90’s Style Updated

To me nothing says 90’s fashion more than a slip dress, combat boots, and a moto jacket so when I put on this outfit I flashed right back to the days of Daria, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Clueless. How I love/d all three of those!

Sadly this dress from Nasty Gal is selling out quickly and there are only a couple sizes left (the size 10 fit me great, FYI). However, it’s a great, much less expensive option if you like the style of the “Sydney” dress from Sanctuary. They both have a subtle 90’s vibe. This is another affordable option. See my recent post on the white version of the Sydney dress here.

You could go all out with combat boots and a flannel around your waist or give it a bit of 2017 update like I did. I guess I didn’t pay attention to the description as I expected it to be the kind of polyester that doesn’t stretch, but it’s quite stretchy. I have actually worn it more as a nightgown than a dress lately. It’s so comfy!

I don’t know how long they plan to offer it, but they are offering 50% off of all orders on Nastygal.com. Score! One thing to note – my order shipped from the UK. It arrived in a reasonable amount of time and it was kind of fun to have something ship from another country, but it was a little unexpected.

I haven’t ordered anything from them in a few years, but last time it shipped from within the US. I guess they’ve made some changes because I noticed that the sizing on the tag is in UK sizing, even though the sizes listed online are the US equivalent.

I am so loving this cooler weather! I’ve really been looking forward to wearing my jackets and sweaters. While it’s not all that cold during the day (except today – it’s raining!) it is starting to feel like fall and I can usually add a layer in the evenings.

So of course I had to break out my oxblood suede jacket! One of the best things about buying classic pieces is that you don’t have to “retire” them after 1 or 2 years. This almost red/almost brown color is perfect for fall and goes with just about anything.

While this exact jacket is no longer available, I spotted this faux leather jacket at Express and I can see it being perfect for fall. It has 10 5 star reviews for a reason! I also think this open front moto jacket is super cool. The sizes are limited in the oxblood color, but there are some other colors to choose from.

I have gotten so much wear out of these booties, they are surprisingly comfortable for the height! Politics aside, Ivanka Trump does have some pretty cute shoes in her line.

My awesome Vince Camuto “Ayla” Satchel is still available – and it’s on sale! I highly recommend it. I’ve had it for close to a year now and it still looks pristine. Satchels (with a shoulder strap) have become my favorite style of bag due to their versatility. Is it just me or do some purses fall right off your shoulder too? Grr.

These pics were taken right before the hubs and I went out for dinner and I’d forgotten what a beautiful time of day “golden hour” is. It’s hard to take a bad shot with such pretty and soft lighting.

Although reviewing these pics really reminded me that I need to smile in my photos. You have probably heard of resting bitch face, but I’m afflicted by it’s cousin – resting sad face. If I’m just chillin’ somewhere, in my own little world I often get comments like, “what’s wrong?” And “are you ok?” Lol

 

What are you most excited to wear now that it’s officially fall?

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you come back soon!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Can’t Get Enough Pink

I’ve always resisted what people thought I should like. For example, as a kid I was “supposed” to like pink because I was a girl. I felt like I had to  dislike it just to prove them wrong. Now I’m mature enough to embrace the fact that I LOVE PINK. It makes me happy and that’s all that’s really important.

More and more I’m living life by feeling my way through. If it feels good, I do it. If not, I (usually) try something else. It may seem overly simple, but I argue that we make life way more complicated than it has to be. Of course, there is something to be said for life’s engaging dramas and doing things we don’t like since it helps us clarify what we do like. So this is just my motto, I’m certainly not saying it’s right for everyone. But man has it enriched my life.

Now that I’ve gotten out my deep thought for the day, on to my outfit! This bag was such a nice surprise. I’d never heard of Chic Wishlist so when I got an offer to snag this bag at a very steep discount I hesitated but eventually pulled the trigger. I’ve wanted a pink or blush bag for so long, but for some reason I never found one that I thought was purchase-worthy.

I buy almost everything online these days, but I rely heavily on past experience with a brand and online reviews. This brand provided neither so I was a little unsure what the bag would actually be like when it got to me.

