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

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

Donna Morgan Maxi Dress

I’ve heard of Donna Morgan, but for some reason I thought she only made dresses for fancier occasions. When Kathleen from the blog Carrie Bradshaw Lied did a post on this dress (best price right now here, also available here and here – all on sale!) I knew it had to be mine. If you haven’t visited her blog, I recommend you check it out. It’s great! Check out this Donna Morgan dress too, it could be a great formal option or even a wedding dress in white and it’s on major sale (the purple version is almost $200 off!).

It’s so flowy and girlie, I just love how it feels to wear it. It ended up being the perfect length for me with a small heel, so no need to hem it. Yay! I’m 5’7 and wearing a 10, but an 8 would probably have worked too, so I’d size down if you’re in between sizes.

Yet again I’m wearing my newish block heeled Aldo pumps that I got from DSW. I had no idea how much I’d wear these shoes, but I’m finding they go with everything – plus they are very comfortable. They are available in black too!

My choker is from F21. They have sooo many good ones for cheap prices right now! This one is a cute trendy option and this one is similar to mine, but a little more substantial.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know I’m all about versatility so I wanted to mention that you can also wear this dress under the arms – it’s helpful for avoiding weird tan lines if you’re in the sun all day.

Do you love maxi dresses as much as I do? Not only are they ultra feminine, but they are great for those days you just don’t feel like shaving!

Enjoy your day, I hope you come back soon! Muah! Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

The Perfect Sweater/Curate Your Closet Exercise

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying this holiday week – I sure am!

Can you describe your style in 3-5 words? If not, you might enjoy this excerpt from the “Curate Your Closet” workbook I’ve developed. It takes you through a six step process to hone in on or develop your personal style and then create a closet that will get you excited every time you peek inside. Isn’t that the holy grail of dressing? It is in my book!

Here’s the exercise:

Which 3 (or more) adjectives describe your personal style? If you’re not sure, replace the word “style” with “personality.” What we wear is the first indication others have of who we are on the inside, after all. 

Once you have your key words you can then use them as a double check before buying anything new. Ask yourself if the item you have in mind fits with your key words/overall style.

If the item you have in mind doesn’t seem to fit, ask yourself if it’s something that you’re really excited about. If so, put it on hold, add it to an online wish list, make make a note on paper about it and sleep on it, or just buy it if you feel you can’t live without it.

If it’s not something that excites you it’s likely best to move on. You’ll usually known within a few days if it’s a “must buy” or not. This approach has saved me a lot of buyer’s remorse. Who needs that?!

This Free People Sweater (on sale!) is such a “Kate” piece. Not only is it pink, which is a girly color that I love, but it’s comfy, effortlessly chic (at least I like to think so), and classic with a touch of edge. Those are the key words that best describe my overall style so of course I had to snap it up when I saw that it was over 50% off. I’m so glad I did, I can’t stop wearing it!

These sunnies (listed as purple on the site for some reason) are a departure from my go-to aviator, but I’ve found myself really liking them and wearing them quite a bit. They are super lightweight, which is nice since they don’t end up sliding down my face like some other pairs, the subtle cat eye shape is flattering on just about everyone, and the pink reflective lenses are just plain fun. Don’t they just scream “summer?” If you see any shades you like on www.NoraNYC.com here’s a code to get 10% off: NewShades

My shorts are from last year, but here’s a very similar option from this year and here is a high waisted option with a shorter inseam if you really want to show off those stems.

The cami you see peeking out underneath the sweater is the same one from this post. It’s still available in 3 colors. It’s perfect for the hot days of summer.

I got this bag earlier in the summer and it’s already sold out, but here are some super cute straw bags that won’t break the bank. I love all the cute details! You could also DIY a bag like this by getting a basic straw bag and adding your own tassels. The tassels on this one are removable so you might see them again in some other form. Versatility is another one of my key words.

These wedges are really old, but here is a similar pair that’s on sale. This wedge is awesome and comes in 2 colors. I also really like the ankle tie on this one (both are on sale!).

Would you like to see more excerpts from my workbook? If so, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by! Love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Midi T-Shirt Dress

Even though I have tons of dresses (I’m not gonna lie, I have a dress obsession), I still like to feel like my clothes are versatile. While the material of this dress is pretty thin and the overall vibe is pretty casual, I wanted to see if I could make it a bit fancier by adding some dressier accessories. I’m pretty happy with the result!

This clutch is an old buy from Loft and no longer available, but here’s a similar option that’s 50% off and available in 4 colors! This one is also really nice and likely higher quality (also on sale!). The collar necklace is also old, but here’s a look-a-like option that’s on sale. And here’s the gold plated (i.e. pricey) dup.

