How to Style a Flannel

Fall is here and I’m as basic as it gets. So yes, I can’t even right now!

With Fall comes some of my favorite things; cooler weather, leggings, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes and FLANNELS!

Flannels are one of the most underrated wardrobe pieces a gal can own. They can be worn on their own, as a second layer or tied around the waist. And believe it or not, you can dress it up too.

I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite ways to style a flannel to take you from Paul Bunyan to flannel-ista!

Rock your flannel with your fave jeans, cardigan and booties for the ultimate Fall look! And make sure to spread joy with fist bumps!

Take your flannel to the office by pairing it with a pencil and some heels.

Yes! You can dress up a flannel. Don your flannel with an A line skirt, heels, a cute bag and a statement necklace to give it a girly touch.

Denim skirts are back in! Combine your flannel with those Hollister skirts we used to rock back in the 2000’s for a fun look.

Its that time of year where you are chilly in the AM but sweating by noon, so why not sport your flannel with some cut off shorts.

Tie your flannel over your dress at the waist for the perfect mix of casual yet girly.

I am all about these button up skirts right now! And this color with a flannel is giving me all the Fall feels.

With Fall comes football season and wearing your flannel over your favorite hoodie is the perfect tailgate look.

A few of my favorite pieces all in one! Rock your flannel under a leather jacket for an edgy look.

Grab your flannel, fave scarf, jeans, booties, a pumpkin spice latte and your girls and do all the Fall things. Go on a wine tour, pumpkin or apple picking, you know all the basic Fall festivities.

Causal Friday at the office just got a lot cooler. Sport your flannel under a blazer with some nice jeans and cute heels.

You really cannot go wrong by pairing anything with black jeans and a denim jacket. Wear all the things with this combo!

I was raised on Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, so this rocker look is giving me life! Grab your husband’s flannel and wear it over a cute graphic tee with some faux leather leggings and heels.

Happy Fall ya’ll! Get your flannels out and rock them in style while doing all things Fall.

9/21/2019 Style Tip Saturday: 5 Ways to Wear a Button up

I love a good button up! Since this leopard print button up got a lot of love on my Instagram post I decided to share with you 5 ways to wear it! I will show you how to take that button up from work, to brunch, to date night!

Pair your button up with fun faux leather leggings for the perfect date night look!

For the ultimate girls brunch look, pair your button up up with cut offs and flatforms. So cute, yet casual!

I love rocking a button up with a pencil at the office. The perfect balance of feminine and power! It looks professional yet you still get to show your personality.

This outfit is giving me all the fall vibes and I am loving it! For the perfect fall look pair your button up with jeans, a duster and booties.

Pair your button up with black jeans, a denim jacket and heels for the ultimate girls night out look. This look is both fun and casual but still looks put together!

Which look is your favorite? Its so hard for me to choose a favorite, I love them all!

Drop a comment below telling me your favorite way to rock your button up!

Stripes 101: How to Wear Stripes

Girrrrrrrl, if you know me you know I live for stripes. I was recently chatting with my sister and she was telling me about her fear of wearing stripes. So I am here to give you ladies the tips and tricks to rock those stripes in the most flattering way and with confidence.

The Scoop on Stripes

  • Stripes are considered a neutral. They mix well with basically every other print. And stripes NEVER go out of style!
  • There are several kinds of stripes; vertical, horizontal, diagonal, micro, colorblock, pinstripes, candy, bengal, bayadere and brenton to name a few.
  • Start off slow with striped accessories.
  • The thinner the stripe, the more flattering it will be.
  • Keep in mind your body shape when experimenting with stripes.
  • If you want to create the illusion of curves, sport wider stripes in the areas you are looking to highlight.
  • When it comes to pants keep the stripes vertical. Vertical stripes will make you appear longer and leaner, where horizontal will do the opposite.
  • If you want to sport some horizontal stripes without looking wider, add a jacket or cardigan to break it up.
  • Diagonal stripes are excellent at concealing the bad and accenting the good of your shape.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix stripes. As I said before, stripes are considered a neutral and are super easy to mix with any print. Try mixing a horizontal striped top with a vertical striped bottom.

Stripe Style Tips for Your Shape

PEAR– Horizontal stripes on top will draw the eye up and focus the attention to your upper body. You can rock vertical stripes on the bottom, as they create the illusion of a longer and leaner bottom half. But avoid horizontal stripes on your lower half.

ATHLETIC/RECTANGLE- Use stripes to your advantage to create curves. Wider stripes will help create more curve, so don’t be scared to rock a wide horizontal striped top or wide band pencil skirt to accent those lady lumps.

