Friday, July 29, 2016

Trapeze Top

The flowy tops I like to wear can be called many things besides flowy....... boho...... peplum....... swing....... and in this case, trapeze. I suppose the trapeze name comes in when the top truly has more of a triangular shape (narrow on top and full on bottom). When I saw this classic black beauty at Meijer, it reminded me of something I would see at Anthro. And since I have quite a collection of white shirts, and some colors, I figured : black, yep, need black too. Later in the day, we went to a car show/art fair and one of the vendors complimented me on this shirt and asked where I got it. When I said Meijer, she couldn't believe it! I like the modern details like the hidden button placket, side slits, hi-lo hem, and it even has pockets!

The other item that is "newer" in this outfit is my tote bag. It is hard to tell in the pictures, but it's one of those dark, oil like painting patterns that I like so much! I know I don't photograph my outfits with purses much, because I don't change my bag to match every day. But it ended up working with this black and denim ensemble!

Black Trapeze Blouse : Meijer
Rebecca & Rifka Floral Tote : Zulily
Cropped Flare Released Hem Jeans : New York & Company
Rampage Sandals : Meijer
Tahari Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Minty Feathers

My LuLaRoe collection continues to grow, as now I have a maxi skirt. Of course, I can't resist much that has a peacock feather print! And, I've been loving mint for several years now. For it's first outing, I opted to pull it up and wear it like a dress. This isn't the first time I've worn a maxi as a dress (see here). I love how versatile LLR clothing is - if you just look it up on YouTube, there are lots of ladies showing all the different ways they wear some of their pieces.

Peacock Feather Maxi Skirt : LuLaRoe
Gap Jean Jacket : consignment shop
Ocean Bauble Bib Necklace : Anthropologie
Tahari Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
Mint Sandals : Target

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Green Flow and Pokemon Go

I usually don't stray too much from my "tried and true" photo locations. I am always looking for quiet, out of the way places, with good lighting. But for the black based outfit, I did explore downtown Jackson a bit and was surprised at how many people were wandering around playing Pok√©mon Go. I didn't feel as weird taking pictures of myself, since everyone else was walking around looking at their phones!
Let's get to talking about this top here though..... It's no secret that I love flowy tops! I did a whole post about white ones here. Some of the ones I posted came in other colors (this one included), so when Anthro had it's Summer Tag Sale, I scooped a few up. It used to be, that Anthro's promotions were far and few between. Their bi-annual Tag Sales, when they took an extra % off already marked down prices, were the big ones. But now, it seems they run so many more sales which is so nice! It seems there is a different one weekly, whether it be free shipping or a percentage off full price items. They must have felt the pressure to keep up with other retailers.
I wore this green beauty two ways here, with so many similarities..... same sunglasses (TJ Maxx), same necklace (handmade by me, I'll show it soon), same style of sandals, tank underneath (nude and black), jeggings (just different colors). Here are the dets:
Mossimo High Rise Blue Jeggings : Target
High Rise Black Jeggings : American Eagle
Mossimo Brown/Green Sandals : Target
Rampage Black Sandals : Meijer

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

Friday, July 8, 2016

Midsummer Remix

I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite dresses from Anthropologie! You can see the comparison below on how I remixed this for the warmer months. I love the fact that my olive jacket goes with this, since there is olive in the dress - dang! that was such a good purchase! I knew I was going to get a lot of wear out of it! One of my favorite statement necklaces goes well too, with it's friendship bracelet details mirroring the patterns in the dress.

 Tanvi Kedia "Patchworked Chevron Midi Dress" - Anthropologie
Hei Hei "Report to Base" Jacket - Anthropologie (via buy/sell/trade board)
Lenora Dame "Starlight Mesa Necklace" - Anthropologie
Apt 9 Belt - Kohl's
Catherine Malandrino Heels - Zulily
Tahari Sunglasses - TJ Maxx