Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Using Accessories to Pull an Outfit Together (with Nickel and Suede)

I remember when I first realized an accessory could make or break an outfit.  I still marvel at how such tiny additions can make a plain outfit look more polished.

Many of you have asked if there are alternatives to statement necklaces that can still pull an outfit together, and the answer is YES!  Pulling together an outfit can be as simple as throwing on some earrings or a cuff!  Today I'm illustrating how in TWO looks: one casual and one slightly dressier.

On the left above is a striped dress with flip flops.  Pretty drab on its own, right?  However, simply adding big earrings and a leather cuff turns it into a relaxed, pulled together look.  

The earrings and cuff are from a shop I've been eyeing recently called Nickel & Suede.  I absolutely love how the pieces are simple but still make a statement.  I also love that they really kick up an outfit while still being totally casual.

I was caught by the many statement earrings and cute cuffs at Nickel & Suede.  Though the pieces I'm wearing in this casual look are all tan, Nickel & Suede also has amazing colors like turquoise, light pink, gold, silver, and a ton more.

But the best part?  These are actually leather earrings.  Why is that amazing?  Well, I used to wear huge earrings every single day years ago, but it was annoying to wear them because they were often heavy, or if they were light they looked kind of cheap.  Because Nickel & Suede earrings are made of leather, they are super lightweight and comfortable to wear!

Shop Outfit #1:
Dress: Target (similar H&M, similar Target, similar Old Navy)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Sandals: Target (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Cuff: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)

You can also dress up an outfit with essentially the same kinds of jewelry.  On the left above is nothing special.  Jeans, solid top, flip flops--blah.  On the right I added pumps and white statement earrings and a white cuff from Nickel & Suede for a slightly dressy look.  

It only takes two seconds to throw on some earrings or a cuff, and it can make a tremendous difference!  They are fantastic alternatives to statement necklaces, scarves, or belts.  And because these are lightweight leather earrings and the cuff is a really soft leather I still feel super comfortable.

Shop Outfit #2:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--really lightweight, great for summer)
Jeans: Target (similar--under $8!)
Pumps: Nine West c/o Zappos (exact in other colors)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Cuff: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Bag: DSW

Easy enough, right?

Big thanks to Nickel & Suede for partnering on this post!
All opinions are 100% honest.  You really need to check out this shop!

Friday, June 26, 2015

My Closet Sale via Square Cash

Not long ago I told you I removed a bunch of clothes from my closet that weren't getting the love they deserved.  Today I've listed a few of them for sale if anyone's interested!

In the past I've sold through an external marketplace (Storenvy) and while I loved that interface, it was a little too involved for what I was doing.  This time I'm trying an alternative solution, which is listing the items here and partnering with Square Cash to do the transactions.

How It'll Work:
  1. See an item you like?  Comment below OR email me at audrey@puttingmetogether.com with item numbers/description AND your email address.  
  2. First come first serve.  If the item is already sold, I'll let you know.  And I'll cross them out on the listing as soon as I can.
  3. Once you receive a confirmation from me, payments will be made through Square Cash.  (It's ridiculously easy, don't worry!) Payments need to be made within 24 hours or the item will be available again to others.
  4. I'll get your mailing address, calculate shipping rounded to the nearest dollar, and add shipping costs to your total.  In the past with Storenvy I standardized shipping and overcharged just in case.  With Square Cash I don't have to!  :)  

Payments through Square Cash
If you're not familiar with Square Cash, you need to get familiar ASAP!  Benson and I have been using it for 1.5 years and it's amazing.  You hook Square Cash up to your debit card (takes less than 1 minute) and then you can send your friends money via email or typing in the amount on the Square Cash app.  (Available for iOS or Anroid.)  It's so easy that it feels equivalent to texting "$20" to your friend. 

