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Spring Trending

No Comments 08 April 2014


Today’s look incorporates a couple of spring’s hottest trends, black and white and a midi skirt.  Personally, I think calling black and white a trend is a bit of a misnomer as the dynamic duo crops up season after season making it more of a classic color combo rather than a passing pairing.  And while skirt hem lines might change dramatically from season to season, you can never go wrong with a ladylike length and silhouette.


I picked up this skirt a few weeks ago and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since.  The fabric’s weight, texture, and cut (pockets too!) make this a piece that is easy to wear and style.  This time around I chose to play off the 50s vibe of the skirt and paired it with a retro inspired sweater, but it looks equally as fashionable with a simple tee, a fun tank, or pretty blouse.


Such a fun skirt deserves accessories that are equally as fun. While I don’t have a major wardrobe budget, I try to invest in quality add ons that will pair well with a lot of different items in my closet and bring a smile to my face.  I love the way the yellow clutch and the gold accents on the bracelet and shoes pop against the black.  For those of you who think black is too somber for spring, remember it pairs well with all those bright hues you’ve been waiting to wear all winter and is a sophisticated way to incorporate more intense colors without going overboard.



Style Notes: Forever 21 sweater (fall 2012; like this) / H & M skirt (winter 2014; similar style) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014) / Kate Spade clutch (summer 2013; birthday present; Ebay options) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; love this) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; a little spring update) / Anthropologie shades (summer 2013; like these)

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A Perfect Match

1 Comment 24 February 2014


I picked up this skirt last fall at one of Loft’s 40% off sales and have had fun mixing and matching it throughout the fall and winter.  My favorite look so far, though, has been pairing it with this lovely embellished sweater from Paper Crown.  I love the way the print of the sweater and the skirt compliment one another.  This a really playful, girly look that would be fun to wear out to lunch with friends or on date night.


The statement piece quality of the peter pan collar and the cuffs, however, add an air of polished sophistication helping things to not look too silly.  Given your work environment, this look, while loads of fun, is still very appropriate given the feminine but classic cut of both pieces.

Style Notes: Paper Crown sweater via Anthropologie (fall 2013) / Loft skirt (summer 2013; love this) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012/similar style) / Gap clutch (summer 2013; gift; similar style) / Anthropologie sunnies (spring 2013/love these)

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Can’t Live Without

No Comments 20 February 2014


Everyone should have a go-to outfit or at least category of items in their wardrobe arsenal.  Ideally, these are garments that complement our figures and coloring, evoke happiness, and, most importantly, makes us feel our best.  While it’s nice to have variety, the pieces that make us feel ready to tackle what the day holds should take up the majority of the real estate in our closets.


If I had to pare my closet down to only one garment category I would gladly throw out all the sweaters, tops, skirts, shorts, and pants to make room for dresses.  From a young age I have adored everything about dresses: their relative ease of wear, the innate feminine qualities, and the way I carry myself in a dress.


When I was little I selected dresses on their ability to fan out when spinning.  This Gap dress definitely meets the fashion standards of my youth, but manages to retain that sense of fun while being age and work appropriate.  The cut of this dress is flattering for a variety of body types and the cobalt blue compliments a variety of skin tones. The stripes add an element of interest making this a dress that requires little to no accessorizing.


I chose to accessorize the dress with a statement necklace that plays off the alternating stripes of bold blue and black. The necklace doesn’t try to compete with the dress’ pattern; instead, it further emphasizes the feminine qualities of the dress itself.


I then repeated the color palate through a fun tight I picked up this fall at Gap Kids.  (Style tip: if you are of average height and weight Gap Kids’ tights in either a L or XL will fit and are an affordable way to add an element of fun to a look.)


What are some of the go-to pieces in your closet?

Style Notes: Gap dress (winter 2013) / Gap kids tights (summer 2013; love these) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014) / Kate Spade Outlet necklace (fall 2013; purchased on mega sale; love this) /

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Double Duty

No Comments 05 February 2014


Note: Despite the look of dismay on my face in this picture, I actually like this outfit quite a bit.

A pencil skirt is a no brainer for those days when you want to up the ante on sophistication.  Top it with a classically cut blazer and a feminine top and you are ready to conquer the world.

I totally understand that not every work environment or situation lends itself to over-the-top dressing or accessorizing but that does not mean a girl can’t sneak in a little fun.  While this is clearly a very polished, edited look, it definitely isn’t short on style or interest.  The metallic peter pan collar and the faux leather waistband of the skirt all stand in for the typical necklace and belt I would add on to complete a look.  The two toned coloring of the shirt and the muted metallic shoe also help add little elements of surprise without going overboard for the workplace.


I love all the built in details of these pieces.  Those special details are what make an outfit stand out from the crowd and when they are already part of the garments themselves it makes it easy to feel a little more put together without all the fuss of trying to figure out the perfect accessories to compliment a look.


This shirt has quickly become one of my favorite go-to items.  It’s ultimately a sweatshirt tee, but the quirky collar and feminine cut sleeves take it from something basic to something special.  Since it has a nice mixture of casual and dressier elements, it’s one of those pieces that works for both work and play.  I love when garments play multiple roles!


Style Notes: Anthropologie shirt (fall 2013; love this for spring) / The Limited skirt (c/0 fall 2013; similar style) / Banana Republic shoes (summer 2010; love these) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; 83% off original price) / Kate Spade bracelet (winter 2011; love this) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; love this) / Anthropologie ring (winter 2013)

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What’s Old Is New Again

No Comments 31 December 2013


This dress and I are quite the duo.  In the past I’ve styled it for both day and night, so this time around I wanted to give the look a little winter update with a cozy infinity scarf, a quirky print, and a little pop of color. Even though there are three different prints going on in this outfit, everything works together because three colors (black, white and grey) are repeated throughout and the circular pattern is repeated in the shape of the scarf and in the print on the dress and shirt.


Scarves are by far the thing I look forward to wearing the most once the weather begins to cool down.  While we may not need full on winter gear here in Phoenix, a scarf is an easy way to add more wintery elements to our attire for the few weeks of “cold” temps we do experience!  Scarves are really having a moment this season so there are a lot of fun options out there and now, with the advent of all the after Christmas sales, is the perfect time to pick up a few to carry you through the rest of this winter and to stock up for next!


After having worn this dress a million times over the last year, this is by far my favorite way I’ve styled it.   While this is still a look that would be appropriate for a variety of work and social situations, it exudes a little more personality and spunk than previous stylings.


Style Notes: Target dress (fall 2012; striped option)/ Chloe K shirt via Last Chance (spring 2012; similar style) / Anthropologie scarf (fall 2013; cute, budget option) / Me Too shoes via Last Chance (summer 2012; similar style) / Kate Spade clutch (summer 2013; birthday present; Ebay options) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love this) / Kate Spade ring (fall 2011; love this) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; love this)

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Little Details

3 Comments 04 October 2013



Last year I told you about a Loft skirt that would change your life and now I am back to say this is a skirt that will also change your wardrobe woes.  The classic lines of the pencil skirt combined with the on trend polkadot print are an easy way to enfuse your fall wardrobe with a little fun that can take you from day to night.


Layers are the key to surviving fall weather, so I am always on the look out for cardigans that can play a key role in many outfits.  I love that this cardigan is a great mix and match piece that will pair nicely with a lot of other things in my closet.  (The cardigan and embellished t-shirt would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and a cool flat for a more casual look that doesn’t compromise on style.)


To keep this look from veering too far into the “lady who lunches” realm I accessorized with my favorite kitten heeled leopard shoes and a fun leopard clutch that can easily be thrown into my work bag to be used after hours!  The leopard spots echo the print of the cardigan and skirt but the color and more abstract lines help add variety to the overall look.


This has quickly become one of my favorite fall looks as it combines all the things I love: feminine lines, quirky prints, and special details.  Even better, this is an outfit that takes little to no thought to pull together and is one that can meet the demands of a busy schedule.  What’s not to love about that, right?


Style Notes: Loft cardigan (summer 2013; currently an extra 40% off) / Loft shirt (summer 2013; currently an extra 40%; love this) / Loft skirt (summer 2013; purchased at 40% off) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; similar style) / Gap clutch (summer 2013; gift; similar style) / Anthropologie bracelet (summer 2013)

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