Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shopping Help: Reversible Totes

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three*
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight*  |  nine
ten  |  eleven  |  twelve  |  thirteen (not shown)

Oh to the em gee.  When I bought my reversible tote (thanks so much for the, Fran!) I had no idea they'd be a thing.  Well apparently they are!  Can't blame 'em.  You basically get two totes in one.  I mean, who wouldn't be into that?    And there are about a billion versions of reversible totes that come in all different color combos.  Like a red/peach one, blush/blue, blue/mint, or even ikat/tan--BIG HEARTS all the way.  

Also, I know many of you don't like that the Nordstrom tote doesn't have pockets, but #11 has one pocket, while #5 and #10 have a large dividing pouch for organizational help.  

These are mostly from Target (!!!), with a couple from Nordstrom and Forever 21.  I'm kind of glad I didn't have all these choices when I bought my tote because I wouldn't have known what to do with myself!  But even now, I think the red/peach one might be calling my name...YIKES!  Gonna have to think hard about that one.

Options 3 and 8 come in multiple colors.  Actually, #3 comes in an impressive EIGHT colors.  Yellow, mint, peach, grey, pink, you name it.  Option 6 is the only one that is not reversible, but I included it because it is similar to the Madewell and Nordstrom totes, but a little taller which some of you might like.  

*Edit: Lastly, these super super super cute Old Navy totes in tan/peach, mint/navy, and black/red.  How did I miss these initially?!

Uhh, I don't know if this post was helpful or harmful given that this is a tough decision if you are looking for a reversible tote.  So many good ones!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Florals and Brights and Coordinating Accessories

Florals and brights will always be winners for spring, my friends.  For a long time I was against florals because I perceived them to be "too girly" or "too feminine" for me.  Then I realized that florals come in all shapes and sizes, and you can do florals in a way that is not that girly.  Tropical florals are a great example of that, like many of the ones below!

Sometimes I get asked about accessorizing and which shoes to wear and how to incorporate colors without looking crazy and stuff like that.  One easy thing to do is to 1) pull a color out of your top or one that contrasts your top, then 2) incorporate coordinating accessories.  Here I used cobalt, to pop against all that pink, then I bookended the look with a blue necklace and blue pumps (which I totally cannot get enough of!)  I think a lot of different colors could have worked here, like yellow, mint, and even pinks, reds, or purples, though that would have been a LOT of matching.

Floral prints are really helpful for this method because they usually have a lot of colors, which means it's easy to choose one that will work with your outfit.  And it means it'll go with a lot of different colors!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

Shop for the Link:
Top: H&M (similar, similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine (exact)

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Go-To Cozy Outfit + How to Wear This Top for Spring

This weekend rain was pouring, and I loved it!  We don't get much rain in SoCal, and growing up in an area where it rained more, I miss falling asleep to rain hitting the rooftop.  One of best.sounds.ever.  Holler if you hear me!

I've worn this outfit a handful of times in the last few months because it's so good for cozying up and for nursing.

I've mentioned this top before, but I think this is the first time I'm actually showing me wearing it.  It doesn't seem like anything special, but I really like it for some reason!  I like the structure because it's not too stiff but not flimsy.  It holds its shape well when worn.  And it goes with everything, the same way a chambray top is basically like a pair of jeans for your top half.  However, I feel like an oxford can be more polished or professional than a chambray top.  

The shirt runs huge, IMO.  I'm normally S/M at Old Navy, and I got this in XS...AND it shrinks in the wash, so beware.  But even with shrinking, the XS fits.  I could probably have done S and been quite happy though, especially if I wanted a little bit more room or a slightly looser fit.  

I plan to wear this with floral skirts, my striped pencil skirt, the floral shorts I just bought, and pretty much any bottom that has a pattern!

Below I showed how I styled it today and one of many ways you could style it for spring.  In today's outfit, it was nice to use the oxford as part of a neutral base to showcase my cardigan.  For spring, I went colors galore since this top neutralizes the outfit.  If you're not going overboard with colors in the spring, you're not really living.  ;)

Shop Look #1 (Cozy Days):
Top: Old Navy (exact, similar)
Cardigan: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (exact, similar)
Boots: c/o White Plum (similar, similar, splurge)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

Shop Look #2 - Sunny Days:
Top: Old Navy (exactsimilar)
Skirt: Romwe (exact)
Wedge sandals: Old Navy (exact)
Bag: Daily Look (exactsimilar Target version)

*Nursing friendly

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