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Friday, April 28, 2017

rewardStyle Conference Outfits (aka #rStheCon)

green gown black tie optional

Last week I was in Dallas attending a conference for bloggers held by rewardStyle, also known as #rStheCon.  Besides attending classes to learn to create better content and besides meeting with different brands, there were also parties every night, including a black tie optional event on the last night.  Needless to say I did some shopping!

Today I'm showing my outfits from the conference as well as reviewing some of the pieces I tried.  Honestly, I struggled a bit while shopping for this event.  I always feel a little out of place around a bunch of style bloggers, so I often had to quiet those voices of insecurity in my head and come out just wanting to "do you"--or me, rather.  :)  In the end, I did just that!  Overall I'm really happy with my purchases, with how little/much I spent, and most importantly I had fun with it!

While today is just focused on outfits, if you're interested in hearing things like how my experience was or what I learned, let me know and I'd be happy to share.  Some of you may have seen on Instastories some of my honest feelings about being there.  ;)

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a shorter torso and normally size 6/8 or S/M.  I'm size 8.5 to 9 in shoes.


DAY 1: TRAVEL

pink bell sleeve top + distressed jeans + nude flats + statement necklace
TRAVEL.  This picture is old, but I repeated this outfit for my flight, except I used my cognac tote and brought my grey moto jacket.  I typically travel in jeans + striped tee + utility jacket + sneakers, but this time I was heading straight to lunch with my dear friend Caitlin from Greater than Rubies.  Caitlin was not attending rStheCon, but she lives really close to Dallas and picked me up from the airport.

The top is very soft and comfy, so it's great for travel.  I wore my favorite pair of skinny jeans, OF COURSE.  (See my review for them HERE and make sure to size down!)  These cheap-o flats from Old Navy did the trick walking through the airport.  Because my flight was at 6:30a, I woke up at 4:40a and didn't have time to curl my hair.  I did my makeup in the airport!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing S)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--wearing 4)
Shoes: Old Navy (exact--wearing 9)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (exact)





This is Caitlin.  If you don't already follow her and you want some wardrobe advice, check her out at Greater Than Rubies.  She's got an enormous heart and loves to coach people in style.  So of course, I LOVE HER.


EVENING #1: POOL PARTY

I arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon, and while there was a reception going on I was too nervous--and tired--to go by myself.  Later that evening there was a pool party, but as I've said on IG and FB, it was the fancy kind where no one swims.  Haha!  :P

floral maxi dress + blush tassel bag

FLORAL DRESS (found in all sizes!) - wearing M
I wanted to wear a floral maxi dress and found one for $36 on Amazon that I felt I could also wear on dressier casual days in San Diego.  It's sold out on Amazon, but I found it on Etsy for roughly the same price HERE!  It's really stretchy and comfy, and I wore size M.  I also love it in cream HERE, and would have gotten it were it available in my size on Amazon at the time. (Didn't know it was on Etsy until writing this post!)

This dress is also breastfeeding-friendly for any mamas out there!

I think THIS floral maxi dress would have been GORGEOUS as well, though pretty darn pricey!  THIS one is similar to mine but a more dressy version.

NUDE HEELS - size 9
I'd wanted this style of shoe for a very, very long time because they're sleek, elongate your leg, but most importantly they're a great shoe when you don't know what other shoe to wear!  This pair was $32 and I felt fairly comfortable standing in them for over 3 hours straight.  Find them HERE.  I wore them with the AirPufs insoles for extra padding (and I hear you guys loud and clear that AirPufs have not worked for many of you--ackkkk I'm SO, so sorry)!  They still work great for me!  =/

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Amazon (exact--wearing M)
Shoes: Lulus.com (exact)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact--free shipping, exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact in M--15% off code THANKSMOM)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)






DAY 2: CLASSES + BRAND MEETINGS

During the day there are learning sessions and meetings with brands.  You can dress however you want, so I opted for dressy casual.  I went with one of my favorite outfits so that I felt as comfortable as I could while still feeling stylish.  If you've been around the blog at all, you know this outfit is totally ME!  :D

white lace top + distressed jeans + blush accessories
These are some of the ladies I really enjoyed hanging out with.  They were down to earth and easy to get to know.  From L to R: More Pieces of Me, (me), Grace & Beauty, One Little Momma, Cute and Little.  Kilee from One Little Momma was my roommate and I'm sooooo grateful we got to room together.  I wouldn't have made it through the conference without her!  

