Statement Earrings

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all been well and had a great weekend. We had my older sister’s surprise party for her 30th birthday. Let me tell you, surprise parties are hard to plan especially when you live with the person you are surprising! Plus she is crazy in the best possible way and insisted on throwing her own party thinking we were not going to do anything anyways, so all of her friends were getting so confused keeping the fake party and the real party straight. By the time it came around she was very suspicious of the surprise, like I am pretty sure she knew, but we all had a great time and she got very drunk so all was well!

I have been SO obsessed with statement earrings. I am sure this is a common obsession since they are very popular right now, but I love adding them to everything as a fun pop! I feel like they are a way to get extra creative, like you can get brave and wear fun and funky ones. I love adding them for a pop of color especially with a darker or a plainer outfit. Here I added them to my black and white striped one piece bathing suit and it completely changed the look. The suit is cute by itself but there is only so much you can do with a one piece, it is just one piece so it’s a little plain. The earrings actually made it a look and is so fun for a weekend by the pool or a pool party.

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 earrings | bathing suit | shorts

Right now my favorite place to get fun earrings is Target. I am so obsessed with the Sugar Fix by BaubleBar line there. BaubleBar is so cute but I can always justify the price for earrings, but their line at Target I think is just as nice as their normal line. Most of the styles by Sugar Fix are around $12-$15, totally affordable! I think I have like 6 pairs so far! If you have any suggestions for fun earrings please send them my way!

Have a great week and the 4h of July is just around the corner!

A little Pattern Mix

My favorite patterns to mix are stripes and florals. Something about those two together just calls to me. My got to is a black and white striped top with one of my three floral kimonos over, but yes I know you can’t mix ALL stripes and ALL florals, but it has been fun to try it in new ways. Some of my favorite denim shorts are my Topshop high waist “mom” jeans that have a big embroidered rose on each side. I think I have mentioned before that when I asked my sister if she liked them before I bought them, she cracked a joke about me wanting to be a camp counselor. Turns out she loves them now! Since these shorts only have two flowers they can hardly be called floral print right? So I took advantage to add in a third pattern. I paired a black and white striped tank, easy tucked into my camp counselor shorts, and added my cheetah print espadrille mules from the dv line for Target (linked here! PS- they run small, I got a half size up). They are not the big cheetah print, they are the small almost more polkadot like print. It may all sound weird but I think it worked. I have actually been able to add these shoes into a lot of outfits and they just work because the print really isn’t that loud. They are also SUPER comfy. Do you have favorite patterns you like to mix? Let me know because I need to branch out!

(I am also super obsessed with this round sunglasses and they are only $14! I am going to get like three more colors. Linked here!)

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I am doing the “scurry, sniff, FLINCH!” like Timon in The Lion King 1 1/2 duh!

“Casual” Backyard Graduation Party Look

I have probably said it before but I love wearing fake casual looks. I guess it is not necessarily fake, I mean I love dressing casual looks up. This way technically you are still casual, but you are also still undercover over dressed. Yesterday was my youngest sister’s graduation and grad. party. To the graduation I didn’t know what to wear so I went safe with my “blogger dress” (you know the perfect dress all the bloggers have, posted here on insta) and wedges. The graduation party was at our parents house in the backyard. I had been trying to figure out all week what to wear. I know our backyard parties are not a dressy thing, but I wanted to look cute and I knew I wanted to wear high waisted shorts (that were not denim) and a crop that only showed like not that much of my stomach. After almost three different options, I found the perfect shorts at Target and the perfect simple cropped tee at Nordstrom. Together these two made a pretty simple and casual outfit but I wanted to dress it up a little. I paired the look with my favorite tan wedges which I think make everything look better, and added a pair of summery gold statement earrings. The crop top was a pretty long one but I bought it with the intention to tie up the front, so I made sure to get a size up. I just love the tied look right now. The shorts also have a matching belt that is supposed to tie in the front but that was too much with my little knot so I tied a bow in the back instead. It all came together really well and I got a lot of compliments, especially on the shorts!

Shop the look here: Top | Shorts | Earrings | Wedges and be sure to follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app where you can shop your screenshots!

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 This is how I plan almost every outfit, I use Pic Stitch! 

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Pineapple Dole Whip!

This last weekend I went to stay with Heather out in Palm Desert (per usual) and it was hot (per usual!). Summer has definitely started out in the desert. Both Saturday and Sunday were 104° yet it felt like 120°. On Sunday we went to the last Vintage Market of the season over in Palm Springs, and we slacked and didn’t get there until 10:30am when it was already around 95°. We browsed the flea market faster than we ever have because we felt like dying. When we were done we headed to downtown just to get pineapple Dole Whip from Lappert’s Ice Cream. We had been talking about getting this all weekend. Have you ever had the Dole Whip from Disneyland? It is the place by the Tiki Room that has the longest line? IT IS THE SAME STUFF! I probably could have eaten an entire pint by myself, but we were good and got smalls. It was the perfect thing to cool us down.

