“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!)

The Red Striped Top!

Ladies! Remember a couple posts ago I showed you the red striped top from Who What Wear at Target? Post linked here in case you missed it. Well the top is finally online! I just wanted to update you because I love this top so much, so perfect for work this week with Valentine’s day!

Find the top here from Target!

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Red Stripes

I took a stroll through the Target clothing section, against my better judgment, and of course I found something. The seasons are finally changing in store so all the new merch is coming out. I love when the seasons change and seeing what the new styles will be. The second I saw just the pattern of this top I grabbed it off the rack. I was so excited when I saw the puffy shoulders! I tried it on and was sold, of course it’s by one of my favorite lines at Target, Who What Wear. It was one of those tops that you know exactly what you were going to pair it with, like my high waist, raw hem, mom jeans from Topshop (yes the label says “mom”). It came out so cute! I was worried the top would look weird tucked in because it is kind of boxy but it looked great. Of course when I wore it to work yesterday I wore black slacks with it untucked and that looked cute too.

Check it out!

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Find the look here: Top from Who What Wear at Target

My jeans are sold out too, but I found these other cute ones on sale at Target! Linked here!

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Digging that early 90’s mom look

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Kelly Kapowski vibes