Today's Everyday Fashion: Gingham with Ruffles

Gingham top with ruffle sleeves
Gingham top with ruffle sleeves, Adidas sneakers
Gingham top with ruffle sleeves
Gingham top with ruffle sleeves

Gingham is having a moment this year! And combining the preppy print with ruffles pretty much turns me into the emjoi with hearts for eyes. This shirt is the second (and final) item in my recent Zara order. It's an instant statement maker that you can throw on with just about anything. I can see it working with black trousers or a pencil skirt for work, but with my current sneaker obsession I decided to go down the casual road first.  Are you a fan of gingham for spring/summer?

Top: Zara, $26
Jeans: JCPenney c/o, $30
Sneakers: Adidas c/o Amazon, $79 (same)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Sunglasses: Express, $18 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Sunglasses and jeans are 1 year ago. Sneakers are recent. Top is new.

Gingham on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: Mara Hoffman Success

Mara Hoffman rainbow bird maxi
Mara Hoffman rainbow bird maxi
Mara Hoffman rainbow bird maxi

That moment when you finally buy a brand that you've loved for years and never felt like you could afford. My budget hasn't changed. But after posting about loving Mara Hoffman a month ago, I started thinking... why not afford this brand? It may take a chunk of my budget. But if I know that I will wear this maxi dress way more often because I love it so much more than other dresses, then it makes sense! I did due diligence and waited until the price was as low as possible - using an old trick where I keep adding dresses to my cart until I figure out how many are left in stock. I use the # in stock to determine whether to wait or pull the trigger. In this case there were 6 left so I waited until the price went down to $98. My patience was rewarded because the dress is SO pretty in person! As colorful and vibrant as I hoped. The second dress below was a bit of a surprise - it's swim material (like an actual swim suit) so not sure if I'm keeping it yet. The maxi is a total score though, and hopefully a good lesson in spending more to get the items you really love! 

Dress: Mara Hoffman/6pm, $98
Clutch: Gap, $16 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott c/o NM, $55 (same)
Sunglasses: LOFT, $10
Approx. dates: Purse is 5 years ago. Earrings are recent. Dress is new.

Mara Hoffman mini swim dress
Mara Hoffman mini swim dress

Dress: Mara Hoffman/6pm, $53 (same)
Bag: Banana Republic, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Sunglasses: LOFT, $10
Approx. dates: Bag is 6 years ago. Earrings are recent. Dress is new.

Mara Hoffman under $200

more Mara Hoffman under $200

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Today's Everyday Fashion: Hot Pink Peplum

Inspiration: Stella & Dot

Inspiration: Stella & Dot

Hot pink peplum, white jeans
Hot pink peplum, white jeans, blue necklace
Hot pink peplum, cobalt tassel necklace

Copying outfit ideas from catalogs and magazines has always been my thing. And why not use a shortcut to make getting dressed faster and easier?! I loved the combination of hot pink top and cobalt necklace in this catalog photo. I added white jeans and nude heels, and the end result is an outfit I will absolutely be throwing on for dinner dates this spring and summer. Hopefully it's an outfit idea that you can use, too! 

Top: H&M, $26
Jeans: Express, $37 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson c/o Macy's, $59 (same)
Purse: Gap, $16 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 5 years ago. Shoes are 3 years ago. Jeans and top are 6 months ago. 

Hot pink tops on a budget