Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guest Post: Style Diary

Welcome to Day 2 of my week of guest posts! Today you guys get Katie from Style Diary! I first ran into Katie through mutual linkups. I fell in love with her after seeing this post where she remixed floral jeans. I died when I saw the metallic cap toe heels! I love that she is so down to earth, she has great style and is not afraid to take risks, and she's from Texas where my heart will always belong! Oh, and her nail art skills are ridiculous! I'm so happy she is here today! So, take it away, Katie!


One of my biggest wardrobe goals for this year is to buy less trendy pieces, and more classic, well-fitting pieces that will last for a while. I am 25 after all- I need to start creating a more adult closet! One staple item I've been on the hunt for is the perfect tee. You might think that would be easy to find, but I wanted one that draped perfectly, was soft, washed well, and could be dressed up or down. I finally settled on this one from H&M. It fits all my "perfect tee" criteria, and at only $9.95, it was a great buy! It comes in several different colors, but I settled on the gray one since it was a color I didn't already have. Today, I am showing three different ways I styled my tee to show how versatile and completely necessary it is for your own closet.   On Saturdays, I love to wear easy dresses and skirts while I'm out running errands. I love this casual circle skirt, and the black and white pattern pairs so easily with my gray tee. I threw on a white faux leather vest to add a little edge, and the yellow bag added the perfect pop of color. A silver necklace and sandals finished off my weekend ready look.

Tee- H&M, Vest- Aeropostale, Skirt- Aeropostale, Sandals- Old Navy (similar), Sunglasses- similar, Bag- Target (similar), Necklace- similar

Now that the weather is perfect for patio dining, my "night out" uniform needed a bit of tweaking. I like to be a bit more casual for dinners out when eating outside, so the tee and jeans combo totally works. All I had to do to make it fit the occasion was add a bunch of necklaces and some comfortable heels and I had a look that was just dressed-up enough.

Jeans- Aeropostale, Heels- Shoemint (similar) Necklaces- Forever 21, ShopLately, Bag- Zara

After dressing up my tee for a night out, I figured it could certainly be work appropriate as well. I love mixing super comfy pieces in with my work outfits to ease myself back in to business casual on Monday mornings. My gray tee works perfectly under a blazer with sleek tuxedo trousers and heels.

Blazer- Primark (similar), Pants- H&M, Heels- Target, Necklace- Mindy Mae's Market, Bag- Mango (similar)

A big thanks to Carylee for letting me take over her blog today! Feel free to check out my blog to see more of my day to day looks.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guest Post: On the Daily Express

I remember back in September of last year getting an email from another blogger asking if they could link back to a post of mine featuring an Express piece. Naturally, I did my research first; checked them out. Made sure they weren't some random spammer trying to offer medical care from another country. She was legit and clearly, we both shared our love for Express. Little did I know, when I started shopping at Express in junior high, that my love for the store would lead to not just a blogger friendship, a *real life* friendship. We chat via email or text every day, and it's great to have a fellow blogger to vent to, get advice from, or just shoot the crap with. Imagine the possibilities when we finally meet in real life! Look out, world! I could think of no one better to spearhead my week of guest posts; she knows the fashion side of me probably better than I know it myself! And here she is, my partner in crime, Gina, from On the Daily Express!

When Carylee asked me to guest post for her I immediately knew I would do what any good friend would do: talk about her behind her back while she was gone. Of course, she'll find out everything I said about her because that's what happens when you gossip. But since I'm only going to say things I'd be willing to say to her face, that makes it okay. (I've learned that from watching the Real Housewives.)

So today I'm guest posting about Pieces of Her: all the things in my own closet that make me think of Carylee every time I see and wear them.

1. Chambray Shirt

I knew Carylee loved her chambray shirt, but I was never tempted to get it because historically I haven't had the best luck with J. Crew Factory. But in this post she strongly insisted that this chambray shirt was the shiznit and everyone needed it. I was very skeptical, but I trusted her. And you know what? She was right. I even used it to recreate my own version of one of her outfits:

2. Scarves

You may have noticed in the outfit above we're also wearing the same scarf. She made me to get that too. Unfortunately it's sold out now, but I have a lot of other scarf overlap with her so I can steal more of her styling ideas. (I fully admit I lack originality- you can read my entire confession about it here.) Sometimes I'm not sure who got which scarf first, I just know it's handy to have her for style reference.

3. Shoes

I rarely make a shoe purchase without a little input from Carylee these days, and she's yet to complain about my frequent "What about these?' "Or maybe these?" emails and text messages with link after link of shoe after shoe. She always has good input on what will be uncomfortable or look cheap with attention to details I've never even considered. Here are a few of my recent beloved purchases that have the Carylee Seal of Shoe-proval.™

Wedge sandal favorites

Obviously I have a thing for wedge sandals, so when she gave me a slight push to get the Sam Edelman Leopard Sandals...I didn't even resist. And again, it's nice to lean on her for styling options!

Speaking of pushes, Carylee's husband affectionately nicknamed her Pusher Love Girl, after a Justin Timberlake song. And after getting to know her better I've adopted this nickname as well because it suits her perfectly. If it seems like she's pushing you to buy something, it's only because she cares. I saved this text message from her to help me in times of shopping indecision:

Buyer's remorse fades! But buyer's regret never goes away, and obviously she only wants to keep her friends and readers from needless regret! My closet sincerely thanks Carylee for this valuable lesson and all of her shopping and styling guidance...even if my wallet doesn't!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vacation Mode

Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Earrings: One Little Belt | Top: Annie Griffin (optionoption, option)  | Skirt: American Eagle (option) | Bracelet: JCrew (option) | Bag: Foley + Corinna | Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff (other colors here and here) (option, option, option)

I've been running around the last couple of days trying to get everything buttoned up at work, with the blog, then packing and trying to figure out what else I need for this trip! It's been hectic, but yes, of course it will be worth it to be drinking fruity cocktails on the beach!

The last time I wore this top was to Brighten Up Winter. I loved it then, and I love it now! It was the perfect piece to pair with this denim mini - the denim mini that I just re-discovered the other day because I thought I had gotten rid of it. I haven't been able to rock the 90's overalls that are back, but I don't think I could ever let go of my denim skirts! This was great to run around in over the weekend while I was in vacation mode!

I will talk to you guys in about one week! In the meantime, I have some great guest posts lined up, so please stop by and show them some love while I'm gone, will ya?


Linking up for: #AllAboutYouStyle Sessions, Erin and Laura for Trend Spin Linkup, and Stylish Tuesday.
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