Style Evolution

 

Usually during a change in season I feel my fashion style morph a bit. But this time around, there seems to be a lot more changing other than adding more scarves and cardigans. I feel like my own personal style has changed and I now am drawn to monochrome with a punch of color using shoes or accessories.
When people used to ask me whether I liked brown or black better I would always say brown and barely had a black piece of clothing in my closet (except for one black shirt I would keep for recitals and music gigs). But recently, I’ve been more into black instead of brown. This whole thing may seem like no big deal to you readers, but to me it’s a bit life changing- or at least wardrobe changing.
Almost every day when I’m putting an outfit together I gravitate towards white, cream, and black for clothing options. I also love to pair these colors with a camel bag. I then add orange or red shoes, or a colorful scarf to complete the ensemble and I’m ready to walk out the door.
So what has triggered this change? Who knows. But I do have to admit it is nice to change up the wardrobe every once in awhile. A lot of the clothing items I own are oldies but goodies that I’ve worn season after season. It’s nice to get rid of items that have had a good run in my closet and breathe new life into my style.

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Has anyone else made the switch from brown to black? I’d be interested to hear your fashion evolution stories!

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SEPTEMBER STITCH FIX HAUL

Have you ever wished that someone would style outfits for you? Maybe pick out items that are right up your alley without leaving the house? Well thanks to Stitch Fix you can do that!

If you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix, it’s a super simple process. First you fill out a fashion profile so the stylists can get to know what style you like to wear- or would like to wear more of. Then you can link your Pinterest style board (because come on guys, you know you have one) so they get even more of an idea of items you like. You pay $20 for them to send five items of clothing in the mail for you to try on and send back what you don’t like- it’s as simple as that! Also, if you decide to keep something in the box, the $20 fee to ship the box gets deducted from the item’s price. So technically the box would get shipped for free and you get $20 off the item! And if you decide to buy everything in the box you also get 25% off the total of all five items! Pretty cool, right? Your welcome.

Here’s the line up of items I got this month- quite autumnal, which is my favorite time of year!

PicMonkey Collage1A lot of patterns, am I right? I’m quite picky with patterns, but most of these were tasteful- just not quite my style. Here’s the rundown of what I thought of each piece:

Tinley Brush Stroke Infinity Scarf: Nice colors, and reminded me a lot of falling leaves. I’m usually not a huge fan of infinity scarves. They never seem to be quite as big and cozy as I like my scarves to be. I also wasn’t sure what to pair it with in my current wardrobe, so I sent it packing.

Conor Lace Detail Flutter Sleeve Blouse: This is my favorite piece in the set this month. I love the lace detail and I think the sleeves are very flattering. I already have a shirt quite similar to this one, but I think if I keep this one I’ll get rid of the other. It’s a better navy for my wardrobe and the lace detail makes the top much more interesting.

Tyson Scarf Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse: I wasn’t sure about the print of this top, but I absolutely loved the color. And when I read the shirt print is literally called “scarf print” my heart skipped a beat. Scarves and me…we have a great relationship. Unfortunately, my chest is a bit too big for this top. The buttons were semi-straining and you could see the tank top I had on underneath. It also is a bit too busy for my simple wardrobe, so I’m going to say goodbye.

Helina Hi-Lo Dress: I like the top detail of this dress- very geometric and interesting. Just not a huge fan of the jersey fabric and color. Probably going to say no to this one.

Melisa Geo Print Pencil Skirt: If this skirt were a shirt in this print I would probably keep it. Unfortunately, the skirt didn’t really do much for me. Seemed to be an awkward length and a jersey/stretch fabric that didn’t really hold its shape.

PicMonkey CollageA bit disappointed in this fix, to be honest. But every month is different and I still can’t wait to see what next month has in store!

What should I keep? Help me decide in the comments below!

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PROJECT 333- HERE WE GO

I’ve been really interested in slimming down items in my closet and after hearing about Project 333 from other blogs I follow, I decided now is the time to do so starting on September 1st- let my three month journey begin! Here are the rules:

The Basics
When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I actually opted to donate a lot of the clothes that didn’t make the cut- if I didn’t remember wearing the piece in the past year, if it was damaged, or didn’t fit I just let it go. It was hard at first, but it got much easier and almost fun to get rid of so many useless items and give them away to someone who could use them more. I noticed that I bought a lot of things in all the colors possible when I found something I liked. I had five pairs of skinny trouser pants: black, navy, maroon, olive, and tan. I honestly only remember wearing the black pants for a recital and the tan pants for interviews. I don’t even really like how they fit, but I always have a hard time finding pants that are long enough for my 36″ inseam. I knew right off the bat I needed to just get rid of the obscure colors that I knew I would never wear. And hopefully in the near future, I can find a pair of black and tan trouser pants that I like even more to replace the ones I don’t particularly like.

