One Item Four Ways: Long Vest

Hello friend! Now that spring is here, I am officially transitioning my wardrobe. You can read my spring transition post first to catch up on my plans. Furthermore, I will simply give you an example here. I am taking one of my fun winter pieces, a camel long vest, and showing you how to wear it in the spring.

Long Vest for Cold Weather

First, let me show you how I styled it during the winter. One of my favorite ways to wear it in the cold, was with many other layers. Layering with a blanket scarf on top of the long vest was an elegant and eye-catching look.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing burgundy j crew pencil skirt, camel long vest, pink plaid blanket scarf and pink Kate spade pumps.

Long Vest and Leather Leggings

Another time I wore my long vest recently, was to make my Gray Monroe leather leggings work appropriate. Here I did a simple color blocking outfit with a chambray shirt and the leggings. You can read more about it in my leather leggings post.

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Casual and Distressed

A recent re-style I did was for this original red stripes and leopard print post. One of the key purposes of that post was to point out how you can mix and match pieces to get the same “feel” of an outfit without having to have the exact replica. To further prove that point, I used that inspiration to create this look here. This time, I used the long vest as my camel piece and paired it with my current favorite jeans.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing distressed high waisted jeans, camel long vest, red stripes tee shirt, red pumps and leopard print clutch for a spring ready work outfit.

So if you’re loving the looks so far and are in need of a long vest, never fear friend, because I’ve rounded up a bunch for you right here:

Preppy and Spring Ready

Now we will move into our warmer weather looks. This first one is using shades of navy, with a pop of pretty spring florals. The long vest is still central to the outfit, but the entire outfit feels more spring-like now with the lighter fabrics.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.

For the accessories in this look, I added a second print with the floral shoes. They also served to add a pop of color while still looking unified thanks to the blue in the shoe. As for the purse, I chose my navy and gold stripe clutch. I’m not sure, but I think that counts as a third print. You know how much I adore a good triple pattern mix! And last for the earrings, I chose my eye-catching Zosma drops from Baublebar.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.

Spring Staples and Trends

Finally we come to my last look, if you’ve been counting, that actually makes 5 looks. I figured you wouldn’t mind another example… you’re welcome! 😉 For this look, I chose to combine spring staples (white jeans) with spring trends (embroidery). Therefore, I paired this pretty scarf with my gingham shirt, white jeans, and of course the long vest.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white jeans, camel long vest, blue gingham shirt and floral embroidery scarf for a spring ready work outfit.

I hope you enjoyed the five looks I did with the long vest. let me know if you have a favorite or any other ways for me to style it! You can shop the rest of the outfit details below.

The Ugly Side of Blogging: Increasing Instagram Followers

Hello friend! Today I am discussing another hot topic in the blogging/influencer world: increasing Instagram followers. It’s understandable, everyone wants more followers as a marker of success as a blogger/infuencer. There are many ways to increase Instagram followers. I will discuss the three that I am familiar with.

First, I want to discuss why increasing Instagram followers has become such a hot topic. There is a lot of propaganda out there to “treat this like a business” and to be ruthless and “fierce.” There is a push to constantly advertise, push yourself, and grow. While all that is good, many have given up on the authentic and organic growth and are simply looking at cutting corners to get to the top.

To these people I want to say, there is no need to be cutthroat! There is enough business for all of us. Trust me; companies are always looking for new faces to work with. You will get noticed. You don’t have to stomp on others to get there! Truthfully, I have been patiently growing my account for three years while I see people come in and within 6 months surpass my numbers. Now, I’m not being jealous, but I’m also not stupid. Some of these accounts are definitely using questionable methods to grow.

Increasing Instagram followers: everyday style blogger polished whimsy discusses the ugly side of blogging including buying followers, loop giveaways and the follow/unfollow method

Increasing Instagram Followers: The Follow/Unfollow Method

Believe it or not, there is a paid course on how to do this! There are also programs (that you purchase) which will do this for you. While I have not read that course, nor would I use this method, I will explain it here.

The Method: You basically follow a bunch of people, keeping track of who they are. Then, after a certain amount of time, you go back and unfollow. The hope is that many of the people would have followed back. Furthermore, the hope is that they don’t notice you unfollowed them and will continue to follow you. What’s good is that your followers are real people. What’s bad is it will upset some people.

