Sunday, January 25, 2015

Inspiration: Copy an Outfit You Pinned

Week 3 of the PMT Style Challenge: Copy an outfit you pinned!  Why be shy about copying?  It's a compliment to whoever you're copying.  Just give a nod to where/who you're copying, then do it loud and proud!

Copy the outfit directly, or put your own spin on it.  Doesn't matter, just use that inspiration you've been looking at someway, somehow.  

It's an easy one, so personally I might do it a few times to keep the momentum going.  I've gotta put those pins to use, right?!

Check out my style pin board if you want more inspiration!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shopping Help: Old Navy Finds - Wardrobe Staples & More

Whoa-migosh.  I haven't been shopping much these days.  Since November I've only made two purchases--this watch and a sweatshirt to work out in.  Whoopdedoo.  Until yesterday, that is.  I went to Old Navy, and hot dang there were some great pieces!  Pretty proud of myself for only walking out with two things.  

Someone on Instagram joked about there being an "Audrey" section, saying that there was an entire display that looked like it was from my closet.  I can totally see why.  There are a bunch of pieces currently in store that are my wardrobe staples, so I featured them below along with some other pieces I checked out that were notable.  

I also linked to my archive of all the ways I've worn a piece below, if it is one of my closet staples.  

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

Option 1 - I have this in white, and I like it so much that I bought it yesterday in this light blue.  It's a really great weight.  Not flimsy, but not too stuff.  Great for layering or wearing by itself!  It functions with the same versatility as a chambray button up except it's a better for professional and polished looks.  I scored it for $12!  This runs pretty large.  I'm usually S/M at ON and got this in XS.

Option 2 - Always a fan of stripes!  Ways I've worn mine HERE.  

Option 3 - I didn't see this in store, but I wish I had.  Such a pretty color!  Comes in 4 colors.

Option 4 - Ways I've worn my pink blazer HERE.  Currently on sale.  

Option 5 - This is ponte or jersey knit.  Super comfy.  Comes in a solid heather grey too.  I liked the weight of this blazer, as it wasn't too thin but still comfy.  Ways I've worn mine HERE.  

Option 6  - This is the other piece I walked away with yesterday, also cheaper in store.  I was pleased that it managed to be chunky cardigan but form fitting and sleek--even less bulky than it looks in this image.  Still need to play around with it in my wardrobe to see if I'll keep it though!  

Option 7 - Comes in 8 other prints and a bajillion other solids.  Have you guys tried ON's pixie pants?  They're pretty comfortable with ample stretch!  I need to spend a little more time trying on the different materials and pant lengths they now have to find one that works for me, but I will say the stretch makes them super comfy.  

Option 8 - More pixie pants.  I loved the idea of these, but something about the color emphasized the junk in my trunk in an unflattering way!  

Option 9 - Plain t-shirt dress!  I've been wearing mine more than I thought I would.  See the ways HERE.  //  Comes in solid black, a floral print, red/white stripe, and black/white stripe.  

Option 10  - Another one I didn't see in store but wish I had.  Fun print that can be worn casually, for work, or for going out.  

Option 11 - Great option for a plain top with some special detailing.  Makes it really easy to dress up or down.  

Option 12 - Another one of my wardrobe staples!  Ways I've worn mine HERE.  

Option 13 - Aren't polka dot sweaters adorable?  Mine is the reverse colors, white background with black dots, but see it HERE.  

Option 14  - I like this one even more up close.  The print is black/white with some flecks of pink!

Option 15 - Also comes in black/white.  Another one of my staples, seen HERE.  

If you are trying to build a wardrobe right now, I strongly suggest checking out Old Navy!  And if you're trying to not buy anything, I strongly suggest staying away from Old Navy and closing this post ASAP!  Haha!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Style Challenge #2: Brighten It Up

Welcome to week two of the style challenge!  Even though I technically already wore a bright in Monday's post it was not intentionally for the challenge and pretty coincidental.  Since I started the challenge to push myself, I wanted to make sure I wore an outfit that honored the challenge by actually feeling...challenging.  

I was super ready to do a cooler weather outfit with brights, but we're having a burst of warm weather, so a springtime look it is.  Even though it's usually easier for me to do brights in warmer weather, I'm so into neutrals right now that this outfit still felt challenging!  

My outfits are usually not what I'm wearing the exact day I post, but I'm wearing this TODAY to interview an applicant for our organization.  I've said before that my org is VERY casual, but I will interview sans jacket.  I had another look with brights that involved my floral pencil skirt, pink blouse, and navy blazer--a more professional silhouette--but eh, this is still quite dressed up for our org.  Maybe the other one will be for more interviews next week.

Soooooo...I actually bought this skirt when I was a few months pregnant, not for pregnancy, but just hoping I could guess my body well enough to have it fit afterwards.  I would NOT recommend doing that, but I did it with a couple of garments anyway!  (Did it with this skirt and a striped top that turned out to be perfect.)  I was looking for a skirt this color for like TWO years, and it was also on sale (for $12?) so I was willing to take the chance.  

