Tuesday, February 10, 2015

3 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine's Day is just another excuse to dress up. Sure it's about love too, but its in the middle of February and when it's as cold as it has been I am excited to find any reason to dress cute. I put together these three simple outfits using pieces already in my closet. There is no reason to spend a lot on your outfit especially considering how much will be spent on dinner, movie tickets, etc. A little creativity can go a long way.

1. Red Tights - This one is so simple. Red tights automatically make any outfit that much more interesting. I love this BB Dakota dress that I got at a consignment shop for $15. It's form fitting and perfect for a fancy dinner date.

Kohl's Scarf / BB Dakota Dress via Avalon Exchange / Hue Tights / Old Navy Boots
2. Mix and Match Pinks and Reds - There are a lot of ways to combine various shades of pinks and reds. I went with this hot pink top and a maroon skirt for an interesting and bright contrast. I like this outfit for a work party or meeting up with girlfriends for drinks.

Ann Taylor Top / The Limited Skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Illy Couture Necklace

3. Use Unconventional Red Patterns - Everyone automatically goes for the heart shape and polka dot patterns when it comes to Valentine's Day, but I think a buffalo plaid scarf paired with simple black and white really pops! This outfit is perfect for ice skating in the park or a cozy night in.

Gap Men's Scarf / Loft Top / James Jeans / Calvin Klein Shoes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Peplum Sweater

Details: The Limited Peplum Sweater / Consigned J.Crew skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Banana Republic necklace / Jennifer and Grace blouse via Marshalls / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Winter sure loses its appeal quickly. One minute you are making snow angels, the next minute you are driving to work cursing the skies. I feel the same way about winter outfits. I've been trying to keep things fresh lately, but that poses a challenge when the only chance of staying warm is to pile on the layers. For me that often turns into the same look over and over again. Sweater, button down skirt, repeat. When I found this peplum sweater in the clearance section at the Limited, I knew it would provide that small amount of variety I needed to really up my sweater game. How are you keeping things fresh?




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

3 Tips for Wearing Gold Sequin Leggings

Details: H&M sweater (old) / Parisiscoming.com leggings (Order one size larger) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / Coach purse 

I rang in the New Year like any style blogger, human being and woman of 2015 should: in gold sequin leggings. I know New Year's Eve is old news, but that line just sounded good. And it's true! We attended the Girl Talk concert here in Pittsburgh on an unusually frigid New Year's Eve night and I have to say these leggings stole the show. Many concert goers told me so ... or something to that affect.

When I first received these pants for my birthday in July, my feelings were of both elation and panic. Elation because there was nothing my heart desired more than a pair of gold sequin leggings. Major props to the boyfriend for finding these pants via the Google machine. Panic because I thought I lacked the guts to pull of this aberration of fashion. I quickly realized that was crazy talk! My advice to you for feeling more comfortable wearing gold sequin leggings is as follows.

  1. Wear Them Comfortably - I don't judge anyone who wears leggings as pants, but that is one thing I am not comfortable with. And I am certainly not going to feel comfortable wearing leggings as pants if they have gold sequins on them. So I made sure to layer a longer sweater over them. Wear them with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
  2. Choose a Good Color Scheme - Choosing the right color scheme will help make the whole outfit look under control. I'm sure you've heard the expression, "Don't let the outfit wear you." It would be very easy for that to happen with gold sequin leggings. I imagine these leggings would look good with emerald and black, cream and black, cream and pink, and pink and black. I am sure there are other combinations, but I think the key is keeping the scheme relatively simple.

  3. Mix in Casual Elements - One of the things I love about this look is that it mixes the dressy gold sequin, the sporty cut of the leggings and the casual sweater to make an understated look. It also lets the leggings be the center of attention instead of having elements that are competing for attention. This type of look is created all the time by Jenna Lyons who just masters casual cool.
Good luck in your gold sequin legging adventures!





Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Year in Outfits: 2014

Some of my favorite outfits from 2014. Psst ... they were all my favorites.

The Buffalo Print Moment is Still Happening For Me


Gingham is soon coming to a fashion trend near you.


 I heart my Chuck Talyor's forever and always.


Whimsical creatures on sweaters get me every time.


Neon on Neon action.  It's electric?


Pastels are so the new black.


The outfits I created for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show.


Tennis dress anyone?


Skater dress anyone?

Peplum completes me.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Found Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans were like my Moby Dick. I had searched through racks of clothing, online and in stores to find a pair that had the right fit, the right price and the right wash. Finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans is an elusive thing. I am still not entirely sure that I actually find them that flattering, but I am really happy with the fit of these and at $36 they were within my budget. Now that I have found a pair I love, I have appropriately paired them with preppy stripes and bow heels for a casual Friday look. Because what else would you wear with them? Also, fall seems like just the right time to break these out. I can't wait to pair them with slouchy sweaters and booties for the perfectly casual look. Do you like boyfriend jeans?

Details: J.Crew turtleneck / Gap Outlet jeans / Nine West pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Red October

Do you feel it? The "fall" in the air?  I do! I was driving to work and for the first time this season saw a sea of colors along the side of the road. My fall/Halloween decorations are up and I am wearing tights. Tights! I am trying weird recipes involving pumpkin. Some good and some not so good. The only thing I haven't done yet this season is have a pumpkin spice latte. And now I don't think I will having seen the scary info graphic about its ingredients. Oh well! It's a good excuse to try the local coffee place I guess. This is one of my first truly fall outfits. The colors and the layering say it all. Are you excited for fall? Or are you one of those people who wishes it was still summer?

Details: Gap blouse / Land's End Canvas skirt / Nordstrom cardigan / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / J.Crew Factory necklace



Friday, September 12, 2014

Mom and Me Mani Day

(Photo by Brian Norcross)

In August, we celebrated the nuptials of my little sister and her long-time boyfriend. Our family has had the chance to really get to know her now husband and it was such a happy day for all of us to see them take the next step in their lives together. In the months leading up to the wedding, there was much planning, list making, bow tying, favor making, and bachelorette partying. By the time we got to the wedding weekend all the lists were checked and it was time to gather as a family and celebrate.

The day before the wedding, I got the chance to spend some time with my Mom. She is the type of person who puts everyone else's needs before her own. She made an appointment to get her hair done the day of the wedding, but she had neglected to schedule a manicure for herself. So during the few hours of calm we had on the day before the wedding, my mom and I sat outside and listened to the radio while I gave her a manicure. It was nice to treat my mom especially since she is always going out of her way to do thoughtful things for us.

I was reminded of this day, when I read about Julep's "Mom and Me Mani Day". The idea being that you get a manicure with your mom and spend some quality time together before the business of the school year and soon the holidays take over.

Since I was wearing a berry dress for the wedding, I wanted to go with a pale pink to compliment that deep color. My mom wore a light pink dress, so she kept it classic with light pink nails. Now that we are getting close to fall, I am looking for some richer colors. Julep has a lot of unique nail colors to choose from. I especially like Anisa and Angelica for something different.


Do you have a back to school ritual you share with your Mom or your kids? If not, a "Mom and Me Mani Day" might be in order.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Green and Purple Wear to Work


Summer is still alive and kicking so I am not yet abandoning this tried and true formula: floral prints + brights = fashionable yet easy wear to work outfit. With this outfit in particular, I was proud of myself for trying the mix of purple and green — a color combination I don't try that often but really like. The green flower print pattern definitely elevates this look past your typical color blocking. It's like color blocking on caffeine. This look was relatively inexpensive to create when you consider I purchased the top at Goodwill for about $4 and the skirt at a consignment shop for $20.

Details: Thrifted Old Navy blouse / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange / Nine West Pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace



Thursday, August 28, 2014

White and Floral Print

I got this dress at Old Navy Factory store for Easter. It's spring pattern seemed like the perfect fit for that time of year. Since then I've gotten a lot of use out of it for special events such as my sister's White Coat ceremony in Baltimore and my other sister's Bridal Shower in Cleveland. In this picture, I try to take it from special occasion dress to every day work dress by layering a white button down under it. This button down is a no iron blouse that I got at Marshalls for $16. So far it has lived up to its name. I can definitely see this outfit working for fall with a cardigan, tights and booties.

Details: Old Navy dress / Jennifer Grace shirt / Nine West heels / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pinterest Party: Beach Mason Jar

I was compelled to host a Pinterest party a few weeks ago because A. I love crafting and needed an excuse to do it and B. Because crafting with friends and wine and snacks is even better! My friends and I made these Beach Inspired Mason Jars we found on Pinterest via the blog A Pumpkin and A Princess. It was actually quite easy to make after we got the hang out of it.

Learn how to make these beach-themed mason jars after the jump...