Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sleeveless Layering

In yesterdays post, I used this same chambray top tied over a dress for extra coverage. Today, I layered it under a strapless dress! This idea isn't new to me, however the sleeveless version is. You can see how I was inspired previously here (long sleeved) and how I also wore the dress here. I often wonder why I don't experiment with this look more, with my other strapless dresses...... possibly with a plain t-shirt. Hmmm, the wheels are turning!

Maeve "Lepidoptera" Dress : Anthropologie
Chambray Top : TJ Maxx
Random Belt
Sandals : Payless

Saturday, July 23, 2016


I've had this dress for about 3 years now, and I love it just as much as the day I bought it. You can see how I wore it before here. I wore today's same look last Summer, but wasn't able to capture it for the blog so I repeated it! I'm a big fan of gaining some modesty by tying a button down shirt over a dress. This lighter chambray matches the light blue vines perfectly! The rhinestone necklace I painted with nail polish a few years ago, matches the colors great too! One similarity to the other look, is the sandals with the green on them...... previously super high wedges have been traded for relaxed flats!

Moulinette Souers "Rosamund" Midi Dress : Anthropologie
Chambray Top & Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
Mossimo Sandals : Target
Rhinestone Necklace : H & M (painted by me)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Feathered Tunic

Since getting introduced to LuLaRoe, I've posted about the Amelia Dress (here and here), the Perfect Tee (here) and the Monroe Kimono (here). This week, I tried the Irma Tunic and I really liked it! When I saw the peacock print, it was a no brainer, and the black and tan colors will go with so much. It's got fitted sleeves, although the body is flowy, and a slight hi-lo hem. I kept it simple with black jeggings but a statement necklace to dress it up for work.

Irma Tunic : LuLaRoe
High Rise Jeggings : American Eagle
Anthropologie Look-a-Like Necklace : TJ Maxx
Tahari Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
Rampage "Jibari" Sandals : Meijer

Friday, July 15, 2016

Spotlight On : Indian Designers

While I love finding similar Anthro items at other stores, one of the reasons I love shopping at Anthropologie is the uniqueness. There are some things that Anthro carries that you just are not going to find anywhere else. Case in point, they carry quite a few Indian designers that I absolutely love and would not know about if they did not stock them. In fact, as far as I know Anthropologie is the only place in the US to buy these designers. Trust me, you know I have looked. It's typical supply and demand though..... the pieces are quite expensive but surprisingly sell out fast because people know it is the only place to get them. Luckily, I have been able to get all of my collection during sales and ONLY because an item has popped back up on line or I find a return in a store.

I have been infatuated in India and it's culture for quite some time..... I would love to travel there one day. But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a round up of these designs. The descriptions about each designer, in italics, I found online. I have to say that each garment is so well made and the colors/attention to detail are amazing! Thank you Anthropologie for seeking out these talented individuals and as long as you support them, I will too!

Pankaj & Nidhi
Pankaj & Nidhi launched their label in 2006. Celebrated for their "fresh & crisp sensibility", this talented couple pushes the envelope when it comes to creativity and innovation. Their designs are truly eclectic, with a generous use of colors, inspired by craftsmanship, symbolic and cultural objects from all over the world. Pankaj & Nidhi invent a contemporary language, create clothes that tell stories, for women who prize authenticity and seek sparkling originality.

I am drawn to the whimsical prints they use....... rhinestone brooches printed on the fabric....... vases with flowers...... Here I am wearing the Pearled Flutter Kimono and Jardiniere Pleated Skirt.
Preeti S. Kapoor
A celebrated designer from India's couture capital New Delhi, Preeti S. Kapoor label launched in 2002 gives tradition a new look, color a new definition and craft a new bastion. Her creations are lovingly crafted with an utmost attention to detail, a Zen for impeccable finish and an understanding of rich textiles.
An established designer who dips into the heritage trunk, Preeti re-invents tradition in a nouveau style. The silhouettes are layered, the colors crossing into one another seamlessly. Old and exquisite weaves are artistically blended into the garment allowing color, fabric and form to compliment one another.

Here I am wearing the Lantern Line Swing Dress
Tanvi Kedia
Tanvi Kedia launched her own label in 2007, most recently designing under the theme of montage, creating dense compositions of disparate elements that look beautifully cohesive in the end - a technique she calls "hippie deluxe."
Tanvi Kedia a graduate of NIFT, New Delhi 2004, launched her own label TANVI KEDIA in August 2007. Before the launch of her label she worked with designer Tarun Tahiliani for two years. In August 2007 on the invitation of Ogaan, Tanvi Keedia entered the entrepreneurial fashion industry. Detail oriented, with color, craft and texture as her forte, she experiments with different Indian embroideries and vintage textiles creating a global look with a timeless classical appeal in its silhouettes and palettes. In addition to her own label Tanvi has also been designing costumes for films.

Here I am wearing the Patchworked Chevron Midi Dress

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Case of Chambray

It sure has been a "chambray" week..... the last 2 days I wore chambray tops, and today this chambray dress. Considering the snow was still flying when I bought this number, I figured I should finally wear it! You might remember from my post about it, that it is a copy of an Anthropologie dress. I knew I was going to belt it, to give myself some sort of definition and I love the ombre coloring on it and the way the sides cascade down! One thing about these high-lo hem dresses..... they sure do catch the wind! Sometimes, that's great for blog photos. But not so great walking through the parking lot at work and trying not to flash my "almost 40 Mom underwear"!

Chelsea & Theodore Chambray Dress : Younkers
Random Belt
Sandals : Payless

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fresh Cut Flowers

When putting this outfit together, I was starting toward my usual colored tank with jean jacket........ I mean, there are so many colors to choose from in this skirt! But, it's been damn hot here lately and the thought of wearing a jacket was too much. So I went with a "neutral"...... chambray. I really liked how easy and comfortable this was today! I couldn't resist the print of this skirt...... little vases filled with flowers....... snagged at Anthro's Summer Tag Sale!

Lenora Dame Nostalgic Floral Strand Necklace : TJ Maxx
Bussola Style "Ibiza" Sandals : Kohl's
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I broke one of my own rules today..... I am always stressing to wear a flowy piece with a fitted piece, and here I wore two flowy pieces together. I think they work though. I love how the bottom half of this peplum is slightly lighter blue than the top!

AG Chambray Swing Top
Crescendo Link Necklace
Seychelles Wedges
*all anthropologie*

High Rise Wide Leg Pants - Old Navy
Tahari Sunglasses - TJ Maxx
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy