Try This: Duster Cardigan Outfit

Hello friend! I’m happy to finally welcome fall to Southern California (check out my fall transition and fall trends posts for my thoughts on the season). With the cooler weather comes the opportunity to wear layers. And there are no layers I like more than a duster cardigan outfit. Let me show you two ways to style a duster cardigan.

Duster Cardigan Outfit Tips

  • Wear streamlined clothes underneath to not look wide or voluminous. Examples include pencil skirts, fitted teas and dresses, skinny jeans and leggings.
  • If wearing a skirt or dress, choose one with a hemline that is significantly shorter than the duster. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of four inches. This allows the duster to be the focus.
  • Choose thinner fabrics for the clothing underneath the cardigan. Items that are very bulky throw off the look of the duster.

Casual Duster Cardigan Outfit

For a casual duster cardigan outfit, I initially thought of pairing the cardi with jeans. But due to the warm weather we were still having that day, I opted for a denim skirt. I love how the combination worked out. However if you prefer jeans, go for it. The result will be just as good!

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This J Jill duster cardigan is just lovely for fall. The texture created by the multi-colored yarn is perfect for fall, making it easy to pair with many other pieces. I also like that it has a collar. It adds a nice frame to the neck making it fun to pair with a necklace or turtleneck, like I have done here.

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And can we discuss the presence of the pockets?! We all know pockets make the outfit better.

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For the shoes, I kept it neutral with my Soft Comfort Heartbreaker boots. The fun zipper detail on the side adds a cool casual vibe.

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Professional Duster Cardigan Outfit

To style my duster cardigan for work, I paired a J. Jill black duster with a striped dress. The addition of the pattern broke up the solid mass of the cardigan. It also helps to show off the shape and style of the duster.

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

What’s a bonus about this particular duster? It is reversible! I’m sure you’ll see another duster cardigan outfit using the reverse of this one!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

In choosing the shoes for this outfit, I went with brown, my brown Vionic Rory boots to be exact. Black just seemed too expected and boring. It’s funny when I was younger I thought it was a major fashion sin to wear brown shoes with a black outfit. And look at me now, encouraging others to do it. Ahh how we change!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

But back to the Rory. These little booties are a perfect fall shoe. The color is a beautiful medium brown. Furthermore, the cutouts and buckle add some spunk. This little guy is more than your average bootie!

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For accessories, I felt that the look cried out for a pendant necklace. I added some simple hoop earrings and it was a success!

Duster cardigan outfit featuring J Jill long doubled faced cardi and Vionic shoes Rory boots

I hoped you enjoyed my duster cardigan outfit post. I’d love to know what other ways you are wearing your dusters. Let me know in the comments!

Bridging the Gap with Helen of Haute Business

Hello friend! Today’s post is pretty different than my usual ones. That’s because today I am participating in the Bridging the Gap campaign.

What is Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a campaign aimed at bringing together bloggers of different ages. The intent is for “millennial” and “baby boomer” women to connect and learn from one another. In the end, the hope is that we all see that we are essentially the same, thus bridging the gap between our generations!

Meet my Bridging the Gap Partner

My partner for the Bridging the Gap campaign is Helen of Haute Business. Helen was not my original partner for the campaign, but fate brought us together in the end. You see Helen and I are both part of the older group of women. However, both of our millennial partners had to bow out of the campaign. Instead of scrambling to find new bloggers, we decided to partner up!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

While we do not have that many years in between us, I still got to learn a lot from Helen. In fact, in recent months, I have been blessed with making good friends with three women in their 50’s. These women, Helen among them, have given me such inspiration and hope.

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

The partnership worked out seamlessly. Getting to know Helen has been easy and natural. Helen is helpful, non-judgmental and insightful. We have easily texted back and forth for hours. I truly couldn’t have imagined a better partner.

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Helen’s blog brings together her love for fashion with her knack for finance. As a CPA and certified financial planner, Helen knows all the ins and outs of the business world. It’s fun to get a mix of fashion and finance advice all in one place. I love it when bloggers share their other areas of expertise with us readers. So, thank you Helen for informing us all about mortgages, investing and social security. It’s so much fun to learn about that while looking at your cute outfits!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Speaking of clothes, Helen’s style is impeccable. Because of her sense of style, professional women have always asked her for fashion advice. This spurred her to start her blog. Helen certainly makes looking stylish seem easy. She is constantly styling some fierce outfits, complete with amazing shoes. But what I love most is how her personality comes through in the photos. Helen is a blogger you want to know!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

Helen has also taught me multiple things. From blogging to just plain old life, women of different ages can help each other with their struggles. Recently, I turned to Helen for some technical issues. She explained the situation right away. It’s surprising to learn that we struggle with similar stresses. It’s also comforting to find helpful hands along the way. So thank you Helen!

Bridging the gap with Helen of Haute Business

My Thoughts on Bridging the Gap

I have to be honest: I am embarrassed about how I regarded older women when I was in my twenties. I remember a specific time I was working on a psychology project where we had to do a study using “attractive” magazine ads and “neutral” magazine ads. When I collected my study photos, I had included an ad for St. John in the “neutral” category. The model was likely in her 40’s and in my 20-year-old mind obviously too old to be considered attractive (trust me I am cringing as I type this).

