Staple Series: Fit-N-Flare

A great fit-n-flare dress looks amazing on any and every body type. You can select any hem length you like from mini to maxi and this dress is sure to make you look your best and bring in all the compliments. A great basic fit-n-flare dress will also allow you a wide range of versatility. They’re great for weddings, brunches, and even just a trip to Target because your shoes and accessories are really whats going to pull together the vibe for this classic cut.

The great thing that I love about a fit-n-flare dress is how flattering the cut is. While I have a few different options, this chambray one especially looks great. The midi-length makes it an awesome option to wear with either wedges, flats, or sneakers for a more laid-back outfit. I also love that this one *gasps* has pockets! Dresses with pockets > than everything basically.

As the term states, these dresses are FITted to the natural waist, theN FLAREs out around the hips, giving you extra room for tacos when you wear it, and hiding those baby lbs still hanging around my hips. On a smaller frame this cut accentuates a naturally tiny waist and gives the area around curves a little more volume, creating that “perfect” hour-glass shape.

For brunch with my Style Collective Sisters, I paired this button-down chambray fit-n-flare dress with a top knot, bandana, and my Marc Fisher espadrille wedges. This dress also looks SO adorable with white chucks, an oversized cardigan and a side braid for days where you want to look cute but don’t want to put too much effort into it.

 

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Maxi-mum Summer

You know what I’ve been avoiding?! Maxi dresses. I’m like, 4’10” and that’s being generous, so since Midi dresses hit the scene, I’ve forgotten all about it’s longer, older sister. Maxi dresses are so awesome during the summer months, because they give you a comfortable breathable look, while still maintaining your chic-ness.

I found this maxi dress through a fellow fashion Blogger, Blair Driscoll of Rose Gold Outlook. She wore it for Easter and it was so adorable. I love how she styled it in a super dressy way on her blog, but when I saw the vibrant colors I thought it would be so perfect to not only dress up, but also dress down with a more boho vibe.

I wore it out to lunch with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon before heading to hang at my Grandmother’s house for a while. It was the perfect laid back outfit that still looked cute enough for pictures after stuffing myself with all the carbs.

I love the tassel tie detail, and the slit in the front gives it the most perfect amount of movement. This dress is so flattering and so versatile. So keep it a little more chill, I wore my simple gold arrowhead necklace, bangles, and the easiest blush lace-up sandals.

According to my measurements I was right in-between sizes, and so I went with the larger of the two, so the dress was actually a little big to start with. However, I washed and dried it in my dryer and it shrank to the perfect size/length miraculously. If you’re not a risk taker like me though, I suggest going with the smaller size if you’re in-between like I was. <3

(couldn’t link exact one in widget so here are some of my favs, you can find the exact one in the 2nd paragraph link)

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Rose Gold Love

Rose gold made a comeback in 2012, and while it’s slowly started to fade away again, I found this amazing necklace at H&M on clearance for $3 and I HAD to do something with it! I forgot how much rose gold compliments a variety of different colors! For this look, since I wanted to keep it casual, I let the necklace stand out against a black and white patterned cotton dress.

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I accessorized using a great rose gold skinny belt and simple bow bracelet from The Limited. Since it’s still a little chillier outside, I paired the dress with awesome opaque black tights and black Sam&Libby boots from Target.

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I love the simplicity of this outfit, I feel like it’s really appropriate for a variety of occasions, and if I wanted to dress it up, it’d be as simple as swapping the boots for close-toed black heels! This is another one that just feels awesome when you wear it, it’s figure flattering to any and all body types, and it provides plenty of coverage for playing with the babies too!

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I had so much fun shooting this look in my baby brothers new HUGE backyard! The nature all around makes me so happy!!

Wild&Free,

B

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Plaid Love

Over the weekend James and I had not one but TWO great date moments! Cash stayed the night with my mom and Friday evening we got our cheesy-romance date on by walking along the beach! We even took one a few couple selfies to commemorate the romance of it all!

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Saturday before we picked up Cash we hit up a matinee to see Birdman! It was awesome! I wore this amazing dress that James actually picked out and purchased for me a week ago! It’s a wonderful sheer plaid dress with a navy slip underneath! It’s so easy to throw on when you want to look dressed up, but also low-key at the same time!