We love it SO much because when we're eating out with friends and the bill comes, instead of everyone worrying about having enough cash or writing individual credit card numbers and amounts owed on the back of the receipt, one person pays with their credit card and the rest of us "text" them our share of the bill via Square Cash right then and there.  And then, voila!  The money is in your bank account.  When we pay babysitters, we use Square Cash too.  When a bunch of friends pool together to buy a birthday gift for a friend, we use Square Cash.  It's made life so easy!

Also, Square Cash is totally FREE and doesn't even take transaction fees for personal use.  Can you see why Benson and I are huge fans?

Anyway, I digress.  The clothes!  Here are some of the items I removed from my closet.  Not gonna lie, as I was going through them I was like, "Why am I getting rid of these again?" I still like many of them, but they weren't getting enough love from me.  Hopefully some of you will love them better than I did!

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1. Forever 21 Zebra Tank - $5.  Size S.  Hi-low hem.  Forever 21.  100% polyester, machine wash.  Outfits HERE.

2. Target Grey Triangle Blouse - $8.  Size M.  Mossimo brand.  Sheer and needs a cami underneath.  100% polyester.  Outfits HERE.

3. Target Floral Blouse - $8.  Size M.  Mossimo brand.  Sheer and needs a cami underneath.  100% polyester.  Outfits HERE and HERE.

4. Target Pink Bird Blouse - $8.  Size M.  Mossimo brand.  Sheer and needs a cami underneath.  100% polyester.  Outfits HERE.

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5. Black Lace Print Blouse - $15. Size M.  Brand is Daniel Rainn.  100% polyester, hand wash.  Outfits HERE.

6. Forever 21 Animal Print Blouse - $8. Size S. Button front + bow tie neck.  100% polyester, hand wash.  Outfits HERE.

7. Old Navy Pink Blouse - $5. Size M, fits like S/M. 100% rayon, hand wash.  Outfits HERE.

8. Old Navy Green Blouse - $5. Size S. 100% rayon, hand wash. Outfits HERE.

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9. Pink/Peach Cotton Tee - $5.  Size S.  Brand is Shade. Top has some texture to it.  Outfits HERE.

10. Striped Tee, BRAND NEW - $7.  Size S.  Brand is Basic.  80% cotton, 15% polyester, 5% spandex.  Machine wash.  

11. Striped Flats, BRAND NEW - $15.  Size 9, fit slightly narrow.  Brand is Qupid.  

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12. Polka Dot Blouse from Shein, BRAND NEW - $10.  Size unknown, but fits like S/M. Runs a tiny bit long. Material is not stiff, rather is the silky, slippery kind.

13. H&M Tribal Print, BRAND NEW - $15. Size M.  3/4 sleeve.  Button front popover.  100% polyester, machine wash.

14. Talbot's Purple Blouse - $15. Size 6. Button front, 3/4 sleeve. 100% polyester.

15. Forever 21 Blue Plaid Top - $8. Size M, fits like S. Snap buttons. 100% cotton.

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16. Target Orange Plaid - $8. Size S. Fits slightly small.  100% cotton. Outfits HERE.

17. Old Navy Green Blouse - $10. Size S. 3/4 sleeve. Hand wash, line dry.

18. Banana Republic Olive White Striped Long Sleeve - $10. Size XS, fits like S. Stretchy but sturdy material. 93% cotton, 7% spandex.  Outfits HERE.

19. Olive 3/4 sleeve hi-low blouse - $8.  Worn once.  Size M, fits like S.  65% viscose, 35% polyester. 

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20. Target Green Sparkly Sweater - $10.  Size S, fits loose.  Brand is Mossimo.  Flecks of metallic thread woven throughout.  41% rayon, 37% nylon, 14% polyester, 8% metallic.  Machine wash.  Outfits HERE.

21. Kohl's Snakeskin Blouse - $15.  Size M. Brand is Apt 9. Blouse is sheer. 3/4 sleeve. Outfits HERE.

22. Aztec printed kimono/jacket by Golden Tote - $15.  Worn once.  Size S, loose fit.  95% rayon, 5% spandex, hand wash.

23. Black Blazer, BRAND NEW - $20.  Size M. Fits like S--a small S. Core is lined but sleeves are not. Has shoulder pads, 2-button closure, and great seams along the side for a figure-flattering fit. Fits really well! Brand is Byer California. I'm 5'6", hits me at mid-hip. 

