March 2, 2015

HOW TO STYLE YOUR SUMMER PIECES IN EARLY SPRING










OUTFIT DETAILS: dress made by me (tutorial here, similar here and here) | j.crew jacket (on sale here, wearing size xx-small) | tights | michael stars hat | kate spade bag (sold out, similar here for under $25!) | chinese laundry ankle boots


We've had a cold snap in Southern California this past week, so we've gotten a taste of real spring weather (i.e. cold). During the spring I always get the itch to pull out my summer clothes, since I'm totally sick of my winter clothes by then, but those summer clothes can be a little too lightweight for those cool spring months. This gray pleated dress is one of my favorite summer pieces, but with a few additions it's the perfect spring outfit.

Try these three tips for styling them for spring so you can get a little early use out of those summer pieces. Plus, once summer rolls around, you can wear them a completely different way (like you can see I did with this dress here) so you won't be sick of them yet!

1. Lightweight Layering. The easiest way to warm up a summer piece and make it more cold-weather appropriate is to add lightweight layers. Lightweight jackets are my favorite for spring because those days are often cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. So try something that will give you enough warmth for the first part of the day, but won't give you heat stroke by mid-day.

My field jacket from J.Crew is the perfect spring jacket, but I also love this one from Old Navy, and this one and this one from Gap.

2. Add winter accessories. This is the easiest way to make any dress look season appropriate. Try boots, tights, scarves, or hats to complete your cool-weather look. You don't have to do all of them, just pick and choose which ones work best with your outfit and with each other. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to wear no more than three cold-weather accessories at a time. Otherwise your outfit becomes cluttery and overwhelming.

3. Pair with dark colors. My dress here is gray, obviously, but you can style your brighter, more summery clothing using these tips as well. To make a summery dress more winter-y, add darker, warmer colors to it to make it feel cold-weather appropriate. I added a navy blue jacket, a dark gray hat, and a deep wine colored tights to complete my spring look.

Try these styling tips to get a ton more use out of your closet this spring and summer!


February 27, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: SCOOPED HEM BLOUSE WITH PUFFED SLEEVES











OUTFIT DETAILS: top made by me (similar here) | similar denim | similar wedges here and here | petunia pickle bottom bag | karen walker sunglasses | similar necklace here and here 

A few weeks ago I was prepping for a photoshoot and needed a blouse to pair with a skirt I was planning to wear. I searched on a few of my go-to clothing sites (Asos, Old Navy, Nordstrom, J.Crew Factory and Anthropologie) without finding anything that filled my vision. And then, duh, I realized I should just make a top. So I did. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it and I love it to death. It's the perfect semi-boxy, semi-structured, easy to dress up or down, perfect hemline length top. 

Click through to find the sewing tutorial! 

February 25, 2015

THE MOST FLATTERING SUNGLASSES FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE



Last week we got a new dresser for our master bedroom, which meant I did a little closet organization with the newly added extra space. One of the first things I pulled out of my closet and put in the dresser were all my sunglasses. For the last few years they've been piled in a bowl on the shelf in my closet, but now they are neatly arranged in the top dresser drawer, all laid out and easy to see. I'd forgotten how many different styles I owned and how many pairs I hadn't worn in years!

Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories, not only because they protect my eyes, but they often complete an outfit for me. I love wearing all kinds of styles of sunglasses, but there are definitely some that I know I look better in than others. For example, my rectangular pairs are the most unworn of all my frames because they are the least flattering for my face shape. My wayfarer and round pairs are the most flattering, and thus get worn the very most.

Do you know what glasses are best for your face shape? Here's a quick little cheat sheet:

Square Shaped Face: Round or cateye (avoid any pairs with sharp angles)
Round Shaped Face: Oversized, rectangular, and cat-eye (avoid round pairs!)
Heart Shaped Face: Cat-eye or round glasses (avoid rectangular)
Long Face: Anything oversized, especially round (avoid any pairs with small or narrow frames)
Oval Shaped Face: Anything and everything. Buy them all!

So now you're probably thinking you need a new pair of sunglasses, right? Well you're in luck. Today I've teamed up with SunglassesShop to give away one pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses of your choice*!

Enter through the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run for one week, and the winner will be notified via email. Good luck!




*polarised/titanium and limited edition frames excluded

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