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I paired the dress with a great slouchy red boyfriend cardigan, my new favorite Nine West heels, and some fun Betsey Johnson sunnies!

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I kept the jewelry to a minimum, since the dress is a little more revealing in the chest area that I’m used to, I didn’t want to draw excess attention to the area, so I opted for a very simple gold chain, and my gold&white boyfriend watch from Francesca’s!

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I love how easy this look was to put together, it’s a great effortless look that is adorable for a date day with the one you love! Would be awesome for a Valentine’s Day adventure!

Flannel&Fleece,
B

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Post-Baby Body Style at Poppy and Bloom- Enter to win on Instagram!

Since having Cash my body has changed so much. I haven’t been 100% committed to getting those extra 30lbs off, but I will be after the holidays for sure. In the meantime, I need fashion that is complimentary to my “extra love”, and I’ve found that Poppy and Bloom is a great place to find fashion forward clothing that knows how to compliment my curves! Check out some of my favorite holiday looks from their website!

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This “Green with Envy” A-line dress is so perfect to wear with sheer or patterned tights to a holiday party, or even for a girl’s night out!

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Who doesn’t love a classic black and white polka dot?! I’m obsessed! This is an easy desk-to-dinner look, and can be dressed more professionally with a blazer, or dressed down with sandals and bright jewelry for a more casual look!

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Last, but certainly not least THIS is my Christmas day dress! This ponte dress is so comfortable, and the Peter-Pan-Collar is just so on point to me! It’s the perfect dress to wear while traveling from family to family to make sure you look adorable in photos this Christmas!

Stop by Instagram to enter to win one of 2 $25 Poppy and Bloom Giftcards to fill your stocking with cheer this holiday season!

XoXo,B Instagram

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End of Summer Neutrals

As summer is ending (has already ended for most northerners), I’ve been a little smarter with my clothing purchases. I talk a lot about transitional pieces that you can wear no matter the occasion, however I always neglect to mention some great neutrals you can wear all seasons! This simple eggshell dress from H&M, cost only $12.95 and looks great like I wore it below with sandals, and tan accessories, however I can’t WAIT to dress it up for winter with tan boots, maroon or mustard leggings and fun patterned scarfs!!!

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Natural Neutrals,

B

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Dressing Appropriately for an Art Exhibit

For my Drawing 1 class this semester I’m required to go to see a few art exhibits. One of them is tonight, and while going over things with Haley about how we should dress I thought I’d go ahead a jot these notes down, since of course I’ll have to go to another one, and I’m sure there are plenty of other students required to attend these functions with no clue about how to dress for this event.

You want to look put together, classy and make a statement with your look. I’ve put together some great examples of appropriate attire to wear to an art exhibit.

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Nothing says class like a pencil skirt, I paired this beautiful slate blue pencil with a black shell and a gorgeous garnet blazer. Since  the buttons are a brassy-gold and go down the front, I nixed a necklace and went with a beautiful rose-gold watch and matching sassy heels to add something unique to the look. The rose gold compliments the colors of the slate and garnet perfectly. This is elegant and an easy go-to for any fancy gathering!

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A color-blocked dress is a great way to stand out and look really make an impression at an art gallery. The beautiful aqua contrasts with the lime ruffles on the top, accessorized with gold and a citron necklace, this look is sure to wow!

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There is nothing more classic than a black and white look, make sure you go with something patterned though, so you don’t look like a cater-waiter. Keep with the classic theme and go for simpler accessories, and black heels. I picked a strappy wedge for the shoe so my nails will add a little color to the mix!

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For the last look I put together that’s gallery appropriate I channeled my inner art-geek. Black rimmed glasses with black skinny pants and black wedges really combine with maroon lace and a funky leather-trimmed sweater beautifully. Throwing pearls on anything is the easiest way to class an outfit up and make it look timeless, which is key when attending sophisticated functions like this!

Just remember when you’re dressing for the occasion that you want to convey that you’re someone who appreciates artwork, and should be at the event. Also keep in mind, the artist spent weeks, or often times months, getting their pieces perfect to make the statement they wanted to, out of respect you should at least put a little time and consideration into what you wear to view their artwork!

Leather & Lace,

B

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