With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to night.
Start with an easy breezy dress like this white one from Old Navy. Your key pieces for making your summer dresses more casual? Flats and denim. Denim is my go-to when I want to dress down a look. Try a denim jacket or a chambray shirt. Simple sandals are a great daytime staple as well. I recommend a pair of slides (these go with everything!). Bring in some color to brighten up your day look with a printed tote.
The best way to make your dress nighttime ready is by swapping out your accessories. Instead of flats, go for something dressier like a wedge or heel. Jewelry is key — opt for something that really … >> find out more...
If your summer plans include hitting up every great sale that comes along, it’s time you had some training. Might sound silly, but trust me, if you go into a sale with a plan and a purpose, you come out at the other end quicker, happier, and significantly less broke. Let’s eighty-six the buyer’s remorse, mmkay?
There are too many summer “blow-outs” to keep track of, but a personal favorite of mine is the “Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual” which is happening right now! How do I survive that explosion of lace, sequins, and smelly body lotion? These are seven tips and tricks that I have picked up by working in retail and by indulging in (sometimes over-indulging in) sales myself, with pictures from my last semi-annual haul.
- Know what you want. Check online and see what you are looking for, before you go. I always start with the basics: “I’m looking for a nude bra, black bra, and pajamas.”
- Go early! You are not the only one looking to take advantage of half-priced heaven, but you can be one of the few early birds.
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- Be prepared to budge. Sometimes the store will be out of the exact item you imagined,
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Ladies, 2015 is officially jam-packed full of gorgeous fashion style, and I’ve been spotting fun, trendy new Spring lines practically all over the universe, (the internet counts!). So, girls, women, ladies, let’s get started.
Heeeeey, hey laadieeeees!
I can’t help myself. I sort of apologize.
Please hear me when I tell you there are some Spring 2015 trends you want to check out. Today I’m hitting a few that I’ll share below, but first, let’s break for a video. I’m starting up style videos again with the magical sparkly editing skills of my friend Jenny so let’s pause and watch. (are you excited about this? do you have topics you want me to cover? let me know in the comments!)
Now that we’ve seen the fun style stuff I hauled in almost-3D, let’s talk about discount shopping for a minute. You know I love a good deal, so much so that I’m genuinely incapable of buying anything full price. ANYTHING. Food, clothes, airline tickets, hotel rooms, cars, homes, stickers, you … >> find out more...
This fall I’m going for bold fall fashion, and I’m ditching the cardigan-boot combo. They are great basics, sure, but they are called basics for a reason. And who wants to be basic? Personally I go for the clothes that will make me stand out. Pairing bright colors, adding a wild shoe, or wearing a vintage patterned top that stands out will do the trick. Maybe I’ll add a wide belt, a hat, or a high waist detail to daily look, Don’t be afraid of your local second hand store: some of my most treasured clothes came from someone else closet. Fall doesn’t have to be an excuse to burrow into bland colors and parkas and bulky boots. The day is only as interesting as you make it, and the same goes for your wardrobe.
I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it would belong in Cher Horowitz’s closet: shoulder pads, glitter, beads, patterns, etc. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, but it does have to pop. You can wear something this bold just about anywhere. I like to pull it out for concerts or special occasions where a little bit of drama and elegance are in play. Paired with black or red pencil skirt and maybe a wide leather belt makes a really great look. This is fall fashion that carries right on through the winter holidays, too.
High waist anything is flattering to nearly any feminine figure. No matter what the color, it never fails to make you look sophisticated and fashion forward. I usually go for bold combinations, like the red skirt and green shoes combo you see here. A bit out of the ordinary but not sloppy or gaudy because the rest of the outfit is simple in shape and colors. Fall days can range from sunny and warm to brisk and chilly, so adding a fun denim or leather jacket keeps this ensemble versatile. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone and try things that you never thought would work.
All black everything is timeless. This outfit is made up of a turtle neck leotard, high waist black jeans, tan ballet flats, and a cropped denim jacket. This is another little number that can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the shoes. These comfortable fabrics are ideal for active and hectic days: dance class, shopping, yoga, work/school, lunch date, soccer game…My favorite outfits are those that can be used comfortably, fashionably, and worn everywhere.
So, what fall fashion finds will you be adding to your look this season? >> Read More
Office wear is a tricky thing sometimes for the ladies. For dudes it’s pretty straight forward: if you are a dude and you work in an office you’re either wearing a suit or business attire of some sort. Nice shoes are involved, black socks (hopefully, not white and athletic), button up shirts with a tie and maybe a cardigan or a jacket. For the ladies? Well. Office wear is all over the place, totally dependent on where you work, and how many mean girls there are in your office.
I’m only sort of joking.
Suffice it to say, there are a lot of options for office wear, none of them including a see through top and a black polka dotted Madonna bra. Or flip flops and a greasy top knot.
One *appropriate* option this Fall, and a gorgeous one at that, is a dressed up version of harem pants with heels and a classy blouse on top. If you use the right accessories you’ll look dressed up to hit the morning meeting even though you’re essentially wearing fancy pajamas. EVERYONE wins. Even your cranky boss.
‘How does one wear sassy office wear’, you ask? Easy peasy. Throw something like this … >> find out more...
It’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.
The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).
In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.
Casual weddings cover a wide range of possibilities, but a … >> find out more...
Did you know that a few pretty Spring accessories can amp up your travel wardrobe without tipping the baggage scales? Yep. It’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to traveling in style.
As it is, being part of the jet set comes with its own awesome skill set – understanding middle seat etiquette, getting the most mileage out of that carry-on space, and a carefully curated pile of tried-and-true clothes that don’t require any extra thought when they land in your suitcase.
The downside to being so streamlined however, is the lack of variety. Our favorite pieces don’t always make for the most practical of take-alongs, and packing too many extras could mean less room for treasures picked up along the way. Case in point: If I have to choose between packing tons of extra clothes from home just because and bringing home a gorgeous leather clutch plucked from the shops in and around the Spanish Steps… then I’d definitely rather have the extra room.
Good thing bright and bold accessories are an easy way to give the same old travel staples a pretty refresh perfect for any budget.
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Summer is almost here! Summer is the best time, of all the times in the whole long years in my life. That whole sentence sounded like gobbledygook which isn’t a real word but spell-check just allowed it, so who am I to judge?
Before we even really get started though, I want to apologize to those of you in the southern hemisphere. Just bookmark this post and save it for next year, and then when I’m layering and freezing and miserable, you will be able to to giggle and feel superior.
Basically, it’s win-win.
Back to the point at hand: SUMMER. Summer is the greatest season of all (to some) but I find it a bit tricky to dress for. Fall and Winter are a little easier for style because you just layer, and layer, and throw a scarf on top, and no one will ever even know you’re wearing your pajamas underneath your huge, long woolen coat because of the 15 layers on top. It’s just the way it is, and there’s no help for it.
Summer, however, leaves you naked and open to the world (physically and maybe metaphorically). Sometimes it’s trickier to dress for … >> find out more...