Today's Everyday Fashion: Style Experiments

 
Wool hat with fringe chandelier earrings
Inspiration: Express

Inspiration: Express

 
 
Floral top, suede skirt, lace up heels, wool hat
 

Several of my posts lately have had a similar theme - new items, trends or styles that I'm testing the waters with and unsure of. Which might seem a little silly, right? If you're unsure about it, it should go right back on the rack? That can certainly be the right answer at times, but for me, my absolute favorite purchases and outfits are often the ones that I feel the most uneasy about. I think it's because my goal for dressing is often to push the envelope and be right outside my comfort zone. Last week I thought an outfit might be too "medieval," another shirt was a "sailor costume" and today I look straight out of a 70's party! I ride the "undecided" line a lot, but that's what (to me) makes getting dressed the most fun!

Would you wear today's outfit, or does it venture too far into costume territory for you?

Top: J.Crew Factory, $23
Skirt: Charlotte Russe, $33 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Hat: Express, $12 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: ShoeMint, $75 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse and hat are 3 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Top is 6 months ago. Skirt and earrings are recent.

70's floral blouses under $100

Today's Everyday Fashion: Black Jeans

 
Inspiration: Express

Inspiration: Express

 
 
Black tee, black jeans, cognac accessories
 

There are two things I love about my inspiration photo: the simplicity of black jeans with a black top, and black paired with cognac brown. I did both in my own copycat outfit, although the addition of the turquoise necklace may have un-simplified it a bit (an easy fix if you prefer the subdued version). During the day I'd switch out the clutch to a cross body in the same color. Overall this is such an easy outfit idea that I'll be keeping in my arsenal anytime I need to throw something on and go!

Tee: Lamixx c/o, $20 (similar, similar)
Jeans: American Eagle, $37 (similar below)
Shoes: Dolce Vita, $50
Clutch: Limited, $23 (similarsimilar, similar)
Necklace: H&M, $17 (similarsimilarsimilarsimilar)
Ring: My Stella & Dot, $39
Approx. dates: Tee and clutch are 3 years ago. Jeans are 1 year ago. Shoes and necklace are recent.

Distressed black denim under $100

Target  /  LOFT  /  Express  /  Blank  /  Gap
Rachel Roy  /  Asos Petite  /  American Eagle  /  Free People  /  Express

Today's Everyday Fashion: Ode to Summer

 
Tiny pineapple from our backyard
 

Summer... I just can't quit you. I like other seasons: during fall I'm having fun reminiscing about summer, during winter I'm craving summer and then spring is a lovely prelude to summer. This summer was particularly good. We had way too much fun hosting more pool parties than I can count, a couple trips to the beach, and enjoyed the backyard. For our "fiesta" themed pool party last weekend, we made pina coladas and a taco bar, and JJ brought me the cutest surprise - two tiny pineapples he found in our yard! (We used them for decor and haven't attempted to eat them yet, although we did have some home grown strawberry guava.) 

Another great memory from this summer was our mini-vacay to St. Pete two weekends ago. Check out our photos below (some were previously posted on Instagram and others are new). I'll be relishing these last few weeks of summer and I'm already looking forward to next year!