APPLE- Draw attention to your lower body by pairing a basic top with a striped skirt or pant.

HOURGLASS- Choose stripes that are flattering for your midsection. Think carefully about what you would like to accent or minimize and dress accordingly.

I know wearing stripes can seem intimidating but now you have the down low to rock them in style.

Even Astyn loves her striped dresses and did an awesome job pairing them with her floral headband. She is so stylish, I can’t even!

Mindful Shopping: How to Save Time and Money While Clothes Shopping

As a new-er mom, I don’t have all day to spend shopping. Although sometimes I wish I did!

Shopping used to be one of my favorite past times. I loved spending the day with my girlfriends sipping on iced coffees, eating mall junk food and trying on all the clothes. Now that I have a family I don’t have as much free time. I have a baby to feed and a husband to clean after, and vice versa.

Here are my tips and tricks to help you shop mindfully to save you time and money, honey!

Girl loves our Target runs! Or is it the snack that has her so happy?!

The Down Low

  1. Know your body type! Knowing what styles are flattering for your shape will save you a ton of time in the dressing room. Once you know which cuts and styles don’t work for you, you don’t even have to bother trying them on. Not sure what your body type is? Don’t worry girl, I got you covered with my previous post on body types. Link here.
  2. Know your skin tone and undertones to determine which colors look best on you and which ones don’t. Find out which colors are most flattering for your skin tone here.
  3. I am jumping on the Marie Kondo band wagon! Only try on or choose pieces that spark joy and that you LOVE when you pick them up. I have wasted so much time trying on clothes that were cute but I didn’t love.
  4. If you don’t absolutely love a clothing item when you try it on, DON’T buy it! It doesn’t matter if its 50% off or you have a coupon. If it doesn’t spark joy put it back on the rack. That item is just going to sit in your closet and clutter it up.
  5. Have an idea what you are looking for before you step foot in a store. Google, use Pinterest or ideas from your favorite fashion bloggers to create a style board of exactly what you have in mind.
  6. Determine what stores and brands work best for you. Which brands fit you well, are in your price point and offer pieces that reflect your style?
  7. Be true to you. Its hard to not get sucked in to all the trends, whether they are flattering on you or not. Be very mindful of the items you are picking out. Are you choosing them because they are true to your personal style or are they trendy pieces that are in but you most likely will wear once or twice because its just not you?
  8. I have said it once and I will say it again and again. Dress how you want to be addressed. Are the pieces you are selecting pieces that you want to speak for you? Ensure the items are portraying the image you want to put out there.
  9. Always abide by the two rule. Make sure whatever you are purchasing goes well with two pieces of clothing you already own.
  10. If you are really strapped for time and have the budget, hire a style consultant. Style consultants are experts who will take in to account your body shape, skin tone, style and budget when picking out pieces for your wardrobe. Stylists will help you go through your current wardrobe, go over styles best for you and even offer personalized shopping sessions where they pick out pieces for you to try on and have them ready to go before you even get to the store.

I used to love to shop but now that I have my super cool one year old and my husband works shift work, I really value our family time. Heck yes, its nice to get some alone time/retail therapy! These tips will make your “you time” less stressful and more fun and productive.

How to Accent Your Waist

Want to add the illusion of curves to your shape? We can’t all be bootylicious like Beyonce. But there are some tricks to help define your waistline and give you the appearance of an hourglass shape instead of the nice rectangle-ish shape I got going on.

(disclosure: still love your body and all the great things it does! We can grow and feed humans with our bodies! That is some superhero isshhh!)

The Tips, The Down Low, The Good Stuff

  • High waisted bottoms– High waisted bottoms should hit right at or just below your belly button. High waistlines emphasize the smallest part of your silhouette and are super flattering for your shape! Make sure to tuck in your tops when rocking those high waisted mom jeans to define your waist even more.
  • Belt it- Belts not only define your waist but they also draw the eye right to it! Make sure your belt isn’t too thick because that can actually have the opposite effect and give you the appearance of a larger midsection.
  • A good bra- Don’t underestimate the power of a good bra girl. A proper fitting bra will lift up and seperate the girls, which helps define your waistline. And honestly, after breastfeeding for over a year the girls need all they help they can get!
  • Peplum tops-A structured peplum top is a great way to add definition to your waist. A peplum top comes in at the natural waist and flares out to create the illusion of a hourglass shape.
  • All the dresses– Dresses like fit & flares, wraps and A-lines will be your best fraaannnd girl! These styles will cinch in that waist and flare out below to give you them curves.
  • Colorblock- Look for colorblock dresses with dark side panels that taper in at the waist and have a lighter color front panel. Colorblocking is a great way to trick the eye! Our eyes tend to skip over the side panels and only focus on the light front panel. Voila, instant curves.
  • Sleeves- Sleeves that end at or around the elbow draw the eye to your waistline.
  • Lower necklines– Low necklines, especially the plunging kind, will bring one’s focus down towards the waist.
  • Wide leg pants– I love me some skinny jeans but a nice wide leg jean like a boot cut, flare or even bell bottom creates more shape. Skinny jeans tend to make us look like one long unshapely line.

