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Taking a Fashion Risk

No Comments 24 July 2014

black peplum and cheetah track pant

While I love fashion and styling different looks, I don’t really take a lot of risks with my own personal style.  Sure, I love mixing prints and never shy away from bold colors, but I tend to stay within the same style genre and garment types.  When you know what works for your body and what style makes you feel the best it’s hard to deviate from that, right?  I can admire different fashion personalities in others, but due to comfort, and finances, I tend to stay within my comfort zone.  So when the updated track pant first hit the fashion scene a few seasons back all my instincts said this is a trend I would definitely stay far, far, far away from. And for a few seasons I managed to put them out of mind, but then just a few weeks ago I went digging in my favorite bargain basement and came across this cheetah print pair for $3.  Mind you, I do not subscribe to the theory that you should buy something just because it’s a total steal.  I was curious, enough, however, to askew my personal buying tenets, figuring worse case scenario I would simply turn these into lounge pants.  Three dollar lounge pants, now those are hard to pass up, right?

black peplum and cheetah track pant

After having worn these pants on two flights and various errand running I am hear to tell you I am still not completely convinced a track style pant is the trend for me.  Being totally honest, I don’t find them to be the most flattering pant of all time.  In fact, the elastic waist band makes me feel a tad older than I am, so they are a pant I would only dare wear with a longer shirt.  If the shirt is not the right cut, however, it will further the boxy, unflattering effect of the waistline. On the flip side, though, that detestable elastic waistband does make for a very comfortable pant that feels glorious during a long flight.  The material washes and dries perfectly and travels extremely well- no ironing!  They are also surprisingly cool on very hot, muggy summer days.

black peplum and cheetah track pant

To create a defined waist, I have found that a peplum is the most flattering top to pair with these pants.  The fitted top helps create a defined waist, while the peplum helps disguise the unflattering waistband.  Another thing I like about these pants is that they are a departure from my usual very feminine sensibilities.  The peplum certainly brings some sophistication to the look, so to keep things from looking too polished I went with an edgy statement necklace.   The key to trying a trend or garment piece that’s outside of your wardrobe norm is to add in elements that are typical of your everyday style. For me, the feminine peplum, statement accessories, and the print are all pieces that exist in my closet and helped to make this fashion risk less difficult.

Style Notes: Target peplum (spring 2013) / Nordstrom pants via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / Julianne Hough for Sole Society shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014) /Anthropologie necklace (winter 2014) /  Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2011 ; love) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love)

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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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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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Style Safari

3 Comments 01 August 2013


With each passing year I find the summers here in the valley more and more tiresome and seeminglyendless.  Just when I think I’ve reached my breaking point, fall fashion spreads start dotting the magazines while fall frocks begin gracing retailers’ racks.  While it may still be months before those fashions are even remotely appropriate for Phoenicians, I keep myself sane by scooping up cute layering pieces that can work during the remaining weeks of the sizzling summer and later transition to the much longed for crisp autumn days!


When this cardigan appeared on Anthropologie’s website a few weeks ago I knew it had to be mine.  It obviously meets the criteria of being a layering piece that can work for both summer and fall, but what I adore most about this sweater is that it strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated with the classic pairing of black and white and quirky with the over sized giraffe print.  Even though the print is rather bold it’s not a tricky one to work with as the color combination is neutral enough that it can be layered over black, as seen here, or over any number of colors for added dimension and interest.


Layering pieces are one of the easiest ways to incorporate color or pattern into your wardrobe and can help infuse a little more style, and fun, to your look.  When selecting cardigans think about your closet as a whole and pick up ones that will compliment a variety of pieces you already own.  Select colors that will work across seasons and in a variety of settings or find patterns that will help elevate garments rather than competing with them.  (A rule of thumb is to make sure the patterned piece’s predominate color is the same as the main garment’s.)  And most importantly, remember to have fun with layering; if it makes you smile you know you’ve found a winning combination!

