Color Blocking

The color block trend has been around for awhile now, but lately I have seen it cropping up in creative new ways. For those of you that do not know, color blocking is a method of wearing multiple solid colors in an outfit. The outfit revolves around a palette of two or more colors, usually in bold and bright shades. The result is a simple yet very chic look.
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You can do neutral color blocking with white, pairing it with colors like brown, grey or black as well. Adding a pop of color with your handbag or shoe gives the outfit a visual interest.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Stylish Thoughts

Style is a celebration of our individuality! This is why there is no one way to look stylish and chic. My new motto is look good and feel fabulous – feel fabulous and look even better. Here are a couple of my stylish thoughts and ideas to keep in mind. My first thought is go ahead and spend your cash on one killer piece rather than five only alright pieces. I know I do not mind wearing the same fabulous piece over and over again, especially when the cost per wear whittles down to nothing. Secondly, the secret to looking polished is a fabulous haircut, a healthy glow, and well fitting clothes. A good tailor is a must. Further, I love to wear new trends. However, I always ground the outfit with classic pieces like layered necklaces, a crisp button down shirt or a structured jacket. One of my biggest pieces of advice is to HAVE FUN with fashion and style. Try new trends. Experiment. Find YOUR style!!

100 Things About me for my 100th Blog Post

From what I have heard the blogging Gods have decreed that when you get to 100 posts you have to do a “100 things you do not know about me” post. So here it goes:

1. I love shoes
2. Leopard print is my favorite color
3. I try to blog every day
4. My son is my Director of Operations
5. My favorite piece of clothing is a structured jacket
6. I am addicted to Diet Pepsi
7. I will be 44 in June and proud of it
8. I am a control freak
9. I dress like a slob at home
10. I decided to do this blog on a whim
11. I love doing this blog
12. I am high strung
13. I love hats, but not on me
13. I love a statement necklace
14. I grew up on a farm
15. I have never been to NYC
16. I have hazel eyes
17. I hate to iron
18. My attention span is fairly short
19. I love lunching with girlfriends
20. I have a cat, and his name is Max
21. I had Darren at 19, and wouldn’t change that for the world
22. I play Words with Friends A LOT
23. Fake people annoy me
24. I own a condo
25. I do not care for gold lame
26. PJs in public annoy me
27. I think America has become too casual in their dress
28. I am an over packer
29. I hate to fly (because of #28)
30. I don’t have a leather skirt, and I want one
31. I love purple and turquoise together
32. I do not like wine
33. I like Bud Light
34. I could live on pizza
35. I prefer costume jewelry over real jewelry
36. DSW is my favorite store
37. I love to sleep in
38. I have completed a half marathon
39. I do not like coffee
40. I do not like dogs
41. I am trying to grow out my bangs right now
42. I love a massage and / or facial
43. I do not sing Karaoke
44. I am very opinionated
45. I love dark wash jeans
46. I like going to comedy clubs
47. My parents have been together 45 years
48. I am twice divorced
49. I am very warm blooded
50. I am loud
51. I like going to the movies
52. I am not into really big crowds
53. I love cruises,even though I’ve only been on two
54. I do not like to gamble
55. I was in a play once
56. I am not a wallflower
57. I ran cross country in high school
58. I think all 80s fashion rocks
59. I was in 4H
60. I can barely sew a button back on
61. I have never broken a bone
62. My first kiss was at church camp
63. Charming Charlie is my favorite jewelry store
64. I’ve been throw off a horse
65. I have flipped a three wheeler, no helmet
66. I wear glasses 95% of the time
67. I am addicted to reality TV
68. I have to have a ceiling fan on to sleep
69. Yes please
70. Five Finger Death Punch is currently my favorite band
71. However 80s hair bands are my favorite “genre”
72. My first vehicle was a yellow truck
73. I want to go skydiving soon
74. Going to Italy is on my bucket list
75. I am a work-alcoholic
76. I love a one shoulder dress
77. I love a good road trip
78. My closet is VERY organized
79. I am not a morning person
80. I almost joined the Marine Corps
81. I would love to meet Stacy London and Clinton Kelly
82. I started driving at 12, yet failed my first driving test
83. I do believe in ghosts
84. I love fall fashion over summer fashion
85. I love a man with a shaved head….and tattoos
86. I have 73 pairs of shoes
87. My favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys
88. I graduated high school in 1988
89. I can follow a recipe, but I am not that great of a cook
90. I am the oldest with two younger brothers
91. I am a glass half full kinda person
92. I love a good scavenger hunt
93. I like the smell of fresh cut grass
94. I always make a wish when I see a falling star
95. I love meeting new people
96. I have no tattoos….yet
97. My favorite movie is The Breakfast Club
98. I am an organ donor
99. I took piano lessons, but don’t remember any of it
100. I love life and hope to continue blogging for years to come

And there you have it.

