Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring (Hair) Things I'm Noticing

Spring (Hair) Things I'm Noticing

I hardly try to keep up with every trend anymore, but I do look at a whole lot of fashion. So when something is becoming A Thing, I want to share it with you! Here are two things that I'm noticing happening for spring style. Take them--or leave them--as you like! I love them. 

Center Parts for All Hair Lengths

Center parts for long hair have gone in and out of style, but I've seen a lot of them lately for shorter hair, too. What I think works about this length with a center part is having enough volume just to the side of the part. 

Then again...

Flat Hair Ruled New York Fashion Week in 2015!

The main thing I noticed from pictures from NYFW and also the Oscars is how flat all the hair was looking! (The first thing I noticed about the models with said flat hair was how painfully skinny they all are). From hair that's down and flat to hair that's slicked back, it was everywhere. And I say "YIP YIP YIPPEEEEE!" to that because my hair is naturally flat. Maybe this is my hour to be on trend with it? Indulge me, will you?

This we can do!
I find these photos liberating because they look a lot like my hair looks naturally. I also love the images I'm seeing because they (finally) give me some ideas of how to wear my hair. I'm aware of how interesting a statement that is as a caucasian woman, but there are few times when I've recognized my own hair in images. It's a nice feeling! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Didn't Read or Watch 50 Shades of Gray, but...

I Didn't Read or Watch 50 Shades of Gray, but Who Would Know the Difference?


Warning-adult women not in their full clothing shown below. If that bugs you, tune in tomorrow for fully clothed women. 

The Perfect Nursing Top to Buy Now and Wear Later, Too

The Perfect Nursing Top to Buy Now and Wear Later, Too

This one is for my nursing friends and family members! I recently tried on a bunch of stuff at The Limited, and I found a light sweater that I think would be perfect for anyone nursing a baby right now. It is, of all things, from the Scandal line there. It's light enough to wear it in the spring weather, too. It would be perfect with leggings, jeans, or even to work. Just put it on over a nursing tank or tshirt. 

What makes it perfect is that it unbuttons at the shoulder. You could also easily lift it up, too.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Easy Weekend Style

Easy Weekend Style

Happy Friday afternoon! What are your plans for this weekend? Last weekend my husband and I went to sit for a few hours in a local coffee shop, eat food, read our books, and work on our computers. I was inspired by this outfit to create my own layered look, which ended up being perfect for the weird weather that we had. It had snowed a TON on Friday then, the was 48 degrees on Sunday. 

Playful Fashion

Playful Fashion

Happy Friday! Next week I'll be off to meet a personal shopping client to shop for accessories in downtown DC! She is another client's mom and is visiting from out of town. She sews all of her own clothes. I can't wait to meet her! 

But today I have something fun in store for you for this Friday. I tend to think about staples, classic pieces, and things you'll wear 1,000 different ways on this blog. But sometimes I want to share special pieces with you that I've come across. There is so much fun, light, playful fashion out there that I sometimes can't wait to share with you. Today is one of those days! 

Not every one of these unique pieces today is exactly my style, but I have loved the idea of something like this "harness" for years, and Free People currently has tons of them!

Ugh. I find this so sexy!

And on the more sweet end of the spectrum are these clogs; aren't they adorable?! 

I'm not even sure what this top is, but I love this Nasty Gal top. If you have a special event coming up, this should be what you wear. Or wear it with jeans. High-waisted if you don't want to show off your tummy. 

Now, ok, I never watched Saved By the Bell, but even I know a clothing reference when I see one. This Lane Bryant top is exactly what I want to wear out with my girlfriends. It's just fun. 

I know a lot of women who need a backpack to carry around all the stuff that we carry with us without killing our shoulders. This backpack is a little pricey, but I love it's playful look-and that it's made in Spain! Let's go there and buy one together, ok!?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

An Amazing Blazer Shape to Look For

An Amazing Blazer Shape to Look For

So last weekend I bought a blazer that is more expensive than any other I've ever bought. However, I love it. I'm so excited about it! The picture does not do it justice, you really have to see the fit in real life. I highly encourage you to seek out a blazer that has a defined waistline that's at your natural waist.

See how there's a seam horizontally at the natural waist and how, as a result, the waist flares out a bit? It's even more exaggerated in person, and it's so flattering and unique. Look for that in a blazer!

Also, this particular jacket zips instead of buttoning, which adds a little edge that I love. The fabric is ok, pretty consistent with Limited's quality. I will likely try to dry clean it not that often if I can get away with it.

I also liked this one a lot because, well, I'm obsessed with stripes. And with that cute cut in waist, which you can see on the back. See that horizontal seam there and how the bottom flares out? That' going to accentuate your waist and create that womanly hourglass I love so much.

I love the idea of either of these blazers with a white tshirt and dark skinny jeans, with a white bottom of any type, or with navy or red, or...ok, you can see why I love them. I do not, however, love those weird jeans they paired it with here! The waist is not flattering here. Someone give this model a belt!

