Sunday, July 31, 2016

thoughts and whatnots 7.31.16

breton stripe tee:  one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm watching: Bob Ross paint a happy little cabin among some happy little trees as a I type this post. 
  • what I'm crushing on: Oh my gosh, I just discovered that Kate Spade has glittered Keds! A bit too pricey for me, but a possible future DIY?
  • what I'm looking forward to: We've had a lovely, busy weekend visiting with family. Yesterday we had an all-day pool party for my mom's birthday (and lots of chocolate cake) and today we're getting together with my husband's side of the family. Tonight, I'm looking forward to sleep!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

pin to present: watermelon sneakers

I recently discovered watermelon sneakers on Pinterest and it was immediate love. There's so much cute shoe inspiration to be found - everything from tennies, ballerina flats, converse and even the sweetest melon baby sneakers - all begging me to make a pair of my own!

So it was serendipitous when I found the perfect pair of coral-pink sneakers on clearance for $5 at Target. I also picked up two chisel-tip green markers and black fine-tip Sharpie. Since I wasn't sure if I was going to use markers or paint for the base of the shoes, I also picked up acrylic paint in robbin's egg blue.

All the online tutorials made this project look simple, but I did run into a few snags I wanted to share with you. If you want to make your own pair, you can learn from my mistakes!

My original plan was to use a green Sharpie around the base of the shoes, but the rubber made the markers dry up after coloring only half of one shoe. So I tried the acrylic paint backup plan, but the first coat of paint chipped off. After some research, I learned that acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium *should* stick to rubber. I say should because even though I put on two coats of the fabric medium/acrylic mix it's still wanting to chip. My guess is the base coat without the fabric medium is cracking through the other layers. I'll probably end up lightly sanding most of the paint off and trying again.

All the tutorials use a Sharpie for the watermelon seeds, but my marker bled a bit (as you can see in the pictures). If I was going to do it all over again, I would probably use a paint pen.

They definitely aren't perfect, but I do think they're pretty darn cute! The perfectionist in me really wants to try again, but I grabbed the last pair in my size at my local Target and they're $16.99 online. I'll keep you posted if I make a watermelon sneaker version 2.0!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

striped shirt and red flats

stripe tee, black pencil pants, red shoes 2

The past few weeks have been especially busy, which is why I've been a bit behind on my posts. Speaking of things that I don't have enough time for, how do ya'll keep up with social media and blogging? I've been pretty good about posting on Instagram - participating in style challenges really helps with that - but I'm not so great about updating Facebook and Twitter - not to mention Snapchat. And it's been months since I've pinned one of my outfit posts to my Pinterest board. Yikes. I mean, for goodness sake, my real-life job involves marketing and social media but yet I can't seem to get it together for this space. Lately it's been hard enough to carve the time to put together a post, much less to push it out on social media. I know there's Hootsuite, but I don't feel like this space has gotten to the place where I want to spend $9.99 a month of that kind of service. All suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated and encouraged!

Going with the social media theme of this post, this outfit was actually inspired by the #HauteChristmasinJuly style challenge! The theme was "Santa Claus-et Favorites" and this striped tee and these pencil pants are definitely two of my wardrobe staples. Plus red flats, because they seem festive without looking out of place in the middle of July. :)

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top: Boden (exact)
cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
pants: The Limited (exact)
shoes: Target (similar)
necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
watch: Fossil (exact style with a different face)
bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)
earrings: Reeds (exact, inexpensive alternative)
ring: Kendra Scott (pretty alternative)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

sister knows best

A little over five years ago, I wore a dress with a very similar silhouette to this one - full, pleated skirt and a nipped-in waist - in my sister's wedding. It looked gorgeous on the other girls, but I was convinced I looked terrible and at least twice my size. But I love my sister, so I threw it on and rocked it anyway. And that was the last time I wore anything like it.

Fast forward to March when I saw this chambray striped dress on Groopdealz. I loved how cute it looked on the model, but just knew the dreaded full, pleated skirt wasn't for me. But I kept gravitating back to it, it was just so dang cute! After obsessing over it, I took a risk and ordered it anyway, fully prepared to hate it. It was one of those things were I had to prove to myself that it was terrible so I could get it out of my head.

But you know what? I don't hate it. Not at all. I love the vertical stripes, the high necklace line and sleeves are perfect, and it hits at the right part of the knee. Yes the skirt is full, and yes it makes my hips look wide, but my waist looks comparatively small. Somehow, all together, it works. Sister was right, I was wrong.

So sis if you're ready this, I'm sorry I doubted the wisdom of your dress selection. Full skirts with nipped-in waists are pretty awesome. It only took me five years to realize your genius. Better late than never, right?

dress: Journey Five via Groopdealz (exact)
sandals: Target (similar)
necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
earrings: Stella & Dot (exact)
watch: Fossil (exact in rose gold)
bracelets: J. Crew Factory (exact pave link) and Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl)

I snagged this dress more than half-off retail through Groopdealz. While it's not currently on their site, it seems to pop up pretty frequently, so if you want one, I'd wait for the deal to come back. I'm pretty sure gets it as well from time to time. It also comes in gray stripe, darker blue stripe, purple stripe and solid chambray. This isn't a plug for Groopdealz, I just want to help you save a few dollars if you're interested. :)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

thoughts and whatnots 7.24.16

navy gingham:  one  |  two  |  three

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

then & now: white lace dress

In honor of #throwbackthursday, I thought it would be fun to show you my most recent take on this pretty lace dress. Originally, I wore it almost a year ago with fun leopard pumps and bright coral blazer. As you can see, I wore it pretty much the exact same way this time around, just with a different color blazer and pumps. A few small changes, but I like this recent styling so much better! The blazer is more proportional with the dress and the seersucker stripes give it a fun, summery vibe. And maybe it's just me, but I think the blue suits my coloring a bit better. Or maybe it's improved picture-taking. :)

I still like the first look, but it's fun to see an evolution in style through blogging. (Almost) everyday pictures mean I can easily see what works - and what doesn't! (For example, my take on a purple dress a year ago and now.)

blazer: J. Crew Factory (exactlast worn here
shoes: Loft (exact - now 60% off!)
necklace: Kendra Scott (exact) last worn here
earrings: Stella & Dot (exact) last worn here
watch: Fossil (exact in rose gold)
bracelet: Bourbon & Boweties (exact)

I've only worn this dress in the summer, but now I'm kind of obsessed with finding a way to tyle it for the fall. Maybe something like this look with booties and chambray?  

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

teal midi and lace

Some days all I want to do is slouch around in the comfiest of clothes (preferably pajamas), and other days I feel like getting my fancy on.

The day I wore this, I overslept and didn't wash my hair, threw on this skirt because it was already hanging on the back of my closet door, remembered this top I've had for aaaaages but never remember to wear, tossed on a bunch of accessories and added and extra swipe of blush and voilĂ  I look all pretty and polished and like I actually put effort into things when it real life it was just serendipitous. So I guess that make this last-minute fancy? Eh, I'll take it. :)

Also serendipitous that I correctly dressed for day six of the Christmas in July style challenge #hautechristmasinjuly "All About that Lace." Though I was a few days late to the insta-party, I've been having so much fun putting together all kinds of seasonal-inspired outfits. There are still a few challenges left for this week's North Pole Neutrals - and all next week's challenges - so it's not too late join the fun!

top: Loft (similar)
skirt: J. Crew Factory (exact in cobalt or black) last seen here
sandals: J. Crew Factory (exact) last seen here
purse: Kate Spade (exact in watermelon pink) last seen here
necklace: Loft (pretty alternative) last seen here
earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)
bracelet: Hope Loren (exact) and J. Crew Factory (exact)
watch: Fossil (exact in rose gold)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

make it work monday: gingham and jean shorts

It's been a few months since I've done a Make it Work Monday post, so I decided it was time for a comeback! I've made it no secret that I am not a fan of shorts on me. no bueno. pas bien. nicht gut. yuck. But, as hot as it's been lately, I've had to embrace the shorts (at least on the weekends) or possibly, quite literally, sweat to death. So, I hit up trusty Pinterest for outfit inspiration with my jean shorts and favorite gingham top. 

gingham and jean short pinspiration: one  |  two |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

I love all the looks, but Natalie's simple styling with just a pair of sandals might just be my favorite. Though I definitely want to try layering with a striped sweater or a cargo jacket this fall! I think if I had to do it over again, I might have tucked in my shirt a bit, though sometimes it's easier not bother. I also think my strappy cognac sandals would have looked better, but they've gone mysteriously missing. Here's hoping they surface soon, I miss them!

top: J. Crew Factory (exact) last seen here
shorts: Loft (similar) last seen here
shoes: Target (similar) last seen here
earrings: Stella and Dot (exact)
necklace: JGoodin via Amazon (exact)
watch: Fossil (exact in rose gold)
bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)

I'm not 100% in love with this look, but honestly I'm probably never going to happy with shorts. It doesn't matter what I pair them with. Do ya'll have any suggestions on how to make shorts more awesome? My overheated self is desperate for ideas!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

thoughts and whatnots 7.17.16

black pencil pants and glasses: one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm reading: I devoured Emily Giffin's new book "First Comes Love" in about two days - needless to say, it was really good.
  • what I'm watching: We re-watched "Blended" yesterday, and I know it got horrible reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but I don't care, I really like it anyway!
  • what I'm crushing on: rose gold earrings. In particular these pretty rose quartz studs, these starburst earrings and these preppy nautical knots!
  • what I'm looking forward to: next week should be a quiet week, which is a good thing! I'm looking forward to come quite time with my family. :)

Friday, July 15, 2016

weekend casual

This is pretty much my summer weekend uniform: shorts, tee, sandals. DONE. I'm just not comfortable - and never have been - with short shorts on me, so I'm always excited to find a pair that doesn't look too much like mom shorts. The color, and the fact that they aren't knee-length, help.

So, not the most exciting outfit, but I did throw on a bracelet to show that I at least put the tiniest bit of effort into it. We've gotten to that part in the summer where it's so hot and muggy, all you can do is wear as little clothes a possible (and decent) if you're going to be outside for any period of time. Even first thing in the morning I'm pouring sweat. Needless to say, outfit photos have been interesting as of late.

It's hard to get excited about clothes when you know you're just going to be hot and miserable all day, but I keep reminding myself it's really only July and August that are the worst months of heat in Florida. In the mean time I'm going to think cool thoughts and daydream about October...

tee: Target (similar) last seen here
shorts: Loft (exact in other colors) last seen here
sandals: American Eagle (exact) last seen here
watch: Fossil (exact with a different face)
bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)
earrings: Reeds (exact, inexpensive alternative)