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Bold

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When I decided to purchase this skirt from White Plum, I envisioned wearing it with bright pink or my neon yellow heels, but it’s actually more green than yellow, and the pink just didn’t feel quite right.

I finally pulled this old neutral blouse out of the closet in a last ditch effort to make something work, and I was surprisingly pleased!  I think it works because it allows the boldness of the skirt to speak for itself.  The necklace was just a happy accident that brought it all together perfectly.

May I also add that this skirt style would look great on anyone!  I love the definition of the high waistline coupled with the roominess below.  Whether you go with a bold print or a solid color, the shape is definitely universally flattering, and I would like to add a few more to my collection, starting with the toucans below!  Which one would you pick?

Feeling Lucky

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Look 2 Necklace: Maurices, old / Shorts: Old Navy nearly exact / Sandals, old similar here and here

How could I not feel lucky wearing a blouse covered in horseshoes?  When I first spotted this top, I was instantly crazy about the print, and the gold hardware and loose flowy fit just made me love it even more!

I styled it a couple different ways-The first for work with a pair of black skinny jeans, a delicate necklace, and gold wedge heels.  For more causal wear, I switched into shorts, and gave it a slightly more boho effect with a chunkier metallic necklace and gold sandals.

I chose turquoise and red accessories to give a little color pop against the black and white.

Unfortunately, this top is sold out on White Plum, and my luck ended when I tried to find one like it.  I searched the world wide web high and low for a horseshoe print blouse to no avail.  The closest I could find was covered in horses, which is cool too because I quite love horses.  Horses not your thing?  How about birds, dogs, elephants, or zebras?  I found plenty of those (see links above).  They may not bring you quite as much luck, but they sure will look pretty cute!

Which one of these looks do you like better?  How would you wear one of these printed blouses?

Have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!

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black shorts

Old Navy

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Steve Madden handbag

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In Full Swing

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Jacket: Levi’s, old hand-me-down nearly exact Option 1, Option 2, Option 3 / Blouse: Maurices, last winter similar,  / Skirt: White Plum, this summer / Booties: Maurices, last winter similar here and here (ooh la la!) / Earrings: Gift

I ordered this skirt back in the summer from White Plum and paired it with a plain white tee and graphic wedge sandals.  I knew from the first time I wore it that all it needed to carry over into fall was a pair of black tights!

I love everything about this skirt: the full flare, turquoise polka dots, and pockets?  Come on with it!  I know those teensy skater skirts have been all the rage this year, but seriously, where am I going to wear such a thing?

This baby will easily transition right into winter by swapping out the booties for a pair of knee-high boots and adding a thicker sweater for extra warmth.

I put together a collection of adorable high-waisted, full skirts, from solid neons to graphic floral prints, that I would love to have hanging next to this one in my closet right about now.  Are you loving these fuller options as much as I am?

A Date Night Look

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Sunglasses: Wal-Mart, recent similar, similar/ Top: Sisters (local boutique) last fall / Shorts: Old Navy, last year similar 3 1/2″, similar 5″(length pictured) and plus, similar 7″, similar bermuda 10″plus  / Wedges: Target, old similar, similar,  / Purse: last year similar, clutch

I know I haven’t posted a lot of casual-ish outfits, but that’s just because I’m in dressier clothes most of the time.  During the week, I come home from work and put on my comfies.  On Friday nights, our favorite date lately has been to grill steaks and sit around a fire on the back porch, and Saturdays are spent doing things around the house, and, weather permitting, taking a bike ride to grab a bite of supper.  On Sundays, I’m back in dress clothes.

Well, this past Friday night, we had to run to Bloomington, so we took advantage of the opportunity to eat at Scotty’s Brewhouse (highly recommend), and I was excited to actually get dressed up for a real date:)  Since I have 4 million pairs of shorts that I rarely wear, I thought it would be fun to dress up a pair with wedge heels, my fave shoe choice of late!  I like them b/c they add a few inches to my legs and are slimming; however, they make whatever you’re wearing, whether a skirt or shorts, appear shorter than they actually are…

My solution for not feeling too exposed is to wear a loose-fitting, modest top to balance out the lack of coverage on the bottom half, but the bright colors and paisley print keep it fun and fresh.

What’s your favorite way to dress up a pair of shorts?  Check out today’s gallery for several more blouse styles that would do the trick:

Making It Work

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Fedora: Walmart, last summer similar, similar / Necklace: old similar, similar / Blouse: Goody’s, last fall / Cardigan (similar) and Shorts: Old Navy, this spring / Wristlet: Maurices, this spring / Wedges: Delia’s, 3 years ago

This is what I wore home from Jamaica.  It’s a bit dressier than my departure outfit here, but these shoes were taking up the most room in my suitcase, and something had to give.  Why does it always seem harder to fit it all in on the the way there than on the way home?

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Anyway, I loved the way this blouse looked with my shorts (with little pink anchors…obsession) and knew I wanted to try a similar combination for work when I got home.

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Necklace: Rue 21, this spring similar / Blouse: Goody’s / Cardigan (similar): Old Navy, this spring / Bracelets: Rue 21, last winter / Skirt: JCPenney, this spring / Peep-toe Wedges: K-Mart, last year

I definitely like the first outfit the best because I love the multi-colored beads and the wedges that give it a bit of a tropical vibe.  Unfortunately, that just didn’t come through in my work version.  The wedges looked a little awkward with my pencil skirt, so I compromised with the nude peep-toes.  And without the wedge sandals, the beaded necklace just didn’t feel quite right, so I replaced it with the statement necklace.

In the end, I guess it worked, but I will definitely be making another attempt.  Do you like either of these looks?  If so, which one do you like best?

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Anchors Away

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Earrings: Goody’s, new similar / Necklace: Premier, old / Blouse: Old Navy, new (limited sizes left) similar / Belt: Target, this winter / Cardigan: Old Navy, new / Watch: Fossil, old / Bracelet: Sisters (local boutique) b-day gift last year / Skirt, old / Heels: Sisters, 2 years ago similar, open-toe

As promised, here is an outfit I created with one of my new nautical anchor prints from my spring shopping spree a couple of weeks ago.  When I bought this blouse, I really had no intention of dressing it up; I was thinking more along the lines of shorts and flip-flops or as a fun bathing suit cover-up.  Problem is, it hasn’t been warm enough for any of those things! I was itching to wear it anyway, so this is what I came up with.

I wore it to church Sunday, and the first thing my sister said to me was, “Ahoy!”  Guess I got my point across;)

How would you style this anchor print blouse?  Dressy or casual?  With different color accents?  I’d love to hear your ideas.  Here are a few more ways that I’d love to try:

With more red and white

H&MOld Navy / The Limited / Target

With yellow

  Dillard’s / Nine West / Old Navy (plus option) /

With other prints

TargetJ Crew Factory / Old Navy / Skechers

Showing Some Skin

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Suit (same skirt in black) & Blouse: c/o my clothes fairy / Belt: Target, this winter / Purse: Dooney & Bourke, old, family gift / Boots: JCP, recent similar

Want to know my very favorite thing about this outfit?  The suit and blouse were absolutely free!  From time to time, when I get to work, a clothes fairy has left a bag of goodies on my chair, and it just makes my day:)

Sometimes, I wake up in a suit kind of mood, which basically means I didn’t have time to plan a work outfit, probably woke up late, and need an option that doesn’t take a lot of thought but still looks pulled together and professional (see more of my thoughts on suits here).

I tried a couple of darker, solid-colored tops but finally settled on this snakeskin print blouse.  Even though winter has made an unwelcome (and hopefully brief!) comeback, I’m still craving color, and the purple print helped brighten things up a bit.

How do you feel about snakeskin print?  Would you wear any of the options below?  I would wear the neutral dress with a bright pink cardigan or heels.

Old Navy / Vanity / JCP /

H&M / Kohl’s / Kohl’s