This dress is perfect for the summer months; it’s very lightweight, but not sheer, and it dries super fast. The material has an almost faux suede-like quality to it – it feels really nice to the touch.

Forever 21 is so dangerous! The prices can’t be beat of course, but have you seen their selection of summer dresses lately? I had to force myself to close my browser before I bought the whole lot. In case you’re in the market here are the ones that I would buy, if I could: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

A midi dress can sometimes be hard to pull off, especially when one is “vertically challenged,” but I do think that they can work for everyone. The key is to hem it if needed so it doesn’t go lower than mid calf and wear some shoes that offer a little extra height. Bonus leg lengthening points if the shoe is nude like these block heel pumps.

FYI In case you’re wondering what that line across my bust is I wore this dress to the dentist’s office before snapping these pics and I didn’t notice it until I started writing this post. Whoops! I’m not gonna say it’s slobber, but I won’t say it’s not either. Haha, it could have just been a mark from my crossbody bag too 😉

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fab day!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Off the Shoulder Striped Dress/Some Flat Shoe Options

Hey there! While it hasn’t felt like summer lately, I had to take this dress (wearing size L) for a spin anyway. I love it! It’s listed as a mini on the website, but it’s long enough that it doesn’t feel scandalous, it can be worn with or without the tie, and it’s not see through so it doesn’t require a slip. It’ll be awesome for those super hot days.

I’ll likely wear this dress quit a bit this summer, the only downside I’ve found so far is that it wrinkles really easily. But hey, it’s a lot more affordable than this dress that I had been eying! I actually can’t decide which way I like it better, tied or no tie. What do you think? Accentuating the waist is normally a must, but I quite like how it looks without being cinched at the waist. Maybe I’ll try it next with a belt…

As I get older I find I want to wear heels more and more often – maybe I associate them with being “grown up?” There’s something about a good pair of heels that just makes me feel girly and want to strut my stuff! I’ve wanted to get a pair of ankle strap sandals for a loong time now, but I guess I had the idea in my head that they wouldn’t be comfortable or I wouldn’t get much use from them.

I only bought these ankle strap heels on Memorial Day weekend (during my DSW shopping spree – the sales were crazy good!), but I can already tell I’ll wear them a lot. I’m asking myself why I waited so long! The key is treating them like jeans and trying on a ton of options until you find the right one. I tried on what felt like a million different versions of this shoe and this pair was the clear winner of the bunch.

The wider straps on these heels is what I think makes them more comfortable, plus they are under 4″, which is just too high for me to wear for any length of time. And they go with EVERYTHING! They are faux leather, so we’ll see if they hold up, but so far so good!

I know heels are not for everyone and I got a request for some ideas for cute, work appropriate flats. I found a ton on DSW’s website! I don’t wear flats all that much, unless it’s a summery sandal, because I tend to get blisters with flats. I’m considering buying a few pairs of flats now though, look how cute these (1 – perfect for work and they have great reviews, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – great for dresses!, 7, 8, 9) are! I even found a lower heeled version of the pumps featured in my next post!

Don’t mind me, I’m just admiring the view – lol!

See you later! Love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

The Oh-So Trendy Neckerchief

Welcome to my bandito moment! Lol

I’ve been looking to get more creative with my scarves (usually I’ll just tie one on my bags to add a little extra pizazz to a simple outfit as shown in the pic below) as I have so many of them lying around and it was fun to try this trend. I’m not one to jump on every trend that comes around, but I have to say I liked this look more than I thought I would.

Jean from www.extrapetite.com turned me on to this scarf from Express and it’s so cute! The also offer it in black and white. I love the pattern and colors – I have a feeling I’ll get a lot of use from it. It can also be tied around the neck like a choker, worn around the wrist or arm, wrapped around the handle of a bag, or even as a headband…there are lots of possibilities!

This sleeveless top (under $11 and available in 4 colors!) is a recent find and I am in love! It may sound weird to be obsessed with such a simple top, but as they say, it’s all in the details. I find myself returning to classic pieces more often than anything else so a good white/off white/ivory tank is a necessity. I have others that are okay, but this one is perfect!

It has 2 layers so it’s not see through, the back has a little button up top so it’s easy to get it on and off without getting makeup everywhere, it washes really well if you hang it dry, it has a flattering V-neck, it’s soft and silky, and – best of all – it doesn’t require a strapless bra. Hallelujah! I actually have a fantastic strapless bra, but let’s not kid ourselves, no strapless bra is as comfortable as a traditional bra. The Body by Victoria line makes the most comfortable bras, hands down. They make up the bulk of my bra collection.

It felt like summer for all of this week until today so I’ve been wearing shorts a lot. These are my go-to light wash pair. They’re from a past season, but I’ve listed look-a-likes here and here. Keep in mind the distressing varies a bit from pair to pair. I really like the midi lengths American Eagle offers. I just cannot do the super short shorts that seem to be so popular these days. Every girl should own at least a light wash pair and a dark wash pair IMO.

I broke out an old Steven by Steve Madden bag that’s been collecting dust in my closet and I’d forgotten how good the quality is within the Steven line! This bag is about 7 years old now and it still looks great. The only upkeep I’ve done is to slap on some leather conditioner (it also cleans the leather). The Steven bags and shoes are at a slightly higher price point, but they usually have a correspondingly higher level of quality and materials. How cute are these options (1, 2, 3, 4)??! And I can see this block heeled pump being a super chic work option.

This is totally unrelated to anything else in this post, but I spotted this  adorable pom pom block heeled sandal today while putting this post together and I immediately wished I had it in my closet. I can’t buy anything right now, but man do I want it! It’s 30% off right now due to Macy’s friends and family sale (FYI it ends May 7th). Just like how Steve Madden has different lines, Sam Edelman has a lower priced line of shoes and bags called Circus.

What are your thoughts on the neckerchief trend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

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Crochet-Trim Cami

Being on the bustier side I usually stay away from tops that flow out from the bust or neckline as they can easily veer into maternity territory, but with this adorable cami I just didn’t care. It may not be the most flattering shirt I own, but I felt great in it. FYI it would look amazing on someone with more of a boyish body type – as you can see on the website. And it comes in 3 colors!

It’s so light and airy, it was perfect for this past weekend when we experienced a warm spell. It kept me nice and cool, even when the temperature climbed into the high 80’s. It’s slightly sheer, but not so much that it’s see through.

The back is just as adorable as the front! It does wrinkle easily, but it washes really well. I just put it in a wash bag on cold and hung it to dry and it worked perfectly. No ironing needed, woot!

It felt so summery to me that I chose to pair it with a light wash pair of ankle jeggings (no longer available, see some similar options here and here), but it can also be easily “edged” up a bit by pairing it with black or grey jeans or shorts.

I don’t always carry a purse as I like to travel light, so I often throw my necessities into this clutch, which came free with my vegan leather tote from Nordstrom. I like that it has a little strap so you can hang it on your wrist. It’s a great deal at under $50 and it really holds up. I’ve had mine for a couple of years and it still looks great. I want the grey one next!

I wanted to add a little height to this look to try and make it as flattering as possible so my go-to Sam Edelman Torrence sandals (42% off right now and still available in black and oatmeal in some sizes) helped a bit there. I love the comfort of a block heel! Here’s a very similar option with a slightly lower heel that would be great with summer dresses and beyond!

What do you feel best wearing during the hotter months? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Transitioning From Day to Night

Hello there! Happy Monday!

I love that accessories can elevate a super casual outfit and make it evening appropriate. Since I spend at least one day out of each of my weekends down in San Diego (I’m about 40 minutes north of the city), I don’t want to schlep a bunch of stuff around, and I never know where the day will take me – I’ve become the master of transitioning an outfit from day to night.

I’ve had this T-shirt dress for a while, but it’s just gotten warm enough to wear it. It’s quite short and unfortunately I can’t wear my go-to bloomers underneath because there’s just not enough room in the hips so I had to settle for some bootie shorts. It’s pretty much impossible to bend over and not show everything, but I still really love it. I’m 5’7 so if you’re any taller than me be warned, this might be more of a T-shirt than a dress.

I tend to buy simple, classic pieces that won’t go out of style and this is a great example of that. The curved hem, rolled sleeves, and flattering cut add some interesting details, but it’s still just a t-shirt dress so it can be styled many different ways. And it was under $15 (I got it for $9!). It’s a new favorite for sure!

When it came time to go out in the evening all I had to do was swap my sandals for some low heels (old, but these and these are great) – I adhere to the philosophy of “the shorter the dress, the shorter the heel” to avoid going too sexy – and add a statement necklace (old, love this, this, and this). Easy peasy.

It’s funny, but somehow Sam Edelman has taken over the shoe portion of my closet. Not only does Sam make a stylish shoe, but they are really good quality for the price. Plus I can almost always find my size on sale if I wait long enough, which always helps!

I really liked how both versions of the outfit turned out and I can see myself mixing it up a lot with this dress: a long pendant necklace, scarf, tights, sneaks…the possibilities are endless!

What about you, how do you use accessorize to maximize your outfit options?

Until next time…

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan