With Saint Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought I would put together a look for those of you who might not be the biggest fans of wearing bright neon green, or for those who would rather wear a more toned down outfit for the day, before partying it up at night in all your green goodness. :) This outfit subtly honors the holiday, while remaining fashion forward, and incorporating some of the latest "it" items into your wardrobe.
Let's start with the outerwear. One of the hottest trends lately has been bomber jackets. You see them everywhere! On countless celebrities, on runways such as the infamous Marc Jacobs 2017 Spring show, and on just your neighborhood girl...the bomber is here to stay. I have been on the hunt for the perfect bomber for months and found it in this olive green jacket. For St. Paddy's, I figured wearing it would keep me safe from all the people who love to go around pinching those who forgot to wear green! I bought the jacket two sizes bigger than what I normally would wear, to get that over-sized baggy look that's in right now. My favorite thing about this jacket is the color! Olive green is flattering on pretty much every skin tone, so you won't go wrong buying a piece of clothing in this shade of green.
I paired the bomber jacket with a black velvet slip dress. (Which I got from Marshall's for $4.00! Talk about a steal!!) I couldn't find the exact dress online, so I linked a similar dress in the Shop the Look section below. I think you guys can tell from previous blog posts that I love to mix edgier pieces with something more girly, such as this dress. I personally don't like people to quite be able to define my style. Is it edgy, is it girly, is it boho chic? Well it's a little bit of everything. lol I just feel if you're consistently mixing different styles together, you will always be unique! When someone asks me for fashion advice I encourage them to look through their current wardrobe and put together items they never would have thought would go together. Try it for yourself. I guarantee you'll end up surprised at how many different clothing options you already own!
Okay, back to the outfit! (I get sidetracked easily) To accessorize I put on aviator sunglasses, which I felt went well with the bomber jacket. I also slung over my shoulder, a fringe faux leather backpack. Backpacks have been hot for several seasons now, with the latest backpack inspiration coming from the Spring Season 17 runway of Alexander Wang as seen in picture. (Photo Credit: ELLE) I love the backpack trend and personally hope it never goes out of style, since my philosophy is the bigger the purse the better! For shoes I put on a pair of lace up peep toe heels. I thought about wearing boots, but with Spring just around the corner I decided to go with the heels. Let me tell you I was freezing during this photo shoot! Oh how we suffer for fashion!
The final thing I want to talk about is my hair. I know it's not fashion related, but hair can either pull your outfit completely together, or take away from your cool look. When I'm deciding how I want to wear my hair for the day, I look at the silhouette of my outfit. If what I'm wearing is form fitting, I'll wear my hair either down or pulled back sleek with no volume. If what I'm wearing has a looser silhouette, such as this outfit, I like to make sure my hair has plenty of volume. My go to big volume hair style is the messy bun. It's such a quick and easy hair style and the volume on top balances everything out and really completes the look. Let me know if you guys want me to do a hair tutorial on my messy bun!
Okay, that's it for my St. Patrick's Day outfit inspiration. I hope you all enjoyed reading about this look, and I wish you all a fun filled holiday! Let me know what you're planning on wearing for St. Paddy's Day in the comments.
Live Each Day Joyfully,
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I believe the best thing about fashion is that there are no rules. Everyone has their own sense of style, and their own ideas on what is right or wrong. Sure, some people make statements like, "Don't wear white after labor day." and "Don't mix brown with black." but those ideas are dated. We now live in an age where anything goes. Take a look at Jennifer Lawrence at the recent Passengers premiere. The actress styled an everyday sweater with a see through, star embroidered tulle skirt. (Photo by Just Jared)
This look divided fans. Some loved it, and others hated it. I peronally am firmly on #TeamJLaw. Yet, what I love most about the look isn't that Jen looks gorgeous, but rather the fact that she was daring enough to go out of the box and try something new.
Fashion changes everyday. What was in last season may no longer be the "hot item" a few short months later. If you're like me, and living on a budget, you don't have the funds to be constantly adding to your wardrobe. This is why I love to rework the clothes I already own. The jacket and skirt pictured in my photos were bought over a year ago. However this photo shoot was the first time I paired the items together, for a brand new look!
One of my favorite ways to mix up my wardrobe is by putting together items that have a more hard, tough, structured look, such as the moto jacket, with something that is soft and feminine, like the lace midi skirt. This look can be achieved in many ways. You could put leather pants over a suede body suit, a satin nightshirt dress with a bomber jacket, or you can take a page straight from JLaw herself and put on a comfy sweater with a flirty tulle skirt.
Whatever you decide to throw together, have fun with it, and wear your outfit with confidence. You may get some negative reviews, but if you love how you look, then who really cares what others think? :)
Live Each Day Joyfully
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I love dressing for summer. From the bright colors, to the breezy materials, I'm a fan. When I found this pink maxi dress, I instantly knew it would be a summer favorite. The front ruffle flattered my body type, and the color went well with my skin tone (which is something you should ALWAYS factor in before making a purchase.)
