Ok so does it not look like this entire outfit is from J.Crew? That is what I like to do. Put together J.Crew-ish/designer-esque looks on reasonable budgets. And yes, one, albeit the main piece in this outfit is in fact from J.Crew. But sneakerpants here actually got it from Savers thrift store for like $10! I definitely support investing here and there. Sometimes the cheap-chic stores simply can't get you a trend when you want it, or don't have that long-lasting quality like a pair of Sperrys or J-brand denim. And sometimes it's ok to simply treat yourself to a Kate Spade bag. Right? Ok I'm personally not actually there yet, but someday maybs. But for most of my closet, I like to try to find reasonably-priced alternatives to that jaw-droppingly awesome shirt.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
So my sister graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Woohoo! Crazy to think that we are both alumni of the same school now. Gotta love. What comes with graduation day? Graduation pics, duh! ;-) And I was so proud to snag a section of the inside of this building for decent graduation photos! It was raining outside, so we had to forgo the outdoor shots. I spotted this window from our seats far away. We left a tad before they finished reading the names and as we made our way over, we snuck behind a table that was no longer being used. It was the perfect little blockade to give us our own personal U of M backdrop. So I busted out my Samsung Galaxy. Thanks to the crazy zoom (that seems to work in reverse, zooming out as well as in), we didn't need a whole lot of space for good solid shots. Of course, I asked Patrick to take a few shots in between grad pics for the blog. Amazing how it barely phases me to pose for these as hundreds of people walk past.
bag: c/o maurices
bangle: c/o purple paparazzi
disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and sixth months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
This green lace dress is one of those perfect-for-any-occasion types. Especially in summer. Hello. Bridal/baby showers, picnics, day dates... I don't do a whole lot of neutrals and love playing around with colors and textures so having this pretty little thing hanging in my closet will make for a lot of fun looks. This time I splashed in the bold coral and worked with the blue that was already accenting the dress.
Dress: c/o August Wrinkle
nude heels: steve madden via nordstrom rack || shop similar here ---> save
statement necklace: c/o cheerfully charmed
You've heard me talk about Lily & Violet before (I've styled their tulle skirt & cropped jacket). It's an online ladies fashion boutique, that just opened a shop in Minneapolis. Well last week, I attended the Grand Opening preview event. I got to meet the Lily & Violet ladies, some lovelies from Style-Architects, as well as my friend Chelsea & new friend Katie.
Friday, May 17, 2013
I think I have this innate urge to pop yellow into every possible outfit. Grammy would be proud. I've become aware of it so I now have to quell it for the sake of variety. Do you think favorite colors could be genetic? Cause Grammy certainly passed hers onto me. Now onto the print of this shirtdress... I am a very picky print person, but when I see something I like, I go for it! This dress was even easier to "go for" since it's from a thrift store. No joke! And the brand is Charter Club. A little unexpected, right? Which leads me to a fun shopping tip. So you know those sections in department stores that you walk past because you think they clothing styles are too mature? Venture in. You may just find a Jones New York shirt or Charter Club pants that totally reflect your style. And it's doubly fun because no one else your age shops those sections, so your pieces end up being super unique.
hat :: wet seal || shop similar---> steal
Thursday, May 16, 2013
clutch :: etsy
earrings :: etsy
pearl necklace :: etsy
yellow heels :: macys
And every bride has her troupe of lovely ladies, who hopefully get to wear dresses they try to not tailor so they can return them afterwards. Unfortunately, I was not in the business of appeasing this for my girls. I had mine in light blue taffeta. But in my defense, there were two separate times that people wore them or that they were borrowed for other formal occasions. Score! In this day and age of endless supplies of dress stores online, and such fun styles and colors accessible to us, brides have this new opportunity to actually get dresses that can be worn again! And why not play up the accessories, with big statements of color and fashion-forwardness.
lace dress :: anthropologie
necklace :: modcloth
clutch :: aldo
mint heels :: dsw
And the guest gets the most fun and freedom of dress of all. With only one color out of the runnings, there are loads of bright and bold hues to choose from. And that is usually the direction I tend to go. This nautical dress has one of my favorite color combos. One rule I always abide by... comfortable shoes! Wedges are always a good comfy-cute compromise.
striped dress :: tailor & stylist
tan espadrilles :: bon ton
jade purse :: melie bianco on amazon