Who needs a great summer skirt?

Hello world!!  I have been looking for a summer skirt for a couple of weeks and just was not finding exactly what I was looking for.  Then I was randomly at the mall the other day returning an online purchase and I meandered into H&M.  I was just going to take a quick look around see if anything caught my eye.  I found this amazing skirt for only $13.

I saw it and was like I need to have this skirt just based on the color alone, its this really great light green that is perfect for summer.  It has a chiffon maxi skirt over top of a short under skirt and two high slits on the side.   I bought it and just wanted to wear it out immediately, so obviously I wore it when I went out with my friends that night. I paired it with my favorite bralette and a brown belt to highlight my waist.   I got a lot of compliments on the skirt and a lot of people thought it was a dress, which I love because it means my outfit went together exceptionally well.

This skirt would also work really well with white shirts, actually one of the reasons I bought it was to wear it with my white tank tops.  If you are looking for a solid shirt to pair with your crop tops I would recommend this one.  I love it and cannot wait to wear it again.

Note that the link does not show this color, I tried to find this exact one on the website but I could not.  I would go to H&M because they also had this skirt not only in the above color but also in an amazing bright blue color I almost bought as well.  Also I looked for that exact bralette but could not find it, I did find similar ones to it like this one and this one.

A few things I do not like about the skirt, but am going to live with are…

  1. The waist band is just an elastic band which makes the skirt look cheaper.  My fix for this is to tuck that band into the skirt so that no one see it.
  2. The underskirt  does rise up (you were warned) but this is not as noticeable with the chiffon long skirt.

Can I Wear Color to a Funeral?

Hello People!  Can I wear color to a funeral?  What is appropriate attire to wear to a funeral/ memorial/ wake?  For the first time in a long time I needed to figure this out and I no longer live by/ near my family so I couldn’t just see what they wear and then alter as needed.

So I had the question- can I only wear black?  Can I mix in any other colors? What is appropriate?  I decided on the below outfit.

I wore a basic black fit and flare dress and paired it with a navy professor blazer, added my brown clutch and white necklace to finish off the outfit.  I live by the standard that navy is a neutral color and can be paired as such.  This worked for the funeral because it was still within the color scheme (dark colors) and I did not feel like I stuck out for wearing this as a jacket.   I did have a long debate about the necklace because it was white and gold and kind of became a focal point.  I did have a similar necklace with black jewels that I had planned to wear but it felt like a little too much and was very hard to see with the dress, while the white brightened up the outfit a little bit.

If you are going to wear a color I would do it very tactfully.   I would advise for a more toned down color such as navy (like me), brown or a dark grey which would all be suitable for a funeral.  I would not wear any color that could be considered a bight color.  As a bright color will draw more attention to the fact that you are not wearing black and make you stick out.

If you knew the person very well then I think you can deviate from the above and wear an outfit/ dress that that person really loved to see you in regardless of the brightness of the outfit.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Later!

The key to travel clothing is comfort

Hello Hello Hello!  I mean what else am I going to do when stuck at the airport besides blog about travel clothes?  The best tips for travel attire to make packing easier and less stressful are to wear your bulkiest clothes or something that you don’t want to get wrinkled.  Beyond that I always want to be comfortable when I travel, you are either going to be stuck in a car driving, a cramped airplane seat or on a train.  None of these are the most enjoyable options so might as well wear clothes that are comfortable.  Me personally I also want to look put together when traveling, never know who you could meet in an airport.  (Although I would never wear high heels traveling that seems like way too much effort for me).

Today I went straight to the airport from work in order to catch my flight so I had balance work appropriate clothing with my desire for comfort.  I went for jeans, because they are the bulkiest item I would be traveling with (jean take up way too much space in a suitcase).  These are my light jeans that I roll into capris and I have broken them in to the point they are comfortable and stretchy, I’m currently sitting cross legged in an airport chair with no issues.  I do wear leggings to travel sometimes but its summer so I don’t need them and they are easy to pack in luggage.

My shirt I am all about that loose shirt that kind of just flows, this is my favorite since it has the amazing shear back.  Which in reality also acts as a vent when it is hot in the airport or on the plane or it’s summer and just hot outside. The style and fabric of this shirt is perfect for travel for to reasons.  First the fabric is soft and does not show wrinkles as well as it is long in the back so it will cover your butt.  I got this shirt from stitch fix and have looked for similar ones I found this and this.

Blazer served a dual purpose, first I didn’t want it to wrinkle in my bag because I needed it for something important.  Second purpose is that I did not feel like wearing an undershirt with the top so it served to cover up my back since the shirt had a shear back. I love this professor blazer, its one of my favorites.  I got it at H&M years ago but I found this one that appears to be similar.

Shoes- Toms, I always try to travel in these especially when flying because you have to take off them for security.  Easily slip them on and then back off.

