Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wardrobe Essentials: Putting it All Together, Spring and Summer Edition

I've had so much fun revisiting this series this spring!  Here's a recap of all the topics I've covered:
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Skirt Essentials

Today I'll be continuing my Building a Wardrobe Series: Spring and Summer Edition. On the first day I discussed layering essentials, next I discussed pants and shorts, then dressesshirtsshoes and accessories, and lastly I'll share skirt essentials today. I love a good skirt and this Spring and Summer there are a few skirts I think are essential to add to your wardrobe.

  • First I suggest a great print. Pick a print with coordinating colors to the rest of your wardrobe and tops, but a print is great because with the varying colors it will be very versatile.
  • Next I suggest a white skirt, I love white bottoms and they can instantly add a chic-ness to any outfit.
  • I also think getting a maxi skirt or dress is great too. I love the ease of them and they are definitely perfect for the warmer months.
  • Forth I recommend a more casual skirt in a stripe or print.  These can be great for weekend get-togethers and brunches when you want to dress up a bit, but don't want to put on a pencil skirt.
  • Lastly I recommend a great bright colored skirt.  Either a solid or an eyelet like the one below.  

maxiskirt / white skirt / print skirt / coral pencil skirt / stripe skirt

Today I'm wearing a spring essential: a bright skirt.  I found this skirt last summer at Target and waited until it went on sale to snatch it up.  Turns out it was a pretty good idea because J.Crew Factory is selling similar one' but price isn't nearly as good as Target.  The inspiration for today's look comes from Lisa at Respect the Shoes.  She has a similar blazer and I literally ogled over it every time she wore it.  Then when Loft came out with a  similar one, I was excited to scoop it up.  I love it with this bold skirt here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Shoes and Accessories

Today I'll be continuing my series on Building a Wardrobe: Spring Summer edition. On the first day I discussed layering essentials, next I discussed pants and shorts, then dresses, shirts and today I'll share shoes and accessories.

One of my favorite thing about Spring and Summer is getting to go put away my boots and pull out my sandals.  Although most of you heels can still be worn for work this Spring and Summer, wedges and sandals are great to have too.  Here are the ones I suggest:
  • I think a great brown or cognac leather wedge sandal is worth the money.  Because it's a wedge you can really dress it up or down, therefore getting a lot of use out of them.
  • I also love a good nude peep toe.  These can be a great go-to for work, but also great with ankle pants too.
  • Next, I recommend a black wedge for the same reason I recommended the brown wedge above.  You'll wear them like crazy!
  • Forth, I recommend a metallic flip flop.  I love flip flops and the metallic can easily be dressed up or down. I wear mine with my maxi, ankle pants, and shorts.
  • Fifth, I recommend a pair of boat shoes like the Sperry's below.  These are perfect with your shorts and ankle pants and perfect for wanting a real shoe but wanting something that works for Summer.
  • Lastly, I recommend a basic go-to flip flop.  I like these cream ones because they'll go with most casual outfits, but J.Crew's flips flops are really comfortable and well made.

Shoe Essentials

I decided to show you the essential jewelry I recommended last Fall again today in case you missed it the first time.  I don't really have any new recommendations for essentials, as I think silver, gold, and mixed metals are the best place to start. However, I have added a few bold necklaces from Edith Marie this Spring and love them all.  Once you have a few basics then I recommend adding bolder statement necklaces. Here are details on my thoughts on essentials:
  • Statement necklaces and bracelets are a huge trend right now.  It's important to decide what will fit your wardrobe best.  I like to have a mix of both gold and silver and mixed metals are huge this year, making that option the best of both worlds.  
  • Spending more that $20 on a piece of jewelry might not be an option for you.  Luckily Target has tons of great affordable options.  All the affordable options below are from Target.
  • Spending more on jewelry can pay off in the long run.  All the investment pieces are from Stella and Dot, and yes, they are more expensive.  However, they are all 12k gold and sterling silver, meaning they won't discolor your skin or wear out after a season.
  • Bright bold statement necklaces are also great options, but when beginning to buy jewelry stick to more basic like the neutral options below, as they'll be more versatile and more easily worn and utilized.
  • Jewelry can easily be the the "show stopper" of any look, so take some time to find a few pieces you love to make every outfit stand out.

Building A Wardrobe: Jewelry

Affordable Jewelry
 gold pave necklace /gold earrings /silver earrings / silver pave necklace /  gold jeweled bracelet / gold pave bracelet /  gold crystal necklace /silver jeweled bangle / silver cuff /  silver jeweled necklace 

Investment Jewelry
sutton, mixed metal necklace / silver necklace /  renegade bracelet in gold and silver /  urbane silver bracelet / moxie mixed metal bracelet / kahlo mixed metal bracelet /   phoenix mixed metal necklace / eden bangle in gold /    rebel pendant gold necklace   

Lastly, today I thought I'd share some essential belts.  These haven't changed since I did the series in the Fall, but I thought I'd show a refresher today. 
  • I think skinny belts are most popular right now, but I recommend have a wider black and brown one, as these still look great when you want to belt a dress
  • I also recommend having a metallic one, I have a brown metallic and I wear it all the time!
  • Look at the bright colors you wear most, consider buying a bright belt in that color or in a complementary color.
  • I also recommend getting a leopard belt, well, because it's leopard : )
  • Lastly, I recommend having a skinny black and brown belt, these are the ones you'll probably wear most often.
  • Shop the clearance racks, especially at Kohl's.  I've gotten most of my belts there for between $1-$2 bucks.  
  • Belts can be key to defining a waist and I highly recommend wearing them with most outfits, you'd be surprised how much they can add to your final look!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Building A Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Shirt Essentials

This week I'll be continuing my Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Addition. On the first day I discussed layering essentials, next I discussed pants and shorts, then dresses, and today I'll share my thoughts on essential shirts to add to your wardrobe this Spring and Summer. Here were my thoughts on Fall and Winter essential shirts, if you want to take a look.

When it comes to adding shirts this Spring, I think it's important to think about buying shirts that you can wear alone or layered.  I tend to steer clear of thin tank tops as I get older because I just don't feel comfortable wearing them alone anymore.  Instead I tend to buy short sleeve and sleeveless shirts.  Here are the one's I suggest adding:

  • Purchase a few bright colored tops that have some sort of detail to make them special. like lace, a pretty collar, or stitching details to make the shirt stand out.  Shirts like this can be great for work or weekend and you can wear them without any layers and still feel put-together. Get these in coordinating colors to other pieces you're adding, these will be bases you can pull from often, so make sure the colors match your wardrobe.
  • I'd also recommend getting a white and/or cream top with details too.  I prefer this to a standard tee, although there is nothing wrong with that either.
  • I'd also recommend a couple of striped shirts, black and white is great.  I really like the sleeveless one's as they'll be great under blazers for work or cute on the weekend with a pair of bright ankle pants.
  • Lastly, I recommend a sleeveless chambray.  Chambrays are such great classic pieces and having a sleeveless version will be very versatile this summer.  
  • After making this I realized I didn't add in any print tops. I would suggest get a great floral or print top to too.  Since layers don't always work during the Spring/Summer a great print can really make an outfit stand out.

stripe shirt / navy top / cream top / coral / chambray top / shripe sleeveless shirt

Today I'm wearing one of the options listed above, a bright colored shirt.  I recently found these cobalt pants at Loft for $4. Yep, in Loft.  $4.  Thank you to whoever returned these bad boys after letting them hang in your closet all winter.  I really liked them, but didn't really want pants, so I altered them into ankle pants instead.  Then I went to my Pinterest board and looked for some inspiration for styling.  What do you know, Tara knew exactly how to wear these.  I love how this look came together and am so happy to have these pants in my closet. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Building a Wardrobe: Spring Summer Dresses

Today is the third edition of my Building a Wardrobe Series: Spring and Summer addition. On the first day I discussed layering essentials and yesterday I discussed pants and shorts .Today I'll be sharing with you some dresses that I think will be perfect to add to your wardrobe this Spring. Here were my thought's on Fall and Winter essentials, some of which will cross over.

For Spring and Summer:
  • First, I recommend getting a cotton, knit, or jersey dress in a great, bright color.  This can be a great go to piece for casual get togethers or BBQ's on the weekend.
  • Second, a recommend getting a great lace or eyelet dress.  The texture makes it interesting, but also will allow you to dress it up or down with shoes and accessories.
  • Third, I recommend getting a dress with a great print or stripe.  Dresses like this will really stand out as being special and you'll always feel great wearing them!
  • Lastly, I recommend getting a more structured dress in a bright color you love that will be perfect for work or church. 

Today I'm wearing an essential dress in a bold print.  I picked up while in Kansas City at The Garment District.  It was originally $72 and I got it on sale for $20!  I don't have anything else like it, so I think it'll definitely be a fun addition this Spring. Also the  Kim is back in stock at Edith Marie, I seriously love this necklace!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Pants and Shorts

Yesterday I started my Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Additions series my covering layering essentials. Today I'm going to continue my series by sharing some essential pant and short options with you.  You can check out my Fall and Winter pant and jeans essentials here. First up is pants today.

As a teacher I don't wear very many pants once Summer hits, but ankle pants are great in Spring and also work appropriate for those of you who aren't lucky enough to get Summer off.  Here are some I'd recommend adding to your closet:
  • First, I'd recommend getting a pair of bright colored ankle pants in a color you love and that will easily coordinate with other pieces in your closet.  I'm showing a pink-red color below.
  • Secondly, I recommend a great pair of skinny ankle jeans if you don't already own a pair; these are great for date nights and weekends!  
  • Third, I recommend a fun pair of print pants, there are a ton of options this year. I prefer a darker color like the one's I'm showing below.
  • Lastly, I recommend a pair of white ankle pants.  This are perfect for Spring and Summer and you'll be able to get a ton of wear out of them.  I'm wearing mine for a date night look here.

Next I'll show you some short options I think are great for this Summer.  I'm showing quite a few because I know as a Mom who will stay at home this Summer shorts are a must!  I wear them pretty much every day. Now, if you have to work this summer, having 2-3 pair is probably sufficient. Let's also talk about length. I'm most comfortable in a 3"to 5" inseam, 5" preferably.  However, a 3" can be good as long as it's looser through the thigh on me.  

  • First, I recommend a pair of distressed denim shorts.  Be careful with denim, if it doesn't have a distressed detail or cuff they could end up looking like "Mom jeans." I have similar one's to those shown below and I love them!
  • Secondly, I recommend at least one pair of colored shorts in a color that coordinates with other pieces in your closet.  You want them to be mixable. : )
  • Third, I recommend a cute pair of floral shorts.  This can add interest to any outfit and because of the mix of color can be worn with a lot of different tops.
  • Forth, I recommend a pair of white shorts, I wear mine like crazy!
  • Fifth, I recommend a short with a print on it.  Just like the floral shorts, they'll be very versatile due to the mix of colors.
  • Lastly, I recommend a pair of stripe shorts....mostly because the ones below are so stinking cute! 
floral shorts / stripe shorts / boyfriend shorts / white shorts / bright shorts / print shorts

Today I'm wearing a Summer essential, white jeans.  I love these and wear them like crazy once it starts to warm up! I'm also excited about my new necklace sent over by Edith Marie.  You ladies have seen me wearing a lot of jewelry from there recently and for good reason.  The quality is great and nothing is over $20.  If you haven't checked this shop out yet, I highly suggest it! Also, for the next week use MyNewFav to get 15% off your order!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Building A Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Layering Essentials

Last Fall I had a lot of fun creating a series on helping you to build a wardrobe, now that spring is here, it's time to make some additions.  Over the next week or so I'll be sharing with you some pieces I think are worth adding into your closet this Spring. Today I'll be sharing my ideas on essential layering pieces for Spring and Summer.  You can see my Fall and Winter cardigan essentials here and blazer and jacket essentials here.
  • First is a white blazer, I love mine seen here.  A white blazer can really be worn year round, but is definitely the most versatile this time of year and it can be worn with both casual and dressy outfits.
  • Next is a jean jacket.  This could also be worn year round but is great for layering, especially when it's still cool in the morning or evening and can be worn with so many outfits.
  • Third is a striped cardigan.  I love the option below and have a similar one seen here.  Light weight cardigans are great for layering this time of year, being it's time to put away your winter wool ones.
  • Lastly, I recommend a white cardigan and a few bright colored cardigans; I'm showing a pink and blue, you can find them here.
Key tip for the day: When adding to your closet this spring think about buying pieces that go together, just like a designer does when creating a collection.  This will help to make you get the most out of your wardrobe and make these layering pieces very versatile.

Today I'm wearing a denim jacket as my layering essential.  I decided to pair it with my new skirt I picked in Kansas City from Francesca's.  I didn't have anything else like it, so I thought it would a great addition to my wardrobe this Spring. I'm also wearing a new necklace I just got from Edith Marie Jewelry.  I'm so glad to have found this site, I love everything! Also, for the next week use MyNewFav to get 15% off your order!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To: Accessorize One Shirt Four Ways

Today I'm going to share with you some tips for accessorizing. When I asked for ideas a few weeks back, this was an idea that was shared with me. I thought it would be fun to show you one top, then change the total look of the outfit by changing the top layer and the accessorizes.

I recently bought this top at J.C. Penney and love it.  I think I'll get a ton of use out of it this Spring and Summer.  You might look at this top and think, "How much can this go with?" However, playing around with color and accessorizes can totally change the look of an outfit.

  • The first outfit features my white blazer and Purple Peridot necklace.  I actually wore this with a navy skirt and heels to church recently.  One way to make an outfit dressy is with structured pieces like blazers and either one simple necklace or a crystal statement necklace like I'm wearing here.
  • The second outfit features a teal cardigan I've had forever and my new necklace from Edith Marie. I recently wore this to work with my black ankle pants and sandals.  I think it would also look great with white jeans, or normal ones for that matter.  Playing with color on top is so much fun and perfect for Spring and Summer
  • The third way is with my utility vest for a more casual look. I would wear this with skinny jeans or I think boyfriend jeans could be great too.  I think I'd probably add leopard flats for fun too.  Here I'm wearing my rebel pendant.  I love my statement necklaces, but I also love long pendant necklaces for a more casual look.
  • Lastly, I thought I'd show a more classic look with a denim jacket.  I actually really loved this one when I put it on and wore it last week with my black ankle pants and leopard flats. I added a necklace I've had for a long time from Charming Charlie.
In each picture I'm also wearing three or four bracelets.  I have about ten bracelets that I mix and match.  A few of my favorite are this one and this one from Stella and Dot and these from Style This Life. Check out this post for more details on stacking bracelets.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sandal Season

 I'm so glad that sandal season is here!  I'm celebrating by wearing these sandals that fibi & clo sent over.  I love the jeweled details and I thought they paired perfectly with this dress I have from Express.  I also really love these wedges and fibi & clo has jewelry too so of course I'm dying over this necklace!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brights with Tights

Today's outfit inspiration comes from Danielle at A Little Bit of WoWe.  I loved her take and had never thought about wearing my floral skirt with tights. Little did I know that it would be freezing on April Fool's Day when I wore this (nice joke, Mother Nature) and I'd need tights.  Anyway, I love how this came together BUT am hoping this is the last time I need to wear tights until next fall (hint, hint).