My top and jeans are old favorites that I've reviewed many times.  For reviews and sizing info on them, head to my new Must Haves page HERE!

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--size 8)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--wearing 4)
Shoes: Nine West via Zappos
Necklace: H&M (similar, similar)





EVENING #2: COCKTAIL PARTY (and Tex Mex! :P)

black lace dress + red heels + leopard clutch
black lace dress + red heels + leopard clutch

I had a few options to choose from: a) a fun, bright pink LOFT dress that I've had for a few years, b) a really pretty white lace dress (HERE), or c) this black lace dress.  I also reallyyyyyy wanted THIS floral dress from ModCloth (can you tell I was shopping there for dresses too? haha) but it was entirely sold out.  :*(

I originally bought this dress in case I couldn't find anything for the black tie optional party, and I didn't have a good LBD in my closet yet.  It's Tommy Hilfiger and I found it on Macy's sale rack for $42, so I scooped it up just in case!  I figured even if I didn't wear it at this conference, I'd finally have a good LBD!

It's fully lined and has a classic shape.  The detail and texture all around provides more interest and amps up its sophistication.  Though I'm typically size 6/8, I sized down to a 4 and it fit perfectly!  I can't find it for as low as $42 since it was on clearance, but I did find it for roughly 30% off HERE.  Very similar dresses in the same brand are also HERE and HERE.  There's another similar dress from ModCloth that's under $50 right HERE!

RED HEELS - size 8.5
When I saw these at H&M I knew I HAD to have them.  They'd be the perfect pairing to my LBD, and they were only $25!  Oh, plus they have a pretty low heel so they're easy to walk in.  Truth be told, I bought them in all 3 colors (red, black, and grayish-purple).  For whatever reason, I didn't already have classic black or red open toe heels in my closet, and the grey was too cute to pass up!  See them all HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Macy's (exact--size 4)
Shoes: H&M (exact--size 8.5)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Clutch: c/o Gray Monroe (exact--search 'Amy Clutch', similar)






white lace dress

While this lace dress is gorgeous, for several reasons I didn't wear it.  First, it was pretty expensive and I wasn't sure how much I'd wear to justify the cost, especially when I now had a perfectly good black lace dress that I knew I was keeping regardless of this conference--and for a fraction of the cost.  Secondly, most importantly, as pretty as the white one is, it didn't *quite* feel fully me.  Expensive + not super duper feeling "me" in it = return!

That said, it's a gorgeous dress so I wanted to show it to you.  It's very flexible and easy to wear, making it quite comfortable while still looking sophisticated and expensive.  It is fully lined as well.  It is pretty forgiving in the hip area.  Super cute!  It's also Tommy Hilfiger and again, I fit size 4.

Had I worn my pink dress, I would not have been twinning with Kilee!  Look at her edgy twist on a black lace dress!

Here I am with my roommate Kilee (far right) and Erin (yellow shoes) and Becca (next to me) from Living in Yellow.  We left the cocktail party early to get Tex Mex.  Yup, we dashed out in our fancy dresses to Tex Mex, haha!  These girls became my conference #squad.  It would not have been half as enjoyable for me without the three of them around!  Fun fact: I followed Erin's blog 6 years ago roughly when we both started blogging.  Fun fact #2: She bought one of my shirts in a closet resale way back when.  Fun fact #3: Erin and Kilee had met before at other blogging things.  Fun fact #4: All these ladies are truly wonderful!  



