Crop Tops (are for you)

Hey friends! Happy Sunday! I hope this post helps you ignore that tomorrow is Monday! 😊

I thought I would share something I discovered lately; it seems as if crop tops are making another splash into fashion. That is all fine and good if you are 24 (I used to think)-

A few months ago (really it was probably 6 months) I found the cutest crop tee -regular neckline) from Forever 21, it’s an army green with bold letters spelling “Chicago” and I just fell in love (plus it reminds me of my trip to this beautiful city)! It’s been in my drawer forever (you know I seldom get rid of clothes-just in case) and this week I was scrounging for something different to wear when I re discovered my crop tee!

Let me tell you how a crop tee works for someone my age…you wear high waisted jeans with it! And I also added a structured plaid jacket (I wore to work) so it seems very businesslike until you realize I’m wearing distressed denim and a crop top. It’s so fun!

I’m gonna keep my eyes open for more crop tops! (Think Forever 21- such a wallet friendly place) Be open to all kinds of styles no matter your age! You can make anything fit your own vibe!

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A Dress as a Duster

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

I thought spring into summer might be a great time to share a way to wear two maxi button up dresses as Dusters!

The first one is a snakeprint collared dress from H&M that looks so fabulous as a duster with denim shorts and neutral t shirt and some fun heels! I love snakeprint and I swear you CAN wear it with anything! I never get tired of finding new ways to wear it! It’s so fun!

The next one is a denim dress (Target -not as long as the first dress) but an example of how you can take any button up dress and wear it a different way! Plus denim itself is so versatile! I paired this dress with black leggings/black t shirt with my cool athletic type blue/gray sandals (JCPenney).

Why don’t you try this fun look out for yourself and discover new ways to wear your dresses!

Simple Outfits for a Win!

Hello friends!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

I thought I would share a couple simple outfits that are classy and have some personality! You know outfits with personality are one of my favorite ways to dress 🙂 Both outfits showcase white shirts, just because I think white is a great color to wear in the heat of summer.

The first two outfits show the same peasant embroidered shirt. One day I wore it with raw edge ankle crop jeans and a camo jacket (cause it was quite cold) and another day I wore it with high waisted wide leg crop jeans (same wedges each time) and I can’t decide which outfit I like more! I really like the shirt with camo as it’s such a juxtaposition of styles which really speaks to me! I love the opposite idea….a lovely peasant embroidered shirt, so genteel and delicate/dainty with the tough look of camo. It’s like saying “you really don’t know me at all, I’m a lady AND don’t underestimate me! LOL it’s such fun!

Then the next two outfits, I’m wearing a basic button up white shirt (with a little bit of texture) with shorts AND some cropped striped pants. Either are fun and provide a little bit different personality to fit different plans for your day. I have worn short to work before but I always try to pair it with something really fancy to dress them up. Typically shorts would be a weekend outfit idea or for a summer holiday. The cropped striped pants can also be a weekend outfit, summer holiday or work outfit.

I love the idea of an interesting white top/shirt (all these items are super affordable and on sale at JCPenney) to dress anything up or make an outfit simple AND fun!

How to: Double Denim

Hello friends and happy almost Wednesday! (I love the week when it’s halfway through so maybe I’m jumping the gun) LOL!

Denim is a big trend now, so I thought I would share a way to wear denim that you might not have thought before.

This is a denim on denim look. Don’t be afraid to try this one, it’s very trendy but fun! I matched a denim jacket with denim jeans (both from OldNavy but the jeans -cropped flare raw edge-were on clearance for $8) along with a black tee (Madewell) and black (western style) fringe boots (Target). The way this outfit works is the wash of the jacket and jeans need to match quite closely- don’t use two different washes.

I also added a Betsy Johnson heart shaped leopard necklace and earrings and a pop of a leopard backpack and there you go! A classy but trendy look that any woman can rock!

The Color of the Year

Hello friends and Happy Wednesday!

Today I’m sharing the color of the year- Pantone color of the year 2019-Living Coral 🙂

This is an amazing color that I’m already having fun with. I originally bought a cardigan (a few years ago-it’s had it’s day unfortunately) but I found this cute light weight long sleeve top from Walmart (it ties on the side) and is so soft and lays in a really flattering way. I thought I would share my first pairing of this fun color!

I bought this embroidered jean jacket from Macys several years ago, the pants from Chicos last year, and the boots from Express last winter but I paired it with this bright bold hue because I am eager for spring! The pictures don’t look like spring is on it’s way any time soon but I love this color and it’s so flattering on those with my facial tones or darker hair. There are many variations of this color to match your own tones, so don’t be afraid to get out there and discover something new in this color family!

More of the stuff I Love

Hello Friends and happy Friday!

It’s been a three day work week for me and boy has it been hard. Who knew a three day week would be so difficult. I guess it’s hard to have four days off and then boom, be back in the grind….it’s an adjustment right??

So I thought I would continue (on some posts) of the same closet shopping I’ve been doing for the past month. I am enjoying discovering new ways to wear the old stuff I love and I hope you enjoy it too!

Today I wore a denim look top by Target (Universal Thread) combined with my gray Express stretch jeans, boots and scarf also by Target and my glittery drop earrings by Charlotte Ruse (right before their store closed, several years ago). I added a pop of pink/purple on my lips (purple/blue/pink all go so well together) and a pink pop tiny bag from JCPenney. Purple is one of my favorite colors, so when I can mix it with blue and pink, I somehow feel very happy and I think it’s a flattering color for my skin tone. TIP: Try to find colors that flatter you and wear them often! Learn more about your skin undertones.

Today’s scarf is a larger size and really is keeping me warm today (TIP: items snuggled around your neck are good warming strategies! I have several heavy fabric and/or faux fur scarves and these are so toasty) as it’s 17 degrees when I left for work! 17! Honestly you’d think I live in the Arctic! It’s this part of winter that I’m not super pumped for (snow on Christmas is one thing but below zero temperatures and freezing pipes are not a few of my favorite things!) oh and these pictures are taken later in the day when it’s a balmy 30! 😂

Everyone have a wonderful weekend! I will check in with another post before the New Year arrives!

Wardrobing Shorts!

Hello friends and happy Sunday!

I’ve been having some fun with shorts. I touched on it in a previous post but I’m seeing something different with this one.

I’ve wore a few different outfits combining shorts with what are essentially cardigans (although each are somewhat different).

I have a pair of distressed jean shorts that I’ve combined two different ways (and will continue to experiment)

1. I wore my shorts with a purple/tan/turquoise top covered with a tan cardigan and sandals.

2. I wore my shorts with a white Tee and a plaid/tweed structured jacket, white sandals and a blue snakeskin bag.

3. I wore my white jean shorts with my white tee again and a brightly colored kimono along with white sandals and my black circle bag.

I’ve discovered it is fun and different to combine my shorts (typically a summer or casual item) with jackets or cardigans to create something unique and fun! If I could give some advice, it would be to throw away “rules” of fashion or the way you’ve always done things and have a little fun! I’m going to keep seeing what else I can get away with- by wearing shorts. Who knows right??!