Sheer to See Through

Full disclosure, I was not aware of  how see through this top was until I reviewed the pictures. And I’ve had it for years! Even my husband/photog didn’t think it was quite this sheer until he looked at the pics on my computer. Keep in mind all this is after I spent an hour on the side of the Freeway waiting to see the firefighters’ procession.

I thought this would be a good topic to explore here on the blog. Here’s a great illustration of the sheer/not so sheer look, depending on lighting:

Have you ever had that happen? It’s actually pretty common. Full daylight can make things look a lot different than indoor lighting. Additionally, cameras – especially when you use a flash – can sometimes cause one to look overexposed. There are many articles online that show sheer blouse mishaps. Google it, the pics are great hehe.

This really made me think. Would I choose to wear the same outfit again, knowing that it was basically see through? It seems like a simple question, but it brings up a lot of variables: confidence, social standards, etc. To my  surprise, I realized that I would wear it again. I guess I’m getting ballsier in my old age 😉

Of course I initially thought, “but I don’t have a model’s body” and all those other things that run through one’s mind. But I like the outfit, Leo liked the outfit, and I felt good in it so…as long as the sun is down or going down I’d do a repeat.

This outfit is so “covered up” that I felt it worked overall, but generally speaking full daylight is not the time to go super sheer. And of course it goes without saying that this is NOT office appropriate. If one does wear something sheer I also think it’s important to limit it to one item per outfit and avoid wearing a lacy/patterned bra to keep it from being overly sexy. Unless you’re in Vegas of course!

I’d love to hear if you agree or your counter argument in the comments.

Unfortunately this top is too old to find online, but I found this sheer bodysuit and I am obsessed! I already put it in my cart for later. And this is an adorable short sleeved option, while this is a super cute plus size option. If you’re thinking you need a base layer I highly recommend this cami, it’s a steal. If you have room in your budget, Cami NYC is universally recognized as being “the” place to buy quality camisoles.

You can still grab these (waterproof!!) OTK boots here. They are amazing! Not only are they stretchy, so they fit a wide array of ladies, but they also stay up and are crazy comfortable. I was stoked I had room to layer them over my fav, fully opaque Zella leggings (currently 25% of!). Buy these, you won’t regret it! I might just get a backup pair while they’re on sale…

You can still find this bag a few places online, even though I bought it over a year ago. It is amazing! I am still in love with the classic look, braided details, and the fact that it still looks brand new.

My necklace is no longer available, but this one is very similar and here’s a whole page of layered necklaces at a realistic price point. I want this one, but I’m trying very hard to resist. Layered necklaces is a trend I can for sure get behind!

Yep, that’s a see through shirt right there lol

Merry Christmas Eve, if you celebrate it. If not, happy Sunday! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Clutches All Day

In the past I always relegated clutches to the “evening bag” category.  But as I get more playful with fashion I am realizing that clutches are great at any time of day!

I got this clutch from Nastygal and it quickly sold out – note: Nastygal seems to be perpetually offering 50% off of everything on their site (using code GET50) – however, I thought I’d offer up some of my suggestions for affordable clutches. My picks are at the bottom of this pot.

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As soon as I saw the pinky/gold snakeskin of this clutch I knew I needed it in my life. I looove the pop of color and the box shape. It’s also super cool that it came with a shoulder strap ’cause  sometimes we just need to go hands free! I suppose if there’s any con it’s that the metal shows fingerprints. But in my mind that’s no big deal.

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Since I tend to err on the matchy-matchy side, I had to pair this bag with my fav sweater (currently about half price!). I am obsessed with anything peachy/salmony/pink. With a bold colored sweater and an attention grabbing clutch I felt it was best to go pretty simple with the rest of my look.

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My jeans are pretty old, but I think this pair (use code COUNTDOWN to get 20% off thru 12/19) is just as cute! I really dig the minimal distressing. This pair is also so stylish (also 20% off with code GIFTNOW) and this one is a steal for under $30.

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I still reach for this pair of block heeled pumps all the time. The pointed toe and nude color are soo good for lengthening the legs, while also being comfortable. Always important! There’s a reason they have such great reviews 😉

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While smaller handbags like clutches are great anytime, they’re especially well suited for this time of year. All the parties and events just beg for a handbag that pops – and holds just enough.

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What’s your go-to purse style?

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Show Time Clutch

Disco Ball Glitter Bag

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Flecked Glitter Clutch

XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Gone Western//Free People’s Garden Party Maxi Dress

The hubs and I went to Tucson in November and I wore this outfit – I love a good theme when getting dressed! We drove so much that day that we just didn’t have it in us to do a photo shoot, but I got so many compliments on this look that I had to recreate it for the blog.

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This dress (on sale through multiple ebay sellers in various colors – you can also get the black version here) is so nice, it works just as well in the spring as it does in the colder months. Well, in a temperate climate like San Diego at least. The top can be a little tricky if you’re busty because the sides are so open, but you can remedy this by either tying the straps tighter/higher, wearing an adhesive bra (this one has great reviews), or wearing a bralette (my fav) underneath. I’ve also worn it without a bra and it worked surprisingly well! Do you ever go braless? It’s oddly freeing!

