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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

White is one of my favorite colors to wear in the summertime because it has the ability to be soft & feminine, while still remaining clean & chic.  Whether you wear it head to toe or contrast with bold hues & pretty patterns, it's a classic choice for the season that looks good on everyone.  I've rounded up some of my top affordable summer white picks (with a hefty dose of lace & eyelet).


Friday, June 24, 2016

Modern Silhouettes

For me, having fun with fashion is all about playing with new trends & testing silhouettes that might even intimidate me a little.  It's exciting to step outside of what I normally gravitate towards & try a sleek modern look. This outfit is a combination of several of-the-moment styles: an off-the-shoulder top, kick-crop pants & a slim choker.  Though this pretty floral blouse would be great with jeans, shorts or a denim skirt, I wanted to give it a more sophisticated feel.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins Off-The-Shoulder Top (wearing US6), c/o Old Navy Pants (similar here, here or here), 
c/o Dorothy Perkins Heels (similar here or here), ASOS Clutch (similar here or here), 
Forever 21 Choker (similar here or here), Bracelets: Vintage (similar) & Lucky Brand
Pilgrim Earrings, ASOS Ring, Nails: Sally Hansen White Out


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Closet Necessities

I've written quite a few posts about the classic staples that I believe to be the building blocks for a versatile wardrobe (see previous content here & here).  But, it's equally important to invest in essential undergarments & a handful of special tools that will help extend the life of your clothing, shoes & accessories.  So today I'm highlighting my top picks in each category & sharing why I can't live without these key pieces.  I've purposely selected products & brands that I personally use and love, so they come highly recommended by me.

1) Leather hole puncher - This is such a handy tool for quickly adjusting your accessories (I've done this with several of my vintage & thrifted finds).  Because there are a variation of hole sizes, you can use this on belts, purse straps or watch bands to create the perfect fit.
2) Suede cleaning kit - After having one of my favorite pairs of suede boots ruined due to unexpected weather, I immediately went out and bought a suede care kit.  This one has everything you'll need to protect your suede shoes from puddles or stains and to carefully clean them without ruining their soft finish.
3) Clothing steamer - I'm fairly certain there is no one who despises ironing as much as me, so I rely heavily on my steamer for most wrinkle-removing tasks.  This handheld size is great for traveling, but if you're looking for a heavier duty model, I recommend this one for at-home use & larger jobs (both on sale now!).
4) Sweater comb - This fine tooth comb is ideal for removing pilling from fine gauge knits & cashmere.  I recommend using a very light hand when brushing over your sweaters so you don't snag the fabric.
5) Fabric shaver - I use this battery-powered gadget on my thicker knits, chunky sweaters & wool jackets to remove fuzz & lint - it works quickly and thanks to the smaller size, it's great for packing when you travel.
6) Lint brush - I don't like to use the sticky lint rollers as they can leave an adhesive residue on clothing, which ends up attracting more lint.  So, I prefer this brush style and I also have this travel size, which I keep in my purse for on-the-go touch-ups.
7) Jewelry cleaner - I prefer not using the liquid jewelry solution because the smell always bothered me and there was too much potential for spilling.  So I was happy to discover this kit, which comes with both the smaller brush stick (for rings & dainty items) and the cleaning cloths (for necklaces & larger pieces).