It’s obvious when someone does this. Their follower numbers go up and down drastically every week. Also, I have noticed that many of the programs that do this, unfollow on the same day. So I have a lot of unfollows on Sunday night. Another piece of evidence is when the same person follows and unfollows you a bunch of times (it’s almost comical!).

For me, this method is a bit heartbreaking in that I can no longer tell who truly wants to follow me for me. In the past, when I got a new follower, I would look at their profile and if we had similar interests, I would follow back to be supportive.

Now that people are using the follow/unfollow method and apps, I almost don’t want to even see who is starting to follow me. I just don’t know who is really interested in me or who is baiting me for a follow. I am tired of being fooled and wasting my time investing in people who do not actually want to socialize!

Increasing Instagram Followers: Purchasing Followers

The method: There are sites you can go to straight out purchase a certain amount of followers. Now understand, the followers you’ll get will not be true fans of your work. They are not even real people, just bots, there to be a number on your dashboard. The positives of this method are that it is fast and you don’t have to put much work into it. The negatives are that it can be costly and obvious to savvy bloggers.

I often suspect someone is buying followers when their numbers don’t “make sense.” For example, if they have thousands of followers but just a few hundred posts. It takes a while to be noticed on Instagram and to build an organic following. Furthermore, you can tell by the number of followers versus engagement on photos. Someone who has 20,000 followers but only 200 likes per photo seems suspicious.

Personally it’s hard for me to understand why people do this. I’ve heard excuses such as blogging is their job and they want a quick increase in followers in order to get better sponsorship. But this in essence is wrong. If you are doing this as a job, you are committing fraud. If a company wants to work with you, it’s because they think you have X amount of real followers, not a mix of real and fake.

Furthermore, this method of buying followers has in turn led to buying likes (more to come on that in my next post). Also, the bots are getting annoying. I guess it an attempt to look like real accounts they also start following many accounts other than just the purchased ones. I’ve had tons of fake accounts follow me. I know they’re not real and it’s such a nuisance.

Increasing Instagram Followers: Loop Giveaways

A loop giveaway, in essence, is a way to share followers with a group of people.

The method: A group of people get together to host a giveaway. The hosts pitch in to purchase an enticing prize. In order to be eligible to win, contestants have to go around and follow every host of the giveaway. The bigger the prize and hosts, the more followers you can get.

The positives of this is that the new followers you gain are real people. Also, if the loop has hosts of a similar niche, you can get a good number of followers. A friend of mine recently participated as a host in a loop giveaway and had great results. Besides the new followers, she made friends with some of the other hosts. This was a great way for her to increase her contacts on Instagram.

The negative aspect about doing a loop giveaway is that that many will unfollow you in the weeks following the giveaway. I think it is safe to expect about a 25-30% drop off rate. Furthermore, some of those who do stay, may have just come for the prize and won’t actually engage with you or your content.

This is the only method I have used to increase my following. I have done a total of three loops in my three years on Instagram. In my opinion, it is the most innocuous way of increasing Instagram followers. While it has worked, I don’t see myself doing it too often. That’s because I worry it annoys people. And the last thing I want to do is turn off my loyal followers.

Possible Solution

A simple solution Instagram can employ is to state when the account was started. If the account is only around for a few months and has tons of followers, that’s a tad suspicious. I think this will help companies to gauge how much experience the influencer has with this kind of “work.”

This has been my summary on increasing Instagram followers. While this is by no means an exhaustive write up about all of the ways people can increase their Instagram following, it is something I’ve observed over three years of being on Instagram.

Please also understand that I am not accusing individual people of using these methods. I have blogger friends who have used them, whom I still adore. That’s because I can understand their frustration with the slow growth of an organic account. However, I just don’t want this to become the norm of Instagram. Let’s stay as authentic as we can!

Make sure to stay tuned to its partner post coming next week on increasing Instagram engagement. The two often go hand in hand!

Wardrobe Winter to Spring Transition

Hello friend! As we are emerging out of winter, it’s time to start our wardrobe spring transition. While I do a similar transition with each change of season, winter to spring transition is my favorite! That’s because I love warmer weather and longer days of sunshine. So even though it’s a big task to change out my closet, I do so happily. Let me share a few key things I change in this transitional time.

Spring Transition With White Accessories

While I enjoy white jewelry, I tend to avoid wearing it in the winter. I just feel it is more of a summer item. I also do not mind segregating some items for certain seasons. It gives me something to look forward to with each change of season. It’s almost like getting something new! Also, white looks great on tanned skin.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing spring transition pieces such as white jewelry, cotton skirt and sleeveless chambray top.everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing white earrings and watch with Target Who What Wear sleeveless chambray shirt for a spring transition outfit

Besides jewelry, I will also be bringing out my white pumps. Before last year, I had not worn white dress shoes since I was a kid. But after seeing how versatile they were on Caryl, I decided to give them a try. It turns out she was right, and I’ve been wearing them ever since!

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Bring in Some Brights

While I will continue to wear pastels and soft shades from winter into Spring, I will also add some brighter colors. Bright aquas, pinks and yellows are the perfect spring colors. Case in point is this pretty bright pink dress. Its vibrant hues completely scream spring.

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For the accessories in this outfit, I chose to wear my favorite floral pumps. Because the shoe has shades of blue, I then chose a blue clutch to complete the look. For the jewelry, I kept with my current obsession, the Trellis Lane bracelets (discount code “elsie25” still valid for 25% off).

everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin pink lace bell sleeve dress with clare v blue and gold stripe clutch and rose gold watch and bracelets for spring transition outfit

Swap Out Textures

During winter, we were cacooning ourselves in woolen pieces and blanket scarves. But now that spring is here, it’s time to substitute those heavier textures with lighter ones. One of my favorite ones to bring out in spring is eyelet lace. Whether it is in a dress, skirt or top, eyelet lace is always a perfectly feminine warm weather texture! This pretty color-blocked dress is just perfect right now.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress, Clare V leopard print clutch, white Sam Edelman pumps and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress, Clare V leopard print clutch, white Sam Edelman pumps and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress, Clare V leopard print clutch, white Sam Edelman pumps and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit

To further illustrate my first tip, I chose to wear my white accessories with this dress. What can I say, I am so ready for spring!

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress, Clare V leopard print clutch, white Sam Edelman pumps and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit

For the rest of my accessories I wanted to add both texture and pattern with my leopard print clutch. I also chose a small (but effective) pop of color in my earrings.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress, Clare V leopard print clutch, and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit Everyday style blogger wearing devlin color block eyelet lace dress and baublebar yellow earrings for spring transition outfit

Update the Shoes

My last tip to prepare for spring transition is to replace your heavy winter boots with lighter shoes. That means bringing out my pretty flats and sandals. Besides what I already own, I am also eyeing a few key items. One is the wedge espadrille everyone is loving. The second is a cute perforated spring bootie. With these two items, my feet will be ready to welcome spring with style!

The Ugly Side of Blogging: The Hard Sell

Hello friend! After almost three years on Instagram and now blogging, I have a good idea of how things operate. For the most part, I truly enjoy what I’m doing. However, there are some negatives that I would like to address. Hence the reason I am starting this series! Please understand, this is not an “air out dirty laundry” type post/series. I am hoping for it to simply be an informative post for other bloggers and readers alike!

For today’s installment, I would like to discuss the different ways bloggers/influencers can get paid (with money or product). This includes sponsorship and affiliate marketing. Please also note, this is not an exhaustive research paper nor a how-to post! It is however a quick and (hopefully) helpful synopsis!

Sponsorship

One way to get paid or free items is to get a sponsorship. This is when an influencer collaborates with a company. The company provides product (and sometimes payment) for an influencer to post the item. This can occur on any platform (blog, YouTube, Instagram, etc.).  To keep things clear to the consumer, the influencer is supposed to use the hashtags “ad” and/or “sponsored.”

So the rules are pretty clear, but whether or not everyone follows the rules, that is not clear. For my part, I assure you I do and will follow the rules. More importantly, I promise that I don’t take sponsorship or products that I wouldn’t honestly use/wear. Because I am a fashion and beauty blog, I concentrate on clothing and makeup items. However, I get offers for all sorts of products. If it’s not in line with my blog, I say no. I blog to share my passion, not to stock my house with free products.

I have yet to get paid for any collaborations so I cannot speak to that from personal experience. However, I do not see anything wrong with it, as long as the same above principles hold. After I started blogging, I realized how much time goes into a good post. A blogger is a one person stylist, model, photographer, editor, writer, and web designer. So to get paid for a good post is not an unreasonable thing to expect.