However, when I put the dress on by itself, it was lacking that WOW factor. Wanting to spice things up, I went on the hunt for the perfect accessories. My mission was to turn the compliments from "Oh, that's a cute dress." to "I LOVE your outfit." That is the power of accessories. They make a statement. They turn thoughts from pretty to unforgettable.
I've only recently started to accessorize. Yet some of my earliest memories were of going through my grandma's jewelry box, which was filled with funky rings and every type of turquoise jewelry you can imagine. Even when she was simply wearing a t-shirt, she still put on her rings. She knew how to make a statement.
Taking inspiration from my grandma, I've slowly started incorporating jewelry into my sense of fashion. My favorite pieces are unique necklaces, like the one I paired with the pink maxi dress. A bold necklace can take a simple outfit to the next level. Below, I've linked several fun necklaces, along with the one I'm wearing, to inspire you to join me on my journey into the world of accessorizing. Happy Shopping!
My favorite time of year is when spring slowly turns into summer. The never ending rain showers finally turn into rays of sunshine, flowers begin to bloom, and there's still that light cool breeze to break up the impending May heat.
I find my favorite fashions this time of year as well. Stores still carry spring items but are also stocking up on cute summer staples. This summer promises to be full of off the shoulder dresses, more rompers, and of course...crop tops. I have been DYING to pull out a crop top I purchased last summer, but barely got a chance to wear. However, being 9 months pregnant, with a huge belly, didn't give me much hope that I'd be wearing my fave crop top any time soon.
Then, I remembered this look Kerry Washington rocked at the 2014 SAG Awards while pregnant. While most people wouldn't dare to wear a hot-pink bedazzled crop top even on a normal day, Kerry somehow makes the look seem effortless and elegant, reminding all the soon-to-be moms that pregnancy doesn't have to mean 9 months of maternity wear, it just means sometimes you have to get a little creative with your wardrobe.
Channeling my inner Kerry (after all I don't think even Olivia Pope would have the guts to wear that sparkling top) I pulled out my favorite crop top and determined I would make it work. Throughout my pregnancy I've bought as little clothes as possible, since my goal is to get back to that pre-baby weight. That being said, it has become a challenge finding items already in my closet to go over my large and in charge baby bump. After pretty much tearing my closet apart, I landed on the perfect combination, that not only looked pretty but was comfortable as well.
ESSENTIALS TO THE PERFECT SUMMER MATERNITY OUTFIT
Loose Fitting Crop Top: I recommend buying a looser crop top simply because it's easier to get over a baby belly.
Pencil Skirt: For the pencil skirt, you will want to purchase one made out of stretchy material. The one I chose to wear is made out of polyester and spandex, which allowed me to pull it over my baby belly and cover any extra skin shown by the crop top. AVOID SKIRTS WITH SLITS! Even if a slit doesn't appear to be cut too high, trust me after being pulled over your belly that slit will be something you don't want showing in public.
Jacket or Blazer: I am a jacket/blazer fanatic, who has way too many options in my closet. I love to throw on a fun blazer to pull an outfit together. I recommend wearing a blazer/jacket in a bright color or fun material, such as leather, to really make a statement.
Wedges or Gladiator Sandals: It wouldn't be summer without a cute pair of wedges! However, if you feel uncomfortable wearing heels, a simple pair of gladiator sandals is always a good option.
I recently completed my maternity photo shoot and thought I would share some of the tips I collected along the way.
Tip 1: PICK A THEME!
When I was trying to decide what look I wanted for these photos I turned to Pinterest, which gave me the idea for the Garden Goddess theme. Having done several photo shoots in the past, I knew that having a clear concept of what I wanted would not only help the photographer but also end in me being happy with the final images. Despite what you might think, if you're a paying customer, photographers want to hear your ideas and opinions! Don't be afraid to say, "This is what I want." After all, a happy customer is the best customer!
Tip 2: BE PREPARED FOR WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS
One of the amazing things during pregnancy is our constantly changing bodies. It's crazy how we are built to give life, and that should be celebrated. However, being pregnant does add a certain amount of difficulty when preparing for a photo shoot. A dress that may have fit last week is suddenly too tight and won't zip, shoes that are soo cute will no longer go over swollen feet, favorite jeans refuse to button. The list goes on and on.
My own personal wardrobe malfunction was pretty embarrassing to say the least. The dress I was wearing had been ordered about a month previous. Within that time my belly had grown quite considerably and when I went to get ready for my shoot I was shocked to see how high the slits in the dress came on me. Not having a backup plan, I had to work through it, and of course it was super windy outside. The entire time I was just trying to not flash my underwear!
What I learned from this, is to always have a backup plan! Whether it's an extra outfit or safety pins, be prepared.
Tip 3: LAUGH THROUGH THE INSECURITY
Getting in front of a camera when you're 8 or 9 months pregnant is not easy. We all have our insecurities, but those are certainly multiplied when prego. Just remember you ARE beautiful! Your body might not be what you want it to be at the moment, but pregnancy is temporary. Cherish the months you have carrying your child, find the beauty in your body, and learn to laugh at those inevitable moments of insecurity. Your confidence and joyfulness will transfer to your photos, which will give you unforgettable moments that will last forever.