Two Birds, One Stone

Sometimes when I am shopping, I see pieces and I wonder what exactly they are. Like, is this a shirt or a dress? Do you wear this as a top or a skirt? That is what happened to me recently when I found this cute flower piece. Wear it on its own, and it's a dress. Add some jeans or leggings, and it becomes a top. I guess sometimes there is no "right" way to wear a fabulous find. Sometimes, you just make it your own.



 
   

I chose to wear this piece with some light wash denim skinny jeans.



I completed the look with a pair of shiny black heels and a neon pink handbag.

Flower Top/Dress: Plato's Closet | Jeans: Ross 
Shoes: Fergalicious | Bag: Target

How would you wear this piece? 


Day to Night = Casual + Dressy

One of my favorite trends right now is mixing dressy pieces with more casual pieces. And I love this look on Keri Russell. A comfy white tee (casual) + a leopard print pencil skirt (dressy) makes a fun and trendy ensemble that you can wear as an everyday look, or for a night out. This is a great day to night transitional outfit. She is wearing some pointy toed heels, but you can dress the look down by choosing ballet flats instead.

Photo: Mirrorplex/Splash News
 Of course, Keri's pieces total close to $1,500, but you can create this look and make it your own for under $100 by shopping these similar pieces!

Pretty in Pink & Peplum

Summer is usually a time for bright colors and vivid prints & patterns. But sometimes it is ok to bring a little spring into your summer. I chose to do that for this look, by wearing an Easter-esque color palette consisting of soft pink jeans and a light aqua colored peplum top.

 

 

 I love the zipper on the back of the top!



I had a circle shaped sparkly aqua necklace that I wore.


 For shoes, I went with a tall wedge sandal in caramel brown.



Aqua peplum tank, Express | Pink jeans, Plato's Closet 

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Dressing For a Summer Wedding Using What You Already Own

Summer is a popular time for weddings. But for many people, spending money on something to wear to a wedding is not a priority. Sometimes our budget is tight and we just can’t splurge on a new ensemble. This is when it is time to get creative with existing pieces from your closet. You can actually create a wedding appropriate look by simply adding accessories. Here are a few ways to do that.

For the ladies...

Take It To The Max
I love maxi dresses. They are so comfortable and versatile. And of course in the summer, they are great for those days when we didn’t have time to shave our legs. So if you want to wear that cute maxi to the next wedding on your agenda, you can! Add some elegant jewelry or a nice watch, lighten your load with an evening style clutch and put on some dressy heels. The nice thing about summer is that you don’t have to wear a jacket and your heels can easily come off so you can hit the dance floor!


Light a Short Fuse
There are lots of different styles of shorts popular for women right now. And if you own some that are made of lace or something more sexy, you can mix them with other items from your closet to create a look that is appropriate for a summer wedding. If you did happen to shave your legs and want to show them off, you can do so with a sexy heel, a small evening bag or clutch and dressy jewelry. Just make sure those shorts are not too short. You want people paying attention to the happy couple, not your hot cross buns!


Pant Like a Dog
For those of you ladies who didn’t shave your legs but prefer pants over skirts, this look is for you. Start with some solid (neutral colored) trousers and add a dressy top. Throw on some coordinating jewelry and grab an evening clutch. The nice thing about this look is that you can actually wear flats if you want. Heels will definitely dress up the look more, but if you just aren’t comfortable in heels, go for a ballet flat that isn’t too casual.



For the guys...

Alright guys, there are really only two options for you when it comes to dressing for a summer wedding: pants or shorts. And since men are so simple (or so they say), you can “weddify” your outfit with a couple of simple accessories. If you choose to wear pants, pick a short sleeved button down or polo style shirt (no crazy prints or patterns- keep it simple). Add a belt, a nice watch and some polished oxford style shoes (in a neutral color like brown or black). You are wedding ready in a more casual look and you didn’t have to spend a mortgage payment on a new outfit!


If you shaved your legs prefer to wear shorts instead of pants, you can create a similar look by adding the same accessories (a belt and a nice watch). Since most men don’t wear a ton of jewelry, other than a wedding ring, a watch is a nice alternative to jewelry. It adds some sophistication to the look and you always know what time it is! Make sure if you choose to wear shorts that they are dressy, not casual. Think of Pharrell Williams attending an awards show (but please forgo the giant hat). Top with a long sleeved button down or a short sleeved button down with a vest (sweater or other type) over it. No tie is necessary, although it doesn’t hurt to wear one in this case.


Patriotic Pirate

How was your 4th of July? Did you sport an awesome red, white & blue look? I had two of the three colors down- and chose to substitute the blue with black. I found this fun fringe tank at a local boutique and knew it would be the perfect piece to wear on July 4th. I also found these cute black & white striped shorts and paired the two together for a look that I am calling "patriotic pirate." Don't you get a feeling I should walk the plank when you see this ensemble?


I wore some dangly circular gold earrings, a gold bangle and a circular style necklace to add some bling to the look and give it some feminine details.


I threw a solid red tank under the anchor tank for an extra pop of color and to add a fun layer.



This tank is also great for practicing your dance moves. Arrrgh!

 
Red tank top, Target | Anchor fringe tank, Threadzz Boutique
B & W striped shorts, Target | Gold bangle bracelet, Day2Night

Outfit Post: Comfy Cabin Chic

There is something about cabins that gives me a warm and cozy feeling. Even in the middle of summer, I want to curl up on the couch and drink a cup of hot chocolate. But on a recent trip to a cabin at Lake Arrowhead, I took time to get outside and admire the beautiful views. Here is what I wore for a day around town.

I am calling this look "comfy cabin chic."

I put on a simple, comfortable royal blue dress and topped it with a nude colored belt.

 

I added some royal blue jewelry with a bit of sparkle.

  
    

I topped off the look with some nude colored sandals and the best accessory you can wear...a smile!


Royal blue dress from Apt. 9 (Kohl's) | Nude floral belt (Maurice's) | Necklace & earrings set (Charming Charlie) | Nude heel sandals from Nine West (Off Broadway Shoes)

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Product Review: HSI Professional Leave-In Hair Treatment

As someone with thick, often oily hair that rarely stays styled for more than 5 minutes, I was excited to receive the HSI Professional Leave-In Treatment to review. I am usually skeptical of products that claim to be miracle workers, but I tried the Leave-In Treatment with an open mind.

You simply drip a small amount of the treatment into your hand and work through your hair, root to tip. It is intended to give your hair a shiny, smooth feeling and help with frizz. As a new mom, my hair is usually pulled up and un-styled, so I feared that would affect my ability to review the product well. However, just two nights ago I discovered the magic of this product.


I had been using it when my hair is damp before blow drying, but two nights ago I forgot to use the product. Well, as I went to run my fingers through my hair post blow drying, something felt different. My hair was not as silky and soft as it had been in the previous nights- the nights I was using the HSI Professional. All I could do was run a small amount of the product through my hair and rescue the dry mess I felt.

That small oversight was enough to make me realize that this product works and does make your hair shiny and silky! Note that I do not wash my hair every night, so I only used it on the nights I did wash it. That being said, it still worked wonders on my thick, oily locks.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

A Creative Summer Look: Scarf Style

Do you ever stumble across something totally awesome and wish you'd thought of it first? That happened to me today. Check out this amazing "how-to" for turning your scarves into vests, shawls and swim cover ups! Genius!


Need pieces to try this look? Shop scarves here!