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!
Popping in to say hello after an extremely busy weekend! And...Olivia scouted another great wall after coding class yesterday ONLY this time we had a cameo appearance by none other than the fabulous Miss Lola. Blogger pose ad all!
Another Monday. Another chance to create something good, right?!
Well, Olivia and I certainly kicked it off on the right foot considering we found this Cheshire Cat wall in the city. My pictures are not traditionally technicolor but when you see a good wall...you just gotta.
I am so excited about some of the changes that we have in the works for this little blog. My web designer and I were conferencing about it on Friday. Let's just say it's going to be more minimalist, more content driven and hopefully, a lot more sophisticated to lead me through this next chapter in life. Ideally, with age comes wisdom, hence I am driven to round out some of the content buckets...even the taboo ones.
Good morning! I am back! Happy New Year!
We had a wonderful trip to Captiva, Florida where we literally unplugged and relaxed. It was vacationing done right and in part, due to the fact that I literally walked away from electronics and I was present with my family. What a difference and lesson learned! I am feeling totally recharged, inspired and ready to tackle some new and exciting changes around these parts.
There's nothing like a good bodycon dress that hugs you in all the right places. I had my eye on this one for what felt like an eternity. You can always count on a sale at ASOS so I waited. I finally pulled the trigger right before Thanksgiving...the price tag? A whopping $62. Now? $25! How could you possible resist?!
It's safe to say that I have gotten my ROI out of this dress. At a whopping $26, I've worn it for countless meetings, Thanksgiving and now this shoot. Sure, I should be wearing tights given that it's December in Chicago but we were indoors. Shooting outside, as I've gotten older, has become less and less attractive to me. Bah!
I don't know a singular woman who doesn't love a good deal. Myself included. This dress is under $50 and on mega sale due to the impending holidays. I think it would be equally cute with a pair of black tights and mary janes...in the summer, with espadrilles or platforms.
I've always been somewhat of a skeptic regarding Cyber Week. Or perhaps just not ready to get my holly jolly on. I would shop sporadically all month and go at my own pace. I feel differently this year. Honestly, I think it's because I ready to celebrate the end of a very difficult year. The ups and downs were tremendous so holiday shopping and the holiday spirit seem like something I can rally around.
The black and white phase continues. It's just SO easy to get dressed. I know you all discovered this before me so please forgive. This was yesterday's shoot outfit for a day of schlepping without sacrificing chic.
Monday...we meet again! Hi friends! Back at it again after a busy weekend. I think we are all feeling the same, right? It was full but it was so great. Mom + Dad got a little date night fun in and we pretty much laid around all Sunday. Okay, that was me. I laid around all Saturday. #truth