Here are a few blazers I've found with this same flattering shape. You can search by terms like "peplum blazer" or "flared blazer," too. Halogen makes a traditional suit with one,  Asos makes a really casual no button blazer with a great cut, and Torrid makes a faux leather jacket with a ruffle peplum. They're out there! Just remember, look for a horizontal seam just below the middle of your back and a slight flaring out of the blazer below that.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring To-Do List

Spring To-Do List

I have a list for you. No, no! Don't worry-this is not a list that should add any stress to your life! It should only spark some thoughts and possibly some excitement. I'd love for us all to take some time in this in-between period while winter fades away (hopefully! Right?) and spring starts to show her beautiful face to contemplate how we'd like the world to see us and how we'd like to feel in our bodies this spring. 

Here is some spring food for thought.

1. Get a fresh haircut. 

You know that feeling when you broke up with a boyfriend or girlfriend and chopped your hair all off? I did it a few years ago after stopping working with a terrible boss. It felt amazing. I'd love for you to think about losing a few inches of hair this spring. If you want some inspiration, my Head board on Pinterest is one of my most popular boards and is worth checking out!

2. Buy (or wear) something different from your usual. 

I tend toward a steady diet of all black, white, and/or gray. I'm thinking some pastels would be a good change for me this spring! If you tend to borrow inspiration from the guys, what about trying something soft and flowing (like the top above) instead? 

3. Learn how to do something new. 

I'm not just talking about facing challenges and making an impact in the world. I'd also love you to take time for silly, sweet things that will make you smile. Like making pretty shapes in your hair or any of these 29 hair hacks, or doing an at-home face mask.  

4. Embrace your own sex appeal. 

Work your hair, your legs (or both, like above), your brain, your creativity, or whatever it is you have working for ya. Feeling low about yourself? Ask your friends-what makes me beautiful to you? Then spend some time flaunting that-were they right? I bet they were. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jumpsuit Monday!

Jumpsuit Monday!

Lately I've been really excited about jumpsuits, which is actually what led to my realization that I needed better shoes last week. I have a few jumpsuits, and I really think I can wear at least one to work. 

What I like about a jumpsuit is that it's like a dress: it's an all-in-one outfit. Whatever you call it (jumpsuit, jumper, one piece, romper), it's perfect. Put on one, and you're ready to go with very little fuss. It might seem counter-intuitive, but this is actually perfect for you tshirt-and-jeans women out there. Just like a tshirt and jeans feels easy to throw on, so will a jumpsuit. 

Bear with me.

This might be the perfect jumpsuit. I'd wear it with flats with a little point if I had them. Also good with wedges and sandals. Basically, she looks like she's wearing a great pair of pants and a shirt, but it's so much cooler than that. This red one was amazing, too, but it sold out. As did this gorgeous printed top one, but I'm including it because you need to replicate it if you can!


I love the idea of adding a bright shoe to a jumpsuit for work or a date!


I love this and would wear it now with wedge ankle boots and a blazer on top. Then with sandals and a light cardigan in the summer to the office. Here's a similar style in all black that would be great for a larger chest than this model has, and here's a curve size one that's on sale!

A jumpsuit is an easy trend to incorporate into pieces you already have, like neutrals or blazers. Here's a gorgeous example of how that might look. 

And just wait until I show off some of the summer playsuits that I found for us. They're divine. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Are You There, Flats? It's Me, Sensitive Feet

Are You There, Flats? It's Me, Sensitive Feet

Softwalk, might be my favorites

Let me know when you tire of hearing about my shoe tribulations, ok? If you're already over it, tune in tomorrow for something else! 
Still here? Great. Because I need some flat shoes for spring that won't kill my feet and hurt my back, but I'm not willing to wear ugly shoes. I just believe there is a compromise! I found it for fall shoes and winter boots, but I need to believe that the time for boots is waning, and I'm interested in moving beyond the 2 pair of clogs that got me through the fall months. 

Dankso, runs big
I'm posting this here today because I imagine there are others out there looking for a great pair of supportive flats that aren't depressing or a million dollars, and boy did it take me a long time to find them! 

Softwalk, good for a narrow foot
I can't speak to how they worked yet because I haven't ordered any, but the shoes in this post are what I found that I like so far. 

Nosox, cute casual
Reef, cute sneaker alternative

Merrell, so sporty
And they're not flats, but I do tend to do well with wedges so I'll include them in case you do, too. They're just too cute not to include. 

Earth Manza

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What I Want You to Wear for Spring 2015

What I Want You to Wear for Spring 2015


To Work

Grab yourself a new dress, why don't ya? Or pull out the ones you already have! It's time. Spring loves dresses, especially dresses with patterns and dresses with sleeves that you can wear now and when it's almost summer and the AC is blasting in your office.