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

February 23, 2015

THREE OF MY FAVORITE TRENDS FOR SPRING














OUTFIT #1: ASTR neon skirt | similar chambray | BP bag | strappy ankle boots (sold out, similar here) | michael kors watch  


Gosh, there are so many good trends for spring, all of which I'm dying to add to my closet and/or DIY. Three of my absolute favorites are fringe, chartreuse, and kimonos.

But trying out new trends can sometimes get expensive, so Nordstrom's junior section is one of my secrets to getting great trends without spending a lot. BP, Savvy, Topshop, and ASTR all have good quality and super on-trend pieces, but don't break the bank. And most of their pieces have women sizing so you don't have to be junior size to wear them.

I picked up a few new things for spring from some of these brands and can't wait to wear them all spring long. This fringe shoulder bag from BP is under $30, and is the perfect accessory to add some texture to your outfit. I'm also loving fringe on shoes (like my ankle boots), shirts, skirts, and dresses. You can bet you'll see some fringe DIY's coming to the blog soon! Chartreuse is the most spring-y color you could possibly wear and looks good on everyone, so of course this chartreuse pencil skirt from ASTR instantly caught my eye when I spotted it in the store a few weeks agoAnd as for kimonos...well, I just can't get enough. They are the perfect flowy, lightweight top you can wear with shorts and a tee shirt, over a swimsuit, or even with a pencil dress. I've added a couple to my closet already and plan to add a few more because they're just so comfortable and versatile. I'm obsessed with the embroidery detail on this one from ASTR.

So pick up one or more of these trends and rock them with me this spring! And find more of my favorites from these brands by scrolling through the widget below -- everything is under $100!





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photos by jana laurene
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