It’s not leather, rather it’s listed as being primarily “silica gel” and I didn’t really know what that meant. It also doesn’t have a lining and it’s pretty darn expensive. Normally I’d pass on it for those reasons, but this bag actually rocks!

It feels and looks sumptuous and I don’t miss the lining one bit. It’s a great size and it just looks classy to me. If you balk at the price tag I totally understand. Here’s a code to get a discount of 70%: SaveOnWishList. Seems a lot more reasonable now, eh?

This brand offers some really fun and fashion forward items. Just keep in mind that everything ships from China, so the delivery can take a little while. I’m seriously eyeing their faux fur jackets. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever tried this brand yourself in the comments!

I considered a lot of different pairings for this bag, but I ultimately went with my fabulous pink trench and I love the result. Is it just me or does this ensemble look expensive? I did a post on this chic trench in the past here and I still love it!

The reviewers are right, it’s not a typical trench coat in that it’s not rain resistant and it is lightweight, so it might be more appropriate to call it a “topper.” It’s actually perfect for the Socal weather and while the fabric does wrinkle easily, the wrinkles also fall out pretty easily when it hangs. The faux leather details are an awesome touch and it’s on sale!

I cheated a little with this look as it was pretty hot when we shot these pics, but I’m already feeling the fall vibes. So many people on social media are lamenting the end of summer and meanwhile I’m like when the heck is it going to feel like fall around here?! I can’t wait to pull out my boots. Lol, the grass is always greener eh?

This white dress is an old purchase from Nasty Gal, but I found a very similar dress at NordstromRack for under $45 (there are more colors available too)! Isn’t the scalloping at the bust adorable? Every girl needs at least one fit and flare dress in her closet!

With all the pink in this outfit I thought a nude shoe would be best and my Sam Edelmans fit the bill perfectly. My particular style is sold out, but the “Hazel” is a cult favorite and very similar. I was just at DSW yesterday and I am always impressed by how many great shoes they have from this brand. Why would anyone ever pay full price?

My hubby is so wonderful to be willing to be my part time photographer. The only downside is that he’s not quite as detail oriented as I am. Case in point – all the pics we got with the bag flipped the wrong way, haha! Oh well. I’m just happy he’s so supportive. Thank you babe!!

What’s your favorite color to wear?

Have a wonderful day and stay true to you! Muah! Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Sanctuary “Sydney” Dress

I’d had this dress on my Shoptagr list for a long time so I did not hesitate to snap it up when I got the notification that it went on sale. I LOVE the pattern and cut. It’s selling out in this color quickly, but they also offer it in “butterfly tomboy” and “prairie rose black” and both are really cute IMO.

I just wanted a lighter color dress as it feels so much more summery. I can see the darker versions being perfect for the renewed trend of wearing a spaghetti strap dress over a thin tee. Remember that from the 90’s and early 00’s? That’s fashion for you – everything comes back in style at some point!

The pattern makes me so happy! It’s just so cheerful and feminine – right up my alley. I think one could definitely get away with wearing this to a wedding. It is white, but the large floral print prevents it from looking like you’re trying to one up the bride. We would never! Right? 😉

I’ve wanted a white patterned dress that’s easy to wear for a long time now and this fits the bill 100%! I really like the fact that it has one side slit. The “M slit” style (where it has a slit on each side and then a little strip of material in front) is super cute, but I already have a few with that feature and it can sometimes make me feel overexposed.

The single slit allows for a little more ease when walking and ups the saucy factor, yet doesn’t scream “sexy” like some double slit dresses do. Those certainly have their place, but I think the single slit makes this dress super versatile.

I wore this the other day with a pair of low heeled wedge sandals and it looked great, but I wanted to dress it up a bit for this post so I paired it with my awesome ankle strap heels (mine are sold out, but the black patent is still available). Just swap the heels for sandals and throw a denim jacket around your shoulders or waist and this dress goes from a little fancy to a cute everyday look.

Ok, now to the only downside – it wrinkles horribly! I sprayed it like crazy with Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser, which helped, but the second I sat down again the wrinkles came right back. I actually think I over-sprayed it because it grew and grew during the course of this shoot. All in all I say – still worth it!

How cute is this little pond BTW? It’s a few neighborhoods away from my place and there are ducks and turtles galore! They were all very sweet – the turtles came up to us right away. I think they were expecting to be fed. Sorry I didn’t come prepared guys!

What’s your favorite type of floral?

Thank you so much for visiting! Until next time my friends…XO

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Pleats for Days

I’m quickly becoming a Donna Morgan dress addict. Thank goodness Lord & Taylor eventually slashes their prices so I can snap them up for around $30 instead of $130.

The price on this pleated midi dress gone up a bit since I bought it, but it’s still a steal for under $40 right now (use code LABORDAY)! FYI all clearance items are 25% off and all other items are 20% off this weekend. There are limited sizes available there so you can also get this lovely dress here and here (both on sale!).

It’s also available in a pink version and this version with a bolder print. It took me quite a while to decide which I liked best, but I’m glad I got the one I did. The print and colors make me happy – ’nuff said.

I still find that Shoptagr is the way to go as the prices will usually drop around the weekend, but I don’t want to have to constantly be checking. Instead I add the item I want in my desired size and color, wait for an email from Shoptagr telling me it’s on sale, and then immediately snap it up for a steal. Getting items for way cheaper than the original price thrills me!

I wore this dress to my doctor’s appointment (had to get a biometric screening for work) and in the space of 1 hour I got three compliments – one of which was from my male doctor. I’d call that a good day 😉 Doesn’t it feel extra special when a guy notices your clothes? I hate to stereotype, but they don’t always seem to notice stuff like that.

I love the way this dress looks with my nude ankle strap sandals (my color is now sold out, but the nude patent version is very similar), but it also goes well with wedges and flat sandals. It could easy go more boho with more jewelry and less dressed up accessories. I forgot to take pics with it untied, but it also looks really great that way.

Of course I had to pair it with my new bag – which I am still in love with! The mushroom color is such a great neutral, I’ve found it goes with seriously everything, Score! The cheapest price I found today is here (under $110!). They offer it in black, red, and putty and I think all those colors would be great investments.

I wore this dress to dinner with a friend last week and paired it with my go-to denim jacket, but it was just too hot to add a layer when we shot these pics. It would look AWESOME with this one (under $55). It’s been around 100 degrees lately here in SD, but I keep seeing people posting fall outfits on social media. Not with this heat wave!

In the past I’ve stayed away from halter tops as they can sometimes make one’s shoulders look bigger and over accentuate the bust, but I felt like this one really worked. Alas, it requires a strapless bra, but it’s still worth it.

What’s your take on pleats? Some people say they add bulk, but small ones these don’t seem to have that problem. I’ve been on the lookout for a pleated skirt so when I find the right one you’ll see it here!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Keeping it Causal in All Neutrals

I feel like neutrals can get a bad rap – like they should always be in the background or something. However, I find that most of my closet is neutral colors and that’s just fine by me! FYI traditional neutrals are grey, olive green, black, brown, white, and navy. Yes, adding a pop of color can make an outfit more visually interesting, but neutrals can stand on their own too.

One tip for elevating an outfit full of neutrals is to add a “completer piece.” Does anyone else remember this term from What Not to Wear? I miss that show, I learned so much about figure flattering fashion from watching it! Anyway, a completer piece is that extra layer or bold accessory that takes a somewhat basic look to a look that really draws attention.

In the case of this outfit the completer piece would be my straw hat. This one was a random $5 purchase from AE’s clearance section to get free shipping, but I ended up loving it! A boater hat is a great choice for summer and they come in many styles.

This one is so cute! I love the crochet band. And this one is a great classic option. The site listed mine as a wide brim fedora, but it’s actually more of a boater hat due to the flat crown (top) and brim. This one is very affordable and this super wide brim boater hat would work for many women.

In fall/winter I usually go for extra layers of warmth as my completer pieces, but when the temps rise, lightweight accessories just make more sense. This is a very causal look, but the nude, low heels, bag, and hat take it up a notch or two.

This outfit would work just as well with flats, but I chose these low block heeled pumps to give me a bit of extra length in my legs – and they feel like flats! I seriously can’t stop wearing them.

