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Mixing Black and White Prints

16 Apr

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Skirt: Forever 21
Top: Express (similar)
Shoes: Abella via DSW
Clutch: Target (similar)

So I wanted to go all black and white with this look, but the pop of green from my clutch turned it into a mostly black and white look. I normally love mixing polka dots and stripes, so this was a fun updated take on that. I love the heart print, and the fact that it’s black and white gives it a bolder more graphic look.

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And what goes better with black and white than a red lip? Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards a red lip because my Clinique Chubby Stick makes it so easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you definitely need to check them out. They’re a cross between a lip balm and a lip stick, some are closer to a tinted lip balm, while others are a lot more pigmented and feel like moisturizing lip sticks. They’re pretty comparable to some of my nicer lip sticks, and they’re designed to look like crayons but are twist up which is great. The one I’m wearing here is Mightiest Maraschino.

To Tuck or Not To Tuck?

10 Apr

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Tank: Forever 21
Blazer: H&M
Pants: H&M
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)

My first instinct is to tuck most things in. It emphasizes the waistline and I feel like it always makes an outfit look more polished. So when I bought these pants almost a month ago, I immediately wanted to tuck drapey tops in. There were two problems with that:

  1. Tucking emphasized the significant amount of fabric around my hips, making these otherwise cute pants unflattering on me.
  2. Since the waist of the pants was lower, tucking in a loose top also meant that the skinniest part of me that you could see was where my pants hit, which was significantly wider than my natural waist.

So when I finally gave in and tried these pants with an untucked top, I was surprised and ended up being really happy with the result. The balance of the draped pant and fitted top works well here, and if I end up getting pants like this with a waistline at my natural waist then I’ll definitely try tucking those in, but until then…untucked it is!

Tip: Don’t stick to your style comfort zone because it’s easy. Keep in mind what parts of your body you like most, and try to put together outfits that cater to that.

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Also don’t my glasses rock? ZeroUV has so many super cute styles at an affordable price of $9.99. When I saw these I wasn’t sure if they were my style, but then I put them on, and I didn’t want to ever take them off. They’re just so fun! I also want this, this, and this, and given the price point I wouldn’t feel bad buying all three.

Cruising in Style

4 Apr

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T-Shirt: H&M (similar)
Cardigan: American Eagle (similar)
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (similar)
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Abella

I promise I’ll post copious stories about my conference as soon as I get back, but until then I wanted to share one of my cruise looks with you. I wore this for our day in Catalina, and somehow I matched everything in the town! It was funny. So apparently Catalina uses a bright blue as an accent color all over the city so I matched all of the railings and window panes. And there was yellow everywhere too. I guess the city and me were made for each other.

I love these colors together because the yellow is soft enough to play a secondary role, but still bright enough that the blue doesn’t overwhelm it. And balancing the bright colors with a few neutral prints created a captivating look that is just plain fun.

Spring is Officially Here!

29 Mar


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Top: Express
Jeans: Forever 21
Necklace: c/o Majestical Jewelry*
Shoes: Unknown

Just after I was complaining about not having any green in my wardrobe, Majestical Jewelry sent me this gorgeous necklace to feature. Perfect timing right? And even more so because it’s officially spring and I really wanted to go with a bright and colorful look to celebrate the start of this fun season.

I’ve found that cheaping out on costume jewelry sometimes means you get stuff that you can only wear once or twice before the metal plating wears off and the base metal turns your skin green, but sometimes investing in something more expensive seems unpractical in the case of more trendy jewelry that you might not wear nearly as often.

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For costume jewelry, Majestical’s pieces seem to be the perfect balance. They’re at a great price point, the pieces feel like great quality, and they have a fantastic selection of very current pieces. Also they really pay attention to the little details. The packaging is great and each necklace includes a matching pair of earrings.

Here I paired the elegant green necklace with a drapey fuschia top and bright pants that are somewhere between mint and spring green (what would you call that color?), and I love the mixture of vivid colors. How are you celebrating the start of spring?

*product courtesy of Majestical Jewelry, opinions all my own

Subtle Stripes and Polka Dots

25 Mar

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Shirt: Unknown (similar)
Sweater: Gap (similar)
Scarf: Designed by Me
Shoes: Unknown

I go through cycles of obsession with certain things, and my most recent has been my one with knitting. I’d learned how to knit almost 8 or 9 years ago, but had kind of forgotten about it until well into my college career. Since then I’ve been casually knitting and making some fun projects, and when I graduated I ended up having loads of free time to dedicate to the cause. So I made a scarf or two (you’ve seen one of them here), and then I started trying my hand at making something based on something I’d seen somewhere but didn’t have a pattern to make.

And I don’t think I did too bad! I love this scarf more than I love any of my other scarves because I put energy into figuring out how everything worked and because it’s so different and unique.

So maybe I’m a little bit of a old lady at heart, but I think knitting might be one of those obsessions that’ll stick around a little while. I’m working on my first sweater right now so we’ll see how long that’ll take.

Pink Print Mixing + Vacation Plans!

23 Mar

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Dress: Target
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Jacket: Unknown
Shoes: Abella (via DSW)

So by the time you read this I’ll be (hopefully) finishing up my packing for my exciting next two week vacation. Most of next week I’ll be on a boat with no internet access whatsoever, so I’ve prewritten a few posts and set them to post over the course of the week. So if everything goes as it should you should still be hearing from me a few more times this week, though it’ll be the me from the past rather than the me from the present (that sounds weird but you get the drift).

I’m cruising next week, but maybe you’re curious what I’m up to the week after? Exciting things, that I can promise you, but I’ll share more details when I get back.

It wasn’t actually cold today but I was in a snuggly kind of weather so I threw on a light scarf and jacket to round out my outfit. I love the contrast of the prints in my scarf and dress. They’re both neutral enough that they go well together, but they’re visually very distinct.

Tip: Combine prints that have one or two colors in common for a more subtle look that still pops.

Here I used the solid pink blazer to pull the look together. Since mixing prints can get a little busy looking it helps to have a solid color in there to give the eyes a break.

Graphic Tee Tutorial!

19 Mar

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Shirt: Target
Shorts: American Eagle (similar)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Belt: Unknown (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson (similar)

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been really obsessing over all of those cute graphic tees that I’ve been seeing everywhere. So I decided to make some of my own. But apparently I’m not creative enough to come up with fun quotes of my own so I borrowed inspiration from Pinterest. And it was such a fun and easy project with such great results that I wanted to share with you guys.

First you want to gather your supplies:

  • a plain t-shirt (I really like these from Target)
  • fabric paint in your color of choice
  • a sponge paint brush (I’d recommend the kind that’s round and flat on the bottom)
  • freezer paper (found in the grocery section by wax paper)
  • an iron
  • an exacto knife
  • a cutting mat or cardboard to cut on

So first you’re going to want to design your t-shirt. If you want to make the same one as me you can use this stencil, otherwise it’s super easy to whip something up on word. Grab your roll of freezer paper and cut out a 8.5×11 sized piece. Put it into the printer so that it’ll print on the non-shiny side.

Once you have your image printed you can cut out the template. This is probably the most time consuming part, but it’s well worth it I promise. If you made your own template you might have little pieces of paper for the holes in certain letters like o p b and d, just make sure you save all those.

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Once everything is cut out, lay your stencil on your shirt, I placed mine about an inch down from the neck, but that’s completely up to you of course. Now grab your iron, put it on the highest setting you can without steaming it, and carefully iron the whole paper down to your shirt. The plasticized side will stick to your shirt, and seal it so no paint will go under the stencil. This stuff is a godsend, and I’ve gotten crisp clean designs almost every single time.

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Once you’re sure its ironed on completely, slip a square of freezer paper inside your shirt so no paint leaks through onto the back, and grab your sponge and paint and go crazy! Make sure to focus on covering everything evenly with paint.

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When you’re done, wait for the paint to completely dry to avoid any smudging, and then peel off the stencil. And that’s it! You’ve got a customized unique shirt that all your friends will be envious of. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask! Also if you’d like to see more pictures of the stencilling process you can also refer to my last stencilling tutorial for my patriotic shorts.