DAY 3: MORE CLASSES + BRAND MEETINGS

floral cold shoulder top + white jeans + grey heels

FLORAL COLD SHOULDER - size M
I've been both interested in and super hesitant about the cold shoulder trend.  I think it's cute and it's more practical than the off the shoulder trend since you can wear it with a regular bra and don't have to constantly adjust your straps.  But you know me.  I tend to be slower to jump on trends.  I didn't want to spent a lot of money trying this trend, so luckily I found this adorable top for $13 at TJMaxx!  Unfortunately it was the only one available and it's not online.

My thoughts on the cold shoulder: I ended up really, really liking it.  Dare I say loving it?  I never had to adjust my sleeves, so it felt like a normal top except with a little more air flow haha.  It looks trendy and on the girlier end.  In my everyday life I might feel too dressed up and too trendy around here, but for an event with a bunch of stylish women, it was fun to wear.  I would, however, wear it for a date or GNO of course!  

I found some very similar cold shoulder tops HERE and HERE.

GREY HEELS - size 8.5
These are the H&M ones I showed earlier in red.  I told you I got them in grey too.  How CUTE are they with this outfit?!?!  Love!!

EARRINGS (15% off) - size M
I wore leather earrings from Nickel & Suede through out the conference.  My roommate Kilee owns the shop with her husband, but in 100% honesty I wasn't just wearing these because I was rooming with her!  She sent these to me a long, long time ago, and because I couldn't wear a statement necklace with this neckline I brought these earrings instead.  Since they're made of leather, they're REALLY lightweight.  That means you can have huge statement earrings while not hurting your ears.  They're so comfortable in that regard!  They come in a million colors, and starting today they're running 15% off site wide with code THANKSMOM!  

Shop for the Look:
Top: TJMaxx (similar, similar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--size 28P)
Shoes: H&M (exact--size 8.5)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact in M--15% off code THANKSMOM)





EVENING #3: BLACK TIE OPTIONAL PARTY

I debated whether or not to wear a long dress or that short black lace dress from earlier for this black tie optional party.  In the end I decided to have fun with it, because WHY NOT?  (That is, IF I could find a dress at a decent price.)  There aren't many opps in my life to go for it like this!  

green dress + gold accessories

I searched ASOS, Macy's, TJMaxx, and similar places for a formal gown at a decent price.  I landed on this beautiful, vibrant green dress from Lulu's, and it was only $64!  It's basically backless, with just two criss-cross straps.  I wanted to wear my hair up, but it was actually super cold during the event, albeit being in Texas, so I left my hair down to keep me warm haha!  

GREEN DRESS - size M
Thankfully the straps are adjustable to help give a better fit.  Size small fit me decently, but I didn't have as much coverage across the front, namely by my shoulders and neckline.  It looked better in M.  The waistband has some elastic, so it's a bit forgiving.  The skirt is fully lined, which helped keep me warmer.  I'm 5'6" and with 3 inch heels and adjusting the dress straps as high as I could, I did not need to hem this.  This dress comes in a million colors and can be found HERE!  In the widget below I also linked to a few more similar ones with different silhouettes, and which can be worn more casually.

GOLD HEELS - size 9
I wanted to deck out this whole dress gold accessories, so that included gold heels.  If you couldn't tell, I'm a huge fan of this silhouette shoe.  These were the highest heel out of all the shoes I showed, and therefore they were the least comfortable.  I don't know if it's because I'd spent the last 2 days in heels or if it was because of this particular shoe, but my feet were hurting!  Nonetheless, that did NOT stop me from getting down on the dance floor!  Find the shoes HERE!

I scooped up this glittery clutch from Amazon (HERE).  It's very cheap, so I was worried about glitter falling everywhere, but reviews said it wasn't bad. I'm happy to confirm the glitter trail was minimal.  It is somewhat stiff and not excellent quality, but given how inexpensive it is and how infrequently I'll use it, I wasn't looking for something amazing.  It fit my phone, ID, lotion, and a few other things.

