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Design Consultation: Engagement Photos

27 Oct

I recently got an email from high school friend and fellow blogger, Kyle, who just so happens to be getting married (yea!)!  She’s getting engagement pictures taken soon, and she asked me to give her a few outfit ideas around a dress she found.  I was super flattered because Kyle doesn’t need any fashion advice..but it is always fun to get a fresh perspective!  She’s going for a romantic, vintage, outdoor look.  Michigan is pretty cool right now (highs in the low 50’s), so I wanted to make sure she wasn’t freeeezzzing out there either.

Option 1 (Country…with cowboy boots and southern charm!)

Engagement Photos Option 1

Engagement Photos Option 1

American Eagle Outfitters flared dress, $50
LOFT ribbed cardigan, $50
Urban Outfitters knit stocking, $12
Old Navy bootie boots, $26
Wet Seal stretch belt, $11

Option 2 (Vintage…with lace and oxfords!)

Engagement Outfit Option 2

 

Engagement Outfit Option 2

American Eagle Outfitters corsette dress, $50
American Eagle Outfitters denim jean jacket, $50
Lace hosiery, $11
H&M leather flat shoes, $25

Option 3 (Classic…with boots and a cardigan!)

Engagement Photos Option 3

 

Engagement Photos Option 3

American Eagle Outfitters sweetheart neckline dress, $50
Crop top, $40
Brown tight, $14
Charlotte Russe flat shoes, $40

I think Option 3 is the safest choice, and Option 1 is probably what I’d pick for myself, but I was surprised when John told me his favorite was Option 2.  Really?  My husband going for what I consider the most daring choice?  Guess I’ll be adding some lace and oxfords to my wardrobe!  What’s your favorite?

Design Consultation: Jennifer

13 Sep

{Stefanie}

What a nice relaxing weekend.  You know…the ones where you don’t do much at all?  Finally back in the swing of things today, and I’m excited to share with you the second half of the design consultation that I did with my friends awhile ago.  Remember Michelle’s?  Well, another good friend, Jennifer, was also a willing participant and model for myself, and photographers Elya, Stefanie, and Susan.  We went through her closet, added a few of my own accessories and re-mixed away!

Jennifer and I met several years ago when John and I first moved to Texas.  She and her husband, Matt, showed us the best ways to enjoy Texas, from camping and river floating to hanging out at the lake…along with the best Christmas party you’ll ever attend (complete with pajamas!).  Jennifer’s also the epitome of easy going beach style–she rocks a sundress, sandals, and blond curls like nobody’s business.   She made me laugh when she pulled out her camo jacket for her “before” picture just for good measure–Matt’s going to love that it’s going to good use.

{Stefanie}

Jennifer’s closet includes tons of options for pattern and color mixing.  Jennifer tends to gravitate towards wearing one color or pattern at a time, so I decided to mix it up and put multiple colors and patterns together in most of the outfits.  She works in a business environment, so we mixed in work outfits with more casual options as well.  I’ve seen Jennifer wear this cute little black and white striped tank on a few occasions, so by simply adding a pop of color and a collared shirt, she’s ready for the office!  Nothing beats a dual purpose wardrobe!

{Stefanie}

{Elya}

This next one may be a teensy-bit selfish.  But only because this outfit is my own go-to recipe!  Flowy tank + cardigan + jeans + heels = perfect for any occasion.    I love the added layers that gives Jennifer’s summer wardrobe a great transition into fall.  She looooooves summer even more than I love fall and winter (crazy, I know!) so her closet definitely gravitates towards summer clothes…just as mine does towards cozy winter layers!

{Susan}

{Elya}

{Stefanie}

Jennifer also has a fabulous black and white skirt (with pleats even!!).  I wanted to mix it up a bit, so we hiked it up and pinned it to make it a high-waisted version of itself.  A red top, skinny white belt, and silver chain complete the look.  Jennifer was a bit hesitant at first with the high waist (aren’t we all?), but don’t you just love how it looks on her?  She really rocks it!

