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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stupor

Top: H&M (similar, similar)  |  Cardigan: H&M  |  Jeans: Kohl's (similar, similar)  |  Pumps: Target (similar)

Sloooooooow week.  Okay, actually it's been a normal week, but it just feels really long.  I don't think my brain has been working and it's been taking me twice as long as usual to finish things.  And last night I fell into a little stupor as I was boiling a pot of water, and I was |---| this close to giving into a strange urge to touch the pot just to see what it'd feel like.  Glad I snapped out of that one.

The only reason I'm not considering it a miracle that I managed to get dressed this week is because I planned all my outfits for the week on Sunday.  Yes, I am a weirdo who checks the weather for the week and then plans my outfits for each day, but it makes mornings so much quicker!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Non-Skinny

Top: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar)  |  Cardigan: Tilly's (shop, similar, similar)  |  Trouser jeans: Gap (similar)  |  Booties: Target  (similar, similar) |  Wedges: Kohl's  |  Tote: eBags (shop)

Wahaha...okay, it seems like I perked some interest in you peeps about tailors yesterday and accidentally guilted others of you.  Teehee.  :D  Instead of answering all the questions in the comment thread from yesterday I'll dedicate a post to it in the Wardrobe From Scratch Series.  The next post is a general fit guide, so a post on tailoring would be a great follow-up.  Cool?  

For today's outfit I'm showing two shoe options, though it's subtle.  The outfit felt springy and wedges seemed appropriate, but my toes were cold so I wore it with the booties.

BTW, these pants were also taken to a tailor.  These are at least 7 years old, but I hardly ever wore them until about 2 years ago when I discovered style blogs.  I almost got rid of them, actually.  They look best with heels, but until 2 years ago I thought my only heel choices were professional or dressy looking ones.  I didn't realize casual wedges or boots with heels or anything besides pumps and whatever existed.  Thanks to my discovery of casual wedges these pants have been saved!  I know some of you were looking for non-skinny jean outfits, so you can see the other ways I've worn them here.

Linked up for WIWW and Random Wednesday!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tailor

Jacket: Forever 21 (similar, similar)  |  Top: a-thread (shop)  |  Jeans: Target (similar, similar, similar)  |  Heels: Target (shop)  |  Scarf: c/o Eliza & Ro (shopsimilar--I love these colors too)

I haven't worn these pants as much as I wanted to, and I finally figured out it's because they didn't fit me well.  Even in these pictures they look kind of weird, maybe like they're too tight, except the problem is really that they're too big.  I know, counter-intuitive, but whatever.  After wearing this outfit and worrying about mooning someone all frigging day long, I finally took these jeans to a tailor and can confidently say that these babies will come out to play more often now.  It is so important to me that clothes fit well.  Otherwise 1) they will not be flattering, and 2) they'll be uncomfortable and I won't want to wear them.  I try not to trick myself into thinking that I can get over some mild discomfort for the sake of style because I've made enough shopping mistakes to know that ain't true.  It's got to fit me or I will always overlook it in my closet.

Half of my pants have seen a tailor.  If you think your body is "so weirdly shaped" and that "no pants fit you," you are not alone.  The answer is not to blame your body or to blame the pants, but just to accept the fact that a tailor should be your new best friend.  I hate that sense of dread as I skip over garments in my closet thinking about how annoying it will be to maneuver my day in it.  And I cannot tell you how awesome it feels to stand in your closet and feel happy about wearing anything in there because it all fits you so well.  Tailor.  Best friend.  Now.  Got it?  Good.  :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wardrobe From Scratch, Part 2: Choosing Wardrobe Colors



Welcome to the next step of planning, part 2 - choosing wardrobe colors!  This will be really important so that you can build a wardrobe that mixes and matches cohesively. 

I want to start off by saying that I am not a color theorist.  Not at all.  In fact, all the talk of color theory kind of confuses me and I just go by intuition.  But lucky for us, Academichic wrote a really beautiful and clear guide to colors to help us out!