PASTIES
Because the dress was backless, I used these Nippies Skin covers for the first time ever.  I have to say, they were pretty darn awesome!  I didn't think ONCE about whether or not I was covered.  They stayed on securely through the entire night, even through an hour of dancing.  They're rather expensive, but when you need them, you need them!  And they're reusable!  Find them HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Lulu's (exact--wearing M)
Necklace: TJMaxx (similar)
Clutch: Amazon (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact--size M)
Shoes: Lulu's (exact)





DAY 4: TRAVEL HOME


More old favorites for traveling home!  Jumped off the plane, caught up with Benson because Addie was still napping, then headed out to the zoo.  Annnd, that's a wrap!  

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--size 8)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--wearing 4)
Jacket: Macy's
Shoes: Old Navy (exact--wearing 9)
Tote: Nordstrom (exact)





Overall I tried to live by the motto "you do you."  Like I said, I had to battle some insecurities prior to the conference, but after the first day I really didn't care much about what I was wearing.  Anyone who was going to be my friend would like me for me!  I felt comfortable and just had fun getting dressed, looking cute, and being with new friends who were having fun doing the same.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Remix Your Wardrobe With White Bottoms + My Favorite White Jeans + This Blush Top is Almost Back

black jeans versus white jeans
Did you notice that the top half of these two outfits is almost exactly the same?  I put both of these outfits in the PMT Style Challenge--the left side was in the winter challenge and the right side was used in the current spring challenge.  (If you participated in both the winter challenge and the spring challenge, did you even notice?  ;P)
I've talked since forever about the importance of having colored bottoms in your closet, and this is a great example.  In this case, I love how the simple swap from black to white jeans lightened up the entire look and gave it that fresh springy feel!

(If you're new around here, I wrote a whole post HERE about how adding just ONE pair of pants, jeans, shorts, or a skirt in a color other than regular blue jeans will multiply your outfit options.  Go read that post if you need some convincing!)

white jeans + blush top + grey cardigan + leopard flats
white jeans outfit for spring
white jeans + leopard flats + blush top
Because many new readers have come along in just the last few days, I wanna talk about these jeans again.  I've had them for a year and I'm glad they're back in stock this year.  I don't have problems with them being too thin or see-through.  However, I wear nude colored underwear with them just in case and probably would never wear them with brightly colored underwear.  They are soft and have stretch to them, so I find them very comfortable!  They don't stretch out much after several wears--and yes, I manage to make my white jeans last through multiple wears without having to wash them somehow!  

My friend had tried several pairs in a desperate search for white jeans for the PMT Style Challenge with no luck.  She complained that they were all too thin and see-through.  She knew I'd been talking about these LOFT jeans forever but for whatever reason hadn't tried them.  Lucky for her, she visited me a few weeks ago, and I had a brand new pair in her size that I missed the return window on from last year.  She put them on and was like, "OH. MY. GOSH.  These aren't thin!  These aren't see through!  I know you've been talking about them a lot, but EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THESE!"  Her words, not mine!  

I know they don't work for EVERYONE.  All body shapes are different!  But if you've been searching for white jeans and have not at least TRIED these yet, then give them a shot!  :)  They also come in a Curvy Fit.

I am 5'6" and normally size 6/8 and got these in size 28P.  The petite length hits right at my ankles as shown above. 

Lastly, this blush blouse has been unavailable for years, but other super similar colors are currently available!  Find the top HERE, and I think Lilac or Grey are close matches, at least online!  I'm normally size S/M and wear this in M even though it is oversized.  The S didn't quite fit my shoulders.  It's super long, so I always do a half-tuck as shown above, and because of how it drapes and how long it is, the half-tucks works beautifully and doesn't poof out strangely from the sideview.  It says "dry clean only" but I never do.  I've hand washed and air dried, but I've also accidentally machine washed and air dried several times and have not had one single problem.  Others have told me they have this top for years and machine wash AND machine dry and they still look new.

