Free People Sequin Slip Dress

This summer dress is so versatile and easy to wear. Not only does it have sequins (what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle??), but it works as a beach coverup, a day dress, or a going out dress. I bet this could even work as a maternity dress if one isn’t too far along!

Free People’s dresses are almost always meant to be oversized, but that leads to the risk of being overexposed, especially if you’re not model-thin. If you check out the link above you’ll see what I mean. Luckily I’ve been able to just size down, like I did in this dress. It worked out great!

It’s no longer available in black, but they have “amber” and “dogwood” (aka red) versions available on Free People’s website. Both colors seem really rich from the pics online.

It is on the sheer side, as it’s technically a slip, but you can wear a bodysuit (how gorgeous is this one?!), a bathing suit, or a slip underneath to add some coverage.

I have FP’s seamless romper in black and ivory and I wear them a good bit. They are super soft and a great option for a base layer for dresses, just be warned – they don’t have an opening at the crotch so you have to take it all off to go to the bathroom. It’s not that big of a deal for me as they are really stretchy.

Since this dress is already embellished I wanted to keep the shoes relatively simple and my Sam Edelman Gigi sandals (some colors are currently on sale!) in “gold boa” fit the bill nicely. They are very comfortable! www.samedelman.com always offers free shipping too 🙂

I consider them to be my airport shoes, since they slip on and off so easily and can be worn all day with no pain. I’ve had the same pair for many years now and they still look great. I’m considering buying another pair – they have a ton of colors! FYI Amazon sometimes sells them for as little as $20, depending on the size and color.

I dare you not to twirl in this pretty dress!

What’s your favorite kind of sparkle?

xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

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

My Take on the Denim Mini – and Peacocks!

Can you believe I’ve had this jean skirt since 2001?!

I actually still get most of my denim from American Eagle (gasp! lol). They have great stuff at good prices! Here are the 2017 versions of their denim skirts. The trends right now are higher waists, button fronts, longer lengths, and deconstructed skirts – of course www.ae.com has both. I like that mine is pretty classic – it still feels fresh all these years later! If I were to buy one right now it would probably be this one.

It certainly hasn’t fit me consistently over the last 16 years as my weight has fluctuated a good bit, but somehow I’ve managed to hang on to it. I have often gotten rid of things that I later regretted, so now I tend to just hang on to most of my stuff since everything comes back in style eventually – plus my style is pretty classic anyway I guess.  I love “rediscovering” gems in my closet that I’d forgotten about!

Yet again I paired this outfit with my go-to crossbody. It never fails me! I LOVE that I can fit my wallet, necessities, and my sunglasses case in there.

This blouse is a little old, but I’ve listed some new/similar versions from H&M here, here, and here. I love the fact that it doesn’t have a traditional collar. I have a short neck so it’s just more flattering.

I’m normally a huge fan of the “lazy tuck,” but sometimes that just looks a little too sloppy so I left the last button unbuttoned and tied the ends. I do this a lot with more casual shirts (flannels and whatnot), but I felt like it worked great with this blouse too.

While we were out “on location” (hehe) at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park we happened upon some peacocks. They were super friendly and not at all camera shy!

 

This post is a lot longer than usual, but we got some really great shots so it was really hard to narrow it down!

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a great day!!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Spring Dress, 3 Ways

It’s funny, I thought I liked this FP dress (old, some similar-ish options here, here, here, and here) best one way, but after looking at the photos I changed my mind.

Technically this dress is meant to be worn as shown in the picture below, but it’s my dress so I can do whatever the F I want, right?? Hehe. I do prefer it belted as I am somewhat curvy. But which direction do you like best? Forward or backward?

Ok, so it’s a little more revealing when turned backward due to the deep V, but I kind of like the peek of lace. And V necks are ALWAYS more flattering on bigger busted ladies.

I finally got to break out my new – oh so on trend – block heeled sandals (currently on sale and available in 3 colors). I din’t realize how trendy they were until recently. Everyone on Instagram seems to have a version. I love these! The heel height and the color are just right IMO. They are actually pretty comfy. I saw Caitlin from www.southerncurlsandpearls.com has them in pink and I thought that pair was super cute too!

I love dresses so much. I guess I am just a girly girl at heart. And I especially love the colors and flowyness of this dress. Thanks for another winner Free People (note: I bought it, no free stuff yet)!

I’m still all about the high low dress – provided the difference between the front and back isn’t too extreme. What about you?

I’ve gotten so much use out of this Vince Camuto crossbody saddlebag. I love the color (black cherry). It goes with just about everything, yet it’s a little more interesting than your basic black or brown. BTW, it’s 60% off right now!

Thanks for visiting!!! I hope you have a great Fri-yay!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

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

Oxblood Suede Quilted Moto Jacket

Hey! Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet.

I love this jacket!! I actually heard about it through Erica at www.fashionedchic.com. She has such awesome style!! I snagged it when it went on super sale during the holidays and I’m so glad I did! I usually stick to faux leather jackets, but this just feels SO much better than the faux stuff and I can tell it will really last.

