December 4, 2016

Outfit: Blue Tights, Maroon Skirt, Leather Jacket, and Leopard Flats

Jo Totes Abby Leather Jacket Maroon Skater Skirt Blue Tights Leopard Flats from Target

I wear this skirt a lot. 

It's the perfect skater skirt length, a slightly heavy material so it doesn't blow up in the wind too easily, and an extremely versatile maroon color. I styled it in my last outfit post too, but I hope you don't mind! 

I spent a good amount of the weekend sorting through and editing my pictures from my trip to Europe and picked out a few of this outfit I wore in Bruges. I loved the way the blue tights and maroon skirt photographed together, especially when paired with my leopard print flats from Target! I topped everything off with my faux leather jacket which is on top of a gray mock turtleneck shirt that you can barely see here. It was too cold to walk around jacket-less!

My Jo Totes bag here, the Abby model in black, was purchased new for the trip and was the absolute perfect size for traveling Europe. I needed something not too big to be burdensome while wandering around but that could still fit the essentials. I fit my camera in there with a zoom lens, an extra 50mm fixed lens, my phone, our passports, extra camera cards, the pocket wi-fi, many cords, and two battery bricks to charge stuff. Not too bad! 

Bruges Travel Outfit wearing Leather Jacket Flippy Skirt Blue Tights and Flats
Short Blonde Hair Faux Leather Jacket Maroon H&M Skirt
Target Leopard Print Strappy Flats with Blue Tights
Pairing Blue and Maroon with Leopard Print
Faux Leather Coat Black Camera Bag Oxblood Skater Skirt F21 Blue Tights Leopard Shoes
jacket: ashley by twenty-six international - ross | shirt, skirt: h&m | tights: forever 21 | shoes: target | bag: jo totes

So how is your December going so far? I'm still kind of in shock that it is, in fact, December at all. I'm somewhat ready for Christmas festivities but have been mostly preoccupied with wedding research. My venue is all booked so we can officially start finding and booking other vendors. Exciting! And stressful. Other than that, not a whole lot is up. 

I apologize for the slowdown in posting the past few months. I hope to get back to a regular schedule once we find a new place to live again! Thanks for sticking around if you're reading this!

Happy Sunday!

November 26, 2016

Outfit: Lace Up Top, Skater Skirt, Patterned Tights, and Novelty Pins

Patterned Tights Maroon Skater Skirt Lace Up Shirt Novelty Pins

Happy Saturday to you! For this post-Thanksgiving weekend, here's an outfit that really represents my fall style this year before we head into Christmas-y holiday times. Something trendy, something trusty, cool tights, and novelty pins. 

I found these tights from last year in a drawer (I'd forgotten they exist) and love them. They're the kind I'm scared to wear too often because I don't want them to get ruined. The top is new from H&M, the skirt is old from H&M, and my awesome novelty pins were a birthday present from my sister. Barb from Stranger Things and FBI badge Simpsons Mulder are the perfect touches for any outfit!

Stranger Things and The Simpsons Novelty Pins from Punky Pins
Black Lace Up Forever 21 Shirt with Novelty Pins and a Maroon Skirt
Side Patterned Black Tights Flippy Skirt Wedge Bootsd Lace Up V-neck Shirt
top, skirt: h&m | tights: forever 21? | boots: target | pins: punky pins

In non-outfit-related news, wedding planning is chugging along even though it's a year away. We spent Black Friday wedding dress shopping and I ended up buying the second dress I tried on - after trying a few more after it! I'm excited to wear it! Everything's getting real.

I have a four-day weekend for the holiday so I've mostly been spending it online shopping, playing with the dog, and nursing a cold. Nothing exciting outside of wedding dress shopping but that's enough excitement to make up for a whole month's excitement, I think. How has your weekend been? And have you picked up anything good with all the sales going on?

Have a happy rest of your weekend!

November 18, 2016

The Fringe Off: Styling Ruffles

White Ruffled and Lace Up Shirt Plaid Mini Skirt Yellow Tights Clogs

It's been nearly a year since our last The Fringe Off collaboration - see how we styled tacky Christmas sweaters last winter - but here we are again styling ruffles! Be sure to check out how everyone else styled this trend at the end of this post. 

The ruffled shirt, the star of this post, is from Forever 21 and combines two recent trends: lace up and ruffles. My plaid skirt is a new favorite that I got from Primark when I was over in Scotland last month. The brown clogs are from Kork Ease's less expensive brand, Korks, and they're the comfiest things. I'll be so sad when they wear out. 

This outfit is one of my favorites I've put together lately. I'm excited it's finally cool enough for tights at home because I think the mustard yellow tights add a lot to this look. It all just seems very "fall" to me! It's also been interesting seeing how my clothes and usual color schemes look with blonde hair instead of red.

Forever 21 Ruffled Lace Up Blouse with Blue and White Plaid Skirt
Primark Plaid Mini Skirt Mustard Yellow Tights Tawny brown Clogs
Forever 21 White Ruffled and Lace Up Shirt Detailing
Fall Outfit Plaid Mini Skirt Ruffled White Blouse and Mustard Yellow Tights
top: forever 21 | skirt: primark | tights: forever 21 | clogs: korks - shoe carnival

And in case you wanted to see it - here's my "travel" engagement ring below. It's vintage with mixed metal and green garnet and is super pretty. My fancy one is being made but I think this one is pretty fancy itself! Once the other one arrives, I'll probably wear this one on my right hand most days. "Why would anyone need two engagement rings?" you may ask. Answer: Matt didn't want to drag along a pricey ring on our 2+ week trek through 4 countries but still wanted to propose with a ring while over there. 

Gold and Green Garnet Engagement Ring, Sky Blue Nails, Plaid Skirt
Navy Blue, Red and Gray Plaid Skirt with Zipper Details
Petite Outfit Plaid Mini Skirt Yellow Tights Lace Up Ruffled Collar Shirt Tawny Brown Clogs

Be sure to check out everyone else in The Fringe Off's awesome blog posts styling ruffles. I hope they inspire you to try out this often-recurring trend! Have a fantastic weekend!

November 6, 2016

Outfit: Wide Legged Jeans with a Striped Top and Little Mermaid Funko Pop Necklace

Wide Legged Target Jeans Navy Blue Tee Funko Pop Little Mermaid Necklace

Being under 5 feet tall can make finding certain clothes nearly impossible. Take bell bottom jeans for example. People say, "Oh you can hem them!" Wrong. Once hemmed, the flared awesomeness - the part that makes them "bell," disappears. This means we vertically challenged have to find jeans actually made for our non-Amazonian legs. This is a challenge.

Since I've been seeing more bell bottoms and wide-legged jeans online, I didn't hesitate to try on the pair I noticed at Target a couple months ago. They were marked with an "R" for regular length which is a glorious mark in my mind because that usually means that an "S" for short exists somewhere in the universe. Luckily I was right as I tried on the regular length and they were much, much too long for me. I immediately went online, found the short version (they're still online!), and ordered them. Here they are in their wide-legged splendor!

I've actually been wearing these jeans to work a lot paired with various blouses or t-shirts and cardigans. The dark wash makes them pretty versatile. Here's a very casual styling of them. with an old striped shirt (that I probably should get rid of by now since it's a little faded) and my super awesome Little Mermaid Funko Pop necklace that I got at this year's Dragon Con.

Little Mermaid Funko Pop Necklace
Wide Legged Dark Wash Jeans and Striped Blue T-shirt
jeans: | top: forever 21 | wedges: ynot? - shoe carnival | necklace: dragon con vendor | ring: vintage hand-me-down

So what do you think? Have you gotten on board with any styles of jeans outside the usual skinny jeans? I wear both still and enjoy that so many styles are "in style" at the same time. 

And how has your week been? I spent way too much at the Sephora 20% off sale and picked up some cool dresses at Ross that I'll show you soon. I'm just getting super excited for Thanksgiving and a couple days off to lounge around the house, eat food and watch TV - particularly the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. What are your plans for the next couple weeks? I'd love to hear about them!

Have a fantastic rest of your Sunday!

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