Budget Denim

Truth be told, I am a creature of habit when it comes to denim.  AG and 7  for All Mankind are by far away and my favorite brands and have been for several years.  I’m also a fan of Paige, Joe’s, and Citizens.  But I don’t necessarily love the high price tag of these designer brands.  So every now and again, I’ll test out denim brands based on trend.

And that’s what led me to these jeans.  I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Emily, from The Sweetest Thing, wearing this specific pair and I thought they were so cute (she tends to wear the same brands of denim that I do), that I decided to give them a try.  And I am SO glad that I did!  Not only are they cute, comfy, and fit true to size, but the best part?  They are on sale for less than $90!  So if you are looking for new denim for the spring season, I would highly recommend these!

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Cami: Express (my faves!)

Denim: Denim & Supply (LOVE these and they’re under $90!)

Necklace: Urban Peach c/o (under $15!)

Sunnies: Karen Walker

Clutch: Michael Kors (old), love this

Heels: Steve Madden (on sale!)

Happy Friday, my sweet friends!  Not to be a squeaky wheel, but if you have a chance to, I would be so appreciative if you would vote for me to be on the cover of Redbook Magazine’s September cover!  All you have to do is GO HERE and click vote!  You can vote as many times as you wish between now and May 10th!  And THANK YOU so much for your support!!!!

Love you guys!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

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Texture

It’s no secret that I love print mixing.  But what you might not know is that I am also a fan of mixing different textures and fabrics.  And when I stumbled on this fun version of a classic surplus coat while recently shopping for a dress for my cousin’s wedding, I just couldn’t help myself. It’s the perfect Fall piece with just enough of a twist to make an old staple feel new again…

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Jacket: Bohme (local SLC boutique), similar, similar | Tank: Express (old), similar | Skinnies: 7 for All Mankind Slim Illusion (BEST EVER-and they’re on major sale!) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (older style), similar, LOVE this one | Clutch: Clare Vivier, flat version (a little less expensive) | Sunnies: Ray-ban | Pumps: Enzo Angiolini via Nordstrom Rack, similar, similar

Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb

Happy Friday y’all!  Thanks for stopping by!

Put A Vest On It

I am never, ever ready for summer to end, but I am always ready for fall fashion!  And even though the temps are still relatively warm, fall is definitely starting to creep into the air here in Utah and I can feel myself starting to gravitate towards darker colors, neutrals, denim, leopard, light jackets, and vests (of course)!  All of which are super easy key items to start to transition those summer outfits into fall! So if you are ready to get your fall wardrobe going but aren’t quite sure how, try pairing a vest back to your favorite tank and denim…

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Vest: Tommy Girl (old), loving thisthis, this, and this | Tank: Express (obsessed) | Skinnies: 7 for all mankind | Necklace: INC (sold out), new version | Gold Cuff: Macy’s | Ring: KiraKira (enter to win below!) | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Clutch: Hobo International | Heels: Michael Kors (can’t find them online, but check your local DSW), similar, similar 

Don’t forget!  Today is the last day to enter the Marrakech ring giveaway with KiraKira (click here to enter)!  Contest ends at midnight tonight and winner will be announced tomorrow on the blog!

And be sure to follow along with Kira Kira on Facebook and Instagram for your daily dose of sparkle!

Happy Monday, dolls!

Denim on Denim

I’m always a little hesitant to wear two denim pieces together. It probably stems from growing up in Montana and not wanting to be caught in the dreaded “Canadian Tuxedo” (or as I am sure they call it, the “Montana Tuxedo”).  But I have found that if your two denims differ enough, then wearing denim on denim is perfectly acceptable, and even quite stylish given the current trend!  So take it from me and don’t be afraid to rock your denim pieces together-just make sure you have some contrast!

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Photos: LC Photography

Denim Vest: Gap, similar | Lace Top: Express | Skinnies: 7 for all mankind (on sale!) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (old), similar | T-Cuff: Lucky Brand | Love Bracelet: Forever21 (old), similar | Ring: KiraKira | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Clutch: Clare Vivier (sold out just about everywhere but here) | Heels: Joan and David (sold out), LOVE these, these, and these

Thank you all so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each and every single one of you more than you know!

 

 

 

 

Down On the Farm

Our weather has been a little crazy the past few days (nice one minute, then raining, or snowing the next!), so between that, and our busy schedules, it’s been a little hard to coordinate for blog photos this week. So yesterday after work, J and I decided to meet at a beautiful historic farm pretty close to our house.  And even though it was freezing cold while we were shooting, I loved the location and can’t wait to shoot more photos there-even if we did get chased down by some whopping big snow geese!

And do you know what else I am loving? The simplicity of today’s outfit.  Black and white is all the rage this season, and I love it paired back to simple chambray, nude pumps, and a bold lip.  Another one of those looks that is so easy to put together, but makes you looked you really put some effort in!

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Chambray Shirt: JCrew (on sale!), LOVING this short sleeved version | Skirt: Express (old), similar, similar | Love Necklace: Anna & Ava (large is sold out, smaller version here), similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: Lucky Brand | Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One | Pumps: Jessica Simpson (60% off!!!)

