Sunday, April 20, 2014

We're Invited to CAbi's B.i.G. Event!

Over the last year or so I’ve had several readers recommend to me a great line of women’s clothing called CAbi. Have you guys heard of them yet?

CAbi has some beautiful pieces, including a great mix of professional wear and casual everyday pieces, all of which are designed for the “real” woman. Love! I really love how you can browse by outfit on CAbi's site—so many styling ideas in one place!

What’s unique about CAbi is their consultant-based selling model—kind of like Mary Kay but for clothing.  So, you could either contact a consultant and have a CAbi clothing party with your friends (how fun does that sound?!), or you could become a consultant yourself with their simple business model that would allow you to balance a busy lifestyle.

CAbi’s B.i.G. Event – We’re Invited!
This season CAbi is hosting their B.i.G. Event, which we are ALL invited to! It’s a live broadcast that you can either watch from the comfort of your own home or you can watch at one of CAbi’s 30 viewing locations around the US.

Engage with their incredible (and fun!) CAbi Community, hear from CEO Lynne Cote and President Kimberly Inskeep about being a woman “on purpose”, see a sneak peek of their unreleased St. Barth’s Collection, learn how to make a meaningful impact through The Heart of CAbi Foundation and explore how a business CAbi will allow you to call your own shots by putting first things first.

If you go to a viewing location you’ll get to enjoy some light refreshments, meet some new people, and see some great clothes up close! If you watch at home, you get to be comfy in your pajamas with a bowl of ice cream. Both sound like a great time in my book. ;)

Time: Tuesday, April 29th @ 9a-11:30a PST
Click here to RSVP and get more info!

I was compensated for this post by CAbi, but as always, all opinions are mine.  Thanks for supporting the companies that support this blog! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shopping Help: Maxi Skirts

Clearly I've had maxi-length stuff on the brain this past week.  But, whatcha gonna do about it...I'm pregnant and maxi stuff is a favorable alternative to jeans!

I've been asked a few times where I get my maxi skirts (Target and Old Navy mostly, and I've seen some affordable and colorful ones from Windsor...) but more than anything I've been asked about maxi dresses/skirts for petite and tall women.  I feel SO unfamiliar with either of those sizing groups, though both Target and Old Navy carry some things in petites and ON carries tall sizes.

If you know of other stores for petite or tall maxi skirts/dresses please comment below!  Thanks on behalf of the petites/talls looking for help!

*If the option has an asterisk next to it, then there's a petite or tall version too.


*Option 1 (Target)  |  Petite Version Here - Great basic jersey cotton maxi skirt.  Sooooo comfy!  Comes in blue, maroon, and black.  

Option 2 (JCPenney) - This is a cool twist (no pun intended!) on a solid, soft knit maxi skirt.  Gives it some interest without needing a pattern or print.

Option 3 (Target) - I love when maxi skirts have elastic waists, and this one's got one!  Also comes in a grey, navy, and a sort of muted green/teal thing.  <-- That's the technical term, in case you're wondering.

*Option 4 (Target)  |  Petite Version Here - Another elastic waist option with a fuller, flouncier skirt.  Really pretty and feminine, if you're looking for something with a little more draping than option 1.  Comes in light grey and black.

A little pattern goes a long way.  Just throw a plain tee or tank on with one of these, add a simple pendant necklace, and you're good to go!  

*Option 5 (Old Navy)  |  Petite and Tall - I own and love this one!  It's thicker than other maxi skirts I've tried and has an elastic waistband.  Also comes in black, grey, red, and cobalt, plus a cute coral-y red paisley print.

Option 6 (Windsor) - Comes in mint/white, black/white, and other variations too!  

Option 7 (Target) - A fun variation of a normal striped maxi--chevron!  Makes it a little more interesting while still being far from over the top.  If I didn't already have a navy striped maxi skirt I'd totally consider this one.  I'm imagining it with bright solids like coral, yellow, or kelly green.  How fun!

Option 8 (BonTon) - Small chevron stripes!  Also comes in black/white.  I like this one as a lighter neutral striped skirt.  You could pair this with bright solids like coral too!

I've already got solid and striped maxi skirts, so next on the radar is PRINTS!  I love each of these skirts, so it's going to be hard to choose which prints to go for!  

Option 9 (Dillard's) - I love the colors!  You can pick any color from the print and match it with a t-shirt in that color.  This is an effortless way to look chic--the print is so present that you let the print do all the work for you!

Option 10 (Charlotte Russe) - I'm not sure what it is, but there's something about this floral pattern that I adore.  It's also jersey knit, so it's that soft and comfy material but with a great print.

Option 11 (Target) - Really pretty floral pattern made even prettier with the flounciness of the skirt!  How cute would this be with a tank and a sun hat?  Also comes in a cool "spotty animal" print.

Option 12 (Dillard's) - Fun tribal print in a neutral color palette!  

What kind of maxi skirt would you add to your wardrobe next?  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beginner's Guide: Animal Print in Small Doses

I know a lot of you don't need to be convinced to wear animal print, but I'm surprised by how many people I talk to that still have a bad stigma of it.

I get it.  There are pink/purple/metallic animal printed hats and leggings that people actually wear.  (Dear Lord, WHY?)  Or the mental image of a woman that looks like Gloria from Modern Family in a skin tight, deep-v leopard print dress.  It can be anywhere along the spectrum from tacky to intimidating, and in those instances it definitely doesn't seem like it'd be practical for a normal everyday person.  

If you've been hesitant to get on the animal print train and haven't known how to jump in, here are a few ways you can do animal print in small doses.  

Small Doses
With any new style venture that I'm unsure of I like to start in small doses, aka in accessories.  No need to buy a top or a dress in all animal print when you can start small with accessories!  Try a belt, scarf, shoes, or even a small animal print clutch.

I started with an animal print belt, which you could hardly tell was animal print.  It felt safe and let me test how comfortable I was.  It also warmed me up to it.  Then I saw an animal print scarf that I liked--I think it was because the pattern on the scarf was larger than other leopard prints I'd seen.  Then I moved into full blown animal print stuff--a top, pumps, flats, and a dress!

Type of Print - Not All Leopard Prints Are Equal
I was enlightened once I realized there are different sizes of leopard print and different patterns altogether.  Like I mentioned earlier, the scarf shown above is a larger print than typical leopard prints I'd seen.  The same is true for the top and dress that I got.  They're also more brown and less brown-orangey, and overall feel friendly that way.  Just saying, don't write off all animal print.  Know that the variation of color and size of print goes a long, long way.

Below are some accessory options that are affordable and totally wearable for a sensible (but stylish) everyday person!  :)

Links to Shop:
1.  Target  |  2.  Target (I own this one)  |  3.  Macy's
4.  JCPenney  |  5.  Target  |  6.  Nordstrom
7.  Target  |  8.  American Eagle  |  9.  Target

What's your favorite way to wear animal print?  If you're not on board yet, which "small dose" are you willing to try?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

For the Long Days

I *think* this is the dress I'm wearing for Easter!  Easter is a long and active day for me since I'll be on stage with our church band leading the music for Easter for two different church services.  Anytime I'm on stage it means a long day moving around sound equipment, running rehearsals, leading a band, and then of course the actual singing part, but I also want to look nice, so my go-to is usually a maxi dress.  This one arrived just in time, is colorful and bright for Easter, and fits over my bump.  Suh-weeeeet!

Dirty little trick: the dress was too long for me, so I tied the straps in knots to shorten it and it worked like a charm.  

What's your go-to outfit for long days where you have to be really active (i.e. lots of responsibilities) but also need to look nice?

If you're looking for help with Easter dresses (or just spring dresses), check out the Easter Dress Shopping Help post from a couple weeks back.  Also, option 5 below from Land's End would be a great non-maxi Easter dress!

Links to Shop:
1.  Conversation Pieces  |  2.  ModCloth  |  3.  Boohoo
4.  Kohl's  |  5.  Land's End  |  6.  Forever 21

Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o Conversation Pieces (exact--free shipping w/ PMTFreeShip, similarsimilar)
Blazer: c/o SheInside (exact, similarsimilar)
Shoes: Target (similarsimilar)
Necklace: c/o Fancy Frills Boutique and Jane

*22 weeks pregnant
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