This morning I got up early to beat the heat and go strawberry picking (and sugar snap pea picking!). This is a long-standing summer tradition for me – no fruit in the summer can be compared to fresh strawberries. Strangely enough, lately I haven’t even been drawn to strawberries…but fresh strawberries?! Of course! I already made some fresh strawberry shortcake that was positively delicious! Would any of you like the recipe for the shortcakes I used (they were yummy, looked great, and were easy to whip up quickly)? If so, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to do a post with the recipe!
Anyway, inspired by my strawberry picking, I created a styling. The starting point was really these shorts I found. Take a look:
While pairing a white shirt with these shorts may seem safe or even predictable, I think it makes for a very fresh look and color combination. Loosely tuck in only the front of the shirt so as to showcase the design of the shorts, but leave the back untucked for a relaxed vibe. Pairing this necklace helps make the look feel more together, while the shoes help to keep the look casual. Wearing this, you’re ready for a Sunday afternoon adventure – whether that means relaxing outside, watching TV, bike riding, running errands, seeing a movie, going shopping (to Anthro?!) or anything else!
What are you guys doing this afternoon? Have any of you gone strawberry picking?
I’m all for combining my love of fashion (my first love) and my love of baking (my second love). Therefore, I thought I’d do an inspired styling based on those Nutella Cheesecake Layer Bars (which I’ll from here on out refer to as NCLB for conciseness’ sake). After all, I find these bars to be quite inspiring…1) they’re graphic with their three differently colored layers, 2) they’re luxurious, 3) I love their sophisticated color palate of cream and shades of brown.
There is no doubt this look is not lacking in the sophistication or elegance department! All of the pieces, separately and together, seem polished. When put together though, they still feel effortless and not at all stuffy. The look gives off an aire of luxury and indulgence too though, which is found very much in the NCLB.
While I did take some liberties by changing up the color palette of the styling from the NCLB (I added black which the NCLB did not have), I still feel the ensembles evokes a similar feeling to the bars.
Now if only I could wear this look while chowing down on the bars…
The starting point for this styling was with the shorts. Although they’re not the blush color of Anh’s shorts, they still have a similar feel, and, most importantly to the look, they’re high-waisted. Belt these shorts, and partially tuck in the lace top. The jacket is a tad different too – it’s not so much a trench style – but the color pairing of it with the lace top and shorts is divine (if you are tied to the trench look, try this). The shoes definitely aren’t an exact match either, but I’m totally fine with that. Anyways, these heels definitely still feel like something Anh would wear – actually, when I first mentioned them on this blog, I said I thought this! The reason they really work with our styling too is because they are the right shape and clean-lined. Accessorize with the bracelet and leopard sunglasses (there’s a bit of leopard from the inspiration shoes!) and this look is complete. (Note: I did omit the vest from the inspiration due to lack of a good option at Anthro. The look feels complete without it though!)
No doubt this isn’t an exact copy of Anh’s look, but I still love it!
What do you think of this look?
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This morning I got up a tad early and headed out to a morning yoga class outside. The temperature was lovely, and it truly was the perfect way to spend an early Saturday morning, let alone the first official Saturday in summer.
Is anyone else doing anything lovely this weekend? Relaxing? Big or small, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!
Before that though, have a look at this styling. If I could be wearing this right now, you bet I would! It’s care free enough, yet still put together – the exact way one should look on a weekend!
I envision possibly scrunching up the sleeves (messely…not in too neat a fashion) and leaving the pullover tucked out and loosely draping over the skirt. Belt slightly below the natural waist, but not too tight so as to maintain the flowing look (and can I tell you how much I love the brass on the belt? it truly helps make the look!). The “wow” statement necklace is then toned down, considering it adds interest to the similarly colored pullover, but doesn’t distract from the rest of the look. The perfect accompanying heels and bag finish off this perfect weekend wear look. Gorgeous!