Also, a lot of the items are still practically new, and therefore I have opted to try and sell them on Ebay or at a consignment shop in town. So hopefully I can get a bit of cash back for items I don’t wear anymore! Here’s a link to my Ebay shop if you’re interested in seeing what I have for sale at the moment.

Something that makes this process a bit more difficult is the dress code difference between my two jobs. One I am allowed to wear dark jeans, while the other I have to wear some sort of dress/trouser pant. Perhaps if I find a style of trousers I love, this won’t be as huge of an issue. But at the moment, I only have jeans that I’m really comfortable in, and therefore I’m wondering which jeans/trousers will make the cut.

I have a bit of an obsession with shoes and scarves, so those items weren’t included in the 33 items this time around. Perhaps after living minimally for three months I’ll be more apt to slim down my shoe and scarf collection. For now the 33 items only include tops and bottoms. Look forward to selfies each day to show how you can make 33 items into a unique outfit every day!

Do you have any advice on minimizing your wardrobe? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

And just for cuteness, a picture of my cat Myrtle. Have a lovely Labor Day!

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A TALL GIRL’S HEEL COLLECTION

I must say it took me quite a few years to become okay with wearing heels. I’ve always been self conscious about my height and even wearing flats I’m taller than all of my friends. But eventually I realized that if I wanted to wear heels I could- no matter what other people thought. Besides, it makes my legs look miles long- oh yeah! I tend to gravitate towards shorter heels, and of course heels with gold hardware. It’s not a huge collection, but it is growing slowly but surely. Here’s what I have so far beautifying my shoe rack:

PicMonkey Collage4I’m a size 11 in Women’s shoes which is sometimes a hassle to find, but sometimes that means that my size is almost always in stock. All you tall ladies out there: how do you feel about heels? Let’s be tall, sexy women and heel it up together!

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JULY STITCH FIX HAUL

It’s my favorite time of the month again! Seriously, this summer has been going by super fast. Not sure how Stitch Fix works? Click here for more info! For this fix I asked my stylist Julia to pick things for my impending Florida trip: comfy theme park clothes, fun beach outfits, and going out for a nice meal pieces.  I was really looking forward to this fix. Unfortunately when I opened up the box this time, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. Here’s what they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageSo you may be wondering why I was disappointed? Well, a lot of these pieces are quite similar to ones that I had gotten from them previously. The cobalt blue top, although a bit different design-wise, is very similar to a top they gave me in a previous fix. Also, the coral colored top is another top that is quite similar in color and shape to this top. I just felt like they should know what I’ve already gotten and try and pick things that aren’t so similar. BUT ANYWAY, here’s my feelings on each of the items above:

Roma Cowl Neck Knit Top: Although this top is quite similar to one I kept from a fix previously, I really liked the fabric and how it draped on me. Also the lighter color would be great for a cooler shirt in Florida.

Defanie Diamond Ikat Print Soft Short: I like the idea of these shorts, but I’m not sure about the shape and length on me. They seem a bit gymshort-like? I’ll need your opinion to help me on this one!

Edmondo Stud Detailed Split-Back Blouse: I really wanted to love this top. The gold detailing and split in the back seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately, my chest area didn’t fit in this top, so perhaps if it were in a size bigger? Also one of the studs around the collar was missing- not a huge deal but for the price I wouldn’t want one that’s missing a piece. I also wish it were in a different color since I have a top from Stitch Fix in this exact same color and similar cut- a bit frustrating.

Alisa Striped Henley Hi-Lo Maxi Dress: A cute dress and super comfortable. Not sure if it’s something I would wear, but it would be nice to put over a swimsuit and is super airy and flowy. A bit plain, but could possibly be dressed up.

Candace Top-Zip Crossbody Satchel: Love the gold detail and that it’s in a black color, but not a huge fan on the shape of the bag and how it zips up at the top. Probably not going to keep this one, but I like the idea of it.

Well what do you guys think? What should I keep? Check out my pictures below and let me know in the comments which items you like the best!

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GORDMAN’S: FLORIDA ON MY MIND

I’m getting so excited for my trip to Florida! I can’t wait to see one of my best friends from college- plus I’m going to Disney for three days! For the first time! Oh my goodness! I’ve been shopping around for items that I might need on my trip, and at Gordmans I seemed to find quite a few things that will be great additions to my luggage!


 

IMG_3704I’m quite picky about sunglasses, and I’m still not 100% sold on these particular ones. But I really like the gold detail. My favorite pair of sunglasses that I’ve had for years probably will break soon (NOOOOOOOOOOO! 😦 ), so I’ve been looking for a replacement just in case it happens in Florida. I like really big frames (bigger the better, right?) and these are definitely smaller than my current favorites. We’ll see if I keep them or find a more similar pair to my oldies but goodies.


