outfit: crop top

June 4, 2014

pairing the same print like a dress

I had my doubts but I can officially say there are appropriate ways to wear a crop top in your 30s. Let this outfit serve as proof. Now there are other way stylish bloggers who have pulled off the look (my favorite 30-something Kim always does so with perfection) but just didn’t know if it was for me. When I saw this gorgeous floral print — perfect for summer wedding and baby-related parties — I couldn’t decide which piece to take into the fitting room… so I grabbed both. I love how they combine to look like a dress (yet under $40 total!), and of course have the versatility of a blouse and skirt. If you’re shy, consider layering this crop with a white tank underneath and pair with white denim and chic heels for date night. Make the skirt casual with denim, and flats. For a little added coverage, look for ones that just meet your pants or skirt, and you can always layer over a denim jacket or long cardigan, too.

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I was recently stopped in my tracks during a recent Target trip when I spotted this gold flatware. Swoon. It’s like the much-hyped West Elm version everyone went nuts about last season, yet more palatable to my wallet at $10 less per setting. Then, did you realize that Marchesa had a version at Bloomingdale’s? Gulp. At $90 per setting, I don’t think I could afford food to go with my gorgeous gold silverware!

We’ve been married 10 years this summer… so our silverware off our registry is approaching a decade as well! Thinking recently it might be time for a fun update. This gold silverware is a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your day-to-day dining. Are you as big of a fan as I am?

Gold silverware -- splurge or save

marchesa flatware // west elm flatware // target flatware 


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

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