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

Today's Everyday Fashion: July 4th

Guys, it's America's birthday next weekend!! I love birthdays, I love America, I love red, white and blue, I love fireworks... I'm just a little excited. I'll be in a swim suit and coverup on the 4th, but you better believe I'll be rocking this outfit during the July 4th weekend at some point (flag optional). I shared some more fun patriotic ideas below. What are you wearing for Independence Day this year?

Top: White Plum c/o, $32
Shorts: J.Crew Factory, $24 (longer, skirt)
Shoes: Minnetonka c/o, $53 (same)
Purse: Stella & Dot (similarsimilar)
Sunglasses: Kohl's c/o, $5 (similarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Shorts, shoes and purse are last year. Top is new.