When You Need an Outfit Idea and Have No Time You Go with The Heather Look

Scenario: You stay up too late doing something totally unnecessary and now it’s 15 minutes before you have to leave for photo shoot day for your very trendy sister’s fashion blog. Your main role is photographer, but you’d like just a couple cute snaps of yourself while you’re in perfect lighting with someone else to hold the camera and make you feel like a model, you know? You told yourself you’d wake up early to style your hair and lay out your outfits the night before, knowing that this is literally never the case. Now your hair is gonna look like… well, the way that it looks. You’re slapping make-up on while you drive. There are things in life you can fake, but there’s one question you can’t ignore: but what will you wear?!

I find myself in versions of this scenario on a constant basis. I never leave myself enough time! While I’ve learned to embrace my messy hair and draw on eyebrows at streetlights, outfit choices aren’t so easy.

This is why it is absolutely essential to have your own style panel!

By this, I mean that I will take the time to emulate certain people’s styles so that, when the time comes, I don’t have to plan ahead. Sometimes, these panelists are fictional. I went through a nice long Blair Waldorf stage. Most of the time though, they’re real people.

When I notice a friend with a really great signature style, I can’t help but think of that while I’m shopping. Would Brittany wear this dress? This makes throwing things together so much easier! Why? Because I can leave myself out of it! Because I can picture her look, I can ask myself, what shoes would Brittany wear with this? Or, even better, I can ask Brittany what she’d wear with it or stalk her insta!

Back to my original scenario, what was I to do for my outfit changes? I grabbed a sweater that I knew Brittany would wear (because it was hers and she wanted it back…), a dress that I know I can rely on, and a top that I bought from Francesca’s specifically because I had seen Heather, another style panelist around here, wearing something similar and I loooove her style! And because I was already picturing her boho, classic style, it was easy to picture what she might wear with it. I immediately had a flashback to the first time I met Heather, when my dad saw her wearing a cute crystal necklace… and thought she was a witch. I was thinking of that moment when I bought my crystal necklace from Charming Charlie.

Anyway, the “Heather Witch” aesthetic made me feel put together with almost no effort. Gotta love having cute friends to do the work for you and sisters to make your accidental red-light bronzer overload look like the glow of a queen!

 xx, Tab

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PS- Tabitha submitted this post to me but I wanted to point out that she is awesome and you should check out her blog Tab in Transit, and her bookstagram @tabithatypes!

Okay bye! – Brittany

Rocksbox!

Have you ever heard of Rocksbox? If you have you know how cool it is, if you haven’t then let me tell you! Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription box that delivers three pieces of designer jewelry to your door for $21 a month! You get to wear all three pieces and return them, OR if you absolutely love one, two, or all three pieces you can buy them. This is my first box and I already purchased one of the items… it was just too perfect to pass up!

What I love about this subscription is that fact that you are technically renting your jewelry. I like trying new accessories but I often end up with a lot of pieces I bought for a specific event and then don’t wear for a really long time. With Rocksbox I get to have new pieces all the time and not worry about buying them full price and leaving them to collect dust. If during the month of my box I have a piece I have worn multiple times and can see myself wearing it even more, then I can buy it. It is like testing out your accessories before buying committing.

In my current set I got a statement necklace, a pair of earrings, and a bracelet. My favorite is the necklace, this is the piece I bought:

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It is the Colette Necklace by Perry Street and it is absolutely beautiful! I have worn it three times already and I already can’t wait to wear it again. It is just so sparkly.

The earrings I received are called the Vivienne Ear Climbers by Gorjana. I have never tried ear climbers before but they are so cool! These ones were fun yet still dainty. It is a different way to wear fun earrings without having to wear dangly ones.

Lastly I got a bracelet by Kendra Scott called the Laura Pinch Bracelet in Turquoise Magnesite. I love this style of bracelet because one they are dainty and you can layer them, and two, you can adjust this type of cuff which is great when you have thin wrists like I do.

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If you love accessories or you want to get into wearing them, this is a great subscription box for anyone. I cannot wait to see what comes in my next set! When you sign up you add at least 30 items to your wish list, then your assigned stylist will choose items for your from you list. I was so excited and there were so many cute pieces that I added 160 to my wish list when I first signed up… Before your set is ready to ship out you get the chance to preview it and change out one item if you want, or you can just be surprised and see it when it comes in. If you want to give it a try use my code “theblawxoxo” to get your first month free! My sister already signed up and ended up buying the same necklace as me because she saw me wearing it Check out Rocksbox here!

