Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOHO Girls Night Look

 Top: Anthropologie (similar); Tank: Banana Republic; Shorts: Rachel Zoe via Gilt (similar);
Sandals: Target (similar); Bangles: Gift; Shades: MbyMJ; Handbag: MbyMJ

Tuesday was a busy outdoor day around here. Why? Because it didn't rain! It poured the night before, so we were unable to plant in the big garden, but McKinley worked all day with Granddaddy to plant potted flowers for our front stoop. So while they potted, I weeded. The weeds are taking over everything! I also baked up a little dessert for a Bachelorette viewing with my girlfriend later that night. A busy day!

So when it came to my final look for the evening, I went super casz. Now that it's finally warm enough to wear shorts, I immediately reached for my favorite pair! The top is a piece I've had forever! Okay, maybe four years, but in wardrobe years that's forever! I finished it off with cute sandals and wooden bangles. Nothing better than a little BOHO on a Tuesday night! 



 

The Top: Before and After

   

Top: Anthropologie (similar); Tank: Banana Republic; Shorts: Rachel Zoe via Gilt (similar);
Sandals: Target (similar); Bangles: Gift; Shades: MbyMJ; Handbag: MbyMJ
 
Short weeks always through me off! I can't believe it's already Thursday. The weekend is right around the corner! Made any good plans yet?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Wants: Non Jean Pieces

Yesterday I admitted to being tired of wearing jeans. A crazy confession I know, but I am. I love them, but I'm ready to take on new styling challenges with cute pieces that are just as chic. And it turns out that Loft and J.Crew Factory have me covered! I've found pants, rompers, and dresses that would get me through summer and even into early fall. They would be great on our vacation in July and perfect for the beach later this summer. Versatile pieces that will go with tees, tanks, cardigans, and my trust denim jacket.

I've compiled a little collage of my eight favorite summery finds. Check them out!

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What casual summer pieces are on your radar this season? I'm honestly loving every piece I found. If I had to pick, I like the striped romper and zebra print palazzo pants!

Side note, some of the pieces from Loft are on sale (under $40) and J.Crew Factory is having a big sale! You're welcome!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Working Girls Closet

Here are the exact contents of my main closet (yes I have two) and as you can see, it contains the pieces of one Corporate American working girl. A no longer working in Corporate American girl and I'm struggling. I'm struggling to find inspiration from my closet. I'm struggling to find daily looks that work for daily life with my son. I'm simply struggling. And it's evident in my lack of blog posts. (I also struggle with how to organize a 1960s closet that comes complete with one rod and one shelf! Seriously!!)


 My current closet consists of pencil skirts, sheath dresses, dress pants, and rows and rows of heels. A wardrobe I curated for fifteen years. One that is perfect for a day job in a cubicle environment . But now, these pieces are no longer a part of who I am. Maybe they will be one day, which I hope isn't true, but how do I part with them or incorporate them into my new daily life?

   

I told my husband about a week ago that I'm tired of wearing boyfriend jeans. I love them, but I'm tired of them. We're on the cusp of summer, if it would EVER STOP RAINING! And with summer comes shorts, casual dresses, and cute sandals. And bathing suits with darling cover-ups. Looks that I can't wait to start creating, sporting, blogging about, and squealing over in excitement. But until then, I can't seem to find anything to wear. Insert eye roll here...
 

  
Over the course of the next week or so, I may not be blogging about daily looks until I can find my voice again. It might be a new voice, but I know I need one. I might blog about what I want my new closet to look like. I might blog about how I am plan to clear out my existing one. I might even give a tutorial on how to really examine ones wardrobe and how to make difficult decisions when parting with its contents. One that might make me shed a tear every now and then. But I believe it's time to take a fresh look at something that's a little outdated. 

Will I fill it with brand new pieces? Probably not. I'm on a budget these days and it's not one that calls for new clothing. I might pick up a piece here and there that compliments my new wardrobe, but it won't be a large shopping spree. And it doesn't need to be. It just needs to fill the requirement of cute, comfortable, functional, and chic.

If you are a faithful Style My Way reader, I hope you stick it out with me! It's going to be a fun journey. If you're new to the blog, I welcome you to the journey as well. It should make for some interesting posts, dizzying styling challenges, and a hopeful profit on Poshmark! 

Stay tuned, Fashionista's!! 

A small closet dream! Maybe someday!

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Few Things....

It's been cold and rainy here this week and I'm completely uninspired in the outfit department. I've had on some really cute looks, but at the end of the day, I just don't feel like taking photos. Maybe next week I'll repeat a few of them and possibly post. We shall see.

