Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing the Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane Boutique Look of The Month!

One of my favorite things about being a style blogger is having the opportunity to be involved in fun and creative collaborations with some pretty marvelous boutiques.  Today, I am beyond excited to tell you about a brand new monthly collab that I'll be featuring with the fabulous Avery Lane Boutique!  The fantastic thing about this collaboration is that that you'll get to see it on the blog and take part in it!  

So, what exactly will be happening?  
Each month, I will be teaming up with Avery Lane Boutique to handpick an exclusive "Hello Gorgeous Look of The Month".  The looks may have themes, will always be budget-friendly, and they will, of course, be gorgeous!!
The best part is that the entire look will be available for purchase through shopaveylane.com!  

I hope that y'all love this collaboration as much as me-- Lord knows *this* girl is giddy!

To start off the "Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane Boutique Look of The Month", this month's theme is a "Wear-to-Work/Wear-to-Easter-Dinner" look.  Of course, some of you may not celebrate Easter.  But, a classic blue tweed and pearls can be paired with a blazer for a chic work look and the it can also be easily transitioned into an Easter dinner/bridal shower/baby shower and other day-time celebration look.  
I promise that I'm not being biased when I tell you that the cut and material of this dress is absolutely exquisite.  And would you believe me if I told you that you could get this beautiful dress and the pearls for around $50?  Well, you can!  Right here.

Enjoy! :)

Blue for You dress and Pretty in Pearls necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact pieces here)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Skinny black belt (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Skinny black watch (Exact old; Similar herehere)
Blue for You dress and Pretty in Pearls necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact pieces here)//
White blazer (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Skinny black belt (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Skinny black watch (Exact old; Similar herehere)
Blue for You dress and Pretty in Pearls necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact pieces here)//
White blazer (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Skinny black belt (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Skinny black watch (Exact old; Similar herehere)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Pant, Three Ways.

I remember the exact day that I bought my first pair of skinnies.  It was July 2006 and skinny jeans were just starting to break into the average person's fashion comfort-zone after years and years of flared and boot-cut jean domination.  I decided to try on a pair of skinnies at Express, thinking that I probably wouldn't like them too much.   
I reluctantly pulled them on, and voila!  
It's as if a dream that I didn't know I had was just realized.  

That might seem dramatic, but it's totally true!  Given that I'm short and petite, almost every pair of pants that I ever bought had to be altered and shortened.  Needless to say, I always dreaded buying pants because having to tailor every pair was really not feasible at the time--especially on a college student budget.
With skinnies, if they were a little long, they could just bunch up around my ankles and they would look fine.  And if they were short, well then they looked like cute ankle pants.  I realized that I may never have to get pants altered again.  Shut.the.front.door!

The next best thing that happened in my skinny pants journey was that I found a pair of perfectly fitting skinnies made out of dressy pants material (perfect for work!).  This little bit of heaven was from The Limited and I proceeded to buy them in every color that they offered.  Which brings us to today-- one day after I online binge-shopped on my favorite Limited pants.  To be fair though, I wear these skinnies so much that I've worn them out and the color is starting to fade.  And after three years, they've truly stood the test of time.  Plus, look how many different ways they can be styled!

So... my little shopping spree is justified, right? ;)

Black & White chiffon top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Ivory blazer (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Skinny Dress Pants (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Nude pointy toe pumps (Exact hereherehere, and love this pair with ankle straps)//
Mint statement necklace (Absolutely love these options herehereherehereherehere)

Mayla tank c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
White blazer (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Skinny Dress Pants (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Skinny gold belt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Gold cap toe pumps (Exact old; Cute pair here; Love this one here and this slingback here
)//
Yasi crystal earrings, bracelet, snakeskin bangle watch and c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact herehere, and here)

Hot pink chiffon blouse (Exact here; Great options here, here, here); Love these sleeveless versions here and here)//
Skinny Dress Pants (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Leopard print flat (Exact here; Similar here, here, here)//
Leopard print scarf (Exact gifted; Cute ones hereherehere)//
Skinny black watch (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
 Earrings c/o Blossom Jewelry Design

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Knocking on Spring's Door.

