabel have quickly become a go-to piece and are the perfect way to infuse a little color and fun into a spring look.  Like these earrings or other Chloe + Isabel pieces?  Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of two prizes, the Heritage Blossom Convertible Post earrings or $25 off your order of $75!

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

Style Notes: Loft shirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Loft skirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; purchased at 70% off; love) / Chloe + Isabel earrings c/o Jennifer Aparicio, a Chloe + Isabel merchandiser (spring 2015) / Essie Urban Jungle nail polish / MAC faux lipstick

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Mad about Plaid

2 Comments 23 March 2015

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

I’ve been stalking this dress for a month or so, but at full retail I could never make the plunge, so when Loft recently had a 40% off promotion I figured the fashion gods were telling me to make a move.  As a busy mom who works outside of the home, I think it’s important to have an arsenal of dresses that you can don on those rushed mornings or on those mornings when it feels like you slept exactly two hours.  Great fitting dresses with just the right amount of work appropriate interest can save you time and frustration thereby freeing you up for more important things like coffee, lots of coffee.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

At its core this dress is a simple fit and flare silhouette, which is super comfortable and flattering for a myriad of body types.  If you are especially self-conscious in a more fitted silhouette, a fit and flare dress is your best friend as the flared skirt will help hide anything you may be too wary of highlighting while the fitted bodice will help balance out the a-line skirt to create a sleek silhouette on top.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

What elevates this dress beyond a basic dress is the black and white windowpane plaid contrasted with the black bodice details.  The print is on trend for spring, but since it is done in a classic color palette it is a dress that can be worn for years and across seasons.  The black waistband helps to break up the windowpane plaid, which can be a little widening, thereby creating a clearly defined waistline.  I don’t have a super tiny waist; in fact, my torso is pretty much straight up and down, so the black waistband was definitely a selling point for me.  Without it, I would look awash in a sea of black and white print and yards of fabric.  The black bodice panel in the back helps create a sleek silhouette that helps offset the print of the skirt, so you can rest assured in not appearing too wide from behind.  The black bodice panel cleverly extends around to the side and slightly towards to the front bodice panel, which not only adds some interest, but also helps to break up the windowpane plaid across the chest.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

The black and white print allows for total freedom when accessorizing, but given the scale of the print, the classic color duo, and the overall modern feel of the look I would stick to something simple.  The collar already adds visual interest at the neckline, so a necklace really isn’t necessary.  Sticking to either silver or gold accessories, like simple bangles or a ring, or even shoes seems refreshing, not too overdone, and in keeping with the dress’ modern girl vibe.  Here I chose a pop of color in the handbag to kind of play off the mod feel of the print, but a super sleek handbag or clutch in a metallic would look great as well.

Style Notes: Loft dress (winter 2015; currently $25 off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade bag (summer 2014; similar; budget friendly)

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Spring Florals

0 Comments 20 March 2015

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Whether you live in a fairly temperate climate or one that has been under winter’s icy thumb for far too long, the first day of spring is always one full of promise for rosier days to come.  I’m super excited for earlier sunrises- going to work seems far less depressing when it’s light out-, lingering daylight for evening bike rides, picnics in the park with my littles, and the waning weeks until summer break.  Now that spring is officially upon us it’s also time to begin pulling out long packed away spring frocks or to take advantage of a new season to justify a few purchases.

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Floral prints are once again on trend for spring.  The print is kind of a no-brainer this time of year, isn’t it?  After months of grey skies, languishing daylight, and dormant plant life it’s kind of nice to infuse our closets with bold colors and prints that will begin to emerge in nature over the next month or so.  I picked up this skirt a few weeks ago, but have waited for warmer days and the new season to wear it.  The rose print combined with a classically feminine cut skirt could read a little too sickeningly sweet, but what saves this from being too much are the bold color and oversized print.  Yes, this is a very girlie look, but the girl who would wear this skirt and this print is just the right amount of sweet and spunky.

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Style Notes: Loft shirt (old; similar) / Mindy Mae’s Market skirt (winter 2015) / Kate Spade shoes via Last Chance (old; similar; budget friendly; flats) / Anne of Green Gables (winter 2015) / Essie Brides No Grooms / MAC Mineralize Lipstick- So Good

P.S. In case you happen to be in the market for a good floral print midi, shop the widget below.  The good news, all these lovely frocks are under $100; the bad news, you might find more than one you like!

