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outfit: floral and flouncy

September 18, 2014

floral print and flouncy skirt
While shopping for my NYC trip a few weeks ago I was on the hunt for a fun black skirt. I was searching for a more voluminous midi length option to pair with a crop top but this skirt from Ann Taylor was too good to pass up. The cut, the leather detailing, the fun flouncy style… it just worked, it’s universally flattering and I knew it would be a way more useful addition to my closet. Evidenced yesterday: in addition to being perfect for a night out, I wore this look to a local Chamber business networking breakfast. If you don’t have a great black skirt in your closet right now, I cannot say enough good things (though there’s tough competition: Ann Taylor’s collection is getting better by the minute, evidenced by this assortment!)

floral print and flouncy skirt And, can we chat about this blouse, part of Piperlime’s new branded collection? Admittedly out of my comfort zone with this bold print duo, I half declared to friends I’d never wear this after getting it during a bloggers reception in NYC. Now? Love. Big time. The duo-print is awesome, the fit is great and it’s different than anything I own (sound like question #3 from yesterday?). I am now seriously debating its navy floral print counterpart. Adorable, right? Pair that one with jeans for a casual cool dinner, and preferably fun heels or earrings with a pop of color to complement the prints.

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outfit: tummy control x 2

September 10, 2014

I’m not sure where tummy control has been all my life, but wow it makes a difference. Until last year, I never really wore tummy control this, or thigh-smoothing that. I just purchased around what I was trying to camouflage… including my often bloated belly. I realized last year that a little hidden help hurts no one and let’s be honest, can make a huge impact!

Enter these leggings and skirt by new-to-me brand, Lysse. Genius that you can eliminate wearing all the “control” undergarments when your actual clothes fit the right way. This brand was created by a women battling the same issues as all us girls; the fabrics by Lysse focus on flattering, accentuating and minimizing anything distracting. The leggings for example have a higher waist with tummy control. They sit perfectly on my waist, minimizing chance of the dreaded muffin top, and they didn’t roll all day. I love, love, love the leather side panel which as I styled below as a sample fall outfit, can go from sneakers to heels quite quickly!  I will be living in these. They’re leggings, they’re cool black pants. And, most importantly: they’re flattering. High five! I know they’re on the pricier side for “leggings” but consider them much more. They’re really black pants you can wear to work, weekends, nights out, anytime

The Lysse skirt is another winner.
I’ve admittedly tried on lots of skirts like this — cozy cotton pencil skirts seem like they’ll be the best closet staple — yet they always failed… too thin, they ride up on my waist, they’re an awkward length, or they didn’t flatter. While I recommend sizing up if you’re in between sizes, this skirt eliminated all my issues with other brands and is also ultra cozy. I can see my slipping this on for work, and then also for errands on the weekends.

More photos from each of these looks, after the jump…
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When it comes to dressing for our bodies, I’ve found through reading blogs and hearing your questions that too often we’re so focused on concealing what we don’t like that we forget to flaunt what we have! I’m guilty of it, too. I’d conceal my hips, avoid too tight blouses, or skirts and dresses that showed too much leg. I’d wear blousier tops instead of highlighting my natural waistline or my collar bone, which I love.

Since mid-Spring I’ve been back to working out and eating better, and feeling so much better as a result. I’m far from buff but I see muscle in my legs and arms I’m not sure I’ve ever seen! Being 34, I’m finally wearing shorts without cringing — partially due to feeling better — and also from realizing we’re all human and I can’t sweat to death in jeans to avoid someone seeing a little extra cellulite.

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transitioning the LWD to fall
You know that LWD that you’re not ready to retire just yet? You’re not alone. As fun as it is to talk about Fall, and I do loooovveee Fall clothes, it’s still better to hang on to summer. I always like to find ways to wear clothes in the typical off season, so long as it’s done the right way. For example, I’ll fully wear my neon hot pink sweater in the winter with faux black leather joggers or black pants, and darker accessories. Or, light denim with a chunky knit to the movies on a chilly night. Same goes with white dresses. The easiest way to bring it beyond Labor Day is to top it with a dark blazer and accessories.

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