Friday, May 29, 2015

30x30 19: Tucking a Dress Into Pants

So what do you do when you have a super cute mini dress, but can't get away with baring your legs?  Whether it's due to weather or the need to look professional at work there is still hope for that mini.  We all know I'm a big fan of wearing a dress as a top by throwing a longer skirt on top and belting it, but you can do the same thing with pants!  

This really only works when you have a dress made of thin and light material.  Tucked into a thicker weave pant (like jeans or sturdy trousers) you can make that mini into a top all easy peasy.  The silky material of this dress fit right into my high waisted skinnies, and topped off with a silk belt I was good to go!
Top (actually a dress!)|Halogen   Jeans|Gap   Belt|H&M  Bag|Coach   Sandals|xhiliration  
Glasses|No label

Thursday, May 28, 2015

30x30 18: No Brainer

One trick to making it through my 30 for 30 Challenge was to choose items with similar colors.  I have several black and white pieces that not only pair well together, but also provide an almost neutral base for bolder colors.  Putting this kimono style top with my favorite marbled skirt was a no brainer.  The Basic B in me wanted to pull out my black sandals or nude pumps, but I decided to go bright with my turquoise pumps.  Am I the only one who has to fight Basic B tendencies at times?  
Top|F21   Skirt|everleigh   Belt|Macy's   Shoes|Bondolinos   Clutch|Old   Bracelt|Old   Glasses|Ray-Ban

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

30x30 17: Kiddo

For some reason I feel like a little kid in this outfit.  Perhaps the bright mix of colors has me feeling youthful?  I wore this outfit this past weekend and as soon as my husband saw me he said "roll up the sleeves!"  He has great style, so whenever he gives me advice I take it.  I rolled up the flannel sleeves which made the look more casual (a goal for the last half of my 30 for 30!), but it kept me from dying the in humid Indiana heat!

I have worn a similar version of this outfit (minus the flannel) here!
Flannel|Mossimo   Top & Trousers| Old Navy   Booties|Style&Co.  Bag|Coach  Shades|No Label 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

30x30 16: Sox

One this missing in my first half of the 30 for 30 Challenge was casual outfits.  I decided to pull out my favorite Gap jeans and this comfortable MLB tee for an easy weekend look.  This is actually what I wore for Memorial Day when I was running errands and hanging out with the husband.  He's a huge Boston sports fan, so this shirt is for him!

My favorite way to take a casual outfit from sloppy to put together is to add some classic heels.  Now, I didn't have much choice seeing as I didn't pick any flats in my 30, but it's something I do regularly.  Check out these looks (here and here) if you want to see other ways to dress up your favorite sports tee!
Tee|MLB   Jeans and Chambray|Gap   Heels|Jessica Simpson Collection   Bag|Vintage   Glasses|Yelp

Monday, May 25, 2015

30x30 Halfway

I am officially halfway through my 30 for 30 Challenge!  Which look has been your favorite so far?

Friday, May 22, 2015

30x30 15: Femme

Day 15 of the 30 for 30 Challenge!  So far I have been sticking with feminine looks and really choosing to wear my skirts and dresses.  I have several items I haven't even worn yet, so I am looking forward to featuring more casual looks in the next 15.  So far I still have my mojo and I'm going strong!  This time last challenge I was already burned out and wanting to quit.

Someone commented to me today "You always have such cool ways of pairing your clothes.  You're a lot bolder than a lot of people want to be." It was a lot nicer to hear than "You always dress weird" which I have definitely heard a time or twenty two.  I didn't tell her that some of my recent combinations have been because of the 30 for 30!  It has forced me to wear items together that I never would have before.  I'm loving it!
Top|Limited   Skirt|H&M   Sandals|xhiliration   Bag|Coach   Belt|NY&Co.   Glasses|Ann Taylor

30x30 12: Top Knot(ch)

Oh top knot, I love you so.  You are a lazy girl's best friend.  I am trying not to wash my hair every day so that I can grow it out after my major chop last fall, so I have a few days a week where I toss it up and go.  Dry shampoo has become my best friend, but some days I just want to put zero effort (okay maybe 5% effort) into my hair.

This is one of the first outfits I mentally put together when putting together my 30 items.  The skirt is a recent H&M purchase, and I've had this mustard sweater for a few years.  I made the mistake of washing it incorrectly, so it's pretty short.  As a result, I usually only wear it tucked into higher waisted skirts.  We all have items like this right?  There's something wrong with them but we listen to Tim Gunn and make it work!
Sweater|Limited   Skirt|H&M   Belt|Banana Republic   Bag|Coach   Shoes|Jessica Simpson  Glasses|Ray-Ban   Necklace|Apt.9

30x30 13: Pep

It's not secret that I am a big fan of the peplum.  I got on board several years ago and never really got off board.  Even my wedding gown featured a peplum.  It was my one "must have" when I was shopping for gowns.  I told the saleswoman I wanted a peplum, she brought out two dresses and I picked one (before I even tried it on!) and that was that.  So it makes total sense that I have not one but two peplum items in my 30 this time around!
Shirt|Gap   Skirt|Mossimo   Belt|Old Navy   Shoes|Bandolino   Bag|Coach