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Here’s to Never Growing Up: Despicable Me Outfit

17 May

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Tshirt: Target (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Unknown
Glasses: Warby Parker

I’m a kid at heart, and most days my wardrobe is a subtle expression of that; bright colors, fun prints, girly silhouettes. But this shirt is full on kid. I’m normally not a huge crew neck girl, but this shirt was too cute to resist.

Tip: Go for boxier silhouettes with graphic tees. It makes it easier to tuck and style them in different ways.

Pairing the shirt with my glasses was a no brainer because I wanted to be able to make a minion face. Yes I know, I’m a total five year old. Too bad I don’t have round glasses like the minion in the picture.

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Graphic Tee and Floral Wedges

9 May Eric and Lani Cat Print Tee

Levis Bold Curve Jeans
Eric and Lani Graphic Tee
Coach Perforated Blush Tote
Eric and Lani Cat Print Tee
Baseball TeeTop: Eric and Lani (via Macys)
Bottom: Levi’s
Shoes: Lifestride
Bag: Coach (similar)
Belt: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

I normally find myself gravitating towards individual pieces rather than designers and brands, but when I found this cat print graphic tee in Macy’s, I also completely fell in love with a new designer. I grabbed a bunch of stuff off the rack to try on, and when I got into the fitting room, I realized nearly everything I had gotten was by Eric and Lani. It was like this brand had distilled my own personal style into their clothing line.

Their clothing is filled with cute little unique details that just make each piece so special. For example, this top has chiffon sleeves, and the print is just perfectly thought out so I could easily tuck this in without breaking up the pattern. Everything in their catalog is the perfect balance between cute and quirky, and it’s so in line with my style. It was such a hard decision picking which of the pieces I’d tried on I wanted to buy.

To emphasize the quirkiness of this top, I paired it with these fun floral wedges. If you wanted something a little more subtle, it’d also work great with a neutral look.

Back in Color

6 May

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Top: Cotton On (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

While black and white was fun for a while, I was starting to miss color. So I donned this bright yellow-green sweater, and paired it with a bright red lip. The mesh makes it perfect for spring because it adds that extra layer, but it isn’t too warm.

When it’s warmer, I typically push up the sleeves of any sweater and jacket that I wear, but here the sleeves felt too bulky when I tried doing that. So instead I cuffed the sleeves a few times before pushing them up.

Tip: If where a shirt ends lines up where the sleeves end, you’ll have a straight line running across your midsection, which isn’t always the most flattering. To avoid this, push up your sleeves when you leave a longer shirt untucked, or leave them alone when you do tuck in.

Here I could have pushed my sleeves up a little for a more flattering look overall.

And how fun are these sunglasses? The perfectly round lenses make me feel a little like I’ve got alien eyes and that’s always fun. Also the detail on the side is so pretty that I feel like I need to have my hair up whenever I wear them.

Pseudo Boyfriend Jeans – Tips on Cuffing Jeans

2 May

Cuffing Bootcut Jeans
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Cuffing Bootcut Jeans - DIY Boyfriend Jeans
Jeans: PacSun
Top: Fossil (similar)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)

I’ve always liked the carefree look of boyfriend jeans, but never really bought a pair for myself because the looser fit often meant that my larger hips and thighs looked even bigger than usual. And so when I stumbled on this awesome trick of cuffing bootcut jeans to get a boyfriend jean look from another blogger (whose post I can’t seem to find anymore ­čśŽ ), I had to do my own take of it.

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Tip: So to get that slimmer silhouette on top while still getting the looser leg of boyfriend jeans, grab a pair of reasonably decent fitting bootcut jeans, taper the leg slightly by folding it in over itself, and cuff it twice.

And I love the effect I got. I got something that was flattering, while still embodying the silhouette of the boyfriend jean. I like to fold over the leg before I cuff it for a cleaner looking cuff that also has more volume above it.

I might take some sand paper and distress my jeans a little bit to get the effect I’m going for.

Black and White Dress Up Day

1 May

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Dress: H&M (similar and unbelievably gorgeous)
Hat: Unknown (similar)
Bag: Coach (similar)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Watch: Micheal Kors
Belt:Unknown (similar)

Best way to beat the heat is go for light colors and hide under a wide hat. And boy has it been hot here lately. So this airy lace dress paired with the beachy sun hat worked well yesterday when I spent almost all day outside.

But the two pieces paired together looked a little too much like a pretty garden party look for my tastes. So to balance that out, I accessorized slightly less girly accessories. A studded black belt, black sandals and a chunky watch worked well to balance out girliness of the outfit.

Tip: Don’t underestimate some of the dressier pieces in your wardrobe. This dress I bought for graduation and haven’t really worn since because I didn’t feel like I had an occasion that suited it, but paired with the right accessories it worked perfectly for a simple day out.

Lately I’ve been drawn towards black and white looks (see here too) which is a little out of character for my color obsessed self, and also out of the norm of typical spring wardrobe, but there’s something so crisp and clean about black and white together.

Tip: Try an all black and white look, you may be surprised how put together the bold colors make you feel (pattern mixing makes it all the more fun).

Bohemian Casual – How to Style a Kimono Jacket

28 Apr

How to Style a Kimono Jacket
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Tips on how to style a kimono jacket
Kimono Jacket: Cotton On
Top: Express
Jeans: DIY (similar)
Belt: Cotton On (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson

All of those wonderful light cotton kimono jackets are a great substitute for a traditional cardigan and perfect for warm weather. The bright colors in this one are what drew me in, and I love how wearing it made me feel like I’d wrapped myself in a thin cotton blanket.

They are a bit different, but don’t be intimidated by them! I initially thought that it wouldn’t be that versatile, but this jacket looks great on pretty much anything! Here I’ve gone more bohemian with the loose fishtail braid and the tribal belt. The looser fit jeans gave me the casual and effortless look I was going for.

Tip: Try pairing the feminine floaty kimono jacket with something a little more masculine, like the boyfriend jeans I did here.

I also really like pairing the less structured kimono jacket with more fitted pieces, a fitted dress goes great, and so do a plain white tee and shorts.

Do you have a kimono jacket? If so what are some of your favorite ways to style it? I’d love some style inspiration!

Experiment in Dyeing: A review of RIT and iDye Poly Dyes

22 Apr

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Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: DIY (similar/similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Anna and Ava
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Earrings: c/o Jami
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

Recognize this skirt? How about if I told you that it used to be a different color?

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I completely love this skirt to pieces, so I was heartbroken when I spilled on it and I couldn’t get the stain out, no matter what I tried. So I decided to try something I hadn’t before; I thought that I’d try to dye it. I picked up a box of RIT dye in purple and hoped to get it to a radiant orchid color.

And despite the box saying clearly that the dye wasn’t recommended on 100% polyester, I tried it anyway. Lesson in following directions. After almost an hour I ended up with a still mostly pink skirt with lavender blotches all over.

Luckily I was able to find some iDye Poly at Joanns, which is meant specifically for polyester fabrics, and it worked amazingly well. The color was absorbed almost instantaneously, and all the stains (both the initial ones, and the ones I created by attempting to dye with the wrong kind of dye) disappeared. So while my skirt may not be Radiant Orchid, I’m completely in love with the vibrant purple color and am so glad I can keep wearing it.