August 19, Trendy

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a super trendy person. My style is more classic, plus I’m not a huge risk taker. And some trends I just can’t get on board with. Biker shorts? No thanks! Fanny pack? Not for me! But this is one trend that I absolutely fell in love with the first time I saw it. It’s a woven guitar style purse strap.

I first read about this cute strap here, but being the frugal shopper that I am, I refuse to fork out $140 just for an accessory on my purse. However, a few months went by and I kept thinking about that cute strap. Then, finally it dawned on me- I could probably find something similar on Amazon- and lo and behold, I did!

What I love about this strap is that it personalizes my otherwise generic handbag. It’s funky, it’s cool, it’s fun! There are a ton of different styles to choose from. I played it safe and went for black and white, but there are lots of bold, colorful ones as well. Check out these cute ones I found on Amazon and Etsy.

This top is much cuter than the plain t shirt.

Joggers- Target

Blouse- Stitch Fix

Shoes- Lucky Brand

Purse- H&M

Strap- Amazon

August 1, Ruffle Detail

Sometimes it’s the littlest details that make an outfit. Something as simple as a interesting hemline, a cool neckline, a different sleeve, or even a ruffle is all you need to make your outfit interesting and unique.

For example, I went to dinner with a dear friend last night and I wanted to wear white jeans and a blue blouse. You know blue and white are one of my favorite color combos. I could have chosen my chambray shirt- which I love by the way (just not the way it’s styled here!), but instead I decided to go with this cute blouse with the ruffle detail.

There is a lot of things I love about this blouse. First off, it’s is a lot lighter weight than the chambray shirt, making it more appropriate for summer. Secondly, it has a cute hemline- where it’s short in front and then dips down in the back to cover my bootie. I also love the subtle stripes which is more fun than a solid print. And finally, as mentioned before, it has this unique ruffle that is built into the dropped shoulder and stretches down the sleeves. All of these small details make this blouse special.

To complete the look, I replaced the full length white jeans with my cropped ones, just that little peek of ankle makes all the difference in the world. I then swapped out the Birkenstocks for my cute white slides from Target. These shoes are one of my favorite purchases this summer, and they were only $13! I love them so much I bought them in both black and white!

Blouse – Anthroplogie

Jeans- Gap

Shoes- Target

July 25, White Shorts

Today I am showing a super ‘summery’ outfit of white denim shorts, a bright yellow top and white sandals.

First of all, look really closely at the 2 photos- do you notice a teeny tiny difference in my shorts? After looking at my before photo, I immediately realized my shorts needed a haircut! The stringy hanging strands look messy- so I quickly cut them off.

I also don’t like the way the yellow t shirt clings to my body. No one wants to see my lumps and bumps! I also think the length looks odd- it practically covers my entire shorts.

So, instead I have opted for this patterned silk shirt from Banana Republic (old). I love the neckline of this top, plus the silk fabric is much more flattering. Tucking it in also makes for a more polished look.

This blue cross body bag is perfect for running errands. I bought this in Paris at a little boutique years ago.

Top- Banana Republic

Shorts- Target

Sandals- Target

May 30, All in the Details

I talk about details a lot on this blog, and I apologize for being repetitive, but truly, it’s the little details that matter. Take the two outfits below.

They are similar in that they are both showing cropped jeans and a black top. However, the outfit on the right looks a lot more put together than the one on the left, and it’s all because of the little details.

  1. Notice the neckline of the blouse on the right. I love the deep V. It’s so much more flattering than the high neck on the left. Check out the cute notches on the side of the neckline, and did you notice the fabric on the shoulders? It’s layered- I’m sure there is a technical word for this, but I don’t know it- but I love the way it looks!

2. Notice the leopard belt. A small, minor detail like this adds a lot of instant style to an outfit. Don’t be afraid of animal prints!

3. Add some jewelry. Do you see all the cute bracelets I added to my wrist?

4. And lastly, ditch the flip flops. In my opinion, they aren’t very stylish. Even the adorable (and expensive) Tory Burch ones are not appropriate for the workplace. A cute pair of sandals is a much better option. Save the flip flops for the pool, beach or for after yoga class!

Top- this was from when I did Stitch Fix years ago, so no idea where it came from!

Jeans- Joe’s (Nordstrom Rack)

Belt- Target

Shoes- Lucky Brand

Bracelets- gifts

April 24, Camo Again

I was out with three friends last night celebrating a birthday- and of the four of us, I was the only one not wearing camo! I’m telling you- this pattern is all the rage. So, to keep up with my stylish buddies, today I am rocking my camo v neck t shirt from American Eagle!

I’ve talked about these American Eagle shirts before, but I’ll mention it again- these are the softest cotton shirts in the world! In my before picture, I am wearing the shirt loose and paired it with my joggers and tennis shoes. It is super comfy, but not stylish. By simply rolling the cuffs a tiny bit, doing the half tuck, adding my denim jacket and changing the shoes- I now have a much cuter, more stylish outfit.

Joggers- Target

Shirt- American Eagle

Denim jacket- Target

Shoes- Dr. Scholl’s (Marshalls)

sorry ladies- no links today, I’m running late!

Feb 16, Classic White Top

Feb 16, Classic White Top

Jeans and a white shirt are another classic outfit. But you need more than just a logo t shirt and jeans to have a stylish look. A cute, faux silk top is more flattering and stylish. Take this one from Nordstrom Rack, it’s actually polyester, so it’s machine washable- which is essential for moms. Tuck it in a little, add a belt & cardigan sweater, and a cute necklace to give it a little interest. Finish the outfit with some fun sandals instead of flip flops (remember I’m in the desert!) and I’m ready for today’s adventure- the famous street fair!

Jeans- Joe’s Nordstrom

Top- Pleione (Nordstrom Rack)

Shoes- Target

Cardigan- Gap

Feb 1st, Cozy Sweater

Feb 1st, Cozy Sweater

On a freezing cold day, there is nothing better than a huge cozy sweater. In my before look, I have on straight leg jeans and left my sweater untucked. I’m also wearing some slip on loafers that are old and frumpy looking.

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In my after look, I have replaced the mom jeans with a cute pair of skinny jeans from the Gap.

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Since this sweater has such an open neckline, I’ve also switched out my boring bra for a cute bralette from Target.

img_3753 2I then did the half tuck with the sweater, which gives it a little shape and is more flattering. Even though you can barely see it, it’s important to add a belt. I chose this cute leopard belt- just because I always think animal print is a fun addition to any outfit.

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I also added a few bracelets- just for fun! (God my hands are wrinkly!!)

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Last, I put on these cute boots that tie in with the color of my sweater.

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Jeans- Gap

Sweater- Sanctuary

Boots- Sam Edelman 

Belt- Nordstrom Rack

Bralette- Target