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!

Thrift Store Hacks To Help You Shop & Save Like a Boss

I scored this JCrew skirt for $3 and Susan Graver leopard print top for $2 at my local Salvation Army!
(Shoes, belt and bangle from Walmart)

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket….Hey Macklemore can I go thrift shopping with you?!

Who doesn’t love a good deal?! And better yet, a rare treasure on the rack in your local thrift store.

I discovered my love of thrifting in college when I was on the hunt for vintage clothing for my Jackie Kennedy costume. I love fashion trends from all decades, so having the opportunity to scour the racks and finding unique but forgotten gems gave me life.

I have found so many thrift store finds that I have had for years and still rock on the daily. I have found everything from vintage hats to designer handbags and name brand threds.

While I love to thrift shop I know how overwhelming and time consuming it can be. Below I will share all you need to know to help you thrift shop like the boss you are, girl!

I found this Banana Republic dress, Metaphor coat and Target heels at Plato’s Closet.

Thriftin’ Tip & Tricks

  1. Set aside plenty of time to shop. Bring the kids to the grandparents and block out a few hours for you to shop. Thrifting is all about digging for treasure. You really have to scan through the racks, which is time consuming but you never know what gems you might find.
  2. Make sure your belly is full and you are hydrated. I always try to eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water. I also grab a coffee on my way to the store, so I am really on my A game. Coffee=mom fuel!
  3. Dress in comfortable clothing that will be easy to change in and out of.
  4. Monday’s are the best days to hit up the thrift store since most people bring their donations in on the weekend. Skip shopping on the weekends when it the stores are the busiest.
  5. Find out what days your thrift stores have special sales. The Salvation Army near my house has half off on Wednesdays!
  6. Ask employees when they restock or what discounts they offer. On certain days they have senior, teacher, student and military discounts. Who doesn’t love to save?! More $ for coffee, grub and wine!
  7. Know what you are shopping for before you step foot in the store. Try creating a Pinterest board of what styles you are looking for so you can stay on track while shopping. On my latest haul I was on a mission to find prints. My wardrobe is pretty much all solids and I want to breathe some life into it.
  8. Master the art of scanning. Scanning will help you save a heck of a lot of time. Instead of going through every single rack go for the colors that look good on you and skip the racks of colors that don’t. I usually quickly scan the racks until something catches my eye and causes me to stop in my tracks. Its like love at first sight!
  9. Inspect all the items very carefully. Check for holes, snags and stains. Most thrift stores don’t do returns or exchanges. so its best to CYA (cover ya a** girl).
  10. TRY ON EVERYTHING! I know trying on clothes can be a hassle but you don’t want to get home to find that half of what you purchased does not fit or flatter your body. I have gone to the dressing room with a cart full of clothing and only bought four or five pieces.
  11. If there is an item that you absolutely have to have but is damaged don’t be afraid to negotiate the price. Whats the worst they can say?! No? Its worth a try!
  12. Don’t forget you can always get something altered! If you come across a dress that gives you life but it is too big, buy it and get it altered!
  13. Bring a friend. A real friend. You know, the one that isn’t afraid to give her honest opinion. Sometimes I get caught up in the style and not how it looks on me, so it is nice to have someone give it to me straight. That will save you money and space in your closet. And what is better than a girls shopping trip?!
  14. Only buy what you love! Or in the words of Marie Kondo, what sparks joy. I know the prices are so good that it is tempting but if it isn’t the one, put it back!
  15. If it catches your eye, throw it in the cart! I cannot stress this enough. My prom and wedding dress were both styles I would have never gone for but when I put them on I fell in love. You never know how something truly looks on you until you put it on. So get cray and try it on. If nothing else, its fun to step out of your comfort zone and try on different styles.
  16. Donate any of your unwanted items before you shop. This will make room for your new pieces and some thrift stores will give you a coupon if you donate.
  17. Have fun and try not to get overwhelmed! Yes, there is a lot of stuff to dig through but just think of all the amazing pieces that are hiding in that mess!
I hit the jackpot with this Kanar sweater I discovered at Plato’s Closet.
(Old Navy jeans, Steve Madden boots, Jessica Simpson clutch, belt from Amazon)
I found the most comfortable and flattering Zara jeans at an antique store in upstate NY for $5! and this Olivier jacket at Salvation Army $3.
(Clutch from FabFitFun box, Rampage flats, TJMaxx t-shirt)
I have searched high and low for some comfy casual pants and I found these bad boys at a Farmer’s Market for $15. I am almost 6 feet tall, so when I put them on and they fit I knew it was meant to be!
(Tank from TJMaxx, sandals from Walmart)
I love a good blouse and I scored this Banana Republic top for $3 at Salvation Army!
(Skirt from Dip line at Smiths, heels from Walmart)
This might not knock your socks off but I found this cute polka dot White Stag tee at Salvation Army for $2. I am on a mission to add more print into my wardrobe and I feel much more comfortable paying less for items that are a little out of my comfort zone. But I am so glad I did because I absolutely love it!
(Old Navy shorts, Walmart sandals)
I paid $3 for this JCrew button up top at Salvation Army! So cute and so many ways to wear it!
(Old Navy skirt)
I set a goal for myself to find a 90’s style dress and I had to have this Eddie Bauer dress for $4 at Salvation Army.
PS. I’m bringing back pins on denim jackets.
(Old Navy denim jacket)

As you can see, there are some pretty sweet pieces out there in your local thrift store just waiting to be discovered. Now take these tips and your cute self to the thrift store!

Style Tip Saturday: Quick Tip to Declutter Your Closet

This is more of a organizational tip than a style tip but I am sure this will help all the women and mommas out there!

As moms we live in an infinite world of clutter. There are toys, little clothes and shoes galore everywhere. And if you are lucky like me, your husband is a hobby guy and you have various hobby clutter sprinkled around your house.

Clutter is my archnemesis. Its ugly and quite frankly, stresses me the freak out. My closet is my happy space and the one place I have complete and utter control over.

I was sitting in my closet, looking at the overstuffed and unorganized space it had become and decided it was time to do something about it.

When you go into a clothing retail store you will notice all the clothes are hung on similar hangers (instead of the variety of colors and types I had going on). I felt like Ariel. I had white hangers, neon pink hangers, tank top hangers, pant hangers, plastic hangers. You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty. Can you tell we have been watching The Little Mermaid this week?

The first thing I did was start researching affordable yet stylish hangers to make my closet feel like I was shopping in a quaint boutique.

I quickly decided on velvet hangers. Not only are they chic but they keep those pesky blouses in place. No more will you knock shirts off their hangers while rummaging through your clothes.

I went to Amazon to find my declutter besties. I am so glad I read the reviews that warned me to stay away from the black velvet hangers. A huge complaint was that the black velvet hangers left behind little hard to remove fuzzies.

I opted for the beige hangers and I absolutely love them! I got the 50 pack but I quickly realized I am going to need a lot more!

Below is the link to the hangers I purchased from Amazon:

I have also come across velvet hangers at TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls.

As you can see this simple, quick fix makes a huge difference in the aesthetics of your closet. The hangers make your clothing organization more appealing to the eye and they take up less space. Meaning room for more clothes, girl! YYYAAASSSS!!

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

Before

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

After

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

Stripes

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.

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

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.

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.

Animal

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!

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 ❤️