Denim on Denim, with a Polka Pop

There is nothing wrong about a good solid denim on denim look. The right amount of contrast to an all jean look makes it super fashionable for any occasion.

While I love doing denim on denim in several different ways, breaking up the mid-rinse skinny jeans I have with a layer of polka dots and my light wash denim jacket on top, was the cutest casual weekend look when the James and I went with the boys to check out Avalon Park.

I chose to accentuate the feminine details of the polka dot top with my Kendra Scott necklace, the tassel and gold color adds just the right amount of polish to the laid back ensemble.

I’ve also been carrying my Henri Bendel Crosby bag basically non-stop since getting it in may, and the sea salt color brightened the denim up a bit. I finished the look off with blush colored lace-up flats. I love how these flats can add just the right amount of pink to any outfit, and the lace-up detail gives them that extra Ballerina flare that brings us all back to playing dress up as kids. <3 Fun Fact: I wanted to be a Ballerina for far too long as a child, but constantly being the shortest kid in class wouldn’t have gotten me far on that road. hahaha

 

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Wear Now & Layer Later: Cream Lace Dress

A cream lace dress is such a great piece to invest in. It can be worn in so many different ways that you’ll really be able to style in for every season! In Florida, I’ll be honest, it’s not like we have to stress too much about it getting too cold, but I still like to dress seasonally appropriate when I can.

During the Summer and Spring this dress can be styled with minimal simple jewelry and either a fun loafer/flat or a great espadrille wedge depending on your mood. I added a denim jacket and great fringe block heels for a nicer night out with my Style Collective Orlando sisters!

Wearing it much more laid back with all the same accessories just a swap in sunglasses and shoes shows just how easily this dress can transition from dressed up and jazzy to laid back and casual.


When fall rolls around and there’s a constant breeze I’ll wear this with a tan or burgundy oversized cardigan and some cute ankle booties. Then, for the week we have cold weather, I’ll dress is up with sheer tights, over-the-knee boots, and a black leather jacket.

all photos taken by Nikki Arnold of The Fashionable Accountant, my Style Collective Sister & Orlando’s Regional Leader. 

I found this dress on CLEARANCE at Ross for only $5, and my maroon fringe bag is from last fall’s line at Express, but I have linked similar options as well as accessories that will help transition this dress throughout each season! <3

 

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Staple Series: A Crisp White Top

Since I recently started purchasing quality over quantity, I’ve been filling my closet slowly but surely with lots of staple pieces that honestly should have been up in there years before. One of my more favorite recent staples has been this crisp white shirt. A white shirt can do so many different things for your wardrobe, and is sure to be an easy go-to for you on days where you’re not sure what to wear.

I picked this polka dot poplin detail white linen shirt at the Loft outlet, and unfortunately it’s not linkable, but I am going to share with you some similar fits, styles, and price ranges at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this white top, is that it adds the perfect amount of contrast when paired with any kind of denim. I wore it with light wash denim shorts and it looked so cute, casual, and beachy for the summer.

Pairing it with a mid-rinse distressed denim and some strappy heeled Steve Madden sandals was a great way to dress it up and look polished but still casual while I was at BlogHer. The way this top fits, makes it great to also tuck in with skirts, so it’s a really versatile piece.

When picking out a white top, aside from fit, I think the most important aspect is to make sure your white is REALLY WHITE. A bright white will reflect all the colors and make you look fantastic, while whites with too much yellow will come off cream, and whites with too much blue can look gray and dingy long term. This white is super bright, so I know the color will hold up really well over time.

 

Huge thanks to Nikki of The Fashionable Accountant for all these amazing photos! I’ll be updating this staple series with all my favorite must-haves, really excited to share with you my wardrobe loves!

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Casual Kicks

Ever notice how shoes can just completely change up an outfit? I’ve recently gotten super into sneakers, and let me tell you, my casual side is really enjoying these comfy kicks. Sneakers are no longer just for a sporty look. Summer’s trend of white leather sneakers means you can look adorable in a day dress, and stay comfortable walking!

I found these perforated white leather Sam Edelman sneakers on such a good sale at TJ Maxx I had to get them! They go really well with sundresses, skirts, and jean outfits, so I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of them.

I love how easy this sporty summer look was to put together! I got this grey and white striped tee from Target and love how laid back and comfy it is. To polish the look up a bit, I tucked the tee into a slate blue high waist skirt from LOFT. I basically wear my gold arrowhead necklace everyday of my life, because it’s just that piece that I love to wear all the time, so adding it as the finishing touch to this ensemble seemed appropriate.

The Sam Edelman kicks were the perfect way to run out the door looking cute & casual. This is a perfect outfit for a daytime shopping trip or errands run. Making sure you look put together enough to walk into Target, but cool enough that you “don’t really care”. TJ Maxx isn’t the only place to score some major great white sneak ideas for Summer though! Check out my outfit details and some other really adorable white kicks options below!

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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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Lovely Lavender

I’m going to be 100% honest. I have never liked the color Purple, no I’m not talking about the amazing Oprah movie either, I’m talking about the physical color. I’ve used a ton of plum eye liners and shadows to make my green eyes pop. But I’ve never owned an article of clothing in this shade because, well, I hate it. Until now. I found this lavender dress at Forever 21 and it fits SO well!

The shade is just the right amount of pastel mixed with vibrancy to it’s not so springy, and just right for the spring/summer transition. The dress hangs so naturally lightly off the shoulders, which is great for me because with most of my OTS pieces I do end up fighting to keep the arms in place for a good portion of the day.

Not with this dress though! For a lunch out with my mom, brother, and Cash, I dress it a little more laid back with bush perforated lace-up flats. It came with this amazing little fabric belt to cinch in my waist for a really flattering fit.

