Kut From the Kloth “Amelia” Denim Jacket

This jean jacket was a gift from my wonderful sister (thanks again Lisa!). I already have one in blue denim that I wear constantly – see some previous posts here and here.  I am SO stoked to have the black version! FYI this color seems to be a top seller, so some sizes may not be available right now, but they seem to re-stock pretty often.

I especially like that this jacket is technically black, but it also has some fading/distressing. It has just enough, without being too much IMO. Little details like that add visual interest and allow it to go with more shades of black. Black can also be a little harsh on some skin tones, border on goth territory, and even be aging – so this faded black makes it much more versatile.

I feel like it’s most common to pair a denim jacket with jeans or pants – just do a quick Google image or Pinterest search to see for yourself, but being that I am a dress fiend of course my go-to pairing is with dresses. Doy! I love adding a fitted denim jacket to a maxi dress to show off my shape and this jacket is perfect for that.

Tip: most of the time jean jackets look best unbuttoned so if you find that you have to choose between sizing up so it buttons or buying a more fitted size that doesn’t fully close I say go with the smaller size as it will accentuate the waist a lot better. This one technically buttons, but it just looks better left open.

Of course I had to pair it with my Rebecca Minkoff “love” bag. I wear it pretty much daily. It goes with everything! Here’s the cheapest I could find it right now in the same size (medium) and color (grey), but there are other versions and sizes available. See a nice mix here, the dark cherry is gorg! If you have a smaller frame you might want to go with the small. I also found a similar version of the same bag on Poshmark for $65!

This dress is pretty old, but I actually found it online today in size medium. Stuff can really hang around for a long time in cyberspace!

Sanctuary makes some of the best dresses and thy don’t skimp on the little details. I have at least four of their dresses and a few of their tops. Check out the latest offerings by the brand here. Their joggers look pretty awesome, tho I haven’t tried them…yet 😉

I am really enjoying having short hair again, there’s so much more you can do style-wise when it’s short. Plus it’s just faster to style, yay! Like the braid? I do, I just wish I could do a french braid on my own hair. That’s apparently not in my skill set lol.

They call wearing denim on denim a “Canadian tuxedo.”I used to think it was such a faux pas, but now I’m all about it. Funny how things can change over time. I also used to think that pairing black and brown was a no-no. I love that there aren’t really any rules anymore. Fashion should be fun, so do what makes you smile is my motto.

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XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Rose Colored Life

Normally I’m all about accentuating my waist for the most flattering look, but with this beautiful dress (also available here – on sale!) I just felt like I had to ditch the belt/tie it came with and let it flow.

How cute is this pattern?! I felt like it went perfectly with my Rebecca Minkoff Geo Love purse. I also love the shape of the hem and the subtle striped details – can you spot them?

I’ve never bought anything from this brand before, but that’s mainly due to the price point. When I saw it was on sale for a mere $30 I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did! I don’t know that it’s worth the full price of $198 though. The fabric, although nice, doesn’t seem to be anything special. BTW I spotted this top from the same brand the other day and it is still on my mind…

I love how feminine this dress is and that it didn’t need to be hemmed – hallelujah! I used to think built in half slips were a way for the manufacturer to save money/be cheap, but I now appreciate having less material. It’s a lot cooler that way and cuts down on the bulk. Plus, since this dress is not see through, no one would know anyway.

Sadly my shoes broke right after shooting these pics. I was SO sad as this is the best pair  of “nicer” low wedges I’ve ever found and I haven’t seen anything all that similar. However, I do think thesethesethese, these, and these are great options.

I’ve already taken this dress for a few spins and it looks just as cute with a belt. I recently snagged a trio of belts in classic colors from Nordies and I’m stoked! How cute is this one?

I feel like the best version of myself in floating, girlie dresses. What type of look makes you feel your best?

Have a stellar day y’all! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

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