Some Examples


I love love love love my boyfriend jeans and a classic t-shirt but they aren’t very flattering styles, as you can see!


Use these tips to create some curve and start lookin’ booytlicious girl. I don’t think anybody will be ready for that jelly haha! If you don’t get that reference than you obvi weren’t a huge Destiny’s Child fan back in the 2000’s like I was. But thats ok, Youtube the song and dance to it while cleaning the house. Your hubby and kids might look at you like you are crazy but its a good throwback, I promise!

Mixing Prints 101

There are three things that terrify me; snakes, decaf coffee and mixing prints.

Luckily, it is super trendy right now to go crazy with mixing prints and this fashion blogging journey has made me much more comfortable when it comes to pairing stripes with animal prints.

So I am going to share with you the tips and tricks that helped me overcome my fear of prints and rock them with confidence.

The Basics

These tips are going to help you start off your mixing print journey. Its time to face our fears ladies!

  • Start with similar color schemes. Pair a black and white polka dot top with a black and white striped skirt, etc. Keep it in the same tonal range.
  • Choose one piece to be your bold print that dominates and the other piece will be your accent piece. Mix a large bold print with a smaller print.
  • Match the same print but in different colors.
  • Stripes act as a neutral when it comes to mixing prints.
  • Textured fabrics such as leather, lace and tweed are considered a print! Now this seems much easier and less intimidating right?!
  • A graphic t-shirt is also a print!
  • If want to ease into this journey try starting with one print piece on your body and the other print as an accessory.
  • If you are rocking head to toe print you can break it up with a solid belt, cardigan or jacket.

The Prints


As I said before, stripes are the neutrals of prints. Stripes go with everything! Mix stripes with floral, gingham, polka dots, animal prints, herringbone and plaid.


I love a good buffalo plaid! Heck, I live for any plaid. Plaid pairs well with stripes, gingham, herringbone, other plaids of different sizes, leopard print and floral. Of course, my go to is a graphic t-shirt under my flannel.


Gingham is the ultimate summer fabric in my opinion. Mix gingham with floral, polka dots, plaid, stripes, leopard and a fun print like this strawberry fabric.

Polka Dots

I’m going to be honest, polka dots are my least favorite print. You really have to put work in to find a non-cheesy print. Polka dots look great with a polka dot print of a different size, animal prints, stripes, plaid, herringbone and floral.


Florals are all the rage right meow! Did I just say meow? Yes, yes I did. Florals mix well with stripes, animal print, polka dots, gingham, floral and plaid.


I am very particular about animal prints because like polka dots, they can look super cheesy. Animal prints pair well with other animal prints, floral, herringbone, gingham, plaid and stripes.

Even Azzy is rocking mixed prints with her floral bow and striped socks!

Now is the time to conquer your fear of mixing prints ladies! Remember you can always start slow by adding more print in with accessories and work up from there.

What prints are you excited to mix together? Which prints still seem too intimidating to you? Let me know below in the comments and I’ll help you out girl!

How to Style a Denim Jacket

This post is all about one of my favorite accessories, a denim jacket!

A good denim jacket is a staple in any wardrobe and you can pretty much rock one with anything! There are so many ways to style a denim jacket and I am going to show you a few.

The perfect summer look! A striped flowy dress paired with sandals and a denim jacket.

Old Navy denim jacket, Walmart dress, Walmart sandals & Jessica Simpson clutch.

Complete your romper look with your good ol’ denim jacket.

Old Navy denim jacket, Target romper, Target belt, Jessica Simpson clutch & R2 sandals.

Astyn wanted to make an appearance. How darn cute is she?! Rock your denim jacket with your favorite t-shirt, tank or heck, get crazy and try a crop top and a maxi skirt.

Old Navy denim jacket, Smith’s crop top, R2 sandals & the maxi skirt was from a small boutique in NYC.

This is my go to Spring outfit right now! I’m living for this skirt and denim jacket combo.

Old Navy denim jacket, Target tank, Nordstrom Rack skirt, Payless block heels & Jessica Simpson clutch.

