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Patterned shorts for a pear shaped lady

Today is the last warm day for a while according to the forecast, so I decided to pull a pair of shorts out of the drawer.  I rarely wear shorts because as I’ve mentioned before it is incredibly hard to find ones that fit my body.  The ones I wanted to wear today were from Ann Taylor Loft, but not the curvy fit, just regular fit.  I had to do what I’ve described as “creative mending” to the waistband to get them to come in enough so they aren’t gaping a ton.  As long as I wear a long enough top it’s okay because the poorly done stitching doesn’t show through.

I’ve seen a lot of looks in magazines where the models will be wearing a blazer with shorts that I wanted to try to replicate.  While it looks good, it never struck me as practical, because if it is cool enough to wear a blazer wouldn’t you be too cold to wear shorts?  (Especially the tiny ones they show on models.)  Nevertheless, I thought it was a cute look, so when I’m in a store with air conditioning I’ll throw on the blazer, but for most of the day I’ll just be wearing the white tee by itself.

Patterned shorts and blazer
Patterned shorts and blazer

 

patterned shorts and tee
patterned shorts and tee

Today’s inspiration, the Today show

Yesterday morning I was eating breakfast and watching a few minutes of the Today show, when they showed a montage of Natalie Morales covering the Royal Baby saga.  In one of the clips she was wearing a lace skirt and white blouse and I really liked the look.

Natalie Morales
Natalie Morales

Realizing that I don’t have a lace skirt, I looked in my closet to see what I could come up with that used this outfit as inspiration.  I remembered a stretchy lace top I had purchased from H&M this spring, and a khaki paper bag waist skirt I had purchased several years back.  Voila!  I just threw on some high wedge sandals and the necklace I wore earlier this week and I was off.  (I probably could have used more jewelry)

 

lace top and paperbag skirt
lace top and paper bag skirt

The shoes:

Adrienne Vittadini Clementine Wedge sandal: DSW $69.95

Dressing for a warm summer day

Yesterday was warm and sunny.  While I love these precious and few days here, it can be difficult to find things that are comfortable when you’re outside in the heat and also warm enough in the frigid air conditioning of the office.  I decided to pair a patterned sleeveless blouse with an old linen skirt and a white cardigan.  When I was outside, it was comfortable and cool, and inside the cardigan helped keep me warm.  I love the skirt because it’s drawstring and allowed me to get a size that fit my bottom half comfortably but I can easily tie the drawstring to fit my waist.

I also wore my new necklace from Piperlime.  I love it because it’s large and chunky, but has a nice matte metallic finish.  I think it will work well in the fall with my military style jacket.  I’m also sporting a fresh pedicure.  🙂

Orange Blouse and Linen Skirt
Orange Blouse and Linen Skirt

Where to get the accessories:

Hive & Honey Two Layer Collar Necklace – Piperlime $27.99 (on sale)

Aerosoles Alphabyet – Aerosoles $49.99

Blue Crinkle Maxi Skirt

Yesterday I was in the mood to wear a little color.  The sun was shining, it was warm outside and I felt like something bright.  I decided to go with my new blue crinkle maxi skirt that I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this weekend.  I paired it with a white tee and a white linen blazer.  The skirt was so comfortable, and aside from rolling over it with my desk chair a few times, I loved wearing it.  It has a nice stretchy knit foldover top so you can adjust how long it is.  The knit lining was super soft, and the outer chiffon layer gave it a really nice look.  Super happy I found this skirt.

Blue crinkle maxi skirt
Blue crinkle maxi skirt

Where to get the goods:

Max and Mia crinkled maxi skirt – $46.80 on sale at Nordstrom

Olivia Moon linen blazer – $52.93 on sale at Nordstrom

Ecco Odense sandal – $89.90 on sale at Nordstrom

Stitch Fix #1

I was first introduced to the new Box subscription trend from a post on Refinery 29 back in April.  After a lot of internet research and comparing both Tog + Porter and Stitch Fix, I decided to go with Tog + Porter first because I really liked some of the items I saw on other peoples blogs, and you could set your price point for that one.  After a very disappointing experience with Tog + Porter (which I’ll post about later, I’m giving them one more chance at redemption) I decided to see how Stitch Fix worked.

I started by visiting the website for Stitch Fix and created a new account.  After this, they ask you quite a few questions about sizes you wear and preferences.  They also asked you about specific trends and which ones you’d be interested in trying and which ones you’d like to pass on.  They had a very helpful section with pictures and you could say if you like some of the pieces, all of the pieces, or none of them.  They were grouped by style type and helped identify the types of things you go for.  I also really liked that they asked questions about how much you wanted to cover certain body areas, and what your proportions were.  I could even choose to avoid having them send bottoms since this is typically a tough area for me unless I try it on in a store.  Additionally they ask about which occasions you are looking for, which for me was mostly casual and work.

