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Summer to Fall and Back Again

12 Nov

As soon as I packed away all of my summer clothes for the year, Shane and I decided to move to South Florida…In November.  As a native Wisconsinite, I knew there would have to be a BIG change in my fall/winter wardrobe.   I silently wept as I gave my sisters many of my fur-lined boots, wool jackets, and cozy sweaters.  Their halfhearted attempts to comfort me through stifled screeches of joy didn’t help the matter. I resigned myself to feigning generosity and swiftly turned my focus to creating a happy marriage between typical fall fashion and 80 degree weather.

Same shirt, new season

Oh what a world has opened.  Down here, it’s more about texture and fabric than sleeve length.  More heel height than type, and skin protection over my mid-winter self-tanning binges.  Its actually been quite fun to look at my clothing in a whole new light and to create a fall-themed, warm weather look.

This can be useful to think about when vacationing on warmer shores during the winter, or simply a new way to change up your fall look!

white tank dress

Silky blouses usually worn under heavy blazers or leather jackets can now be worn simply by themselves with a dark skinny jean and some sky high pumps.  Thin sweaters can be tucked into silky dress shorts paired with chunky wedges and a dainty belt.  What I’ve learned is that its not about buying a completely new closet full of tank tops, skirts, and sandals, but more about pairing the old with the new to create a light, fresh look.

fall & summer

Color Block.

19 Jun

Okay people, we are going back to elementary school for a minute here. Remember the color wheel? Well it turns out that something you learned in school may actually be helpful in life! Yippee. Now, since I’m sure you have forgotten, here is a standard color wheel:

(courtesy of a photoshop website that will tell you way more than you want to know about the wheel..find it here: www.northlite.net )

Now, reach back to your days in grade school art class. Can you smell the weird chalky paint? Can you see the Picasso-esque attempts at self-portraits? As soon as you find yourself fantasizing over what shape your mother’s annual clay ornament should be, you are in the right state of mind.  Now don’t get all nervous.  All you need to remember from the depths of your artistic soul are Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors. What’s that? You forgot? Well I guess I will have to share my vast knowledge with you.

Primary colors are Red, Yellow and Blue. Secondary colors are Violet, Green, and Orange. And Tertiary colors are a whole mess of Primary and Secondary colors. Next up: how to apply this newly acquired knowledge to color blocking. As a side note, I’m not sure if it is “color block”, “color-block” or “colorblock” and frankly I don’t much care. Just go with it.

For the bold color blocker, go for colors that are across from each other on the wheel.  Just lay out a bunch of your clothes and start mixing and matching until something catches your eye. Confidence is huge with this look so be sure to feel good in what you put on!  Below you can see how to use this look to create outfits with your favorite colored jeans!

COLOR BLOCK.

For a more subdued look, mix and match colors that are one away from each other on the wheel. Be careful or this can end up looking like a failed monochromatic look so be sure to choose colors that are different enough from one another.  The green and yellow combo as well as the red and purple combo above are great examples of how to do this.

For the most conservative attempt at color blocking pair a bright colored top with your nudes, whites, or blacks.  Take advantage of all the bright shorts out there right now and toss on a black or white tank for an effortless summer look.  And remember! Black and white outfits are color-blocking too! So go wild ladies. Color blocking is fun! Ps…lots of clothing is sold already color blocked for you so go ahead and cheat!

Easy colorblocking
HAPPY COLOR BLOCKING!

NEON

6 Jun
NEON
Hello lovers. Now that you know what type of jeans to wear/avoid, let’s get craaazy. By now I hope most of you have at least attempted the neon jean trend. It may seem daunting. But hidden in the rainbow sea of stretchy denim is the potential to take a risk and stand out. Quick rules of thumb.  If you are buying a more expensive pair of neon jeans with a thicker fabric, feel free to choose your favorite color. If you are with the majority of girls who will be frequenting the local forever 21 for a thinner stretchier pair…be careful with yellow and orange! In tight, thin fabrics, these colors don’t hide anything. And slapping a fun color on a butt dimple doesn’t make it any more appealing.  So stick with the reds, blues, purples, and dark greens to be safe.  Now for the fun part. Pairing them with outfits! :)
Most people I know who have purchased this trend get it home to their closet and think..now what? The easy answer? Keep it basic.  Solid tanks and tees in white and black are easy choices. Dressed up and casual looks are easily attainable by pairing with flowy blouses and tucked in tight tanks respectively.  For the more daring look, pair with a patterned top in similar colors or even attempt to colorblock using two different solid colors…but I am working on a whooole post for that. In the meantime, work on perfecting your neon jean outfits!
Neon Pairs

Bathroom Compliments.

13 May

Ah the elusive bathroom compliment. Come on ladies. Let’s just put it out there shall we? We dress for each other. Do we want guys to care? Yes. Do they? No.   As long as whatever you put on your bod shows off your bum, gams, ta-ta’s or better yet, all three, you’ve got that demographic covered.  Who we really dress for is the girl in the stall next to us.

Hidden in the endless parade of 20-somethings emerging from the ladies room is the only free fashion show you’ll ever attend.  While contemplating how long it would take to just squat in the alley, your eyes will inevitably move to those around you. You want her shoes. You want her dress. She has great hair…That girl’s got it all wrong. Eventually you look down wondering how your peer critics would report on your outfit- a hit or a miss?

Each time we prepare for a night of club-bangers and ensuing headaches, the person we really consider is the girl in the next stall.  You know, the one you stood behind while trying not to drool over her impossibly effortless style. Next thing you know, there you are…both at the mirror.

Sometimes it’s simple: she glances your way and mutters “great outfit” before fixing her bra and leaving.  Sometimes it’s not.  “Ohmygosh. I saw that dress yesterday and I was soooo gonna buy it but I didn’t and now im just dying. ugh. dy-ying. You look ah-mazing. Ah!” (drunken sway aaaand exit).

However annoyingly it may be expressed, you may claim sweet victory. You can leave that crowded club bathroom satisfied in more than one way.  For you have achieved the coveted bathroom compliment. No shame my dear, we are all human–we desire envy.  We desire flattery. So be free of your self-deprecating ways..be free from your self-inflicted dungeon of wardrobe mediocrity.  Be better. Be desired. Be complimented.

An easy choice for going out is always the little black dress.  But don’t you dare stop there.  Pair with some sassy heels and bold makeup.

Party Rock!

David Lerner longer length dress
$247 – pinkmascara.com

Free People cap sleeve dress
$168 – freepeople.com

Camilla Norrback strappy pumps
€100 – nelly.com

NYX lipstick
nelly.com

Lancôme lip gloss
$27 – lancome-usa.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics beauty product
£32 – selfridges.com