Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 5

Hello friend! It’s time to visit another Skirt Code post! If you missed the other reasons, check them out here: reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4. The fifth reason why I prefer to wear skirts is that they are more sanitary. This post will surely out me as a germ-a-phobe, but I am OK with that. I have long come to terms with who I am! I will be demonstrating my point with the lovely J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

As I’ve said before, I wasn’t always a devout skirt wearer. In fact, when I first started to work, I probably wore pants most of the time. I’ve always had a love of skirts, especially the ones at Anthropologie. But I still wore pants to work for most of the week, mostly just because of habit.

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Then came the fated day. I will spare you the details, but when I went to use the restroom, I walked into the stall without realizing I was stepping into someone’s bodily fluids. Because I was wearing long trousers that draped over my shoes, the hem of the pants was touching the ground and said fluid. Gross, I know! Needless to say I was thoroughly disgusted. I think I even threw those pants away!

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After that day, I started to wear more skirts. The more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by bringing home clothes that had swept the floor of the hospital (my work), public restrooms, and so on. Because unlike shoes, I keep my clothes on when I snuggle with my daughter on our beds. I just didn’t want to bring those germs into our homes and beds. Wearing a skirt can decrease the chances of that occurring.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

This is also the reason why I do not wear maxi skirts or dresses to work. The maxi-mum (pun intended) length that I will do is a mid calf. That still leaves plenty of room between the hem and the floor.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Review

Now you know one of my quirks! Let’s switch gears and talk about the skirt in detail. The J crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt is a lovely specimen of a skirt. The colors are vibrant and fun. The fit is perfect. I chose a petite this time as I noticed this was a bit of a longer skirt and I wanted it to hit right at the knee. I got the 2P and it fits great (for reference I am usually a 0 in J Crew).

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Styling

When I first tried to style the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, I was a bit stumped. I felt it already had a lot of color and print in it, so I was leaning towards a solid top. But I still wanted some interest. Therefore I went with a lace tee. This ensured there was no competition in color or pattern. But the textured top added another element of style.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

As you already know, I love pairing my skirts with chambray. While the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt would also look great with a chambray top (like this one), I chose to mix it up for this look. Therefore I added the chambray element in my jacket instead.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

For jewelry I went with rose gold accents including my chain link tassel pendant from Baublebar.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

While this may be an unexpected reason to wear skirts, it is still one of my reasons. It is definitely not my most compelling reason, but it was one that spurred my desire to mostly wear skirts to work. Whatever the reason, I encourage you to wear skirts more, especially to work. Plus with some as amazing as the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, why wouldn’t you wear skirts daily?

2017 Fall Fashion Trends

Hello friend! With fall almost here, it’s time to start thinking about the 2017 fall fashion trends and deciding which ones we’ll participate in. I have looked through countless magazines and websites to pull together what I think will be the most interesting trends this season. But first, if you’re not quite ready for fall, check out my post on summer to fall transition.

As with every new season, I will rely on pieces already in my wardrobe, along with some updates from new purchases. Therefore I will be including photos from previous seasons. Please excuse the lower quality photos as some were taken before my blogging days!

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Fun Trim

Whether it be feathers, fur or fringe, a fun trim is definitely on call for 2017 fall fashion trends. I definitely plan on getting aboard this trend. That’s because I have always had a fondness for feathers (at one time I even wanted a feather tattoo)! I think feather trim will be a more painless option! Until I find such skirt, I will wear my Banana Republic fringe skirt (I linked a few comparable ones below, you’re welcome!).

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Add some fun this holiday season with a fringy skirt!

 

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Shimmer and Shine

From patent leather to sequins, the 2017 fall fashion trends are calling for some high shine items! Polished metallics and glossy coated items were big too. Also essential this season: glitter! Whether in shoes or other items, a little sprinkle of glitter is on point. I will participate by wearing my silver pumps and perhaps adding a sequined skirt to my collection.

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Florals

While not commonly a fall trend, florals are going to be big this fall! I can proudly say I was ahead of the curve with this one. I actually wore fall florals (and blogged about it) last year. Therefore I can easily participate in the trend again this year!

 

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Red

Well this girl is certainly happy to see red as the color for fall. I’ve always loved red. Probably because as a teen I wanted to be “The lady in red” from that ubiquitous love song! Therefore, I will certainly be donning red this fall. While the runways showed a bunch of head to toe red outfits, you can certainly start with just a splash!