It's Friday, the kick off to a three day weekend, and we are on vacation! And instead of bringing you a Friday Beauty post, I'm just going to talk about a few of the things I'm really into these days. The first kind of has a little to do with beauty, but doesn't involve cosmetics. I'm really into Green Smoothies! I recently watched an episode of Haylie Duff's Real Girl Kitchen on the Cooking Channel and she made a green smoothie for her girlfriends as a detox from all the bad food she had recently consumed. Who doesn't need that from time to time, right? And it sounded really good! Romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, cucumbers, green apples, bananas, and water. So I tried it and I liked it. It was a little on the salad side of taste, but I was willing to over look it for the nutrients it provided. Since then, I've modified the recipe and made it more my own flare. I'm using spinach, frozen pineapple, frozen mangos, cucumber, agave, almond milk, and ice. So good! And so good for you. I know it's working because my face (and my mom's) has been breaking out here and there. According to nutritional experts, that's all part of the detoxification. And, I've lost a few pounds here and there. All and all, a good thing in my life right now!



I'm not normally a wine drinker, I'm really more of a beer girl, but I'm really enjoying a glass with my mom on most afternoons. We drink out of tiny juice glasses around 3:00 in the afternoon and it's a simple little pleasure we've grown to enjoy. And I'm not all the picky about my wine. I do prefer a Pino Grigio, but price and reputation don't mean a thing. Lately, I've been picking my bottles soley off the label and they've been pretty good. I'm loving the Wine Sisterhood brand, especially Middle Sister! If you haven't checked them out, do. They're labels for each bottle is as cute as the next. The other one I recenlty tried is by Chloe Wine Company. The little black bow was the selling point for me. And all under $12!



Lastly, I am totally and completely into redesign and DIY projects! Just recently I purchased a vintage chair at an estate sale and I can't wait to start work on it. I've sanded it down and started taking off all the old fabric. Next steps are to paint it black and reupholster it! The fabric is gorgeous and will complement my living room. I'm also going to repaint the furniture in our bedroom this summer. It's a big task that I can't wait to tackle and share with you! 



What are the things you are into these days? I would love to hear about your passions. There are so many things I have on my list to share! And so many projects to start! Here's to finding the time and drinking cute labeled wine while doing so!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You're Not Seeing Double

 Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: Target (similar); 
Sneakers: Target (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt

No, you aren't seeing double! I'm wearing the same shirt and hat from yesterday's post! And no, I'm not wearing the same thing two days in a row, though I've been known to do that, yesterday's look was from last Tuesday. I wore this yesterday and I'm not afraid to show you how often I repeat pieces! I repeat them a lot, as seen by my Before and After pics, and that's just what a good working closet should do for you, work! 

McKinley and I went to the zoo yesterday and it was a little on the cool side. The windy was blustery at times and I'm so glad I brought along my trusty denim jacket! I've been wanting to pair this jumpsuit with a tee, just to see how it would look, and I have to say I love it! I'm not sure any other top would work so I may just leave it at this!




 The Jumpsuit: Before and After

    
 
Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: Target (similar); 
Sneakers: Target (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt

How often do you repeat pieces in your wardrobe and which ones are they? For me, it's usually stripes, obviously my denim, and always my little denim jacket! Trusty staples for sure!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Little Accent Piece

Jacket: Rachel Zoe (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jeans: Loft (similar); 
Shoes: Toms (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: MbyMJ; Necklace: Jane Basch (gift); 
Lip Color: Revlon Striking

I am so glad I discovered this eyelet moto jacket in my closet as I've worn it all spring! It's perfect on chilly mornings, or in restaurants who crank up the air this time of year, and it's just so darn cute! And a great little accent piece. I love it!

Last week McKinley and I headed to the farmstead for the first time since it opened and the morning started out cool. This jacket was the perfect choice. And even though it turned warm, the eyelet is so breathable that I didn't feel the need to take it off. I have a feeling you will see this piece a lot this season!



The Top: Before and After

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Jacket: Rachel Zoe (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jeans: Loft (similar); 
Shoes: Toms (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: MbyMJ; Necklace: Jane Basch (gift); 
Lip Color: Revlon Striking
 
 It's Monday and a short week! I love holiday weekends! Here's hoping that we all have a fabulously fashionable week ahead!  

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Team Orange Mom

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Top: J.Crew (similar); Jeans: Banana Republic (similar); 
Sandals: Rachel Zoe; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/J.Crew;
Shades: Prada; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

Yesterday was a big day! We worked in the garden all morning, had haircuts in the afternoon, more gardening for McKinley with Granddaddy while I was pampered at the salon, and then McKinley's first day of Blast Ball that evening. Long day that was so much fun! 

McKinley's Blast Ball team is Team Orange so I had to wear some sort of orange to his first practice. I'm a total "stage mom" on things like that! I threw on my favorite summer leather jacket, my beloved boyfriend jeans, and my new favorite sandals and I was out the door for the day. A long day.....


What do you think of the new do? I am so happy with out it all turned out!



The Top: Before and After

    
 

These new sandals are amazing! I got them during the friends and family sale from Shopbop and I've been living in them over the past week! I would have taken photos sooner, but every afternoon has been nothing but rain around here! Sandals in the morning. Hunters in the afternoon. Time to move onto better weather!

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Top: J.Crew (similar); Jeans: Banana Republic (similar); 
Sandals: Rachel Zoe; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/J.Crew;
Shades: Prada; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

We're getting close to the weekend? Any big plans? We're hoping to just relax, which is something we never seem to do! Here's hoping!!

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