Style Notes: Anthropologie cardigan (summer 2013) / Target peplum (spring 2013; perfect for fall) / Anthropologie shorts (spring 2013) / Anthropologie necklace (spring 2013) / Anthropologie earrings (spring 2013) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love these) / Anthropologie shades (summer 2013) / Kate Spade bracelet (winter 2012; love this)


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Taking a Cue from J.Crew

No Comments 28 June 2013

In the most recent J.Crew style guide I was wowed by this skirt, which was paired with a purple button down and jean jacket.  I love a great quirky print just as much as the next girl, but $168 for a pineapple skirt is a tad out of my price range, so I decided to shop my own closet to see if I could replicate the look.


The graphic floral print on this skirt I picked up from Loft (on final sale for about $15) seemed a good enough substitute to achieve the look.  Since this skirt is not quite as quirky as the J.Crew inspiration, I opted to incorporate some print mixing in the form of a polka dot shirt and jean jacket.


The mixed prints all work together because of the repetition of blues throughout the look.  When it comes to pattern mixing, remember you can pair stripes and dots with florals by choosing one dominate color (I typically choose the color from the pant, skirt, or shorts I am wearing) and then repeat that color throughout the rest of the outfit for an unified look.



I’m still in love with the J.Crew look, but I do think this combo is a great way to achieve the same idea at a fraction of the cost.  (The J. Crew skirt is $168; my outfit’s total is about $160, which includes every article of clothing, an accessory and the shoes!)  While I love shopping and buying new clothes as much as the next girl, remember when you find a look you love to peruse your closet first and see if you can pull from there to put your own spin on things!


Style Tutor: Target jacket (spring 2013) / Gap shirt (fall 2012; love this) / Loft skirt (summer 2013) / Kate Spade bracelet (gift; spring 2013) / Classiques Entier shoes via Last Chance (spring 2012; love these)

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Perfect Summer Pieces

No Comments 14 June 2013

Not to sound like a broken record here, but oh boy, is the heat ever on here in Phoenix.  With daily heat advisories starting at 10 a.m. it’s hard not to feel like this quote, from one of my favorite novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, come to life:

…ladies bathed before noon, after their 3 o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer.

To ease the pain we’ve been spending a great deal of time taking dips in the pool, hitting up our local mall’s play area, playing game after game of Memory, and enjoying sip after sip of lemonade (watered down for the kids and spiked for mom and dad!).


I’ve found myself scooping up floppy hat after floppy hat lately because they are so convenient and, as I’ve mentioned before, way more stylish to don than a baseball cap when you don’t have time to shower or do your hair before rushing out the door.  On this particular day I had actually taken the time to shower and dry my hair, but good word, my hair is in a real loll right now so it just looked awful.  Obviously on a normal work day I would just have to go about my day secretly plotting to exact my revenge on my hair that night by shaving it all off and starting over, but since my biggest requirement of the day was a few hours of curriculum writing and then several hours of playing with the kiddos a stylish hat saved me from hours of hair loathing!


I’ve also found myself seeking out summery pieces that will help me stay cool but aren’t short on style and that can make the transition to work wear once school resumes in August.  Obviously, these shorts are not something that will make the cut once I head back to work, but what I like about them is that they are fitted without being too tight; they are great shorts to wear when playing with the kids and are also a pair that can be easily dressed up for date night.  The peplum, however, is something I can easily wear long into the fall on its own or under a cardigan or blazer for a more polished look.  At its most basic level, the shirt is simply a tank top making it a perfect piece once the mercury starts to rise, but the button detail on the shoulder, the striped pattern, and the flirty peplum help to add some variety and interest to the look.


On their own this peplum top and these amazing shorts are great pieces to resolve the problem of staying stylish and cool during hot, summer days, but when paired with the hat they evoke a glamorous, retro vibe that plays up one’s femininity.  It’s a fun look for hosting a play date for the littles or heading out for a night out on the town.

Style Notes: Target hat (spring 2013)/ Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013) / Anthropologie shorts (spring 2013) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love these) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love this) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; similar style) / Kate Spade ring (fall 2011; love this) / Modcloth necklace (summer 2012; love this)

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