Affiliate Marketing

Another way a blogger can earn some income is through affiliate marketing. This is when a blogger joins in a partnership with a company. The company usually provides a code or a link for each blogger. The blogger in turn uses that code/link when they post about the company’s product. If a reader uses that code or link, the blogger gets commission (some in actual money, others in store credit).

In the past few years, we have also seen the emergence of Shop Style, Reward Style and Like to Know it. These companies are a way of uniting many brands under one affiliate linking group. So the influencer signs up with Shop Style or Reward Style and uses their methods to link the items. This can simply be a link on a blog post or other (such as Like to Know it on Instagram).

I remember when I first started seeing Like to Know it posts. It was on the mega blogger’s Instagram posts. Then slowly it started trickling down to the smaller bloggers. Admittedly I was late to join the party. But when I saw influencers with my size following get admitted to Reward Style, I decided to try. I applied without fully understanding what it was. At that time it seemed more like a badge of honor to gain.

My Experience With Affiliate Marketing

Now I am a member and I do like and appreciate what it does for my blog. With Reward Style I can use a variety of tools to link items to my blog. I like doing this not to make people buy things, but to have the options available if they are interested.

Furthermore, I don’t let the desire for sales fuel my posts. For example, when I wrote my Fall lipsticks post, I knew full well that nobody would purchase a lipstick from my post. I don’t blame them. People like to try on lipsticks in person. But that didn’t stop me. I decide my content based on what’s inspiring me and on what I feel will be helpful for my readers.

Besides Reward Style, I am also an affiliate with Gray Monroe. I was happy to join their program because I honestly like and wear their clothing. To me being a blogger comes with responsibility. I do not want to hawk any item that comes my way in hopes of a sale. I do however, like to share stores and items that I believe are good quality and well priced, stores where I have spent my own money! Gray Monroe is one of those stores.

Like to Know it

Once I became a member, I realized how much extra work came with the program. I had to learn multiple new technologies. Then I had to spend time finding the exact product to link. Then I make a post in the Reward Style app, then transfer it to Instagram, and then I can finally post. Sometimes it can take up to 30 minutes to put together one little Instagram post. All of that work for (maybe) some commission…

In my experience, it is a lot more work than compensation. Of course, I am a small blogger in a sea of gorgeous girls who are all doing the same thing. So, I can honestly say I don’t feel like the money I may make from affiliate marketing and Like to Know it sales is all that much. However, it may add up and help offset other costs of maintaining my blog, so I will keep it up.

The most difficult part for me is managing the constant push for a sale. I understand from their perspective… it’s a business. Reward Style makes money when I “sell” something. However, I don’t want to transfer that push on my readers. I try hard to balance giving you options to purchase without shoving it down your throat. I limit the “here’s a sale, go buy stuff” posts. Instead I offer true content with the option to buy.

An example of the above are my Spring trends posts. Instead of pulling together cute new items to buy and just putting photos and a link, I did research. I looked through multiple fashion websites and magazines to gather all of the actual trends. Then I analyzed them and chose the ones that I thought would be most interesting to my followers. Finally, after writing the post, I found items to link.

Others’ Perception of Like to Know it

I’ve had Instagram followers both like and hate Like to Know it. Again, it’s a balance of directing people to Like to Know it without upsetting them by withholding the brands of the items you are wearing. For my part, I try to still tag the item in my Instagram photo with the brand. That way if someone wants to shop in store, they can go directly there. And those who prefer to shop online, hopefully will use my link!

Final Thoughts

I have shared this information in hopes of allowing things to be transparent on my blog. Most importantly, I want you (my readers) to know that I am not here to make money off of you! I have a career that I love which pays the bills. However, blogging is an expensive hobby. Any money (so far very little!) I make from affiliate marketing goes into developing new content for the blog or for website maintenance.

In conclusion, the choice is yours. If you choose to support me through my affiliate marketing, I appreciate it. If you don’t, no worries. I’d rather you come here for the outfit inspiration! Because truly, in the end, that’s why I started this blog…to share my style and love for fashion.

Stay tuned for more posts in this series. I hope to tackle topics such as buying likes/followers, follow/unfollow and difficult brand partnerships. If you have anything else you’d like me to discuss, please let me know in the comments!

Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 3

Hello friend! If you’ve been following me for some time now, you know that I adore wearing skirts. While my penchant to wear skirts came around slowly, it is a style I have fully embraced. First, if you need to catch up, read my previous skirt code posts. The third reason that I opt to wear skirts is that it allows for me to have fun with tights. Pairing a skirt and tights is a simple way to increase the wear of your skirts.

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

Because we have a relatively mild winter in Southern California, I can still comfortably wear skirts in the winter. That allows for me to use tights as a fun accessory. Choosing a skirt and tights over a pair of pants has many more possibilities for a fun outfit. Whether I choose a great color or a fun pattern, tights can bring an added element to the outfit.

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

For this outfit, I specifically decided to wear solid colors in my shirt and skirt so that the tights and shoes stood out. This is to demonstrate my point that even with a simple outfit, patterned tights and shoes can bring in so much character.

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

Now of course, you can be more creative and mix prints in your skirts and tights, or even include your shoes. You know I am always up for a good triple pattern mix. And this is my exact point, wearing a skirt allows you to have the opportunity to wear two patterns on your bottom half. Whereas if you were wearing pants, you would only have one item and thus one pattern! I rest my case!

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

Since there is so much focus on the tights and shoes, I kept the rest of my accessories minimal. I added another pop of color with my gold purse. As for my wrists I threw on a fun arm party for one and let the other one go bare. Lastly for my earrings, I chose a bold pair, the Zosma drops from Baublebar.

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes. Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

Because I love my arm party so much, here is a close up of it. I am wearing my Daniel Wellington Dapper watch (you can use code “POLISHEDWHIMSY” for 15% off of any watches). I am also wearing my Trellis Lane Aria and Olivia bracelets (you can use code “POLISHED25” for 25% off all jewelry).

Pattern mixing fashion blogger polished whimsy demonstrates why she likes to wear a skirt and tights by wearing polka dot tights with plaid shoes.

In conclusion, it really is fun to have another item of clothing to mix up colors and patterns. Wearing skirts and tights is an easy way of getting that opportunity. Hence the third reason that I prefer to wear skirts over pants! How do you feel about wearing a skirt and tights? Which one are you more interested in adding in a pair of tights: a pattern or color?

The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Collection

Hello friend! I recently learned about the new Almond Milk and Honey body care collection from The Body Shop. Although I had just visited the Santa Monica store last month, the new line was not available. Therefore when I received an invitation to a presentation about it, I decided to attend.

The Body Shop almond milk and honey event at Gracias Madre restaurant in Santa Monica

The Almond Milk and Honey Launch Event

The presentation was a fun and informative event with some local The Body Shop employees and bloggers. It was held at Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. The location was very fitting because The Body Shop has a strict no animal testing policy. The setup was beautiful. It was all out on the patio, with cute decor. Furthermore, most of the decor were product testers so we were able to try everything out.

The Body Shops new Almond Milk and Honey collection

Even the table centerpieces incorporated the almond milk and honey products.

The body shops almond milk and honey body care collection

The presentation was led by Dr. Christine Choi Kim, a dermatologist who works with The Body Shop.

Dr. Kim discussing the almond milk and honey line from The Body Shop

The Almond Milk and Honey Products

The almond milk and honey line is formulated for sensitive and dry skin. While my face is combination skin, my body definitely has some dry and sensitive patches. I am especially prone to itchy rashes and dryness during the winter. This is a direct result of the cold air and the drying effects of the heater. Therefore, even though I do not have overly dry skin, I have been using (and benefiting from) the products.

Both the almonds and the honey used in the line come from fair trade with suppliers from Spain and Ethiopia (respectively). The Body Shop actually pioneered fair trade for beauty ingredients. Besides fair trade, they also support support sustainable farming of their resources. Truthfully, the more I learn about the brand, the more I am impressed!

Before I discuss individual products, let’s discuss the scent. It is exactly like it sounds. It’s rich and nutty, yet sweet and subtle at the same time! I am often sensitive to smells, so believe me when I tell you this is a soft and non-cloying scent.  It is one that can definitely be unisex.

I have enjoyed all of the products I received. My favorite (which you can probably predict from my last The Body Shop post) is the body butter. How do they get such a rich product to absorb so well into the skin?! I am also enjoying the bath milk and the shower cream. I have recently moved away from foaming cleansers, therefore both of those are ideal bath products for me.