Tuck this vibrant top loosely into the skirt. The contrast between the orange of the top and the green of the waistband will look superb! The shoes are simple enough to not distract from the skirt, but they also add a bit of an edge…I mean, how cool are those shoes?! The jewelry not only works well together, but helps finish off the look, especially with the greens in the bracelet bringing out the greens of the skirt.
If you wanted to transform this look into an errand-going and/or work outfit, adding this large bag would be perfect:
Today is not only exciting for the fact that it’s Friday (any fun weekend plans, anyone?!), but I also have a styling request to share with you! Hooray! (Yes, I really do love styling request…can you tell?! 🙂 )
Jennifer emailed me the other day in search of some styling ideas for the Bosky Lace Skirt ($118). She recently bought it for herself with a Mother’s Day gift card – and that was a great purchase, in my opinion! So far, she’s worn it with a navy t-shirt, but is now looking for some other ideas.
One of my favorite things about this skirt is that in fact it’s a classic in its shape and lace material. However, the green adds a punch to it, creating an even more interesting piece. There are also several ways to go about styling it – all out feminine, more edgy, etc. I’ll try to showcase a variety of these ways in my stylings!
When I first saw the skirt, it reminded me of a styling I had done in the past with a different lace skirt. While the two skirts do have their differences, I think it’s worth looking at how the styling I did a while back could be used as inspiration for a styling with the skirt on today’s agenda. Here’s that styling, with the different skirt (originally seen in this post):
Imagine taking that top and pairing it with our skirt. I wouldn’t pair the necklace with the skirt though, just because it could easily become too much green. The thing I love about the above styling is how it mixes casual with more formal…lace is traditionally a more fancy material, while the sweatshirt-esque material of the top dresses it down. Anyway, here is a version of that styling with our skirt:
Now that I covered the new version of that original styling, I think I should backtrack just a bit. For instance, let’s talk color. The skirt is a lovely kelly green. Jennifer mentioned how she’s paired navy blue with it, which I think is a perfect complement. Other color ideas would be any neutral (whites, grays, blacks, browns), as well as a different shade of green. A shade of hot pink would be daring, but it could in fact work quite well. The same could be said of orange too, but it does take some skill to not come across as color blind, of course! Yellow is the one color I would be the most cautious of…you don’t want to look like a Green Bay Packer, after all! Red is also quite dangerous…one shade in the wrong direction and you’re right out of Christmas! Basically though, I think most colors could in fact work with the skirt…it’s just a matter of picking the right shade and/or keeping it elegant and chic.
Tuck this patterned, navy top into the skirt, and then put the belt around the skirt. The belt helps add a bit of visual separation between the patterns of the top and the lace of the skirt. To help keep the look fresh and not too busy, finish off with the bangle and wedges.
I love the shade of brown in this top, which I envision loosely tucking into the skirt. The sandals and ring add just enough to complete this weekend ready, casual look. Some of the beauty of it is just how effortless it is!
Did you know that this top, in its navy shade, would also look great with the skirt?! Take a look:
The sandals I have pictured above would work with the above pairing, but so would these other lovely shoes:
While Anthro calls this top orange, I think of it more as a pinky-coral. Imagine wearing the top so it drapes over the skirt, and then belting around the top at the natural waist (doesn’t the belt add a nice sense of quirk?!). The necklace and shoes polish off the look. With the top, alternatively you could tuck it in. It’s up to you!
I also love the idea of pairing the skirt with a graphic tee. This, once again, would be a nice play on informal/formal. Either of these could be utterly fabulous!:
This is a bold look! You have two options: 1) tuck the shirt in and belt around the meeting of the top and skirt or, 2) don’t tuck the shirt in and belt around the natural waist, atop the shirt. Keeping the accessories to a minimum, with clean lines helps to finish off either lovely version!
I am one happy camper today! Why, you ask?! Yesterday in my reviews, I talked about my adoration for the Amplified Stripes Blouse; yet due to the price, I had decided to hold off on purchasing it. Well, guess what…it magically went on sale already today! I wasn’t expecting it to hit sale so soon, but I’m not complaining! So yep, I’ve ordered it and now I just have to wait out the time until it gets to me!
And P.S….I wore my Pilcro Zip-Pocket Crops today for the first time!
Hooray…as I’m sure almost all of you have already heard, Anthro had a large sale today! And as you might have guessed, that means a couple of sale outfits are in order! For those of you who might not know – or those who have forgotten – a sale outfit is quite simply exactly how it sounds…a complete styling using only sale items! To see sale outfits I’ve done in the past, feel free to click here.
But let’s get on to business now…first, I’m going to start out with a cheap, cheap look. Have a peak:
The bright colors of the bangle and shoes help liven up the simple, yet pretty combination of the blue top and skirt. By tucking the top into the skirt and pairing this darling clutch with the look, you have a polished, but still very relaxed look for anything from errands, to playdates, to lunches out, to even a casual work day. And at the cost of less than many individual items at Anthro (even on sale), this is one great deal!
While this next look is more expensive, it’s still a great deal, especially when you look at the savings!
I absolutely adore the sophisticated palette of this look…the moss, beige-gray-cream-gold, and deep rust color. The bag adds such a sense of fun, but doesn’t take away one bit of polish either. I mean seriously…this really is a gorgeous look! For less than half the original cost, it’s also, once again, a great deal!
So now…you tell me: Which look is your favorite? Have you bought anything from the sale already? Are you holding out for a further discount (fingers crossed!!!!)? Personally, I’m sitting it out at this point. Don’t get me wrong though…I’m very tempted to purchase. My plan is to wait until this weekend when I can make it to a store, where I’ll hopefully be able to snag some great deals…but also make sure I absolutely adore the items and am not just buying them because they in fact are such a great deal. I definitely am trying to make more thoughtful purchases…anyone else out there feel the same?
P.S. I promise I will resume my vacation recap…I just wanted to do sale outfits on the actual day of the sale, as I’m sure you can imagine!
While I’m on vacation, I’m running a series of posts based on fantasy outfits for an exclusively Anthro outfitted vacation! To read more about this, click here! And please, even though I won’t be able to respond immediately, feel free to leave comments! Thanks, and enjoy!
Vacation is undoubtedly a time you can let your fashion thrive. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say that many people let themselves go in the fashion department a little bit on vacation. I mean, I’m sure you’ve witnessed some pretty bad clothing on your own vacations. So today, can you promise me from now on you’ll always try your best to put some effort into how you look on vacation? I’m not asking you to spend hours putting outfits together, but I’m just asking for you to add a bit more pretty to the world! 🙂
This shirt could easily go wrong. It’s kitchy. Kitchy isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if styled incorrectly, it can turn ugly. Even tucked into this lovely skirt, as I have it in the styling, it could go wrong. You see, it could make for a very matronly, old, tired look. However, by pairing these modern, chunky wedges with it, you add some life and youth. The necklace adds another modern, yet still quirky aspect. The complete look is very individualistic, and not at all taken in the wrong direction, as it could have been! It just goes to show you that styling really can make or break a piece!
For a few days this week, I think it would be great to take a look at some of the pieces I’ve used here for stylings that are now on sale…because maybe you really liked a styling, but just weren’t willing to pay full price for it. Or, maybe you just would like to see some gorgeous pieces that you can buy for a fraction of their original cost, and then if you fall in love with a piece, you can see how I styled it for some ideas of your own. Or, maybe you just want to see some lovely pieces on sale!
At first, I thought I would show all of the stylings that correspond which each item on sale. However, I quickly realized that would make for an extremely long post, so I decided to showcase some of the stylings I really adore. Really though, I love all of the stylings! (I link back to the post(s) the item was used in, so feel free to go check out the stylings for yourself, of course!)