Pair your denim jacket with your favorite linen shorts.

Old Navy denim jacket, Target tank, Walmart shorts, Walmart sandals & clutch was from a FabFitFun box.

You cannot go wrong with this white skinny jeans, cute blouse and denim jacket look!

Old Navy denim jacket, Walmart top, Old Navy jeans, Walmart sandals & clutch from FabFitFun.

This look is giving me all the laid back vibes. Get this look by combining black skinny jeans with your favorite t-shirt and that essential denim jacket!

Old Navy denim jacket, Walmart top, Old Navy jeans, Walmart sandals & FabFitFun clutch.

I love me some leggings. Pair your leggings with a tunic (or an oversized maternity top haha), some slip on shoes and a denim jacket.

Old Navy denim jacket, Target maternity top, White House Black Market leggings, Steve Madden slip ons & FabFitFun clutch.

This is my traveling look. I need to be comfy while traveling and what is more comfortable than joggers, a graphic tee, sneakers and a denim jacket?!

Old Navy denim jacket, Old Navy t-shirt, Target joggers & Adidas sneakers.

This look makes me want to go apple picking, brewery touring and all the other Fall things. Rock your white pants with a flannel, booties and that denim jacket.

Old Navy denim jacket, flannel, jeans & Dr. Scholls boots.

Yes, you can wear a denim jacket in the Winter! Pair it with a turtleneck, ankle boots and a denim jacket.

Old Navy denim jacket, Target turtleneck, Old Navy jeans, belt from Amazon & Dr. Scholls boots.

Now go rock your denim jacket in style girl!

Do the Clothes We Wear Affect Our Self-Confidence?

“The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act and the way others react to us.”

Judith Rasband, President & CEO of Conselle Institute of Image Management

Have you ever noticed the way that little black dress makes you feel when you wear it? Or how you feel when you step out in old sweats for an errand that just can’t wait. Fashion is not only a form of self-expression but it is also a language that everyone speaks. Through your clothing choices you can speak to the world without uttering a single word.

What we wear not only affects other’s perception of us but it also can affect our self-confidence and mood. This phenomenon is called “Enclothed Cognition”. Enclothed Cognition is the influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological and performance processes. Enclothed cognition involves two factors; the symbolic meaning of clothes and the physical experience one has while wearing those clothing items.

Psychologist and Author Karen J. Pine has written a book titled Mind What You Wear: the Psychology of Fashion. In that book there is a brilliant quote that rings very true. Karen J. Pine stated “When we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it”. So that is why I feel so bad a** in my moto jacket!

The Studies

Dr. Adam Galinsky, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, conducted a series of studies on the effects clothing can have on our cognitive processes.

The first study consisted of two groups. Group one wore white lab coats while group two wore street clothes. Both groups were then given a selective attention test in which participants were instructed to spot inconsistencies. Group one (the lab coat group) made almost half as many errors as group two.

The second study examined three groups. Group one wore the white lab coats, group two wore painters coats and group three was instructed to simply look at white lab coats that were on a table. All three groups were then asked to spot differences in pictures. Group one (lab coats) found more differences than groups two and three.

The results of Dr. Galinsky’s studies has opened our eyes to enclothed cognition and the fact that clothing may enhance our moods and performances.

Other studies have shown that dressing well improves your performance, boosts other’s impression of you and affects how you feel about yourself.

Dr. Rosina Racioppi, President and CEO of Women Unlimited INC, has stated “Clothing significantly influences how others perceive you and how they respond to you”. There is that unspoken language of fashion I mentioned earlier!

Why You Should Dress Well

There are so many reasons to dress well. And while I don’t dress to the nines while I am home, I do get out of jammies and into something that makes me feel cute. I find that getting dressed for the day motivates me and I tend to accomplish more. But don’t get it twisted, I do have my occasional sweats day. We all deserve one every once in awhile!

  • Boost your confidence
  • Improve your performance and mood
  • Form of self expression
  • Clothing and accessories can be conversation starters
  • You can choose how you want others to perceive you. Unfortunately, your smarts and personality are not the first things people see.
  • Developing our own style is like finding yourself
  • Going bold or trying something new can make you feel empowered
  • Dressing well requires motivation and responsibility. Taking the time each day to dress well can help improve those two skills.
  • Everyday is a chance to network and make connections. You never know who you will run into at the grocery store!
My first outing as a new mom. This BCBG dress made me feel like I got my groove back and like I wasn’t a exhausted mom haha!

It only takes one-tenth of a second for us to make a first impression of someone. What are your clothes saying about you?

If you aren’t dressing how you want to be addressed, its all good girl. That’s what I am here for 😉

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; Dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

Coco Chanel

How to Style White Jeans

This Style Tip Saturday is all about stylin’ those white jeans girl!

I love a good pair of white skinny jeans. There are so many ways to wear them. And the good news is you only really need one pair of white jeans to get you by!

Before I get into the good stuff, I’m going to go over the age old rule of “no white after Labor Day”. This unspoken rule has scared the white pants off of us ladies (literally, right?) for far too long.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day marked the end of summer and it was back to the grind for most. And what do we tend to wear in business settings? Dark clothing. In the late 19th century, white clothing was considered vacation or leisure attire. So naturally, once summer was over everyone would pack away their light weight, breezy and white clothing items.

My, oh my have times have changed since 1894! So do we still have to follow that “no white after Labor Day” rule? The answer is HECK NO! Girl, rock those hot mama white jeans all year round. And I’m going to show you how! 😉

Pair your white jeans with a plain t-shirt, cardigan and ankle boots.

Create the perfect fall look with a sweater, white skinny jeans and a cute pair of sneakers.

For all things fall rock your flannel, vest and white jeans with some ankle boots.

I love classic looks. Create this look by pairing your white skinnies with a button up and flats.

You can never go wrong with a striped t-shirt, white jeans and slip on shoes!

Dress up your white skinny jeans with a blazer and flats or heels.

This is my current favorite outfit. Comfy camo t-shirt, white skinny jeans and slip ons.

Don’t be afraid to go white on white! Combine your favorite white blouse with those white skinny jeans.

For the ultimate beachy vibes, rock a flowy top with wedges and those white skinny jeans.

Fashion is supposed to be fun and a form of self expression. So throw all those fashion “rules” out the door and wear whatever you want!
Heck yes we can wear those white jeans all year round! And now you know just how to rock ’em!

What Colors Are Most Flattering For Your Skin Tone?

I love this dress but it washes me out and doesn’t compliment my skin tone!

Ever love a top or dress but something just didn’t look right when you put it on? It fit well in all the right places but something was off? Color matters! And this is only a guideline. If there is a color you love but it doesn’t flatter your skin tone, rock it with your accessories!

How To Determine Your Skin Undertone:

There are multiple ways to figure out your skin tone. I will go over each method below.

The Vein Method

Check the veins on your inner forearm to determine your skin tone.

  • If your veins are blue or purple you have a cool undertone.
  • If they are green you have a warm undertone.
  • If it is hard to determine, you most likely have a neutral undertone.

The Jewelry Test

Use gold and silver necklaces and/or bracelets in natural lighting to figure out which color makes your skin look brighter and healthier.

  • If gold jewelry is most flattering on you, you have a warm undertone.
  • Your undertone is cool if silver jewelry suits you best.
  • If you are lucky enough to look great in both, you have a neutral undertone.

The Paper Test

Hold a sheet of white printer paper up to clean, make up free skin in natural lighting.

  • If your skin looks yellow, green or brown you have a warm undertone.
  • If your skin looks pink, rosy or blue you have a cool undertone.
  • You have a neutral undertone if your skin has a grey or ashen appearance.

The Nail Bed Method

Its as simple as it sounds! Check your nail beds to determine your undertone.

  • You have a cool tone if your nail beds are reddish-orange, reddish-blue or pinkish-blue.
  • If your nail beds are peachy or yellow, you have a warm undertone.

Colors for Warm Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Red, scarlet, cranberry, peach, coral, orange, amber, honey, gold, yellow, orchid, olive green and moss green.

Your neutrals: Taupe, cappuccino, brown, cream and mushroom gray.

Colors to avoid: Jewel tones such as; icy blues, sapphire and amethyst.

Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Bright blues, deep purples, ruby red, emerald green, mint green, lavender, fuchsia, baby pink and rosy red.

Your neutrals: Cool gray, navy and bright white.

Colors to avoid: Oranges, yellows and tomato red.

Colors for Neutral Skin Tones

Your go to colors: Blush, dusty pink, light peach, cornsilk yellow, medium blue and jade green.

Your neutrals: Mid-range grays, off white, coffee brown and black.

Colors to avoid: Electric blue and magenta.

Colors for Everyone

Light blush, teal and eggplant purple are colors that people of all undertones can rock with confidence!

True story. And I just love Steve Harvey, TBH.

As always, these are just suggestions. Fashion and personal style is all about self expression. If you love it, than wear it! Who cares about all the “what not to wear rules”! You already know what I am going to say; You do you boo boo ❤️