Shifting

I’m not ready to give up my dresses just yet-nor am I ready to break out the tights just yet either.  So I’ve found that the best way to extend the life of my favorite dresses into the Fall season is with a little layering.  And I am absolutely loving the look of a casual chambray shirt back to a more dressed up shift dress. For me, it’s the perfect alternative to a basic cardigan…

IMG_1800

IMG_1806

IMG_1810

IMG_1817

IMG_1815

20131014-232008.jpg

Chambray Shirt: American Eagle (old), similar, similar | Shift Dress: Gap (old), similar, similar | Necklace: JCrew | Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Aldo | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar

I hope you all are having a fantastic week.  I am hitting the road again for work today, which always makes things a little hectic in my life.  But be sure to stop by again tomorrow for another new outfit post!

Advertisements

Neon+Surplus

I love pairing the unexpected together. And while neon plus army surplus might not be something you would automatically think to pair up, together they just might be one of my new favorite combos of the summer. Plus, if you follow this blog, then you know I can’t get enough of this vest and LOVE coming up with new ways to style it (see it here, and here)…

20130701-105124.jpg

20130701-105111.jpg

20130701-105237.jpg

20130701-105250.jpg

20130701-105333.jpg

20130701-105346.jpg

Instagram Filter: Amaro

Neon Dress: Forever21(old), similar | Vest: H&M (old), similar, similar | Necklace: BCBG, similar | Sunnies: Rayban | Bracelet: H&M (old) | Pumps: Marc Fisher (on sale!)

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Can you believe it’s July already?  I know that I can’t.

Thanks for stopping by!

xx

Primary

I love my red skinny jeans. In fact, I’ve found over the last year or so that despite their vibrant hue, they are just about as versatile as blue jeans. And in addition to going with just about anything, they are also just plain fun. Especially when mixed with the unexpected-like neon and snow leopard.

20121202-233536.jpg

20121202-233555.jpg

20121202-233604.jpg

20121202-233614.jpg

20121202-233621.jpg

20121202-233627.jpg

Instagram Filter:  Rise

Snow Leopard Shirt:  JCrew, similar, similar

Red Skinnies:  Else by Joe’s Jeans

Sunburst Necklace:  House of Harlow

Neon Belt:  Macy’s, similar

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors

Gold Bracelet:  Oia Jules

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Shoes:  Aldo for Nordstrom, similar, similar

I love mixing primary colors together-there is just something so refreshing and simple about the combination.  It’s sort of like going back to the basics.  But a word to the wise, when mixing primary colors, limit yourself to two at a time.  Otherwise, you might end up looking more like a finger painting project you did in the 1st grade rather than a fashionista.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

xx

Three’s Company

When I was decorating my house (the fun part that finally came after the intense remodel), my mom shared the wisdom with me that everything looks better in sets of three. And, of course, through trial and error, I found that she is right (which of course she always is). So if you have the chance to come to my house, or check out posts I have done on home projects, take a look and you will find that all of my decor is done in sets of three, or in odd numbers-a terrific little secret to decorating that I have not only applied in my home, but also to fashion. Which of course brings me to the point of today’s post-color blocking.

Color blocking was HUGE this spring and summer and the trend is going to keep going strong into Fall. Hooray!!! Being the color person that I am, that makes me oh-so-very-happy. But one of the questions I am asked the most often is how to put together a color blocked look. And fortunately, the answer is pretty easy. Just like decorating, all you need to do is keep in mind the number three. I think most people gravitate towards putting together two colors when creating one of these looks, but three is really the way to go. And the easiest way to put together three colors (which anyone can do!) is to pick a solid color top, a different color solid bottom, and yet a different color solid shoe. Just make sure the tones of the color compliment each other and you will be set. And as you get more comfortable with color blocking you can also use your three colors in different ways, like I did below…

20120816-084747.jpg

20120816-084756.jpg

20120816-084808.jpg

20120816-084824.jpg

20120816-084835.jpg

20120816-084842.jpg

20120816-084850.jpg

20120816-084857.jpg

 

Instagram Filter:  Amaro

Neon Purple Top:  American Eagle (recent)

Blue Skirt:  H&M (recent)

Neon Pink Belt:  Macy’s

Neon Pink Chain Earrings:  H&M

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Gold Chain Bracelets:  Oia Jules, Macy’s

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Cocktail Ring:  House of Harlow via Nordstrom

Neon Pink Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff via Bloomingdales

Nude Patent Shoes:  Jessica Simpson via Nordstrom Rack

One of the things I love the most about this color blocked look is the mix of warm and cool tones.  I love the coolness of the blue skirt and purple top back to the pop of a warmer neon pink.  This outfit would also be great with yellow accessories, or neutral accessories and neon yellow shoes.  And not only is this a look that just about anyone can put together and with pieces you most likely already own, it’s also going to be a great way to sneak those neons and bright colors that we all love into the fall season!

xx