Have you tried this new line yet? I am so pleased to have been introduced to it. If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, I encourage you to try these body products.

Try This: Graphic Tee

Hello friend! Hot off the heels of my spring trends post, I’d like to feature my favorite new trend: the graphic tee. Now I’ve worn graphic tees many times before, but I recently got a new tee from Mama Bird & Co. Because I wanted fresh ways to style it, I came up with these three new looks. Therefore I had to share them with you.

Fashion blogger polished whimsy styles a graphic tee three ways with elements of leather and leopard print

What’s even more special about this post is that the core elements of this look are all the same. I have incorporated leather, the tee and leopard print. However, each look has these elements mixed up to give you multiple options to wear it. I like to do this to show you how to make inspirations work for you. Instead of feeling the need to purchase every piece of a look, mix up the elements with what you’ve got and make it your own!

Pleated and Graphic

For this first look, I paired the tee with a pleated leather skirt, heels and a tweed jacket. This results in a fun, work appropriate look (if your tee doesn’t have a four letter word that is!).

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For my jewelry, I kept the neckline bare so the graphic tee was the focus. I therefore just wore a pretty pair of jeweled studs.

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Casual Graphic Tee and Leggings

For I cool mom-on-the-go look, I paired the tee with leather leggings (from Gray Monroe) and a leopard print cardigan. While the elements of the look are basically the same, switching them around results in a significantly different outfit. To further highlight the casual look, I wore a fun pair of flat booties.

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Graphic Tee Out on the Town

Who says tee shirts just have to be for daytime? I say dress them up and take them out on the town! Therefore for my final look, I am doing just that!

Fashion blogger polished whimsy styling a graphic tee for a night out with a leather pencil skirt, leopard print fur coat and sexy heels Fashion blogger polished whimsy styling a graphic tee for a night out with a leather pencil skirt, leopard print fur coat and sexy heels

 

This time I am wearing a pencil cut leather skirt. I also changed the leopard print item to a bold and glamorous fur coat. Add a pair of fierce heels and statement earrings, and you’re ready for the night!

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In conclusion, a graphic tee can truly be worn almost anywhere! I hope you try one this season. Let me know your favorite look and stay tuned to Instagram for a fun giveaway! If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect graphic tee, check out Mama Bird & Co for many fun options.

2017 Spring Trends II

Hello friend! As I promised in my 2017 spring trends post, I am continuing with another installment of the trends.

Banker Stripes

Truth be told, before researching for this year’s spring trends, I didn’t even know what banker stripes were. I have however, always liked them, I just didn’t know they had a name! It turns out that banker stripes are vertical medium blue and white stripes. Furthermore, I actually own some items in banker stripes. The item I am wearing below is a classic button-down shirt in banker stripes.

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I have also found some similar looks if you’d like to add one to your spring/summer wardrobe:

Bare Your Bra

One trend that I may sit out is the bra as a top trend. The trend is simply wearing a bra (a pretty decorative bra, not your utilitarian nude everyday bra of course) as a top. Some of them have more coverage (like a cropped tank top) but others are a simple no support triangle bra. The runways featured a lot pretty satin ones.


But like I said, this trend will be one I will largely pass. The only way I see myself wearing this trend is possibly layered under a sheer top or a loose muscle tank. I have also seen some girls layer a pretty lace bralette over a t shirt. Another option would be to layer it under a blazer. These might be more modest and reasonable ways of participating in the trend. But we’ll see how I feel and how the season plays out!

Say it With Your Tee

Now here is a trend that I can fully support: a graphic tee. You’ve seen my previous graphic tee post, so you know how much fun I have with them. Also, the trend doesn’t just stop with a tee, you can wear a graphic sweater, jacket, etc. Have fun with it. I know I will!

Wide Leg Pants

While I am mostly a skirt girl, I occasionally don a pair of pants. They tend to be jeans for the most part. For spring, both denim and other pants are moving away from skinnies and towards dramatic wide legs. This is another trend that I will likely sit out, mostly because I’ll be wearing skirts! However, I do own a nice pair of wide leg jeans which may make an appearance this spring!

I hope this round-up of spring trends has you excited for the new season ahead. Which ones will you participate in and which ones will you sit out?

