outfit: whimsical pastels

April 15, 2014

pastels // the average girl's guide Do you have pieces in your wardrobe that when you first saw them in the store you were totally iffy, or maybe your friend forced it on you? When I saw this floaty blouse, I couldn’t decide. The color is pretty, but I never grab for it, and I’ve been loving these cool open details on blouses, but as a shorter gal (I’m 5’3), the longer tunic-style left me hesitant. Yet, turns out the semi-sheer, soft panel with the side panel are cool yet flattering.

I used to be really restrictive when it came to the fitting room; why try it on if I didn’t think it would work? But now, it’s the opposite: encouraging you to take in there with you a few pieces out of your comfort zone. Costs you nothing and maybe one time you’ll land on something pretty special. It’s especially fun at affordable spots because a fab find can lead you to discovering a new style or hue without the worry of wasting big money.

gold and grey tassel bracelets

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I often gravitate toward solids, or if I move toward a pattern it’s typically stripes. A bold print is not naturally this average gal’s thing even though I love when others wear it. With the temperatures starting to heat up around the country, and with music festivals on the horizon, thought it would be fun to share how to wear these fun, vibrant prints in rich colors and fun textures (i.e. tassels and fringe!).  Carefree, worldly and casual in a totally cool way.

Check out two ways to style the look, whether you want to wear it, or just play around with accessories.

Global Prints_Skirt

wear the styleskirt // tank // denim jacket // booties // fringe bag // sunglasses

Now, how to style prints using fun springy accessories…  Keep Reading —>>


outfit: faded blues

April 7, 2014

lace and denim

For more than a year I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of distressed light denim with a slimmer fit, in contrast to the baggier boyfriend style more common with this wash and style. I even purchased a more relaxed fit last year thinking it would work. It didn’t. It made me feel bigger, sagged in the crotch, and unlike celebs and style bloggers who rock them with major heels and somehow look effortlessly chic, I just wanted them for weekend errands to wear with flats or sandals. Keep Reading —>>


summer {tie dye} blues

April 1, 2014

Ok, guys, whether or not it’s 50 or 80 degrees where you are, it’s officially April — crazy! — and summer is nearly here. I was just in NYC so I get that it’s hard to feel springy when you’re in boots and a winter coat but tie dye, especially in hues of blue, is one sure fire way to make it happen. For example, love the sweatshirt below, now all cozied up, and in the summer with white denim or cut-offs and metallic sandals.

Undoubtedly, this fun trend reminiscent of camp days reappears nearly every season. It’s perfect for a brunch in your city or for a weekend getaway (or splashed across your bed; love that bedding and this pillow!). Think we can all agree that whether you’re four or 48, this one is a winner. For proof, see our favorite affordable finds, and check out the scrolling images below; brands from BCBG to J. Jill all feature a vacation.

Tie Dye for summer 2014

image: similar dress or this // scarf // beach towel

sweatshirt // tunic //cape

bedding // pillow // maxi (also in pink) // shorts

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