a peachy spring

Before I start talking about this outfit, I’m gonna say that blogging is real hard. Trying to post blogs while also trying to make artwork and have a full time job and be a functioning human being is definitely difficult. Nevertheless, I have decided to never guilt myself into doing anything I don’t want to do. If I can make art, I will make art. If I have something to blog about, I will blog about it. If I love an outfit, I will share it. But I won’t succumb to self-inflicted shame or disappointment in not being more active than I already am. More on this topic to come (if I feel like it).

There are not many trends I have not tried in the dressing room. Usually I can make something work but there are certainly plenty of things I know do NOT work on me. Though I have a fairly even body shape, I get real self conscious on how my legs look so most of the things that I know don’t work on me are because they highlight my legs. For instance: white jeans, mini skirts, overalls, lace up heels, over the knee boots… all are items my body does not love. OR it could be that I’ve just never found the right fit. Case in point, the chino. I’ve never loved a chino pant but this year I found one that actually works and doesn’t make me look like a middle-aged mom.

Thanks to Anthro, I try on chinos every single year they come out. And every year in the past, I was disappointed and proven right that chinos were not my thing. That was then and this is now.  Continue reading

form and function

Well.. it happened. I bought my first jumpsuit of the year and we’re only a month in! But really, I just couldn’t help myself. Because I own so many jumpsuits, when I try a new one on it needs to check all my boxes. This one does.

First off, comfort. This loose fitting style is basically a sack with a tie to define the waist so it feels like I am wearing PJs. This also makes for an easy fit; I’m 5’4″ and I often have to get petite sizes for the just-right cut. But this I was able to get a standard and still have a little ankle showing.  Continue reading

a style guide on wearing dresses this winter

As we delve deeper into sweater weather, many people are prone to sacrifice style for warmth, putting their dresses and skirts into storage until spring comes around again. Although your beloved floral dress won’t protect you from the elements, the beauty of accessories is that they can be varied up to suit the changing temperatures. A contributor of the lifestyle media publication Gurl says that any dress can be worn in the winter, as long as you have the fashion basics including boots, cardigans, leggings, tights, thick socks and scarves to support it.

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You also have the option of shopping for new winter dresses. As you can see on the fashion e-store Lyst, brands like Missguided have a diverse collection of winter dresses with long-sleeved wraps, high necklines and velvet bodycons, but you should also try to make use of what you already own. Here’s how to incorporate your favorite feminine outfits into your winter wardrobe:

Wear cute knee-length socks or tall, fitted boots
Tights and leggings are obvious staples for the winter, but Cosmopolitan also suggests substituting these accessories with cute knee-length socks and tall boots. To keep you looking chic, make sure there’s some skin exposed between the boot or sock and the hem of your dress. For extra protection, wear a long coat and sheer or nude hosiery underneath the socks or boots.

Layering is key
Dresses are usually the star of the show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to switch things up. A simple dress can be worn underneath a long sleeve striped tee or a cute sweater. It can be also worn over a snug, collared oxford shirt. The plain patterned dress will allow you to experiment with different colors and prints. Another way to layer is by wearing a thermal top underneath along with a standard slip dress, as the blogger of Smaggle recommends.

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Sport a turtleneck underneath a shift dress
In one of the many tips to winterize your closet, Buzzfeed says that a turtleneck works well under a shift dress. The new silhouette adds a little more complexity to the lack of detailed shaping made popular by Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Check out Style Motivation for more ideas and style inspiration for this season.

bonjour, spring!

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Sometimes the most unexpected seasonal piece will make or break your wardrobe. This spring it just happened to be these ankle-length tulip hem gaucho pants. Yup, you read that right. With the black nipped-in waistband, these billowy pants are a refreshing and modern update on a 70s retro silhouette.

bonjour-au-soleil-2abonjour-au-soleil-8aDidn’t think these would work on me the way they do, but I really ended up falling in love with them. I mostly wear tees and blouses tucked into the waistband, but I’ll keep my mind open to billowy on billowy – once spring is actually here to stay. bonjour, spring!
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graphic tee / anthropologie
wide leg pants / anthropologie
strappy sandals / steve madden via nordstrom rack
purse / neva opet
sunglasses / urban outfitters
rings / free people
necklace / anthropologie

outfitting comfort

All I want to wear right now are sweaters and leggings. But it’s not really socially acceptable as a 7-days-a-week uniform so I used my brand-new Polyvore account to help me visualize sprucing up a seemingly simple sweater. This is my first virtual styling collection. Ever.

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What do you think? How would you outfit this sweater?

she wore flowers in her hair

I am very very happy that floral crowns are so in right now. It speaks to that irrepressible longing for a connection to nature and our organic surroundings. Aaaand I pretty much want to wear flowers in my hair every single day. Here are a few favorites from my pin & crown pinterest board!

Frog Prince florals by Paula O'Hara Photography

[ pin // floral by Frog Prince and photography by Paula O’Hara ]

Rosehip Florals by Judy Pak Photography

[ pin // floral by Rosehip Floral and photography by Judy Pak ]

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