Color Crush: Blush and Gray

Hello friend! With winter to spring transition right around the corner, I am looking at new color combinations. As always, I like to be seasonal with my clothes and colors. Therefore I am currently wearing a lot of gray and white (see my winter transition post). But with spring approaching, I am beginning to add in some more color. One of the best color combinations for this time of year is blush and gray.

Blush and gray color combination Blush and gray

The outfit I chose to display this combination revolves around my new pair of Lee jeans. When I collaborated with the brand, I chose a pair of gray jeans (the Faith skinny). I have many pairs of blue and thus I wanted a change. Another reason is that my work does not allow blue jeans (no mention of other colored jeans!). Therefore a gray jean is technically within dress code, hooray!

I’d like to take a minute to discuss the jeans because I am honestly impressed with them. I’ve know the Lee brand since childhood, but in recent years have gravitated towards the higher end brands. Truth be told, these jeans are every bit as good as those. The fit is perfect: a true medium rise, a good amount of stretch and a sleek cut. Besides the fit, they are as comfortable as can be, with a super soft lining inside the waistband!

Blush and gray Polished whimsy color crush series: blush and gray

To truly display the blush and gray color combination, I chose to do a simple color blocking look. Therefore I paired the jeans with my Charming Charlie blouse (mine is sold out, but I’ll link options below).

polished whimsy color crush series: blush and gray

To add a fun pop of color and a further nod towards spring, I chose to wear bright pink pumps. For my purse I chose my gray octagonal tote to tie the entire look together.

Because of the blouse’s neckline and shoulder details, I decided to forego a necklace and just wear a fun earring. To bring in some spring trends, I chose my new pom pom hoop earrings.

Polished in blush and gray and Baublebar earrings

I also chose to focus on my arm party. Therefore, I wore my tri-color watch and accentuated it with my rose gold Trellis Lane bracelets. I have the Olivia druzy bracelet and the Aria bangles. If you like anything on the Trellis Lane website, use code “POLISHED25” to get 25% off your purchase!

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Blush and gray is a fresh and fun color combination. If you have not tried it yet, I urge you to do so.

2017 Spring Trends

Hello friend! The end of Winter is in sight, so now is the perfect time to start prepping for Spring. The first step is to simply familiarize myself with the trends: what’s new and what’s continuing. After that, I’ll know what to keep, what to retire, and what to buy. Since I started researching the 2017 Spring trends for myself, I thought I’d share it with you too. Because of the many trends, I will have to discuss them in a few separate posts.

Dramatic Sleeves

It seems that the bell sleeves trend is style going strong this Spring. Luckily, I have a few cute bell sleeve tops from last year that will transition well into this year also! I have one off the shoulder one. But this triple bell sleeve one is my current favorites.

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Therefore I am set in the bell sleeves department! But besides bell sleeves, the 2017 Spring trends show a lot of other types of dramatic sleeves. Think balloon sleeves, exaggerated shoulders and other impactful details. I think I will likely pick up a balloon sleeve item. I’ve linked some of the ones I’ve been eyeing below.

Statement Earrings

The 2017 Spring trends feature large statement earrings as the accessory of choice. Luckily for me, that is also one of my favorite items of jewelry. I have quite a few that I own and love. But I will also likely pick up a few more. Because of my dark curly hair, I tend to pick light and bright colors. That way, it’ll actually stand out against my hair.

Polished whimsy in baublebar statement earrings

For this spring, opt for bold and colorful earrings featuring pom poms, tassels and more!

Shoulder Baring

Whether it’s off the shoulder or cold shoulder, these shoulder baring tops will still be around for Spring 2017. However, many of the designers have added a slight tweak: only one of the shoulders is bare. This asymmetrical update will be fun to follow and emulate. I have found some amazing options for this trend too!

Rainbow Stripes

You can probably predict how excited I am about this 2017 Spring trend! I love stripes. I also love color. Put them together and I am in heaven. Luckily I already have a top that I can wear for this trend. Furthermore, I purchased a fun skirt last year that will also work. But I sure don’t mind picking up another skirt to add to my collections!

Kate spade rainbow striped pleated skirt

Adding some of these items to my existing pieces will have me ready for Spring. Which of these trends are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure to sign up on the email list to catch the rest of my Spring 2017 trends report.