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24. Printed Kimono - $15.  Worn once. Size M, fits like S.  100% polyester, hand wash.  Outfit HERE.

25. Floral Print Dress - $30.  Brand new, never worn.  Size S.  I'm 5'6", hits at knee. Brand is Modbe.  Fully lined with elastic empire waist.  100% polyester.

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26. Black White Striped Maxi Dress - $25.  Worn once.  Size M.  I'm 5'6" and wearing 3" wedges in outfit pic linked. 55% rayon, 41% polyester, 4% spandex, hand wash. Outfit HERE

27. Blue White Striped Maxi Dress - $20. Worn twice. Size--can't remember, but fits me well and I'm normally S/M on top.  Lots of room in waist with empire waistband.  Pretty thick and sturdy material.  95% cotton, 5% spandex. Adjustable straps.  Outfits HERE

28. Target Blue Orange Striped Dress - $12.  Size S.  Fits loosely.  Brand is Merona.  I'm 5'6", hits at knee.  Zipper back, 60% cotton, 40% modal. Outfits HERE

29. Purple Faux Wrap Dress, BRAND NEW - $20.  Size S.  Brand is Lilac.  Soft and stretchy. 95% rayon, 5% spandex, hand wash.  Outfits HERE

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30. Teal Printed Faux Wrap Dress, BRAND NEW - $25.  Size M.  Brand is Priddy. Faux wrap with 3/4 sleeves.  95% polyester, 5% spandex, hand wash.  

There they are!  Hopefully they'll find new homes.  :)

Huge thanks to Square Cash for partnering on this post!  Seriously, start using it.  It'll make your life easier!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 Kid Friendly Pieces for Office to Weekend with Lily Jade

You know I'm all about having a mix and match wardrobe full of versatile pieces.  If you are too, then get excited because today I've chosen 6 pieces that we'll style for a business casual work environment and then for the weekend!

I'm especially excited about this because besides simply loving mix and match posts, all of these items are kid-friendly and geared towards moms.  (Though, there's no reason why someone without kids shouldn't wear these too!)  A while ago I was helping a friend revamp her wardrobe, and she asked me if it was possible to get pieces that she could wear for occasional meetings at work or church but could also wear while wrangling her two toddlers.  Is that even possible?  YES, yes it is!  And today I've teamed up again with Lily Jade to show you!

There's not a more perfect fit than Lily Jade to showcase office to weekend pieces for mamas.  They sell BEAUTIFUL diaper bags that are all about versatility in 3 major ways:
  1. First of all, you can't even tell they're diaper bags.  They're really just gorgeous, normal bags that you can put diapers in and that have wipeable insides.  
  2. Many of them can be worn a few different ways, between having shoulder handles, a crossbody strap, and some with a backpack feature.  
  3. They transition effortlessly from a work environment to casual activities, which I'll show below!
Almost all clothing and shoes should be under $50 with current sales.  

Easy Dress
Whether it's solid or has a print, colored or neutral, there are tons of dresses that can be worn with kids--even ones with sticky fingers or drooly lips--that can also be dressed up with a blazer and pumps for work.  This is a great example of one.  The silhouette is simple and very easy to pair with a slick jacket for the office.  However, paired with colored sandals and a hat or maybe a simple pendant, it becomes a cute casual outfit.

The Bag: This gold Sarah Grace diaper bag from Lily Jade goes great with this dress in any setting, looking professional and sophisticated at work but still functional and chic later with the kids.

