Friday, October 9, 2015

Random roundup - Olive Obsession

Let's be real. If I put together a post with all my random outfit selfies where I'm wearing olive, you'd be scrolling for an eternity. But a few weeks ago, I participated in a week long Instagram style challenge (check out hashtag here) and the challenge was all about olive and a few of its best pairings. I thought I'd go ahead and share some of my favorites from that week!

Necklaces: CS Gems (c/o) (options here and here) | Jacket: Express (current colors here) | Top: Express | Bracelet: Nadri | Skirt: Express (option here) | Heels: BCBG (option here)

First up is the olive and stripes combination. I have a ton of stripes in my collection, so this was a pretty easy pairing. This midi skirt is still one of my most favorites in my collection.

Necklace: Purple Peridot (option) | Bag: Tory Burch | Top: Express (Express) | Bracelet: JCrew FactoryBottoms: Express (option) | Heels: Valentino

Next up was olive and leopard. Though, really, I did leopard with my previous outfit, and this bag is really ocelot, not leopard, but you get the idea! And this reminds me that I need to take my flare jeans out for a spin again! I really love the fit of these, though I really can't ever give up my skinnies.

Scarf: Kohl's (gifted) | Top: Express | Bracelet: JCrew Factory | Bracelet: CS Gems (c/o) | Bottoms: Express (40% off!) | Heels: Vince Camuto (option)

Olive and white was surprisingly a hard combo for me. But, it's a lot harder when all of your white pants are dirty. Oops. Luckily, I had just gotten these olive ponte knit pants, so I just paired my favorite knot tee and threw on a scarf to finish out the look.

Left: Original Post HERE | Right: Original Post HERE

Hot pink and olive was another combo in the challenge, and I ended up replicating the outfit I wore back in the day HERE. I'm still pretty obsessed with that look! And not on the challenge list was wine and olive, but since wine is one of my most favorite things to pair olive with, I wanted to go ahead and share that as my fifth outfit for this post! I just recently wore the combo in this post HERE.


Short and sweet for you today. Admittedly, I feel like I'm fighting a cold and really just need a good night's sleep! I had one good sneeze at the office this afternoon and have been stuffy and groggy ever since! There's no time to be sick! It's post season baseball!!!! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Adding Fringe to your Fall Wardrobe

I'm collaborating with a few other bloggers to help create inspiration on how to add fringe to your fall wardrobe! I've realized that fringe is slowly creeping into my closet and the best way I could provide inspiration was by showing you different levels of how far you can push the fringe trend. It's definitely not a trend for everyone, and that's ok! It's either you like it or you don't, and just with all trends, it's not something you *have* to rock if you want to be considered "stylish." I am definitely on board with this trend, though, and here's how I've chosen to embrace it.

Fringe-O-Meter level 1: Tassel accessories

Original post HERE | Clutch option HERE | Tassel bracelet option HERE

If you're still deciding whether you like fringe, you can always take baby steps and start with some tassel accessories. I feel like tassel accessories are the gateway into owning actual fringe pieces. A tassel clutch, bracelet, or necklace with an otherwise basic outfit may be enough to give you that fringe fix you're looking for.

Fringe-O-Meter level 2: Fringe bags

Original post HERE | Shop fringe bags HERE

Original post HERE

When you're ready to graduate up from the smaller accessories and make more of a commitment, find yourself the perfect fringe bag. There's something very hard rock about fringe bags that makes me want to pair it with tougher, edgier pieces like this scuba mini and grommet boots. Fringe doesn't always have to mean southwestern or cowboy!

Fringe-O-Meter level 3: Fringe booties

Original post HERE | Shop fringe booties HERE and HERE

Original post HERE

Funny how fringe bags denote rocker chic to me, but fringe booties give me boho chic vibes. When I first got these booties, I immediately paired them in my head with a long flyaway cardigan. The booties are perfect with bare legs if it's not quite cool enough where you are yet, but the shorts are obviously easily interchangeable with leggings or your favorite destroyed skinnies. I've scored the booties higher on the Fringe-O-Meter because a bag you can stick in your desk at work, but the booties stay on your feet for you to showcase all day!

Fringe-O-Meter level 4: Fringe mini

Original post HERE | Shop fringe minis HERE and HERE

Looking back at this outfit makes me want to wear this skirt tomorrow! I made it a little dressier with the bib necklace and ruffle clutch, but I could also see myself dressing this down with a chambray (or even a plaid button up) and some cognac boots. It's certainly a statement piece and a head turner, but it's hard not to feel a little 5-year-old-girl giddy seeing and hearing the movement of the skirt when you walk.

Fringe-O-Meter level 5: Fringe poncho

Original post HERE | Shop my poncho HERE, other options HERE

The fringe poncho is for the courageous! I will admit that I felt very vulnerable in this at first. Did I look like I was trying too hard? Is this even my style? Ultimately, it's all about your confidence. Despite how voluminous this poncho is, the peek of my shoulder and the saucy peep toe booties kept me feeling feminine and flirty. I did add my tassel necklace to this, but I don't recommend going any further and pairing any other fringe accessories or shoes with something like a poncho - the poncho is such an overwhelming piece in and of itself! If you're lower on the fringe-o-meter scale, mixing in other fringe pieces could still work without feeling overdone. Really, it's whatever you're comfortable in!


And that's my take on the fringe trend. I told you it was slowing making its rounds in my closet. It's definitely grown on me over the last couple of seasons. I've never been drawn to fringe or tassels as much as I have been in the last 6 months or so. Something is definitely in the air, and I hope I've been able to provide you a little inspiration or courage to give this trend a whirl! If I haven't, then try visiting one of the other bloggers in this collaboration to see if they can help!


Linking up for: What I Wore to Work, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Thursday Fashion Files, Thursday Favorite Things

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Another vest

This week is (inadvertently) all about bringing flat lays to life. I know the flat lay isn't for everyone, but I personally enjoy looking at them and creating them. I mainly look at them for outfit pairing inspiration as 9 times out of 10, I'm not going to have all of the exact pieces someone owns anyway, so the fit of pieces and seeing them on a person doesn't really matter so much to me. It's basically like pulling color and pattern inspiration from a mood board of sorts. Naturally, if I'm looking to buy an exact piece, then yes, of course, I do want the option of seeing it on a human, preferably someone with my same body type. 

I love creating them for Instagram because you just can't beat the color and detail of the actual pieces - you would never be able to appreciate the awesomeness of these booties as much from a top down photo, and especially not from a full body mirror selfie. Flat lays also work well for outfit planning. I used to do this in Polyvore, but ironically, the flat lay is easier and less time consuming than Polyvore. Why? Because not all retailers  offer clean stock photos of their items so you're either spending your time perfectly trimming the human model out of the photos to fit your layout, or you're searching aimlessly for a similar item that does have a clean stock photo. Basically, creating flat lays with my own exact pieces in real life just gives me a ton of flexibility. Plus, once my photos are done, I can just file them in my  album on my phone full of outfits to wear!
Via my Instagram: original post HERE

I bought this jacket from Old Navy a couple weeks ago on my lunch break. Old Navy can be so hit and miss for me in terms of fit and quality, so when I find a well-made, well-fitting piece, I jump all over it. This jacket is adorable and I was pretty excited when I thought about the idea of layering it under one of my gazillion vests. Especially my newest acquisition - the olive (or moss green) vest!

Sunnies: TOMS | Jacket: Old NavyNecklace: Kendra Scott (gifted) | Vest: JCrew | Top: BP. | Ring: Kendra ScottJeans: American Eagle (option) | Booties: Sam Edelman (current style here)

You guys have no idea how excited I am that it is legit vest season! WOOO! I don't know what's gotten into me, but I bought my first vest last year and my collection has reproduced like rabbits! I knew I had to get this vest in green, I didn't even bother fighting it nor waiting until I changed my mind because I knew it was a helpless cause. So you shouldn't fight it either! Just get it and let's be twinsies! Otherwise #sorrynotsorry for wearing it on repeat this season! You've been warned!


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