We're in that funky time of year in which getting dressed seems more like a chore then a creative way to exhibit your style. I know, I'm there myself. It occurs the same time every year. But! It doesn't have to be that way. Developing your signature style can get you through just about any style stump which begs the question…what is my signature style?
Turns out through a casual poll of friends and family - my style is pretty definitive. Here is what they had to say:
2016 was the year I fell back in love with the sneaker. Not just any sneakers though. I'm not talking Dolly Parton workin' 9 to 5 kinda sneakers. I'm talking stylish kicks that compliment your outfit in every way, the piece de resistance', if you will. I now have a collection and my favorites are in this order: Adidas Shell Toe, Gold Nike Airs, Pink Metallic Zara Sneaks and finally, my beloved Converse All Stars. Invest my friends - let's keep this trend going!
I never met a pair of distressed jeans I didn't like. I guess I've amassed quite the collection. One rule though: they have to have stretch. Through the course of a day with my girls, I feel like an acrobat stretching to get fallen napkins, Shopkins under restaurant booths, paint little piggies…the list goes on. That doesn't even account for work situations that arise such as crouching on the ground for a photo shoot or picking up a case of wine for a meeting. Dress it up with a blazer or down with a rocker tee. Trust that great fitting denim is the answer to most of life's problems.
The Printed Dress:
It wasn't until recently that I realized the far majority of my wardrobe was dresses. I guess I can be lazy and there's nothing like a one-stop shop outfit! Throw it over your head, add shoes and walk out the door. Bonus: you'll look pulled together no matter what! Here's another fun fact: no one will ever be able to guess the price range. I grab dresses from all over including but not limited to Topshop, H&M, Asos and beyond.
The Signature Pink Lip:
I'm rarely without lipstick. Matte lipstick that is! So much so that I don't feel fully dressed until it's on and I would stop at any length to schemer my signature lip on including stoplights, mirrors I pass by, side mirrors on cars…you name it. It's just me - always has been. And yes, I am still hunting and testing new brands. It's an addiction.
The Classic White Button Down:
It wasn't until about two years ago that I developed an incredibly strong love for white button down shirts. Not all are created equal. While some reach for their favorite tee in a style pinch…I am forever reaching for a white shirt. I have many. I am the ultimate reviewer of the next, new starchy wonder to rotate to the front of my closet. Some of my favorites are: Uniqlo, Land's End, J. Jill and H&M. I know…quite the diverse list.
There you have it. That's how this momma stays stylish on the go. My definitive style recipe! No matter if I am in a rut or a revolution, I always find myself reaching for these standbys. And if you don't believe me…just ask my husband or my friends. I do not deviate!
Check out today's link ups: The Mummy Chronicles, The Pleated Poppy, Tucker Up, Get Your Pretty On, Shopping My Closet Mix & Match Fashion, Penniless Socialite, Sincerely Jenna Marie, Living in Color!
Another day, another OTS top. I'm a one trick pony this summer. Fully aware but who can resist? I'm a sucker for details and those sleeves are just too too good. Speaking of too too good, my top is a whopping $13 and I've linked it below along with similar options that rank pretty high in the cute category!
I'm not saying I am ready for Fall because that would be a sin but I might be ready to bring back denim. Just a little bit each week. I fell in love with this pair from Old Navy - under $50 and linked below - and they keep their shape perfectly. Pretty sure I need a second pair. My top is a steal. I love the mesh details and yep, you guessed it...bell sleeves! At $20, I am pretty sure you need it in your closet, too. It's perfect for cool nights and looks equally cute with cut off and sneaks. My other favorite uniform!
In the spirit of summer festivals, I'm showing you what to wear to Lollapalooza today. A long time veteran of this music mecca, I know firsthand just how sticky, muddy, rainy and uncomfortable festival-going can be so think "less is more." I either aim to wear dresses, like this pink crochet number, or cutoffs. And nothing that I will cry over if it gets trampled on, stained, ripped or wet. Sounds intense right? It is a bit but that doesn't mean you can't look cute while enjoying some of THE best music acts nestled under the Chicago skyline. This fest spans several acres of Chicago public parks featuring every music genre that exists. It's one of my favorite end of summer activities!
When I saw this dress - I had to have it! It's pink and for god's sake...it has pineapples! I know there's only a short window of summer left in Chicago so plan on me wearing it INCESSANTLY! Surprisingly affordable but it sold out rather quickly so I've linked some rather luxe versions for your shopping pleasure!
I would seriously be up the creek if OTS tops went out of style. This I know. Yet, I can't get enough and my latest craze being shades of blue and embroidery. As illustrated with this adorable top in today's post. It's my new fave. In case you missed last week, find more blue here and here!
I wasn't kidding when I told you this was the season of blue pinstripe was I? I. cannot. get. enough. This bell sleeve top is giving me all the feels. I cannot get over those sleeves. Ruching and bells...I'm fainting. And it's a nice changeup to break away from denim cutoffs...I am sure you'll agree since that's my usual uniform! NPIRE London is a new-to-me site with super cute, trendy apparel. Case and point, this top is a whopping $22! I'm excited to pair it with white pants and denim as the temps start to cool off!
You guys! I have fallen in love with the most charming LWD dress and this gorgeous cocktail ring. I wear it with cut-offs, with dresses <duh!>, with denim...you name it! It is this gorgeous, champagne color and adds pizazz to just about any outfit. Have you heard of 7 Charming Sisters? I discovered the brand last year and fell in love with their affordable and chic designs.
This is the summer of blue and white pinstripe tops for me. I swear every top I've acquired this season has had this theme. Luckily, OTS tops have not one out of style or I would be in real trouble! How cute are the embroidered roses? Keeping it short and sweet today as I will be out on shoots all day...
I have never met a summer dress that I didn't like...unless it was revealing. That's a different story! Which begs the question: how cute is this tribal lace up version? It's a mere $48 and I love love love the details...poms, print, flare sleeves...all of my favorite things! Isn't it so refreshing to ditch the layers and bare those legs again? I love it!
My style has evolved over the years and I've quickly adopted the" less is more" theory. For example, if you're going to show more skin on top, cover up on the bottom and vice versa. This does not remove "sexy" from the equation, however. I believe you should flaunt what you've got and for me...it's always the legs. I'd like to think that after decades of ballet class and most recently, a pretty dedicated workout routine that "I've still got it"...as they say.