Saturday, April 12, 2014

Flying High

This is my last hot air balloon piece of clothing that I had not shown yet on the blog. To see the one I wore recently, which has links to 3 I posted last year, click here.
 
 Field & Flower Rainy Day Pullover (balloon motif) - Anthropologie circa 2012
A.N.A. Black Jeggings - JC Penney
Statement Necklace - TJ Maxx
 
So here's a pair of the shoes I showcased yesterday in action. They were most comfortable all day long! And, as I always preach, I am wearing my formula of flowy top = fitted bottoms. I am so glad that I remembered, before I hit "publish" on this post, that I had taken some pics of Anthropologie's Spring windows at the stores I have visited recently! The theme? Hot Air Balloons! It is always difficult to take pictures through glass, with the reflection and all. Enjoy!



 These 2 pictures are from the store on State Street (Block 37) in Chicago.

 And these next 3 are from my closet store in Grand Rapids, MI.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Get the look for less...... spring/summer shoes

I have a confession to make...... I am really, really hard on my shoes. In the winter, they get dragged through snow, salt, etc.... And any other time of the year when socks aren't required, I walk around my house barefoot collecting all kinds of dust, dog hair, etc..... and as much as I try to wipe my feet off before putting shoes on...... it just doesn't really help. By mid-summer the insides of my sandals look like I am a dirty hippie. And lets not forget ladies, how the right heel gets beat up more than the left from driving!
 
Because of this, I do not like to spend a lot on shoes. I used to be the sort who would only buy leather - for durability, breathing, stretching, etc. But then I realized that I was really limiting my budget and my variety. Now, anything goes if the price, fit and style is right. That way, if something does get really worn out I do not have to feel too guilty about it. I was really excited to show my recent purchases for the upcoming seasons, so I decided to do just that while comparing them to some more expensive counterparts.
 
First up are these cute coral lace up shooties. What's a shootie? It's a cross between a shoe and a boot, most likely with a peep toe and some kind of cutout detailing. I fell in love with these when the lovely Tieka of Selective Potential did a styling post for our local big box store Meijer. I was like, "whoa, those are from Meijer?" Anytime I can pick up something fun during my regular grocery shopping I get excited. These were $39.99 and if you are an MPerks member (really easy digital couponing app) you can get 20% off today and tomorrow. The weekend I bought these I had that coupon clipped. So, let's compare the more pricey versions:

The same sandal, Rampage Venyce Caged Lace Up, is $59 at Macy's
I also spotted these Madden-Girl Vital Cutout Booties at Macy's for $69
Moving over to my favorite store Anthropologie, I found these similar looks:
 These are the Fioni Havoc Shootie Sling from Payless. When I bought them, they were on promo for $24.99 and I got the black. These are going to be so versatile for me - a great staple! I wore them yesterday and will post that outfit soon. You will see versions of this style at every major retailer. I narrowed down a couple from Anthropologie for price comparison:
Bari Shooties for $188
 Y'all know my love for buckles, so when on a recent shopping trip with a girl friend I fell in love with these Matisse Virtue Wedges at a boutique. Over $100? I can do better than that. That same day, we scouted out TJ Maxx and look what I found! The Restricted Diety Gladiator Sandal. The link I provided sells them for $59.99 but the TJ Maxx price was $24.99.
 Lastly, the shape of my foot has never really been conducive to ballet flats. I have tried many but they dig into the bone for my big toe or else I get blisters on my heels. When these came up on Zulily, I thought I'd give them a try though (hello? buckles!). The Restricted Three Wishes Flat is $49.95 here, but I paid $24.99 on Zulily.
So there you have it. For about $100 I scored 4 new pairs of stylish footwear that I am so looking forward to wearing!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bring on the color!

The temperatures are becoming a little more tolerable. The sun shines more often. All of the snow is melted (or at least I think it is). After the most brutal winter, spring is slowly making it's way to Michigan. Surveying our 1.5 acres a few times now, it is hard to believe that our yard will ever recover from such harshness. Honestly, in the 11 years we have lived here I have never seen my property in such a sad state. Branches, limbs, even an entire tree down (in the way back so only fence damage there). The grass is matted down in such an odd way - it just looks weird to me. Normally, by this time some of my perennials are starting to pop up, but nothing this year. So, so much cleaning is ahead of us!
 
