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Summertime Fun with Shabby Apple

No Comments 18 June 2015

 

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, and brown Loft belt

Summertime means a few things to me: catching up on reading, swimming, buckets of ice tea, visiting  family and friends back home, picnics, and BBQs.  We are headed to IN in a couple of weeks and will spend most of our evenings on my parents’ back porch grilling and eating with family and friends, watching the kids run around the backyard, and playing a rousing game of croquet.  Of course, the perfect summer picnic or backyard BBQ requires an adorable frock that’s comfortable, easy to move in for all those fun backyard games, and appropriate for the occasion.  When Shabby Apple sent me this gingham print dress I immediately thought of IN and all the meals and fun to be had outdoors!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

I can’t resist a feminine cut dress and it doesn’t get much more feminine than a gingham wrap dress.  The tie at the waistline adds definition and creates the illusion of a narrow waist while also making this a simple dress to throw on and head out the door.  If the backyard festivities include a dip in the pool this dress would make a great coverup so you don’t have to waste precious time changing at the party.  If you have little ones, you know how quickly you need to be pool ready once they see the water!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Stylish simplicity is the key to feeling unencumbered while enjoying those backyard games, so keep accessories to a minimum.  Here I let the print take center stage and only added a belt at the waist for a little extra definition.  The embellished slides add visual interest as well, but are also great shoes to kick off and take off running through the grass for a game of tag.

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

If you get a little steamy cooking over the grill or the competition gets a little fierce once the games begin, throwing a head wrap or headband in your hair, especially if you have shorter hair and can’t put it back in a ponytail, is a great way to stay cool and look chic.  It’s also a great go-to accessory when getting out of a pool to look pulled together, even if your hair is a little limp!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Want a little more summertime fun inspiration?  Check out my Pinterest board, Summertime Fun with Shabby Apple, for yummy recipe ideas, decor inspo, and of course, fabulous fashion!

Style Notes:  Shabby Apple dress (c/0; spring 2015) / Target sandals (spring 2015) / Sunglasses (old; love) / Nordstrom headband via Last Chance (spring 2015; cute) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Groove is in the Heart (spring 2015)

This post brought to you by Shabby Apple. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Shopping for Summer Staples

No Comments 30 May 2015

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During one of Loft’s recent promos I picked up a few summer staples that can double as work pieces once school resumes in August.  Since it will be in the triple digits when we start back up, finding clothes that can mix in with my existing wardrobe and leave me feeling cool and put together are always on my style radar.  One of my favorite purchases has been this retro inspired tropic floral cotton tee.  The print is super cool while the t-shirt cut makes it easy to style up for work, date night, or brunch or style down for a summer BBQ, bike ride, or stroll through a farmer’s market.

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Here I chose accessories that are in keeping with the tropical feel of the shirt’s print but that also add another layer of sophistication.  The gold statement necklace and the gold bracelet each have an almost tribal quality that plays off the exotic florals and the brown belt adds a little more dimension at the waistline without deviating from the color scheme and overall vibe of the look.

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I’m all about summer whites and brights, but something about the earth tone palette of this look seems refreshing.  What looks are you into as we head into summer?

Style Notes: Loft shirt (spring 2015; purchased at 50% off) / H&M skirt (old; similar) / Loft belt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Anthropologie necklace (summer 2014; similar) / Rocksbox bracelet (similar) / Julianne Hough for Sole Society shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014; similar) / Marc by Marc Jacobs bag via Last Chance (old; similar) / Essie Baby’s Breath (spring 2015; similar) / Mac Rebel

 

Loft is currently offering 40% off of tops and sweaters and 50% off sale online and 50% off all products in stores.  Below are some summer staples I’m loving! Happy shopping!

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Winter Whites

No 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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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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A Personal Sense of Style

No Comments 20 January 2015

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

Having a clearly defined sense of style makes life a lot easier.  Armed with a clear picture of what works for your personality, body type, and lifestyle makes shopping a breeze.  Whether browsing the racks in a brick and mortar location or scrolling through images from the comfort of home, your time spent culling through all the offerings can be cut in half because you have a vision for what you need and want.  A signature style also makes it easy for others to surprise you with an occasional closet treat by taking away a ton of stress and anxiety over whether something they picked out is perfect for you, freeing them to shop at ease and with efficiency.

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

Take these houndstooth pants, for instance.  They are a surprise gift I received from an aunt who lives 1800 miles away.  She really has no idea what garments hang in my closet or what shoes line my shelves, but she knows I love prints, tailored pants, anything with a 60s mod vibe, and clothing that is versatile enough to wear to work and on the weekends.  My aunt totally nailed it with these houndstooth pants, partly because she has impeccable taste, but also because my style sensibilities are clearly established in my day to day wear that she was able to purchase a surprise for me with confidence.

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

These pants immediately fit into my closet and have become a work week staple.  They have classic lines, an interesting print that pairs well with any color, and a quirky vibe that meshes well with my style aesthetic.   They are also extremely comfortable, so they are pants that can go straight from a day of work to an evening of fun.

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

These houndstooth pants were just begging to be styled with a great pop of color and some mod touches.  This mustard knit from Old Navy is one of the smartest purchases I made this season as it pairs well with skirts, as seen here, and adds an elevated note to a casual look.   It has a bit of a school girl charm that reminds me of something a style conscious students would have worn during the 60s.  To play off that, I stuck to accessorizing with an oversized black bow, which lends some quirkiness that pairs nicely with the print in the pants and the shoes.  A girl might be serious about fashion, but she shouldn’t be too serious, right?

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

If you are unsure about your personal style I would love to help you have a clearer picture through a personal tutoring service that best meets your wardrobe and financial needs.   If a personal stylist isn’t in the cards right now, Pinterest is another great way to begin to get a clear picture of who you are style wise.  After a few weeks of pinning away, take a look back through the images you have curated and note colors, shapes, textures, and styles that crop up again and again.  Those repeaters will help you narrow down an aesthetic that you long for and can help you begin to shape your wardrobe to better reflect the loveliness your heart desires.  Follow Style Tutor on Pinterest for more inspiration as well!

mustard knit, oversized black bow, houndstooth pants, and dalmation print shoes

Style Notes: Old Navy sweater (fall 2014) / Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; love) / ASOS bow (winter 2014) / Old Navy pants (winter 2014) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (old; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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Holiday Dressing Must Haves

No Comments 19 December 2014

sequined blazer, black feather embellished shirt, red plaid pants

The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, but good heavens, the running around trying to find personal, thoughtful gifts, attending numerous functions from school holiday programs to family and friend soirees, and wrapping up end of the year work related tasks can really take a toll.  Throw in trying to come up with festive attire to carry you from day to night or from event to event without being too much of a repeat offender and the stress and anxiety can start to distract you from the joy of the season.  That’s why I think it’s important to have some holiday “uniforms” that are guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling great during this lovely, crazy time.

sequined blazer, black feather embellished shirt, red plaid pants

A holiday style strategy I have developed over the years is to look for pieces that are pretty basic at their core, which will guarantee comfort, but that have some design features that help elevate their closet staple characteristics so they are appropriate for the season or occasion.  This look is a perfect example of one that combines closet musts like a blazer, black t-shirt cut top, and a tailored pair of trousers with special elements like sequins, embellishments, and a bold print.

sequined blazer, black feather embellished shirt, red plaid pants

This sequin blazer is the incarnation of all my sparkly dreams and definitely meets the requirements of a holiday go-to.  The jacket is cut a little looser and longer than a typical blazer, so it’s very comfortable and easy to move around in. Sparkles are a must this time of year, but can really work any time you want to add a little fun to what you are wearing.  For a holiday ready look try pairing a sequined blazer with pieces that are statement making in and of themselves.  After the holidays you can still get a lot of wear out of a sequined blazer by pairing it with a simple t-shirt or tank and a great fitting pair of distressed, boyfriend, or skinny cut denim for a more laid back look.

sequined blazer, black feather embellished shirt, red plaid pants

These plaid pants are another perfect example of a basic piece that stands out because of the bold print.  When paired with the sequined blazer and feather embellished shirt they add just the right dose of festive fun to this holiday party look.  And after the parties are over, try pairing them with a chambray for a more casual look or a great fitting black turtleneck sweater for the office.

sequined blazer, black feather embellished shirt, red plaid pants

Having a few pieces you can turn to during busy times like the holidays can help alleviate unnecessary stress freeing you up to join the festivities with confidence and a little more inner peace!  What are your go-to items for holiday dressing?

In case you are in the market for a sequined blazer I’ve rounded up a few that are $100 or under:

Style Notes: Anthropologie blazer (fall 2014) / Anthropologie shirt (fall 2014) / Gap pants (fall 2014) / Anthropologie necklace (fall 2014) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014; similar)

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