This may be the perfect season to bring back my red leather trench coat. It’s one of my “museum” pieces (more to come on that soon)! It’s such a statement piece that I had retired it for a few years. But with red being so big this fall, I may have to resurface that piece. You can try a bold red coat as well. Or why not try the “it” shoes in red? I’ve linked a few options for you below!

2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Retro Plaid

Plaid is certainly a common fall print, so I’m not surprised to see it here. According to some insiders, the difference this season is that the plaid is more retro (think 70s style: with browns and oranges). Because I have always loved plaid, I am eager to try this trend as well. I plan on finding (within my closet and at the stores) some of the more classic plaid.

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2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Corduroy

Another one of the 2017 fall fashion trends that I am not surprised about is corduroy. Similar to plaid, corduroy seems to come around every fall. This is another trend I can easily follow. I already own a beautiful mustard yellow corduroy skirt from Anthropologie. I have worn it multiple times in the past and I am sure to wear it again this fall.

Mint and mustard outfit with anthropologie corduroy skirt demonstrating 2017 fall fashion trends

I’m also eyeing this gorgeous corduroy top. I think it will be just the item to add to my 2017 fall fashion trends list.

 

I have to admit that the 2017 fall fashion trends has got me excited for the cooler weather ahead. Which one of these trends are your favorites so far? And just in case you thought that’s all I had to offer, you’re wrong! Stay tuned for part II of my 2017 fall fashion trends. There are more exciting things to come!

Pattern Primer: Anchor Print Skirt

Hello friend! With summer almost over, I figured it was time to finish up my summer print series. Earlier this summer I discussed palm tree print, cactus print, and pineapple print. Now I am switching gears away from fruit and foliage, and looking at anchor print. I love a beautiful anchor print in the summer. Therefore when I found my anchor print skirt on Etsy, I was thrilled. Let me show you how I style it!

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

My Anchor Print Skirt

Although I found my anchor print skirt two years ago, the seller has a similar version in mint. I love the quality of my skirt and the fact that the print is BOLD! You guys know how I adore a bold print! The main reason I love such large prints is because they make pattern mixing so easy. Therefore I’ve worn it with multiple prints many times. However, for that reason, I decided that for this post, I’d wear it with a solid (gasp!).

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

Anchor Print Skirt 2017 Style

For this year’s styling of my anchor print skirt, I paired it with my ruffle chambray top. As I’ve said many times, chambray tops are my go-to to wear with skirts. That’s probably why I have so many of them… a topic for another post.

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

Given that I only had one print in this outfit, I had to make my statement through another way. Thus I turned to a pop of color. Red is always so bold and statement-making, so I chose it. Hence the return of my red pumps.

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

To unify the colors, I chose my red and blue striped clutch.

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

Lastly for jewelry, I chose to wear just some bold earrings. Because the sleeves of the top were so dramatic and the neckline so high, I thought a necklace would definitely be too much. However, I even considered forgoing earrings altogether. But in the end I thought the look was too bare without them.

Pattern mixing outfit featuring anchor print skirt and striped clutch

Anchor Print Skirt: Previous Styling

Earlier this summer, I wore the anchor print skirt with gingham. I just love the two prints together. The small scale of the gingham perfectly complemented the large anchor print.

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Another styling of this anchor print skirt comes to us from last year. I wore it with navy stripes. I even wore it with three prints! It’s one of my favorite “polished whimsy” outfits because it’s a triple pattern mix and super fun!

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For another fun look, try pairing the anchor print skirt with a graphic tee. I did so last year with this look.

Anchor print skirt and graphic tee with floral print shoes for an unexpected pattern mixing outfit

I hope my styling of my anchor print skirt inspires you to wear yours more often. Or if you don’t have one, to purchase this fun print. It’s quite easy to style, I promise! Check out these fun options below!

 

Color Crush: Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit

Hello friend! When I received this Picadilly Canada dress in cobalt blue, I knew right away I wanted to pair it with turquoise. That’s because I love that color combination. Luckily, because turquoise is one of my favorite colors, I have many pieces in that color. Therefore the cobalt and turquoise outfit came together pretty easily!

How to wear Cobalt and turquoise outfit

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: Color Theory

According to color theory, turquoise is actually a tertiary color, made by combing a primary color (blue) and a secondary color (green). Therefore combining blue and turquoise is harmonious due to the colors being analogous on the color wheel. I have done a similar analogous color crush post for my pink and orange outfit. I’ve explained analogous colors in depth there, so check it out!

