So this post is a little late, but I wanted to write about the Proud and Pretty in Pink’s Empower Me! event I attended a couple weeks ago. If you do not remember, read this post Proud and Pretty in Pink, PPP is the organization I blog for. The women who started this organization are truly amazing. This event hosted a panel of five women who shared about their experiences growing up and what contributed to their self esteem, and where they are now. It was awesome because no matter who you were, you could have related to at least one of their stories. The variety was just so great. One of the girl’s stories even made me realize that I need to look at my similar circumstances in a different light. It was a very eye opening experience that maybe I will get to write about one day, but not yet. I am hoping through blogging for PPP I can open up more about my stories and help another just by even relating to them.
What PPP does is really great and I encourage you to take a look at their site proudandprettyinpink.com. They try to have events quarterly so I am really looking forward to the next.
I bought this jacket probably over a month ago but have only had like one chance to wear it. Thanks southern California fall. I just want it to be cool enough to layer, is that so much to ask? No!
I love this jacket because it can easily go with work outfits in place of a blazer, AND it can be paired with jeans for a casual look. I was hesitant about it at first. I found it at Target and did my usual walk by a few times before finally trying it on, I was intrigued but not certain. It has so much pattern for a jacket. So I did my normal test and left it, thought about it all night and went back to buy it the next day. I love it and it is from my favorite brand at Target: Who What Wear.
Below I style it for work with a simple off white top, black slacks and my black Steve Madden mules. It is basically my casual outfit with the pants subbed out. I envision lighter, non-fitted, ankle length jeans instead of the slacks (they are currently on my Nordstrom wish list), can you see it? I will try that next. Until then check out below!
If you read the style panel blog, then you know I am a teacher; if you didn’t read it…well you now know I am a teacher. I get to do some input on dating style, and work style; fortunately I love dressing for both. I am going to tell you about my first work piece, it is super easy, but super classy. I will be the first to admit that sometimes it is super hard to find appropriate work outfits, especially dresses because some are spaghetti strap, or too low cut, or too short. Luckily I found this dress last year at Target and it is perfect for teaching. I loved it so much that I also bought it in maroon!
Again, I love this dress because it’s the perfect length, and the shoulders are a great width. The shoes are one of the only pairs I can teach in ALL day, which is saying something because I am on my feet for almost seven straight hours. This outfit is so simple, yet I feel so fancy wearing it!
Let me know if you have any other styles or outfits I should try!
Yesterday my old roomie/best friend/sorority sister/and the.B.Law style panelist Heather and I started a month long challenge. In this challenge we are on wallet lockdown. There will be no purchasing of unnecessary items ESPECIALLY clothing. We also have to wear a different outfit everyday with no repeats, creating new looks with the clothes we already have in our closets. Now to be honest, 30 days of new outfits doesn’t fully intimidate me. I am not one for outfit repeating and I know Heather isn’t either. There are days though where I wake up late and just go for something safe, that I know works. This challenge is starting off at a month to make me be creative everyday and could very well continue to an additional month. We will see!
Anyways, today is day 2 and here is my look! I saw this embroidered, button up, striped, bell sleeve top and thought it was weird yet I was strangely fascinated by it. I literally walked back up to it in Target two more times after I first saw it. I remembered a skirt from BooHoo I wanted and thought it might be the perfect pair for this top. I left and didn’t buy it. I had to see if I would still think about it after I left (that is how I really know I want something). I looked up the skirt again on BooHoo and was sold. I ordered the skirt and went to Target the next day to get the shirt. Well the skirt came in and was entirely too small so I had to make an online return, which honestly I have always been terrified to make for some odd reason but it turned out to be so easy that I felt silly. FINALLY I got the new skirt it and it fit! Note about the skirt, it does not stretch so although it may fit around your waist your leg spread really isn’t all that wide. Not that you should really need it to be but its not, and I walk fast and I don’t feel like my legs have the proper speed potential. That sounds totally ridiculous and can totally go off in a bad direction so moving on… The color of the skirt isn’t quite the same pink as in the embroidery but I really like it together. Check it out below!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I did nothing and it was great. Definitely got some much needed sleep. Can you believe it is already July 10th? This year has gone so fast and I feel like I can’t catch up. Pinterest is already suggesting fall outfits. Don’t get me wrong, I have said countless times that fall is my favorite season, but part of the love is the anticipation. Me, patiently waiting for the first day that I see leaves on the ground and the first day I get to wear a sweater and boots. This year though it feels like I may blink and it will be here.
Anyways, sorry about my tangent. Today’s look has been a long time coming. I bought this top a while ago from Target and had this great idea to pair it with high waist black pants. It took some time to find a pair I liked. Well honestly not too long, I found some with a sash tie waist at Express but kept waiting for a sale and it never happened. I was browsing Boohoo recently and saw some that were similar and would do, AND they were only $20.
The two pieces paired together perfectly! The top is great because although it is sleeveless it is still work appropriate which helps with this heat lately! Check it out and find the items linked below:
Sunday morning, my bffff, her other bff Sarah, and I went in search of wildflower fields. I have been trying to take more blog photos and Sarah has been wanting to get back into photography so we had a win-win situation. We left at 7:00am to attempt to find wildflowers near Lake Elsinore, but no surprise, they were all dead. We were not discouraged though! The scenery was still pretty so we found some good spots with some little wildflowers and took some great pictures.
I was really happy with how this outfit turned out. I found the kimono last weekend at my sister’s bachelorette party in Palm Springs. The store is called Heavenly Couture and EVERYTHING was $16.99! I could have bought way more but I had some self control, but only some. To be honest I wasn’t sure how the kimono would look paired over my collard chambray top but I think tying the bottom of the top really helped. This is the chambray top I got from the Who What Wear line at Target. The shorts are from Topshop at Nordstrom. I am really excited to see how else I can style this kimono, especially for work. I will definitely be trying it this week. At Heavenly Couture, they had it styled over a mauve dress and belted. I want to try something similar because it was super cute! Check it out, and note, I have only gotten a couple pictures back from Sarah so I will be sure to share the rest when I get them! You can totally tell the difference between her photos and mine LOL! She is just such a good photographer!
I am really loving all of the cold shoulder style tops that are coming out. I feel like it is almost impossible to go into a store and not find one. The blue one I am wearing here I actually got awhile ago from Nordstrom (BP). I originally bought it to bring on my vacation to Cancun this summer (yes I got it that far in advance), but last weekend I was thinking about it and thought, why do I need to wait until June to wear this? Oh that’s right, I don’t! So I finally took it out for a spin and I loved it! What really drew me to this top was the fact that the arms were ruffles. Cold shoulder AND ruffle sleeves? Yes to that combo! It was actually a really hard decision for me on the color. This top came in blue and white and even though I teetered back and forth, something about that blue just drew me in. I am realizing I am liking that shade of blue more and more.
Anyways I had been wanting to pair this top with these dv for Target thick soled sneaks, even though my bffff advised me not to, and I think it paired really cute! I will still be rocking this outfit on vacation but I definitely need different shorts. The ones I have on here are boyfriend shorts that are a size too big so they make my behind look weird. Sorry that I waited so long to post about this one because it is actually sold out now, but I found another BP cold shoulder top I liked if you’re interested! You can find it HERE! I did find the shoes though – dv Roxie Canvas Lace Up Espadrille Sneakers.