Sunshine, Flowers, and Puppies

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OK, full disclosure. There aren’t any puppies in this post. Just sunshine and flowers. I usually don’t take photos in this spot in the afternoon for the very reason that the sun shines through the railing and  trees, making lots of crazy shadows. But there’s something about the first sunny, 80 degree day of the spring/summer that makes a girl want to put on a floral skirt and pose awkwardly with her tripod on her balcony. Am I right, ladies?

So who cares that sometimes the sun’s bouncing off my skin in all its super white glory, and 2 inches away another part of me is hiding in the shadows? It’s times like this I’m really glad I made my blog about real life and not perfection. Not that I’m not perfect. It’s just the sun that’s flawed. No amount of Clinique will get rid of those sun spots.

Skirt // Cardigan (extra 30% off w/ code SALE30) // Necklace // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Nails “Mint Candy Apple” // Lipstick “Pourpre Preview”

Another One from the Archives

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This trench is another old friend I found during my recent coat closet clean-up. I scored it at the Thakoon collection that came to Target in early 2009. At the time, I was worried that it was too daring and I would think it looked ridiculous in a couple years, but I think I can safely say it’s still pretty awesome 4 years later.

And in other news, IT’S FEBRUARY! That means it’s the first day of my Take One, Pass it On outfit remix challenge. I’m pretty excited. But the real fun starts in my next outfit when I take one item from this outfit (spoiler alert: it’s the polka dot tank) and mix it into a new outfit.

See this post for more details on the remix and to find out how you can participate and get your link posted!

Tank: LOFT

Cardigan: Benetton

Jeans: LOFT (similar)

Coat: Thakoon for Target (similar here and here)

Bracelets: Stephan & Co., BCBGeneration

Boots: Target

6 Ways to Wear Mixed Prints

This edition of the “How to Wear” series is all about mixing and not matching! I love mixing prints, but I know some people are a little freaked out by how to do print mixing without clashing. True, not ALL prints are going to look good together, but here are a few ways you can try print-mixing without looking like an old blind lady. Click on the pictures to go to the original post and see more details.

1.  Start small with a printed scarf and a nautical striped tee.

Both of these prints are simple – only 2 colors – and one is neutral, so there’s not much danger of clashing.

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2.  Get a neutral print bag and pair it with anything (except an identical print).

With a bag, it’s like the extra print is detachable, so you can always set it down if you want your clothes to stand alone. (But please do not leave your bag unattended in an airport.)

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3.  Mix 2 different versions of the same print.

Here I layered two different polka dot prints. Playful and cute!

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4.  Let one pre-mixed piece do the work for you.

If you can find a piece – like this skirt from Anthropologie – that already has different prints in it, you can rock the print-mixing trend without even trying!

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5.  Pick 2 prints in the same color scheme for a unified look.

Since the stripes and the floral print here are both navy and white, it almost looks like they could be part of the same dress.

20120829-164954.jpg6.  Mix your top and your shoes with a solid in between.

Here’s another [probably nearly] foolproof way to mix it up. Put some distance between your prints if you’re not sure whether they look good together.

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As a final tip, just use your best judgment. The simpler the patterns, the easier it is to get away with mixing them. Here are some other prints that could look cool together:

  • Polka dots and floral
  • Chevron and leopard
  • Gingham and polka dots
  • Paisley and stripes
  • Leopard and ikat

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3 Ways to Wear a Floral Sundress

Welcome to a new series that I like to call “How to Wear.” Actually, I don’t just like to call it that; I do call it that. Now that I’ve been posting my daily outfits consistently for a good chunk of time, I can look back and reminisce about the good ol’ days. You know, like 2 months ago. I’ve never liked repeating an outfit, but I do like wearing my favorite pieces in different ways. So let’s get to the good stuff and check out three ways I’ve styled this floral sundress.

1.  For a casual and functional traipsing-around-on-a-hellishly-hot-day ensemble (sorry, I’m not good at brevity): with a knotted belt, comfy sandals, a cross-body bag, and minimal jewelry

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2.  For a night at the theater (said with a British accent because it’s cooler that way): with a statement necklace, wedges, and a summery bag20120824-193834.jpg

3.  For a summer wedding: with sparkles, nude pumps, and a sophisticated clutch

20120824-193911.jpgThere you have it! Which one is your favorite??

For the original posts, see here and here.