Lately I've picked up a certain habit.  It's not a necessarily good or bad habit (though, it can be a little disappointing at times).  The habit that I'm speaking of is that every single day, without fail, I log into weather.com and check the 10-day weather forecast.  It's been such a long and dreary winter and I am so desperate for warmer temperatures.  So, each morning, I check the 10-day weather forecast (which almost always looks drab) with hopes that on the tenth day the weather will somehow be miraculously warmer than it was forecasted to be the day before.

But, even though the temperatures feel nothing like normal spring temps, I have not been deterred from wearing spring colors.  Maybe if I dress for it, it will come?! 

Mint green blouse c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar herehere, here; Cute sleeveless options here and here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Ivory blazer (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Geo pencil mini skirt (Exact here; Other cute versions hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Navy round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Gold pave triangle necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Renegade bracelet ℅ 
Erika Lehman
Black sleeveless top (Exact old; Similar here, herehere)//
Red full midi skirt (Exact no longer available; Similar herehere, and one for the tall girls here)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Pointy toe black pumps (Almost exact here; Similar hereherehere, and a gorgeous pair with ankle straps here)//
Gold panther necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact no longer available; Love these versions hereherehere, and a kick-ass one here)//

Houndstooth jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere
Angelique dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Green cardi (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Gold framed jade earrings c/o Bip and Bop (Exact here)
Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Wine red pleated skirt c/o Teodora B. (Exact here)//
Wide stretch belt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere (just turn the buckle to your back) )//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Leopard print pumps (Exact old; Similar herehere, and love this animal print pair here)//
Fancy Nancy necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Skinny black watch (not shown) (Exact old; Similar herehere)

Green cardi (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Multi-color printed skirt (Exact old; Love these options hereherehere)//

Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Gold cap toe pumps (Exact old; Cute pair here; Love this one here and this slingback here)//
Chunky pearl necklace (Exact from eBay; Similar herehere
)
Purple cardi (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Full khaki skirt (Exact here; Cute option here)//
Leopard print belt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Leopard print pumps (Exact old; Similar herehere, and love this animal print pair here)//
Chunky pearl necklace (Exact from eBay; Similar herehere)
Black sheath dress (Exact old; So many great options!!-> herehereherehereherehere)//
Floral blazer (Exact no longer available; Cute options herehereherehere)//
Lace floral patterned tights (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Pink belt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Nude pointy toe pumps (Exact hereherehere, and love this pair with ankle straps)//
Baroque crystal bracelet c/o Sira & Mara (Exact here

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The One Where I Address Sweatpants.

One question that is frequently asked from me is if I always "dress up", even when I'm at home.  The short answer is "No".  The spunky answer is "hell to the no!".  But the real let-me-shatter-the-glass-for-you answer is that I change into comfortable clothes the minute that I come home and stay that way until the minute that I have to put "real clothes" on and greet the world.  
I don't think there's anything wrong with sweatpants or pajamas.  In fact, I prefer to live my at-home life in them rather than to wear out my "nice" clothes when I'm not doing anything special.  
I even have matching sweatsuits.  I'm really not kidding.  My husband likes to joke around that I look a mob-wife when we're at home.  Three things to address that statement: 1. It's probably true (sans the make-up and nails). 2. I don't wear velour ones, okay?! I stick to the regular mono-color athletic sweatsuits. 3. He loves it!

Now that you know way too much about what I look like at home, here's what I've been wearing at work. ;)


Black & white contrast blouse (Exact old; Similar herehere; Same style but opposite color here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Skinny Dress Pants (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Multi-color pointy toe pumps (Exact old; Super cute versions herehere; Love this round-toe pair here and this strappy pair here)//
Mint blazer (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Bohemian Bombshell earrings c/o Edith Marie Jewelry (Exact here)
"Très Chic" sweater (Exact here)//
Full skirt in dark navy (Exact old; Love these options here and here; And you can get a similar look by layering a sweater over this gorgeous dress here)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Red pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Rosa flower necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Tassel bracelet c/o Bip & Bop (Exact here)
Mustard yellow pencil skirt (Exact old; Similar herehere,  here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Black sleeveless top (Exact old; Similar here, hereherehere)//
Belt and cardi c/o Hawthorne Collection (Cardi no longer available; Similar belt here)//
Sua Necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Tall black boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)
The Sophisticate dress c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Black peplum jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere
)//
Gold pave triangle necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Love cuff c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)//Renegade bracelet ℅ Erika Lehman//Bezel Venus Flytrap bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Lace detail top c/o Jane (Exact old; Love these lace collar tops hereherehere)//
Black cardigan (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Blue lace pencil skirt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//Earrings c/o Hawthorne Collection 
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Faith plaid blouse c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Red blazer (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black pencil skirt (Almost exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black sheer tights (Exact here)//Red pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//Rosa flower necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//Gold crystal bow bangle c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)
Black lace top c/o Jane (Similar hereherehere; Absolutely in love with this short sleeve lace top here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Black blazer (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Teal pencil skirt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Blue chandelier earrings c/o Bip and Bop (Similar here)//
 Turquoise tile bangles c/o Trade of Hope by Dawn (Exact here)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bye Bye Winter Duds.

Tonight's post is going to be really short and sweet.  Mainly, I'm behind in outfit posts and I'm rounding up the last bit of late-winter casual outfits that I wore in the past few weeks.  Once I get a little bit more caught up with outfit posts I hope to do a post about my "Top Ten Spring Essentials", kind of like this post from the Fall!  (I've heard your e-mail requests loud and clear!)

So, here are what I hope are the final bits of my Winter casual wardrobe.
Have a great week, Loves! 

White skinny jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehereherehere)//
Color block sweater c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Brown riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Necklace c/o Sira & Mara (Exact here)//
Love cuff c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)//
Bezel Venus Flytrap bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Spike cluster bracelet from eBay (Almost exact here and here)
Off shoulder sweater (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Lace mini skirt c/o Oakleigh Rose (Exact here)//
Drop earrings and bangle ℅ Bip and Bip (Exact here)//
Shimmering Shadow Bracelet c/o Sira and Mara (Exact here)
Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Green plaid blazer c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact here)//
Skinny Dress Pants (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Brown riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Venus Flytrap necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Chunky pearl necklace (Exact from eBay; Similar herehereherehere)//
Watch c/o Wristology Watches  (Exact here)//
Renegade bracelet ℅ Erika Lehman//
Bezel Venus Flytrap bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Sweater c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Tall black boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Crystal earrings c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact here)//
Bezel Venus Flytrap bracelet c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//

Spike cluster bracelet from eBay (Almost exact here and here)//
Nail cuff c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)
Royal blue blouse c/o Very Jane (Similar hereherehere)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact old, from Express; Very similar here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Mint blazer c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Brown riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//

Brown belt (Exact old; Similar herehere, herehere)//
Royal and mint statement necklace c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact here)//
Spike cluster bracelet from eBay (Almost exact here and here)
Cable knit tunic c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Sweater c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Hunter Wellies (Exact here)//
Rosa flower necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//

Neena crystal cuff c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)//
Renegade bracelet ℅ Erika Lehman//
Tassel bracelet c/o Bip & Bop (Exact here)
Ivory knit sweater (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
American flag scarf c/o Very Jane (Similar here, and love this one here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Brown riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Grey coat c/o Hawthorne Collection//
Ralph Lauren brown leather tote (Exact old; Love these options hereherehere)//
Grey watch from Groupdealz (Exact no longer available; Similar here; Other cute options here and here)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Teodora B. Giveaway!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have picked up on the fact that I am ever so slowly inching my way into my Spring wardrobe.  But, since it's not exactly warm enough to wear a lot my Spring pieces yet, I've been Winterizing a lot of them with tights and blazers.  
Two of the pieces that I'm most excited to wear this upcoming season are this gorgeous yellow blazer and this amazing pleated skirt.  Both pieces are from Teodora B., a fabulous new online boutique that I recently discovered.  
I am not exaggerating when I say that I seriously want every.single.piece from this boutique.  I want it ALL!! I want to wear it to work. I want to wear it out.  And I simply just want these delicious pieces hanging right in my closet!

So, I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Teodora B. to host a gorgeous giveaway!  One lucky winner will win ONE fabulous Teodora B. item of her choice (up to $100!).  

Just use the Rafflecopter app below to enter.
(Remember, the more points you complete using the app, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing.)
Good luck, ladies!!



The small print: Giveaway ends on Monday, March 17th, and is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be announced on the Hello Gorgeous Facebook page and must claim prize within 48 hours. If prize is left unclaimed within this time, a new winner will be chosen.