Monday, August 31, 2015

What to Wear | White Party

It's the time of year when people are starting to throw end of summer parties.  I vacsilate between being ready for scarf weather and crying into my sundresses because summer is almost over. One of the most popular themes for these shindigs is a White Party.  It can be daunting to come up with an all white ensemble, so I've included a few tips and lots of pictures to get the wheels turning!

One of the hottest "white parties" in Indianapolis is Yelp's White Night in the fall.  I couldn't attend last year because I was wearing a different white outfit that weekend, but I'm excited for this year's bash!  1,000 Hoosiers joining together to enjoy some of Indy's best local food and drink.  I've been thinking about my all white look for a few weeks now, but here are some ideas for you last minute party goers!  

1. Now is not the time for a "pop of color".  A white party is a place for an entirely white look.  Save the brightly colored shoes and accessories for another time.  It's kind of like wearing white to someone's wedding- just don't do it, okay?
white party, white outfit, Kinsey, white dress

2. Get fancy!  White parties are all about the atmosphere and mood, so don't be afraid to be bold.  A white suit or bold tulle skirt are always good ideas.  You paid too much for that wedding dress to only wear once ladies!  (I kid.. sort of.)
3. Going casual is fine too.  As long as you're wearing all white there are really no other rules to this game.  Pairing a simple white tee with white denim is a way to ensure you're comfortable all night.  Look how chic a simple tee and jeans can look when they're all a stark white.
4. Cotton is your best friend.  Light and airy, linen is the perfect fabric for a White Party.  Since the parties tend to be held in the late summer, you'll stay cool in the sun but won't freeze when the sun goes down.  Plus it's easy to care for so you won't have to run to the dry cleaner if you spill some red wine on your pants.
5. In a pinch beige and cream are usually okay.  Some white parties have a very strict dress code, but more often than not showing up in something like ivory or cream won't be a problem.
Beige outfit, white cream, kinsey

6. Play with texture to create interest in a monochromatic outfit.  Worried that an all white look will be boring?  Mix it up by wearing two completely different textures like leather and lace.  You can also vary your textiles by including something sheer.

7. Make sure everything is really clean.  This may sound obvious, but when you're mingling with guests you don't want them to be distracted by that old mustard stain or dirt on your shoes.  Make sure you have properly laundered your clothes before arriving!

Friday, August 28, 2015

This Old Thing?

I love this dress, and let me tell you why.  Nearly five years ago when I had juuust started dating my now husband, I was living 60 miles away from him in my hometown.  It was our second date and two days before Valentine's Day.  I packed an overnight bag and stayed at my sister's apartment that night figuring I'd drive an hour back home the next morning after our date.  He surprised me by asking me to spend Vday with him, and I happily accepted because I was so into this cute cyclist guy I didn't know much about yet.

That left me with a dilemma.  I had only packed one "date night" outfit when I drove down for the evening, so I either had to make a two hour round trip just to pick up some clothes for the date the next night or go shopping.  I'm sure you guessed it- I went shopping.  I bought an entirely new date night outfit which included this dress, a black blazer and some super cute nude pumps.  I wore them to my date on Valentine's Day and played the whole oh this old thing? card when he told me he liked the dress.  Well it worked didn't it?  He asked to be his girlfriend that night, and our wedding anniversary is in less than a month!
Dress|H&M   Shoes & Clutch|Jessica Simpson Collection   Sunglasses|Ray-Ban

Thursday, August 27, 2015

When the Lights Go Down

Most style bloggers know their best light.  This?  This is not it!  Last night I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of Indy's best bloggers.  After drinks, apps and lots of "what's your insta handle again?" a few of us snuck out to grab some quick outfit photos.  I have to admit that while some of us shot our pictures in that beautiful  sunset light, some of us got the "only flash can save you now" light. I of course fell into the latter group. 

But you know what?  Sharing terrible first date stories, blogging tips and laughing over a plate of delicious fries is way more important than "your light".  I would gladly sacrifice the perfect light for that awesome connection you make with someone you know you're going to be friends with.  
Blouse|Merona   Skirt|Gap   Pumps|Jessica Simpson Collection   Bag|Coach   Belt|Limited

Check out some of the awesomely talented ladies I met last night!

Ashley from fASHionately Me

Meg from Why Not Indiana

Jenn from Pretty In Jeans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It Ain't Easy Being Green

File this skirt under "shoulda been donated a loooong time ago", because it definitely fell under the "if you haven't worn it in the past year, donate it" rule.  I got this skirt a few years ago, and I struggled to figure out exactly how to wear it.  I bought it without having any idea how I'd style it (red flag #1), but liked it so much I went ahead with the purchase anyway.  I know I can't be the only one who has done this before.  It's like falling for the bad boy you know won't fit into your life, but you go for it anyway because you love his green pleats, you know?  
Top|Old Navy   Skirt|Elle   Belt|Banana Republic   Sandals|Aldo   Bag|Coach   Sunglasses|Ray-Ban

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mini Love

Fall is coming people!  It is coming, and while part of me is super excited for cozy scarves and knee-high boots there is another part of me that is all ohcrapihavesomanyminisihaven'twornyet!  I have scoured my closet for those quintessential summer pieces and I'm trying to give them one last shot before I trade them in for trousers and sweaters.  Sure, I know I can layer a minidress or wear leggings to extend the wear, but there is something about sunshine on bare legs that is making me wish I could push pause on Mother Nature.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind, right?  She seems pretty chill when she's not sending her el nino our way.
Dress&Sandals|xhiliration   Gingham blouse|Merona   Belt|Limited   Bag|Coach   Necklace|Old   Bracelet|Gifted   Sunglasses|Vogue

Monday, August 24, 2015

Modern Equestrian

One of my favorite things in the world is when someone tells me they like an item of clothing I'm wearing and asks me where they can snag it for themselves.  Since I tend to take care of my clothing and keep it a long time, I often feel disappointed when I tell them I purchased something back in 2010 and they can't buy it for their own closet.  I actually tend to find that I get more questions about my wardrobe when I feature thrifted or vintage pieces that are nearly one of a kind today.  Whomp whomp.

This silken top was a thrift store find from last year.  I accidentally stumbled in on 50% off day, and they whole place was bonkers.  I loved the equestrian print of this top and picked it up for less than two bucks.  Two bucks!!  That's less than half the price of my beloved iced mocha I allow myself on Saturday mornings.  I love that it adds such a unique element to my closet, and I didn't have to do more than open my coin purse to acquire it.  This is why I encourage anyone and everyone to take some time at your favorite vintage shop or Goodwill to look for interesting items that won't break the bank.
Blouse|Thrifted   Skirt|Banana Republic   Booties|Style&Co   Bag|Coach   Sunglasses|Target