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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

No 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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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

No Comments 02 February 2015

grey sweatshirt with embellished collar, pink floral print midi skirt, and silver metallic shoes

January was a very long, very stressful month.  So you know, no pressure February, but if I have another four weeks of what last month dished up I will curl into fetal position and really lose my mind.  I’m cautiously optimistic that this month will fare better than last, so I decided to go with a few closet favorites to kick off the first work week of the month and try to set the tone for a smoother next few weeks.  I bought this floral midi skirt on major sale last summer and have worn it once-twice a week since.  Even though the underlying color may seem summery, it’s definitely a piece that transitions from season to season depending on what you pair it with.  The oversized muted black, grey, and white floral print helps tone down the bold pink and makes it easy to match the skirt with some more cold weather appopriate tops, as seen here and in this look from the fall.

grey sweatshirt with embellished collar, pink floral print midi skirt, and silver metallic shoes

When I last wore this skirt a coworker told me she loved it because it seems so comfortable with it’s quilt like texture and fit and flare silhouette.  I think she thought she offended me with the quilt comment, but truly this is one of the most comfortable pieces I own and her comment actually made me think to try pairing the skirt with this grey sweatshirt.  Thanks to her compliment, I’ve managed to style a work appropriate outfit that is essentially a sweatshirt and quilt…talk about true comfort!  What I love about this cozy sweatshirt, is that while it does add comfort to a look, the rounded shoulders, narrow cut and embellished collar add some sophisticated femininity to keep things from reading too casual.

grey sweatshirt with embellished collar, pink floral print midi skirt, and silver metallic shoes

Style Notes:  Loft sweatshirt (old; similar) / ASOS skirt (summer 2014; love) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (old; similar; budget friendly)

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How to Style a Sweatshirt

2 Comments 14 November 2014

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

I’m not usually a sweatshirt kind of girl, but when a sweatshirt pays homage to the greatest band of all time who am I to resist its cozy allure?  Part of what keeps me from wearing sweatshirts on the regular is that their unstructured shape doesn’t always mesh with my preference for more polished, dressier garments, but I am willing to take a step outside my comfort zone for something with a quirky vibe.  The trick to feeling confident in something you would normally steer clear of is to find a way to make it work with your every day style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

One thing that makes this sweatshirt a winner for me is the fact that it has a great 60s mod vibe to it with the bold white typography set against a black background.  Finding something outside your comfort zone that has design elements or features that you adore makes it a whole lot easier to don that garment and retain a sense of yourself.  To further the playfulness of the sweatshirt, I layered it over a sleeveless shirt with a great orange peter pan collar.  I love the way the pop of color really stands out against the black and white elements.  When it came time to figure out what to pair the sweatshirt with this pencil skirt from Target immediately came to mind.  The plaid print continues the 60s feel of the look and provides a hint of preppy charm that’s in keeping with my personal style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

Graphic tees and sweatshirts are kind of having a moment.  Here are a few more that I am loving:

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Style Notes: Beatles sweatshirt- only found in store at Nordstrom (summer 2014) / Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013; love) / Target skirt (fall 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; similar)

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Blazing a Trail Into The Holidays

No Comments 02 November 2014

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

With Halloween behind us, my attentions are now focused on the upcoming holiday season.  The chill in the air, the hunt for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, and the numerous opportunities to get together with coworkers, friends, and family make for my favorite time of year.  Because so many holiday gatherings, especially those with colleagues and friends, happen after work it’s important to have a few tried and true looks that are polished enough to see you through the work day but that can also be easily transitioned for some evening fun.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

One of my favorite day to night pieces is a menswear influenced blazer.  One of my favorite go-to blazers is this white blazer with tuxedo inspired lapels.  It makes for an especially easy way to add a little something extra that can take you from work to a holiday soiree.  A tuxedo striped pant is the perfect compliment to the blazer not to mention is a pant sophisticated enough for the office and fun enough to wear into the night.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

To keep things appropriate for work wear a simple black shirt underneath.  Here I chose to pair the blazer with a black peplum to add some femininity to the outfit, but it would look just as great with a simple black tank or tee.  Once the evening falls, I would don a belt, especially if pairing the blazer with a peplum, as the belt will help define the waistline and is another way to add some whimsy to the look.  I paired the blazer and peplum with a bow belt to further play off the menswear, tuxedo vibe of the look.   Fun accessories, like a colorful clutch, that can be thrown on before heading out to meet friends help transition the look from work attire to holiday frock.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

Style Notes: Gap blazer (winter 2012;similar) / Target peplum (spring 2013; similar) / Anthropologie belt (winter 2013; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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