I love those moments when you’ve been dying to experience something and you finally do and it’s everything you imagined it could be and more! Well, that pretty much sums up my shopping experience at the Blue Door Boutique. It was absolutely EPIC! The decor, the service, the clothes, the EVERYTHING was just stinking perfect! I first discovered the Blue Door Boutique back when I was competing in the Miss Georgia pageant. I even ordered a dress or two from them via phone during that time, but never had the opportunity to visit their store front until two weeks ago. Naturally, I left the store with a bag full of goodies and some new friends! So here’s a really simple, yet stunning black dress that I snagged while I was there. I feel confident in saying that this dress has become my new favorite!
Under The Rails
And the pants exploration adventure continues! Just the other day I received a sale e-mail from J. Crew Factory, so I decided to take a peek knowing that I didn’t need to spend any money on clothing, and of course I “fashion imprinted” on something! Yup, I should have known that would happen, because it happens every stinking time. Any who, I discovered these really awesome smoke grey, toothpick jeans for just $25. Not my typical jean style or color, so I definitely had to get them. Like a kid at the candy store, I waited in anticipation for these babies to come in the mail only to discover that I didn’t like how they fit. But it was in that moment that I reminded myself that’s kinda why I ordered them…ha.
Black and white. It’s simple, classic, chic and timeless. Back when I was kiddo, I used to watch my mom get ready and she ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wore some form of black and white. I remember thinking to myself, “Why does she always wear black?” Well, little did I know at the time, but she was abiding by the fashion law of the land. It is without a doubt, that you can never go wrong with a little black and white. As my love for fashion intensified, I realized that my mom had been a key influence in teaching me that long time fashion rule. So, mom this post is for you! Thank you for teaching me how to KILL IT in black and white 🙂
So, I’m currently in Baton Rouge, LA for Miss USA and due to limited time and crazy schedules, I haven’t written my usual #GTLT content, but I still want to make a quick post because you guys are awesome and you deserve a little fashion goodness on this wonderlust Thursday!
As most of you know, I gave myself a little style challenge back in April to wear this lovely tulle skirt I purchased from Peace, Love & Tulle at least once a month and just as I was about to give up on this challenge, I found an awesome crop top from American Eagle for $4.99 that rocked my fashion world. And to be completely honest, I am not a fan of the crop top trend, but I just couldn’t resist this one…
I love dressing up! Absolutely love it, however I don’t get to do it as much as I would like. I live in a pretty small town and we are EXTREMELY limited on social activities, which completely sucks since Jason and I are both social butterflies! Any who, on the rare occasions that I do have to “dress to the nines,” I take full advantage of the opportunity! At least once a month, Jason and I will have date night…and here’s a simple look I would happily wear for a “Read’s Night Out on the Town!”
I love surprises. Especially surprises that involve clothing. Oh, how they make my heart happy : ) Just a few days after hosting the style event with Beauty Clinique Boutique in early April, I was delighted to find this beautiful Free People Aztec Bib dress in my mailbox. Yes, I cried. Cried in disbelief that someone would gift something this wonderful to me! And not to mention it’s FREE PEOPLE. Ugh, I hate Free People…said NO ONE EVER!!! lol. Once I calmed my emotions a bit, I began the style brainstorm and like a magical puzzle, it came together piece by piece. And then Kim had this wonderful idea to include her sheltie pups. Free People and precious pups? Now, that’s a WHOLE LOT of awesomeness! So, just prepare yourself for photo wonderlust (I probably posted way too many photos, but I just couldn’t contain myself!).
I hate that moment when you look in your closet and think “Ugh, I don’t have anything to wear!” Typically, I will have a mini pity party and complain to Jason about not having enough money to buy all of the new things I want (yes, want and not need). Let’s just be honest, money doesn’t grow trees, and for the average person (like me and you) our purchases must be practical, well thought out, and affordable. Any who, back to my story. After an hour of complaining and shedding a few tears, I usually go back to the closet in hopes of finding something that I can recreate and make it look wonderful! Well, the last time this happened was just 3 weeks ago only hours before a photo session with Kim! Panic and anxiety had set in, but thankfully my eyes met with this navy blue Ralph Lauren blazer that I purchased years ago. It was in that moment that I found my wardrobe muse.
Lace. Sweet, beautiful lace. To be honest with you, it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve actually felt comfortable wearing lace. I’m not quite sure why I was even hesitant before, because it is absolutely wonderful!
With Spring finally making her debut for the year, we are now in prime festival season! Music festivals that is. And for those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE LOVER of music. In fact, Jason often comes home and turns off my music, because I will literally having it blasting ALL DAY. I just love noise. Well, I love constructed, meaningful noise. lol. Ok, back to the point…Festival Style. In essence, a music festival is nothing more than a bunch of creative, free spirits celebrating great musicians, while wearing awesome sunglasses, frayed blue jean shorts, ripped t-shirts, crop tops and of course…LACE.
Although lady-like lace has remained a timeless trend, over the last few seasons lace has evolved tremendously. From unique colors to detailed ornamentation and much more! So here’s a little look-see as to how I styled my ideal festival look, utilizing a non-traditional lace concept.
The glorious seasonal sweater. It just makes my heart happy thinking about it! What I ABSOLUTELY love about this trend is that I never have to pack those puppies away post winter! Wahoo. Now, that’s something to be excited about!
Per my experience, the problem that most people have with this trend is the idea of divorcing the words winter and sweater. Although I understand this difficulty, as we are conditioned to associate the two words together, they are not and I repeat ARE NOT, mutually exclusive! And yes, I’m making a relationship analogy for seasons and sweaters. haha.
The KEY to mastering this trend involves two things:
1. Divorcing the words winter and sweater.
2. To not be afraid of mixing and matching textiles.
I am personally convinced that these two tips alone will give you the “little” boost you need to start interchanging seasons in your wardrobe! Ok, ok. I’m done talking! Here’s how I recently incorporated the seasonal sweater concept into my spring wardrobe.
Pants. They are getting more colorful and unique by the minute, which I love! For the first time in FOREVER, pants have the ability to be THE STATEMENT for an ensemble. While others are still warming up to the idea of unique pant options, I’ve decided to take this trend by the reigns and OWN IT LIKE A BOSS! haha.
This Spring the pant trend is all about the athletic trouser (one of The Top 10 Trends for Spring 2014 via Glamour.com). Naturally, this pant shape is tapered at the ankle (like a genie pant) and has a more relaxed fit and feel. Hence the name…athletic trouser. Everyone loves athletic wear because it’s sooo stinking comfy. So ideally this pant concept should be a dream come true for most women! Fashion meets comfort! YES!
As you already know, my personal style is all about taking trends and making them my own! For this particular look, I utilized the athletic trouser concept, but changed it up a bit. I have super tiny ankles and the fabric was just swimming around them. So I decided to push up the pant legs and it totally worked!