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: The Dress

It was my first time working with Picadilly Canada. They had a lot of pretty dresses on their site, so picking one was no problem. When it arrived it was very striking in person. Besides the bold color (which I love!), the cut of the dress is exquisite. It is figure flattering, but not overtly sexy. It is perfect for family or church events where you want to look good but still be somewhat modest.

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The asymmetric hem is another detail that sets this dress apart from others. It helps elongate the figure, which I could certainly use!

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

The last detail of the dress that I adore are the grommets at the the neckline, cuffs and hem of the dress. They add a modern touch and some attitude to this dress. I think you can even wear this with some killer booties and a leather jacket for a more bada** look!

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

Cobalt and Turquoise Outfit: The Accessories

Because I love turquoise so much, I often pick up accessories in that color. I have multiple pairs of earrings, a pair of shoes and two purses! I recommend that if you love a color to have some accessories of that color in your closet. Then you can throw it on any time to add life to an outfit. Luckily for me, because of all these accessories, I easily created my cobalt and turquoise outfit.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

When I saw these Sam Edelman pumps in turquoise, I knew I would wear them for years to come. So I quickly snapped them up.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress and Sam Edelman turquoise pumps

I also paired these fun Baublebar tassel earrings with the dress. I thought that two small pops of turquoise against the large expanse of cobalt was just the right amount.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress and Baublebar turquoise tassel earrings

Therefore for my purse, I decided to not go with turquoise. Instead, I opted for a metallic silver to mirror the metallic grommets in the dress.

Cobalt and turquoise outfit with Picadilly Canada embellished asymmetrical hem dress

I love the way this color combination turned out. I will likely wear a cobalt and turquoise outfit again. Would you?

Travel Style: Weekend Road Trip Outfits

Hello friend! I recently attended a blogger event at a local casino called Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Because it’s local, I was able to drive there. Although it was a short trip, I had a great time at the resort and meeting other bloggers. Therefore I thought I’d write a post both recapping the event and sharing my weekend road trip outfits. Refer to my other Travel Style series for my general packing and travel tips.

Weekend Road Trip Outfits: On the Drive

Since Pala Casino Spa & Resort is about a two hour drive from my home, I decided to wear something comfortable yet cute. I didn’t know if I’d have time to change later, so I opted to be safe and travel in something stylish. Therefore I wore my white jeans and this fun camo top from Gray Monroe (look for the Dakota top under shirts and blouses).

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

It was a good choice as the drive wasn’t too long, so the jeans were comfortable. The top is exceptionally comfortable and stylish to boot!

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Touring the Casino and Resort

Luckily once we got to the resort, we did have some time to change. Therefore I changed into a stylish cold shoulder top. With so many other bloggers around, I wanted to look the part!

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

We had some drinks (meticulously crafted and presented) along with yummy snacks.

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Shrimp and mango salad

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

Then we were off to play! We had a slot tournament. Now I’ve never participated in one before so I sucked on my first round. But, I’m a quick learner friend and I got the high score on my second round, thank you very much!

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Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Lunch x 2

Can I just tell you how thoroughly surprised and pleased I was with the food at Pala Casino Spa & Resort? Some of you don’t know this about me, but I am a foodie! I would have never imagined the exquisite food and wine available at their restaurants. Now I am not a food blogger, but I did take some photos of the meals. Please indulge my attempts at food photography.

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego
The Oak Room

Our first meal was a delicious multi course one at The Oak Room Steakhouse, the resort’s fine dining establishment. It is a classy and elegant restaurant, rivaling any one I’ve seen in other cities. The decor was exquisite. But the food was divine. We had the pleasure of speaking with the head chef and the sommelier, both of whom were very knowledgeable about the food and drinks.

Shrimp cocktail at The Oak Room

I loved how the food was paired with the appropriate wine, but especially that the pairing was explained to us. That’s because I love to learn about food and wine pairings! I was so impressed with the sommelier’s knowledge about California wine regions.

Steak Carpaccio at The Oak Room

Next we went to sample the food at Cave wine bar. Besides being a foodie, I jokingly also call myself a wino! Therefore you can imagine I felt right at home there! They had the most amazing tapas. From lobster flatbread (I had 3 servings!) to lamb chops and Ahi tuna bites, I happily stuffed my face. The staff there was also very knowledgeable about wine, so I enjoyed a few glasses there as well, naturally!