Post pregnancy it actually fit pretty well, but now that I'm slimmer it doesn't fit quite as well.  It's not terrible and can be hidden decently when I'm sitting or moving around.  BUT, I think taking in the waist will make it much, much better as it will remove some of the excess material and not widen my hips as much.  Now...to get myself to a tailor.  That feels like a major feat with a baby, so who knows when that'll actually happen!  

Check out the other PMT Style Challenge participants below, and via #PMTstylechallenge on Instagram!

Shop for the Look:
Top: H&M (exact)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: H&M (similar)
Bag: Target (exactlarger version)

*Nursing friendly

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Introducing Stylebook: My Favorite Tool for Managing My Wardrobe

I've had several people ask lately how I keep my wardrobe and outfits organized, so today I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite tools for doing that--Stylebook.  You guys know I love to come up with different outfit options and try to utilize my wardrobe, and lately I've been OBSESSED with Stylebook, as it's the perrrrrrrfect app for helping me do all of that!  It houses your virtual closet and has over 90 tools and features for you to build your wardrobe, create outfits, organize your outfits, and help you get the most from your wardrobe.

Mixing and matching and utilizing my closet is now my favorite thing to do on my phone while waiting in line at the store!  Anytime, anywhere.  In line at the store, while waiting for appointments or meetings to start, and while nursing Addie.  It's so fun and easy to use, which is why I've been dying to tell you guys about it!

Even though I just called it a “tool” it’s so much fun and so easy to use that it’s actually more like a game. A game that’s really useful and practical!  Here's a peek into the app:

Mix Your Closet
With Stylebook you just snap pictures of your clothes with your phone and store them in your virtual closet. Then, use Stylebook’s tool to put together outfits and mix up your closet.

Stylebook makes it so so so so sooooooo easy to upload your clothes.  Honestly, the thought of taking pics of all of my clothes felt daunting, but once I actually did it, it was very manageable.  I laid down a white sheet, then only inputted a handful of items per day.  You can take pics straight from the app, which is even more convenient.  Before I knew it I had a bunch of clothes to play with!

Then I erase the background with Stylebook's has an awesome editing tool.  It erases the background for you!  If I took the pic against a white sheet and the item is not white, Stylebook erases the background instantly.  You can also do manual erasing with a couple more functions.  I seriously cannot stress how easy it is to erase the backgrounds with Stylebook.  When I first tried the app I told Benson over and over AND OVER how impressed I was with the ease of erasing backgrounds.

And then you can have pretty collages of your outfits like this!

Also, seeing my virtual closet and all of my pieces laid out in front of me, not tucked away in drawers or stuck between other clothes, really helps with creativity. I started using stuff that I was neglecting and saw combos I might not have seen otherwise. 

Store Outfits
Once you’ve created an outfit, you can save it for later. I LOVE seeing all of the outfits I’ve come up with laid out in front of me.

Outfits can be stored in different groups, like by occasion or type, or whatever groups you want to create. This makes getting dressed much easier! Like, if I’m trying to figure out what to wear for a low key party, rather than sifting through ALL of my outfits and mentally filtering which ones aren’t appropriate for the situation, I can search through my “Nice Casual” outfits and choose from a bunch of options in front of me.

And THEN, just when I thought you couldn’t get more organized or make dressing any easier, Stylebook lets you take an outfit and drop it into your Stylebook calendar so that all of your outfits are planned before your every eyes. All you’ve gotta do is open your Stylebook app, look at your calendar for the day and you can see what you planned to wear—all of your pieces right in front of you!

And again, I do this in line while I'm trying to kill time or would normally be surfing Instagram for the 50th time.  Instead, I've planned my outfits for the week!  Like I said, it might as well be a game!

90 Features I Don’t Have Time to Write About
All of that makes Stylebook pretty darn fun to use!  And like I said, it’s not only fun but really EASY to use, which is a huge, huge reason I like the app so much.

But those things listed above only scratch the surface of what Stylebook offers!  Other features include logging packing lists, collecting inspiration, getting STYLE STATS.  Yeah, like how often you wore an item, how many times you wore an outfit, when you last wore it, how many outfits you created with an item, and lots more to satisfy the nerdiest of all stylish nerds.  ;)

I also used it to create my Thanksgiving packing list--the 12 Pieces, 14 Outfits post.  I planned most of that post while nursing thanks to this app!

If you want to see the other bajillion things Stylebook can do, check out the “Features” tab on Stylebook’s site.

Anyway, in case I haven’t made myself clear, this app is awesome!  There’s a good reason why I’m addicted to it.  If you want to make better use of your clothes, get organized, make it easier to get dressed, and have a new app to play with, I *highly* recommend getting Stylebook!  

Thanks to Stylebook for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are mine.  (And in case you're wondering, I bought the app myself before this collaboration with Stylebook.)

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