Well my professor was looking over my materials and commented that he didn’t think that ad was neutral. I must have stared at him dumbfounded because he clarified that other people would find this woman very attractive. It was a very eye-opening experience, one that I still clearly remember today.

As I have aged, I am so embarrassed at how I viewed “older” women when I was in my twenties. I viewed them as unfashionable, unattractive, and almost dismissible. Well now I am the older woman, and boy did those years fly by. But I feel nothing like I had assumed women my age would be. I am fashionable; I am attractive; and I am most definitely not dismissible. Neither is Helen. Nor are any of the women in this campaign.

But this goes beyond me. Bridging the Gap is bringing together women (and men!) of every age. We are all struggling with similar things, maybe at different times, but still similar. Let’s stand together and raise each other up. I hope the Bridging the Gap campaign teaches that lesson not only to the campaign partners, but also to the world!

Pattern Primer: Plaid Shirt Outfit

Hello friend! As you read in my 2017 Fall Fashion Trends, plaid is “in” for fall. While that comes as no surprise, I am nonetheless pleased to have the print around to wear all season. As discussed in that trends post, the type of plaid that is in style is more 70’s and retro style than 90’s grunge style. Therefore, pull that flannel off your waist, and get ready for a more lady-like plaid. Let me show you how I wear a plaid shirt outfit.

Plaid shirt outfit ideas on Polished Whimsy blog. How to wear for work and beyond.

To perfectly exemplify this trend, I will be featuring the Jenna Plaid Button Up Top from Shop Stevie. As soon as I saw the beautiful plaid on this shirt, I knew I wanted it for fall. I love the dropped shoulder and the pretty drape of the top. It sets it apart from the ubiquitous plaid button up we’ve seen everywhere else.

Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Weekend

What goes better with a plaid shirt than jeans? Nothing! I agree! Therefore, I paired my plaid shirt with my favorite fall jeans. I love the raw hem of this pair. It echoes the cool casualness of the top.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps

To accessorize this look, I added my Quay sunglasses. The gradient black lenses add another element of “cool” to the look.

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Choosing shoes for the casual plaid shirt outfit was a bit limiting. Because I want to show off the pretty diagonal hem of the jeans, I didn’t want a bulky bootie. I therefore went with some simple pumps. Because metallic tones are in style for fall, I chose my silver pumps. They also went well with the silver grommets on the purse.

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Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Office

While wearing a plaid shirt outfit on days off is easy, wearing one for the office may be a tad more tricky. To make it work, make sure the rest of your outfit and accessories are classic and work appropriate. Therefore, to style the plaid top for work, I paired it with an ivory pencil skirt. The look is chic and polished.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties

I accessorized with gold hoops and my favorite new necklace: the Amber Y Chain Necklace.

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I topped It all off with fantastic booties to bring together this professional plaid shirt outfit.

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Whether it’s for work or play, a plaid shirt outfit will be a winner for fall. I hope you try one of these options and see how fun they can be!

Try This: J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater

Hello friend! With fall here, I am starting to transition my closet. To better understand how I do so, read my fall transition post. As discussed in that post, because I live in Los Angeles, we stay warm for a bit longer than other parts of the world. Therefore, I thought that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater would be the ideal transition piece.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Review

I initially purchased this sweater on a whim during a late night online purchase (if you watch my insta stories, you know I am a midnight shopper!). When I received the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater I knew it would be a good transition piece. The pretty eyelet is reminiscent of summer, while the sweater back gives a nod to fall.

Fall transition casual outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

The fit of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is true to size. I purchased my usual XS. The peplum starts at a good spot, not too high and not too low. It also ends at a descent length (right at my hip bone). Thus it can be worn comfortably with any type of rise on the bottoms without risking showing off any unintended patches of skin.

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Casual Styling

As I had imagined during my midnight shopping spree, the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is quite easy to style. I started with a casual summer look. Thus, I had to pair it with my denim shorts. They needed one last hurrah! It turned into a very cute and casual styling.

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J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Office Styling

To prove that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is versatile enough to stay in my wardrobe, I decided to style it for a work outfit. I easily paired it with a pencil skirt. I think a peplum top always goes well with a pencil skirt. It is just a lovely feminine look.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

Of course I had to add some print into the mix. At first I was a tad nervous to do so. I wasn’t sure if it would be too much with the multiple textures in the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. But because the colors of the print were neutral, the leopard print skirt paired well with the top.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

For shoes I went with classic nude pumps. I also added my fall sunglasses. I had been looking for a brown pair of sunglasses that weren’t boring. These ones with their metallic finish are just what I wanted.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

I was concerned about accessorizing with the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. Because of the textures in the top and the ribbing at the collar, I didn’t want to add a necklace that would overshadow the top. I therefore went with a dainty yet statement making pendant necklace.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

After these initial pairings of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater, I am quite happy with my purchase. It will be a good item to wear during fall transition and beyond! How would you style the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater?

 

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!).

Fall 2017 fashion trends fringe
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.

shrimp appetizer during weekend road trip outfits at Pala Casino in San Diego
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!

Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress Madewell eyelet cutout dress, perfect summer dress

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!