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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Maxi Dresses

You guys, I'm so excited for spring!  I been eyeing cute little dresses and bright colors like whoa.

When the UK brand Very contacted me to review their shop, I happily obliged.  1) Because I wanted to represent the UK readers for once!  2) I loved so many pieces in their store!

They have a bazillion products to choose from.  Colorful, unique, and fun!  When I first went to Very's site, I went straight to the dresses because hello, what fun is spring without fun dresses?  And I might have a dress addiction.  I'm especially excited about all of the colorful maxi dresses they have.  I only fell in love with them last summer and have just a solid navy one to show for it.  I love how maxi dresses always make a statement, and I'm hoping to add one more statement maker to my wardrobe, like one of these:



Check out the rest of Very's maxi dresses and the rest of their collection at http://www.very.co.uk/.

Will you be wearing a maxi dress this spring?

This post was sponsored, but all content and opinions were sincerely my own.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Confidence

Top: Old Navy  |  Blazer: c/o Daisy Rae  |  Moto jacket: Forever 21 (shop)  |  Jeans: Gap Outlet  |  Pumps: Urban Outfitters  |  Necklace: Forever 21


I'm linking up at Frills for Thrills for CopyCats!  My inspiration:

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I'd like to tell you that I wore the second version of this outfit with the red blazer, but if I'm honest, I wasn't that brave.  Although I like it better, I couldn't bear the thought of showing up at my work meeting with a pink shirt, bright orange shoes, AND a red blazer and all of the comments I'd get.  I felt like a pink shirt and orange shoes was already pushing it, and I chose normalcy over style blogger cool points.  Plus, so much of how an outfit looks on you has to do with the confidence with which you wear it, so if I was feeling sheepish about what I was wearing, it probably wouldn't have gone well!

On another note, I turned 29 yesterday!  Cray-zay.  And I've gotta say, I feel kind of awesome about it.  I mean, speaking of confidence, I feel the most rooted in myself that I've ever felt.  I was going to post yesterday some reflections upon turning 29, but I was way too busy.  Our best friends are in town with their newborn, and this weekend is the official celebration of my birthday.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will not be surprised to hear that the celebration includes carne asada tacos (see here).

How are your weekends looking?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bad Choices

Dress: Target  |  Jacket: Forever 21 (shop)  |  Scarf: Old Navy (shop)   |  Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's (gift)

Today was full of bad choices.  Bad choice #1: believing my phone's weather app again (re: yesterday's post).  I guess "63 and raining" to my app is really code for "78 with clear skies."  Well, hooray!  I ditched the boots for some wedges, and all was fine...at least, until bad choice #2: I went to Target.  I went to pick up cleaning supplies, but all of you know it's impossible to go to Target without perusing the clothing section.  And all of you also know that it's impossible to peruse the clothing section without buying every new item there.  

Just so I'm not alone in my bad decisions, I will entice you by telling you that they have some dang cute shorts, dresses, and skirts there right now.  So many new things in pretty colors!  I bought 5 items, but I'm hoping I can talk myself out of keeping a couple of them.  For what it's worth, my birthday is tomorrow so heyyyyy, present for myself?  :D

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lazy = Winning + Giveaway Winner

Dress: Target  |  Denim jacket: Forever 21  |  Flats: Old Navy

I like to keep a few things in my car.  For example, sometimes when I get home, I just don't feel like bothering to carry my jacket out of the car.  While may husband might say it's because I'm lazy, I like to think of it as planning ahead.  Like, on Friday I wore this outfit because my iPhone weather app duped me into thinking it'd be 80 degrees when, really, it was about 57.  Seeing as how I was going to be out for 12 hours, I spent the day regretting my wardrobe choices and more so regretting the fact that the blasted weather app had tricked me once again.  When the even chillier night air kicked in, I went to fetch something in my trunk, only to discover that I had a jacket and boots lying there from a day when I was lazy planning ahead.  Winning!



Speaking of winning, (sooo cheesy and not intentional)
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Friday, April 20, 2012

April Sponsor Love

Hey everyone.  Again, thank you for your super duper kind and encouraging words this week.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

A BIG thank you! And a question about shoes.

Top: Buffalo Exchange  |  Skirt: Forever 21 (same as this one)  |  Necklace: Forever 21  |  Wedges: Kohl's (shop)

I cannot thank you guys enough for all of your kind words from yesterday's post!  Your empathy and encouragement totally warmed my heart, and I'm in awe of how wonderful you guys are.  While I don't think I'll be shutting down the blog or anything like that, I do need to change the rhythm of posting, which I think will change my heart posture towards it immensely.  And I'm so appreciative of your suggestions to take a break from time to time.  Sounds wonderful and freeing.  Thank you again for caring for me!  :)

I'd leave it at that and not talk about my outfit today, but I want to give props to Katie from Hems for Her for inspiring me to get these wedges.  I adored them on Katie here.  My old pair of strappy wedges are coming apart, and I've had my eye out for a replacement.   They come in tangerine, too, which I cannot decide if I will keep or not.  They're on sale and I have room left in my shopping budget for them.  And, they're HOT!  But I'm super practical and don't necessarily like having/buying things just because I can.  I'd love your input!  Keep the tangerine pair, too?


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Let's be honest for a sec.

Tee: Target  |  Jeans: Gap  |  Jacket & Necklace: Forever 21  |  Wedges: Target

Friends, can I be honest with you here for a sec?  Today's outfit is very simple, and I think I was drawn to the simplicity of a plain v-neck tee because inside I feel twisted and complicated.  This week, I've felt very "over" style blogging, for a number of reasons.  Some reasons are superficial (like the frustration of feeling like you can't repeat outfits because you need to present new outfits on a blog), while others are much more profound.  Perhaps I'll share them with you another day, but not today.  It's not because I want to be secretive, but it's because I can't tell if it's a temporary feeling or not, and if it's just temporary I don't want to open up a huge can of worms for nothing.  

I might just be incredibly hormonal right now (ah, the woes of being a woman...and no, I'm not pregnant haha), but as I wait to see if it is just hormones and passes in a week or if I should give more significance to how I'm feeling, I could use a little hug.  

Also, my apologies for having been quieter on the blog sphere with commenting and such lately.  I caught a stomach bug all last week and was very out of it.  I'm better now...except for the whole twisted and complicated thing.  :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Reunited

Top: H&M  |  Cardigan: H&M  |  Skirt: Forever 21 (shop)  |  Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's (gift)  |  Tote: ebags.com (shop)
Wedges: Target  |  Turquoise necklace: Forever 21

The last picture is how I planned to wear this outfit, but a rainy morning last week bullied me into boots and a cardigan.  I think I like it better this way, anyway.  I love me a clean brown, black and white look! 

And, I miss this cardigan.  It was one of the first I'd bought, some 5-6 years ago.  I wore it all.the.time, but it hasn't gotten much play this year since I've been learning to utilize other pieces in my wardrobe.  Whenever I tried to wear the black cardigan this year it felt like old news, but a clean white skirt seems to make this old favorite fresh.  I hope I can find more ways to wear it that keep it feeling new!  Are there old favorites in your closet that you want to make fresh again?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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I hope you all had a good weekend!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another 8 Pieces, Another 15 Outfits

Hello, you lovely people!  

Since I've been traveling so much, I've been trying to come up with an easily remixable packing list that I can reuse so that I don't have to spend time rethinking my list each time I travel.  I was so inspired by Merrick's guest post 8 Pieces, 14 Outfits, plus I heard so much feedback from you about how helpful that was, so I whipped up another one for you!  (But really, to help me pack!)

I created outfits and chose pieces with spring in mind.  I generally kept the shoes neutral so that they would be interchangeable because when I actually travel with this set of clothes, I'll probably only bring flats and maybe a pair of wedges.  

Like Merrick's post, I picked pieces that are similar to ones you are likely to already have:

I generalized their descriptions so that you could go with your own prints or color schemes.  For example, you don't have to have a pink top or a floral printed dress.  You could use a solid blue top and a polka dot dress instead, etc.

Note: If you don't have an army vest, a chambray shirt will work in a similar way!

Here are the outfits:



Outfit #1:

A striped tee provides more visual interest than a solid colored top.  The mustard cardi gives it a little color, while the rosette necklace (shop) adds the final touch of "something special."  I cuffed my jeans simply to change up my normal skinny jeans routine.

Outfit #2:

I chose a tank instead of another tee just because some days sleeveless is the way to go!  (Especially since I'll be using this set of clothes during my spring/summer travels.)  You can substitute this top for any patterned tank you own.  I like the mixture of "tough" from the army vest with "soft" in the floral tank.  I usually do the vest with my strappy wedges, but I chose flats just to do something different.

If you're using a chambray shirt instead of the army vest, wear it open like a jacket and put a belt over it.

Outfit #3:

A solid top in a bright color keeps it interesting.  I added an animal print scarf to focus the outfit and tie the two solid colored pieces together.

Outfit #4:

A plain striped tee and army vest are made a little more special with a statement necklace.
If you're using a chambray shirt, wear it open, or tie a loose knot at the bottom.

Outfit #5:

I've worn this top belted as so with two other colored cardigans (here and here).  It's yellow's turn!  I love prints with a lot of different colors because they can easily be paired with many different colored cardigans or bottoms.

Outfit #6:

I added a fun scarf with an interesting print to this solid colored top.  Easy peasy.  Something I already wore this last week when I didn't want to get dressed.  

Outfit #7:

Just like the floral tank in Outfit 5, this is the third colored cardigan I've paired this dress with.  (Others seen here.)

Outfit #8:

I love the idea of a dress paired with an army vest!
With a chambray shirt, there are a lot of variations.  Wear it open like a jacket over a dress.  Or, if you need more definition in the waist, leave it open and belt around it.  Or, you can tie the chambray shirt into a knot at the bottom like in this picture for "over a dress."

Outfit #9:

In Part 1 of the Building a Remixable Wardrobe series I mentioned tying a shirt into a knot.  One of the many ways that comes in handy is to turn your dresses into skirts by tying a shirt over them!

Outfit #10:

The dress by itself, with some orange pumps for character.  And just because orange pumps are fun.  :)

Outfit #11:

I love how an army vest changes the entire feel of an outfit.  I was sold on getting one when I realized it could be worn with a dress and a skirt, too.

Outfit #12:

This is the same floral tank + cardigan combo as outfit #5, but done with a light colored skirt.  I love how light and feminine this look is, with a touch of funky in the orange pumps.

Outfit #13:

This simple combo is made interesting with a contrasting turquoise necklace and an animal print belt.  I kept the shoes neutral and clean.

Outfit #14:

I don't usually do this, but I loved pairing white on white here!  Knotting the top made the outfit feel a little more laid-back, and I again used contrasting colors in the accessories--a turquoise necklace and orange pumps.  


Outfit #15:

Using the same base as in outfit #14, I buttoned and belted the cardigan for a different feel.  This way, the cardigan acts as another shirt!


You might have noticed many of principles from the Building a Remixable Wardrobe series put into action here.  You don't always need to buy more clothes!  Having the right pieces in your closet can open up an array of outfit possibilities, and learning to accessorize well can change up your outfits in surprising ways. 

There are so many possibilities that I can't even decide on which one is my favorite, but I'm really loving the looks with the white skirt right now.  Do you have a favorite?

BTW, I owe you guys one last post in the Remixable Wardrobe series, and it happens to be on accessorizing!  When it will appear?  I don't really know, but I'm slowly working on it.  Sorry it's taking so long!



*UPDATE*

I've been getting a few requests about these items, so here are some links for similar ones:
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