Color Theory Guide from Academichic

Color Wheel of Clothes

Before we get to choosing any colors, I really think you should take a look at Academichic's lesson on colors.  First of all, it is excellent...and pretty!  Secondly, I'll be referring to stuff in that post.  Third, since it is not my primary aim in this post to help you figure out which colors will work together in an outfit, Academichic's guide lays that out nicely.  I know some of you have questions about that, so read it!  


Choosing Wardrobe Colors
Once you've read up on the Academichic color guide we can talk about choosing wardrobe colors.

As a disclaimer, just a reminder that this series is for people who are building a wardrobe from *scratch.* A lot of you aren't in that boat, but feel free to cheer on the peeps who have the daunting task of making over their entire wardrobe.  :)

Today the tasks are simple: 1) decide on two neutrals for your wardrobe, and 2) decide on 2-3 accent colors.  We will worry about what to do with them once we create your shopping lists in a future post.

Here are some tips for choosing colors.

Choose 1-2 Neutrals for Basics
Neutrals are black, browns/tans, greys, and navy.  They're neutrals in the sense that they basically go with anything.  Since you're building the foundations of your wardrobe, sticking to 1-2 neutrals for now will be to your advantage later.  When we make shopping lists, we will focus your closet basics to be in the neutrals you chose.  This kind of streamlining will help build a great foundation for a mix and match wardrobe.


My personal favorite neutrals are cognac and grey.  If you examine my outfit posts you'll see that most of my belts, my riding boots, a few of my bags (here and here), and my faux leather jacket are a medium tan or cognac color.  And though you might be sick of seeing all of those pieces, I wear them so much because they go with everything and they coordinate with each other.  It's just too easy.

My other prominent neutral is grey.  Some of my other closet basics in grey are: grey pencil skirt, crossbody bag, booties, sweatshirt, blazer, and v-neck tee.

This doesn't mean that I don't also have black and navy in my closet.  Of course you can break out to other neutrals.  However, I believe that at this beginning stage in your wardrobe, starting with coordinating basics will make getting dressed much, much easier.  You have a chance to start over!  Why not make things easy for yourself?  :)

A Side Note About Black
Typically people default to black because rumor says it's slimming or because it seems the "easiest," but I would encourage you to at least explore other neutrals aside from black, as black can be very harsh on some skin tones.  I love how a dark grey or medium grey looks, and I believe it can still be very professional and sleek without being as harsh.  And a non-black, well-fitting garment can be far more slimming than an ill-fitting black garment.  We'll talk about fit in another post.  Just food for thought!  :)


Choosing a Color Palette
Now comes the more challenging part, choosing some colors.  Once we get some closet basics in the neutrals you chose, the rest of the wardrobe can be filled in and made interesting with pieces in this second color palette.

Many advise to focus on just 2 or 3 colors as you're building your wardrobe.  Of course you can expand beyond those 2 or 3 later on, but as you're starting from scratch let's stick to just a few colors to build a cohesive foundation.  Much like with a building, a strong foundation will allow you to expand and add to it more effectively.

Anyway, now it's time to look at that color wheel from Academichic I showed earlier.

Complementary and Two-Thirds
One way you can go about deciding wardrobe colors is to start with just 2 or 3 colors, as mentioned above.  Preferably they would be colors that are either complementary or follow the two-thirds rule (see Academichic's guide for definitions) to make your wardrobe more exciting and remixable.  Having only purple-ish and blue-ish shirts with purple accessories doesn't give you much variety, but when you have blues, mustard, and reds/maroons to play, that's a different story!


Don't feel like you have to stick to primary colors.  You can totally pick a secondary color, like teal, and build your wardrobe from there with the two-thirds or complementary rules.  It would look like this:


Alternative Suggestion:  Each of the above examples used 3 colors, but you can also just focus on just two of the colors from a two-thirds group like turquoise and the yellow-orange, or stick to two complementary colors like yellow and purple.


