Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sista Sista

What's better than a cute summer maxi?  Getting that summer maxi for less than $20!  I was out shopping with my sister this weekend when we both spied this lovely little thing hanging on the rack.  Both of us loved it, but I was the one who ended up taking it home.  My sister is a new mom and apparently this dress is not new-mom friendly.  It's definitely non-mom friendly so it's the newest addition to my maxi collection!  I was hoping my sister would buy it and we could have twinning moments all summer, but alas she needs something easy peasy for taking care of this little nugget
Dress|Old Navy   Belt|Charlotte Ronson   Bag|Coach   Glasses|XOXO   Sandals|F21





Monday, July 25, 2016

Heat Stroke

The temperature index had us over 100 degrees in Indiana this weekend.  I didn't dare to wear anything but a simple summer dress.  I basically wanted to do nothing but stay inside and eat popsicles!  But alas, you have to venture outside at least once a day so I pulled out my airiest sundress and popped on some simple pumps and I was good to go! 

See how I've styled this dress before here and here!
Dress|Rebecca Taylor   Pumps|Bandolino   Bag|Frank's Quality Produce   Bracelet|Gift   Sunlgasses|Michael Kors





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Unforgettable

Does anyone else have that one piece of clothing that they really like but always seem to forget they have?  For me it's this dress.  I bought it about 5 years ago and just love the pattern and colors.  For some reason I always forget I own this and I get surprised every time I see it squished between other dresses in my closet.  I don't know why, it's a memorable dress but it doesn't live in my mental closet!  Please tell me everyone does something like this and it's not early Alzheimer's setting in! 

Check out how I've styled the dress and shoes before!
Dress|Isaac Mizrahi for Target   Heels|Aldo   Bag|Coach   Sunglasses|Ray-Ban






Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Say Hello

I've got some mayjah green on green going on today.  I picked up this top for my trip to Italy in May because I fell in love with the bell sleeves. (Pro tip: Never wear bell sleeves to an Italian cooking class unless you want to drag said sleeves through flour and heaps of pasta sauce.)  You know the fun thing about sleeves like this?  It makes you want to wave at literally everyone you see.  They instantly make you appear friendlier when all you really want to do is flutter the fabric!
Top|Liz Claiborne   Skirt&Belt|Banana Republic   Bag|Coach   Pumps|Jessica Simpson   Glasses|firmoo.com





Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Secret Life of Skirts

Something about this skirt makes me so happy.  It has an almost hideous 90s print thing going on, and I could tell it was handmade when I picked it up from a thrift shop in my hometown last year.  I always wonder about the lady who made this skirt.  Did she pick up this fabric and go "OMG YES THIS IS MY NEW SKIRT BABY"?   In my head that is how it happened.  Regardless, now this bad boy is mine!  Following my love for pattern mixing I paired this cray cray print with some neutral stripes. 

Check out how I've styled this skirt before here
Top|Banana Republic   Skirt|Thrifted   Belt|Charming Charlie   Bag&Shoes|Coach   Glasses|Ray-Ban



Monday, July 18, 2016

Basic

This weekend was much needed and well deserved.  Sunday was a lazy day spent checking out a new neighborhood and enjoying some sweet treats (it was National Ice Cream day after all)!  In getting ready for my casual day I didn't put too much thought into my look and ended up with a Basic B look.  Sometimes a girl just needs to put on her basic outfit and hang out with her people, ya know? No fancy pattern mixing, no crazy heels.  Just a tee and cotton skirt.  Easy peasy mac and cheesy! 

I realized only while putting this post together that literally everything I am wearing is from Tarjay.  I bet my hair tie was even picked up there at some point!
Tee/Skirt|Mossimo   Backpack|Meorona   Sandals/Necklace|xhiliration






Friday, July 15, 2016

In Kinsey's Closet How To | Pattern Mixing 101

Class is in session!  Pattern mixing is one of my all time favorite ways to make my outfits pop! The philosophy that two is better than one most definitely applies to fun prints in your wardrobe.  Of all the comments I hear about the way I dress, the ones I get most frequently are regarding putting two (or more!) patterns together in an interesting way.  If you're a bit nervous about pattern mixing, take a look at my simple tips for making it work for you!  You can start off slowly and work your way up to bolder looks!

Start with Accessories (Beginner)
Let's start simply, shall we?  If you're hoping to infuse a bit more oomph into your wardrobe, why not begin with mixing in bold accessories?  If you feel uncomfortable or decide halfway through the day you don't like the prints you mixed then all you have to do is take off your scarf or slip your things into a neutral bag.  I love adding a printer scarf, belt or bag (heck even a printed shoe!) with another pattern to mix things up.  No commitment necessary. 

Pair Similar Colors (Beginner)
The easiest patterns to mix are those that feature at least one similar color.  If the colors are similar enough you can get away with mixing almost any two prints.  In the first look you see that the prints marry well together because they both feature ivory and navy.  In the bottom right both prints share black and brown, so they tie in well without matching perfectly.  

Try Black and White (Beginner)
If you check out my Pinterest page, you'll see outfit after after featuring black and white pattern mixing.  There is a reason for this: it is SO easy!  Nearly all black and white patterns will go well together, but won't be so bold that you feel self conscious if this is out of your comfort zone.  Polka dots, stripes, plaids and marble prints are all interchangeable and can help you create so many unique looks! 

Treat Stripes as Neutral (Intermediate)
In my book there is no pattern as versatile as a stripe.  Polka dots come in a close second, but almost anything works with stripes.  If you're feeling stuck, grab a striped tee and pair it with a bold print skirt or layer it under a fun cardigan.  This is my personal favorite tip, because I love a good striped sweater or tee.

When in Doubt: Go Patriotic! (Intermediate)
Pairing you red, white and blue attire isn't reserved for your 4th of July getups!  I like mixing and matching these colors year round.  You can ditch the flags and just celebrate the three colors by making smart pairings.  A red and white striped cardi looks great over a blue gingham shirt and it doesn't look like a costume.

Go Bold!  (Expert)
Anyone can be an expert at pattern mixing by simply pairing two prints that you love!  This is part of the "if you love it, wear it" philosophy I like.  Plaid and polka dots? Sure! Houndstooth and floral? Sounds great! Gingham and paisley?  Whatever your little heart desires, just go for it!

What are your favorite patterns to mix?