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Inspired by Pinterest: Gingham and Floral Mix

No Comments 21 July 2014

ginghamp crop top and floral midi skirt

I got my first subscription to Elle when I was in seventh grade; each month I spent hours pouring over the ads, the editorials, and articles about fabulous people, designers, and locations a girl from a small Midwest town could only dream, and read, about.  I would dog ear beloved pages and rip out my favorites, peppering my bedroom walls with looks that seemed so distant from my local mall that they were merely pieces of art I could admire.

ginghamp crop top and floral midi skirt

These days I find myself increasingly turning to Pinterest for seasonal inspiration as well as new ways to mix up items in my closet.  I know the notion of pinning aspirational images is not a novel one, but I wonder just how many of us pinners do much with all these lovely pictures we are curating?  Certainly, I frequently turn to recipes, the occasional DIY, and fitness guides, but even though I am someone who loves fashion and style, I rarely return to all those pretty things I am saving for inspiration when I plan outfits.  It’s a shame really as I follow some pretty amazing women and brands on Pinterest, so I thought it might be fun from time to time to put together a look inspired by something or someone I pinned.

ginghamp crop top and floral midi skirt

When I saw this image of Reachel from Cardigan Empire come through my feed I immediately pinned it and mentally filed it away as a must wear look. Fortunately, I already owned these pieces, but was happy, thanks to Reachel’s impeccable style, to find a new way to wear them.

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I love the way the gingham print and the midi skirt evoke a 50s vibe while the bright pink and graphic floral print modernize the look so it’s refreshingly now rather than too referential.  The black and white repeated in both the top and the skirt’s print helps to unify the look while the accessories are the perfect mix of classic and on trend.

ginghamp crop top and floral midi skirt

Where do you draw inspiration from when planning outfits/getting dressed?  Do you turn to trusted magazines, copy looks directly from store mannequins, enlist the help of friends or a stylist, turn to beloved bloggers, or pin away dreamy looks and must have items?

Style Notes: Topshop shirt via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / ASOS skirt (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; summer update) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014)

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Mint to Be

No Comments 11 July 2014

mint peter pan collar shirt and black midi skirt

This shirt has been one of the most fortunate misfortunes to ever enter my closet.  You see, fellow Style Tutor, Kristy, ordered this shirt but didn’t like the fit so she suggested I try it before she returned it.  What a delight to have such a thoughtful friend, right?  As it turns out, this shirt is totally me…quirky collar, dreamy color, and a built in print.  We were totally meant to be and I love it all the more because such a great friend brought us together!  I love when a closet staple has a great story behind it.

mint peter pan collar and black midi skirt

When I wear this shirt to work I pair it with a nude colored tank, but now that summer is here I’ve been wearing it with a bralette to stay even cooler.  Have you tried a bralette yet?  I always imagined myself a bit too chesty to pull one off, but when the temps hit 110 a few weeks ago I felt like my will to live was about to go, so I threw caution to the wind and picked one up on the cheap at Target.  I am not sure how I survived the summer months before all confined in a traditional bra!  I also love that it adds just a hint of sex appeal to a look with a strong retro vibe.  During those long, hot summer months you can’t go wrong with wardrobe pieces that keep you looking and feeling cool!

mint peter pan collar shirt and black midi skirt

The focal point here is clearly the shirt with it’s great color and built in interest (collar and texture), so I wanted to keep the accessories to a minimum but still play off the ultra feminine silhouette of the shirt and skirt.  The mint colored ring and bracelet pair nicely with the shirt, but also add whimsical tones to the overall look, while the purse and shoes echo the retro with modern touches vibe of the whole ensemble.

mint peter pan collar shirt and black midi skirt

Style Notes: ASOS top (spring 2012; love) / H&M skirt (winter 2014) / Julianne Hough for Sole Society shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014)/ Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2013; love) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014) / Juicy Couture ring via Last Chance (spring 2012; love) / Loft sunnies (summer 2014; cute)

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Bright Summer Colors

No Comments 02 July 2014

Bright summer colors

This is the kind of summer ensemble that makes my heart soar.  It’s full of bright, cheery colors, it’s comfortable while remaining feminine, and, most importantly, doesn’t take itself too seriously, which are all the makings of great summer pieces.

Bright summer colors

When it came time to accessorize I wanted to add a few pops of complimentary colors that would enhance the bright summery yellow of the polka dots rather than detract from them.  I really love the way the bright pink in the pouf and the shoes and the blue of the pouf and the purse stand out from the dress while making the yellow dots seem even bolder.

bright summer colors

This look is the perfect mix of polished fun and personality, so it’s something that could be worn on date night, brunch with the girls, to a wedding or baby shower, or just because it’s summer and you’re having fun!

Style Notes: Loft dress (summer 2013; love) / ban.do poufs (spring 2013, spring 2014) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (spring 2013; love) / Kate Spade shoes via Last Chance (spring 2013; cute)/ Juicy Couture ring via Last Chance (spring 2012; love) / Anthropologie earrings (spring 2014; love)

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The Perfect Little Black and White Striped Dress

No Comments 25 June 2014

black and white striped dress

As much as I like making a bold, colorful statement, I can never resist a classic pairing like black and white.  While it may seem that black and white are a boring duo, it can be quite dramatic when combined in graphic prints and geometric shapes or when accessorized with a few pops of color. I especially can’t resist the pairing when they come together to create the perfect little black and white striped dress.

black and white striped dress

The geometric pattern on the bust makes this is an easy piece to throw on for warm weather outings as it requires little to no extra accessorizing to be eye catching and flattering.  The stripes add interest while also doing the wearer a favor by drawing the eye to the waist which, thanks to the cut of the skirt, appears narrow and trim.  Whether blessed with a slim waist or in the need of some optical illusions, this gem has you covered!

black and white striped dress

black and white striped dress

The fit and flare shape of the dress is both sophisticated and fun, which means you could easily dress it up or down depending on the occasion.  In this instance, I decided to add a dash of color and fun with the pin while maintaining a more casual vibe with a striped flat.

black and white striped dress

This is a go to look when I want to appear put together and polished while feeling like I am at home lounging around.  Play dates?  Coffee dates? Casual day at work?  Fun date with the mister?  A day of shopping with the girls?  Yes, this dress can fit all those bills by giving you instant style, comfort, and confidence!

black and white striped dress

Style Notes: Anthropologie dress (spring 2014; on sale) / Kenneth Cole shoes via Last Chance (spring 2014; fun ) / ban.do pouf (spring 2014) / Anthropologie earrings (spring 2014; love) / Anthropologie ring (fall 2013; similar) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love & on sale)

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Summer Wardrobe Essentials

No Comments 23 June 2014

summer wardrobe essentials

Summer may only be two days in, but here in AZ it feels like its been around for months.  Surviving triple digit temps for months on end is a delicate balance between maintaining one’s personal style and wearing as little as possible when out and about, which is why during the summer, more than any other season, I rely (heavily) on “uniforms”.  These uniforms consist of essential pieces or specific outfits that are tried and true ways to endure the heat while retaining a sense of style.

summer wardrobe essentials

Some pieces that I consider essential for summer are floppy hats, a cute shirt, comfy shorts, and a fun pair of shoes.  This hat is a great way to not only provide some instant shade, but to also add some instant style to a summer look.  Another bonus is that if the hot, humid days leave your hair in a dismal state a hat is an easy way to mask it!

summer wardrobe essentials

Cute, lightweight shirts are another must for summer.  When the temps begin to rise, I look for tops that will keep me cool without compromising on style.  This top with its vibrant color, classic print and adorable neckline is a no brainer.  There’s no need for further accessorizing, which is the perfect solution to warm weather wardrobe woes.

summer wardrobe essentials

The last two pieces that complete a put together summer look are a great fitting pair of shorts and a flattering shoe.  A nice fitting pair of jean shorts are hard to find, aren’t they?  At my age, and with two kids, I don’t want shorts that are super short or ill fitting.  These shorts are a boyfriend fit, but I decided to size down so they’d be a little more form fitting and just the right length.  Shorts normally make me feel a little squatty, so a shoe with some height is a must.  Wedges are a nice halfway point between a comfortable flat and a flattering heel while helping to elongate the legs.

summer wardrobe essentials

Style Notes: Target hat (spring 2014) / Anthropologie shirt (spring 2014) / Gap shorts (summer 2013) / Sperry wedges via Last Chance (spring 2012; love) / Gap belt (spring 2014; similar) / Anthropologie earrings (spring 2014; love) / Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2013; love)

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Not Your Basic Tee

No Comments 10 June 2014

pattern mixing, polka dots, stripes, blue

I picked up this shirt a month or so ago and it has quickly become one of those pieces that rotates into my weekly wardrobe.   I love that while it has the look of a comfortable, basic tee, it actually has a little more structure which makes it a shirt that easily transitions from work to play.  I’ve paired it with jeans, a skirt, and shorts, but this little duo is by far my favorite look.

pattern mixing, polka dots, stripes, blue

pattern mixing, polka dots, stripes, blue

pattern mixing, polka dots, stripes, blue

What makes the two patterns, dots and stripes, work together is that the colors in the shirt and pants are the same, providing some balance to the varying patterns.  Furthermore, the different scales of the prints (wide stripes, smaller dots) help keep the shirt as the focal point.

pattern mixing, polka dots, stripes, blue

This look has a definite mod feel so accessories in whimsical shapes or colors are a must.  I paired it with a leopard heel for a slightly more sophisticated feel, but a fun sandal or flat would just as easily work for summer.

Style Notes: Gap shirt (spring 2014; love) / Gap pants (spring 2013; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love) / Kate Spade necklace (fall 2011 ; love) / Kate Spade bag via Last Chance (spring 2014; similar) / Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2013; love) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; want)

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