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Not So Mellow Yellow

5 Comments 13 March 2015

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

I have a confession…I have worn this exact outfit three days in a row.  We lead busy, full lives ladies, so I say no harm no foul in having some closet heroines who can make a sleepy morning a little less taxing or can take the guess work out of what to wear when meeting up with friends or rushing out the door for a long anticipated date night.  This skirt has been in my wardrobe for less than a week and I can already tell we are going to have many an adventure this spring and summer!

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

When I picked up this skirt I didn’t really think through what I would wear it with, I just knew I loved the waistline, which nips in without being too constraining, the pockets, which are a mom’s best friend, and the bright pop of citron that helps infuse a little bit of spring in the lingering winter weeks.  When I got it home, this shirt, which I’ve had for a few years now (first seen here), seemed to scream out to be given a try.  I love the way the pop of yellow in the floral detail really stands out when paired with the bold color of the skirt.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

Another thing I really like about this pairing is the contrast of the feminine elements like the silhouette of the skirt, the Peter Pan collar and cap sleeves of the shirt, and the sweet, embellished daisy print with the more masculine lines of the skirt’s geo eyelet print.  The skirt’s underlining ends just shy of the hemline, offering a hint of sheerness.  Sheer elements may be on trend for spring, but they aren’t necessarily practical in day-to-day life.  What I appreciate about this skirt is that the sheer element of the skirt doesn’t reveal too much, which keeps this a piece that you could easily adapt for day or night.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

If you haven’t tried a midi skirt yet, this skirt is a great way to dip your toes into those waters.  They are hands down one of the most comfortable garments you will ever wear.  They look great with tights in cooler temps and bare legs in warmer.  This knee length is universally flattering as it doesn’t cut too much height and can be worn with flats, a kitten heel, or a slightly higher heel depending on the situation.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

The bright citron may seem a tad intimidating at first glance, but with the first day of spring right around the corner there is no better time to embrace a brighter hue.  This skirt looks great with black, but would be equally as great with a crisp white shirt tied at the waist, a comfy tank and jean jacket, or a graphic floral print.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

Loft is offering 40% off this weekend!  No time like the present to begin prepping your closet for spring!

Style Notes: Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013; love) / Loft skirt (winter 2015) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; love) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014; love)

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Winter Whites

0 Comments 26 February 2015

tan faux fur scarf, white dress with brocade print and sheer sleeves, black tights, and gold metallic heels

A little white dress can seem a lot more intimidating to style, or wear, than a little black dress.  Since lighter colors attract light they aren’t as naturally slimming as their darker hued counterparts, so when shopping for a white dress that can be worn year round look for something that is off white or cream colored rather than a stark white.  A softer white won’t seem so out of context in the midst of grey winter months, will be a little more flattering to your figure, and ego, and will play off your natural skin tones a little more kindly than the crisp white of summer.

tan faux fur scarf, white dress with brocade print and sheer sleeves, black tights, and gold metallic heels

I picked up this white dress at an end of season sale a few summers ago, but because of the sheer long sleeves, cream toned print, and delicate beaded waistline it easily crosses over from a spring/summer frock to a fall/winter staple.  Helping it make the transition from warm to cold weather is as simple as adding some black tights and wintery accessories.

tan faux fur scarf, white dress with brocade print and sheer sleeves, black tights, and gold metallic heels

The faux fur stands in for my usual statement necklace and adds an unexpected detail that lends a bit more of a bohemian feel to the look without skewing too far from my personal style.  The light tan and creamy tones of the faux fur help draw out the cream tones of the brocade print.  In the summer I would trade in the scarf for a floral crown or a braided crown to keep that ethereal, boho feel.

tan faux fur scarf, white dress with brocade print and sheer sleeves, black tights, and gold metallic heels

When I first conceived of this outfit I thought I would wear my black ankle boots to add a bit more of a rebellious feel, but when I tried to execute that look I just didn’t feel comfortable.  The boots looked okay and would be killer on someone with a little more height, but they weren’t doing me any favors in the context of this outfit, so I went with my trusty gold metallic kitten heels to add a little height and to keep from feeling totally out of place in this style.  While they are decidedly more girly than the shoe I thought I would go with, they are a little beat up and play off the tan tones in the scarf and the cream in the dress.  The end result is that they add a bit of offbeat femininity, which I’m kind of digging in this look.

tan faux fur scarf, white dress with brocade print and sheer sleeves, black tights, and gold metallic heels

Style Notes: Anthropologie dress (summer 2013; love) / Nordstrom scarf via Last Chance (winter 2015; similar) / Old Navy tights (old; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar)

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