Summer Dresses under $50

We all know that hot and sticky summer weather is coming. The essential item you need in your closet is a go to, easy to style summer dress. If you score the right one, you can wear it everywhere, even to work. Opt for a breezy, silky sundress with a simple silhouette, and choose accessories that add polish, structure, and even some softness. Your perfect summer party dress? I found it! It is flattering, lightweight, on trend and sexy. And you will still have money left over for a killer clutch or a strappy sandal. Check out this one out H&M, $39.95.
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I am already counting the events where you can wear this floaty dress: that garden party wedding, a concert in the park, and Tuesday in the office. That is a whole lot of dress to wear for under $40. I found this at Uniqlo, $39.90.
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I love a dress that combines work appropriate polish with a summery vibe, and this frock delivers on all fronts. Plus, it looks amazing with practically any summer accessory, from a bright belt to studded gladiator sandals or an envelope clutch. This one is from H&M , $49.95.
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This dress worn alone with heels is perfect for a night out. Add a crisp white blazer for an elegant office look. I found this dress on wallisfashion.com, $42.
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I saved my favorite summer dress for last. Neon orchids juxtaposed with animal print. Yes, please! I found this one at H&M for less than $13.
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On Trend: Fringe

Fringe is back this spring as a major trend. I am seeing it pop up everywhere, even on swimwear and lingerie. Typically when one thinks of fringe, they think western wear. However, there are ways to rock this easy, beautiful trend that can be fun, edgy and stylish. Fringe can be styled in many different ways depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Dressed up or casually, this is one trend that you can truly make your own through your individual fashion interpretation. So go for it!! Remember this year is all about breaking fashion rules and thinking outside of the fashion box.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Interpreting Patterns and Prints

Frequently people ask me what patterns would suit them, and the answer lies in your personality traits. Who are you as a person? You will discover that you are more attracted to patterns that are representative of who you are as a person. These are the patterns make you feel the most comfortable. Here is my quick guide to interpreting prints and patterns.
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1. Classic – Fine stripes, small polka dots – conventional, conservative, mature, reliable, trustworthy, safe, secure
2. Relaxed – Stripes and checks – down to earth, natural, unpretentious, easy-going, approachable
3. Dramatic – Big bold patterns, large scale, animal print, high contrast – dynamic, forceful, confident, exciting
4. Elegant Chic – Geometric – urbane, cultured, poised, discerning, refined
5. Rebellious – Graphics, leopard – anti-establishment, unconventional, sexy, shocking, defiant
6. Creative – Digital prints, wearable art, tie dye, ethnic, abstract – innovative, individual, edgy, whimsical, bohemian, eclectic
7. Feminine – Nature based, floral, butterflies, paisley – unambitious, caring, nurturing, gentle, romantic

So, which patterns do you like best? Which appeal to you? Do you appreciate some patterns on other people, but realize that you would feel uncomfortable wearing them? Do you have pieces in your wardrobe that are patterned that you never wear? Think about your personality when shopping next time. What do you want to convey to the world about your personality through your outfit?

How to Wear White Denim

If you have ever stood in a dressing room with a pair of stunning white jeans on, you know just how alluring and magical they can be. They look devastating sexy, sophisticated yet casual, and flattering on just about any body shape. What more could a girl want, right? Unfortunately, wearing them in public involves a little more than just promising not to spill anything on them. You need some outfit assembling prowess, or you can just follow my tips on wearing white denim. First of all, do not be afraid to break the “after Memorial day / before Labor day” rules. You can definitely wear white denim early on in the spring season by pairing your jeans with a darker top.
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Accessories are one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. You can pair your favorite denim jeans with a knit top and an eye catching statement necklace in a bold color. This also helps if you are a little color shy and want to ease into spring.
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Cropped jeans are perfect for welcoming the warmer weather. You can easily dress them up with a pair of heels or down with flats.
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White always works well with a blouse or tank in a fun print or bright color. Remember, you do not have to spend big bucks to spruce up your spring wardrobe.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.