Lips: Stila Fiery

Happy Hump Day!!!

Now You See Me…

Confession: I LOVE camo. Always have, always will. In fact, my father-in-law even got me my very own snow camo gators for Christmas one year because I thought snow camo was especially pretty. So when camo is in, I am always especially quick to jump on the trend. And so of course, given it’s popularity this season, I knew that a camo vest would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe for the summer season…

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Camo Vest: Macy’s, similar, similar | Dress: Forever21 | Monogram Necklace: Keti Sorely Designs | Bracelets: H&M (old), similar | Sunnies: Amazon | Bag: Michael Kors (sold out) | Sandals: Chinese Laundry Love Me (old), similar

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We spent ours celebrating the marriage of two of our dear friends.  And let me tell you, it was a truly lovely wedding and a fantastic celebration-pretty sure I can’t think of a better way to have spent the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hooray For Chambray!

Oh how I love me some denim. Whether it’s a great pair of jeans, a denim jacket, a go-to pair of shorts, or a chambray shirt, I am a fan of it all. Maybe it’s my Montana roots, or maybe it’s just because denim is something everyone can wear. Either way, if you haven’t added a chambray shirt to your wardrobe yet this season, then it’s high time you took the plunge.

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Chambray Shirt: Guess | Skinnies: American Eagle | Necklace: Tiffany and Co. | Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Tiffany and Co. | Watch: Michael Kors | Belt: American Eagle (old), similar | Bag: Michael Kors | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar

Now the key to wearing denim well is to select ONE piece of denim for your ensemble.  Unless of course they are contrasting shades of denim, and then it’s ok to do some layering. But I definitely prefer to pair mine back to black, white, or bright colors.

Don’t forget to enter the JCrew gift card giveaway and stop by Groop Dealz to see all of their darling daily deals!

Thanks for reading!

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Casual Cool

Contrary to what you might think, I don’t get really dressed up very often. Obviously I love to write posts and share all of my fun outfit ideas with you guys, but truth be told, if you were to bump into me out running errands around the SLC, chances are you would find me wearing something similar to the below. In the summertime, my general uniform is a great pair of cutoffs (I’m especially partial to white) back to a tee, or a great button down (for a slightly more put together look). So when Justin and I had a mini-golf date with our littles followed by a trip to the new City Creek Center and beers on the patio at the Beer Hive, I knew for once exactly what I was going to wear (without really even putting any thought into it). And sometimes, simple as they are, those are often times my favorite outfits.

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Gingham button down: JCrew
White Cut Off Shorts: American Eagle
Neon Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Bloomingdales
Watch: Michael Kors via Macy’s
Bracelets: Tiffany and Co., Forever21, H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

I am so in love withy the color of this JCrew shirt-and the fabric and gingham are a perfect summer combo. In fact I’m not at all surprised that this is actually called “The Perfect Shirt”.  So if you are looking for a great fitting, lightweight summer button down, I would highly recommend this one. Plus they have a huge variety of different colors and prints-something for everyone I’m sure!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!

xx

Colored Skinnies

Since I obviously love color, it should come as no surprise that I also love the whole colored denim trend. However, I have found it to be a struggle fo find the colors I want in the brands that I love, or a color that I love in a brand that fits. And I would even go so far as to say that generally most of the colored leggings and jeans that are out there are very ill-fitting (especially if you have any curves at all-which I do).

So with that, I am happy to announce that I have finally found an incredible denim resource with a great selection of colored skinnies, denim skinnies, and super cute denim bootcuts. They are figure flattering, comfortable, don’t sag in the booty (like A LOT of brands out there), and are actually affordable.  Almost seems too good to be true, doesn’t it? But rest assured, I tell you, because it most definitely is not!

The brand is called Else and it is a more affordable extension of the Joe’s jeans line (retailing for around $68 each), made exclusively for Macy’s. And really, how great is that? All of the awesome fit properties and the quality of Joe’s for almost half the price. I love them so much, I have picked them up in a dark denim wash, black(which are great for work), red, purple(seen here), and my new favorite color that I just can’t get enough of…

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Pink Aviators:  Steve Madden c/o TJMaxx

Striped Shirt:  BarIII c/o Macy’s

Spearamint Pants:  Else Denim c/o Macy’s

Pink Shoes:  Jessical Simpson Waleo c/o Macy’s

Pink Necklace:  Thai Pan Trading Company (local Utah store)

Bracelets:  Tiffany, Macy’s

Watch:  Michael Kors c/o Nordstrom Rack

So if you are in the market for a great fitting, high quality pair of skinnies, definitely check out Else at your local Macy’s or online (stocks and colors are pretty picked over right now, but a new delivery should hit within the next week or two).  I am absolutely thrilled with mine and wanted to give them some blog love so that you all could be in the secret too.  And please feel free reach out to me with any questions you might have about the brand or the fit, and I would be happy to help!! 

Happy shopping!!

xx