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July 30, 2014


photography by sara walk

A little white dress has become a summer staple for me, and I'm loving finding ways to wear this dress, both dressy and casual. I hadn't thought about wearing it with a super bright color though until I picked up these blue Steve Madden pumps at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I love an all neutral outfit with a pop of color, so these blue pumps were just the thing to wear with my little white dress for an unexpected dressy look. Add a few little gold details and the outfit was complete!

How would you wear a pair of bright blue shoes??

refashioned dress (tutorial here), similar here
lulu*s bag, similar here (on sale!)

July 29, 2014


A few weeks ago I did a post on Babble about a little thing I call "Outfit Completers." They're those pieces that you add at the last minute that make you go, "Yes. Now this outfit works." So in that vein, today my sisters and I are talking about our favorite outfit completers -- our go-to pieces that finish off an outfit and take it from good to amazing.

I have three that I regularly add to my outfits: statement shoes, statement necklaces, and statement bags. It's something about those statement pieces that do it for me. A big chunk of my closet is made up of pretty simple pieces, so I like to bring out some personality, color, and fun with these accessories.

Here's a few of my favorites!

Statement Necklace Shoes Bags


Now hop over to Janssen and Landen's blogs to see their outfit completers!


July 28, 2014


photos by sara walk

Halogen Dress (on sale!)
michael kors watch (on sale!)

I believe a woman can never have too many dresses. I was such a skirt girl up until about two years ago when I suddenly became completely obsessed with dresses. They're so easy to make, so I often stay up late on a Saturday night and whip one up for church the next day, and my pinterest sewing inspiration board is definitely dress-heavy. 

But my biggest challenge in hand-making a lot of my wardrobe is finding really great printed fabrics -- there are tons of great solids, and tons of fun prints in basic quilting cotton fabrics, but when it comes to apparel fabric the printed sections are so limited. So when I found this lips print dress on sale at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I knew I'd never be able to find a fabric like this to be able to make on my own, so I snatched it up. Because who wouldn't want a gorgeous, pleated dress with kissy lips all over it? Plus, how amazing will this look with a leather jacket and booties in the fall, or worn as a skirt with a cable knit sweater over the top in the winter? Or with tights and knee-high boots? I mean, the possibilities are endless. Basically it's the perfect dress, and I just wanna kiss it right back. 

click the images below to shop!

p.s. don't forget to enter my ShoeMint giveaway here!

July 25, 2014


Quilted Crossbody Bag

Dalmation Heels

Blazer and Jeans

Dalmation Print Shoes

Quilted black crossbody bag

Dalmation Print Shoes
photos by sara walk

j.crew tee (similar)
similar blazer (on sale!)
quilted crossbody bag (on sale right now for under $25!)

Dalmation (or maybe it's snow leopard?) print is one of those prints that can be classic, chic, fun, and edgy all at the same time. I've never owned anything in this print, although I've been searching for a good fabric to make a shift dress like this dalmation print dress that I pinned a year ago, so when I spotted (pun intended) these heels at ShoeMint I was instantly sold. They're a perfect pop of pattern to amp up a basic jeans and tee outfit like I did here, or would be so fun paired with a solid cobalt or leather dress, both of which are on my to-sew list.

ShoeMint also has a ton of other amazing shoes right now, most of which I would happily add to my closet. You guys know about this fabulous shoe website, right? It's a free, members-only website and once you sign up they give you personalized style recommendations, tips, and trend reports. All their shoes are super high quality and so luxurious (made of real leather, suede, and other amazing materials), and range in price from $70-$150. The best part is that they always have free shipping and free returns so you don't have to be afraid to order a pair of shoes online (which can be scary sometimes)!

Today ShoeMint is giving away one pair of shoes of your choice to one lucky winner!

To Enter:

  • Visit Shoemint and sign up (free and no obligations!), then come back and leave a comment here with your favorite pair of shoes! Please include your email address in the comments so I can reach you if you win!
The giveaway is open to the US and Canada, and will be open for one week! And if you can't wait, get $40 (!!) off your first pair when you sign up here (for first time purchasers/members only)!

Thank you to BeachMint for sponsoring this post!

July 24, 2014


A few weeks ago I asked for your advice on what to sew for this quarter. I always love feedback from you guys, so I was excited to hear what you wanted a tutorial for. And the winning request? A jumpsuit!

I've been seeing jumpsuits everywhere this season and I think they're great transitional pieces from summer to fall and winter, so it's perfect timing for a tutorial like this. Since all jumpsuits are certainly not created equal I've been searching online for a specific idea of what I want my jumpsuit to look and found the seven jumpsuits below that are all close to what I want. Now I just have to decide on a fabric -- black, solid bright color, floral? Help! Tell me what fabric you think I should go with!


jumpsuits 2


happy thursday!

July 22, 2014


With only a month left of Summer, Fall fashion is on my brain. Especially with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, since everything from their Fall lines are on sale. And when I buy a few things in anticipation of Fall, I have a really hard time resisting those new items. I mean, who wants to wait two months to wear something new? Not me. I mean, I'm always the kind to wear my new birthday clothes on my birthday...obviously I have no patience.

So when I picked up these black Sam Edelman booties at the Anniversary Sale, I knew I had to figure out a way to wear them during the summer so I could get lots of use out of them even before it started to cool off.

And even if you haven't bought any new ankle boots, dust off your pair from last season that are stuffed in the back of your closet and give them some love, because even during the summer these shoes can be totally appropriate!

First up, black and white. This chic color combination is perfect for summer, and a black bootie and clutch give it a really sleek look while still being light and airy for those sunny days. You could also do a brown and white version with a cognac bootie and crossbody bag!

j.crew factory top (similar here and here)
sam edelman booties (on sale right now!)

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During the fall I love to wear ankle booties with tights and dresses. Ditch the tights for summer and wear them with a bare leg and a lightweight summer dress. I also added a light wash denim jacket to keep the outfit feeling light and summery. This would also be perfect with a gray or brown bootie!

similar dress here, here (on sale!), and here
sam edelman bootie (on sale right now!)
jototes bag, c/o

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And finally, a simple lightweight layers look. A graphic tee is a summer staple for me, but I like to dress it up a bit with a cargo vest. Then throw on a pair of distressed jeans or denim cut-offs and your booties are the perfect final touch! 

photos by Sara Walk

DIY cargo vest (similar here, on sale!)
sam edelman booties (on sale right now!)

And here's a few more of my favorite booties on sale right now! Click the images below to shop!

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