Little Ruffles

This is my THIRD post about a ruffle top! Convinced I am obsessed yet? I absolutely love the little dainty ruffles down the front of this button up blouse from Target (unfortunately it is sold out because I bought it a little while ago). The little ruffles give it just enough fun detail without being too much. Target’s new brand, A New Day, in my opinion is doing really well. I can always find something I like and the price point is great. When I saw the pieces coming out I thought they would cost more but they are around the same price or even cheaper than some of the other Target brands.

I paired this top with my Topshop high waist black cigarette pants from Nordstrom (which I seem to be pairing with everything lately). One thing I love about this pants is that they make your waist look so tiny! This combo made a great work outfit. I finished it off with my red Steve Madden heels and a red lip for a pop of color.  The only thing I do not care for on this shirt is that the sides come up high almost like a slit. This makes it to where you have to wear higher waisted pants whether you tuck it in or not because then your stomach shows, which is not really appropriate for the office.

Check it out! 🙂

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Little Black Dress

I love dresses but I don’t wear them all that often, especially not to work. I have long legs so it can be hard to find one that is an appropriate length for the office. I think it was back around the time of the Nordstrom sale that I saw a TON of bloggers all wearing the same dress. I checked it out and found it was by Leith, a ruched body-con. I looked at it A LOT before I finally bought it. It comes in a handful of colors but all of the ones I wanted were sold out in my size, so I settled with black (if you know me you know I don’t usually go for black). In this case though I am so happy I did! I can totally see why all of those bloggers I saw were obsessed with this dress because now I am. It is just perfect, there is no better description. The length is perfect for work, despite that fact that it is a body-con it isn’t your usual super tight dress so check the box again for work appropriate. The ruching in the front lets you not worry about any body issues like sucking it in all day or muffin tops, and the little V in the front adds just a little bit of sexy to it. I have paired it with flats/mules, heels, and over the knee boots like I did below. I have also topped it off with a blazer, and I have tried a knit sweater, again below. It is just perfect like I said and I cant wait to get it in another color. I also saw they have the same dress but with long sleeves, that is obviously on my wish list now.

Check it out below! (PS- I haven’t worn this necklace since my sister’s wedding in June and I do not know why because it is AMAZING! She got it for me from Baublebar for my Maid of Honor gift. Be prepared to see it more often!)

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Shop the look here: Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress from Nordstrom | Necklace (sold out =/) | Sweater (similar linked here from Target) | Steve Madden ELEKTRIC Over the Knee Boots (similar, mine are from two years ago)

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Plaid Ruffles!

Topshop High Waist Cigarette TrousersAre you seeing the reoccurring theme yet with these ruffles? Basically I am obsessed and I really hope they do not got out of style soon because I am far too invested at this point. I saw this cute plaid and ruffle top when I was walking around BP at Nordstrom and I was instantly in love. Sometimes I reflect on the styles I am drawn to today and think of how I would have never thought twice about it back in high school or the beginning of college. This is one of those moments. The ruffles on this top are so prominent and I love them. Back then I would have laughed and agreed with my boyfriend when he called me a linebacker… like I said on Instagram, boys know nothing. *Insert Bride Wars quote “What do they teach boys in school?!”

Anyways, this top is different and I love it. The colors are very in with the holiday spirit so I am happy that we are past Halloween and I can finally wear it. Plus it has actually, for the most part, been cool enough to wear it. I saw it at Nordstrom, thought about it nonstop for like three days and bought it before I regretted it. It was my “congratulations you have been at your new job a year” gift. It was a splurge and I bought it full price. Of course NOW it is on sale for 40% off, but you know what? I wanted it to much I’m not even that mad about it.


I love that it can be worn casually or dressed up. This past Saturday I paired it with my high waist Topshop Jamies and my over the knee tan boots from Target (dv for Target last year) and I loved it. This may sound weird but you know when you are rocking an outfit that most people would say they couldn’t pull off, it just makes you feel cooler? That was me and I relished in it.


