Top: ModCloth | Jeans: LOFT | Necklace c/o: Cathryn Ann Designs | Bag: Michael Michael Kors | Shoes: Nine West
First things first — hello! I’m totally ashamed of my sporadic blogging over the past few months. Between time spent with my lovely man and puppy, a new promotion and some changes at work, building up my photography site and branding/brainstorming business planning and all of the other great things that have been going on lately I’ve been letting this little blog fall behind. So I’m bringing it back with a bang today with my first outfit post in a loooooong time.
When it comes to fashion, I definitely jump aboard and participate in the latest trends. I was obsessed with mint and am still in love with peplum tops, and after seeing those gorgeous J. Crew inspired bubble necklaces on every blog I came across over the summer, I just had to have one for myself. But for some reason I just kept putting it off and never ending up getting one. Needless to say I was thrilled when Cathryn of Cathryn Ann Designs contacted me about doing a little collaboration on the blog. She sent me over this bubble necklace and I was totally giddy with excitement when I got it! I honestly had a hard time picking out a piece because everything in her shop is so adorable. It’s full of so many fun, colorful statement necklaces and bracelets – check out her shop here.
The thing I love most about this necklace is that it makes a statement and is the perfect outfit completer. For those of you familiar with Molly’s blog, this necklace is totally my “completer jacket” (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read her post here). It’s the perfect piece to give any outfit the extra pop it needs.
What’s your favorite way to make a statement?
As usual, I’m a million steps behind everyone else in terms of trends, and peplum is no exception. I remember a brief encounter I once had with peplum in a cramped Forever 21 dressing room in which I ultimately decided the trend was not for me. Of course, all of you fantastic bloggers out there were begging me to reconsider with all your amazing photos of peplum tops/skirts/dresses and I decided to give it another shot. Man, oh man, am I glad I did that!
Look-I’m a curvy girl. I’m not an Amazon woman by any means (I’m 5’4” ish) and I have a pretty short torso. I’ve learned to embrace my body, because it’s unique and its mine and I love it, but shopping can also be incredibly frustrating for a size 8 girl in a size 0 world. I see so many trends that cater only to stick skinny girls (here’s looking at you, crop tops) who have legs for days, and it’s frustrating because I’m not that girl.
Top: ModCloth (runs a full size small if you’re busty) | Jeans: American Eagle (similar) | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Necklace: F21
This frustration led me to believe there were a lot of trends I couldn’t partake in, like maxi skirts and dresses, and even peplum. I figured it’d hit me in the wrong spot and people might think I have a bun in the oven. Lucky for me, I was so so so so wrong. Peplum works wonders. If you’ve got a square, boyish figure, shazam! you suddenly have curves. If you’re a curvy girl, you suddenly have the world’s smallest waist.
I got this peplum top from ModCloth and I love how it hits me at the smallest part of my waist and works with my curves to create a great shape. I don’t think anyone will be surprised when I say I’d like to add a whole lotta peplum into my step (that was good, right?) from now on.
What’s your favorite peplum piece? How are you styling it?
PS- Happy Friday. Have any fun plans this weekend? I’ll be at the beach until Tuesday with John and my family, so expect to be bombarded with beach pics next week. 😀