Later

 

My Forever21 Shopping Spree

Hello World!    I know this seems like an oxymoron but hey what can you do…

So Forever21, I shopped here all the time in high school and college and found some great items but then I graduated and became a young professional.  I thought that I needed to graduate my wardrobe to higher quality clothes/ stores now that I was working.  (Also Forever21 stores kind of make me claustrophobic).  I always had the thought that as a business professional now, I should pick more professional places to shop and that I was too old for Forever21.

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Then recently I have found some great items for my wardrobe there at some cheap prices.  So yea I went on a Forever21 shopping spree which is easier on my wallet since I only spent like $30.  I also shopped online to avoid the store all together.

Here are my purchases- there was a huge sale on the 4th so I really looked for casual summer clothes to add to my closet.  (Please excuse the wrinkles I just got them in the mail).  I am most excited about this blue dress, it was basically the reason I shopped on the site and looked for other clothes.  It is exactly my style, kind of lose all over except for the elastic right at the waist.  With the style of the dress it is more casual and I am excited to wear this.  Be sure to keep an eye out I will wear this soon and will post pictures.

After I put this in my cart I decided to look and see if there was anything else I liked that was on sale since I could get free shipping at $30.  I found this red dress, which has these straps on top that cross and is lose which piqued my interest.  And after a debate I was like sure, I can buy it at that price, I am sure I will wear it.  Now  I was really close to free shipping and I was now determined to get it.  So I meandered around the site and found this crop top, which has a front detail that is open and crisscrossing fabric down the front.  After no debate I added it to my cart and was good to go with my free shipping.

I have now gone back to using Forever21 to furnish my casual wardrobe, I am aware that these are not the best quality but I am ok with that.  And I still have a few pieces from back in the day that I still wear so sometimes the last.  I am excited about my summer additions and will be wearing them soon.  Close ups of the details on the red dress and crop top.

  • note all these are on sale
  • the blue dress has pockets.
  • And I will continue to check back to Forever21 online when looking for a trendy outfit- so I don’t need to spend a lot for a trend that may only be this season.

This shirt – soft, comfy And cute

Hello Hello Hello – I am here to share with you this treasure of a shirt that I have found.

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I have been looking for an open shoulder/ cut out shoulder top all summer.  I kind of stumbled across this one on Amazon and ordered because it was on Prime and it was less than $15.  I got this shirt and loved it immediately.  It is one of the softest shirts I own and is also made of a really light fabric which is perfect for summer and remarkably comfortable. Since the shirt is big and long it will billow in the wind nicely which will show off your figure. I really like big long shirts because they will cover my butt when I wear skinny jeans.

This shirt is convenient because it is so easy to throw on but it looks so stylish and on trend right now that you will look put together.  I wore this to my friends cookout and got a lot of compliments.  Was even asked why I dressed up so much (it was really chill like sweatpants chill).

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This is the outfit I wore to the cookout with a pair of toms, it was actually kind of cold here so the pants were necessary, I also wore this outfit to work on casual Friday and it worked out nicely.

Anyways I was skeptical about buying this shirt at first because there were mixed reviews about sizing.  Some people said it ran big and others said it ran small, how that’s possible I don’t know.  I personally think this shirt runs large, this is a small and I feel like I should have bought a size smaller.  Also since this is Amazon there are like 20 different colors you can choose from.

Later!

Ahh The Skinny Belt

The who, what, where, when, and how- but really just the what, when and how.

Skinny Belts – Yea I know when I first got one of these I was not too thrilled, like what are they used for?  Certainly not holding up your pants haha.  I got my first skinny belt with a dress and I immediately took it off the dress and thought I would never use it.  Turns out I was really wrong about that.

How? – I have already covered that they will not hold up your pants. So typically I wear my skinny belts to help define my waist when I wear a cardigan.  Some of my cardigans are big blankets and hide my waist and others times I use my belt to bring the cardigan to my waist.

 

These are examples of using them to define my waist.  The first two pics are actually of the same dress styled with a blanket cardigan and the black belt underneath to highlight my small waist which kind of gets lost with this cardigan.  The other two are styled similarly – I used the skinny belt to pull the cardigan into my waist to define it as the center point of the outfit.   I like the wear the belts both ways.

The other way I really like to wear them is to add a little bit more color to the outfit.

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Lately I  love adding this woven brown belt or one of my black belts to this red skirt to add an additional detail right at my waist.  I love that there is a little bit of the red poking over the top of the belt, I think it adds a little extra to the outfit.

So now the when – usually I wear these to work because they really work best with my work outfits.  Since I do not like to wear tight clothes to my office I use the belts to really define my waist.  I do wear them casually with dresses I just do not have any pics of those currently.

 

Moral of this story is don’t ever rule out a certain fashion trend because you might come around to it.  I am happy I never gave away the 2 belts that came with the dresses I bought, because of them I discovered I really do like these belts.  Have even gone out and purchased a few.

I bought my woven belt at a flea market but this one metallic. is pretty similar and I love the look of it.