Monday, March 30, 2015

Lace Skirt Dressed Up and Down

Did I wear a Forever 21 outfit to a wedding?  Yes, yes I did.  #noshame.

It wasn't until I had to worry about babies and nursing at weddings that I started wearing skirts to weddings, but honestly I think they're more practical additions to a wardrobe than a wedding-appropriate dress.  Often dresses that are suited for weddings are hard to wear casually, whereas skirts can be paired with a lot of different tops to be dressed up or down.

I was so glad I found this lace skirt!  We've been to 4 weddings this year already, and when I saw this skirt right before the 3rd wedding it was sold out.  I didn't think it'd actually come back in stock, but to my delight it totally did and I scooped it up just in time for wedding #4!

I showed it a month ago on Instagram dressed up and dressed down.  I'll be able to wear it with other colors for future weddings too.  So much more bang for your buck than a pretty dress!  (Though I'll admit, I'm still a sucker for a new dress, even if it's less practical.)

This skirt is *almost* sold out again, but Option 2 below is super similar and less ornate which is also easier to dress down.  I was contemplating that one as well, but it was also sold out at the time.  However, it is now fully back in stock!  You lucky ducks.

The skirt I'm wearing is super stretchy.  I'm normally size 6, sometimes 8 on bottom and I'm wearing M.

Side note: Often if I buy something new it usually takes me weeks to post it on the blog and it tends to be sold out by that point.  I've been posting them in a more timely manner on Instagram, so follow along there if you want more current info.  :)

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similar)
Jacket: c/o SheInside (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21 (exact)
Shoes: H&M (exact, similar)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Necklace: c/o LoveShoppingMiami
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off with code puttingmetogether)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Cleaning & Refreshing Your Spring Wardrobe

You guys!  I've been doing some intense spring cleaning, purging my closet like crazy, and doing some major wardrobe revamping.  When I was pregnant I couldn't wait until the day I wasn't pregnant and could purge my closet.  It's been cleansing and eye opening, so if you haven't done it yet this year, you should totally do some spring cleaning!  I've actually been purging for the last few months, and now I'm finally at a point where I'm assessing my closet and creating a list to fill the holes.  That means: shopping!

So today I'm excited to team up with Zappos to talk about doing some spring cleaning and the kinds of pieces I've been adding for spring!

This has been my process so far:

Pin stuff and study the pattern.
In Part 1 of Wardrobe From Scratch I talked about both the unhelpful and helpful ways to use Pinterest.  What's unhelpful for me is when I see ONE outfit and buy items trying to replicate that ONE outfit without thinking if the items fit my overall style or actually go with anything else in my closet.  What's helpful is when I study the patterns on my style board as a whole.  Overall, do I pin lots of pastels or bold colors?  Soft or saturated neutrals?  Stripes, florals, polka dots, or all of the above?  Look for patterns so that you're not just buying one-off pieces and instead know what kind of wardrobe you're trying to build.  

Examine each of your pieces.
Whether you pull everything out of your closet or you go down your hangers and have an honest heart-to-heart with each piece, I think it's important to examine each piece.  I ask myself when the last time I wore it was, and if it's been a while, why have I not worn it?  Do I not like the material?  Does it hit me at a weird place?  Did I straight up just make a mistake while buying it?  Can the problem be fixed with a cost worthy alteration?  Or did I just forget about it and need to create some outfits with it?

Sort into categories:
a) Keep
b) Get altered
c) Get rid of

For me, there's actually something between b and c, which is like a purgatory.  I can't let go of things that quickly because I always wonder if I'll need it "in case" of something.  I ease the transition by taking it out of my closet and putting it into another closet.  If I look in that closet a few weeks or months down the road and don't really miss it (usually the case!) then it's toast.

Create a list of pieces to buy.
My list has two categories:

a) Clothes to replace.  I'm actually a little slimmer than I was pre-pregnancy and while most of my clothes still fit okay, some that were a *tad* too big before are now noticeably big.  I'm looking for replacements.  If some of your beloved staples are worn out or don't fit, put them on a list of items to replace.  On this list for me are white jeans and boyfriend jeans, among a few other items.

b) Clothes to fill holes.  Figure out what's missing from your closet based on what you observed from your pin boards.  For spring, I'm loving pastels (something I never thought I'd say!), laser cut details, gold, and pinks/corals.

This has actually been difficult for me as a new parent.  It feels like a lot of work to get myself to a mall, yet, because I purged so much I have a ton of holes in my closet.  Aggghhh!  Online shopping has been my saving grace as I'm gearing up for spring!

I mentioned last week that I'd been venturing out to new stores, and Zappos has been a great resource for me.  It's incredibly convenient because of FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING.  I mean, does it get any better?!

And then Zappos' selection--it's enormous!  That made it easy to find several great pieces that were on my spring shopping list.

I was able to get gorgeous soft pink laser cut pumps (see the peep toe version HERE).  One of the colors I'm loving for spring!  They act like a nude pump, but are a little more interesting.  Plus the laser cut detail is totally springy.

I also found replacement boyfriend jeans.  Boyfriend jeans are a favorite for me in the spring.  I really like the pair I'm wearing above, buuuuuut, I'm considering trading them in for a pair that's a little longer like these.  I'm torn!  Anyway, if you're looking for a shorter pair, these are sturdy but not stiff.  I normally wear 6 or 8 in fitted jeans and 6 fit perfectly.

Lastly, I'm really into this gold heart charm bracelet.  It's a tiny addition that I think goes a long way!  Like, seriously.  I've even considered doing a side by side of an outfit with and without the charm to show the difference, but you'll just have to trust me.  ;)

These pieces alone are already making my wardrobe feel new again!

If you haven't yet, I would highly recommend cleaning out your closet this spring.  I would also highly recommend checking out Zappos' huge selection and taking advantage of the free 2-day shipping to freshen up your wardrobe!

This post was created in partnership with Zappos.  For more on PMT's sponsorship policies, see disclosure.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jersey Dress Wins Every Time

OMG I've missed my dresses!  Addie and I are reaching a point where I have to worry less and less about nursing friendly clothes (not because we aren't nursing anymore, but for a variety of reasons I shall not bore you with).  And that means sometimes I can wear dresses!  #thatswassup 

Benson and I have been doing weekly lunch dates instead of going out in the evening.  You see...the older we get, the less we want to leave the house at night.  We're those boring old people who want to be in bed by 9:30pm and aren't apologetic about it.  We'd rather take advantage of the fact that both of us work from home and have flexible schedules and can hang out during a time of day when we have more energy.  Lunch dates are our jam these days!

I wore this last Friday on our hunt for a new go-to pizza place.  I love this grey t-shirt dress for a bunch of different occasions, and I'd highly recommend adding a solid colored neutral dress to your wardrobe.

On that note, I need to tell you guys about options 1 and 2 below!  Option 1 is super similar to mine and on sale for $15.  I haven't tried it on, but it has fantastic reviews online.

Option 2--I talked about the black version on Instagram earlier this week.  Also on sale for $15.  SO COMFY AND SOFT.  I totally recommend it!  I haven't put it through the wash yet, but I did soak it in water quickly and air dried it to see if it'd shrink and it didn't.  An IG commenter confirmed that hers has not shrunken after washing and being air dried, which is good news!  I'm normally S/M and got it in S.

And that, my friends...well, that's wassup!

All of these below should be t-shirt / jersey material.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Target (similar, similar)
Jacket: Target (similar, similar)
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Target (similarsimilar)

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