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For this outfit I threw on my go-to denim jacket, which I still love after 3+ years. Kut from the Kloth makes the BEST denim jackets. Here are some additional versions by this brand: plus size, lighter washblack, and white. I want the black one next!

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This dress also looks fab layered under a slouchy/oversized sweater. I love getting more milage out of my dresses by turning a dress into what looks like a skirt. It hasn’t really gotten cold enough for that yet, but it’s coming! When it does this is what I’ll pair it with. It would also look good with this ivory turtleneck.

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I am so into hats lately. They can change up the feel of an outfit so easily and they’re the perfect “completer piece.” I bought this hat on a whim after seeing it was on sale and reading the stellar reviews and I’m glad I did. It’s more western than I normally go for, but it’s fun to try new things. It’s also super packable as it’s “crushable.” The Nordies website made the “khaki” seem more of a grey color, but it was more green than I expected IRL. Here it looks brown somehow. *shrug*

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Doesn’t it have a totally different feel without the hat?

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When I first started wearing hats it felt a little weird, but I’ve found that trying anything new feels a little weird at first. Hats can be super practical – think of how many generations relied on hats before the advent of sunglasses. Now I almost feel like something’s missing if I don’t have some head adornment! Blogger problems…

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I love a dress that moves when I walk and this one is great for that. It makes a girl want to sashay a bit 😉

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Thanks so much for visiting! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

FP Saturday Morning Cardi

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This Free People cardigan has been called the “it sweater” this year and I can totally see why. It’s awesome! When something is uber popular I am usually less inclined to get it – it’s always a bummer to enter a room and find that others are wearing the same item of clothing – but I knew I had to have this one as soon as I saw it on Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls.

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Unfortunately it’s a little hard to find on sale due to it’s popularity, but I saw the blush is still on sale at Saks and Nordies price matched the blue and blush, get them here. Warning: they will likely go fast due to the sale price! The blush pink is my fav color, but you can get it in 4 additional colors here. I really like that the pink is not super bright – it goes just as well with a black ensemble as it does with blue jeans.

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Most people will be able to fit into either size as it’s so roomy, but I much prefer how it looks in the larger size (unless you’re petite) as the proportions are so much better. It’s pretty substantial/thick, but it’s still a great layer for those of us in milder climates as the holes allow for ventilation.

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I adore the pattern of the knit, just be mindful not to snag it on everything as the holes are quite large. I have to be pretty mindful of my wedding ring for that reason. You can increase the warm factor by adding a thicker layer underneath, but you can also just throw it on over a tank and just pop it in your (large) bag when it gets a little too warm.

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Speaking of large bags, this one is so big that it can double as a carryon. It easily fit my sweater (which takes up quite a bit of space), AND it has a padded tablet/laptop compartment! What a smart idea! Many online reviewers noted this was a negative, but it can be a great option for those looking for a carryall. The price is great at less than $110, considering that it was originally almost $300. Honestly I’m surprised it hasn’t yet sold out at DSW as I bought mine a while ago. You can also get it on sale here and here. Another winner from Vince Camuto!

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I am still super happy I purchased this FP tank. It’s so much more than a basic ribbed tank top. The subtle flair at the hem and racerback details make it so flattering and stylish. I want it in pink too! You can get some colors/sizes of this tank for 50% off right now here. And Nordies also has some colors on sale here and here. I don’t often see them on sale as they are already pretty affordable, so grab them on sale while you can!

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These jeans are also a workhorse in my closet – they are the perfect color IMO. The cut is awesome – no extra material in the ankle and the mid-rise is especially flattering with a tucked-in top. My pair is old, but I would buy this one (on sale!), this one, and this one if I were shopping for a new pair. Be warned, the sizing for this style of denim varies wildly, so I recommend trying them on in store rather than taking a chance online. I haven’t worn jeans in a while due to the warm weather and I’d forgotten how much I love skinnies with some kind of a heel. Show those legs off girlies!

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My pumps are a little old, but here’s (on sale!) the newest version by Sam Edelman. Based on the online reviews, these are some crazy popular heels. They are a bit high for me, but I’m not generally on my feet a lot. You can tell it’s fall as they don’t match my skin tone. In the summer they’re actually a great match 😉

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I wore outfit this a few days before Thanksgiving to grab some food with the hubs. Yet again we had a scorcher on turkey day. Every so often we’ll have a chilly Thanksgiving, but more often than not it’s quite warm, thanks to the Santa Anas. I can’t say I really mind, as people throughout the country are freezing their  booties off and I was able to sneak in a beach day the day before Thanksgiving! But I do love being able to layer. That time should come soon enough, considering it’s already December. Where does the time go?!

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Have a splendid weekend my loves! XO, Kate

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Photo credit: Leo Amar