Oxblood is such a great color and – as Mugatu from Zoolander would say – “it’s so hot right now.” It’s stands out a little more than your standard neutrals like black and brown, but it still feels like a neutral as it goes with almost anything! I get a lot of compliments on this one!

And guess what, it’s on **sale** and there are still some sizes left! This style was also offered in a brown color, but I tried it on in the store and it just wasn’t anything special. So far I’ve paired it with my go-to Old Navy Rockstar ripped blue skinnies and a white tee, with high waisted jeans and a bodysuit, a black lace dress, and this all black(ish) look. I love them all! It’s so freaking versatile.

Do you like my, “I’m on the phone” look? Lol! Trying to mix it up 😉

Lately I’ve been loving the half up topknot, it’s a great way to get my hair out of my face without putting it all up. Does anyone else feel like they look kind of bald with it all up? My fine haired sistas likely feel me on this!

By the by, these pics were taken in South Park and we stumbled upon the most interesting little shops while we were there. If you happen to be in the area you have to check out Tend. They have these super cool plant art pieces where the plans look alive, but they are actually preserved with glycerin. No upkeep! Plus the owner is super freaking awesome. Talk about good vibes…

Okay, enough blabbing. Later gators!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Blush Trench

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!

Today I want to share a trench I just bought and confess something – I broke my no shopping (with my own money) streak. I don’t feel all that bad about it…tho maybe I should? I made it about 2 months, which is really pretty good for me, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. Hey, at least I tried!

This beautiful trench coat is what drove me off the rails. I spotted it (on sale) on Nordstrom’s website and knew it had to be mine. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Badgley Mischka has a more affordable brand called Belle – as I would never spend that kind of money on clothes. FYI it’s still on sale in 3 colors in some sizes! The fabric feels luxurious and and I really like how it’s an ideal mix between structured and flowy.

I often carry a scarf with me when I go out as you never know when it will come in handy to keep you warm and it’s a great accessory to change/spice up an outfit.

These are one of my very favorite pairs of jeans (old, similar here). I love the mid rise, so flattering! I’ve tried the fancy brands yet Old Navy and American Eagle remain my go-to stores for denim. When I was getting the link for these jeans I saw Old Navy has a great sale going on for today only! Free shipping on all orders, 30% off – no code needed – and ALL jeans are on sale!! I just bought the jeans in the link above for $18 – no joke!

It’s very “fashiony” to scrunch one’s sleeves and I like it because I run hot most of the time and it’s just plain functional. What about you, are you a scruncher? I have noticed that it works best with real leather jackets or when you roll the cuffs a bit (sloppy looks best IMO). It’s super irritating to have to keep pushing them up, no?

It was a super windy day and it started to rain right as we were wrapping up, so please forgive the messy hair. It started out looking good I swear! lol

Until next time…

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Ladylike – with an Edge

Hello! I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

For those of you who haven’t read my earlier posts, I am in the midst of a 6 month no shopping challenge (giftcards excluded), which is actually super hard for me, but I’m staying strong! I was killing some time on Friday at Macy’s (dangerous) while I got a necklace clasp repaired and apparently I was there at a great time as a sale had just started.

I only found a couple of things that I liked and – if you can believe it – both items were fully paid for my by gift card! Woo hoo! This top is one of my (guilt-free) buys. Since peplum tops accentuate the waist by flaring out at the hips it’s very flattering. Plus it’s quite comfortable and stretchy!

I just stumbled upon it, but like it a lot. The necklace is detachable so it’s 2 outfits in 1! Gotta love that functionality! I’ve never bought anything from Thalia Sodi before, but she’s on my radar now. I felt like such a lady in this outfit, but with a hint of an edge. I could see this working really well for work or a night out.

Speaking of stretchy – I paired it with my go-to pencil skirt by Leith. I love that there are no buttons or zippers. It’s insanely comfy! It’s no longer available at Nordies, but here’s a similar option by the same brand in another color and here’s a shorter version.

If you haven’t heard of Macy’s Thanks for Sharing Program here are the deets: Each year for the last couple of years Macy’s has offered a program where you can get 10% back on any purchases you make using your Macy’s card during the holiday season. For each program enrollment, Macy’s will make a $10 donation to charity, up to a total of $15 million. Pretty cool!

There’s a $25 enrollment fee, but if you’re planning on buying some gifts from Macy’s you’ll likely get your money back and then some. At least I always have. I got $56 back this month, based on my purchases from September-December 2016! Which I spent within a week lol

I felt like my Sam Edelman pumps were a good complement to this outfit as it’s important to lengthen one’s legs as much as possible when wearing a midi skirt. Which means either skyscraper heels (which are not for me, I am all about comfort) or a nude heel.

I’ve wanted a peplum top for a while now as they are so darn cute and flattering. TIP: I keep a running list of items I want to eventually buy to round out my wardrobe in the list app on my phone. It works out really well! If you’re anything like me and your mind goes blank the second you walk into a store it can be a huge help in avoiding random impulse buys.

