Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Rainy Sunday

Sweater: Missoni for Target; Tank: Ann Taylor; Jeans: LOFT; Boots: Hunter;
Necklace: Jane Basch; Shades: ULTA

Last Sunday was a stormy, rainy mess of a day, however we still had tons of things to do outside. And, even though it was rainy, it was a humid day to boot. It was the kind of day that called for a lightweight sweater and jeans. And speaking of boots, any chance I get to wear my Hunter's is fine by me.


 

 
The Sweater: Before and After

http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2011/09/missoni-for-target-look-one.html


See other ways I've styled my Hunter's here, here, here, and here


What's your go-to look for a rainy day?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Perfect Choice

Dress: Kate Spade; Pumps: Saks Fifth Ave (on sale/credit); Clutch: Milly for Banana Republic;
Necklace: Banana Republic 

Over the weekend I attended a baby shower for my sweet friend who recently had twin girls! (They are darling in photos and I can't wait to get my hands on them!) I love showers of any kind, unless they're rain showers. Pink was the color of choice, obviously, and this dress was perfect way to go.

I paired it with my new, amazing metallic pumps and my coordinating metallic wristlet. I love a wristlet. You can still carry a little clutch, and because it hangs off the wrist, it allows you to be hands-free. My chunky brooch necklace was the perfect piece to complete the look.




 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coachella - What I Might Wear

Top: Anthropologie (similar); Tank: LOFT; Jeans: Loft; Sandals: Camper (similar); 
Shades: ULTA; Bag: Ann Taylor; Earrings: Silpada

Over the weekend, and this weekend as well, is the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. The festival is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival that features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. And, it's become one of the hottest spots for the Who's Who of fashion!

So in keeping with the much anticipated looks of the weekend (see what Kendi Everyday and the gals from A Piece of Toast are planning to pack) I decided to take a tour of my closet and put together a look that I might sport to the event. Turns out, my almost every weekend look isn't far from the looks of those going to the festival. Does that mean I'm indie-rocker-chic all the time? Probably not, but I've always been a hippie at heart!

 



The Top: Before and After
 
http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2011/08/who-wears-short-shorts.html

 

If you were headed to a three day music/arts festival, what would you wear? Can't wait to catch all the looks on the fashion sites this week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Styling Moments...

Jacket: Wrangler (my mom's); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Skirt: ASOS; Belt: Ann Taylor;
Pumps: Prada (on sale/Saks credit/similar); Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (various colors); 
Necklace: Banana Republic; Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; Lip Color: MAC Ruby Woo; 
Nail Color: Essie Sure Shot

I am having a love affair with my midi skirts, however I find them challenging to style. I've turned to Pinterest and other bloggers for inspiration. However, I find that when I wear what I love, my true style shines through. 

I love this look! Is it odd that we bloggers compliment ourselves? Kinda sounds conceded, no? But I love it none the less. It's simple, yet chic. And those are the style moments I love the most!




The Skirt: Before and After

http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-midi-skirt.html


Recognize the bag? It's the Rebecca Minkoff Cupid bag from my On the Hunt post a couple of weeks ago. I originally had my eye on the pale pink version and then this coral bag literally fell into my lap. Okay, it didn't fall into my lap, but Gilt had a Rebecca Minoff handbag boutique that I discovered a day after my post! It was roughly half off, and I had a credit on my account, so I paid very little out of pocket for this amazing piece! Love it when that happens!

 

This look is from last week, when spring was in the air. Today, it's freezing and snowing. Mother Nature clearly didn't get the memo....

Happy Monday!
XOXO

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dream to Reality - A Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is a timeless piece that I believe should be in every girls closet. I had the most incredible one years ago and somehow gave it away. (I'm going to say that it was due to weight gain and not stupidity!) I remember it fondly. It was burgundy silk with cream polka-dots and a little tie at the waist. So classic! So chic! So long my darling shirt dress!

I am now on the hunt for another classic shirt dress. They are literally everywhere so it won't be hard to find. The hard part will be narrowing the list down to the perfect one! Here are some that I have my eye on for the season. All of these are from Piperlime and super adorable! 

I love the black and white graphic print of this Collective Concepts dress. Fun colored heels or sandals would dress it up or down. Chunky jewels and a great bag would be great accessories as well!


How chic is this simple white Splendid dress for the summer? A blank canvas that allows for more stylings than I can type!


This is another Collective Concept dress and I love the cobalt blue. Who doesn't love Chevron stripes?


A navy shirt dress from Michael Kors is about as classic as you can get. I definitely feel like I need a yacht, a glass of champagne, and amazing shades! Can't you see it?


Remember my post about Camo the other day? I discovered this dress from Haute Hippie the following day and it's been on my mind ever since. I might have to bite the bullet, and over look the cost, because this one is amazing!



Side note: I have a $30 reward card that's burning a hole in my pocket! I think I need to use it soon. Now, which one do I order.... Oh, and in reality I own three shirtdresses (1/2/3) but everyone needs a new piece every now and then, right?

Happy Friday!
XOXO

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Crop Top

Top/Skirt: Nicole by Nicole Miller (on sale); Jacket: Wrangler (my mom's); 
Heels: Jimmy Choo (gift);Bangles: Siplada; Millsaps/Banana Republic; Shades: ULTA; 
Earrings: Silpada; Nail Color: Essie Sure Shot

 The crop top. It's everywhere. I mean everywhere! I haven't seen this many since the 90s when Clueless made them popular. And, it was a trend I expected to fully ignore. Why you ask? Because I'm 40. Because I have a pooch. Because I'm 40! I just didn't feel that at 40 I could pull off the crop top. (Just like you won't see me wearing a bikini ever again in my life!) 

Then I saw this little skirt and top in an ad while reading one of my many fashion mags. I immediately ear marked the page! The colors and print remind me so much of Clover Canyon, but less expensive and a little more forgiving in the waistline. (Their line appears to run very slim.) And it was a crop top that someone like me could possibly pull off.

Styling Tip: I truly believe that anyone can pull off the crop top, if styled appropriately. Because the skirt is high waisted, the crop top doesn't show skin, which was my main concern. If I were to wear this top with jeans, which I plan to do, I would ensure that my jeans were high waisted as well. It's all about proportions. Just be aware of the amount of skin you show, or in my case, don't want to show.




These pieces are from the Nicole by Nicole Miller line at J.C.Penney! That's right! A cute, chic, trendy look from J.C.Penney! I have readers and friends tell me all the time that they can't afford to shop. I'm here to tell you you can! This little outfit cost me $50. And you can wear each piece separately, so you can really justify the cost.

 

I am so happy with this look! I love that I am able to style a current trend while keeping it office and age appropriate. This will definitely be something I wear all spring and summer long!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Keeper

Blazer: Zara; Top: Anthropologie; Jeans: LOFT; Heels: Pour La Victoire;
Shades: Ann Taylor; Necklace: BaubleBar

You know an outfit is working for you when a girlfriend tells you she wants everything you're wearing! I know I always say this, but I'm not a pink girl. I do love this blazer though! The color is cheerful, it's perfect for a cool spring day, and it pairs well with so many things! It's definitely a keeper!   


 

The Blazer: Before and After

http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2013/05/mcqueen.html