Monday, June 22, 2015

Lace & Cargo.

It's amazing what outfit combinations you can come up with when you're behind on laundry. 
Case and point: a rugged cargo vest paired with a dainty lace dress. It's like they were meant to be together, no?!

Check out the details, below:
Lace shift dress c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Cute versions here, here, here, & here)//Cargo vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact sold out; Similar here, here, & here)//Skinny brown braided belt-Forever 21 (Similar here, here, & here)//Brown ballet flats-Target (Similar here, here, & here; Love this pair with a gold toe here)//White watch c/o Wristology (Exact here; Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off orders over $30)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Style Link-Up!

After spending a week in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating my friend Nicole's wedding, I'm back at it with a fab hosting gig. 
Today I'm excited to co-host my first ever style link-up with the gorgeous Tara from Mix & Match Fashion
I first discovered Tara's blog through Pinterest and it has since remained one of my absolute favorite blogs. Not only does she have fantastic style, but she's a working blogger who posts tons of office-appropriate outfits. Plus, her looks always include lots of prints and colors-- a win-win in my book!
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For this Summer Style Link-Up, I wanted to mix it up and try something new. So, I decided to pair a bright yellow blazer with cuffed denim shorts and flats. Hey, if you can wear a blazer with regular jeans, why not wear one with jean shorts?! And even though I had all but sworn off bubble necklaces last year (I wore them NON-STOP for quite a while), I really liked how this black bubble necklace played into my black and white polka dot top. Finally, I threw on a pair of flats...and voilĂ !

Check out my outfit details in the photo caption below:
Black and white polka dot top c/o Hawthorne Collection (Exact sold out; Similar here, here, & here; Especially love this one here)//
Yellow blazer c/o
Teodora B (Exact here, but only medium left; Similar here, here, here, & here)//
Cuffed jean shorts-American Eagle (Exact
here; Great options here & here)//
Black chained ballet flats-Target (Similar
herehere, & here)//
Black bubble necklace-eBay (Almost exact
here; Love these other black statement necklaces here, here, & here)//
Black and gold watch-Anne Klein (Exact here; Similar here, here, & here)

Check out Tara's outfit details on her blog: Mix & Match Fashion

Thanks for having me as your co-host for this Summer Style Link-Up, Tara!
We'd love for YOU to join us in this link-up, too! Just follow the directions below. :)  

Summer Style Weekly Link-Up Guidelines: 
1. Follow Hello, Gorgeous! via bloglovin' and Mix & Match Fashion via bloglovin’.
 2. Please link from today’s specific blog post, not your blog’s homepage. 
 3. Use the button below to link back to this linkup on your blog post, or use your own link if you would like.
Mix & Match Fashion

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Neutrals, pearls, & sequins.

This past week was all about neutrals, pearls, and animal prints. I even surprised myself by mixing in an old sequin top!

Here's what I've been wearing :)

Ivory blouse-TJ Maxx (Similar herehere, & here)//
Green cargo vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact no longer available; Similar here, herehere, & here)
Skinny jeans-Rock Revival (Almost exact here and here; Love these more budget-friendly versions herehere)//
Leopard print flats-Target (Cute options hereherehere, & here
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Pearl necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here <-Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off)//
Rose gold watch-NY & Co. (Similar here, here, & here)//
Silver spike bracelet-eBay (Similar here)//
Skinny metallic belt-Forever21 (Similar herehere, & here)
Chambray button-up-Old Navy (Similar here, here, & here)//
Khaki blazer-H&M (Exact here; Similar here)//
Skinny black pants-The Limited (Exact here; Similar herehere)//
Leopard print flats-Target (Cute options hereherehere, & here)//
Chunky brown watch-Target (Exact 
here; Other cute ones here & here)//

Skinny braided brown belt-Forever21 (Almost exact here; Very similar here, & here)//
Glasses c/o Firmoo (Exact here, but no longer available in tortoiseshell)
Gold sequin tank c/o Sugar Love Boutique (Exact sold out; Very similar here; Love these other sequin tanks here, here, & here)//
Khaki pencil skirt-Zara (Similar hereherehere)//
White blazer-H&M (Exact here; Similar here, & here)//
Nude ballet flats-Target (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
Chunky pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact sold out; Adore these pearls here)




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Five Major Fashion Don'ts and How To Avoid Them.

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*Most of these "fashion don'ts" are taken from my own experiences. I've made the mistakes (possibly many times) and later thought "what was I thinking?!"         As with most advice, please take this with a grain of salt. If something makes you happy and you feel fabulous wearing it--rock it, baby! Nothing looks better than true confidence. :)


1. Super frilly tops and dresses. 
I know these are "in" right now and in theory they sound cute and oh-so-bohemian. But, let's get real--super frilly pieces generally don't flatter adult women. These styles are simultaneously too dated and too 'young'.  So, let's make a pact and leave them where they belong... in our childhoods.

2. See-through whites.
Unless you live on a beach in Costa Rica and you barely wear anything other than a bikini most days (lucky duck!), do not wear see-through white fabrics. Please, for the love of all that is fashionable and chic, check to see if your skin color shows through the fabric. If it does, DO NOT wear! I repeat: Do not wear! It looks trashy and cheap. Instead, wear whites that are lined or thick enough to hide your goodies. It's best to leave some things to the imagination!

3. Ankle pants that are too short. 
As a vertically challenged gal, I love a good ankle pant. No hemming required? Where do I sign up?!
However, if the bottom of the pant hits too far above your ankle bone, the pants are too short and they're going to look like clamdiggers. Proportion is key when it comes to dressing well, and ankle pants that don't hit at the right spot can make you look wider and shorter than you probably intended. 

4. Shorts that are too short. 
You might look amazing in a pair of itsy bitsy booty shorts. But, if you're above the age of 30, it might be time to let those babies go, regardless of how awesome you look in them. Your legs might say "hottie tottie", but the little voice inside your head probably says "I'm an adult with responsibilities". Listen to that voice. Booty shorts look juvenile. And honestly, who really wants to re-live their teenage years? Not me!

5. "It looks great on the model...I'll take it!" 
I still remember the day that I discovered that products modeled in online stores and catalogs are often altered to fit the body of that particular model. I was shocked. SHOCKED!
I always knew that retailers used photoshop and that model's bodies did not represent the bodies of us normies. But, to perfectly tailor the products and then try to sell them to us like they came that way? Liar liar, pants on fire!    
My point is, just because something looks a certain way on a model doesn't mean that it will look that way in real life (even if you have a similar body shape as said model). Read the reviews. Often times, if there is something truly "off" about the product, someone will have already given it a poor review.
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Dressing your age, size, and to your specific shape is a beautiful thing. The more you embrace this concept, the more fun you can have with clothes that truly flatter you. Our bodies will change a lot over our lifetimes (mine already has and I'm only 30!). There are things that we can wear at 20 that will look ridiculous at 50, and vice versa.
Isn't it kind of a relief to know that we can dress well our whole lives, regardless of age?!