IMO heels are like lipstick – they take some getting used to if they’re not something you usually wear, but they quickly become staples and you end up wondering why you went without for so long. You just have to try them on, possibly add some extra cushioning, and make sure the fit is right. Blisters/pain are no fun at all. Obvi!

I just happened to stumble upon my purse for a steal when I saw the mini version of my Rebecca Minkoff “love” bag go on sale during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale that just ended. Mine is the middle size and they also sell a jumbo sized one. I always do that – when I see something I like online I immediately do a web search for the same item and see what comes up.

Nine out of ten times I find it somewhere else for a lower price! FYI the price has gone up a bit, but it’s still on sale and you can get 15% of your first purchase by signing up for their emails. I have already worn the heck out of this bag and I just got it a few weeks ago. It’s so versatile due to the color and you can wear it 3 ways!

My tee is a favorite – I wear it all the time. I also like the raw edge side slit tee Lush just came out with. You can never have too many great tees!

I looked around and while my shorts don’t seem to be available online anymore (they’re a rare in-store purchase from Express), I found this pair and this pair. Both of which seem awesome! I’m all about comfort whenever possible and this type of unstructured short feels amazing on a hot day. I could seriously sleep in it. Sounds a little weird, but that’s a super useful feature when traveling.

What’s your favorite way to jazz up an outfit?

See you soon friend! Love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Jumpsuit Love

Jumpsuits seem to be one of those pieces that most women like the look of, but many are afraid to try or feel is a style that’s just not for them. Today I’m making an argument for jumpsuits for everyone!

There are a plethora of options within the jumpsuit genre – it’s really just a matter of finding the one that suits you most. Heck, even Andy Cohen got in on the action with a “RompHim.” Have you heard of this term? A RompHim is just the male version of a romper (AKA a short jumpsuit.)

My jumpsuit is from a few years back, but here’s F21’s newest version of it and here’s another great option.  I also really like this one and this one. And here’s plus size option #1plus option #2, and plus option #3. They can be sooo flattering! I also love the idea of a striped jumpsuit to make even more of a statement.

The key to finding the right jumpsuit means finding the right fit for your body. For example, I love the tapered legs and elastic waist on this romper as it keeps this look comfortable and flattering. A defined waist is a must and you might find that a belt is a nice touch. The options are truly endless.

For those with more of a boyish shape (btw I’m thinking we need a better term for those with really slender bodies – if you have a great one you use please share in the comments!), a really formfitting jumpsuit – also called a catsuit – can be a fab way to create more curves. Like this one if you’re ballsy!

It’s also important to find a jumpsuit/romper with the right length for your waist. I’m short waisted so sometimes I find jumpsuits to be too long in the torso while longer waisted ladies often have the opposite problem – the dreaded camel toe.

In addition, make sure you get one that is easy to get on and off because when you have to use the restroom you have to fully strip down. It’s a con for sure, but I’m willing to make that sacrifice from time to time 🙂

They are pretty darn versatile. I could have paired this jumpsuit with booties, pumps, wedges, or even flats and a long necklace or choker would have also worked really well. It all just depends on the vibe one is going for. This outfit was for a night out with my man, so I wanted to get a little fancy/sexy for date night.

This is the newest version of my clutch. It’s a bargain! The shape is slightly different, but otherwise it’s the same. I really like how it’s embellished wth crystals on the front (which screams formal), but it also has a more subdued silver back. Just flip it to the other side depending on the occasion.

My ankle strap heels are from DSW and I’m so glad I bought them! I previously wore them with my striped OTS (off the shoulder) dress in this post. They are crazy comfortable, considering how high they are, and they go with seriously everything. I have found that ankle straps really help with the stability factor. How adorable are these frayed satin heels? They would work just as well with this look. And these are another really cool and affordable option.

White House Black Market has a great selection of higher quality (compared to fast fashion brands like F21) accessories, like this necklace. I want it! If you’re thinking the price tag is a bit high I can vouch for the quality – my WHBM heels and jewelry have really held up!