1) Seamless camisoles - I recommend having these in black, white & nude and I personally prefer to have a variation of styles (some scoop-neck, v-neck & some with thicker straps) so I can wear them with any neckline top or sweater.  Shown above: one // two // three - more options here, here & here
2) Strapless bra - I've tried several different brands over the years & have discovered that the key is to look for a style that has rubber grips lining the inside so it truly stays put (I swear by this one).  I also recommend buying one that's a little tighter than a regular bra because it will stretch with continual wear.  Shown above here - additional bras here & here
3) Full slip - This comes in handy if you find a dress you love that's slightly sheer or if you just want a little more coverage.  I have one in white that came with a dress I purchased years ago, but it's so versatile that I wear it with several other pieces in my closet.  Shown above here - more styles here & here
4) Backless bra - These are especially useful in the warm weather months when you're wearing dresses or tops that are low cut in the back.  Most styles are good for 20-25 uses before they start to lose their adhesive staying power.  Shown above here - other options here & here 
5) Shapewear - The exact style you purchase comes down to personal preference - the high-waisted pair I own are the ones I reach for most often, but depending on the garment you're wearing them under, you might want one that hits right at the waist.  Shown above: one // two - also like these cooling shorts, these mid-thigh shapers & this extra-firm style
6) Half slips - So many of the current skirts & dresses in stores aren't fully-lined and, many times, it will be a style that I really want.  So instead of passing it up completely, I'll opt to wear a half-slip underneath.  I have a longer-length style in nude that I found at the thrift store, but I'm on the hunt for a shorter version as well.  Shown above: one // two - also like this midi-length, this lace-trimmed style & this knee-length slip


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ruffled Wrap Skirt

When I transferred my closet over for the season, I recognized that I had a lack of skirts & dresses for summer.  So, I've been on the hunt to expand my wardrobe in this area - specifically, I wanted to find styles that were comfortable & could transition from day to night.  I don't own any wrap skirts or dresses, but after trying this one on, I have seen the error of my ways - the flattering shape and billowy movement gives it an ease and it's exactly the type of effortless style I could happily wear all season long.

What I'm wearing:
Old Navy Tank (similar here or here), LuLu*s Wrap Skirt (also similar here or here), 
Marc Fisher Heels (similar here or here), Similar Clutch (here or here), Forever 21 Necklace
Gorjana Earrings, LOFT Cuff (similar), c/o Charming Charlie Rings (similar), 
Lips: Revlon Coral Berry, Nails: Sally Hansen White Out



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

20 Under $20

For this month's edition, I chose to focus on some classic staples, a few festive prints & bright pops of color, which feels fresh & summery.  I went well over 20 items because there are so many great sales happening right now. Banana Republic is offering an extra 40% off all sale items - I'm eyeing this classic trench (gets great reviews), this crochet sweater (super flattering) & this striped tank (only $13!).  Forever 21 is also offering free shipping on all orders with code AWWSHIP - I have been so impressed with their activewear, so I just scooped up these mesh capris & this colorblock sports bra.  J. Crew Factory is offering 35% off your online purchase, an extra 40% off clearance items + free shipping on all orders with code SPRINKLES - love this eyelet skirtthese slide sandals & this raffia clutch.  And don't forget to shop my BaubleBar private sale - you'll get an extra 15% off my picks with code PPF15 (plus free shipping)!

1) Striped Sweater // 2) Tortoise Sunglasses // 3) Stone Ring Trio // 4) Floral iPhone Case
5) Mixed Print Bikini // 6) Seed Bead Bracelet Set // 7) Drop Earrings // 8) Off-The-Shoulder Top
9) Tassel Keychain // 10) Western Belt // 11) Denim Shorts // 12) Crochet Straw Tote
13) Striped Espadrilles (w/ code SPRINKLES) // 14) Mini Nail Polish Set // 15) Metallic Flat Sandals
16) Silky Square Scarf // 17) Red Crossbody Bag // 18) Black Watch // 19) Crystal Pendant Necklace
20) Pom Pom Trim Shorts // 21) Paisley Print Maxi Skirt // 22) Morse Code Cuff (w/ code PPF15)
23) Matte Lip Pencil Duo // 24) Lace T-Shirt // 25) Stacking Ring Set // 26) Straw Fedora
27)  Red Ankle-Strap Heels // 28) Cognac Wedge Sandals // 29) Triangle Hoop Earrings
30) Skin Luminizing Set // 31) Straw Toiletry Bag // 32) Pearl Tassel Pendant Necklace (w/ code PPF15)