Today’s Everyday Fashion: Hallmark Signature Inspired

Hallmark Signature inspired

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hallmark through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Hallmark Signature, all opinions are my own.

I gather style inspiration from many places: magazines, catalogs, and mannequins. But I never realized how inspiring a greeting card could be until I was issued a challenge to create an outfit inspired by Hallmark Signature.

With assignment in hand, I headed to my local Hallmark store and asked them to point me towards the Signature section. I was instantly impressed, because the cards are gorgeous! Many come with little “extras” like a removable plush owl, a hair pin (to really use in your hair), or an easel that can be placed as a knickknack on a shelf. It’s a great resource - you get a greeting card and a little gift for under $10, yes please!

I was instantly drawn to this piñata card to use as my style inspiration. The inside says, “Hope your day is filled with MUCHO fun!” so as a greeting card it works for many different occasions. (Although it’s so adorable I’m going to have a hard time giving it away.) It reminded me of many favorite items in my closet, and I love the fun colors. I pulled out this rainbow stripe dress to wear for the day, and accessorized with a turquoise necklaces, yellow purse and coral shoes. With the greeting card in hand I felt like I was headed to a fun party!

Hallmark Signature pinata card

Dress: Forever 21, $22 (similar, similar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar)
Shoes: MJR Sales c/o (similar)
Necklace: Windsor Store c/o (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 4 years ago. Dress and necklace are 3 years ago. Purse is recent.

I was so inspired by this project, that I put together two additional looks with Hallmark Signature cards. This first card has removable bow clips. The gold bows come off the card and you can use them in your hair, on shoes or a clutch. I think my friend with a little girl will be the perfect person to give this card to – she’ll love playing with the bows.

Hallmark Signature inspired

Dress: Express, $60 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Lauren Conrad c/o (similar)
Purse: Limited, $15 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot (similar)
Sunglasses: Old Navy, $5 (similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes and purse are 3 years ago. Dress and sunglasses are 2 years ago.

Last but not least, I put together a second outfit inspired by the piñata card. It’s an outfit that’s just as bold and colorful and ready to party as the greeting card itself!

Hallmark Signature inspired

Dress: Francesca’s c/o, $44 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: MissGuided c/o, $40 (similar)
Purse: Francesca's c/o $40
Necklace: My Stella & Dot (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes and dress are last year. Purse is recent.

Want to see more style inspired by Hallmark Signature? Follow their Instagram account here.

Which of the three outfits is your favorite? 

Today's Everyday Fashion: Pencil Skirts

Inspiration: Limited

Inspiration: Limited

I had a serious "I want that" moment when I saw this catalog photo. Turns out, it doesn't look as good on me as it does on her. Which is why I love taking photos of new items before I wear them, because photos are so helpful in seeing how things really look. It can be a selfie in the mirror or taken by a friend, but I swear by it. Seeing them side by side, the skirt looks better on the model's shape, and my old top is not nearly as similar as I thought (shape is similar but print is a lighter color palette). I'm also trying on new shoes here - but I can see in the picture that they don't come up high enough on my foot (I want it more at the ankle like designer pairs I've seen). I may try this outfit idea with other items already in my closet, I'm always game for a good mix of neutrals!

Top: Express, $35 (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: Limited, $30
Shoes: ShoeDazzle, $39 
Hat: J.Crew Factory, $17 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Top is 5 years ago. Hat is recent. Skirt and shoes are new, returning both.

Gap  /  ASOS  /  Alloy
Rag and Bone  /  Forever 21  /  H&M
Forever 21 /  7 For All Mankind  /  River Island

Speaking of skirts, let's talk about another kind that's hot right now - the denim skirt! If you don't already have one from a decade or two ago, here are a few under $100 that I'm loving.

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Truth

A couple days ago I went down a rabbit hole called Instagram, and discovered a whole new world that I was previously unaware of. So. many. pretty. pictures. I left feeling inspired, and wanting to get creative with outfits and photographs. Like this photo above. In Instagram world, the caption would read "Sunday after church" or something equally whimsical. 

But part of me feels uncomfortable posting this photo without sharing that when I got home from church I realized I still had a huge price tag sticker on the bottom of my shoe. Shoes that despite their tiny, practical heel gave me blisters almost instantly. And that I only brought the hat with me to church for photo purposes. It will always be in my nature to want to share that kind of information, no matter how popular sharing perfect, idyllic pictures becomes.  

I hope the creativity keeps flowing, but for now I'll serve it with a big slice of reality on the side. Just like I like it.

Dress: J.Crew Factory, $59 (sold out)
Hat: Ann Taylor, $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nine West/DSW, $25 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Steve Madden c/o Ross, $25 (similar, similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Hat and dress are 2 years ago. Shoes are last year. Purse is recent.  

Shoptiques  /  JCPenney  /  Aqua  /  Amazon
Betsey Johnson  /  ModCloth  /  ASOS  /  Aqua
ASOS  /  JCPenney  /  Shoptiques  /  ModCloth