{Susan}

{Susan}

{Stefanie}

This last one is my absolute favorite.  Albeit a bit warm for the 100+ degree day on which these photos were taken, it was such a fun and unexpected twist to mix 2 of Jennifer’s summer dresses into 1 outfit.  She happened to have 2 green and white dresses of varying patterns and lengths, so we put them together!  I’ve really been loving pattern mixing lately, and doing it within the same color family is an easy win.  I think the biggest hurdle with this outfit is that you know you’re wearing 2 dresses, and you think everybody else does too.  They don’t!  I promise.  Unless you tell them, and then they probably do.  But now they’re amazed at your mad skills.

{Stefanie}

{Susan}

{Stefanie}

So what do you think?  What’s your favorite look on Jennifer?  Do you want to see more of these design consultations?  It was definitely fun for me!

Design Consultation: Michelle

15 Aug

Last weekend, I had a great girls day with 5 of my friends.  Three of the girls enjoy photography (Elya, Stefanie, Susan), and the other two agreed to indulge us and be our models for the day.  What was my role in all of this?  I got to rummage through their closets and pick out outfits for them.  Not a bad job, right?  In fact, downright enjoyable!  I brought in a few of my own accessories plus one item that I thought would look great on them but that I’ve never seen them try.  I’ll do a separate post on each of them, and we’ll start with Michelle!

Michelle is an athlete—in fact, she’s recently completed a marathon AND a triathlon.  Workout gear is a regular part of her wardrobe, so she started the afternoon in a tshirt and running shorts.  Doesn’t she just look like a strong athlete?  We can all be just a teensy bit jealous right now…

{Photo by Stefanie}

{Photo by Elya}

{Photo by Susan}

In looking through her closet, I found lots of embellished tshirts and cardigans (which I LOVE) and she often throws one on with a pair of jeans and flats.  It’s an easy, casual style that works for everyone.  To give her some fresh ideas, I wanted to mix in some skirts and layers.  I found an awesome jean skirt which looks great with Michelle’s long legs.  I added in a little white blazer to satisfy my own obsession (you all know my affinity for blazers…).

{Photo by Elya}

{Photo by Stefanie}

{Photo by Elya}

{Photo by Stefanie}

Next I paired a strapless black and white shirt with a lovely light pink embellished cardigan and shorts.  In this heat, the cardigan wouldn’t be practical outside, but it’s a great layer for indoor activities.  I added a few of my own accessories–bold accessories look great on Michelle!

{Photo by Stefanie}

{Photo by Susan}

{Photo by Elya}

Lastly, I couldn’t help but push Michelle just a little bit further out of her comfort zone.  I knew a maxi skirt would look great on her, so I paired one of my own maxi dresses with a black polka dot shirt of hers and belted them together.  It turned out great!  We even added a pair of heels to turn it into a date night outfit.

{Photo by Stefanie}

All in all, a success!  Take-aways for Michelle included learning to cuff the sleeves on cardigans for warmer days, adding in layers for more dimension, and accenting an outfit with bold accessories!

Design Consultation: Summer Weekends

27 Jun

One of the best things about summer fashion is that it’s meant to be easy. Especially in Texas, layers are unnecessary and often impractical. So when my friend, Elya, asked me for some ideas for easy, comfortable weekend wear, I knew summer was the perfect time to try it out!

Elya already has a great sense of fashion, but she was looking for some fresh ideas. Isn’t she lovely? Plus, she has such a cute family. She writes her own blog about many thoughts and musings, so you should go say hello to her!

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{Jillian Zamora Photography}

Onward. I decided to use re-mixed accessories for these outfits since we all live on a budget. Let’s just say I may or may not be over my clothing budget this month…so Elya, you get the benefits of my current frugality.

P.S. Elya really likes headbands (see her post on it here), so I decided to incorporate a hair accessory!