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Spa Demo

After the ton of wine I drank, it was time for a much needed nap. I returned to my room, which was spacious and beautifully decorated, to lie down. After my rest time, we got to sample some of the fantastic products available at the spa.

I was thoroughly impressed with the Babor brand. The packaging of the product in ampules caught my interest right away. Perhaps because it was created by a pharmacist?! The serums were fantastic. They sunk into the skin quickly and provided fantastic hydration as well as specific skin care needs. My favorite was the hyaluronic acid one.

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

The other line of products I sampled was from Coola. They are known for their sunscreens. I tried a few along with their BB cream. I loved both. But I was most interested in their setting spray sunscreen. This can be applied over makeup! As you know if you follow my Instagram stories, I usually walk on my lunch breaks. This will be the perfect sunscreen to touch up my sun protection!

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Weekend Road Trip Outfits: UB40 Concert

Finally after a day full of food and fun, we got to enjoy an outdoor concert at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. There were three bands, with UB40 as the headliner. It was a fantastic time! I was surprised that it wasn’t hot outside. It’s not like Palm Springs or Las Vegas where it is still scorching hot at night. In Pala, the evenings were in the 70s and 80s. Therefore it was very comfortable to enjoy an outdoor concert.

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

Of course I had to wear a fabulous outfit. I thought it was a perfect time to debut my new chambray jumpsuit.

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

We had a great time at the concert. The best part about seeing a concert at Pala Casino Spa & Resort is that it’s a fluid event. That means, you are not stuck in your seats all night. The concert went on for hours, but we could move around as we pleased. Therefore if you wanted a break, you could go and gamble or relax a bit in your room. This was a fantastic way to see a concert, I highly recommend it.

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Breakfast & Goodbye

After a restorative night’s sleep, we had a networking breakfast. I had a great time talking to the other bloggers, sharing our tips and woes. For the event as well as the following drive home, I wore a simple cotton t-shirt dress. I love the comfort and simplicity of this dress. Yet, it still looks stylish, especially when paired with the right accessories. I’m thinking of picking up the green color too!

Weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego

I’m so happy that I was invited to this influencer event. It was my first time at such an event. I’m glad I got to get out of my comfort zone and meet people. I also like the items I chose for my weekend road trip outfits. Most importantly I got to see how many awesome amenities the Pala Casino Spa & Resort has to offer. I am definitely going to be following their concert series (I’m eyeing the Toto and Olivia Newton John dates).

What do you like to take on a quick getaway? Is there anything I missed in my weekend road trip outfits?

Current Obsession: Eyelet Cutout Dress

Hello friend! Do you have that one person you always have good luck shopping with? Well that person for me is my cousin-in-law. We have similar tastes and fashion sense. Therefore it’s no surprise that we help each other find just the right pieces. Well luck struck again the last time we went shopping. With her help, I found 3 fabulous items: this jumpsuit, this top, and this amazing Madewell eyelet cutout dress.

Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress

As you already know, I love a white dress in the summer time. However, the Madewell eyelet cutout dress is on another level. I don’t know what a like more: the sexy cutouts or the flirty ruffled straps.

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And let’s not overlook the cute buttons on the side. I love button up sides!

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Because of the versatility of this dress, it will be the ideal item to round out the summer. In fact, I will likely be wearing this dress all the way up to Labor Day!

Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress

Even though it has cutouts which some might think is too youthful, the placement of them makes this eyelet cutout dress appropriate for all ages. Both boobs and butt are fully covered! Moreover, you can even wear a regular bra with this dress!

Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress

For this look, I chose to keep the outfit a bit more casual by wearing them with my favorite summer booties. However, you can easily dress it up with a dainty blush or nude summer sandal.

Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress

To accessorize this look, I actually battled with myself trying to decide. Part of me wanted to just wear some fun earrings. But another part of me thought that the open square neckline called for a bold necklace. Therefore I tried both options for you. All of the photos above are with the earrings. But I took a few photos with the necklace as well (see below). Which do you like more?

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Finally for my purse, I had to bring in a print with my favorite leopard print clutch. I chose the snow leopard instead of the classic leopard because it blended in more with the dress. While I often like to go for bold statements, for this look I wanted the eyelet cutout dress to be the focus. Therefore I chose a bag of similar coloring.