Color Clusters
If you don't want to be quite so limited, another way to determine wardrobe colors is to be a little more general and go by color clusters.  We did this when I made over Hannah's wardrobe.  Her palette looked more like this:

Please excuse the crappily drawn shapes.  One of my image editors was bugging me so I just drew them old school style.

If you look at Hannah's shopping list you can see that we chose two colors from a two-thirds group (green and purple) and expanded the palette to the nearby secondary colors.  We started with purple because it was her favorite color, but I extended the palette to magenta/pink because I knew it would look great on her skin.  We then targeted greens because they complemented the magenta and purple.  You'll see Hannah's clothes are mostly purples, magentas, greens, and a bit of teal and a pop of red in her red flats.  We stuck to those color groups, and the definition for "cluster" was a little loose (because I was just going off instinct, not a color wheel), but we didn't really touch yellows, oranges, or strong blues.  All of her clothes work well together but still give her lots of variation.

Alternative Suggestion:  You can also try clusters of complementary colors rather than colors from two-thirds groups.  Ex. the cluster of blues to purples + the cluster of yellows to orange.




Those are two ways to help you choose your wardrobe's foundational colors.  Again, you can totally branch out to more colors later on, but this is just a place to start.  Starting with a cohesive foundation will really help you as you expand your wardrobe!

Now it's your turn:

  1. Choose 1-2 neutrals for your basics.
  2. Determine your color palette.  A good starting place would be to observe the pattern of colors in the style board that you created from Part 1 of this series.  What kinds of colors do you seem to be drawn to and are dominant in your board?  Find that color on the color wheel and decide which way you want to build your color palette from there--with complementary colors, two-thirds, or clusters?  Identify which colors you'll focus on for your wardrobe's color palette.

Good luck!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Freedom

Denim top: Target (similar, similar)  |  Tee: Cotton On  |  Jeans: Target (similar, similar)  |  Scarf: handmade by sis  |  Boots: Dolce Vita (shop here for options)

WEEKEND!  I'm more excited than normal about weekends because 1) I actually get to be home instead of being on an airplane and 2) I'm on a sabbatical for the next few months from leading worship at church, which means I have about 11+ hours freed up on my weekends.  Whaaaat?  Yes.  Yes yes yes.  Time to go wild.

With my new free weekends I'm taking care of house projects that have been nagging me for years.  YEARS.  Like that enormous blank wall above our bed that I've been meaning to find artwork for.  Or buying fabric like this and finally reorganizing my jewelry storage.  I know, it's a glamorous life I live.  If weekends at Ikea and fabric stores doesn't say "living it up," I don't know what does.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

January Sponsor Love


A lot of people ask me how I organize my closet.  My closet at home is organized, but the real "magic" happens for me in Go Chic or Go Home.  You can read about ways I use it in this post and this post.  It totally helps me know what's in my closet, and I often say that the more I use GCOGH the less I care to shop.  Still true!

My current favorite way to use GCOGH is whenever I see an outfit that I like, instead of pinning it I go straight to my GCOGH ensemble creator and create the outfit with my own clothes and save for later.  Every week I open up my GCOGH Ensembles and choose which outfits I'll wear.  Looooooove.


It's completely free, nothing ever to purchase.  In fact, you actually GET REWARDS (read: gift cards to stores) for using it more, so why wouldn't you use it?

P.S. Check out their Facebook page--they give away free stuff like $50 gift cards to any retailer GCOGH works with--like J.Crew and ASOS to name a couple!

Tip: If uploading pics of all your clothes seems overwhelming, start with just 5.  I did 5 every couple days and got addicted and had 90% of my closet up in no time.



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An Ode to E.

Dress: Target (similar, similar)  |  Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar)  |  Belt: H&M  |  Tights: We Love Colors  |  Boots: Dolce Vita (see here for options)

I was really sad when one of my favorite style blogs, Academichic announced they would stop posting about a year and a half ago.  I recently searched back through their archives to find some outfit ideas for my pregnant friends, and I was loving the inspiration there.  I particularly love E's contributions because of how she can take clothes that are plain solid colors and simple on their own yet combine them in interesting color combinations for fun and unique, but accessible looks.  I was inspired to do that with this outfit--all solids, but a little quirk with maroon tights.  I'm only sad that the length of my dress and boots don't allow the tights to be seen more!

I love going through the archives of my favorite blogs because though I may not have identified with an outfit when it was first posted, that old outfit might speak to differently now that my style has grown and evolved a little.  I see old outfits with fresh eyes and get to find gems that were right in front of me all along!  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Datevitation Giveaway Plus a Huge Discount!



Have you guys heard of Datevitation.com?  If not, you're kind of missing out.  Datevitation is the first online platform to let you create a little booklet with date coupons that *you* get to customize and choose for your special someone.




Honestly, I was kind of like "Ehhh, I don't know" about it all, but once I started to look through the site and create my own booklet I was sold.  Datevitation has over 200 romantic date ideas to choose from, ranging from a drive-in movie or bowling to things like skydiving or river rafting!



I loved flipping through the ideas because it helped me think outside the box or simply reminded me of date ideas that I had forgotten about.  I'm excited to have our own little customized coupon booklet with ideas that I know we'll want to do!

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The Plaid & Boots Formula

Top: Target (not online anymore but on clearance racks in store, similar)  |  Sweater: Old Navy (similar, similar)  |  Boots: Dolce Vita (shop here)  |  Bag: Old Navy  |  Scarf: Gap

This was definitely my most worn outfit of the season.  It's a version of one of my favorite fall go-to formulas, but perhaps my favorite version of the formula.  I don't think I will ever, ever get sick of a plaid shirt, boots, and a cardigan.  Just for fun I went back and compiled a collage of a few more ways I've done that combo.  It totally gets me through the "cold" months here in San Diego.  Hehe.  But seriously, can't go wrong!

Original posts in order from left to right: one / two / three / four / five / six / seven





Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Channelling Audrey


Look #1:
Cardigan: c/o Lily & Violet (shop)
Jeans: Forever 21 (shop)
Red flats: Gap (similarsimilar)

Look #2: 
Cardigan: c/o Lily & Violet (shop)
Skirt: gift / thrift (similarsimilar)
Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's (shop here)
Green belt: Target (similarsimilar
Tote: ebags.com (shop)

I've got two outfits for you today with this cute polka dot cardi from Lily & Violet.  My first attempt was look #2 which I really like with the green belt.  But in the end, I went back to my roots and channelled a little Audrey Hepburn, opting for a more classic and simpler route of all black and white with a tiny pop of red.

I don't know why, but I always thought my parents were lying to me when they told me I was named after Audrey Hepburn.  Maybe it's because they kind of said it like an afterthought, as if they were trying to make up some significance for where my name came from.  Or maybe it's because they also told me that the mouse named Audrey in my favorite book was named after me and I stopped trusting them about name things when I could finally read my own name because I realized 1) the book was written before I was born, and 2) the mouse's name was really Amanda.  Big fat liars.  I suppose it was a nice gesture, but as a child I felt duped.  And sad.  No mouse named after me?  Well, I will proudly say that two of my friends' kids are now named Audrey and that is much better than having a mouse as your namesake.  So take that, Amanda the mouse.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Overheating

Top: Target (similar, similar)  |  Sweater: Old Navy (similar, similar)  |  Skirt: Forever 21 (similar, similar)  |  Fleece-lined tights: Bare Essentials (shop)  |  Booties: Kohl's (similar, similar)  |  Bag: Old Navy 

You guys, I'm overheating just looking at this outfit.  Right now it's 78 degrees, the skies are blue, and the sun is beating down on my face.  I have a hefty backlog of outfits queued to post since I wasn't posting any during the week of the guest posts.  So yes, my outfit posts are roughly a week and a half later than real time, but it's not like I'm entire season behind.  It sure does feel like it though.  The weather turned from 50 degrees to 78 degrees, like overnight.  (50 is cold for us weaklings.  See this  picture, which is completely true, btw.)  I'm definitely not complaining, just saying.  But I am feeling a little suffocated from this outfit, so if you'll excuse me, I am going to go open the refrigerator and stand in front of it for a moment of cheap airconditioning.  (Someone, tell me you do that too.)


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wardrobe From Scratch, Part 1: Defining Your Style & Lifestyle Needs

Today begins a new series, Wardrobe From Scratch!  

I've received emails from many of you asking for advice as you do closet overhauls or rebuild your wardrobe completely from scratch.  Often times the questions felt so big to me that pointing you all to this wardrobe overhaul post or to the list of my personal closet staples didn't seem like enough.  There were still questions asking for even more basic step-by-steps and how-tos on building a wardrobe.  My hope with Wardrobe From Scratch is to give you a starting place so that you feel like you have some tools to do this on your own.  

Case Studies
A couple of weeks ago I invited you all to volunteer as a case study to be live examples of all of this content.  Big, big, big round of applause and thanks for all of the women who bravely took pictures of themselves and volunteered to open themselves up to us.  Thanks to these women we'll be able to see a wider variety of style plans tailored for women of different body types and lifestyles.

The Plan
Here's an outline of what this Wardrobe From Scratch series will cover:
  • Defining your style & lifestyle needs
  • How to choose wardrobe colors
  • Rules of fit (a very, very general fit guide)
  • Creating a basic shopping list
  • Tailored shopping lists for different body shapes and lifestyles via Case Studies
  • Some methods to the madness - a few basic tips on where to start with putting together outfits
If there are other things you have questions regarding overhauling or building a wardrobe, please email me ASAP so that I can try to work it in.

So, onto Part 1 of Wardrobe From Scratch - defining your lifestyle needs and your style!





Find Your Focus: Define Your Lifestyle Needs and Your Style

Before we can do or buy anything, we need to find a focus.  There are a million ways you can dress and a million different pieces you can buy, so we have to narrow it all down and hone in on what will work for you.  The two main things we need to do are: 1) identify your lifestyle needs and 2) define a style that you're aiming for.  Determining these things will provide focus with what kind of pieces you'll look for and hopefully make shopping a little less overwhelming.

1.  Identifying Your Lifestyle Needs
Obviously, we want your wardrobe to be functional for your lifestyle rather than being a generalized list "closet staples" that don't actually work for your day to day activities.  It's important that we identify what kinds of ways your clothes need to serve you.

Here are some questions to figure out where to start:
  • What are your typical day to day activities?  Maybe you're a working professional, or maybe your a stay at home mom.  Maybe you're a working professional AND a mom of young kids. Maybe you're a teacher who has to bend down and work with little kids all day, or maybe you are a marketer in a business-casual office who sits in meetings with clients.  
  • What are your typical weekend functions?  Movies and errands with the family?  Girl's nights out on the regular?  Or maybe you have baby showers and weddings up the wazoo like I do.  (Thirteen couples around us are having babies--and that's just in the spring.  And we were invited to 11+ weddings each year for the last 3 years!  Aggghhh!)
  • Other special events that you need to dress for pretty regularly?  Work mixers, date nights, lots of birthday parties or brunches?  (Baby showers and weddings can fall in this category too.)

I've said before that I don't like telling women stuff like "The 10 Closet Essentials Every Woman Needs!" because I really believe everyone's lifestyle needs are different.  Defining your lifestyle will totally direct what kinds of pieces you need for your life.  If you're a stay at home mom living a very casual lifestyle, you probably don't need a lot of power suits or trousers.  If you have lots and lots of weddings to go to, you should probably invest in some versatile dresses that can be dressed up or worn casually.  But don't worry about that--we'll get to that later in the case studies.


2.  Defining Your Style Preferences
Besides identifying your lifestyle needs, it's helpful to define your style.  Now, you may be saying, "I *have no* style, that's why I'm in this boat!"  Don't worry!  All you need to do to start is do a little research and create a style board.  That's all.  No one's asking you to wear the outfits or to buy all those pieces yet.  Just create the board.

Either flip through People Style Watch or InStyle or Lucky Magazine or research celebrity style online and find 1-2 celebrities or bloggers whose style you identify with.  Or if you are on Pinterest or Go Chic or Go Home, pin outfits you like.  If you have a Pinterest style board, make sure it's pretty filled out.  If it's already robust, then you're ahead of the game.



Next, analyze your board for common themes.  One place I find myself getting stuck with Pinterest boards is that I'll pin an outfit and get so fixated on one outfit and trying to get the exact items to put together that exact look.  This can end up in a lot of shopping mistakes.  Instead of looking at the outfits as individuals, broaden your scope to look for general commonalities or themes from the photos you've collected.

Do you see a lot of jeans?  A lot of pencil skirts?  A lot of pastels?  A lot of bold colors?  A lot of neutrals?  A lot of cardigans, or a lot of blazers, or both?  Are stripes your thing?  Polka dots?  Florals?  Are there tons of scarves on your board?  Boots?  Colorful heels?  Jersey knit dresses, or fancy schmancy dresses?

For example, when I look at my own Pinterest board the patterns I see are:
  • blazers
  • striped tops
  • solid, flowy, a-line skirts
  • pops of colors among neutrals in the rest of the outfit
  • more saturated hues, not so many pastels
  • flowy button-up shirts



Now it's your turn!

  1. What kind of activities do you need to dress for? Figure out your lifestyle needs by answering the questions in the first section.
  2. What patterns can you identify from your own style board?  Create your own style board and identify the themes and patterns you notice.

**Click here the entire Wardrobe From Scratch Series.


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Olive Top

Top: Old Navy (similar, similar) |  Skirt: c/o Sway Chic (similar, similar) |  Booties: Target (similar, similar)

You know that piece that you got for what you thought was a steal at $8 but only wore once in a year, which means it actually wasn't a steal at all?  Well, let me introduce you.  Say hello to my 1 year old, only worn once, $8 olive top.  Call it one of the many shopping mistakes I've made.  Or not, since I finally wore it the other day!  I can thank Go Chic or Go Home and its virtual closet and ensemble creator for that.  I've got a couple more outfits with this top stored away on GCOGH too.  So, bam.  Shopping mistake averted.  (I know, I talk about GCOGH all the time but I swear this post is not sponsored by them.) 

On another note, have any of you guys been on a cruise?  Last night B's boss raved to us about a cruise they went on through Europe, and now all I can do is daydream about me laying out by a pool on a cruise ship finally reading Bossypants because I'm that behind the times.  I went on one to Mexico when I was 12 years old which I didn't find it that exciting, but one through Europe sounds like a dream.  Getting to see magical places without having to think about anything like where you'll stay or how you'll get from one country to the next, no decisions to make, and getting to sit out by the water whenever you want.  Someone tell me it's real!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pause for JT

Top: Target (shop)  |  Jacket: Forever 21 (similar, similar)  |  Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)  |  Flats: Old Navy (similar, similar)  |  Scarf: Old Navy (options: onetwo, three)

Can we pause from style today to talk about HOW MUCH I LOVE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and how freaking happy I am that he's releasing music again!  It called for a dance party in the kitchen with me and B, cuz when JT's playing that's just what has to happen.  You have to dance.  In the kitchen.  It's the rules.

If I could be any celebrity in the world, I would be JT.  (Do you ever think like that?  Who would you be?)  Musically innovative, fantastic style, incredible dancer, pretty dang funny, and he's just got pure straight up charisma.  It'd be so fun to be him!  But since he seems to be filling that position marvelously, I guess I am out of luck.  So, instead of being Justin, I will just have to continue taking pictures of myself and having killer dance parties in my kitchen.

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