See all the ways I've styled my blush tunic HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--wearing 28P)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (similar)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Casual Cool Outfit Formula

white jeans + The Home T + black leather jacket + white sneakers
white jeans + grey graphic tee + white sneakers
white jeans + Home T + black leather jacket + white sneakers
white jeans + grey graphic tee + white sneakers
A faux leather jacket + sneakers?  If that's not a casual cool outfit, I don't know what is!  I need to do this combo WAY more.  It's really just jeans with a graphic tee and sneakers, but the faux leather jacket makes it instantly cool.  Plus, the contrast of a polished piece like the jacket with something casual like sneakers or a graphic tee adds a fun twist.  

Try this combo in your life sometime, people!  

It would totally work with any tee, but a graphic tee adds even more visual interest without having to try harder or add more to your outfit.  The tee I'm wearing is from The Home T, who I've talked about before.  I have their v-neck short sleeve tee (shown 3 ways HERE), but this baseball tee is great for those cooler spring days or summer nights.  And these tees are soooooo soft!  Also, 10% of all profits go to multiple sclerosis research, and you've gotta love a company that's trying to do good in the world!  Find them all at The Home T.

You can get them for any of the US states, though some of you have said if you got one for your state it would literally be a rectangle, which cracked me up!  WELL, you're in luck because The Home T also came out with another line called Doc Shorty which are message tees that promote positive messages.  One of my favorites is "Be Kind Today" (HERE), and there are also fun ones like "Dancing to My Own Beat" (HERE) and "Proud Supporter of Fun" (HERE).  That means you can still get one of these super soft tees without having to wear a rectangle on your shirt!  :P  Check out all the Doc Shorty tees HERE (plus ones for kids)!

I'm normally size 6/8 or S/M and wear these in S.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: c/o The Home T (exact--wearing S)
Jacket: JCPenney (exact--wearing S; similar--I own in M in another color)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--I wear 28P to hit my ankles)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilar, similar)
Shoes: Zappos (similar, similarsimilar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact--wearing Medium)

Huge thanks to The Home T for sponsoring this post!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Comfiest Jeans I Own

olive tee + bootcut jeans + tassel necklace + cognac accessories
olive tee + bootcut jeans + tassel necklace + cognac accessories
olive tee + bootcut jeans + tassel necklace + cognac accessories
olive tee + bootcut jeans + tassel necklace + cognac accessories
If you haven't been around when I've talked about these jeans, then read on because these are the MOST COMFORTABLE JEANS I'VE EVER WORN.  Perhaps that's a bold statement.  But I'm 99% sure it's true.  I've had them for 1.5 years and have blogged about them several times (all HERE) saying that they might as well be yoga pants because they're THAT stretchy.  Many PMT readers have told me they tried the jeans and couldn't agree more about their comfort.  A handful of people even mentioned specifically the yoga pants remark thinking it couldn't possibly be true, only to find that they really are that comfortable!

These jeans are stretchy everywhere.  The legs are super stretchy, but also the waistband is stretchy.  Never mind that they have a button and zipper just like regular jeans.  There is elastic throughout the waistband, so I really don't feel the button and zipper.  These could pass for maternity jeans, yall!  

Lastly, they're bootcut, which is a nice departure from skinny jeans once in a while.  I've worn them all sorts of ways, in casual, business casual, and dressy casual looks.  (Again, all HERE.)  But today I love it with a plain tee and accessories with tiny boho accents, like a tassel necklace and this gorgeous cutout crossbody

I've seen this necklace go in and out of stock, though mostly out of stock.  I found a somewhat similar one on Etsy HERE which ships worldwide from Canada and is only $17.  There's another one HERE from Amazon that's $28 that's also pretty similar, just more expensive.

Lastly, my wedges (which you can see better HERE) are from last year and haven't been available since.  I found several similar heels below, though.



Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six


Shop for the Look:
Tee: Nordstrom (exact--wearing S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Wedges: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilarsimilarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)
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