Everyday Outfits My Style

How to Wear Stripes {J. Crew Black & White Striped Dress}

May 2, 2016

How to Wear Stripes - J. Crew Ruffle Sleeve Striped Dress {J. Crew Ruffle Sleeve Dress, Club Monaco Hat (similar), Cambridge Satchel Crossbody Bag, Zara Shoes}

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Black & white stripes are one of my favorite prints, and they work perfectly on those days when I’m short on time and pressed for what to wear. And let’s face it, that’s pretty much everyday in my world! But if you’re worried about stripes making you look fat… don’t be! The trick to making stripes work is to either A) not give a damn, or B) find the size and shape that work for your body type. I tend to go for option A most often, but since I did title this post How to Wear Stripes, here are a few things that I’ve learned from experience:

  • Chevron stripes work on just about anyone
  • Vertical stripes can be elongating (just be careful you don’t wind up looking like Beetlejuice)
  • Small horizontal stripes across the chest can look a little wonky on us busty gals (especially in stretchy materials)
  • When in doubt, add a pop of color with accessories (red, yellow, hot pink and cobalt blue all look especially fetching)

Below are my favorite black & white striped dress picks at the moment…

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Irresistible Me Rotating Curling Iron Review + Bohemian French Braid Tutorial

April 23, 2016

I’m definitely a no-fuss, no-muss kinda gal when it comes to my hair. So I’m always on the lookout for styles and products that can have me out the door and looking great in the shortest amount of time possible. Well, I think I’ve hit the jackpot with this simple, yet elegant up ‘do. Tune in to my french braid tutorial video to see how I achieve this look, plus check out my full review of the Ruby Auto-Rotating Hair Curler, courtesy of the generous folks over at Irresistible Me.

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I love wearing my curls of all shapes and sizes, from loose tendrils to tight corkscrews… and EVERYTHING in between. Over the years, I’ve tried all sorts of gadgets on my mane – like steam hot rollers, flexi-rods, flatirons, curlformers, and more – but never a rotating curling iron. I was intrigued when I first saw it online, and thought to myself “Why not?”. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it. But once I did, it was smooth sailing from then on out.

I love how it easy it was to create these loose, romantic tendrils framing my face – the perfect finishing touch to my bohemian style. And I can’t wait to try it out again for a head full of curls!

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This style only takes me a few moments in the morning to recreate. And you can bet I’ll be rocking it throughout this spring and summer.

And what do you guys think about the Ruby Auto-Rotating Hair Curler? Would you try it for yourself? Let me know in the comments. Plus, I’d love to hear about your favorite beauty gadget!

Everyday Outfits My Style

Gingham Gal {J. Crew Gingham Dress + Miu Miu Gingham Heels}

April 18, 2016

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These pink gingham heels were a birthday gift from a few years back, and they still remain one of my most treasured pieces in my closet. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect gingham dress to wear them with, and I think I hit the jackpot with this pretty little frock from J. Crew. I love the unexpected color combo, and this retro silhouette has to be one of my all-time favorites for summer.

Below is a quick roundup of a few other gingham dresses I’m eyeing for the rest of the season…

Everyday Outfits My Style

Tip Top Shape with Sportswear Unlimited + 10% Off Reader Discount

April 13, 2016

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Earlier this year, I decided to branch out from my usual rotation of at-home fitness DVDs, and instead take more of my workouts to the gym and great outdoors. It’s been a blast switching things up and having an excuse to stock up on new gear. Throughout this experience, I’ve been chronicling my ongoing pursuit of styish and affordable athletic brands with you guys.  Recently I got in touch with the lovely folks at Sportswer Unlimited who offered to let me design my own custom workout gear.  I had no idea that was even a thing, and so I was immediately stoked to play designer.

Never one to shy away from color, I was drawn to this shocking pink canvas and decided to throw in some neon yellow accents for good measure. Because after all, most super-scientific research studies show that the more people who notice you when you work out, the more calories you burn.*

After a few clicks of my mouse, I was done designing my ensemble and I’m beyond pleased with how the finished product turned out. The moment of truth came when I took my leggings and half-zip top out for a test drive. The colors were really vibrant (which I loved!), and this getup turned out to be perfect for the chillier-than-usual early spring temps we’ve been having. Lately, I’ve been working on toning up in anticipation of short skirts and dresses this summer, so I broke out the thigh bands to focus on my bottom half. Not gonna lie… my workout session was a bit grueling, but the material held up great and seemed like it would do well over time.

I absolutely love the idea of having fun, unique workout gear, and I think you guys will too. So, I’m excited to offer a 10% discount code to all of my lovely readers who’d like to test drive Sportswear Unlimited for themselves. Just visit them online by April 15th and be sure to use code CLOSET10OFF to receive your discount.

Thanks for reading my review, and happy shopping!

 

* I totally made this statement up, and it has absolutely no basis in science or reality.