Today's Everyday Fashion: Pony Dreams

 
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Every little girl wants a pony at some point, and today's post feels like that dream come true! How cute is Moose the mini horse?! As well as the friendliest barn cat, and Rhett who fell asleep while I was petting him. It was a special photo shoot not only because of all the furry friends, but because of the good work Crossroads Corral is doing in our community. They provide Equine Assisted Mental Health Counseling in Central Florida, with the mission to promote personal growth, hope and healing through horses. As for the outfit, I am luv-ing the retro feel of linen dresses this season! I can't imagine this classic silhouette or fabric ever being out of style. I rounded up lots of similar options below.

[photo location: Crossroads Corral, a nonprofit in Central FL]  

Dress: Stein Mart, $40 (similar below)
Hat: Nine West/Stein Mart, $25
Shoes: Marc Fisher/Amazon, $89 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Jane, $30 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 1 year ago. Hat and bag are recent. Dress is new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: Five Clothing Care Tips

 
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Re-wearing old clothes is my jam. It's great for my wallet, it's great for the environment and ultimately - I like my clothes and want to keep wearing the beautiful things I've collected! Today's dress is only two years old, but you can often find me wearing things much older. Which then begs the question: how does one keep old clothing looking fresh and new? Here are my five best care tips. I'd love to hear your tips, too!

  1. Air dry everything. Not only will you save energy (and ultimately money!) but it's also so much more gentle on your clothes. 
  2. Wear it a couple times before you wash it. If you wore it all day long (to work, for example) or got sweaty at any point, then wash it right away (the oils in your skin may actually damage clothing if too much time passes). But if you only had an outfit on for an hour or two, set it aside, and proudly repeat that outfit a couple days later before putting it through the wash.
  3. Skip traditional dry cleaning. I have been using Dryel - at home dry cleaning - for years. It's cheaper, easier, but also way more gentle on your clothes because it doesn't use harsh chemicals.
  4. Skip the iron. I swear by using a steamer to remove wrinkles because it's easier but bonus - it's also less abrasive to your clothes. I use this steamer at home and this one for travel.
  5. Carefully store things. Some items need a little more love and thought in the way they are stored. Heavy necklaces should never hang - their own weight can bend or distort them. Sweaters are also better folded, as are many handbags. 

Dress: Limited, $65 (similarsimilar)
Purse: Vince Camuto/Saks Off 5th, $70 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: JustFab, $39 (similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane c/o, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 4 years ago. Dress, purse are 2 years ago. Earrings are recent.

 
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Today's Everyday Fashion: Rainbow Remix

 
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One year later and it's the same rainbow skirt in front of the same blue wall. (See the 2017 post here!) I love last year's version, but this yellow top and shoes are both way more comfortable. I don't reach for this skirt nearly often enough, so I had to ask myself why - which is a great shopping strategy! I recommend keeping a shopping list the same way you would for the grocery store. Make notes as you go of things you need to make those favorite (but hardly worn) things in your closet work - a top that completes the outfit, for example. That way you're buying with purpose and creating complete "meals" (or outfits in this case) instead of just a bunch of ingredients!

Top: Charlotte Russe, $7 (similar below)
Skirt: ModCloth, $33 (similar below)
Shoes: JCPenney, $30
Purse: Jane c/o, $29 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Jane c/o, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 2 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Purse, earrings are recent. Top is new.

Rainbow stripe skirts on a budget

Charlotte Russe  /  Nordstrom  /  Nordstrom Rack  /  Urban Outfitters
ModCloth  /  ModCloth  /  Eloquii (plus)  /  Forever 21
Reformation (fair trade)  /  Topshop  /  Asos

Today's Everyday Fashion: My Controversial Speech

 
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I recently gave a speech in front of 500 women (gulp) and this is what I wore! My talk (which you can watch on my Instagram account via the IGTV button from your phone) is only 3 minutes long, and is essentially the main lesson from, or a condensed version of, my book. I look confident in the clip, but before stepping onto the stage I was pretty much terrified to tackle this (annoyingly) controversial subject (ie, it's controversial but it shouldn't be; my "why" for talking about it in the first place. I want fashion to be a place of freedom, not guilt and judgment). The audience reacted so positively though, and overall, it was a great event. My outfit was a bit of a last-minute decision. Floral sheaths are such an easy and comfortable to thing to throw on for any work event, and this one was no exception!

Dress: Macy's, $45 (same, same, same)
Shoes: Lord & Taylor, $29 (same, same, same)
Purse: Aldo/Amazon, $40 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings:  Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Shoes are recent. Dress is new.

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