On the dressed up end for work, I paired it with my, again, high waist Topshop cigarette trousers, my red bow heels from Steve Madden (older), and a red lip. I thought it was fun to bring out the red in the top. The perfect pairing yet again! I am just so obsessed. I will link all pieces below but if you like it go check it out because I do not know how long the sale lasts. Embrace the ruffle movement with me! 😉

Shop the looks here:

BP. Plaid Ruffle Blouse | Topshop Jamie High Waist Ankle Grazer Skinny Jeans |  Topshop High Waist Cigarette Trousers | the red heels I am wearing are no longer available so I linked the always reliable and cute Steve Madden Carrson | As I said the boots were from last year so I have linked two other options from Target here & here! | Lime Crime Matte Velvetines in Rustic (looks more red on than in picture online)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Ruffles

It has FINALLY been cool enough to wear long sleeves! I have been waiting for this for so long, ESPECIALLY since I have like four new long sleeves that haven’t been worn yet. I love the details on this purple one I got by Lush at Nordstrom (on sale!). Actually the color is called “peppercorn”. I am such a sucker for ruffles right now and this one has double the ruffles, shoulders and the bottom of the sleeves. The elastic around the wrists is so cute and dainty. I paired it with my high waist cigarette trousers by Topshop at Nordstrom and my black Landen heels by Steve Madden. I am indecisive though on what looks best: untucked, easy tucked, or fully tucked? Check it out below and let me know what you think! All of the pieces are linked below too!

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Untucked…

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LOL me trying to take a cute walking pic!

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…easy tucked…

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…fully tucked?
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Look linked here: Top (also comes in black and lavender blue) | Pants | Heels

 

Nordstrom Rewards Style Tips & Sips

Last night I attended the Nordstrom Rewards Style Tips & Sips at the Nordstrom in the Brea Mall. I wanted to go to this particular night because its focus was “Office Hours to Happy Hour”, so taking your look from work to going out after. I wasn’t sure what to expect and to be honest I was close to not even going because I hate going places alone (I know, lame). But I went anyways! I was wondering around in front of the cafe where it was supposed to be held, apparently looking slightly lost, until I saw this girl dressed SO cute who walked up and found me. Her name was Taylor and she was running the Style Tips & Sips, I was saved! She sent me to the new location of where it was being held, in the dressing room area at Collections, while she rounded up the other 8 girls who had RSVP’d.

When I got to the right place I met Lizia who was the beauty expert and let me tell you, she had on such beautiful makeup, I just kept looking at her eyeshadow! When Taylor came back she brought no one with her so I got a PRIVATE SESSION! It was so awesome, these two girls were so nice, we chit-chatted the whole time. I felt like the pieces Taylor chose were picked just for me, I could have worn every single style they were all so cute. There are actually a couple pieces I will probably buy, like the CUTEST leopard top (but I can’t remember the brand! I am searching). I love how so many pieces are now so detailed on their own. For example ruffles on hems, sleeves, or across the front, or bell sleeves, or even embroidery. It makes it so much easier to have a unique put together outfit because it doesn’t take much. That is how most of these looks were that Taylor picked out.

After Taylor finished, Lizia started with the beauty. I am officially obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup. Lizia showed me one of her small eyeshadow palettes and I want it, like right now (linked here). It comes with four shades and on the back tells you how you can pair them. For instance wear shades one and two during the day, add in three for the evening, and four when you are going out. That is exactly what I need because I love eyeshadow but I do not really know how to use them, at least to their potential. She also showed me the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick which like the shadow was also gorgeous, and has a squared tip for application (she recommended this one for me: Very Victoria (it looks a little darker online). Even after the event ended Lizia took me downstairs to show me the other palettes she recommended for me for one of the upcoming parties I have to go to, like this one called The Vintage Vamp, OBSESSED. In addition to the makeup she had this amazing perfume out (that I got a sample of!) called Le Labo. I had no idea that a new trend is us ladies layering our perfume with our man’s cologne (layering scents, who would have thought!). She demonstrated this with the Le Labo samples layering JASMIN 17 (which jasmine is probably one of my favorite scents on the planet) with SANTAL 33 (which is a scent that men can wear, described as “unisex”) and the mix was so great and unique. I didn’t get a chance to check out the Le Labo counter but I totally want to next time because she said they fill your perfume right then and there, how cool!

I am so happy I did not chicken out like I wanted to and that I actually went to this event (go me for doing something on my own, progress!). I had such a great time that I am going to go to another night, in fact I want to try to come to as many as I can. A big part of my experience was Taylor and Lizia. Ladies I do not know if you will ever read this but you were both so awesome, welcoming and warm, you totally made the event, so thank you and I will see you again very soon!

Stay tuned out there because you will be definitely seeing some of the new styles I learned!

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I am almost embarrassed about the lighting in this photo but it was the best I could get in my poorly lit apartment in the middle of the night, so… 
PS – I just finally found the leopard top! Which apparently I should have been searching for “Tan Dale Animal”… interesting haha. It is by Hinge and is linked here! I also found the other top I want, the Chelsea28 Double Ruffle Blouse in Ivory Pristine.

Okay now I am done, have a happy Friday!