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How to wear polka dot jeans (without looking like a 6 year old)

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Top: Target (available in store) | Jeans: Target | Flats: Forever 21 | Bag: Michael Michael Kors (last seen here) | Bracelets: Loft

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I LOVE edgy fashion trends, but when it comes down to it I almost always shy away from giving them a try. Take leather for example: I couldn’t stop pinning outfits with leather to my pin boards, and I even wrote a post all about leather, but I never invested in any leather pieces for myself. Why? Because I was clueless as to how to wear it and make it fit into my wardrobe. I felt the exact same way about polka dot denim, until I spotted these at my local Target.

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They didn’t originally catch my eye because of their perfection; I was initially intrigued by them because I thought they belonged in the little girls section. The denim was a lighter wash, and the polka dots just reminded me of something I would have worn when I was six. But, I had been swooning over polka dot denim for months (and obsessively pinning polka dot things) so I decided to give them a try. I headed into the fitting room and quickly learned the first rule of polka dot denim: don’t knock it til you try it. Although I was less than impressed with these pants on the hanger, they looked AMAZING on. So, I urge you not to judge your polka dot denim by the hanger alone, try it on instead…you might be surprised!

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As soon as I slipped the jeans on, I learned the second rule of polka dot denim: avoid wearing printed denim with a printed top. But Stephanie, print mixing is HOT right now! I know – but honestly, I haven’t figured print mixing out yet so if you’re new to this I recommend sticking with solid tops. When trying these pants on, I was wearing a striped top, and it was way too much with the printed denim. As soon as I tried on this adorable green blouse, my outfit felt much more polished.

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Lastly, thanks to my new neon cap toe flats (first spotted on Yi-chia at Always Maylee), I discovered the third and final rule of polka dot denim: if you want to make a statement, do so with jewelry or fun shoes. Luckily, I was sporting my new neon cap toe flats when I tried these jeans on and they were the perfect pop of color to complete my outfit. Jewelry and fun shoes are the perfect way to pull your outfit together.

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So, let’s do a quick recap:

  1. Don’t judge polka dot denim based on its hanger appearance alone. Try it on! You’ll probably fall in love.
  2. Don’t pair polka dot denim with a printed top (unless, unlike me, you are super at print mixing).
  3. Use accessories to make a statement. Add a fun pop of color with your shoes or jewelry to give your outfit a little something extra.

What are your outfit-making rules when it comes to polka dot and printed denim?
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PS- John deserves a huge shout out for these pics, and all the outfit post photos on my blog for that matter. John, if you’re reading, I love you! Thanks for putting up with me and always taking photos for me, you’re the best. 🙂

Making a Statement

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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.

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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?
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A girl can never have too much __________.

Top: Modcloth | Pants: Loft (old) | Shoes: Nine West Outlet | Earrings: Target (old)

John and I are completely addicted to watching American Pickers. I’m definitely no history buff, but after watching a marathon the other day I realized that picking and collecting antiques and my love for shopping may not be all that different after all. Frank, one of the show’s main stars, seems to have an affinity for oil cans. In a recent episode, Frank was attempting to purchase a new oil can from a seller (who stated that it wasn’t for sale) which provided the perfect opportunity for Mike, the show’s other main star, to poke fun at him. He said something along the lines of, “Frank just keeps buying oil cans, lines them all up and stares at them. I’ll tell him ‘don’t buy that, you already have that one,’ and he’ll say, ‘but I don’t have it in green.'” It was in this moment that I truly identified with the show and turned to John stating, “see? It’s like my love for leopard print.”

In my opinion, a girl can never have too much leopard print. Sure, I may have a pair of leopard heels but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t buy leopard flats, and leopard loafers. And while I have this leopard print necktie blouse, I’m going to need a long sleeve leopard blouse for fall and winter, am I right? The way I see it, when you find a trend you love, there’s no reason not to invest in it. No matter the trend you choose, you can never have “too much” of something that makes you both look and feel great.

What trends or prints do you keep adding to your wardrobe? Do you believe you can ever have “too much” of a certain trend or print?