Accessory wise, I wore some great white beaded dangles, making the look a little more elevated with curls in my hair for the nicer restuarant we were dining at. I also threw on my 3 Bourbon & Bowties bracelets, because they just look great with everything, and the “State of Mind” Kate Spade pendant I haven’t taken off since Mother’s Day.

I love that this dress has a great amout of versatility. To dress it up a little more for a brunch out, I’d pair this exact look with wedges instead. To dress it down for running errands or just getting out of the house for a coffee run, I’d simply throw on a denim jacket, some white sneakers, and a messy bun.

This dress definitely opened my eyes to the gorgeousness that is the color purple, and how great it looks on every skin tone. PS- it totally did make my green eyes POP! <3

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Summer Midi

I’ve found that one of the most flattering sundress styles is the midi length sundress. It’s such a perfect length for Summer, and if you select your midi in a lightweight fabric, the dress actually keeps you super cool.

Since I’m short, I always like to pair my midi sundresses with an open toed shoe to elongate my legs. I feel this style actually gives me a lot of length and like an optical illusion, makes me look so much taller than my 4’10” frame.

I paired this amazing baby blue cotton sundress from the Loft Outlet (ps it has pockets!!!) with my go-to Spring/Summer Marc Fisher espadrilles. Wearing a tan shoe also helps to make your legs look leaner and longer, and heels always give you the best posture, so I love how flattering (and easy to walk in) these are.

Accessory wise I wanted to keep things simple and let the dress speak for itself. I threw on my Bourbon & Bowties bangles along with the FL Kate Spade necklace and I was done!

I’ve been carrying this Henri Bendel Crosby crossbody since James got it for me for Mother’s Day and the Sea Salt color goes with everything! It’s got a great amount of room in it for a lipgloss, cash, keys, cellphone and sunnies, so it’s the perfect size for a small bag without being toooo tiny.

What I love about this whole look is that I could easily take this outfit from day to night by added a cropped moto-jacket and dark lips.

While this actual sundress is sold out currently. I’ve linked some of my absolute FAVORITE midi sundress options for under $50 as well as the rest of my outfit details below.

 

Have you tried the midi length sundress yet?

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Nordstrom Sale Under $250

This is the last post I’ll be doing about this year’s Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. This post is my favorite picks under $250. My whole mantra is “Affordable Fashion with Seasonal Splurges” so this post is where you’re gunna find my picks for 2017’s best splurges.

The seasonal aspect of this comes from the fact that I pick 3-5 items to really “splurge” on each season, and by splurge I mean spend anywhere over $100 on any ONE item.

When I select an item to splurge on I look at a few different aspects of the item:
1. Long Term Wearability – is this something that will last year after year in my closet?
2. Quality of the Item – aside from the wearability which is more about style, is this item durable, made from quality products, and something that will withstand the test of time.
3. Labels – I don’t get TOO into labels when it comes to my clothing, nothing HAS to be brand name in order for me to wear it, but with that being said, when I’m splurging on something I want it to come with a great label, that’s known for it’s quality and timeless styles, and one that’s been around for years with plenty of years to come.

So without further ado- here are my splurges from the Nordstrom sale. I did things a tad different this time and separated my favs by season, because these are the “seasonal splurges” I would select.

Summer: 

 

Fall

Winter

Spring:

And that’s all folks! I had a lot of fun writing this series, as sales are literally like my favorite thing ever. Let me know what you thought about it and if you’d like to see more posts like this! <3

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Nordstrom Sale Picks Under $50

It’s here everyone! The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is upon us, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll be doing a 3 part series on the sale, dividing my favorite deals up by price points : Under $50, Under $100, and Under $250. In each post you can also expect to see the shopping experience divided into categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories.

The Under $50 is probably going to be the biggest post on here for clothing, and I’ll focus more on shoes in Under $100, and great designer bags & accessories in Under $250. This is because that’s how I shop, honestly. I like to have affordable clothing, basics that last a long time, and there’s not much in my closet clothing wise that I’ve ever paid more than $50 for. I do opt for designer, but limit myself to a few nice bags a year and 1-3 pairs of new sunnies, so that I build a timeless collection.

This post is full of all my fav pieces under $50, so without further ado let’s start with TOPS:

There are so many great deals going on right now it’s hard to not just pick it all! haha Here are my selections under $50 for BOTTOMS:

SHOES:

Last but certainly not least for this Under $50 NSale Post,  ACCESSORIES: 

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it! Seriously it was just like online shopping and sharing everything I would have “added to cart” <3 What is your favorite item under $50 in the Nordstrom Sale? Share it with me in the comments below!

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My Mom “Uniform”

I think it’s a running joke amongst all Moms that we have a basic “uniform”. For each mom that uniform is different, some are constantly in gym clothes, yoga pants, or jeans and tee shirts, but for me, it’s ever-so-slightly different.

My mom uniform consists of 4 essential pieces that can be mixed and matched all day every day for a comfortable yet stylish look.

I start with a high-waist (preferably elastic waist too 😉 ) patterned skirt, add a fun graphic tee, top it off with a cardigan or some kind of lightweight outerwear, and finish it off with my white converse.

Easy, right? Not only is it super easy to put together, but it always looks casually cute and laid back, and not to mention that it’s such a comfortable look! I can easily run after the boys, go on a Target run, and then cook dinner later on, without feeling like I need to change my clothes.

Everything is always machine washable so I’m not fretting about getting anything “dirty” if the boys and I decide to break out the arts and crafts either!

Two of my go-to skirts for my uniform are a navy and white polka dot skirt, and a black bright floral patterned wrap skirt. My favorite tee is hands down McConaughey, because well, McConaughey (que the alright alright alright here).

What’s your “Mom Uniform”?

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