Aside from the Dole Whip, I was super excited to wear this outfit! These are now my fourth pair of high waist denim shorts from Topshop, the “Mom” shorts I have mentioned before (all of which I have bought on sale). I just couldn’t help it with the cute little embroidered flowers! I love that the embroidery isn’t too loud on these. When I originally planned this outfit I wasn’t sure what top I wanted to wear and I was in a rush so I just grabbed this sleeveless button-up from Target. It ended up working quite nicely, besides I love mixing stripes and floral prints. I first tried to easy-tuck the front but that just looked weird, so I tied it instead. It ended up perfect! Find the shorts by Topshop from Nordstrom here, a couple similar tanks from Target are linked here and here, and the sunglasses are BP from Nordstrom linked here! Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

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The Flower Fields

Two Sundays ago, my sister, niece and I went on a little adventure down to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad! I kept seeing photos on Instagram of this place so of course I wanted to go, basic as charged. I didn’t realize when I looked it up though that it was an actual place. That seems silly that I thought it was just a flower field people found, but oh no, it is a real place with vendors and admission to get in (it is $16 for adults but you get $1 off with AAA WOOO! $8 for kiddos). We drove the hour+ to go down there, yes just to take cute photos with flowers and I totally think it was worth it. These fields are huge! They go on for so long. Another silly aspect, yet again I was surprised with how many people were there with the same intentions as us. I need to get over the fact that half of my ideas are not really just mine. Instagram is full of influencers and it works, I get influenced all the time!

Taking photos in the middle of the flowers was a bit of a challenge because there is caution tape warning you against crossing. The warning was no joke as a fierce old man drove up to the girl next to us who dared to cross the green line and yelled at her and asked if she could read what it said. Tip to take a photo along the edge: squat low enough so your whole picture frame is flowers, doubles as leg day. Down the center rows, little paths jut into the fields, with green caution tape of course, so you can get a photo actually in the fields. Those posed a bit of a challenge as well. There are like 100 people behind you also waiting to take a photo so you feel pressure, and waiting for your position (either corner or center on the bench) needs to be planned according to the sun. We planned poorly because we got a bunch of shadow on our faces but it was okay.

All in all it was a fun little girls’ day and I recommend it if you have nothing to do or want super cute photos. Another tip: wear sunscreen even if it is overcast… I got burned. Third tip: buy the kettle corn. Go be basic and check out the fields! It closes this month!

OH! Also how cute is my dress? I know, adorable. It is from Target and so is my hat! Linked here: Dress / hat

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THE Pants

Here I go with these pants again! It has been a while so I was due anyways right? These are my FAVORITE work pants! I always say it but I am so happy I bought these.  I had one outfit in mind when I bought them, only one! Which wasn’t the smartest idea considering how much they costed, but I am so happy I convinced myself to splurge. My newest pairing is with my chambray collard button up from Target! I feel a tad 80/90’s mom in this but I think that is just my new jam: mom jeans, high waist, tons of colors, all of the above.

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Anyways I do not know why I didn’t think about my chambray top with these pants before. Maybe I thought the colors would be too much, but really, is denim even a color? When you consider denim pants then they are kind of “colorless” right? Because we all (usually) say anything goes with denim. I definitely do not think a normal long sleeve button up chambray would go, but the sleeveless worked perfectly. If you have any other ideas for these pants let me know because I think I am finally running out of ideas…

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Links! Soo, these pants are long gone, and I can’t find anything super similar BUT PLEASE LOOK AT HOW CUTE THESE ONES ARE! They are Topshop from Nordstrom and are most definitely on my wishlist now. Topshop Belted Stripe Roll-Cuff TrousersTop from Who What Wear from Target linked here but it is on clearance and mostly sold out so a new similar one is linked here.

Stripes on Stripes

I love experimenting with pattern mixing, but sometimes when people think of pattern mixing they do not think of mixing two of the same kinds. In this outfit I chose to mix two different vertical stripes. This cannot work with just ANY or ALL striped pieces so be cautious with your choice. My pants are navy with thin, spaced out double white pinstripes. Although they have plenty of stripes, they are subtle enough to not be over powering. From afar they can almost pass as solid navy. My top is white and gray stripes with no extra spacing. This worked well because the colors weren’t standing out or fighting for attention. The gray and white almost blur together where a white and black stripe or other bright or dark color would pop too much and not mesh with the stripes on the pants. I was sure to keep the whole outfit on the gray/dark tone side.

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Now I am not usually one to wear dark colors or outfits. I wear them and I do like them, I just mostly end up leaning towards colors. When I do wear a darker outfit I like to add some kind of pop of color or in this case flare. To not be completely dark with this ensemble, I added my very shiny, rose gold Steve Madden DAISIE pumps and a statement necklace that was gold with pinkish stones. This way my metals (mostly) matched and added some kind of shine. Something had to stand out! It is fun to add bright shoes to a dark outfit, that way they are your statement piece. I actually think I built this outfit around the shoes. Statement pieces do not just have to be around your neck in a necklace form, they can be any piece of your outfit, shoes, accessories, handbag, blazer, etc. This was a fun way to spice up a work outfit, I got a lot of compliments in the office.

Do you have any pattern mixing success stories? I always feel like a winner when I pull one off! Do you get the same vibes?

Happy Friday Jr! Outfit is linked below:

  • Pants – Mine are Leith from Nordstrom but they are sold out, similar linked here
  • Top – A New Day from Target, linked here
  • Heels – Steve Madden DAISIE (currently on “pre-order”) linked here
  • Necklace – Perry Street from Rocksbox linked here (PS- if you use my code THEBLAWXOXO you get your first month of Rocksbox for free!)