Thursday, June 28, 2012

Welcome Back

Hello there! I had a lovely vacation, and am now back to bring you pictures galore! One of my favorite parts of going back to the hometown is shopping. My mom and I went shopping a few times, and each time scored some great deals and walked home with some great pieces. Needless to say, I went home with a bigger suitcase than I left with. 

Dress: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's
Skinny belt: The Limited
Flip flops: Old Navy

more detail: those are fans on the dress
and yes, that is a cookie in my hand :P
This is one particular find that I credit my mother with 100%. She found it - for $20 - and had a 30% off coupon. It was the last one left, was missing its belt, and slightly bigger in the shoulders than would be preferred, but hey, I can't complain. It's such a fun print and incredibly comfortable!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

One Year Anniversary Celebration

Dress: Banana Republic
Necklace: The Limited
Bracelets: Forever 21
sandals: Simply Vera c/o Kohl's

Tonight the hubby and I went out for a 'romantic' dinner date to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. I decided to wear a dress and pair it with some fun, bright accessories (they really are the same color in person). I was considering belting it, but I couldn't decide on the color (it was between brown and yellow). Do you think a skinny belt would have made this outfit complete? What color would you go with?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Maximizing the Maxi Dress

Occasion: Church
Maxi: A.N.A. c/o JCPenney
Tee & Bracelets: The Limited
Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: borrowed from hubby
{not pictured: gold sandals: Simply Vera c/o Kohl's}

I like problem solving. I always have. One problem I've come across recently is that I have quite a few of these scoop-neck tees (see here, here, here, and/or here), but have only a few ways to wear them (paired with an open cardigan, a belted cardigan, or on its own). So, I'm trying to come up with new ways to style them. This is a new way. Hooray.

BTW, although it looks like I'm wearing a skirt, it's really a maxi dress. It is too low-cut for church, so I added the tee and the belt to create the look and added turquoise for a pop of color. I'm really loving the dark purple and turquoise. What do you think of this look? Is there room for improvement?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Maximizing the Maxi Skirt

Tee & Necklace: The Limited
Skirt: Old Navy
When I first got this skirt, I wasn't sure what I would wear with it other than navy tops. I really only got it because I saw it on two other blogs, it was $4, and I need(ed) maxi skirts. The first time I wore this skirt, I paired it with mint and fuchsia. After that, I realized the sky's the limit. 

Since it's so easy to just flip on a solid-colored fitted tee with this skirt, I recommend keeping things spicy by focusing on the accessories. It's not necessary to pile them on - it's perfectly fine to keep it simple and let the color do the work (as seen above). What do you think? Other bloggers maintain that it is necessary to pair solid-colored tops with long necklaces; I don't agree, but is this outfit missing anything?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Flower Power

Last night, an old friend and his fiance stopped in town on their way home (to another state) so we had an impromptu dinner. Sometimes the hardest thing about "meeting up for dinner" is that it is not clear what sort of restaurant you will be going to. If it's an Applebee's/Chili's type establishment, some outfits may seem out of place. But then again, if you're going to a nicer place, what you might wear to the former might not work out for the latter. 

Long story short, I decided to go for a maxi dress with some nice earrings and call it a day. I was considering pairing it with a cardigan and belt, but I actually felt more comfortable without it.

Maxi dress: Forever 21
Bracelets: The Limited
flip flops: Simply Vera c/o Kohl's
Would you add anything to this outfit? A skinny belt maybe? What color?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Dress, Four Ways

Do you own at least one item that is so low cut that it becomes challenging to wear? Or that is cut in a particular way that no bra will go unseen? I do. (But seriously, who doesn't?)

Dress: Forever 21
I bought this dress years ago and ended up mostly wearing it in the house. It's too low cut for comfort (or at least to go out in public comfortably) and it clearly cannot be worn with a strappy bra. [On a side note, I have boycotted strapless bras because of how much of a disappointing failure they all are. If you have any recommendations for awesome strapless bras (that will offer lift and support!), please let me know!!]

So the question is, can this dress be salvaged for public wear? Are there any options for wearing it without feeling like you walked right off the beach?

Answer: yes. I came up with four options.

#1: Wear a cami underneath

Option #1: Wear a cami. Layering often works, but can be more difficult depending on the neckline. I have a hard time bringing myself to layer anything non-v-neck underneath a v-neck. But sometimes, you just gotta say "screw it" and go with it. 

#2: Add a Scarf
(this one is from The Limited)

Option #2: Add a scarf. It's really easy to find lightweight scarves (The Limited generally has a great collection - this particular scarf is actually from The Limited). The loose wrap will allow air flow so you don't end up feeling stuffy. Also, bra straps and cleavage are no where to be seen, so it's a win-win. 

#3: Add Top and Belt
(both from The Limited)

Option #3: Add a Top and Belt. Obviously, the belt is optional, but it creates an appearance of two separate items. Sometimes you can be left with a "obviously there's just a top over a dress" feel. There are two ways to avoid that feeling - this is one way, the other way can be seen below.

#4: Wear the Dress as a Skirt
(Top: The Limited)

Option #4: Wear the Dress as a Skirt. You can see that the dress comes down to my knees in this picture. How did that happen? I simply took the straps off of my shoulders, pulled down the dress, and used the elastic band to keep the skirt up. Tip: if your dress has no elastic, you can easily use a belt to get the dress (skirt) to stay up!

Way #2 (add a scarf) is my favorite option for this dress, although I might try options 3 and 4 with another shirt. What do you think? How do you deal with low cut tops and/or tops that inevitably reveal bra straps?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Neon Polka

Today's look has been inspired by J's Everyday Fashion.

Cardigan & Necklace: The Limited
Skirt: Banana Republic
{When I created my look, I did it from memory. I remembered J's top being much more electric and highlighter yellow. And this cardigan is actually much brighter in person.}

I know that the trend these days is to mix prints, but since I have yet to jump on that bandwagon, I'll stick to what works for me. And for me, I like pairing neon with prints. There's just something about highlighter pink pants and highlighter yellow top that's .... blinding. Offensive. Superfluous. But neon and a print? Genius.

What do you think? Do I need to do another neon and print post tomorrow to defend my case? Or have you experimented with neon and come to some other verdict?

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Favorite Pink Maxi Skirt

Necklace: Forever 21
Tank tops: Kohl's
Skirt: Old Navy
(not pictured: gold flip flops: Simply Vera c/o Kohl's)
Yesterday, my husband's soccer team had a BBQ. This is what I wore. Little did I know that I'd be pulled into an impromptu soccer game. It's not that easy to play in a skirt, but things could have been worse. [Today was a pool day, so I have no outfit to share.]

What do you wear to cook-outs? I like an outfit like this because tank tops are so relaxed but the skirt makes it fun and cute. I'll probably wear shorts to the next one, though.

Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Colorblock

Today's look has been inspired by the repeated colorblock trend, as seen below.

Do we see a common pattern? (Yes.) Many of these tops bring to mind the idea of layering colors over solid white. So the question is, can we make our own colorblock top? 

My attempt
Everything: The Limited
What do you think of this attempt? Does it fail just because it's so obvious that I am wearing a tube top over a long-sleeve tee? Or have I actually pulled it off? If you feel like something is missing, I had the same feeling. I then added some jewelry, but still wasn't sure about the look. Which one do you like more? 
without necklace
with necklace
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