After answering all of the questions and feeling like I was able to present a pretty clear picture of what I was looking for, I got to schedule my first fix.  I was even able to pick a date about one week in the future!  I was thrilled with the ability to choose the date and schedule when I wanted to receive it, since it’s been 2 months since I’ve heard anything from Tog + Porter and my “stylist” gets angry when I try to ask why it’s taking so long.  Here I can just pick a date on a calendar, and then magically it appears.

Right on time, as scheduled my first box arrived with it’s teal logo and I eagerly brought it inside to begin digging out the contents.

Stitch Fix Box Number 1
Stitch Fix Box #1

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was an amazing card that shows you two ideas with complete outfits that would compliment the item.  I found this really helpful since I often see cute tops and wonder, “what would I wear this with”?

Helpful outfit ideas
Helpful outfit ideas

At a glance, looking at the stack I could tell these were all items I was interested in trying on.  The colors were right on and the styles were similar to what I wear but just enough different for me to feel a little more adventurous.

Stitch Fix #1
The goods

The necklace on top was adorable, and very much like some of the statement necklaces I’ve been wearing all summer but with a fresh new set of colors.

statement necklace
statement necklace

I then took my box of goodies upstairs and began trying them on with both some of the suggested outfits (for the pieces I had) and tried a few combinations of my own.

Striped Top

They recommended wearing this top with a teal pencil skirt and black flats, but I didn’t have a teal pencil skirt.  I instead decided to go with a deep purple pencil skirt instead, some black flats and the new necklace.  I wouldn’t have thought to try this on my own, but I liked the overall look.

striped top and pencil skirt
striped top and pencil skirt

I thought I’d also try it in a style that is more like what I would throw on for work with an army jacket and jeans.  I like it this way too.

Stitch Fix #1
striped top and military jacket

Red Ruched Top

Next up, I paired the red short sleeved ruched top with some white capri length jeans, a few gold bangle bracelets, and my brown ankle strap sandals.  This top was a little more fitted than I’d usually go for, but I loved the colors and overall it was a pretty cute work outfit for a sunny day.

Stitch Fix #1
Red top

White Silk Blouse

This blouse had a slightly more edgy feel, and definitely needed to be ironed, but I loved the way it felt and looked on.  I wasn’t sure what kind of jewelry to wear with it, so I kept it simple with black skinny jeans and black flats.

Stitch Fix #1
White sleeveless blouse

Boho Cardigan

Last was this bohemian feeling cardigan with bell sleeves.  At first I wasn’t so sure about the fit since it is rather flowy and open, but when I paired it with this mint green silk shell I have from H&M I really liked the overall look.  I tried it with some edgy moto style boots, and I think it might look good with knee high brown ones as well or maybe just sandals.

Stitch Fix #1
Boho Cardigan

After trying everything on and thinking about what else I could wear the pieces with, I decided to keep all 5 items.  When you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount which made everything completely reasonably priced.  There is also a $20 styling fee, but that can be applied towards anything you keep, so I only ended up paying for the 5 items – 25%.

Based on my first experience, I’d give Stitch Fix a great big thumbs up.  There were no awkward Skype conversations, they stylist did a great job picking items that fit and worked with my style and budget, and the best part is you can decide when you want your next one.  I’ve already set up box #2, and cannot wait to see what they pick out next!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I had a pretty good time at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  (Despite the bargain basement atmosphere.)  Some of the sections were already quite picked over, but I managed to snag a few good deals.

Faux Fur Military Jacket and apple print shirt
Faux Fur Military Jacket and apple print shirt

I normally don’t go for faux fur accents, as they feel a bit over the top, but this jacket really called to me and the fur is super soft and removable.  I thought it went well with this apple printed button up.  I also can envision the button up with a brown corduroy skirt I have with a oatmeal sweater layered on top.

boucle jacket and military boots
boucle jacket and military boots

I think this boucle jacket will look great with some black skinny jeans and a cool accent necklace.  I fell in love with the boots and can’t wait to pair them with a flowy skirt or dress and tights.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but they are a nice olive green and have zippers up the side.

The goods:

Zigi Girl Talia boot – Nordstrom $129.00

Halogen Bomber jacket – Nordstrom $64.90

Caslon removable fur jacket – Nordstrom $64.90

Halogen Roll Sleeve shirt – Nordstrom $37.90

I also picked up a great new foundation from the Georgio Armani counter.  The sales lady was very helpful and ended up doing a whole face makeover for me which looked pretty great, aside from the pounds of mascara she coated me with.  I bought a few new cosmetics as well.  All in all, it was a very relaxing Saturday.