Shop Dress for Work Outfit:
Dress: Old Navy (exact--make sure you're under "regular" sizing)
White Jacket: H&M (exact)
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Shop Dress for Weekend Outfit:
Dress: Old Navy (exact--make sure you're under "regular" sizing)
Sandals: Old Navy (exact sold out, but similar Target here)
Hat: Old Navy (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Printed Blouse
Often when people think "mom clothes" you think cotton tees, but that doesn't always have to be the case.  Paired with a skirt and blazer this top seems natural in an office look (though you don't need the blazer).  But, you can wear it with jeans, shorts, and fun sandals for the weekend.  And you know what?  The print hides kid stains and drool marks nicely.  :)

The Bag: I own this Lily Jade bag, the Madeline, and absolutely love it.  It can be worn on the shoulders, as a messenger bag, and as a backpack.  And, it looks professional and casual at the same time.

Shop Printed Blouse for Work:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Blazer: H&M (exact, similar Old Navy)
Skirt: Asos (exact)
Shoes: Target (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Shop Printed Blouse for Weekend:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Shorts: Old Navy (exact)
Sandals: H&M (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Ponte Blazer
I've heard several people say that blazers feel stuffy, which makes me wonder if they've ever tried ponte blazers.  Ponte blazers feel like sweatshirts.  Awesome!  They have the structure of a blazer but are usually stretchy or at the very least soft, which makes them easy to move in--important for being with kids.

The Bag: This Elizabeth bag with a red canvas base and brown leather accents is one of my favorites.  It can also be worn as a backpack to leave your hands free for playing with kids!

Shop Blazer for Work:
Blazer: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Pink ruffle blouse: H&M (exact)
Grey Chinos: Old Navy (exact)
Shoes: Target (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Shop Blazer for Weekend:
Blazer: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Tee: Everlane (exact)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact)
Shoes: H&M (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Jersey Skirt
This is the first piece that comes to my mind when asked for clothes moms can wear from the office into the weekend with kids.  Just like the ponte blazer, a jersey pencil skirt is comfortable and stretchy but has the shape of a classic office staple, the pencil skirt.

For the work look I reused the floral blouse, but paired it with pink pumps this time.  You could also use the navy button up (shown in the next section).  For the weekend, pair this jersey pencil skirt with a graphic tee and sneakers!

The Bag: I added the Caroline bag in red leather because it makes such a cute statement.  I have this bag in black, and though it's supposedly one of the smaller bags, I feel like because of its open shape it holds more than the Madeline.  It's also really comfy hanging on your shoulders.

Shop Jersey Skirt for Work:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Skirt: Old Navy (exact--sale for $9!)
Shoes: H&M (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Shop Jersey Skirt for Weekend:
Tee: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Denim Jacket: Old Navy (exact)
Skirt: Old Navy version--sale for $9!
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Solid Blouse
Out of all the solid blouses out there, I went with a linen cotton popover.  It's a nice basic piece to have and it should be easy to wear and durable for kids.  But the buttons, pocket, and collar details make it more interesting than a plain cotton tee.  (This is also nursing-friendly!)  It goes great with printed bottoms like this really stinking cute striped pencil skirt (on sale at Nordstrom right now!) or Ikat printed shorts (which are 40% off).  For both outfits I incorporated a pop of color in the shoes, using pointy toed flats for work and cute colored espadrille flats for the weekend.

Shop Solid Blouse for Work:
Top: LOFT (exact)
Skirt: Nordstrom (exact--sale for $35)
Shoes: Oasis (exact)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Shop Solid Blouse for Weekend:
Top: LOFT (exact)
Shorts: LOFT (exact--40% off)
Shoes: Old Navy (exactsimilar)
Bag: Lily Jade (exact)

Each Lily Jade bag comes with an insert full of pockets for great organization.  That's the "diaper bag" part of the bag, however I use it for non-kid things too when I'm not with Addie.  Another cool function of this insert is that you can pack all the diaper stuff in it, then take it out of the bag full of baby stuff and leave only that part with your kid at daycare.  Then, since these bags are all office appropriate, you're free to use the bag for YOU!  Lily Jade bags are perfect for dual usage!

What's one of your favorite pieces to wear from the office to the weekend?

This post was created in partnership with Lily Jade.  Go check out their beautiful bags!  For more on PMT's sponsorship policies, see disclosure.

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