{F21 Top, Old Navy Skirt, Aldo Shoes, Kohl’s Necklace, Target Flower Hair Pin, TOTAL: $68.43}

{Old Navy Top, Old Navy Shorts, Aldo Shoes, Kohl’s Necklace, Target Flower Hair Pin, TOTAL: $77.13}

{Target Dress, Topshop Belt, Aldo Shoes, Target Flower Hair Pin, TOTAL: $63.49}

If you bought all 3 of these outfits, the total would be $152.87. Not bad, right?

Design Consultation: Bright Shoes!

10 Jun

Guess what?  I discovered Polyvore yesterday.   And then got sucked in for about 2 hours.  I’ve seen Polyvore used several places, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out!  I discovered another website a few days ago too called Go Chic or Go Home.  Most of it requires you to join (which, let’s face it, I did immediately), and I discovered that you can add in photos of the clothing in your closet and then create outfits with stuff you already own!  I can now fullfill my lifelong dream to have a wardrobe computer just like Cher in “Clueless”.  You can have it too.  Just go sign up!  Then maybe you can even pick out an outfit for me from my closet.  Now wouldn’t that be fun (for me)?

Onward.  My lovely friend, Kristen, who just happened to break my heart and move away last weekend, mentioned that could use some help styling bright shoes.  Bright shoes and Kristen  just happen to be two of my favorites, so I’ve obliged.

Outfit #1 (Purple Shoes)

I love a little splash of red and purple together.  Pretty sure I’ll be joining the red hat society later in life (tee-hee!).  The key is to keep the colors separate and in small quantities.

Outfit #2 (Orange Shoes)

Orange is a difficult color to match!  I happen to love the contrast of it with aqua or turquoise.  Keeping the rest of the outfit fairly neutral helps as well.

Outfit #3 (Blue Shoes)

This is the easiest route.  You can always throw in colors within the same family. Coordinate some of the accessories (not all!) and you’ll always look polished.  P.S. I added that scarf in for your hair!   I love hair accessories.  Plus, Kristen has gorgeous long, brown hair, so this would provide a great contrast for her.

 Happy Friday, beauties!  Have  a wonderful weekend.

Purple Shoes

Orange Shoes

Blue Shoes

Design Consultation: Pulled Together Mommy

13 Apr

I recently got this request from my dear friend, Emily:

Right now I am looking for easy, but pulled together, spring and summer outfits. I’d love to say I’d wear sundresses all the time, but that’s not happening. I don’t want to be too sporty, which is my tendency with apparel. Also, if I am going to wear shorts, I don’t want them too short… or to look like I am trying to hard. Easy, but pulled together mommy.”

Got it, hot mama! Emily lives in a cooler climate, so we trade being jealous of each other as the seasons change. She also sent me a link to a pair of shoes that she just bought to get me started. I looked for something that would transition easily from spring into summer, be on trend, and reflect her laid back personality. Plus, since Emily’s main concern is her super cute little boy, I went for something quick and easy without long necklaces for him to grab hold of! It doesn’t hurt that these are all items I want for summer and / or already own. I bought a skinny gold belt last winter, and it has been a great purchase! Goes with EVERYTHING! So what do you think? As hot mamas (with or without kids!) yourselves, would you pick up this outfit?

Cuffed Denim Shorts (Old Navy): $22.00

Lightweight Roll-Up Shirt (Old Navy): $24.50

Feather Printed Scarf (Express): $24.43

Gold Belt (Urban Outfitters): $15 (or NY&Co)

Earrings (Forever 21): $3.80

Shoes (Merrells): $90

TOTAL: $89.73 (Excluding Shoes)

Design Consultation: Express Bubble Sleeve Top

30 Mar

Hello, friends! I have another request from Shannon for an outfit idea for an Express top she recently purchased. I’ve seen a lot of flare looks this Spring, so I decided to go that route. Plus, I don’t currently own any flare jeans, so this idea stretches me a bit too. The fedora is once again, something I love, love, love. It wasn’t on my earlier Spring Wish List, but it is now!

Let me know if you are looking for some specific outfit ideas—I’d love to see what I can find to help!

P.S. Sorry the jeans are a bit pricey—I really wanted a dark wash because it helps make it universally flattering, and it was hard to find!

