Monday, June 22, 2015

Lace & Cargo.

It's amazing what outfit combinations you can come up with when you're behind on laundry. 
Case and point: a rugged cargo vest paired with a dainty lace dress. It's like they were meant to be together, no?!

Check out the details, below:
Lace shift dress c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Cute versions hereherehere, & here)//
Cargo vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact sold out; Similar herehere, & here)//
Skinny brown braided belt-Forever 21 (Similar herehere, & here)//
Brown ballet flats-Target (Similar herehere, & here; Love this pair with a gold toe here)//
White watch c/o Wristology (Exact here; Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off orders over $30)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Style Link-Up!

After spending a week in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating my friend Nicole's wedding, I'm back at it with a fab hosting gig. 
Today I'm excited to co-host my first ever style link-up with the gorgeous Tara from Mix & Match Fashion
I first discovered Tara's blog through Pinterest and it has since remained one of my absolute favorite blogs. Not only does she have fantastic style, but she's a working blogger who posts tons of office-appropriate outfits. Plus, her looks always include lots of prints and colors-- a win-win in my book!
For this Summer Style Link-Up, I wanted to mix it up and try something new. So, I decided to pair a bright yellow blazer with cuffed denim shorts and flats. Hey, if you can wear a blazer with regular jeans, why not wear one with jean shorts?! And even though I had all but sworn off bubble necklaces last year (I wore them NON-STOP for quite a while), I really liked how this black bubble necklace played into my black and white polka dot top. Finally, I threw on a pair of flats...and voilĂ !

Check out my outfit details in the photo caption below:
Black and white polka dot top c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact sold out; Similar here, here, & here; Especially love this one here)//
Yellow blazer c/o
Teodora B (Exact here, but only medium left; Similar here, here, here, & here)//
Cuffed jean shorts-American Eagle (Exact
here; Great options here & here)//
Black chained ballet flats-Target (Similar
herehere, & here)//
Black bubble necklace-eBay (Almost exact
here; Love these other black statement necklaces here, here, & here)//
Black and gold watch-Anne Klein (Exact here; Similar here, here, & here)

Check out Tara's outfit details on her blog: Mix & Match Fashion

Thanks for having me as your co-host for this Summer Style Link-Up, Tara!
We'd love for YOU to join us in this link-up, too! Just follow the directions below. :)  

Summer Style Weekly Link-Up Guidelines: 
1. Follow Hello, Gorgeous! via bloglovin' and Mix & Match Fashion via bloglovin’.
 2. Please link from today’s specific blog post, not your blog’s homepage. 
 3. Use the button below to link back to this linkup on your blog post, or use your own link if you would like.
Mix & Match Fashion

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Neutrals, pearls, & sequins.

This past week was all about neutrals, pearls, and animal prints. I even surprised myself by mixing in an old sequin top!

Here's what I've been wearing :)

Ivory blouse-TJ Maxx (Similar herehere, & here)//
Green cargo vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar here, herehere, & here)
Skinny jeans-Rock Revival (Almost exact here and here; Love these more budget-friendly versions herehere)//
Leopard print flats-Target (Cute options hereherehere, & here

Pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off)//
Rose gold watch-NY & Co. (Similar here, here, & here)//
Silver spike bracelet-eBay (Similar here)//
Skinny metallic belt-Forever21 (Similar herehere, & here)
Chambray button-up-Old Navy (Similar here, here, & here)//
Khaki blazer-H&M (Exact here; Similar here)//
Skinny black pants-The Limited (Exact here; Similar herehere)//
Leopard print flats-Target (Cute options hereherehere, & here)//
Chunky brown watch-Target (Exact 
here; Other cute ones here & here)//

Skinny braided brown belt-Forever21 (Almost exact here; Very similar here, & here)//
Glasses c/o Firmoo (Exact here, but no longer available in tortoiseshell)
Gold sequin tank c/o Sugar Love Boutique (Exact sold out; Very similar here; Love these other sequin tanks here, here, & here)//
Khaki pencil skirt-Zara (Similar hereherehere)//
White blazer-H&M (Exact here; Similar here, & here)//
Nude ballet flats-Target (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
Chunky pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact sold out; Adore these pearls here)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Five Major Fashion Don'ts and How To Avoid Them.

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*Most of these "fashion don'ts" are taken from my own experiences. I've made the mistakes (possibly many times) and later thought "what was I thinking?!"         As with most advice, please take this with a grain of salt. If something makes you happy and you feel fabulous wearing it--rock it, baby! Nothing looks better than true confidence. :)

1. Super frilly tops and dresses. 
I know these are "in" right now and in theory they sound cute and oh-so-bohemian. But, let's get real--super frilly pieces generally don't flatter adult women. These styles are simultaneously too dated and too 'young'.  So, let's make a pact and leave them where they belong... in our childhoods.

2. See-through whites.
Unless you live on a beach in Costa Rica and you barely wear anything other than a bikini most days (lucky duck!), do not wear see-through white fabrics. Please, for the love of all that is fashionable and chic, check to see if your skin color shows through the fabric. If it does, DO NOT wear! I repeat: Do not wear! It looks trashy and cheap. Instead, wear whites that are lined or thick enough to hide your goodies. It's best to leave some things to the imagination!

3. Ankle pants that are too short. 
As a vertically challenged gal, I love a good ankle pant. No hemming required? Where do I sign up?!
However, if the bottom of the pant hits too far above your ankle bone, the pants are too short and they're going to look like clamdiggers. Proportion is key when it comes to dressing well, and ankle pants that don't hit at the right spot can make you look wider and shorter than you probably intended. 

4. Shorts that are too short. 
You might look amazing in a pair of itsy bitsy booty shorts. But, if you're above the age of 30, it might be time to let those babies go, regardless of how awesome you look in them. Your legs might say "hottie tottie", but the little voice inside your head probably says "I'm an adult with responsibilities". Listen to that voice. Booty shorts look juvenile. And honestly, who really wants to re-live their teenage years? Not me!

5. "It looks great on the model...I'll take it!" 
I still remember the day that I discovered that products modeled in online stores and catalogs are often altered to fit the body of that particular model. I was shocked. SHOCKED!
I always knew that retailers used photoshop and that model's bodies did not represent the bodies of us normies. But, to perfectly tailor the products and then try to sell them to us like they came that way? Liar liar, pants on fire!    
My point is, just because something looks a certain way on a model doesn't mean that it will look that way in real life (even if you have a similar body shape as said model). Read the reviews. Often times, if there is something truly "off" about the product, someone will have already given it a poor review.

Dressing your age, size, and to your specific shape is a beautiful thing. The more you embrace this concept, the more fun you can have with clothes that truly flatter you. Our bodies will change a lot over our lifetimes (mine already has and I'm only 30!). There are things that we can wear at 20 that will look ridiculous at 50, and vice versa.
Isn't it kind of a relief to know that we can dress well our whole lives, regardless of age?!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Skirts & Prints.

I've been wearing skirts and dresses (especially printed ones!) like nobody's business. But, who could blame me? 
We only get so many months that are appropriate for bare legs! :)

Red & white patterned dress-Forever21 (Love these versions here & here , & love this plus-size version here)//
Mustard yellow cardi-Target (Similar herehere, & here)//
Brown ballet flats-Target (Similar herehere & here; Super cute laser-cut design pair here)//
Skinny brown belt-Forever21 (Similar here & here)//

Glasses c/o Firmoo (Exact here, but no longer available in tortoiseshell)//
Chunky brown watch-Target (Exact here; Other cute ones here & here)//
Necklaces c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here & here <--use code 'Yasi' for 15% off)
Mint green sleeveless top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar herehere, & here)//
Colorful patterned pencil skirt-Target (Love these ones herehere, & here; Very similar, but in black & white here & here)//
Purple cardi-Gap (Similar here)//
Nude ballet flats-Target (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
Necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here <--use code 'Yasi' for 15% off)

Ivory lace top c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar here, here, & here);
Ivory cami (Similar here, here, & here)//
Pleated skirt c/o TeodoraB (Exact sold out; Similar pleated skirts in various colors here, here, & here)//
Wide stretch belt-Forever21 (Similar here here (just turn the buckle to your back))//
Structured ivory blazer-H&M (Great options here & here)//
Nude pumps-Target (Similar here, here, herehere)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Creating Quick Outfits that POP!

I am often asked if I create my week's outfits ahead of time or if I throw them together in the morning. The truth is, I used to put much more thought into planning my outfits than I do now. These days, I find myself wanting to spend less time thinking of what to wear in the morning. Instead, I'd rather spend my mornings playing with Lucy (our dog), or putting together a well-rounded lunch and packing my gym bag for later, or just sleeping in a bit longer.   

Sure, I still randomly think of cute outfits that I can create at a later time, jot the ideas down in the "notes" section of my phone, and reference them in times when I'm running low on inspiration. But, for the most part, my outfits now are quickly thrown together in the mornings and always focus on three things:
practicality, comfort, and style. 
So, what's my (not so) secret formula for creating quick looks that POP? 

1 Pattern + 1 Bright pop of Color +1 Interesting piece of Jewelry= Perfect (quick) Outfit! 

Here's what I've been wearing lately 

Chevron dress-Flourish Boutique (Love these versions hereherehereherehere, & here)//
Yellow cardi-NY & Co. (Similar herehere, & here)//
Nude ballet flats-Target (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
Long tribal necklace (Cute options hereherehere, & here)
Polka dot tank c/o Hawthorne-Collection (Exact here)//
Skinny black pants-The Limited (Exact 
here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Green blazer-H&M (Great options 
herehere, & here)//
Black jeweled flats-DSW (Similar 
herehere, & here)//

Pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off!) 
Red sleeveless blouse-H&M (Similar herehereherehere, & here)//
Pleated denim skirt-Forever21 (Similar here & here)//
Wide stretch belt-Forever21 (Similar here here (just turn the buckle to your back) )//
Beige blazer-H&M (Similar here & here)//
Pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off)//
Red ballet flats-Target (Love these bow ones here & here; Other cute versions here & here)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pattern Play.

Our Memorial Day weekend has been one for the books-- my parents are here visiting from LA! 
And after not seeing each other for nearly a year, it's been quite the treat.

Contrary to what we might do on a holiday weekend (shopping!), we've spent the past few days enjoying each other's company. I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! 
Here's what i've been wearing lately: 

Red sleeveless blouse-H&M (Similar here, here, herehere, & here)//
Polka dot skirt and pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here & here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off)//
Black blazer-H&M (Similar here, here, here, here, & here)//
Strappy nude pumps-Shoe Dazzle (Similar here & here)
Green geometric top-JC Penney (Love these versions here, here, & here)//
Horizontal striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact no longer available; Cute options here, here, here, & here)//
Navy cardi-Target (Exact here; Similar here, & here)//
Blue and green ballet flats c/o Ann Blanche (Exact here)//
Pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off)
Ivory blouse-TJ Maxx (Similar here, here, & here)//
Khaki pants-Banana Republic (Similar here, here, here, & here)//
Skinny gold belt-Forever21 (Similar here, here, & here)//
Pink pumps-Payless (Similar here, here, & here)//
Pink scarf-Flourish Boutique (Similar here, here, & here)
Lavender top- c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar here, here, here, & here)//
Striped blazer-H&M (Similar here, here, here, & here)
Dark wash skinny jeans-Express (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Skinny metallic belt-Forever21 (Similar herehere, here, & here)//
Striped ballet flats-Target (Similar here, here, here, & here)