Plus if you sign up to be a part of their mailing list you’ll get coupons quite often and they often run promotions where you can get 50% off. Mine is from waaaay back, but I found this one, this one, and this one that all have a similar vibe.

I’d say the most important part of finding the right jumpsuit is trying on a bunch of different styles and then going with the one that makes you feel hot. Fashion used to have very defined “rules,” but these days anything goes! If you like it and it makes you feel confident – then wear it. Confidence is what takes an outfit to the next level!

What has your experience been with jumpsuits and rompers?

Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely day. XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Dressing up Denim Shorts

This summer has been really humid so far, it’s been really weird! We’re usually on the dryer side here so this weather actually has been giving me a tropical getaway kind of vibe – which is fine by me! It’s probably a good thing as we’re approaching fire season. To beat the heat I’ve been all about flowy tops and shorts lately.

I’m not usually one to wear heels with shorts, but I just can’t do jeans in this weather and for some reason I just haven’t been wearing dresses as much as usual. So I thought I’d create a date night look using one of my favorite pairs of shorts.

These shorts are super soft and I love the slightly longer length. There’s a reason this pair has a cumulative review of 5 stars. American Eagle’s Denim X is where it’s at! I can’t believe I spent so many years wearing jeans that have no give. No more my friends!

I showcased this double layer cami from Express in an earlier post and while it’s no longer available Express has some other really cute options right now. Here are my top picks: 1, 2, 3.

You can’t go wrong with a black cami, it’s so versatile! Just make sure you invest in  a good strapless bra – visible bra straps kill a look so quickly. This one is my fav for good support and comfort.

How fun are these colorful heels? I’m obsessed with the embroidery. Even though they’re pretty darn high, they’re more comfortable than you’d think thanks to some well placed padding.

I don’t think the pictures online do them justice. Check out the reviews, others seem to love them too! FYI they are available in wide, woo hoo!

And of course what says summer ’17 more than a great pair of tassel earrings? These are from F21 and sold out quickly, but I found these, these, and these that are similar and also very cute. They add instant pizazz to any basic look.

What’s your favorite summertime look?

Thanks for visiting! Kisses, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Summertime Sparkle

Leith is an awesome brand; if you haven’t checked them out you should! Not only it is a very affordable line, but they are always coming out with new, classic and chic pieces. I have this dress in black and pink and I love them both.

A bodycon – aka body conscious – dress is great for showing off one’s curves! This is also the brand that I showcased in this post from earlier this year. That dress is still available in some sizes (I’m wearing a L in this dress and a M in the other post FYI, it just depends on how form fitting you want it to look) and the white version is on sale! I highly recommend it! It’s perfect for fall as the fabric is on the thicker side.

While this V-Neck Bodycon is not currently available, I found some dupes here and here (both under $20!). And how cute is this tank version and this pink one?! I’ve noticed that certain Leith pieces will sell out, but then they bring them back shortly thereafter, often in more colors. I bet this dress will come back in stock and when it does I want to get another color.

This might sound a little funny, but since I’m always looking to maximize the wearability of my closet I sometimes buy an item that I’ll wear now, but I suspect will also make a good maternity dress. This is one of those pieces that I know would work well for that stage of life. Other reviewers and bloggers have mentioned how well it works on those with a baby bump and I agree – it’s important to accentuate your curves when pregnant to avoid looking bigger than you are.

A bodycon may not be as forgiving as some other cuts, but I’ve come to realize that trying to look like the stick thin model wearing it online is not just unrealistic, but I now don’t even want to. I like that I have curves. We’re the only ones who scrutinize ourselves so terribly – others are just admiring the view (and thinking about their own insecurities).

My clutch is under $20 and it’s available in 10 colors! It looks a lot more luxe than you’d expect for the price. I know I’ll get a lot of use from it for upcoming formal events. Here’s a rectangular one I also really like.

I actually got these shoes (on sale for under $35!) for free. Say what?! Yep! DSW surprised me by sending me a gift card after seeing an Instagram pic featuring a pair of their shoes. I bought these with it and I’m so glad I did!

They are PERFECT for any formal event. The height and wide toe strap combine to make them uber comfy. And who doesn’t love a glittery gold ankle strap heel? You cannot go wrong with a pair of gold or silver heels – they go with everything!

