Thursday, July 24, 2014

Under Ten Dollars

Dress: H&M (try the store/similar); Shoes: Burberry via Shopbop (similar);
Belt: Ann Taylor; Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; 
Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot 1/2); Earrings: Stella & Dot
Bracelet: JewelMint 

Last night I met some blogger girlfriends for coffee at Parisi in Park Place to do a little brainstorming, creative work, and gabbing. It was literally 9:00 when we looked at our phones and realized we had been at it for almost three hours!! We headed for burgers and continued to chat for another hour. I love when you lose track of time because you're having so much fun!

 I am in love with this little sundress! It's from H&M and was $9.95! That's right! I said $9.95! It's so comfy and can literally be dressed up or down. I'm thinking morning/afternoons at the zoo or the Deanna Rose farm, nights out with the hubs, or to one of the many concerts we have coming up this summer. Shoes were probably the hardest to style, but I'm loving how these look. It keeps the whole tribal vibe going. I added a belt at the waist and tons of gold jewels! I honestly felt like a million bucks when I actually only paid $10!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This is Style My Way....

Top: LOFT; Jeans: LOFT (on major sale); Sandals: Sam & Libby via Target (similar);
Backpack: Coach (similar); Shades: Prada; Earrings/Rings: Gorjana (1/similar); 
Bracelets: Stella & Dot/BaubleBar (similar/similar)/Forever 21 (similar)

Yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer, reaching nearly 100 degrees, so I decided it would be an indoor activity day. I took McKinley to see Plans: Fire and Rescue, which I think I liked more than him. I don't know about you, but when I go to the movies during the summer, I absolutely freeze! I feel like the air condition is cranked to lowest point so I always have to layer! Hence jeans in 100 degree weather!

But, they're white jeans so I'm going to cut myself some fashion slack! And speaking of cutting myself fashion slack, I'm breaking out my darling floral top. It's a peplum top from last season, and they say that peplum's are on their way out, but that's okay with me. I'm getting weary of dressing based simply on what's in and what's out. If this blog is going to be titled Style My Way, then I should dress my way, right? So in and out lists be damned! I'm going to wear my peplum! 


The Top: Before and After

What do you think of fashion in and out lists? Do you follow them to the letter or wear what you feel? 

Have a good one all!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let's Go Swimming - My Pool Must-Haves

I've been spending a lot of time at the pool this summer with parent/tot swimming lessons and family time on the weekends. I love that McKinley loves to swim as much as I do. I was a total fish when I was little, a lifeguard in my teens and all through college, and now I just love splashing around in the water. 

And because we've been spending so much time at the pool, I pulled together a style board of all my must-haves! It all starts with the suit! The two featured are from J.Crew. There's a great story behind the return of this suit, read it here, and I'm so happy they reproduced it. I owned a version back in 1989. Mine was a gorgeous melon color and I loved it! I have both colors and they are so vibrant! Perfect for summer. 

I've always been a fan of a cover-up that doesn't really look like a cover-up. I've normally worn cute little dresses or shorts and cute top, but this summer I've fallen in love with a simple tunic. It's half dress/half top and the look is so simple yet so chic. Paired with a really cute pair of flip flops and you're done! But I also love a basic denim short with just the suit and flip flops. And as you know from last week's post, I'm in love with my Rachel Zoe pair!

So now you have the suit, the cover-up, and flip flops. Now, you just need something to put it all in. There is nothing better than a bright tote! I love this lime green one! And the pattern is one my favorites right now. I also stash sunscreen (Hawaiian Tropic has always been my go-to), cute shades like these aviators, and a great read. I've always been a fan of romance novels, but in the summer they are simply the best no brainer reads, right? I honestly have no time to read at the pool anymore, I'm too busy keeping an eye on my little one, but I did just read this Danielle Steele novel Happy Birthday and I loved it. 

Check out my style board below! And, as always, shop the links! You won't regret any of these amazing pieces that will get you through the rest of summer!

Bathing Suits: J.Crew; Tunics: J.Crew Factory (1/2); Shorts: Rachel Zoe; Flip Flops: Target;
Sunscreen: Hawaiian Tropic; Shades: Target; Tote: Target; Book: Danielle Steele Happy Birthday

Monday, July 21, 2014

Colorful Stripes

Top: J.Crew Factory; Shorts: Target; Tennies: Jack Parcell via DSW (similar); 
Backpack: Coach (old/similar); Shades: Prada; Hat: Arden B. (similar); 
Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot (1/2); 
Lip Color: Laura Geller Beauty Raspberry Roast

Last week we experienced the Summer Vortex and temps literally hovered in the upper 70s/lower 80s. Sure it was a nice change of pace, but we're in July! And, we live in Kansas. I'm expecting high humidity and hot! And, I kind of missed it. But because the temps were so low, McKinley and I took total advantage and did a lot of outdoor activities. Last Thursday we toured the Kauffman Garden, took a Fountain Tour (a made up tour by me where we walk around the Plaza and look at all the lovely fountains), headed to Crown Center for lunch at his favorite restaurant, and continued the Fountain Tour outside of Crown Center. 

I was excited to wear my newest stripes from J.Crew Factory. I am in love with this colorful version as I'm heavy on black and navy. Paired with white shorts, the color just pops. I decided to go with tennies, something I rarely do, but with all the walking, they were a must. But I have to say, I love them with this look. Super cute, no? And finally, the return of the backpack. I'm not sure why I don't care this more often. I just brings the whole look together.

 What do you think of our crop of corn? It's looking pretty good, if I do say so myself! And yes, this is in my backyard along the fence row! Corn in the 'burbs!