 

Feelin’ Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and judging by all the buzz on the blogosphere I’m guessing I share my love of fall with a lot of you reading this. While Fall in Florida may mean the temperature dropping from 80 to 79, I’m not letting that prevent me from writing about it.

Fall Lust List

  • First up is a good homemade pumpkin pie because let’s be honest, pumpkin pie (or pumpkin anything for that matter) is the best part about fall. At least for me.
  • It’s no secret that I love peplum (see outfit post here) and I’m also loving leather so why not find a piece that combines these two trends into one?
  • You can never have too much pumpkin-whether it’s a scented bodywash, a pumpkin spice latte, a candle, or a real pumpkin.
  • Beat the cold weather (or the heat for me) by curling up with a good book. Add blankets, PJs and a glass of wine and you have a recipe for a fantastic lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m super excited to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
  • Red lipstick can take any ordinary outfit to the next level, and even though John may have said I resemble a clown when I tried some on this is still a must have fall beauty item for me.
  • I’m always down to add more animal print to my wardrobe so this season I’m in search of the perfect pair of leopard loafers. They’re perfect for any occasion and can easily be dressed up or down all while remaining incredibly comfortable.
  • Oxblood/burgundy/whatever color it is is obviously a huge fall trend. I can’t wait to snag the perfect pair of (insert correct color name here) skinny jeans.
  • Since there isn’t any evidence of fall approaching Florida anytime soon, I have to resort to constantly burning scented candles to bring about the feeling of fall. Candles are the perfect way to add fall into your home decor this season.
  • Obviously a brown leather Michael Kors bag is totally out of my price range, but a girl can dream right? I’m in desperate need of a new bag and this one is too pretty to pass up.

What’s on your wish list for fall? How are you incorporating the season into your own life and wardrobe?

Guest Post: Maximizing your Travel Wardrobe

Guest posting today is Rachel from Life Unsweetened. I love reading Rachel’s blog for a number of reasons, among them being her excellent fashion sense and well-written lifestyle posts. Today she’ll be showing you how to maximize your travel wardrobe by transitioning a few essential pieces from day to night. If you’re not following her already I hope you’ll pop over to her blog to check it out!

Packing for vacations can be brutal. It’s even worse when you’re a female who likes clothes and shoes. The key to effectively packing for a vacation is to bring a few key pieces that you can wear a couple times. You’d be amazed at how many ways you can style that little black dress during a week with the right shoes, accessories, cover-ups and more.

I’ve chosen three wardrobe necessities that you may take on vacation with you (keep in mind, this may change depending on where your vacation is, what the temperature is like and what activities you will be doing). I’ll show you easy ways to transition your outfits from day to night- saving you tons of room in your suitcase and still allowing you to look your best.

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A solid color dress (like this pretty green one) can easily be dressed up or down. For day time, I’d pair it with a pretty scarf, some floral earrings, a pair of colorful and comfortable sandals and a straw tote. This would be great for sight-seeing, walking along the boardwalk or relaxing at brunch. For night, add a black blazer for the chilly breezes, a statement necklace for some va-va-voom, a pair of nude heels to add height, and a simple clutch to carry your i.d. and lipgloss.

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day to night outfit

There’s always that one day on vacation where it’s too cold to wear shorts or your bikini, and that’s where a pair of colored skinny jeans come into play. For daytime events like a trip to a museum or a day of shopping, pair them with blacks for a sophisticated look. A black peplum top, standard flats, the same small bag as before, and a pretty jeweled necklace are the way to go. For night, put on a slinky and glittery tank top, a pair of hoop earrings, a chunky bracelet and those nude heels for a romantic dinner or night out on the town. Be bold with colors- on this look, I made the day look more conservative, but mixed yellow and blue for the night.

Look 3

summer vacation outfits

Although not everyone may dare to pull off the crop top in their normal life, when you’re on vacation, it’s a must! For a day at the beach, protect yourself from the sun with a cute hat, wear your favorite worn-in denim jean shorts, break out the boho bangles and wear a pair of comfortable sandals. For nighttime, dress up this plain top with a leather skirt, some metal-inspired jewelry (studs and necklace) for some edge and the nude heels (they go with almost everything!)