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Can you see now why I love this dress so much? Be sure to snag one soon as it’s on sale!

 

1 Item 4 Ways: Paper-bag waist skirt

Hello friend! Because I loved the Banana Republic paper-bag waist skirt so much, I decided to make multiple outfits with it. I knew it would be fairly easy because the cut and color of the skirt are both classic.

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt with Shades of Blue

In my first paper-bag waist skirt post, I wore the skirt with a sleeveless navy sweater. Because the outfit consists of neutral colors and conservative cut, it makes this a perfect option for most offices.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt on the Town

For a marked different look, I decided to style the skirt for an evening out. I paired it with a black crop top and high heeled booties for an edgy look.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

I love the juxtaposition of the crisp and proper pencil skirt against the skimpy and sexy crop top. For jewelry, I chose rose gold tones, including these big flirty hoops.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

Colorful Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

Because I love color so much, I had a deep need to add some color to the skirt. Therefore I brought in my most colorful top, the mixed gingham shell.

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The multiple colors of the top allow for numerous options in accessories. I chose to go with classic red pumps.

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For my bag, I changed it up and paired it with pink. As you know from my pink and red post, I adore this color pairing.

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Sleek Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

In my last paper-bag waist skirt post, I had mentioned pairing the skirt with a bodysuit. Luckily I was able to purchase the perfect bodysuit for this skirt.

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I love how streamlined the look is with a bodysuit. It’s a look that will be perfect for multiple occasions. To add some print and texture, I wore my Vionic snakeskin booties. The add a fun touch to the outfit.

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For my accessories, I chose a fun tassel necklace. I love how a necklace looks against a mock turtleneck.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

It’s fairly obvious to say I am loving my paper-bag waist skirt. It is very versatile, as I hope I have proven. What’s your favorite look? Let me know in the comments.

 

Happy First Blog-i-versary: Why I Blog

Hello friend! Well I can’t believe it, but it’s been a full year since I first started blogging. I am so proud of myself for starting this venture. It has given me the chance to learn and grow. While I may discuss the ugly side of blogging in some posts, I’d like to take a minute to discuss the positives of blogging and why I blog.

Why I blog

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Why I Blog: Learning the Technical Side

I am so proud of myself for starting this blog on my own, with no professional help. Of course I asked for (and received) plenty of opinions and support, but I launched the blog completely on my own. Before this, I had never really designed or maintained a true website.

Why I blog

Why I Blog: Learning to Self Promote

Ugh! This has been the hardest part for me. As a healthcare professional for over ten years, I have never really had to do this before. If I want a job or a project, I don’t usually have to compete with hundreds of equally talented people. Furthermore, my CV speaks for itself. But in the blogging world, you have to constantly talk yourself up. I was certainly not used to that. Truth be told, I am still getting used to it!

Why I blog

Why I Blog: Being Comfortable in My Own Skin

Because I have to show my bare face in makeup tutorials and posts, I have gotten very comfortable going places with no makeup on. This is very significant for me because I suffer from rosacea and feel quite insecure without foundation. But now, after countless insta stories without any makeup, I feel comfortable in my own skin. It’s quite liberating! And it’s one of my favorite positives about why I blog!

Why I blog

Why I Blog: Making Friends

Another fantastic positive aspect about blogging is making friends with similar interests. Because of Instagram I have made true friends out of people I otherwise would have never met. I have even met some of these girls in real life and I truly adore them! One of my closest blogger friends is Kristen, of KLeighStyles. While we’ve never met in person, we text and chat regularly. Her support and encouragement is invaluable.

Why I blog

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Why I Blog: Being in the Fashion World

Now, I know I am a small blogger, but even so, I am so happy to find myself in the fashion world, even if it’s in the very periphery. It has been a dream of mine to attend runway fashion shows. I hoped I’d find some connection through friends of family to get me in. But lo and behold, because of my blog, I was invited to Los Angeles Fashion Week! It was so satisfying to know I got there through my own hard work!

Why I Blog: To Maintain my Sense of “Me”

Sometimes life events happen that shake you to your core. Maybe your life roles change and you are at a loss for who you are. Well as I have faced a few of these changes recently, it has been comforting for me to have my blog. Not because it truly defines me. But because it reminds me of who I still am. My blog has been a calming and constant item in my life during this upheaval and turmoil.

