Thursday, May 05, 2016

The White Pants I've Been Wearing For a Year

I've been searching for years for the perfect white pants I could wear anywhere. I've tried on pairs that were too clingy and creased all over. I've tried on pairs that fit my thighs but gaped at the waist. I've tried on pairs that seemed perfect until I noticed that they were downright see-through. Geesh...finding the perfect pair of white pants has been tough.

When I tried on the white Bi-Stretch Riviera Cropped Pants (40% off right now), I knew immediately that they were THE ONE. These pants have some magical stretching powers that give a flawless fit every time. I'm wearing them in the Marisa fit, but they're also available in another fit especially cut for curves called Julie.

About a year ago, I wore them like this. See original post.

My favorite white pants in Marisa (left) and Julie (right) Fits (now 40% off):

Most recently, you've seen me wear the same white pants with gingham in this post. I'm heavier this year, but the pants still fit perfectly in the size 4 I bought last year. How in the world?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Gingham Gets Sexy This Spring

This spring, gingham is shaking off its retro vibes. The gingham styles of the season are sexy. They're edgy. They've got loads of attitude. Have you seen this gingham motorcycle jacket? What about these mixed gingham ankle wrap sandals? Yo, gingham is hot in 2016!

Tops: c/o Venus (on sale, $24)
Pants: Loft
Pumps: J.Crew (old, want this new pair)
Hat: H&M
Bag: Tory Burch
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Watch: Movado (in silver)
Lip: Mac "Fashion Legacy" liquid lipcolourMac "Kiss Me Quick" lip pencil

I simply couldn't resist trying this new sexy gingham, and since it's the season to bare shoulders, I found a beautiful strapless gingham top. The top, which is on sale for $24, gives the button-up shirt a whole new meaning. It completely opens in the front with buttons. It has pleats. It's stretchy. It has a big self-tie belt that I have plans to work into other looks.

The first time I wore the top, I paired it with white ankle pants. By the way, I've been searching for a pair of white pants that aren't see-through and don't crease all over for a long time. This Loft pair is THE ONE.

I  initially tried on the gingham top with my black, wide-leg, linen pants, and the silhouettes looked great together. I think the top will pair well with my denim culottes too. I love that I'll have many styling options with this little belted top.

Sizing? I'm wearing the top in a size 4

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

April Favorites: Bold Prints and Bright Colors

There's so much I love about spring and summer fashion, from the fresh colors to the vibrant prints. So, in April, I had fun exploring and renewing my post-winter style. I embraced brights. I experimented with new prints. I tried the trends (for less no doubt). Today's post offers a round-up of my favorite outfits in April.

Shop the look: Jumpsuit (in navy) | Pumps | Tote

Shop the look: JumpsuitPumps | Tote

Shop the lookDress (worn as top) | Denim CropsPumps 

Shop the look: Top | Pants (similar) | Clutch

Shop the look: Top | Denim Culottes |  Pumps | Tote

Shop the Look: Top | JeansPumps | Tote

Monday, May 02, 2016

Dancing in Dots

One easy way to breathe new life into your wardrobe during the spring is by embracing the season's favorite colors and prints. This year, polka dots are back! Admittedly, I'd prefer to wear stripes over polka dots any day, but some of the polka dot picks of the season have me dizzy for dots. I've already wish-listed the J.Crew Dotted Elsie Snakeskin d'Orsay Pumps and the J.Crew Snakeskin Multistrap Sandals. Aren't the dot designs on both pairs gorgeous?

Dress: c/o Venus ($39)
Belts: Anthropologie "Mangikat" obi belt (option)
Pumps: J.Crew (option)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Watch: Movado (in silver)
Lip: Mac "Fashion Legacy" liquid lipcolour, Mac "Kiss Me Quick" lip pencil

I was also instantly drawn to the polka dot dress I'm wearing today. It has some of my favorite features on a dress. Halter neckline? Check. Cinched waist? Check. Full skirt? Check. In addition to all that, the dress is navyone of my favorite colorswith white dots. I was surprised to discover that the dress has a petticoat with a tulle trim for fullness. The front of the top is lined as well.

I took the dress for a spin last weekend. I thought it would be fun to add a mixed-print element to break up the all-over dot print. I wanted that additional print to have a global flair and the Mangikat obi belt I found months ago in a clearance bin at Anthropologie was perfect for doing that. I was thrilled that the belt worked because even though I spent under $5 to get it, I hadn't been able to wear it until now.

Sizing? I'm wearing the dress in a size 4.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring Brights and Prints Under $25

I can't think of a better way to celebrate spring than by rocking vibrant colors and standout prints. And, when I find those things in on-trend pieces that are under $25, it's truly time to live it up.

Top: c/o Venus
Pants: Alythea (similar, similar)
Shoes: Tory Burch (old)
Clutch: Mango (only $20)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Rings: Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott (on sale)
Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott (on sale)
Lip: Mac Versicolour "Forever, Darling" lip stain, Mac "Kiss Me Quick" lip pencil

I've been on the hunt for affordable off-the-shoulder tops. I'm so drawn to the trend because it's sexy but understated sexy. One of my favorite finds so far is an off-the-shoulder ruffle top in Extreme Orchid for $17.99. See how luxe that top looks paired with denim culottes in this post. Today, I'm excited to share another affordable option. This one comes in two colorsoff white and cherry tomato. It also has a flattering peplum silhouette with a comfortable elastic waist to create the perfect fit on every body. And, the best part? The top's on sale for $24!

This blouse comes with spaghetti straps that give that cold shoulder vibe when worn. I decided to cut mine out because I just prefer to wear these tops without them. Of the two colors available, I chose the rich cherry tomato hue because it complements so many other pieces in my wardrobe, including my geometric print clutch (only $19.99!) and Tory Burch sandals.

Sizing? I'm wearing the blouse in a size small.

I'm wearing the blouse with striped ankle pants (similar striped pants and gingham print style). This peplum style top will look good with just about any skinny pants. You'll surely see me wear it again with my DENIZEN® jeans and DENIZEN® crops because the dark rinse pairs I own would perfectly anchor the bright cherry tomato color.

Have a wonderful weekend!