 

IMG_3705I’m a sucker for gold earrings- especially in geometric shapes. These seemed so beautiful and inexpensive I had to pick them up. They are a bit bohemian looking which I do like, but they can also be super classy. I love items that can work double duty. I’m also planning to wear dangly earrings in Florida (because why not) and these are a great addition to my collection.

 

 


 

 

PicMonkey CollagePretty much all of my purses/handbags are camel in color which seems to match everything I wear but sometimes I wish I had different colors to choose from. I was originally looking for a black purse, but I didn’t like the designs they had in stock. And then I saw this gorgeous thing: taupe with gold hardware. PERFECTION. I also love crossbody purses, so the long strap is a definite plus. And as an added bonus: POLKA DOT LINING. SO BEAUTIFUL.


 

These were on sale, and I had to have them. I thoughIMG_3707t they would be perfect to bring along to slip into after the beach, walking around Disney, or working out (if I get a chance…) with my friend A. Comfy, stretchy, neutral, and easy to wear: not a lot to say about this purchase, but I thought I would tell you about it anyway! 🙂

 

 


 

IMG_3703You know how much I love flats (and if you don’t check out my recent post about my flats collection). I’ve been obsessed with pointy toe flats and these were too cheap not to purchase. Just a pair of standard, black shoes. But they’ll go with everything and can maybe be my nicer pair? It will be hard not to wear them daily, though!

 

 


 

PicMonkey Collage2To be completely honest, I only bought these rings for the gold ones, but I’ll give the silver rings away to one of my friends. I absolutely love the chevron-style rings: one bigger that fits on my ring finger and one smaller one which fits perfectly on one of my toes. I thought that being at the beach and all, it might be cute to bring toe-rings back into my life: and pedicures, of course! 🙂

 

 

 


 

So there you have it! I am a bit of a shopaholic, I know, but I always find good deals wherever I go: plus when I have an impending trip coming up I can’t help but get a few new items to show off in a new location! Thanks so much for reading!

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ONE OF MY FAVORITES

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Meet M. She’s one of my favorites I met this past year at my job who has quickly become my best friend. And, as luck would have it, she’s the complete opposite of me physically. I get my jeans in extra-long, while jeans in short are sometimes long on her. We also have different skin tones, hair, and of course styles. I like gold jewelry, she likes silver- the list goes on and on.

When M found out I have a fashion blog, she wanted me to take her thrift shopping and dress her up- especially for summer tops at work. I absolutely loved the idea! Sometimes I get tired of styling myself and I thought the challenge of dressing someone so different from me was something that I couldn’t wait to tackle! We ended up going to two thrift stores spending just around $60 and got lots of tops, a few jeans, and a couple pieces of jewelry- bargain! Here are a few of the tops and jewelry pieces as well as one of the pairs of jeans- enjoy!

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She’s so adorable, isn’t she? She has already worn a few of the tops to work and gets complimented often- sure makes me feel awesome! Hopefully more friends will want my help in the near future!

Also, the location where we took pictures was beautiful- it was a random park in town M and I had never been to with plenty of seating, trails, and a butterfly garden. Plus it had a splash pad- definitely going there in August when it gets super hot!

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MY FLATS COLLECTION

Okay, so I have a confession to make- I own a lot of flats. All different colors, styles, and kinds. I admit I have a bit of a problem, but I do wear them all. I’m also about 6 feet tall with size 11 feet, so usually I can get a pair on clearance since it’s not that usual of a shoe size. And since I am tall, I don’t wear heels much (unless I’m feeling like it’s an Amazon woman kind of day) so I need shoes of all kinds for going out and special events that keep me as close to the ground as possible. Enjoy!

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JUNE STITCH FIX HAUL

It’s that time again- let’s do this!

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Henessy Speckled Braid Trim Racerback Tank: I’ve already worn this top once to an outdoor barbeque and I absolutely love it! It tucks in nicely and I really like the racerback detail. Definitely keeping.

Colibri Abstract Print Sleeveless Blouse: This top isn’t something I would pick up on my own, but I definitely like the cut of the top. The pattern is a bit girly for me and because of my larger bust, one of the buttons is a bit strained from the pressure. But I do like the idea of tucking it into a pencil skirt for a nice summery outfit.

Jake Slim Boot Cut Jean: Jeans are tough for me to love. They usually aren’t long enough (with my 36+ inch inseam) and these unfortunately weren’t either. Plus I’m more a fan of skinny jeans, not boot cut. Not keeping these.

Daire Sleeveless Fit & Flare Dress: Cute dress and I love the lace detail. Not super fitted on the top, but the dress is a good length for me. Not sure if I’ll keep it or not.

Ginnie Colored Gem Statement Necklace: Usually not one for super colorful, statement necklaces but I like the gold detail. Perhaps it’s a bit pink-y for me.

What do you think? Help me decide!

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