Thursday, July 17, 2014

Floral Shorts

Tee- Target, Shorts- Nordstrom (similar here, here), Sandals- Lulu's (same here on sale $13!), Bag- Kate Spade, Bracelet- Gigglosophy, Sunglasses- Target

Especially in the summer, I realize just how much I love printed bottoms. I love a good printed top, but there is something about wearing prints on skirts, pants and shorts that I love even more. These shorts are super girly and easy to dress up or down since they almost look like a skirt.

As you can tell, I recently took the plunge with a pretty drastic haircut. It was one of those where you go in thinking you'll cut off about four inches and seven come off instead. I've been itching to go back to ombre, so I figured why not do that too?! So far its been a bit of an adjustment since it takes a bit longer to style at this length, but it's growing on me. It's definitely been nice to have shorter hair now that the weather has gotten so hot.

What's the most drastic change you've made with your hair?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Date Night Look

Top- Zara, Skirt- Sosie, Shoes- JustFab, Clutch- Target

Every now and then, I wear something that is way too fancy for the occasion, just because I feel like it. On the evening I wore this outfit, my boyfriend and I decided to try out a show at the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum. Those of you who are familiar with Deep Ellum know that these shoes (well, really the entire outfit) are SO not Deep Ellum. But I didn't care. They were new and I wanted to wear them despite our plans. It was also very windy, which made my freshly curled hair go flat, and also made for some fun moments trying to keep my top and skirt from flying around all crazy, but I also didn't care about that. Sometimes you just gotta wear what you want.

In case you are interested, this skirt is still in stock at Sosie, and it is $7.75. Yes, you read that right! Now, I'll be honest- the thing is sheer. Since it flares out at the bottom, that part is fine. I did feel the need to cover the top half of it to be more comfortable. I rigged it up with a slip underneath, and my top was long enough to cover anything embarrassing so I felt fine in it. So yeah. If you like to wear fussy skirts that require long tops and slips and all that, this one's for you. (I really sold that, didn't I? Now we all know why it's on sale for $7.75. But I'm still going to wear it.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Uniform

Shirt- Gap, Shorts- Old Navy, Sandals- Lulu's (same here, on sale $16), Bag- Lori's Shoes, Sunglasses- Forever 21

I took a little blogging break last week since I had a couple of days off work. I wanted to maximize my relaxation time without having to worry about getting my two typical posts up. I was able to shoot some outfits I have a few new posts coming your way soon!

I can't remember the last time I actually wanted to wear shorts. After years of feeling uncomfortable in shorts that were "my size," I finally realized the secret to good shorts- SIZE UP. Seriously, it is so much more comfortable to wear shorts that are a little roomier than what your standard pant size would be. I got these Old Navy distressed shorts two sizes up to accommodate for the short inseam (its only 2"), and so they would be looser on my thighs. I love them! I've been wearing them every weekend with anything from t-shirts to button ups. Basically any top I can do a half-tuck with is perfect to create that unfussy "I got dressed in 30 seconds" look.

Being as heel-obsessed as I am, I really love these sandals with their baby one and half inch heel. They are still super comfortable but give me just a little more height. I can wear them with distressed shorts, or make a sundress a little more dressy than if I paired it with flat sandals.

Dainty jewelry has been another favorite of mine recently. I'm still breaking out the statment pieces for work and dressier occasions, but with a casual look like this one, smaller jewelry is the way to go.

What's your summer uniform?

Friday, June 27, 2014

What I Bought This Month- May Pt II and June Mini Haul

I told you guys last month that I was going to put myself on a shopping ban for June and July. Well...I did shop a bit. JustFab had a two for $40 promo going on and I had been lusting after these pink heels for a while, so I decided to pick them up, along with these tan mules that I think will make a great transition shoe from summer to fall. And then...the Zara sale happened...I don't think I have to explain why that one is hard to resist. I bought a couple of things that had been on my wishlist, but ended up only keeping two, the blue floral top, and striped tank. So I didn't go crazy. I didn't even spend half of my normal shopping budget, and I only placed two online orders this month. I'm going to count that as progress. The rest of what's pictured above is from my May shopping "spree."

I've had a lot going on recently, so I haven't been thinking about clothes and shopping as much. You know that one thing your mind always wanders to when you are bored? For me, that is shopping, hands down. Less free time=less shopping, which meant less blog posts since I didn't have a bunch of awesome new outfits I wanted to show you (and fewer comment replies...sorry guys...), and I even posted less on Instagram. To be honest, it felt really good not to be so clothes obsessed, though I have been feeling like all of my outfits are super boring. I need to work on remixing my closet into not just okay outfits, but one's I feel are blog-worthy. That's my goal for July (along with continuing the "shopping ban").

Here are the details:

1. Pink Bikini (Old Navy, top, bottom)- I've been wearing the same black bikini bottoms for years with mismatched tops, so figured it was finally time to get a matching one again.

2. Chambray Shorts (Forever 21, sold out)

3. Floral Tank (Forever 21)- worn here.

4. White Sandals (Mindy Mae's Market, sold out)- worn here.

5. Tulip Skirt (Asos)- I really like that this is a non-typical pencil skirt shape. So far I've only worn it work, but I have plans to wear it for a night out coming up. Worn here.

6. Floral Shorts (Nordstrom, sold out)- worn here.

7. White Skirt (Sosie)- I bought this skirt because it was on sale for less than $8. I can see why now, since its pretty sheer and hard to wear. I'm going to try it with a slip and see if I can make it work.

8. Denim Shorts (Old Navy)- I am in love with these shorts. I got them two sizes up to compensate for the two inch inseam. Worn here.

9. Denim Skirt (Old Navy)- I've bought several pieces this summer to wear as swimsuit cover ups or easy things to throw on after the pool. I really like the distressing on this skirt!

10. Tan Mule (JustFab)- Perfect for the summer to fall transition, even if it is months away.

11. Floral Skirt (Asos)- Apparently I've been on a blue floral print kick lately! Worn here.

12. White Dress (Old Navy)- The only thing I would change about this dress is the level of sheerness. Other than that, it's basically the perfect white dress for summer. Worn here.

13. Pink Dress (Nordstrom, sold out)- worn here.

14. Floral Top (Zara, sold out)- This top has a fun tulip back, and it sold out fast during the Zara sale! I'm glad I picked it up.

15. Mesh Crochet Top (Forever 21)- worn here.

16. Striped Tie Tank (Zara)- Another swim cover-up piece. I think it'll be perfect for the 4th of July.

17. Crop Top (Forever 21)- And yet another swim cover-up! I don't really see myself wearing crop tops in any other setting.

18. White Tee (Everlane)- This is the softest t-shirt I have ever bought! I want to pick up a couple more of these in different colors and styles.

19. Pink Sandals (JustFab)- These are the shoes that made it really hard to resist placing a JustFab order during the two for $40 promo. So fun!

See my previous hauls here: January | February | March | April | May

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Wedding with eShakti

Dress- c/o eShakti, Heels- Guilty Soles (similar here, here), Clutch- Francesca's (similar), Earring- Target (similar)

I was really excited when eShakti contacted me about reviewing one of their items, and I decided to pick out a dress to wear for summer weddings. I've been loving blue lately, so this one seemed like the perfect choice. If you haven't purchased from eShakti before, I'll explain a little about the process. eShakti creates custom pieces based on your body measurements, and allows you to choose certain small details (hem length, pockets/no pockets, add sleeves, etc) when ordering. I chose to input my measurements so the dress would be perfectly fitted, but you can order in standard sizes as well. I placed an order with them previously for this yellow floral dress that I love. One little tip- make sure to get your measurements as exact as possible, or have someone help you. I did very quick measurements and ended up with a dress that was a little more fitted in the waist than I would have liked. Still, I do like the end result and felt like it fit my body better than if I had purchased this dress in a standard size. If you have any events coming up this summer and want a dress that fits like a glove, I definitely recommend checking out eShakti.

I normally don't match my dress to my shoes, but I loved the monochrome look of pairing cobalt heels with this dress. Another thing I normally don't do is attempt an updo 30 minutes before needing to leave for an event! I really wanted to wear my hair up since it is SO hot out, so I quickly search YouTube and found this easy how-to video for a cute bohemian updo. It took me two tries to get it right, but it was fairly easy to recreate.

A couple things I learned after wearing this dress:
1. I need to invest in a steamer. Trying to iron the wrinkles out of this dress using a wet washcloth as a buffer was a pain!
2. I need a tan. It seems that no matter what amount of Jergen's gradual tanning lotion I apply, I am still going to look like a ghost.