Classic Woman

“Be a girl with a mind.  A woman with attitude and a lady with class.”

Another purchase from my NY shopping trip is this great tunic. The cut is great for hiding problem tummy areas, yet it is extremely classy and sophisticated.

When you are wearing a tunic like this you want to wear tighter pants (that don’t have detail around the waistband, because you don’t want to have buttons, zippers or other details poking through the tunic)-  that would distract from the look. I paired mine with some tighter black pants and added some polka dot shoes that are eye catching.

The great thing about this top is that the fabric is not clingy and doesn’t accentuate my hips or stick to my pants as I am walking but rather hangs just perfectly.

This silver color is great for spring, and can be spiced up a little by adding different colored pants if you feel comfortable with really bold colors.

I think tunics look better with pants however, I have worn them before with longer pencil skirts (mid-calf are the best).

Tunic: Zara   Pants: H&M   Shoes: BCBG

Adding a Finishing Touch

“She wears her confidence with such finesse.”

I love the feeling of bare legs, especially when I have a little bit of a tan.   Although we are still in the midst of rain and sunshine and the weather can’t quite make up its mind which is a typical Utah Spring, I wanted to take advantage of a day when it wasn’t raining and show a little leg.

I love the cut of this skirt and how flattering it is. Because it is a little fuller I feel like it makes my legs seem lean and long. The material is also great, I love how it is transparent in some areas and not in others. The wine colored box style top works great and adds a little different style to the outfit. I have also worn this skirt with a tighter fitting top that is tucked in, but today I wanted something a little different.

The leopard print shoes are the finishing touch – the black and wine are more winter colors, so I wanted to spice up the outfit with some funky shoes.

This style of skirt is particularly flattering for hiding larger thighs. They don’t work as well if you have a larger stomach unless you wear a box top like the one I am wearing here…

Try recreating this look yourself and add in a funky pair of shoes to finish it off!

Skirt: Charlotte Russe     Top: Forever 21   Shoes: BCBG

The perfect way to accessorize

“One day the people that didn’t believe in you will tell everyone how they met you!”

Spring is here – well, almost!

With that in mind I wanted to share some tips about choosing the right accessories.  Spring and summer are times when you are going to be wearing short-sleeved clothes and sometimes have lower necklines, so your accessories are going to be more visible.

I love to consider ALL accessories when I am matching to the outfit that I am wearing.  For example, I have quite a few watches and I like to match colors, styles and metal tones to what I am wearing.  For earrings, I vary between studs and longer drop earrings depending on how I have my hair.  I tend to wear longer drop earrings more when I have my hair pulled back – this way the earrings are more noticeable and accentuate the outfit.  When I choose to wear studs, I tend to pick out a color that is in my outfit or one that contrasts (for example, yesterday I wore turquoise earrings and bracelet to match the Black and White outfit I put together).

I love wearing white watches in the spring and summer – I think they look so fresh and clean.  However, there are some days that I choose a rose gold, grey, black or even just silver watch – making sure that the colors match my earrings, necklace or bracelets that I choose to wear.  It used to be that if you were wearing yellow gold all your accessories matched that – that is not how I like to do things.  I like to contrast different metals to add depth and dimension.

I hope you like these examples – I will post more as I find interesting pieces.

Watch:  Michael Kors    Earrings:  Kate Spade    Belt:  Forever 21      Bracelets:  Aldo/Kate Spade

Business in Black and White

“You say I’m wearing too much black, but all I hear is I look great!”

If you are looking for a great “go to” look for a business meeting, or just to look especially professional, wearing just Black and White is a great way to go.

It is really simple, yet classy and professional. To add an extra dimension I paired the black skirt and pinstripe top with some great White ankle strap shoes…

If you choose to wear black and white, be careful not to try and match the black too closely. The easiest way to prevent the shades of black clashing is to wear different textures next to each other. I have found that if I am wearing a satin skirt then I stay away from a satin blouse or top.

If you are looking for something a little different than I am showing here, you could try adding in a pair of shoes in a brighter color (such as yellow, red, or even royal blue).

Skirt: C21 Stores NY   Shoes: Circus (Sam Edelman)   Blouse: Worthington @ JC Penney

Retro Style

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” – Oscar Wilde

I love to keep people guessing and sometimes put together an outfit that is a little retro and different.

I was in the mood to wear white pants, so I picked out this cool top that I have had for a while. The top really stands out because of the contrast in the pants.

I picked out a pair of red pumps to wear with it because the top had some red in it and it adds just one more dimension. The key when you are trying anything unexpected is to wear it with confidence. Very often, even if you are wearing something that not everyone will like, the way you walk, talk and present yourself will make others sit up and notice you…the power to impress is solely in your hands!

My goal is not to make you like everything I wear because taste is individual. It is for you to come to realization that style and confidence go hand in hand. Walk with your head held high even if you don’t feel it, you can trick others into thinking you do by how you behave.

Love yourself and the rest will follow!

Happy Monday…

Pants:  Worthington (JC Penney)  Top: My Own     Shoes: Sam Edelman

Adding a little spice to your Sunday Dress

“I want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when her heart is broken, and the one who could always brighten up your day even if she couldn’t brighten her own.”

Another great find from my shopping trip to New York is this great dress.  I wore it for church today and got so many compliments.  I love the pattern, the cut, the length – I guess  just love pretty much everything about it.

It is Navy with big white roses, so I chose to wear it with some Royal Blue pumps with ankle ties.  The accessories were simple – pearl and gold earrings and a pearl and gold Kate Spade necklace.

With a long dress like this make sure that it isn’t too long so that it drags on the floor.  Mine was fine when I wore heels, but was a little too long to wear flats.  Obviously not everyone will have the same issues that I did – I am 5’5″ and my guess is that these dresses are made for average height, if you are taller you would have the choice to wear flats or heels (unless of course you want to hem the dress).

It was the pattern that especially attracted me to this dress, the navy and white combination is classy but also fun.  If you choose to wear a dress like this make sure that you pick out colors and patterns that work for your complexion and that if you have a busy pattern you don’t overwhelm the outfit with too many accessories or fancy shoes.  Adding a pop of another color like I did with my shoes was great, but choosing shoes with too much detail would not have worked with this dress.

I say be bold and choose a dress that is a little different and see the response you get from people.  I have said this before but I wanted to say it again “As women we dress for ourselves, but it certainly is a great gauge of how great something looks when people tell us” – not that we need it, but it certainly feels good to know that we have made a great choice.

Dress:  Strawberry (NY)    Shoes:  Qupid     Necklace:  Kate Spade

Tulle skirt for that Unique classy style

“Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

After spending the day at my Grandma’s funeral, I felt the need to do a post in her honor.  She was such a classy and refined lady, that it makes me aspire to be exactly the same.

Recently on my trip to the resort in LA, there was an award dinner in recognition for hard work sales goals in 2015 that I achieved.  I had been looking for the perfect dress to wear, but was having no luck finding something uniquely appealing to me.  I did, however, find this amazing skirt that I just paired with a simple black top.  The skirt is really full and definitely makes a statement that the top needed to be much more understated so as not to draw attention away from the skirt.

I wore my hair swept to one side with loose waves in a classic, sleek look.  The ocean and lovely blue skies were a perfect backdrop for such a classy outfit.

Whenever I have a special occasion where I want to feel and look really special, I tend to take my time picking out the perfect thing to wear.  Not that I couldn’t find something in less time, but I like to make sure that I have found something I know I won’t see anyone else wearing.

This skirt was from an amazing website that I recently found and I have fallen in love with.  The accessories again were kept simple to accentuate and not distract from the skirt.  The shoes I chose were silver glittery that added just a little sparkle.

I have seen lots of tulle skirts, but nothing this unique.  Beware if you wear something like this because it is definitely full and can tend to make hips and tummy look bigger than they might actually be.

Skirt:  Stylewe.com     Shoes:  Steve Madden    Earrings & Necklace:  Nordstrom Rack

Homeward Bound

“I don’t care how long it takes but I am going somewhere beautiful.”

Feeling a little pensive as I contemplate returning to reality at home.  Preparing myself for the chaos that will ensue right as we get off the plane – we will have to divide and conquer, one of us to a baseball game and the other to pinewood derby…the fun never ends!

When considering what I was going to wear today I’ll be honest that one thing I bore in mind was that I needed to wear the shoes that took up the most room in my suitcase.  I didn’t realize that I had jammed so much stuff in my carry-on suitcase on the way here, until I tried to pack the gifts I had bought my boys…

I am in love with this dress and today I chose to wear with some white jeans…

When  I am flying I always wear pants because I tend to get cold on planes and I don’t want to be uncomfortable.  The combination of this dress (that I am wearing as a tunic) is a stunning combination and the sandals just finish off the look!

The best part is that even though it looks stylish, it is amazingly comfortable and perfect for travel.

Tunic/dress:  Zara    Jeans:  Paige Denim    Shoes:  Kristen Cavallari

 

Biker chic

“My personal style can be anything from girly and flirty to edgy and chic.

I am in love with mixing edgy with classy.  In today’s post I wanted to show how dress cargo pants can look amazing and just a little different by adding a leather biker jacket.

It is a great twist on a traditional business classic outfit.  The leather jacket says “I may be a little more than meets the eye.”  While the pants and classic blouse say “I am sophisticated and professional.”  The patent animal skin shoes add to the classic feel.

I have always been a fan of keeping people guessing about what they can expect from me…this outfit does just that.

Jacket:  Zara   Pants:  H&M   Blouse:  Zara    Shoes:  Vince Camuto


Bold Patterns

“Freedom lies in being bold.”

I have many friends that have told me they prefer to stick to solid colors because they aren’t sure how to put together outfits using bold patterns or florals.

What I want you to know is that it actually isn’t as hard as you would think.  First things first, if you are just experimenting the best way to do this is by either going into a store that carries lots of different patterns and colors and try them all on (take a friend of course to make sure that you have some honest feedback), or you could borrow something from someone you know that wears the type of thing you are looking to try – that way you don’t have the expense if you are not 100% certain you like it.

Probably the easiest thing to start out wearing is a blouse or shirt – It isn’t as intimidating as wearing a skirt, pants or even a dress that is patterned.  Make sure that the pattern you pick out has colors that work well with you complexion – much as I hate to admit it, some colors just don’t work as well for me so I avoid them.

In this post today I wanted to show how a great patterned skirt can look amazing.  The skirt was something I picked up on my recent trip to NY.  I just loved the bold colors of orange, navy and cream.  I chose to wear it with a Navy top and then added some lighter blue pumps.  You will have to let me know what you think of the combination…

Skirt:  Century 21      Top:  Forever 21      Shoes:  Rock & Republic     Necklace:  Tory Burch     Bracelet:  Tory Burch