I loved how this top peeked out from the bottom of my jacket (old, similar here (on sale!) and here)!

I’ve enjoyed using my golf umbrella from Walmart. It’s only $14 and so big it that it keeps me nice and dry even on the rainiest days 🙂 I love the polka dots, but they have a bunch of different options.

I love an all black look. What about you?

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Getting a Glimpse of Spring

Hello! The weather was so nice during the early part of this week and that means it’s time to break out some more dresses!

I love this Free People (Penny Lane) dress so, so much! It’s yet another example of how I like to buy in multiples – I have another Penny Lane FP dress in another pattern/color. I’m sure you’ll see it on here soon!

It’s no longer available in stores, but I did see it’s currently available in a few colors and sizes on…you guessed it – Poshmark! That’s actually where I got it back in April. It was originally $128 and people are selling it for as little as $25! I am so tempted to buy another but I will try to stay strong. FYI It’s pretty oversized so I think it fits best if you size down, although it is a bit short. I’m wearing a small for reference and I’m a M or L in just about all other brands.

I want to clarify that I don’t get any money from PM, I just have found them to be a great place to check when something I’ve wanted to buy has sold out, is kind of old and no longer available in stores, or when I want to buy a backup of a piece I feel like I can’t live without. I’ve had great success buying items that were listed as new or used, but in excellent condition. You do have to pay for shipping, but there’s no sales tax!

Since it’s bordering on scandalously short I wear my bloomers underneath to ensure I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions 😉 They are under $10 and if you hang them to dry instead of using the dryer they last forever! I like that the lace at the bottom makes it so that you don’t mind if they peek out a bit when moving around.

Being on the curvier side I don’t usually go for things without a defined waist, but I get so many compliments on this dress! I’ve actually had people stop me at some really random places to ask me where I got it. I’m not mad at it!

The sleeves come with a button so you can roll them up, but I’ve found that it looks better with the sleeves left unrolled in the smaller size.

I paired this dress with my vintage (well, maybe not vintage yet – it’s from the 90’s) Coach bag and I think they’ve a great match. I got it for a steal through Poshmark and I use it all the time. Quality lasts!

I’m curious, are you a primarily dress or pants girl? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Photo credit: Kate Amar (yay for tripods!)

Cardiff Bike Ride

Hiya! I hope you’re staying warm and dry – I was just about to go for a walk when it started pouring out of nowhere! I guess that’s a sign it’s time for another blog post! Haha

Recently my friend Sarah and I took advantage of a gorgeous day and biked up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. It was so much fun! I got the usual “you’re wearing that?!” I can’t seem to ever be casual/dressed down enough for my friends. Maybe it’s just because we live in such a casual place? San Diego is flip flop central, after all. Does anyone else get any flak from their friends about their outfit choices or is it just me??

Yes, I did wear my Sam Edelman suede booties (still available in grey suede, saddle suede, and black and saddle leather – all on sale!!) to bike around town and I am not ashamed! When I converted to barefoot shoes I tossed all of my sneakers so I don’t have a lot of options to choose from and the barefoot shoes just aren’t a good fit for the platform pedals.

BTW if anyone reading this is interested in barefoot shoes I highly recommend them, but there are things one should know before transitioning from regular athletic shoes. I’ll do a post with my new fav pair and some tips soon, but just leave me a comment if you have any questions until then. They have completely solved my ankle issues and I love the stability and comfort they offer. Bye bye blisters!!

Sorry the pics are a little dark, we tried a few angles and full sun ended up being too sunny and the shade was a little too dark. We just couldn’t win!

I’m not sure if you can see the detail, but my booties actually have some color in the fringe. It’s a mix of black suede, burgundy suede, and silver. I love how it adds a little oomph to an otherwise fairly basic pair of ankle boots. Sarah compared my boots’ fringe to a grown up version of bike streamers. Remember those?? Fun!

My Zella “Live in Leggings” were a perfect match for the ride and kept me oh so comfy. I paired my leggings with my trusty H&M tank top, which is old, but here’s a similar option. Just size up for a more relaxed fit. I LOVE H&M’s basics section, I get so much use out of my tees and tanks and they are very affordable.

Side note: how cute is this cardi? I saw it as I was getting the link for the tank and I want it!! Grr, not shopping is really hard.

My sweater has sold out, but I’ve linked some similar options here, here, and here. It was always oversized, but it keeps growing every time I wear it. The hazards of knitwear, eh? Ha! I wouldn’t say it’s super warm, but it is super cute and well-suited for the mild SD climate.

I got my Smith sunnies earlier this year and I really like them. The gold on the bottom of the lenses are a nice little touch. I also threw on a necklace from Forever 21. What they have available is always changing, but I can almost always find a cute boho necklace for a ridiculously cheap price.

Well, I gotta get to making some dinner, so farewell and see ya next time! Thanks for visiting!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan