Monday, March 5, 2018

Knot tee 3 ways

First off, thank you all so much for taking the time to read last week's post and for checking in on me and leaving such thoughtful comments. I didn't really want to attach the linkup to such a sentimental post, and Jenna was a bit under the weather last weekend as well, so I apologize for no notice on the linkup front, but I know you all get it. It's just a blog, it's not critical stuff we are talking here. But still. 

On top of the emotional roller coaster, I lost my voice this week, and can't decide if it is stress related or if I actually got sick again - I caught something right after the new year. Antibiotics and prescription cough meds seem to be clearing that up, so hopefully I can get back to a normal routine again. Except this month will be crazy for work travel! Blah! Anyhoo. It's been a rough last couple of weeks, but it's time for me to get back in the saddle for my own sanity. 

moto jacket outfit for spring

Outfit details--- Sunnies: Quay "High Key" | Jacket: BlankNYC (limited sizes, but on sale!) Top: CS Gems (c/o) (use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off) | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Rayne" (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff "Moto satchel" (budget option) | Bottoms: Express "Mid-rise plaid skinny pant" | Shoes: Kate Spade "Licorice" (optionoption---

Rebecca Minkoff moto satchel outfit

I had no idea what outfit I was going to share with you guys this week. I feel like I haven't shopped in forever, and that affects the content sometimes that I can provide you guys. Especially since we're turning seasons here and I want to provide relevant things for you! Luckily, last week, I had the pleasure of doing a beauty products video with CS Gems. (You can find it on their Facebook page here.) While I was there, they gifted me this rose-colored knot top, so I thought I would style it for you today!

BlankNYC moto jacket outfit

It was in the 50's this weekend, so not terribly cold at all, but certainly not warm enough to go without a jacket. I realized I hadn't officially worn this moto jacket yet, and it finished off the outfit perfectly. I was pleased. It's on sale right now for $112, regular $188, and even though burgundy feels inherently fall/winter to me, I think you still have time to work it for spring! And for the price, it's worth it to hold on to for next season anyway! I'm wearing a small in the jacket.

tee shirt and dress pants outfit

I wanted to take a photo without the jacket, too, so you could see the fit better of this tee. I'm wearing a small. A lot of times, tops like these are so long and voluminous that the silhouette always looks most balanced with leggings or super skinny jeans. I was pleased to see that the top worked well with a dress pant. Let's be real. This top is just a tee shirt. And tee shirts easily pair with jeans. And if something pairs with regular-blue-colored denim, then chances are it will pair with all your typical denim colors: black, white, and grey. So that's why I wanted go the route of the printed dress pant instead. Dressing up a basic tee like this with the pointiest of heels makes me happy. The plaid print may throw people off in terms of styling, but since they look grey from a distance, they're really just as versatile as solid grey bottoms.

Rooster crepes and sandwiches st. louis
Phone case: Loopy

I wore this outfit for brunch. We went to one of my favorite brunch places in St. Louis, Rooster. There's always a wait there, but thankfully they are on the Nowait app, so we didn't have to wait terribly long. Plus there is self-serve coffee while you're waiting, so that's a good distraction, not to mention the coffee itself is just friggin' tasty!

Rooster German Style crepe

I got the German Style Sausage savory crepe #1 and had them add an egg to it. I know you can't see the ingredients, so you'll just have to trust me on this. It was delish. I was expecting ground sausage, but it was thinly sliced like Canadian bacon usually comes. At first I was disappointed, but that frown quickly turned upside down as soon as I tasted it. Amazing. I want more! Like right now! What you're seeing in the background is the husband's Finish Pancake. Also amazing. And for the record, that's apple juice, not beer. Beer doesn't mix well with breakfast for me! Ha!

knot tee with denim vest and chunky espadrilles outfit
Vest: Two by Vince Camuto (option) | Top: CS Gems (c/o) (use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off) Bottoms: American Eagle | Espadrilles: Marc Fisher "Adalyn" (limited sizes but 65% off here, under $60 option here)

And now to the other ways I've styled this top. I had been wanting to wear my new espadrilles. I got them on crazy sale at the end of last season. I wouldn't normally wear black shoes with a bright colored top like this as I feel like the black is too harsh and draws your eyes too much away from the pretty color! However, wearing the black skinnies helps visually ground the outfit. The denim vest is a light layer for added interest and color blocking, and made it feel more spring to me than a full denim jacket did. A chambray tied around my waist was another option in my head.

blush and camo pants outfit
Top: CS Gems (c/o) (use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off) | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Rayne" (similar) | Bottoms: American Eagle (option) | Shoes: Adidas "Superstar"

Blush and camo is one of my favorite combos! You've seen me do it before here and here. The husband and I ran to the mall and the grocery store after brunch, so I definitely wanted to switch into sneakers. Except that sneakers don't look super awesome with plaid dress pants, so I reached for another printed pant instead! My trusty camo skinnies.

How to style a knot tee

And that is all I have for you today. Turned into a much longer post than I had planned, but I feel like I haven't talked to you guys in forever! Hope you're all doing well. Thanks again for sticking with me. Have a great week!


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  1. THat's such a fun tee, it does pair well with all of these pants :)

    Hope that you get your voice back soon! Late last year we started getting sick and I kept losing my voice, it wasn't fun at all, especially with the kids! I'm coming down with something again now so I feel your pain - I'm just hoping that my voice holds out!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you had a lovely weekend! We took the boys to an indoor play centre to get out of the humid weather and they loved it :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Such a cute top. I really love it paired with the camo pants! I am glad you are getting back in the saddle. I am sure it has been an emotionally exhausting time for you the past week. Just make sure to get the rest you need, too.


  3. Cute top! I hope you get to feeling better and that the stress eases up!


  4. Love all the ways you styled this chic top! My fave look is with the grey jeans. Thanks for the link up!


  5. Welcome back! So happy to have you in blog land again. Love this top and now I have to try blush pink and camo. Such a cute combo.


  6. Love how different all of these looks are...my favorite is how you styled it with a denim vest. I need to wear mine more often!


  7. I love all the ways you styled this top! Especially with the camo pants!

  8. I have this tie front top in the other color (Brick) and I LOVE it! If anyone's thinking about it they should not hesitate. And thanks for the additional styling options. So glad you're back!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  9. It's such a versatile top, and every way you styled it is fabulous!!

  10. What a beautiful color combo! I love that knotted top!

  11. I love the color of your top, and how you styled it each time is perfect! I love pieces that can be styled multiple ways.

    Whitney 'Nic' James | www.whitneynicjames.com

  12. Very pretty! I love the pink top with olive, and also love how you styled it with your plaid pants. Looks great!
    jess xx

  13. I love knot tees. I am totally obsessed with mine. So flattering.

  14. This top is so versatile - I love every way you have styled it here!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!