Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Holy Chic

One of my staff asked during a video chat, "Does your shirt say, '...Holy....Chic?'"  Yes, yes it does, I said with a chuckle.  "That really suits you," he said.  Not sure whether that was a compliment or what, but I'll take it as one!  Especially compared to what the guy at Chipotle said about it when his female coworker said she liked my top.  He said, "I don't get it..." and when she explained it to him he rolled his eyes and said, "That's dumb,"--right in front of me!  Thanks, buddy.  I was actually fine with that and laughed it off because, whatever, it's a shirt.  BUT THEN he started attacking Target--and that's when he jumped onto my bad list.  You can dislike my Old Navy top, but if you mess with Target, I will CUT you!

Anyway, let's forget about the Target-bashing Chipotle worker and focus on this oversized drapey cardigan.  I've been looking for something exactly like this since last winter, and I think this one is the winner.  I love the marled texture, hood, and especially the zippered pockets so that I can tuck away my cell phone and not worry about it falling out.  Booyah.

I bought the cardigan discounted and with credit from Le Tote which you can't buy unless you are a Le Tote member.  It's also on Amazon, but for full price.  Or check out one of the much more affordable options below!

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

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Old Navy (exact)
Cardigan: Le Tote (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: c/o Denizen (exact, similar)
Shoes: TOMS via Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shopping Help: Prints and Patterns and How to Style Them

If you're leery of prints, don't be!  They make a closet fun, plus prints are often easier to mix and match.

I was asked by Forever 21 to showcase some of their pieces, and since it's one of my favorite places to find printed pieces I thought I'd do a Shopping Help post around that.  I can't believe I've been shopping at Forever 21 since I was 14 years old, and still at 31 I find pieces there!  Ahhh!  Let's not analyze that too much and move on.  ;)

Here are some printed pieces that I think are great for any season with the right layers.  Even the springy looking dresses!  (See THIS POST on how to wear a dress in multiple seasons.)

I especially love that the skirts are knee length because as I've mentioned before...why is it so hard to find knee length skirts these days?!

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

If you aren't sure what to pair with a printed piece, my favorite trick is to pick a color from the pattern and use it in the rest of the outfit.  I learned that one from Stacy and Clinton.  (I miss them!!!)  For example, for Option 4 above you could pair it with accessories, completer pieces, shoes, or a skirt in any of the colors: orange, red, purples, and even greens.  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o Forever 21 (exact)
Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: c/o Forever 21 (exact, similar, similar)
Belt: Cotton On

In the outfit above I paired the dress with a navy cardigan since there is navy in the print.  (See HERE for why I love this dress.)  For a fall-feeling look I went with booties instead of an open-toe shoe.  THESE BOOTS are awesome, by the way!  I was surprised how comfortable they are.  The website says the heel is 3 inches, but I think it's more like 2 to 2.5"...and even then you can hardly tell because they're comfy.  They're also made of rubber instead of plastic or wood, which adds to the comfort.  There are two more very similar options that have different shaft heights which you can find HERE (lower shaft) and HERE (higher shaft).

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o Forever 21 (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Boots: c/o Forever 21 (exactsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Gap (similar)

The other thing you can do with prints is to pair them with neutrals.  However, if you want to mix things up, mix your neutrals!  Here I used three neutrals--grey, black, and brown.  

Lastly, if the print is neutral, like options THREE, SIX (I love this one!), TEN, TWELVE, and sort of EIGHT, pair it with any color!  Easy peasy, but your outfit won't be boring because you'll have a fun pattern or print working in your favor.  

Which piece is your favorite?

Thank you to Forever 21 for sponsoring this post.  For more info on PMT's sponsorship philosophies, see disclosure.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Clutch Dress

During pregnancy I was itching to get back to my normal clothes.  BUT, not to wear all the pieces.  I was actually itching to PURGE.  And now I feel a little like I'm rebuilding my wardrobe, especially now that I have to focus on clothes I can nurse in.  

Enter this dress.  I can already tell this dress is gonna be clutch to have in my wardrobe.  It's got a pattern that's interesting but not in-your-face, the silhouette is simple and therefore versatile, it can be dressed up or dressed down and worn plain for warmer weather or layered for cooler weather, and most importantly it's nursing friendly.  There's a snap button right at the V so you can open the dress oh so easily, and now I have a dress I can wear on an everyday basis or dress up for nicer occasions and still nurse in!  

Anyway, on the note of purging my closet, I did that shortly after giving birth, but this weekend I finally finally finally got around to taking pictures of the clothes to sell them.  I have about 35 items to list so far, and I'll let you know when I do!  Just don't hold your breath.  It took me nearly 2 months to take pictures of the clothes, sooooooo any bets on how long it'll take me to actually list them?  

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

Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o Forever 21 (exact)
Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: c/o Forever 21 (exact, similar, similar)
Belt: Cotton On

Friday, October 24, 2014

What To Do With a Printed Kimono

I wore this to a make-your-own-grilled-cheese birthday party.  Lemme tell ya, when you have 30-something year olds making grilled cheese, they are legit.  Artisan bread, gourmet cheeses, and a spread of toppings like basil, tomatoes, caramelized onions, pesto, chipotle aioli, and bacon.  Because...always bacon.

Let's forget the fact that my friend said I looked like I was wearing a nursing cover in this.  I love it and would wear it again.  But forget the nursing comment--the real problem is I would wear it again exactly like this.  

This was a piece I chose for my Golden Tote because I really liked the print (and didn't loooove a lot of the other choose-your-own options).  But I don't know how else I'd wear it besides with skinny jeans and a plain tee/tank.  I can't imagine it over the dresses I own since they're mostly a-line cuts, and baggy on top plus not form-fitting on bottom probably won't mix well.  Pencil skirt?  Trousers?  (Trousers that I probably don't own since I rarely have need for them...ha.)  I don't know!  Any ideas?

Or maybe dual use as a nursing cover ain't such a bad idea.

Shop for the Look:
Cardigan/Kimono thing*: c/o Golden Tote (similar, similarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Shoes: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact, larger version)

*I also don't know if this is a kimono or a cardigan.  Golden Tote called it a cardigan but the material is not at all sweater-like.  So, "cardigan/kimono thing" it is.  Kimonigan?  

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