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.

Also, I'm hosting my first Instagram giveaway, you can enter to win by following me here and reposting and tagging #mynewfavoritegiveaway.  Contest open until 4-28, then I'll announce the lucky winner. : )

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).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pink and Blue

First off, thanks to all of you who graciously took my survey yesterday!  If you haven't yet and would like to here's the link.  I'll share with you the results in the next week or so.  

Many of you commented on Monday and Tuesday how you couldn't wait to hear more about Go Blog Social. Like I shared before, I really had a great time and met some great people.  I've had  lot of fun reading other bloggers recaps this week. One blogger said "It started feeling like the first day of high school and ended like the last day of college."  I really liked that analogy. Once I get talking I love a good conversation and love to make connections with others, but I'll be the first to admit I am not brave enough to just walk up to others and introduce myself.  I wish I was better at that and thankfully there were a lot of girls who were, or it's likely I wouldn't have met very many people.

Many other bloggers talked in their recaps about how important it is to celebrate each other's successes with the "one succeeds, we all succeed" mentality.  I really love this.  All blogger share this same hobby, so it really shouldn't be a competition between girls.  I think it's natural to be somewhat disappointed when you hear about opportunities that other bloggers are getting that you don't have. HOWEVER, I also loved this quote I heard at the conference: "Don't compare someone else's middle to your beginning." So true, who knows what opportunities will come your way down the road and celebrate the good stuff that is happening to others! 

Now to my outfit: Recently I went out with some friends for dinner, then we went to JCP because one of my friends had a $10 off $25 coupon code and shared it with us. I picked up this top and these Joe Fresh jeans (sold out online, similar to these) for $10...which means these jeans were free. Not bad :)  I was excited to try them out and decided to pair them with my window pane top and favorite blazer.  I really like how it came together.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Feedback Time

Today I need your help!  As I shared earlier this week I went to Go Blog Social and it was a great experience.  When I originally started this blog a little over a year ago I started it for myself.  I was in a rut and was sick of not feeling like I knew how to dress anymore, therefore not trying to look my best each day.  Since then I think I've become a lot of confident all around and I feel like I have a lot of ideas on what to wear and how to steer clear of another clothing rut.

Now, I really enjoy blogging because I love the idea of helping others to feel confident about themselves the way some other bloggers did for me when I started out.  I want to bring the best content I can each day and that's where you come in!  Below is a quick survey, only eight questions long, I'd love to have you answer so I can get some feedback on how to move forward to make my blog the best it can be.  Use the scroll bar on the right as needed and simply click "done" to submit once you're finished. I seriously appreciate it!

(The survey is now closed, thanks to those who participated!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You Should Know:

Today I'm going to share with you some of the bloggers I met at Go Blog Social that I think you should know:

 Kilee of ONE little MOMMA:  I love her style that she has a family like I do and makes her blog "her thing" in the midst of the craziness of life.  I also love the voice she has in her writing and it's so authentic when you meet her face to face.

Maya of Charmingly Styled: She is from Chicago (which is like the coolest city to me) and wears Anthropologie like I wish I could.  Plus she's super down to earth and is creating some pretty great content on her blog.

Laura at Simply Paperie.  She works with my sister and the three of us hung out the whole weekend.  On top of being super sweet she is an AMAZING graphic designer.  She also recently made my sister the coolest business cards that double as a recipe card.  Seriously cool.

Lindsay at the Live-in Kitchen. I'm definitely not a cook and rely heavily on my sister and my husband for recipes but Lindsay has some great recipes that are all the healthy side.  Nice.

Jessica at How Sweet It Is, she's also an amazing food blogger and has such an amazing voice in her writing and she's super fun in person too!

I met so many other great bloggers too and it was such a fun event and much needed break from the busyness of life!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Go Blog Social

This last weekend I not only got to visit my awesome sister Chelsea I also got to attend Go Blog Social. The organizers brought some amazing speakers, and I feel like I walked away with some great tips and I met some amazing people too.  It was awesome to connect with other bloggers whose blogs I love and I was super flattered to connect with bloggers who read my blog or followed me on Instagram.  I walked away with so many new connections and so many great blogs to read too!

One of the speakers was Nicole from Cedar and Rush, I wasn't familiar with her before the event but got some many tips from her about putting myself out there. I also think I might have actually learned how to tweet, watch out world, here I come!

I was also excited to meet Lauren of La Petite Fashionista.  She spoke on branding herself, which she's done an amazing job of, by the way.  She also was just as sweet in person as I thought she would be. She has done so much and I definitely plan to work to utilize her tips to make my blog the best it can be!

I knew Alissa of The Adored Life wasn't planning to come because she's super busy finishing her last semester of college, but was excited to see her at one of the night events.  Let me tell you, if I had my act together at 22 the way this girl does I'd be running Vogue by now.  This girl has got big things ahead of her!

Tomorrow I'm going to share with you some of the blogs and bloggers I met, because, girls, there are some great blogs out there you definitely shouldn't miss out on!

Also, today is the last day to enter to win any piece from Edith Marie Jewelry, enter here!

Friday, April 4, 2014

I'm Blushing

I'm Blushing

Today I'm at the first day of the Go Blog Social Conference!  You can follow me along on Instagram.  I thought it would be fun to show some pretty blush pieces for spring.  It seems like pastels are everywhere, and I love the texture and details in these pieces above!  I feel like solids could be very hard for a pale person like myself to wear, but the texture and pattern makes these pieces special!  So, what do you think of pastels this spring?  Are you on board with this trend or planning to pass?

Also, have you entered my jewelry giveaway yet?  Don't miss out!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Double Dot and Pretty Jewels

Today I thought it would be fun to try some double dots with my teal blazer.  I'm also sporting another necklace from Edith Marie Jewelry.  Have you entered my giveaway to win any piece from Edith Marie yet?  

I'm also wearing some fun bracelets today too. I've been following Paige on Instagram for awhile and she has great style.  She also has a cute Etsy stop where she sells these super cute initial bangles and tassel bracelets.  I decided to order a tassel bracelet and she was sweet enough to send me an initial bracelet as well.  They are so cute!  I'd definitely recommend getting a bracelet or two for yourself. : )

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Jewels

Recently I discovered Edith Marie Jewelry on Instagram and I fell in love with all the bold statement pieces and great prices.  Amber, the owner is all about looking great without spending a lot of money, just like myself.  I ended up ordering the Diana (currently on super sale!) and the Kim .

When the pieces arrived I was impressed with the quality for such a great price.  I was recently disappointed with with another online shop, so this pieces were the perfect surprise!  I reached out to thank Amber for the great pieces and she offered to let me host a giveaway for any piece from her shop!  So, ladies, today is your lucky day. : )  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

Also, let's talk about this jacket, I got it last week from Loft.  I've had my eye on it all season and initially loved a similar one from Gap I saw on Lisa but missed in stores.  When Loft came up with their own version I was excited!  I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear it like crazy!