Top (Express): $29.90 (Buy One, Get One Half Off)

Flare Jeans (ASOS): $43.03

Necklace (Fossil): $25.00

Fedora (Urban Outfitters): $24.00

Shoes (Target): $29.99

Bracelet (Target): $16.99

TOTAL: $168.91

(I admit, I went for a specific look this time, so it’s more expensive than normal!)

Sole Sourced: Kohl’s (This One’s For You, Mom!)

16 Mar

So I got to thinking that my mom’s pretty great (okay, really great!), and she asked me a few weeks ago for outfit ideas that go with a black blazer and jeans. I haven’t featured it yet, mostly because there are just so many ways to work with a black blazer and jeans, and I needed a bit of inspiration. I got to thinking about it last night, and decided to go with something that’s both trendy and classic, just like my mom. I’ve owned a similar variation of this outfit for a few years, and I love it every time I wear it. I love seeing the slightly longer length of a tunic beneath a blazer. The tunic can be seen from all angles, making you look as good from the back as you do from the front! So enjoy and let me know how YOU wear a blazer with jeans!


Black Blazer (Kohl’s): $34.99

Jeans (Kohl’s): $32.99 (But let’s be honest, do you really NEED another pair of jeans?)

Floral Tunic (Kohl’s): $19.99

Peep Toe Flats (Kohl’s): $18.99

Bracelet (Kohl’s): $7.80

Beaded Necklace (Kohl’s): $13.00

TOTAL: $127.76 ($94.77 if you ditch the jeans for a pair already in your closet!)



Sole Sourced: Kohl's (This One's For You, Mom!)

16 Mar

So I got to thinking that my mom’s pretty great (okay, really great!), and she asked me a few weeks ago for outfit ideas that go with a black blazer and jeans. I haven’t featured it yet, mostly because there are just so many ways to work with a black blazer and jeans, and I needed a bit of inspiration. I got to thinking about it last night, and decided to go with something that’s both trendy and classic, just like my mom. I’ve owned a similar variation of this outfit for a few years, and I love it every time I wear it. I love seeing the slightly longer length of a tunic beneath a blazer. The tunic can be seen from all angles, making you look as good from the back as you do from the front! So enjoy and let me know how YOU wear a blazer with jeans!


Black Blazer (Kohl’s): $34.99

Jeans (Kohl’s): $32.99 (But let’s be honest, do you really NEED another pair of jeans?)

Floral Tunic (Kohl’s): $19.99

Peep Toe Flats (Kohl’s): $18.99

Bracelet (Kohl’s): $7.80

Beaded Necklace (Kohl’s): $13.00

TOTAL: $127.76 ($94.77 if you ditch the jeans for a pair already in your closet!)



Design Consultation: Spring Flats

14 Mar

A friend from Michigan, Kyle, recently sent me this question:

Fav flats? It will soon enough be warm/not to much melty snow outside in Michigan for flats. I’m dying for a few nice pairs… any suggestions? I feel like all ballet flat type shoes get destroyed when you were them.”

I could not agree more! I love the look of ballet flats, but they often have very thin soles and material, leaving me with pants that drag on the ground and feet that feel every rock and pebble around. I wear flats every day to work, so I’m always on the lookout for cute, high quality flats. I watch for flats that have good soles with some interesting details, whether it be bright colors, patent leather, buckles, buttons or ruffles. Unfortunately, this type of selection process does narrow the field by quite a bit and raise the asking price. However, I’ve found that it’s been worth it, considering I’m wearing them all day, every day. That’s more than I can say for a lot of my heels, and I’ve spent a lot more on those in the past. Anyway, here are some suggestions for some flats that I’ve loving right now.


#1 Sihlouettes: $20

#2 DSW (Rock & Candy): $29.95

#3 Target (Merona): $19.99

#4 DSW (Nickels): $29.95

#5 DSW (Born): $49.95 (Also comes in bright yellow!)

#6 Endless (LifeStride): $48.95

#7 Endless (ECCO): $57.50