What are your go-to pieces when out and about during the summer? Stay tuned for my list of must-haves later in the week! Can't wait to share!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Trend: Ankle Boots with Cut-Offs

There's a big trend in town and it's super chic and cool for summer. It's all about pairing denim cut-offs with darling ankle boots and I love it...on them. I'm actually terrified of the trend for myself. But, there is a part of me that's dying to give it a try. I mean, I have every element in my closet so I wouldn't have to shop for anything. What I'm lacking is confidence! See how the celebs, Heidi Klum, Nicole Ritchie, and Rachel Bilson have styled the trend effortlessly!

So threw together a style board of how I would wear this look. I own the Rachel Zoe shorts featured, and from the day the arrived on my doorstep, I have worn them non stop! (They are literally in the wash every weekend. I just haven't a captured a photo....yet!). With the shorts, I'm thinking cute peasant tops, sleeveless tops, and cute drapey ones as well. The booties can run the gamut. I love the idea of a low cowboy bootie, but the chunky heel of the gray ones are super chic as well.

Tops from J.Crew Factory: 1/2/3
Shorts: Rachel Zoe
Booties from Sole Society: 1/2/3 (on major sale)

What do you think of this current trend? If you own any or all pieces, give it a shot! I think in the coming weeks I'm going to put my nerves aside and just go for it! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words of Love

Tee:  J.Crew Factory; Skirt: Banana Republic (similar style); Heels: Jimmy Choo; Belt: ?
Necklaces: Silpada/BaublesbyAndrea; Bracelets: All Silpada;
Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; Clutch: Milly for Banana Republic;
Lip Color: Ruby Opera L'Oreal Extraordinaire (c/o PeopleStyleWatch)

I was inspired by Kendi Everyday when she wore a cute printed tee with a pencil skirt. I started thinking, I can do that! So I did! At first I was unsure of the combination, but it grew on me. In other words, love! Just like the tee says, in every language.

The Skirt: Before and After

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY Nail Art - Baseball Inspired Pedi

As most of you know, and for those of you who don't, I am a huge baseball fan and I am serious Kansas City Royals fan! We moved to Kansas in 1982 and started attending games during the summer of 1983. We cheered the Royals to victory during the 1985 World Series, and even after we moved away for numerous years, we remained die hard fans. I've been back in Kansas City for seventeen years and continue to head to The K as often as I can.

So when I was approached by Julep to participate in their "summer DIY pedi competition", I didn't have to hesitate with my answer. I am a fool for contests, I love to paint my nails, I'm totally into nail art, and I'm all about saving some money these days by doing my own. With so many amazing products on the market, you don't need a nail tech. You just need these awesome tips from Julep, a steady hand, and plenty of time to create! Also, check out their newest nail polish color page!!

 This past weekend, we attended a Sunday afternoon game, and since my toes needed a fresh coat of paint, I decided to go for a baseball theme. The Royals logo above was my inspiration, and since the All Star game takes place tonight, it's only appropriate that I post this DIY tutorial today! Below are the colors I used:

Base/Top Coat: Sally Hansen
Essie: Butler Please
Revlon: Night and Degas
My own paintbrush

You will also need nail polish remover and something to clean your brush with like a cotton ball or piece of tissue. Remember this post?

I painted all of my toes with Butler Please, which is the perfect royal blue. And I love that it's Butler Please. We really need Billy Butler to step up to the plate in the coming weeks....PLEASE! 

Obviously the next step is to let them dry! Once that's done, I needed something to help me outline a circle for the baseball. I originally thought of using a piece of three ring binder paper. That circle would have been perfect. Or the reinforcer we used to use when that piece of paper ripped. Please tell me you remember those? Then I found this awesome stencil.

I made sure the circle was centered on my toe and then....

 I used the Degas white and put just enough color on the brush to help make the outline of the circle. And don't worry if your circle isn't perfect. You can go back in and clean up the lines with the Butler Please and your thin paintbrush. Trust me, I did just that with this one!

 While I let the circle dry, I moved over to the other foot and worked out the design for the KC. Let me tell you, creating the letters backward was tough! But, I thought they turned out pretty well. Again, I used the Revlon Degas, the thin brush is perfect for this kind of project, and simply took my time. And, once I had the letter down, I really tried not to go back in and mess with it. That can just make it worse.

Whenever I think of the letters K and C, I'm always reminded of the line from FRIENDS where Ross is taking a message for Rachel. "Is that like Casey at the bat or and the Sunshine Band?" Again, another baseball reference...



So while the KC and circle continued to dry, I just started designing each toe with a different pattern. I went with polka dots, chevron stripes, and stripes that were horizontal and vertical. And once the circle was dry, I went in on the stitches of the baseball. Those were a lot harder than I expected! Again, I made a few minor mistakes, but was able to easily clean them up with the tiny brush in the Revlon bottle.  

Instead of using the giant brush that came with the OPI bottle, I went for the very thin paintbrush. And I used tiny amounts of polish as I didn't want it to run or drip all over everything I had done so far. And again, take your time. Be patient and try not to go back over it too many times. 


And there you have it! The finished product post game. And my post game relaxation, while my son napped and my husband mowed, was putting my feet up, drinking an iced cafe mocha, and diving into my new Danielle Steel novel! It was a prefect end to a perfect Sunday afternoon.

What do you think of my DIY pedi? I am so happy with how it turned out. I'm having such a great time with this competition, and I'm already scheming on my next nail art creation. Stay tuned! I can't wait to show you what I've done and how you too can create it at home!

And in the words of my son, "Royals, clap clap. Royals, clap clap!" A die hard fan at three. I love it!