Why I blog

So thank you for joining me in my little creative spot. I love having a hobby where I can indulge my inner fashionista/stylist/creator/model. But what I love most is that all of my effort here resonates with you. Here’s to another year!

 

Pattern Primer: Watermelon Print Shirt

Hello friend! As I continue on my summer pattern series, I’d like to pay tribute to the summer fruit known as the watermelon. Besides being a sweet, cooling treat, it also makes for a fun summer print. Case in point is my fun watermelon print shirt. Let me show you two ways to wear it.

Watermelon Print Shirt for Play

Wearing a watermelon print shirt for casual days is quite simple. You can pair it with jeans or shorts and you are set! Because of that reason, I wanted to push myself a bit more in the casual outfit. Therefore I chose to pair it with a denim skirt and booties.

J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look

The look is casual but polished. For accessories I chose gold tone jewelry to go with the belt.

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Watermelon Print Shirt for Work

Because some think wearing a watermelon print shirt to the office can be unprofessional, I sought to prove them wrong! Here I paired the shirt with a sharp pencil skirt. The look is professional, and perfectly office appropriate!

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When I was choosing the skirt for this outfit, I decided to play off the colors of a watermelon. Therefore I chose a few shades of green. Although my initial pairing was a true watermelon rind color, it felt too costumey. Instead, I went with this bright chartreuse. While it is still green, it’s not quite so literal. Furthermore, it pairs so well with the pops of red in the watermelon print shirt and shoes.

J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look

For accessorizing this look, I chose to stick with gold and white tones. A white watch is just perfect in the summertime. I chose to pair it with my gold double hoop earrings and statement necklace. To finish off the look, I topped it all off with my gold clutch.

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I hope I have succeeded in proving that a watermelon print shirt can be worn to the office. Besides the watermelon print shirt post, I also have a palm tree print and pineapple print post. Plus I am working on some others. If there is a summer print you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

Pattern Primer: Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Hello friend! Ever since my first red stripes and leopard print post, I have been obsessed with this combination. I have even purchased a few more red striped items, particularly summer pieces. Therefore I want to show you more examples of red stripes and leopard print outfits. This time around however, I am focusing on just the red stripes and leopard print, without also requiring denim and tan.

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Ruffled Red Stripes and Leopard Print

A bold way to wear red stripes and leopard print is to bring in large elements of each print. For example, in this outfit, I am wearing a red striped top with a leopard print skirt. Although both items are standout and bold, they still go together. That’s because the stripes are thin and wide, while the leopard print is smaller and more dense. See my pattern mixing 101 post for more information.

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I love the way this outfit turned out. I wore it to a conference last May. To make it more work appropriate, I had simply topped it with a cardigan. Then when happy hour time came, I took off the cardi and I was ready!

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Office Red Stripes and Leopard Print

An understated way to wear red stripes and leopard print to work is to keep one of the prints limited to a small item of clothing. For example in this look, I chose to wear the leopard print in a belt. Now the contrast is not as large as in the first look. It’s almost demure!

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I paired the two prints with a ruffled chambray top. Chambray pairs well with everything. It is always a go-to for me when I am pattern mixing or styling a new item.

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Casual Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Because my original inspiration was with denim, I decided to do an outfit with the summer equivalent of jeans: cut-off shorts. I paired it with my off the shoulder ruffle top and a leopard print scarf and I am set!

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When I was putting this outfit together, I didn’t have a leopard print scarf in the size that I wanted. I searched high and low and still could not find one. Then I had an A-ha moment!

I simply went to the fabric store and picked out a good leopard print fabric. Then I took that fabric along with a square scarf I already owned to my tailor. She used my own scarf as a template and quickly whipped a similar one out of the leopard print fabric. Now I had the perfect size leopard print scarf. And it was so cost effective! Try that next time you can’t find the exact size scarf you want.

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Flirty Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Another summer mainstay item is the denim skirt. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my skirt often this season. Therefore I had to create another outfit with the skirt. I chose to pair it with a long-sleeve off the shoulder top because I wanted some more coverage with so much of my legs showing. Furthermore, this would be a good look for the beach where it could get chilly.

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This time around, I moved the leopard print to my feet by wearing my leopard print Gigi sandals. It’s another subtle way to bring in the leopard print.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

As you can see, it is truly so easy to pair red stripes and leopard print together. I hope you give it a try yourself! If you enjoyed this post, please share the link on your Facebook!