That's why when I saw this colorful sweater, it made me happy. I just love the crochet trim on the navy blue. Now if only I could pack these heavy jeans and boots away for good! My freshly painted toes are ready!




Double Zero cardigan - via eBay
Brown tank - Old Navy
Jeans & Boots - JC Penney

Necklace - Aldo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Long Skirt, Long Story

This is Free People's Lydia Maxi skirt. Here is another link for it on sale. I bought it at Nordstrom Rack for even less. How did I do it? The lovely Jenni of Gnome Lover clued me into it. The closest Nordstrom Rack to me (Grand Rapids) did not have it, but, like most any store in today's world they can locate items and have them shipped right to your door.
 
The fabric is like the softest t-shirt material, and feels wonderful! It has so much movement when you walk - like rippling water. It has an elastic waistband, and, a train. That's right, a train. What a cool detail but I am not sure what you would ever need a train for unless you were a bride. Luckily, the there are ties on the underside to "bustle" it up.
 
I test drove the skirt on Saturday night for a date with my hubby. I paired it with a simple white tank, jean jacket, long necklace, and grey boots. I know I have talked about my own fashion rules or formulas (i.e. full bottom/fitted top and vice versa) so here is a good example of another one. Since this skirt is the statement piece of the outfit, I always try to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple. This is a good rule of thumb for dressier pieces that you might want to try to wear on a daily basis - tone down the fanciness with casual pieces.
 
 Jon was ever so patient with me getting in and out of the car, so as not to catch the fabric in the door. This can happen with any maxi skirt or dress though, even if they are not this voluminous. I might add that we took his little Subaru (which he rally races in) so it was a bit more difficult anyway when I am used to my Ford Edge. I will also add that he still opens the car door for me. Sigh.
 
I found myself stepping on the skirt a bit, and having a general feeling of tripping and falling flat on my face. So before I wore this exact outfit to work yesterday, I cut some of the length off. Don't worry, it has an unfinished hem anyway so this is an easy fix. I found it much better, and it was comforting to know that I could cut even more off if I need to. The fabric will not fray, and because of the ruffles you do not need a perfectly straight line.
 
Thank you Jenni for sharing this with me! I just love it and I know I will love it for many years to come!








Friday, April 4, 2014

Frozen

Flashback from Monday...... after watching Frozen with my son all weekend, I was inspired by the beautiful costumes to wear this dress. Even though it's a short sleeve dress, the print says Winter to me, so I figured I'd better wear it before I looked too out of place. It's an older piece from Anthropologie (Moulinette Soeurs Swirling Villages Dress) which I scored on the trade market. It has villages (duh), reindeer, and all kinds of other cute tidbits. It's black and white pattern is offset by a colorful textile belt (which is awesomely removable to be worn with other things). I wore my colorful textile necklace with it. Oh, and the swirls on my sunglasses tie in too.
 
The only thing I am unsure about is my tan heels. I've realized that I really don't have any nice black shoes to go with dresses. I have black boots (both tall and short), black sandals, black flats, but nothing that goes with a dress like this. However, I do feel I've become more adventurous in my footwear so it might be okay.








Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back to Balloons





I love hot air balloons. You can see my previous odes to them (a.k.a. outfits with them) here, here, and here.

I have my own fashion rule of not wearing balloon prints unless it is Spring/Summer though. Which is odd because I don't really follow fashion rules in general. But, I mean, it's not like we will be seeing a balloon flying around here while there is a blizzard. So there is my logic. Which means that even though I have had this tee for a few years, this is the first time I've been able to show it on the blog.

Postmark Here & There Tee Offbeat (dark blue colorway) - Anthropologie
A.N.A. Jeggings - JC Penney
Yellow Cardigan - TJ Maxx
Minnetonka Mocs - TJ Maxx
Necklace - local boutique
Apt 9 Aviators - Kohl's

And if you want to add a bit of balloons to you own closet, try this muted blouse from Target (grey option) that I spotted!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bright

I promised in yesterday's post that today's maxi combo would be brighter. Even though it's still a lot of black, I think I followed through on that. Flowers galore!
 
Nieves Lavi Frida Maxi Dress - Anthropologie (originally worn here)
Archival Peacock Cardigan - Anthropologie (originally worn here)
Haskell Flower Necklace - Macy's (only newer piece here)
 XOXO Chance Boots - eBay (seen here)
 
I just love remixing all of my clothes!