My bracelet is also from DSW. I love it! It’s already sold out, but this one and this one (under $10!) also caught my eye.

What’s your stance on bodycon dresses? Yea or nay?

Have a lovely day! Xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan (thanks for for all you do, you’re the best!)

 

Achieving the “Cool Girl Look” with Harem Pants

I’m not gonna lie, harem pants are a little hard to pull off. Between the baggy fit and somewhat awkward length they are not the most flattering of pants. However, they do say “yeah, I know I’m cool.” I recently had someone ask me about the tops that pair best with harem pants so I thought others might struggle with the same thing and it might make a good post.

You may notice that I’ve pushed them up my leg a bit in these shots, rather than leaving them to fall naturally – as in the picture above. This is because where it falls on the leg really matters when it comes to achieving the most flatting result. I personally like to have a good amount of room between my shoes and the hem, but others might find that they prefer them hem to almost touch their shoes.

The takeaway here? Play with it. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again -personal style is all about the details!

This particular pair is pretty old, but you can still find them in a few patterns and sizes on Poshmark and ebay. It’s a style that Free People keeps offering in different variations. This one is currently on sale and has a lot of great reviews! Just note, many of the reviewers suggested sizing down.

I’ve spent plenty of time on the web looking for the perfect top to wear with these pants and I’ve tried numerous types of tops with them and here are my top picks: a bodysuit (the exact one I’m wearing – love how cheap it is! Although it is quite thin so be warned. Here’s a shaper option), a crop top (on sale!), or a tucked in tee or tank. The key is to highlight the waist since the pants are billowy and lack structure.

If you’re not stick thin it’s also important to wear a heel with harem pants to achieve the most flattering result. I’m wearing these and looove them! So affordable and surprisingly comfy. BTW these sunnies are a fav of mine and they are half off right now!

I used to think bodysuits were only for for those with “perfect bodies.” I now realize there’s no such thing – if you don’t believe me ask a friend you think has a perfect body and they’ll likely tell you multiple things they don’t like about their body…sigh.

I say wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to branch out. Fashion should be fun!

Clothes really do affect one’s attitude – look at these poses! I was obviously feeling the cool vibe of this look.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you come back soon! Lots of love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Adding Some Color to My Life

Happy Friday loves!

I’ve been noticing that I wear a lot of muted colors and neutrals lately so when I saw this dress go on sale for $30 I grabbed it. Lord and Taylor was positively giving stuff away that day! The price has gone up a bit since then, but it’s still a great deal at $64 (half price!). It’s also available here and here (as low as $56.40, depending on the size).

I like how the pleats on this dress are limited to the front and back – you run the risk of looking bigger if there are too many or if they are wide. I tried it on with a thin gold belt I own and really liked it, I’ll probably add some gold ankle strap heels and a gold clutch for a dressier occasion.

Here’s a shorter, similar option by the same brand. I also want this one sooo bad! I’m all about the femininity of pleats right now. Though I have so many dresses now that I need to be really choosy going forward if I want to actually be able to fit all of my clothes into my closet. If it goes on super sale I might not be able to resist.

I love listening to audiobooks when I go for my daily walks and lately I’ve been listening to some books that I would have described as “out there” in years’ past. One talked about how colors give off different vibrational frequencies and this made me think about how my clothes make me feel.

I only buy clothes or accessories that make me feel confident, but I’d never really thought about anything beyond that before. But now that I think of it my energy level does feel a little different, depending on the colors I’m wearing.

If this sounds intriguing to you check out this article for more info. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments!

Speaking of bright colors, I looove these pumps! I’ve mentioned them before, but they are worth mentioning again. They’re the perfect height (in my opinion), they’re very comfortable, and they’re offered in so many colors (I also really like the dusty pink). They offer this red pump in wide widths here. I love adding a pop of color to my otherwise neutral outfits. They do a great job of jazzing things up a bit! Plus they are very affordable.

During the summer I’m all about clutches as I like to travel light. This one is old, but here’s a similar option that’s still available.

Which colors do you feel best wearing?

Thanks for visiting, hugs! Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar